Make yourself at home

Our home can be our best friend, the true kind of friend who doesn’t care about the latest fashion or gossip, but who is solid, all embracing and there whenever you need them.

In Praise of Sadness

We often feel guilty for our feelings of sadness or depression. It seems that we should be happy because we have everything we need: food, clean water, shelter and security. But feelings don’t work like that. Sadness cannot always be resolved by thinking how lucky we are, any more than a broken leg can.

If you can’t get out of it—get into it!

Sometimes, we have to do things that we don’t want to do. We have to give that presentation, wash that pile of dishes or take the dog out in the rainstorm. When you have a task that you can’t get out of try getting into it instead.

Out of your head–into your body

Sometimes, we treat our precious bodies as if they were merely vehicles to carry our brains around. The busy ‘monkey’ mind cares little if the body is tired and unwell or is being stressed too far. It presses the body to carry on regardless, often resulting in exhaustion and depletion. It gives little attention to…

Regeneration: Let Go and Live with the Cycles of Life.

All things have a time of incubation and then birth. This is followed by a season of growth, ascending to full maturity and ripeness. But no idea, relationship or career can be at the height of its power indefinitely. There must eventually be a lessening of energy, decay and finally death. Of course the growth…

Art as Meditation

When I try to sit still and meditate, time goes very slowly. There are gaps in my mind chatter, but they never last very long. My busy brain resists the meditation every step of the way.  But I have noticed that when I am totally immersed in something, my mind relaxes, the brain chatter ceases…

Why it can be hard to stay happy and positive? 

There’s a phrase in computer technology that says: ‘Garbage in. Garbage out,’ meaning that if you feed a computer incorrect information, the resulting output will be incorrect also. The brain does a similar thing. Your thoughts and emotions are a result of the information and experiences you have inputted into your brain over time. If you…

How can I be the change?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi             This is one of the most inspiring quotes I know. But it’s also a huge challenge. How can I be the change I want to see, when the world’s problems seem so overwhelming and I…