Mindfulness Meditation Cheshire

Autumn Leaves (2015) Photography by my dear friend Jonathan W Green.

The Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill

The trees in a storm don’t stand up straight and tall and erect.

They allow themselves to bend and be blown by the wind. They understand the power of letting go.

Those trees and those branches that try too hard to stand up strong and straight are the ones that break.

Learn the power of the trees. Let it flow. Let it go.

That is the way you are going to make it through the storm. And that is the way you are going to make it through the storms of life.

Autumn is gradually leaving us and soon winter will arrive. In this moment in time, the wind is ferocious and while pausing to look into the sky I see clouds on the move, birds struggling to fly and trees of all sizes are moving with the wind rather than resisting its ferocity. This morning while filling up seed feeders in my garden my heart and body felt heavy as I came across a beautiful young lifeless robin; a reminder of the fragility and impermanent nature of life. Before burying the robin I thanked it for its precious life and stroked it’s silken feathers. It’s flecked markings and delicate form was so beautiful. I am reminded of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching: “It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”

12 of us met last week for a wonderful evening of mindfulness practice. It was heartening and humbling to reconnect and practice with a mindfulness community of kind hearted people, some of whom I haven’t seen for a couple of months. The theme of our evening was gratitude. We practised a body scan, some mindful breath movement and a sitting practice. The practices were interspersed with sharings of our experiences, readings of poetry and a reading from Matt Killingsworth.

The next practice evening is Wednesday February 24th 2016 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

The January course Introduction to Mindfulness Practice is now full but there are spaces available on the same course that will commence April 13th 2016.

Christmas and winter rest will soon be here. Wishing you all good health for now and for 2016.

I Heard a Bird Sing by Oliver Herford

"I heard a bird sing In the dark of December

A magical thing And sweet to remember.

We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September

I heard a bird sing In the dark of December."