Since the beginning of the lockdown in mid-March, I’ve been bombarded with promotional messages on how to market my online services. Coaches, therapists, yoga teachers and many other self-employed individuals and small business owners suddenly find ourselves in perilous financial situations. Being pushed out of your comfort zone isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We all know how it can help us grow and develop as … Continue reading Being present in lockdown
We all want to be happy, but fewer and fewer of us seem to be achieving that goal. Statistics tell us that an increasing number of people in industrialised nations are suffering from anxiety and depression. Consumerism works to manipulate us into desiring material things and into believing that these things will make us happy. This, of course, isn’t true: an expensive new car, or … Continue reading Why practise mindfulness?
Meditation is often thought of as a religious practice, as certain meditation techniques involve the repetition of a mantra, which is similar to reciting a prayer. But there are other approaches that are totally non-religious and non-sectarian. One of India’s oldest meditation techniques, Vipassana means ‘insight’ or ‘seeing clearly’. It invites us to focus on physical sensations: from obvious ones, like hot and cold, to subtler … Continue reading Non-sectarian meditation