The power of a single word

It’s such a powerful, brilliant word, and yet it’s horribly overused. We say it when we don’t mean it and get ourselves into obligations we can’t get out of. We attack questions using it as the bullets in our machine-gun defence. It becomes staccato. Unrhythmic. It’s everything this word wasn’t meant to be. I’m talking…

Pathway signs: a love story

Confession: Every time I see a sign marking a public footpath I get a little bit excited. Our communal spaces have been eroded over the years, so when I see an actual sign telling me I can walk across an actual field on someone else’s actual land, I breathe a sigh of relief. In the…

A tiny step towards being in the moment

We’re all busy people these days, me included. I used to rush everywhere, always living in the future, and when I wasn’t in a hurry I had my head bent over my phone. When I started trying to slow it all down, I began looking into the art of being in the moment, or mindfulness. So one day…

Get a new perspective at midday

Sometimes I need a new perspective on life right here, right now; sometimes we all need to break an old routine. It doesn’t matter if we only have five minutes to spare, this easy little activity helps us to change things about in the middle of the working day.   1. Look at or imagine your…

The ten-minute fix for a calmer commute

  If anyone – like me – commutes daily by public transport, you’ll totally understand how cancellations and delays play havoc with our stress levels. Sometimes I just need a quick fix to help me bring my central nervous system into a calmer place – and what could be more calming than escaping – even as…

Get a nature fix in the city

  We all need an injection of nature every now and again. But what are we supposed to do when we live (as I do) in a flat two floors up with no garden? I’ve got a GREAT way to have a mini-escape to the country, and it won’t take us any time at all.  …

To add harmony to your evening at home

Here’s a very simple way to provide a focus to your downtime and a small indulgence to your evening. It will enhance the look of your room and everything in it, and will add a sense of calm and harmony, no matter what else is going on in your life. 1. Buy a church candle,…