An open letter to Tara Brach on her birthday

An open letter to Tara Brach on her birthday

Happy Birthday to the inspirational Tara Brach. Although I have never met you in person, I regard you as a mentor who has helped alter the course of my life. There was a time when I ran my life in a state of fear, anxiety, agitation, self-obsession and blame, self-pity, self-loathing and anger. I didn’t […]

5 habits to help free you from binge eating

5 habits to help free you from binge eating

There was a time in my life when I binged on sugar compulsively and was extremely unhappy. It wasn’t even that I was overweight, my unhappiness stemmed from my negative thinking and the expectations I had of myself to be skinny and ‘fit’. My inner critic was loud and proud as it hissed scathing words […]

Monday’s Mindfulness Link Love

Monday’s Mindfulness Link Love

Lately I seem to be coming across a range of wonderful articles, videos and courses on mindfulness that I have found extremely interesting and informative and so I thought I would pass on this Mindfulness Link Love to you. Here is a fabulous list: Articles  “If mindfulness makes you uncomfortable, it’s working,” an article by […]

How YOU experienced living mindfully

How YOU experienced living mindfully

This post is all about YOU! I would like to say a great bit thank you to all the lovelies who took part in #everydaymindfully and the 7 Day Mindful Challenge. I created it on a whim and received some beautiful feedback from people who enjoyed jotting down lovely reminders of the beauty that is […]

The not so funny truth about insomnia and how to combat it

The not so funny truth about insomnia and how to combat it

I was informed recently that the average person gets to sleep in seven minutes. It nearly made me sob. My friend told me recently he fell asleep in about five minutes. Wail. Recently, I have been sleeping for three hour stints. Apparently that’s the same as a breast feeding mother. I am not a breast […]

Mindful vs mindless competition: what you are sacrificing to be “the best”

Mindful vs mindless competition: what you are sacrificing to be “the best”

There have been a number of themes running through my writing over the last few months and they mirror what is happening in my life. One of these was a post I wrote for Blog Society on the nature of comparison and its ability to brandish self-criticism wherever it goes. I’ve also written a considerable amount about the need to […]

How busyness crushes creativity and stillness cultivates it

How busyness crushes creativity and stillness cultivates it

The world of ‘crazy-busy’ People pride themselves on being busy. At times it seems to be worn with a badge of honour with people uttering, ‘I am so busy!’ on a daily basis. It’s as if the need to constantly do has weaved its way quite comfortably into our social fabric. The more we do, […]

#iamsubject – I am not my thinking

#iamsubject – I am not my thinking

I am participating in the #iamsubject project led by Diane DeBella author of I Am Subject: Telling Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves. Here is my #iamsubject story: I am not my thinking by Tess Bartlett My mind is a whirlwind, forever tripping and sliding. Spinning and confused I tumble and fall and fight my […]