A WORD FOR EVERY SEASON: FAITH

The word very much needed for this season of my life is ‘faith’... Faith can be elusive to some but for others it can be the one thing that underpins all their choices. I am currently focusing on cultivating more faith and letting hope float to the surface. What is it that roots you? And what are those roots anchored to?

In previous years I have chosen a word to hold onto for the year, something to focus on and turn to for inspiration, for example in 2017 my word for the year was ‘Ease’. However at the start of 2018 I couldn’t settle on a word, but as the year has gone on there has been one word that has kept coming into focus. It has become apparent that the word very much needed for this season of my life is ‘Faith’.

The word ‘Faith’ and its meaning can take quite a lot of unpicking… it can mean vastly different things to everyone. It is a word that can mean so much to so many.

Faith can be elusive to some but for others it can be the one thing that underpins all their choices.

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TALES FROM MY YOGA MAT: BREATH EXERCISE FOR ANXIETY

It’s been a little while since I posted here. I totally lost myself in a slow summer and spent as much time as possible with my family. Now, I am feeling all full up on a summer of love and ready to be present in this space again with you all. Here is a breath exercise for anxiety, one for grown ups and one that is great for children to do. There are simple instructions below and I am sharing videos of how to do both exercises on IGTV and in my Facebook Group Seeking Slow.

It’s been a little while since I posted here. I totally lost myself in a slow summer and spent as much time as possible with my family. Now, I am feeling all full up on a summer of love and ready to be present in this space again with you all.

Back to school is a big transition for us grown-ups as well as the little people in our lives. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s a mix of feeling ready to go, and needing to find my feet again, as we all get used to being back in a more structured routine.

Plus there is a big seasonal shift that happens at the beginning of September, as we say a fond farewell to summer and welcome autumn with open arms.

Autumn is such a beautiful season with all its golden colours, and early sunsets. Traditionally a time associated with gathering crops in for the winter ahead, I find it can also be a great time to harvest all the hard work that I have been putting in throughout year.

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WELLBEING STORIES: MUSIC MAKES ME HAPPY

Wellbeing Stories: Music - Sometimes I think music is my church. It’s the place I go to, to feel that everything is connected and intertwined, a place to find and feel something outside of myself and a higher state of consciousness. It’s also a place to get reflective and have some space to think about what is happening in my life and to let the weekly/daily happenings settle. Finally, it’s something to turn to when things don’t make sense and I feel a little lost. 

Sometimes I think music is my church. It’s the place I go to, to feel that everything is connected and intertwined, a place to find and feel something outside of myself, a higher state of consciousness. It’s also a place to get reflective and have some space to think about what is happening in my life and to let the weekly/daily happenings settle. Finally, it’s something to turn to when things don’t make sense and I feel a little lost. 

Time and time again I have listened to music and found the answers to questions that weren’t even fully formed in my mind. Music has the ability to express things that words alone cannot.

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RELAXATION IS WHO YOU ARE

”Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." Chinese Proverb I wanted to unpick this concept a little more, and a good starting point is learning to recognise how we physically hold tension in our body. We can then turn our attention to acceptance of ourselves. Easier said than done... read on to find out more...

I shared this quote a while ago in my Facebook Group Seeking Slow and it seemed to resonate with lots of you…”Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

I therefore thought it would be useful to unpick this concept a little more, and a good starting point is learning to recognise how we physically hold tension in our body.

We need to understand the difference between tension and relaxation and understand how to navigate from one to the other.

Lots of us walk about holding tension in our body without even realising it. Sometimes tension becomes so habitual that we always ‘hold’ our body that way, it then feels completely normal to us. It’s only when we give our bodies the space and time to deeply relax that we can realise what released feels like. And by comparison, we can know what tension is. They are at the opposite ends of the spectrum and in some ways one allows the other. 

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