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Dynamic Calm (Plus new Online Integral Meditation & Mindfulness Course)

“The main point about a koan is that it is a dynamic and experiential way to break through you overactive, anxious conceptual mind into a direct, non-thinking experience of awareness itself.” Dear Integral Meditators, My Tuesday & Wednesday  classes this week explore the Zen koan. If you enjoy the article below, then feel free to join us, live […]

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Signless-ness – Meeting your reality as it is

“One of the main points of contemplating signlessness is to realize that the world that we experience directly, and the world that we ‘think’ we see with our conceptual mind are two different things” Dear Integral Meditators, My Tuesday & Wednesday  classes this week will be on the subject of signless-ness, so here’s an article on the subject. […]

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Connecting to higher, deeper emotions (Enjoying emotional resilience)

“What feeling tones are you going to enjoy today?” Dear Integral Meditators, Our day-to-day emotions often grind us down. Unless we are careful, this can be our main experience of emotions, which is an energy sapping experience! But emotions can also inspire us, and create energy in us. What if we were able to spend more time […]

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Aimlessness – The broken arrow

“Practiced in balance, the aimless life and the ‘on purpose’ life are complementary and mutually enhancing polarities within our mindfulness practice” Dear Toby, Much of meditation is about learning to appreciate spaces and absences as much as objects and things. This weeks article is an invitation to discover the value of an aimless life, with all that […]

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Zen Mountains, Zen Doorways

Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article outlines two simple meditation techniques. ‘Zen mountain’ is a sitting form that I have been using in the recent Zen series as a basic practice. This Tuesday & Wednesday  classes are on the theme of  “Host and guest in Zen meditation”, so if you enjoy the article, do feel free to join us, live […]

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What’s keeping me from relaxing in the present moment?

“If meditation is keeping our mind in the present moment, then a useful question to ask ourselves each day is: What is it within my experience of the present moment right now that I am resisting?” Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article continues the Zen theme, exploring a counter-intuitive way of moving more deeply into […]

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Zen Flowers (New course starts Tues/Weds)

“Put most simply, Zen is a calm, peaceful state of being that you can use to rest and observe in. You can also use it to create a state of ‘dynamic calm’ within which you do your daily activities; weathering your storms with it and enhancing your joys and victories” Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article […]

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Optimistic Stoicism

“There is a wonder in the continuous change that surrounds us. It invites us to notice that the ‘perfect happiness’ that we are seeing for may be hidden in plain sight, right amongst the present messy unfolding of our life today.”   Dear Integral Meditators, This year has been full of twists and turns. This […]

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Creating your own “Circle of the wise”

Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article focuses on a creative meditation that I’ve done in various forms for many years. Next weeks Tuesday & Wednesday sessions are Wesak Full Moon Meditations, which contain a variant of this meditation in it. In the spirit of the wise, Toby     Creating your own “Circle of the wise” What […]

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Smiling meditation & your psychosomatic health

“The essential skill we are developing with the smiling meditation is to generate positive mental and emotional energy, then direct it into the physical body for the purposes of emotional and physical healing” Dear Integral Meditators, An entirely new series of meditation sessions this week, Tues/Wednesday 4th/5th May –Meditations for physical, emotional & environmental health & regeneration – A […]

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