Listening To Our Bodies II

I don't like being unwell. I don't want to stay in bed and do nothing. But seemingly, throughout my time in education, I've fallen ill at the end of term.  It seems like my body puts up with the stress during term time. Then, as soon the school/sixth form/university terms finish, my body says, "that's [...]

Holding Tension

Something I’ve been trying to work on in my meditation practice is holding the tension of uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. Over the past few months of difficulties with my mental health, I’ve perhaps run from difficult situations and emotions. Rather than try to confront them in my fragile state, it was better to run from [...]

Occupy Yourself

Some people struggle with occupying themselves. In contrast, as someone who likes to be busy and believes they never have enough time, I struggle with the concept of being 'bored' or unable to occupy myself. For me, there never seems to be enough time to do what I want to do. I have to cram, [...]

Take A Moment II

How many times a day do you stop and notice your breath? I can't say it's something I do very often, but it's a habit I'm trying to cultivate. I used to meditate quite a lot a few years ago. I hope this doesn't sound too clichéd, but I was travelling in Spain and a [...]

Time To Think

I think we often need time to think. We need to give ourselves the space to let our minds wander. For me, coming to the end of my university degree, I’ve time and space to decide what I want to do next and what I want my path ahead to look like. Sometimes, when we’re [...]

Switch Off

Last weekend, in the middle of my exam period, I took a few days off.  My Catalan speaking exam went well on Friday morning. I was pleased because I had put a lot of effort into the preparation. I was now a third of the way through my exams (still six to go!), but I [...]

Overzoomed

I think something many people have experienced with the transition to remote learning/working from home is fatigue. The fatigue that comes with being sat in the same position and staring at a screen all day. This was a compulsory part of my university education for my final year, but I think I've made the mistake [...]

Walks And Talks

I’ve written before about my love for walking: walking together and walking alone. One of the beautiful things about walking with other people is the opportunity for great conversations. (It depends on how well you know the person, so this may not matter, but I’ve found that walking beside someone is less awkward than sitting [...]