Connect: Mindfulness Blog

Welcome to the March issue! This month a poem from Mary Oliver…     Today Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so … Read more

Taking Action for Happiness This time of year is often associated with low mood and just ‘getting on with it.’ With warmer weather still a while away, evenings still long and dark and the excitement of the festive seasons a distant memory, it would seem as though we are doomed to face the next few … Read more

Shoulders A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently, looking two times north and south, because his son is asleep on his shoulder. No car must splash him. No car drive too near to his shadow. This man carries the world’s most sensitive cargo but he’s not marked. Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE, … Read more

  Some Thoughts About Crows Again… I have been watching the crows in the trees during recent storms again. When a strong gust of wind blows hard, leaves and the birds are blown off the tree, scattering them. The birds go with the wind, not fighting it, allowing themselves to be like the leaves. They … Read more

Breathing Into Life Occasionally something happens that you may be involved with in some way and it brings immense satisfaction. You may remember, last August I told you about the impact iBme UK retreats have on those that took part (and their families and friends). A couple of weeks ago, a video of the retreat … Read more

Yes, no or it depends? A mindfulness teacher with a strong emphasis on a scientific approach to practice, Shinzen Young, says that it depends. If you look at a mountain in small enough detail, down to the atomic level, then you will see movement – the protons, electrons and neutrons are continually moving. If we … Read more

Transformational is a term often used to describe the impact mindfulness can have. Although I am often wary of making claims that can often seem exaggerated, I would certainly apply it when talking about iBme UK’s residential mindfulness retreats. iBme UK is now in its third year and has its annual retreat in Kent from … Read more

In the midst of the all the turmoil we face at the moment, taking good care of yourself is central. Life, and all that it brings, can be an intense place to be, yet being compassionate and caring with ourselves allows us to open to what is really going on. It would be too easy … Read more

’ve just come back from an inspiring Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) conference. There were an inspirational array of speakers who, without exception, reaffirmed what an important thing it is to teach mindfulness to young people. One stand-out speech was from Caroline Lucas MP. She was reflecting on how mindfulness has the potential to allow … Read more

I recently had the privilege to visit two amazing institutions in the the North-West of England – Raise Education and Wellbeing School and the Peace Foundation. The former educates young people for whom mainstream school has not worked. They take in young people on the margins of society: in trouble with the police, involved in … Read more

New Course May 2021 We hope to run an 8-week in-person course, Beyond Recuperation – Mindfully Creating a New Future, at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre. Thursday evenings. Please click on the button below for more information.

New Mindfulness Course