Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple

Every time I struggle to access the flow of words that enable me to write to you, I have a voice inside my head that says: “Keep it Simple.” So I am going to try to do that, just for today, keeping it simple after an intense week. I sometimes wish that meditation would completely stop the complicated thoughts and stories that go on in our head, but for the majority of us, it doesn’t. 

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You are Beautiful

You are Beautiful

Good morning beautiful people, I do mean it when I say “beautiful”, even if there are days when not an ounce of our being believes it. In the work of meditation, we learn to meet and eventually accept the parts of our being that we deem not good enough so that with time, we begin to communicate with them, lean into them and eventually stop numbing them.

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Coming Into Unity

Coming Into Unity

Good morning beautiful people. Last July, I sat on a one week Vipassana silent retreat in Granada, it was one of the requirements to complete my certificate as a mindfulness teacher. I went in excited for the quiet, no need to go anywhere or do anything kind of feeling but I was soon forced to face some of the action in my head: the thoughts, desires, dreams, longings, cravings and nothing I could act upon.

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Whispers in the Night

Whispers in the Night

Good morning beautiful people. Whilst last week’s newsletter was about rest, today’s is about sleep. When one googles the words “guided meditation”, the most popular search that comes along with it is “sleep”. There are so many types of sleeping meditations including bed time stories for adults that are meant to calm our mind and let go of the day’s worry, that falling asleep seems to be a no brainer in our society today.

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Vanessa Kandiyoti is a jeweller, meditation teacher and author with a law degree. Born and raised in Belgium, of Turkish origin, she lives in London where she gets to meet people from all over the world. She loves diversity and commonality.