Author: Mairi

The Simple Version

The Simple Version

A few years ago my therapist asked me, “What is the simpler version of this?” Honest to goodness my mind sizzled as it tried to compute the very idea…………simple version? It was a jaw dropping thought to consider there could even be such a thing. I can’t remember the content of our conversation but I

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Loch Creran

Why This Walk and Why Now?

Following on from my last post View from my Chair, I want to explain a little more about why I am going to walk the shore line of Loch Creran. A couple of years ago my therapist suggested I list all the things I wanted to do when I was well.  The idea is to

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View of Loch Creran

View From My Chair

We travel the world to see amazing things and sometimes fail to notice what is right here where we already are. ME/CFS forced me to stop.  Over the last 5 years it caused me to spend a lot of time sitting in my chair.  At times that was a difficult experience, seeing a world outside that I

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Relieve Stress

Relieve Stress

Learn how to calm down, let go and relax. You might not even know you are stressed but you may be experiencing one or more of these symptoms: Low energy Headaches Stomach problems Muscle tension Chest pain or rapid heartbeat Trouble getting to sleeping Disturbed sleep Shaking Excessive sweating Racing thoughts Clenching our jaw or

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Create some space

Create Some Space

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” Victor Frankl At one time I never even knew there was a space.  I moved seamlessly from stimulus to response with not even a hint that there might

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Do one thing today

Do One Thing Today

It’s simpler than you may think. As I sat down to mediate this morning I felt heavy,  achey and a bit down.  I was aware of the part of me that wants to give up because it’s all too hard,  that sometimes wants a different life.  She doesn’t want to have to keep doing the

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Take the pressure of yourself

Take The Pressure Off Yourself

Learn to let go and relax. Someone once told me to “stop shoulding on myself.”  I didn’t even know what they were talking about.  My “shoulding’ was so habitual and ingrained it took quite some time for me to even start to hear myself. The Oxford Dictionary definition for should says: Used to indicate obligation,

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Meditation

Meditation: it may not be what you think!

Over 20 years ago sitting on Brighton beach I made my first attempt at meditating. I thought the idea was to empty my mind,  so that’s what I tried.  About 2 seconds later I realised that was never going to happen,  there was a cacophony going on in there! Over the years I have tried

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Stress

STRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hands up who has never ever said they are stressed. Ok, maybe you don’t call it that,  maybe you feel: Low energy Headaches Stomach problems Tension in our muscles Chest pain or rapid heartbeat Trouble sleeping Shaking Excessive sweating Clenching our jaw or grinding our teeth. According to the NHS: “You may feel anxious, irritable

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Another Way Is Possible

There’s One Big Reason the 1,000’s of Reasons Don’t Work.

Apparently creating a blog title with Top Ten or some other numbered list is the best way to get your blog posts noticed and read.  Many of these lists provide us with useful facts and information or they may simply be entertaining.  For example I was delighted recently to find one telling me about where

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