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Self Care

Activities and lifestyle choices that support our health. Diet, exercise, therapy, community



Themes related to Self Care include

psychology,   healthy food ,   exercise.



recent Self Care posts


Smiling at the Child Inside - poems of kindness v defensiveness

Smiling at the Child Inside  poem of kindness v defensiveness  The stubborn man, tectonic jowls.  No words can melt his frigid scowls.  Abandon speech, and thinking mind  I'm smiling at the child inside,  Then digging for the heart that beats.  Look - shining eyes! The concrete creaks ...  ©  @pjforguk www.pjf.org.uk tags: poems, kindness, smile, children, psychology, stubborn,

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children, empathy, kindness, poems, psychology, selfcare, smile,
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Resurgence of Wholeness

What to do tomorrow? Timid Or Mundane, Or a Radical Resurgence Of Wholeness tags: poems, psychology, leadbyexample, growyourown, wholeness

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growyourown, leadbyexample, poems, psychology, selfcare, wholeness,
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the role of empathy in transformation

transformation begins at home A better world begins with one grow your own society contagious empathy labels:  empathy, poems, psychology, sociology,  transformation, growyourown

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empathy, growyourown, poems, psychology, selfcare, sociology, transformation,
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Acquisition v Introspection poem

p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120%; } Acquisition v Introspection  poem I buy a faster car … the car loses its appeal it’s really a symbol of steering your own direction ... cold, lifeless metal what is a car? I buy a bigger house … the house loses its appeal it’s really a symbol of a larger Self … cold, inert bricks what is a house? I want

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consumerism, meaningful, poems, psychology, selfcare, symbolic,
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View from the hill

Today,as I gazed down at the town from my hilltop, I saw a "man" who had inherited about £120,000 several years ago, and, rather than buy his council flat, he'd blown all the money on foreign holidays (which he couldn't recall, due to the vast intake of alcohol) and wanted to stay as he always had - unemployed, cared for (mothered) by the state, and permanently drunk. It's mildly annoying for

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advertising, alcohol, alienation, being, consciousness, consumerism, creativity, selfcare, transport,
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A Ridiculous Hypothesis - Most work is an opportunity.

The hypothesis: Everything that we need to do, for whatever reason (other than zero-hours contracts 'work' for corporations on a minimum (or less) wage) is an opportunity. Why? That task, and that day, will never occur again, and trying to 'get it done' so that we 'make time' to collapse in front of the corporate TV with a tray of junk food is a disaster. For most people, if you examine

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innocence, productivity, psychology, quotes, selfcare, wisdom, work,
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Heaven and Hell - Community Values. Diary of a non-feeding Vampire – (part 3x-b)

Heaven and Hell - Diary of a non-feeding Vampire – (part 3x-b) Imagine, if you can, taking a dog for a walk – having done so, on and off, for over 350 years. Sometimes your own neighbourhood can seem like paradise, sometimes the pits. And it isn’t just the weather … On a  recent walk of mine the whole district was very quiet, and I became aware of the absence of any such values. It was

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alcohol, community, exercise, fiction, positive mental attitude, psychology, satire, selfcare, TibestianUndead,
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Wholeness and Driving - Undead Diary chapter (2x +1)

Another excerpt from my 360+years diary of a reformed vampire The longer you live the more problems people seem to invent – or I am just being cantankerous? I’ll try to be more accurate – people keep inventing further complications. I can’t complain, though clearly I'm itching to! Driving, by which I mean personal ‘independent’ mobility with mechanical aids, is clearly a sort of

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debt, fiction, projection, psychology, satire, selfcare, TibestianUndead, wholeness,
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idollartry political satire - money infects democracy

idollartry Of course, no one knew this was about to happen, but a critical mass of people – all ages, both genders, from all countries, some rich, many poor, and most completely indifferent – were carrying the image of a sane, creative, empathic future society. Then there was one more. Suppose the critical mass was one million people (and, for all we know, non human mammals). The million

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awakening, denial, fiction, hope, idollartry, pathological wealth, politics, revolution, satire, selfcare,
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creepy parking ... and piles satire

