Birthed in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and loosely translated from Sanskrit, mandala means circle. Mandala’s are repeating patterns of harmony, unity and wholeness from a central space, aligned with the neverending universe. There are many ways to create a mandala and in this “Jane Investigates” episode I share a way we can create greater calm, clearer thinking, and present moment awareness through making a mandala in nature.
Mandalas can teach us much about non-attachment, impermanence, the cycle of life, and being with things as they are. …
“Hold off with the calendula flowers please mum!” my 16 year old said. I thought he’d enjoy a few sprinkled on his morning spicy mish mash of eggs, homegrown parsley and chillis.
He’s got exams for the next two weeks.
I’ve taken the day off, so after the teens headed off, I sat to hatch some outdoor plans. This is a blog about “8 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables” not just to attract the bees, bugs, and birds but also for splashes of colour in the beds and on plates.
The image above was our allotment in 2016…
Eric joined the family about 3 years ago from the WWF. He’s an adopted penguin and has had quite a few adventures.
Last night he came over for a burger and beer. So lovely to return to a sense of normality and some good cheer.
I found out that Mum doesn’t like my pale blue geodesic gnome of healing from Wilkos, pictured in the background (you can’t really miss him. It’s a pity because I got one for her birthday, it’s ready and wrapped in the back room, for her birthday in June.
“What the hell is that?” …
“OK mum you can go indoors now,” my teens looked pleadingly at me.
They were in the back garden hanging out with their mates around the fire, toasting marshmallows and listening to tunes.
I left feeling nostalgic for my youth and missed my mates too! We still do fun things like this together.
“You will tidy up when you come in please?” I called.
This morning, the crows woke me up fluttering around the teens debris of Dorritos, dips and marshmallows. My daughter snored on in the tent with the twins.
I decided to go for…
The six-year-old boy looked up at me.
I continued to guide the group of children along the path into the woods.
There wasn’t a clipboard, worksheet, pencil or plan.
My one requirement was that we walked quietly using our senses to fully appreciate where we were.
On the first day, I taught them the names of the trees and flowers.
They then naturally shared this knowledge with any new arrivals. We passed our favorite magical oak tree which had a new story each day.
“We’ve arrived!” they’d say then head off and play.
Fourteen children exploring holes, logs, climbing trees and making mouse dens.
The sun filtered through on the scene and highlighted what was needed more than ever for our children.
The healing power of nature.
My teens enjoyed this nettle soup. My husband suggested more nettle. We all agreed the nutmeg was just right.
Picking the Spring tips was a soothing distraction from digging on the allotment in Woking, Surrey, UK.
When my children were toddlers, they got used to getting stung by nettles and knew where the dock leaves grew.
In case you fancy giving nettle soup a try, my DIY recipe is below, adapt to suit.
Cooking them softens the strings and stops the stings.
Here goes -
1 carrot 1 large potato 1 stick of celery 1 leek 1 small onion 1…
I decided to niche
And wondered what to niche about
It was 2018
One of the things I decided to investigate niching was the number eight.
I wrote a little ebook called The Book of Eight.
It included a sub-ebook 🙂 called “Practical Sleep Tips for Parents of Overwhelmed 8-Year-Olds”
I’d worked with so many eight-year-olds over the past 25 years as a teacher, creative coach, plus mindfulness and yoga teacher. So I thought it would be a good one to niche — 8.
I also grew two of my own.
Eight-year-olds experience quite a big transition from Year 2…
According to my mostly unqualified research, 50% of people say that a smile is the first feature they notice about someone, there are 19 types of smile, we use between 5 to 53 muscles in the process and smiling stimulates the brain in the same way as consuming 2,000 chocolate bars.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
4 Reasons To Speak From The Heart
“What to speak about at this month’s Random Dialogues event?” I asked my friends.
“Well as the event centers around speaking from the heart why don’t you…