Entries by terry

Aware and knowing it

Awareness is something that is inherently part of us, so developing awareness through the practice of mindfulness meditation does not mean adding something new or extra to the picture, it involves developing and enhancing skills that are already here, naturally within us. Mindful awareness can simply be described as knowing what is happening while it […]

Mindfulness, mid-winter and the Christmas rush

It is an ironic  fact of modern life  that as nature slows down to its most dormant point, with the days shortening and dwindling hours of daylight, that human activity is on a rising surge of activity in the lead up to Christmas. I was aware of this contrast driving down from Bellingham in Northumberland […]

Mindfulness in Newcastle upon Tyne 2017

The next 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course will be starting on January 24th in central Newcastle upon Tyne. The course is suitable for those with no previous meditation experience who wish to learn how to establish a  mindfulness practice,  those who have a little experience of mindfulness, but feel they could benefit from […]


The 6 week Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness course which I have been running in central Newcastle upon Tyne has recently concluded. It has been a rich journey of sharing and reflection together as a group.  The course  has offered a more expanded “vocabulary” for exploring how practice can be applied in the fabric of day […]

Barnacles don’t do Facebook

Returning to my favourite piece of shoreline in the NW highlands of Scotland, I am struck by how on the one hand it is so timeless, unchanged and familiar, yet just as I find it again in this moment. It happens to be a fine summer’s morning, a day of silk-screen blue sea, a mirror […]

A Fearless Heart

A book I am currently reading and greatly enjoying is “A Fearless Heart” by Thubten Jinpa. Thupten Jinpa has been the principal English translator to the Dalai Lama for nearly thirty years. He is an adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, and chairman of the Mind and Life Institute, […]

Making the most of it

  Here in the uplands of the Northumberland National Park, the heather is flowering at its peak. The fells have taken on their full stain of purple, great pools of deep colour, like cloud shadow passing over the landscape. In the recent fine weather, I took some moments to watch our bees flying at full […]

New mindfulness course for Autumn 2016, Newcastle upon Tyne

This autumn I will be running a new 6 week course on the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness, described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “the pillars of mindfulness practice” (Full Catastrophe Living, 2004). The course will be held on Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm- 8pm in the Grainger Suite of the Mercure Newcastle County Hotel on Neville […]

Warp and weft

In the last Staying Mindful: Monthly Practice Group meeting we explored the attitude that we develop towards practice as we continue to practice over a period of time  beyond our initial training. While the regularity of daily practice, what and when and where we choose to practice, and how we build this in to  the […]