Wellness Blog

WITNESS TO THE EFFECTS OF LEGISLATIVE CONTROL

WITNESS TO THE EFFECTS OF LEGISLATIVE CONTROL A few days ago two young girls lost their beloved mum; a husband lost his friend and partner in love; a mother and father lost their treasured daughter and a sister became a precious memory safely enclosed in her sibling’s hearts. Close friends lost a confidant – someone who added so much to their lives and a community lost a vibrant, funny, passionate, intelligent, driven and giving young woman. Many are experiencing emptiness in their lives because of this. Why am I writing this? Because at certain points during this young woman’s life journey, post her diagnosis, I was witness to the emotional pain, anger and frustration that had gripped this beautiful lady; emotions that took hold, tightly

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WALKING A LABYRINTH

WALKING A LABYRINTH I’d heard about the benefits of using a labyrinth for the purpose of meditations but, until his morning, hadn’t ever experienced using one for myself. Even the thought of using a labyrinth felt daunting; how fast/slow do I do this? How do I use it effectively in order to use it as a meditation? To be honest, I felt a little silly; there I was at 7am in the quiet of the gardens. The sun was already warm & cast its rays on part of the labyrinth. Thank goodness it was early still; less likelihood of anyone seeing me! I sat on the stone bench near the labyrinth & decided to Google ‘meditations whilst walking a labyrinth’; I figured that by doing

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SAYING ‘GOODBYE’

SAYING ‘GOODBYE’ How do you prepare for a trip knowing that it could be the last opportunity you have to see and say goodbye to so many significant people in your life? Oh, I know…I’ve heard it a hundred times before… “None of us know when it’s our turn to say goodbye.” Or, “a bus could hit anyone of us unexpectedly tomorrow!” These comments are often the response of those trying to silence the topic of death. And I understand that. And because I understand that, I’m compassionate and let the comments drift away on the breath that formed them but for me, the receiver of such comments, they can feel dismissive of my reality. My life, to some degree, is suspended in limbo –

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BALANCING THE HECTICNESS OF REALITY & LIFE

BALANCING THE HECTICNESS OF REALITY & LIFE For over a decade now I’ve valued the importance of good nutrition, enjoying my relationships with family, friends & those I come into contact with (yep…even a 5 minute encounter with someone is a relationship…make it a pleasant one!), exercise, inner calm (that means keeping stress at arm’s length), fresh air & the feeling of gratitude towards life. I doubt that many people would argue with those important features of living well. Wouldn’t life be amazing if every one of our days embraced these? Last night, on my way home from a busy day lecturing at college & a busy evening teaching at an education centre, I was pooped! Both mentally & physically I felt exhausted. Before I

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A Request for Wisdom

A Request for Wisdom A few days ago I received a text message from a very dear friend in the UK. Her message was short and succinct. She had just received a diagnosis for stage 2 breast cancer. The medical advice she’d received was for a ‘full mastectomy’. Her diagnosis was recent and she was still in shock. She apologised for asking me “for advice; my wisdom in how to deal with all this.” This was the message with which I started that day. I immediately responded by firing back a text message. I had so many questions. Breast cancer is never simply ‘breast cancer’…there are different forms…which one did my friend have? It was difficult to discern what to say without knowing what information

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