An Inner Voice

A participant in a session once shared that when her self-critical voice appeared in her mind it had the qualities of a drill sergeant: short, sharp and very loud! This made me think of my brother who was a drill sergeant in the military: I could picture him barking...

Turn it Up to Eleven!

‘Turn it up to eleven’, coined in the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap, where guitarist Nigel Tufnel proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knobs are marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten. Nature has a wonderful way of turning its volume up...

Play Attention!

‘Pay attention, Jenkins!’ often followed by the board rubber flying across the classroom was a regular occurrence during my English lessons as a child. Playing with attention has a very different feel: it is light and fun. It can bring a sense of curiosity, perhaps...

Savour, don’t waver!

A country walk in the crisp autumnal air, kicking through fallen leaves of auburn, gold and amber, complete with a flask of hot chocolate. Sitting on a bench watching the curls of steam arising from the shiny silver cup, the aroma awakening the taste buds, rich,...

Stick or Twist?

To stick with what you have or to twist and take a new card – a question from our endless games of Pontoon as a child. As lockdown restrictions ease, the possibility of returning to my old habits and routines arises, so this is a question that I have been asking...

Difficult 2020? – Tools for 2021!

If 2020 has demonstrated anything, it is that the only certainty in life is uncertainty.So, what are the practical tools that could help deal with this?This morning I listened to the news on the radio which left me feeling anxious and a little overwhelmed. Later,...