The search for peace in one’s own skin is to be found by taking back control over the mind and we can do this by meditating and living more in the moment, by being present and accepting of what is right now. By being the awareness behind the thinking mind we relinquish our attempts to control life as something separate and apart from us and as we do we mingle and merge back mentally and spiritually into the oneness of life. There is no life and me, there is only life. Thinking is what creates the illusion of separateness, thinking is what separates us from this amazing phenomenon, this one pulsating, flowing entity that is life and of which we are all a part. As we practice meditation and mindfulness we will come to understand this more and more. As we let go of control in the respect of us controlling something separate and instead align our human will with the flow of life, we run with the tide of life and life gives to us what we need; which it has to if we are life, and in that state of alignment life also guides us. It guides us through the medium of intuition, the voice of life. We are one body, one soul, one love, one life and just like the head and tail and legs are all part of the dog and cannot be separated so are we and everything we perceive part of the one body that is life.

Being mindful, living in the moment, being present, aware and non-judgmental to what is isn’t easy, it takes practice and discipline, but by practicing the art of mindfulness, or of just being, we can step out of the constant stream of thoughts that run though our head, we can see through this illusion of separateness and move beyond the control of ego and our conditioned thinking to become part of the whole again. And it is there where serenity lies.

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Jed Maw (Left) is a Meditation and Mindfulness practitioner based on the lovely Island of Kefalonia (Greece). He has been working on him self over a number of years and this has led him to develop a programme he has called ‘Kung Fu sobriety’. Jed believes that we as human beings have an intellectual understanding of the world of our ‘mind’, particularly the area of addictive behaviour. We also have an innate understanding of the psychological conditions that bring about states of distress, but sometimes we are not able to necessarily fix ourselves.  He believes our thinking is the aspect that created the problem and it is this same thinking, if adapted, that can solve it.

Jed’s aim is to help others find peace in life no matter were they are coming from. He sees that the main issue that makes us ‘who we think we are’ is the same thing that causes us the most angst and upset. Mainly, it is our identification with our ego and our habitual conditioned thinking that puts us in a state of distress.  Jed’s aim is to devise a simple programme for folk to follow and live by. The ultimate goal is to run a secular retreat the Greek Island he loves so much, with its fantastic mountain views. A place where a spiritual and holistic approach to well being can be taught.

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