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why you

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Market ASAP!


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Healing Stress

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Michael de Glanville


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Getting the Tables


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4 reasons why you

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Hispanic Market


Nydia Monárrez


Why It Pays

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Olga Stepien



Rhythm Dissolves

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reasons why

you should target the

Hispanic Market ASAP!

The US Hispanic population is more than 56

million strong. And while the purchasing power

of the American Hispanic community in 2016

was approximately $1.5 trillion, many retailers,

including large ecommerce companies, failed

to take the most rudimentary steps to target this

burgeoning sector.

These include steps like localising their online

content and translating shopping sites. Here

are four reasons why adapting your content

for the Hispanic community makes plain

business sense:

1 It’s what the consumer wants.

According to a recent survey, the vast majority

of respondents Worldwide are more likely to

buy from a website in their native language.

The obvious conclusion is that people prefer

to shop in their own language and there’s no

reason America’s Spanish-speaking community

would be any exception.

2 It’s cost-efficient.

The cost of translation is very low in comparison

to the potential increase in sales, and in most

cases, the return on investment is nearly

immediate. Some of the largest US enterprises

allocate a percent of their overall budget on

professional localisation, while enjoying some

50% annual revenue from non-native Englishspeaking

consumers. Even if businesses

doubled their budgets to translate websites

and other marketing material, the cost-benefit

would still be a no-brainer.

3 Cultural adaption translates

into increased sales and brand


By tailoring your content for the American-

Hispanic community, you’re conveying the

message that your business understands and

respects the community’s cultural diversity.

In other words, it’s not just translation that is

key here, but the cultural adaption of content

that is keenly sensitive to local nuances and

customs which will truly make your product

or service and your overall brand attractive to


4. It works.

Even businesses that serve the “larger American

public” can still make localisation a priority. With

web content translated and audio spoken in

Spanish to the Hispanic community, it is clear

that success can be traced, at least partially, to

this strategy. I hope you’re convinced: When

it comes to the Hispanic community, there’s

plenty of money that’s being lost in translation

-- or, in this case, the lack thereof.

How to Reach The Hispanic Market: The New

Frontier for Direct Marketers!

I am personally part of a dynamic, growing

demographic in this country with incredible

potential for direct marketers. Hispanic

incomes over $150,000 grew 194% between

2005-2015 and those of us earning between

$40-100K account for 40 percent of our buying

power in the US.

Statistics also show that the population of young

Hispanic homeowners are also are on the rise.

The 2016 State of Hispanic Homeownership

Report revealed that Hispanic households

increased by 6.7 million, which comprises

42.5 percent of the household growth in

the US. In response to this demographic

trend, even retail giant Amazon rolled out a

Spanish language version of,

completely shattering the myth that their USborn,

Hispanic customers have no need for a

Spanish website. Yet many direct marketers

never consider this market, or just assume

we are too difficult to reach. The good news is

that reaching us is easier than you think, and

in most cases we are much more receptive to

your message than you would ever imagine. In

other words, if you offer a product, service or

program for a virtually universal audience, you

should be sharing it with Latinos!

When people first approach me about selling

to the Hispanic market, their hesitation

stems from the differences among us—our

many countries of origin and even our minor

differences in accent and word choice. They

believe marketing to Hispanics is complicated,

and that you have to be an expert to do it right.

The truth is, it doesn’t hurt to become an expert,

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but you don’t have to be one to succeed. We

are different, and it takes a different approach

to sell to us. But again, you don’t have to be an

expert; you just need to know one.

So what are the most important things to know

to start marketing to this community? To reach

us, it’s important to understand our behaviour.

For example, our media consumption and

buying behaviour vary significantly compared

to other minorities such as Asian Americans

and African Americans:

When it comes

to the Hispanic


there’s plenty

of money that’s

being lost in


• We prefer to shop in our native language


• We are creating new businesses faster than

other demographics.

• We appreciate bilingual packaging.

• We are the most avid radio listeners.

• We love our smartphones and spend the

most time on them over other devices.

• We use our phones for scanning QR codes as

much as we do for social media.

If you spend time researching the Hispanic

market for your offering, chances are the

results may surprise and inspire you! You may

even find your ideal audience.

Sound good?

Here are some first steps:

• Designate a budget for Hispanic marketing

that’s in proportion to the size of your

enterprise, just like the big retailers do.

• Include a line item to hire an experienced,

knowledgeable Hispanic marketing consultant

who can help create and implement a strategy

for you.

• The top three most appreciated apps for us

are dating/personal ads, college courses and


• We are adjusting our shopping behaviours

to large basket sizes, looking for familysize/

volume packaging in our shopping.

We also have distinct cultural values which

vary significantly from Anglos. I call these the

Hispanic “hot buttons.” They include:

• Monitor your sales and progress and adjust

your strategy as need be.

Experiment with what works best in different

geographic areas. Remember that knowing

how to market to Hispanics and doing it

well (and maybe even first!) can give you an

invaluable edge over your competitors. Speak

to us and we will speak back—in brand loyalty,

increased sales and new markets around the


• Family. We are close and rely on the opinions

of our family members to assist with buying


• Food. We have a sense of pride and joy in our

special recipes and flavours. Food is central to

our special events.

• Celebration. We get together regularly to

celebrate family accomplishments.

• Faith. We believe deeply in the divine and

divine intervention in life.

• Brand Loyalty. We tend to stick with the tried

and true.

The good

news is that

reaching us is

easier than

you think

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Healing Stress with



Fusion Michael de Glanville

The first step towards healing the physical

and mental disruption caused by continuous

exposure to stress will always be the

individual's recognition of stress as the source

of the imbalance.

Listing some of those damages, we can include

disturbance of sleep patterns, lack of clarity

and vision in decision-making, weakening of

immune system defences, suffering of panic

attacks, diminishing of sexual vitality, disruption

of relationship harmony and recourse to

substance addictions.

A second step is accepting that stress and

relaxation cannot exist in the same place and

the same time in our bodies, so developing

the practice of a personal access process to

deep relaxation has long been recognised as

an effective counteraction to stress.

Once an individual begins to recognise

the symptoms of prolonged exposure to

stress, the necessary motivation can grow to

assemble the therapeutic resources effective

in diminishing that exposure, and follow up

with a habit of regular practice.

The introduction of Conscious Connected

Breathwork into the gentle dynamics of a Watsu

warm water flotation session brings together

two powerful physical practices, both of which

are renowned for their stress dissolving

capabilities. The following invitation may give

some form to the charmed environment

created by this fusion.

