Life Lessons – my little book

Here it is – at last! My lovely little book has arrived from the printers. It started in 2009 with an art journalling experiment while I was struggling to cope with my mother’s declining health and her increasing anxiety. Ten years later, I looked over the drawings and and found, to my surprise, that theyContinue reading “Life Lessons – my little book”

Curiosity – a Portal to Compassion

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about curiosity – curious about curiosity, you might say. I have begun to notice how curiosity, has led me into understanding and then made it easier to access compassion. The first way I noticed the benefits of curiosity was when I learned about becoming an observer of my ownContinue reading “Curiosity – a Portal to Compassion”

Do Not Feed the Animals

What a weird holiday season this is! Sometimes it feels like this pandemic will go on forever. My mind is so full of questions about the future – when? What if? What will…? Questions about the spring, and questions about tomorrow and next week… When I sit still and listen in- paying attention to theContinue reading “Do Not Feed the Animals”

Pay Your Body a Friendly Visit

This morning I was at the dentist getting my annual teeth cleaning.  It’s hard to relax when someone is poking and scraping in your mouth, still I tried. Just out of curiousity I would peacefully lay my relaxed hands on my tummy and silently follow my breath. Then, every few minutes, I would check back inContinue reading “Pay Your Body a Friendly Visit”

A Mindful Balance

Knowledge and Understanding are important building blocks for personal growth, but they are not the whole picture. Experience and Feelings are what gives life its richness.  The head and the heart – both are needed to create a balanced life of mindfulness. We all spend a lot of time “in our heads”. We fill ourContinue reading “A Mindful Balance”

Meditation PRACTISE (or practice)

On the subject of meditation, I remember hearing an acquaintance once comment: “Oh I tried meditating once and it didn’t work. It’s not for me.” I thought to myself – if you sat down to try to play piano, and found that “it didn’t work”, would you give up after one go? Or would youContinue reading “Meditation PRACTISE (or practice)”

Meditation & Pandora’s Box

So you finally decided to try meditation. Everywhere you turn you hear about its benefits: reduced stress, increased energy, focus, clarity, lower blood pressure, world peace! You sit down, assume the position and turn your gaze inward…expecting a pleasant flood of peace and clarity. Instead you find chaos and confusion.  WHAT!? It’s a bit like openingContinue reading “Meditation & Pandora’s Box”

Lessons in Mindful Living Using Illustrated Journalling

These days of Covid’s 2nd wave are teaching me lessons that I need to learn, many of them for the ump-teenth time. I am very fortunate to be healthy and comfortably retired, so I am not trying to balance working from home with childcare, eldercare or health concerns. And I am not worrying about whereContinue reading “Lessons in Mindful Living Using Illustrated Journalling”

Addicted to Interruption

Lately I have been reading this lovely and inspiring book – “Looking at Mindfulness” by Christophe Andre. I’d like to share some of the ideas he writes about, because I think he has so beautifully clarified why we need mindfulness so badly. Christophe warns of the pollution of the mind that we are all exposedContinue reading “Addicted to Interruption”