Illustrated Guide to Life Happiness skills for grown ups (with pictures)

Eating psychology coach? Now you know where to find one

Eating psychology coach? Now you know where to find one

Here! I’m here. In person, or on Skype. If you need me. My doors, or my internet browser windows at least, are open. And for now, a series of sessions is offered in exchange for a donation to charity Have you spotted my page about…

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You CAN make your own website

You CAN make your own website

Of course you can. You just have to spend a few absorbing hours fiddling. OK, then you  have to spend a few more hours. Sometimes I think: Is it worth it? * * * I’m redesigning my site at the moment. Thanks for bearing with me….

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Redesigning

Redesigning

I’m tinkering with my website design this next week or two. Subscribers: I do hope you don’t get any weird emails as I publish the things I need to make it work. If you do, please just delete them – but don’t stop being subscribers….

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Can symbols help healing?

Can symbols help healing?

What is health? What heals? Does our superstitious use of little symbols and talismans play a part in talking our unconscious into getting better?  Things crop up, again and again. Little symbols, or motifs, or wotnot. Theatre is full of these little themes. And I…

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Throw the artichoke leaf!

Throw the artichoke leaf!

When trapped in a situation I loathe, I have learned to survive, says Amélie Vrla, by following a simple rule: Do precisely what you can’t stand other people doing  Amélie Vrla writes:  I remember a book we used to read for fun, while having lunch at…

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When I go slow, I feel sluggish

When I go slow, I feel sluggish

Going slow sounds peaceful. But what do you do when it’s fatigue, a fog of unmotivation, flat. Dare I say, depressed? Here’s how I do life: accelerate, brake, accelerate, broken Phase 1) Ambition: Inspiration and bright ideas are my petrol. Hope. Hope is my petrol….

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What to pack in your hospital bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

Continued from last week, here’s the last of my list of hospital learnings from a spell before Christmas beside my baby’s bed – including what to pack in your hospital bag 9. Comforting is a skill we need for our life Can I comfort an…

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A list of learnings from the medical microcosm

A list of learnings from the medical microcosm

After reading Albert Espinosa’s The Yellow World, here’s the first half of my own catalogue of learnings from hospital, part of the Reflections on Hospital series Seven months ago, recovering from a cesarian in hospital, I read Albert Espinosa’s brilliant book of life lessons learned…

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Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Philosophy-lover Philip Cowell considers Mindfulness the perfect tool to practice Michel Foucault’s political call for embodiment  Come again? If Foucault said sex isn’t the be all and end all (let’s all do drugs and S&M instead), then mindfulness might be saying the same thing. What?! True,…

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How often should you publish your blog? Once

How often should you publish your blog? Once

Illustrated Guide to Life is publishing just once a week for a bit. So we can get a bit serious about things. Mainly breakfast Since I started in August 2013, I’ve been publishing twice a week. It’s time for a change of rhythm. From now…

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