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Volume 9 - Issue 12  - Apr 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the April newsletter from BWIS.

This month we look at some ways to approach the extraordinary times in which we live.

Best wishes from Steve, Sue, Charlie, Martin, Phil.

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In This Issue
How to be Here and What to do
News and Events
Inspiring Quotes
And Finally...

  How to Be Here and What to do Now

 How to be Here and What to Do, Now?
These times of fear and anxiety and uncertainty present a unique opportunity to take stock, breathe together, share feelings, and give mindful consideration to the questions above. 
Many years ago (writes Martin) I designed a course called “How to be Here”. It was for prisoners in HMP Brixton. Many of us are just beginning to find out what it’s like to be subjected to sudden incarceration. Back then I missed off the ‘what to do’ part of the question as the prison system had already imposed activities. We mainly still have choice – so how, now, to fill our days?
The first step on that course was to invite prisoners to embrace, as best they could, the routine and boundaries imposed on them by the prison. To accept in order to optimise. And then to begin to grow into a mindful relationship with their new situation. Back then, I know it was helpful to many.

For us now, our ‘business as usual’ model has been suspended for a while. Some of us are beginning to remember again how much we value the other beings in our lives, our social connections, all the  experiences that contribute to our sense of self. And we may yearn for the intimately personal connection with outdoors and nature.

Being and doing: First embrace, as best we can, the routines and boundaries that the pandemic imposes upon us, and then begin to invest in our new future: personal, collective and ecological. 
What qualities will we bring to our human ‘being’ and our human ‘doing’? In what ways will we be and do?. You have your answer to that question, and I mine. It’s a question of personal values. Though it is best to consider the collective interest too: That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees” - Marcus Aurelius.

Whenever it IS time to return to the back-to-work economy and ‘normal’, let’s see what we have learnt – let’s aim for a more inclusive, more equitable, more sustainable, more loving and compassionate way of being and doing. And let’s begin to create that now, in this time that is becoming known as “The Big Pause”. What a blessing (however mixed). 

You are welcome to join us online at Life Lounge next week.

News and Events

NOTE - All BWIS events are continuing ONLINE

7.00pm 2nd Thurs each month. On Thurs 9 April it’s 'Releasing Emotions in Lockdown’.  A relaxing and nourishing session focussing on how we can manage our daily emotions in challenging times. With guest presenter Eloise Stephenson. Book your place at The Life Lounge. 

Coach Group
This group is open to qualified coaches and those in training. Next is Mon 6th April meet on Zoom for a 7.00 start, finish by 9.30. Book here, or contact Charlie with any questions.

E-Gym - The Listening Circle
Drop into the E.Gym at 6.30pm each week, for some 'emotional keep-fit' in a supportive group. Next event Tues 7 April. This is a FREE event, but please register here and we will send you the link. Or contact Sue

Drop-in group continues on a weekly basis - a mindfulness practice re-charging session. Contact Martin for information, or see us on Facebook at Being Well In Suffolk.

Inspiring Quotes

"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean." – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." - Fred Rogers, American TV presenter
"I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now." - Etienne de Grellet, Quaker missionary
"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill
"This too shall pass" - old Persian saying that may have originated with the poet Rumi.

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." - John Lennon

And Finally ...

You’ve been told a million times how to properly wash your hands. Here’s a minute on how to properly disinfect your mind.


1. Distance yourself from fear.  We can slow down the highly contagious disease of fear by reducing contact with our biggest enemy: internal thoughts of OMG we're doomed. We can use this time to go within and to imagine a better world. We can use it to create, to envision a world and a government that instead of focusing on economic stimulus, focuses on humanity and equality for all. 


2. Stock up on some perspective. The media talks about the ‘deadly’ virus, but even at its worst projected mortality rate the vast majority of those who get it make a full recovery. Just like we do from many other illnesses. That’s not to say we shouldn’t take precautions. As Jack Kornfield likes to say, “Remember your Buddha nature AND your social security number.”


3. Empower your internal pharmacy. Cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton says stress is the cause of 95 percent of all illness and disease. We can best inoculate ourselves by watering seeds of possibility, not worse case scenarios. A calm nervous system fosters a strong immune system. “Proceed as if there is not a problem”. Remember your body is resilient and has self-healing superpowers.

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