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Loving my Amygdala

ShareTweet I was watching Star Wars with my kids on Saturday. And while I’ve now seen it more times than I can count, I am still amazed at how I hear the same things in new ways. The emotional intelligence in this movie is way ahead of its time. Drives my kids mad because they […]

Keep Moving

ShareTweet They say when life’s hard the best thing you can do is to keep moving forward. And after watching Catalyst’s episode on Exercise and Cancer it proves it’s true in more ways than one. If you haven’t seen this episode, you must. Because what they’ve done is to demonstrate without a doubt that when we […]

Filling the bucket

ShareTweet I wish I could give blood. Everywhere I go I see the blood bank vans. I seem to be haunted by them. But there’s not much point. They always have trouble finding my veins. Every surgery is the same. Has been all my life. Both my daughter and my mum are exactly the same. […]

Have you eaten rice today?

ShareTweet It’s a beautiful greeting, isn’t it. The Chinese sometimes greet each other like this. And for me it oozes pure love. I stepped off a plane two days ago from Hong Kong. My husband and I ran away for a beautiful week of indulging our senses. And I often wonder why I didn’t give […]

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

ShareTweet It’s quite surprising, isn’t it. That most people don’t realise what happens to their bodies when they’re under stress. Sure we know it feels bad. All that anxiety, worry and fear. And we probably all realise that our muscles tighten up. Those sore necks for example. The tightness across our shoulders. And we may […]

Loving what is

ShareTweet My friend Peter calls it surrender. Petrea King talks about finding your peace. And for Byron Katie it’s all about loving what is. And none of its about being defeated. Far from it. They are all speaking of acceptance. Because when we’re in a place of acceptance, when we give up the fight, things […]

Braveheart

ShareTweet My stepfather died just over a week ago. Diagnosed at 77 with a lung cancer, he considered his options and chose not to treat it. The surgery carrying its own significant risks. He’d had a great life he reasoned. Premature at birth and not expected to survive, he’d outlived them all. Mother, father, sister, […]

Which Doctor?

ShareTweet My uncle was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June. Fit, youthful and full of energy. Just slightly short of breath. And after the disbelief, I find that I am angry. And surprisingly it’s not with the makers of the asbestos. It’s with his doctors. Because when he asked about his life expectancy, if he had […]

Battle Scars

ShareTweet I don’t watch the news. Too much negative stuff I don’t want to fill my head with. I figure, if it’s important, I’ll find out. And I always do. But I must confess I’m still in shock. The headline that flashed up as I logged on certainly got my attention. Angelina Jolie announcing she’s […]

Day of Happiness

ShareTweet Back in the 1970’s the progressive little nation of Bhutan realised something profound. That the wellbeing of its people was more important as an indicator of development and prosperity than material wealth. How incredible is it to witness a nation recognising national happiness over national product? A nation that adopts a more holistic outlook […]