Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison

This is one of my favourite quotes and I have found this quote to be so true for me this year. Since deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro early in the year, I have found this to be a year of expanding my ideas of what I thought I was capable of doing. This is the value of having a “big” goal or intention that is in alignment with our energy – it forces us to expand and break through our own self imposed limitations, gently and easily. Read More

The Dantien – How Can it Help Us?

Today, as it was such a beautiful sunny day, I sensed it would be good to go for a run outside, rather than doing my training in the gym. I ran around the lovely St George’s Hill near Weybridge, which is well known for being the estate where Cliff Richard lives. It also has lots of hills and very few flat areas so, although I didn’t see Cliff, I did get a good work-out on my 8k run, which I then followed up with 20 minutes in the gym walking up steep hills on the treadmill. Read More

The Benefits of Buddhist “Walking Meditation”

In May I went to Ireland to go on a Buddhist meditation retreat with Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, who runs the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Throughout the retreat we had to honour the Buddhist tradition of “noble silence”, which means that we had no communication or eye contact with anybody else for the duration of the retreat. This also includes no TV, radio, IPods or texts! The idea of noble silence is that it sends your awareness inwards when it is freed from the usual stimuli of the outside world. What happens initially is that the inner workings of your mind speed up when free of these stimuli, but after a while your mind relaxes and accepts this quieter, more internal way of being, making it much easier to meditate. Read More

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