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    “Maitri: The Art of Practising Self-Kindness”

    Maitri. What does it mean? It is a Sanskrit word, which roughly translates into friendliness, kindness and compassion. It is used in the context of the process of developing loving kindness or compassion towards oneself. It describes the journey of self-discovery that each of us must embark on, at some time in our lives, to learn how to finally appreciate and make friends with ourselves.  To be free, at last, to live a happier, more fulfilling life. To live the life we want. To live the life we all deserve. A life of purpose and meaning. For many of us, our search for self-understanding, self-compassion and self-respect can be daunting…

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    “Ikigai: Finding Your Bliss”

    Today, I would like to introduce you to The Carpenter. You may personally know someone like this…it may even be you. Some years ago, a newly qualified carpenter began to work for a smallish company in his hometown. He was determined to build a good career for himself and to dedicate himself to his craft so that he could become a master craftsman and support his family. To this end, he devoted much of his time to his career and, over time, he achieved his goal, much to his satisfaction. However, he had paid a heavy price – becoming increasingly disengaged from his family and friends, as well as his…

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    “Minding Your Mindfulness”

    If you’re anything like me, my life feels like it’s lived as if I’m watching a movie on ‘fast forward’. Except, I’m IN the movie and the movie is MY life… This is no way to live our lives; as if we are time travellers witnessing life but never getting to stop and experience it. This is not an earth-shattering new idea, right? You and everyone I know (which includes me) already know this. We all know that we must each learn to be fully present in the moments of our lives. To live at the level of experience as opposed to living meta to our experience, i.e. living in…