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Meditation

Posted by Jo Leath on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, In : Mindfulness 
Meditation
Carve Out Some Time for Yourself

The word Meditation can describe dozens of different approaches to contemplation.
When I was growing up, Meditation suggested a person, usually a Buddhist monk, sitting for hours in the Lotus position, silent and unmoving.

Today I know that meditaion can be moving, as well as still; verbal or song-filled instead of silent; and is certainly not restricted to any religion or denomination.
There is no longer any idea that it takes hours or a major life ...

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Mindful and Mellow

Posted by Jo Leath on Sunday, September 10, 2017, In : Mindfulness 
Mindful and Mellow

     In 2011, September 12 was designated Mindfulness Day by Wisdom Publications. Now it is an annual event, and a variety of workshops and meditation groups are held around the world. The intent is to raise awareness among the general public about the value and benefit of mindfulness.

     The word "mindfulness" is a translation of the term sati, which Buddhist teachings apply to the development of self-knowledge and wisdom on the path towards enlightenment and freedom fro...

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Quiet Practice

Posted by Jo Leath on Saturday, May 20, 2017, In : Mindfulness 
Quiet Practice

         Finding a way to connect to the calm energy of cosmic wisdom is no small task in the busy days of modern life.
         I often talk about the need for a Quiet Practice as a route to the wisdom which is available to all who seek it.
       Our life, here in the West, can slide into a repetitive cycle of functions. We get up and go to work, perhaps contending with a routine commute. We spend the day servicing the economy, then the evening dealing with the practicalities of...

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Don't Remember, Don't Forget

Posted by Jo Leath on Thursday, April 20, 2017, In : Mindfulness 
Don't Remember, Don't Forget

     “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Jon Kabat-Zinn, “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”
     In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn created an eight-week stress-reduction program which research has since proven to improve mental and physical health, greater well-being, and perceived health. His work is known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
     Mindfulness is both e...

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Life is Like Ice Cream

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, In : Mindfulness 
Life is Like Ice Cream

    The 1994 film Forrest Gump popularized the idea that ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'

 
[image shows the tray inside a box of chocolates, with twenty different candies covered in light, dark and white choclate]
       It is an idea that balances the promise of  future delights with uncertainty. Whether we feel patience or anxiety about the prospect is within our control.
     This week I heard an online lecture from Abraham Hic...

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, In : Mindfulness 
Looking Forward, Looking Back.

    In 2016 I celebrated often. I had personal reasons, and I took time to celebrate many aspects of my life and my work in these blogs.

      In 2017 I plan to amplify the energies that serve me the best, and doubtless some of that work will echo here, too.

    In order to find clarity about my direction for 2017, I needed to know which ideas and projects should be left behind, and which should be brought forward.

    Here are twelve questions which helped me to s...

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Stop. Look. Listen.

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, In : Mindfulness 
Stop. Look. Listen.

    Stop, Look, and Listen. These are words that have followed me from childhood.
    In the UK, in the late 1950s, and early 1960s, 'Stop, Look, and Listen' was the slogan for a road safety campaign aimed to teach children how to behave before crossing a road.
    Many decades later, I see these words as memorable formula for bringing my attention into focus.
    When I am busy and stressed, I certainly benefit from reminders to shift my focus into present reality. Distracti...

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Celebrate Ideas

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, In : Mindfulness 
Celebrate Ideas

    Susan Moon wrote: “When you’re at home and everything is familiar, it’s hard to remember how miraculous everything is. When you go to a new place, everything freshens up.”
    Novelty and exploration open up possibilities, and shift us out of the comfortable ruts that so often direct our days.
    This week, instead of writing a full article, I am going to share a collection of quotes.
    Even though I found them inspiring enough to paste into my 'blog ideas' file, I...

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One Task, Mindfully

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, In : Mindfulness 
One Task, Mindfully.

    The word multi-tasking was first used in the mid 1960s to describe a computer processing unit that was able to perform more than one task at a time. Since then, it has come to be applied to the daily life of humans, and the suggestion that we are capable of fulfilling several –- or many – functions simultaneously.   
Brain
    Certainly the human brain has processing capacity far greater than any current machine.  The average human has 100 billion neurons (brain cel...

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Breath and Presence

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, In : Mindfulness 
Breath and Presence
 
    Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th person to hold the title Dalai Lama. His reign began on November 17th, 1950, 65 years ago this coming week. The world has changed profoundly during his lifetime. Political upheaval sent him into exile in 1959, and the state of global communication we currently enjoy has made him well known and recognized here in the west.
We live with access to the thoughts and writings of innumerable people we will never meet or hear in person: some of them be...

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Sacred is in the Heart of the Beholder

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, In : Mindfulness 
Sacred is in the Heart of the Beholder

     The first and most foundational of the Six Senses for the Conceptual Age is Design. It is vital for us, as individuals, to design and create living spaces for ourselves which provide a haven, and serve the growth of our Soul during this Human Experience. When we design we declare an intention about purpose – for the space and for ourselves.
     According to Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is ...

