On Travelling

  I am currently journeying through Western Canada between Calgary and Vancouver, so a good opportunity to capture my thoughts on travelling. I used to go on holiday, now I travel. Going on holiday was primarily about taking a break from the routine of work;  resting, relaxing, maybe trying a new activity like snorkelling, drinking,…

On Point to Point Walking and the Road Less Travelled

  I recently embarked on a point to point walk following the Cleveland Way, a 177km (110 mile) long distance path. It runs between Helmsley, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, to Filey on the east coast. It begins with classic moorland scenery, through forests and along escarpments and then follows a…

On Yoga

  Yoga for me is a spiritual journey, but more of that in a future post. Yoga is far more than exercise. It gives me an immense feeling of wellbeing and this is why I have a daily yoga practice, attend two classes a week and a monthly workshop. What is it about yoga that…

On Freedom and Security

This is the second in my ‘On … ‘ series — an opportunity to practice writing pure exposition. Freedom and security — two words which when I unpick them, reveal (to me) how closely aligned they are. Let’s take them in turn: Freedom  What do I desire to be free from? Pain, loneliness, hunger, boredom, some…

On Worry

  Worry is like toothache. When I succumb to it, I find it is impossible to ignore. It’s always there, lurking in the background waiting to explode. At other times it’s centre stage demanding my attention. It’s a pain. Worry drags me down, consumes me, chews me up and spits me out. I am fragmented,…

Love & Marriage

When I married my husband and searched for meaningful words to incorporate into our wedding ceremony, I found the perfect prose in Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’, a book of 26 prose-poetry fables, originally published in 1923. This beautiful book has been translated into over 100 languages and has never been out of print. Recently, I…

Compassion and Wisdom

Compassion. Can you feel it? Wisdom. Do you cultivate it? When I practise yoga and use my breath, I am in a moving meditation. When I sit on my yoga mat with an upright spine, allowing energy to flow and I use the breath as a tool to still my mind, I am meditating. Today,…

Making it My Own

I attend two yoga classes a week, have my own daily practice and once a month I go along to a full morning’s yoga which includes teachings from Panjali’s Sutras, BKS Iyengar, Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and the concepts of the Chakras. Sound intense? Well not really. I make my yoga practice my own, take…

Managing Time

  One second, one minute, one hour, one day, one week one month, one year, one decade. We all have time. What we choose to do with it, how we relate to it, who we choose to spend it with, where we spend it, what happens within us when we become aware it is finite…

Symbols

  “A symbol is the best possible formulation of a relatively unknown psychic content”, so says Jung The dictionary says: a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g. the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation. a thing that represents or…