After the mindfulness course – what happened next?

I received a letter in the post this morning, written in my own handwriting. I thought for a moment. It wasn't Valentine's Day, so what could it be? It was something I'd written 6 months ago, during the final session of an 8 week mindfulness course. I began the course as I was around 6 month's ...

A daily intention to improve your day

"So, does this mean I need to buy you a new ring?" My husband looked suspicious. "Well that's a nice idea", I replied as he retreated with some haste. "But it's not strictly necessary", I added, as the study door closed. Let me explain. I've been experimenting recently with setting daily intentions. Finding life with baby and ...

How full is your cup today?

How full is my cup? My cup is always full. In fact, I currently have five full cups of tea stationed around the flat. I never get the chance to bloody drink them. Or do you mean bra cups? Those particular cups do runneth over. Thanks to a ravenous baby they’re inflated beyond all reasonable proportions. There ...

How to have a fun mini break, without leaving your house!

Ah, the promise of a weekend away: whether you're seeking sunshine,  craving culture or fantasising about foodie treats, a mini break can be just the ticket. Many millenia ago, circa 2012 BC (before children), we spent weekends skipping* around Europe with suitcases smaller than a packet of cornflakes and a, frankly reckless, absence of wet wipes. ...

Why babies make excellent meditation aids

Of late, my meditation practice (such as it was) has, like the rest of me, gone a bit slack. Every day I plan to factor in a little relaxation, a few stretches – something to soothe and refresh my tired, frayed mind. And then, the day whirls by in haze of toddler negotiations, baby feeding frenzies ...

Finding extra time to connect with my child

Relationships can be hard work to maintain, and this week I knew I needed to work on one of mine. The toddler, 18 days ago, became a big sister. I know it’s been 18 days because I’m counting the scratches on her cot walls. She’s coping very well with the seismic change that shook her tiny ...