10 03, 2022

With Gratitude to All Helpers

2022-03-10T15:56:34+04:00March 10th, 2022|

The Slightness of Your Hand to you, by me How to see what we have, not only what’s missing? A challenge us humans face without noticing That we do not notice the good. There is no love, only loneliness and violence No note taking of the tiny acts of kindness and the lasting print they [...]

5 09, 2021

Young Villagers with ADHD

2022-03-10T15:02:39+04:00September 5th, 2021|

With the new academic year finally under way, I thought I’d pick up a torch and shine some warm and gentle light on additional needs and diversity in the classroom. The awareness is there and slowly expanding, yet the daily busyness, as it picks up, has its way of pushing this topic into the shadows.   [...]

9 05, 2019

Mindful on the go: whether you have a real-deal ADHD diagnosis or just the type you like joking with your friends about, keep reading.

2022-03-10T16:32:14+04:00May 9th, 2019|

Sitting in silence, on a cushion, crossed-legged, straight-spined and still. A bit of a nightmare, right?  I introduced a group of women to mindfulness recently. After a short taster I asked for their reflection. No volunteers. Finally someone uttered that it was good. Another faint voice followed with a hesitant “relaxing” comment. Many stayed quiet, [...]

7 06, 2018

Another Kind of “Me Too”

2018-06-07T17:06:37+04:00June 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+04:00November 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+04:00October 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+04:00August 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+04:00June 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+04:00May 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 [...]

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