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Agony Answers: Confidence

Q: “I’m a 28-year-old single woman. I don’t feel I have anything to offer to anyone. All my relationships seem have failed and I’m stuck in a dead end job …

Agony answers: Christmas Expectations

Q: Each year, Christmas gets more and more hectic and it makes me feel utterly exhausted. I’m separated from my husband, who now lives overseas, and I feel like I’m …

Agony answers: Dealing with anger & grief

Q:  Sadly my father passed away recently and left everything to my half sisters, and nothing for me. I feel guilty because although I am grieving, I am also really …

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Moonbathing

Moonbathing.  A sneak preview from my new book, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living (pre-order here).  We’ve been worshipping the moon for millennia and summer is the perfect time to catch …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the secret behind many a healthy body and beautiful face. It has the ability to boost the immune system, clear sinuses and can stop a …

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Ninja social distancing

Social distancing while out can be frustrating.  You’re minding your own business, keeping your distance, being careful and then out of the blue someone wobbles directly towards you or a …

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The day a bra made me cry

The day a bra made me cry. Yes, really. Only having the use of one arm really makes you re-evaluate the way you do things. Since my accident and the …

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Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes you’re just browsing through Twitter, through the timeline of a friend.  Just browsing, killing time, not really looking for anything much at all. Just watching the moments as the …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

Quaker wisdom for a shaken and stirred society

   Life’s tough.  We battle every day to make sense of a world which seems to be spinning increasingly out of control.  Sometimes, with all the cruelty, injustice and intolerance …

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Marek Stefanowicz – The Cave

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Cave to be translated into English for some considerable time. It’s a novel that’s also a guidebook on how to live consciously. But it’s not remotely …

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Facebook as career coach?

What the hell do you do when your career seems hell-bent on sliding into the mud?  Ask Google and then turn to Facebook, that’s what. Let’s backtrack.  I’ve been a …

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The day a bra made me cry

The day a bra made me cry. Yes, really. Only having the use of one arm really makes you re-evaluate the way you do things. Since my accident and the …

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Hooves – cool vegan shoes

I love Kickstarter.  Not heard of it?  It’s an online platform for crowdfunding creative projects.  In other words, if you have some great project but can’t get (or don’t want) …

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Facebook as career coach?

What the hell do you do when your career seems hell-bent on sliding into the mud?  Ask Google and then turn to Facebook, that’s what. Let’s backtrack.  I’ve been a …

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Taming our ancestors

When friends wax lyrical about their family trees, I have always kept quiet, very quiet. My ancestors, sadly, were not a nice bunch of people. So I felt slightly anxious …

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Wild Swimming

I’m not one of life’s natural swimmers – you won’t find me ploughing up and down the local swimming pool – but I can’t resist a spot of wild swimming. …

Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

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Ninja social distancing

Social distancing while out can be frustrating.  You’re minding your own business, keeping your distance, being careful and then out of the blue someone wobbles directly towards you or a …

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Taming our ancestors

When friends wax lyrical about their family trees, I have always kept quiet, very quiet. My ancestors, sadly, were not a nice bunch of people. So I felt slightly anxious …

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Tai Chi – Moving Meditation

Watching experts practice tai chi is mesmerizing. They move like dancers in slow motion, perfectly balanced, perfectly graceful. Every movement is considered, every posture precise: it’s like a moving meditation. …

Stretching – for a strong, supple body

A stretched body is a strong, supple, flexible body. In the past stretching was the Cinderella of the fitness scene, something to race through before and after a workout. But …

Yoga 101- how to start your practice

Yoga is no new craze. In fact it’s one of the oldest systems of exercise known to humankind – at least 3,000 years old and possibly even older. Yet, amazingly, …

Be kind to your back

My back has always been my weak spot, my Achilles’ heel if we’re going to mix metaphors. It’s hardly surprising as I’ve spent most of my adult life hunched over …

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5 ways to better buttocks

Nowadays when we ask ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ we’re often hoping the answer is ‘Yes’ as celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian champion the trend …

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Veganuary at Bill’s – review

Over Christmas, my son James got me to watch The Game Changers – a documentary that debates whether elite athletes can perform well on a vegan (plant-based) diet. I found …

Food cravings – what do yours mean?

