Catch the pigeon (toddler lessons in mindfulness)

February began, for the toddler and I, with snotty cuddles and coughing competitions. ‘Dry January’ was an easy win for both of us (aided by pregnancy and not being tall enough to reach the wine rack), but our current glow owes more to contamination than bountiful health.Continue Reading...

A two minute trick for instant calm

Our week started slowly. ‘It’s 9.15 on a Monday morning,’ commented my husband, ‘and none of us are dressed. What kind of a working family is this?’ Now if the decade I spent as a home-based wine rep taught me anything, it's that wearing pyjamas at midday is perfectly acceptable, and in no way related to productivity. ...

Walking meditation, via the coffee shop

Until a few days ago, we were absorbing vitamin D in sweltering Cape Town; enjoying morning beach walks and waking up to the sound of crashing waves.  This was all quite conducive to relaxation, and the perfect setting for the 1st pause: a walking meditation. We’re now back in London, absorbing the exhaust fumes of ...

Parenting Calm is born

I was recently engaged in protracted negotiations that pushed the limits of both my patience and rational thinking. My requests, both simple and reasonable, were met with derision and opposition. The situation began with a simple attempt to change my toddler's nappy. Despite having adopted the stagger of a drunken cowboy to accommodate the growing bulge, ...