Mr Creepy  retrieved his tobacco from under the settee while his wife was busy in the bathroom. He’d brought her back from town and was pleased to discover his parking space across the road hadn’t been taken. No sooner had he reminisced his good fortune, squatting by the settee, than he heard the sound of a large vehicle coming to a standstill outside his house. The road was a dead-end, and

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being, consciousness, fiction, psychology, relationships, satire, selfcare,
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more wealth = less empathy

In everyday language, the rich care less about the less fortunate, in fact they seem to be practically invisible. With sufficient (unbiased) experience of life, this is fairly obvious, but well designed recent research demonstrates the fact very clearly. Full story in news format: science shows the richer you get the less you pay attention to other people The original science: Social Class

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empathy, pathological wealth, popular science, psychology, selfcare, sociology,
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the choice

The Choice Heaven on Earth Rivers of Blood? The Love of Power The Power of Love? Related: love, meaningful, poems, power, psychology, 

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Schools Kill Creativity - the remedy ...

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. e.g. World Class ballerina (incapable of thinking without moving) was nearly labelled 'problem student'. She was one of the very few lucky ones that met a education 'professional' that was awake. Related: books, creativity, documentary,

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Mystical experience following a stroke - jill bolte taylor's stroke of insight

Excellent video on consciousness, and the 2 sides of our brain: Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.  As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment.  This is a powerful story about

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being, books, consciousness, documentary, mindfulness, psychology, selfcare, video, wellbeing,
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Know thyself ... or wound others

Even in the tiny, quiet town of Smogdale, UpNorth County, in the UQ (the Untidy Queendom of Little England), the traffic congestion is getting so bad that Kevin the builder has a problem. Despite being a couple of inches short of 7 feet tall, well built and notoriously energetic, he doesn't want to carry his tools 200 yards from his van to his house every day after work. He doesn't want to carry

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being, consciousness, fiction, leadbyexample, mindfulness, projection, psychology, satire, self knowledge, selfcare, solar, wisdom,
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Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but don't stop!)

I'm always keen to encourage people to make, mend, improve, create ANYTHING, rather than be a passive consumer.  But the best aspect of having busy hands goes beyond the product - when one's hands are busy, the mind has space to be receptive - and this is when the best insights, ideas, resolutions rise mysteriously to the surface. Making your own clothes, food, whatever reduces alienation,

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BestPossibleOutcome, creativity, hobbies, hope, leadbyexample, psychology, selfcare, spirit, wisdom,
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Broke and Free = paradise

For hundreds of years the landed 'nobles' of Europe stole the produce of their serfs (slaves) and stole land from each other using the 'patriotic' curse to propel their slaves into war: millions of dead millions of widows millions of widowers millions of orphans millions of sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and worse … much worse , and no treatment or understanding. And they no

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alcohol, consumerism, fiction, freedom, history, paradise, pathological wealth, politics, psychology, reinventing slavery, selfcare, wisdom,
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fiction - career choices on leaving school

Ivor and Paul were chatting in the barn, out of the (rather unusual) blazing sun, when Ivor's grandson arrived. Ivor made a big deal of greeting him, very warmly, and Paul raised an eyebrow. Alex looked up now and then and smiled, but mostly frowned, his gaze downcast. Ivor caught Paul's quizzical expression and gave the tiniest nod, which Paul had learned to interpret as "trust me, I’ll

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banking, capital, debt, fiction, freedom, funny, hope, housing, politics, satire, selfcare,
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eating disorder psychology triggered by fad diet

The ever-growing (and conflicting) 'expert' advice about what to eat, and what not to eat, is now creating problems for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond. In 18 years specialising in “body dissatisfaction” psychology, clinical psychologist Louise Adams has never seen as many women of all ages with food issues; food anxiety is at epidemic proportions, thanks to the ubiquitous influence of

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advertising, corporations, diet, education, healthyfood, matrix, psychology, selfcare, superfoods,
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Paradise Found

Ancient Ivor is giving young Paul a lift in his car. Paul chats continually and is agitated about Ivor driving so slowly. "Where's the radio?" Paul asked. There isn't one. After fifteen minutes, Ivor stops in a lay-by. "I need you to be quiet for five minutes. Empty your mind and look at the world. After each minute, or thereabouts, I'll ask you a question." "Okay Gov. You're the boss.

