2019 Mindfulness Practice Programmes

Why is practice important? When not moving toward integration, complex systems like our lives move toward either chaos or rigidity, rather than the flexible harmonious flow of integrative wellbeing. ~ Dr Dan Siegel

Below are links to the online audio and downloads for all recent weekly mindfulness practice meditations 'Free of Charge - Open to All'. Practising Mindfulness may be the kindest action we can take for our own growth and that of humanity because we are all connected. As we change individually we assist in making shifts in the collective. Connecting with our deep wellbeing empowers us to take action for a happier and more caring world. Thank you for being on the journey of bringing more kindness, compassion and resilience into our world!

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 5th December 2019

Alys led our Kirtan with Anna

The most famous chant in the world is the Compassionate Buddha "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus." It is the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion and Anna led us through a guided meditation. Osho says Om mani padme hum is one of the most beautiful expressions for the ultimate experience. Its meaning is "the sound of silence, the diamond in the lotus."

Silence also has its sound, its music... although the outer ears cannot hear it, just as the outer eyes cannot see it. OM is the sound when everything else disappears from your being - no thought, no dream, no projections, no expectations, not even a single ripple - your whole lake of consciousness is simply silent; it has become just a mirror. In those rare moments you hear the sound of silence. It is the most valuable experience because it not only shows a quality of the inner music - it also shows that the inner is full of harmony, joy, blissfulness. All that is implied in the music of OM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHXuUQeGNMw

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 28th November 2019

The Ten Bulls of Zen

The sixth sutra

RIDING THE BULL HOME

If you are not the master, then you go away, far away from home. If you are the master, you start coming back towards the original source. If you are not the master, then the energy moves away from you – towards things, persons, power, prestige, fame. The energy goes on moving away and away from you, towards the periphery. Once you are the master, the energy starts moving homeward. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Om ~ Ragani

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Guided Mindfulness Meditation ~ Stephan Bodian

Excerpt from Stephen's New Book Beyond Mindfulness "In the context in which I learned and practiced it, mindfulness was always a stepping-stone, not an end in itself, a skillful method for going beyond mindfulness to recognize the foundation out of which mindfulness arises. According to this tradition, the act of being mindful is a portal to a deeper, enduring awareness that can't be manufactured or practiced. This deeper awareness is always functioning, whether we know it or not. Indeed, it is our natural state of spontaneous presence, without which there would be no experience at all. Instead of cultivating it like a talent or strengthening it like a muscle, we just need to recognize and return to it." Read more . . . http://stephanbodian.org/

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

What is Here Now? ~ Osho

THOUGHT IS THE CAPACITY OF NOT BEING HERE – so thought cannot exist in the here now, it cannot be part of it. That is impossible. Thought can only be either of the past or of the future. Thought can never be of the present. In the VERY process of thinking, that is implied; it is intrinsic to it.The moment you think, either you think of the past or you think of the future. It may be the immediate past, but it is still past – it is never the present, it cannot be the present. Walk Without Feet, Fly Without Wings and Think Without Mind: Chapter 3 ~ Osho PDF and AUDIO_MP3

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Yogini - Mary Magdalena by Patrick Bernard

Chime


Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 21st November 2019

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Sutra 5: Taming the Bull

The fifth sutra:

THE WHIP AND ROPE ARE NECESSARY,

ELSE HE MIGHT STRAY OFF DOWN SOME DUSTY ROAD.

BEING WELL TRAINED HE BECOMES NATURALLY GENTLE.

THEN, UNFETTERED, HE OBEYS HIS MASTER.

Listen to every word as carefully as possible: THE WHIP AND ROPE ARE NECESSARY....

