Hope

Hope

Last weekend, a friend gave me a ‘prayer stick’ – though she preferred to call it a ‘hope stick’. It’s a piece of wood, found on a walk and decorated with coloured wool and beads. While she decorated the stick, my friend ‘infused’ it with dreams of happiness, wishes...

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Loss

Loss

Life is full of loss. From the overwhelming pain of bereavement, the death of a family member or friend, to the loss of a marriage that ends in divorce. There is loss inherent in the ageing process, loss of the physical identity we used to have and in all the changes...

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Unravelling Your Feelings

Unravelling Your Feelings

‘My feelings are all mixed up.’ ‘I don’t know what I feel.’ ‘I feel nothing at all - but it isn’t good.’ When you know you feel bad, but don’t know why, it’s confusing. The root cause could be so many things. Perhaps difficulties have piled up over time and now...

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Conscious Breathing

Conscious Breathing

You’re stressed out and anxious. There’s far too much to do. You make lists and wake up at night to add new items to your lists. The lists grow longer and longer. The more items you tick off,  the more there are, always impatient, prodding you. Get more done! Do it...

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Can Conscious Gratitude Really Change Your Life?

Can Conscious Gratitude Really Change Your Life?

  ‘Gratitude practice’ is big news in positive psychology. Studies have shown that cultivating gratitude can increase an inner sense of well-being and happiness and nurture greater connection to others in our social lives. However, when we’re feeling blue, or...

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