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
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
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
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
Now more than ever is an important time to reflect on all of the things that we are grateful for. Gratitude is a practice and an attitude that we can consciously cultivate every day of our lives.
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
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
I wrote briefly last week about the importance of technique in academic writing. Academic writing is, above all else, a specialised form of communication, which remains true whether we are teaching essay writing to first year students or working on a journal article addressing our research. Articles, essays, theses, and dissertations are all … Continue reading Refining Technique in Academic Writing
Click here to read the introduction to my forthcoming book, Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence. Released 10 April 2014 from Palgrave Macmillan.
Practitioners of the fine and performing arts are well acquainted with the notion of ‘technique’. One hears ‘technique’ spoken of regularly by commentators, adjudicators, and reviewers of the arts, who use term to characterise the success or failure of an artistic undertaking. The study of technique forms the core of advanced training in many disciplines, … Continue reading ‘Technique’ and Academic Writing