"Come, spoil yourself in fluid bliss, your

body beauty surrounded in liquid warmth,

surrendered, vulnerable, mind and spirit

abandoned to the gentle strokes of water’s

touch. The undulating motions, rippled by

the caress of the breeze, supple as seaweed

in a rolling ocean swell. The calm, contented

heartbeat of your being dancing with

movements tuned to the rhythm of the breath.

Stretch out in the heat of sun-kissed water,

floating, balanced, breathing and centred in the

circle of the pool. Water’s soft embracing flow

will do its work, soothing away body aches and

mind stress. Whilst you, buoyant, immersed,

trusting as an embryo in-utero, you simply

let go, releasing your faithful pulsing spirit to

drift and be hushed in the familiar embrace of

the love and silent emptiness of the bringer of

inner peace."

So let us take a look at why warm water

therapies are often so effective increating deep

relaxation. If we consider the experience of the

embryo in the latter months of pregnancy, the

main sensations registered, as the unborn

baby gradually evolves into consciousness,

are immersion in fluid of constant warmth and

the containing, comforting contact of the silky

touch of the inner walls of the womb as the

mother goes about her day, connecting with

the baby through caring thoughts of love.

To the baby in the womb, sounds are muffled,

as the ears are filled with fluid, but the

familiar tone of the mother's voice, the steady

reassuring 'thu-thump' of her heartbeat and

the sound of her continuous breathing cycle of

inhale and exhale are probably at the origins

of human love of rhythm and music. The

surrounding deeply relaxing energy of love,

comfort, movement and care, communicated

to the unborn baby in her womb, will be

strongly associated later on, in adult life, with

rhythms of breathing, tactile sensations and

immersion in warm water.

The healing energy of the Watsu session when

practiced in this way, together with conscious

breathing can be developed towards

accessing and helping to bring to the surface

of our consciousness this deeply embedded

connection between physical environment

and the associated generated feelings.

The visible wave motion of Watsu's "water

breath dance" is taken up by the receiver's

body as its flotation balance is swelled by the

breath inhale and deflated during the exhale.

This rhythmic dance, powered by the breath

muscles during the breathing, provides a

natural synchronising beat-base to the timing

of the pattern of movements initiated by the

practitioner. The energy of this feeling of

harmony of motion between the giver and

the receiver, deepens the presence of mutual

trust and encourages a gradual progressive

abandonment by the receiver into deep

relaxation, not only of their body but also in

the mind state.

My own experience, while receiving Watsu, has

led me to notice that when the temperature

of the water surrounding my body coincides

closely with own body temperature, the internal

sensations of just where my body boundaries

are located during the session become less

distinct, creating delicious feelings of immense

lightness and lack of dimensional awareness

of my body, feelings of one-ness and melting

incorporation with my surroundings.

Therapists and clients who are familiar with

the practice of Breathwork will be used

to the altered mind states often accessed

during breathing sessions, but it has been an

interesting experience for me to witness the

appearance of similar mind states in receivers

towards the end of Watsu sessions, when

gentle conscious connected breathing has

been present during the session. What has

surprised me is the ease of access to these

mind states by some of my Watsu clients

who have relatively little, if any, experience of

breathwork in the dry.

The Watsu session seeks to create a floating,

fluid surrounding, blended with supple

body movements in the weightlessness of

immersion. Together with the softness and the

trusted warmth of gentle caring containment,

these conditions can activate a release, into the

conscious memory, of the profound relaxation

experienced by the baby in utero. Allowing

the body and the mind to drift deep into this

profound physical relaxation state is certainly

a powerful stress healing process.

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It is time for the

business world to

step up and

stop slavery!

Katerina Stephanou

When we hear the word “slavery” we think of a

practice which was eradicated over a hundred

years ago, an abhorrent practice no longer

plaguing our world. Unfortunately, this is far from

the truth. Modern slavery exists in our word, in

plain sight. A darkness touching all our lives and

facilitated by our lack of awareness.

The number of people who are sold into

slavery, and the amount of money made by

their traffickers is shocking. Human slavery

has a global footprint and generates over 150

billion USD per year. This is second only to

drug trafficking. There are 40.3 million people

in the world today who are slaves. 25 million

people are victims of forced labour and 1 in 4

human slaves are children.

Human slavery is a global phenomenon which

impacts all of us. It is a huge violation of human

rights and as citizens we have a responsibility

to come together and take steps to bring an

end to it. The private sector has been active

in this area for a while and we are now seeing

the issue at the top of the global political

agenda. We are witnessing a global call to

action to eliminate the scourge of forced

labour human trafficking and human

slavery from our societies. Taking

on a crime of this magnitude

requires engagement of

all areas of society and

strategic partnerships

between the public

and the private


In September 2015 193 countries pledged to

take effective measures to end modern slavery

as part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable

Development. UN security council and G20

have called for public-private partnerships to

end modern slavery. On the 25 September

2018 the UN launched the Financial Sector

Commission on Modern Slavery and Human


Human slavery is a crime of economic

opportunity. A truly global coherent strategy

must include a clear role for the financial

sector. The financial sector has a key role in

making slavery unprofitable for traffickers,

both in terms of blocking the flow of these

illicit proceeds through the banking system by

utilisation of existing anti-money laundering

legislation and in terms of exercising human

rights audits into ethical investing.

In the words of Jean Badershneider, founder

and CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern

Slavery: “Business engagement is key to

impacting modern slavery by impacting

both the supply and demand for slavery and

ultimately helping to make it economically

unprofitable. That’s the way we put traffickers

out of business.”

The vital elements of the financial sector to be

engaged are the banking system, corporations

and governments in terms of ethical


1. Banking system

The banking system unwittingly handles funds

which are proceeds of slavery. Traffickers

utilise common channels to launder their

proceeds including cash intensive businesses

and front shell companies. In fact, as part

of their organised crime structures human

traffickers often work in collaboration with

drug traffickers. The banking sector has a

highly sophisticated anti-money laundering

framework which it can utilise to a greater

degree in order to follow the money straight

to the traffickers. Greater understanding of

the organised criminal networks and methods

of using the financial system to launder funds

generated from human slavery will also

increase the filing of suspicious activity reports

to local financial intelligence units as well as

enhanced cooperation of all global partners.

2. Corporations

Companies ought to exercise vigilance in

combating abuses of human rights in their

supply chains.

Corporate Investors can help fight human

slavery by the incorporation of environmental

and human rights factors into their governance

and pre-investment due diligence processes.

Managing risks to people should become one

of the factors considered as part of the risk

assessment of the business.

