It will pass


I was fortunate enough to be by the sea last week, a joy indeed as lockdown begins to lift.

I watched the colours and sound of the waves change each day, through all weathers.

Watching the sea reminded me that we too go through all weathers. There are times when we are happy; there are times when we are sad. There are times when our circumstances are comfortable; there are times when our circumstances are uncomfortable.

If you feel grey today, look at nature and remember that it will pass. The clouds and the rain will clear and the sun will come out. In the sunshine? Bask in it!

This is Mindful Monday on 13 July. Look out for details of our next gathering later in July.

A happy heart

happy heart

Enjoy this poem – and reflect on things in this day (the simple things) that give you a happy heart.

The Best Day of My Life by Gregory M. Lousignont

Today, when I woke up, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life ever!
There were times when I wondered if I would make it today; but I did!
And because I did I’m going to celebrate!

Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life
I’ve have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings,
and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high and a happy heart.
I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts:
the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.

Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.
Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people.
I’ll make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an
unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.

Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down.
I’ll tell a child how special he is, and I’ll tell someone I love
just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and
start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me.
I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time
because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

Tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens.
I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and
I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow,
I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life.
And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child,
excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be
the best day of my life, ever!

This is Mindful Monday on 1 April 2019.

If you live near or in Cheltenham, join Julie Hill and Sara Shailer for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of growing in self-control on the evening of Tuesday 14 May 2019 at the Oasis.





Just a minute

mindful minuteWhatever your day looks like, here’s a meditation that takes just one minute and will help you press pause.

As it takes only a minute you could do it several times a day, either at planned times such as after eating each meal or at unplanned times when you notice that your mind is overly busy or you are feeling stressed.

As you do this meditation you will be amazed – even stunned – at how it increases your awareness of yourself and what is around you. Why does that matter? When we increase our awareness, it increases our chance of making good choices of what we do or how we react in the minutes that follow.

  1. Feel your breath coming in and out of your nose. Feel your breath as it fills up your chest and lungs, and feel it as you release it.
  2. Notice what’s happening around you, using your senses. Hear any sounds, notice any smells, and feel the temperature of the air against your skin.
  3. Observe the emotions and thoughts you have. Just notice them, without judgment, and without any desire to change them.
  4. Notice how your mind drifts, and bring it back to your breath. Feel your breath coming in and out of your nose. Feel your breath as it fills up your chest and lungs, and notice it as you release it.

Click here for an audio recording of this meditation. And it is actually just 55 seconds long!

This is Mindful Monday on 11 February 2019. 

We next meet for an evening of mindfulness in Cheltenham on Monday 25 March 2019, 7.30-9 pm. Our theme is growing in patience. Book your place in advance so that we can prepare the space for the right number of people.