Hallowe’en is coming.. and this year, like so much else, will be changed by a global pandemic that has meant many things we just took for granted just can’t happen, or can’t happen in the usual way. If Hallowe’en for you has been about dressing up and traipsing around local houses collecting sweets, or going to local Haunted Houses and walking through cobwebs in hopes … Continue reading Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).
Happinez Magazine is produced in the Netherlands and translated into several languages before zooming off around the world. It’s dedicated to yoga, spirituality and inner happiness, so there are plenty of articles that will feed your spirit and give you plenty to think about. I couldn’t resist posting this picture of my magazine sitting next to my Filofax. The serendipity of the colours together just … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Happinez Issue 21
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
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
Has a month ever seemed so long? With the world in lockdown, there really is very little to do except eat, sleep and read. It seems a shame, then, that so many people are finding it hard to concentrate and settle down to reading. Long plots or complex character arcs don’t sit easy on a spirit that is discomforted by daily briefings and rising numbers. … Continue reading Books of the Month: Let’s Have a Threesome
I’m writing this from my bed. I’ve got a temperature and a persistent cough. Wish me luck: I’m hoping for a gentle case of this so that, as usually happens with my family, when the next person falls ill in 24 to 48 hours’ time, I’ll be feeling up to handling their care. At the moment, it would take a lot to get me to … Continue reading Slow Living is Easy when there’s no Pace But Slow