Family constellations – healing inter-generational trauma

I’m watching the most extraordinary scene. My own family dynamic is being played out in front of me, with strangers representing my parents, my grandparents, even myself. I watch, with …

Embrace the journey – liminal time for the soul

Last year I went to Mongolia. It was an epic journey: an overnight coach to the airport followed by two eight-hour flights, a day on the trans-Mongolian train and then …

Soul Sync – a daily meditation practice to expand consciousness

Dan woke me up at 2am.  I let him out and stood breathing in the soft night air.  It had rained and the scent of the wet grass and foliage …

Choosing to end suffering with the Penninghame Process

I had sunk so low I was barely functioning. Staring blankly at the screen, distracting myself with television, numbing myself with food, sometimes with alcohol too. Pretty lost again. I’d …

Stopping – when mindfulness falls short

I was wandering through the bowels of my computer when I came across this feature I wrote many years back.  It struck a chord.  Much as I think mindfulness is …

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 …

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, …

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; …

The 7 keys to change resilience

What happens when you’re faced with a crisis? Do you crumple in a heap or do you really come into your own and thrive? Research has shown that when faced …

How do I meditate?

How do I meditate? I don’t know how to ‘do’ meditation. How can I learn to meditate? Lately I’ve been hearing people ask these questions a lot. No big surprise …

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 …

Quaker wisdom for a shaken and stirred society

 Life’s tough.  We battle every day to make sense of a world which seems to be spinning increasingly out of control.  Sometimes, with all the cruelty, injustice and intolerance in …

Tazeka Aromatherapy – a dose of optimism, balance and motivation in shiny pretty bottles!

Remember, all those years back, when I talked about flirting?  Not about how people flirt (well, not necessarily) but how things can flirt with you?  Well, that’s what happened with …

Simple ways to gain confidence

Confidence is the greatest gift under the sun.  When your confidence is high you can conquer the world.  You can take control of your life in every way: work goes …

Meditation is the pudding of yoga

beautybanterinspiration.tumblr.com So, it was lovely to be back in my normal yoga class with the fire roaring inside and a horse mosying around the garden outside, in front of the …

Mindfulness – the key to less stressful living?

Could mindfulness provide the key to less stressful living?  The simple form of meditation, based on Buddhist principles, is fast gaining acceptance as a powerful way of bringing peace to …

Tender yoga – tales from the mat with Tashidowa

I met Tashi, a very wonderful yoga teacher, at Kaliyoga France.  A while back, I asked her about the emotional and psychological impact of yoga for a feature I was writing.  What she …

It’s just a ride…a long list of things I have learned (to date)

It’s been one heck of a ride.  One crazy, mixed up, muddled up time, it really has.  And I got to thinking…what have I learned?  When I look back over the last …