Tag Archives: mindfulness

FMM 2 7 2020 An Age-old dilemma

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.  My father Pearce was a picky eater.  I don’t know when it began, but definitely by the time I was a teen I was aware of it.  In restaurants he would stick to what he knew.  The most adventurous he would […]

FMM 1 24 20 Shift to Self

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn.  I have a very clear memory from my childhood of an episode of pain.  I had a severe ache in my leg, in the shin area, which earned me confinement to bed, and the tender ministrations […]

FMM 9 13 19 In no Hurry

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.  Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~ Mother Theresa.  Growing up, we did a lot of walking.  In both England and Jamaica, cars were for long journeys.  We walked to school, walked to the shop, walked to see friends.  One of the pleasures of living in […]

FMM 11 2 18 Calm Energy

“Good words cool more than cold water.” ~  John Ray. In high school my classmates and I were lucky enough to have the same ‘form teacher’ (I guess in the US he would be called our home-room teacher) for five years.  I say lucky, because he was one of those rare teachers, a man who […]

FMM 10 5 18 Greatest Good

“The countenance of one man brighteneth another; Iron sharpeneth iron” ~ Joseph Hill, Culture.  I have never doubted the power of the mind.  My mother was a strong believer in mind over matter.  It mostly had to do with you ignoring all of those things you wanted to use as excuses not to get a […]

FMM 5 13 16 Be more, Do more, Want less

“We can’t be useful to ourselves unless we’re useful to others.”~Dalai Lama. When I stepped into my bathroom the other morning, I had a memory of early mornings in the hills of Jamaica.  A cool breeze would steal in through the open window, warning you of how cold the unheated water might be.  Outside the […]

FMM 4 8 16 Breathtaking

“The poet doesn’t invent.  He listens.” ~ Jean Cocteau. April is National Poetry Month.  I heard a challenge on the radio, to create a poem based on the numbers in your zip code.  Each line should contain the same number of words as the numbers in your zip code.  Ever since I heard this challenge […]

FMM 6 5 15 Pay Attention!

“Be curious, not judgmental”~ Walt Whitman.  I am descended from a set of adventurers, on both sides of my family tree.  Unlike those who declared they were off to ‘discover’ the world, I am pretty sure my great grandfathers were simply looking for opportunities to take care of their families.  And so they boarded ships […]

FMM 3 6 15 Fret not, fear not

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere” ~Glenn Turner.   Have you ever thought of giving advice to your younger self?  If you could travel back in time, perhaps to when you were a young teenager, what would you say?  What lesson have you learnt […]

FMM 10 31 14 Push Pause

 “We do not heal the past by dwelling there. We heal the past by living in the present.”~ Marianne Williamson.   We are addicted to technology.  Yesterday, I asked two different groups of students what something meant, and suggested that they look something up.  In both cases, a student immediately reached for their phone, not […]