The whip is a symbol for awareness, and the rope is a symbol for inner discipline. Awareness and discipline are the most fundamental things for a seeker.If you discipline yourself without awareness, you will become a hypocrite. If you discipline yourself without awareness, you will become a zombie, a robot. You may not do harm to anybody, you may be known as a good man or even as a saint, but you will not be able to live your real life, you will not be able to celebrate it. There will be no delight in it. You will become too serious; the playfulness will be gone forever. And seriousness is a disease. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Om ~ Ragani

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Kinder ~ Donna De Lory

Guided Mindfulness Meditation ~ Stephan Bodian

Excerpt from Stephen's New Book Beyond Mindfulness "In the context in which I learned and practiced it, mindfulness was always a stepping-stone, not an end in itself, a skillful method for going beyond mindfulness to recognize the foundation out of which mindfulness arises. According to this tradition, the act of being mindful is a portal to a deeper, enduring awareness that can't be manufactured or practiced. This deeper awareness is always functioning, whether we know it or not. Indeed, it is our natural state of spontaneous presence, without which there would be no experience at all. Instead of cultivating it like a talent or strengthening it like a muscle, we just need to recognize and return to it." Read more . . . http://stephanbodian.org/

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Our true identity ~ Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart invites us to a true retreat—one where we leave behind our usual selves to discover our true identity. www.eckharttolletv.com/

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 14th November 2019

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Sutra 4: Perceiving the Bull & Catching the Bull

The fourth sutra: Catching the Bull.

I SEIZE HIM WITH A TERRIFIC STRUGGLE.

Struggle is going to be there, because the mind is not going to lose its power easily. The mind has been a dictator for so long; now you want the dictator to come down from the throne – it is impossible. The mind has become accustomed to bossing you and bullying you. It will give you a tough fight. It will go on following you, and it will go on finding weak moments when it can again overpower you. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 7th November 2019

Celebrating our 8th Birthday!

Our first Meditation Practice Meeting was held in Gilpin House, New Malden KT3 5BL on Thursday 10 November 2011.

In celebration of our 8th Birthday each attending member was presented with a copy of the Colour Therapy Colouring Book. In the intervening eight years the concept of Personalised Care giving people the same choice and control over their mental and physical health on the NHS that they have come to expect as readily as they do medical care has developed rapidly.

By 2024 up to 2.5 million people will have access to social prescribing schemes that include Mindfulness Meditation Practice, art and singing classes etc to improve health, wellbeing and social welfare. On 23 October 2019 Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced the formation of The National Academy for Social Prescribing an independent academy with £5 million of government funding to be led by Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the outgoing Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Led by Alys with her Kirtan Harmonium we sang to celebrate the 8th birthday of the Mindfulness Practice at Gilpin. We sang Ogum Satyam Om - absolute truth, goodness and divine reality - representing the space we merge with within ourselves in the silence of sitting and the resonance and release we attain in chanting or singing. In taking our seat we can feel the support of a universal culture of practice. Om

Each attending member was presented with a copy of the Colour Therapy Colouring Book inscribed with:

Mindfulness Practice Group

Happy 8th Birthday!

Relax and unwind with this sophisticated colouring, doodling and drawing book. Mindful Colouring asks us to focus on how we choose and apply colour in a design to bring our awareness to the present moment.

There is no right or wrong way to colour, it is a form of self-expression. Benefit from the stress-relieving effect that increased focus and creativity can provide.

* Our First Meditation New Malden Group Meeting was on Thursday 10 November 2011 *

"All great religious teachers, compared to Gautam Buddha, fall very short. They want you to become followers, they want you to practice a certain discipline, they want you to manage your affairs, your morality, your lifestyle. They make a mold of you and they give you a beautiful prison cell.

Buddha stands alone, totally for freedom. Without freedom man cannot know his ultimate mystery; chained he cannot move his wings into the sky and cannot go into the beyond. Every religion is chaining people, keeping some hold on them, not allowing them to be their original beings, but giving them personalities and masks – and this they call religious education.

Buddha does not give you any religious education. He wants you simply to be yourself, whatever it is. That is your religion – to be yourself. No man has loved freedom so much. No man has loved mankind so much. He would not accept followers for the simple reason that to accept a follower is to destroy his dignity. He accepted only fellow travellers. His last statement before dying was, “If I ever come back, I will come as your friend.” Maitreya means the friend. "

Noticing self-perpetuating thought patterns is a core mindfulness skill. Take a moment to examine how it feels to disengage from a busy mind and shift into "being" mode. Read More

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 31st October 2019

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Poem 3 & 4: Perceiving the Bull & Catching the Bull ~ Osho

I HEAR THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE

When you become sensitive, sensitive to all that is happening around you – THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE – when you become sensitive to everything that is happening to you, and surrounding you, then THE SUN IS WARM, THE WIND IS MILD, WILLOWS ARE GREEN ALONG THE SHORE.

