Get a table cloth, and saucers while you are at it! #depression

One of my recent improvements to Home life is the addition of a table cloth and cups with saucers.

While sounding a little bit coy or quaint it is in fact revolutionising Home life.

The tablecloth encourages me to plan ahead. To have the table set as part of my morning routine, ready for teatime. The cups and saucers add finesse. Side plates with knives and forks bring order. We’ve added a milk jug and sugar bowl too!

This table ‘furniture’ brings order and encourages a form of etiquette often forgotten in our modern world of mugs and big plates.

Best of all it is teaching my little ones the subtleties of etiquette and that a saucer is not a plate under their mugs.

Our teatimes now have far more conversation and laughter. Rather than rushing to eat our tea we enjoy sharing our days adventures and chatting about all sorts of topics.

For me this is pure gold. My mood lifts. There is method instead of rushed madness. I feel good about life.

All due to a table cloth, cups and saucers!

Try it. See what effect it has on your mental well-being. Whether enjoying tea alone or with extended family and friends.


Do you have the skill of thinking?

Thinking is not a bad thing. The skill is knowing when to engage with it and when to step back.

This is so very true. Headspace yet again have the nail hit on the head.

It is a difficult concept to really grasp. Trying to take control and know when to engage or step back is even more challenging.

BUT it is achievable with practise, experience and meditation goes a long way to empowering you.

Do you have the courage to sit #depression

Meditation with the right motivation is never a form of escape. It is courageously sitting with whatever is present, for the benefit of all.

Can you heed the advice for our friends at

The challenge of regret.. #deprsssion

Don’t let regret beat you down. Don’t be a slave to regret. NO. Let it teach you. Let it make you better. Let the fear of regret fuel you—to take action—today—now. Take action now to become a person not filled with regret, but a person filled with knowledge and strength and power and life.

A quote from Jocko Willink’s Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. A great guiding book to read that pulls no punches in sharing some universal truths.

Are you limited or expandable? #depression

I am not defined by the limitations of what I know; I am expanded by the things I do not know.

A great little quote to digest from SpiritScience

Meditation for more than just you.. #depression

Now I know that depression has affected a lot more than just me…

Meditation is not only about taking time for yourself, it is also for the people around you.

I’ll let you dwell on this gem from the guys at without guidance…

A Time for ‘Me-Time’ #depression

Today’s little insight rings so true to me…

‘Me-time’ is with us wherever we go. The only thing that gets in the way of ‘me-time’ is wanting to be some place else.

More wise words from the guys at As a busy fidget-arse I have to work really hard to stop being ‘productive’.

If it isn’t the daily grind of work occupying my mind … it is all the other creative or energetic things I am wanting to do that occupy my thoughts. All those ideas that get my toes twitching. My bottom feels uncomfortable being still. I have a need, a real need, to get up. It is as if I have been indoctrinated to be active all the walking day. When my being stops, coming to rest it feels wrong.

‘A time to stand (or sit) and stare’ rings so true in today’s hectic lives. We are told that ‘productivity’ is best. This can be true. At what cost to the individual though?

I have to force myself to sit. To become still and not lose sight of the here and now!

When was the last time you truly sat, stood or lay still, wide awake, and stilled your beating heart. Letting your mind drift.

From these moments my sweetest thoughts and ideas issue forth…

Knowing my own mind – fighting #depression

A fascinating concept this one… imagine the depths and possibilities! A true voyage of amazing discovery.

To know the mind of another his interesting… but to know one’s own mind, is nothing short of life changing.

The folks at really know how to challenge our perceptions.

Do you know your own mind?

I’m very much still on the lower slopes of my adventure!

Meditation beginnings – fighting #depression

Over the past four years I have found meditation and mindfulness to be a real and useful weapon in my fight against depression.

So for those of you who are unsure …

Beginning meditation is like looking into a mirror. Maybe we like what we see, maybe we don’t. Either way, no use in arguing with the reflection.

Very much my experience so far.

It is hard to look at ourselves objectively and fairly. Probably impossibly hard.

What we can do though is take what we discover and work with it.

As the folks at above hint at. Meditation is an aid on our own personal journey.

It helps us keep things real and hopefully objective.

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