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Wishing you a wonderful 2018

As we draw near the end of the year we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best for 2018. If you’re a spiritual explorer looking forward to 2018 and you want to bring your daily life more into line with your spiritual life, we think you’ll very much enjoy what we’ve

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Ignite your spiritual life

Ignite My Spiritual Life? Really?

Lately, you’ve been hearing from us about our online course and Five Principles, and we have a question for you: Do our five principles sound like they’re going to “Ignite Your Spiritual Life?” After all, the second principle talks about structure and routine, and how embracing them actually creates more freedom. Then, the fourth one

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A question of compassion – what would you do?

It’s not always easy to know what compassion looks like I got an opportunity to practice compassionate speech when I was in a little shop in a village in England several years ago. It was the kind of shop I’d call a “newsagent” – think “corner store” if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

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How’s your concentration?

Mindfulness and awareness are key. Yet, when I’m hitting a golf ball, I really don’t care about anything else. Is that a bad thing? Surely being able to focus all my attention on what I’m doing is good. When I concentrate, and get really absorbed, that leads to bliss. My concentration helps me pay attention to detail. So, what if

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Is this why you can’t get it off your mind?

My first meditation retreat was going really well. The whole space – a complex below a temple – was set up to support new meditators. Each day we enjoyed two meals, a short morning class, and the use of two meditation halls. We were in silent retreat except for a daily interview with a teacher,

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Don’t control me!

Getting back in control, when the four-year old in you has taken over My heart rate jumped. I scowled, and my whole body tightened. I clenched my jaw in total resistance. ‘No!’ ‘No!!!!!!” That could be describing me at four years-old, being told to go to bed before my big brother. Except I was 44, and

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How I kept from missing years of meditation

When I first started meditating, it felt great. I’d had a little instruction and I started sitting at home, alone, every morning. With that, I was leaving for work every day with a state of calm and bliss, and my days were simply going much better. Knowing what’s good for you, like meditation And, I

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Ways to keep your meditation practice going

When I first started meditating, it felt great. I’d had a little instruction and I started sitting at home, alone, every morning. With that, I was leaving for work every day with a state of calm and bliss, and my days were simply going much better. Knowing what’s good for you, like meditation The fact

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Why am I obsessing over this?

An English language student I once taught was clearly unhappy in our first class. That doesn’t sound traumatic, I know, but I was obsessed with it for the next few days, and it took some real effort to clear it from my mind. The little things stick in our heads He’d taken over the warm-up

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How to fit hours of meditation into your working day

The spiritual teachings and meditation entered my life in a life-changing way while I was living in Japan. Yet after a few months, I found I was using most of my energy for work and commuting. I was struggling to find time to sit in meditation. When your meditation takes a back seat Often, I had to start

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