- Thank you for stopping by.
- I hope you find the blog helpful.
- It mainly contains quotes and reflections on meditation practice but also contains some inputs from Psychology, Spirituality and different Wisdom traditions. In other words, the various ways that can be used to try and understand what leads to the development of happiness and a full life. It was started to offer support to those who have participated in mindfulness Courses and who continue to practice meditation but now includes everyone who seek each day to live in a more mindful manner. It has a simple purpose – to encourage the ongoing development of more conscious and reflective living.
I have over 40 years experience of meditation practice, firstly in Western traditions, including a 30 Day silent retreat in the Ignation tradition, and with teachers such as Anthony de Mello and Thomas Keating. In the past 13 years I have practiced also in Buddhist meditation, and competed retreats with teachers such as Ajahn Sucitto, Ajahn Amaro, Larry Rosenberg, Joseph Goldstein, Christine Feldman and Sharon Salzberg and in Mindfulness meditation, with trainings by Jon Kabat Zinn, Ph.D., Saki Santorelli, Melissa Blacker and Florence Meleo-Meyer, (Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training, University of Massachusetts Medical School), supervision by Melissa Blacker, (Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training), and workshops with Rick Hanson Ph.D and Paul Gilbert among others.
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Karl, this is just beautiful, well done!! sincerely. I very much look forward to be nourished by your reflections once gone. They will be tremendously helpful.
splendid writing! Derek Amato – musical savant
Great blog, keep the inspirational words flowing.
Have a stunning and wonder-full weekend.
Thanks. I wish you a lovely week also. Best wishes from a cold and snowy part of France,
I’m just registering for an 8 week MBSR course here through Penn. I’m going to blog about the experience taking the course and exploring mindfulness as a novice. I’ll look forward to reading your blog as an adjunct to the class!
Nice to hear from you and well done on your different sites. What a great idea. I am really looking forward to reading about your experiences and will follow you as you go through the weeks. It will be great to follow your reflections and experiences as you move through the Programme. Would you mind if I let others know about your blog?
I would be very happy if anything on my blog helps during the 8 weeks. I will be teaching a new Course starting February 1st and some blog posts will reflect that, which may be at the same time as you.
Thanks for being in contact.
I’m just learning this little trick… The thing is it’s not ver little. I recently wrote about my first mindfullness experience that worked… I’m reading as much as I can to learn about this.
Very well done blog and excellent information. Carl you write with a flow and the sayings are wonderful. I think you explain mindfulness as well as I have seen.
The benefits of this practice can be like a miracle for the Complex PTSD sufferers. Have you seen Rick Hanson’s book on the Buddha Brain where he takes monks and hooks then up to functional MRI brain scans to prove mindfulness works and very well.
Loving kindness was the last piece of the practice tha solidifies our mindfulness. Keep up the great work
Each New Year I pick one focus word to contemplate, reflect upon and seek out in my life throughout the next twelve months. Last year, I chose ‘mindfulness’. Needless to say 2010 was a year of much learning and growth, lol. (This year’s is ‘intention’.)
Anyway, just wanted to thank you for posting such a lovely blog.
I hope to find you well on this wonderful day.
I have just started a blog called http://loveisthemagickey.wordpress.com and would like to invite you to add to it if you would like to, and have time to contribute to. Please feel free to also add your blog address to your posts.
Have a fabulous Sunday.
I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award. I enjoy your blog so much!
gifting you with an abc award…..thanks….
Hi again Karl,
I’ve gifted you with the Sunshine Blog Award.
Have a wonderful day,
Love, love, love your blog!! I have just nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award.
Thanks for all you do!!
Lovely blog!! Just would like to inform you that I am nominating you for a Sunshine Award!
I just nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. The rules can be found in my blog for today at http://geniespeaks.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/the-beautiful-blogger-award/
Hi, have mentioned you here http://bodhisattvaintraining.wordpress.com/an-award-passing-it-on
I see it as more about letting others know about your blog since I enjoy it 🙂
Hope you’re ok with that..
