We Can Be Better Tourists! Eight Ways to More Mindful Travel

We Can Be Better Tourists! Eight Ways to More Mindful Travel

Another year is drawing to a close, and of course with this comes the inevitable desire to reflect and plan ahead. My own year thus far has been very special, I was able to have a once in a lifetime kind of adventure where thanks to a couple of years of saving, planning and anticipating, I was fortunate enough to step the soles of my feet onto the soil of three continent, nine countries and dozens of cities.  Along the way, I crossed paths with three forgiving snakes, swam with a group of rescued elephants and dipped my toes in many parts of our planets warm turquoise seas.  The journey was diverse to say the least; one month saw me hiking through handfuls of exotic national parks while the next had me immersing myself in ancient Roman history. I crossed paths with countless other souls too, from my time meditating with Buddhist monks to shakings hands with African villagers who’d never before seen blonde hair.  

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Kidney Meridian: Yin Yoga Sequence for Women’s Health

 Kidney Meridian: Yin Yoga Sequence for Women’s Health

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body is energized through specific internal paths, otherwise known as meridian lines, along which the life force, otherwise knows as chi, travels.   There are twelve major meridians that run on both side of the body, mirroring one another. Each of these pairs is associated with specific organs and working with them through holistic practices such as acupuncture, massage or yin yoga are believed to have specific healing effects. This article will explore the kidney meridian and it’s relation to female reproductive health in specific.

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A Beginners Guide to Meditation (With Four Practical Techniques)

A Beginners Guide to Meditation (With Four Practical Techniques)

It’s official, meditation has become mainstream. An increasingly huge range of people, from CEO’s running multi billion dollar businesses to pre-teens over-bursting with energy during school time, are embracing the practice with open arms.  Scientific evidence overwhelming supports it’s benefits - meditation has been shown to reduce our stress levels, improve our concentration and physiologically, benefit our cardiovascular health and immunity too. This all illustrates that taking some time out of our day to meditate has the potential to greatly improve the feeling and productivity of the rest of it. No wonder the world has caught on! So, how exactly do you meditate, aside from in a lotus position in some remote cave? There is no one right approach that will suit everyone and if you've never tried meditation before, consider giving a few different options a go to see which will resonate with you most.

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When Life Appears Unfair & Nothing Goes According to Plan

When Life Appears Unfair & Nothing Goes According to Plan

I recently came across a beautiful poem that made a deep impression on my psyche. It was lighthearted but very meaningful and it managed to stick with me for the past few days, to the point here I'm now drawn to share it. It's a gentle reassuring reminder that we are only responsible for our own path and should not let the actions of others interfere with our truth.  And our actions and character should be coming from a place of love, deep within, uninfluenced by our circumstances and without seeking external rewards.  And when we seemingly do everything possible right without receiving any support in return, we should keep doing it anyway, because it's our truth.  People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

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Charities of Madagascar: Akany Avoko Faravohitra, Ankizy Gasy & Centre Fihavanana

Charities of Madagascar: Akany Avoko Faravohitra, Ankizy Gasy & Centre Fihavanana

Having just completed a 3-month trip to Madagascar, here is my account of the experiences with the various NGO’s that are doing amazing things for the Malagasy population and supporting the countries development.  Akany Avoko Faravohitra is residential rehabilitation centre in the capital city, Antananarivo. It provides a safe haven for nearly 50 girls who have been placed in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems.  The girls are looked after, mentored and provided with empowering training that aims to give them the opportunity to become self-sustainable in adulthood through avenues such as cooking and various handicrafts.  The centre also hosts international volunteers who give the girls an opportunity to learn about other cultures and provide them with hands on experience of learning languages such as English and French. Ankizy Gasy is another wonderful organization based in the town Ambohidratrimo just outside the capital.  The main focus of their work is supporting the families of local underprivileged children by funding their yearly expenses of attending school but they also organize activities and English lessons with their volunteers and run a canteen for the poorest of the community. 

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