Understanding Labels

Understanding Labels

* LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer or Questioning, Asexual or Agender, Plus. The plus represents anyone whose identity is not represented by the previous labels)   For those who are new or living ‘outside’ the LGBTIQA+ community, the...
Is someone to blame?

Is someone to blame?

Is someone to blame? My child is gay. Is it my fault? Did I do something wrong? Did I cause them to be gay? I first want to reassure you that none of these questions are unusual. It is a common concern for parents to worry about whether or not they or someone else has...
Is it a phase?

Is it a phase?

But, isn’t it just a phase? This is one of the most common questions I get asked about LGBTQA+ young people. “Isn’t it just a phase? Couldn’t it be a stage they are going through? Didn’t we all go through stages of experimentation? I remember when I was younger, I...
Getting Back to the Here and Now (Part 2)

Getting Back to the Here and Now (Part 2)

Following on from my last post, where we explored various aspects of mindfulness and what it is and isn’t, let’s go a little further and explore the ‘sitting’ element of mindfulness. A structured, seated mindfulness practice can be challenging to develop and stick to....
Getting Back to the Here and Now (part 1)

Getting Back to the Here and Now (part 1)

Practicing being in the here and now, to develop a rich mindfulness practice. I love this photo. I took it a few years ago in Darjeeling, India. I feel like it demonstrates beautifully, how we can see and pay attention to what is right in front of us, flapping in the...