Chrysalis

Listening to confirm what my heart speaks Communicating with spaces in between words open to interpretation Observing to complement what my eyes see Walking taking a moment before each step Breathing like there is nothing else that I need to do I exist in this cloud of serenity withdrawn from a thoughtless race I am [...]

Acceptance

What does it mean? A chasm exists from where I am To where I want to be Vast with fear Wide with what-ifs Seemingly insurmountable Acceptance brandishes courage Imposes upon time Pleads forgiveness Implores non-judgement Articulates self-love Acceptance challenges beliefs Rocks foundations Shifts paradigms Reframes boundaries Manifests transformation Acceptance Is not resignation Is not surrender nor [...]

Solace

Tears on my pillow An ache deep in my heart Consoled by words of true kindness from a dear friend An angel Reassurance lies in trust, faith, belief And prayer In this surrender I welcome inner peace Acceptance and courage The ache persists For it serves to inspire To remind me of this gem In [...]

Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

At 8 o’clock in the evening, I can be seen herding my three children up the stairs to their bedroom with enough enthusiasm to match a team of bouncy cheerleaders on the sidelines of a premiership game: “C’mon girls! Let’s Go! Go! Go!” We race up the stairs together—“Last one to the room has to turn off the lights!” Squealing [...]

Just like me

“Remember she may share very similar traits with you, but she is not you.” Told by a friend, these words moved me unexpectedly physically as it did emotionally. I felt the muscles in my shoulders stiffen immediately and defensively, my throat narrow as I tried to swallow the emotions that were arising within me. It [...]

Unpacking Stress

Building self-awareness and emotional resilience   “Of course my children are not stressed. What’s there for them to be stressed about? They have food on the table, a roof over their heads. They have nothing to worry about…” Like many, I have been guilty of making statements like this. If we ask grown-ups to define stress, [...]