Surviving Isolation: A Proposal

Psst… want to know a secret? Want a crazy-but-just-might-work way to survive social isolation and distancing? Even if you have to work from home? Go through a secret portal and enter your favourite land. No, really. At the moment everyone is driving themselves mad wanting to get back to the real world, a world we just can’t get to. We’re looking at life wrong. What … Continue reading Surviving Isolation: A Proposal

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

Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

My daughter is in Year 13. In the UK that means she is working hard (I hope) for her A levels, which she will take next May. She has homework, mock mock tests in the next couple of weeks, mocks after Christmas, a dislike of working at revision, a desire to get decent grades so she can go to the University of her choice and … Continue reading Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

Virginia Wolf wrote in the early years of the 20th Century that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” She was talking about the people who couldn’t afford any food, but the principles apply even to those with plenty of food. Sometimes the issue isn’t the quantity of food, but the quality. A diet rich in added sugar … Continue reading Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

November: Mist, grey cloud and dark nights moving in. Sleep beckons.

I have been quiet, haven’t I? I think my work has been quite demanding recently: I’ve had a sort of promotion, plus we have more work coming in to the office which leads to more typing which leads to more work…. I’m complaining again. It’s a nasty habit that I seem to have got into recently. I know life isn’t all sweetness and light, I … Continue reading November: Mist, grey cloud and dark nights moving in. Sleep beckons.