Category Archives: I am a big old hippie

I am here with you

Lately I’ve been practising metta meditation, and “I am here with you” has come to be one of my lovingkindness mantras: for myself, for people I love, for neutral acquaintances, for people I have difficulties with, for cats. Today I … Continue reading

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The lost art of keeping my mouth shut

Introversion is dominant in my family. My mother was an extrovert and used to excel at filling the ample silences provided by the rest of us. When she died, I felt myself stepping into her role in that regard, even … Continue reading

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Crash

It’s been over seven months since I moved out of my house with minimal possessions (which for a bellydancer means an extensive spreadsheet documenting what is stored at the houses of which friends and family members), not knowing where I … Continue reading

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Strengths

I know I go on about it a lot, but participating in Niyc Pidgeon’s Upgrade Your Success programme last summer was a great thing for me and has had all kinds of follow-on effects. One fun thing we worked with … Continue reading

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Reasons to smile at passers-by

It’s just been world smile day. I want to see you smile. I’m talking about smiling at people on the street, in hallways, in yoga class. People you know and people you don’t know and everyone in between. You’re smiling … Continue reading

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Back to the dance

I went to a ceilidh recently. It was like contra dances and folk dances I’ve attended before. You arrive and there are people smiling at you, and the room is rapidly becoming warm with happy bodies. You see people you … Continue reading

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The theology of perfection

At my yoga teacher training day recently, one of the teachers summed up what we were all thinking thus: “We’re not perfect. Perfect is boring.” I agree. Yet what popped into my brain at that moment and demanded to be … Continue reading

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Too busy to hold on

I work in a really big organisation which does terribly important work. I’m just a tiny part of a tiny part of it, and there are huge bits of that it my job doesn’t even touch, but there are lots … Continue reading

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Write yo’ lines/ with our words we create our world

Using a mantra is one practice in which more is better. Repetition furthers. – Ram Dass, Be Love Now   I love it that the internet allows you to change the text of Bart Simpson’s famous chalkboard. The old-school idea … Continue reading

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Your heart’s the best

This post comes equipped with a very excellent soundtrack:   I had a kind of revelation in yoga class one Tuesday morning: my heart is amazing. My heart pumps blood and all the vital stuff it carries around my body, … Continue reading

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