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 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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Making sense of sensitivity

How do you feel when more than one person talks to you at once, or there is lots of background noise? How do you feel when you have to make decisions with multiple choices, or need to respond to messages and emails? How do you feel when you are in a busy space? Paying the…

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Gratitude Journal September

The months run together into a seamless blur but the change from summer into autumn is recognisably here. As we transition through seasons, I find myself drawn to appreciate the outside world more so than ever. And for another year I recognise how I will miss the light and the warmth of the summer days….

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What it feels like…to have counselling

My posts about what it feels like to be friend dumped and have a breakdown have been both valuable to me for the insights I have gained and popular with readers. I am continuing the series here with an exploration of the process of counselling I have been through. I want to share my experiences…

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The mental health price of academic focus

I am worried about the education we provide to the children in this country. I am worried because two of my daughters are going through it already and I don’t like what I see. I am worried because of my own negative experiences of secondary education. And I am worried because of the apathy some…

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What it feels like…to have a breakdown

When I wrote last month about what it feels like to be ‘friend dumped’, I was surprised by how it resonated with people. I found it so helpful to work through emotions relating to that issue and free myself from them. So I thought I would look at other ‘difficult’ issues that have affected me…

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Making a difference

After I recently published my post introducing my concept of empowered parenting and what it meant to me, I had a conversation with one of my friends. She asked me what I wanted to achieve by my cause, and I realised that whilst I wrote about the what, and some of the why, I thought…

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The path

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was very sad. Life had happened to her, she felt like she was missing doing the things that meant something to her, making the life that she wanted, and that she was rubbish at what she was doing. She felt it passed her by and she…

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Parenting Tools: Community

A tool is something that helps us get a job done and in this series I am focusing on the job of raising our children, but it could equally be applied to succeeding in life as a whole. Parenting is just what some of us do as part of our lives. It became apparent to…

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