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Beech Tree

Beech Tree Flower Essence

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The Beech tree has many benefits including flower essences The Beech tree The tree itself is known in legend as the mother of the woods. It forms deep shady woods. Their thick leaves create layer upon layer of canopies They can grow up to 140 feet hight with a canopy of 130 feet and trunks…

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Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

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Home is where the heart is You will have heard the expression “home is where the heart is” and I have to say that this could not be a truer statement. Home is the comfort within our own being, our true essence and deep peaceful connection within our own hearts. It’s the place where there…

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Grounding

Forest Bathing Therapy

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Shinrin Yoku Shinrin Yoku or otherwise known Forest Bathing, Forest Therapy or Nature Therapy. Mindfulness in Nature. (There are many names for the medicine of being in the forest)   I have just come back from a few days in the forests of South Devon that run along side the River Dart.  It has been…

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The Power of Acceptance

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The Power of Acceptance ( as posted in Sybil Magazine – May 2019)   “Just accept it”!  These are words that have echoed in my ears.   Hiding away I can remember in my childhood years, not understanding why some of my older siblings would be so bossy, so instructional and on occasions really quite…

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Respecting our values

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This months article published in Sybil Magazine.     We talk about boundaries a lot, in respecting yourself enough and showing others how you would like to be treated.  Talking about it is always so much easier to achieve and actually stepping into that space. Treating myself, as I would like others to treat me is…

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Freedom from Suffering

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Freedom from Suffering By Jack Kornfield   “In a world of tension and breakdown it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner lives not by avoiding sorrow and anguish and running from their problems, but by facing them in their naked reality and ordinariness.” —Thomas Merton      …

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Compassion and Kindfulness

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Compassion and Kindfulness. This is a huge subject that certainly is not going to be covered in one blog. So just for today I wanted to share with you a practice that I have been doing. This is from the training of Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. It’s a self compassion journal. Kindfulness Firstly to…

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It’s official! – Spending time outside is good for you

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We hear all sorts of statements about the benefits of spending time in nature, so I have been finding some of the research that backs some of this up. This next article is from Science Daily and a study completed by the University of East Anglia.   Living close to nature and spending time outside…

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Always looking in from afar..

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This months published article in Sibyl Magazine   Always looking from afar   Joining in without commitment, standing on the peripheral is one of my life patterns.   Not quite fitting in or feeling accepted is a repeated pattern since childhood. I can remember being too small to join in and when I was old…

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Why residential retreats are so good.

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    WHY RESIDENTIAL RETREATS ARE SO GOOD.       Residential retreats are a special time for you. There really is something about not having to worry about others for just a short while. Not having to clock watch, not having to worry about stepping back into your normal life later and not having…

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