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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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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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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We hear news about the Amazon fires, the 6th Mass Extinction, and the so-called 'climate crisis' and it can all feel overwhelming. I don't believe humans have caused global warming but I do believe that we need to start living more natural lives, respecting the earth, and realise that we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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We can then look at society as a whole and contemplate on what has caused us to be in the situation we find ourselves in. We will then understand that our wellbeing is inseparable from others. We will recognise the need to expand our circle of compassion to include every being on this earth. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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One of the main things I have realised is that if we start taking care of ourselves – stopping overconsumption, walking instead of driving, eating fresh, locally grown, organic food - everything that is good for us is good for the earth too. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I’d like to give you some hope for the future. The climate crisis is possibly the best thing that could have happened to humans. It’s a wake-up call. Most of the adults in the world today have lived a life of over-consumption and lack of respect for Nature. They have been stealing your future and now they have to help you take it back. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Imagine, if you will, an alcoholic. In my years nursing, I know that if you explain to an alcoholic that drinking harms his health, relationships, and financial stability, that the vision of a dismal future will not scare him into quitting. The same for someone who smokes, or has any other addiction. You can nag them all you like about the damage they are inflicting on themselves, and maybe they will cut down for a few weeks or will promise to cut down with genuinely good intentions, but nothing will really change. In most cases, the level of their habit will remain the same or even get worse. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Are humans really mammals? Every other mammal on earth instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but humans do not. We move to an area, multiply until every natural resource is consumed, and the only way we can survive is to spread to another area. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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It would be interesting to know how far this plant will spread if everyone cares for the new plant they receive and pass on the seedlings that their plants produce too. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I found this fascinating book ‘The Story of Plants’ by J. Hutchinson and R. Melville at a car boot sale. Published in 1948, the authors wax lyrical about plastic and its benefits to the human race: “In the gradual development of civilisation, man has passed through a series of culture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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We must commit to our health. Recovering from Industrial Age brainwashing is like recovering from any major illness or injury and it requires a commitment to health. We must, at some point, make an active decision to relinquish the joys and privileges accorded to the emotional invalid. If we can embrace the changes in the world and learn to adapt to healthier, more natural lives we will be happy. This can be very threatening as a self-concept to people who are used to getting their needs met by being unhappy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Nature Speaks
This incredible short film shares an Indigenous Native American Prophecy that links all of life and the future of our planet. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Look at this picture. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Barney, the wildflowers, the ‘glorious’ sign. Now, look closer. 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 Jul 21, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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Intuition is our inner voice and that place of knowledge without reason that we all have access to. It is the bridge between the conscious and the unconscious, tying together what we know and what you feel to be true. Intuition, when cultivated, holds a strong power that can help you maximize your life. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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I absolutely loved today's Wild Art Wednesday! Thanks to everyone who came along. The idea behind Wild Art Wednesday is to get people thinking creatively while out in nature. Remember: You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have! So what is creativity? Creativity is defined... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Nature Speaks
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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 Jul 13, 2019 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 Jul 13, 2019 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 Jul 12, 2019 at Nature Speaks