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Protection from Disappointment?

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I am becoming more aware of how to avoid disappointment… This involves carefully noticing how others behave in relation to invitations, offers of help and support… I have stopped expecting people to be as I am – if I say I’m going to do something I will (exceptions being drastic unforeseen circumstances). Instead I now notice in a mindful way... View Article

Going with the Flow…

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‘Don’t push the river’ Ever feel blocked, stuck, frustrated, angry, irritated, disappointed and unable to make a decision? You know those times where you have energy blocks so it feels as though no matter what you do it will be the wrong move? What is possible in this situation? Often times it feels like not much, however, learning how to... View Article

Successful Outcomes for 1-2-1 Clients

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Having recently said a fond farewell to a number of my 1-2-1 clients I am reflecting on the process of new beginnings and inevitable endings. Yesterday I was having a conversation about psychotherapy and the co-dependent nature of client/therapist relationship, the client and therapist both benefit from the sessions, financially or emotionally or both. Traditional psychotherapy would be 3 sessions... View Article

Philanthropy a Reserve of the Rich?

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“Love of humanity” Philanthropy appears to be another area that has become commonly associated with money, having money to be philanthropic, to donate or support financially causes that one sees are deserving or aligned with ones own values. I searched ‘philanthropists’ on google, after the obvious wiki definition next up is a list of the 50 most generous philanthropists as... View Article

What if?

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What if the values you hold dear are usurped by your need to generate income, feed your family, your physical desires or are secondary to achieving status? How do we combat the dehumanisation of what we are exposed to through the media, the way we watch war, destruction and devastation of communities through natural disasters, crime and disconnection? I have... View Article

Surrounded by People – Yet Lonely?

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When things go a different direction from the expected… The last few weeks have been eventful to say the least! I have been working in Krakow with some amazing people who provide care and support to women who have been trafficked and their families. What’s this got to do with a ‘Joyful Life’? I hear you ask, simply put our... View Article

Pie & Pudding with a side of Harriet Starling and the Good Honey’s

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To celebrate our triumphant delivery of great nights of PIE Urban Woot and Little Jack Horner’s are delighted to announce a special last pie & pudding night with music by Harriet Starling and the Good Honey’s. Enjoy fabulous food with a side of starling! Harriet Starling and the Good Honeys blend bluegrass, swamp blues and retro reworkings with heart breaker... View Article

What does religion/spirituality have to offer to modern urban life?

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Many Londoners associate the religious or spiritual life with out-dated traditions of our grandparents and ancient steeples in the countryside—a relic of the past that is of not much relevance to busy city people in the 21st century. However, empirical research repeatedly chronicles benefits of religious activities on measures of physical and psychological health. In this talk I will summarise... View Article

Go Luck Yourself!

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Dr Matthew Smith leads us on a journey through a range of psychological research that suggests that ‘luck’ may not be the uncontrollable beast it first appears! By rethinking what luck is, is it possible to tame it… and even learn to be lucky?     Dr Matthew Smith Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University,... View Article

How to genetically engineer your new body

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The recent paradigm-shattering changes coming from physics’ new quantum understanding have changed the way that science perceives the universe and everything we see in it. More recently this dawning awareness has been applied to understanding the human condition and the biological sciences. I love the possibilities offered by quantum physics and I find great inspiration hanging around the ragged edges... View Article