Archive for Physical, visceral joy

How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

Food is such an immediate pleasure. This month, let’s take the pressure off food and explore other ways to meet our desires and enjoy living 1.Paradigm-shift your pleasure. Think about how pleasure was presented to you as a child, and the rolemodels in your life….

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How to up your movement sessions to 5 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 5 times per week

Check in. Listen to yourself. Are you pushing yourself, or does your body carry you forward with a joyful momentum? A habit you can always do is so much better than an ambition you can’t First of all, are you alright exercising 3 times a…

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How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

  Can one of those exercise slots be at home? One of them be with a friend or partner? One of them involve relaxation? One of them be ‘babysitting’ (take the child in a buggy?) Is it time for a a challenge? Evaluation time: let’s…

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What healthy food will get you through Winter?

What healthy food will get you through Winter?

In Summer there’s salad, and you don’t even have to try to want it, you just do. And you crave fruit. But in Winter, you crave gravy. And that’s not great for every day eating. So what foods have got you through? This was a…

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How to start an exercise habit, 3 times a week

How to start an exercise habit, 3 times a week

My critics might wonder, and laugh, at why I’ve been walking to the gym in my fitness outfit with my headphones on, only to turn tail at the electronic turnstile and walk straight back home. Well, guys, laugh you may, but I’m trying to entrench…

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Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

I used to love deadlines: found them energising, and focus-giving. I’d make up all kinds of deadlines for myself and stick to them religiously. Not any more! I was thinking about this while I waited for a haircut in a place you don’t make appointments,…

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Finally vaginally

Finally vaginally

What a great birth! I almost didn’t believe they existed, so elusive as the natural, drug free, vaginal delivery been (this is my third birth: no1=induction, no2=planned C section). I mean, it wasn’t orgasmic, but it was pretty brilliant (in between contractions at leastand the…

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Toddler bedtime hell: Uh-oh for the summer nights

Toddler bedtime hell: Uh-oh for the summer nights

It’s happening again, the same as last year. We thought we’d sussed it, and now it’s back: Bedtime hell. And I can’t believe it, I thought we’d learned some tricks. You have these battles too? What can you do about it?  After a four-month stint…

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There is no such thing as writer’s block

There is no such thing as writer’s block

Mindfulness-and-writing-yoga teacher Philip Cowell reminds us that as long as you have a pen in your hand, you have something to write home about, and gives five exercises to make mindful words Philip Cowell writes: I’m in a writing workshop for people who have a…

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Seven ways to make failure impossible

Seven ways to make failure impossible

We live by goals, targets, determination. But the trouble is, you either meet goals (success) or not (fail). And since failure is hefty, and willpower a limited resource, here’s another way to do life I’ve loved goals (I WILL draft a novel in 31 days,…

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