PlaySpace New November 2022

Nurturing Ourselves and Our World

There are two places still available for this retreat:

A 6 day retreat in the glorious setting of Myres Castle, combining meditation, mindful movement and expressive writing, from Monday 14 to Saturday 19 November.

Stop and rest, and appreciate the goodness of life, despite it all.

Honour your feelings in response to your own suffering and the suffering in our world.

heart felt values and gain new perspectives, seeing with new eyes

The Wellbeing Toolkit for Doctors

“Our great task is to succeed in becoming more human” Jose Saramago

As doctors, we are privileged to hear people’s stories, and to be offered  insight into their lives and the context in which they are being lived. In every surgery, we have conversations with people who are suffering from the effects of health inequalities and social injustice, and we learn about them, their families and their communities. “Be the change you want to see in the world”, Mahatma Gandhi said  and, so, with this knowledge of people’s problems, comes responsibility to engage and to act, to try to make things better for that person and for their community.. Community is one of the many “c” words involved in good healthcare. Communication, collaboration, curiosity, creativity, compassion, connection, continuity of care are all important, as is one very important “k” word, kindness. This book acknowledges that, in order to care for others, doctors need to care for, and be kind, to themselves….read on

The Art of Doing Nothing

I’m reading a book called FOUR thousand WEEKS – Time and How to Use it – by Oliver Burkeman. The last page describes a Do Nothing meditation: “the instructions are to simply set a timer, probably only for five or ten minutes at first; sit down in a chair; and then stop trying to do anything. . . .”

Doing Nothing is a practice I’ve been trying to do for over a year, since I was given the name “Sukhema” which means “he who is very peaceful and at ease” – that’s what I’m trying to be! And after I do – Do Nothing – for fifteen to twenty minutes, I have a wee writing splurt!

Bringing Mindfulness to Life – Day Retreat 6th November

The Poet’s Way

November Poet’s Way – Sunday 6th November – zoom door opening at 5:15pm for a prompt start at 5:30 – ending around 9pm and with one short comfort break and a longer 30 to 40 minute break for refreshment and writing time.

Bring a poem to screen share, your own and a favourite published poem.

Awakening to the power of poems to compliment & enhance our spiritual practice. Inspired by Manjusvara’s book The Poet’s Way (Jane Hirshfield says “this book offers warm-hearted, step-by-step awakening into the possibilities and powers of poems”).

Please bring a poem to share – yours or a published poem you’d like to hear appreciated through a deep reading.

The zoom link will open at 5:15 for a 5:30pm start. Do you have a favourite Autumn poem. If not, you could write one about our earth over-heating.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. THE POET’S WAY
When: Nov 6, 2022 05:15 PM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

as ever may you be well and write well too,

Sukhema (editor PSP)