Contemplation and Mindfulness
Jeremy is a Sensei (Zen teacher) in The Wild Goose Zen Sangha, and a recognised Zen teacher in the world-wide White Plum Asangha. Jeremy leads meditation each week in Woodchester. The Wild Goose Zen Sangha also meets in Canterbury, York, Hove, Pershore, Edinburgh and the Highlands and holds sesshins, the Zen word for retreats, in many of these places, throughout the year.
Spirituality has been an important thread throughout his life, and yet increasingly he prefers to drop the notion of spirituality altogether: merely to be in life; to celebrate the wonderful contingent createdness of the here and now.
This has formed a background to his life and work and allows him to come out and meet you where you are, whether you are an atheist, agnostic or a person with spiritual beliefs or a contemplative practice of whatever kind.
Buddhism has dwelt deeply on issues of suffering and how it can be alleviated, and over at least the past half century this has influenced Western psychology. More recently this has been distilled into something psychological practitioners have called mindfulness. Mindfulness makes use of our bare attention to dwell on our thoughts, feelings and sensations; it allows us to realise we live in a stream of thoughts and sensations; this realisation can help to ground us, and while staying in touch with our experiences and feelings it can free us from getting stuck in unhelpful patterns of thought, feeling, and experience.
Meditation and contemplation also allow us to dwell in stillnes, to pay attention to what is in the moment, to be alive in the present, to be intimately real with others.