I find your entries really refreshing. They always make me think. Nominated you for your Lovely Blog: http://anonanna.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/lovely/ 🙂
Hi Karl, yes, I too have given you yet another nomination: the Very Inspiring blogger award. We all love your beautiful blog with its daily reminders to stay present and non-attached! http://clearskiesbluewater.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/third-times-the-charm-an-award-and-recommended-blogs/ with love and gratitude, SB
I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Here is the link to my post on the subject: http://zensoapbox.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/the-one-lovely-blog-award/. Thank you for the daily dose of inspiration!
I linked to your blog in a post on my blog today. You are inspiring and educational and I love your daily posts. It is a toss up as to whether I most love the words you write or the images you share. –Daylily
Carl, I continue to feel exactly the same, a year and a half later. I moved onto a new blog but it’s the same journey. Your words resonate with me because I have the hardest time living in this moment. Your blog centers me. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
Fern (aka Daylily)
I’m excited to announce that beginning January 1, 2013, I’ll be publishing a daily “mindfulness poem,” usually by a contemporary or recent poet, at my new website, http://www.ayearofbeinghere.com. This site would be a great resource for you and your audience.
Anyone who would like a daily sip or slice of poetic encouragement to “be here now” can subscribe (for free) either by signing up to receive it via email (http://www.ayearofbeinghere.com) or by liking this project’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mindfulnesspoetry).
If you would like to include my website’s link on your own, please feel free.
Remember, “A Year of Being Here” launches on January 1, 2013. Please take a moment right now to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single serving of these wonderful poems. They are soul food for the journey.
I really like your blog. Its helping me on a daily basis as I come to terms with my diagnosis of progressive multiple sclerosis. Thank you.
Hi Karl, I wish to say that I like your new blog theme! It is fresh and new-looking, and as always, you find many interesting quotes and excerpts to help us all to remember Be-Here-Now! with blessings for a beautiful Spring, Leigh
Thank you for you feedback. Just wanted to make things a bit fresher, the posts a bit more distinctive, and to be a bit of support to those starting out, as well as faithful reading who are trying to practice each day. Thanks for your ongoing presence, Karl
Hello, came to see your blog and noticed we share similar interests! Nice discovery.
We certainly seem to have walked a similar path. Lovely writing on your blog. I shall visit frequently. Karl
Happy to have found your blog! 🙂
Thanks for your comment and your visit. I am glad if it was of some help,
I am glad to have landed here. I look forward to reading more. I have done a lot of healing and am moving into being mindful and reflective. I like the feel of your blog-
informative with some simplicity.
It is nice to meet you and to read about your path over the past years and your lovely words. Coincidentally, your last post is from the patron saint of this part of France, St Francis de Sales, a wise and gentle guide. It is good to have companions on our journey, old and new.
I love coincidences.
Thanks so much for the note and I look forward to reading more about mindfulness and meditation. It’s been an interesting winding path- but I like where it has brought me.
I am grateful I was led to your blog today. The Feast of the Pentecost and finding you is the Holy Spirit’s gift. Following!
Thanks for all your daily quotes. They are consistently insightful and helpful. Choice gems along the path. I have subscribed to other such daily quotes but yours are of a particularly exquisite and refined nature.
Love your blog Karl and am always inspired by your words! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks for your continued words and inspiration! 🙂
I nominating you for a blog award because you are so inspiring. Write on! http://foolishsagewisdom.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/inspirational-blogger-award/
Hi Karl 🙂
I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I hope you’ll accept my nomination…your blog rocks 🙂
Beautiful work! Thank you so much for all you have done! I am looking forward to diving into the archives. Sending you love!
Great Blog! I just finished an article on the NYTimes piece titled “How American’s are living with less.” If you like it, share it with your site!
Every day I log on to WordPress I love contemplating about the photos and Quotes you post. It’s a very welcome Inspiration !!
