The Work 2015
2014, as the newspapers keep telling us, has been a funny old year, all sorts of things seem to have been happening some of them, no doubt, we would prefer hadn’t but there we are, they have and there’s little we can do about that. What we can do, however, is take a sense of openness and optimism into 2015 – it is a powerful self-fulfilling energy. I’m actually full of optimism that things will turn around and to prove this optimism, on the 4th January, I shall be taking my first flying lesson – weather permitting – to coincide with my becoming 85. No doubt pictures will be forthcoming.
At the end of the year we tend to think of those that are no longer with us. I do believe that it is useful for all concerned if we can think of them in terms of what they have given us rather than what we have lost because that has, in a very real sense, been digested and become part of who we are.
In this vein, I realise that I seem to have lost touch with a large number of friends who although still shuffling along in this mortal coil, I do not seem to have seen or heard from in ages. A very large part of this, of course, has been down to me and the way I seem unable to stay in one place for very long.
In an attempt to rectify this in the case of at least a few people, may I draw your attention to the fact that we have a venue that works well for us that in the form of Cowdray Hall . It is reasonably accessible, we remain on good terms with Julie, our excellent cook, and there are very comfortable accommodations on a B&B basis within easy reach including even in 5 minute walking distance if you do not come by car. Full details of these can be seen in the website www.stillness.co.uk/courses Cowdray Hall is at Easebourne near Midhurst in West Sussex. And the next course there (four days) is from the 5th to 9th February 2015. There will be another in May and the third one for the year will be in October.
To see where my work is going you may care to visit "Articles" where I have just posted a rather substantial offering called “The Work 2015”. It might be an interesting read if you are snowed in somewhere; it is quite long.
I look forward to continuing the journey with some of you and I wish everybody a very Happy New Year.
With much love,
Stillness - an exploration with Mike Boxhall RCST., FCSTA
'Getting in Touch; is the generic title for Mike's work.
The intention of "Getting in Touch" is to connect with the Stillness that, like the eye of the storm, is within all pathology.
The Peace that passes understanding is at the heart of us all. To be experienced, not known as an object – it is who you are.
Where is this Stillness? It is mindfulness centred on the body. The Buddha. Let us walk the path together.
What I am trying to present is a teaching style somewhat different to most others but, I hope, entirely complementary to them.
I am not trying to present a programme that is better or worse than the countless other programmes that are available and I am certainly not proposing my work as a substitute for any other model in which the student may be proficient. I am sure however, that there are different levels of practice in all fields and what I am trying to present, as an embodied experience, is a level that is not subject to intellectual appraisal but is rather the ground of the intellect. Read More