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being, consciousness, featured, fiction, leadbyexample, mindfulness, miscellany 1, psychology, selfcare, wisdom,
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Obesity and Arithmetic

An acquaintance of mine drinks semi-skimmed cows' milk rather than unsweetened soya "because of the fat"!! She believes that she is making a choice that improves her health. I've tried to start a fact-based conversation, several times, but her response is patronising, overbearing and admits no discussion (power complex, bullying, denial, ... ?). A sad state of affairs, but not uncommon. An

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bullying, denial, diet, health, hope, obesity, psychology, selfcare, wellbeing,
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slowest lessons to learn

psychology/sociology - from the point of view of a 360 year old non-feeding vampire. What are the slowest lessons to learn? The answer is easy, the details aren't! Patience and wisdom. A 360 year old non-feeding vampire is still on the journey, and probably will never 'arrive' at this desirable destination ... For example, the most annoying and inconsiderate people will believe absolute,

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denial, fiction, hope, psychology, selfcare, sociology, symbolic, TibestianUndead, wisdom,
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Undead, part 2: power, freedom, denial

Part 2 of The Tibestian Book of the Undead (read part 1 first ...) Chapter 3 Why am I writing this? Because I kept a diary, every day after I finally acquired paper, but after a century or so of diligently making notes and musings, someone stole it. I'd like to think it will turn up one day, but judging by my location at that time, it was probably used to light a fire or wipe someone's

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banking, debt, democracy, denial, fantasy, freedom, pathological wealth, satire, selfcare, Social media, TibestianUndead, vampires, votewithyourwallet,
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The Tibestian Book of the Undead

The Diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old Vampire Chapter 1 I was born in 1645, in a barn. My parents, or rather my mother, lived in a tiny caravan that was pulled by a horse. I can't remember the horses name, but, knowing my mother, it would have had one. Mother made all manner of useful things from wood. She knew every type of tree native to England, and of every land between France and

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Albania, allegory, denial, exercise, fiction, France, Freud, healthyfood, psychology, satire, selfcare, TibestianUndead, vampires,
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The Book of Dave - Will Self

The Book of Dave - Will Self Imagine a biblical Job transported to the 1990s and working as a cabbie. Imagine him driven into psychosis and recording all his racist, misogynist ranting in a notebook – which centuries later becomes the religious tract of the few surviving families amid the flood waters of what remains of London. Their principal source of meat sounds like a hybrid of pigs,

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books, dystopia, fiction, psychology, religion, satire, selfcare, Will Self,
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Psychology - The Science of Mind and Behaviour

By Richard Gross . This fourth edition is an introduction to psychology that adopts a modular approach that is in line with significant recent developments.  The text has been revised and updated, featuring chapters on health psychology, criminological psychology and social psychology of sport, with new topics including parapsychology and substance abuse.  The comprehensive, up-to-date

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books, education, health, psychology, selfcare, wellbeing,
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Your Baby and Child - Penelope Leach

Highly recommended by my sister, in the vain hope that the resolutely ignorant might read it ... or read anything. The average review on Amazon is well over 4 (out of 5) and there's a 36% reduction in price at present (July 2013). In the 21st century we know a child's psychological development and well-being is just as important as any physical need. Here Penelope Leach brings together

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books, children, education, hope, positive mental attitude, psychology, selfcare,
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Food, advertising and trying too hard for wellbeing

1. Fitness foods may give the false (subconscious?) impression that they are a substitute for exercise - hence making the purchasers less fit! http://bit.ly/1TbHG1B study author Jörg Königstorfer, chair of sport and health management at Technische Universität München in Germany. “Don’t rely on these misleading labels.” 2. Orthorexia nervosa, is emerging as a dangerous eating disorder.

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advertising, corporations, exercise, food, healthyfood, matrix, psychology, selfcare, wellbeing,
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