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Jane Redfern
Where we are and what we have in our lives is based upon the fears that we have allowed to control our lives.
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I’m deliberately looking at other things now that I use or do as a habit – i.e. for cooking, clothing, gardening, as well as art, I’m asking myself, “Is there an alternative”. Sometimes opening our eyes to new possibilities can lead to something better. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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We don't develop resilience by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Imagination is lighter than a feather and faster than light because anyone can be anywhere at any time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Perhaps the more interesting question is not to ask if we can change, but if we can direct change. Can we consciously create a new version of ourselves? Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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It is such a wonderful thing to be born. It is just incredible how everything comes together to form a human. This shouldn’t be wasted. Everyone is needed; everyone has a role to play. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Some of our actions can be completely unconscious and yet be so easily seen and witnessed (and felt) by others. It’s a pattern that is very hard to break; the main challenge is to make ourselves aware that we are doing it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Art is like many other things, the more you do it, the more you practice, the better you get. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Don’t let someone else’s view destroy the way you feel about yourself. That doesn’t mean not to listen, but don’t just accept their view either. We all have a right to our own viewpoint and your perception of yourself is very important. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Crab mentality, also known as crabs in a basket mentality, is a way of thinking best described by the phrase "If I can't have it, neither can you". Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Listening carefully to someone is the best way to show that you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. When you listen to someone, not just with your mind, but with every fibre of your being, it sends them the message: ”I value your opinion”. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Symbols can play a powerful role in the process of healing and recovery. As humans, we have all had experiences of loss and trauma. We’ve experienced losing loved ones, maybe our health, or lost a much-needed job. It’s inevitable. Nothing in this world lasts forever. The problem is that we are never prepared when bad things happen and we struggle to process it. It certainly can’t be fixed by an hour-long therapy session or a weekend workshop. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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The story about the Little Match Girl is a familiar one. The story, at its core, describes what lack of nurture and lack of focus look like and what they lead to. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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When we need to ask a favour it’s very convenient to just send an email and wait for a response. It can save us the embarrassment of face-to-face pleading but we shouldn’t expect the same results. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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We all wear masks and often without realising it we sell ourselves by how we appear. Carl Jung called this mask the ‘persona’ and it is the ‘mask’ we show in society to please others. We need this mask because it helps us to function, but when we understand who we truly are, the persona becomes more pliable. Then we can be aware that we are wearing the mask, but at the same time, respect the boundaries and ways in which we all must act to function well in society and in different situations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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I was like a butterfly trapped in a spider’s web. It was a dark place and I felt death was imminent. But then someone said to me, “Jane, you are a free person, no one has the right to control you or trap you. You are free.” They were probably the most powerful words ever spoken to me. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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But whenever you set out to do something extraordinary, there comes a point where, like Erickson on the horse, you have to choose between trying to control everything – or letting go and getting carried away by something bigger and more powerful than yourself. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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I have an invisible friend. His name is Norman. His job is to help me do things I might struggle to do myself. For example, I’m in my car and driving into town. It’s busy and it could be difficult to park. But, I never have any problem getting a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Internally we all have a light that can never go out. There are many beliefs about this light, and one of the sayings is that any type of wood that is half burnt always has a spark or ember in it that can be fanned by a very small wind into a gigantic flame, and this is also true about the internal flame of those of us who lacked parental guidance as a child. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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People who live ‘safe’ lives, children who never have to do anything for themselves, people who are stuck in their ‘comfort zone’ - can they ever be truly successful? Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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"Instead of always following the crowd, why not aim to become an unstoppable positive force for the crowd to follow?” said Edmond Mbiaka. Look closer at this picture. Really zoom in. If you go close enough you’ll see that the picture is made up of thousands of little dots. Let’s imagine there are…say…3000 dots. Each one of those dots has a part to play and if the odd one were missing there would be a blip in the picture. The more dots that are missing in any given part of the picture the bigger the blip. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted". She wasn't always so confident about speaking out, and she later admitted, "The ability to think for myself did not develop until I was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Jane Redfern
Thank you, John.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2019 on Finding the right balance at Nature Speaks
Absolutely. Humans perceive, react and think with a vast collection of neurons networked to the external world. It's a fallacy that we only have five senses - we actually have over twenty. All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. Yes, we are nature. Alan Lightman once said, "The material of the doomed stars and the material of my doomed body are actually the same material. Literally the same atoms… It is astonishing but true that if I could attach a small tag to each of the atoms of my body and travel with them backward in time, I would find that those atoms originated in particular stars in the sky. Those exact atoms."
Toggle Commented May 25, 2018 on Sometimes a change is all you need at Nature Speaks
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