Biodynamic craniosacral therapy

I’ve just returned from a session of biodynamic craniosacral therapy (not the catchiest of names).  Sometimes serendipity really does trip-trap into one’s life.  I’ve had a relentless cough for the …

Loving Leonard Cohen

I first heard Leonard Cohen growl in 1968.  My brother came home with The Songs of Leonard Cohen, and said, ‘You have to listen to this.’  My mother, sister and …

What did you love when you were seven?

I’ve been silent for a while because I’ve been pondering, processing.  When something rustles up my psyche, I find I need to let it settle.  It’s like throwing a pebble …

Facebook as career coach?

What the hell do you do when your career seems hell-bent on sliding into the mud?  Ask Google and then turn to Facebook, that’s what. Let’s backtrack.  I’ve been a …

Do our homes reflect our psyche?

Do our homes reflect our psyche?  It’s pretty much a no-brainer.  How could our living spaces not mirror our inner world?  We personalise, decorate, embellish even the simplest spaces. Inevitably …

A cautious return to blogging

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a blog and I’m sitting here feeling distinctly nervous.  So forgive me as I fumble and feel my way back into …

Strange musings on the referendum and the shadow

The result of the referendum is still reverberating through me. I have been surprised at the depth of my emotion around it. When the “Common Market” was first mooted I …

Dancing my body back to life

The other night I danced and danced and danced  until my head was spinning, my legs were aching and my face was more sweat than skin.  Bodies are built to …

Change is coming…

Change is coming.  It’s big, it’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s petrifying.  I’ve been stuck for so long that now the ribbons are unravelling I’m not quite sure how to feel. …

Testament (Or, Homage to Walt Whitman)

Right now words are not my friends.  My mind doodles in images only.  Yet still…words are our common currency and, if mine have fled, then needs must I burgle someone …

Choosing to end suffering with the Penninghame Process

I had sunk so low I was barely functioning. Staring blankly at the screen, distracting myself with television, numbing myself with food, sometimes with alcohol too. Pretty lost again. I’d …

Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes you’re just browsing through Twitter, through the timeline of a friend.  Just browsing, killing time, not really looking for anything much at all. Just watching the moments as the …

Witch Light – book review

It’s rare that a book really touches me these days. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, however, moved me deeply. I’d read Fletcher’s debut novel, Eve Green, some time ago and …

The Simple Things

Sometimes it’s the silly little simple things that make life bearable.  Right now the macro picture of my life isn’t working too well, and it’s all too easy to sink …

Tiredness kills – take a break? I wish…

“Tiredness kills. Take a break.” I passed the sign on the dual carriageway in a blizzard of snow and smiled ruefully. I’m tired before I even start driving. I’m so …

Shiva rampaging through my psyche

Shiva. Shhhhhiver! Remember how everywhere I turned, I was bumping into Ganesha? Well, that calmed down a bit and then, suddenly, his Dad muscled his way in instead. Now, I’ve …

Nightmares, commuting and the mean times

Do you have nightmares?  Tell me yours?  I had one last night. I was going up a staircase that twisted back on itself and then, for some reason, I turned …

The Magical Child – Crossing to Avalon

The other morning  I had one of those dreams that are so clear, so pristine, that you just know they have meaning, that they aren’t just the standard day-to-day detritus. …

Winter Solstice – and Gratitude.

I spent the winter solstice with my friend Kate. She lives down, down, deep deep down in a magical valley where even the air embraces you. It’s a simple abode, …

Magnesium deficiency – have you got it?

A muscle in my leg started twitching. At first I barely noticed it but then it started to become really vexing. There I was lying in bed, trying to get …

A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

Who were you as a child?

