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Journey Notes

The Power of Acceptance

By maria |

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

By maria |

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

By maria |

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

By maria |

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

By maria |

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..

By maria |

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.

By maria |

    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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For a New Beginning

By maria |

For a New Beginning In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave…

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What do you really feel that you deserve

By maria |

What do you really think that you deserve Within our minds, when asked the questions do you deserve to have x y z or to feel x y or z – we can often say YES However, as much as that is logical – do we really believe that. Do we really believe that our…

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Making Space for New Beginnings

By maria |

We often hear about letting go old of the old to make space for the new….    

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