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Soft Eyes, Warm Heart, All is Well

Twenty minutes of relaxation every day is easy for most people, even if you are working and busy you choose when to stop, how to spend your free time what to let go of in favour of a restful practice to reset your nervous system. There is one group of people however who, in my opinion,… Continue reading Soft Eyes, Warm Heart, All is Well

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She Smiled

Sharing today a smile from my yoga nest and a poem by the wonderful contemporary poetess Hollie McNish. he didn't know her but she smiled and he needed that today and he smiled back and she walked past and carried on the other way and he walked on and he kept pace and other people… Continue reading She Smiled

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Was it a miracle?

When the yogis are away the cats come out to play. I don't keep my love of cats secret, but did you know that in my early twenties I was absolutely allergic to my favourite animals? Even just to be in a house that contained a cat I would need to tank up on antihistamines… Continue reading Was it a miracle?

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Safety Match

Artists Juan Delcan and Valentina Izaguirre created the animation Safety Match to demonstrate the power of social distancing in halting the spread of the corona virus. I think it also shows that when we step aside to look at our anger, our fear, our sadness, or our frustration (the stuff that burns us up inside),… Continue reading Safety Match

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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