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By Jeff Brown

Not everyone will heal in this lifetime. It’s important that we accept and understand this. The perpetual emphasis on acknowledging and healing trauma is a beautiful thing, but its not for everyone. Because some of us don’t have the capacity to heal. Some can’t even get out of bed, because of the weight of their pain and the complexity of their trauma. Too much has happened, and there is no possibility of transformation. This is very hard to accept in our toxic positivity culture, one where trauma is the new buzz word and where people forget that they are not walking in someone’s else’s shoes. Just because you were able to heal parts of your past, doesn’t mean everyone can...

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The Sacred Heart of Trauma

Sometimes things don’t go our way. A loved one dies. An unexpected result comes. A relationship falls apart in a way we never could have foreseen. An infection returns. A business venture dissolves overnight. An attack comes out of the blue, shattering a body or a dream, or both. Something that seemed so solid and real yesterday turns out to be much less than what it seemed. And a part of us cracks open. For a moment, all of our mind-made defences crumble. We are new-borns again, no longer invulnerable to the overwhelming glory and horror of creation. We are faced with the awesomeness of own impotence before the vastness of the cosmos, without the protection of ego. For a...

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Are You a the World’s Salvation?

Every single day, all over the world, shootings, fires, torture, killing, violence beyond comprehension.How to hold all of this in your fragile heart?Ignore it? Deny it? Pass it off as 'mere illusion'?Tell yourself 'it's their problem, not mine'?Label others as 'evil' and separate yourself?Close your heart even more?Was it not closed hearts and quick judgements that caused the devastation in the first place?Seeing the daily 'realities' of this planet, one may be tempted to give up entirely. Give up on healing, give up on change, give up on humanity itself.What's the point? There's just too much violence out there.Too much ignorance. Too much pain. Too much evil.We have passed the point of no return, you may say. A fair conclusion.Better...

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Get Out Of The Way

Never try to help someone unless they are ready and willing to be helped. One thing we all eventually learn, the hard way.Until help is asked for, until there is a readiness to listen and inquire and challenge old patterns, your attempt to help will be felt as manipulation, control and resistance - your issue, your need, your war, not theirs. Defences will go up, positions will become hardened, and you will end up feeling frustrated or superior or powerless or broken, and the mirrored roles of 'victim' and 'saviour' will make you feel more disconnected from each other than ever. How to truly help? Meet them where they are right now. Let go of YOUR dream of their healing...

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Aloneness

Aloneness is a place deep inside of you. It is your true Home, an ever-present sanctuary of warmth and profound fulfillment that can never leave you.When you run from your aloneness into your addictions and distractions, you will always feel lonely, disconnected from the breath and the body and the Earth.But, in any moment, you can come Home. You can flush 'the lonely one' with awareness. Breathe deeply into the pain of separation, and make it whole again. Be here Now. You can be alone, with all life. With the trees and the mountains. With the hands and the feet and the shoulders, even if they ache. With the breath as it rises and falls and rises again, effortlessly. With the...

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