Meditate for Change – Autumn

Warm fires, dark nights and the Rich colours of falling leaves all bring to mind the powerful impact of Autumn. It’s a time when like the little bird who makes her nest, we all start to prepare for the new year & new life ahead, and the magic that comes with it. Autumn is a time for change – a time for letting go of the old and embracing the new. 


Here’s a little Autumn meditation I hope you enjoy! 

What are you thoughts on Autumn ? What emotions does Autumn evoke for you?

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COPD – Not Me!


Over the past couple of years, I’ve literally lost count of the number of people telling me they have COPD. This is a condition affecting the lungs and subsequently the ability to breathe. 

According to

Symptoms of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Include:

Breathlessness (or a “need for air”), chronic cough, and sputum (mucous) production. Daily activities, such as walking up a short flight of stairs or carrying a suitcase, and even daily routine activities can become very difficult as the condition gradually worsens. Sufferers also frequently experience exacerbations, that is, serious episodes of increased breathlessness, cough and sputum production that last from several days to a few weeks. These episodes can be seriously disabling and result in need for urgent medical care (including hospitalization) and sometimes death. Symptoms are usually apparent after 40 -50 yrs of age.

In the past 12 months I’ve noticed a wheezing in my chest and a tightness plus a chesty type cough & you can guess the rest right?

So off I went to my GP (Whom I have to say I haven’t visited for at least 6 years) usually as a healer I cure my own ailments but somewhere in the midst of panic at not being able to breath well I forgot this and off I trotted.

This is really how it went….

Doctor: What seems to be the problem?

Me: Well over the past year I’ve noticed a wheezing in my chest at night and it’s loud. Also in the last 12 weeks my chest has been really tight.
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3 Incredible Reasons to Laugh

We all have a good laugh when something funny comes on TV, and even more perversely when someone accidentally goes skidding on the ice (or maybe that’s just me) nevertheless, we all have a laughter trigger. There are lots of reasons why we should laugh more but here are my top 3…..

  1.  Laughter lifts our mood and alleviates symptoms of stress & anxiety instantaneously Laugh laughing laughter health healthy happy mood feel feelings
  2.  Just 10 mins of belly laughter everyday can release enough seratonin (happy chemical) to help conditions causing physical pain.
  3.  Laughter not only gives your face a great workout (making you look younger) it’s also contagious – when you laugh others laugh too but even more importantly, it’s fantastic for the respiratory system (your lungs)                                             

Laughter works in exactly the same way as the anti depressant you get prescribed from your doctor but with no side effects except happy ones.   

 So how do we connect Laughter with Health? 

In 1995 Medical Dr. Madan Kataria, founded the Laughter Club of India, has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world. A former Allopathic Physician and ex-registrar at the Jaslok Hospital (Bombay) in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, he now has thousands of people laughing their way to better health. 

Dr. Kataria developed a new technique of Laughter Therapy called Laughter Yoga involving self-induced laughter, subtle yoga exercises, breathing techniques and stretching exercises. There’s also lots of joy & playfulness thrown in which kind of releases the inner child that often gets forgotten in adulthood. 

During his research into the power of laughter, Dr. Kataria discovered a large amount of scientific literature about the benefits of laughter on the human mind and body: “I was very impressed by the American journalist Norman Cousins, whose book, Anatomy of an Illness, describes how he laughed his way out of an incurable disease of the spine. Cousins said, ‘What was significant about the laughter…was not just the fact that it provides internal exercise for a person…a form of jogging for the innards, but that it creates a mood in which the other positive emotions can be put to work, too.'”

Having discovered this testimony, it hit Dr Kataria like a bolt from the blue….. “If laughter is so good, why not start a laughter club?” Several hours later he tried out the idea with the regulars at his local park who initially reacted with, “Doc, are you OK?”, “Are you crazy?” He eventually motivated four of them to start laughing in a corner of the park. Others laughed at the concept and ridiculed the idea but were converted when the health benefits were explained. Attendance grew and the rest, as they say, is history. There are now hundreds and hundreds of Laughter Clubs all over the world, including India, USA, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France, Malaysia and Dubai.

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Vulnerability – The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

So often these days, we hear talk of vulnerability, and how people we consider less fortunate than ourselves are ‘vulnerable’ in some way. How egotistical does that sound? To categorise someone as less fortunate than ourselves – just because they may look different, appear less financially secure or speak differently. We might want to ponder this… In what way are they less fortunate? and are they more fortunate in other areas of life? If so, does that take away their label of vulnerability and transfer it over to us?

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It’s a very difficult but interesting dilemma, & even more interesting, does vulnerability exist at all? or is it simply part of the ego? Of course, there’ll be many viewpoints on this but for argument sake, let’s say vulnerability does not exist.  In a world where vulnerability doesn’t exist, where does that leave the services designed especially for vulnerable people? Services such as psychologists, counsellors, GPs & pharmaceuticals?  This post isn’t aimed in any way to discredit such services. After all, they’re in place to help the vulnerable aren’t they? Let’s face it, the very definition of vulnerability is the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

On the TV and radio pretty much 24/7 we are bombarded by news bulletins telling us who’s been stabbed, beaten up or terrorised on our streets. We are warned about terrorist attacks and theIr impending threat – is it any wonder we are cautious about venturing out into the big wide world? All over America we hear from those who feel they need to carry guns to defend themselves. I’m not here to be opinionated, but I do admittedly find myself pondering the big question, protect themselves from what? And why do they need such protection?

Then when we get ourselves into such a frenzy as we try to make sense of things, that’s where the services kick in. Services such as counselling to help us to talk through our issues and vulnerabilities, medication to help us feel better, and all of those medications have a side-effect of some kind. Believe me, being vulnerable isn’t an easy ride. Before you know it you’re addicted to shed loads of medication and trying to talk things through with someone you never met before, only to find – the answer was right here within you all the time.  It’s funny really how the very services aimed to cure us, also seem to link in with the definition of vulnerability. For example: Every medication has a physical or emotional side effect which needs another medicine to counteract it.  Each time we receive a prescription and encounter a side effect from that medicine, is that not considered an attack or harm either physically or emotionally? What if simply by changing our way of thinking, we could become invulnerable? Let’s face it, there is a lot of money to be made in having us believe we are a vulnerable society. What it’s just by changing certain aspects of our life and our behaviour, we could start to play to our own strengths instead of letting others play into our weaknesses? I’d like to clarify, I’m not saying, its the main aim of advertisements and services to harm us – but is this something we really shouldn’t  be ignoring? 

What are your thoughts & views?

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