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Finding Expansion in a Contracted World

Mistress Wellbeing

Release Date: 09/13/2022

How Death Informs Life show art How Death Informs Life

Mistress Wellbeing

I've had a heck of a year in 2022. Six friends have passed away unexpectedly, and it's sent me on a deep dive into how to make sense of death. Today I'm talking about the Top Five Regrets of the Dying, a book by Bonnie Ware. I know it sounds a little maudlin, but actually, death has made me plunge wholeheartedly into life, taking risks and finding courage to launch my biggest rockets of desire. The is happening thanks to these experiences, and I now have a group of amazing women to take on a 10 day retreat in Provence next May. That's what I call living! If you want to join us, there is one...

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Take a Leap, and Fly! show art Take a Leap, and Fly!

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Sometimes the way forward in life is to take a leap.   A careful, supported leap, that will transform the way you see your life and who you have been for decades, so that you can create a vibrant, potent way of being in the world, and realise your genius.   I explain it as an upgrade of the operating system, just like a phone or computer.   Most of us are operating from a set of beliefs which arose in childhood and adolescence, it’s called conditioning, and it consists of limiting beliefs which keep us safe, small, and limited.   I have a few beauties of my own which...

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How to Be Miserable show art How to Be Miserable

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I'm reading a book called 'How to be Miserable'.   It's by  a Psychiatrist!   I wish I'd written this book. It's so much easier to encourage people into their bad habits than to take the teachy-preachy position of showing what actually works to make us more happy.   Spoiler alert, the book is an unholy poke at the way we live, to demonstrate just how sick it's making us.   There are gems like this:   Sleep less, eat what the supermarkets and advertisers tell you eat, avoid exercise at all costs, drink alcohol every night, preferably to excess and practise 'Three...

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Join me on a Magical Provence Retreat show art Join me on a Magical Provence Retreat

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Who's been to Provence? It's an amazingly beautiful place, also full of history, art, food, and perfume. Nice has the second most museums in France after Paris. I'm taking a small group of remarkable women on retreat in May 2023, and I would love one of them to be you! So if you'd like to know more, this episode is for you. Today I'm talking about my love affair with France, and explaining how the concept of a French wellbeing retreat started and has expanded. I go into detail about what to expect from a French adventure and 'inventure', where we will explore the fabulousness of the region...

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How did I Get Here? My Life Story Part 2 show art How did I Get Here? My Life Story Part 2

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Have you ever looked back over your life to realise that the slightest event changed the path you took?   It can be quite humbling, especially when I realise that a few people and experiences have been so instrumental in altering the course of my life.   Today I'm telling the second part of my life story. There were some fabulous, exciting times, and some difficult, sad times.    All of them required courage and support, and allowing life to flow around me as much as trying to chart my trajectory.   I know it's useful to hear the experiences of others. It often gives...

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How did I Get Here? My Story Part 1 show art How did I Get Here? My Story Part 1

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We often vilify psychotherapy as being 'navel gazing'. I've heard that a few times! 'I don't have time to wallow in the past.' But Gestalt therapy works powerfully to explore how the past shows up in the present, and how it continues to impact thought and behaviour negatively unless we intervene with awareness. Today I'm sharing the first part of my life story, because I'd like you to know me better, and also because it's a beautiful way to show how beliefs arise and persist. Psychotherapy can release these past creative adjustments, which served very well at the time but have outgrown their...

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Cocooning - How to Navigate Difficult Waters show art Cocooning - How to Navigate Difficult Waters

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You have an internal guidance system which directs you towards a life that lights you up. I call it my sparkle. It's like an exciting little flame that lets me know when I'm on the right path in life. When difficult things happen, loss, diagnoses, or the anxiety of living out of alignment with your sparkle,there is a way to allow the process and find change. That's what I'm describing today, the cocooning process which allows you to listen to your true self, your guide, your inner voice.  

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The Surprising Secret of Awareness show art The Surprising Secret of Awareness

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Awareness is not mindfulness.   There has been a rising tide of mindfulness teachers and practices over the past ten years.   Awareness is different. It's about our internal world, and it's about physical sensation within the body.   Let me try to explain it today as well as I can, because it came up as a big topic on retreat two weeks ago.   Thinking is often the place where attention flows, but there is a world of information coming to us from our body.    Listen in to find out what secrets awareness can bring.      

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How Safety Unleashes Genius show art How Safety Unleashes Genius

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Recorded in Bali the week after my Finding Your Joy retreat, this episode is inspired by the time we spent together in group. In the lead up to Bali I had an internal dialogue about creating a 'manifesto' and managing every moment of our week... or not.   My fear told me to organise, while some bigger part of me reasoned, 'You have everything you need. Be transparent, respond to what arises, feel into the group and give them what they need.' Happily I trusted my gut feeling Instead of giving in to fear, and what arose was a deep understanding of how safety leashes potential, leading to...

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Finding Expansion in a Contracted World show art Finding Expansion in a Contracted World

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Hello from the Finding Your Joy retreat in Bali.   I’ve recorded a special podcast episode this week to capture the essence of our remarkable time together in group.   Its my delight to be with others as they begin to drop the contractions of old limiting stories and behaviours, softening and expanding into wholeness and opening to their possibilities.   Expansion is exhilarating, and it’s joyful and fun to be around.   Like taking a really deep breath for the first time, exhaling all the stale air and drawing fresh, energised oxygen into your body.   And the...

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Hello from the Finding Your Joy retreat in Bali.
 
I’ve recorded a special podcast episode this week to capture the essence of our remarkable time together in group.
 
Its my delight to be with others as they begin to drop the contractions of old limiting stories and behaviours, softening and expanding into wholeness and opening to their possibilities.
 
Expansion is exhilarating, and it’s joyful and fun to be around.
 
Like taking a really deep breath for the first time, exhaling all the stale air and drawing fresh, energised oxygen into your body.
 
And the process never gets old.