Wellbeing

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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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 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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The Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath

May 27, 2014
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By Nutritionist Chris Sandel While it might surprise you, exercise is a stress on the body. This doesn’t make it bad and while the word stress is normally thought about as a negative, this isn’t inherently the case. Stress from a physiological perspective is something that asks the body to make changes or adaptions. If [...]

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Going Sugar Free: Is This Diet Possible? The Ultimate Candida Program: Part III

March 30, 2014
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So the big question is, really: “is this diet actually possible?” Is it workable into every day life? Is it utter torture? NO SUGAR!

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The Ultimate Candida Diet Part I

March 24, 2014
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You know what, I’m not delighted to be talking about this – us women are meant to be constantly ladylike and not talk about our bodies. But then again, I’m pretty famous now among my friends for talking about my vagina. Plus, an estimated 70% of people have candida in their gut (men and women!), [...]

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O’Right Eco Friendly Hair & Body Care

March 17, 2014
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O’right is a multi award-winning, revolutionary eco haircare brand from TAIWAN. Despite the weird brand name, I strongly recommend you try this range if you are in the market for environmentally friendly hair care that’s truly effective. I would put money on you feeling very satisfied with your purchase. Committed to producing the greenest hair care products [...]

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