Ageing – What the Buddhists say

Do you fear old age? Those aches & pains that often come with getting older?

As we get older, most of us experience physiological & emotional change – and it can be frightening.  We cling desperately to youth, as it falls like sand through our fingers. 

According to Tibetan Buddhism, from the moment of birth, we are preparing for death. Our bodies change second by millisecond from newborn to toddler, from toddler to infant and so on. 

Ageing is inevitable and cannot be stopped at any cost.  So why do we cause ourselves so much anguish? Why do we not embrace these changes instead of constantly fighting against them?

One reason, we are so fixated now on materialism and image. Botox & plastic surgery, veneers & teeth whiteners, even serums with the promise of eternal youth.

In the West ( but not exclusively) we spend millions of looking good, forgetting that none of it is permanent

As our gums recede with age the veneers will loosen. The botox will wear off and skin will inevitably start to sag, even in areas the plastic surgeon worked their magic.

You see, even though we no longer carry the wrecklessness of youth, our increasingly fragile minds & bodies are sacred, and worthy of the greatest kindness.

To respect our aging at every stage, is the greatest kindness we can offer ourselves & those we love.

With age comes great wisdom which must not be wasted because it paves the way for future generations.


Animals & What We Don’t Hear

We all have those moments when we know our pets aren’t well.

They look so sad but we just can’t put our finger on what’s wrong. Animals can’t speak our language but as an animal communicator and holistic healer, I’m able to tune in to your animal’s unique energy frequency to find out what’s ailing them.

Laugh Well & Live Well at 50+

When did you last have a real good Belly Laugh? One that sent tears rolling & gave you tummy ache?

Like most of us, I bet you cant even remember.

When we’re young, laughter comes naturally. But as we enter adult – hood, responsibility creeps in and we forget the joy.

A great way to remedy this, is through a system called ’Laughter Yoga’ an exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter.
Don’t panic! Laughter Yoga isn’t strenuous. This type of yoga, is all about laughing for no other reason than to improve health.

When we laugh, the chemical serotonin is released into the blood stream. Serotonin is the body’s natural ’happy chemical’ with the same physiological and psychological benefits as the anti depressants our GPs prescribe.

The only difference, it has far fewer unpleasant side effects.

Laughter yoga is all about the breath or (prana) keeping the lungs healthy and the breath flowing is crucial as we advance with age.

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Healthcare = Self Care: 3 Life-Changing Tips for hitting 50.

As we get older, the most bizarre things start happening. Energy levels drop, hair grows in places we never knew existed and we start piling on the weight.

If this sounds like you – you’re not alone!

Julie is a spiritual teacher & holistic healthcare practitioner, but as she explains:- 

“When I turned 50, everything made me anxious. Sagging skin, middle aged spread, losing my looks, energy & flexibility etc. All these things sent abject terror right through me. It came in overwhelming waves – sometimes out of nowhere” It’s strange how we never think it will happen to us. We’re meant to be the caregiver – not the cared for right? So what can we do about it?

Here I’m sharing my Top 3 tried & tested Tips for 50+ self care survival. 

(1) Take Back Control: 

Most of us get anxious because we fear a future that hasn’t even happened yet. But why waste the beautiful opportunity of now? 

Quiet! Im Trying to Meditate. By Julie Kelly

So – you finally decided to give meditation a serious try. You’ve found a find a quiet space where you wont be disturbed & you’ve got yourself comfy but then the problems begin….

Suddenly, out of nowhere the most bizarre thoughts begin to distract you. For example, What to cook for tea, why the world is round, why it suddenly started snowing in the middle of spring etc. Things that up until now, you hadn’t really given much thought.

Does this sound like you? Well take a deep breath – you’re doing it right.

Throughout the years, we become great teachers of trying to train the mind to focus on 100 things at one time.

Reduce Stress in 10 mins

Whilst there are many physically fit 50+ Year olds, turning 50 does bring its own trials and tribulations.

We may notice physical changes and our mental health can really suffer in terms of anxiety and increased stress levels. Don’t panic! Help is just around the corner. Did you know, you can reduce stress, and improve many aspects of your health in just 10 minutes?

