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Jane Redfern Jones
North Wales
Freelance Writer
Interests: I read and I write, in that order. In between I do some thinking, mainly about how to live a meaningful life. This blog is a record of that thinking; my personal subjective - private thinking that takes place between my reading and the writing, and takes form in writing. I am on a journey - learning to live as natural a life as possible - the way nature intended. So much of our food now is treated with chemicals and genetically modified, the same with all the creams and potions we put on the outside of our bodies. I believe that many of the illnesses prevalent today - mental and physical - can be prevented or treated with diet and by changing the way we think. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates said. Our connection to nature is important too and I like to be outdoors as often as I can. I originally trained as a nurse, gaining my degree in 2000. Now I prefer a more holistic and natural approach to life and health.
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But this Sunday was special. My youngest dog, Digby, beckoned me to the other side of the field with his barks. And there, hiding in the hedgerow, was a tiny calf. Obviously separated from his mother as there were no other cows around, the small and beautiful creature had sought shelter and safety in the hedgerow. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
Imagine a world where the trapped emotions, fears, anxieties and unprocessed life experiences we hold in our bodies are the source of everything that ails us. That's the world we live in. Now imagine a world where everyone is manifesting from their heart the perfect creation that's inside each of us. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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We should all take the time to relax our minds and exercise our bodies. People who don’t are self-saboteurs. So many illnesses these days are caused by people not taking care of their own health. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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Clever manufacturers know that healthy food is a market winner. We are often happy to pay more if we think that a food is good for us. Problem is, unless we look carefully at the small print, we may simply be persuaded to buy when we spot a label that says natural sugars, healthy, organic, whole grain and the like. Yes, it may tick some ‘good’ boxes – but wholegrain muesli bars full of fat and sugar may do us more harm than good. Organic may be good for the environment but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for our weight. Natural sugars are sugars like any others with no added nutritional value – simply empty calories. And low-fat, which for years we associated with dieting, may simply mean chock-full of sugar or other agents that improve taste, but add calories. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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I stopped going to the gym years ago and use the great outdoors as my exercise class. Whilst I like to wander, and take photographs, I also generally power walk part of the way, and also look for steep banks or steps that I can run up and down. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." William James. We often fall into the familiar comfort of doing things the same way as we have always done them, thinking that there are certain things we just can't do. "Your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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Today I felt gratitude towards the robin that followed me around the garden, filling the air with his beautiful song. I appreciated being able to stop and just watch and listen and marvel at the beauty of this small creature. Wherever I went he followed and I felt a wonderful connection with him and nature as I completed my tasks. There are so many things in life that we can be grateful for, and many can so easily be missed if we are too busy to notice. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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In the main our bodies don’t wear out with age, it is inactivity that accelerates the aging process. To stay young we need to stay active and do new things, because monotony ages anyone and variety is the spice of life. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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"It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
This simple life-changing 7-minute exercise will help you see if you’re truly aiming for the right goals in your life or if you’re stuck in modern culture’s “Means Goals” trap. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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Autumn heralds the transition into the cold, dark and desolate winter months, and the natural world puts on a final flurry of amazing activity before slowing down for winter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
The fungal-fantastical. Emerging from their axial homes, fungi are beginning to be understood as nutrients to the human consciousness and ecological sustainability. Paul Stamets explores mycology and compels support for our own good nature and our fungal allies. It is imperative that we learn to understand and even converse in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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"The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels." Rupert Sheldrake. In humans too, for better for worse, parents tend to pass on the parenting that they themselves received... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
Laboratorium Pieśni is a phenomenal group of international holy women who use shamanic techniques in song to create sacred space, employing glossolalia and the sounds of nature to harness the healing power of the wild, sacred feminine through ancient music and verse. The experience is haunting, powerful and ethereal, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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My youngest daughter started high school this week. As she grows up I hope she doesn't forget the pleasures of playing and laughing, and that she will still take a walk with me to gather dandelions and watch bugs, climb trees or spot animal shapes in the clouds. We all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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In today’s pressured society, busy jobs and hectic lifestyle, I find comfort in taking time to look and enjoy the landscapes, woods and mountains of this land I call home. Finding a moment to reflect and slow down, even better, to climb, to challenge myself, to reach a peak. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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I like to wear make-up, just a small amount, every day. But the price we pay for beauty is more than skin deep: The average person uses ten different skin care products on his or her body every day--and since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
I know from my experience as a nurse that no matter how many times you tell people what the best things are for their health, they won't change their diets or their lifestyles. I've been guilty myself in the past, but I have come to realise how much control we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
I believe that when we look within, we realise what a delusion most of life is. When we connect with our deepest selves, we realise how interconnected we all are as we travel through life in the company of our spiritual friends. "Even if we did not wish it to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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It's very easy to send an email or share pictures on Facebook, but, for me it doesn't evoke the same feelings as a letter or postcard arriving through my letterbox. It seems that the idea of 'social media' isn't such a new thing either. A new public searchable database provides... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) should be tried before sleeping pills for people with insomnia, according to new U.S. guidelines. Health specialists say the psychological therapy, which helps us consider and change links between how we think and behave, is more effective, with fewer side effects. The side effects of prescription... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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I have to admit that I do love my Kindle - it's so easy to slip into my bag to carry around with me. However at night I cherish the feel and scent of the paper in a traditional book. Now researchers from Harvard Medical School have published a study... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
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We're hearing more and more about how processed meat is bad for us. Researchers at Harvard Medical School suggest that replacing a small amount of processed red meat for plant protein could lead to a much longer life. Simply exchanging a sausage at Sunday breakfast for a piece of wholegrain toast could reduce the risk of early death by 34%. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at The Think Well Blog
Dechen is a Ladhaki, Tibetan Buddhist monk-in-training with a passion for gardening. One stormy night, he rescues an exquisite flower by bringing it indoors. However, despite his care and concerns, the flower inexplicably starts to fall apart and the boy struggles to accept the situation. Finally, Angmo, the head monk... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at The Think Well Blog