Tag: mindfulness

The Magic Of Qi Gong

I entered the Qi Gong class feeling crabby and uptight after an irrelevant but nevertheless irritating exchange in the office that morning. My head and heart weren't really in it but the ritual and discipline of attending the class pushed me on and I began the class anyway. I was heavily distracted and unable to concentrate and after just five minutes I began wishing the hour long class would end. The class is situated on the second floor of a building that looks out onto other apartment blocks, and on this particular occasion a young couple were cleaning their apartment and I was nosily distracted by them. Every time I tried to focus on the practice, out of the corner...Read More

Finding Your Way Everyday

There are no rules. There's no path. You don't need to find your purpose before you can start to finally live. Don't read too many books, attend too many seminars. Don't believe those people that tell you they are enlightened. Don't believe there is even enlightenment. All of that just adds weight and concepts to strive towards, taking you away from this moment. This moment. This NOW. How is it? Is there tiredness? Anger? Irritation? Joy? Warmth? Cold? Impatience? Just be aware of it, without judgement. Don't push it away, don't try and hold on to it. That, if anything, is your path, your purpose, your enlightenment. This moment, then this moment, now this moment. All the rest of it...Read More

What Can We Do?

Barcelona, London, Paris, Nantes, Manchester. The attacks keep coming. The fear, the anger, the hurt, the pain and the suffering keeps on growing. In the aftermath of these evil attacks, political and religious leaders all over the world will offer their sincere condolences and make bold statements about staying strong and not letting fear win. And for a while this show of positivity and strength will make us feel a little better, but soon enough we come to realise that nothing has changed and nothing likely will. I don't want to go into depth regarding conspiracy theories of how the political and religious organisations and institutions may have a vested interest in maintaining the 'status quo'. What is most valuable...Read More

Where Are We Going?

I noticed myself striding along the pavement today, taking huge, great steps, pacing fervently to get to my destination. My mind was elsewhere, totally caught up in the need to get to where I was as quickly as possible. Once I checked in with myself and slowed myself back down to a normal and enjoyable pace, a sense of calmness came over me. I began to enjoy the walk. I began to notice more of the things around me.  Slowing down doesn't stop you from doing what you were doing, or getting there that much faster either, but it does give you back to yourself so that you can enjoy the whole experience so much more. Where are you going...Read More

Life Is Too Short

Life is too short just may be the oldest, most overused and yet ineffective cliche of all time. We all say it. We all say it a lot. Usually we say it after we experience or hear of difficult or sad events. We use it as a way to motivate ourselves to then go and make the most of our lives - knowing just how uncertain and limited our time on this planet is. But then we quickly forget. We revert back to our ordinary lives and much of the impact and intent of having said those four words when we did fades away until the next time. But if life is too short is correct, there may not be...Read More

Showing Up

Eighty percent of life is showing up - Woody Allen That's all you need to do. Show up. Each and every day, just show up. Somedays you will be inspired. Somedays you will need inspiration.  Somedays you will be tired and weary, other days you will be filled with energy and motivation.  It doesn't really matter, so long as you are there. Fully. You have to be there fully and the only way to do that is to totally accept without judgement the particular state or experience that is right in front of you. So be tired but accept that tiredness without resistance or judgement, just be tired. Angry? Be that anger fully. Accept it, feel it. Don't push it...Read More

It’s not what you know that matters, it’s knowing what you don’t

In the digital world all the knowledge and information we could want is at our fingertips. There isn't really very much we can't find online. This should come as a huge relief. We no longer need to pressure ourselves to retain information, the majority of it meaningless and useless anyway. If we need to access it, it's there. This levels the playing field to some degree because we all have equal access to most of this information. So if you were an 80's pop trivia marvel reveling for the last thirty years in your glorious retention of minutae, sorry mate we all have that knowledge now. This leaves us with another problem then. What do we really know? What do...Read More
What are we doing here? Life on Earth and beyond…

What are we doing here? Life on Earth and beyond…

What are we doing here? This is literally the multi-million dollar question and what is more if you say this sentence emphasising a different word each time, every one makes the question take on a completely different meaning. WHAT are we doing here? What ARE we doing here? What are WE doing here? What are we DOING here? What are we doing HERE? Which one of the above questions irks you the most? That's the one you need to look into more then. For me it is 'what ARE we doing here?' Basically what is our purpose? Why do we exist? What are our lives about? Is there any meaning? Is there a greater purpose? I've been seeing a lot...Read More
The maze that is Mindfulness and how to find your way out.

The maze that is Mindfulness and how to find your way out.

If you are looking for scientific analysis or a deeply profound and spiritual explanation as to mindfulness and meditation, forget it. Sorry. Wrong blog. The good news for you is there are literally thousands of blogs and books that will provide you with an understanding of mindfulness as dry as a mouthful of Jacob’s crackers and more up their own ass than an enema. If you stay with me though I am going to come at this subject in the most simple and ordinary way, the only way I know how. Spoken or written in ordinary language (read in a Mancunian accent for total accuracy), using ordinary words but with the ultimate aim of helping to make a difference as we...Read More
Well hello there

Well hello there

So where to start? Most people start at the beginning but I think I'm going to start with the present, after all the blog is called the everpresent, and it would be a shame to miss such an opportunity. So what am I hoping to achieve with this blog? Well besides an insatiable need to constantly write, a creative mind that whirrs and ticks constantly, a keen awareness that writing a book is far too much like hard work, I truly believe that I have something of value to share and so I'm going to give it my best shot. So what can you expect? Musings about mindfulness, meditation and personal growth for sure although you can bet your grandma's...Read More