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Musings on Retreat

I’m writing this while on a retreat in deepest Cornwall with some women I know through a mindfulness group. It has been a lovely few days doing not a lot.. a guilt-free escape from our usually busy lives.

When was the last time you stopped and did absolutely nothing? I realise for me it has been a very long time.. partly because we live in the Yorkshire Dales, so any holidays or trips to friends or relatives involve a long drive and usually a whirlwind of activities and visits.

We have been lounging around reading, journal writing, meditating, sketching, walking, cooking, drinking lots of tea and wine and generally recharging our batteries.

It really has been an interesting experience to be properly ‘away’ with very limited mobile signal.. and actually quite liberating to do nothing.

The wind is whistling through the windows but the sky is blue and the crows are playing in the wind… this is my view…

view from Trefreock

Pretty good eh  🙂

Dalek Meditation

I don’t know who created the original but a friend spotted this dalek relaxation meditation on Devour.com and it made me laugh.. hope you enjoy it too.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Be warned.. this is meditation as you have never experienced it before!
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A Mindful Morning

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be about meditation and sitting quietly.. it is also about noticing and appreciating little things and being aware of your surroundings.

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I love autumn leaves and it was the perfect time to see the colours changing.

red maple leaves

The park used to be a proper old fashioned pleasure ground and had a little railway track around the lake. The trains stopped many years ago but they have kept this old platform, sowed wildflower seeds and let nature do its thing.

old railway and wildflowersA butterfly sunbathing on the flowers by the path.

butterfly on purple flowers

 

Do nothing for 2 minutes

This website http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com does exactly what it says on the tin and asks you to ‘Do Nothing For 2 Minutes’.

If you have never tried anything like mindfulness or meditation before this is a simple place to start.

Just try and breathe, listen to the waves and if you want look at the picture. Most people struggle to begin with but that is fine.. don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage it at first.

I set a timer a couple of times a day on my phone and if I’m working on the computer when it goes off I do this.. just breathing deeply and taking a bit of a time-out can help enormously and make you more focused when you go back to your work.

Give it a try – Click on the picture below and breathe!

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Bob Leckridge – Heroes not Zombie

Heroes not Zombies is a wonderful and thought provoking blog by Bob Leckridge who is a medically trained doctor living in Scotland. He was a GP for many years before retraining as a homeopath and now works at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital which is part of the NHS.

Bob started blogging several years ago and there are a huge number of posts on Heroes not Zombies about health, mindfulness and meditation, photography, homeopathy, life, nature, travels and more.

The thing I love most are his wonderful photos.  He has an eye for patterns and nature and notices beautiful things that many of us would miss. For an example see this recent post from here to here which starts with the story of a single hollyhock seed .Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

single hollyhock seed

Many of Bob’s photos can be found on flickr and are well worth a look.

Mind Full or Mindful

I love this cartoon, not sure where the original came from but think it is very relevant and my aim is to try and help get my head more like the ‘mindful’ dog rather that the ‘mind full’ person.

I completely understand many people have heard of mindfulness and have no idea where to start achat viagra sur internet france. It can be a bit confusing and there are many ‘flavours’ so I will post a few blogs with tips and websites that I have found helpful.

If you are new to all this mindfulness stuff then The Free Mindfulness Project is a good place to start. It is a great site with lots of different types of guided mindfulness exercises available to download. So try a few and see which type you like best.

Best of luck!