This is a series of films and recordings made by John in March and April 2020. For full summaries of the films and recordings please download the following files
1: Playing-in or working out? How to become alive to the present. Changing habits in crisis times. Looking after yourself in a nurturing way. Play and creativity.
2: “Don’t just do something – sit there!” How to anybody and focused attention. Breath focused work. Declaring war on distraction. Setting up a 10 minute stillness practice. The power of no and the power of now.
3: Adventures in Stillness : Exploring the activity-in-stillness and the stillness-in-activity. Devicing and presenting. Embodying the arm reach.
4: Presence and Absence : The spirit of Tai Chi. How to stop killing time and instead own it. Create a shared communal space of emptiness. Joy in the spirit of life.
5: Neediness and self-sufficiency: A key crisis question. Be captured or captivated. Namaste the best in you/the best in me. A nine round breathing exercise. Being in the moment one day at a time.
Meditation 1: Attention and Awareness : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYgx870Egfk&t=10s
Maintaining and sustaining focused attention. Interplay of breath and support. Awareness and attention.
Meditation 2: The incense of the Earth : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQgV805AoVo&t=13s
Self-care. Letting go of thinking mind. Breathing in the incense of the Earth. The touch of the breath.
Meditation 3: Ends and Beginnings : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7tIU1VJx_Q&t=5s
Distraction. Guided focused breathing. Interplay between outside and inside
Meditation 4: Breathe : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ze2EbISQI&t=21s
A guided 27 breath centred exercise