Mulch Yourself

As some of you know I am a keen organic gardener and have lots of friends who are interested in permaculture la maca viagra. I read a fascinating article written by Flo Scott in Permaculture Magazine where she talked about mulch and bringing permaculture principles into her life to help her cope with long term health problems. I had never really thought of using permaculture ideas in this way but her article made a lot of sense. In very simple terms… you need healthy inputs into your ‘soil’ before you can grow and be productive in your ‘outputs’.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

I really love her little cartoon of ‘Mulching Man’ which is now stuck on my fridge as a reminder!

mulching manSo.. be honest… how many of those do you actually do? Are you making time for nourishing food, good quality sleep, supportive relationships, having fun and doing enjoyable things, restful breaks and time in nature and space to be creative? If not.. don’t be surprised if you struggle with work, family and other commitments. Don’t start beating yourself up about  your lack of mulch but try and make some time for those positive things.

Many thanks to Flo for letting me use her wonderful Mulching Man. If you would to find out more about Flo or permaculture check out her website http://permaculturedesigner.co.uk/

This was originally posted on the North Craven Networking blog.

Animals made from vegetables

Animals made from vegetables are a massive thing at village shows in Yorkshire. I don’t think I’d ever come across them before I moved up here.

They are really daft but I love them and very disappointed that these show categories are just for the kids!

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And one from Malham Show a few years ago  taken by my friend Rebecca

A Mindful Morning

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be about meditation and sitting quietly.. it is also about noticing and appreciating little things and being aware of your surroundings.

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I love autumn leaves and it was the perfect time to see the colours changing.

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The park used to be a proper old fashioned pleasure ground and had a little railway track around the lake. The trains stopped many years ago but they have kept this old platform, sowed wildflower seeds and let nature do its thing.

old railway and wildflowersA butterfly sunbathing on the flowers by the path.

butterfly on purple flowers

 

Colouring and mandalas can reduce stress

I came across an article recently in the Huffington Post Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress. It appears that colouring, and especially colouring symmetrical patterns like mandalas, can help reduce stress.

For most of us we need to use our left brain more in our working lives.. this governs areas like verbal and written communication, logic, organisation and analytical thinking, whereas, the right brain is much more about patterns, colours, sensory input and intuition.  See here for a good summary of attributes for left and right brain from about.com websitte – but it real life there is a bit of overlap for most people. We need to use our right brains more for colouring and concentrating on colour and patterns and  this seems to switch off the left brain – if you struggle to calm your mind to meditate then why not try a bit of colouring instead.

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You might be surprised to hear Carl Jung was a big fan of mandalas and saw them as a graphical representation of the self more info here in an article on Jung and mandalas.

Mandalas are symmetrical patterns that exist in all cultures and go back thousands of years. The word mandala comes from the sanskrit word for circle but mandala type patterns can be found in all religions and cultures. In our everyday  lives you can see madala type patterns in many objects such as floor tiles, fabric, plate patterns and church windows like the Rose Window at Durham Cathedral.

mandalas I found the images above on http://printmandala.com/ where you can download many different mandalas. So..why not print a couple off now and do some colouring!

If you prefer the idea of a proper colouring book there are a lot more available for adults than you might think. Here are a small selection I found on Amazon.I quite understand many people have issues with Amazon and prefer to shop elsewhere. If so, have a look at Alibris which is like Amazon but nicer and full of independent booksellers.

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This was originally posted on the North Craven Networking blog.

Never Give Up – Arthur and Yoga

I read about the story of Arthur Boorman and his amazing transformation in a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/04/arthur-boorman-veteran-walks-again-yoga_n_1478847 viagra 10 pilule.html” target=”_blank”>Huffington Post article about his story.

Arthur was a paratrooper injured in the Gulf War and told by doctors he’d never walk unaided again. He had chronic back and knee problems caused by too many parachute jumps and over the years put on a lot of weight.. then he decided to try DDP yoga after reading about it in a magazine. This is a short film about his transformation.

This video was doing the rounds on social media a while ago and is just a reminder that incredible things are possible if you are prepared to persevere. You might need a tissue.. makes me cry every time I see it!

Do nothing for 2 minutes

This website http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com does exactly what it says on the tin and asks you to ‘Do Nothing For 2 Minutes’.

If you have never tried anything like mindfulness or meditation before this is a simple place to start.

Just try and breathe, listen to the waves and if you want look at the picture. Most people struggle to begin with but that is fine.. don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage it at first.

I set a timer a couple of times a day on my phone and if I’m working on the computer when it goes off I do this.. just breathing deeply and taking a bit of a time-out can help enormously and make you more focused when you go back to your work.

Give it a try – Click on the picture below and breathe!

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From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies: Otto Scharmer

I have mentioned Otto Scharmer in my previous blog post about U.Lab – Transforming, Business, Society and Self. The book on which the course is based is called Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economics.

This is 40 minute talk  ‘From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies’ at Wisdom 2.0 Business 2014. www.wisdom2business.com where Otto goes into more depth about Theory U and its applications in business and other organisations.

 

Find out more about Otto, Theory U and his work at http://www.ottoscharmer.com/

What Causes Wellness?

I first heard of Sir Harry Burns when he was interviewed talking  about health and inequality as part of the U.Lab course I mentioned in a previous blog.

He was Chief Medical Officer of Scotland for many years and is now Professor of Global Heath Promotion at the University of Strathclyde.

When he retired from his post as Chief Medical Officer this article about him appeared  in The Guardian  ‘We need compassion, not judgments about poor people’

There are a lot of sound ideas in Harry’s TED talk and it’s very refreshing to hear such a senior doctor talk about these issues. He ends with a quote from a Los Angeles priest which sums it all up..

What we need in this world is a compassion that is in awe at the burdens the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment at the way they carry them.

 

Why some of us don’t have one true calling

A friend recommended this TED talk from Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

I definitely am. This blog came about because I have always had many diverse interests and the blogs I already have on homeopathy, wild food and business didn’t fit with loads of other stuff I wanted to write about.  I’ve also done many jobs over the years.. waitress, research scientist, cheese packer, health food shop assistant, doctors receptionist, administrator, aeroplane cleaner, market stall trader, student, networker, wild food forager and homeopath to name a few.

Find out more about Emilie and the many things she does on her website http://puttylike.com/