saspetherick 'Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive.'
-William Saroyan
I know it's tricky to read but this is one of my favourites and now it's up on my office wall and referenced in June's newsletter for #mymindfulyear where there's also a totally stunning wallpaper from @jeaninestewart - it's totally free to sign up up (link in profile) and it's out on Wednesday the 1st ️
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saspetherick a really beautiful aspect of the Maori language is the mihimihi - it's a formal introduction and tells people where you are from and who you are: your land and mountain, your river or sea, your tribe and your sacred meeting place (marae). we learnt to say this as children and for years during bouts of homesickness I would repeat my mihimihi in my mind - ko te awa Waikaouiti (my river), ko te maunga Matanaka (my mountain). as we were wandering along the Thames last night I realised that maybe I don’t have to choose: I can have two rivers 12,000 miles apart and I have added our little forest (ngahere) too... #mihimihi #taonga #kiwiexpat 14h

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saspetherick glorious riverside stroll in the evening sun with Mr P. we got ice creams at the tea rooms and saw these baby ducks - there were two drakes hanging out with the mum and her babies. I proposed the idea of her being a surrogate to their big gay drake love, forgetting momentarily that Mr P has a zoology degree and therefore, it turns out, knows a lot of quite dull information about odds of this possibility... #loveislovegenderisdetails #evenwithducks #marriage 1d

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saspetherick yesterday in the churchyard, at the end of the gravestones, we found a secret door right out of Hogwarts... #magicaladventures 3d

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saspetherick some Friday afty #cottageporn from the bucolic surrounds of Oxfordshire - the entire village looks like this! *eyes vicar with suspicion* #midsommermurders 3d

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saspetherick I took a slow drive along country lanes to have a long lunch with my dear friend. we stopped at the prettiest church in Oxfordshire - built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop that has been a place of worship since antiquity and like loads of churches in the South West it's on the St Michael ley line #magicaladventures 3d

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saspetherick *in David Attenborough voice* the large grey feline lies about for most of the day secure in the knowledge that he will never have to see the dinosaurs painted on the bottom of his handmade bowl. This well-fed fellow can smugly claim his 'pacifist politics' tormenting only a catnip owl and never sullying his whiskers with chaffinch innards. We must urge him to 'check his privilege'. We must urge his humans to stand their ground else him and his kind will win out..' #fatgreyflatlay 4d

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saspetherick the icebergs are starting! just look at this action happening against the back fence. #rosewatch #icebergroses #mymindfulyear 5d

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saspetherick our theme this month for #mymindfulyear is friendship - I've received more emails about this than any previous month - it seems most of us have experienced the heartache of an ended friendship or find it hard to be completely ourselves with our friends. I am loving the images that capture friendship - these beauties caught my eye! thank you for sharing @zofia.janina.julianna @kinwomen @hanbullivant @less_physical < Sarah is also blogging about her experience of my mindful year themes - check it! 6d
  •   hanbullivant Aww yay! Pleased to have been included, I love this # and have been using it as a sort of daily mantra. Tough during busy patch at the mo- but even then I'm trying to take moments to stop and think and expand my awareness to what's happening. Lovely to meet you over the weekend. 6d
  •   saspetherick @hanbullivant lovely to meet you too - deep breaths this week xx 4d
  •   saspetherick @less_physical you are so welcome lovely 4d

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saspetherick I wrote a post about my experience of hanging out with creatives and leading a workshop at #sisterhoodcamp2016 check it: www.saspetherick.com/sisterhood (big love to @_emmabradshaw for this shot of the coach in her natural habitat ;) 6d

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saspetherick oh Wales you are so pretty and so many miles from civilisation... #sisterhoodcamp2016 7d

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saspetherick I am deeply grateful to be making my morning brew on our lovely Italian espresso machine. but it's quietly reassuring to know that in the event of the apocalypse (or another camping trip) I can totally survive in the wild. #justcallmebear #morningbrew #sisterhoodcamp2016 1w

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saspetherick last night's traipse to Bedfordshire involved a midnight wander after a full moon fire ceremony, stoking the stove so no dome mates died of hypothermia, and a wee under a hedge. tbh tonight's twenty steps upstairs after countryfile is looking a bit anti-climactic... #postretreatcrash #sisterhoodcamp2016 1w

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saspetherick we've stopped at the first England-side M4 services for a very much required dirty burger. it's a teeny bit different from last nights glorious feast at #sisterhoodcamp2016 1w

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saspetherick our little dome home seemed to be a magnet for romantically inclined creatures during the night, but we were snug and safe under @coldatnight blankets. this morning I had my first campfire heated coffee! I still love not camping but the belly laughs with @xantheb are keeping spirits high. excited to meet @sisterhood_camp mates arriving today! #sisterhoodcamp2016 1w
  •   circleofpines This is such a fabulous shot, Sas. It was so lovely to meet you and thanks so much for the fire ceremony, perfect end to a perfect weekend. Hope your journey back was smooth. Xx 1w
  •   saspetherick @circleofpines likewise lovely! what a treat to hang out in person. Kind of wish you were here reading my book to me (but not in a weird way) 1w
  •   circleofpines Haha! Me too (but not in a weird way) I've never read a bedtime story to so many people, I loved it (apart from a few mis-pronunciation anxieties ) 1w
  •   saspetherick #guardianbooks the border of paradise is superb - one of the best opening paragraphs of any novel, ever. 1w

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saspetherick we had fish n chips on the beach and then had to sit through this. Wales: don't come, it's awful. #sisterhoodcamp2016 2w

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saspetherick Wales we are in you! #sisterhoodcamp2016 2w

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Normal Sas Petherick πŸ€“
saspetherick 3 awesome things: 1. Mr P's wisdom teeth are out and he's recovering nicely from the general anaesthetic, 2. my website refresh is beginning today in the very capable hands of ms @evanleahquinn and 3. in a few hours @xantheb and I are road tripping it to Wales for @sisterhood_camp where I will be teaching a mindfulness workshop. No rain please. Also: peonies are back πŸ»πŸ¦„ And you? What's aces with you today? ️ 2w
  •   gemblina I'm relaxing in a little Cornish cottage watching the sea and listening to the birds. I'm feeling grateful for the wonderful weather we've had this week, and am finally exhaling and relaxing into it all. Have a great trip! :) 2w
  •   joanna_bourke I'm getting ready for a road trip tomorrow to @litfestie . Good luck with your workshop 2w
  •   meadow9 I ran a workshop on copyright this week for Australian and New Zealand museum professionals as part of the annual museums conference and it was fucking awesome. I feel grateful to have finally found my people and my place in the world.πŸ€˜πŸΌπŸ€“ 2w

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saspetherick rainy Wednesday is made of fairy lights, snoozy furs, a mid-morning coaching client and writing my new programme for coaches. it's all serving as excellent distractions from worrying about Mr P who is having some minor surgery today οΈπŸ€• 2w

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saspetherick our #mymindfulyear theme this month is 'moments of friendship' and my incredibly talented and generous friend @pipwilcoxceramics is including two £25 vouchers to her beautiful store - one for you and a friend. Pip's work has sold out all over the place! to be in to win this months goodiebag just sign up (link in profile), tag your friendship related moments with #mymindfulyear and enjoy the newsletter full of ways to mindfully be in honest and respectful friendships (often really challenging relationships for women) 🏻 2w

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