The Importance Of Self Reflection

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One of the more extraordinary and wonderful things that happened to me in the last decade was – as some of you already know – appearing as Lauren Laverne’s castaway on Desert Island Discs last summer. But one of its lasting legacies (other than the e-mails which are still coming in) from people who enjoyed it is that it reminded me of the importance of self  reflection. Read More…

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dog

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The Chinese Zodiac has a 12 year cycle and each year is prefixed with an animal sign. Depending on what year you were born, you’ll be either a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog or pig. With the turn of the new Chinese year, we’re about the enter the year of the dog, but what does it all mean?

If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958 or 1946 you fall under the zodiac sign of the dog. Each sign is split into five elements, including gold, wood, water, fire and earth. This year, it is the Earth Dog and the character traits are communicative, serious and responsible at work.

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Embracing January

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Once all the partying of Christmas and New Year is over it’s so easy to go into a slump or into guilt mode and start on a rigid regime whether that involves dieting, exercising or making resolutions. Going from one extreme to another seems to be a natural response to make up for excess but inevitably it’s not quite as simple as that. Changes in habit take a while to stick, as do the results to show. And at a time when the weather is cold and the days short, embarking on anything punishing will take an iron will to stick to, most probably ending in us giving up before February arrives. So this year why not try a gentler approach – go with the flow a bit more, allow the fun and festivities fade gradually and adjust naturally to the coming months. If nothing else, being kinder to ourselves is a good place to begin to radiate kindness to others. Start by getting rid of negative thoughts and forget the usual New Year ‘to dos’ – here’s a January plan to enhance your mind and body in a positive way. Read More…