How do we talk about women's cycles? Is menstruation still something we keep hidden and don't talk about? Does sex education only concentrate on the function of a woman's body for pregnancy, or making sure we don't get pregnant? And how many of us have described our menstrual cycle as a curse, an inconvenience, or have tried whatever means possible to stop their period coming?
If that is the case, what would the impact be?
Would we not understand why we feel tired, cranky, get cramps, have difficulty conceiving?
Sara Harris from Living Stillness and founder of Follow Your Flow explains how our body has a cycle which has different seasons just like the seasons around us. If you want more information about the different quality and stages of the cycles, check out Sara's amazing and programs through Follow Your Flow. She also has audios and blogs that can support a deeper relationship with your cycle - enjoy all the website has to offer!
Evil and hate stick with you, but love sticks with you even more
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Parents can be full of helpful advice, yet it can get heard by adolescents as criticism. Listen to Gabe, Annette and Lucy for some insights into how we develop the way we hear words and how intention and reception can be very different. This two part series is an incredible opportunity to consider the impact of the way we communicate in relationships, in our families. Gabrielle Caplice, Annette Baker and Lucy Dahill consider what criticism looks, sounds and feels like and how that plays out for children, teens and adults alike.
Our nurses around the world are on the front line in a workplace we have, perhaps, taken for granted for too long. We applaud them, sometimes in the streets, recently openly around the globe. Yet, have we trained them to be able to self-care to the level that is needed to be able to sustain the level of work that is now called for to keep them healthy and well in times of long hours and high stress at work? Listen to two nurses, Shushila and Bianca, who have walked this path, burnt out and then re-trained themselves to be able to share a different way of supporting themselves to support others. Joining them are two mental health care workers Gabrielle Caplice and Annette Baker who are the support service for a number of front-line nurses and speak from what many of the nurses they support have shared with them, and have offered to be shared with many more, so we can support each other more truly.
We can only truly honour our nurses
This interview is a game-changer for me. Kate shares her experience of treatments around cancer, of the rollercoaster of healing and hope for a cure, of surgery, of chemo and of making decisions that are right for her.
I have no doubt this episode will be one that supports people with cancer, but also, those who are carers. We cannot know what it is like to walk that path but we can listen and understand so we can be better companions.
This interview may bring up conversations or thoughts you have not wanted to address. Please ensure you get good support for yourself. Numbers for support services are in the resource section of this blog.
A lie gets halfway around the world
How much do we underestimate the heart? Is it just part of our function or can it and does it offer so much more that can support us as we live our lives? Phil Shirvington has worked with a dynamic group of teachers to bring the heart, stillness and questioning into practice through Wisdom, Life Faith Studies and shares some foundational understanding as well as top tips for practice.
How much does shame influence the decisions we make and the behaviours we have taken as our normal? Jean Gamble talks us through shame and regret and teases out the different types of shame - toxic, functional and vicarious shame. What if there is a way to re-frame our thinking? Get snug as a bug in a rug and perhaps a pen and paper - you may want to take notes!
Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.