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Mindfulness Finding the Time

We find ourselves saying and are aware of “spending” our time wisely - the idea of spending donates here, the idea of this as an important commodity. Whilst we may remember this it is through Mindfulness practise that we really engage with what it is that we spend our time on. I hear often whilst teaching that lives are so busy that there is no time for Meditation and Mindfulness and it is something we all struggle with, although arguable “at times” . Often when these practises are neglected is exactly when are needed most. The Difficulty can be balanced by the Joy of learning to live a life more full, of us being present in it. 
We have always the breath, an anchor, a tool for us - an awareness  of checking in with ourselves.  Our breath is always there,  always available, even in our super busy times. We can build a daily practise whereby - the habit to practise is refreshed regularly and we then miss it when we don’t. Always with compassion and kindness if we miss one meditation, we can still be Mindful, bringing attention to that busyness, to our activities. By doing so we acknowledge being drawn away from Mindful focus and this is part of many meditations, firmly but gently refocusing after a distraction. This can be the meditation. So on the really busy days remind ourselves to be present, to check in and Breathe, to be with Mindfulness of our being busy. 
- any other thoughts comments appreciated.

Breathing – Review of MasterClass with Danny Penham – Mindfulness for Creativity

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Now returned from UK and a fabulous masterclass at Oxford Mindfulness Centre ( http://www.oxfordmindfulness.org) which I attended with my friend Maggie Cregan from http://www.mindfulnessnow.co.uk. I met such lovely and interesting people and learned such a lot about teaching mindfulness, Mindfulness for Creativity in particular & exploring ideas, exchange of information, with other participants. Danny Penham was better than I could have imagined and although he comes from a more wordsmith background his observations and introductions to the creativity Course were both insightful and inspiring. With space for questions and answers – discussion and meditation.

Dannys new book was not available on the day but I am Loving dipping into it now and thought that it might be a lovely Xmas present so here a link

The Art of Breathing

By (author)  Dr. Danny Penman The secret to living mindfully. Just don’t breathe a word of it…You breathe 22,000 times every day. How many are you really aware of? International bestselling and award-winning author Dr Danny Penman provides a concise guide to letting go and finding peace in a messy world, simply by taking the time to breathe. Known side effects: You will start to smile more. You will worry less. Life won’t bother you so much. Dissolve anxiety, stress and unhappiness, enhance your mind and unleash your creativity with these simple exercises. And with each little moment of mindfulness, discover a happier, calmer you. It really is as easy as breathing…Now translated into five languages
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The Masterclass, as is often the way, went far to quickly as many good things appear to and I would happilyg and highly recommended this Masterclass and this event in a lovely location.

Thank yous to ALL 🙂

Wishing you Happy Winter time Days ahead

Sofia

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Serendipity – Easy Progress

With the new clock change I am reminded of the importance of Daily Mindfulness Practice and the gratitude of the serendipity that often accompanies this. You know those moments when as you come to pinkskymindfulness mcpinkskytxtthink of something or someone there they are. It bring “Happiness” as it helps make progress feel easy.

It feels the right time for a change here in the Algarve, moving to cooler days with more energy to move, more water in wells and the first rains and occasional rainbows for ages. The air smells fresh , the joy of walking and seeing white blooms grow again  on my piripiri plant. Joy in the changing season breathing it in, in the here and now.

The beaches and favourite haunts are more empty and the sun shine often still warm, with cool nights feeling cosy again. There is much to enjoy and I wish you all well with the coming changes in your seasonal landscapes.

After The Retreat

11057752_10153752262829129_1591250577828580011_nI am Just back from an amazing Mindfulness for Creativity & Yoga 

A Holiday/Retreat in the Eastern Algarve.  with Maggie Cregan from ( http://www.mindfulnessnow.co.uk ) and Estella Ramos from Yoga Buddies

( https://www.facebook.com/estella.ramos1 )

What a Perfect Combination. I now really understand how Yoga is the practice of the body in preparation for Meditation. There were many smiles, laughter & some tears but 11 of us, mostly strangers came together and held each other through all these passing sensations. It really was a Joy and an affirmation for the practise of Mindfulness & Yoga. We attempted to spell Yoga 2016 on the beach as evidenced here. Thought we might add Mindfulness script as clouds in the blue sky. 🙂yogaattempt16Not sooo bad, We practised guided sessions at least twice a day, drank beautiful fresh made Juices, ate locally sourced fresh food. Visited a few local sites including the beach but we were generally happy to stay at the Villa and enjoy the pool, sessions & interesting company and get Creative.  Gratitude to all & Inspired for next week start of 5 week Mindfulness for Creativity Course here in West Algarve.

Roll on the next one. Sad not to be going to India with Maggie & Estella in December but as said I am inspired a refreshed and ready to share this happy place with new adventures for Autumn Gratitude Love Kindness & Compassion with best wishes to all you who should pass this way

🙂 <3 X

Sofia

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