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Meditation (experiences, progress, promise and books)

I’ve been meditating in one form or another for 40 years, I first discovered it as a kid through yoga and I didn’t think of it as meditation then, just conscious breathing.  Fifteen years ago this occasional anonymous practice became more systematic and got a name, Vipassana Meditation, now a...

More than meditation

In this morning eclectic mix of reading was a post from Tony Schwartz one of my favourite authors talking about the realities of meditation, he opens with this statement of fact: Here’s the promise: Meditation – and mindfulness meditation, in particular – will reduce your cortisol level, blood pressure, social anxiety and...

Meditation has changed my life

I have been meditating twice a day now for just over 3 years and it now plays a major part in my life, initialy I started to meditate just to help me manage the constant pain I am in, but as the years went by I realised that it has...

My Guide To Living Well

In a recent blog post where I started to talk about my beliefs I mentioned that living a ‘good life’ is about balancing ‘living well’ and ‘living right’, this post explores what I mean by ‘living well’.  It’s not prescriptive, there are many different approaches to living well that work...

Early Retirement – Six Months In

Despite all the planning I did  retirement has taken me somewhat by surprise, I’d planned to do a lot more, to learn new skills, travel more widely, decorate the house from top to bottom, but it’s not been like that.  Instead the activities that I was already doing have just...

The Lazy Days Are The Worst Ones

After a hectic and tiring couple of days in London I promised myself a lazy day today, but these lazy days are the worst, too many of them and in retirement they nudge me closer to the slippery slope that leads to lethargy, boredom and depression.  It’s important for me...

A New Toy

A few days ago I hurt my shoulder trying to avoid an elderly person who was unable to swim in a straight line in the pool (compassion).  As a result I’ve not been able to swim for most of the week and most every task involving my arms causes a...

Wasp Tales

I’ve still got a mild cold and last night it decided to step things up a notch, gifting me with shivers and a arthritis flare in my left arm, shoulder and lower right leg. That’s just the kind of random selection of body parts that I’m used to, so there’s...

Family And Friends

Although the weather’s been a bit blustery and chilly when the clouds came over, today’s been a wonderfully warm social time.  The day started as it almost does with me saying goodbye to a sleepy Debbie to come downstairs and feed the hungry cats, before heading out on my bike...