Hi everyone,

Today’s blustery weather is a great metaphor for staying calm amidst the storm! I hope you are safe.

Buddha said: “Be a lamp unto yourself, be a refuge to yourself.”

It’s a good reminder that although you may search the world over trying to find it, your ultimate refuge is none other than your own being. (Your ‘place of serenity’ as I like to call it!)

Everything comes back to what’s going on in your own thoughts. We sometimes find it difficult to nurture kindness to ourselves and self-compassion, but as Brene Brown says:

“Compassion is not a virtue – it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have – it’s something we choose to practice.”

So this is where our ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ Course provides you with support and inspiration. Following some re-shuffles, I am looking forward to meeting up with some of you on Thursday 13 February at Petersfield Osteopathy. Some places left if you’re interested in this little 4 week course, details here.

As Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, aside from its commercial aspect, take the opportunity to ask yourself:

“Can I imagine what it would be like, in this moment, to have a heart that is ready for anything?”

This question comes from Tara Brach (her latest book is: Radical Compassion) and one of her replies is:
“If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world.”

Heads up to those of you interested, I’ll be running a 6 Week Mindfulness & Meditation Course in June at The Liss Triangle Community Centre. Details here if you want to start giving this some consideration.

And lastly, an old blog post of mine might be worth checking into: ‘Know That you are Lovable’.

With best wishes,
Yvette

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