The religious search is different from a scientific search. In a scientific search, inquiry, you have to be concentrated, so much so that you forget the whole world. There have been cases: a scientist was working in his lab and the house caught fire, but he was not aware of it. He had to be dragged out of the house. He was so concentrated... so narrow becomes the consciousness that everything else is excluded, bracketed off: only one object, like a target. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Om ~ Ragani

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Kinder ~ Donna De Lory

Guided Mindfulness Meditation ~ Stephan Bodian

Excerpt from Stephen's New Book Beyond Mindfulness "In the context in which I learned and practiced it, mindfulness was always a stepping-stone, not an end in itself, a skillful method for going beyond mindfulness to recognize the foundation out of which mindfulness arises. According to this tradition, the act of being mindful is a portal to a deeper, enduring awareness that can't be manufactured or practiced. This deeper awareness is always functioning, whether we know it or not. Indeed, it is our natural state of spontaneous presence, without which there would be no experience at all. Instead of cultivating it like a talent or strengthening it like a muscle, we just need to recognize and return to it." Read more: http://stephanbodian.org/

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Awakening Process ~ Eckhart Tolle

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Poem 3 & 4: Perceiving the Bull & Catching the Bull ~ Osho

Guru Om ~ Donna De Lory

Chime

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 24th October 2019

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Poem 2: Discovering the foot prints ~ Osho

Understanding the teaching.... Buddhas, millions of buddhas, have been on this earth. They have all taught the same thing. They cannot do otherwise. The truth is one, descriptions many. The truth is one – they have all talked about it. Now, if you try to understand you will be able to discern the footprints of the bull. But rather than understanding, you try to follow – and there you miss. The river of life is flowing towards the ocean. If you trust, you flow in the river. You are already in the river, but you are clinging to some dead roots on the bank, or you are trying to fight against the current. Clinging to scriptures, clinging to dogmas, doctrines, is not allowing the river to take you with her. Drop all doctrines, all dogmas, all scriptures. Life is the only scripture, the only bible. Trust it and allow it to take you to the ocean, to the ultimate. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Om ~ Ragani

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Compassion Meditation

Compassion meditation is an ancient Buddhist meditation practice that is designed to increase feelings of compassion and wanting to help others. In this guided meditation, you will cultivate feelings of compassion for loved ones, and your self. www.investigatinghealthyminds.org

Guided Mindfulness Meditation ~ Stephan Bodian

Excerpt from Stephen's New Book Beyond Mindfulness "In the context in which I learned and practiced it, mindfulness was always a stepping-stone, not an end in itself, a skillful method for going beyond mindfulness to recognize the foundation out of which mindfulness arises. According to this tradition, the act of being mindful is a portal to a deeper, enduring awareness that can't be manufactured or practiced. This deeper awareness is always functioning, whether we know it or not. Indeed, it is our natural state of spontaneous presence, without which there would be no experience at all. Instead of cultivating it like a talent or strengthening it like a muscle, we just need to recognize and return to it." Read more . . . http://stephanbodian.org/beware-the-witness-trap-excerpt-from-beyond-mindfulness/

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Christian Meditation ~ John Main

In 1975 John Main opened the first Christian Meditation Centre at Ealing Abbey in London. Realising that this way of the prayer of the heart could guide the search of many modern people for deeper spiritual experience, he recommended two regular daily periods of meditation to be integrated with the usual practices of Christian life. In his teaching he emphasised the simplicity and universality of the practice of meditation as well as acknowledging the fact of its being a discipline. www.wccm.org/content/john-main

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Poem 2: Discovering the foot prints ~ Osho

By Your Grace - Jai Gurudev ~ Krishna Das

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IJ4nNzbkcY

Chime

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 17th October 2019

Om ~ Ragani on Ancient Spirit

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Guided Mindfulness Meditation at Google ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The most beautiful moment ~ Osho

It is the most beautiful moment in one´s life when there is neither confusion nor certainty. One simply is — a mirror reflecting that which is. With no direction to go anywhere, with no idea of doing something, with no future — just utterly in the moment, tremendously in the moment.

