The importance of meditation/rest was present in my life when I was younger I remember. My Mum had some relaxation/meditation recordings I used to listen to sometimes when I felt I wanted calm. I learned how to meditate then, and get into a peaceful space. I also remember feeling that listening to the songs we sang together growing up and years later the two came together.
It was some 15 or so years later in a church in London, I was attending an event led by visiting Plum Village monastics, they had everyone lay down as they guided what they called ‘Deep Relaxation’; the 20 minutes that passed I was guided through my body from my toes to the crown of my head.
We then sat and listened to a few songs played by a monastic I now call a friend, Brother Ben (Phap Lai). ‘I want to share this too’, I felt.
I’ve been offering relaxations with song since at different events; workshops and festivals to retreats and protest camps – here are some.
The invitation that day was to lie back and feel your body supported by the earth, and I remember Br Ben saying something like ‘when you can care for yourself you can really care for others and our world, you are a wonder of life we want you to feel that…’
Collection of Rest relaxations below:
Relaxation on Climate Anxiety December 2021
Relaxation inspired by the Serenity Prayer November 2021
Autumn relaxation at the Wake Up London October 2021
170 relaxations recorded over the first 2 and half months of Lockdown from April 2020
Relaxation given at Wake Up London Autumn 2019, including song ‘When I Rise’ based on poem by Wendell Berry.
Relaxation for arrestees of Extinction Rebellion awaiting trials, Summer 2019
Relaxation on the theme of Mothers for Mothers Day at Wake Up London
Relaxation for environmental activists of the Extinction Rebellion campaign at the London Action Resource Centre November 2018
Environmental themed relaxation from Wake Up Autumn 2018
Volunteers relaxation for Wake Up Earth Retreat at Plum Village, France Summer 2018
Relaxation from Wake Up London’s afternoon Spring 2018; Wake Up is the Plum Village monestary’s international young adults movement
Relaxation from Peace Activism workshop given at Wake Up London Summer retreat. For more on the workshop do mail me and I’ll happily talk you through it.
From my Plum Village residence project – this relaxation was given to visiting teachers
Recorded relaxation given on a Plum Village visit
Relaxation as part of a workshop given to the Quaker Chaplains Spring 2018
Collections from the Wake Up Your Artist retreats, a creative arts and peace retreat in Germany hosted by myself and friend Larissa Mazbouh , also mail me if you would like to know more about it