Category: Spirit

10 Steps to Meditation

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. – Deepak Chopra How to Meditate   1. Choose a Quiet Place Choose a quiet and peaceful place where you are not likely to be disturbed. When we sit in silence we get to experience a steadiness and calm. 2. Choose a Convenient Time Meditation should be done at a time when you know you will not be disturbed and are free to relax. Traditionally, the hours of...

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Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long & Happy Life

If you have trouble getting out of bed on a wet Monday morning, constantly smacking the snooze button, then finding your Ikigai might be your solution.  Pronounced ee-kee-guy, it is the old Japanese philosophy that means ‘reason for being’ and is gaining popularity outside of Japan as a way to live longer and healthier.  It’s origins come from the Japanese island of Okinawa (3 hours south by air from Tokyo) and is home to the largest population of centenarians in the world. So the proof is really is in the pudding. We know trends come and go as commercialism sees...

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Support The Elephant Paper Project

Choosing Cards How many times have you found it impossible to choose a card for a friend despite the fact that there are hundreds available because NONE of them even hint at what you want to say? Recently, we have both wanted to reach out to friends facing a difficult time but could only find a condolence card or ‘get well soon’. Neither was appropriate. Admittedly, there is always the option of writing our own message but sometimes it is hard to express exactly the right sentiment.  We wanted our friends to feel special – to show them that...

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Changing Our Attitude To Others

A frequent source of conflict is people not behaving as we think they should. Many of us set about trying to change the other person, and get incredibly stressed about how unreasonable they are being. Does that sound familiar? Sophie Morris, a wellbeing and resilience coach from Essential Focus Coaching says that we can never really change people. We can compromise and come to an agreement but what if this is not always possible?. How do we cope when all efforts to reach an understanding or compromise have come to nothing? The most effective way is to change our mindset. While...

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Are you Feeling Frazzled?…

If you are feeling frazzled then we know just the place – a place where it’s okay not to be okay. We frequently feel a tiny bit frazzled but for those whose frazzle rating is being get a bit too crispy, then we have exciting news! Marks & Spencer has joined forces with comedian and leading mental health awareness campaigner Ruby Wax to launch a selection of Frazzled Cafes in its stores. These are not just for the one-in-four of us who will suffer from mental illness at some point in our lives; these are for the four-in-four of us...

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Feel Vital This Spring

Our consultant Chinese Medicine expert, Helen Attwooll, is here to give you some top tips to feel vital and lift your spirits this Spring. After the long dark Winter we feel more than ready to welcome the energy and mood of Spring. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Spring is a Yang time of year where energy starts to rise and move outwards. We see this in nature as days become longer, lighter and warmer, we notice birds chirping and see buds bursting forth on trees and fresh green shoots rising from the earth. This burst of fresh energy often leaves...

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