The two wings of mindfulness and kindness will begin to open our heart to more connection with the world." Tara Brach There is a well known story in mindfulness circles that when the Dalai Lama met with meditation practitioners and neuroscientists to research mindfulness he could not understand the Westerner experience of self hatred. Once… Continue reading Why are Mindfulness & Self-Compassion so key to well-being?
The Artist Way Journey. My well loved, well thumbed, well highlighted and post-it noted 1993 edition of The Artist Way by Julia Cameron I first completed the Artist Way by Julia Cameron in a small group of wise women in 2015 and it truly transformed my life! I had dabbled in being creative since school… Continue reading Rediscovering your creative (& spiritual) self
What do you do to stay calm or calm down? I'd love to know what works for you..... I had to use all the mindfulness skills available to me earlier this week to keep calm....and then when I erupted (oops!) - to recover quickly! No-one can push our buttons like our kids can - and… Continue reading How to find your inner calm & calm down your kids?
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…
I've had a long break from writing this blog....but it hasn't been far from my thoughts so here goes again....maybe this will help me to internalise some of my more mindful thoughts and learning!I've just had a bit of a revelation, after moving house, moving states, busily unpacking, setting up house, applying for work etc… Continue reading It really is my choice to enjoy life!
I was in a lot of pain recently, waiting for the pain relief to kick in when I realised I was fighting it with my mind ( ‘oh no what if I can’t.....I don’t want to feel like this.....this is so unfair.....why me?.....will this make it go away? ‘ Etc). Suddenly I remembered mindfulness so I… Continue reading Mind Full Of Pain
I’ve been very lucky to have supervision at work with Sue G. who also teaches / practices mindfulness. Together we have come up with some great ideas on how to be a little more mindful at work:Mindfulness Bell clock on the computer (download for free and create your own timing). This is a great little… Continue reading More Mindful At Work
Phew....it's tricky getting back into getting everyone (including me!) to work and school on time! Something I have found so useful....especially when we are running late and I want to deliver that all-time lecture to the kids!....is to breathe out to the very last bit of air I have at least 3 times! For a more… Continue reading Mindful Monday Mornings
Have you noticed that mindfulness helps you deal with strong emotions? Occasionally in the last couple of months I have been overwhelmed with a strong unpleasant emotion......and I have to say initially disappointed that mindfulness didn't help me to AVOID feeling that bad!!! So the strength of the emotion is still there.....but somehow all of… Continue reading More Mindful Meltdowns