by Dr Liz Sparkes 
 
We have become accustomed to think in certain ways and often see things in fixed patterns. It’s hard not to make assumptions and to stay in patterns of thoughts and behaviours. Situations and circumstances are often shaped by the way we think. It’s important to try to break free from this way of viewing the world, to see more clearly, the way things actually are. We construct our world through our thoughts and in this way can make things appear negative or positive just by our thinking. 
Look again – it is not what you think it is
by Teresa Costa 
 
I am on a plane to Italy finally writing about my Nanpantan Hall Mindfulness Retreat experience. The day before the start of the Retreat, a problem arose that nearly convinced me that I should stay at home and sort it out. Instead, I decided to go following my daughter’s encouragement. Somehow I knew that staying at home was not the cure and would not address the source: myself. 
Nanpantan Hall, my retreat experience
by Gaynor Quilter 
 
I have been challenged recently to really feel what is going on in my body, as Jaya (our Border Collie dog) has been attacked and set on by two different dogs. As some of you will know, we have trained Jaya to trust himself, as a result Jaya is friendly to every dog he meets, he assumes that every dog and every human just wants to be his friend. 
Shake it off, rerouting and anxiety as practice
by Natalie Hind 
 
Until most recently, I heavily relied on public transport. My life was full of things I could only get to via a bus or a train. Work, college, fun, relationships, right down to my healthcare. I would travel overseas; jetting off on exotic holidays and city breaks. In my not-so-regular down time, I would catch up with friends and family all over the country to step away from the hum of my busy life. I would occasionally jump in a car with L plates on, hoping to add ‘drive’ to the list of available transport options open to me, particularly on the days where the countryside took its toll on my much-needed service. 
How avoiding the thought buses helps me with Agoraphobia
by Naomi Kent 
 
This excellent blog which comes in 6 weekly articles is by the Radio Presenter Naomi Kent. 
 
This is week 1 of the level 2, Six-week course. 
What about the Buddha’s Wife?
by David Edwards 
 
It is said that God plays a joke on every new-born, whispering: 
 
‘You are the special one!’ 
 
The joke quickly wears thin when we start running up against the seven billion other people on the planet who all know that they are ‘the special one’. Deep ego wounds are received every time we fall short; when she chooses him over us. When our best friend gets the grades but we don’t. When we get to the final interview, but no further. 
You are the special one
by Suryacitta 
 
Yeah, you read that right – do nothing. It’s not easy, is it? What happens when we just sit quietly? Thoughts; I should be doing this or that, glimpses at past events and conversations, daydreaming about happy events, guilt for not doing something, anything – the list is endless. It’s almost harder to sit still than it is to keep on doing. Isn’t it? 
Ten ways to do nothing better
by Stewart Stevens 
 
What does the word mindfulness mean to you? 
Is it something you are or something you do. 
A mindfulness Poem By Stewart Stevens
by Suryacitta 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY SURYACITTA ON BBC RADIO JANUARY 2016 
 
It seems to me that whenever I listen to the news, read a newspaper a good portion of the news is somebody blaming somebody else. To me, it looks like the art of politics is who can blame the other party most eloquently. 
No More Blame
by Suryacitta 
 
One day I was sitting in a traffic jam in a city in the UK, which let me tell you is a common thing in my country, when I noticed to my left on the pavement a woman walking along and texting. 
 
Nothing wrong with this of course, and there is no judgement here of the woman, as most of us do this, but what I also noticed is that she was leaning forward and rushing. Which again most of us do. 
Are you texting or nexting?

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Community drop ins, silent meditation days and Webinars 

Building a Mindfulness Community of people who wish to practice together: 
 
Last Friday Monthly drop-in: These meditation drop-ins are for all those who have attended any of our courses and want to come and practice together. If you live a distance away from our venue you can join via live webinar. 
 
The usual structure for the evening is to begin with a meditation, followed by teaching and discussion, as many people have questions form their own practice. We finish with a second meditation. 
 
The session run from 6.30-8.00 and there is a donation of £5.00 
 
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Please text Gaynor on 07837 866 619 or Suryacitta on 07908 957 100 
 
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