We are blessed with a beautiful day on the island. Some days I find myself needing to let my day come to me and today was one of those days. I am a great believer in letting things occur with their own natural rhythm especially as I am prone to interfering with that rhythm. From time to time I need to take a little step back and let things start flowing again as they should. When I left my very serious job over ten years ago to carve out a different life for myself and my family I quickly learnt that opportunities are round every corner and if we take a little more time to just ‘be’ they will make themselves known to us.
I have spent the last ten years or so discovering all sorts of opportunities and I am amazed how one will lead naturally into another. Granted I am now at that age (as I approach 50) when life experience is beginning to play a part. That said, my latest direction towards establishing a more dedicated mindfulness clinical practice is something I feel I was born to do. Like many people I discovered mindfulness when I needed help in life. I was diagnosed with a series of debilitating pain conditions and I refused to see medication as the total answer. If I had gone down that route I feel I would have lost my connection to the world such was the dose of medication being recommended. Over the years I tried many other things to support the medication with varying success. Most things worked for a while and then stopped working. Meditation as part of my growing Buddhist faith was the only thing that lasted and this has led me to a mindfulness practice that is now deeply embedded in all I do.
I am currently on a very intensive course that focuses on mindfulness as a response to chronic illness and the clinical studies I have been engaged in are helping me to understand the breadth and depth mindfulness is capable of achieving in the human mind and body.
I see mindfulness as my primary response to my illness (fibromyalgia) and everything else as secondary. I am currently at the embryonic stage of bringing together my mindfulness practice with my dance background. These two domains are allowing me to focus on a ‘moving mindfulness’ approach that works between mind and body and back again. Exercise is a fundamental part of dealing with fibromyalgia and many other chronic illness but I want to develop a movement pattern that uses mindfulness as a guide and an aim – both at the same time. I see this work as being central to my mindfulness practice that I am on the cusp of launching.
I am delighted that so many people have signed up for my free e-course on Intuitive Journaling as this is a sacred part of my approach to writing and all things creative. In such a complex modern world I am passionate about e-learning as a way of allowing us to learn in our time and spaces. I have watched my eldest three children successfully navigate themselves through a range of distance learning courses and believe this type of learning to be capable of achieving much given that we are able to fit it into our lives as we need to. This type of individual approach to learning is best served by responsive tutors and that is what I try to be through each and every one of my courses. This year I am offering my first e-retreat which allows the participants to identify their own place to retreat into. Place, space & identity is an e-retreat over two weekends separated by four weeks of reflective exercises. Using mindfulness, journaling and environment art the retreat aims to take the concepts of place and space and consider their changing role in our identities. It is a course I contributed to back in my academic days but then the home was in performing arts. I have translated the course into a mindfulness, writing and creative genre and believe that this has actually improved it. So I am excited about this first e-retreat.
Over the next few days this retreat and my other pending e-courses will be listed on my eventbrite page. There is a link at the bottom of my website so you can keep up with what is being offered and book places. Further details are available HERE.
I maintain that life is a pursuit of lingering contentment that is actually made up of moments. My contented moments today were spent capturing images of poppies for my First World War project – Project Poppy. These moments lingered further as I collected my first crop of strawberries and arranged my own grown cut flowers into a simple green vase for the table. I do hope that you have all had some moments of contentment today.
Speak soon. xx