As a gardener, carrots always seem to me like good solid vegetables – not the easiest to grow because of carrot fly, but an excellent colour and shape, and when fresh out of the ground, an awesome taste. I have written songs and poems about them and started knitting them in 2012 for a knitted garden project at an event in Dr. Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh in aid of Freedom from Torture.
I think I am happiest when crafting – with music, words, wool, paper or mosaic – not quite knowing what might emerge, and doing my best to suspend my inner critic for long enough to allow the excitement to run.
That’s where mindfulness fits in. I began practising mindfulness in 2012 during a time of stress (it was a busy year – I also moved house and got married) and completed my teacher training in 2020 just before the lockdown. I am grateful for the compassion and kindness that practising mindfulness has allowed me to develop. It also supports me to be an effective agent for change in the world.