Meditation

Podcast: The 'Problem' of Thinking in Meditation

Podcast: The 'Problem' of Thinking in Meditation

How can we be more mindful of our thoughts when we meditate? Perhaps one of our most common preconceptions about mindfulness meditation, is that somehow our heads will become an oasis of stillness, calm and tranquility, rather than the over active, preoccupied or even anxious things they often are. What we soon realise is that mindfulness practice doesn't stop us from thinking, but instead offers us a new way of relating to our thoughts.

Mindfulness and Creativity: Inspirational quote of the month

Mindfulness and Creativity: Inspirational quote of the month

We bring so many value judgements to our creating and meditating. And to ourselves. Not just is IT right but are WE wrong? Like there's some fundamental flaw in us that means that whatever we do we'll never trust it.

Watching Shadows Meditation - a poem and video

Watching Shadows Meditation - a poem and video

Meditation is not
a feat

or a miracle. 
It is simply
sitting
watching shadows
until
there is
no watcher, 
or watching, only
flutter and
whisper
filling space.

Drawing Your Own Path Podcast with Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

Drawing Your Own Path Podcast with Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

It's not every day you get interviewed... Last month I was given the lovely opportunity, to geek-out on all my favourite things with fellow artist, mediator and author, John F Simon Jr. Our chat is now up on the Drawing Your Own Path website, on iTunes - or you can listen to it here.

Listening - a poem meditation

Listening - a poem meditation

A listening meditation  Ask yourself, quietly, gently, patiently... Am I listening? Drop these words into the silence. Wait for the responsive stillness of the body. Am I listening? Wait quietly. Without straining. Hang there in the space between the words. Suspend everything but this. Listening is always a waiting. Am I listening?

Stop Look Breathe Create - Mindful Drawing Class Video

Stop Look Breathe Create - Mindful Drawing Class Video

This is a recording of a Live Facebook Stream to the Art of Mindfulness community to celebrate the launch of my new Stop Look Breathe Create book. For the drawing activity you will need:
1) A pen or pencil and paper 2) Some things to draw which have interesting textures and shapes. E.G. Shells, seedpods, stones, a hairbrush, cheese grater, or house-plant. This is a one hour creative mindfulness class: 15 minute introductory meditation; 10 minute talk about mindful creativity and the Stop Look Breathe Create creative mindfulness practice; 20 minutes of guided mindful drawing activities; 10 minutes Q and A. 

My practice: Embodied Drawings project

My practice: Embodied Drawings project

Some of the #blindcontour drawings I've made in the last month immediately after meditating. I've decided to do another month of mindfully exploring mental and emotional states in relation to my experience of being embodied. As always this is about process not end results, about seeing, breathing, connecting with the moment - and enjoying myself enormously by just playing

Mindfulness for noticing the stories in our heads

Mindfulness for noticing the stories in our heads

Our minds are natural story-makers, they’re constantly creating; not just fiction, poetry, Facebook posts and blogs, but also tales about our pasts and about our futures; fables about why we’re not good enough, smart enough, could have done better; myths about our relationships, our talent (or lack of it), our fortune or misfortune. We have world-class imaginations, fantasising and daydreaming we excel at. But here’s the important thing to remember… it’s ALL fiction! Nothing that goes on in our heads is real. It’s just thoughts. Mindfulness helps us to wake up to this fact and it’s a liberation. Why? Because then you get to choose the stories, you get to select which tape you play.