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Mindful Way through Depression ~ Mark Willliams

If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to think our way out of a bad mood or just snap out of it lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life s challenges with greater resilience. www.youtube.com/watch?

By Your Grace ~ Jai Gurudev by Krishna Das

Chime

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 10th October 2019

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 3rd October 2019

Kirtan

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 26th September 2019

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Poem 1: The Search for the Bull ~ Osho

Om ~ Ragani on Ancient Spirit

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Watching The Breath ~ Osho

Guided Mindfulness Meditation ~ Stephan Bodian

Stephan is a world-renowned meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and consultant specializing in stress management and positive psychology. He is the author of several books, including Meditation For Dummies and Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. www.mentalworkout.com/store/programs/mindfulness-meditation

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The End of Ego ~ Eckhart Tolle

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Poem 1: The Search for the Bull ~ Osho

The bull is a symbol of energy, vitality, dynamism. The bull means the very life itself. The bull means your inner power, your potentiality. The bull is a symbol, remember that. You are there, you have life also – but you don’t know what life is. You have the energy, but you don’t know where this energy comes from and to what goal this energy is going. You are that energy, but still you are not aware of what that energy is. You live unaware. You have not asked the basic question: Who am I? That question is the same as the search for the bull: Who am I? And unless this is known, how can you go on living? Then the whole thing is going to be futile, because the basic question has not been asked, has not been answered. Unless you know yourself, whatsoever you do is going to be futile. The most basic thing is to know oneself. But it happens that we go on missing the most basic, and we go on worrying about trivia. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Beautiful classical melody

Chime

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 19th September 2019

In this important volume, Osho points beyond all paths, beyond all practices, beyond all accumulated wisdom. He shows the way to true liberation, and it is not where one might traditionally think of it. From the Zen master Kakuan Ten Bulls, Osho shows the way to blissful emptiness, only to return home to live life fully. We enter on rare pilgrimage. The Ten Bulls of Zen are something unique in the history of human consciousness. Truth has been expressed in many ways, and it has always been found that it remains unexpressed whatsoever you do. However you express it, it eludes - it is elusive. It simply escapes description. The words that you use for it cannot contain it, And the moment you have expressed it in words, immediately you feel frustrated as if the essential has been left behind and only the nonessential has been expressed. The Ten Bulls of Zen has tried in a single effort to express the inexpressible.

Om ~ Ragani on Ancient Spirit

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Compassion: May I Be Happy - Krishna Das

Guided Mindfulness Meditation ~ Stephan Bodian

Stephan is a world-renowned meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and consultant specializing in stress management and positive psychology. He is the author of several books, including Meditation For Dummies and Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. www.mentalworkout.com/store/programs/mindfulness-meditation

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Enjoying Every Moment ~ Eckhart Tolle

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Ten Bulls of Zen - Perceiving the Bull ~ Osho

We enter on a rare pilgrimage. The Ten Bulls of Zen are something unique in the history of human consciousness. Truth has been expressed in many ways, and it has always been found that it remains unexpressed whatsoever you do. Howsoever you express it, it eludes, it is elusive. It simply escapes description. The words that you use for it cannot contain it. And the moment you have expressed, immediately you feel frustrated as if the essential has been left behind and only the nonessential has been expressed. The Ten Bulls of Zen have tried in a single effort to express the inexpressible. So first, something about the history of these ten bulls. Osho ~ The Ten Bulls of Zen - Download Links

Beautiful classical melody

Chime

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 12th September 2019

Perceiving the Bull ~ Osho

The ten paintings that tell the famous Zen story of a farmer in search of his lost bull provide an allegorical expression of the search for enlightenment. Originally Taoist, The Ten Bulls were repainted by the 12th-century Chinese Zen master, Kakuan, and first appeared in the West in American author, Paul Reps'book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. These discourses are Osho's commentaries on the paintings, and on the poetry and prose which accompany them in Paul Reps'book. In answering the question, "Why am I here?" Osho dismantles not only this but probably every "why" the mind can contrive.

