Alternative Ways of Being #10: Tara Brach Meditation

I’ve been doing a Tara Brach meditation every day this Christmas holiday and the one I did today included a poem by Roger Keyes that I’d love to share.

Taken from Letting Life Live Through You meditation, Tara closed with an extract from Keyes’ poem, Hokusai Says.

Tara Brach is an American psychologist and so wise and connected on all matters of the human spirit so her meditations and talks are deeply profound while still being accessible as the language and approach is non-fluffy and simple.

I would encourage anyone to give her meditations a try, especially if you’re looking to experience meditation and not sure where to start – you might as well start with the best!

My ongoing Alternative Ways of Being blog series is where I share inspirations on interesting ways of thinking and living.

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Thoughtful Tips for Challenging Times

There’s definitely a lot of information and advice being fired out from all places right now to help people during this tricky time with COVID.

But the best advice I’ve read so far comes from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is not coincidentally, the best place we should be turning to for scientifically-backed, expert advice for how to manage and deal with the situation anyway.

I thought I’d summarise and share their latest notes in case anyone had missed them in the media as they are genuinely useful.

The tips cover basic nutrition (eat a health and nutritious diet, don’t smoke and limit your consumption of alcohol) as well as a few more interesting ones on exercise, working environment, mental health and relationships, which I’ve shared here.

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Alternative Ways of Being #8: Empowering Self-Talk

sarah powell international womens day
‘That inner critic voice you hear that tells you you’re rubbish, that you’re never as good as so and so, or you’ll never be good enough to do blah, is talking bollocks. It’s lying and you should never listen to it.’ 
– Sarah Powell
Fantastic words of wisdom dished out by Sarah Powell @thisissarahpowell at our Hearst offices on International Women’s Day this year. We regularly have guest speakers and Sarah was on point!

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7 reasons how yoga can improve mental health

Yoga is one of the cheapest and most effective means of releasing trauma, stress and emotions from the body.

Symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress-disorder (PTSD) include anxiety, nightmares, sleep disturbance, withdrawal, loss of concentration, stress-related physical ailments, anger and aggression. These issues can easily impact a person’s ability to function in society.

Here’s why simple techniques from classical yoga are powerfully therapeutic.

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