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  • Play: Marianne Williamson

    Its a hard thing to choose a favourite book to recommend because in truth I have so many favourites. Nothing better than a good book! But this book has stood the test of time and been something I have referred to over and over again. And over time,  I read it I get a completely new understanding from it.
    For that… its definitely in my top five of all time. Big claim. But it delivers I promise!
    The book in question is A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson. This book changed my perspective, my thoughts, my ideas of how the world works… it changed my life.  It is an absolute must read.  And if you get the opportunity to see the legend that is Marianne in real life, please jump at it. Its magical.
    You can purchase the book here, as well as any great outlet.
    Claire ?
  • NOURISH: Jamie Olivers Good Old Chilli

    Autumn is here and I for one love getting my favourite recipe books out and making something which feels filling, warm and comforting.

    Jamie Olivers Chilli Con Carne is one of those dishes for me. Its got loads of veg in it so its a chunky slice of heaven. I tend so serve it with new potatoes smashed up slightly (think half mash, half rustic) with a little butter melted over the top (to taste).

    Its super easy AND great to freeze for later. The recipe is HERE. What are some of your go to Autumn favourites? Let us know below.

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    Happy Autumn!

    Claire ?

  • RELAX & REPLENISH: Relaxation Techniques

    Interestingly enough, although there are some common techniques that work for most people relaxation is actually quite personal experience as we all have different triggers.

    I speak a lot about physical environment being key to good development in whatever it is we wish to achieve. People, places, resources etc.

    Also it depends type of energy you want to expel and replace with relaxation. For example, if you’re too high up the stress scale, then I would always advice some sort of movement or exercise prior to a relaxation session.

    Just something to bare in mind. So I’d like to share one of my favourite relaxation sessions that I do. This works wonderfully for you as an individual or a loved one.

    First off, phones and devices off! Other than something to play music on, if you love listening to music of course. I find it a great resource to immediately put me in the right frame of mind.

    Those who know me , know that I love a thing called a “lazy Sunday”. This simply involves a walk, in and around nature, trees and water are especially good, and equally important is scenery . Taking the time to notice the simplest of things, the vibrant colours, temperature on your skin, the sounds, the clean air filling your lungs.

    From there when you get in, I like to prepare my food whilst running a bath. The food is normally something “one pot” or something that goes in the oven and doesn’t require a lot of attention.

    Food now cooking, you have time for your bath. Again mindfully notice how you feel immersed in the water, music playing, perhaps the smell of the food slowly cooking.

    From I normally like to choose to read, or watch something easy and uplifting, inspiring or funny. Or all of the above spread overtime.

    But whatever’s best to you, you know what will work best. As I say, giving this treatment to a loved one will get you plenty of points!!

    The great thing is, you can recall this anytime you wish in your memory and instantly feel relaxed.

    “Remembering the time when….” ?

    K x

  • PLAY: William Whitecloud

    William Whitecloud – The Magicians Way

    This book was given to me as a part of a course I took part in. It was a revelation to me. It taught me so much and was a serious page turner. AN its in the process of getting turned into a movie! I cant wait for everyone to see it. I don’t want to give anything about it away so I shall just leave this recommendation here and hope you go ahead and pick this gem up and read it for yourself.

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    HERE is the link to purchase. Also available at all good book stores.

    You are welcome!

    Claire ?

  • GROW: Moment of Stillness

    Life is busy. All the time. A constant level of busy has become a part of our culture. Its the norm. In fact its what a lot of people are striving to get to. The corporate world encourages the belief that busy-ness is one of the signs of success.

    Add to that social media and devices where you are constantly connected and accessible to whoever wants a chunk of your time and, well it can all become rather overwhelming.

    I like to unplug as often as possible and just step into nature. We are BIG fans of being in nature at New Dawn. And so this Moment of Stillness is brought to you by an early evening stroll in Chiswick House and Gardens.

    The sun was low in the shy and it was chilly enough for a cosy scarf. Autumn was most definitely here. And I had a calm, quiet, still moment right here on the bridge.  Joy ?

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    Where do you go for silent and calm? Share with us below!

    Until next time…

    Claire ?

  • GROW: Mindful Walking

    Mindful Walking

    An common misconception I hear a lot is, “I don’t have time for all that meditation or mindful stuff”

    Presence and the practice of it can be done many times throughout your normal day.

    Here’s a great article around simply walking mindfully.

    Enjoy!!

    K x

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