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Daily Routine For Ayurvedic Doshas

By Mercedes Aspland / August 5, 2014

I did mention a couple of weeks ago that during my yoga teacher training course we covered a little bit of Ayurveda, it was only a brief overview but I did promise to share a bit about it with you. The first thing to get to is what Ayurveda is, in its simplest form it […]


Practising Karma Yoga

By Mercedes Aspland / April 21, 2014

I hope everyone is having a lovely break for Easter and starting to feel a little renewed. I thought that today would be the perfect time to bring you a post on Karma Yoga and what it means to me. Most of us have heard of karma and can often relate it to the phrase […]


Resistance to Meditation

By Mercedes Aspland / March 11, 2014

If you have ever had a meditation practise then you will know just what it is like to struggle with meditation. It is something I am having a problem with at the moment and keep finding reasons not to meditate or to meditate for less time that usual. The question is where does this resistance […]


Epilepsy in The Family

By Mercedes Aspland / March 5, 2014

One of the things that I have had to come to terms with in recent years is the fact my mum has been diagnosed with epilepsy. For her getting the diagnosis was like receiving a life sentence, having this condition hanging over her head. When you tell people about epilepsy they imagine people having fits […]


Buddhism and Being Vegan

By Mercedes Aspland / March 3, 2014

I have been wanting to write a post about Buddhism & Being Vegan for a while but have not really known how to put it together and get across my opinions clearly. I am still not sure that I will manage it but I thought I would give it a go. Firstly let me say […]


Why Living In The Present Brings Great Happiness

By Mercedes Aspland / February 27, 2014

I heard this quote very recently and it really hit home with me. When I looked it up I realised it had been said by a Chinese philosopher who lived over 2000 years ago which makes it even more profound. When I sat and thought about this quote I realised how vital it was for […]


The Art of Intention

By Mercedes Aspland / February 11, 2014

This is a funny one as it came out if a reaction to me on another blog and I want to act in a certain way and had to stop myself and then that made me question intention and what the Buddhist principle of this is. Basically, from my understanding, and this might be simplified, […]


How I Quit Smoking

By Mercedes Aspland / February 8, 2014

I don’t tend to go in for new year’s resolutions, they never really stick and always seem a bit artificial, why wait until the new year to do something? Well at new year 2013 I had no plans to give up smoking but in February I thought it would be a good idea and after […]


What Day is it?

By Mercedes Aspland / January 18, 2014

Yesterday I began trying my different types of yoga and I started with Yin Yoga at the North London Buddhist Centre. The class was run by Norman Blair who has over 10 years experience of teaching yoga and although I will do a proper review shortly I wanted to tell you about a thought that […]


Seeking Happiness

By Mercedes Aspland / November 7, 2013

I have been wanting to tell you all about my Buddhist Course for ages but my mind has been so filled with other things that it has been hard to write. So the first thing you might be wondering is why the above image? Well the quote was something I read in a book on […]

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