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Gavin, Kate and Meggan on the Art of Silence Course Gavin, Kate and myself were all in desperate need of some recuperation, so last week we left our kids with our partners for 4 days to go on the Art of Silence Course again.  We’ve all done it many times before.  I think I’ve done it 22 times over the last 15 years, but I’ve lost count now. We all met at various stages over the years on one or another of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living...

  I love him to bits but I love his daytime naps just as much One of the things I most value as a mamma is the time I get to myself during Joshi’s daytime sleep.  It’s that small, golden window of opportunity in which I can do whatever I choose with my time.  As soon as he goes down I know I have anywhere between 1.5 and 3 hours to work with.  It’s a very precious time of my day which I want to spend extra mindfully. A lot of the mums with toddlers...

Happy Birthday Joshi! I should have trusted my intuition. Despite the feeling that my car was going to get smashed up by the garbage truck, I parked there anyway.  It was the last space near the playground.  We didn’t have much time in which to execute Joshi’s birthday wishes, so I took the spot.  Our plan was to have a quick swing and then head to the zoo for a trip in the sky rail.  Joshi loves looking down over the elephants from it. As we walked towards the swings...

  I wasn’t sure if I was being brave, selfish, foolish or very optimistic – being a mamma of an 18 month old and deciding to go on a 4 day Art of Silence/ Part Two Course.  To give you an idea of what it involves, being on this course means being in session (either meditating, doing yoga, listening to knowledge or being in satsang) from 6am until about 9.30pm for four days.  The course is usually run as a residential retreat.  While it may not sound like...

Time for sudarshan kriya When I was 26 years old I did this course called ‘The Happiness Program.’  I know it sounds really naff when people say this, but it changed my life.  It really did.  When I registered for the course I didn’t realise just how much I needed it.   I’d spent so many years of my life being really busy.  I was constantly trying to fit in as much as I could.  I was an addicted multi-tasker and a high achiever – basically...

Simon and Joshi asleep on Saturday morning I don’t know what we’d do without Saturdays. Before I became a mamma I had no idea that sleep deprivation was going to be such a big part of the equation. Joshi is now 10 months old and waking anywhere between three and eight times a night.   Apparently that’s entirely normal and healthy, for Joshi.  During Joshi’s night-time wakes he usually just needs a wee and a small drink (of boobie milk) and then goes...

Fly On Nose Meditation It was such a beautiful day I decided to take Joshi for a beach walk. The waves were wild. It was stunning. So I wrapped him in the ergo baby carrier (affilate link) and walked with my feet in the water. Simply divine. It’s these sort of moments which make mammahood feel super, extra, uber special … walking down the beach with my baby asleep on my chest while so many other people are hard at work. Anyway, as is one of the many benefits of baby...

In the car park: mamma meditating while baby sleeps I really don’t know what was going on last night. It could’ve been because Joshi’s nose was slightly blocked. Or because he was too hot. Or maybe that third tooth is coming through and he’s teething. Who knows? Buts this is what happened … I wasn’t feeling so sleepy last night because I had just been to long kriya … my weekly prana hit, so rejuvenating.  So I only got to bed at 11pm....

Joshi Tearing His Mum’s Heart Open With Love I’ve heard it so often from parents, about the love that you have for your children, how it’s like no other love, and a lot of the time when they’ve said it I’ve thought, “yeah, yeah … whatever.”  Until today.  Perhaps it’s that surge of oxytocin from this morning’s breastfeeding session, who knows, who cares? … when you’re deeply in love is there any need...

Joshua Sleeping in a Didymo Baby Wrap For ten years now I’ve been doing yoga, meditation and the sudarshan kriya breathing almost every day.   Although it’s required discipline at times, for the most part it’s been pretty easy for me to be regular with my practice because I just love it so much. I love the way I feel when I’ve done it. I love the huge amount of extra energy it brings me.  And I really, really love the way it affects my mind.  In...