People often describe their need to ‘quiet their mind’. But what does this mean?
When we sit to meditate, it sometimes seems that our mind is busy all the time, from the start to the end of the meditation. This is not unusual. It’s the nature of our mind to be busy. That’s what the mind does … it creates and presents thoughts to us, it keeps us informed of potential problems, it reminds us of past problems, it prepares us for situations, it tries to resolve past conflicts, to prevent future conflicts …. I’m getting stressed just thinking about it!
So, don’t think about meditation as ‘quieting the mind’, think of it as ‘knowing the mind’.
During a meditation practice, as each thought presents itself, try to catch it … have a quick look … a quick acknowledgement as if to say … yes, thank you for letting me know and then … simply return to the object of your meditation … not putting any great importance on the thought … a kind of a ‘meh’ reaction and then simply … returning ….to your object of meditation.
See your developing meditation practice as a training session for the mind. You are creating a new habit for the mind. It takes practice to develop good habits and developing good “thinking” habits is no different. The more you encourage and guide the mind back to the object of meditation, the easier it becomes over time. Conversely, if you frequently allow the mind to lead you into the next interesting story or train of thoughts, the more likely it is to continue with this habit.
No time like the present … give it a go…..
Lughnasa celebrations at the Loop Head Labyrinth, August.
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Equinox at Purecamping. Labyrinth walk with hailstones … that’s a first but lovely company … lovely fire … another spoke on the Celtic wheel marked in West Clare. The Spring Equinox is one of the eight spokes of the Celtic Wheel of the Year. We have been celebrating these at the Labyrinth since Mid-Summer in 2015.
There are two equinoxes every year – in March and September – when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal. The Spring Equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the equator from south to north. This happens on March 19th, 20th or 21st each year. The exact timing this year is 20th March, 10.29am.
Weather is as usual our typical changeable Irish weather. So dress accordingly. Bring your camp blankets, crocks or wellies.
Johanna from the Eco-village in Cloughjordan will be here from Saturday serving soup each day and savoury and sweet pancakes. So that will save us some cooking over the few days. There will be chai available after lunch and some cake until it all runs out !
Bring easy bits to cook. Nice fresh bread, salad, pasta, noodles, crackers, fruit that type of thing.
If you have your own stove, bring it, so you can cook your noodles and make your tea at your tent 🙂
Please bring a drinking bottle and use our water here. We are trying to cut out plastic bottles from the site. No need for them. Our water is really nice and comes from a group scheme.
Your Santosa ticket includes your camping if you have your own tent. If you have booked one of ours, there is a fee.
If you have a food storage box, bring it and some freezer blocks. We have two fridge for perishables but all the other bits should be packed away to protect them from animals.
If anyone is interested in car pooling, please send an email to info@purecamping with your mobile number and location where you are travelling from. I can distribute this to the participants if you are happy with that. If you have no car and are looking for a lift, same deal, send an email and I will distribute and hopefully you will all be sorted.
I’ll add more as I think of it. Safe journey !!
15th Oct 2013
This Friday I am flying out to Calcutta with the main purpose of heading north to Munger, Bihar to the Bihar school of yoga, home of Satyananda Yoga.
I will be attending the World Yoga Convention and the celebration of 50 years of Satyananda Yoga. Thankfully, I am not alone ! I will be travelling with fellow yogis and much loved friends on this .. now daunting journey (leaving the little ones (and the big one) behind for 2 weeks).
Before these little ones arrived, myself and Kevin travelled for 3 years. Part of this journey brought us to India. That is where the yogic journey was reignited for me after a lapse of some years since my first class with Chetan in the Galway School of Yoga .. sometime way back … in 1992-ish 🙂
Here are some of the images from our trip in 1998.
16th Oct 2013
Ok, so a Cyclone has hit the east coast of India mainly across the state of Orissa, south of West Bengal and Bihar. Apparently they have had the tail end of it at Munger and there has been plenty of rain. But things looking up, and drying off, so fingers crossed we will be lucky with the weather. Just received some bits to bring over to Hope for the wound clinic there that Mary Nolan from Kilrush has given me. Hoping to meet with Ann-Marie Murray who is out there volunteering with Hope.
Here are some more images of our 1998 visit. The elegant sculptures of Khajaraho were incredible … check out those curves. And there is Kevin with his luggage locked to the bed, having a sleep on one of the overnight trains.
