Do You Accept All of Who You Are?

Do You Accept All of Who You Are?

I have a question for you: Do you accept yourself? You may say, yes, sure, why do you even ask. Then the next time you look in the mirror, notice what you say to yourself. Do you feel gratitude for having this body which does so many amazing things for you? Or do you...
How is your inner diva?

How is your inner diva?

In 2011, I did a year-long ongoing group in Devon, called Movement of Being. It’s hard to explain the essence of this work, but I’ll boil it down to this: When you allow yourself to be, just be, with no distractions or agenda, things bubble up to surface and there’s...
In the Mirror of You, I see…

In the Mirror of You, I see…

In 2010 I did a year-long ongoing Five Rhythms programme. Every two months, a group of about 40 people got together for a long weekend and danced (we had meals and chats in between). It was a powerful experience. A lot had shifted in my life in the course of five...
Guestpost: Speakers’ Corner by Anna Bee

Guestpost: Speakers’ Corner by Anna Bee

‘Speakers’ Corner is a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the mid 1800s when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park.’ (from royalparks.org.uk) “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the...
Why People Bother You

Why People Bother You

I’ve been doing the ecstatic Five Rhythms dance practice since 2007. While the kids were young, I took a break, but for the past two years, I’ve hardly missed a single class. It’s my spiritual practice. I turn up every week no matter what. It’s non-negotiable. The...
What do you need to accept in yourself?

What do you need to accept in yourself?

Recently, I’ve been working with a client whose child gets very upset at the prospect of her mum being away to promote her business. Worn out from juggling childcare and building a business, she felt a huge relief from acknowledging that somehow her family doesn’t get...
Childhood trauma sabotage

Childhood trauma sabotage

As I’ve been pondering the question of self-sabotage, I reached out to my writerly community and asked for their take on this subject. I had so many brilliant responses that I have enough material for another ten posts. But one answer captured my approach to...
What Happens When Things Go Well

What Happens When Things Go Well

I have a client who had quite a strong belief that when things went well, something bad was bound to happen.I must admit, I used to resonate with that belief. My upbringing was full of superstitions and one of them was ‘Don’t laugh too much or you’d cry.’ Why? Who...
Disempowering beliefs and what to do with them

Disempowering beliefs and what to do with them

‘I don’t have time to write.’ ‘I’m not a ‘real’ writer.’ ‘It’s too self-indulgent to write.’ Sounds familiar? These are disempowering beliefs you carry around. Sadly, they often become self-fulfilling. Somehow, as humans, we’d rather be right than happy. So, when you...
Help! I don’t have time to write!

Help! I don’t have time to write!

My first ever client came to me because she didn’t have time to write. She had two young kids, and while she didn’t have a job to go to, her duties around the house and childcare ate up all of her time. So I asked: what would happen if you did have time to write? All...
What’s the worst that can happen?

What’s the worst that can happen?

In January of last year, I decided to slim down and gain lightness in my physical body. Having two kids and breastfeeding for a long time wasn’t good for my self-discipline and I used to eat way too many cakes. So, I started a new regime of eating, and it worked....
Finding a Perfect Home

Finding a Perfect Home

About two years ago, I was working with an amazing client. She is a high-achiever and holds herself to the highest possible standards. She was house-hunting at the time, and the process was quite painful. It brought up a lot of insecurities; there were some setbacks...
What Does Perfection Give You?

What Does Perfection Give You?

14 July 2010, Birmingham, England. It’s getting dark outside, and I’m sitting in front of a screen in a computer cluster for PhD students. Tomorrow I have to hand in my thesis, and this is my last chance to spot any typos or mistakes. And suddenly I find one. It sends...
Reflections on Dogs and Feelings

Reflections on Dogs and Feelings

One of my favourite activities in life is walking in nature. When my kids are off school, we spend a lot of time outdoors in local parks. Inevitably, we meet dogwalkers. Most dogs here are friendly, and I had a period when my son wanted to pet every single dog in the...

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