Thank you so much for buying, gifting and reading Creating Peace in Uncertain Times.
I would love to know how it has helped you and any feedback that you have as I will be continuing to expand the practices and create new editions to help with the challenges that we all face in our daily lives.
I hope you enjoy some of the resources below. Please check back in as I will be adding new downloads to this post as we develop them.
A Month of Presence Calendar
Love a Hug
Have fun relaxing and colouring in, or share this with your children or a friend who may need a hug right now. Sometimes even a virtual hug can help lift our spirits.
Put on a little music to lift your soul, or help you relax as you colour in your inner air guitar-god.
People, Books, Podcasts and more...
I hope you enjoy some of the great teachers, speakers and practitioners below. I will keep adding more and would love to hear which of these help you, or if you have any other recommendations so that we can share with the world.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Before I begin, the most important lesson I have learned is to treat meditation like an adventure. There are hundreds of forms of meditation and many more teachers to add to that. So have fun trying different forms and different teachers and guides until you find one (or a few) that click with you.
It can be helpful to think of meditation a little like exercise:
Find the form that works for you, just as you may be more of a walker than a runner, or swimmer, cyclist etc.
The benefits come with sustained practice.
Oh, and one last tip, don't worry about that busy mind of yours. It is natural to have thoughts when meditating and I find it helps to see myself on a journey of Practising Presence through meditation and all these other practices rather than trying to Perfect Presence, or some other unrealistic expectation.
Cory lived as a monk, studied with some of the world’s leading researchers on happiness, and continues to be insatiably curious about how to help people live well. He also has a gift of making meditation accessible to people with all levels of experience.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, author and peace activist and has been called 'The Monk who taught the world mindfulness.' by Time.
Like Cory, the best place to start is at Thich Nhat Hanh's global mindfulness community website Plum Village. Thich Nhat Hanh has also been a prolific writer, penning beautiful simple yet profound books which you can find as you scroll down here.
Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chodron has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times.
One of the things that I love about novels, is that they have such power to draw us in and then open us up to some of the most profound messages within their story. Here are just a few of my favourites from the last 20 years on this journey as a student of presence.