Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8

Continuing my work-through of The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Yes, it’s taking me ages. Yes, we’re nearly finished. Yes, it has worked on getting me to live wholeheartedly. The subtitle of this chapter is “Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifetstyle”. So many things nowadays get pushed as a ‘lifestyle’. Even hygge, back in 2016, was being pushed as a ‘lifestyle fad’. The … Continue reading Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8

Cultivating Play and Rest: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 7

The most wonderful thing about Lockdown for me has been the ability to step away from absolutely everything in my life. We closed the office down at the end of March, and brought files, office equipment and sundries home to run the business from the small front office. My computer became the sole office computer, and my role as receptionist faded to that of putting … Continue reading Cultivating Play and Rest: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 7

Take time to appreciate the Taller Things in Life

And just like that, it was May. Lockdown has been on in the UK since 23rd March. That’s over a month of living small, staying home, keeping house quietly. I think when we entered Lockdown we none of us really knew what to expect. In so many ways, we were entering a battlefield where our weapons were hand sanitiser, handwashing and making sure that time … Continue reading Take time to appreciate the Taller Things in Life

Cultivating Creativity: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 6

Creativity is so often born out of necessity. It’s week three of lockdown for me, and I am as happy as I’ve been for years… at home. How I feel about the external world and the situation that hits me like a brick when you go outside, that’s a different matter. That’s something I can’t change or control, so I am ignoring it sensibly, which … Continue reading Cultivating Creativity: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 6

Cultivating Intuition and Faith; Wholehearted Living series Guidepost 5

What was I writing the other week about serendipity and things creeping up when you most need them? I haven’t written a Wholehearted Living post for… a month and a half? How did that happen? But never mind: here I was today, prone on the settee and watching Anne with an E, wondering what I could do to add something to my life today… when … Continue reading Cultivating Intuition and Faith; Wholehearted Living series Guidepost 5

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4

Gratitude is a much used word at the moment. Be grateful for what you have, give thanks in all circumstances, bless the Universe for its gifts…. I love how Brené gets to the heart of the matter here: we can have a Gratitude Attitude as much as we like, but until we put it into regular (daily, hourly, minutely) practice, we’re just paying lipservice to … Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4

Cultivating Resilience: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 3

Resilience is such a popular word today. When I was working as a Learning Mentor, it was one of the attributes we wanted to encourage in the children. If you’re living in a council house with one parent and many siblings where food, security and even having a home this time next month could be at risk, then being resilient and able to ride the … Continue reading Cultivating Resilience: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 3

Cultivating Self-Compassion: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 2

I am a really nice person. I don’t (often) hold a grudge, I’m good at forgiving friends, likely to let things slide and don’t automatically jump to attack mode when I feel they’ve treated me wrong. It’s good, it means I get along with a lot of people and don’t live a life full of turmoil and ire because “they done me bad”. But like … Continue reading Cultivating Self-Compassion: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 2