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Equanimity – what a wonderful place!

As I work to deepen my understanding and practice of meditation, I am delighting in increasing my experience of equanimity. Equanimity is defined by Shinzen Young as the ability to allow sensory experience to come and go without push and pull. … Continue reading

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Gratitude is good for you!

Increasingly science suggests that gratitude is good for us. Research by Robert Emmons indicates that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don’t. Continue reading

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Gratitude and joy – an intimate relationship

I am increasingly inclined to think that joy and gratitude are close companions, engaged in a mutual dance of enrichment. When we experience that moment of joy, whether at the birth of a child or in witnessing a beautiful sunset, is it possible to feel joy without a sense of gratitude? (This article continues by defining gratitude as a state of being, a lens through which to view life, a practice and acknowledging its connection to joy, wonder and mindfulness.) Continue reading

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Flying Free

A dear friend gifted me with the wonder of a Monarch butterfly chrysalis – exquisite in its own right; blue green, studded with gold. But the gist of his gift was the opportunity to witness the process of transformation. Continue reading

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More joy of food and drink

Recent experiences of tasting menus have inspired us to challenge sommeliers to come up with non-alcoholic pairings. Twice now they have responded with such a genuine sense of interest and enjoyment (and last night Paul got his drinks for free!) … Continue reading

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