It’s been a while – and I write to you now feeling like a whole new person!
In March 2021, husband Paddy and I moved to Scotland, to the beautiful Isle of Cumbrae where my mum lived for 20 years with my stepdad. We’ve had many, many holidays and visits over the years and have wondered about moving here before. But now the time is right.
We are absolutely loving it here – so close to stunningly beautiful nature and the people are so warm and friendly. I have been amazed at how powerful it’s been to move back to my homeland after 36 years in London, Devon and Cornwall. I feel like my bones are made of the same stuff as the rocks and that the salty Firth of the Clyde waters are flowing through my veins.
The relocation followed an intense few years which saw three other house moves, Paddy recovering from a stroke and the diagnosis, illness and passing of my dear sister then beloved mum. These three were / are the closest loved ones in my world (along with my son Jamie who is still very much alive and well!) For the last couple of years, I’ve paused Thrivecraft to attend to all that – and to my own recouperation.
Then this September, I suddenly realised I’d completed the arduous, years long trek through the mountains and arrived in a bountiful valley of peace, ease and light heartedness once again. And after a year of honouring my health, fitness and wellbeing as a priority, am feeling more vibrant than I have in a long time.
But there’s more – I have a new name! Since coming back to Scotland I have taken up my middle name, Kay, again. It’s what my Scottish family know me as and it feels right. Since changing, it dawned on me that Maggie Kay was just a transitional label – a professional brand and pen name – after 20 years of being Srimati (my ordained Buddhist name). But Kay is coming home to the ‘real’ me, much like coming home to Scotland – the return of the prodigal daughter after all those years adventuring! So please do call me Kay if you remember!
And speaking of pen names, I also have a new book project! I’ve been feeling like my next book – True Love Cuts Deep: The Strong Woman’s Guide to Letting Go (working title) – is prompting me to start writing. It follows on from my first book, Diving for Pearls: The Wise Woman’s Guide to Finding Love which was published in 2017.
Then, last week, I noticed Nicola Humber of Unbound Press was offering a 5 day writing challenge. And as it happened, I had a clear diary for the first time in months. I took it as a nudge from the Universe, so I signed up. Our first assignment is to announce our book intentions publicly – so here you are!
It’s good to be back!
I’m thrilled to now be a weekly contributor to Inspired World Magazine
Every Thursday, you can read a chapter from my book, Diving for Pearls: The Wise Woman’s Guide to Finding Love.
And every Thursday lunchtime (GMT), I’ll be reading the same chapter aloud on Facebook Live Video.
Here is the first chapter – Dipping a Toe – about my first taste of meditation and my father’s near death experience.
Get Into Your Meditation Groove
A Month of
Step-by-Step Supported Learning
with Maggie Kay
Certified home study course
with group coaching and support
1 Feb – 1 Mar 2018
Maggie Kay is one of the UK’s foremost meditation teachers and guides.
Psychology graduate and former ordained Buddhist,
Maggie has been meditating since she was 19
and teaching, guiding and creating meditation for over 20 years.
She draws meditations from traditional and modern sources
as well as her own inner and channelled wisdom.
Upon successful completion, you receive your
Thrivecraft Meditation Practitioner Certificate
Maggie Kay is an IICT member and approved training provider.
She is founder of Thrivecraft, a registered modality
Qualify to continue to Accredited Thrivecraft Meditation Teacher training
Get into Your Meditation Groove is a pre-requisite (the first module) for
Maggie Kay’s meditation teacher training course
Week 1. Mindfulness
What is meditation, introduction to practitioner course, posture for meditation, what is mindfulness, mindfulness of breathing meditation explained, guided mindfulness of breathing practice.
Week 2. Loving Kindness
Q&A on mindfulness, higher consciousness with meditation, loving kindness meditation explained, guided loving kindness practice.
Week 3. Manifestation
Q&A on loving kindness, hinderances to meditation, antidotes to hinderances, principles of manifestation, Ah/Om manifestation meditation explained, guided Ah/Om manifestation practice.
Week 4. Inner Wisdom
Q&A on Ah/Om manifestation, what is inner wisdom, Ask Your Inner Wisdom meditation explained, guided Ask Your Inner Wisdom practice, where to go from here.