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DRAMA2CALMER MOMENTS

Explore and practice mindfulness using these resources and recommendations in our 'Drama2Calmer Mindful Moments' space.

From videos and guided meditations to articles, podcasts, apps and books - there are lots of different ways to explore mindfulness.

 

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Videos on mindfulness

 
 

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Books on mindfulness

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FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING

How to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn's classic based on his ground-breaking work developing MBSR Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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10% HAPPIER

How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works - A true story

Dan Harris' story of finding his way to practicing mindfulness. Highly recommended particularly for sceptics.

 

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Articles about mindfulness, meditation and mental health

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AT BEST, WE’RE ON EARTH FOR AROUND 4,000 WEEKS – SO WHY DO WE LOSE SO MUCH TIME TO ONLINE DISTRACTION?

Very interesting edited extract from Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman that appeared in The Guardian. All about distraction, attention and being OK with facing the unpleasant aspects in things we have and want to do.

 

POEMS

 
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Letting Go

by Safire Rose

She let go.

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go.

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.


She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.


She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word.

She just let go.


No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort.

There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

 
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From the prelude to 'The Dance'

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

What if there is no need to change?
No need to try to transform yourself
Into someone who is more compassionate, more present, more loving, or wise?
How would this affect all the places in your life where you are endlessly trying to be better?
What if the task is simply to unfold?
To become who you already are in your essential nature:
Gentle, compassionate, and capable of living fully and passionately present?


What if the question is not
“Why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be?”
But “Why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?”
How would this change what you think you have to learn?


What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying
But by recognising and receiving the people and places and practices
That are for us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?
How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?


What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world
Will arise from deep within
And guide you every time you simply pay attention
And wait.
How would this shape your stillness, your movement,
Your willingness to follow this impulse
To just let go
And dance?

 

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