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How to find your inner calm & calm down your kids?

What do you do to stay calm or calm down?   I'd love to know what works for you..... I had to use all the mindfulness skills available to me earlier this week to keep calm....and then when I erupted (oops!) - to recover quickly!  No-one can push our buttons like our kids can - and… Continue reading How to find your inner calm & calm down your kids?

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Tuning in to our environment…

Many indigenous cultures claim that it is important to listen to what the wildlife have to say to us... Since working in Central Australia - I've always felt an affinity with Willy Wagtails - yesterday as I was the sole person walking on the cold beach a Willy Wagtail came down to feed at the… Continue reading Tuning in to our environment…

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Mindful Memories

We are often told that mindfulness is about not dwelling on or ruminating in the past and about being present. Yet at times it is healthy to remember the past or plan for the future - as my mindfulness teacher would say 'just do it mindfully!' Today is my daughter's 14th birthday and it has… Continue reading Mindful Memories

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Mindful Gratitude #2

'Joy & Gratitude can be very vulnerable & intense experiences.  We are an anxious people and many of us have very little tolerance for vulnerability.  Our anxiety & fear can manifest as scarcity.  We think to ourselves: I'm not going to allow myself to feel this joy because I know it won't last Acknowledging how… Continue reading Mindful Gratitude #2

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My Mindfulness Journey…

I had someone ask me the other day 'when did you start learning about mindfulness?' And my answer was 'Early 2011 when I started an MBSR course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) with Nique Murch, an Openground Facilitator'. But that question (like all good questions) got me thinking and really there have been a lot more twists and turns in… Continue reading My Mindfulness Journey…

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Whole even if not perfect

I love this quote, thank you Mindfulbalance, a good reminder that to be whole we need to embrace our imperfections and our mistakes, and we need to see and embrace the whole of our loved ones! And of our beautifully sometimes messy lives! I’m really enjoying reading ‘ Chicken Soup For The Soul’ for the same reason, lots of inspiring, wholesome and very human stories, that often brings a tear to my eye! 🙂

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[Thomas] Merton taught me the importance of looking at life not merely in terms of either-or,  but also in terms of both-and. Paradoxical thinking is key to creativity, which comes from the capacity to entertain apparently contradictory ideas in a way that stretches the mind and opens the heart to something new. Paradox is also a way of being that’s key to wholeness, which does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life…..To be whole I have to be able to say I am both shadow and light.

Parker Palmer, A Friendship, A Love, A Rescue

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The Big Squeeze – between reality & our aspirations / expectations…

I've just read Pema Chodron's book 'Start Where You Are: How To Accept Yourself & Others', a really comforting book to read! One concept that I loved and applies to my life right now is the 'Big Squeeze' the idea that for all of us there is a conflict between our current reality and our aspirations… Continue reading The Big Squeeze – between reality & our aspirations / expectations…