Happy New Year! Goodbye to 2016 – a very, ahem, “interesting” year for Britain and the world… How was it for you?
Hello 2017! Here’s to a calm and soulful year of reconnection. Let’s make 2017 a wonderful year of kindness, self-care and compassion.
Would you like to feel more joyful? More present? At peace, calm and contented?
Then start this new year as you mean to go on: choose an attitude of gratitude and notice the joyful moments that occur each and every day in your life. You just need open eyes and a willing heart and you will see them.
No matter the measure of health and wellbeing you have. No matter the challenges you are facing. There is always something which can spark joy.
Maybe it’s the robin jumping around in the garden. The blue-green sheen on a Mallard’s head. The pattern of raindrops as they roll down the window. The rustle of leaves in the breeze. The pattern of frost on a leaf. The smile of a loved one. The feeling of understanding as you chat with a friend. Quiet-time alone to recharge your batteries.
Everyday there will be something in your life which connects you to your heart, to joy, to the present moment.Read more…
How do you find the festive season? It can be enchanting. But it can also feel overwhelming.
If you tend to experience anxiety anyway, then you’ll know that there’s something about Christmas-time which can really aggravate and intensify the symptoms.
There’s nothing like an impending, immoveable deadline and yet-to-be-done Christmas shopping to get the stress hormones flooding your system!
And if (like me) you have a nervous system which is highly sensitive to external stimuli you’re more likely to experience the symptoms of anxiety.
And this time of year there are so many stimuli bombarding us: bright lights; crazy-busy towns, cities and shopping centres; parties and “dos” to go to; sugary & fatty foods; alcohol; Christmas shopping; the pressure to visit as many family members as possible; and jingly-jangly Christmas music everywhere!!!Read more…
December. Full of joy and sparkling lights. Full of cold bugs, coldness and darkness. Every coin has two sides eh?
How are you feeling?
Me, I work up earlier than usual this morning. It was still completely dark. I wasn’t feeling full of joy, to put it mildly (more to do with being day 26 of my cycle than anything else: I know from charting my monthly cycle all through this year that days 25/6 are often the days my inner critic gets LOUD).
But I still took myself to my meditation cushion and sat and allowed whatever was coming up, to come up. It wasn’t particularly pretty. But, with mindful awareness I offered kindness towards myself and to what I was feeling.
I began my usual practice – focusing on the cool-in breath at the nostrils and the warmer out-breath. I gradually took my awareness down through my body to ground.
Feeling grumpy, I continued to breathe. Read more…
It feels like there’s so much anger and fear in the world.
Yet at the same time more and more people are turning to yoga and meditation and other healing and energy modalities because they instinctively feel there is more to life than materialism and yearn for a greater spirit / soul connection – and are finding this connection and thriving with it.
The world is changing.
And I feel my work changing with it.
I’m feeling called to work more deeply.
Teaching and empowering people who are more sensitive and soulful by nature to find inner peace and to embrace their sensitivity as a force for good in this world which sorely needs more kindness and reflection and compassion and connection.
Dru Yoga, Restorative Yoga, & Meditation are the perfect tools for this work.
So, you’ll find my teaching and writing subtly changing over the coming months to reflect this work I’m feeling called to do.
I hope you’ll come with me on this journey
How can I help you? What support do you need? Let me walk with you, by your side, supporting your sensitive, soulful nature.
So, last week was a bit of wobbly, weird week for me.
It started off great. I graduated from my two-year Dru Meditation Teacher training. I felt refreshed after a week off. I was looking forward to getting back to my yoga teaching – with that exciting “new term” feel. I’ve got new classes and workplace yoga and mindfulness initiatives coming up.
But then I found myself not sleeping very well. My mind wouldn’t shut up. A Facebook post irritated me and I let it get under my skin.
I felt the “not good enough” button well and truly pressed. Read more…
“Promise yourself today to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind” ~ Christian D Larson
Peace of mind is an act of strength.
It does require will power. The brain, the mind is programmed to scan, to roam, to wander. To look out for danger. Trouble is, when there’s no immediate danger to attend to the mind will wander off into ruminating on the past or flit off to worrying about the future.
So we need to use our inner strength to choose to where we focus; to bring our attention back into the present moment.
We can do this by anchoring our awareness on the breath; or we can practise mindfulness of the senses – tuning into where we can feel our body in contact with the ground or the seat; hear the sounds around us and so on.
But know our mind *will* always want to wander.
So choose to be strong and choose where you allow your focus and thoughts to rest.
Why oh why does our culture glorify busy-ness so much? We’re supposed to struggle, to push through our comfort zones, to do, to achieve, to climb the ladder. Blah, blah, blimmin’ blah. Whatevs. We’re not meant to want to relax in calm contentment.
Well do you know what? I can’t be bothered. It all sounds way too overwhelming and tiring for me, sensitive soul that I am.
I’m not lazy. I work hard – and yes, I find myself pushing too (and wind up exhausted when I do).
So I’m standing up for slowness. For gentleness. For kindness. For sensitivity. For time to relax and notice the simple pleasures in life. Read more…