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Here is a sample from this month's newsletter:

Quote for the Month

'The past is gone, the future is not here, now I am free of both.  Right now, I choose joy.'

What is important in this very moment?  Right now?

Flowers Don't Compete

A flower doesn't compete with the flower next to it, it just blooms.  In the same way, bloom where you are, regardless of how talented and brilliant those around you are.  See your greatness and see the goodness in others, then you'll complement, not compete with those around you.

Right Speech

Right speech can be defined as:
Speaking truthfully
Avoiding slanderous or malicious speech
Refraining from harsh or abusive words
Abstaining from gossip or mindless, idle chatter

Words have power.  What you say, how you say it, and the intention behind your speech matters.  Your words can bring healing or suffering.  Which of these you create depends on the skillful use of your speech.  Before you speak, ask yourself:

Is it kind?  Speaking kindly means:
your words do no harm
your words are not hurtful, malicious, cynical or sarcastic
you refrain from making fun of or hurting the feelings of others
you abstain from passing judgement on others

Is it necessary?
Is the intention to bring peace, healing and increased understanding?
If not, does what you wish to say really need to be said?
Just because something can be said, doesn't mean it should be said.

Is it true?  Spreading falsehoods, either intentionally or unintentionally sows the seeds of mistrust, miscommunication, confusion and disorder. 

Does it improve upon the silence?  The value of silence is often undervalued.  Look to use your words only if they provide more value than stillness and silence.  In the choice to remain silent, you also have an opportunity to practice mindful listening.  When you are fully present when another speaks, you can truly hear what they have to say.  If you remain silent and listen with your full attention and entire being, others feel supported, heard and appreciated - the ultimate goal of right speech.

Yoga Retreat Complete!

We recently held the Beyond Sound Yoga one day retreat in Saffron Walden. 

Feedback included:
'A fantastic, useful, interesting and calming day.'
'Helpful, thought-provoking, inspiring.'
'Inspirational, mindful, life changing.'

Our subject was relieving stress, anxiety and worry.  Yoga and meditation can help you to worry less, see obstacles as opportunities in disguise, and give you more energy to accomplish goals.  I run a one hour yoga class every Wednesday in Chelmsford, as well as private classes from my home studio in Saffron Walden.  I also recorded a meditation CD which contains short, relaxing meditations to beautiful music for quick stress-relief on the go.  You can listen to excerpts here:

If you would like any further information or guidance to help you with daily stress, please email me at

And finally...

If you restore balance in your own self, you will be contributing immensely to the healing of the world.

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