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.

Mindful Tour at the Birmingham Art Gallery has launched

Mindful Tour at the Birmingham Art Gallery has launched

We imagine for a short time that we are on this beautiful calm lake – happy to be entirely in the moment – it is like the busyness of the world around us has stopped, and everything has become calm. Discover more here.

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.’ 

Assisting with Mindspace

Assisting with Mindspace

At Mindspace when booking a live class, Option 2, gives you the chance to assist at the class in exchange for attending the series.
Listen to Heather’s experience of helping at the class in Solihull below.

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!

National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day

It’s National Grandparents Day! We can take the special opportunity to remember the kindness our Grandparents and the Grandparents across the world show and have shown us. Read more about #gratitude here

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:

Mindful Tour at the Birmingham Art Gallery

Mindful Tour at the Birmingham Art Gallery

Starting tomorrow, and launching with a guided tour on Thursday, which is World Mental Health Day, I am delighted to be sharing this mindful tour with the visitors of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. I hope you can benefit from taking this opportunity to slow down and take some time out of your day to enjoy the calm beneath the busyness of distracting thoughts.

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.

Happy German Reunification Day 2019

Happy German Reunification Day 2019

On this special day Germany celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, an event which ended almost forty years of division. We share with you these Mindspace Guided Meditations in German.