I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. For Details please see:
Love this! Can’t wait to see what all you have going on over here 🙂 Hope that you can stop by my site and take a little time to ponder some of my own ponderings on mindfulness. Namaste, Sara
You have a great blog
Thank you Elizabeth for visiting. You are writing about a very important journey on your own blog,
WOW well I am glad I found this blog. Someone posted a link here from another blog and I am intrigued.. I also write a blog about healing .. I mostly write about my therapy sessions, but I write to connect with others who suffer from abuse like I did who are healing today. I will have to sit and read more of your blog today 🙂
Hi Karl, I just want to thank you for all the great posts you have put here on WP this year, and to wish you a joyous Christmas and a new year ahead of peace and contentment.
Hopefully we may meet up sometime for that coffee!
Stumbled upon your blog…
Very interesting. I will devote more time to reading you whenever possible. I had a quick look around your Books pages and I am fascinated that many of them I’ve never heard of, hence I am curious to make new discoveries.
May you be well in All.
Tree Spirit, from London
I am glad if the books gave some food for thought. They are all worth a look in the area of mindfulness and meditation. I wish you all the best on your journey and hope you are surviving the wild weather in your part of the world, Karl
Thank you Karl! I’m sorry for my late comment back, only some priorities have taken my online time aside. I’m based in London and indeed we had a pretty wild weather around Christmas and New Year, now is more subtle.
All the best to you too. xx
Because your blog makes me smile, you have been nominated for the sunshine blogger award 🙂 http://www.ulawyss.com/sunshine-blogger-award/
that sounds interesting. I read few posts and am looking forward to read more when I have time. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience with this, much appreciated. 🙂
Visiting & following via Ben’s (http://bennaga.wordpress.com/) recommendation from his comment on my blog post yesterday.
Hi Karl, I just wanted to mention that I do a lot of nature photography and if you would ever like to use any of my pics, completely free, for your posts, you would be most welcome. My blog is at: https://judesphotography.wordpress.com/
Thanks. Will do and will credit them back to you,
So pleased you have found some of my pics to use. I feel really proud to be able to share them with your wonderful blog. 🙂
More true that the blog is happy to be able to share your wonderful photos,
Sounds wonderful to me Karl. 🙂
What a beautiful blog. I loved the Rilke quote in the sidebar. I just finished reading Rilke’s Book of Hours a couple months ago. It was an inspiring book.
we have recently launched meditationapps.com web-site which is specializing on content about mindfulness and meditation apps. We are working on adding new reviews each day. Would you like to exchange posts and links?
Please let me know Guillermo
A great purpose indeed. I try to contribute to a similar purpose with this site I’ve created: http://www.begrateful.io 🙂
Hey Karl Duffy,
Just wanted to give you a heads up that Mindful Balance has been
featured in the Top 100 Must-Follow Meditation Blogs in the World:
Congratulations and keep up the awesome work with Mindful Balance!
It is nice to hear that and there are some very inspiring blogs in the list, so it is a really helpful resource as well as being something nice to hear on a Tuesday afternoon. It is nice to be part of that wide community
Thank you, Karl , for a great blog! You deserve your spot!
Hi, I want to friendly invite you to join us.
Please take a look on https://bayart.org/2016/07/03/let-join-me/
Great blogs m8
Keep up the good work.
Love what you’re doing on your website.
Wanted to give you a notice that you were featured in my new article on Love Meditating.
Here’s the link – http://lovemeditating.com/top-meditation-blogs/
I really hope it delivers some new visitors to your site!
Thanks Szymon, it is nice to be included among such fine teachers, Karl
Are you considering guest blog post?
Nice to hear from you. Not so sure what do you mean, so I would be delighted if you could explain a bit more,
Hi Karl: I look forward to seeing Mindful Balance in my e-mail every day………
Please, can you tell me, who is Douglas Kennedy? (I love the bus/picture) association. Spot on!
Thank you for stopping by. Douglas kennedy is an author. Donald kennedy (today’s quote) was a scientist and president of Stanford University. Hope you enjoy the daily posts. Karl
Thank you so much for this blog – I make sure to come here every day, after reading the news. Helps me to remember to see the good things inside and out…
I have followed your blog every day for several years now, and I really appreciate the insight and new perspectives I get from reading your carefully chosen words and quotes each day.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your faithfulness, and your commitment to encouraging many people around the world.