3. Governments

Governments should also take steps to

ensure that transparency in supply chains is

a requirement for confirmation of slave free

procurement in government engagement.

During 2016-2017 the Office of the OSCE

Special Representative and coordinator

for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

implemented the project “Prevention of

Trafficking in Human Beings in Supply Chains

through Government Practices and Measures”,

a project which is currently underway.

I believe that women have a key role to play in

society and in ending modern slavery. For this

reason, I am proud to be a leader at GIFEW.

GIFEW is a global multi-dimensional platform

for transformational education, connection

and synergistic collaboration of conscious

women leaders around the world. We believe

it is unleashing the power of women leaders

and working in collaboration with men which

will bring about the change we wish to see in

the world. Through my own transformational

journey, I set up Step Up Stop Slavery, in order

to bring together partners in the financial and

business sector, to further collaboration for

the purpose of efficient engagement in the

global effort to combat human slavery. It is

time for us as individuals and professionals to

Step Up and Stop Slavery.

We have a responsibility to shine light into the

darkness that is human slavery and take an

active role to effect change. Collectively we can

use our voices and professional expertise to

uphold justice, respect and integrity for every

human being.

We will be the generation that ends modern

slavery! Together we can!

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Doctor of Chiropractic

What better

time to provide

release and

healing to a

human being

than in that


moment of


Who are YOU?

I am a farm girl who grew up in Norway. We

lived in nature and with nature, it was a

very healthy and sustainable way to live. My

parents were wonderful, I grew up knowing

nothing but love and a friendly environment,

my parents protected me from difficult things,

until I reached an age where I was able to

understand and also learn how to help solve

problems in the world. I was very inspired by

my mother. In between running around her

herb garden mixing treatments for healing the

animals on the farm, she worked for Amnesty

International. I grew up believing in goodness

and in myself, because people believed in me.

So, this is what I'm now here to do: believe in

others and show them the way to believe in


I became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004

because of my love for natural ways of healing

and I am the owner of Aberdeen Chiropractic

clinic in Scotland and First Breath Chiropractic

clinics in Larnaca and Nicosia, Cyprus.

My work is extremely fulfilling and I passionately

wish to share that knowledge. I have been

honoured to be given a number of awards, of

particular note, as the initiator and founder of

Birth Forward, a Cypriot non-profit organisation

and also an “Honoris Cause Doctorate of

Humanity” specialising in Leadership (AUGP).

What is the single best piece

of business advice that helped

shape who you are now?

Be honest!

What do you think is the single

most significant barrier to

female leadership?

I believe this is culturally dependent. I'm talking

about the culture in a country, or the culture in

a business, or the culture in a micro or macro

environment. In order for female leadership to

become more accepted we need to change the

culture, and that has to happen from within.

We need to foster and empower women

coming into the business world. Women

who are already empowered have a massive

responsibility in this process. By sharing our

own experiences and knowledge, our love

and our passion, our “feminine capital” – in

accordance with the message of our dear Viola

Edward of Feminine Capital (www.violaedward.

com) – we need to bring out the best female

strengths, without being abusive or aggressive

in our ways. I believe there's a beautiful way

to provide leadership as a woman without

competing with the male style of leadership;

there’s a balance between the two, a beautiful

dance, and I believe in the current business

environment we have lost this balance by

overusing one style only and the feminine

aspect becoming too masculinized.

How do you take care of your

body, mind and soul?

Well I'm a chiropractor and our philosophy is to

look after mind, body and soul. Getting regular

treatment from my fellow chiropractors makes

me adaptable and ready for everything in life. I

live an extremely busy life, travelling a lot, and

am involved in lots of projects but I still feel I

can manage. I always say that I'm “busy by

choice.” It might sound funny, but I love being

busy! I love engaging in my passion; I love my

clients, all the pregnant mums and new babies

that I see, and I have to make very conscious

choices to have a sustainable life. Several

things are a “must” to manage this and they

cannot be compromised. After I drop off my

kids at school I make time for stand up paddle

boarding, a swim or pilates. I breathe in the

beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

My chiropractic adjustments, sleep, healthy

living, eating well and super foods, water and

exercise are a high priority.

If you were in the jungle what

animal would you be?

A lioness: protecting her cubs and future

generations with her life.

How do you manage your time

between Cyprus and Scotland?

This actually works out really well for us. I

spend three weeks in Cyprus, one week in

Scotland every month. Thankfully, my amazing

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husband, Costas, is my rock and my soul mate

and a brilliant father to our two sons. The week

I am away is an intense working time. I focus,

plan, manage and create, as well as see clients

in Scotland. When I'm in Cyprus, my absolute

focus is the kids. We play and create together

as much as we can. Sometimes my husband

goes to Scotland instead, and this gives him the

opportunity to plan, go to seminars, connect

to our staff and associates in Aberdeen, and

have some time for himself. At times one of

us has to stay in Scotland and we might only

get a weekend together every month. Having

two small children it can be hard, but I think

we manage really well. It’s also good, as we

learn a lot about ourselves and each other!

We’ve been together 18 years and have gotten

so close, with two very different cultures and

two very different personalities. We’ve grown

together, both as business partners and in

our personal relationship. We’ve created

habits and adjusted our ways and cultures

to fit each other’s perspectives. I believe one

of the core values we share is a commitment

to support each other. We want this so much

there could be a danger to forget what we

want as individuals. By being apart we get

some distance and the chance to take care

of our individual self. So, we create a space

where we remember who we are at all times.

This is something we’ve developed from our

experiences and it is very healthy.

What made you specialise in

birth trauma, paediatric care

and pregnant women in the

field of chiropractic medicine?

I think it’s beautiful to see the changes a woman

goes through during her pregnancy and as she

becomes a mother. I love to be a part of that.

I'm very concerned when natural processes

during this time of development for mother

and baby cannot happen, for one reason or

another. The nature of birth can differ from

person to person, from one birth to another.

But the important thing is for mothers and

couples to have all the information available to

them to make empowered choices for the birth

– whatever the nature of that birth might be. It

is important that they are informed, listened

to, and part of the decision making during this

beautiful time. I'm concerned for babies born

with trauma, especially when they are unable

to breastfeed and connect with their mother

and father during the first moments of life.

When I see trauma and tension in a newborn

unfolding in my hands…when I see the child

release that trauma, it’s as if they are taking

their very first free breath, and then they relax…

it's amazing to watch, it’s like magic every single

time to see them take that breath.

What inspires you in your work?