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Mindfulness in All the Planes of Being

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, In : Mindfulness 
Mindfulness in All the Planes of Being

     September 12 is Mindfulness Day. It is a day when pausing in the rush of life can be made a priority. If you have a regular practice this is a special day; if the idea is new to you, rest assured it is simple and holds many benefits.
     When learning Mindfulness, the method most easily successful is through paying attention to breathing. Finding the focus for mindful breathing may not always be obvious. The four planes of being, as illuminated in a ...

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My Gratitude Jar

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, In : Mindfulness 
My Gratitude Jar

     In my bedroom at home, I have a designated Gratitude Jar.
    Until the end of 2013 I used an old mason jar with a crack in it, diverted from the recycle box. Last December I was given as a gift a lovely over-size coffee mug with pictures of the Buddha and lotus blossoms. It is painted in gentle soft blues and mauves.
     Beside my mug I keep a pen and a stack of small papers. When paper has been discarded with a blank side I cut the pages into eight ‘tickets’.
     E...

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This Place Where I Am

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, In : Mindfulness 

This Place Where I Am

The fourteenth century mystic and poet, Hafiz, wrote: “This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.”

     I have days when I resist what is happening in my life, and I believe that at one time or another we all are capable of wishing life was different. This line from Hafiz is a good reminder to pay attention.
     The place, the situation and the circumstances of where we are in any given moment, is a part of the grand design of life. There is so...

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Sustaining Winter Roses

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Mindfulness 


Sustaining Winter Roses

     Peter Pan author JM Barrie is credited with saying ‘God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.’
     Kathleen Yale wrote that our memories ‘may haunt us or sustain us, but either way, they define us: without them, we are left to wander alone in the dark.’
     This spring I have been granted an entirely wonderful memory making opportunity. I am sharing and caring with chosen family labelled ‘grandchildren’. I am very aware that we are cr...

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Gifts from Elephants

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, In : Mindfulness 
Gifts from Elephants

    This week I have completed some activities which began at Yule. I have indulged in spending a gift card and the items I chose are imbued with elephant energy.
    I love elephants and I have kept only those which are most precious to me and were sufficiently meaningful to be relocated when I moved to Western Quebec from Nova Scotia.
    I have added a Nepalese hand-made cushion and a small brass figure of Ganesha.
    The Hindu deity Ganesha has an elephant head which mak...

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Mapping the Moments that Matter

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Mindfulness 
Mapping the Moments that Matter

     This week I have been working on a leisure time project in which I was required to create a map of some time in my life; identify an important place on the map, and write the details of what happened there.
     I have been spoilt for choice.
     My parents were adventurers who did not stay in any one place for any length of time. As a child I lived in several towns, attended several schools, and enjoyed visiting many places and people in the United Kingdom...

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Where are you now?

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Mindfulness 
Where are you now?

     One of the most famous teachings of spiritual leader Ram Dass is the very simple instruction “Be Here, Now.” The idea that we need to learn such a straightforward truth seems astonishing. If being here, now, is a lesson we need, the underlying reality is, of necessity that we are not here and not in the Now.
     “We” as individual souls, exist somewhere else, somewhen else, otherwise we wouldn’t need to learn to be Here, Now.
     In meditation and mindfulness ...
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A Look at How we See

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Mindfulness 
A Look at How we See

     Shakespeare wrote the line “The eyes are the window to your soul” over four hundred years ago, and the truth expressed in those few words is still repeated and believed.
     In modern times we have learnt to see only what immediately matters, and somehow we filter out most of the world. We do not see individuals in the crowds we navigate. We do not consciously read the signs and billboards and storefronts that we pass by. We are often unaware of website banner ads...
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September 12 is Mindfulness Day

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, In : Mindfulness 


September 12th

 


     If you find yourself forgetting where you parked the car, or where you put the keys, then a small Mindfulness practice might help!
     Mindfulness is not connected with any religious group or movement, it is identified with personal development and the quest for self-knowledge.
     September 12th has been designated the day to discuss and to share ways of being mindful; with the idea that we learn about it and make it a part of our regular routine. Mindfulness is a pra...
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A grumpy old curmudgeon with the kindest of hearts

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Mindfulness 
A grumpy old curmudgeon with the kindest of hearts
 
    I have been fascinated by archaeology since I was a child, visiting the Roman Fort at Housesteads near my home, and learning about Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
    Archaeology is a wonderful metaphor for a lot of the work that I do: looking below the surface; synthesizing a whole from fragments and parts.
    Perhaps it is this affinity that made me a fan of the television reality program Time Team, where a ...
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The Monarch’s New Robe

Posted by Jo Leath on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, In : Mindfulness 

     At this time of year, Western Consumer Society takes wings. Consumer goods fly off the shelves of stores and into the homes of families and friends, and we even succumb to the message that we should be treating ourselves to assorted gadgets and goodies.

     We have been taught, and it is reinforced constantly, that value rests in the physical plane: that *things* have the power to change our way of being; enhance our life; bring us joy.

     Paradoxical messages about the greater va...


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Journey Into Alignment


Jo Leath Jo Leath has been practising Numerology since the early 1980s and since then has studied synchronicity and various ways of accessing Cosmic Wisdom. In 2008 she added Labyrinths to her practice, and has become a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator with Veriditas: Worldwide Labyrinth Project.

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