Birthed in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and loosely translated from Sanskrit, mandala means circle. Mandala’s are repeating patterns of harmony, unity and wholeness from a central space, aligned with the neverending universe. There are many ways to create a mandala and in this “Jane Investigates” episode I share a way we can create greater calm, clearer thinking, and present moment awareness through making a mandala in nature.
Mandalas can teach us much about non-attachment, impermanence, the cycle of life, and being with things as they are. …
My teens enjoyed this nettle soup. My husband suggested more nettle. We all agreed the nutmeg was just right.
Picking the Spring tips was a soothing distraction from digging on the allotment in Woking, Surrey, UK.
When my children were toddlers, they got used to getting stung by nettles and knew where the dock leaves grew.
In case you fancy giving nettle soup a try, my DIY recipe is below, adapt to suit.
Cooking them softens the strings and stops the stings.
Here goes -
1 carrot 1 large potato 1 stick of celery 1 leek 1 small onion 1…
I decided to niche
And wondered what to niche about
It was 2018
One of the things I decided to investigate niching was the number eight.
I wrote a little ebook called The Book of Eight.
It included a sub-ebook 🙂 called “Practical Sleep Tips for Parents of Overwhelmed 8-Year-Olds”
I’d worked with so many eight-year-olds over the past 25 years as a teacher, creative coach, plus mindfulness and yoga teacher. So I thought it would be a good one to niche — 8.
I also grew two of my own.
Eight-year-olds experience quite a big transition from Year 2…
According to my mostly unqualified research, 50% of people say that a smile is the first feature they notice about someone, there are 19 types of smile, we use between 5 to 53 muscles in the process and smiling stimulates the brain in the same way as consuming 2,000 chocolate bars.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
4 Reasons To Speak From The Heart
“What to speak about at this month’s Random Dialogues event?” I asked my friends.
“Well as the event centers around speaking from the heart why don’t you…
It was my Nan’s 100th birthday.
“She looks so well!” everyone says.
“I feel old mate” she’ll say.
As she opened the card from the Queen, my teens and I caught up with her on the Wattsap screen! Despite the noise and bustle of her wonderful care home, Nan feels quite alone, more so right now in Tier 4, my mum can’t just swing by and knock at her door.
I shared some pics of Nan receiving her card from the Queen here.
If you were 100 and reflecting on life, what would you like to have loved, been, said…
Whilst investigating Boxing Day, memories of Nan tipping window cleaners, posties, milk and paper deliverers, plus refuse collectors came to mind.
For many it’s typically a day of resting, digesting, walking, heading off to the races, footie, or Christmas sales. Boxing Day occurs on the 26th of December, became an official bank holiday in 1871, and has a history of 800 years.
I found no evidence of boxing, only giving. For example, in the 18th Century, the “alms” from the Christmas Day church collection might include gifts or money to distribute to the poor the following day.
It was also…
A “Glad I Did It Story” originally written on 8th June 2020.
rama.dasaratha writes in our LIFESmart Facebook community, “Sharing a Glad I Did It Story is an important activity for sharing work in progress and playing it forward. It enables us to share our story in a way that others can gain actionable insights.”
Why this story?
The story is about a practical guide for mindfulness ebook. It has 19 pages with large text, and encourages individuals to explore mindfully where their creativity is and ignite their passions!
Is there any legitimacy for the no-poo and oil cleansing method? In the various blogs, videos, and tips I’ve read and watched, 6 weeks seems to be the turning point, especially if you get it right. It also seems easy to go wrong and end up with an itchy, greasy, flaky scalp, rank hair, and loss of confidence!
In this video I share how it is going up to week 2, I’ll add random updates. If you are interested, bookmark this page and subscribe to my channel to get a reminder.
Here are 8 questions I’ll be investigating