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Agony Answers: Confidence

Q: “I’m a 28-year-old single woman. I don’t feel I have anything to offer to anyone. All my relationships seem have failed and I’m stuck in a dead end job …

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the secret behind many a healthy body and beautiful face. It has the ability to boost the immune system, clear sinuses and can stop a …

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Nourishing skincare for winter

Nourishing. Nurturing. Comforting. Soothing. That’s what we all need as we head towards the longest night of the year. We need it on all levels – in our surroundings, in …

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Review: proto-col collagen shots

The thing that drives me nuts about so many skin creams and serums is that the claims they make are ludicrous:  they defy basic biology. Take collagen for example. We …

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Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes you’re just browsing through Twitter, through the timeline of a friend.  Just browsing, killing time, not really looking for anything much at all. Just watching the moments as the …

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Witch Light – book review

It’s rare that a book really touches me these days. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, however, moved me deeply. I’d read Fletcher’s debut novel, Eve Green, some time ago and …

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The Simple Things

Sometimes it’s the silly little simple things that make life bearable.  Right now the macro picture of my life isn’t working too well, and it’s all too easy to sink …

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Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes you’re just browsing through Twitter, through the timeline of a friend.  Just browsing, killing time, not really looking for anything much at all. Just watching the moments as the …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

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Marek Stefanowicz – The Cave

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Cave to be translated into English for some considerable time. It’s a novel that’s also a guidebook on how to live consciously. But it’s not remotely …

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Hooves – cool vegan shoes

I love Kickstarter.  Not heard of it?  It’s an online platform for crowdfunding creative projects.  In other words, if you have some great project but can’t get (or don’t want) …

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Creative writing

They say that we all have a book inside us. Many of us dream of writing a novel, penning poems, scribbling an autobiography and yet few of us ever put …

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Treasure mapping

New Year is coming up and  most of us start the year with a list of hopes and dreams. But even the best resolutions frequently collapse come February (or the …

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Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes you’re just browsing through Twitter, through the timeline of a friend.  Just browsing, killing time, not really looking for anything much at all. Just watching the moments as the …

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Who were you as a child?

Who were you as a child?  Who were you before you learned to behave in ways that your family, your teachers, your peers, society deemed ‘correct’?  What were your passions …

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Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Sound healing

Children sing for joy. They yell if they get angry and wail if they get hurt. Yet, by the time we have reached adulthood, we have learned not to cry …

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Be kind to your back

My back has always been my weak spot, my Achilles’ heel if we’re going to mix metaphors. It’s hardly surprising as I’ve spent most of my adult life hunched over …

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5 ways to better buttocks

Nowadays when we ask ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ we’re often hoping the answer is ‘Yes’ as celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian champion the trend …

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Yoga to suit your personality

Everyone knows yoga gives you lean limbs and a bendy back.  But significant new research shows that it can supercharge your mind and emotions too. In a recent Oxford University …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Buddha bowl – the world in a meal

There’s something about a bowl – Buddha bowl,  salad bowl, breakfast bowl – it doesn’t matter. I’ve always loved one-pot meals but now they’re becoming a bit of an everyday …

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the secret behind many a healthy body and beautiful face. It has the ability to boost the immune system, clear sinuses and can stop a …

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Be kind to your back

My back has always been my weak spot, my Achilles’ heel if we’re going to mix metaphors. It’s hardly surprising as I’ve spent most of my adult life hunched over …

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Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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Nourishing skincare for winter

Nourishing. Nurturing. Comforting. Soothing. That’s what we all need as we head towards the longest night of the year. We need it on all levels – in our surroundings, in …

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Ghost-free guarantee for homes?

Should all houses come with a clean bill of spiritual health? A decent neighbourhood, great local schools and a watertight roof are all taken for granted – but shouldn’t you …

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Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Creative writing

They say that we all have a book inside us. Many of us dream of writing a novel, penning poems, scribbling an autobiography and yet few of us ever put …

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What’s your water personality?

Waves crashing onto the seashore, wild and majestic or the limpid waters of a cool lake that caress your bare feet: whatever form it takes, we just can’t help being …

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The Attraction Trap

You meet a man at a party and it’s instant attraction. You like the same things, you laugh at the same jokes, you share the same hopes and aspirations. Something …

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Past lives, present solutions?

Have we lived before? Have we walked, talked, loved and lost in other times, in other places, in other bodies? Reincarnation is a beguiling philosophy and it is small wonder …

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Ways to meditate

I’ve talked about this before but it’s worth reiterating.  Really, there are a million and one ways to meditate. It’s just a case of finding one that suits you. You …

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The Good Breathing Guide

Good breathing is the hidden health secret – a sure-fire way to improve your well-being, freshen up your looks and boost your mood. While we all know how to breathe, …

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Finding happiness with real moments

Are you happy? Really happy? Not just content or getting by or doing okay but really really happy? Fat chance. True happiness nowadays seems more elusive than a simultaneous orgasm; …

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the secret behind many a healthy body and beautiful face. It has the ability to boost the immune system, clear sinuses and can stop a …

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Be kind to your back

My back has always been my weak spot, my Achilles’ heel if we’re going to mix metaphors. It’s hardly surprising as I’ve spent most of my adult life hunched over …

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The Good Breathing Guide

Good breathing is the hidden health secret – a sure-fire way to improve your well-being, freshen up your looks and boost your mood. While we all know how to breathe, …

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Mongolian Healing

Strolling through old files I came across a feature I wrote a long time back about Mongolian medicine and Chua-ka.  I thought it might be of interest to those who …

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Sound healing

Children sing for joy. They yell if they get angry and wail if they get hurt. Yet, by the time we have reached adulthood, we have learned not to cry …

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Past lives, present solutions?

