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3 Reasons to meditate

What is the purpose of meditation? Shapiro (1) studied that question empirically with meditators in California, and found that participants’ answers fitted into at least one of three categories: Self-regulation: achieving a sense of wellbeing Self-exploration: knowing oneself Self-actualization: embodying and developing the fullness of one’s character A closer look at the early Buddhist teachings […]

Somatic Imagination

“What you frequently ponder upon, that becomes the inclination of your mind” – Buddha (1)   I am my perception. As I walk down the forest close to my home in the autumn, I smell the pine trees, I see the wide variation of colours as all other trees lose their leaves, and hear some […]

An Ecology of Love

“The climate crisis is a crisis of view” – Rob Burbea (1)   Our moment-to-moment experience is influenced by many factors, including the environment we are in. By the environment, I mean the immediate surroundings as well as the larger ecological and societal context we inhabit. I remember a time on silent retreat when it […]

Embodying Relationships

“We inter-are” – Thich Nhat Hanh (1)   With mainstream values of individualism, we will often tend to consider ourselves as separate from others, nature and the world. However, a new research paradigm in somatic neuroscience emerging called “radical embodiment” (2-3) ), shows that the shape of our sense of self differs based on our […]