Nanpantan Hall Retreat 2021 by Sam Hall 
 
Back in August of this year I attended a 5 day silent retreat run by the wonderful couple behind Mindfulness Unleashed - Suryacitta (aka The Happy Buddha) and Gaynor - wife, chief organiser and creator of delicious meals. It was an opportunity to go even deeper into the silence for an extended period within a community setting. We connected at a level which required no language as we shared a love and curiosity of the present moment. Open to all which would arise and fall in that held-space, discoveries were made, lessons were learned, tears were shed - whether for what needed to be released or simply for the intensity of gratitude in a given moment didn't matter - the beauty of being comfortable with the unknown - it just is what it is! The peace and stillness I was left with at the end of the week has settled within me - anchoring the resilience which grows with the ever-increasing periods of observing with an open heart and noticing with neutrality. If we could all slow down, be quiet awhile and connect in this way there really would be world peace! 'They say I'm a dreamer .....' well now I've experienced I'm not the only one! 
 
Below is a poem I wrote about the silence - The Stillness of Silence - which I was invited to share with the group one evening during meditation and one which I wrote whilst experiencing the silence - Nanpantan Hall. 
 
Long-Covid - How mindfulness is helping by John Cooper 
 
Fatigue, anxiety and loss of concentration are just a few of the lasting effects of long-Covid. 
 
I own a web design company, It’seeze Leicester, and I’m tired. But only sometimes. After having Covid-19 back in December 2019, I have experienced a whole range of symptoms including feeling very fatigued combined with low levels of concentration. There isn’t a cure for it yet – you simply have to manage your symptoms. 
I did a mindfulness and compassion course with Suryacitta and Gaynor back in 2018 and have reignited my mindfulness practice to help manage my long-Covid symptoms. It’s been hugely beneficial. I can relax more easily, don’t get as stressed or anxious with the usual stuff and if I need help, it’s there when I need it, both via Mindfulness Unleashed and regular in person drop-ins. 
 
Dear Body, by Lis Asher 
Just wanted to let you know I’m coming home, 
After all the years of searching, this may come as a bit of a surprise, 
I know my absence has taken its toll… on both of us, 
I am so sorry for that, 
I want you to know that I’m here to stay now, 
And I want us to work things out, 
I come bearing gifts 
Trust 
Awareness 
Compassion 
And wisdom 
Put the kettle on for tea 
And let’s just sit together ……. 
Much love EGO 
written by Suryacitta and Gaynor 
 
Why we don’t teach Auto Pilot on our Mindfulness and Compassion Courses 
 
The design for the Mindfulness and Compassion – Vision and Transformation 8 session course we teach was created in 2004 whilst I was living at Vajraloka retreat centre. I started teaching the course at the Brighton Buddhist Centre from 2005. This has been shared by me and teachers trained by mindfulness cic with 1000 students since. 
 
On leaving Vajraloka I looked at MBSR structure and there was one theme that I felt uncomfortable about, which was the Auto Pilot session, 
written by Priscilla Bianchi - from Guatamala 
 
I am a teacher, quilt artist, and Industrial psychologist from Guatemala and for most of my adult life, I led a very hectic life. Always busy working long hours, teaching, studying, multitasking, experimenting with a diverse range of arts and crafts, jumping from one thing to another, always in a hurry, without pause. For 14 years, I 
written by Samantha Hall 
 
What’s at the end of the rainbow? by Sam Hall 
 
I have always loved reading but had never considered writing, so was as surprised as anyone to hear myself announcing, in late 2018, how I was going to write a children’s fantasy adventure story in which I could share my passion for mindfulness
written by Jayne Pigford 
 
Wow, I’ve just written a book! Well, I say ‘just’ but it took me nearly 20 years; about ten writing most of it then another ten editing and ‘finishing’ it; I was terrified of actually getting it out there as my inner critic was harsh…‘People will think you’re a narcissistic nut-case!’… ‘Who do you think you are?!’…Having grown up in a pretty traumatised family in 1970’s working-class Yorkshire, criticism was more common than praise and we didn’t write books in my neighbourhood! 
Being in nature - an antidote to suffering on all levels. By Gaynor Quilter 
 
When I decided on 18th December 2019 I was going to take a "being in nature" picture on my daily walks. I had absolutely no idea of what was going to unfold. Taking Jaya and Bankei (our 2 Border Collies) for their daily walk was non negotiable, so it was easy to say I am taking a mindful moment. So I set the intention, walked, stopped, paused, clicked and posted. That’s how my “being in nature” postings everyday for over a year began. 
Bookends to death - building a bigger container of love by Gaynor Quilter 
 
I’ve been reflecting recently on how different my experience has been in sitting with how I feel over the loss of my younger brother in May this year. 
 
I came to meditation practice after the death of my Mum in 2005. I’d been on a Mindfulness and Compassion course in Brighton run by Suryacitta. The meditation and and Voice dialogue practice, allowed me to gain some relief and release from my early rage. 
Dear reader, this post is an very small extract taken from Suryacitta's latest book, The Happiness and Contentment Workbook - Embracing your Natural Joy. It is packed with short simple effective exercises such as the one below. The book is an actual workbook in which, you write your own responses to a series of questions and prompts, and it is also beautifully illustrated.  
 
(EXERCISE) The assertive self – PART 1 
 
You probably know already if your assertive self is present in your life, but we can explore the issue and become clearer and more honest about it. The assertive self is often banished when we are young as we don’t want to disappoint our parents and guardians, so we learn to please them so that we are accepted. 
When we don’t assert ourselves we tend not to get what is due to us and tend to feel bad about ourselves. We may go over a situation in our mind time and time again thinking, "Why didn't I say that?" or "If only I'd done this". This can lead to feelings of blame, depression and anxiety. 
Anxiety, is it true or false? 
 
We all get anxious, but very few of us know what it is and how to deal with it. I find that anxiety is one of the main reasons people come along and try meditation - and they hope it will just go away. However, anxiety has many causes, though the experience of anxiety itself is similar and recognisable irrespective of the cause. 
 
Anxiety has a bad press and I can see how and why that is. To simplify things here there are two types of anxiety, false anxiety and true anxiety. 
 
Fall Awake by Samantha Hall 
 
Experience it all in a lifetime 
It – who and what we truly are 
Infinite Treasures of love in all it’s expressions 
- compassion, gratitude, ease, joy, ecstasy, peace 

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Community drop ins - last Friday of the month 

Building a Mindfulness Community of people who wish to practice together. 
 
IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL DROP INS 
Drop in's are the last Friday of the month. These meditation drop-ins are both in-person and broadcast online. We been running these since 2013.  
Dates for 2021:  
27 August, 24 September, 29 October, 26th November  
Click HERE for info and booking 
 
The usual structure for the evening is to begin with a meditation, followed by teaching and discussion, if you have questions from your own home practice please ask. We finish with a second meditation. 
 
The sessions run from 6.30-8.00. The cost is 7.50 
Click HERE to book or more info 
 
Please text Gaynor on 07837 866 619 or Suryacitta on 07908 957 100 
 
or email us at info@mindfulnesscic.co.uk. 
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