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Sharing kindness meditations

Recently I shared two kindness meditations during a wellbeing day, and have uploaded one of them as an audio track for you to enjoy. It was a real pleasure to contribute towards the successful ‘Sharing the Love’ day which a fellow yoga teacher Jill organised in November here in Dumfries, and which was a fundraiser…

Pumpkin with carved face on patio

Sweet pumpkin pie (vegan)

Pumpkins (including squash) are incredibly versatile for cooking yet many get wasted because of Halloween. They can be used for savoury dishes (soup, bread, curry, roast vegetables, risotto etc), as well as sweet dishes, including cake and sweet pumpkin pie. There’s lots of different varieties as well, not just the large ‘orange’ ones that most…

Yoga mats laid out in circle in room

Wellbeing workshops on pain, stress and anxiety

I’m delighted to be offering two wellbeing workshops this autumn in Dumfries. Following positive feedback from the workshop on understanding chronic (persistent) pain, I’m going to be delivering this workshop again, but it’ll be slightly longer at 3 hours to allow more time for the practical things. In addition, I’m going to be delivering a…

Outside of Allanton house

Peace and living in balance

A local peace sanctuary (Allanton) recently held a Living in Balance day to share ideas about living a more balanced and healthy life. As the day of the event was very close to the summer solstice it had a special feeling to it.   The were plenty of interesting workshops to chose from (over 20),…

Sunlight on loch

Surfing the waves of the mind

Last weekend, on a local well-being day, I heard a quote about meditation which I’d never heard before, but which made instant sense. ‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Wow, I thought. How come I’d never heard that before? It’s a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the most influential…

Sun and tree, in cartoon drawing

Pause and reflect at the solstice

It’s the summer solstice here in Scotland, and being almost half way through the year seems like a good time to review how the year is going. Do you set new year goals or resolutions? It might be a matter of semantics but some years ago I stopped setting new year resolutions and decided to…

Stream in woods

Stress awareness month and ways to cope

April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK, and has been running since 1992 amazingly. Despite this long time, stress levels in society are high and it is implicated in a range of mental health issues particularly anxiety and depression. The Stress Management Society have four main threads of focus this year’s month, which are:…