Life After Lockdown: before you transition

One minute we are going about our day. Then fragments of news’ arrives, of a virus spreading in a far away land. This expands, over a few weeks, into eerie scenes depicted on European shores and a stream begins to build of regular commentary on media platforms. Random gossip turns to concern, questions become predictions.…

When hit by strong emotions

Lately, I have found myself feeling strong emotions – in reaction to political, social and personal events. By this statement, and confessing to it, I mean strong feelings: the kind of feelings that shoot through the whole of your body and don’t vacate. The kind of feeling that lingers, and may even erupt up again…

Insecurity vs Uncertainty

How many memes have you read or seen along the lines of ‘embracing the unknown’, and ‘accepting uncertainty’ as a part of life? I know for me it would be have been thousands of times by now. This has been upped exponentially in recent times, with the pandemic crisis triggering all those articles, whatsapp’s forwards…

The power of Stop

The power of Stop.   Yesterday as I was coming out of one of the exits at King’s Cross Station, at the inevitably crowd-busting-hour of 6pm, I saw coming towards me a beautiful golden Labrador.   The dog was trying to lead its blind owner through the crowds.   They weren’t doing very well. The…

Be Brave. Be Still.

“I panicked, I just couldn’t lie there anymore, I had to move and didn’t know what to do,” said one of the guests in the group I was teaching on a yoga and meditation retreat out in France this past week. The group had been led through a half hour guided relaxation exercise, based on the…

The Beauty of Concentration

  Distraction, distraction, everywhere, and not a drop to sink (in). No-one likes exams, at least I don’t think they do? And yet, I catch myself nowadays almost (almost) remembering with fondness the days of being holed up swotting for an exam, especially that night before when confronted with a lever arch file bursting with…