This past week I received an email from an old friend. It was terse and straight to the point - "I've done it - I'm giving up booze for Lent." If you knew her, then you would know that this is going to be quite a challenge. It's not that she has a problem with alcohol but cocktail parties are de rigueur in her job as a big-city, high-powered lobbyist. So, her self-imposed sacrifice will be quite testing.
But what happened next is what really caught my attention... Continue reading »
Rarely a day goes by without a health story in the news. And unfortunately, it seems that it's never good news. This week alone saw disturbing headlines about rates of dementia and cancer cases, not to mention the usual spectres of obesity and diabetes.
To be sure, we have an ageing population. The thing is it is comprised of people who are increasingly dependent on medicine and medical intervention of one sort or another. As such, healthcare costs are soaring and the systems providing that are groaning and soon may be beyond the point of no-return... Continue reading »
A recent walk past my local newsagent left me in no doubt as to the time of year. It seems that the covers of every lifestyle and fashion magazine features last-minute workout plans and crash diets to get their readers beach-ready.
To be sure, summer holidays are just around the corner. And whatever you might be thinking about now, it would seem that front and centre of our to-do list should be not only slimming down so that we can squeeze into that bikini or swimming trunks but getting all those essentials to look great this beach season. You didn't have anything else to do - did you?!... Continue reading »
When I was a teenager, I became interested in photography. I was so keen that eventually I managed to convince my parents that an unused part of the basement could be turned into the ideal darkroom. For the next several years, I always had my trusty Canon 35 mm around my neck.
I then went to university and my interests changed. But recently the photographer in my soul woke up again and I found myself compelled to buy a new Canon. This time it's digital and not black-and-white film but I'm quickly getting reacquainted with the keen amateur I was all those years ago. Once again, I'm developing my photographer's eye... Continue reading »
Before I chose to focus my professional pursuits exclusively on my intuitive practice, I had a career as a management consultant not only running my own company but advising major international companies.
Among other responsibilities, I interviewed candidates and hired staff. And when I was just starting out myself in this capacity, my boss gave me some very sound advice. He said that I should never be fooled by someone claiming to have, for example, ten years of experience. The secret, as he pointed out, was to discover whether that meant ten progressive years of learning or simply that first year repeated ten times over... Continue reading »
This has been a very wet, cold and overall dull month. Here in Spain the weather has ranged from snow, sleet and hail to thunder, lightning and monsoon-like rains. Only occasionally do we get to glimpse the sun and then only for a few minutes before the grey clouds return and the heavens once again open.
It the kind of weather when you have no option but to hunker down. It's also the kind of weather that can spell disaster for certain New Year's Resolutions. If you're still going to the gym, I applaud you. If you're still managing to stick to that diet, then bravo. It really is hard to "do the right thing" when it's so dark and frankly miserable outside... Continue reading »
Scientists say: A sense of meaning and purpose is key to a long life.
I say: Intuition can give you this, and so much more!
It comes as no surprise that what we eat can affect how long we live. For years we've been told to increase fruit and veg in our diets and to avoid processed foods and sugar. Exercise too is now accepted as crucial to a long and healthy life. But recently researchers at the UK's University College London discovered that having a sense of meaning and purpose in life could literally add years to your life.
In other words, keeping fit and eating right is only part of the equation of long-term health. Just as important is the belief that we are living in a way that has meaning and that we possess a sense of purpose in what we are doing from day to day... Continue reading »
The statistics just keep on coming.
Let's get the bad news out of the way first.
For years we've been told that we should watch what we eat, get more exercise, not drink so much and manage our stress better. And yet, the message simply doesn't seem to be getting through to the majority of us. Just this week, in the UK, the latest figures show that over 60% of the population is overweight. 40% of the UK population should be taking statins (according to the latest NHS guidelines). And 1 out of every 2 children born after the year 2000 can expect to develop type-2 diabetes during their lifetime... Continue reading »
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Love is in the air. My Relationship Reading is the current must-have reading. So, that can mean only one thing. It's Valentine's Day. We humans are social creatures. We need contact with other people. Moreover, we need relationships with them. And then, forming a loving relationship is something that is as automatic and innate as it gets in life... Continue reading »
This past week I received an email from an old friend. It was terse and straight to the point - "I've done it - I'm giving up booze for Lent." If you knew her, then you would know that this is going to be quite a challenge. It's not that she has a problem with alcohol but cocktail parties are de rigueur in her job as a big-city, high-powered lobbyist. So, her self-imposed sacrifice will be quite testing. But what happened next is what really caught my attention... Continue reading »