Here’s What To Do

Find yourself a comfortable space, where you’re not likely to be disturbed for at least 10 minutes. Sit quietly with your back straight or supported. Close the mouth and eyes, bringing your awareness to the breath as it enters the nostrils and leaves.
Pay attention to air temperature as you inhale and how it changes as you exhale. Also, become aware of any sound the breath makes as you inhale and exhale.

10 minutes it is actually not a long time, but you’d be amazed at how the mind can wander when you’re trying to keep it focused. If this happens simply bring your attention back to the breath.

Daily 10 minute practice on observing the breath has been evidenced to greatly reduce stress levels & allow better lung function. Some people say it has helped with conditions such as COPD. Here are a few more tips on breath-work.

Please like comment and share. I’d love to hear how you get on.

Happy Iranian New Year! Saleh Now Mubarrakh!

Am I the luckiest woman alive? I have Christmas, Nowroz, Tibetan New Year & the Buddha Day. Life feels like one big party. Today in Iran is the year 1401

This being said, Iranian New Year is symbolic for many other reasons. It represents the beginning of Spring. Hence the Hafseen & all the greens etc.
Today our home is a hive of activity as my husband recites from the Koran and family face time in their droves.

All around us we see new life. Lambs in the field, ducklings taking their first plunge into water & crocus sprouting their first green shoots.
So….. If you’re looking to make a new start either in life direction, diet, work, or even travel – theres no better place to start than now. Take inspiration from the new life around you. Get ready to dance into Spring!!!

What’s Your Viewpoint?

Many in the West, feel environmental factors are the greatest barriers to true peace of mind & life balance.

Yet we have access to the most advanced communication systems, access to free healthcare, policies & procedures to keep us safe at work and laws to keep us safe at home etc.

What in your opinion is the greatest challenge to our peace of mind?
Please share your points of view……

Rosemary in Springtime

Studies have shown that certain acids in rosemary have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Consuming rosemary regularly can potentially help lower the risk of infection and help the immune system fight any infections that do occur.

Rosemary is a great little herb to grow in the springtime, and really easy too.
I grow it on my window ledge in pots.

This powerful plant has so many uses. As a soothing tea, in cooking, and even in massage as an essential oil.

For Hair Loss

Nobody likes to go bald. Early research suggests, applying rosemary oil to the scalp is effective for increasing hair count in people with male-pattern baldness.

In a research study, people who massaged rosemary and other essential oils (lavender, thyme, and cedarwood) showed improvement after seven months.

For Arthritis 

For years, rosemary oil has been used to relieve muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, and also circulation.

Some early research shows that taking a product containing rosemary, hops, and oleanolic acid can reduce pain associated with arthritis. More research is needed though to confirm the benefit for sure.

NOTE: As with all natural & pharmaceutical medicines, please check, what you are taking is safe for you.

From the Horse’s Mouth – A case of Animal Healing

As a practitioner of holistic medicine, my work is never dull – especially when it’s with animals.

I never know what my next patient will be. A dog, cat, snake or horse – it can literally be anything.

Recently I was called in to help a beautiful & usually mild mannered horse named Jackson.

His owner reported dramatic changes in her horse, following his move to a new stable. His appetite had increased ‘off the scale’ and he appeared agitated both around her, and also the farm staff.

Before moving, Jackson was stabled with 4 other horses. In his new stable there were three.

Checks by vet had revealed a good bill of health with no significant problems.

On arriving, I tried slowly approaching  Jackson whilst he was grazing, simply to assess him and allow him to familiarise.

This was not completely successful and so I took myself off to the nearby barn to prepare for healing. 

Quietly in meditation, I visualised Jackson’s image, also scanning my own body, so as not to confuse differences, emotions or sensations arising with those of the horse.

Tuning into animal frequency, is often like an old TV set that’s slightly off channel, or a radio that is slightly off frequency, static preventing a clear image or sound.

However, with patience & relaxing breath work, a clear image slowly appeared.