Entries by Katherine Mair

The Power of Intention

Sex and the City writer Julie Rottenberg recently published an article on LinkedIn about the road she took to her dream job – an interesting story about going from ‘wanting’ to ‘becoming’ what she wanted. What struck me most in her story was her description of a pivotal moment of articulation – stating out loud…

What’s in a thought?

Sleep has never been easy for my daughter. Now that she can communicate, she ardently asserts “I don’t like sleeping mummy. I don’t want to go to sleep. Ever”. She is afraid of sleep. And always has been. Dutifully, I’ve tried to explain the benefits of sleep and the fact that if we don’t sleep…

Embracing the Banal

You’ve never seen anything like it. It really was awful. I’d been putting off dealing with it but there’s only so long you can let your four year old get around with an enormous clump of knotty hair engulfing her head. I had no idea where to start. So I simply sat and started. Fortunately I’ve recently…

Let Me Finish.

We had a get together with the neighbours over the weekend. The kids ate pizza and watched Toy Story while the grown ups sat out back drinking red wine and enjoying a blather. A few wines in, conversation turned to the Body Corporate and management of our building. Most of us there were, or had…

5 Breaths

Recently I decided to experiment with one of the simplest techniques there is to help us create space, cultivate clarity and foster a sense of calm. I stopped and took 5 slow breaths 5 times a day for 5 days. I put a reminder in my diary. Each time it went off, wherever I was,…

Wired. Yet Switched Off.

How often do you check your phone? I haven’t tried to count.  I know I would be downright ashamed. It’s rather addictive isn’t it? This compulsive need to swipe, tap and check. We’ve conditioned ourselves to be wired. And if we are honest, we are wired pretty much all of the time, spurred on by…

The Mad Mad World of Work

  I met a friend for a drink the other night. She was late and clearly frazzled from a long, hard day. She works part time, but to ensure her 5pm sharp departure doesn’t create problems she starts work at 6.30am. So effectively she works four eleven hour days and then does even more on…

Welcome to M.A.D. Mindworks

I discovered yoga at a gym. And after my first class, I walked out a little punch drunk, feeling like I’d been deeply pummeled by a powerful masseuse. Then one day, after running a little too long and a little too fast on the treadmill of corporate work and urban life, I fell over. Overwhelmed with depression…