Mountain brook: flowing breath
Because of anxiety I tend to hold my body in a certain way, as if protecting myself. I do things to deal with my anxiety, but I also need to do something for my body to let out the tension that anxiety creates in my muscles. This self-care is essential in cultivating patience and loving-kindness…
Getting out of my own head
Taking a moments pause seems unlikely. I’m too busy! What was I thinking? But then another thought pops into my head: how nice would it be to take a little break from my busy mind and enjoy peaceful silence?
The act of being creative is not to show who you are, but to ask the question “who am I?” The outcome of our creativity will always be a bit messy, and it is beautiful because of that.
Rest and digest – a restorative practice
After a few days of this my body usually says “enough”. An excess of eating, effort, and activity over the Christmas period is all part of the fun. It also leaves me feeling a bit frazzled. What I need now is some time to rest and digest. Legs-up-the-wall is a favoured post-meal pose of mine…
The 3 minute home-office commute
Several of my students have told me that they are much less physically active in their home office. One thing they point to is the lack of interruptions from co-workers. A normal day at work would be punctuated by chats at the coffee machine, moving between meetings, and frequent small interruptions in person or on…
Am I doing it right?
You can ask yourself one important question while practicing mindfulness:
Do I feel contraction or expansion?
Contraction is a closing, a tightening, a heaviness. Expansion is an opening, an ease, an opportunity.
3 blankets for everyday practice
I have been wondering how to facilitate a nourishing home-practice for students during the coronavirus lockdown without the need to invest in expensive props. Being able to change the shape of the floor or the length of your arms using props makes poses more accessible and comfortable. With many of you now building a home…
Curiosity in mindfulness practices
Yesterday, I learned something new. I was sitting, listening to a guided body-scan, when the guide said:
Let the breath breathe itself. There is no right way to feel. This is what the practice is about: seeing the patterns that take us away from the present moment.
How to start a home practice
Daily home practice helps you to replenish the energy you spend while out living your life. This helps to reduce stress and increase your feelings of vitality. Home practice is the core of your practice. It helps you to understand deeply how your body works and what you need to be nourished. Do more of…
A breathing practice to relieve stress
Here is a breathing exercise to help relieve physical or mental/emotional tension. It can be used at any time to ground yourself in the present moment and relieve stress. Those with insomnia can practice it while lying in bed. This practice can be nice to use during a resting practice if you’re finding yourself very…
Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters
This beautiful poem reminds us that suffering can be a habit we fall into every day. To change this habit, we must first understand it. With this understanding we can transform our behaviour into something more nourishing.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Learn how to use helpful props to make your practice more accessible and comfortable. Then try out a 3 minute practice.