May 8, 2019

The many faces of pain

Nowadays we associate pain with damage to our bodies but the Ancient Greek philosophers considered pain to be an emotion. So, what is exactly is pain and how can it affect our daily lives? Pain is a sensation, which means the brain interprets it before it is consciously felt. The brain fuses together information from the mind as well as from the body to make this interpretation, meaning that thoughts and emotions both conscious and…

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October 22, 2018

Kath’s day out at Paintedhorse

On a warm day in late September I joined the Mindfulness the Equine Way event at Paintedhorse. The event was jointly run by Carole and Livvy from Paintedhorse and was seamlessly presented throughout. During the morning Carole introduced us to the practice and benefits of mindfulness itself. We were taught several exercises which could easily be practised at home and even learnt a little (and I mean a little!) Tai Chi. After this came the mindful walk…

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June 25, 2018

ITP and me

ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) is an autoimmune disease, meaning you have a low platelet count which in turn means that clotting of the blood is impaired. I was first diagnosed with ITP back in October 2015 following my osteopath’s insistence on a blood test after he saw the level of bruising on my body. In the evening of my test I received a call from my doctor telling me my platelet count was 12 when it…

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April 10, 2018

The wonders of a weed

Have you ever stopped to think about the humble dandelion? What a happy looking flower it has, how it keeps on thriving even in the worst of conditions (and possibly no matter how many times you try to pull it out!)? The dandelion is a common sight in our gardens and throughout the countryside. Seen as a weed nowadays, it wasn’t always that way. During medieval times it was the dandelion, not the buttercup, which…

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April 1, 2018

Beltane and the Festival of Fire

The ancient Celtic festival of Beltane is celebrated today and tomorrow and is held to honour life, fertility and conception. With Irish and Scottish origins, the name Beltane comes from Bel, the god known as the bright one and tane, meaning fire. The Pagan fire festival is one of eight festivals held throughout the year in accordance with the Pagan Wheel or calendar and four of these festivals are Celtic in origin, including that of…

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March 20, 2018

The return of Spring

I spent last weekend on an animal communication course with Madeleine Walker, an animal communicator and spiritual empowerment coach. Madeleine believes in increasing awareness of the deep connections we have with the animals that surround us and I was interested to find out more about this. It was during a session outdoors, as we remembered and celebrated the life of one of the other participant’s horses, that a hare ran across the field in which…

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March 9, 2018

A little cup of coffee

Last week I posted on Facebook a mindful meditation encouraging people to consider every aspect and feeling of a hot drink. Today, while I was making myself a cup of coffee, I started to think about the number of people involved in helping me make that hot coffee – from the people on the plantation who plant, care for and pick the coffee to those distributing and transporting the sacks to their buyers. Then, of…

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February 23, 2018

A perfect day at Ham Wall

On a lovely day one of my favourite places to wander is the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall. I love the sounds of the different duck and song birds, the view over the sun kissed lakes to the Tor, the smells of the stagnant green pools and the peat pathways. There is a feeling of pure peace as the cold wind blows against your face and ruffles through your hair; it creates a wonderful chatter…

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