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Presence and being present

So how do you still your mind?

Dear Toby Ouvry, You may have heard that meditating means to still the mind, but how do you actually do that, and what are the benefits? The article below considers these questions, and offers a simple practice you can do anytime! At this Tuesday & Wednesday‘s meditation class we will be doing a class on stilling the mind, so […]

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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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Combating Your Addiction to stimulation (& New Meditation Sleep Technology)

Dear Integral Meditators, In this age of mental over stimulation, how can we find and enhance our peace of mind? The article below considers this question in the context of three qualities, permission, seduction and courage! Beneath the article you’ll see I’ve placed some info about a product from I-Awake called ‘Sound Asleep‘. If you […]

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Solve no problem (& leave no problem unsolved)

Dear Integral Meditators, How can you reduce your stress and anxiety at the same time as becoming more effective at solving your problems? The article below explores a practical mindful perspective on this… For those in Singapore, a final reminder of this Saturday morning’s workshop– The Six Qi Gong Healing sounds: Qi gong For Self-Healing and […]

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Caring too much?

Dear Integral Meditators, If you think about mindfulness and meditation practice, you might think of it as a way of becoming more caring and more loving. However, our mindfulness may sometimes tell us that we need to care less. How does this work? The article below considers this question. Those in Singapore a quick reminder of […]

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When receiving is giving and giving is receiving

Dear Integral Meditators, What would happen if you brought your mindful attention to the way in which you currently give & receive? The article below offers a practical way of exploring this. It also suggests a way of deriving sustainable happiness & pleasure from both receiving & giving. Toby When receiving is giving and giving […]

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The art of developing a mindfully thick skin

Dear Integral Meditators, As you may know the expression ‘having a thick skin’ refers to being psychologically strong enough not to be hurt by the insults of others. The article below explores how we can develop a ‘mindfully thick skin’ & combine the benefits of being mentally strong with being emotionally sensitive and open. Enjoy! […]

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Asserting Positive Selfishness

Dear Integral Meditators, For most people the word ‘selfish’ has exclusively negative connotations. The article below explores the important idea of ‘positive selfishness’ & how using it mindfully is a really important life-skill! In the spirit of the journey, Toby Asserting Positive Selfishness What is positive selfishness? Positive selfishness is the recognition that you have […]

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Applying the Three C’s of Engaged Mindfulness

Dear Integral Meditators, The ‘three C’s’ are three qualities you can apply to your mindfulness practice to make it more engaged, effective & creative. In the article below I explain how to begin… If you like the article & are in Singapore, we will be working with these 3 C’s in tonight’s Tuesday class, as well […]

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