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Facing what you cannot face (Mindful inoculation)

Dear integral Meditators, This weeks article explores the idea of ‘mindful inoculation’, how you can become stronger and more resilient by deliberately turning and facing your most difficult inner issues. It’s a dimension of the ‘shadow work’ that I do. If you enjoy the article, then do consider joining me for the workshop on 28th […]

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Combining your beginners mind with your experienced mind

Dear Integral Meditators, The ‘beginners mind’ is a fundamental concept in mindfulness and meditation, particularly in Zen practice. The article below explores how you can go about combining your beginners mind with what I call ‘your experienced mind’, in order to create something that is better than both! In the spirit of new beginnings and […]

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What is spiritual practice? And why bother engaging in it?

Dear Integral Meditators, Back in 2010 I did a course on ‘Essential Spirituality’. Below are some edited notes on what spirituality is, and what having your own spiritual practice offers you in terms of  value. It also has a practical meditation at the end that you can start working with! Live in Singapore this week: The Tuesday & Wednesday evening […]

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Trap of wishing you were somewhere else

Dear Integral Meditators, Whilst on holiday I’ve been looking through some old articles for a ‘mental fitness’ website I used to have that now no longer exists. This weeks articles is one of those that I enjoyed re-reading and editing a little. The original full title was ‘Why you need to commit to what is […]

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Witnessing like the Sun

Dear Integral Meditators, Taking a position as an observer or witness is a fundamental position that we practice when being mindful, but can it make us too cold and detached? The article below explores this theme, and how to build an integrated and balanced witnessing practice. For those in Singapore, this evening’s  Wednesday class will be […]

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Mindfully balancing positive thinking with healthy realism (Steering clear of cynicism and the Pollyanna complex)

Dear Integral Meditation Asia, Is it possible to balance positive thinking with healthy, critical realism? The article below explores some mindful pointers for doing both, together in a mutually supporting manner. The class schedule for June is out, see the schedule below the article. It includes Practical meditations for spiritual awakening , an Integral meditation & mindful walking retreat […]

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Meditation – Life as a positive mindfulness game

Dear Integral meditators, What if meditation was not something so much that you sit down and ‘do’each day as a way of paying attention to your world? The article below looks at this idea in a practical way. Wishing you all a blessed Wesak day and full moon in Scorpio! Toby PS: For those in […]

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Bare attention – developing your inner ‘bird-watcher’

Dear Integral Meditators, Some meditation and mindfulness practices get more complex as we become better at them. Others stay simple, but continue to grow in depth. The practice of bare attention explained below is an example of the latter, a simple practice that stays simple, but grows in depth. In the spirit of mindful observation, […]

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The warmth of non-judgment

Dear Integral Meditators, How can we integrate the practice of non-judgment into our life in a way that really makes a difference? The article below explores this theme… In the spirit of the journey, Toby PS: If you are in Singapore we will be meditating on non-judgmental awareness in class this Tuesday and Wednesday evening The […]

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The resilience of gentleness

Dear Integral Meditators, When you think about inner strength and resilience, what sort of qualities come to mind? This weeks article is one that I wrote at the beginning of 2015, observing how strength can be mindfully derived from cultivating a connection to gentleness. For those in Singapore, final call for Saturday afternoons workshop on Mindful Resilience […]

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