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What Is Mandala Art?

Birthed in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and loosely translated from Sanskrit, mandala means circle. Mandala’s are repeating patterns of harmony, unity and wholeness from a central space, aligned with the neverending universe. There are many ways to create a mandala and in this “Jane Investigates” episode I share a way we can create greater calm, clearer thinking, and present moment awareness through making a mandala in nature.

Why Make A Mandala?

Mandalas can teach us much about non-attachment, impermanence, the cycle of life, and being with things as they are.


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Photo by Jorge Gardner on Unsplash

Episode 25

“What to speak about at this month’s Random Dialogues event?” I asked my friends.

“Well as the event centers around speaking from the heart why don’t you do just that, share something from your heart.”

“I know I’ll investigate how we speak from our heart!”

So, lovely reader what does this mean to you?

My friend Yeshe Trinley was a Buddhist Monk. He joined us in Guildford at Random Dialogues when we first started, he was a great catalyst in getting it going and growing. He’d met Arthur whilst they were both training to be Heart Math coaches.

I remember being plugged into one of their gadgets to measure my heart-brain coherence. …


It was my Nan’s 100th birthday.

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“She looks so well!” everyone says.

“I feel old mate” she’ll say.

As she opened the card from the Queen, my teens and I caught up with her on the Wattsap screen! Despite the noise and bustle of her wonderful care home, Nan feels quite alone, more so right now in Tier 4, my mum can’t just swing by and knock at her door.

I shared some pics of Nan receiving her card from the Queen here.

If you were 100 and reflecting on life, what would you like to have loved, been, said, or done?


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Whilst investigating Boxing Day, memories of Nan tipping window cleaners, posties, milk and paper deliverers, plus refuse collectors came to mind.

For many it’s typically a day of resting, digesting, walking, heading off to the races, footie, or Christmas sales. Boxing Day occurs on the 26th of December, became an official bank holiday in 1871, and has a history of 800 years.

I found no evidence of boxing, only giving. For example, in the 18th Century, the “alms” from the Christmas Day church collection might include gifts or money to distribute to the poor the following day.

It was also a day off for most servants waiting on Lords and Ladies of the Manor, who would donate a box for them to take home, which might include their Christmas Day leftovers. It seems, the idea of Christmas Hampers also stems from this gifting of boxes to employees. Samuel Pepy’s 1663 diary entry references gift box collections too.


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A “Glad I Did It Story” originally written on 8th June 2020.

rama.dasaratha writes in our LIFESmart Facebook community,Sharing a Glad I Did It Story is an important activity for sharing work in progress and playing it forward. It enables us to share our story in a way that others can gain actionable insights.”

Why this story?

The story is about a practical guide for mindfulness ebook. It has 19 pages with large text, and encourages individuals to explore mindfully where their creativity is and ignite their passions!

“Extremely useful little ebook by the force of nature and creative volcanicity that is Jane Tyson, an easily digestible and practical list of tips to help you keep your shizzle together.


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Jane Investigates Episode 19

Is there any legitimacy for the no-poo and oil cleansing method? In the various blogs, videos, and tips I’ve read and watched, 6 weeks seems to be the turning point, especially if you get it right. It also seems easy to go wrong and end up with an itchy, greasy, flaky scalp, rank hair, and loss of confidence!

In this video I share how it is going up to week 2, I’ll add another video update in a few weeks. If you are interested bookmark this page and subscribe to my channel to get a reminder.


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As I pulled my stone from the box, the children gasped with excitement. The magic is in the anticipation, the group energy, the shared curiosity. They had to guess where it had come from, and why it was in the box. It was a pleasant change from their usual worksheets, powerpoints and tight schedules.

The stone was very dull, boring grey, and rather chipped.

But the stone had a story; it had the traditional tale of “stone soup”, which I’d blended from the many versions I’d found online.

I like to make these stories up a bit (sometimes quite a bit). It gets the kids so much more excited and engaged when they are part of the telling of it, too. …


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#onemumatatime

Click on the white arrow just below to follow The Thortspace Journe‍y, where you will discover my “8 Ideas For a Greener Halloween”.

It’s good to have you here. You may also like to read the full Episode here

Jane “Investigating the Weird and Wonderful” Tyson


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#onemumatatime

In the Thortspace journey below I’ve shared some suggestions to combat isolation, I will publish a more detailed “Jane Tyson Investigates” Episode 10 soon. In the meantime, perhaps you have some thorts to contribute in the comments?

It’s good to have you here. You may also like to read Episode 12 8 Signs You Might Be Heading For Overwhelm

Jane “Investigating the Weird and Wonderful” Tyson


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Most teenagers would love to have part-time jobs and earn money, it gives them a sense of independence, responsibility, autonomy, plus teaches them valuable life skills and much more. However these days it’s just not legally possible for them, and most organisations I’ve spoken to are reluctant to take them on even as volunteers due to safeguarding concerns and endless red tape.

Recently, my daughter and I went on our annual pilgrimage to the Rosamund Community Garden Open Day in Guildford, which includes apple pressing, plus eating homemade soup, bread, and cakes.

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