June 9, 2017

If there is anything trickier in life than relationships I have yet to find it. This reflection, on attachment, may be the first of a few!  
Don't forget, if you or your friends would like to view past tips, you can do so by clicking here. And i...

June 2, 2017

With the election results in Austria, where a huge surge in support for an extreme right-winger was matched only by a huge surge in support for an ex-green party, independent candidate, a similar polarization in both the UK and US can no longer be pu...

May 26, 2017

There is nothing like travel to give you a bit of perspective on life and my recent tour of Rajasthan, India, was no exception. 
   
It was our fifth day on the road and, leaving Jodhpur, the six of us - four travellers, our guide and our d...

May 12, 2017

Some people rave about it, some people scoff at it - what is the truth about mindfulness and presence? 

There is often a trajectory when something new comes into fashion - I remember it with midi skirts in the seventies. For years we had all worn mi...

April 14, 2017

The last time I wrote to you it was about the hidden rules we have for other people, and what happens when they break them. This time it's about breaking rules, something that everyone should do from time to time! 
 
'When I am an old woman I shall w...

March 31, 2017

This week's tip is about something that takes up an awful lot of our time, time you may like to recapture....

I am lucky enough to be in the Algarve at the moment, and this morning I went for a walk, just inland from the coast, through the Ria Formo...

March 24, 2017

It's so interesting to look at words and how the same word can have such different meanings. I looked at the word 'want' a few months back, and found that it meant both 'desire' and 'deficiency', as in 'I want a new job', and 'I want knowledge.'  The...

March 10, 2017

If you had a Christian education you may remember the bit in the bible when Jesus says, 'Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.' What he didn't clarify was where exactly that line should be drawn. In...

February 17, 2017

A common phrase that CBT therapists teach their clients is 'thoughts are not facts.' It's not difficult to see how that idea could be helpful when somebody thinks they are worthless, or that everyone is looking at them critically in social situations...

January 13, 2017

Apologies for the long time since my last email. I could cite not enough time, or other obstacles, but it might just be that I haven't been encouraging myself enough!   

A few weekends ago I was in Foyles, at a reading by Carol Ann Duffy, the c...

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