You cannot have Fire without Space

“Fire” a poem by Judy Brown What makes a fire burnis space between the logs,a breathing space.Too much of a good thing,too many logspacked in too tightcan douse the flamesalmost as surelyas a pail of water would.So building firesrequires attentionto the spaces in between,as much as to the wood. When we are able to buildopenContinue reading “You cannot have Fire without Space”

SKY Breath Meditation

So last weekend I attended a 3 day online seminar on SKY Breath Meditation. S-K-Y makes up the acronym for Sudarshan kriya yoga and is Sanskrit for ‘proper vision by purifying action. It was an enjoyable series of 3 hour classes teaching a sequence of breathing exercises that are specially designed to calm the nervous system andContinue reading “SKY Breath Meditation”

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”