Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
The pool and the stream
We emerge into life as a pure stream, connected to the Universe and unlimited in our potential.
Imagine a river valley with all the cascades and waterfalls, the excitements and fears of life. The water keeps flowing but eventually the flow gets choked by pollutants and weeds. The pools become stagnant, just like our minds and bodies under the onslaught of modern living, thinking and habits.
We become disconnected from the flow and forget what it is like to be truly alive.
Now and again we regain a connection through music, dance or art and briefly feel what we have lost.
Mindfulness does not conflict with any beliefs or tradition, religious, cultural or scientific. It is simply a practical way to be aware of thoughts, physical sensations, sights, sounds, smells - anything we might not normally notice.
Step 1 - Mindfulness of routine - Creatures of habit
Reflecting on the philosophical basis of mindfulness from Zen to modern quantum science and the Zero point field (see Lynne Mctaggart)
Reconnect to your senses and learn the basics of staying present to experience rather than becoming a slave to habit
Applying mindfulness to everyday activities
Step 2 - Mindfulness of body - Body/breath awareness
Body scanning and opening to calmness
Listening to the body
Exploring the science behind body locked memories
Exploring sound with drums, bells and singing bowls
Step 3 - Mindfulness of emotion - Tuning in to Chi
Living a balanced life
Understanding how emotions arise
Developing the compassionate mind
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Expanding the emotional vocabulary from 'love/hate and happy/sad'
Step 4 - Mindfulness of thought - The layers of the mind
Taking the position of Observer
Using awareness to soften harmful thoughts
Exploring self-worth and confidence
Using powerful inner stories to develop the mind