How to say ‘yes’ to being here

How to say ‘yes’ to being here

Nine months ago today, Scottish people voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question ‘should Scotland be an independent country?’. Mindfulness workshop leader and philosophy enthusiast Philip Cowell draws a parallel between Mindfulness and referendums of independence, since accepting to be here, and deciding to be…

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There is no such thing as writer’s block

There is no such thing as writer’s block

Mindfulness-and-writing-yoga teacher Philip Cowell reminds us that as long as you have a pen in your hand, you have something to write home about, and gives five exercises to make mindful words Philip Cowell writes: I’m in a writing workshop for people who have a…

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Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Philosophy-lover Philip Cowell considers Mindfulness the perfect tool to practice Michel Foucault’s political call for embodiment  Come again? If Foucault said sex isn’t the be all and end all (let’s all do drugs and S&M instead), then mindfulness might be saying the same thing. What?! True,…

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Mindfulness with yoga and creative writing: Speak the plank

Mindfulness with yoga and creative writing: Speak the plank

Creative Writing for Yoga? Mindfulness teachertrainee Philip Cowell leads a workshop in self-kindness, and seeks words for the joy of it I recently ran a workshop I called Creative Writing for Yoga. I have no idea what creative writing for yoga is, and that’s why I…

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Mindfulness walking meditation: Breathe where you live

Mindfulness walking meditation: Breathe where you live

Philip Cowell walks us round his London locale, and suggests six Mindfulness meditation experiments    London’s trendy old Brixton, it turns out, is a great place to breathe. I just went for a wander to see how mindful I could be. Here are six experiments to try…

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Mindfulness standing meditation: How to stand up

Mindfulness standing meditation: How to stand up

Standing up is second nature, if you’re a tree. But as Philip Cowell reflects, mindful standing is a tall order Can we stop and stare at our own standing up?  It’s a moment that stands out, or you might say stands up, in John Berryman’s great…

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