Have we lived before? Have we walked, talked, loved and lost in other times, in other places, in other bodies? Reincarnation is a beguiling philosophy and it is small wonder …

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Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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FODMAP and the IBS link

FODMAP – the acronym everyone with IBS should know about.  An increasing body of research from around the world indicates that following a low FODMAP diet can help over 75 …

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Buddha bowl – the world in a meal

There’s something about a bowl – Buddha bowl,  salad bowl, breakfast bowl – it doesn’t matter. I’ve always loved one-pot meals but now they’re becoming a bit of an everyday …

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Natural birth vs Caesarian

The operating theatre lights were glaring as my baby was born.   The surgeon was laughing about football and the radio was blaring some loud rock song.   I had been pumped …

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Living life with passion

You know how some people are so passionate, so full of life and the joys of living that they virtually leave you breathless?  Well, why shouldn’t we all have that sense …

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Past lives, present solutions?

Have we lived before? Have we walked, talked, loved and lost in other times, in other places, in other bodies? Reincarnation is a beguiling philosophy and it is small wonder …

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5 Ways to Get your Own Way

Nobody likes to admit it, but we all secretly want to get our own way. Whether we’re arguing with someone at work or choosing where to take the family holiday, …

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Can you learn confidence?

I’ve always said that if I could be a fairy godmother and give a child one gift, it would be confidence. If you are confident you can go anywhere and …

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Witch Light – book review

It’s rare that a book really touches me these days. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, however, moved me deeply. I’d read Fletcher’s debut novel, Eve Green, some time ago and …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

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Marek Stefanowicz – The Cave

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Cave to be translated into English for some considerable time. It’s a novel that’s also a guidebook on how to live consciously. But it’s not remotely …

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Best books for boys

Best books for boys?  Someone recently asked if anyone knew of good books for older boys; any books with good male protagonists. So I have had a bit of a …

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The Attraction Trap

You meet a man at a party and it’s instant attraction. You like the same things, you laugh at the same jokes, you share the same hopes and aspirations. Something …

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Zen – Discover your true self

Stress, anxiety and depression are an increasing part of life in Britain. According to the Mental Health Foundation around 50 percent of adults in the UK feel stressed every day …

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Witch Light – book review

It’s rare that a book really touches me these days. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, however, moved me deeply. I’d read Fletcher’s debut novel, Eve Green, some time ago and …

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Review: proto-col collagen shots

The thing that drives me nuts about so many skin creams and serums is that the claims they make are ludicrous:  they defy basic biology. Take collagen for example. We …

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Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Prehistoric body postures

Ancient statues and prehistoric paintings give a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our early ancestors. The cave paintings of Lascaux, the Long Man of Wilmington, the Venus of Laussel …

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What’s your water personality?

Waves crashing onto the seashore, wild and majestic or the limpid waters of a cool lake that caress your bare feet: whatever form it takes, we just can’t help being …

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Floatation meets shamanism

As a journalist and author of books on health and wellbeing I’ve tried pretty much every technique and treatment going. All were interesting but there were only some I fell …

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Are spas worth it?

I recently visited a spa where a facial cost a cool £350.  An exfoliation and massage would set you back £175 and £200 would buy you a couple of hours …

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Ghost-free guarantee for homes?

Should all houses come with a clean bill of spiritual health? A decent neighbourhood, great local schools and a watertight roof are all taken for granted – but shouldn’t you …

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Past lives, present solutions?

Have we lived before? Have we walked, talked, loved and lost in other times, in other places, in other bodies? Reincarnation is a beguiling philosophy and it is small wonder …

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Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Coffee reading

Polish off your morning expresso and what do you see? An empty cup streaked with coffee grounds – or images of angels, lightning bolts and pots of gold? While the …

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Kabbalah – the Tree of Life

Kabbalah is the ancient heart of Jewish mysticism; a deeply profound philosophy of life. It has been said that if you study Kabbalah seriously you will have at your fingertips …

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Prehistoric body postures

Ancient statues and prehistoric paintings give a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our early ancestors. The cave paintings of Lascaux, the Long Man of Wilmington, the Venus of Laussel …

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In praise of slow

When we are accustomed to living overloaded bloated lives, when we are used to following the dictates of a fragile ego, slowing down is scary and stopping is downright terrifying. …

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Creative writing

They say that we all have a book inside us. Many of us dream of writing a novel, penning poems, scribbling an autobiography and yet few of us ever put …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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Mantras for difficult times

A group of us were being driven along a seriously scary road in France by possibly the worst driver in the world. I sat in the back, quietly toning the …

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