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A Strategy for the Mind

A Strategy for the Mind

When we encounter challenging situations, we need a strategy for our mind, how we choose to relate to the circumstance.
Daily meditation practice gives us the objectivity to be able to pause and step back; this doesn’t have to be for a long time, even one moment.

Find a Mission.

Find a Mission.

Self-development truly begins when we dare to move beyond the self and consider what we can do with our life to be of service to others.

A few thoughts on sleep

A few thoughts on sleep

We pay attention to our habits around sleep. What we do leading up to sleep will govern the quality of our dreams and waking process. One suggestion is to disconnect, even leave our mobile outside of the bedroom, so we can start to create a habit whereby we don't feel...

The Grateful Mantra

The Grateful Mantra

We pause, breathe in, remember gratitude, remember the words, allow the mind to rest in gratitude, breathe out, remember others kindness, move on with a positive, focused mind.

Power Pausing

Power Pausing

Think of the moments during your day you could pause, step back, take a breath; begin to weave these pauses into your day so they start to become a habit.

Going to Inner Space to Benefit Earth

Going to Inner Space to Benefit Earth

Here at Mindspace, we are focused on helping you to travel to inner space. To journey into the mind. To go further and further into one’s mind, to discover within, the solution to all your problems.

The Invisible Kind Chain

The Invisible Kind Chain

If we can become aware of this kind chain of cause and effect, it will help us to develop gratitude, lift our mind, and encourage us to develop an appreciation towards everyone around us.

Meditation for Weddings!

I always say in the retreats that I guide that when we engage in meditation practice not only are we helping the person who we currently are – we are investing in our future self and our future relationships.

Don’t serve them tea!

Don’t serve them tea!

If we can keep our mind open and relaxed in meditation – inviting thoughts but not entertaining them, we can move into a very chilled sitting practice. We can step back from the busyness of our distracting thoughts, reduce the tension and aggression in the mind, and discover a working objectivity, that allows us to gain an insight into the functioning of our mind.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

If we accept change, we can let go of the stress and anxiety held within our heart and start to enjoy each moment of our precious, short life. We empower ourselves to pay attention to what is happening right now.

Buddhas first words…

Buddhas first words…

Our approach to issues will become much more strategic; empowering us to rapidly move beyond the minor frustrations of human life. We become able to cultivate an unbiased compassion for our fellow citizens who also share the same predicament as us.

Just Eat

Just Eat

One straightforward method for integrating a mindful meditation into our daily life is to take the time when you eat or drink to do just that! Consider during the day the habits that you may have built up around mealtimes. When you take breakfast, what else are you...

A STILL LIFE

A STILL LIFE

After engaging with this process when we go into our life, our senses will be heightened our awareness awakened, our heart softened, and an appreciation that there is more to our life than increasing its speed.

Shikantaza

Shikantaza

Let us imagine that you are engaged in a duel of swordsmanship of the kind that used to take place in ancient Japan. As you meet your opponent, you are unceasingly watchful, set, ready.

Just…

Just…

Reflect on any daily activity that you do and ask yourself if you can just do it and nothing else.

Just driving.
Just walking.
Just eating.
Just listening.
Just boiling a kettle!

Whatever it is – just do it.

Your Lucky Break

Your Lucky Break

We can often spend time waiting for our lucky break. Whether this is from a prospective employee, prospective partner, lottery win, promotion at work, acceptance into a select group or acknowledgement by a prestigious institution. Whatever the break may be, our sense of satisfaction may require the achievement of it before being we allow ourselves to be completely fulfilled.

Meditating with the Sunrise

Meditating with the Sunrise

As the sun rises in the morning, it illuminates the world. If while this is taking place, we can simultaneously engage in meditation practice, we are allowing ourselves to rise with the day mentally.

A Chat in the Street

A Chat in the Street

‘If we can work continually to let go of these eight worldly concerns, we will naturally move towards a more ‘spiritual life’, become a ‘spiritual person’, and follow a ‘spiritual path. Inner work. If we move mentally in this direction, we find ourselves letting go of the everyday worry’s and stress that inflict our mind, and discover space and time in our lives to practice meditation.’ 

Mindful Standing

Mindful Standing

Last week & today we continue our exploration of the practice of Mindful Standing. Find the tweets here:

Very rarely talked about, but a practice that can have transformative consequences!

The Story of the Solihull Mindful Meditation Class

The Story of the Solihull Mindful Meditation Class

In February 2014, after receiving several requests to visit Solihull to run a meditation class, I delivered a one month course.
At the first session, five people attended. An auspicious number, being the same amount of attendees who turned up for Buddhas first teaching, at the Deer Park in Sarnath, Northern India!.

The Grateful Kingfisher

The Grateful Kingfisher

Last Sunday, I went for an afternoon walk through the local nature reserve close to my house. As I was walking, I looked ahead of me and noticed a lady had paused. She was standing completely still and looking out across the water. As I approached her, she said to me with a serene expression on her face:

Grateful Stories | Lao Coffee Shop |

Grateful Stories | Lao Coffee Shop |

When I visited the Laos coffee shop, looking around, I could see many people just like myself involved in their daily activities while enjoying their coffee. It requires time, space, and reflection to bring gratitude into our experience. I tried to encourage this to grow by taking a visit to this coffee shop’s plantation the following day, around a 35 km drive from the shop.

Grateful Coffee

Grateful Coffee

Using a drink bought from a shop (if you don’t drink coffee then replace with your favourite beverage), now is our opportunity to not only enjoy our cup of coffee but to experience it mindfully, and use the moments as our time to develop gratitude. We can take the chance to practise as soon as we enter the shop. If we tend not to buy drinks outside, apply and adapt the instructions creatively to the drink that we have at home.