Children learn how to make decisions and develop their own good judgement when you give them the freedom and independence to do so. Letting go of the reins to let them do this – while keeping them in a safe environment – is always a challenge for parents and grandparents.
We want them to learn about the world on their own and to handle awkward or challenging situations. We also want them to be safe and to feel protected. How do we balance these two needs?
Continue reading Giving Children Independence
…when we are ready to make a change in our lives. We need to listen to our own wisdom – rather than that of others. We will know when it is the right time to act. After all, we are the ones that must live with the consequences.
Recently while I was telling a friend about my solo backpacking trip to Ireland, she asked: “What advice do you have for a gal who is also making her way through this world? I have some changes and work to do on myself, and as yet have not taken the steps that I need to.”
Firstly, I told her that advice should be listened to – but not necessarily followed. Nonetheless, I am a person who always has advice to give. And what follows is my counsel…
Continue reading Need for Change – The Answer is Within
I love to travel. During my recent trip to Ireland, I once again attracted, or was blessed with, much good Karma. Or perhaps on this trip you might call it the luck of the Irish. Continue reading How I Found Karma in Ireland
I left for Ireland wearing my new T-shirt with “Live for the Moment” emblazoned across the front. It was the perfect message for how I travel. Continue reading The Zen of Travel
By the time I finish my workout at the gym in the morning, I am craving my first cup of coffee of the day.
I pass the local coffee shop and I am tempted to stop. But instead I blissfully wander home drawn by the vision of a relaxing brew at my dining room table, while I do a crossword puzzle and listen to classical music (my Zen).
There are several reasons why I prefer a coffee at home: Continue reading 3 Reasons Why I Drink Coffee at Home
April showers bring May flowers! It’s raining today which means I am inside catching up with indoor work and grateful that I was able to garden on the weekend.
While gardens are beautiful to look at, good for the soul, and a benefit to our environment – they also are work! And before we start to see results in May and the rest of the summer season, plenty of effort is required. Continue reading The Zen of Gardening
If you ever wondered whether yoga is really exercise – try doing it after an injury or an extended lay-off – and you will know for sure. Every time that I do yoga, I know that I am both stretching and strengthening my muscles. But when I haven’t done it for a while, I feel it even more in my achy muscles. Continue reading The Health Benefits of Yoga
It was a brilliant sunny day. Perfect for skating at Jarry Park. I watched my son-in-law skate circles around my grand-daughter. Then we persuaded her to do figure eights around the two of us. The fact that they both could skate so well encouraged me to try harder. After an hour going round the lake, I was quite pleased with my progress. Perhaps a bit too confident. Continue reading Over-Confident
There are five primary reasons that I love going to yoga class as part of my weekly fitness regime… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Love Yoga
What is Zen? Is it a state of mind? Can we aspire to achieve it? Do we need a teacher? Continue reading Defining Zen