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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Emotion and empathy

Emotional literacy is so important. A lesson I learned the hard way. Before counselling, feeling the physicality of emotion and describing it was very hard for me. I hadn’t realised how much that was a problem and holding everything in had made me ill. It ended in a breakdown. The silence. The mute lay in…

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What’s the worst that could happen?

When I was growing up my mum used to play what she called the ‘what if…’ game with me (what would you do if … happens?). It was her version of trying to teach me how to react to potential dangers in a multitude of situations. She wanted to keep me safe. The trouble with…

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Gratitude Journal #8

With all the busyness and mayhem going on at this time of the year, I found myself feeling a bit ‘meh’ this week. This is not an unfamiliar feeling to me and, I imagine, to most. Sometimes we are just so busy that it is hard to find the time to look after ourselves and…

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The emotional tyranny of ‘stuff’ – who am I?

Early on in the life of this blog I wrote about the emotions tangled up in trying to clear out things from my life that are superfluous, about trying to live more minimally, about how emotions can also be clutter. I wanted to free myself from being held back by my possessions. I wrote that…

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Easy mindfulness for children

My six year olds are prone, like any other children of their age, to feeling emotional, not knowing how to deal with it, it getting the better of them, all translating into bad behaviour. Or simply behaving badly like children sometimes do and then reacting badly to the consequences. To be honest I’m a bit…

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Deleting the negative thoughts

I have come to realise that pretty much most of my thoughts are accompanied by that little voice in my head putting a destructive slant on how I approach life. Yes, I am crazy, but only a little bit! Can’t, don’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t. They all need to be turned into can, do, should, would, am,…

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Back to the old skool

A little while ago I wrote about how ‘stuff’ and decluttering made me feel. Since then I have been travelling a little way down the road of becoming unburdened. I aim to write in depth about whether I manage all that I want in that respect another time. But this week I found something in…

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Resistance to school…how I’m dealing with it (or not)

One of my daughters doesn’t like going in to school. Apparently when she’s there she’s fine, but the anticipation of it and the act of leaving me at the classroom door is sometimes too much for her to bear. I can see the anxiety in her eyes. And it’s probably reflected in mine. It starts…

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Worrying about worry dolls

Last week my daughters came home after school and showed me what they had made that day in lessons – worry dolls. And (oh the irony!), this made me worried… In my understanding, worry dolls are used to tell your ‘worries’ to and put under the pillow at night, in the hope that this will…

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