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Mindfulness Musings

Read the about mindfulness, MBSR and the science of mindful living here on our Mindfulness Musings pages.

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Why mindfulness is not a “super-power”

Do you ever have wytai? It is a noun (articulated in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows): a feature of modern society that suddenly strikes you as absurd and grotesque—from zoos and milk-drinking…

Why mindfulness is not a “super-power”


"You're a person to be met, not a problem to be solved"

I don’t know who wrote the quote, where I read it or if I dreamt it but this is the quote that won’t leave me alone this year.

You're a person to be met

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Helping Kate - How Mindfulness can Change the Lives of People with Chronic Pain

How can mindfulness change the lives of people with chronic Pain?  Mindfulness is purposefully paying attention in a non-judgemental way to what is going on in your body, your mind and…

How Mindfulness can Change the Lives of People with Chronic Pain

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Re-engaging with the body - download a new practice

I am on an island at the moment. How good is that?!  It is Facing Island - a tiny island off Gladstone in Queensland.

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Instructions for Mindful Walking

I’ve just returned from two weeks hiking in New Zealand - stunning.

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"Community of the Afflicted" - a great advertisement for mindfulness training!

I love this short piece by Jon Kabat-Zinn called “Listening is an act of love”.

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Throwing Things Away

“I am shocked by the ignorance and wastefulness with which persons who should know better throw away the things they do not like.

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The wish to be generous

This tree is here. It is no longer alive in the biological sense, but in the sense of participation and presence and contribution, it is very much alive.

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The Need for Speed and The Grace of Space

I have been undertaking an experiment lately (as part of that broader experiment we are all involved in – otherwise known as life!) where I am trying to find a…

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Marvelously messy

Happy 2019! It feels far to soon to be writing those words, but here we are at the beginning of a new year, with all the fresh opportunities and challenges it…


Death and presence - Thank you dear Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver died on the 17th January, 2019. We are a long time dead.

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All parts are welcome ~ Loosening our identification in mindfulness meditation practice

Our fears are like dragons guarding our most precious treasures – Rilke Most of us come to mindfulness practice to deal with something we don’t want.

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Tenderness in our practice and our relationships

A few years back I went to a one day seminar with a remarkable person - Kent Hoffman. He is a long term meditation dude in the Zen tradition, and also the founder of a profound parenting program - the Circle of Security which is grounded in the latest science about how kids and parents thrive. He had some interesting things to say about life, love and stress - the foundation being:  


Practice as resting (in the flow of our inner life)

We work so hard at everything. And anything can become one more task to do – including our mindfulness practice.

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Mindfulness and climate change: are we paying attention to the things that matter?

Dear friends, I don’t usually write emails through Openground that are directed specifically to our governance as a community, but I think now is the time.