I absolutely love my work. I am so passionate

about educating mothers and fathers during

the process of becoming a family. We know

from the Primal Health Research Database of

Dr. Michel Odent (www.primalhealthresearch.

com) that the moment of birth is a most

critical time for our future mental and physical

wellbeing. So what better time to provide

release and healing to a human being than

in that miraculous moment of birth? There

are so many great chiropractors around the

world providing care for mums and babies

and I am truly grateful for what I have learned

from my mentors, like Claudia Anrig (www., the author of the greatest

paediatric chiropractic textbook written.

Another inspiring leader is Dr. Jeanne Ohm

( founder of The Pathways

Magazine (www.pathwaystofamilywellness.

org) which is an amazing resource for parents

and parents-to-be. Jeanne is a mother of six as

well as running the International Chiropractic

Paediatric Association. I also really admire Heidi

Haavik (, a Norwegian

chiropractor and researcher who is doing

ground-breaking research on the profound

effects of chiropractic adjustment, showing

how we become more adaptable and capable

human beings with every adjustment received,

as we optimise the nervous system functions.

If you go to her website, you can see some

awesome videos on the positive benefits of

chiropractic care beyond pain. I could mention

so many more! I’m surrounded by leaders and

enthusiastic, committed and loving human

beings – how can I not be inspired to also

contribute and share this beautiful work?

Does your work translate into

benefits for your own personal

and family life?

Chiropractic is a lifestyle for us and filters

onto every aspect of our life. We always strive

to make educated and conscious choices

for ourselves and our children, our own

experiences likewise influence the direction of


I gave birth to my first son, Savvas, in the

hospital. A beautiful midwife led the birth

which took many hours and a lot of patience,

breathing and deep connectedness with my

husband, we gave birth together. Savvas is

now 8 years-old and so patient with a beautiful

and sensitive soul.

My second son, Matheos, was born at home

and I delivered him myself, with my humble

midwives protecting and holding the space for

me to be free to do whatever I felt I needed.

It was the most spiritual moment in my life.

He and I gave birth together, he directed

the movements of the “dance” through

the contractions like the conductor of an

orchestra. He was in charge of every breath;

I listened and obeyed. No one interfered with

our symphony. Now, you may ask me, how is

he today, at the age of 5? He has not changed!

He is fearless! He owns his body and his own

soul with such confidence.

I believe my childrens’ births are connected to

how they are, as beings. It is my job to not break

down who they are with limiting beliefs. If you

think about it, isn’t it curious that mothers are

often told what to do, instead of being asked

what do you need during your birth? And I think

we need to challenge this even further, we

should be asking what does your baby need?

Think about how that changes our conversation

around birth! Dr. Michel Odent speaks about

how we need to change the language around

birth. His speaks of the need to protect rather

than “support” the birthing woman. The word

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“support” implies that she needs somebody

else around to be able to manage. Whereas

if you use the word protect, it changes the

conversation completely because a woman

who is fully protected, can be aware, present

and engaged, and she knows what she and her

baby need during that birth.

What was the inspiration for

Birth Forward?

Birth Forward is a non-profit NGO in Cyprus

( I was inspired to

start Birth Forward, through my work as a

chiropractor, and seeing the situation in Cyprus

through the experiences of my own children’s

births. In Cyprus we have very high rates of

intervention, low rates of breastfeeding, and

very high rates of Caesarian section. Almost

two thirds of babies are born through surgery

instead of naturally. Clearly, sometimes

medical intervention is needed but the aim

should be the best possible experience

for mothers and fathers even in these

circumstances, making sure their wishes and

needs are met, and that they are fully informed

and part of the decision-making. When I took

the initiative to create Birth Forward in 2013

I brought together professionals: midwives,

colleagues, obstetricians, general physicians,

psychologists, psychotherapists and – most

importantly – mothers who had had many

different birthing experiences. My aim was

to bridge the gap between professionals

and parents, and to bridge the scope of the

subject itself, by addressing the issue from

preconception through to childhood. At the

same time, I wanted to bridge the divide

between the two communities of the beautiful

island of Cyprus (divided politically since 1974),

by bringing together people from across the

whole island to focus on what we can do to

change the situation. The idea is to do this in a

compassionate way and in a multidisciplinary

way, bringing everybody together to make a

positive change.

Can you tell us more about the

work of Birth Forward?

It’s been an amazing journey! We work

together with other professional bodies,

with the Cypriot Ministry of Health, with the

department of Midwifery and Nursing at the

Cyprus University of Technology, and with

organisations in the UK, Germany and Greece.

At the moment our big focus is introducing a

web-based app which informs parents from

the first day of pregnancy until the baby is six

months old. This is a fantastic product called

Baby Buddy Forward, based on Baby Buddy

in the UK. The web app will be adjusted to

the Cypriot culture and translated into Greek,

Turkish, Arabic and Russian. It is an EU funded

project and is the biggest project we have had

so far. Meanwhile, we work for advocacy and

the Ministry of Health has promised a strategy

for improving birthing in Cyprus, so this is

already in motion based on our work. We

provide regular support groups for mothers to

revisit and discuss their birthing experiences,

IVF and loss of baby support groups. We

also provide educational materials, informing

the public of European evidence-based

guidelines through our Scientific Advisory

Board. I believe it is extremely important as

leader of any organisation to make sure that

all the information that's going out is fully in

line with the latest evidence and fully in line

with the human rights aspects of healthcare.

In just three years the organisation has been

recognized on a national level and is the

leading organisation in Cyprus on this subject,

representing both parents and professionals.

Birth Forward operates with up to six paid

staff depending on the project we work on

and about 60 volunteers. I'm extremely proud

to have been elected President of such an

amazing organisation.

What is next for you and for

Birth Forward?

In the immediate future what's on the agenda

for Birth Forward is to follow up with the

Ministry of Health’s strategy for birth in Cyprus.

We're also working on bringing together

mothers, fathers and children from the two

sides of this politically split island by having

a Birth Forward presence in the north of

Cyprus. We’ve arranged family gatherings and

breastfeeding events, in collaboration with

professionals from both sides, and already see

more collaboration happening across the two

communities. Our monthly meetings are always

held in the “Green” buffer zone at the Home

for Cooperation (www.home4cooperation.

info). This is a Norwegian funded project to

support collaborative initiatives, and I love the

fact that we can use this building to hold our

AGM, monthly meetings and other events.

