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Free Buddhist Audio (but do make a donation!)

Tree in Bath

I have just discovered a great Buddhist website where you can download teachings and talks. They are a UK Registered Charity and reliant on donations. I made my donation and was able to download and listen to a great piece on The Five Methods of Meditation. It was filled with useful theories and information. I am not a Buddhist but I can relate to so many of their teachings. So if this is something you want more information on, take a look at Dharmachakra.


Here is a list a few of the subjects:  

  • Mindfulness of Reality
  • Training in Wisdom
  • What is Mind?
  • Patience & Energy
  • Meditation & Wisdom
  • The Mindfullness of Breathing: Introduction & Guidance
  • Getting Started in Meditation
  • Cutting Away From the Old

I think Buddhism makes a lot of sense when one is exploring their own spiritual journey.


Your destiny……

Words of Strength and Perserverance“My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in a maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”

Quote by Elaine Maxwell

The goals of justice….

Words of Strength and Perserverance“Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertion and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals.”

Quote by Martin Luther King

When you reach an understanding of life….

Words of Strenghth and PerseveranceThis was written by Kahil Gibran (1882-1931.) As soon as I read it, I could immediately relate it to my life. I still have many situations that put me to the test but I choose to view them through a different perspective now. This makes life much easier.

“You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a want and a grief. But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.”

(Taken from the pocket book Words of Strength and Perserverance, published by Exley)

I have finally let go. I don’t plan ahead. I don’t live in the past. I am very present. I want to feel every bit of this present moment. This makes me feel free.

(The catalyst behind this was loosing my job a few months ago and not being able to get another one at that level. I have switched the academic, high achieving me for a calmer go-with-the-flow me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been really hard to wind down. But now I’m here, I love it. I’m learning new things about myself. I am just in a state of being. And it’s extremely comforting.)

Letting go and allowing the universe to lead, is for me……………………..like breathing in new air.

I have just discovered a fantastic Author – Margaret Briggs

I had never heard of her before. I was looking through Amazon when I found her work. I ordered two of her books which I am currently reading. 1) Honey and Its Many Health Benefits and 2) Garlic & Onions – The Many Uses & Medicinal benefits. I paid less than £3 for each book on Amazon – Bargain!

 Inside there is a wealth of knowledge and understanding on her subjects. I will share these with you once I have completed the books.

Borders also have a good selection of Margaret Briggs’s books as will other good book stores. 

Other titles Margaret Briggs has produced are:

  • Vinegar – 1001 Practical Uses
  • Baking Soda – Over 200 Practical Uses
  • Porridge: Oats and their many benefits
  • Chocolate: The Tasty Treat With A Dark Secret
  • Bicarbonate Soda: A Very Versatile And Natural Substance
  • Green Cleaning: Natural Hints and Tips
  • Salt: The Essential Mineral & Its Medicinal Benefits
  • Beetroot: The Vitality Plant & Its Medicinal Benefits
  • Berries: And Their Many Health Benefits
  • Lemon & Lime: Super Citrus Fruits
  • Juices & Smoothies
  • Gardening: Hints & Tips
  • Top Money Saving Tips

So worth a look if you have a couple of quid lying around and a mind to feed with lots of useful information! If any of you have come across her work before, I’d be interested in your comments.


TheGuidingPath.comTake a look at The Guiding Path. This is a great place to start if you are new to finding your road to spirituality and happiness.




The course will help you:

·  Gain deeper understanding of yourself and others.
  Build on your natural strengths.
  Discover new ways of achieving.
·  Gain greater focus, motivation, and satisfaction.

Swim your way to fitness…..

I don’t really like gyms or the classes they offer. I don’t have very much co-ordination and found many aerobics classes hard. The class would go left and I would be going right! I don’t think I am cut out for them. I’d much rather go for a power walk and breathe in fresh air or swim.

I was a good swimmer at school and achieved all of my certificates, but then I didn’t go for about 15 years. I was gaining weight and needed a solution. So I thought about swimming. Once I got past how awful I looked in a swimsuit…which didn’t take long because I put my ‘I don’t give a crap how I look, I’m here to exercise’ hat on…I was ready to go.

So I have been swimming for nearly a year now. I have noticed such a difference. I have toned and am much fitter. I had to start slow as I hadn’t swum for so long. So I started off with just a front crawl and did that for many weeks until I got used to the water again. Then I slowly built up my strength and tried all of the other methods. I can now do them all and do a 30 minute swim without stopping. I have learned to pace myself and keep moving. I set myself targets and just got better with practice.

I never injure/strain myself. It costs half of a gym membership. I go up to five times a week and I love it. I love the feeling of being in the water. The best bit is a 10 minute stint in the sauna and steam room. It clears my skin, opens my pores and gets all of the crap out. Sometimes, they put in some scents like menthol or lavender and that clears my lungs and helps me breathe easier.

Just being in the water takes my mind of everything and relaxes me. I don’t feel like I am exercising because I thoroughly enjoy the feeling. So if like me you are not a gym fan, try swimming.

In the UK, every local authority has a swimming pool. The costs are very reasonable and the benefits are massive.  

There is a website Everyday Swim with lots of further information on it, including the bit below. The wonderful Duncan Goodhew is an Ambassador to this organisation. Worth a read if you want more info:

Duncan Goodhew - National Hero

Why choose swimming?

You’ll often hear people say that swimming is the best exercise. But just what is it that makes swimming such an excellent way to get and stay active?

Reasons to take the plunge:

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