The Order of Interbeing

Below is the text of my letter requesting ordination into Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing – marking the culmination of a year of studying the 14 Mindfulness Trainings and the commitment to continue to practice bringing them into my way of life. Posted here as an exercise in openness. ——————————————————————————————————— Dear beautiful Sangha, Breathing […]

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Radical Acceptance: going deeper

It doesn’t seem to matter how many books I read on mindfulness and self-healing, Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance is the one I just keep coming back to.

The basic practice is deceptively simple – just pausing, kindly and attentively, to tune into the sensations of the physical and emotional body. Yet it is also very powerful, enabling us to break free from unhelpful patterns and return to a felt sense of being whole.

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Why Spirituality and Social Change?

In May 2017 I was told by my friend Liam about a self-education programme called Alt*Div – described as: A self-directed, year-long learning journey for soulful community builders & a platform to support the broader reimagining of theological education. It spoke to the parts of me that know a more wholesome and peaceful world is possible, and […]

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Radical Acceptance: the basic practice

Written by meditation teacher and psychotherapist Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance is a book that offers wisdom and simple practices to help us unpack our hidden insecurities in order to nurture ourselves and help reclaim our wholeness. Using stories from her life and those of her meditation students and therapeutic clients, the book is rich with […]

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Beginning Anew

This post shares the basics of the Beginning Anew practice from Plum Village, the monastic community in the south of France where Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is based. Beginning Anew recognises that our natural tendency is often to avoid conflict and repress feelings of hurt, and that if left unspoken these can fester and […]

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Non-Violent Communication

This post shares some from learnings from a recent training session in Non-Violent Communication with Laurence Kershen QC and Search for Common Ground at St Ethelburga’s Centre. Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a method of communication that reduces conflict by taking away the judgemental elements of language that can raise defences and trigger division between parties. […]

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