Beyond this, I am working on implementing a

research project with specialists from around

Europe and the world, on a concept where we

want to investigate the potential benefits of

protecting the first breath of life. I see society

and the world suffering, we have more sickness

and more mental health issues as time goes

on, and in light of research supporting the idea

that the most critical time period for our mental

and physical wellbeing, may very well be the

moment of birth, my question is: if we protect

the first breath can we save our society? There

are so many things that have to fall into place

and it requires multidisciplinary collaboration,

which respects both mothers and babies,

physical bodies and feelings. What if we protect

our future generations’ first breath? If every

child could take its first breath fearless, relaxed

and open, would this child grow up healthier,

more confident and more resilient? It’s a bold

question and there has been a lot of interest. I

hope we might see not just a documentary but

also the seeds for many new collaborations,

research and guidelines to improve birthing

culture around the world. The first step is to

bring together a crowd of profoundly different

professionals to discuss the concept. Apart

from the obvious health professionals involved

with birth, chiropractors, and osteopaths, we

are inviting top researchers from a diversity

of fields. The first event will be arranged in

collaboration with the Laszlo Institute of the

New Paradigm

in Italy this year and I’m really excited see what

will come of this.

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Are you


fit?Claire Morley

The last few months have shown a flurry of activity

by governments and corporations, all keen to

prove they are environmentally responsible in a

world which is becoming increasingly overrun by


David Attenborough and the final episode of the

Blue Planet II series proved to be a huge wakeup

call to many, suddenly realising how much

damage single-use plastic has been doing to

our planet. Calls for greater and better recycling

facilities have echoed around the globe, but is that

really the answer? The answer is a resounding NO!

It isn’t the solution that many believe it to be.

Much of the single-use plastic in our lives is not

recyclable and items like water bottles will be

around on our planet for hundreds of years,

breaking down into tiny particles, finding their

way into the sea, eaten by marine life and

before long consumed by us.

The amount of plastic produced in a year

is roughly the same as the entire weight of


The number of bags used every year by

Americans tied together would reach around

the Earth’s equator 773 times

There is more microplastic in the ocean then

there are stars in the Milky Way

Over the last ten years, we have produced

more plastic than during the whole of the last


Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the

body – 93% of Americans test positive for

BPA (a plastic chemical).

40% of plastic produced is packaging, used

once then discarded – 161 million tons a year

44% of seabirds are being documented with

plastic in or around their bodies.

Why not recycling?

Reducing the amount and types of plastic

we use, would be a better solution. Recycling

gives us a false sense of security. Believing in

the power of recycling can in fact increase the

consumption of plastic, through the conviction

that it will all be recycled. That’s not to say

recycling should be completely disregarded,

but ultimately, we need to investigate ways to

reduce relentless, unnecessary waste – plastic

or otherwise. We must alter how we live, to

consider how much we waste, rather than

what we waste.

How you can help as an


1. Stop using plastic bags – take your own

bags (or even make your own shopping bags

by recycling tee-shirts


2. Change your Toothbrushes and razors –

buy bamboo toothbrushes and metal razors.

3. Try Shampoo soap – not only environmentally

friendly, but a great deal cheaper. What do you

think people used before shampoo came in

plastic bottles?

4. Buy loose fruit and vegetables – have a

supply of netting bags (or better still make

your own) and only purchase loose fruit

and vegetables. The bags are reusable and


5. Choose glass jars over plastic containers in

the supermarket.

6. Ditch tea-bags in favour of loose tea and

teapots. Tea bags contain plastic.

7. Carry a reusable straw for your iced coffee.

8. Take your own take-out cup to the coffee

shop and your own containers to the takeaway.

9. Spread the word - Encourage others to

ditch single use plastics.

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Environmentally fit office

1. Conduct a waste audit, find out what

actually gets thrown away in your office.

2. Share results with staff and run a

competition to reduce plastic use.

ChriSOULa Sirigou

3. As well as encouraging staff to make plasticfree

choices, work with your suppliers too.

4. If a mains-water drinking fountain is not a

viable option, install a water cooler. The large

water bottles are refilled and reused. Provide

your work force with reusable water bottles

ditch the plastic cups, add your logo and you

have free advertising while helping to save our

planet. Use water glasses for visitors.

5. Stop buying plastic straws – the US alone

uses over 500 million plastic straws a day,

enough to go around the world two and a half

times. There are plenty of alternatives from

bamboo to steel to pasta to paper.

6. Do your staff order take-out lunch?

Encourage them to take their own containers

to collect their food and bring their own

non-plastic cutlery or provide your staff with

reusable containers and cutlery.

The BOOK of



To rid the planet of plastic usage completely

is not only overly ambitious but nigh on

impossible, almost everything we use from cars

to domestic appliances to building materials to

our clothes now contain plastic. However, if

we become more responsible with our usage,

step away from the throw-away society we

have become, be more mindful of what we use

and what we throw away, take responsibility,

we can have an enormous positive impact on

our environment. We need to act now before

the consequences of our plastic usage cannot

be reversed.

Inspiring Conversations to Live LIFE

with Love Intention Flow Ease


Claire Morley, an eco-warrior in her adopted country of Cyprus, set up

a No Straws initiative to encourage bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes to

take the Straw on Demand challenge. She is also the Editorial Coordinator

for Business Fit and HealthPreneur and runs a business helping authors

to self-publish and promote their books.


Book Signing Events. Workshops. Retreats.

Mindset & Emotion

Team Motivation –

It’$ all about

Mon€y ,

i$n’t it?


Have you ever asked yourself why some teams

have an amazing team spirit and are motivated

and others, even within the same company and

department are not? As a team leader: What keeps

your employees going beyond the standard for

you? As a team member: what makes you walk the

so-called extra mile?

Motivation and satisfaction of


We are human beings and all made up of

the same molecules. Why are we so different

in our motivation, aspiration, dreams and

wishes? One of the first people to think and

publish about this phenomenon was Abraham

Maslow. In his pyramid of the “hierarchy of

needs” he tells us about different levels of

needs. On the bottom of the pyramid are

the basic needs, these need to be satisfied

first. But once achieved they do not motivate

further. That means: after having enough food,

safe shelter, enough money to survive and a

job, people are looking for self-fulfilment and

self-actualisation. In our Western world we can

be thankful that we don’t have to fight for food

and clean water. Still we are all on different

“satisfaction levels” in Maslow’s term. Finding

out where each team member is standing is

one of the most challenging tasks of a team

leader. How can we find out what motivates

each team member?

To keep a team motivated they

should feel that:

• Their management trusts them

• The goals set are S.M.A.R.T.

