Meditation and Mindfulness
What is Meditation?

“Enlightenment is an accident.  
Meditation makes us more accident prone.”
                                                                                                         Suzuki Roshi

“Close your eyes; 
calm your breathing; 
and focus your attention on the centre of consciousness.  
Thus you will master 
the senses, the emotions and the intellect - and thereby free yourself 
from desire and anger.”

The Bhagavad Gita

To find sufficient stillness to see oneself and the nature of life as

they really are......................

Many people say they cannot meditate because they have a fixed

idea of what meditation is - perhaps that one must sit in a lotus

position and strive for an empty mind?    Myths around meditation

are a real hindrance to practice.  It is a natural state that many

have lost touch with in modern society.  It develops calmness,

clarity of thought,  deep self-knowledge and engagement with life

in its broadest sense. 

It is not to be “done”, it is to be allowed to happen.

Liz has spent many hours “on her cushion” only to find, after much

searching, that what she was looking for was right under her nose all

the time!    This idea is echoed in spiritual teachings from many traditions.

Spiritual development is not something “other”.  It is just a simple way of engaging with life.  Simple practices will reap more rewards than complex ones.

The greatest gift we can give to ourselves is to spend some regular time in stillness. 

It’s not always easy and it helps to have support in one’s practice. 

Recommended Reading for those wishing to develop their spiritual practice:

  1. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

  2. Not Always So by Shunryu Suzuki

  3. Buddha’s Little Instruction Book by Jack Kornfield

  4. A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

  5. Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

Or anything else by the above authors or by:

Dalai Lama

Ajahn Sumedho (retired Abbot of Amaravati Monastery)

Recommended Teachers on Buddhist Philosophy/Practice

(Still teaching in this country)

Stephen Batchelor

Dr. John Peacock

Dr. Simon Child, Western Chan Fellowship

Retreats/Teaching Organisations

Gaia House - Buddhist retreat centre in Devon

London Insight - meditation workshops/talks

Samye Ling - Tibetan Buddist monastery and retreat centre in Scotland.

All the Tai Chi and Qigong practices offered by Liz have the fundamental practice of Mindfulness at their core.