The dangerous sport of book editing

January 12th, 2013 by Tonya

You would never have thought that book editing was a dangerous practice, would you? The kind that elicits high insurance premiums, like surfing or investigative journalism? But I would suggest that it is. I've just spent the last 40 minutes (more…)

Cloud hopping

December 5th, 2012 by Tonya

I have a friend that I'm collaborating with on a lot of projects at the moment. And because I'm seeing so much of her, I'm getting to observe more closely the way she lives her life. And it's delightful. She kind of cloud-hops. She'll step out with abandon into the clear blue sky, eyes dancing with amusement Read More...

‘Yes, sir, I can boogie…’

October 30th, 2012 by Tonya

Apologies if I've been silent for a while. It's not because things have been quiet for me and there's been nothing to write about. Infact, just the opposite! It's actually been one of my most overwhelmingly busy periods for some time. Overwhelming in a good way, of course! And I don't think it would probably have even been overwhelming if everything that I was being overwhelmed by hadn't been so beyond my previous experience, ie (more…)

Laughter best medicine for royalty too!

June 6th, 2012 by Tonya

Now you'll be hard pushed to find anyone who takes a less active interest in the Royals than I do - friends from abroad who ask me to remind them of the name of our future King are disappointed when I struggle to remember William's name. Or Kate's, for that matter. So I thought I'd contradict that pattern of disinterest on Jubilee Holiday Monday and visit a local village hall that was showcasing little-known photographs of the Queen taken by Royal photographer Jayne Fincher - and see if I could find a human side to the bunch that would enable me to become more interested in them Read More...

What’s your ‘five-a-day’?

April 23rd, 2012 by Tonya

I set the group that gathered for the Joy Club last week some 'homework'. What was it? To discover their wellbeing 'five-a-day'. Now, we've all heard of the 'five-a-day' concept – at least you will have if you've lived in the UK in the past few years. It's a simple and popular device that the powers that be have been using to get us to eat more of the things that will keep us healthy: so a handful of dried mango pieces is, say, one of your five-a-day, where a salad - full of freshly sprouted mung beans (one point), tomatoes (another point) and lettuce (one point) might be three Read More...

Be a lamp unto yourself

September 19th, 2011 by Tonya

Speaking of the nights drawing in and seasonal affective disorder or SAD, there's something in Gautama the Buddha's words: 'Be a lamp unto yourself'. When our inner fire is fully lit we don't need an external light quite so much! One of the things that facilitates finding this inner fire, I think, is finding our joy Read More...

‘Learning to dance on a shifting carpet’

September 19th, 2011 by Tonya

As the nights draw in, a lot of people in the UK experience a dip in mood and start booking winter breaks to foreign climes. I'm not one of them. There are things you get in winter that you just don't get any other time of year. I get to wear big, soft, roll neck jumpers. I get to splash in puddles in my welly boots Read More...

The power of play

June 1st, 2011 by Tonya

As Victor Frankl showed us, choosing to play with situations in our life that we find hard to deal with (for him it was the dehumanisation of being stripped and shorn for the gas chamber), can light us up like a lightbulb and make it impossible for energies like fear to control us. I love this stuff! And this is a particularly useful skill to master at these times of social unrest, economic pressure, diminishing resources and '2012 consciousness' – whatever that year may, or may not, bring! As 'laughter leader' Kit Hammond-Stapely memorably says, 'anything you can laugh at (more…)