17 Powerful Questions for Connecting to Gratitude

What are you grateful for?  Listing and affirming gratitude is one of the best ways that we can begin to bring positive change for ourselves and those around us.  As we begin to become more aware of the many blessings already present in our lives—from the small things, to the overlooked things, to the big and important … Continue reading 17 Powerful Questions for Connecting to Gratitude

Self-Compassion and Unconscious Contracts

It's extraordinary the number of positive changes that come to us as we begin to connect more fully to an expression of compassion and kindness. I don't mean only compassion and kindness towards others, but also self-compassion and feelings of compassion and kindness towards ourselves that enable us to live openly and freely.  As we move … Continue reading Self-Compassion and Unconscious Contracts

The Mindfulness Principles

Mindfulness doesn’t merely teach us to centre our minds in the present, but to powerful reorient ourselves to the full timeline of our lived experiences.   In doing so, we learn to recognise our experiences of the world around us in powerfully transformative ways.  While some may start with the concern that mindfulness is a selfish turn inward that … Continue reading The Mindfulness Principles

Journaling to Support Creativity

I’ve kept a daily journal for almost twenty years.  It’s served many different purposes throughout the years, but has always offered me many benefits and has become a regular part of my daily ritual. In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron suggests to her readers to begin each morning by writing three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing in longhand form. The … Continue reading Journaling to Support Creativity

Creativity and the Mindful Mindset

When my husband and I moved into our new house over the summer, deep at the bottom of a box that hadn’t been unpacked during our two previous moves was my old, beloved copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.  If you haven’t read The Artist’s Way yet, you simply must.  It is a beautiful, suggestive book that offers some … Continue reading Creativity and the Mindful Mindset

Building the Meditation Habit

While the techniques of meditation are easy to learn, the discipline that the practice of meditation requires can be difficult.  If you are new to meditation or a frequent practitioner who hasn’t been able to turn meditation into a regular practice, building the meditation habit is a crucial step to deepen and expand your insight and … Continue reading Building the Meditation Habit

15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed

A lot of people who recognise the many benefits of mediation wish that they had enough time in their day to sit down to meditate.  For many, the demands of work and family mean that there really isn’t enough time in the day for an hour of guided meditation or even the two 20-minute blocks that I … Continue reading 15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed

Five Minutes to Ground Your Practice: Traditional Breathwork for Mindfulness

In many ways, our diaphragm muscle is the key to finding stillness and connection in every moment.  This powerful thin domed sheet of skeletal muscle separates our thoracic and abdominal cavity, contracting to create a vacuum that allows air to be pushed into our lungs about 23,000 times per day. As we learn to control … Continue reading Five Minutes to Ground Your Practice: Traditional Breathwork for Mindfulness

Research Workflow for Academics: The Best of Digital and Analogue Working Together

  In his presentation at the 'Humanities Computing: Formal Methods, Experimental Practice' symposium at King's College London in 2000, John Unsworth described the seven 'scholarly primitives', that is, the 'basic functions common to scholarly activity across disciplines, over time, and independent of theoretical orientation': Discovering Annotating Comparing Referring Sampling Illustrating Representing A similar taxonomy was described … Continue reading Research Workflow for Academics: The Best of Digital and Analogue Working Together