Wellbeing

How the Spiritual Community Failed Michael Stone

July 28, 2017

Non-dual teacher Michael A Rodrigues writes “Life is about the alternation of opposites. Thinking of your moods as “natural or cosmic events” or “seasons in consciousness” will relieve you of the neurotic feeling that they’re anything other than natural, impersonal, and universal — or that you “should” be feeling any particular way all the time. [...]

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You Are Not a Bad Person, Trust Me

July 22, 2017

The more I inquire, the more I can’t help but arrive at the understanding that all thought seems to arise out of a mysterious void. We spend a lot of time judging ourselves harshly for thoughts that we had no role in summoning, but that inevitably create particular feeling states in reference to said uninvited [...]

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Positivity Junkies. Brrrrr.

July 21, 2017

Feel like I need a power shower after an earlier encounter with one of the ‘power-of-positive-thinking’ transcendence junkies that this little island seems to attract in such large numbers. Preach your reckless hope elsewhere. For me, leaning into the darkness is the truly radical act that leads to transformation. I find positive affirmations to be [...]

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Our Longings Are Innocent

July 16, 2017

  Artwork - Christian Schloevery With the exception of a very small minority, I believe our longings are innocent, our desires life affirming. Of course it’s also true that craving is the cause of much suffering. So whilst it’s prudent not to buy into it too much, not to lend too much weight to the ‘stories’ [...]

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Why Do Story Tellers Write?

July 12, 2017

Why do story tellers write? Why do they expose their soft, vulnerable underbelly to a sometimes scornful, sometimes indifferent audience? I write because often I cannot contain everything I see, hear and feel, such is the intensity of my bittersweet and painstakingly beautiful lived experience. It has been this way since I was very small. [...]

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Who Decides What is Reality?

June 25, 2017

Of course I know that I am a stone in the wall of a giant echo chamber that is manipulated heavily by social media wizardry… and I know that I live in a tropical bubble, where truth seekers, rabble rousers and conscientious objectors come to find kin to live among…I know that the open heartedness [...]

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A Brief History of Sexual Assault

October 16, 2016
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This is undoubtedly the most challenging, vulnerable post I have ever written. In the aftermath of Trump’s ‘hot mic’ revelations of his practice of sexually assaulting women BECAUSE HE CAN, I lay awake for hours feeling a trauma response course through my body. Feelings of rage, of impotency, of shame and even a little despair [...]

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Sunscreen Chemicals to Avoid

July 27, 2016
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  Infographic courtesy of Odylique.co.uk. Odylique Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 is organic and fair-trade, and I will be testing this soon for review, so keep your eyes peeled.  

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Amnesty International – Look Beyond Borders

May 24, 2016
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Today I saw this very beautiful little piece of celluloid from Amnesty International and felt to repost it here on my blog for a couple of reasons; 1. It reminded me of the after-school club I used to attend in the 80′s. Once a week, a small group of students and teachers would stay behind [...]

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Discover the Antidote to Shame

January 24, 2016
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  Every afternoon at the New Life Foundation, the residents benefit from workshops ranging from topics such as mindfulness, self development, addiction recovery, creativity, and communication skills. This week, Life Coach Samina facilitated a workshop addressing the sticky topic of ‘Shame’. Centred around Brene Brown’s excellent and surprisingly humorous TED talk on vulnerability and shame, [...]

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What is EMDR Therapy? A Personal Experience.

January 24, 2016
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One of the many great things about New Life is the number of different therapeutic modalities on offer, ranging from refuge recovery for addiction, the Hakomi method, TRE, Dance Mandala, EFT, Art therapy, core process psychotherapy and more. We are currently very fortunate to have Ani Konchog on the Life Coach team again this year. [...]

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How this committed rule breaker learned to find comfort in structure

January 6, 2016
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  It’s safe to say that I am somewhat of an anti-authoritarian. Perhaps one of the reasons I am so attracted to Buddhism is that it invites you to “see for yourself”, to test out this set of guidelines for living to see if they work for you, rather than buying into some ancient dogma. I [...]

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Part Two – Listen to your heart

October 28, 2015
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“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist. The 40′s can often be a time of great transition for women, especially those childless as I am. I’ve found myself questioning many of my career and life [...]

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Part One – Ditching the beauty products

October 28, 2015
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So dear readers, this little blog of mine is about to undergo a bit of a sea change. Permit me to elaborate. Many of you will know that I’ve been a make up artist for the last 13 years, and in that time I’ve seen epic changes in the fashion and beauty industry, most of [...]

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The Moorings, Islamorada, Florida Keys

May 6, 2015
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Image Copyright – Aly Hazlewood Review of The Moorings Village & Spa, Islamorada Discovered by Spanish explorers, Islamorada (purple island in Spanish) is thought to have been named such thanks to the astonishing purple hued sunsets that grace the skies. One of the most enjoyable location shoots I’ve had the good fortune to experience was [...]

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The Elemis Spa at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Excel

February 13, 2015
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The Sunborn Yacht Hotel is something of a floating gin palace, a 420ft motorless yacht, with 135 rooms moored in the docks near ExCel, a mere 15-minute taxi ride from London City Airport. A spa on a moored yacht sounds impossibly glamorous, so I was happy to drag myself out into the freezing cold weather [...]

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The Truth About Juicing

July 8, 2014
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Ilona Wesle is a nutritionist and co-founder of MyDetoxDiet.co.uk, a leading expert in detoxing, cleansing and alkalising. With a shop and detox centre in Greenwich and a nationwide delivery service offering fresh, vegan, detox diets direct to your door, MyDetoxDiet.co.uk offers everything you need to detox your body and boost your energy. And if you are specifically looking [...]

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