6 Mindful things to do in July

6 Mindful things to do in July

Well, we are now truly in the heart of Summer. How has it been for you so far? Have you experienced good or bad weather? Have you had too much rain and not enough sun? I have had a few extremes, as I divide my time between life in Vienna and back to the UK. [...]

The Healing of a Broken Heart

The Healing of a Broken Heart

I was reflecting the other day on my impending return home to Lancashire to see my mum. Since I left the place of my birth, I have tried to visit her regularly, but that usually meant a weekend. Time is short, and so it has been rare to have the opportunity to revisit the wild [...]

When the Mist Descends

When the Mist Descends

I follow Robert Macfarlane on twitter and particularly look forward to reading his word definition tweets. One that caught my attention recently was an Irish/ Gaeilge word,  “ciúnas gan uaigneas”, which literally means “quietness without loneliness” A phrase, he explains, that carries a sense of peaceful solitude, of being beyond the usual chaos & noise. I [...]

How to value the things you have?

How to value the things you have?

Last summer, I went to Odense in Denmark. Odense is the birthplace of Han Christian Anderson, the great storyteller. I was fortunate enough to visit the house where he was born - a tiny little place, with a few bare rooms. Hanging on one of the walls was an inventory of the possessions of his [...]

A Corrupting Silence

A Corrupting Silence

There is a silence that corrupts the soul, As a lonely man walks down a road. A mental tut, a tapping shoe. I know all about you!   A story is told that’s deep and long And very possibly entirely wrong!   Condemning, simmering, quiet hate The need to dissect and then berate The cigarette, [...]