What’s your secret food fetish? Do you crave gingerbread men or have an uncontrollable urge for carrot cake? Is it impossible to start the day without a shot of coffee …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Buddha bowl – the world in a meal

There’s something about a bowl – Buddha bowl,  salad bowl, breakfast bowl – it doesn’t matter. I’ve always loved one-pot meals but now they’re becoming a bit of an everyday …

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Tibetan healing for balanced ease

Another dose of Tibetan healing… I’m sitting cross-legged on a cushion, mesmerised by the intense stare of the huge golden statue in front of me. Incense saunters around the room …

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Moonbathing

Moonbathing.  A sneak preview from my new book, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living (pre-order here).  We’ve been worshipping the moon for millennia and summer is the perfect time to catch …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

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Nourishing skincare for winter

Nourishing. Nurturing. Comforting. Soothing. That’s what we all need as we head towards the longest night of the year. We need it on all levels – in our surroundings, in …

Make your own natural beauty products

‘Do you have any recipes for natural cosmetics in your books?’ I was asked recently. The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is, yes but not really enough to …

Make your own natural beauty products

‘Do you have any recipes for natural cosmetics in your books?’ asked Frankie Sachs on Twitter. The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is, yes but not really enough …

Moor mud – celebrity beauty starts at home

Sometimes the oldest and simplest products are the best.  Mud from the lowland moorland of Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia has been used for wellbeing for at least two thousand years …

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The feelgood home

I’ve finally moved into my new home. It’s taken a long time and a lot of hard work to bring this neglected little Victorian terrace back to its bones and …

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Ghost-free guarantee for homes?

Should all houses come with a clean bill of spiritual health? A decent neighbourhood, great local schools and a watertight roof are all taken for granted – but shouldn’t you …

What’s your home personality?

What does your home say about you? You may think it gives away no more than your taste in curtains or whether you’re tidy or messy: but in fact your …

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Savouring

I have an oracle card on my desk that depicts a shower of rich red rose petals and one word: SAVOUR (okay, let’s be honest, it says SAVOR – but …

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Opening to intimacy

I’m standing opposite a stranger and we’re gazing into one another’s eyes. We don’t say a word. We’ve been invited to ‘see’ each other, to meet the person beyond any …

Finding boundaries via Tantra

I’ve been the ultimate people-pleaser all my life, always trying to fit in, always being the good girl, the nice girl, the ‘Yes’ girl. Yet I recently discovered my ‘No’ …

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What’s your water personality?

Waves crashing onto the seashore, wild and majestic or the limpid waters of a cool lake that caress your bare feet: whatever form it takes, we just can’t help being …

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Loving Leonard Cohen

I first heard Leonard Cohen growl in 1968.  My brother came home with The Songs of Leonard Cohen, and said, ‘You have to listen to this.’  My mother, sister and …

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Tibetan healing for balanced ease

Another dose of Tibetan healing… I’m sitting cross-legged on a cushion, mesmerised by the intense stare of the huge golden statue in front of me. Incense saunters around the room …

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Tibetan healing for balanced ease

Another dose of Tibetan healing… I’m sitting cross-legged on a cushion, mesmerised by the intense stare of the huge golden statue in front of me. Incense saunters around the room …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

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Ninja social distancing

Social distancing while out can be frustrating.  You’re minding your own business, keeping your distance, being careful and then out of the blue someone wobbles directly towards you or a …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

FODMAP and the IBS link

FODMAP – the acronym everyone with IBS should know about.  An increasing body of research from around the world indicates that following a low FODMAP diet can help over 75 …

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Natural baby – keeping your newborn safe

When I was writing my little book Spirit of the Nursery, it struck me that  parents always want the best, the freshest, the newest, for their babies and yet, sadly, newest …

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Natural birth vs Caesarian

The operating theatre lights were glaring as my baby was born.   The surgeon was laughing about football and the radio was blaring some loud rock song.   I had been pumped …

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Opening to intimacy

I’m standing opposite a stranger and we’re gazing into one another’s eyes. We don’t say a word. We’ve been invited to ‘see’ each other, to meet the person beyond any …

Finding boundaries via Tantra

I’ve been the ultimate people-pleaser all my life, always trying to fit in, always being the good girl, the nice girl, the ‘Yes’ girl. Yet I recently discovered my ‘No’ …

The Sensuality Workout: Seven Steps to Heaven

Does your relationship feel flat? Have you lost the romance in your marriage? Is your bedroom about as passionate as the kitchen sink? The answer isn’t sexual acrobatics or a …

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Loving Leonard Cohen

I first heard Leonard Cohen growl in 1968.  My brother came home with The Songs of Leonard Cohen, and said, ‘You have to listen to this.’  My mother, sister and …

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Witch Light – book review

It’s rare that a book really touches me these days. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, however, moved me deeply. I’d read Fletcher’s debut novel, Eve Green, some time ago and …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

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Marek Stefanowicz – The Cave

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Cave to be translated into English for some considerable time. It’s a novel that’s also a guidebook on how to live consciously. But it’s not remotely …

Best books for boys

Best books for boys?  Someone recently asked if anyone knew of good books for older boys; any books with good male protagonists. So I have had a bit of a …

