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Mind Matters

Mindfulness has become something of a buzzword, if not a bit of a cliché, in recent times. Therapist and gay man, Seán Ó Tarpaigh, prefers to call it ‘heartfulness’, and he believes it’s a practice that has particular relevance for LGBT+ people.

A famous Indian yoga master, Swami Satyananda was once asked by an ardent follower how he might give up smoking. The yogi master’s reply came as something of a shock: “Don’t stop smoking – very bad for your health – creates tension in the mind. You must not stop smoking!”

He smiled as he saw the startled expressions of his listeners, and continued, “But, if you are going to smoke, then smoke! Be aware of the sulphur smell of the match, aware of the tobacco lighting. Draw a deep full breath to fill your lungs to capacity with smoke, feel the rush of the nicotine as it hits your bloodstream deep in your lungs and when you blow out, smell the contents of your previous meal mixed with burned tobacco.”

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This month, it's a very special edition of GCN as we celebrate our queer bodies and explore the crucial importance of self-acceptance. In our cover feature, 17 GCN readers bare all and talk to us about their relationships with their beautiful, unique physiques. Elsewhere, we offer some ideas and options for those hoping to turn over a new leaf in the new year. We also explore the meaning, and benefits of the oft-discussed but little understood concept of mindfulness. And of course, all the best community news, gossip, music, and much more!