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Resisting resilience

Posted by Jan on 26 April 2019 | Comments

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We're often encouraged to be present or mindful, or reminded to let go of past and future to be in the 'now'. Why is it so hard to do?

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Caretake this moment

Posted by Jan on 21 January 2013 | Comments

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I visited a friend this morning and over green tea and homemade biscuits I said how much I'm enjoying summer days spending time with friends, or swimming, reading and gardening, but that I worried that I lacked a sense of purpose. She told me how an older woman had said to her that looking after yourself, your environment and your relationships was surely enough. It makes sense. I've always believed that if each of us did just that, all these small circles would join up and create a peaceful world.

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Being Present

Posted by Jan on 23 October 2012 | Comments

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I spent the long weekend, aptly named Labour Weekend, painting my living room. After the first morning, when a kind friend came to help me wash down the walls and gave me a couple of hours of her gentle company, I worked alone. I made a conscious decision to work slowly and carefully, initially to avoid getting paint on the carpet, and then because I enjoyed it.

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Befriending

Posted by Jan on 9 September 2012 | Comments

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On my noticeboard is a small square of yellowed newsprint with a note addressed to me:

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