Everyone knows the word stress. We talk about feeling stressed, other people being stressed, something being stressful, the world being in a stress epidemic and so on, but many people don’t know what stress really is and how much it can affect us. I will attempt here to give a brief overview of this huge and multi-faceted topic; how stress affects us, identifying common stressors, and pointing in a direction of how to develop strategies for coping better with stress and becoming more resilient. How Stress Affects Us One useful definition of stress from the Health and Safety Executive is: “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand being placed on them.” However, it is […]
The world has changed beyond recognition in the last couple of weeks. A virus that started in one part of the world has become a global pandemic and countries world wide are in lock down to help save lives and prevent healthcare systems from breaking. For most people this will be an incredibly stressful time. Even if you are not in the group considered vulnerable to this virus yourself, you will know people who are, and you might be one of the millions of people who will have to deal with loss of income and or have businesses that will be struggling to survive. After 3 ½ years of uncertainty and chaos due to Brexit, this could be the one […]
Following fully booked workshops in September in both Edinburgh and Glasgow I have managed to fit in another workshop in Edinburgh before Christmas along the same themes of Mindful and Social Eurythmy/Movement, with a focus on centrering, balancing, finetuning our senses and connecting. Today’s society doesn’t always favour and enable positive connections with other people and social Eurythmy is a great way of promoting connection and awareness of social dynamics. Mindful Eurythmy is a great aid in a time when experts say we are in the middle of a stress epidemic and mental health problems are on the rise. In this workshop we will continue working with some of the Mindful Eurythmy exercises and find ways of combining and becoming […]
This workshop is for children from 7 – 12 years old and a parent. There will be a mixture of fun, social and mindful Eurythmy exercises.
Eurythmy is an art form, but, as you can see on this website, it is also a form of mindful and social movement. It’s effectiveness as a mindfulness tool lies not just in the strengthening of the mind-body connection, but in the fact that Eurythmy as a movement form in itself has a harmonizing effect. Many of the Eurythmy exercises that can be used mindfully bring balance to e.g. our sense of our own space and to how our thinking, feeling and willing/doing work together.
I am very pleased to have been asked by Chris Grant of “Anthroposophy in Glasgow” to lead a public Eurythmy workshop in Glasgow for the first time. I have led workshops in different organisations on the west coast of Scotland, but this will be the first public one. The workshop will be an introduction to social and mindful eurythmy and can be attended by anyone regardless of experience with movement.
This Mindful Eurythmy Workshop offers a chance to learn some simple, yet effective, movement exercises that can help become more present and bring the body and mind to a relaxed and calm state. They deepen with practice and can be practised anywhere you have a little space to move. The benefits of these exercises grow over time and they offer a way of centring yourself and finding inner balance as well as being calming.
Strengthening resilience is an important factor in learning to cope more effectively with stress and adversity. As explored elsewhere there are different ways in which one can approach this (see the article ‘What is Resilience?’) and in this article I will look more in depth at the role Eurythmy can play. “Skilled use of one’s body has been important in the history of the species for thousands, if not millions, of years. In speaking of masterful use of the body, it is natural to think of the Greeks, and there is a sense in which this form of intelligence reached its apogee in the West during the Classical Era. The Greeks revered the beauty of the human form and, by […]
There is a lot of talk of resilience these days. It has become quite a buzz-word, and this article is an attempt at giving an overview of what is meant by the term resilience and what we can do to strengthen it. There are different definitions of resilience and different ways of approaching it. Some people think of it only as the capacity to bounce back from adversity and hardship, whereas others see it as being both about our ability to bounce back, but also our ability to manage stress, challenges and adversity effectively. I personally find this fuller definition much more logical, as surely our ability to manage smaller stresses and challenges effectively will determine how we respond to […]
Colour is everywhere around us and informs our lives through the symbolism of the individual colours and their daily effect on our mood. We all have colours that we love and colours that we would never dream of wearing or bringing into our homes – affinities that are maybe somewhat affected by the current fashion, but also by how that particular colour makes us feel and what possible memories it evokes. This weekend will be an opportunity to observe, experience and connect creatively with the essential being of colour through Science, Eurythmy and Painting. On the Friday evening we will explore Goethe’s colour theory and by recreating some of his scientific experiments observe how colour arises out of darkness and […]