Yesterday as I entered my favourite local café I was warmly greeted and asked if I was having my usual. While this is not unusual I was, in that moment, overcome by a feeling of joy and gratitude. There was something so comforting about the ease and familiarity with which I was greeted; my favourite table empty, waiting for me, and the café’s warm and cosy atmosphere. I think the fact that I’ve had a challenging week meant that I needed and, therefore, appreciated this sanctuary more than usual. [Read more…]
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Today I have recorded a short 2-3 minute mini body scan meditation that is surprisingly effective at rapidly relaxing the body. The meditation starts with three deep breaths to loosen up the breath before moving your attention through the body from top to toe over seven breaths.
‘The more we think the worse we think’. This is a phrase I came across recently and it really struck a chord. It now pops into my head whenever I find myself engaging in an all too familiar pattern of overthinking. When I sit down to work on something, usually a piece of writing, I sometimes struggle to compose my thoughts and put words on the page. Rather than take a break to clear my head I have a tendency to agonise over the task at hand, often getting increasingly agitated. I know what I want to say but I can’t seem to say it despite continuing to think about it. [Read more…]