Homework: Download a copy of the free PDF, then select a copy of OSHO-The Search 01.mp3 and download. The recommended study process is to follow the PDF file text whilst listening to the MP3. Contact us if you need assistance.

Om ~ Ragani on Ancient Spirit

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Guided Mindfulness Practice from the .b School Curriculum

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Perceiving the Bull ~ Osho

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Mindful Way through Depression ~ Mark Willliams

If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to think our way out of a bad mood or just snap out of it lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life s challenges with greater resilience. www.youtube.com/watch

Song Of The Sandman ~ Enya

Chime

Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 5th September 2019

The guest Kirtan Master was Paramahamsa Vishwananda singing devotional Kirtan - Sabse Unchi Prema Sagai - dedicated to the Divine ' from his 'Kirtan with the Master' LIVE performances showcases series.

Read the lyrics on the web page to follow along and learn the meaning of this 'Kirtan with the Master'. Jai Gurudev!

At this 'Kirtan & Mindfulness' event Alys sang and played the following:

"1. AUM" and followed with 2. Krishna Govinda Vasudeva; 3. Jai Jai premananda Muktananda; 4. Om Nama Shivaya and her own composition about Krishna Consciousness:

Live in the light

Live from my love

Nothing above

Everyday

I share my light

open my heart

To every start

In every way

I am living in my light

I am giving of my heart

I am loving in my life

I am living light

I am breathing love

The vibrations of this chant are uplifting and liberating. Whatever our daily troubles we don’t have to suffer in the face of them when we raise our vibration to a space of divine contentment that is independent of our circumstances. The last chant was Hari Rama Hari Krishna.

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 29 August 2019

Om ~ Ragani on Ancient Spirit

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence.

Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Guided Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation ~ Tara Brach

Metta practice, also called lovingkindness meditation, cultivates both a loving heart and a collected, settled mind. The practice uses specific phrases to send loving and kind wishes to yourself, loved ones, neutral persons, difficult people and to all beings everywhere, without exception. You might choose three or four of the below, or create whatever phrases resonate for you:

May I be filled with loving kindness

May I feel safe from harm.

May I accept myself just as I am.

May I be peaceful and at ease.

May I be happy.

Spend a few minutes or more offering the phrases to yourself, taking the time to imagine and directly feel the experience the phrases invoke. Then do the same as you offer it to the others mentioned above. You can bring in the metta practice at the beginning, end or during any part of the meditation. For some people, it can be beneficial to emphasize metta as a primary practice—especially when there has been trauma or great self-aversion. This skilful means is a beautiful way to awaken the heart.

Silence

The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page


Deva Premal ~ Mere Gurudev

My Gurudev I offer these flowers of my faith at your feet

Whatever I have, you have given to me, and I dedicate it all to you.

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(From Mindful Meditation Practice - Thursday 18 October 2014)

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 22 August 2019

Tao Te Ching ~ Eckhart Tolle

Om ~ Ragani

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence, www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation ~ Sharon Salzberg

When you give your fullest attention to whoever you are interacting with, you take past and future out of the relationship, except for practical matters. When you are fully present with everyone you meet, you relinquish the conceptual identity you made for them — your interpretation of who they are and what they did in the past. Attention, which is alert stillness, is the key. www.youtube.com/watch

Mindfulness Of Body And Breath ~ Professor Mark Williams

Mindfulness has been shown to be very beneficial. In this guided mindfulness meditation you can learn to be completely present in the moment, letting go of your thoughts and achieving calmness. www.youtube.com

Silence ~ Mindfulness Practice

Wherever You Go There You Are ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

In this book, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments. In short, this is the art of mindfulness, which has to be kindled and nurtured because "you can only get there if you are fully here". www.youtube.com/watch?

