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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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THE ONE PRACTICE

Dear Friends, in our world of increasing complexity and contradictions, it may become challenging to choose the particular practice or type of meditation that may serve and secure a calm and clarity; a realisation of reality; purification of the mind from psychic irritants allowing perennial peace and enabling full and final Freedom. However, from a Buddhist appreciation and perspective, one practice has been offered that brings about this possibility. This is the Meditation Practice of the Foundations for Mindfulness – Satipatthana. My...
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OF SILENCE, SPACIOUSNESS AND STILLNESS

Dear Friends We so often get caught up in the objects of attention and forget that all that we can know and experience is only because of the ‘three non-things’ of Silence, Spaciousness and Stillness. Our Mindfulness and Meditation Practice help to remember and re-mind back to this fundamental purity and simplicity which is known as Perfect Peace. Enjoy my verse below that emphasises this possibility. John B.   OF SILENCE, SPACIOUSNESS AND STILLNESS And when the Silence comes; Be not fearful or afraid. Remain Mindful, aware, the...
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RUN TO THE PRESENT

Dear Friends Do we find ourselves always on the run? What are we running from and where are we running to? Often, we are running from the only place and point to be and to live our life from – the ‘Just here – just now Present’. So why not challenge this and change this, so that we run from being caught in the past and stop chasing after the future, and really arrive on the spot of our life with mindful awareness. Just...
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Drawn Into Life, Activity Rather Than Object

Dear Friends We do not need to be too much of a psychologist or scientist to look, see, notice and note, how and why we stress and suffer. With mindfulness we can observe the process of the mind becoming identified with objects of awareness and becoming them, turning mental-physical phenomena into the personal self. With Mindfulness for Insight Meditation Practice – Satipatthana Vipassana, we can not only see this occurring but allow the mind to remain in knowing the Activity...
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MINDFULNESS IS THE WAY!

Dear Friends Our Mindfulness collects mental energy and connects mental awareness to the ongoing flow of the experience which we call Life. Without Mindfulness we can miss many moments and much of life, as well as the possibility of freedom from the source of psychological stress and suffering. Of any and of all the psychological or spiritual practices worth pursuing and practicing; Mindfulness would be the main and most important. Mindfulness is the calm and clear-minded, correct and direct, conscious way...
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Springtime Newsletter 2019

Dear Friends, Trusting this message finds you mindfully moving forth into the blossoming of our new season of Spring 2019. Whilst all seasons are wonderful in their own way, Spring does brighten the mind and lighten the heart as we see and feel the significant changes in nature with its varied flora and fauna. This week we marked the arrival of Spring with a Sunday Meditation Day Retreat at Ratanagiri – Farrants Hill led by Venerable Pannyavaro from Bodhi Tree Forest...
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