Protest

The group had chosen to talk about protesting for this session. Since the beginning of the pandemic a number of prominent protests were brought to our attention via media and social media coverage. Whilst we may or may not agree with a particular issue being protested there is a right for people to make theirContinue reading “Protest”

The Impact of Stress

This week’s group looked at stress.  Some people are stressed because of the situations that are going on around them and how they respond to try and cope with these.  Some people are stressed because of the unrelenting mind chatter or ‘washing machine heid’ where it feels difficult to switch the thoughts off.  Others feelContinue reading “The Impact of Stress”

The Importance of Sleep

In recent times quite a few group members expressed issues they were having with sleep. In light of this we wanted to give people the opportunity to explore this. There were a mixture of issues with some wondering if they were sleeping too much and others questioning whether they were getting enough sleep. People feltContinue reading “The Importance of Sleep”

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”

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”

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”

Enjoying Nature During Lockdown

In last week’s meeting online we discussed where we had been for walks during lockdown and what we had discovered or rediscovered and enjoyed during this time. Some had stayed quite close to home and in doing so discovered a great deal more about their locality than they had previously noticed. People had found newContinue reading “Enjoying Nature During Lockdown”

The cookie thief (by Valerie Cox)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold asContinue reading “The cookie thief (by Valerie Cox)”