As a parent, how do you spot the signs of stress in your child? When is it time to intervene and to help your child simplify their life? 18 years ago I was in a terrible quandary. Both of my sons were showing signs of stress. My youngest son (then age 6), who was born […]
How often do you find yourself racing against the clock? A traditional approach to time management is all about how to fit as many activities into each day as is humanly possible. Multitasking and efficiency rule in this productivity mindset. Unfortunately, this all too often leads to excessive stress and unhappiness. In my previous life, […]
Whether you believe in God or not, I imagine that many of you will be familiar with the serenity prayer: Me too. It brings my mind back to the very basics of living in simplicity. It reminds me of the struggles we can have when caught in a material life and of all the unnecessary […]
Something to celebrate the Spring Equinox and the balance of light and dark it represents. In this TED talk from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, he explains why his country values happiness above finance and living in harmony with our Mother Earth above everything else:
‘The skill of patience is about being wise without bitterness or regret.’ Dalai Lama In this age of speed, it can be especially challenging to slow down enough to feel ok with waiting for something to happen, for an outcome to manifest, for information that we need to become available, for the conditions to be […]
Another reminder pertinent to these times of what it is to be alive during rapid change. Further encouragement from Joanna Macy to keep on keeping on, to stay active and focussed on nourishing life on earth. With thanks to Chris Johnstone and the Great Turning Times newsletter for the prompt.
Every so often in our lives, there are waves of anger that bubble up and surface as injustices, frustrations, impatience, or realisations of futility and unreasonableness. What is the purpose and meaning of such discomfort? And how do we cultivate skilful ways of handling it? Anger sparks dynamism There’s nothing quite like anger for giving […]
Tuesday of this week marked the Celtic festival of Imbolc, the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox and the beginning of spring in the Pagan tradition. The night before I experienced a dream that appeared to be related. I was witnessing a rounded, Rubenesque Earth Mother giving birth to 7 babies in slow […]