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Jane Wilshire 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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A letter in the current edition of The Woodland Trust's Broadleaf magazine gave me an idea. In the letter author Steve Biggs had planted a conker and grown a horse chestnut tree. The conker was collected on a day and in a place that had special meaning for Steve. In my mother's garden, there is a huge oak tree, one that has always been a part of my life. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Nature Speaks
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You'll find phthalates in food packaging, perfume, hair spray, deodorant, almost anything fragranced (from shampoo to air fresheners to laundry detergent), nail polish, insect repellent, carpeting, vinyl flooring, the coating on wires and cables, shower curtains, raincoats, plastic toys, and your car's steering wheel, dashboard, and gearshift. (When you smell that ‘new car’ or ‘new carpet’ smell you're smelling phthalates). Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Nature Speaks
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It’s great seeing a lot of the smaller businesses getting rid of packaging and it would be great to see more of the bigger businesses follow suit. Or would it? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Nature Speaks
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For over 40 years the co-operative of Honeysuckle has been offering local, organic and fresh produce with an enormous range of whole foods, spices, and specialty groceries. Set up in July 1978 by four friends, it is still on the original site. I spoke to Member-worker Gemma Syrett-Judd who says the group chose the worker co-op model because they didn’t want to be a conventional business Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nature Speaks
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Finding a way to grow your own food makes you more conscious of what you’re eating, and it also offers massive nutritional benefits. Nutrient degradation occurs rapidly between when produce is picked and when it is eaten. The quicker you can eat your produce after it’s been harvested, the better it is for you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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It’s amazing how simply looking at pictures of nature can lower your blood pressure and ease stress and mental fatigue. That is how powerful nature can be.So if you want to feel better, just get outside: Try gardening, heading to the local woodland or going for a bike ride. Outdoor exercise is the healthiest form of fitness – not only for the environment but for the soul. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Today, my mum wanted to go for a meal at the Swan Inn, in Pontfadog, near Llangollen. At first, I was going to suggest somewhere else – somewhere I knew offered vegan food (I knew the Swan usually offered a vegetarian option but not vegan). But, I knew my mum really wanted to go to the Swan so I decided to ask if they had milk alternatives so that I could at least have a coffee, and to ask about the chips and whether they were vegan (a lot of places will cook sausages etc in the same fat as the chips). Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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In Bodh Gaya, India, there is an old Bodhi tree that shades the very spot where the Buddha is believed to have sat in meditation on the night of his enlightenment. Close by is a raised walking path about seventeen steps in length, where the Buddha mindfully paced up and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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We all at some time have devoted time and energy into trying to change other people. We often try and deny this tendency and try and convince ourselves and others that we really just accept people as they are. We hide reality from ourselves and others. At other times we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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In Aboriginal culture, when you ask someone, "How are you?" it is understood that you are enquiring not just about the person in front of you, but also about their ancestors and family too. They take the question seriously because wellbeing does not relate solely to an individual, it relates... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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In the middle of the last century Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung gave practical advice for remedying our loss of contact with Nature which was not that different to the advice given today: to live in small communities; to work a shorter day and week; to have a plot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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This magical, marvelous food we put on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge...just isn't natural. Fresh produce bought at the Llynclys Hall Farm Shop.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Do you really believe the illusion that you exist by yourself, and are a separate being in the universe? So many people think that they are self-made and their path to success was down to them and them alone. In order to maintain this illusion we have to forget the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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In our busy and often stressful lives one of the first things to get side-lined is often time spent in Nature. Our bodies are surrounded by concrete, tarmac, plastic, and steel and our lives crowded by things and activities. Even if we love Nature, we find ourselves spending less and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Whenever you can, go outdoors and for a walk in Nature. Find a bench in a quiet spot so that you can do some sitting meditation. When you do sitting meditation the aim isn't to be like a Buddha, to solve your problems, or even to become enlightened. You sit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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There is nothing wrong with feeling good. In fact, feeling good is one of the gifts we have as humans. It’s often the paths we take to feeling good that can lead us astray. We will never truly feel good if we try to achieve it at someone else’s expense.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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The sunflower wasn’t happy so I asked her what she needed. Then, after quietening my mind, I listened. She said that she needed a bigger pot and fresh compost. I gave her what she asked for but a few days later noticed that she still looked sad. Again, I asked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Gratitude can be a part of your daily mindfulness practice. Like following your breath or tuning into present sensation, it can be done in just a moment. These little moments add up, shifting your overall perspective to one of presence and joy. Throughout today focus on things that you appreciate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Entelechy is a word that Aristotle used to describe higher guidance and purpose. It assumes that all living things in Nature already know what they will become, referred to as “the end within”. For example, a majestic oak tree is the entelechy of an acorn. Entelechy is encoded into every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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The foundation of all mindfulness practice is awareness of the breath. Without awareness of our in-breath and out-breath, there is no mindfulness. Mindful breathing unites the body and mind and helps us to become aware of what is going on it us and around us. We often forget that body... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Mindfulness is a non-judgmental awareness of all that is happening inside us and around us. It takes us back to the foundation of happiness, which is being present in the here and now. Mindfulness is about always trying to be mindful about something: our breath, our thoughts, our footsteps, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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You decided to go for a walk because you knew the fresh air would do you good. You looked out of the window and you hesitated. It was raining. But, after a momentary pause you decided to go anyway. You walked along the path and you stopped. There was something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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This exercise is designed to cultivate a heightened awareness and appreciation of simple daily tasks. Think of something that happens every day of your life more than once; something you take for granted, like opening a door, for example. At the very moment you touch the handle to open the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Photosynthesis is a balance of give and take, which is something I have had to learn to do for myself. I’m a giver and from an early age learned to give but rarely to take. I realise now that this can lead me to feel exhausted, irritable, and with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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“I once experienced a violent earthquake, and my first immediate feeling was that I was standing on the skin of a gigantic animal that was heaving under my feet. It was this image that impressed itself on me, not the physical fact.” Carl Jung. The way we perceive the world... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Nature Speaks