About Anne

My spiritual journey started when I discovered a local yoga class and through this I found new friends and developed a deeper interest in spirituality. I've been training for over 24 years in many disciplines, from Hatha Yoga to Zen Yoga, to traditional Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki to Zen Mindfulness and Meditation.

Inspired by Love

'Inspired by love' is my new Substack page, which is a writers platform that I joined to feel uplifted by writers who fill my heart and help me feel more connected, more peaceful, more loving. But then I started to share my thoughts on loving-kindness, how to live from the heart and radiate love out into the world. It's become a place dedicated to love, kindness, compassion and positive [...]

Zen Compassion Plus

The Zen Compassion Plus meditations have been taught to me by my teacher and Zen Master Daizan. They were passed down to our Rinzai Zen tradition by Zen Master Torei who taught the 'Shimuryo Zammai' practices - the four limitless meditations, as he felt they were helpful in creating a foundation for mental and psychological wellbeing. These practices offer a kinder and more compassionate way to live in the world, [...]

Ease into change and letting go

As Autumn starts to flow in, it gives us the opportunity to take a look at what we are holding on to, what we wish to let go of and what we would like to take forwards into the winter months. Our yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices are wonderful ways to help us navigate change, they help us to notice the tension in the body and start to soften, they [...]

Plant positive seeds for your future self

“The light is expanding, and the earth is awakening, bringing transformation, regeneration, and renewal. Use the solar energy of the season to fire up your intention to initiate change. Let go of the old to make room for the new. This is a time of new beginnings.” (Yoga through the year, by Jilly Shipway) […]

Zen Moments for Mindful Living

This year I launched my first ever ‘Mindful Living’ courses and it has been so wonderful to see the positive changes that these courses brought. In just 4 simple weeks I saw so much joy, as we released some of our negative thinking patterns, brought in some more positive habits and got more creative. From journals, to sketchpads to mini creations, to painting plant pots and [...]

A journey of the heart – with Daizan

A journey of the heart - with Julian Daizan Skinner Daizan is a Rinzai Zen Master who trained in Japan, before returning to the UK and going on walking pilgrimage, starting right here on the Isle of Wight. On the Summer Solstice we will be at St Catherines Lighthouse in Niton to sit in meditation as the sun rises. Then we will hold a day of Zen in Fishbourne, [...]

My gift to you

At this time last year, I decided to offer you some simple methods to improve wellbeing, through my '3 Simple Steps to Wellbeing' talks on Soundcloud. These offer you some easy ways to bring calm and clarity into your life and start to change your mindset, to bring some self care and positivity into your life, in gentle, easy ways. This was my gift to you, but I encourage you [...]

From Buddhism to Zen – A Journey

As Buddhism grew it spread from India into countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Koria, Japan and Tibet. With this growth, Buddhism began to separate into two groups – one way for those who wished to become monks and another way for the ordinary person. Both paths were called yanas or rafts – a way of carrying people to enlightenment. The way of the monks became known as [...]

Being mindful of anxiety

Being mindful of our anxiety, means paying attention to it, noticing it, without letting it take over. You can be aware of how it makes you feel, but you don't have to listen to, or believe that anxious voice within. My anxiety tells me I am lazy, useless and no good, that I am going to fail, that I am going to upset others, I am going to make things [...]

Simple Steps to Wellbeing

How do we look after our wellbeing when we feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed? We are often bombarded with ways to take care of ourselves, to be better, do better and feel better. But it seems too much, so I wanted to offer easy steps to take care of ourselves, to look after our wellbeing in simple yet effective ways. From gratitude to mindfulness to breathing techniques, there are [...]

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