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The Butterfly Effect

Welcome to the Mind Body Zone blog.

I'm a Pilates teacher, writer and musician, with an active interest in mindfulness.

I'll be posting regularly on mind body matters.

Welcome to MindBodyZoneHowever, this first post is simply to introduce myself, and my new website - a birthday gift from my talented sister Sue - Director @

She asked me to think about a logo for my new website, which got me thinking.

And it wasn't long before an image of a butterfly fluttered into my head.

I smiled, and thought "Perfect!"

In ancient Greece, the word for butterfly was "Psyche", meaning mind, or soul. For Native Americans, particularly the Navajo and Hopis, the butterfly is a symbol of change and joy. In other cultures, they represent hope and freedom.

Most powerfully perhaps, the butterfly reminds us of the possibility of personal transformation.

Joseph Pilates who described his system of exercise as "complete coordination of mind, body and spirit" understood this only too well. "Physical fitness" he maintained "is the first requisite of happiness"

To end, I'll leave you with my three favourite butterfly quotes:

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower" ~ Hans Christian Anderson

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar" ~ Trina Paulus

"The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity" ~ George Carlin

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