Mindfulness Practice

Tao Te Ching ~ Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart explores the essence of the spiritual classic that has accompanied him for thirty years and revisits Lao Tse’s timeless work to further explore its life-changing truths. The Tao Te Ching is one of the most important texts within the Taoist tradition and the most widely translated work in world literature after the Bible. Long believed to be the work of Lao-Tzu, "The Book of the Way" is considered the classic manual on the art of living. The Tao Te Ching (pronounced, more or less, Dow Deh Jing) is essentially about being in harmony with the way things are. It teaches how to live and work effortlessly by being in accord with the Tao - the basic principle of the universe. This wisdom is applied to themes as diverse as raising a family, business, good government and ecology.over seven weeks www.youtube.com/watch

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Shanti ~ MC Yogi

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(From Mindful Meditation Practice - Thursday 8 October 2015)

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 15 August 2019

Om ~ Ragani OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.cdbaby.com/cd/ragani3

Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation ~ Sharon Salzberg

When you give your fullest attention to whoever you are interacting with, you take past and future out of the relationship, except for practical matters. When you are fully present with everyone you meet, you relinquish the conceptual identity you made for them — your interpretation of who they are and what they did in the past — and are able to interact without the egoic movements of desire and fear. Attention, which is alert stillness, is the key. www.youtube.com/watch

Mindfulness Of Body And Breath ~ Professor Mark Williams

Mindfulness has been shown to be very beneficial. In this guided mindfulness meditation you can learn to be completely present in the moment, letting go of your thoughts and achieving calmness. www.youtube.com

Silence ~ Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence. Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Awaken to a Life of Purpose and Presence ~ Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart describes that when thinking subsides, the space of no thought opens creating expansion into the vastness of the formless — the vibrantly alive stillness — where sanity is found. ~ From the video: April Live Meditation www.youtube.com/watch?

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Zen: The Goose is Out - Part 2 of 2 ~ Osho

The basic thing to be understood is that you are not the mind. If you get identified with the beautiful part, then it is impossible to disidentify yourself from the ugly part; they are two sides of the same coin. You can have it whole, or you can throw it away whole, but you cannot divide it. Koan Page Link

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Like a Calm Lake ~ Guruham Singh

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(From Mindful Meditation Practice - Thursday 24 September 2015)

Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 8 August 2019

At this 'Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice' event

Alys began with "OM" and followed with the Om Namah Shivaya chant meaning "Unto the sound of the universe I merge with my true self "

This was followed by Jai Jai Premananda meaning “Hail to the bliss of love and freedom within my own heart.” The vibrations of this chant are uplifting and liberating. Whatever our daily troubles we don’t have to suffer in the face of them when we raise our vibration to a space of divine contentment that is independent of our circumstances. The last chant was Hari Rama Hari Krishna.

Kirtan is a form of musical devotion that’s a shared experience, fresh every time. As singers and audience interact, the powerful vibration of the Divine Names opens the heart.

Meditation as Cultivation ~ Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and co-founder of Gaia House in England. She has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 1976 and has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. This interview took place at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. www.youtube.com/watch

Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 1 August 2019

An Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first studies on self-compassion fifteen years ago. She is the author of Self-Compassion:

The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.

OM

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.youtube.com/watch

Bountiful, Blissful, Beautiful ~ Bachan Kaur

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Sharon Salzberg – Metta Hour – with Dr. Kristin Neff

In this conversation, Sharon and Kristin speak about how Kristin came to specialize in the work of self-compassion, and the nuances between self-esteem and self-compassion. They discuss many of the scientific discoveries about self-compassion that research has uncovered, and how these findings debunk many of the cultural myths surrounding compassion today. The conversation closes with Kristin leading a 10-Minute guided meditation on balancing Compassion Burnout. Learn more about Kristin’s work at self-compassion.org www.youtube.com/watch

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

Meditation as Cultivation ~ Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and co-founder of Gaia House in England. She has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 1976 and has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. This interview took place at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. www.youtube.com/watch

Monarda ~ Deuter

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Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 25 July 2019

Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology – by Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken

OM

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.youtube.com/watch

Bountiful, Blissful, Beautiful ~ Bachan Kaur

Mindfulness Meditation ~ Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognised leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices, and is a founding faculty member of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Centre's facilitator training, and speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad. www.susankaisergreenland.com

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

My Journey Into Mindfulness ~ Willem Kuyken |

Prof. Willem Kuyken, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre shares in this interview his personal journey of discovery of mindfulness and the benefits it has brought to his life. www.youtube.com/watch

Meditation as Cultivation ~ Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and co-founder of Gaia House in England. She has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 1976 and has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. This interview took place at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. www.youtube.com/watch

Monarda ~ Deuter

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Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 18 July 2019

Guru Purnima 2019 - 16 July

Guru Purnima is a spiritual tradition in Indian religions dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, who are evolved or enlightened humans, ready to share their wisdom, with very little or no monetary expectation, based on Karma Yoga.

