The point of a holiday – and the hotel that reminded me

How do you reconcile a desire to "tread softly on the earth" and all your particular health requirements and preferences with the unpredictability and other variables of travel when you go on holiday? And what is a holiday or vacation meant to do for you? La Vimea is a unique "biotique" hotel in the South Tyrol that helped me to find out what was possible to achieve now and (hopefully) even more easily in the future...

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Super-thriving the menopause

A woman's life was never meant to be a linear progression from cradle to grave...she is uniquely designed to undergo complete METAMORPHOSIS in the middle. When we overlook that long-buried fact, things can get horrendously muddled in a woman's life and, above all, her health. From just surviving menopause to THRIVING through menopause; how to generate the necessary inner fire and make the transition conscious and graceful instead of precariously accidental and fraught with challenges.

Grounded: a healing journey using the principles of Ayurveda

Why do some highly spiritual, thoroughly blissed-out, appreciative and mindful people still struggle so with chronic health challenges? I have my own pet theory...and, using it, am already enjoying the benefits of being so much more grounded in my body than I can ever recall before. Enjoying the best of both worlds: my thoughts on using an Ayurvedic perspective to diet to bring yourself joyously back into the body!

Get down to business with healing the gut

The gut is so-often a starting point for what is going on in the body; I knew...and had been postponing the fact that...I had to go much deeper with uncovering any food intolerance that might be triggering me off. So I arranged for some lab tests and this is what happened next; how it made me feel, how I started to adjust and to realise how bit the step was that I had just taken (in more ways than one).

Reclaiming our spirit – some thoughts on alcohol and self-love

I've been pondering humanity's troubled relationship with alcohol more deeply than ever, this last 18 months, since I stopped consuming it myself. Partly because the clarity of hindsight has allowed me to newly appreciate, and own, how alcohol was the bane of my life for just so many years; really, its consumption underlay some of the very worst experiences (and behaviours) of my life. In fact all of my biggest traumas except those relating to loss of a loved one had their foundations on a rock bed of alcohol-induced behaviours including some monumentally poor decisions and mindsets that had very far-reaching effects. The most pervasive of these was as a result of how alcohol imparted a subtle yet deadly sense of self-loathing that became deeper, more innocuous, year-on-year; only to be remembered like a faintly ringing Pavlov's bell each time I took another drink and thus snowballed into even more self-denigration with each occasion. I know these things for sure - the path to recovery requires that you take back your personal power, your responsiblity for your own health and that you unconditionally love (and respect) yourself; none of which are consistent with what alcohol, voluntarily, does to the body each time we consume it....