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Ponder the words 'productive' and 'productivity' and notice whether you feel any disquiet which manifests as a feeling /sensation in your body.

This feeling might be labelled 'urgency', 'lack', 'anxiety' etc.

Drop the label, and sit with the feeing/sensation for a while.

Note whether it has a size shape, weight, colour or density.

Note the space around the borders of the area. Keep switching your attention back and forth between the space and the area.

Check how you feel now.


Gods, maybe I do need to take some leave during therapy, or at least on the day I have a session.

So tired. Brain is like cotton wool but on fire. It's such a weird experience.

Challenging session today anyway. Exhale.

To the weekly therapy session!

*Batman scene transition noises*

MH, personal rant, gaslighting. 

I also visited the park that sits on top of the massive Victorian cemetery that many of those that died in the slum that inspired my were interred in, today.

Took some photos, thought about the place and how quiet and beautiful it was. It's the first time I've visited the place I've read so much about. It felt familiar.

Also had the game design forum at RPGNet rip apart my core mechanics, all very constructively. So I have some redesigning to do I think. It's all obvious stuff I should have picked up on (variable, per-skill target numbers, for example).

I think the redesign might tighten up the core mechanic and theme though, so it's all good.

Manchester was HOT today. Took youngest and @Jo to the cinema and all-you-can-eat at Peachy Keens; and caught a little of the Pride parade. It was a great day for it and you could feel the love in the air. Great day out. โค๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

They're not bangs, it's called a fucking fringe. Bangs hang down at the side of your face. For fuck's sake.

So both New Model Army and Tay Tay released their new albums today. This pretty much sums up the extremes of my musical tastes. What do?

@Stephen Thanks for the follow Stephen - welcome to the Fediverse!

Sorry for the lack of my usual spammy toots, all. Monday's counselling was positive but my head is a bit bouncy with things that came up. Normal service will resume in due course.

Cue a picture of a tubby middle-aged nerd playing noughts and crosses on a blackboard, with a weird clown doll watching on.

Help request, Matrix/ 

Woke at 5am though I suspect I'll drop off again. Some of the things I discussed in my first therapy session are REALLY in my head. Whole new ways of looking at the past four years (and in part, the problematic decade that came before). Things that make me feel...valid (?)

This is weird and positive and quite scary. I kind of feel like crying. I feel less angry. Or maybe, I understand that the anger is meaningless and I can use that energy more positively elsewhere, including for myself.

Meditate for 10 minutes. Try a guided meditation if you have trouble staying focused.

Anyone here have experience with the #meditation system detailed in The Mind Illuminated? Looking to renew and advance my practice. Pros and cons? #Buddhism #neuroscience #TMI #Culadasa #TheMindIlluminated #Dharma

I start seeing a counsellor tomorrow. It's almost four years since "stuff happened" and I lived and worked through some frankly horrifying shit. I'm not looking forward to revisiting it with a stranger, even though I've played out that exact scenario, with hope, in my head for a long time.

Putting all my mindfulness skills to use at the moment and have been distracting myself all day. It'll be fine, I'm sure. It's just a bit scary. ๐Ÿ˜•

Today has not been a good day.

*grumps in Gen-X*

Password manager poll! Don't vote if you don't use one in this case

In the kitchen, listening to Floyd and boiling the shit out of all the fruit I can find that looks like it going off.

I should get my guitar and...jam along.


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