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A Zen proverb to live by

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour,” Zen proverb I noticed the above Zen proverb the other day. It really does show the reality of our lives. When busy, we don’t do self-care. Think about the reality of that. Yes, we do look after ourselves but at the mere hint of something else, we will acquiesce to that request. I remember my coach asking me about my decision making when receiving a request to do something. We had already discussed how completely…

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Who took a chance on you?

Who has taken a chance on you so far in life? Many of our life-changing events have involved others taking a chance on you. They saw something in you. It is worth reflecting on that thought and affirming to yourself that people see you in a positive way. In my life, someone in the department at my university decided to give me an offer for medical school. A couple of consultants gave me my first jobs. My partner saw something in me when she agreed to date me and she has been with me…

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Sunday morning walk around local reservoir

Following on from yesterdays post, I took our dog, Lola, for a walk around our local reservoir. I spent some time NAB’ing some pictures and taking in the gorgeous autumnal weather. Stopping to take a photograph enables me to take some time looking at the whole scene in front of me. Whilst photographs can capture the scene, I try to use all my senses – hopefully, you may guess from the photos that it was warm in the sunshine but you wouldn’t guess the chilly wind on my face. Photography is a great mindful…

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Collect joyful experiences by NAB’ing them!

I’m inspired to write this post because of a blog by someone I admire. She has certainly helped me open my eyes to the benefits of mindfulness. Please have a read of the post here at Fiona’s website. As you would be aware, my take on life is collecting moments of joy so the above post fits in nicely with my philosophy. The act of collecting takes on 3 forms, and I paraphrase from Fiona et al above, Notice a positive experience Admire & enrich your experience by taking time to dwell absorB the experience…

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The joy of learning

Recently, I was fortunate to have a couple of days away from work to attend two different study days. The first was a national user conference of the clinical software we use at work. The second was a general clinical update with multiple and varied subjects. This helped identify what Donald Rumsfeld described as, unknown unknowns. How do you educate yourself and identify areas of weakness that you are unaware of? Reading widely is key. Do you read? Of course you do, but what do you read? Most of what we read, and I…

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Ikigai

Perusing, as I do, for mindful life experiences, thoughts and advice, I came across this book the other day. The little book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi Click the link here to view on Amazon. It’s a compelling read. At first it sounds so obvious and simple but as with most things in life it has a deep significance. It is also typically Japanese, but as with all cultural mindsets it is embedded in the psyche of its people. Like the Swedish hegge and the British stiff upper lip. Ikigai has 5 parts to…

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Re-establishing habits after vacation

I’m recently back from vacation, Liberty Lykia Resort Hotel, Oludeniz in Turkey. And it was fabulous! It was one of the few vacations I’ve taken when I wasn’t preoccupied with events at work. I travelled with a feeling of calm. I kept noticing I was calm, amazing! One aspect of the vacation which wasn’t so positive was the change to my habit routines and so my tardiness in this post. They basically disappeared. Whilst that could be seen as a good thing whilst relaxing on vacation, it meant that I stopped doing some of my mindful…

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Vulnerability

For those of you who haven’t seen this Ted Talk before (and if you don’t know TED Talks then go here & come back in a week! One of my favourite ones, is Hans Rosling on Stats here) I’m assuming you have now watched and heard Brené’s talk above. If not, go and do it now. It lasts 20 minutes. I’ll wait. . . Ok. What do you think about worthiness now? And vulnerability? I found it interesting that she could through her research group people into those two camps – those with a strong…

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Change & Challenges are here to stay

When I started out cycling again a few years ago, I resented every hill I went up. It was challenging and hard, and I hated them with a passion. Especially the long steep ones in the Yorkshire Dales. A sheep once trotted past me as I zigzagged up at a snail’s pace. However, there was a moment of realisation when every cyclist begins to look forward to each hill as a challenge. I can do this. I can do this better than last time. Cyclists may not have a smile on our faces but…

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Gratitude

One of the most important aspects of mindfulness I’ve learnt so far is to acknowledge gratitude. I must admit it is something I took for granted but when I’ve actually reflected on how I have behaved over the years, it seems that much of life’s joy has indeed passed me by. This has been because I had failed to notice or I allowed it to pass by without any acknowledgment. I dismissed anyone’s praise. Without gratitude, we will potentially live a life in a quagmire of anxiety and negativity. So, what to do? Keep a gratitude…

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