I’m going with a nature theme this week, mainly because I’m in awe of it all at the moment. Having spent more time of late staring at the trees in my garden, I’ve been struck by how wonderful they are.
The thing that occurred to me the most, though, is how gentle trees are – and how this gentleness isn’t about a lack of strength, but more a sense that they don’t disturb; they don’t push yet they know their power; and they can provide shelter for many others. I’m now considering being more tree!
For me, it’s a Wednesday – bin day, that is. And it's not just physical rubbish (or recycling and garden waste, obviously!) that I try to throw out: I also mean putting out the rubbish from our minds and lifestyles. If you’re looking for something new to try, how about a weekly clear-out of old stuff, timeworn ways of thinking and tired or unhelpful thoughts and feelings?
Just as you wouldn’t retrieve something from a rubbish bin and reinstate it long after it had been collected, try not to pick up old thoughts and feelings again. Once you’ve put the bins out, keep them out. This way, you’ll have much more space for clear thinking and easier feelings.
Despite doing it as one of my jobs, I am not particularly motivated when it comes to exercise. Lying down and doing nothing always seems more appealing.
At the moment, I’m seeing so many social media posts about parents feeling like they are failing their children because they let them watch lots of TV or spend hours on the iPad, or because their home-school experience isn’t top notch, particularly while they are trying to work and trying to navigate such unusual times. That feeling of not doing things ‘right’ is just a feeling. I doubt anyone is trying to do their worst during all of this.
I have a very wise friend, Julia, of Oxford Family Hypnotherapy, who has lots of lovely nuggets of advice. She told me about the power of three little things and I wanted to share them with you.
Putting my spin on it, I thought it might be handy to give you an idea of the opposite of these to make the point.
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