I’m not sure where to begin in this blog about my trip to New Zealand and Australia. It was both a very healing and enlightening one for me.
You see my first trip to Australia held some really difficult memories. I went to Sydney 17 years ago, it was at a time in my life when I had experienced many challenges. The biggest was the sudden death of my mother that same year – I was only 28 and floored by this.
My perception of Oz during this time was filtered by my grief that I held deep down inside. Visiting Sydney was both an exercise in opening and healing old wounds as well as creating new, loving memories with my husband.
In a previous post, I mentioned my retreat experience with the wonderful Thich Nhat Hahn. One of the mindfulness practices that struck a chord with me was ‘inviting the bell to sing’. This is my interpretation of what this means and how you can teach children to practise using this to help aid their meditation.
‘Inviting the bell’ to sing is where a singing bowl or bell is used as a form of meditation practise. It is something we can use to help children learn mindfulness, meditation and to help improve their concentration levels.
A few weeks ago I was very fortunate to attend an educators’ retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh – a Zen Master who has been promoting the benefits of mindfulness meditation to people for that last 50 to 60 years. Thay and his team are now planting these seeds with educators (teachers, therapists and anyone working with children or young people) about the benefits of mindfulness for all ages.
So much took place both personally and professionally for me that one blog will not suffice! However over the next few blogs I will share my experience and hope it brings some seeds of hope and peace to you as well as some practical steps and useful resources you can tap into. Continue reading →