The Connected Heart - Free Meditation


'To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvellous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses — that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.' - Pablo Neruda


Free Meditation For Peace, Truth, &  Connection guided by sacred teacher and writer John Siddique

EVERYONE WELCOME - 13th July, 6-7pm. Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

This event will also be live-streamed on the Authentic Living Facebook page for those around the world who wish to join us.

The 13th of July looks set to be a day of strong emotions, political debate, reaction, ideals, ideas, as well as apathy, denial, opinion, sensationalism and just more of the same old stuff that separates us from each other. Like every other day, it is also a chance and a choice to be a day of awareness, compassion, love, and change for the better. Genuine change can only come about when we meet what is with real presence and awareness. 

Reactivity, while it might feel powerful and entitled, leads us away from the ability to see and respond from consciousness and heart, and so if we desire lasting peace and progress we must learn to be in the here and the now with clear sight and wholeness - then we become powerful in the truest sense.

We are giving and sharing this guided meditation event for all who wish to sit in the spirit of truth, peace and openness. All people are welcome. When we gather together in the spirit of truth like this (the old word for it is sangha) we are at our most whole, supported and alive, and we genuinely help by bringing healing, wholeness, transformation and compassion to ourselves and the world.


Meditation Myths/Meditation Truths

Meditation Myths:
Meditation is hard
Meditation is an escape from real life
You have to give up lots of things
You have to be able to concentrate really hard
You have to control your mind
You have to sit cross-legged, make a blank face and say Ommmm

Meditation Truths:
Meditation is about being your true natural self.
It is accessible to everyone no matter your circumstances, background or past.
It is about returning to the sense of presence which you already know.
Your mind can carry on with its stuff, you exist before the mind.
You'll find that the things you let go of are the things that get in the way of enjoying your life deeply.


Meditation For Children In Schools


Early this week I was invited into a primary school to teach meditation, poetry and to talk about true spirituality. We all sat in presence together, teachers, kids and myself. We wrote poems and we laughed and laughed.

I was thinking that the literary life would have to be left down as I tread my natural path. But I see that my poor old conditioned mind was mistaken, they are the same thing and always have been.

Imagine a school with such courage... The kids and staff were Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, and CE... And yet they want to explore our naturalness beyond belief systems, without denying anyone the right to religion or culture.

I am so full of gratitude


ps This is an older pic that has clearance from the school and all parents and parties concerned.. There are many limitations taking photos in schools, anything I put up will always have full clearance.