on-the-road

On the Road

  “I felt free and therefore I was free.” Jack Kerouac Jacky was off on her hols last week, in a camper van and wandering free. I was here left at the helm (anything could happen!), on the computer, feeling a bit miffed, and slightly, ever so slightly jealous. I love the open road. As…

blinded by the light

Blinded by the Light

“A man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal.” –Francis Bacon Just this week, at the beginning of a 2-hour journey in the dark, my headlights decided to develop a gremlin.  I hadn’t driven in the dark for some time, and with the subtle change in seasons occurring I noticed…

my-beginners-mind

My Beginner’s Mind

Last week I had a busy work week, lots of busyness going on at home, a wee holiday up to North Wales with family and then I had my young grandchildren to stay – they are 7 and 5… And so although I have many tales to tell about all that – it wasn’t exactly…

Fog

Fog

Where I live is very prone to days of fog.  It furtively appears, seemingly out of nowhere.  It can be hot and sunny with cloudless blue skies and then suddenly the whole landscape disappears into white nothingness.  Even in my garden I can sit and watch the wet mist swirling around just feet away from…

This week I am Opinionated

This week I am opinionated. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”. The Buddha used an example of being struck by two arrows, I’m sure you know this – but what happened to me this week was a clear example. Pain in body or mind is the first arrow. Raw and pointed, it hurts as it…

Walking the Mindful Path

Walking the Mindful Path

There’s a route I walk a few times a week. The last part of the walk involves a mile-long uphill path through fields of ripened wheat.  I call it the never-ending field. I’ve called it that because, at the end of the walk it is not only an uphill struggle, especially if it is raining…

and-what-about-me?

…and what about Me?

This week has been a week of emotional extremes for me and I have watched myself surf and sink and resurface, at times mindfully aware, at times getting sucked into thinking, worrying, ruminating, celebrating – and the whole time I can honestly say I kept a mindful watch on myself as I navigated the highs…