Extreme caregivers and emotional labourers --professionals in the human and social services industries, but also wives, mothers, adult daughters, that's to say nearly always women-- should take better care of themselves. It's a platitude all too regularly ignored. In a society striated by leylines of power where certain tasks are deemed subaltern, and as corollary certain…Read more Radical Self Care?
A splendid occasion for discovering the underside of mushrooms, mycelium, the internet of the earth, where communication and connection occur deep in the soil between fungi and plant species. What can we humans learn from the experience of slowing down to "root growth" speed to reconnect to each Other?
Back to school can be a stress challenge as we go from the leisurely long summer holiday stroll to a quick sprint, accelerating more quickly than is reasonable or healthy. Sometimes we need reminding to slow down and to pay attention differently. Handling prickly cacti is an excellent mindfulness exercise. We quickly realise that attending…Read more La Rentrée? Épineuse.
While we notice the shadow movement....The task was to be aware of our own constant coming and going of mind. To notice the restlessness, the eagerness for something. Simply asking, but where do we go when we are not present. The leaflets' shadows, for a moment, are the measure of our in/ability to do nothing.
I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate a special event with a few very young women recently, investigating aromatic plants and aromatherapy. The excitement was as palpable as the perfumes that lingered in the Saint Germain neighbourhood flat, infusing the winter day with an added sense of expectation.