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…
At 7am today I heard the news: the UK had voted to leave the European Union.
I felt sick. I felt shaky. I couldn’t quite believe it (although, sadly, part of me could believe it all too readily).
These last few hours I’ve felt all sorts. A lot of anger – at the lies which had been told during the campaign and anger at people for believing them. I’ve called that 52% of the British public who voted leave stupid, narrow-minded and bigoted. I’ve asked my husband where shall we emigrate to, because I don’t want to live in this narrow-minded country anymore.
It’s been quite an emotional morning! I’ve felt sick, angry, ashamed and very judgmental.
But you know what? I don’t want to feel this way.
It’s always in our power to decide which thoughts to follow.
So I decided I wanted to try and understand what’s going on. Read more…
Today I’m feeling sad, disappointed, worried and, yes, scared.
The tone of the debate in the UK’s EU Referendum is nasty. It’s ugly. Both sides are scare-mongering.
Those with the highest profile on the leave side (the Brexiteers) are encouraging fear and hatred and scape-goating of immigrants – of fellow human beings who’s only “crime” is to have been born outside the UK.
It seems hatred, scape-goating and small-minded nationalism is on the rise across the UK. History shows us what that can lead to. Read more…
“Most [wo]men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I don’t want to be one of those people.
So, I’ve taken the leap. I’ve done what I’ve long been dreaming of. I’m taking control of my life and my destiny.
I’m going to sing MY song.
I’ve handed in my notice at work to leave my part-time job in one month’s time.
I’m devoting my life to play my small part in helping to relieve the suffering of stress and anxiety through calming yoga, relaxation and meditation.
I have a calling. It’s always been there. To do something useful. To make a difference. To help others. To empower others that there is a different way in life. To write. To create. To get up on stage somehow. To inspire.
To let as many people know as possible that life doesn’t have to be struggle and difficulty and stress and self-loathing and quiet desperation. That we are free despite the mass manipulation by of our governments and media and culture with their twisted messages of fear and self-loathing and hatred of others.
But first I had to make my own journey from that dark place to a different one.
To a place of joy and self-acceptance and permission to do what lights me up. Of lightness. Of simplicity. To a place of self-belief. Read more…
I’m doing some research into OVERWHELM – can you help me?
Is this you?
You can find it difficult to relax and unwind.
Sometimes you feel tired and wiped out sometimes anxious and wired.
Your mind is busy, busy.
You’re sensitive to what’s happening around you such as loud noises, bright lights, strong smells, busy places; you notice the subtleties in your environment; and you pick up on other people’s moods and emotions.
You also enjoy a rich and complex inner life.
You identify with sometimes or often feeling overwhelmed.
If this is you, then I’d love you to take part in my survey.
(It’s open until Friday 8 April 2016).
It’ll be so helpful for me in my work as a yoga teacher and will help me to develop my services to serve wonderful people like you in the best way possible.