Covid 19 has brought many changes to our lives none of them very good other than learning to appreciate the basic things in life. We are now on our third period of lockdown which allows us very little contact with other people. The problems of mental health are becoming very evident and one of the most basic is loneliness. Many of us live on our own and rely on visits from friends and family or a trip to the shops and until these lockdowns, albeit necessary, we were not aware that we take for granted our contact with other humans.
This is proving to be a year of tests, of friendships, beliefs and loyalties, which had already been tested by Brexit. My concerns over recent months are about the way certain words are used that drive wedges between generations. I had to look up meanings of words such as ‘snowflake’ and ‘woke’ but they are more to do with political issues that the Covid situation. I was born in the years of World War 11 which quite rightly classes me as elderly and I had to do the original 12-week lockdown. Fortunately, I live in a small village and, although
June 8th 2020. Many protests still take place after the death of George Floyd in America, who died because a police officer kneeled on his neck for about nine minutes. It was filmed and we could hear his pleas that he couldn’t breathe, other police stood by and did nothing. Today is George Floyd’s funeral. The theme of the protests is ‘Black Lives Matter’ and of course they do as does all life, whatever colour or form it takes. I have read posts that have said George Floyd was a known criminal, that is not the point, it is the
This year, 2020, is seeing the biggest pandemic we have experienced for decades – Covid19. This week in June 2020 we have witnessed an American policeman murdering a black man in full view of cameras. He did this by kneeling on the man’s neck whilst he was on the ground. I watched the video and listened to that poor man pleading that he could not breathe, it was heartbreaking. The cameras’ brought the policeman’s face into full view and he was not concerned that his actions were recorded for the world to see. Other policeman were present and should have
Within the world of Complementary Therapies mindfulness is considered a very useful tool. I was recently contacted by an organisation called ‘Sanctuary of Transformation’ and I did look at their website. As I am no longer adding links, simply because I get so many requests, I thought that I would write a small post about their website. I found it very informative and their explanations and artwork clear and helpful so this is their URL https://www.sanctuaryoftransformation.com/mindfulness-to-treat-addiction. Apart from the normal interpretation of the word addiction, it can also apply to constantly putting oneself down, constantly believing that you are not
My Soul:Enslaved is the title of my second book and the young man above has been used as the front cover image. Whilst my first book about Psychic Art was fun this was a totally different experience, and one that I had not expected or prepared for. I found myself drawing many faces of the 18th/19th century time period and it was only because someone recognised one of them as William Wilberforce that I began to research and discover that they represented slavery abolitionists from Britain, America and France. There had also been several drawings of people of colour from