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What it’s really like to have skin cancer

Background I’ve had a lot of time to reflect recently and I would like to share my story of skin cancer. While this recent surgery is the most intense, I’ve been having minor surgery for the removal of skin cancers since I was 25, including a scary melanoma in 2006 when I was 30. Most of my skin cancers have been basal cell carcinoma, the relatively benign, and most common …

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Be Your Own Wellness Coach

It’s the season for making changes, setting health, fitness and nutrition goals, and stepping out of the winter ‘Fitness protection program’. Seems timely to revisit a blog first published back in 2013 on https://sunonmyparade.com/2013/soul-food/be-your-own-wellness-coach/, but pretty relevant every change of season. As we mature we figure out for ourselves what works for us and what doesn’t. We also have some deeply ingrained habits that may or may not be helpful …

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5 Reasons NOT to do yoga teacher training

You hate change   If you are utterly content with the way your life is currently, that’s a very yogic state known as santosha. However if you’re not so much content, as you are stuck, stagnant, blocked, unable to take action – that’s influenced by the tamaguna, or inertia. It can make your thinking clouded, and lead you into a deep funk. Making decisions that reflect your values, and choosing to take action …

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What do you mean ‘evidence based’?

Out there on the interwebs it’s a polarised planet. People are shouting in echo chambers about their distinct world views on politics, religion, and science. In the seemingly lovely land of yoga and natural health, there’s just as much argy bargy between factions as elsewhere. One of the main issues centres around what we mean when we say something ‘lacks evidence’ or conversely that something is ‘evidence based’. The truth …

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Guest Post: Katie Carter from WomenKind – 5 Steps To Create Wellbeing Amidst The Rush

5 Steps To Create Well-being Amidst The Rush Lets face it. It’s a rat race out there. The only way to create balance in your life is to be completely committed to creating it. I know this sounds hard-core but it is just too easy to put everything else first. When we are stuck in this pattern, it is so hard to remove ourselves from and some pretty radical action …

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Why you need more Yin in your Life

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) yin deficiency is associated with the signs of aging such as dry hair and skin, stiff joints, and weak lower backs and knees. I don’t know about you, but this cold winter weather has me really identifying with that description! You’re probably familiar with the concept of yin and yang, the balancing of polarities in ourselves and the universe. Modern life is overtly yang …

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Dharma Bums

Every so often I reflect on my work in the world and wonder if I’m on the right path. When big challenges arise and progress stalls, I fantasise about escaping it all, hitting the road beat poet style, and living in a way that has less duty and obligation, more dreaming than doing. Yet I keep deciding to stay in suburbia, do my practice, love my family, go to work, …

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Leaving a Wisdom Legacy

‘Although the physicality of death destroys us, the idea of death saves us’. – Martin Heidegger In my early 20’s I volunteered at a hospice. The training I undertook was intense and I was eager to get front line, to put theory into practice. On my first day I reported to a senior volunteer who looked me up and down and pronounced, “you’re a man! What would you know about …

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Wellness Retreats: Destination Detox

Why do people go on wellness retreats? Getting away from it all to a fresh and beautiful setting can be used to break bad habits, create an intentional turning point in your life, give yourself a taste for new patterns, and use time out from stressors to reevaluate your values and lifestyle. I consider retreating to be a very intentional ‘destination detox’ for all levels of your being. Of course …

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Death, Dying and Difficult Relationships

By Satyam Brown Someone recently asked me at a dinner party what gems  of wisdom I had learnt about living and dying in my career as a palliative care counselor and social worker. I considered giving  a standard answer about putting less energy into your career and more into spending time with loved ones. However the most honest answer I could give is that we will die as we have …

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