Space….

Is never what you think or expect it to be. By its very nature it cannot be contained, only allowed. Within our yoga practise we can create space by surrendering to the moment deeply, allowing difficult feelings to arise, and penetrating beyond them. In the same way the mind can create space. But if we have expectations about how it “should” be, then we lose the freedom and possibility of allowing the non conditioned mind to arise.

Sleep 26/8/2018

SLEEP

Sleep is one of the joys in life;  a blessing, and a right. However its all to easy to be tortured by a lack of sleep, and an inability to get to sleep. I have experienced this for most of my time on earth. Until recently.

For the past 2 years I have worked intensively to bring my sleep patterns towards a healthy norm. Yoga and meditation have helped tremendously with this. As have diet, exercise, relationship, and MOST importantly breath, and rest.

Despite a lifetime of not sleeping, I now sleep healthily. It has been an enormous relief to be able to sleep. My mental health has improved considerably, I now tolerate change, difficulty and challenge.

Resetting the nervous system through regular practise is absolutely key. Practising coherent breathing over and over again, during the night and day has been key. It’s not fun sometimes but the gentle overall effect is extraordinary.

My depression and anxiety cycle has been interrupted and I now plan life with optimism and not crisis management.

I can offer sleep management programs as part of my therapy work. Please use the contact information to get in touch.

RIP dr Shiniaki Hinohara

There shall never be one lost good! What was, shall live as before;
The evil is null, is nought, is silence implying sound;
What was good shall be good, with, for evil, so much good more;
On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round.

Robert Browning. Abt Vogel

depression is now officially

.one of the  most critical diseases in the developed world. Especially linked to women, and more and more the elderly. Radical solutions are needed, but these are not going to come from the current medical system. Anti depressants do not cure depression; they merely delay the problem and therefore the solution as well.

I have struggled for 40 years with depression. When I unconsciously accepted that the system into which I was being forced to accept, was destructive, unfair, dangerous and perverted.

It has only been in the last 5 years or so that I have begun to see some of the truths surrounding my existence. Thats how powerful unconscious habits are!

Yoga has been an important step on the road to seeing clearly along with meditation, and a few amazing people. See list of teachers, and books.

The first step in curing depression is to allow yourself to really really feel the depths of your pain. This is not easy. And most people will collude with you to prevent it, Including the medical profession. Not their fault particularly, as they are part of the system that does not hold failure, sadness, pain, confusion to be valid and important feelings.

When the futility of looking outside for cures begins to really sink in, then the problem becomes being able to sit with the pain, and discomfort, and not to run away. Meditation practise is essential here.

Music also.

Allow the feelings to really be there. See your own death as a friend, and realise that it will happen. If you can see how much you run away from this reality and start allowing it to be part of your life, things will change.

I am about to post my sequence on the website. Please let me know what you think.