April 9, 2020

Mindfulness is definitely about being with your experience. 'Being in the moment' is a phrase often heard as an attempt to describe how we can immerse ourselves fully in whatever we are doing, seeing, hearing, etc.

“If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of t...

September 17, 2019

"The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists." - Japanese Proverb.

Built implicitly into the mindfulness approach (and explicitly in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), is the practice of working towards psychological flexibility. We are aiming to step bac...

September 1, 2019

The broom ... ah yes, the broom ...

When guests are greeted at Gaia House, as part of the introduction to the retreat, they are assigned a daily job for the duration of their stay. On past retreats, I’ve done room cleaning, vacuuming of corridors and chopping of veg. I’...

June 28, 2019

Oh yes, the muesli …

I always find mealtimes at Gaia House a fascinating study. All of life is here …

The peeling of knees and bums off the meditation cushions.

The first day, it’s quite genteel: people have just arrived; they’re keen; many stay on for a few minutes after...

January 30, 2018

I was lucky enough to be part of the community at Gaia House this last weekend, for a silent meditation retreat with John Peacock and Christina Feldman, both very high-flyers in the western Buddhist and mindfulness world. It felt a genuine privilege to be taught by two...

September 14, 2017

Does your energy take a turn for the worse in the afternoon? Here are 5 ways to bounce back.

Are you familiar with the mid-afternoon slump? You know, the fog that rolls in sometime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., without so much as a warning, destroying your will to do anyth...

September 14, 2017

Doubt helps us avoid acting on every passing idea which can prevent us from participating in certain types of risk.

We should all cut ourselves some slack for how much we doubt. If you take seriously what research suggests, we may actually be wired for it.

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