What does it mean when a person who is dying tells you that their problem is that they have never breathed “the breath of life”?
I remained puzzled by this enigmatic statement from someone who had been very close to me for many years, until, suddenly, one day in my meditation, I was allowed to breathe that very breath of life.
Then, two years ago, I was given the task of helping others experience this same wonderful form of meditation. To that end I have been steadily working on creating a course in deeper mindfulness. In this presentation I would like to introduce you to the breath of life and some of the deeper mindfulness practices which lead there.
The evening will include some historical backstory, particularly relating to my own teacher, Baba Muktanada, an outline of what is involved in the study of deeper mindfulness, and a practical opportunity to explore this approach to meditation and breath work.There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. If there is an excitement among group members to go further, I would be happy to offer a full day workshop at a later date in the local area.
The full course can be studied on-line, with face-time tutorials and should take between six months and a year depending on the aptitude and commitment of the student.
I recently entered my seventieth year under heaven. Yet bio-technology tells me I am still fifty in terms of physical capacity. To keep my brain going I recently took up the violin, never having played anything before, but most importantly I meditate. I have also started teaching what I call deeper mindfulness through www.deepermindfulness.com. After 40+ years as a psychotherapist and teacher of psychotherapy, with ten years as head of an institute, I decided it was time to teach what underlies all my work and has helped me reach somewhere near the top of the therapy profession in London and Oxford. In 1980 I was introduced to Baba Muktananda, the world reknowned Siddha Guru, and have been inspired by him ever since. He may have died in 1982, but his influence on my life has only become stronger as I have grown older.
For those who may be interested, I also write prose, poetry and plays. I teach poetry and photography, having won a Royal Photographic Society prize. I weave all these creative activities into things I teach about mindfulness.
I have four grown up children and live with my wife, Gabrielle, in Witney, Oxfordshire.