OM

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.youtube.com/watch

Bountiful, Blissful, Beautiful ~ Bachan Kaur

Mindfulness Meditation ~ Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognised leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices, and is a founding faculty member of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Centre's facilitator training, and speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad. www.susankaisergreenland.com

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The role of a Guru to remove darkness of our ego ~ Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji

Alertness Awareness Mindfulness “My meditation is not something separate from life; it is something that has to be spread all over life. www.youtube.com/watch

Alertness Awareness Mindfulness ~ OSHO

Listen to this special satsang by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, in the presence of Pujya Swamiji. She beautifully explains the role of a Guru to help us remove our ego and to help us connect to the divinity within. www.youtube.com/watch

Monarda ~ Deuter

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Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 11 July 2019

The Essence of Mindfulness & All Spirituality | Eckhart Tolle

Instead of “watching the thinker,” you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment.

OM

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.youtube.com/watch

Kinder ~ Donna De Lory

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Essence of Mindfulness & All Spirituality ~ Eckhart Tolle

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks with Eckhart Tolle (Author, ‘The Power of Now’ & ‘A New Earth’ ) about his background and experience with anxiety and depression, the essence of mindfulness, consciousness, and all spirituality, the importance of self transcendence, and more. ” The Essence of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation ~ Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices, and is a founding faculty member of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center's facilitator trainings, and speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad. www.susankaisergreenland.com

Monarda ~ Deuter

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Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 4 July 2019

At this 'Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice' event

Alys began with "OM" and followed with the Om Namah Shivaya chant meaning "Unto the sound of the universe I merge with my true self "

This was followed by Jai Jai Premananda meaning “Hail to the bliss of love and freedom within my own heart.” The vibrations of this chant are uplifting and liberating. Whatever our daily troubles we don’t have to suffer in the face of them when we raise our vibration to a space of divine contentment that is independent of our circumstances. The last chant was Hari Rama Hari Krishna.

Mindfulness Guided Meditation ~ Jessica Amos

Jessica Amos spoke at TEDxSalem II and returned to the stage in 2019. Here she shares a quick guided mindfulness meditation session with our audience to help them open their minds. www.youtube.com/watch

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Essence of Mindfulness & All Spirituality ~ Eckhart Tolle

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks with Eckhart Tolle (Author, ‘The Power of Now’ & ‘A New Earth’ ) about his background and experience with anxiety and depression, the essence of mindfulness, consciousness, and all spirituality, the importance of self transcendence, and more. ” The Essence of Mindfulness

Kirtan with Alys

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Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 27 June 2019

OM

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shantih means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe. www.youtube.com/watch

Kinder ~ Donna De Lory

Mindfulness practice couldn't be simpler: pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal. The essential meditation is Silence. We are made of sound and silence.Sound is our mind; silence is our being. Sound is our trouble; silence is our liberation.All other meditations are different forms of witnessing, but witnessing is present in every kind of meditation as an essential part. Vipassana Page

The Essence of Mindfulness & All Spirituality ~ Eckhart Tolle

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks with Eckhart Tolle (Author, ‘The Power of Now’ & ‘A New Earth’ ) about his background and experience with anxiety and depression, the essence of mindfulness, consciousness, and all spirituality, the importance of self transcendence, and more. ” The Essence of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation ~ Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices, and is a founding faculty member of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center's facilitator trainings, and speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad. www.susankaisergreenland.com

Mother Divine/Shivoham ~ Nikki Slade

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Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 20 June 2019

Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice - Thursday 13 June 2019