My 2010 update


Sorry I haven’t been in touch for a while but life has been a bit of a roller coaster for the last 6 weeks or so and we are only just beginning to get back to 'normal'.

The whole family got swine flu just before Christmas and we just recovered in time to enjoy the turkey and presents. I was back at work, albeit briefly from Boxing Day, and then I was knocked off my feet again with more illness. It was probably the 'seasonal flu' combined with a few other things! What with snow, power cuts, schools closed… we all had a rough start to 2010. However, we're off and running now and things are looking up. The family are all well and 2010 is looking full of promise, with lots of exciting things to look forward to.

I've made no New Year’s resolutions but really intend to get myself into shape this year. I haven’t really done much in the way of exercise in the last three years but, even though I will have to start very slowly, I fully intend to get myself fitter and more active. 

I've also just started to learn how to meditate! I have tried this in the past, without much success, but after talking with Wayne Dyer, I've been inspired to try again and I'm using one of his CDs. I'm hoping it will allow myself to calm my active mind so that I can relax a little more easily, so if anyone has any tips for a complete novice I would be delighted to hear them. 

My problem is that I just can’t clear my mind. I'm constantly flitting from one subject to another. I sit there trying and trying and either don’t succeed or just fall asleep! Maybe I should go to Bhutan and join a Buddhist monastery – I could wear a Slanket!

Anyway, I’m back and will be keeping you all in the picture over the forthcoming months, so I look forward to keeping in touch.

Simon X


  1. Nicola Rippon February 1, 2010 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Sorry to hear you have all been ill! I’m hoping that, having been vaccinated against Swine and Seasonal flu (being asthmatic), that I won’t have to suffer it! I do a little bit of meditation from time to time and am certainly no expert but I think the important thing is not to fret about your mind wandering. You have to teach it to be calmer (or should that be karma?!) One thing I found quite good was to go somewhere out of reach of everyday sounds – cars driving past, tvs switched on and so forth. Sit somewhere comfortable and warm. You have to do that or you get distracted by discomfort and the cold! And to take a small object – maybe a pebble or whatever you are comfortable with and just let your mind concentrate on it for as long as it takes. Its size, its shape, its colour. Over and over if necessary. Let your mind think of words associated with it (if you start with a pebble and end up thinking about gas bills you’re doing it wrong!) If your mind starts to wander on to other things just pull it right back to the object. The thing is, I found anyway, that until you get your mind to concentrate on one thing alone you have little chance of getting it to let go entirely. And I think meditating is about thinking about one clear thing – rather than not thinking at all. Besides allowing your mind to roam free (rather than wander and look for something to worry about) is quite relaxing in itself. If you fall asleep that’s ok too – as long as your aren’t anywhere dangerous! Forgive me if you’ve tried all this, or it sounds like nonsense but its what works for me!

  2. Gail February 2, 2010 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon, I guessed you had been ill because you did look a little grey when I saw you on screen a few weeks ago. Glad you and the family are now well and life is once again up and running. I had swine flu back in August, so I do know how you all must have been feeling.
    Happy New Year to you and the family and good luck with the meditation.
    Keep well.
    Gail x

  3. barbara quickfall February 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon, sorry to hear you and your family have been ill.It’s not nice and knocks the stuffing out of you.Hope you all are picking up and feeling better. Happy,Healthy New Year keep smiling and keep well to you and your family. Love Babs xxxx

  4. Diana Croucher-Jones February 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon. Glad you and the family are better. As for the meditation; try when you are having a bath, or just afterwards when you are warm and relaxed. You can close your eyes and picture yourself somewhere special to you – a favourite spot like a beach, a place where you walk or a favourite ‘commune with nature’ walking haunt perhaps. Never try to meditate when hungry or tired and just let your mind go where it will…Drink lots of water afterwards. Best wishes!

  5. Simon Biagi February 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much for all your well wishes, I am afraid its all a bit up hill at the moment as I spent the weekend in hospital having an abscess on my neck cleaned and ‘packed’. Not something I’d like to repeat. I did have the chance to practice some of the tips on meditation and no Nicola I haven’t tried what you suggested so it was very helpful. I’m determined to crack it but conscious that I shouldn’t TRY too hard. Off work over the half term period so hopefully plenty of time to recuperate and meditate in equal proportions.
    Hope you are all well and I’ll be back on the blog in a week or two.
    Love Simon x

  6. Susan Winn February 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Simon, Sorry to hear about the illnesses. Swine flu is well a swine isnt it.
    Your other illness sounds a bit like mine, and if it is I can understand how having a ” busy ” mind can be so tiring. I had lots of things to help me get back on track including Wayne Dyer. Cognative Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a course dasigned to help you re align your thinking processes. Try ” Living Life to the Full”, its a free on line course, and ” The Mood gym” The latter is really quite fun. Love from Sue Winn x

  7. Nicola Rippon February 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Blimey, Simon you don’t do things by halves, do you? Flu of all sorts, abscesses … are you sure you don’t just have a thing for nurses?
    Hopefully you’ll be back on the mend now. Take it easy, sometimes all these things are our bodies telling us to slow down a bit!

  8. LyndaR. February 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon,let’s hope the exciting things you have to look forward to in year 2010 are exactly that, and put you and your little family back on track again.I’m so glad you asked the meditation question, as I’m definitely going to give it a try.Am finding the replies to the question really interesting!as I’m sure you are too.Well, I’m off to find myself a pebble or something similar!Take care Simon, and hope you return with better health.
    Good wishes,

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