Mindfulness – What is it? #mindfulness #life-skill #meditation #bookreview

I've been studying Mindfulness in schools in my role as receptionist at a private sixth form and thought I would share my experience. I would highly recommend. Mindfulness is all about: Paying attention to things as they happen in a kind, curious and accepting way without worrying. It teaches us to explore a skillful response …

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The Magic of the Robin #Spirit #Animal #Encounters #Poetry

I made a new friend recently in the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge. This sweet robin came and sat beside me on a bench as if he had something important to say to me: a Christmas message perhaps. I thought he was so cute and friendly that I wrote a poem about him on my blog: …

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The Wyrd Shop #Edinburgh #crystals #writing inspiration #mindfulness #walkingmeditation

Whilst up in Edinburgh in October I managed to visit the Wyrd Shop which I've been intending to go to for some time. It's a really unusual little shop down the Royal Mile on 154 Canongate Edinburgh, EH8 8DD. I wasn't disappointed. If crystals are your thing then a trip to the Wyrd shop is …

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The Magic of The Dragonfly: Poetry in Motion

Red, Devil's needle, Or luck bringer with kind eyes? Ancient, sweet fellow, Sacred magic bestower, Change tumbling on fragile wings. I added the last line as the dragonfly has such a short life like the butterfly and change can be fragile unless we encourage and nurture it and learn to be our better self. Recently, …

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The Magic of Trees – Paperbark Maple

On my frequent walks in Cambridge Botanical Gardens I am always struck by the beauty of the trees. Sometimes, the smaller trees can surprise because they have such an undeniably magical quality! The paperbark maple Acer griseum caught my eye - it is such a graceful tree. Its bark peels like paper to reveal fresh, …

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Ghost Tour: Edinburgh #Vaults #Greyfriarsbobby

I've always wanted to go on a Ghost Tour in Edinburgh and this time I did. Just before we left there was a spell of thunder and lightning and I was beginning to wonder just how dramatic our night out was going to be! One of the stops on the tour was Greyfriars Cemetary - …

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The Magic of Trees: The Weeping Willow

I discovered this magnificent tree, (which you can see in my photographs above and below,) on my lunchtime walks in Cambridge Botanical Gardens.   It is a Golden Willow Tree and a very stunning one at that. You can see how it bends as if yearning to sink into the water below it. The Willow …

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BOOK REVIEW: What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula — the !n(tro)verted yogi

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amazon page It might seem like any book on Buddhism would — by definition — be a book about “what the Buddha taught,” but, no. Buddhism, like all religions that I’m aware of, has experienced the drift that occurs as part […] via …

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#TarotTuesday – 7 of Wands

Tarot Tuesday from Jan Sikes.

Writing and Music

It’s #TAROTTUESDAY again!!

This week, the card I drew was the Seven of Wands.

The suit of Wands in the Tarot deck represents primal energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition, creativity, ambition and expansion, original thought and the seeds through which life springs forth. The suit of Wands is ruled by the element of fire.

The Seven of Wands shows a man on top of a hill, armed with a wand in his hands, and fighting off six more wands drawing up from below. He appears to be defending his territory and his successes. However, notice that the man is wearing two different shoes which indicates that he may have been caught unaware or unprepared for battle, or he may be unclear of his own stance and opinion.

The Seven of Wands indicates that you’ve worked hard to get to where you are, but some people covet what you have…

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