Posts tagged “Mindfulness”

Bookends to death - building a bigger container of love by Gaynor Quilter 
 
I’ve been reflecting recently on how different my experience has been in sitting with how I feel over the loss of my younger brother in May this year. 
 
I came to meditation practice after the death of my Mum in 2005. I’d been on a Mindfulness and Compassion course in Brighton run by Suryacitta. The meditation and and Voice dialogue practice, allowed me to gain some relief and release from my early rage. 
By Dr Liz Sparkes 
 
Transforming the critical voice 
 
‘Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you’, Rumi knew that pretending that certain aspects of ourselves don’t exist wasn’t the way to transformation. 
The critic, the voice within that holds us back, tells us that we are not good enough, that we shouldn’t speak up; that is what keeps us stuck. These unacknowledged parts of ourselves are often close to fear. Fear of what might happen if we acknowledge them , fear of the truth of who we are. However, as Gene Gendlin describes, we come to know through awareness that, that which appears negative does actually contain trapped suppressed positive life energy. The energy is twisted and blocked and gentle mindfulness or awareness is often all that is needed to allow the release and transformation. 
 
We place parts of ourselves in exile...  
Bursting Your Balloons 
By Suryacitta from his forthcoming book for mindfulness teachers. 
 
A few years ago, I was at a birthday party and noticed that one of the entertainers was blowing up balloons. He would let the children burst the balloon, then instantly he would blow up another. Again they would burst the balloon, and again he would blow up another. The children enjoyed bursting the man’s balloons. Each time they did this he would pretend to be disappointed and surprised. But even though he had lots of experience and it was his job to entertain the children, I am sure it was tiring forever blowing up balloons. 
The wisdom of the body
by one of our young students 
 
There is much more understanding and greater publicity than ever before of the real human cost behind the mental health issues that so many of us deal with everyday. 
 
Our young student's powerful blog of her mindfulness classes last year, gives us another dimension to the power of friendship, the need for perseverence and her courage. 
 
Thoughts from a Sceptic 
When my best friend asked me if I wanted to go on a mindfulness course, I was immediately doubtful. 
 
I'm the type of person who can't ever mentally switch off. Add to that a lot of external factors - an intense relationship breakdown, debt, stresses at work, an upcoming house move and a masters dissertation and you're left with extreme insomnia and severe depression. I was at a point in my life where I did not want to live my life, my thoughts were a constant stream of self criticism and on several occasions I tried to end this. 
You can't stop the first dagger
by Stephanie Curnoe 
 
One of my most profound lessons from Suryacitta’s teachings is: understanding the true value of direct experience…. 
 
As a traditional acupuncturist, steeped in Daoist theory (Yin/Yang, the Law of the Five Elements, the Eight Principles etc.), my critical thinking often prompts me to challenge new teachings to see how they fit into the law models that are familiar to me. 
Mindfulness and the Truth of my Be-ing
by Suryacitta 
 
Around 10 years ago I spent a month in Nepal with Gaynor my wife trekking the Himalayas, it was a good trip. Whilst there I must have contracted some sort of virus which my body didn’t like. 
 
One evening whilst having a meal together I felt awful, I was sick and needed to go to the bathroom. 
 
I actually passed out and my wife got me back safely to our hotel. The next day there was so no sign of anything amiss. 
Mindfulness – and how to work with panic attacks
by Radio Presenter Naomi Kent 
 
I listen to Surya’s Monday morning meditation on Facebook as he guides us to, “Drop into the body”. And it feels like a drop. I’m off to Krakow this summer and a friend recommended I go to some underground caves, which involves a dabble in pot-holing to get there. So now I don’t meditate as often, coming into the body feels like delving into the depths of a cave, with a hint of trepidation at what might be lurking around the next corner. After the initial drop, I’m fine – which I imagine is similar to the actual cave experience – but I’m definitely more tentative when it’s time to ‘come home to the body’ compared to when I was regularly practising throughout my course. 
Maintaining mindfulness
by Suryacitta 
 
All plants and trees are healthier and stronger when they have healthy roots, they have more stability if those roots reach deep into the earth. 
 
If we take a plant out of the earth and lay it on the ground it doesn’t take long before it withers and dies. 
 
Mindfulness is like a tree, it too has roots, and its roots go very deep into the Buddhist tradition. Roots which go back 2500 years. 
The Problem with Secular Mindfulness

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Community drop ins - last Friday of the month 

Building a Mindfulness Community of people who wish to practice together. 
 
IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL DROP INS 
Drop in's are the last Friday of the month. These meditation drop-ins are both in-person and broadcast online. We been running these since 2013.  
Dates for 2020:  
25 September, 30 October, 27th Novevember. No December drop in 
Click HERE for info and booking 
 
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 sessions run from 6.30-8.00. The cost is £5.00 
Click HERE to book or more info 
 
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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