Hi Cilla, Thanks for writing. I recognize reader who have been there for some time and am really glad to hear from you and to know that the words and thoughts – which help me get through the day and the week – are helpful to you as well. I try to vary it, even though I am sure you notice some repetition from time to time. Sending you best wishes as a new month starts, Karl
Tremendous website. Thank you!
I just started a mindfulness blog at: https: //themindfullawguy.com/.
Would be delighted if you, or any of your readers, visited.
Hi Mindfulbalance Team,
My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.
I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Mindfulbalance has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Mindfulness Blogs on the web.
I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Mindfulness Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!
Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.
I’ve been reading your blog regularly now for months and I always find it uplifting. Thank you for taking the time to distill some of the wisdom you’ve encountered and taken in over the years to share here. I have mentioned your blog on my own (http://shielagh.blog) several times, and as a Buddhist clinical psychologist (http://DrSHochberg.com) I often read your daily post to clients as feels appropriate to me. They are always well-received!
Just found this and recognized a friendly face from the past. Sitting here with our mutual friend Jim C. Drop me an email – would love to follow your blog!
So nice to hear from you. Where are you now? Pass on my regards to Jim and as presume he is on holiday wish him a nice break. All well here. To follow the blog you have to click on a tab/link on the front page and the nice people at WordPress look after the rest. Then you get the blog posts delivered every day. Best wishes, Karl
Your blog is so uplifting and helpful, thank you for all your hard work making Mindful Balance.
I wanted to let you know that I featured you in this article:
Top 25 Must Follow Meditation and Mindfulness Blogs of 2019.
Here’s a link to the article:
I’ve also made a special badge for you here:
Feel free to download and use it anywhere you wish!
Keep up the great work and let me know if you need anything from me, hopefully my article will help introduce more people to your amazing work!
So glad I came across you via Find your middle ground blog. Look forward to following you. Anita
Dear Anita, Thank you for following and looking forward to walking some steps on the journey with you. I am glad you liked this tale. I too thought it was beautiful, Karl
Your blog is most interesting, looking forward to read more inspirational posts. Thank you.
Thank you for stopping by and for commenting. It is nice to read your words and see your beautiful photographs, Karl
Dear Karl: I just came across our blog, I have much reading to catch up, but I already find it very inspirational, relevant and practical! I am very glad for this beautiful gift! Thank you! Amira
Dear Amira, Thank you for stopping by and following. There is quite a lot on the blog by now, and I am very happy if you find even some small things to inspire or support you on your journey. Best wishes, Karl
Sounds like quite an eclectic approach Karl. Look forward to reading more posts.
Dear Carl: I don’t think I’ve ever stopped for a moment to write and thank you for this amazing blog. Each day you offer insight and balance into a quite crazy world. Thank you.
I, too, am a blogger. I have spent more time than you can imagine looking for the theme that you use for your blog. It is beautiful. The images are always so striking. If it is alright to share this information, I would love to know the name of the theme.
And again, thank you for the work you do to be a presence in our life.
Hello Karl, I have been inspired by many of the poems and writings on this blog. Thank you.
One in particular has stayed with me.
“Letting Go” describing the moment that Teijitsu, 18th century abbess of Hakujuan, near Eiheiji, Japan learned to let go. It is followed by Rilke Quote.
Is Rilke the author? If not who is? Thank you,
Dear Deborah, thanks for the question a d reading the blog. I only post things that I like or resonate with me at that moment, but I must say this is one of my favourites. No, I chose the Rilke quote to go with it and maybe unpack it for readers. The quote itself came from The Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 years of Buddhist Wisdom by Sallie Tisdale, which I read a review of. I don’t know why I didn’t attribute it at the time. Best wishes, Karl
Hi Karl, just noticed the background photo at the top of your blog. The photo looks like a street in an Irish town. Is that right?
Hi MArgaret, Yes, I change the top photo fairly frequently. This one is of an Irish town in the Midlands, Mountmellick