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Still learning: older, disabled people and technology

I will forever wince when anyone refers to me - or anyone else who is still living for that matter - as an expert. My view is that as long as I'm living, I'm still learning, and this anti-expert  viewpoint has been evinced and reinforced by what I have experienced in the first few weeks of my new job at Jewish Care.

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Wellbeing and the healing that facilitates it

In December of 2012, after trying out a host of healing modalities to nuke the childhood emotional trauma that just wouldn't budge, I stumbled across Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and thought I'd give it a try. Although I didn't really understand how it worked - still don't for that matter, but I can attest that it certainly does - it just felt right. I can't really explain my reasoning any further, but I can safely say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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What makes us truly happy?

As today is the UN International Day of Happiness, I have spent more time than usual pondering my favourite subject - happiness. If you're looking for a quick fix, silver bullet or the route to happiness in three easy steps, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place, but if you'd like to know what makes me a generally happy person, please read on.

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Navigating life. Finding happiness.

In my mission to play my part in making the world a happier place, I spend a considerable amount of time contemplating the human condition and particularly why oh why so many people seem to be living in a state of denial and avoidance.

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Family, gratitude, love and respect

As I had a pretty rocky start in life, I don't really know what a "normal" family is; if I try to picture one I end up with a Norman Rockwell painting. Until I met my husband, I only had my very dysfunctional family to go on and I certainly would not view any of the atypical pushy, bigoted, arrogant and competitive North American Jewish types that I was surrounded with as role models.

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A simple life in the big smoke

Living amidst the chaos of London has certainly led me to frequently ponder whether a simpler life would be a better one. "Would we be any happier if we chucked it all in and set up home in a fishing village in Goa?" I asked myself.

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Still Mentally Well on World Mental Health Day

As today is World Mental Health Day, I thought I should do my bit and blog about it; as I sat down to write, however, my mind went blank. The pain, agony and despair that were my constant companions are now gone, and as I sat there tapping my stylus on my iPad hoping for inspiration, I had a little eureka moment. I realised that my former companions provided a lot of the motivation for my writing.

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Breathing the body with the inimitable Ajahn Sucitto

Yesterday, I attended yet another terrific London Insight event; 'Breathing the body' was a day of meditation with Ajahn Sucitto, the very down-to-earth, funny and personable abbot of Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. The teaching took an approach to mindfulness of breathing meditation that is very different to how it is usually taught. It was a much more holistic, dynamic and embodied experience, very accessible for Westerners and not at all conceptual or esoteric. I expect that if Buddhism and Qi Gong were to marry and have offspring, this would be the result.

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