What is it we get out of travelling?

My husband and I have just returned home from a six week trip to North America. We drove through the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies and stayed in some beautiful towns (Banff was my favourite); cruised up the Inside Passage and got close to glaciers; visited Vancouver, Seattle and then flew into Kalispell, Montana and stayed at Big Fork, Montana while I studied for a week with Vianna Stibel, founder of ThetaHealing®; then last, but not least, we spent a week in New York (the highlight of that for me was seeing Bette Midler in Hello Dolly, she was brilliant!)   What did we discover on our way?   Breathtakingly beautiful scenery; a different way of living; different food; a different way of doing things; different toilets (which I think are much better than ours); different taps (in each hotel we had to work out something new!); different money; different food; different supermarkets; and the constant tipping!!   … and yet so much the same.   For most of us being out of our comfort zone is a challenge. It becomes obvious how many things we do without thinking, by instinct, and we become lazy. Put us in a different country and we have to think, we have to adjust, we have to accommodate for the differences. When you are in someone else’s country you have to adapt to the way they do things and sometimes that can be uncomfortable.   But when you embrace all the experiences you have in a different country then your life  and world view become so much richer.   After 42 days away I was very pleased to come home. To sleep in my bed and to be with my fur baby Rosie. And I realised how grateful I am for the beautiful part of the world I have chosen to make my home.    


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The importance of loving yourself

“The fundamental problem that most patients face is the inability to love themselves.” Bernie Siegel MD

I remember reading his book Love, Medicine and Miracles back at the end of the ’80’s and it resonated so deeply with me, something shifted inside.

Women of my generation have been taught to be perfectionists

We were taught that we need to be all things to all people

We were taught that to do something for ourselves,

to think of ourself was selfish … the very worst sin you could commit it seemed

Then you had people screaming that women can have it all

You could have children, be a mother AND have a high powered job

You could do anything and everything a man could do

What happened as a result of those high expectations was a generation of women who exhausted their bodies and their spirits trying to pack in all that they thought they were supposed to do

Be the 1950’s housewife with the perfect home & perfectly behaved children
and at the same time compete with men in the corporate world.

What an unsustainable, insurmountable goal that was!

In order to attempt to juggle all those balls in the air women had to sublimate their own needs to the needs of others.

When that happens our emotions have to shout louder and louder in order to get out attention

and because there is no time or space to focus on ourselves, plus we’ve been taught that to do so is wrong
thoughts and emotions get pushed further and further down
and that’s when the physical symptoms begin

[I read that martyrs experience chronic resentment – that was so me when my children were younger!]

When you look at this very simplified explanation you can see the problems this created,

both in my generation and the generations to follow.

Each generation tries to rebalance the wrongs they felt the previous generation inflicted upon them

I see the same things manifesting in my clients,
each generation having their own set of issues
and most of them say they feel stuck.

At the crux of all of it is the need
to be seen and heard, to be validated and acknowledged

and how quick the turnaround and change begins when that happens!

Focusing on yourself is not selfish,
experiencing pleasure is not selfish,
they are both crucial for vibrant health!

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Money is the Root of All Evil …

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Our body is always talking to us?

Sadly, most of us don’t listen.   Or we only listen when we are brought to our knees.   I admit that even though I have known this for a long time and have been teaching it for the past twenty years I don’t always

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