I haven't been able to write lately....I've been struggling with settling in to a new job and I had too many obligations and I haven't been that mindful at times....sigh. I did have an amazing experience on our local river though which I'd love to share with you - very relevant for this crazy time… Continue reading Reminder to breathe….
I am so excited to be reading Dan Siegel's 'Brainstorm: The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain' Unfortunately I'm reading it very slowly in small bites and I have his No Drama Discipline Book (written with Tina Payne Bryson) waiting invitingly by my bedside too but hopefully this bite size reading means more concepts will… Continue reading Adol-essence…
I've just read Pema Chodron's book 'Start Where You Are: How To Accept Yourself & Others', a really comforting book to read! One concept that I loved and applies to my life right now is the 'Big Squeeze' the idea that for all of us there is a conflict between our current reality and our aspirations… Continue reading The Big Squeeze – between reality & our aspirations / expectations…
As I have recently moved states, moved towns, changed jobs...I've been thinking a lot about something that Russ Harris (The Happiness Trap / Act Mindfully) talks about.... If you have studied mindfulness then you will probably be aware of the latest brain research that shows that our emotional brain (amygdala / limbic system) sends out alarm… Continue reading Social Approval…..can we be mindful of this need?
I felt like I was quite old (I was a new Mum and in a relationship with my partner) before I realised that if you can brainstorm solutions and think laterally there is always a win:win solution....there will always be a way through if you just look hard enough! I was fascinated with the recent Life… Continue reading Brainstorming Solutions…thinking laterally & creatively to solve problems
As I was walking on dusk last night, watching the beautiful blues and pinks and the near full moon, I caught myself thinking 'WOW this will be great tomorrow night, we should come down here and see the FULL moon! Planning a perfect moment....when actually the moon was perfect right then and there....no need to plan… Continue reading Full Moon Mindfulness
I was walking along on the beach one evening just recently....totally caught up in a whirl of thoughts and drama and plans and worries (as so often happens), when a wave washes up and as it recedes, there beside me, is the perfect reflection of the moon, twinkling at me! Immediately I 'wake up' and realise where… Continue reading Moon Dancing At My Feet…
Really this whole blog is about how I'm trying to be more mindful in my life and particularly as a parent.....it's an incredibly challenging thing to do....especially as the chaos of family life escalates in that pre-dinner craziness! Still I like with mindfulness that there is no right or wrong, you just keep coming back… Continue reading Mindful Parenting
Parenting 4 kids means it's wonderful to see them discovering new things, learning new things all the time.....but life can feel a little flat or heavy as I feel overwhelmed with obligations, chores and being a good parent, partner, friend and family member. I keep thinking of what my mindfulness teacher Nique said a couple of times… Continue reading Dancing Without A Care….
I find that if I can pause and say to myself ' I am present, right here, right now', I can then begin to think of what I am grateful for right now: 'our health, food, shelter, water, the loving touch of someone, the warmth of a dooner, the view'. It doesn't matter what I… Continue reading Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude