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?
by Suryacitta 
 
Recently I noticed how irritated I was becoming with our new printer which seemed incapable of doing the most basic of things, like printing. This got me thinking about my relationship to my possessions. I lived for five years with very few possessions whilst living in a Buddhist retreat centre, and I must say I was very happy indeed. I rarely missed the THINGS of this world. 
Zen Master and the Vase
by Suryacitta 
 
Working with fear and anxiety 
And just about everything else you don’t want. 
 
The questions on a recent webinar I run seemed to be centred around difficult emotions such as fear, anxiety, guilt and a busy mind. 
Working with Anxiety and Fear
by Naomi Kent 
 
This is a blog from Radio presenter Naomi Kent. It is her own words about her experience of participating in the eight-week course. 
 
Week 8 Bringing mindfulness to life and what next. 
My Journey on the eight week course
by Ene Abah 
 
Mindfulness Meditation: wrapping up 2016 
 
(This blog was written by Ene Abah of Nigeria, you can read her blogs at http://belletammy.blogspot.co.uk
Sometime this year, I started to look more into meditation and mindfulness. I was looking to reconnect with myself on a certain level, and I knew what I needed to do. 
 
My god mother and her husband are mindfulness meditation instructors and naturally I turned to them. My god mother gave me two books written by her husband on the subject. And guess what! He signed them, whoop whoop! 
Ending 2016 from Nigeria
by Jon Allen 
 
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place. Washington Irving 
 
It’s common to see meditation and spiritual practice as a way of changing ourselves, and this is understandable. If we feel unworthy about ourselves, we will want to feel worthy. If we’re unhappy, we’ll want to be happy, and if we feel stuck we’ll want to be free. 
How we change

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Community drop ins, silent meditation days and Webinars 

Building a Mindfulness Community of people who wish to practice together. 
 
Drop in's are the last Friday of the month. These meditation drop-ins are for all those who have attended any of our courses and want to come and practice together.  
29th March, 26th April, 31st May, 28th June, 26th July, NO drop in for August, 27th September, 25th October, 29th November. 
 
The usual structure for the evening is to begin with a meditation, followed by teaching and discussion, if you have questions from your own home practice please ask. We finish with a second meditation. 
 
The session run from 6.30-8.00 and there is a donation of £5.00 
 
Please let us know if you’re coming, so we have an idea of numbers and can put out mats and chairs. Its best to come at least 5 minutes before at 6.25pm. 
 
Silent Meditations Days (Sesshins) 
We run regular sesshins (silent meditation days) which are by invitation only. If you would like to attend please get in touch and we will put you on the list 
 
 
Please text Gaynor on 07837 866 619 or Suryacitta on 07908 957 100 
 
or email us at info@mindfulnesscic.co.uk. 
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