7 06, 2018

Another Kind of “Me Too”

2018-06-07T17:06:37+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

I’ve been sitting on this bench on the school playground for a while now. Listening about other kids laughing at the way they look. Witnessing how they are trying to be friendly, funny, have the latest stuff but somehow don’t make it onto the guest list for the Friday party. How they put all the [...]

25 11, 2017

Enough is enough.

2018-06-07T16:54:25+00:00 November 25th, 2017|

I was recently driving my children from a party. Friends, treats, fun and games. They, quite expectedly, loved it until they got into the car and heard that it was too late to watch television. “You have wasted our time and now we can’t watch!’. Just when you thought they can’t surprise you any more…! [...]

24 10, 2017

The importance of bringing mindfulness to teachers 

2017-10-24T22:04:29+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

Earlier this month I had a great honour to present at the MENA Special Education conference at Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai. While I always welcome opportunities to talk about mindfulness and my mindfulness-themed books, I’m especially excited about speaking to professionals directly involved with children. There were many teachers, special education [...]

8 08, 2017

No regrets?

2017-10-24T21:39:18+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

There aren’t many things I regret. Not beyond the in-the-long-run insignificant ones anyway, like cutting my hair short or not taking the new route, which would have saved me 30 minutes of driving in heavy traffic. Recently though I have come to realise the consequences of my actions from years ago. There was no drama, [...]

8 06, 2017

Seeing the good and speaking about it

2017-10-24T21:41:03+00:00 June 8th, 2017|

We tend to see the negative, the imperfect (have you looked in the mirror recently), the tragedy (perhaps watched the news?) before we notice the goodness. This negativity bias might keep us out of harm’s way sometimes, but numerous other times it raises alarm unnecessarily. Awareness of this tendency pays off: it allows us to [...]

25 05, 2017

Publishing a book about resilience calls for resilience

2017-05-26T12:05:56+00:00 May 25th, 2017|

Exciting times – the book is ready! Mrs K Begins Again. A story of resilience is the first book of the mindfulness-themed series. Many lessons have been learnt since the book was written, oh many. One of the most crucial ones, that continues to increase in its importance, is that of resilience. How so? Raise [...]

30 04, 2017

Mindfulness at Autism Education Conference

2017-05-26T12:05:45+00:00 April 30th, 2017|

I was very honoured to be invited to talk about mindfulness to the audience of the 3rd Autism Education Conference, organized by Autism Support Network and hosted by the ever so generous New York University in Abu Dhabi. Being a great believer in the potential of mindfulness practice to improve people’s well-being, I always welcome [...]

23 03, 2017

Two for one

2017-05-26T09:59:46+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

Just the other day, this practice came to me. As my daughter was falling off to sleep, I was massaging her hand. I was gently pressing on the fingers, one by one, and the palm of her soft little hand. I was prompting her to notice the sensations that she was having, and focus her [...]