Mary Niker Mindfulness

Mary Niker Mindfulness


I like this immune sequence. Many of the asana will be familiar for my yin yogis and all the philosophy of our practice is so relevant right now. Thank you Mary Niker Mindfulness for sharing 🙏
Hi Mary, Gill raved about your mindfulness course last Saturday. Do you have any more afternoon sessions planned? Emma
Mary Niker & I, Angie Cameron are doing an amazing life changing course March 2017. Want an exciting change in your life? This is it folks!
supporting your own physical & mental health and saving resources for our NHS…thats Mindfulness 😊

Mary Niker is a member of the mindfulness association and qualified facilitator of MBLC. Check this

Mary Niker is an International Iyengar Yoga teacher, Oncology massage therapist and mindfulness teacher. Mary is a member of the mindfulness association & has trained with the mindfulness association in mindfulness, compassion & is qualified as teacher of MBLC.

Operating as usual


You came naked, You will leave naked, You came without anything, You will leave without anything, You arrived weak, You will leave weak, So, why so much hatred, resentment, envy, selfishness and pride?

We will all go empty handed, what all material things we have earned, we earned here, and will leave everything here only.

The only thing that will go with you, that you actually earned here is the love you shared, the compassion you showed, the humbleness, your gratitude, your helpfulness, your kindness.

That is the legacy you will leave here that everyone will follow.

©️unknown author


"It is very important to go out alone, to sit under a tree—not with a book, not with a companion, but by yourself—and observe the falling of a leaf, hear the lapping of the water, the fishermen’s song, watch the flight of a bird, and of your own thoughts as they chase each other across the space of your mind. If you are able to be alone and watch these things, then you will discover extraordinary riches which no government can tax, no human agency can corrupt, and which can never be destroyed."

-- Jiddu Krishnamurti


“You must not be frightened
if a sadness
rises in front of you,
larger than any you have ever seen;
if an anxiety,
like light and cloud-shadows,
moves over your hands and over
everything you do.
You must realize that something is happening to you,
that life has not forgotten you,
that it holds you in its hand
and will not let you fall.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

[ Art • “Slivers of the Moon” by Stephanie Law ]


May you recognize in your life the presence,
power, and light of your soul.

May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging
connects you intimately with the rhythm of
the universe.

May you have respect for your individuality
and difference.

May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
that behind the façade of your life,
there is something beautiful and eternal happening.


Excerpt from the blessing, 'For Solitude,' from his books:
Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
Ordering Info:

Cottage Window, County Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill


When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of mountains or fields, or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves. The slowness and stillness gradually takes us over. Our breathing deepens and our hearts calm and our hungers relent. When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth.

This invitation to friendship with nature does of course entail a willingness to be alone out there. Yet this aloneness is anything but lonely. Solitude gradually clarifies the heart until a true tranquility is reached. The irony is that at the heart of that aloneness you feel intimately connected with the world. Indeed, the beauty of nature is often the wisest balm for it gently relieves and releases the caged mind.


Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
Ordering Info:

Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill


And, I shall wait for you
For you to come back home
For my life is not much
Whilst you are gone

A little poem by Athey Thompson
Picture by Dominic Moriarty
See more of Dominic’s enchanting art work below


“After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong

And you really do have worth…

And you learn and learn…

With every good-bye you learn.”
Veronica A. Shoffstall - You Learn.

Henri Martin -


“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh - The Cottage Among the Olive Trees, 1889.


When you regain a sense of your life as a journey of discovery, you return to rhythm with yourself. When you take the time to travel with reverence, a richer life unfolds before you. Moments of beauty begin to braid your days. When your mind becomes more acquainted with reverence, the light, grace and elegance of beauty find you more frequently. When the destination becomes gracious, the journey becomes an adventure of beauty.


Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
Ordering Info:

County Kerry, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill



When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own. There are times of great uncertainty in every life. Left alone at such a time, you feel dishevelment and confusion like gravity. When a friend comes with words of encouragement, a light and lightness visit you and you begin to find the stairs and the door out of the dark. The sense of encouragement you feel from the friend is not simply her words or gestures; it is rather her whole presence enfolding you and helping you find the concealed door. The encouraging presence manages to understand you and put herself in your shoes. There is no judgement but words of relief and release.


Excerpt from his book, Eternal Echoes
Ordering Info:

County Kerry, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill


It takes a long time to sift through the more superficial voices of your own gift in order to enter into the deep signature and tonality of your Otherness. When you speak from that deep, inner voice, you are really speaking from the unique tabernacle of your own presence. There is a voice within you that no one, not even you, has ever heard. Give yourself the opportunity of silence and begin to develop your listening in order to hear, deep within yourself, the music of your own spirit.


Excerpt from his book, Anam Cara
Ordering Info:

Muckross Abbey, Co. Kerry - Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill



A home is not simply a building; it is the shelter around the intimacy of a life. Coming in from the outside world and its rasp of force and usage, you relax and allow yourself to be who you are. The inner walls of a home are threaded with the textures of one's soul, a subtle weave of presences. If you could see your home through the lens of the soul, you would be surprised at the beauty concealed in the memory your home holds. When you enter some homes, you sense how the memories have seeped to the surface, infusing the aura of the place and deepening the tone of its presence. Where love has lived, a house still holds the warmth. Even the poorest home feels like a nest if love and tenderness dwell there.


Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
Ordering Info:

County Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) 14/04/2022

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering)

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going t...


