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Eating Carrots

September 10, 2017 | 6 Comments

This weekend I went on a half day silent retreat, the second one I’ve been on. There are so many benefits and learnings from these sorts of things, but one that stood out for me this time happened during the eating meditation. Eating has become quite zombie-like for most of us, perhaps because it’s just another thing on our to-do lists. We’re refueling to survive, and typically it’s while we’re checking our phones, working on our laptops, watching TV or talking to our families. And while there’s nothing wrong with the last one, you will find that something quite magical happens if you eat alone, and you eat in silence. Continue Reading…


The Inventor

August 28, 2017 | 6 Comments
Rachel the inventor

For the past four days, Rachel the seven-year-old has been OBSESSED with something she calls her “invention”. I’m  thinking a lot about the subject of creativity lately, and how many adults think they have to lose their creativity as they leave childhood behind them (in order to be responsible and earn a living etc). So the whole creative process and her way of thinking has been very interesting for me to observe (yes I know my kids are not a science experiment). Continue Reading…


Kindness in an Unkind World

August 1, 2017 | 3 Comments

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution”

Kahil Gibran

I was reading the news today and there was talk of missiles and racism and general murder and mayhem and I just about threw my computer up into the air in despair (but not really as it’s new) because it all felt too awful and I couldn’t handle reading one more story like that. And then I gave myself a shake and opened up an old issue of Psychologies magazine (think it was an UK edition) and there was a whole dossier on the concept of kindness. Continue Reading…