to all you handsome and pretties


Well hello all you handsome and pretties

We hope this finds you well and not too holiday frazzled, dazzled? This is our last post for a week or so, as we take some time out with family and friends. So we thought we’d leave you with a couple of things to think about.

Firstly, you may have noticed that we often refer to mindful on our mindful Monday posts. It’s a fantastic source of wisdom and direction. They recently had a post entitled Calendars, Dates, Moments which included this quote:

Meanwhile, here we are, missing the fullness of the present moment, which is where the soul resides. It’s not like you have to go someplace else to get it. So the challenge here is, Can we live this moment fully? When you ask a group of people to spend five minutes watching their own breaths moving in and out of their bodies, just as an experiment, they discover that their minds are like bubbling vats, and it’s not so easy to stay on the breath. The mind has a life of its own. It carries you away. Over a lifetime, you may wind up in the situation where you are never actually where you find yourself. You’re always someplace else, lost, in your head, and therefore in a kind of dysfunctional or nonoptimal state. Why dysfunctional? Because the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment. The past is gone, and I don’t know what’s coming in the future. It’s obvious that if I want my life to be whole, to resonate with feeling and integrity and value and health, there’s only one way I can influence the future: by owning the present.

Jon Kabat Zinn)

 Something to feast our minds upon this time of year and also looking ahead to a whole brand new year with infinite possibilities. Perhaps we have all outgrown new years resolution lists and perhaps that’s a good thing. It may be more interesting to focus on the here and now – the individual moments we call living.


We often make playlists here at H&P. Today we thought we’d upgrade to some playlists created by the Barbican! They have very kindly given them as a Christmas gift – free to download until 7 Jan. Click HERE to get started.


all our love to our readers and thank you for your support this year,
and a special thank you to all our contributors and interviewees

see you very soon!

Katie and Lisa



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