John Peacock, one of the teachers from Gaia House, led a workshop in London last weekend on ‘A Stillness of Mind’.  He reminded us of the importance of caring for ourselves and ensuring that we do not face the challenges of everyday life under-resourced.  The Buddha said, “Looking after oneself, one looks after others. Looking after others, one looks after oneself.”   Being able to operate from the place of stillness we touch in meditation, is a transferable skill, essential for realising balance and equanimity in every aspect of our lives.  In the words of Thomas Merton: “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.”