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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

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

Steps to a better life?

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I have a bugbear about ‘steps’, ‘frameworks’, ‘essentials’ and ‘one size fits all’ approaches to changing your life/career etc for the better. Part of this stems from my witnessing a friend be a guinea pig for a life coach who then used my friends changes as an example of how her approach works which was entirely different to what actually... 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

The Midas Touch

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The city is full of opportunities to touch and we avoid it, stigma and moral panic create boundaries and barriers to platonic social touch. We are rammed up against each other on commuter trains, buses and tubes. Swerving out of the way as we launch ourselves through hoards of people on the high street, everything is about avoiding. How often... View Article

Getting a Grip of Time

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New year, new you? Setting goals, making big plans for change then finding yourself a few weeks later unmotivated, fed-up and in the same position? Urban Woot’s launching On the Couch Salons at Blacks Club with conversations about time. The first Salon, with guest speaker Suzanne Hazelton will explore how we view time, with a view to you making more... View Article

Welcome to Urban Woot

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Have you ever wondered how to really flourish and nourish yourself whilst living in a urban environment? Do you love the city yet long for some simple accessible connections with nature? Do you like to explore the urban world and all of its potential? Urban Woot is building the communities, the workshops and the tools for you to be able... View Article