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The Emotional Guest House

As our life in Lockdown begins to shift and change again, it is likely that new emotions, new feelings of fear and worry, as well as elation and excitement start to flood our consciousness.  For some, this could be an overwhelming time.

 

It was the very fact that some rules around Lockdown have lifted that enabled me to enjoy a beautiful evening at the Acorn Retreat (https://www.acornwellness.co.uk/) for a Gong bath with one of life's most beautiful souls Jules Cooper from Dragon Fly Yoga ( http://dragonflyyoga.co.uk/) and she reminded me of one of the poems that helped me in my times of darkness, depression and insomnia - The Guest House by Rumi. 

 

  

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each...

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What's your story? Mine's a love story...

Everyone has a story.   The story of your life.  There will always be high times of joy and light and laughter and regardless of what Disney would have us believe, alongside them, there are the low times, the darker times, even the desperate times.

However, when we tell our story, we can choose whether to write ourselves in as the victim or the heroine (or hero if I am to be PC).  We have the choice.  We hold the pen over the blank sheet of paper.  We choose the words to fill the open silence.

So despite everything, I still write my my story as love story. And as with every good love story, there is heartache, heart break, long nights of despair before the dawn of a new hope, the promise of new life and the journey of healing. 

I hadn’t seen Vicki in 5 years when we were reunited at Castle Howard in October last year on Vicki’s second book tour date in York.  When we’d last met, we were both speaking at the...

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Clare: From darkness in to the light

Clare and I first met 3 years ago as part of a life coaching group and remained 'friends' on social media.  At the beginning of this year, Clare contacted me while she was at a very low point in her life and asked for help.  This has been tough journey for Clare, but I had the privilege to watch someone face into their darkest moments with dignity.  I love how Clare describes that she now wakes up each morning delighted to see what the day may bring.  She has moved from the darkness and in to a beautiful light that she has created herself, with an opportunity to manifest her life by design. And yes - it will include Clare & Ali Cookery Days - watch this space!  Her story is below:

 

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were to find my joy in life, try and have less fear about moving forward with my life & less procrastination and to make some order of the car crash of a life that I unexpectedly found myself in.

Ali was...

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How Alice mastered her mind to master her life: From anxiety & despair to gratitude & joy

Alice was a complete stranger when we had our first conversation, as a referral from another client. Over the last 12 months, I have been honoured to witness an incredible transformation in Alice - from one of despair borne of overwhelming anxiety to a gutsy entrepreneur starting her new business with passion and motivation, confident in herself and in her own words grateful to be in a marriage where she and her husband have 'the most fulfilled and connected relationship we have had since we met'.

This is Alice's testimonial after working with me through my signature private transformational programme.

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were :

  • Learn coping techniques for managing anxiety -  my new and unwanted companion!
  • To learn how to avoid my ‘default’ behaviors and recognise when I was behaving in those ways.  These behaviours were not ‘bad’ as such but they led to me being driven to the point of losing sight of what...
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