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Your Best Interests at Heart

by Jen Taylor.

What is it that bothers you?  A problem or issue that could really be worthy of attention.  Something which feels annoying or is even more compelling and having a destructive effect on your health or relationships?  Perhaps it comes as a quiet whisper or a deeper nagging feeling?  Have you been tucking it away, seeing if it could magically disappear?  Hoping that tomorrow will be the day and yet, as each day evolves, the problem and the discomfort is still there.

Facing your story & the feelings can take some courage and create a place of very real vulnerability.  A place that could be a challenge to be in, or not, as it may not actually even feel as bad as your mind or inner critic makes it out to be.  Once you’ve laid the issue on the table and spoken of it, the weight is off your shoulders and the energy is in motion for change.  Is it something that is just for you personally to address, or maybe it involves communication and negotiating with another?

The problem may require the assistance of a Life Coach or Counsellor, where choosing a person you can feel safe with, is paramount.  Where you can be in a confidential, non-judgemental space with, somebody who will listen and acknowledge, who will truly have your very best interests at heart.



Often having a neutral person as a sounding board is a great way to lift tension from the physical body, a place to look at the truth and inspire some clarity and direction, when you can stop running and the issues are dealt with.  It also assists the body to come to homeostasis (the body’s own innate balance of healing), as carrying emotions and problems not addressed takes their toll, manifesting more as pain and dis-ease.  Yet in homeostasis dis-ease is preventable and in many instances reversible.

This time of year brings a great opportunity to pay attention to the physical symptoms and it is a truly wonderful time to look and listen, to nourish the blossoming of the new within you.  It could be a time to take a moment to stop running, breathe in the divine scents of new growth and fresh air, allowing your issues to be heard.  With forgiveness, love of self and another, there brings a hope for new ways.  I invite you to try it on, allow your inner voice and any problem to be heard, you and your amazing body deserve it!

 

 

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By Sharron Stevens.

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  • Increased effort to do simple, everyday tasks
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  • Decreased ability to cope with stress
  • Increased time to recover from illness or injury
  • Mild depression
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  • Poor memory
  • Irritability and decreased tolerance

Chinese Wisdom for the Seasons

By Marianne Kornaat.

We probably all have heard that we should try to eat locally and that it is better to eat foods that are in season.  I would like to share a little part of Chinese wisdom that can hopefully help you understand why it is so important to align with the seasons.

The Chinese talk about the five elements and the five seasons, every season is linked to a specific organ and a specific flavour.  The sour flavour is linked to the liver and linked to spring, the bitter flavour is linked to the heart and summer, the pungent taste is linked to the lungs and autumn, and the salty taste is linked to our kidneys and to winter.  The fifth season is the season in between seasons and is linked to earth and our digestive system.  Each flavour specifically supports an organ, so if your liver needs attention it is best addressed in the spring and if your heart is frail or you suffer from depression or nervousness, summer is the time to help care for your heart.  Since we are in summer we will focus on that.

Love Meditation

by Jen Taylor.

The thing I enjoy most about meditation isn’t just the practice of creating more stilling of the mind but also the awareness of bringing mindfulness into everyday activities.  In fact my experience of having to sit for some time has been somewhat challenging, many I have spoken with also share this inner conflict.  With a preference for the body and mind to be more active, I have at times felt challenged by the idea of trying to still the mind.  From patience and consistency though, I have found that the benefits are profound and now too have proven scientific results.

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by Victoria Thomas.

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Welcome to the World of [...]

by Debbie Bates.

My first experience of this profound complementary therapy was in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised as I felt a deep sense of relaxation moving through my body and afterwards, a state of calm as I moved back out into the world.  I was fascinated that points on the feet were connected to different parts of my body and through the session, felt stress falling away from my neck and shoulders.  It was after this session that I decided to undertake a practitioner’s course and while studying, my family and friends benefited as I practiced on them and that helped lessen their stress also - a win/win.

Every Body Loves Bowen

by Jen Taylor.

I meet many clients who come in to find some relief from the pain patterns & injuries which may be interrupting their daily routine.  It is common in our western culture to be used to needing a quick fix to be able to carry on with life.  It seems as a society we are not so keen at accepting the pain and addressing any feelings that may be underneath the pain.  There is such a drive to ignore pain or to reach for some kind of pain relief to be able to carry on with the daily routine.  Certainly, sometimes this is a necessary choice however, pain can be a wonderful signal in the body to help us to look at and address perhaps a wider set of problems.  The body is sending a message to look a bit closer and pay attention, if one chooses. 

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