Tag: freedom

Every time I unfurl my Yoga mat or try to sit in quiet meditation it’s the same thing: cra cra cra cra craaaaaaa! While we were away on holiday, the seagulls that nest nearby welcomed a new baby. That baby is helpless and needy and EVERYWHERE. Its call is plaintive, persistent, repetitive. At 4 one […]
Shortly after I had my first baby a friend from work visited me. She spent plenty of time cooing over the new baby, but she got right to the heart of the matter when she asked, “So, how’s it going? How are you feeling about it all?” Because she was a good friend, I knew […]
Having a snail crawl across my arm does not feature strongly on my bucket list. But my four year old son delights in it. Picking up insects and carrying them around is not what floats my boat. But gosh, my son LIVES for it. Putting makeup on and taking it off again leaves me cold. […]
“Find the Language” Linking up with Amanda at Habit of Being – November prompt-a-day There are different kinds of silence. As a Yoga teacher I know this. The hush of a room full of students moving in unison with their breath, the no-sound after a sustained chant, the concentrated stillness of the mind when during […]
She was supposed to be sitting still and paying attention.  But she wasn’t.  My six year old sprawled across her seat, and the woman next to her, a woman of a different generation, hissed, “sit still!” Later, my daughter buried her face in my cardigan in embarrassment and unhappiness.  “Why was she so rude to […]
The drawers in my mother’s kitchen held many utensils, one of which was a large metal mallet with a squared end. Spiky and sharp on one end, blunt spikes on the other, this was my mother’s meat tenderiser.  Tough, sinewy meat becomes tender under the hand of the chef who wields this tool.  An undesirable, […]
“Listen to your instincts.”  It’s a phrase I often use when discussing breastfeeding and other parenting decisions with mothers.  When they tell me that they are confused and that other people are giving them advice, yet they aren’t sure what to do, I say, “Listen to your instincts.”  Do you ever wonder, “But how do […]
At the moment, “no” is my toddler’s favourite word, even to the point where you ask him, “Is your favourite word ‘no’?”  To which his emphatic 2-year-old reply is… you guessed it!  I have been noticing recently that I say ‘no’ all the time.  Sometimes it seems that NO is the only word that ever comes […]
It’s so easy to go with the flow, to do what everyone else is doing, to follow the latest advice and listen to the ‘experts.’  What’s harder is questioning commonly-held assumptions, making up your own mind and taking responsibility for your decisions.  When swimming against the tide it can sometimes feel like it would be […]
I am a lover of books.  Several walls of my house are lined with full book shelves. I always have at least one, if not more, books on the go.  I’ll read fiction and non-fiction. I’ll read paper books and e-books.  I’m on a first-name basis with my local librarians.  If I want to learn […]