Cherry blossom and blue sky

What is meditation?

Occasionally when I’m talking to people the topic of meditation will crop up. Meditation and mindfulness are large topics and so I thought I’d try to break them down into manageable bits. If you want to explore more there are lots of resources I can point you to. What is meditation? I’ve started off with…

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Sharing kindness meditations

Recently I shared two kindness meditations during a wellbeing day, and have uploaded one of them as an audio track for you to enjoy. It was a real pleasure to contribute towards the successful ‘Sharing the Love’ day which a fellow yoga teacher Jill organised in November here in Dumfries, and which was a fundraiser…

Yoga mats laid out in circle in room

Wellbeing workshops on pain, stress and anxiety

I’m delighted to be offering two wellbeing workshops this autumn in Dumfries. Following positive feedback from the workshop on understanding chronic (persistent) pain, I’m going to be delivering this workshop again, but it’ll be slightly longer at 3 hours to allow more time for the practical things. In addition, I’m going to be delivering a…

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Surfing the waves of the mind

Last weekend, on a local well-being day, I heard a quote about meditation which I’d never heard before, but which made instant sense. ‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Wow, I thought. How come I’d never heard that before? It’s a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the most influential…

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The Mindful Nation UK report

It can take years, decades even, for ideas to become accepted widely in society, and it seems that meditation in the Western world has taken about 40 years to go from relative obscurity (‘hippy’) to mainstream, and even to McMindfulness and a backlash. The evidence for this acceptance is the recently published Mindful Nation UK report produced by…