Who were you as a child?  Who were you before you learned to behave in ways that your family, your teachers, your peers, society deemed ‘correct’?  What were your passions …

Debate or shouting match – on not listening

Debate or shouting match? I watched some of the Syria debate in the House of Commons yesterday and it made me sick. Not the policies per se, but the way …

Positivity and the Law of Attraction

Positivity. Affirmations. The Law of Attraction. I got into all that back in the 80s and – guess what? – it worked. Seriously, it did. I took a course of …

Acceptance – loving the whole self

Total acceptance of yourself can be tough. While I was doing the Penninghame Process there was this moment when I felt like a total grubby disgusting piece of shit (as …

Obstacles & Lord Ganesh

Obstacles. Do we put them in our own way, I wonder? Lately, wherever I turn, I’ve been crashing up against Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom, knowledge and new beginnings …

How do I meditate?

How do I meditate? I don’t know how to ‘do’ meditation. How can I learn to meditate? Lately I’ve been hearing people ask these questions a lot. No big surprise …

Personality – who are we really?

What is this thing called personality?  Who are we really? Yes, yes, we’re energy, we’re stardust, we’re All One, we’re everything and nothing but still… while we’re not floating around …

Buddha bowl – the world in a meal

There’s something about a bowl – Buddha bowl,  salad bowl, breakfast bowl – it doesn’t matter. I’ve always loved one-pot meals but now they’re becoming a bit of an everyday …

We are one world so why are we at war?

What are we thinking? What are we thinking? I look around social media and my head whirls, and my heart aches. I feel a need to step back, to step …

When Plan Z fails – fighting depression

What do you do when you run out of letters in the alphabet? Sometimes, no matter how hard you push and try and shove and battle, you’re stuck. You can’t …

The 4 Core Values – clear honest communication

Just over a month ago, I returned from the week-long Penninghame Process in Scotland. It was one heck of an extraordinary ride and I find it very hard to explain …

ila – organic beauty imbued with soul

I’m not a flibbertigibbet when it comes to beauty products. When my heart is given, it tends to stay loyal (unless the brand gets mucked around with too much). If …

Yoga isn’t just for skinny bunnies. Yoga isn’t a style thing. Yoga is for every body.

Fab, aren’t they?  No, that’s not me – or Sharon. It started with a pair of yoga leggings.  I was on Sugar Detox with the Body Retreat back in January …

Life according to Bridget – life lessons from a nearly ninety year old yogi

Age.  Ageing.  It’s a bugger, huh?  So many people I know just accept it as inevitable that, once they hit fifty, it’s pretty much all over save the hovering up after the …

Yoga is not competitive. So why do they want it as an Olympic ‘sport’?

So.  It was at the end of a yoga class at Vital Detox near Glastonbury.  The teacher, Julie, taught a version called Zen yoga and she’d tailored it specifically to tie in …

Breakfast – how to super-power your start to the day

Breakfast.  We all know it’s supposedly the most important meal of the day – but how do you super-power it when you’re busy?  Now the thing is, I eat pretty erratically …

Crystal wand healing with Nicki Hughes

Nicki Hughes is one of my favourite therapists so when she said, ‘Come and have a treatment – as a treat – on me’ I made my way forthwith to Nicki’s …

It’s just a ride…a long list of things I have learned (to date)

It’s been one heck of a ride.  One crazy, mixed up, muddled up time, it really has.  And I got to thinking…what have I learned?  When I look back over the last …

Finding Love in Jerusalem

This is a hard post to write.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since I visited Jerusalem, trying to think of ways of explaining my thoughts, my feelings.  So, if …

Falafel, figs and fatoush – I go foodie for a bite

Food doesn’t really rule my world.  I am married to the biggest foodie of all time yet I tend to exist on muesli and grapefruit. Some days I barely even bother …

Jerusalem is “complicated” – lessons in life from the Biblical Zoo

‘This is a complicated city,’ says Shai, head of the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. He gives a rueful shrug as if he knows full well this were the understatement of …

On Blackden – Alan Garner, myth & magic

  There are places that touch the soul so deeply it hurts. It’s like standing at the front of a ferry breathing into the wind, loving the exhilaration yet gasping …