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?”

Thinking of Places We Love to be together, while space is between us

This week through poetry we are considering a feature of Lockdown where we are together by telephone or online but we are missing our physical spaces where we meet together. The following poems remind us that we are still emotionally connected even though we are physically separated. ‘Places We Love’ by Ivan V. Lalic (extract)Continue reading “Thinking of Places We Love to be together, while space is between us”

Be Kind

Kindness is a subject we talk about often in the group. In fact we published a blog on this two weeks ago so we are delighted that it is the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. We couldn’t agree more. The smallest acts of kindness can have a profound impact such as aContinue reading “Be Kind”