mindful-tears

Mindful Tears

At the end of November I was out for an impromptu dinner in a local restaurant.  An elderly couple on another table caught my eye. I noticed them because they were wearing party hats.  You know, the coloured paper ones you get in Christmas crackers. For some reason I couldn’t explain, it brought tears to…

Weekly Digest - Entangled Support

Entangled Support

Weekly Challenge – Entangled Support It is a cold winter December morning and the sun is out, which I always find is a superb contrast. I don’t have a typical festival feeling at the moment and minimal spark of anticipation for the weeks ahead. Although, I do feel lucky and grateful for the quality time…

Winter Panic Buying

Winter Panic Buying

Weekly Challenge – Winter Panic Buying Winter moods and conversions are around us all the time at the moment, the discussions of shorter days, darker nights, colder evenings seem to be regular and often repeated at this time of year. Those short daylight hours, thoughts of festive get-togethers, the push for purchasing the must-have gifts…

taking-in-the-good

Taking in the Good

At the weekend I attended the Engaged Mindfulness Course at the beautiful venue of Samye Ling deep in the Dumfriesshire countryside. It was a wonderful weekend reconnecting with my practice, nature and this planet earth. During the weekend Kristine, one of the lead tutors, asked us to recall a recent moment when we felt fully…

Weekly Challenge 14th

The Angry Audience Member

I was recently lucky enough to attend a gig at London’s Southbank. A wonderful array of artists were performing that evening and the audience was as diverse and unique as the music on offer. After catching a glimpse of the first musician that played in the foyer, I moved onto the Purcel Room. I secured…

mindful-listening

Mindful Listening

Last week I had a lesson in mindful listening. It was half term.  I noticed that it transformed the usual places I inhabit and the activities I do from one of relative calm and spaciousness, to one of noise and busyness. I observed the chatter of children of all ages, some happy, some not so…

Balance Weekly Challenge

Time for a Rebalance

What shall I write about this week?  Time for a rebalance. I was sitting on a train recently, observing the number of people locked into their screens. Maybe, I could write about that or even the BBC’s new nature program and our impact on our surroundings? It’s a beautiful Autumn morning. The sky is blue,…

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Three Cities in Six Days

Dublin I’d never thought of myself as a writer, yet there I was, at a book launch at the notorious Irish Writers Centre in the centre of Dublin.  I was to give a short talk and read from the chapter I had written for the book Mindful Heroes. It was one of those surreal occasions…