The political is personal. I first became aware of Jacinda Ardern when she announced last year that the New Zealand budget would "prioritise wellbeing over economic growth". What might it look like in my own personal life, to prioritise my wellbeing over my productivity?
"Keep Calm is useless advice unless you have a trained method for self-regulation and addressed your trauma history." I used to think yoga was the glue that fixed me back together after some difficult times. Now I credit yoga as the lens through which I saw that I was never really broken.
Fish live in streams Birds nest in trees Human beings dwell In warm hearts Dwelling in a warm heart, we soften and we open. Perhaps we have more space inside us for kindness and for patience. Perhaps we, quite literally, have more space to breathe.
For the last five weeks I have been writing (almost) daily posts on the subject of rest and stillness. These are mainly little messages to myself - reminders to pause, permission to stop. I am glad they have been helpful to other people too. Knowing you are all out there reading has kept me on track with my… Continue reading Breathing Space
One day I walked into my sitting room and found Henry and the children all lying with their feet up having a very calm and quiet moment."Wow!" I said, "You're doing restorative yoga!""No Mummy.We are in a rocket, preparing for take-off.This is the launch position.Astronauts have to be in this position when a rocket launches so… Continue reading Blast Off!
"Sleeping Lions" is of course a lovely, quiet game to play with children - who can stay still and quiet for the longest? Spotted in The Guardian this morning - big cats showing us how it's done - and occupying space left vacant by South Africa's strict lockdown measures. Can we occupy the 'vacant spaces'… Continue reading Sleeping Lions