"Ageing is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been."
David Bowie

Wonsook Kim - Afloat in the light, 2014, 김원숙.


Ceremony for Casting Thays Ashes_07(New Bell)


Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindful Breathing


“When I started feeling the drag of winter, I began to treat myself like a favoured child: with kindness and love. I assumed my needs were reasonable and that my feelings were signals of something important. I kept myself well fed and made sure I was getting enough sleep. I took myself for walks in the fresh air and spent time doing things that soothed me. I asked myself: What is this winter all about? I asked myself: What change is coming?”
Katherine May - Wintering: The power of rest and retreat in difficult times, 2021.

Erik Theodor Werenskiold - On the Plain, 1883.


A good reminder!...


"Grandma, I'm tired. So tired of this life..."

"Take your tiredness, my child, and wrap it around yourself. Like a blanket in the cold winter months. Tiredness comes to make you a nest, to bring you to wear comfortable clothes, to make you sink into its warm embrace. I invite you to stay within yourself. Without strength, without thoughts, without actions. Like the snow that covers everything to soften the world, to make it muffled, to protect it from noise. Accept the flakes of your tiredness and let yourself be completely covered by them."

"I could die buried under there..."

"You will be reborn instead. Like the seed in the ground. Do not resist your weariness, do not reject it with a thousand actions, a thousand intentions, a thousand feelings of guilt. It just wants to take you by the hand and lead you to sink into the void. Right there, where the source of every inner strength lies. They taught us to be strong by resisting. But it is in surrendering that the true heroes emerge."

"I'm afraid, grandmother. What if fatigue will annihilate me?"

"My child, you are not afraid of tiredness but of losing control of yourself. The time has come for you to give yourself to life. And to generate together with it the most wonderful children: the fruits of your soul!"

~Elena Bernabè

image | MagicMagicMagic on flickr


“Tell your story.
Shout it. Write it.
Whisper it if you have to.
But tell it.
Some won't understand it.
Some will outright reject it.
But many will
thank you for it.
And then the most
magical thing will happen.
One by one, voices will start
whispering, 'Me, too.'
And your tribe will gather.
And you will never
feel alone again.”
L.R. Knost

Lennart Helje - Tomte (gnome) Horse Whisperer.


May you never be subservient.

May you never fall prey to fitting in.

May you always swirl in all the directions the sacred winds want to take you.

May you never hush your laughter nor your tears.

May you breathe without restriction.

May you show up every single day to the calling that is you

and may you always know the courage of your heart.

~ Fig Ally

art | Em Niwa


How To Cope with the Loss of a Loved One Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014 05 21, (New Hamlet, PV)


You Have A Cosmic Body by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014 07 20, (LH, Plum Village Summer Retreat)


The Little Flame: A Teaching on Birth and Death by Thich Nhat Hanh


"The practice of the five remembrances helps us accept many of our deepest fears - such as old age, sickness, and death - as realities, facts we cannot escape. When we practice accepting these truths, we can realize peace and have the capacity to live conscious, healthy, and compassionate lives, no longer causing suffering to ourselves and others... Only by looking deeply into the nature of your fear can you find the way out." - Thich Nhat Hanh, Fear


"Being an Island" the Buddha's last teaching


A message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama



The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has passed away peacefully at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, on 22nd January, 2022, at the age of 95. We invite our global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts in peace and loving gratitude for all he has offered the world.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr. - P.S. I Love You.

W. Heath Robinson - The Moon’s First Voyage, 1916.


What is motivating you? Thich Nhat Hanh on volition


“Tell your story.
Shout it. Write it.
Whisper it if you have to.
But tell it.
Some won't understand it.
Some will outright reject it.
But many will
thank you for it.
And then the most
magical thing will happen.
One by one, voices will start
whispering, 'Me, too.'
And your tribe will gather.
And you will never
feel alone again.”
L.R. Knost

Olga Grigoreva-Klimova - The Wind, 2019


“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
Jamie Anderson

Otto Hesselbom - Christmas Eve at the Grave, 1896.


“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
D. Simone

Noble Ives - The Night Before Christmas, Linen Book Cover, 1900.


"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs."
RIP Joan Didion (1934-2021) - Legendary American novelist, journalist and essayist.

Photo via Google - Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne


Going Home - Thich Nhat Hanh


“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich - The Painted Drum.

Andrea Kowch - Fetch.



“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
T.S Eliot

Alphonse Mucha - The Madonna of the Lillies, 1905.


The Best Present - Thich Nhat Hanh


“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.“
Borís Pasternak

Carl Vilhelm Holsøe - The Artist’s Wife Setting the Table, 1863-1935.




“Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.”
Charles M. Schulz - Charlie Brown's Little Book of Wisdom (Peanuts Little Books).

Stanislav Brusilov


“Life is but a short journey, filled with such horror and beauty, that too often allows our potential and destiny to die unfulfilled or allow us to bloom in ways we never imagined. But I - all of us - really have only one joint destiny: to leave this world a better place for those who follow.”
Viola Shipman - The Heirloom Garden.

Claude Monet - The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1880.


What would happen to our lives, our world, if the parent could unconditionally affirm the child, saying in so many words: “You are precious to us; you will always have our love and support; you are here to be who you are; try never to hurt another, but never stop trying to become yourself as fully as you can; when you fall and fail, you are still loved by us and welcomed to us, but you are also here to leave us, and to go onward toward your own destiny without having to worry about pleasing us.”

― James Hollis, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up.

art | Claudia Tremblay





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