I've been trimming and tidying my lavender bed today. It's a small area near the end of my property, a beautiful row of lavender bushes that my husband helped me plant shortly after my father's death a few years ago. It's a special little place for me and I go there often, enjoying the scented tranquillity, the contented hum of bees and the circling of passionate … [Read more...] about The Smallest Perfection
It's a buzz word you see all the time now. Mindfulness. Mindful meditation. Living mindfully. And when you look it up, you get definitions such as “mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment”. If you read into it a little further you'll soon find out that mindfulness is related to Buddhism and … [Read more...] about Mindfulness or Flow?
We breathe to live. Everyone knows it, even those who never take a single conscience breath, those who simply allow the automatic system of the body to deal with this vital action. But what happens when we build a relationship with breath? What happens if we use breathing as a bridge to conscious and mindful living, a means of slowing and relaxing? What happens when we stop … [Read more...] about Breathing – a bridge to conscious and mindful living
Or “I'm beginning to think that I'm not as smart as I thought I was”. This is a sad story about the end of a four-year friendship. Maybe you've experienced something similar but I certainly hadn't in my near fifty years of living on this planet. Does it still hurt, four months after the guillotine fell? Oh yes. Have I learned something from the experience? I like to … [Read more...] about When to Stop Being Friends with Stupid People
(Or How I Came to Embrace a New Age Concept Without Believing) It has often annoyed me when we are told that all experiences, especially bad ones, are an opportunity to learn, that we all have times when life seems to go smoothly, and more challenging times where nothing goes right. And we're supposed to be thankful for the latter? I wasn't convinced, not at all. This … [Read more...] about Attitude of Gratitude