West Broward Mindfulness Blog

Post with tips, resources, suggestions about mindfulness practice.

Kindness as an Antidote to Fear

Jun 26, 2019
"Fearlessness also comes from benevolence and goodwill in the face of whatever oppresses you. You are afraid, but instead of fighting what faces you, you embrace it and accept it—you develop loving-kindness as a direct antidote to fear."  Sylvia Boorstein Calling on the power of kindness in the face of fear takes tremendous courage. It means we shift from automatically reacting in ways that intensify the fear towards responding to the fear in ways that help us…

Learning to stay…

Apr 29, 2019
“The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve…

The Two Wings of the Bird; Mindfulness and Self Compassion

Feb 21, 2019
"The two parts of genuine acceptance — seeing clearly and holding our experience with compassion —are as interdependent as the two wings of a great bird. Together, they enable us to fly and be free." It is said that mindfulness is like a bird; it needs two wings to fly. The two wings are clear seeing or wisdom and compassion. In our meditation circle, we spoke about this and why cultivating compassion is such an important part of the practice. It…
Butterflies in the night

Cherish This Very Moment…

Nov 12, 2018
"Cherish this very moment. Let go of the stream of distress and embrace life fully in your arms." Thich Nhat Hanh These words are from a lovely poem by Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.  Listening with an open mind and heart allows the words to move you, to realize that each moment is a precious gift. That when we approach life with a real honoring of each moment, it allows us to shift…
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The Gift of Retreat – Entering into Noble Silence

Oct 21, 2018
'For someone deeply trapped in a prison of thought, how good it can feel to meet a mind that hears, a heart that reassures.' Ram Dass and Paul Gorman Going away on a spiritual retreat is an act of courage and kindness.  When we enter Noble Silence, we take a vow to keep silent for a certain period of time. this commitment is an important part of retreat practice as it is in the stillness and silence…

Free the Mind, Awaken the Heart…

Sep 17, 2018
"It’s not life that causes suffering, it’s our story about life—our interpretation—that causes so much distress." Pema Chodron The practice of Mindfulness helps us wake up out of our stories about life. As Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist Nun, tells us, it's not life/what is happening in life that creates suffering, it's our interpretation about it. This is great news! It means that we can help ourselves by being willing to be embodied, vulnerable, present and open hearted. We…