WEEK 4 – Loving-kindness for yourself Notes: The reason that this week and last week’s sessions are both given to cultivating kindness, acceptance and compassion for yourself is because this can be very problematic – and transformative! The phrase ‘cultivating compassion’ can really take on meaning in these weeks; before you even plant a seed you[…]
The lovely Museum of Happiness offer free meditation, yoga, art therapy and more each week at their space in the equally gorgeous Canvas Cafe. Every so often you’ll find me popping up in their Friday evening meditation sessions too. There’s always a lovely, friendly group with different practices, in a fabulous space!
I’ve heard some wonderful things about Maria’s reiki. In her words: I am an experienced Reiki Master and holistic therapist practicing Reiki Healing, Theta Healing, Indian Head Massage, Facial Massage, Body Spin, and Auricular (ear) Acupuncture. As a Reiki Master I am able to teach this wonderful self-help tool to people who want to learn[…]
This monthly free meditation at Mitcham Library has been recommended. More info here. Please do let me know how you get on as I have yet to make it!
THEMES: ‘Committing to embrace the world just as it is’ (Chodron, 2012) ‘narratives of the self are not personal impulses made social, but social impulses realised on the site of the personal’ (Gergen, 1994) My start point questions and curiosities Gergen’s description reminds me of the trapped humans in The Matrix – and its[…]
I’m posting poems, reflections and observations here as a reflective practice, and as an invitation for you to join me in an open discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas, thoughts, or anything else back. Anything goes*. You will be helping me weave together discussions… I’m thinking of the kind of discussions you have around a fire, over endless[…]
Nonviolent communication (NVC) is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behaviour that harms others when they don’t recognise more effective strategies for meeting needs. Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (psychological and physical) are learned through[…]
Compassion & mindfulness courses in Tooting (various dates) with Emily Oliver. Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) is Stanford University’s secular course in mindfulness and compassion training. Developed by Thupten Jinpa (the Dalai Lama’s principal translator) Kelly McGonigal PhD, and other psychologists and contemplative scholars. By integrating traditional meditation practice with contemporary psychology and scientific research, Stanford University’s course can[…]
Wandsworth Community Mental Health Team in their own words: South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust was formed in 1994. The Trust has, for over 160 years, provided mental health services. The Trust headquarters are at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting but we also operate from many other locations, providing community and hospital psychiatric[…]
Counselling Directory in their words: About us When you are going through a difficult time, it can be very easy to keep your worries to yourself and believe that you are the only one experiencing such painful feelings. While we all have our own ways of coping, information and support can make a huge difference.[…]