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Three Pairs Of Opposites That Can Help Or Prevent You From Getting Out Of Your Own Way

In my previous blog ‘The core secret of mindsight – Get out of your own way’, I explored the notion of doing less to gain more, a fundamental principle in mindsight training. In this blog we are exploring three pairs of opposites students often confuse with each other, and that can get in the way of our getting out of our own way. The three pairs of opposites are ignoring versus suppressing or pushing away, surrendering versus giving in, and faith and belief. […]

By |2019-04-15T00:53:25+00:00April 15th, 2019|Mindfulness, Short reflections|

The Core Secret Of Mindsight – Get Out Of Your Own Way

Does this sound familiar? You consciously decide to have a snack and you go ahead and have one. You then decide to put on a laundry, and you go down to the laundry room to do it. It then occurs to you that it’s a good idea to get married to your partner, and you arrange to do so. And by the way, it’s time to buy a house, and off you go and look for houses. Finally, you decide to watch some TV and there you go, watching it. This is more or less how your day unfolds, just with many more decisions you believe having consciously made. But is that really what goes on? […]

By |2019-04-01T13:48:55+00:00March 31st, 2019|Essays, Mindfulness|

Alone Or Lonely?

Aloneness and loneliness are often confused and used interchangeably. However, it is useful to differentiate the two, so that we not only know what we are dealing with as we meet our personal experience, but can also successfully do something about it. […]

By |2019-03-27T12:17:45+00:00March 17th, 2019|Mindfulness|

It’s All So Simple, But So Not Easy

Humans have conquered the world thanks to their ability to create and believe in fictional stories, which bring them together under one imaginative umbrella and motivate them to act in support of the story. Our stories make it possible for thousands of people to rally behind them. […]

By |2019-02-09T20:32:00+00:00February 9th, 2019|Mindfulness|

Light and shadow

  When I saw these little meditating skeletons ornate with a Santa hat, a whole slew of complex feelings and ideas came to mind, inspiring me to use them for a Christmas blog. I wondered how Coca Cola, Santa, skeletons, meditation, Christ and festivals of light such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Diwali are all connected? Sit down with a tea as I did, as we embark together in reflection, leaving entrenched belief systems you may have at the door waiting. […]

By |2019-01-08T17:39:51+00:00December 16th, 2018|Essays|

Working With Anxiety – An Experienced Mindfulness Student’s Perspective

For anonymity’s sake let’s call my student Sean. For years his anxiety was debilitating! He has struggled with it for about 30 years and sought help in many different ways, including counselling and medication treatment. After a course of individual psychotherapy with me, as well as intense involvement in the practice of mindfulness meditation, he eventually got to the point of being able to live without medication, most of the time symptom-free.  […]

By |2018-10-22T15:40:51+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Essays|

Kundalini Or Cardiologist? – How To Handle Symptoms During Meditation Wisely

I recently received the following question from a mindsight student: “I was wondering if you could address something that has been capturing my awareness almost since I started meditating three years ago. I have brought to your attention several times, either through email or through direct conversation, several physical sensations that I have experienced during formal practice. These sensations often become border-line intolerable, (albeit they have lessened in frequency during recent months). […]

By |2018-10-16T04:12:20+00:00October 14th, 2018|Essays|

The Integration Of Consciousness In A Dream

Wherever you look, there is mind, and wherever is mind, the opportunity for mindfulness presents itself – that means everywhere and all the time. It is not just about meditation, but about insight into one’s inner world, empathy for others and integration of the energy flow within ourselves and between each other. The stories we tell are part of the landscape of mind to be mined for the hidden treasures of meaning our illusions have so deeply buried. […]

By |2018-10-09T03:25:58+00:00October 9th, 2018|Short reflections|

Thoughts Are Not Facts

This topic was recently discussed in the Mindfulness Community Group (MCG) as one some people have trouble with. A few participants offered helpful clarifications to help understand what is meant. I remained unclear about whether the discussion really went far enough, as it seemed to stop short of the core issue at stake. Here is a short synopsis to shed light on what I mean. […]

By |2018-09-25T00:46:55+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Short reflections|