creative writing, Gratitude, Meditation, mental health, Poetry, Self-care, Truth and Perspective

The Bird gets the Worm

I could be content, if, I allowed myself to be. I could not write lists or set life goals, if I was happy, just Sitting under a big old oak tree. * I could watch the blackbird, (or is it a thrush?) as she Waits, fluffed feathers dripping, watching for the worms to hear that… Continue reading The Bird gets the Worm

change, creative writing, Gratitude, Meditation, mental health, Self-care

The Cloak of Silence

It has took me a long while to appreciate silence. Our minds become accustomed to a level of noise which we don't realise becomes comforting, sending us signals that life is how we would consider normal. I used to love the distinct whirring and wheezing of the Jubilee line, the trilling of the beeps at… Continue reading The Cloak of Silence

change, creative writing, Hope, M.E, Meditation, mental health, Planning, Politics, Self-care, Spiritual work, Spirituality

Only love

No poem or funny story for you. Just some thoughts and a plan... It's been a difficult week Less By Thursday the combination of the confirmation of that individual as leader of the Conservative Party, which supposedly makes him my PM, the way above average or even peak temperature that day and M.E symptoms were… Continue reading Only love

change, creative writing, Mind Body Spirit, Poetry, Social change, Spirituality

What I have learned from this life, and yet

  I was reading a tweet about body image yesterday, how we should be proud of the body we have regardless of our shape (which I agree with, and liked) when at the same time I was sitting in the garden, holding in my round tummy, and sighing about the size of my upper arms.… Continue reading What I have learned from this life, and yet

creative writing, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Poetry, recovery, Self-care, wellbeing

Mind – Full

Words are flying around my head None will take root and find meaning Feelings are sent tumbling To a place without words There are no pictures either Just half-words and muddled phrases Thrown up from deep recesses Gushing into my mind I can grasp neither heads nor tail Whizz banging articulations fade Before I can… Continue reading Mind – Full

Complementary therapy, Crystals, Help, Hope, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Self-care

Ask Sally: Surviving Christmas

This used to be a tough time for me too, especially with the emphasis on food and well meaning friends and family buying chocolatey treats. It's been a long road and knowing I was not alone was key to finding my way again. ¬†Our wonderful advice columnist Sally, in her second piece for us, offers… Continue reading Ask Sally: Surviving Christmas

Complementary therapy, Friendship, Gratitude, Help, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Self-care, Spiritual work, Spirituality, Work

Forgetful

A return to our previous format with another lesson learned (or rather underway) from Kirstie... I have just completed our first Introduction to Mindfulness course with Saffron. What a gift it has been especially through what has been experienced as stormy times. During the course Saffron shared with us the fundamental principles of Mindfulness before… Continue reading Forgetful

Complementary therapy, Crystals, Friendship, Help, Mind Body Spirit, Self-care, Spiritual work, Spirituality, Yoga

Ask Sally…

Today we are going to start to do things a little bit differently.  One of our Collective members and big-hearted supporters is Sally.  She is not only an incredible complementary therapist but also a qualifed counsellor and psychotherapist.  As such she has offered to be our own on-line advice columnist to answer any questions you… Continue reading Ask Sally…

Crystals, Friendship, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Planning, Space, Spiritual work

Occupied

That work work work was in full swing today: Pricing, sorting, sharing, enthusing, connecting, exchanging and practising. Not just me either, this was the buzz in the shop as people came and fully engaged with what there was to offer. At one point I looked over and smiled to see 3 ladies sitting on various… Continue reading Occupied

Friendship, Mind Body Spirit, Planning, Shop, Space, Tarot, Work, Yoga

Planning with Pentacles

It's been a juggling day today. This is good. Reminds me of the Two of Pentacles in Tarot. In the Rider Waite deck he is a happy soul juggling two golden coins. Positively expressed it could be about multi-tasking, bringing things together and starting to create something new. For me its been about starting the… Continue reading Planning with Pentacles