Compassion and Care

A series of silent and guided mindful meditations led by Dr Sarah Temple and her team during the coronavirus pandemic. The direct URL is . This page will close in 2022.


Weekly sessions are at 8 am on Thursdays - sometimes the moment is recorded to facebook -please request the passcode from Sarah then  click here to link to Zoom webinar mindful meditations .  From September 2021 the format will usually be an audio contemplation posted to the Whats App group.



July 22nd- daily reading from the New York Zen Center for Contemplation

26th May 2020  - introducing the mantra - silent meditation

flyer for Bonnevaux

Silence - Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), Hindu Sage

There is consciousness along with quietness in the mind: this is exactly the state to be aimed at.

By silence eloquence is meant. It is the best language.

The thought-free experience of the Self is silence.

There is a state when words cease and silence prevails.

That state which transcends speech and thought is silence.

That state in which the 'I'-thought does not even arise in the least is silence.

The experience of silence is alone the real and perfect knowledge.

Silence is the most potent form of work.

The silence of Self is ever there.

As long as you run with the running mind you cannot have it.

How can silence be explained in words?

27th May 2020 - sharing alpiri stories from Central Australia - silent meditation

transcript of stories

Parliamentary Education Committee Podcast with Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards and Andrew McCully Director General for Early Years 

Oak National Academy- the national response to supporting teachers with online teaching. By clicking 'classroom' it is possible for parents and staff to access the lessons although the programme is not currently  intended as providing direct support for parents homeschooling their children.

28th May - EHCAP Wellness Wheel guided mindful activity

pdf of Wellness Wheel mindful activity

29th May - EHCAP Silent Meditation

Interested in learning more about Christian Contemplation?

The Perfect Paradox- a poem by Steve Taylor p92 The Calm Center

When you can hear silence behind the noise

and feel space among the crowd

when you can sense peace amidst the chaos and conflict

and see the beauty of the ugly and drab

When solitude never leads to loneliness

and emptiness seems to overflow

When every stranger looks familiar

and every foreign place feels like home

Then you'll know that duality is no more

that you've stepped beyond contradiction

into the place of perfect paradox

where everything makes sense.


30th May - Mindful Walking 

Link to doc info re return to school 

Great Spirit Prayer

An Indigenous American Prayer translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887

Oh, Great Spirit,

Whose voice I hear in the winds

and whose breath gives life to all the world.

Hear me! I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes

ever hold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made

and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand

the things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden

in every leaf and rock.

Help me remain calm and strong in the

face of all that comes toward me.

Help me find compassion without

empathy overwhelming me.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,

but to fight my greatest enemy: myself.

Make me always ready to come to you

with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset,

my spirit may come to you without shame.

Wellness Wheel

31st May - 15 minute silent meditation 

1st June -  Mindful Meditation on Vimeo 

Mary and Martha- Laurence Freeman, Journey to the Heart, Christian Contemplation through the Centuries p3 &4

Back to School and Beyond by Lucy Beney

2nd June - Mindful meditation and walk

Reading from summarising Mindful Emotion Coaching and ACE awareness

3rd June - Mindful meditation holding the extended community including health care workers in mind

Guardian article by Palliative Care Doctor - reflections on caring for patients dying with COVID-19



June 4th - Guest Jayne McGergor talks about how she developed her daily practice and leads a 10 minute silence. Jayne offers coaching in meditation. [email protected]

Today there is an international silence at 1pm for 9 minutes in honour honour and mourn the countless black people who have lost their lives to police brutality and racism around the world. 9 minutes is the amount of time George Floyd was under the knee of the police officer and who died as a result of this on May 25th 2020.

June 5th  Mindful Neurodiversity Meditation with Sarah

June 6th Mindful walking meditation- racial disparity

Article in The Guardian- George Floyd

Pod Cast from Harvard - recial disparity and coronavirus

Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19 , Public Health England is the EHCAP coronavirus information and support webpage

June 7th Wheel of Wellness guided mindful meditation

British Psychological Society - guidance on supporting care experienced children

pdf of Wellness Wheel mindful activity


Free resources from Dr Dan Siegel - The Wheel of Awareness


June 11th with Jayne MacGregor  - Jayne is offering meditation coaching

June 18th - Silent Meditation led by Dr Sarah Temple 

contemplation from Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

June 25th - Silent meditation and mindful walk

Connecting with human suffering during this pandemic

July 2nd - holding colleagues and friends in mind who are tipping into toxic stress during this pandemic

July 9th -Mindful Meditation in St Ives, Cornwall

July 23rd- Mindful Meditation - silent

July 31st - Mindful meditation with a mindful walk 

Leon restaurant founder comments on free school meals and link between nutrition and long term health

August 6th - Silent meditation

Holding in mind those members of our families and communities with dementia

August 13th- Silent meditation

Holding in mind all those members of our families and communities affected by ALevel results

August 20th- Silent meditation - no recording available

A Level and GCSE results 

August 27th - Silent movement meditation

September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th - no recordings


Silent meditation with mindful walk contemplating the wisdom of Eileen Munro

October 22nd - how can our government refuse funding for school meals during holidays?

November 5th- silent meditation on the first day of the second lock down in England

November 12th - well of wellness live stream on facebook

November 26th - Live Stream on Facebook

December 3rd - Live Stream on Facebook

December 10th - Live Stream on Facebook

December 17th - Live Stream on Facebook

December 24th- Live Stream on Facebook

December 31st - Live Stream on Facebook

January 7th 2021 - Live Stream Facebook

January 14th 2021- Live Stream Facebook

January 28th 2021- Live Stream Facebook

February 4th- Live Stream Facebook

reading from A New Zealand Prayer Book


February 19th - Live Stream on Facebook

contemplating Long Covid

February 25th Wheel of Wellness Meditation

March 4th- silent meditation

March 11th - sitting with sadness

March 18th - silent meditation

March 25th - silent meditation- self care

April 24th - silent meditation

June 10th - Silent Meditation

July 22nd- Silent Meditation


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