Tag Archives: personal stuff

It’s not you, it’s me

  I did something scary today. I announced that I was taking a break from teaching dance. This has been a long time coming and I don’t know how long the break is going to be. I still love dancing … Continue reading

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Snapdragon nostalgia

I went on a road trip around the South Island with my Dad. I took a holiday from all my routines, except for writing every night. This is one of the few things I wrote that’s remotely fit for public … Continue reading

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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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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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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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There’s always an elephant in the room and sometimes it’s me

When I was 17 I left my parents’ home and went back to the town where I was born and moved in to a student hostel. One early day I was walking to class, and one of my fellow hostel-dwellers … 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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