Opening up

Did you know a pine cone is a seed holder?  I picked one up on my forest bathing foray into my local woods today..  They either hold on to or release seeds into the environment and if you put a pine cone into cold water they close up quickly. As a therapist I work with…

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Letting go

Release yourself. “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” Letting go is SO SO hard to do. We all carry unspoken expectations of ourselves, set by our parents or caregivers and along the way ourselves as we navigate through life. Conforming and ‘being normal’ is one of…

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Loss

Attending the funeral today of a bright, kind, passionate individual just six months younger than me, my gaze was caught by the sun streaming through the church window, filling the church with light, despite up until that point it being a typical mizzly February day. At any funeral we are naturally drawn to our own…

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Watering

I came across this mosaic at the weekend and it got me thinking about watering. We need to water plants to keep them alive, without water they will die. How good are we at maintaining our hydration during the course of the day. Did you know that the effects of dehydration on the humain brain from…

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Our attachments

Many of us will ask ourselves, what are attachments? Attachments within counselling are used to describe the attachments we form from birth with our primary caregiver. These attachments form the basis of how we move through life until we realise as we grow through childhood into adulthood that our model of the world is often…

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Overwhelm

Becoming overwhelmed with life and the challenges that it brings is more common than you may realise. Very often we feel that we are the only person going through what we are facing but, in fact, you couldnt be further from the truth. The stories that we tell ourselves stay stuck in our mind, often…

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The Beetle

So out on my walk this morning enjoying the glorious sunshine I came across a bettle, a large black beetle on the path. I soon noticed that he or she was completely stuck, on their back legs flying everywhere, but going nowhere with simply no chance of righting himself – well not until I appeared.…

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The Story of the man and the Butterfly.

I first heard the story of the man and the butterfly years ago, later I read it in Paulo Coelho’s blog back in 2007, I’ve used the tale many times over in business talks and presentations, it’s a great tale with a lot of hidden messages. A man found a cocoon hanging on a small…

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Frogs

We all rush through life at a hundred miles an hour, juggling life, work, commitments and then occasionally we get caught by a cold or virus and we have to STOP.  How hard is it to stop?  Impossible, we are over committed all of the time and the inconvenience of a cold is almost tangible. …

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Breathing

Delighted by new watch that provides the opportunity to download the Breathe app.  So in the middle of a chaotic day it reminds me to focus on my breath.  Sounds simple doesnt it, so why dont we do it.  So wrapped up in out ‘to-do’ list life just seems to be full of things to…

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