In my own little patch, I am living in a split reality.
Mental health – and how to generate it - is not just a personal problem as it is often characterised, but is deeply effected by cultural, social and economic forces.
For many years I was not keen on offering the MBSR program via the internet, as it seemed like it would take away from the individual exploration and intimacy that…
Shenanigans is such a great word. It is a noun that means: mischief, trouble, pranks, high-jinks, tomfoolery. Mindfulness is everywhere.
I am on an island at the moment. How good is that?! It is Facing Island - a tiny island off Gladstone in Queensland.
I love this rendering of the power of longing.
I love this short piece by Jon Kabat-Zinn called “Listening is an act of love”.
“I am shocked by the ignorance and wastefulness with which persons who should know better throw away the things they do not like.
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.
There is a dazzling array of mindfulness offerings around lately, so how to choose? Here is a chart that maps out different kinds of training - from the most accessible and…
Mary Oliver died on the 17th January, 2019. We are a long time dead.
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.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is different from many other contemporary mindfulness offerings in four ways: it is evidence-based it’s not a quick fix you will actually practice the training exercises that make…
ABC’s Catalyst recently conducted “ The Mindfulness Experiment” by inviting 15 Australians from all walks of life into an eight-week intensive mindfulness meditation program: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
My colleague Nancy Bardecke says: “Expectations? Suffering under construction!” So often when we are learning something new we expect this – the straight line of progress.
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:
We work so hard at everything. And anything can become one more task to do – including our mindfulness practice.
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.