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Author Archives: John Barter

MINDFULLY MAKING THE MINDFUL MEAL

Dear Friends Welcome to our life’s New Year of 2020. The fact that we have arrived into the New Year means that the last year has gone; that period of time is no longer; like a meal that has been taken, eaten, consumed and is now finished! So too, this New Year will also be consumed and in time be no more.   However, what becomes important is not that a year, a month, a week, a day, hour – minute – moment is...
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SLOW DOWN TO QUICKEN

Dear Friends Well-done; we have reached the end of the year and now just a few days before the New Year begins. This can be an important time to relax and retreat so that we might revive and energise as the New Year begins. We can use this time to Slow Down, develop Inner Calm, see things more clearly through Insight and know Real Peace. My verse below points to this possibility as Mindfulness practice.   Have a wonderful Year End and New Year...
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FOR THE TIME BEING

Dear Friends – we often and so easily take words and expressions for granted. Sometimes a little look at what the words mean, even seeing or sourcing a meaning behind the words can be both an interesting and worthwhile pursuit. Enjoy my reflections in the verse below. Regards John B.   FOR THE TIME BEING This time, that time; Some time, at times; We may have, might have; Should have, could have; Used the term, the phrase, the expression; That eloquently says or states; ‘For the time being!’   Yet, have we ever stopped,...
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Summertime Newsletter 2019

Dear Friends, Welcome to Summer, a wonderful season that connects the end of our year with the New Year 2020. Summer can bring about a mood of relaxation and recreation especially as the year ends with a period of holiday and festivities over Christmas and New Years Day. Whilst the ending of the year can be a busy time, we need to remind ourselves to slowly ‘wind-down’ and not get ‘wound-up!’ The best way to ‘wind-down’ and not get ‘wound-up’ is...
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NO-SENSE OR NONSENSE

Dear Friends We seek to find and make meaning even where or when no meaning is implied or is to be applied! A sentence, statement or a something, may appear as a paradox but may not be a contradiction.   Sometimes the Buddha’s Wisdom Teachings might appear to us like this. However, such Teachings simply may be pointing to the way beyond words; to that domain of mind free from concepts, conceiving and the creation of the conceit of the self!   The ‘Bare Attention’...
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OF WRACK AND RUIN

Dear Friends As the wisdom of the Buddha points out, we often mistake the Unreal for the Real and see the Real as the Unreal. We can also mistake the Untrue for the Truth and see the Truth as Untrue! Why is this so? Maybe because in our lack of Mindful Awareness, we are distracted; our minds clarity is distorted and our mental capacity is diminished! It can be no wonder then that we become distressed and upset and fall into suffering...
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THE PRACTICE IS UNBECOMING

Dear Friends In our world of worldly gain and getting, achieving and attaining; the practice of Mindful Insightfulness and Compassionate Care, takes on a very different movement and momentum. The energy and engagement of our Wisdom Practice is one of releasing and relinquishing. This becomes the continual process of freeing the mind from frustration and fear, anxiety and anguish, distress and upset. My verse below may lend inspiration to that end! John B.   THE PRACTICE IS UNBECOMING Our approach; To our Mindfulness and Meditation Practice; Need...
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IN PRAISE OF POETRY

Dear Friends Many of us may not be particularly interested in Poetry, to write it or to go out of our way to read it. However, when we are Mindful – connecting to life in a direct perceptive way through our senses, then life in Poetry becomes both experienced and expressed. My poetry below invites us to look, learn and live in this special way. John B.   IN PRAISE OF POETRY As we come to our senses Through Mindful Knowing; Through Receptive Awareness; Through Conscious Clarity; Through Perceptive...
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RIGHT BEFORE US!

Dear Friends So often we put ‘our self’ before others and things that may actually be more important than the ‘us – I – me - self’. This also occurs in putting our self before what is Real and True and in particular what is the Truth of Reality. This becomes a continual source of stress and suffering for our self! Real Freedom- Peace comes from Insight, which results from the Mind-Sight of what is Real and Right before seeing engages...
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NIBBANA IS THE END OF TIME

Dear Friends Have we ever had a moment of no-time, a time out of or beyond time? Most of us have had this experience at some time or another! Often we describe it as ‘time stood still!’ However what may have been happening for us is that the ‘mind stood still’!’ Here no thinking, no mental creating of a past or future or even a someone to be caught up in time. On these timeless occasions we may feel Profound Peace; the feeling of simply...
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