The Stillness of the Season

stillness of the season

Looking to bring stillness into the season? Christmas can be a time of paradox. On one hand, the natural world is slowing, the days are short and dark and there can be a pull for stillness and quiet. Yet all around us, the lights are bright, the music is loud and the demands of the season can keep us from …

Into the Clearing, Reflections on New Year Retreat

Into the Clearing Reflections on New Year Retreat   “…create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently…” From Clearing by Martha Postlewaite   “I want to go home now, he’s not making me laugh ALL the time”, announced the six-year-old half-way through the clown show we were attending.  Over the many years since that …

Mindfulness and Physical Pain – Three Ways Practice Can Help

Mindfulness and Physical Pain – Three Ways Practice Can Help by Mary Jennings It’s been almost a year. It’s been a challenge. Dealing with tendonitis in the hip that seems intractable to all the interventions of physiotherapists, orthopaedic specialists, exercises and painkillers. I began to use another intervention – a more deliberate mindfulness approach. Firstly, mindfulness helped me turn towards …

How to find calm in a busy world – Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy

Meditation is often put forward as a cure all. There are many studies that claim it can do many things for us, it can lower our blood pressure, it can reduce stress, it can boost our immunity, it can improve our memory, it can make us more serene and easier to live with and yet there are many people, many …

The Science of Breath

Trinity College Dublin researchers have recently published research that suggests controlled breathing can enhance attention and improve overall brain health. It has long been claimed by Yogis and Buddhists that meditation and ancient breath-focused practices strengthen our ability to focus on tasks. A new study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between …