Category: The unprejudiced observer

From the top of the mountain

Self-reflection is about looking at things from another point of view. It’s finding the outsider perspective or choosing to be the unprejudiced observer of yourself or others. If I stand on a mountain top I get a broader perspective of what is in view. If other people stand on their summits I might see them Read More …

Cool observation and warm compassion

Reflection is a reverse image of something in a mirror. Self-reflection is a gentle investigation into the inner self so that we can understand ourselves and make changes if necessary. This is not self-criticism or self-justification. It is looking at ourselves with the cool eye of observation and a warm compassionate heart. I like this Read More …

A walk on the wild side

I walk every day in one or another of the numerous green spaces that cover my part of London. You can never get completely away from the sound of traffic, but where I live there are several smallish woods and a couple of large ancient cemeteries where you can be surrounded by trees and wildlife. Read More …

Overwhelmed by a shopping centre

I don’t like shopping centres and I was with someone who wanted to take the time to enjoy both shopping and window shopping. Alone for a few minutes and hurrying through a department store to buy the one item I actually needed, I decided to try some mindful self-observation. The image came to me of, Read More …

Invasion of builders

We had the builders here rebuilding the steps to the back garden which meant they had to constantly walk through the house carrying bags of sand and piles of bricks. It was only after they left and I relaxed that I realised what a meerkat state I had been in. I had liked the builders, Read More …

Go with the flow

‘Just go with the flow’ my spiritual advisor recommends, and when I’m on the crest of the wave, it’s really easy. Sometimes it feels like wonderful opportunities are opening up for me, I’m getting the inspiration I need and I can express myself creatively with ease and clarity. But other times it feels as if Read More …