About Me – Tracy

Hi  – I am Tracy. I want to take you on a Mindfulness Meditation adventure

This is Tracy after walking the Race for life in2016

Me after Race for Life

I am a sassy ex-pat retiree and Mindfulness blogger.

I am on a mission to make mad minds mellow.

 Here is a little bit about me:

I am 66 years old enjoying retirement and actually doing things I wished I could when working. Indoor Skydiving was a recent memorable birthday present. A first grandchild, Matilda, has come along. She has taught me many things.
I adore curling up in the sun with a good read. As Grouch Marx famously said,
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
My most recent attempt at the formerly impossible is starting a blog on Mindfulness. Practicing has made a big difference to my life. Mindfulness has proved invaluable during a bout of cancer and several episodes of depression. My blog is laying out my personal account and experiences as well as suggesting ways that ordinary people can engage with mindful techniques and meditation. I am interested in your stories, too. Shared experience is my reason for writing. You can find out more on Facebook at Mindfulness Way to Happiness.

I am a retired teacher enjoying retirement in Scotland. I practice Mindfulness and engage in numerous Massive Online OCs.
I wrote the bit above when I joined all at sea with this blogging business.
Now I love it. It is a game of hide and seek and trying new plugins and making your site look and feel better.

I have been a Teaching Assistant for Berkeley California’s ‘Science of Happiness’ Course.

I have read extensively about the Mindfulness

I meditate at least twice a day.

I am just an ordinary person who believes in self-improvement

When we get to formal meditation, I will be recommending the following experts in the field:

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mark Williams

Danny Penman

Sharon Salzberg

Ruby Wax

Elisha Goldberg

Tara Brach and others

 

I will also tell you of well-known and not so well-known people have embraced the Mindfulness Way to Happiness.

 

Will you join me? I want to show other people how Mindfulness can help calm the frantic lifestyle we are forced to embrace in modern life. With my help and your persistence, you will find pleasure and surprise right here in the moment.

I want to encourage you to taste the benefits of mindful practice and meditation. This means YOU.
Get my free ’10 Keys for Happier Living’ in the Free Materials section. It is especially for frantic, exhausted people like you who can who learn how to enrich and savor all the moments of their lives.

Stone bridge symbol of peace

 

 

 

 

 

BUT, as Robert Burns said,  ” The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, Gang aft a-gley. ” (go wrong)

I should tell you that in my experience it never rains but it pours. Just when I was returning to normal functioning, the two-yearly pooh sticks for bowel cancer came through the letterbox. I was feeling quite laissez-faire about doing it. I had been clear every year since starting to complete them. I left it until nearly the last minute until guilt got the better of me. I sent them away and thought no more about it. In about three weeks I was notified that there was something that needed investigation.

The letter said it was probably nothing or else something harmless. So I was in fairly high spirits when I went to the hospital for a colonoscopy. You will find a hilarious article about a man’s colonoscopy on this page from the Miami Herald:

 

intestines of the human

 

 

 

 

 

cancerous cells in the bowel

Cancerous cells in the bowel

 

 

 

But I was not laughing at all when the doctor told me he’d picked up something suspicious during the procedure. At that point my life … The scan was next.  Waiting for it to seal my fate seemed forever even though it was only a week. Then I learned that had a Stage 2 colorectal tumor. An operation was arranged within a week. I got home for Christmas. I had chemo and other drugs for the next ten weeks. That should have been fine. However, the chemo drugs interacted with my other meds and I went straight downhill. That was the most miserable time of my life. Hence the hospital stay I mentioned earlier.

Luckily, I was introduced to Mindfulness. It relieved some of the pain and made me hope complete recovery was possible. And I believe that the lower you sink, the better you feel when you come out from under your stone. New opportunities of seeing beauty present themselves when one returns to the land of the living. For me, it is music in all forms that is especially meaningful and sparkling to me. Out of something awful, good things can come.

 

 

More about Me

I am ready to help you bring calm to your frazzled existence. I know…  you have too much to do in too little time…perhaps you work outside of the home, or you are a stay-at-home mom or… you are studying for those crucial exams. You are probably multi-tasking most of the day. This is called automatic pilot mode, where you tend to rush from one thing to the next without thinking.

Are you proud of your multitasking?? Where does it get you?

Or maybe you find you have too little to do and you are bored and restless. Your mind goes round and round with wishes and wants, regrets and resentments, oughts and ought nots. Do you beat yourself up for not being better at managing to get the things you desire? This type of thinking is called ruminating, your brain is doing what a cow does when it chews its cud over and over again, without solving a single thing.

I have known all of these behaviors at one time or another in my life. And still do from time to time.

As a recent example, recently I had my daughter and her 18-month old baby here for New Year. Would she go to sleep? No. Did she touch things that she shouldn’t? Yes. The house is strewn with toys and books, I will get to it. As much as I love her, I feel totally whacked, mentally and physically.

First, I was excited to get my first this blog written down. Then I intend to give myself a gift of some Mindfulness practice. I know that in a short while I  can return to a peaceful and happy frame of mind.

I invite you to do the same.

Within a few short lessons in Mindfulness, you too can begin to make some sense of this frantic world we are slaves to.

Un Mindfulness starts early – Does your head spin like this?

Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment, non-judgmentally.

This is the tool I want to share to help you discover a happier you.

I would appreciate any comments you have on Mindfulness. I will respond to everyone.