Posts tagged “Suryacitta”

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 Suryacitta 
 
Mindfulness is now being taught in so many ways, in so many settings and by many different people. 
 
Mindfulness to me is something of beauty. Although it is not a thing, an object, to me it is still beautiful. I often use the image of a jewel to illustrate mindfulness in teaching. A jewel has many facets, you turn the jewel a fraction and there is another facet, shimmering right at you. When running a course, or a series of workshops what we are really doing is exploring the jewel of mindfulness or awareness, and it is something we explore for the rest of our lives if we commit ourselves to it. 
The Three Pillars of Mindfulness Teaching
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
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 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

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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. 
 
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