• The internal communication is transparent

• They are empowered to lead themselves

Which leads to:

• Increased productivity

• Enhanced commitment in work performance

• Psychological job satisfaction

Balancing monetary and nonmonetary


Why are some employees motivated by more

money, higher bonuses, salary increase each

year and other tangible assets while others

are not? Can’t those who are searching for

fulfilment not simply take the extra money,

bonus and pay raise to invest it in what is

meaningful and fulfilling to them? The answer

is not so simple. Employees could pay for their

own membership at a gym, but the meaning

is different if the employer actively helps to

facilitate this for their work force.

What is in it for companies, how do they profit

if they balance both aspects (monetary and


• A good example is the wish of an employee to

work in another country. Why not send them to

one of the subsidiaries? This will create a win/

win situation: your employee is helping to build

/increase know how and processes on the

one hand and the company will benefit from

intercultural interaction and understanding on

the other hand.

• People are motivated if they have an

employer who thinks outside the box – even

if they don’t make use of the gym membership

or the sabbatical – it’s still seen as a plus.

• Another bonus for the company is that nonmonetary

remuneration can also help to build

the brand and attract future employees.

How do you implement it?

It all sounds amazing doesn’t it? Now the

question is how to get there? First listen

to your employees. They are telling you all

the time what they are missing and what

their trigger points are. These days money

motivators are not working anymore. Society is

changing, work/life balance is more important

than driving a fancy car. We are dealing with

Lilli Rohde, Co-founder MaLish, Business strategist, international Speaker

and international Coach Lilli managed international sales teams, implemented

systems, tools and processes on a global scale and launched successful

products in her time within the Food and Beverage industry.

Maike Benner, Co-founder MaLish, Business strategist, Finance expert

and international Speaker Maike has supported, managed and led various

projects in her professional and volunteer life. Her analytical, communication

and project management skills have made her an expert in the field of system

implementation, workshops and trainings.

a different generation of employees and they

value different things. A one-size fits all strategy

does not work anymore.

Motivational factors must be seen as a

foundation. If your teams are motivated they

will be passionate and enjoy working for

the company which leads to loyalty, during

good times and bad. If a team is motivated,

they will be engaged and contribute to the

group’s performance. As leaders we need to

understand what motivates each individual in

our team and we should be able to manage

them accordingly.

In our opinion, It is more important that the

team members feel great about the work they

are doing, rather than them doing great work.

To quote Rob Boegheim, Managing Director

& Chief Explorer at Hema Maps: “The most

effective motivation occurs when the team

understands and accepts the mission and

goals of the organisation. Motivation begins

with hiring talented individuals who believe

in the company. It then continues when

those individuals are allowed to exercise their

talents and creativity freely with full support of

management”. Source


With our experience from being team

members and team leaders in the corporate

world and now having our own consulting and

coaching company, we specialise on teams

and all aspects of how to motivate them and

make them successful. If you are interested to

learn more

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Wellbeing and Burnout

Without our health we have nothing

We live in a culture which celebrates being busy

and are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off.

We are overloaded with content, we have more

access to information and opportunities thanks to

the digital world, but it is also overwhelming us.

We often celebrate being busy like it is a badge

of honour, confusing being busy as a sign of

success, so the cycle continues year-on-year

and we frequently send ourselves into a state

of burnout.

Burnout is an extended period of time where

you experience exhaustion and a lack of

interest in things.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found

that the common belief that being busy is a sign

of success and hard work is so prevalent that

we actually fear inactivity, which is detrimental

to our physical and mental wellbeing. Being

in this constant state not only has a negative

impact on our wellbeing, but it stifles creativity,

productivity and prevents us from producing

our best standard of work.

Nova Reid

So if burnout does not serve us,

why do we continue to get into

this vicious cycle?

Researchers at The University of Chicago also

link an innate fear of inactivity, to a fear of

failure. So perhaps this might go some way to

explain why so many not only find it hard to

say no, but hard to switch off and regularly find

ourselves in a state of burnout.

It’s worth noting, a study commissioned by

Montreal University reveals that women are

more likely to experience burnout than men,

(of course some of this may be linked to the

default parental and gender roles that are

bestowed upon us, generally speaking, there

is an expectation that women who are parents

are also the main caregiver, so this must be

taken into consideration too, but it is not the

only factor and is not true for those who are not

partnered or parents). Research also shows

us that women and are more susceptible to

anxiety than men.

Perhaps it is time for all of us to take ownership

and stop normalising and enabling the culture

of burnout and instead to start prioritising our

wellbeing. After all, without our health we have


Be truthful with yourself and ask - what kind

of service am I giving to my customers /

employers/ or employees, if I am in a constant

state of exhaustion? They deserve better and

so do you.

So what can you do to stop the

cycle of burnout?

Be self-aware - If you are noticing low level

anxiety, trouble sleeping, unexplained weight

loss, short temper, trouble concentrating,

cynicism about your job or industry, reduced

motivation, an increase in stress and a

decrease in self-care, take action to increase

your self-care, or ask for help and seek advice

from a medical practitioner.

Stop Multitasking

We think multitasking shows efficiency - it

doesn’t. We can achieve so much more and are

more productive when we focus on just one

thing at a time. Use your to-do list to encourage

you to focus and be more productive. Restrict

it to 5 things. This will encourage you to actively

complete a task before adding a new one. If

emails or social media notifications are a

distraction, take control and remove them

from your mobile phone and only access them

when you are on your desktop. Take control of

your usage and people’s access to you.

Prioritise wellness

Schedule regular self-care: You should ideally

try to implement self-care on a daily basis.

In the same way you schedule time to do

administration, schedule regular self-care in

your diary. Take that walk in nature, listen to

Nova Reid, is a diversity campaigner & wellbeing mentor passionate about

helping people discover their best selves. Nova is a certified NLP Life Coach,

an expert in her field and has appeared on Sky News and the BBC and

frequently writes for national publications. She runs bi-annual retreats to help

professional women who are tired of settling, to ditch burnout and prioritise

their wellbeing.,

that mindfulness podcast, take a new class,

have that massage or long soak in the bath,

learn something new, finish that book. Switch

off your phone, block out that time for yourself

and prioritise it. Disconnect from any electronic

devices at least an hour before you go to bed,

so you can prepare your body to shut down

and sleep and not overload your brain with


Pay attention to your natural coping strategies.

The first thing we do when become pressured

at work, or start to feel stressed, is ditch our

natural coping strategies. When in-fact it’s

these strategies that keep us mentally well and

healthy, so at times of pressure, we should be

increasing them.

Are there things you enjoy doing that you have

stopped and don’t feel you don’t have time for?

