Skillful Mourning – an Addition for Your 2020 Survival Self Care Toolkit

I’d planned to make this week’s post a highlight from the Trauma Skills Summit but, for the countless time, have been floored by the ever lowering bar with news from Kenosha and Portland. Instead, I’ll share one idea from one of the speakers from the Summit, Lama Rod Owens, co-author…

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Learning (More) Patience Through Gardening

We had sunshine the other day. I thought I’d be spending some of the weekend planting wildflowers and willow trees. Instead, am happy to still have power and internet while Storm Jorge puts me off going out. Still, the lesson of patience still stands. And I’ve been using the time…

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Self Care Coaching Quick Tip: Just 5 Minutes in Nature for a Mental Health Boost

I’ve been benefitting big time from all the time I’ve been spending in nature since moving to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in wondrous Westport. And in terms of my practice, as well as continuing with my online work, I’ve been loving the outdoor self care coaching, therapy and supervision sessions…

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What Motivates You to Take Better Care of Yourself?

These views mean I have no problem getting out for at least a walk every day. Exercise On days I cycle into town (just 20 minutes away. A scary – 80 kph in part – but beautiful route), I feel compelled to walk to the Quay to get my sea…

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Putting Down Roots – A Dream Come True

Sunday was one of my favourite days so far. I had no idea how many people would come to my tree planting party. But it’s already working – I’m looking out at the field in the rain, can see the trees at the back and know that today and as…

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A Self Care Mindfulness Meditation to Help You Identify and Allow ALL the Feelings

This meditation (in today’s video) is adapted from one from Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s one of my favourites and I included it in my book, 365 Ways to Feel Better: Self-care Ideas for Embodied Wellbeing. It felt especially lovely sharing it in front of the Reek (Croagh Patrick) as mountains…

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Connecting with Your Inner Mountain

I don’t know if you can see the cows in front of the mountain in the background – there was a whole line of them, adding to the serene, solid, sensible, stable and steady energy I was especially drawn to today. Whether you have the Reek / aka Croagh Patrick…

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Giving Yourself a Taste of What You’re Looking Forward To – Right Now

When I move into my more permanent abode this summer, one of the MANY things I’m looking forward to about it is the hallway. It’s a small space inside the front door which overlooks the Reek (Croagh Patrick). I keep thinking how gorgeous it will be to drink hot water*…

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