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The Perils of 'Staying Safe'

Thursday 15th October 2020

It took a long time to get to the point where I felt I could surrender to OCD anxiety. Every ounce of my being told me that I wasn't safe and performing a compulsion to create that feeling became the standard practice. Practicing surrender is something that requires daily practice and it seems to be something that is lost in today's world.  More than ever before, we seem to be fighting to survive. With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, 'staying safe' is the phrase that I hear repeated more often than not. At the end of a phonecall with a relative, when we leave work and say goodbye to our colleagues, 'stay safe' is how conversations seem to end now,…

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How to be human in an increasingly inhumane world

Thursday 15th October 2020

I tend not to watch the news very much anymore and I am very selective about what I read on social media. Maybe I am too sensitive for my own good but it really gets me down and I usually end up feeling very angry due to the sense of injustice I feel at what's happening in the world and with UK politics in particular. I just cannot get my head around how apparently insane things have become. Perhaps it is the effect of Covid-19 and lockdown but I feel myself struggling to be compassionate when there seems to be so much negativity and doom and gloom everywhere you look. Society is becoming increasingly polarised and it is fuelling discontent…

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The Healing Heart

Sunday 11th October 2020

Listening to and following your heart sounds very romantic. Almost like an ideal situation that we have forgotten about and shelved for the time being as it doesn't seem to get us anywhere. I remember years ago when a friend asked me what I wanted to do with my life and I said 'I want to be a musician'. She said (actually she laughed) and said 'That's all very well, but will it bring money in? I doubt it.' If I wasn't stronger in that very moment, I would have listened to her and lost out on some of the best experiences in my life so far. It is doing what feels right and natural that seems to be the most…

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