Chapter Four of my book, Metamorphosis, is devoted to caring to our brains by importing wisdom and exporting, well, the utter crap that we all tend to consume. Suffice to say that since COVID-19 took over our lives, all of my best practices have gone out the window and I’m anxious, antsy, distracted, obsessing over social media, and light on any form of wisdom or … Continue reading How to Export Crap, Import Wisdom, and Stay Sane During Quarantine
I’m sitting in my garden. The sun is warm on my bare arms, the birds are singing, and all feels right with the world. I couldn’t be more wrong, of course. Every few minutes the birdsong is punctured by a siren, and I’m reminded that outside my enviable little bubble there rages an extraordinary battle against a deadly virus, and that there is a deluge … Continue reading It’s COVID – so why do I feel so damn happy?
If I extend my perspective outwards from my internal monologue of fear, anxiety and uncertainty, I’m aware that I have a second stream of consciousness running concurrently. This second perspective comes from a loftier, less self-obsessed vantage point: from the front-row seat that we all have for what is happening on our planet right now. Sure, most of the time it feels like an apocalyptic … Continue reading COVID-19: the ultimate reframing mechanism
The following is taken from my book, Metamorphosis: Make the Change; Emerge Magnificent. We Need Human Connection to Survive and Thrive Human connection is a biological imperative, and science shows us that we can affect each other far more than we may realise. So many of our vital functions, from healing to creativity, require us to feel safe and connected. This is a function of … Continue reading The Case for Human Connection (extract from Metamorphosis)
Here are some ideas based on my experience over the last few days. I’m well aware that many people are under severe financial stress currently and that some of the shops and groceries that I’m suggesting are premium. So feel free to disregard what doesn’t fit your circumstances. Many of the tips are free or cheap to implement. Neither is this an exhortation to stockpile. … Continue reading How to Buy & Store Food During COVID-19
I’ve been struck by the irony of my publishing a book which urges its readers to shed their cocoons and emerge magnificently out into the world, right before we’re all self-isolated and locked up in our homes. Oh boy, life has a sense of humour! We are headed for unprecedented and uncertain weeks and months ahead. We’re worried on so many levels, and apprehensive at … Continue reading Self-isolated in our cocoons? Caterpillars show us what we can achieve in confinement.
Stop resisting it. It’s happening; accept what is. Resistance is the biggest source of our emotional pain and a huge waste of energy. Use that energy to stay healthy instead. Focus on what’s going right in life, and feel good about. The virus isn’t so pervasive that we can’t enjoy many, many other things. For me it’s focusing on the emergence of blossoms and daffodils, … Continue reading Covid-19: 10 Tips for Managing Emotional Resilience
Sonder and solipsism: two fairly obscure words that fall at opposite ends of the spectrum of our interpersonal relationships. Below is an extract from my book, Metamorphosis. It’s taken from Chapter 8, ‘Love: Reframing How We See Others’ and explains why sonder is a mechanism for really seeing, and appreciation, the inner richness of our fellow humans: “It’s hard for our brains to process that … Continue reading Are you familiar with the terms SONDER & SOLIPSISM?
When my friends over at the Be Well Collective asked me to share my favourite books by women for women in honour of International Women’s Day, I realised that there was a very powerful thread running through my favourite books by female authors. That thread is VULNERABILITY. It’s no exaggeration to say that vulnerability makes the world go round. When we give up the exhaustion of … Continue reading My Top Books By Women for IWD20
A year ago today on IWD 2019, I stood in front of a roomful of Goldman Sachs partners and clients, sharing a blindingly bright vision for the future of my brand, Madderson London. Six months later we had to shut our doors. I find myself a year on, having walked away from an industry I thought I loved, having re-discovered the joys of writing, and … Continue reading What I Learnt From Failing