one minute meditation of fish in pond #mindfulness

Sandra Delemare:

This includes a link to a video of a fish pond – so if you’re unable to get out into nature…

Originally posted on Shaun Lambert:

I am at Hayes Conference Centre for the @RetreatsUK retreat. The centre has a beautiful pond where you can watch little fish swimming, being still, moving, suddenly startled…

I’ve recorded one minute of this on video. If you are stuck indoors somewhere it is good for your soul just to be able to step back into nature and your senses even for a minute. Watch the fish and notice their movements and their stillness, hear the sound of the birds and perhaps the indistinct sound of people’s voices occasionally in the background. Notice how the light changes and there are ripples on the water from the breeze. Sometimes we see the fish more clearly, sometimes they are more fuzzy and out of awareness.

If you think of the pond as your mind, a pool of awareness, and the fish as thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations that come into your mind. The…

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#Christianity and #mindfulness #meditation

Sandra Delemare:

More thoughts on Christian mindfulness.

Originally posted on The Blue Canary Birdhouse:

There is much concern amongst Christians around the practice of meditation as it can be seen as non-Christian religious practice.

Which it can be. But it isn’t always so. The rise of secular meditation and its associated scientific research has done much to help Christians use meditation without feeling like they are compromising their faith.

I would like to go further and say that for those who want it, meditation can become a thoroughly Christian practice.

Apart from the obvious meditation upon scripture itself:

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV)

It is also a useful practice in the renewing of the mind:

Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God…

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Mindfulness short: myth – in mindfulness meditation we are trying to empty our mind

Originally posted on Shaun Lambert:

One of the biggest myths about mindfulness is that in mindfulness meditation you are trying to empty your mind. Ruby Wax who is good at answering questions people are asking answers the question this way in her book Sane New World, ‘With mindfulness the rumour is wrong that the point is to empty your mind; you need your mind to analyse, memorize, create and most importantly exist. It can never be empty while you’re alive, even in a coma your mind is still chattering away.’[1]

Why can she say this so categorically? It is all to do with what we think the mind is and how we define it. Interpersonal neurobiologist Daniel J. Siegel points out there is a lack of awareness and understanding of the mind. He defines the mind to be ‘a process that regulates the flow of energy and information.’[2] The mind is always receiving…

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Photos for Meditation #3

This photo was taken in the Venetian lagoon in February of this year. We had just visited the Armenian monastery on one of the islands and as we came out this was the view. The sea was like liquid gold.

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For me, this is not only a stunning photo, but it reminds me of a lovely friend of mine.
The very next morning I learned that she had lost her fight with cancer almost to the minute that I had taken the photo. She was a truly golden lady, and is greatly missed.

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Lighthouse, Sea Surge and Survival in a Strong Tower

Originally posted on Graham Prouty on-line and on-life:

lighthouse.jpgI don’t know about you, but this photo is one of my all time favorites. The photographer Jean Guichard has many spectacular pictures of lighthouses and surf, (google him and check out his other work!) but this one resonates with me because of the man standing on the platform looking out over, and under, waves that would annihilate him if he makes one bad move or a rogue wave decides to get him! Obviously he has done this before, but look at the potential disaster all around him!

There are a couple reasons this picture resonates with me…

I often feel like the world is raging around me so much that at any moment I will be capsized by it. I am sure you have felt the same way; a relentless crashing of wave after wave of commotion that keeps your attention so focused that you are completely drained and…

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#Mindfulness article via Associaton of Christian Counsellors magazine Accord

Sandra Delemare:

A good reply to Christians who are concerned about the supposed Buddhist roots of mindfulness. I love the comment that it’s like saying gravity is British because Isaac Newton discovered it.

Originally posted on Shaun Lambert:

Dear Shaun,

I have been suffering from recurrent depression and my doctor has recommended I try Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Someone in my church has said I shouldn’t touch it with a bargepole because mindfulness has Buddhist roots. Apparently it also involves meditation, and in meditation you are trying to empty your mind, aren’t you? Isn’t that dangerous?

I’m desperate for help – can you offer me any guidance?

Yours ever,

Concerned Christian

Dear Concerned Christian,

You are right! There is some confusion and caution within the church when it comes to mindfulness. It is important to bring some clarity into this area so you can make an informed decision.

Mindfulness is our universal human capacity for awareness and attention. This capacity needs to be distinguished from the mindful awareness or meditative practices that help us develop this innate ability to be mindful. A doctor in the USA called Jon…

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Holywell Retreat, A Place of Spiritual Inspiration on the Sussex Coast

Originally posted on S.C.Skillman Blog:

I’ve written before in this blog about those sacred spaces which are known in Ancient Celtic terms as thin places.

View of Beachy Head from Holywell Retreat - photo credit Abigail Robinson View of Beachy Head from Holywell Retreat – photo credit Abigail Robinson

These are places where you are led to believe that the veil between the visible and the invisible worlds is thin. They don’t have to be obviously religious places. In fact once I read of someone who had a religious experience whilst crossing London Bridge in the rush hour. For that person, London Bridge became a thin place.

A thin place may be any place where you have new or happy or inspirational thoughts. And one of my most popular topics on this blog is places I love.

But quite often, probably because our ability to tune into spiritual inspiration is hindered by stress, anxiety, tension and so on, our thin places are literally places of tranquillity…

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