Social Zen: Mindfulness via Instagram in 7 (Accidental) Steps

You know the expression "monkey mind"? For as long as I can remember, I've suffered from an advanced form of that, which I call "drunken fly" mind: my mind doesn't just jump about like a monkey, it zooms around, bangs against a window, then starts again, in an endless "zoom-bang!" loop. Not good if you're trying to be mindful … Continue reading Social Zen: Mindfulness via Instagram in 7 (Accidental) Steps

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How to Fail at Parenting – a Hashtagged Crash Course

Facebook very helpfully reminded me today that exactly one year ago I wrote a post on my (now defunct) MBA blog about failing at parenting. I went back and read it..and yep, I still feel pretty much exactly the same. I thought you might want to be reminded how to fail as a parent too - … Continue reading How to Fail at Parenting – a Hashtagged Crash Course

Angry Young (and Old, and Everywhere in Between) Men

I’ve recently received two comments about my blog, both from male friends (by the way, I love feedback so keep it coming please - likes and shares are also really really nice, but I don’t want to come across as too needy, so I’ll ask you for those next time).  One of these comments said … Continue reading Angry Young (and Old, and Everywhere in Between) Men

No Wonder We’re Tired – We’ve Been Battling Superheroes All Day

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article announcing that researchers have developed an “emotional atlas” of the human body. With the help of participants in three different countries, the scientists have mapped what basic emotions feel like in the body. The photo accompanying the article (below) shows the areas of increased / decreased sensation … Continue reading No Wonder We’re Tired – We’ve Been Battling Superheroes All Day

How I made meditation hot – and I mean steamy

Some question are unavoidable on the road to Spring Mind, and one of the simplest ones (we'll just ease into this, shall we?) is whether you should be meditating. It seems like everyone swears by it these days, not just hippies and yoga teachers, but CEOs and very serious scientists. According to Harvard Business Review, meditation builds resilience, boosts … Continue reading How I made meditation hot – and I mean steamy

So Your Spring Just Got Stormy – Now What? Three Quick Tips for Bad (Internal) Weather Days

Remember that thing I said about spring in my last (and first) post? That it can be unpredictable and tempestuous? Well guess what, so can your brain – which is another good reason why aiming for spring-like internal weather is more realistic than wishing for eternal summer (unless you’re Buddha – in which case: dear … Continue reading So Your Spring Just Got Stormy – Now What? Three Quick Tips for Bad (Internal) Weather Days

What’s the Deal with Spring Mind? A DIY Manifesto

“Everywhere you go / You always take the weather with you” sang Crowded House in 1992, and you might be familiar with the song even if 1992 is ancient history to you, because it’s also on the soundtrack of the movie Everest, which only came out last year (remember the party, the night before they … Continue reading What’s the Deal with Spring Mind? A DIY Manifesto

Feminist* Advice from Snow Patrol

Because I was feeling all creative today, but mainly because - as my best friend, who is occasionally wise, recently said to me - "not everything has to make sense", I decided to pick some of my favourite top tips from the last Women in Business conference and pair them up with some of my favourite Snow Patrol songs … Continue reading Feminist* Advice from Snow Patrol