Sylvia’s interest in the meditative traditions began as a teenager but then she got distracted by life and politics. A few years after on she realised that this would never change the world and that we each needed to change ourselves first, she later found out what Gandhi had said. So Sylvia explored various spiritual psychologies that all gave her something, but then seemed to run out for her, until she found Buddhism.
That never ran out of interest, answers or guidance. So Sylvia followed many Buddhist writers and teachers until she went to a retreat run by the Community of Interbeing (www.coiuk.org.) This is when she felt the instant ‘this is where I belong’ feeling, which has never left. Sylvia is lucky to be married to an equally committed mindfulness practitioner and they live mindfulness every day together.
A little over twenty years ago Sylvia decided to make mindfulness her living and she has been teaching and helping people alongside writing about it ever since. Sylvia now teaches the Be Calm Be Happy course for the Community of Interbeing on her home island.
“I can only say that it has radically changed my life, challenged, comforted and guided me for the last twenty years, I cannot imagine life without my practice.”
Mindful Living Show Presentation
“… We are determined not to force others, even our children, to adopt our views.’ - Thich Nhat Hanh.
Present Moment Parenting"
This talk looks at experiences in bringing up children and grandchildren with an attitude to life that is often in direct conflict with that which is offered by present-day attitudes in the media, lifestyle choices and in mainstream education.