The 5 Languages of Love

Do you feel love or express love and appreciation primarily through words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, spending quality time or physical touch? The group session looked at each of these in more detail, from Gary Chapman’s book ‘The 5 Love Languages’ to start understanding how we and others close to us, give andContinue reading “The 5 Languages of Love”

A Better And Fairer Society Post-Pandemic

The group had wanted to discuss how society could emerge from this pandemic better and fairer from the lessons learned. So we spent this session imagining suggested changes and improvements. Our discussion was set within the six topics of the ‘Post-Covid Compassion Wheel’. It was suggested that within an increasingly technological world we maybe needContinue reading “A Better And Fairer Society Post-Pandemic”

Media; friend or foe?

In today’s group we wanted to look at parts of the media which people found helpful along side the parts which people found to be emotionally damaging. Of course there are many forms of media we gain access from; newspapers, news bulletins, TV/radio shows which brings us up to the latest form of media whichContinue reading “Media; friend or foe?”

Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is an area we will continue to visit often in this group as it is something helpful for us all to practice and something we generally struggle to do, so encouragement and reminders to be self-compassionate are helpful. Compassion literally means to ‘suffer with’ and is an active word, implying movement, a rising upContinue reading “Self-Compassion”

Guilt and Forgiveness

We began the group discussion looking at how sensitive we are to feeling guilt by exploring a couple of scenarios; If you received too much change in a shop and kept it without saying anything, how uncomfortable would you feel about this?… This led to a discussion about guilt in relation to values, moral relativismContinue reading “Guilt and Forgiveness”

Lockdown survival kit

It is fair to say this is the first time that any of us have lived through a pandemic. As we have kept in touch as a group over the last few months, first by telephone and now online together we have shared with each other how we have managed time apart, time alone, waysContinue reading “Lockdown survival kit”

Mindfulness after the storm

A couple of nights before the group met last week, residents of Edinburgh and neighbouring parts of Scotland encountered the most dramatic storms we have seen in quite some time. We met online for a session on mindfulness, firstly defining mindfulness as: “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment,Continue reading “Mindfulness after the storm”

More lighthearted jokes from group members!

“Don’t buy anything with velcro, it’s a total rip off!”“Hedgehogs eh? Why don’t they just share the hedge?!” “I’m not doing this stay at home thing for the good of my health you know!”“Don’t buy a spider from the pet shop, you can get one cheaper from the web!”“So without telling her, I swapped our bedContinue reading “More lighthearted jokes from group members!”

Black Lives Matter Discussion

As a local group meeting in Edinburgh, separated by Lockdown, we have been delighted these last few weeks to connect again online. This has challenged some to the very edges of their technological abilities but we are very pleased with our achievements to have everyone up and running online. Well done! Facing a computer screenContinue reading “Black Lives Matter Discussion”

What is it going to be like coming out of lockdown?

We acknowledged there could be a lot of anxiety going into lockdown, time was required to settle in and readjust. And, maybe after a while we got used to the safety, the quiet and the spaciousness, or maybe not. As restrictions begin to ease, what may be facing us and what can help our transition?Continue reading “What is it going to be like coming out of lockdown?”