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Stress-Free Uni Years

Originally posted as “Mindfulness and Meditation: The Ancient Arts For Combating Stress” at Impact Nottingham

One of my dad’s friends, a stressed out father of three once said to me, ‘life throws you one wild card – and that’s university.’ Indeed, the vast majority of us launch ourselves into fresher’s week with the expectation that the three years ahead of us will be the best of our lives. 1,066 more words


Tuning into Mindful Music

In my Branding of Me class, we have talked a lot about being mindful which means being present in the moment. The here; the now. The best way I can get to this state is through music, because it distracts my brain by focusing it solely on the music. 94 more words


Is it possible to be too vulnerable

The benefits of being in touch with your authentic self are all the rage. And that’s the problem. Rage. Short, unexpected outbursts . Nothing violent but an emotion so raw it catches me by surprise. 181 more words

Birthday Blog

I’ve made it a tradition to blog on my birthday.

Birthdays make me even more introspective than usual, and I often feel compelled to write around this time of year.  757 more words

January 2016 Plank Pose Book Club Breakdown

I had my first encounter with the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh when I was in high school.  I was taking an “advanced” English class which meant that I was taking a discussion class with a bunch of other kids that liked to read.   408 more words

The Other Kingdoms

Mary Oliver writes such wonderful poetry, even when it looks like prose. I find a depth in the words and spaces that calls me to reflect upon the cultural and personal constraints that surround me. 261 more words

Teacher As Transformer

Autobiography in 5 chapters

1) I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost… I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault… 136 more words