Not only should you re-introduce them, but

increase the frequency of doing them! Your

mental and physical health will thank you for it.

Take time out without the guilt

Don’t be a martyr to your health or happiness.

Sometimes you need to hit the pause or

reset button and that is ok. It is not a sign of

weakness, or that you aren’t capable, but a

sign of caring about your own wellness, valuing

your worth and self-preservation.

Investing in yourself is investing in your wealth,

so take every opportunity to do things that

nurture, inspire and energise you. When you are

replenished instead of depleted your output

increases, your creativity and productivity

improves and you cultivate an environment

for innovation. That’s where you want to be

operating from, because that’s where the new

opportunities and magic happen.

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Why It Pays for Women to be



Olga Stepien

We live, as the ancient saying goes, in "interesting

times". In many ways, there's never been a better

era to be a woman. Glass ceilings are finally

starting to shatter, female entrepreneurship is at an

all-time high, and the #MeToo movement gathers

steam daily. According to a 2016 study by Bank

of America and USA Today, younger women are

actually more financially independent today than

their male counterparts. And yet, despite taking

their place at the boardroom table, many women

are still playing catch-up when it comes to financial

independence in middle age and retirement.

The question is: are we still investing ourselves so

completely in our families that we set ourselves up

to fail?

There's no doubt that women have been

socialised for generations to accept that

personal finance is a man's game. Not so

long ago, it was standard for a woman's role

in the family to be solely that of caregiver,

making sure dinner was on the table while

her partner returned with (and managed)

the paycheque. But while family roles have

shifted, many women continue to prioritise

their families, without taking care of their own

financial stability. The most direct way they do

this, of course, is through stalling their careers

to focus on raising children, ensuring that their

earnings (and savings) progress at a slower

rate in future. While studies show that women

are generally better at day-to-day financial

maintenance, they also tend to use their salary

for household and childcare expenses, while

their partners' earnings are funnelled into

investments that consequently do not bear

both their names.

The belief for women who do this, of course,

is that they are operating as part of a unit, and

their personal investment will be rewarded

in love, care, and financial security from their

Olga Stepien, is an Anti-Money Laundering Senior Reviewer, specialising in

emerging markets (with a primary focus on Russia), having gained experience

working for international organisations in Gdynia, Moscow, and London. She

is also a fully qualified personal trainer, and – the role she treasures most – a


partners and families. Unfortunately, with

around half of marriages ending in divorce,

and a large proportion of widows struggling

in poverty, the reality can be quite different.

Divorce is particularly costly for women,

who tend to absorb the risk, and struggle to

increase their pension funds in subsequent


The fact is that the same women who are

seizing power in business need to take a

leadership role in their own financial lives,

in order to create economic security for

themselves and their children. Nobody enters

a romantic partnership hoping to divorce, but

taking a pragmatic approach can protect you

from disaster should the worst happen. Start

thinking about savings, property, financial

management and life cover sooner rather than

later. Make family finances a joint endeavour.

Ensure joint investment accounts are in both

spouses' names. Most importantly, never give

up your financial independence - as well as

having a stake in joint assets, be sure to keep

some of your own alongside.

It may sound unromantic, but this approach is

not about selfishness or cutting off the family

you love. It's rather about managing your

finances with the savvy you use to manage

people or funds in your business life. With the

right partner, you'll continue to increase the

value of your assets, while creating something

completely new together, and hopefully enjoy

the fruits of both your labours for many years

to come. If not, you'll be in a better position

to weather the storm. After all, the only

investment you'll never regret is the one you

make in yourself.

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Mindset & Emotion

Caroline Makaka is the founder of Ladies of all

Nations International also known as LOANI. It is a

supportive non-profit global organisation, covering

over 85 countries, promoting inclusiveness and

bringing together like-minded individuals to

promote diversity inclusiveness among people

from all backgrounds and cultures

Dr Caroline is a determined and vigorous

individual, yet pleasantly calm. She reflects

a variety of personalities including ambition,

generosity and thoughtfulness. Her mission is

to connect cultures and help underprivileged

communities. She also created Beautiful

Survivors, an initiative dedicated to recognising

people who have been victims of circumstances

but still emerge as winners.

Beautiful Survivors is about people who have

faced challenges in their lives, who fought

cancer, domestic violence, victims of torture,

those who have lost their loved ones, parents

who have lost children and other extraordinary

circumstances. These remarkable people

are survivors, resilient, fighters, champions,

changemakers and community activists. These

are people who have distinguished themselves

from the challenges in their lives so that they

can contribute to different sectors and services

in their communities to do something to help

others and raise awareness.


Ladies Of All Nations International

Viola Edward

Any little effort that

you make in your

community counts

When Caroline created LOANI her vision was

to create a world-changing event with the

purpose of uniting nations together, embracing

diversity, enlightenment and connecting

cultures through events. These have included

multi-cultural fashion shows, entertainment to

celebrate the beautiful survivors and to create

opportunities and a supportive platform to

connect people, to help them learn from other

cultures, to love, encourage, protect, celebrate

one another and fund initiatives to empower

the most vulnerable women and children

around the world.

Every year LOANI selects and appoints an

international ambassador to represent their

nationality or community and encourage

cultural understanding, empowerment,

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Mindset & Emotion

enlightenment and celebrate communities

and women who have found success in their

work and life, uniting for a great cause. Each

ambassador will have the opportunity to host

and collaborate towards different projects to

improve the welfare of the underprivileged in

their own communities.

“Our mission is to create a platform which can

identify role models, turning them into leaders

then collectively create a world of peace to help

the underprivileged around the world. We also

aim to be connecting, supporting each other

and doing the work of generosity to support

and raise funds for the less privileged. In

essence fellow Ambassadors and LOANI Team

members can support one another to raise

funds for the great cause. We can easily and

collectively come together, pool our power and

change the world. The movement has made us

identify the needs in our communities to make

sure developments are made big or small as

well as share ideas, connecting and learn from

each other,” explains Dr Caroline.

Each international ambassador has made a

contribution, big or small, in their community.

The aim is to join forces, to host events,

network, improve health and wellness and

support one another, while helping the more

vulnerable in our societies.

In September this year, LOANI hosted a global

event in Morocco, celebrating Moroccan

cultures and supporting their community.

They are now working with some Embassies

to attempt to crystallise their vision of bringing

nations together to resolve the biggest

problems facing humanity around the globe.

LOANI is very much focused on inspiring pride,

bringing nations, professions and countries

causes together to celebrate and unite as one

under one roof for a great cause, to unite for

humanity and support widows and orphans.