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Taming our ancestors

When friends wax lyrical about their family trees, I have always kept quiet, very quiet. My ancestors, sadly, were not a nice bunch of people. So I felt slightly anxious …

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Tibetan healing for balanced ease

Another dose of Tibetan healing… I’m sitting cross-legged on a cushion, mesmerised by the intense stare of the huge golden statue in front of me. Incense saunters around the room …

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Veganuary at Bill’s – review

Over Christmas, my son James got me to watch The Game Changers – a documentary that debates whether elite athletes can perform well on a vegan (plant-based) diet. I found …

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SPA-Hotel Jagdhof

Approaching Innsbruck airport, you fly right over the Alps, close enough to see their folds and crevices, their serrated peaks and sharp ravines. It’s a startling, spine-tingling terrain and a …

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Witch Light – book review

It’s rare that a book really touches me these days. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, however, moved me deeply. I’d read Fletcher’s debut novel, Eve Green, some time ago and …

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Review: proto-col collagen shots

The thing that drives me nuts about so many skin creams and serums is that the claims they make are ludicrous:  they defy basic biology. Take collagen for example. We …

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Taming our ancestors

When friends wax lyrical about their family trees, I have always kept quiet, very quiet. My ancestors, sadly, were not a nice bunch of people. So I felt slightly anxious …

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Late summer yoga

Late summer and time to take care as this season can be tricksy.  Imbalances around the stomach and spleen meridians can lead to feelings of poor self-esteem and a sense …

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Moonbathing

Moonbathing.  A sneak preview from my new book, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living (pre-order here).  We’ve been worshipping the moon for millennia and summer is the perfect time to catch …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

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Prehistoric body postures

Ancient statues and prehistoric paintings give a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our early ancestors. The cave paintings of Lascaux, the Long Man of Wilmington, the Venus of Laussel …

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What’s your water personality?

Waves crashing onto the seashore, wild and majestic or the limpid waters of a cool lake that caress your bare feet: whatever form it takes, we just can’t help being …

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Floatation meets shamanism

As a journalist and author of books on health and wellbeing I’ve tried pretty much every technique and treatment going. All were interesting but there were only some I fell …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

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SPA-Hotel Jagdhof

Approaching Innsbruck airport, you fly right over the Alps, close enough to see their folds and crevices, their serrated peaks and sharp ravines. It’s a startling, spine-tingling terrain and a …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

Re-discovering feng shui

Feng shui – ‘acupuncture for homes’.  Back in the 90s, it was all the rage.  Well, to be fair, back in China, 5,000 years ago feng shui was all the …

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Do our homes reflect our psyche?

Do our homes reflect our psyche?  It’s pretty much a no-brainer.  How could our living spaces not mirror our inner world?  We personalise, decorate, embellish even the simplest spaces. Inevitably …

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The feelgood home

I’ve finally moved into my new home. It’s taken a long time and a lot of hard work to bring this neglected little Victorian terrace back to its bones and …

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Bach Flower Remedies

My mother introduced me to the Bach Flower Remedies way back when I was a teenager. We’d spend hours poring over each remedy, deciding which combinations we’d make up for family …

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Stopping – when mindfulness falls short

I was wandering through the bowels of my computer when I came across this feature I wrote many years back.  It struck a chord.  Much as I think mindfulness is …

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SPA-Hotel Jagdhof

Approaching Innsbruck airport, you fly right over the Alps, close enough to see their folds and crevices, their serrated peaks and sharp ravines. It’s a startling, spine-tingling terrain and a …

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Walking as therapy

Every so often I realise my lifestyle requires a bit of a tweak. I need a fresh injection of motivation to exercise smart and eat well. So I turn to …

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The fine art of bathing

I can live without most luxuries but I’d be hard-pressed to give up my bath. I know the world is split between shower people and bath people – and I …

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Creative writing

They say that we all have a book inside us. Many of us dream of writing a novel, penning poems, scribbling an autobiography and yet few of us ever put …

Make your own natural beauty products

‘Do you have any recipes for natural cosmetics in your books?’ asked Frankie Sachs on Twitter. The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is, yes but not really enough …

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Walking as therapy

Every so often I realise my lifestyle requires a bit of a tweak. I need a fresh injection of motivation to exercise smart and eat well. So I turn to …

Food cravings – what do yours mean?

What’s your secret food fetish? Do you crave gingerbread men or have an uncontrollable urge for carrot cake? Is it impossible to start the day without a shot of coffee …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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Late summer yoga

Late summer and time to take care as this season can be tricksy.  Imbalances around the stomach and spleen meridians can lead to feelings of poor self-esteem and a sense …

Yoga 101- how to start your practice

Yoga is no new craze. In fact it’s one of the oldest systems of exercise known to humankind – at least 3,000 years old and possibly even older. Yet, amazingly, …

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