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Fortnightly Meditation Group 

This is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7.00pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 40 Spencer Hill Road, SW19 4EL. The meditations are based in the Mindfulness tradition and sessions usually start with a mindfulness meditation. At each session we explore a different topic and the second meditation relates to that. The next session is on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

If you would like to come along, please contact me.

Meditation of the Month

At the last session we practised the Metta or Loving Kindness Meditation. Here is a link to some information on this http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm

Meditation Apps

I have been looking at meditation apps for mobile phones. I have looked at three for the iphone, which may be available on other phones: Headspace which a couple of people have recommended to me, but which you have to pay a monthly fee for after the initial free period; Mindfulness Daily, which I used myself for several months a year or two ago and finally, Buddhify which for me is the best of the three. It has a wide variety of meditations and is attractive and easy to use. I think any of these could be a good addition to a daily meditation practice.  I'd be interested to know of other people's experience with them.

Meditation Retreats

 If you are looking for a relaxing retreat in comfortable surroundings and not far from London, consider Claridge House in Surrey which has recently been fully re-furbished and runs a range of 1 day and longer retreats and courses. See www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk

Research on the perils of multi-tasking


An interesting piece of research was published recently showing that multitasking not only is not efficient, but may also permanently damage people's brains. See link below. http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2014/10/08/multitasking-damages-your-brain-and-career-new-studies-suggest/
 

Being fully present seems to make people happier


Also I have come across a 2011 TED talk by Matt Killingsworth on the link between mind wandering and unhappiness. This talk is quite short and is well worth watching. He puts forward strong evidence to show that people are less happy when their minds wander than when they are fully in the present. http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_killingsworth_want_to_be_happier_stay_in_the_moment?language=en

Great Pilates class in West Wimbledon

I have done pilates for a couple of years with Kate O'Malley, who teaches in the church hall at the new Scout hut in Cottenham Park, West Wimbledon. I have really enjoyed the classes and benefited from them. If you are interested in joining one of Kate's classes, contact her on kateljomalley@gmail.com;

 Pregnancy package/Fertility Apps

To any pregnant client who buys a course of 6 treatments (you get 6 for the price of 5); I give a free post-natal treatment which can be at home or in my treatment room at your choice.

For an interesting article on phone apps to help with fertility see the Observer 18 May 2014, which features in particular the Duofertility App www.duofertility.com.

Meditation Clocks

Thank you to the student of mine who told about some beautiful meditation clocks, see http://www.bluebanyan.co.uk/

Going on Being by Mark Epstein

The subtitle of this book is Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy and that sums it up well. It is an excellent read on a topic which fascinates me.

Passed my Anatomy and Physiology Level 3 Diploma Assessment!

I am delighted that in the summer of 2102, I passed my Assessment with a comfortably high mark. I much enjoyed the online course which is the equivalent of an A or AS level. It took me nearly 18 months to complete but that was partly due to a month away in Australia last winter. I'm planning to embark on a Pathology Course from the same training provider to keep me busy in the dark evenings this winter.

Meditation and the prevention/delay of Alzheimer's Disease

There is a growing body of research which suggests that regular
meditation can help prevent the development of Alzheimer's Disease (among a host of other benefits). See
http://news.yale.edu/2011/11/21/tuning-out-how-brains-benefit-meditation.
Similar results have come from research at UCLA, University of
Pennslyvania School of Medicine and other universities.

There is also a lot of information and scientific references to research on meditation at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation

Healing Retreat

I spent a very relaxing weekend at Glenthorne Quaker Guest House in the Lake District in the middle of May for a Friends' Fellowship of Healing weekend. It is the most beautiful place, a lovely guest house with delicious food and the weather was kind to us.

Meditation and children Spring 2012

There is increasing recognition of the benefits of meditation for children. A number of schools both in the UK and abroad are introducing mindfulness into their daily routine and the MindUP Programme in the US is proving both popular and effective at helping children deal with the stresses of modern life. Two excellent books about introducing children to Mindfulness in a school or family setting are: Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hahn and 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn (founder of the MindUP programme) and Wendy Holden.

Teach Us to Sit Still - A Sceptic's search for Health and Healing by Tim Parks.

Everyone from those most sceptical about the benefits of meditation, to people who are enthusiastic meditators will get something from this fascinating, inspiring and thought provoking book.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - December 2009

I have just come to the end of an Eight Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course run by Michael Chaskalson held over four weekends in London. This year I have not managed to go on a Residential Retreat so I choose this course instead as I have read about MBSR and was interested to experience it. The course was most inspiring and re-energised my personal Meditation Practice. For more information on MBSR see the link below.

Links

Here are some additional links to useful web sites relevant to my work and interests:

Information on Mindfulness and the teachings of

Thich Nhat Hanh

Information about Insight Meditation

The Insight Meditation Society

Publishers of books on personal growth and spiritual topics

Cygnus Books

Information on Healing

The Healing Trust

Meditation Retreats

Gaia House

A Quaker rest and retreat Centre

Claridge House

ART

ART Home Page

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR Home Page

An idyllic North Norfolk holiday cottage

Rose Cottage

Theta Healing

Thetaheals

Local Nutritionist Laura Mussell

http://www.lauramussell.co.uk

 

Books

Some of the books on Meditation, Reflexology and other topics which have informed and inspired me over the years.

 

Teach Yourself to Meditate
by Eric Harrison

The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson

Teaching Meditation to Children

 

Healthy at 100

The Miracle of Mindfulness

The Lilypad List

Full Catastrophe Living

Wherever You Go. There You Are

The Mindful Manifesto