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
Introvert/ˈɪntrəvəːt/ noun - a shy, reticent person I'm at a party and I'm smiling. I'm caring and I'm sharing, I'm being bubbly and, I hope, only slightly unconventional and just a little amusing. That's my thing. Yeah, I've got my party face on and I'm having a pretty good time. But as the minutes turn into hours and everyone else is getting more comfortable, gaining … [Read more...] about Introverted or Anti-Social?
I came to quite a realisation recently, one that was so obvious that I'm ashamed that it took me so many years to arrive at this epiphany. It was a small realisation in the scheme of things, a slight shift of perspective, but for me it has made a world of difference. I have to remind myself often of this shift as old habits die hard, but when I do, when I remember, I feel a … [Read more...] about Stop Trying to Make Friends with Your Inner Critic