The Greatest Gift

I couldn’t ask for a better dose of inspiration this morning then to work on compiling all of my notes, materials and recordings from the past 8 months of Awakening Coaching…and to finally write this blog post that has wanted to express itself for some time. It’s Christmas. Some time at around this time in…

The books we read matter: my 2015 literary highlights

Dear fellow book lover, I’m one of those people who is usually reading a half-dozen books at the same time, jumping from chapter to chapter, readings parts, coming back to titles later than planned or never at all.  You’ve likely met a few of my breed before :-) So, while 2015 has been a transformative…

Just let go of the bar – Kite-surfing’s big life lesson

Rule #1 when you’re learning kite surfing: when it gets challenging, too strong or scary, just let go of the bar.  The bar is how you steer and control the kite flying above you, this fabric and lines that captures the incredible power of the wind and propels you forward with it. It takes practice…

A mind full of excuses – Week 12 & 13

Preamble: as work piles up and I gain direction and momentum in my life, I observe my attention slip away from meditation and into action. As you can see from my notes of the past 2 weeks I am still attempting to carve out time for the all-important mind-clearing… I’m successful at times, not so…

Meditation week 10 & 11 – hanging on…

Day 1: Sunday – no fasting, not much mindfulness either Day 2: Monday – nope Day 3: Tuesday – tried, only lasted about 8 min. and there was a lot of squirming at that. Thursday : beautiful, sunny and energy filled day. I indulged in one of my favourite childhood addictions: the swing set. Taking…

Week 9 – a diversity of methods and experiences

Day 1 (Sunday) – 5 minutes of mindfulness painfully scheduled in and a good effort given at being in the moment – just for 5min!! Day 2(Monday) Did 10 minutes today, and as usual am overjoyed to be consciously resting the mind during the day. Have also noticed that within a few minutes of rest,…

Week 8, Days 2-7, a week of excuses

I know and fully realise that there are very few things more important than my meditation practice. The entire experience of life is derived from, takes place in and ends in the mind itself. And yet this very mind that I am so keen to train and to quiet has effectively conjured up a series…

Week 8, Day 1 – a great “fasting” day

So today I decided to live by some age-old wisdom: be kind to yourself. And so, with a busy day of pottery painting ahead of me (livin’ the high life!) I had only a few kiwis and pecan nuts for breakfast, some weak coffee and orange juice and I was out the door. The intensity…

Week 7, day 2 – 7; movement in meditation

Days 3 & 4: My focus when I am “doing” is phenomenal. In fact, all I want is to do, to move to act. It’s the “being” that is trickier… But in the energy I find myself in now it’s equally difficult to justify “being” as necessary or desirable. However, I know deep down that…

Liebster Award – Thanks for nomination… now here are mine!

Thank you A Mindful Traveler for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award! It’s very sweet of you, and it’s fun to answer these questions, share fun facts and nominate other great blogs that deserve some time in the spotlight too! Rules of the Liebster Award: 1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on…

Week 6, Day 7; Week 7, Day 1: adaptation

Went through quite the adaptation process this weekend.  The mind has played many tricks on me… but I feel I’ve come out of the experience understanding it’s illusory nature just a bit better. Fasting: today I went on just tea and a shake until about 17:00 at which point I did tuck into a nice…

Week 6, days 5 & 6 – emptiness

I find myself creating stories, struggling with attachment and drifting between the fairy-like past and intangible future. It’s time to stop and rest in the moment. I pick up my book and open the chapter on the meditation of emptiness. It nudges me to explore the dependent existance of the “I”, to mentally disintegrate my…

Week 6, days 2,3 & 4 – commitment

I’ll admit, it’s been difficult, in the turmoil and excitement of the past several days to find justification, much less time, for meditation. I find myself coming up with elaborate excuses and reasons as to why I should be doing something more “worthwhile”. Forgetting all the while that letting myself catch up with the mind,…