Reflections of Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog: Self Compassion and Pain

“As we cultivate mindfulness in our own hearts, we can direct similar compassion towards ourselves. Sometimes we need to care for ourselves as if that suffering is our own child. Why not show compassion, Kindness, and sympathy toward our own being, even as we openly fully to our pain? To treat ourselves with as muchContinue reading “Reflections of Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog: Self Compassion and Pain”

Passage of the Day: The Sensation of Pain and Your Thoughts and Feelings

“If you are willing to turn toward the pain, accept it, observe it, and not run from it, it can teach you a great deal. Above all, you learn that you can work with it. You learn that pain is not a static experience: it is constantly changing. You come to see that that theContinue reading “Passage of the Day: The Sensation of Pain and Your Thoughts and Feelings”

Passage of the Day: Symptoms and Mindfulness

“When you look into a symptom with the full power of mindfulness, whether it is muscle tension, a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, fever or pain it gives you much more of a chance to remember to honour your body and listen to the messages it is trying to give you. When we fail toContinue reading “Passage of the Day: Symptoms and Mindfulness”

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”; mindfulness for the rest of your life

“Our own commitment to the practice of MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) instructors conveys wordlessly our conviction that the journey we are inviting our patients to undertake s true live adventure, one that we can engage and pursue together over the eight weeks of the MBSR programme. The real mindfulness practice is how we liveContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”; mindfulness for the rest of your life”

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Non-Striving

“Although it takes a lot of work and energy of a certain kind, ultimately meditation is a non-doing, It has no goal other than for you to be yourself. The irony is that you are already are, this sounds paradoxical and a little crazy, Yet this paradox and craziness may be pointing you toward aContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Non-Striving”