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Presence and being present

Meditating with the Mirror Self

Dear Integral Meditators, This mid-week article outlines a creative meditation practice on an aspect of self that I think of as the “mirror self”. One of its main purposes is to stimulate the potential of our imaginative capacity to effect real and dynamic changes in our life. The meditation is an example of what I have […]

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What is Mindfulness? – Remembrance, Penetration, Assimilation +1

Dear Integral Meditators, This mid-week article attempts to give a really practical working definition of mindfulness that will enable you to see how it might be applied to multiple circumstances in your own life.   Yours mindfully, Toby What is Mindfulness? – Remembrance, Penetration, Assimilation +1  What is mindfulness? To be more present is the […]

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Finding Your Spiritual, Physical Home

Dear Integral Meditators, Where is your spiritual home? The midweek article below explores one answer to this. Quick reminder for those who may be interested in the “Meditations for Connecting to the Greenworld” workshop, tomorrow Thursday February 6th is the last day to catch the early bird offer. Yours in the centre, Toby Finding Your […]

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The First Task (and Achievement) of Meditation

Dear Integral Meditators, At its best meditation is a practice that leads over time to a personal, direct and stable experience of enlightened awareness that is not defined by any religion, theory or philosophy. This weeks article explores the first step… Toby The First Task (and Achievement) of Meditation The first task and result of a […]

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The Conscious Self in the Landscape of the Mind

Dear Integral Meditators, I hope the first few days of the new year have been good for you, and that as you gaze into the landscape of 2014  you can feel the potential for new levels of growth and connectivity within your inner and outer life. This weeks article is a contemplation on the power that […]

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Boomerang – The Mystical Aspect of Kindness

What happens when you throw a boomerang away from you? Of course we all know the answer, it comes back to you. The mystical aspect of practicing deliberate kindness, compassion or any other related positive act is that it tends to come back to you in unexpected but consistent ways. The upshot of this is […]

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The Tightrope of Kindness and Compassion

The Tightrope of Kindness and Compassion I think of practicing kindness and compassion as like being on a tightrope, because there are many ways to ‘fall off’! To really practice them consistently and master them takes a lot of discipline and dedication. How can you fall off? It’s easy to practice kindness to others (and […]

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The Four Essential Stages to Transforming Negative Stress into Positive Energy

Dear Integral Meditators, What are the essential skills that you need in order to transform negative stress into positive energy? The article below is a summary of the fundamental skills needed to effect transformation. Yours transformatively, Toby The Four Essential Stages to Transforming Negative Stress into Positive Energy When you think of the word stress, […]

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When You Are Trapped in a Thorn Bush…

Dear Integral Meditators, If you’ve been under stress or upset recently, you’ll know how strong the feeling is to say or do something to get yourself out of that painful situation as quick as possible. However, often our impulse reactions make things worse rather than better. This weeks article explains by analogy how we can […]

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The Way of the Rat

Dear Integral Meditators, If you look at my website, articles and workshops, you’ll see there is quite a lot of material on transforming difficulties, re-directing negativity into positive energy and so on. Who taught me all this? Well I had a meeting with a rat 14 years ago that set me on the right track… […]

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