Sitting in the Stillness
What if there is, fundamentally, nothing to change or fix in ourselves?
Sitting in the Stillness is a collection of stories from the therapy room. Each one invites the reader to go beyond these personal accounts to the universal, beyond the agitations of the mind to an infinite stillness of being. The stories include examples from group therapy, mindfulness groups, family and couples’ therapy and demonstrate our fundamental interconnectedness.
'Insightful, practically useful, even enlightening. We are led along a less ‘self-centred’ path with a delightfully light touch.'
Nigel Wellings, author of Why Can’t I Meditate?
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In this touching, inspiring and enlightening collection of stories we meet brave individuals journeying from breakdown to breakthrough and rediscovering who they really are. Through Martin’s gentle and wise guidance, we are invited to rediscover our own true selves, prior to fear-based conditioning, beyond our personal stories. Filled with compassion and deep non-dual wisdom, this book is a friendly invitation to the place where therapy, mindfulness and authentic spirituality meet: The present moment, our true home. We are encouraged to be a little less afraid of our own thoughts and feelings, a little more trusting in this strange process called Living. I think this wonderful book will help many people. ~ Jeff Foster, author of The Way of Rest
An interesting story of human consciousness written with an intelligent, clear view of our essential nature. An entertaining thought provoking read, the author has created a helpful tool for those seeking to understand the mysterious nature of consciousness and the oneness of life itself. ~ J.M.Harrison, award winning author
Explored through the lens of a series of fascinating clinical vignettes, we see how Martin and those he worked with, time and time again, are released from suffocating personal narratives that no longer serve them. Insightful, practically useful, even enlightening, we are lead along a less ‘self-centred’ path with a delightfully light touch. Or, as Martin intriguingly says, “No longer striving to become a better person but instead realising the perfection we already are”. ~ Nigel Wellings, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, author of Why Can’t I Meditate? How To Get Your Mindfulness Practice on Track
Martin’s approach is revolutionary, since it uses the therapeutic process to break the habit of seeking a solution to suffering in the past, opening the intuition to an understanding of a timeless vertical dimension, the source of true healing. We should therefore pay tribute to Martin's work which contributes significantly to dissolving the illusions of the mind, and brings clarity, lucidity and discernment to the daily life of patients, and in fact anyone, who embraces such an approach. Discovering who and what we are beyond the dimension of mind and body is the greatest of all gifts. At the moment that we transcend our ego-driven tendencies life reveals itself in all its love, truth, and beauty. It is life which is the true therapist as it guides the mind back to its source. Thank you life, and thank you Martin for awakening the essence of being in the hearts of so many people. ~ Dr Jean-Marc Mantel, Psychiatrist, Founder of the Former International Association of Spiritual Psychiatry, author of A Scent of Oneness
I'm absolutely fascinated by it - I can see echoes of many writers here that I likewise admire, and yet you have a wonderfully accessible tone and voice that is very much your own. This book feels current and necessary to me, and I like how you have weaved in the experience of NHS and private clients. It reminds me of the work of Stephen Cope, and I love how much everyday wisdom there is here. It's really lovely. ~ Anna Hogarty, Literary agent, Madeleine Milburn agency
These remarkable stories bring to life the essence of psychotherapy and the everyday living wisdom of non-duality. The deep wisdom in this book shows us how we can find freedom by fully embracing and ultimately transcending life’s challenges. Martin’s practice of non-dual psychotherapy in the National Health Service is unique. His work is an inspirational reminder that however traumatic the personal story, freedom and stillness remain ever-present and undisturbed. ~ Dr. Peter Fenner, author of Radiant Mind and Natural Awakening