Category Archives: never stop learning

I have strong opinions on buses

This is not about the recent and disastrous changes to Wellington’s bus systems, although I’m not a fan. This is about my possibly weird personal code of conduct on public transport. Being on buses has been exacerbating my anxiety recently. … Continue reading

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This is what the mental health system looks like to me today

Last night I wrote a post titled “this is what feeling suicidal looks like right now”. I didn’t post it because last I heard, talking about suicide made it more likely to happen. Maybe thinking has changed and I should … Continue reading

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On dipping my toes back in

At the end of my last post you can see the revelation hitting me like a giant bead-fringed scarf in the face: I need bellydance in order to be happy. I’m pretty sure I need ATS®. Some ancillary revelations have … Continue reading

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Adventures in swinging the other way #stilladanceblog

God, I haven’t posted anything here since March. A lot has happened since then and I’ve had a lot of thoughts and written a lot of stuff, most of it is stream-of-consciousness processing in paper journals, some of it draft … Continue reading

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I stumbled out of bed, I got ready for the struggle (this is a post about posture)

There’s a person I work with who has good posture. Revision: there’s a person I work with who I think has good posture. Revision: there’s a person I work with whose posture I notice with approval. Let’s be honest, I’m … 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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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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Heiling hands

There’s a thing I’ve noticed amongst newer bellydance performers now and then: they’ll be doing some kind of hip work with a classic L arm position (one arm roughly at shoulder height, the other extended overhead) and they’ll look like … 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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