Here's a nifty strategy to increase your awareness of your own personal strengths, of what's going well in your life and why. It's a task that will shift the emphasis from what's going wrong to what's actually helpful and working. This reflective exercise encourages savouring the good rather than analysing what went wrong. It is a guide to remembering the sweetness of connection rather than fantasising about impending doom.

This activity need take no more than 10 minutes on a daily basis over a period of two weeks. Each day write down three things that went well and why they went well on a screen or page, it doesn't matter which so long as you maintain a record of what you've written.

The events do not need to be particularly significant only positive, next to each event write why it happened. E.g. My student gave me a great pen as a leaving gift, it has 4 colours and a propelling pencil and its red. Why - I think he wanted to show his appreciation and he wanted me to remember him kindly.

The initial enquiry into 'why?' may feel awkward and first, but stick with it and notice the difference it brings to your perception of how life is treating you and what you are enjoying about it.

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Beth has been coming to our house for several months now. Both my husband and I were new to yoga and were a little apprehensive about what to expect. Beth put us immediately at our ease and each practice has increased our confidence to try new things. Our 15 year son has also joined us for the sessions and Beth has been great with him too - and she understands that we all three have different needs and capabilities. We all appreciate the dedicated time this gives us to relax in a very busy schedule. The highlight, for me, has been a session in the garden, on a beautiful evening, with the birds singing. Fantastic.

Sarah Jane Jennings


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