Month: February 2014

The Natural Year begins…living in tune with the seasons

I loved writing The Natural Year. The aim was to produce a book that would act as a friend throughout the year, not badgering or hectoring, but offering suggestions, inspiration, helpful ideas. Whether you want to overhaul your entire life, or just tweak it here and there, the book will hopefully provide a springboard for shift.  It’s a bit of a smorgasbord really, with tips and techniques culled from traditions all around the world, from the myriad teachers and guides I met when I was writing a weekly column for the Daily Mail on natural health.   Anyhow, here’s a section from the beginning of the book.  Although you can start the book at any point in the year, I kicked off in March, at the start of spring. To my mind, each season has a different focus and, for me, spring is… THE SEASON OF THE BODY KEY FOCUS:  Getting in touch with your body, playing with your relationship with your physical self. SECONDARY FOCUS:  Starting to think about your life. CHALLENGES:  Introducing a …

What the breast cancer survivors advise…

Some things the doctors and websites simply won’t tell you.  In the course of writing a feature for the Irish Daily Mail, I talked to several breast cancer survivors for their honest, straight-from-the-hip advice on what to do, what to avoid and what to look out for if you get a diagnosis of breast cancer.  This is what they said… Look abroad.  Foreign medical websites are often better than homegrown ones for up-to date information .  Breast Cancer Online (www.bco.org) is aimed at healthcare professionals – ignore the bit that says it’s ‘not suitable for nonprofessional readers’ – why shouldn’t you read what the doctors are reading?  Breast Cancer Network Australia http://www.bcna.org.au is a patient website but it has good resources and is not as cloying as many sites. Their Messages of Hope and Inspiration download is great. Prepare for lymphoedema. It’s pretty common after surgery or radiation treatment and if treated early can be better contained and controlled. Ensure someone who knows that they’re doing measures the volume of both your arms before surgery …