Starting again when you’re feeling stuck

Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning and start again. The prospect of writing, putting myself here in this place, has loomed larger and larger in my mind over the last few months and I’ve stayed away. It has even haunted me in ‘real’ life, a few people have now mentioned to me…

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A is for … Alice

When asked for my name, I often seem to find myself annotating my name with a reference, usually to Wonderland. Why? Somehow, to me, my name alone doesn’t seem to have enough substance. Or rather it is my identity that hasn’t the presence and needs bolstering. I have never known anyone else who does this….

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Gratitude Journal June 2017 – Self-Development

June was a reflective month for me as I worked on a couple of self-development projects. As an introspective, introverted person, I have a tendency to spend a lot of time looking inwards and whilst that can be a good thing, it can also be unhelpful in certain ways. Instead of problem solving I end…

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Depression recurrence: can you defend yourself against another episode?

I had depression, but I’m better and now I live happily ever after, right? Or maybe not… There is no doubting that I have found the last year a bit difficult. Not the hardest I have ever had by a long shot thank goodness. But possibly hardest that I have had without being under a cloud of…

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Gratitude Journal May 2017 – Choice

One, two, three, four, five (!!!) months done this year already. The first half of this year has had a bit of a drought on the writing front. It was a somewhat conscious choice, although not one that I thought would either last for so long or leave me with a bereft feeling of its absence….

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Finding the Joy of Reading

I remember their beaming smiles, the excitement of becoming ‘big girls’. An initiation into a world until then mysterious and unknown. Books. Learning to read. A key milestone in education. Where one of my daughters had excelled in her first academic year, it all came crashing down in the following one. She developed an aversion…

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Gratitude Journal April 2017 – Break

Anyone out there who reads my posts might have noticed that I took a break and missed the gratitude journal for March. And that quite frankly there hasn’t been much blogging on The Filling Glass for a couple of months.   What has kept me away? I made a decision to try to focus on ‘getting the…

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Feeling: touch and emotion

What emotions do you recall from the last touch you felt from or gave to another? Recently I was pondering the relationship between touch and emotion following a meditation. During it I had been prompted to breathe out into my heart space and as I did so I felt myself swaying towards an imagined touch…

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Gratitude Journal February – Connections

A post I have worried about. Reading it through, do I sound like a sociopath? And yet I wonder if this resonates with anyone, whether I am not alone? Even if it doesn’t, maybe it helps you understand someone close to you. And regardless, I write these posts to understand myself. Relationships are a positive…

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Gratitude Journal January – Keeping a diary

Are all the good intentions that were light and fluffy at the start of the month are still that way? Or have become that noose around your neck? I don’t make too many changes (especially big) at the start of the year. As a rule I’m not in favour of the ‘resolution’, preferring goals, which…

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