Shoestring September

Shoestring September

I only have time to write briefly, on the short train journey to work, but I wanted to pledge my promise to seriously curb my spending this month, sticking to only absolute needs and pre-organised events.  I should clarify further by saying that my focus is on cutting out the additional material objects and focusing more on experiences.  So £40 for a train journey to meet my friend for a weekend camping trip is allowed.  £11 on random food on the way home from work, when I already have food in the cupboard, is not. I will write more this

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Body beautiful

Body beautiful

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”  I love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh.  It helps me to realise that, whilst the physical form may be superficial and fleeting, it is still precious.  A flower dies within days of blooming, but don’t we enjoy it, celebrate it, nurture it and revere it while it is alive?   With the discovery of a newfound spiritual practice there can be a tendency, as I suggested earlier, to think that it is futile or even arrogant or shallow to take

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The most dangerous words I know

The most dangerous words I know

I’ve come to realise, in my quest to live more intentionally and healthfully, that there is a phrase that tends to sway me from my path and leaves me feeling guilty and frustrated. Two short words.  You may hear and use them often. F–k it. They are simply a license to do things we know we’ll regret. Think about it.  We never say ‘f–k it’ when we are about to do something that is good for us.  As one comedian put it, “No one ever said ‘F–k it, I’m gonna have a carrot!’” F–k it means freedom.  Hedonism.  Wildness.  Spontaneity.

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Simple things to do when you’re feeling sluggish

Simple things to do when you’re feeling sluggish

We all have those days when we feel a bit ‘off’.  Sluggish, tired, fed up or just a bit blue for no real reason. These are a collection of easy things to try when you’re feeling that way.  They cost nothing and take little time, but they always help me to feel refreshed and just that little bit brighter. Drink a glass of ice cold water (lemon optional!)  Not drinking enough water can make you feel bloated, sluggish and just as though your body is not quite working at its optimum.  I feel immediately better once the water has passed

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