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Flying Low

“Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word. I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I'm taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly… Continue reading Flying Low

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Fuzzy Head

Last night was a 'fuzzy head' night. I know I am not alone because many of you have written to tell me things like 'my head is all over the place', 'I had a restless night', 'I've had a severe headache', 'I need some head space'. I hear you. Me too! In fact, last night… Continue reading Fuzzy Head

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Recipe for Relaxation

When you try to practice relaxation, or meditation, you may find right now that it is really very difficult, that there is a lot of agitation in your mind, or in your body. It may feel very hard indeed to become still. I want to reassure you today that our bodies (and minds) crave relaxation… Continue reading Recipe for Relaxation

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Being in the Cycles

In the middle of the winter, when a tree looks dead, it's not. It is actually still growing. Every 28 days, the moon completely disappears from view and appears to be gone, but it is not. At the end of the exhalation, there is a pause, and out of that pause grows an inhalation. I… Continue reading Being in the Cycles

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Mother Earth Has Got Your Back

Today is Mother's Day in the UK so I have been reflecting different aspects of the role of 'mother'. For 'mothering' is not just something done by women with children, but (in my opinion) something much broader.  To a certain extent I believe we are all mothers some of the time (yep, men too). And… Continue reading Mother Earth Has Got Your Back

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Labyrinth Meditation

The unicursal (one path) labyrinth is an ancient symbol found across cultures and across time. It is the perfect way to go travelling when all other travel plans are cancelled! You just put one foot in front of the other and follow the path. It twists and turns in a disconcerting way, but you will… Continue reading Labyrinth Meditation

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Spring is not Cancelled

Sharing today a beautiful Springtime image from artist David Hockney and his reminder that 'they can't cancel the Spring'. Do remember they can’t cancel the spring © David Hockney Indeed, this weekend is the Spring Equinox, where here in the Northern hemisphere, we have even hours of daylight and darkness. https://youtu.be/lUOzBZLs1YA I have been marking the… Continue reading Spring is not Cancelled

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Sad and Beautiful, Bitter Sweet

"Never in the history of 'Calm Down' did anybody calm down from being told to calm down" This morning I want to check that no-one is interpreting my suggestion to 'lie down' as an instruction to 'calm down'. Even at the best of times, when I lie down for my daily practice of rest, I… Continue reading Sad and Beautiful, Bitter Sweet

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Only Do This On Days You Want to Feel Better

Today I am sharing a little joke from my teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater. Judith quite literally wrote the book (two of them) about Restorative Yoga. She looks at us all very sternly and gives us this warning - "you should ONLY do this practice on the days you want to feel better". She is referring… Continue reading Only Do This On Days You Want to Feel Better