UK Spirituality

Colonial Flavoured Yoga

Joshua Virasami | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Virasami

Yoga is not a pick-n-mix, you cannot take the fitness aspect, asana, and ignore the aspect of jnani, self knowledge, or bhakti, doing selfless service for others. We cannot afford to pay no heed to how our daily consumerism, and lack of resistance toward consumerism, propels the impoverishment of brown bodies in the East

Cherchez la Femme

Jane Fuller | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fuller

To me feminism is about equality which includes men - it's all about balancing the feminine and masculine traits in us all. We live in a world that still embraces the masculine (yang) which has become a dangerously unbalanced misrepresentation of humanity.

13 Years of Reclaiming Love

Joshua Virasami | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Without love our empathy always falls short, and without full-bodied empathy we cannot act in true selflessness, consequently, we will not fix the deep seated issues we face as a species. It makes sense that unless we reclaim love from its hegemonic interpretations, in order to love ourselves, to love others and to love planet, our work for social change will always be burdened.

The Missing Pieces of the Puzzle

Amy Anka | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

If you're missing the pieces from your own "life puzzle", you can never expect to take those pieces from someone else's. Whose puzzle looks very, very different from your own. If you do, You'll always be searching for that "missing piece". Tirelessly searching. And often fruitlessly.

You, And You Alone, Must Be the One to Develop Your Sense of Personal Meaning in Life.

Joanna Cates | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Cates

Fulfilling one's meaning in life is so incredibly personal and no two people would do so in exactly the same way. That's because there is no definitive answer. There is unfortunately no list of ingredients to buy or recipe to follow in making a meaningful life.

Meditation for Beginners: The Calm After the Commute

Romy Grace | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Romy Grace

It was a cold, busy weekday evening. My day was filled with people, emails, numbers, lunch, coffees, long queues, lifts and public transport. I made my way across London after work, fighting the rush hour crowd - ironically on my way to a beginner's meditation class.

The Alchemist in High Heels ...

Sarah Dyer | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Dyer

That morning I had a serious talk with the big man upstairs and whoever else was listening. The gremlins in the basement of course were trying to get in on the act too, 'how could I ask for something like this!' 'Please God, I really have to get on that flight to Australia and Bali.'

The Meaning of Meaning

Joanna Cates | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Cates

Having a clear idea of one's values and ideals is possibly connected with this sort of meaning, as is having a role where one feels valued. It might also be to do with setting and achieving life goals, or even simply feeling that one's life makes sense and that it has coherence.

Instinct, Cutting the Small Talk and Being True to One's Self

Roberta Verdant | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

You know that precise moment when you walk into a situation or you meet someone and you notice something feels wrong? How often have you disregarded that feeling, and in the process disregarded yourself; your needs and inner guidance?

Meditation Tips for Beginners

Deborah Quibell | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Quibell

It may not feel like meditation when we plop down and try to sit cross-legged on a pillow in the middle of a hard wood floor. We end up meditating on the amazing, migratory pattern of pain as it moves from our hips to our knees and back to our hips again.

How To Be Happy, Just As You Are

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

In my 20s, I'd tried endless self-help books in an effort to become someone else. I hated that I always felt anxious and lacking confidence. I was determined to rid myself of these defects so that I could finally be happy.

How to Live a Valuable Life

KatherinePress | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
KatherinePress

Acting is, for me, telling stories that need to be told, whether fictionalised or true. Maybe that's how I justify a career in which the aim is to stir souls rather than save lives, but it's the best way I know to truly "come alive" and to give of my very best.

Destination is Never a Place: Yoga, Space and Exploration on Europe's Southernmost Tip

Jane Egginton | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

'One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things'. It's not often I find inspiration in an in-flight magazine but the words of Henry Miller, one of my favourite authors, jump out at me.

Cultivating Love in the Face of Terror

Alice Grist | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Decide not to fume and vent against the world, the window cleaner, your boss or the kids. Just be. Be still. Allow life to arise around you, and if you invest yourself in anything, let it only be things that bring love to the surface of your heart and soul.

Embracing Your Inner Child

Karen Ruimy | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

The soul is not going to be expressed fully and naturally. It will have to please the world in order to be loved. We all create an ego that is this personality that wants to match the world and we start adopting a lot of judgement from our surroundings.

The Ins and Outs of January

Nigel Rayment | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Rayment

It's tragic that for so many of us clarity about what really counts arrives so late in the day. And might not this clarity deliver a sight more humility, empathy and equity in the world?

Seven of Wands - Bad Girl Tarot Card of the Week - 8 January 2015

Alice Grist | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

If you love tarot and hope to connect to the meaning of the cards, on a personal level, then take what I say, apply it to your life, and start to learn how to interpret for yourself. Ruminate, contemplate and mediate on the card.

Eight Life-Changing Gifts You Can Give Yourself in 2015

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Start your year by creating just five minutes a day of pure silence, whether that's sitting in your car before you enter the house, in the shower each morning, or maybe in a meditative state propped up on your bed. Silence is beautiful, nurturing and healing. But most importantly, silence allows space for solutions and ideas to bubble to the surface.

Wishing You a Holiday Season Aflame With Gratitude!

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Picture this. You gather family and friends of all ages in a large room and ask each person to hold a single, unlit candle. Then you turn out t...

The Universal Language of Love at Christmas

Jane Fuller | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fuller

I'm an Aquarian and the new Aquarian Age is nearly upon us and I believe that we are coming into a new era of change in our values, community, unity and integrity; where people are already beginning to question old out moded beliefs and ways of thinking and are looking for deeper meaning in their lives...

Putting God in a Box

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

By blindly insisting the creation myth of the Semitic tribes who became the Jewish people is fact - and telling children it is a valid alternative to the Big Bang - evangelical Christians are attributing to God the lack of imagination that cripples their own view of both humanity and the wider universe.

Mercury Retrograde, Make It Mindful Not Murky

Ambi Sitham | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ambi Sitham

Some people fear mercury retrograde as a time of doom, gloom and disaster. This astrological transit has its own hashtag on social media with accompanying stories of the mayhem often caused by this cosmic tailspin which many refer to as mercury retro ARGH.

Losing God, Finding Life

Paul Beaumont | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

I was a Christian for 25 years. In that period, I believed some of it for some of the time. I probably never believed all of it; I don't think any Christians do, in reality, other than those who habitually blur the distinction between reality and fantasy. My faith gradually declined until in the few years leading up to my Big Surprise - the mid-life crisis...

Screw Positive Thinking

Asha Patel | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Asha Patel

This is a call for authentic listening. Instead of verbalising that emotion, be quiet. Listen to it. See what fears and foes lurk beneath what you're feeling. It's about listening to oneself and one's own emotional state and then being wholly responsible for it.

Is Our Key to Happiness Unlocking Who We Spiritually Are?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

That refusal arms us with the all-important key to unlock the gates of self-preoccupation and open our hearts to the health-giving joy of loving - and living - who it is we spiritually are.