Tarbert – Thu, Oct 17th
Travelled to Tarbert, courtesy of my sister. Standing on deck, alone with my backpack, feeling like the real traveller already.. Goodbye to Kevin and kids this morning, Trying not to think about being away from them, too much. Lovely journey with Dani to Dublin where another sister collected me and minded me for the evening.
Dublin – Fri, Oct 18th
Awake @ 6am. Nervous and sick with anxiety. Pack and unpack with OCD style fervour. After being dropped off at airport, meet up with some of the other yogis, my travelling companions for the next couple of weeks.
37 mins to touch down in Dubai. Great flight with Emirates. What luxury. In flight entertainment and food all the way. All the yogi crew getting giddy, some wondering what we are doing travelling all this way, other so excited about the atmosphere of India that awaits us.
Dubai to Kolkata on a less fancy plane. Bollywood entertainment all the way. Restless and hot. Airport was a pleasant surprise. Well organised. Pre-paid taxis making it very easy to get to our hotels.
Kolkata – Sat, Oct 19th
As soon as we leave the airport and for the next 2 weeks the resounding sound of BEEEEP fills the air. An assault on the the senses; colours, heat, dust , taxis, buses, rickshaws. Bursting with food for all the senses!!! Chaos on the roads. Buildings interesting but look like they may tumble down. People everywhere. Life is lived on the streets here.
Checked into hotel. Emptied our bags and after freshening up we exlpored Sudder st. Found the Fairlawn hotel and chilled. Fairlawn was an old English style hotel from Colonial times, a little rundown now.
Met at Sunflower hotel with rest of yogi group to practice our kirtan. Ate in backpacker place called the Blue Sky Cafe.
Dhal, Jalfrezi, Pakoras, Pilau rice, naan and lemon soda. Delicious
Kolkata – Sun, Oct 20th
4am Mosque calling and Kolkata dogs howling. First beep at 4:30am. Intersting hotel. “3 bed” means a double bed and a mattress on the floor.
Fine for us, cleanish, central and staff couldn’t be more helpful.
Annmarie from Kilkee and working with Hope Foundation here in Kolkata, meets us in the lobby and is to bring us on a tour of the city taking in the Hope projects. 9 of us head out for the day.
Visit young girls home, greeted with “auntie, auntie”, colourful happy little girls cared for by attentive staff “mothers”. They proudly showed us around their home explaining their various projects. After a luxurious coffee in a comfortable ‘ac’ cafe, we continue on to the older girls home where some very confident young teenage girls are having an afternoon off and are allowed watch some ‘Tollywood’ movies. Beautiful and smart and not unlike our own teenagers in their conversation and demeanour. This place works on building self esteem, confidence and off course education. The private Hope hospital was funded by Weightwatchers Cork and is an impressive clean, human focused hospital. Real lives, even more vulnerable because they have nothing. Hard to imagine where they would be if Hope hadn’t taken them in.
First torrential downpour as we made our way back to find a taxi. Had to shelter under the eaves of a little shop … All 9 for us. Owner wouldn’t accept payment for helping us, so ended up with bags of very sweet biscuits 🙂
Kolkata – Mon Oct 21st
Set out for the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger this evening. Make our way to Howrah train station. Pretty overwhelming as we walked onto the platform with 2 packed trains arriving at the same time and spilling out onto the platform. A bit intimidated by some guys who were pretty intrusive in their attempts to video our every move. They ended up fighting amongst themselves for a finish as we slipped out of sight to a more public area while we waited for our overnight train,
Santosa Yoga festival 2016 – new brochure for this year still in progress.
Lots of wonderful teachers again including
Mahatma, Anamata, Shraddha, Susi Matika our “white witch” 🙂
‘Celtic Yoga to Nourish the deep heart’s core’
With rooted and enraptured, subtle rhythmic movement, nurturing breath meditations, poetry, chant, sound and total Yoga Nidra.
Yoga for women
discovering our inner power and freedom
Jack Harrison of “The Enchanted Island” and “Wind Across the Sea” will be with us for Santosa again this year. This is a surprise visit for us and I think anyone who was here last year will agree it is a magical experience. Jack will be here on the Friday evening.
Children’s nature and craft based activities facilitated by Joe Quilty, Susi and Frances
Camp Cafe with Johanna serving soups and crepes.
As usual there will be therapists onsite including deep tissue massage and bio-energy healing.