Category: self compassion

Other people’s words

It was one of those grey days at the end of March when the winter seems to have gone on far too long. I was walking around the Park, taking a break from sitting in front of my computer and hoping to find some cheerfulness in the day. I passed a grandmother with two or Read More …

Taking a tumble

Last month, when my eldest son was on holiday in Spain, he was scrambling across a scree slope and fell a considerable distance. He had breaks in both his leg and his jaw and had to be helicoptered to hospital in Malaga. It was Easter week and a holiday destination, a time of religious parades Read More …

Cool observation and warm compassion

Reflection is a reverse image of something in a mirror. Self-reflection is a gentle investigation into the inner self so that we can understand ourselves and make changes if necessary. This is not self-criticism or self-justification. It is looking at ourselves with the cool eye of observation and a warm compassionate heart. I like this Read More …

Overwhelmed by a shopping centre

I don’t like shopping centres and I was with someone who wanted to take the time to enjoy both shopping and window shopping. Alone for a few minutes and hurrying through a department store to buy the one item I actually needed, I decided to try some mindful self-observation. The image came to me of, Read More …

Victim or persecutor

My cat is very handsome with a black silky coat and a white bib; but in personality he is loud mouthed and bossy and likes to control the entire household. If a door is closed, he shouts for it to be opened, if he is thirsty he howls that he needs to drink from the Read More …