Urban Stillness

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Last week I found myself in an uber minimalist West End art gallery, sipping on green tea with a group of like-minded people as we waited for the main event of the evening: to sit in silence. Although daily meditation is something I’ve managed to build into my routine in the past few years – being at a ‘gig’ to do this did feel a bit ‘emperor’s new clothes’. By the time we headed down into the surprisingly cosy basement draped with black velvet curtain, matching plush carpet dotted with round Zafu meditation cushions (the only nod to yogic/hippy/New Age practices), I was positively excited. With the buzz of Christmas building, I was craving stillness as much as partying and shopping. A sign of the times perhaps – we’re all so on the go these days, that the idea of going to an empty space to just be is catching on – there wasn’t a spare cushion in the house. Read More…

Searching for Stillness

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How many times do you hear friends and colleagues saying ‘I’m so busy’ followed in the next breath with ‘I need to switch off’. Or words to that effect. Maybe it’s that life seems to be speeding up. Certainly, we’re multi-tasking and switched on 24/7 more than ever – meaning we are naturally craving peace and quiet.

In the past, that would mean a taking a beach holiday and relaxing for a couple of weeks (if we were lucky), but now that just doesn’t seem enough. For one thing, how many of us take that amount of time off in one go these days? And, somehow lying on a beach no matter how turquoise the sea, white the sand and soft and fluffy the white towels, we’re still distracted by Facebook and emails, Tweeting and Instagram-ing the gorgeous salad we’ve just had for lunch at the chic beach shack. Read More…