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The experiential self: Meditation, vividness & charisma

“Genuine charisma is a natural extension of being grounded in experience. It’s a side effect of you really being here, it doesn’t take a huge effort. A quality closely related to it is what I call your natural dignity. It’s what happens when you relax into your fundamental nature and don’t overthink yourself”   Dear […]

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Interiority – the cave of the heart

Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article is kind of a sister article to last weeks on the cave and the market place. It focuses on the inner confidence that comes from learning how go within yourself competently. If you enjoy the article then  do consider joining us live or online for the first of  The Wisdom […]

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The cave & the market place (Being in but not of the world)

“The cave & marketplace are two images to play with to get the feeling of how to really be in the inner world and really in the outer world, and to be able to do both properly. This way we can be in the world but not of the world, participating but not entangled” Dear […]

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Cultivating your positive imperfectionist

“Even when inactive our positive imperfectionist is a benevolent and supportive feeling/atmosphere in our psyche, encouraging us to get stuck in to the activities that we feel motivated around and not to live in fear of trying” Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article explores some ways to begin freeing yourself from the ‘negative perfectionist, with […]

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Cloud-watching: Primarily present, secondarily thinking

“One of the main functions of mindfulness and meditation is to make your way of engaging with life primarily experiential, and secondarily conceptual” Dear Toby, Why should we be interested in meditating? This weeks article gives some thought to this with the aim of helping us re-connect to our ‘experiencer’. If you enjoy it then this […]

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Working mindfully with your stomach energy

Dear Integral Meditators, Meditating with your internal organs is a tradition of mindfulness that comes primarily from Qi gong, however there is good reason for everyone to be interested in it as the benefits are so extensive both physically, psychologically and spiritually. The article below explores some of the focus points and benefits of the […]

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Three Simple Creative Awareness Forms

“One of the things that we learn when we take up meditation is to appreciate how pleasurable the simple act of awareness can be” Dear Integral Meditators, This article explores three ways of stimulating your capacity for meditative awareness. They are practices in themselves, or they can be practiced together in combination. If you enjoy them, […]

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Lighting up your pathways – Helping your brain to help you

Dear Integral Meditors, This article explores ways of being mindful to help develop an appreciation toward your brain. I hope you enjoy it. If you do them it will be a part of this Tuesday and Wednesdays’ meditation class, you’d be welcome to join us, live or online. In the spirit of a bright brain, Toby […]

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Inner listening – Three levels of meditating on silence

“The nice thing about the above meditation is also that it can be done without having to exert much effort; it’s all listening, accepting, opening to. It can be done when you are tired and want to relax, as well as when you want to sit down and really do some focused inner work” Dear […]

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Mindfulness, productivity, self-regulation & the 85% rule

“Mindfulness in its pure form is essentially enhanced reality orientation. It involves involves specific forms of attentional & awareness practices that are designed to release our natural intelligence & our potential for experiential learning in the moment“ Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article essentially points out how mindfulness and productivity go together to help you enjoy your […]

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