Blog 3: Gratitude in the time of Coronavirus: Mindfulness and Transitions

Ah, to dwell on the positive moments of my day! This has been one of the joys that my mindfulness practice has brought, and particularly during lockdown which has offered so many more peaceful moments in my environment, despite the difficulties of these times. These words are from the head of my MSc course at Aberdeen Uni, Studies in Mindfulness. Thank you Graeme!

TCELT-International Network of Transitions Researchers

Graeme Nixon

Coronavirus has brought with it anxiety, stress, fear, suffering and bereavement. It has also brought many to reflection, new perspectives, altruism and common humanity. All of us are in a moment of obvious transition. The students and young people of this moment are entering a time of huge uncertainty about how their education will proceed. Many are living alone, isolated from families and friends, in some cases distant from their homeland. For many of our students, beyond the remaining few course assignments, they are looking down the barrel of a long summer with little prospect of work or holiday.

For the last 6 weeks I, and my colleague Ingrid Stanyer, have been offering drop in mindfulness sessions for student teachers at the University of Aberdeen. I wanted to share how these have been going and what benefits may result, with particular focus on the claim that we can…

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Seven Touches (which are permitted during lockdown)

Seven Touches (which are permitted during lockdown)

touch stone, touch strength
(boulder, building, pebble)
touch grass, touch gratitude
(hillside, garden, park)
touch blossom, touch blessing
(daffodill, primrose, gorse)
touch catkin, touch caress
(hazel, willow, birch)
touch tree trunk, touch time
(pine, rowan, oak)
touch water, touch witness
(burn, loch, kyle)
touch leaf, touch life
(hawthorn, sorrel, dock)

Alison Roe – coronapoem – Spring 2020, Scotland