The Guest House: A Poem By Rumi

The Guest House by Rumi

The Guest House is a beautiful poem by the Sufi mystic Rumi, which you’ll often hear recited on mindfulness courses and retreats. Its powerful message encapsulates one of the most important lessons in mindfulness training—embracing whatever shows up in our experience with an attitude of non-judgemental acceptance. When we experience difficult thoughts, feelings or emotions, …

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Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering Is Optional

It’s not your thoughts, feelings or situations that create suffering in your life. It’s the thoughts you have about them.” If you’re familiar with the teachings of mindfulness or Buddhism, you may have come across the expression, “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” But what does it mean? You’d think that suffering is a perfectly …

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What Mindfulness Is And How It Can Enrich Your Life

what mindfulness is

Mindfulness is the state of being awake to the present moment; being consciously aware of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations as they arise moment by moment, with an attitude of compassion and non-judgemental acceptance. The above description of mindfulness is in pretty stark contrast to most people’s everyday experience of life. At the breakfast table, …

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Why You Don’t Need A Peaceful Mind To Experience Peace

You don’t need to have a peaceful mind to experience peace. Peace happens naturally when the mind subsides. When I offer meditation taster sessions to the public, it never ceases to amaze me how people who have never meditated before will often experience profound peace the first time they try it. Even deeply unhappy people …

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