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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 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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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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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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How one habit begets another

How one habit begets another

 Mapping how habits hinge on each other helps me figure out what to fix first when it’s all up in the air I veer off course Imagine my good lifestyle habits, my happiness, are like slowly riding a wobbly bike. A space bike. Trying to…

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How to find stillness

How to find stillness

 Kate Leismer is not just a fidget. She was so restless, she dreaded the lie-down at the end of her yoga class. Until… Kate Leismer writes:  Quieting the Mind. Quieting the “Me” More than one yoga instructor has pointed out that I have the worst…

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Yoga: how to be good at being bad at sports

Yoga: how to be good at being bad at sports

It’s yoga fortnight on illustratedguidetolife! With some things, like, um, well, sport in general, (and yoga in particular) I’m forced to enjoy being good enough Can you do this posture? RickAstlyassnah Never gonna wrap the back of my knee calf round behind my neck. Never gonna…

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Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Yogoing to yoga? Yep. Today. This post is my accountability. That’s all I have to say. Nearly Don’t talk about it, it’s a waste of energy There’s a fab part of a Jon Kabat-Zinn audio (Beginning Mindfulness) when he urges us not to talk about…

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