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Spaciousness: guided by the elements

Dhanakosa on the shores of Loch Voil I’m just back from a seven-day retreat with 20 women in the Scottish Highlands. I still feel the connection in my body. There's connection to myself, connection with the people around me and connection to wilderness. It feels warm and peaceful in my heart, relaxed and content in my stomach and spacious in my chest. There is also a sense of gratitude to Shan...
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A friend for a reason, a friend for a season, a friend for a lifetime

I have a close friend in Bristol who practises meditation and Buddhism. A year ago, she told me that she had been invited on a 3-month ordination in 2022. She told me that after her return, she planned to move to a women's retreat centre to support the community. Wow, what a life-changing decision! In the first moment there was joy in my heart – I was happy for her to fulfill her dreams and find ...
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Memories, Dreams and Reflections

I dreamed that I was leaning forward on a powerful motorbike, making my way down an empty road on a clear night until I came to a little guard house and red/white border barrier. I stopped for a moment as the barrier lifted, crossed over and continued my journey. The weather changed. Fog came up. I didn't know where I was going and what to expect. I felt curious, guarded and a little bit anxious o...
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