Entries by Elizabeth English

More about Meditation

What is meditation? People describe it in different ways. For me, it is a practice of ‘being’. This balances out the hectic ‘doing’ which often consumes us. This means if you find it hard to meditate, it may be because you think you should be ‘doing’ something different…

More about Focusing

Focusing reveals the different tugs and pulls at work within us. Asking the question, ‘What wants my attention right now?’ we open up a clear space within, and breathe fresh life into tangled issues and situations. As we do, we discover an inner wisdom trapped deep inside our thoughts and feelings…

Mindful Communication (with NVC)

It was my 40th birthday when I found myself in a workshop learning Nonviolent Communication. I immediately knew this to be a profound pathway into my inner world, through the things I say and do. This was a life-changer, and a fitting 40th birthday present – if about three decades overdue.

On Trauma Therapy: Somatic Experiencing

Overwhelming or ‘traumatic’ experiences are common to us all. They may be sudden, or they build over time (‘too much too soon’, or ‘too little too late’). Sometimes you do not even know the cause. Robbed of of your usual capacity, your healthy responses are frozen or blocked, leaving you stuck, bewildered, disempowered or ashamed. […]

More about Mindfulness

Mindfulness counters anxiety by speaking directly to body and emotions. It could as well be called ‘heartfulness’. Becoming aware through every aspect of your being– body, feelings, thoughts and meaning – you grow more centred and grounded, able to approach life with renewed positivity and vigour.