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You can try solving your problems by asking your friends, your family or your partner’s opinions. Am I a fun person? Do I drink too much? Am I good enough? Do hats suit me? But are you actually looking for honesty or is it reassurance you’re after? If it’s real personal growth you seek then stop asking everyone else’s opinion. The only person worth asking is you and your most powerful self help tool is honesty. Honesty will set you free […]

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At the heart of mindfulness is the belief that we are not our thoughts. Our minds are distinct and separate from our ‘inner self’ or our ‘voice of calm’. We can see the mind as a puppy, which needs to be trained in a non judgmental, loving but firm way. Can you make yours walk to heel? How is your mind like a puppy? Let’s say I gave you a puppy. It’s so cute! A fluffy ball of energy who […]

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Recently, I keep seeing blog headlines along the lines of ‘mindfulness didn’t work for me’ or ‘mindfulness decreases motivation at work’ or ‘CBD oil will replace mindfulness as the new fad.’ Apart from the fact that the authors are clearly using mindfulness to get clicks, the articles illustrate how misunderstood mindfulness is. So I thought it would be a good idea to explain what exactly mindfulness is and how you practice it. An introduction to mindfulness Mindfulness is widely considered […]

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The weather is complete shite today – rain, rain and more rain. On a grey day like today I really need a boost – I need my happy list: a short menu of easy, mindful activities I love. Sounds simple doesn’t it. But wait! The art of happiness is in part maintaining our contentment levels day to day and doing that is dependent on a little self-discipline. Yes, I enjoy my work, parenting and chatting to relatives on the phone but […]

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Ah, Hare Krishna, it’s episode 6 of The Voice of Calm Podcast, how marvellous. This week is all about karma, good intentions, self realisation and, weirdly, Avengers End Game! When I was a kid, growing up in Ipswich, my auntie told me not to take sweets from the ‘Hare Krishnas’ because they had drugs in them. Hmmmm. When I moved to London at 19 I worked in Soho and would walk past the Hare Krishna temple daily. Orange robes, white […]

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As the novelty of living without alcohol fades and signs of summer appear, I am met with a whole buffet of alcohol triggers. Apparently maintaining my sobriety is going to be tougher than I thought. A couple of weeks ago the weather suddenly went from grey to balmy. It was as if someone had taken the lid off the UK and we all breathed a smiley sigh . I love the sun but it’s always come with a health warning […]

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I have been searching, as many people have, for meaning and comfort in the wake of the horrific Sri Lanka Easter bombings. Struggling to comprehend the depth of heartache, I googled ‘tragedy’ in the hope of comfort. Arthur C Clarke said, The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijaking of morality by religion. Small comfort but true. Nicola Sturgeon on the other hand, has tweeted, Sri Lanka remains in the thoughts of the world today…A loss of […]

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Are you bee people or dog people? One group is busy saving the planet, the other is lying by the fire hoping someone else will do it. Me? Dog People! Let me explain… My mum called me on her way home from London last week, amid a traffic jam caused by environmental protestors.  Mum: Nightmare! I’ve ended up in Islington because of those bloody bee people! Me: Bee people? Mum: Oh, you know. The ones protesting about species extinction. I’ve […]

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If you feel stuck, bored or depressed for no apparent reason then maybe you need to change your perspective on life. The Hindu concept of the River of Life is one that I find both comforting and compelling. Come with me on a trip to the river … Picture a beautiful river. The sun is shimmering on the water, dragonflies are kissing the surface, swallows are swooping and circling. Imagine yourself standing on the banks of the river. It is […]

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I chatted with Mike Spencer (my husband) about meditating with the Muse 2 headband and we discussed our son Bertie who apparently is now a zen master! It’s funny how I love to hear Mike’s voice recorded like this. And yet in real life I often wish he would stop talking! (Tee hee. Just kidding!!) For those of you who prefer listening to reading, I also read my post “Embrace Failure And Master Your Greatest Success.” As this is only […]

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