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Thoughts on Ethical Banking

The way some banks have behaved recently does not make me feel great about where I keep my money.  The recurring stories of excessive bonuses, dubious tax avoidance schemes, fiddling interest rates, support for arms trade, oil, fracking or other dodgy bank deals have made me think abo

Marketing for Hippies

I am a big fan of Tad Hargrave and his Marketing for Hippies website. Not just for hippies but for anyone who isn’t great at explaining what it is they do, or for people who want to be ethical and ‘nice’ but hate the idea of selling. If you struggle to do the marketi


Vishen Lakhiani the founder of Mind Valley was asked to speak at Engage Today in Calgary along with such luminaries as Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stephen Covey and Nobel Prize Winner F.W De Klerk This speech was voted as one of the top 3 speeches of the entire e

A ‘Don’t Do’ List

A New Year & A New You: A ‘Don’t Do’ List Many people gear up to start a new year full of good intentions. Here’s Andy Mouncey from Fitness Fix, Ingleton to add his own dose of reality with his top five tips so you can avoid coming to an abrupt halt in February. (Don’t) Join A Gym
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Colouring and mandalas can reduce stress

I came across an article recently in the Huffington Post Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress. It appears that colouring, and especially colouring symmetrical patterns like mandalas, can help reduce stress. For most of us we need to use our lef

edX – free online courses

EdX offers free interactive online classes from MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and many other of the world’s top universities. Topics include classic university subjects but also many ‘non-standard’ ones like business and self development. Courses are a mix of videos, readin
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Mindfulness – Finding Peace in a Frantic World

For anyone new to meditation and mindfulness it can be pretty confusing out there. The book and website for Frantic World are a great place to start. You do not have to sit still in a contorted yoga position for hours to benefit and there are many simple tips and guided meditations to
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What is Positive Psychology?

This is a great short cartoon which explains what positive psychology is and why it is important for individuals, the workplace and for society. In simple terms it is the scientific study of what makes life worth living. ‘Contrary to what most of us believe, happiness does not simply

Philosophers Notes from Brian Johnson

Do you have a pile of ‘must read’ books by your bed that you never quite get round to looking at? With work, commuting, family responsibilities and more I completely understand that all those essential books can easily end up at the bottom of the priority list. I recent

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The Success Indicator

I came across the idea of The Success Indicator  a while ago in an article by MaryEllen Tribby in the Huffington Post where she was talking about these qualities. This image was composed by her after meeting and working with some of the smartest, most successful entrepreneurs in the w


We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge

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Mind Full or Mindful?

I completely understand many people have heard of mindfulness and have no idea where to start. The idea of these blogs is to give you a range of tools to help get your head a bit clearer. I love this cartoon, not sure where the original came from but think it is very relevant and my a
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One Moment Meditation

Take a deep breath … and realize that there is an easy way for you to reduce stress, anger, anxiety and fear. There is a way to find a calmer, more focused state of mind right now. Even if you haven’t been able to meditate before … With One Moment Meditation, Martin Boroson has helped
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EFT – Stress Relief at your Fingertips

Guest blog from Penny Lowe Do you often feel overwhelmed by everything you feel you have to do each day? There are many courses out there offering to teach you stress management techniques but one of the best things I have found are emotional freedom techniques – a bit of a mouthful s
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Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret To Better Work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining TED talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity and success.   Shawn is a great believer in positivity and appreciating what we ha
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Mulch Yourself!

As some of you know I am a keen organic gardener and have lots of friends who are interested in permaculture. Recently I discovered a fascinating article written by Flo Scott in Permaculture Magazine where she talked about mulch and bringing permaculture principles into her life to he
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Welcome to our blog

As some of you know I am a homeopath for my  day job and also use a lot of simple mindfulness techniques myself and with my patients. Mindfulness is in the news a lot at the minute but I know many people have no idea really what it is all about or why it might help them. Everyone from