Archive for Spirituality

How to be with your feelings

How to be with your feelings

To let go of emotional eating habits, we need to deal with our feelings differently. How? This month, do this¬†very simple thing: Let feelings arise, and acknowledge them. And doesn’t that already feel better? Me: baby screams. Feeling: Guilt that I can’t soothe her. Feeling:…

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How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

Food is such an immediate pleasure. This month, let’s take the pressure off food and explore other ways to meet our desires and enjoy living 1.Paradigm-shift your pleasure. Think about how pleasure was presented to you as a child, and the rolemodels in your life….

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There’s only fear and love

There’s only fear and love

I gingerly admit it: this is probably the most overtly spiritual post I’ve ever written. Try it out. And join me in wondering: What IS fear? What IS love?   There’s only fear and love. That’s the theory In other words, all emotions are underpinned…

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Mindfulness filled in the gaps in a low-key Buddhist upbringing

Mindfulness filled in the gaps in a low-key Buddhist upbringing

Mindfulness brings clarity to a philosophy I’ve been seeking a lifelong understanding of. I grew up in a household where both parents were experienced in Zen Buddhist meditation. It seeped into my world view, I see with hindsight The Buddha of rural North Devon When…

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Mindfulness, 18 months on

Mindfulness, 18 months on

A year and a half since I did a self-guided MBSR course, I reflect on the benefits, and an ever-evolving meditation habit 18 months ago I did a self-guided MBSR* course Then I did it again! (*MBSR is the standard 8-week meditation course, short for…

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Can symbols help healing?

Can symbols help healing?

What is health? What heals? Does our superstitious use of little symbols and talismans play a part in talking our unconscious into getting better?¬† Things crop up, again and again. Little symbols, or motifs, or wotnot. Theatre is full of these little themes. And I…

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Change your mind

Change your mind

What do we mean, when we talk about having a ‘mind’? Our brain, our self view, our life force? Read the full words that are in me series here What do we mean, when we talk about having a ‘mind’? Our brain + our subjectivity?…

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Why does anyone need spirituality?

Why does anyone need spirituality?

The grass looks greener over the spiritual side. Here are five of the questions in my life that make me peer over the fence longingly I suppose it’s inevitable that questions on happiness, and on how you should be in relation to your world, eventually…

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