“What are you doing?” Opening my eyes, I looked up to find my boyfriend Tony staring at me. I was seated cross-legged on the living-room floor, wearing a striped chenille jumper and a pair of black leggings. “I’m trying to meditate,” I told him. “Why?” he asked. “My GP recommended it.” I said. “How come?”Continue reading “Meditation”

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and while I think that any day is a good day to talk about mental health, today is especially important because it’s all about raising awareness and having a discussion about what mental wellbeing means. My story is something I’ve written about in bits and pieces on this blog,Continue reading “World Mental Health Day”

Metta meditation

This is one of my favourite practices. I’ve found that this meditation helps me to open my heart to others, both those I care about and those I have difficulty with. I had a manager once who I found quite irritating; by including him in my metta mediation I found myself feeling less annoyed. MettaContinue reading “Metta meditation”

Mindfulness talk

Since starting the practice of mindfulness in January, I’ve been reading lots of books and articles about the subject, as well as going to classes and talks which I’ve found beneficial. Last Thursday I went to a talk which was given by Sister Insight, who comes from Plum Village, a centre in France founded byContinue reading “Mindfulness talk”

Six things that help

Exactly three months ago I had a very bad panic attack while on a night out. It was one of the most horrible things I’ve ever experienced (mainly because I felt so alone) but since then I’ve realised that I’m not alone and also that change is possible. Exactly two months ago I was prescribedContinue reading “Six things that help”