The Problem is the Problem

It is the Spring Equinox today, which has prompted me to have a peek in the garden and see what is happening. A couple of years ago, I decided that I needed to plan ahead if I wanted to find beauty out there so I planted bulbs, all sorts of spring flowers, and waited expectantly. I was waiting for one flower in particular, though: a fritillary. I had been enchanted by their delicate shape and dusty mauve hue ever since I had come across them in some woodland. The fact that there is no picture to accompany this is an indication that the fritillary did not thrive. I planted it, as per the instructions, noticed its tiny pale green shoots push through the soil, my anticipation growing as the thi

Holding the Unknown

When was the last time you had to tolerate the discomfort of simply not knowing what was going to happen? So often, we seek certainty. We want to know if a medical intervention will work or not, whether our relationships will last, whether our investment will pay out... and, usually, there are no guarantees. We have to wait and see. How does that feel? Are we anxious? Optimistic? Resigned to failure? There is a whole industry now built around mindfulness and being in the moment. In the moment, we are spared the anticipation and weight of expectation. Bringing our attention back to the here and now allows us to connect with ourselves, our breath, our inner sense of calm. In my work with child

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