Let Spring arrive!

Let Spring arrive in you! Mindfulness to be in the moment with Spring all around you. Focusing to welcome what is in you that wants to shift and grow!

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Springing up new life from the old

 

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Toe in the water – video blogging

I’m putting my toe into the water for the first time with a video blog. I am looking forward to talking about counselling in lots of different ways. If you have any questions, just let me know, and I’ll do my best to respond.

 

Being Within Me – 13th May workshop

The first of my four one-day experiential workshops at The Bleddfa Centre. This workshops reintroduces the practice of Focusing as a way of knowing one’s Self more deeply, with compassion and empathy, using the sense of our embodied feelings as a doorway into our inner awareness.

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This workshop is for you if:

  • you are interested in mindfulness and would like to engage further with your inner life?
  •  you are a counsellor or psychotherapist who would like to explore how this gentle, healing practice can help clients
  • you would like to deepen your sense of your own spiritual life, grounded in physical awareness
  • you would like a relaxed and self-nurturing day of gentle self-discovery

9.30 am – 4 pm. £40 including lovely home-made lunch (sorry, early-bird rate now over).

Pre-booking essential: 01547 550377  hello@bleddfacentre.org  www.bleddfacentre.org

Endurance

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“ENDURANCE

…it is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation but with blazing hope. It is the quality which keeps a man on his feet with his face to the wind. It is the virtue which can transmute the hardest trial into glory because beyond the pain it sees the goal”

by William Barclay

Some years back a client sent me a card in which she quoted these words. I came across them again today.

It is not only the mountain-climbers of this world, the Olympic athletes –  people like Edmund Hillary or Mo Farah – who can exercise endurance. Most of us can only watch these heroes from the sidelines. But all of us have our own mountains, and the quality of endurance – just putting the next foot in front of the other – can hold us to the tasks of our own life to get us through.

Don’t give up. Keep doing the next thing in front of you. And if you’re still struggling, ask for help. Counselling means that, for a time at least, you are not tackling this particular bit of mountain on your own.

This client of mine made this discovery. She said it changed her life.

Photo by Tommy Lisbin on Unsplash

Busy? Find an Inner Presence moment

It would be nice if we can all take advantage of the warm summer months and holidays to slow down a little and find time to connect with ourselves more fully. That’s not always as easy at is seems, is it? But even half a minute to let a moment of free time be felt inwardly can be hugely helpful. Here’s a small exercise to help find that Inner Presence refreshment even if you are busy:

Think of all the things, tasks, people, obligations and inner thoughts that we carry with us at any time during the day.  Imagine it this way: it’s as if we hold each one in our hands like a piece of string that ties us to it. Many strings. Now picture yourself carefully laying the strings on the ground and letting go of them momentarily. You can pick them up again whenever you want, but for now you release them. Now take a breath in and ‘sigh’ it out. And again if you want.  Let your shoulders drop. Now sense this moment of freedom inwardly. Let it come to rest in you. Stay

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with it as long as you want. Be refreshed. Be still.  When you are ready, you can pick up the strings again.

You can do this anywhere and at any time, whether at work, waiting for a bus, or in the kitchen. You don’t even need to shut your eyes. In fact you may want to draw into the moment all the beautiful things that may add to it: a smell of a garden, birdsong, sound of children chattering outside, the image of a flower, stone, or the sky outside your window. Register them inwardly in this moment.

I hope you found that refreshing!