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Where the Children Played

This is where the children played.  Just two weeks ago I was here with my grandson at a weekly forest school session where a group of children aged 3-6 explored these woods with curiosity and joy.  Dens became havens for pretend play.  Tree trunks were climbed and became castles, rockets, towers and the crow’s nest…

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Resting in the Midst

There is a practice in the Mindfulness Association Level 3 Insight training called – Resting in the Midst.  It is my most valuable practice. I have used it before, when travel plans have gone awry, when I have found myself stuck in situations that seem impossible to get out of, when I am overfull with…

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All in the mind

As I practice mindfulness, compassion and insight meditation more and more I recognise more and more how I create my own reality. If I wake up with the expectation that the day should be one way and it turns out a different way, I can easily create a reality that is unpleasant for me and…

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Surrender to the Storm

I found myself in a cabin in the woods in the middle of storm.  Yes, the one we all felt the effects of last weekend. Storm Ciara. The cabin is somewhere I retreat to on a regular basis.  It is in the middle of woodland surrounded by chalk streams and near a lake.  It has…

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Mindful Reflections on Change

Having just attended the funeral of my dear friend, being in the process of changing my life quite drastically and talking with Heather about the huge changes in her life, I find myself on a train to London feeling rather reflective. At the weekend I was also stunned by the news of the sudden death…

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Walking in the Air – Mindfully

Having a young grandson enables me to do some cool stuff. I have recently noticed that my relationship with him also allows me to be authentic. Just yesterday whilst disco dancing in my kitchen with this 5-year-old, made me realise that I am totally myself with him.  I am not shy, reserved, embarrassed or inhibited. …

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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…