“Our global networking inspires women to

step up to the next level in the world, in

their careers and in their lives, to discuss

diversity and inclusion initiatives and provide

an opportunity to learn about other cultures

and diversity, knowledge, skills and experience

and when we collectively put our hearts and

authentic leadership into motion, we can move

mountains,” said Dr Caroline.

LOANI hopes to increase the countries it

represents to 100 by the end of next year.

Their next global event will be in South Africa

from 8 – 12 August 2019.

They have also announced another project,

Galaxy of Stars Young Inspiration Awards.

This is a movement created to recognise,

acknowledge, honour, encourage and promote

young people, their talents, abilities and their

culture. By rewarding their efforts, they aim

to build confidence and a positive learning

environment, to help create future leaders and

motivate individuals. It will also honour young

beautiful survivors, young heroes and young

carers, as well as those overcoming personal

barriers and challenges in their lives to achieve

success; those standing up against bullying

and discrimination either socially, emotionally

or physically as well as young people with

disabilities and additional needs.

Dr Caroline is creating an opportunity to

recognise, honour and celebrate these young

people and transform their pain into stardust.

“For me it was about the impact, I believe l am

here on this planet as a change maker and any

little effort that you make in your community

counts,” she says. “It’s only two years since l

launched LOANI and already we represent 85

countries, it just goes to show how something

small can become big”.



What is



Christopher Gladwell

To begin with, let’s define what on earth spiritual

actually means. A lot of people use the word and

often never understand the real definition of this

elusive term.

It is often used, even in modern spirituality

and yoga, to define the elusive stuff that joins

everything together, stuff that is somehow

different to all that is matter. This kind of

dualistic vision presents matter and its opposite

as spirit. Sometimes the word spiritual is used

to define the source of matter. There is matter

and there is that which makes it and holds it all

together and this is spirit.

Sometimes the word is used to define

whatever is unseen. So, I suggest we use this

medieval word simply to define our subjective

experience of connectivity if at all.


As humans we are hardwired in our neurobiology

to experience…

• comparison and difference

• separateness and then from this base -


• solidity

• a sense of permanence

• definition

• self as a separate thing from the rest of the


• relationship as a process of self as subject

and other as the object to our gaze

If we look through the lens of evolutionary

biology we find that this sense-of-self and its

self-construct is something that has evolved

to assist intra-species socialisation and

reproduction of our genetic material. This

process has taken around 500 million years

to evolve and is, to say the least, a robust


If we look through the lens of neuro-biology

we find parts of the brain such as the medial

pre-prefrontal cortex, the insula, the parietal

and cingulate, amongst others, that build this

subjective experience of being a separate selfthing

- in the face of a vast universe.

If we look through the lens of chemistry we

find that the majority of our structure is made

of water and gases, and that even this water

is made of two gases. We are mostly made of

hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. A lot of the

rest of us is made of carbon which in the form

of carbon bound with oxygen, carbon-dioxide,

is also a gas. The bits of us that aren’t these

gases are mostly made of earth minerals.

If we look through the lens of physics, we

find that every particle that makes up our

structure is made of spinning energy. When

we go deeper into this energy it is hard to

locate and also define. When we get down to

a quantum level it even appears that a lot of

what appears as solid is flickering into and out

of existence. There are many theories about

what this quantum level experience is, one by

David Bohm suggests that all appearances, all

vibrations and movements of energy (out of

which matter is constructed) are scintillating

into and out of existence as expressions of

one unified field.

So, everything that our nervous system

says about what is solid, real and defined is

inaccurate as there is nothing that is solid,

permanent or truly defined. These are the

appearances, what appears real to our

nervous system. The reality is that there is no

real solidity, no defined, inherent or separate

existence to anything. It is all a seamless flow

of energy that is most probably an underlying

unified field sparkling into and out of existence

as the appearances.

The interesting correlation with the majority

of the reported experience and arising yogic

philosophies from deep meditators is that

this formless base to all arising appearances

has qualities. The key quality is awareness.

The feeling side to this awareness is love or

compassion. We find this in our own body as

we go deep in the yogic practice of meditation.

We find the constituents of our body as gases

and appearances of solidity created by the

energetic binding between these gases and

earth minerals as an expression of space-time.

We find this whole experience to be replete

with awareness and love. In our own structure

we find spacious-awareness as aware space. In

yogic philosophy this formlessness is variously

called avyakta or shunyata.

Then comes the beauty, this formlessness is

none other than the form. The appearances

and the root of all the appearances, the unified

field are one and the same, always as what

some call brahman.

One of the ways we begin the subjective

deconstruction of this in the laboratory of our

own experience is to engage in practices which

retrain our brain to be able to step beyond the

dualizing mechanisms of comparative mind.

We do this by cultivating the observing self, the

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It is often used to

define the elusive

stuff that joins

everything together

witness pole of uninvolved pure awareness. We

do this by paying attention to the key quality

of seamlessness in our living experience,

the life-breath. As we watch the breath,

bringing consciousness to the process, we

cultivate the observer position and we start to

kinaesthetically experience the seamlessness

of our body as an impermanent flow, gas as

air, air as gas, as breath, as tissues. We feel this

breath as the breath of all of life. We also pay

attention to our other living process and find

ourselves as water, as rivers and rain, warmth

that derives from sunlight through the process

of photosynthesis and above all the seamless

web of space-time.

Since we sense all of this we are also not it.

Not being the systemic flow alone, we find

ourselves as awareness in all of this systemic

process. As we go deeper we find our original

nature as awareness, inseparable from

that which weaves as appearances. We find

ourselves as no-self, as the totality, shunyatarupa,

avyakta-vyakta, or as David Bohm calls it


So let’s, just for now, consider the word

spiritual to be an old school label to cover

the terrain of all this whole, the one as the

many and the many as the one, brahman. The

realms of formlessness and its movements, its

tremor into energy and its manifestation as

the appearances as form.

Imagine one word to cover this terrain of

totality. The word spiritual is an old-fashioned

word that can be repurposed to cover this

terrain. The Sanskrit word for this is Advaita.

Advaita simply means ‘never two’.

Why is it called practice?

It is not that advaita can be practiced, it just is,

as it is. It is the doer, doing, the done and the

done to all together and all at once. It is pure

and total beingness.

We can’t practice being this, we are it.

However, our evolutionary biology stops us

perceiving this, so the methods that suspend

the ‘hallucination’ of the five senses enable us

to perceive more fully how things really are.

Practices that do this are traditionally called

yogas, dogmas that promote this are religions

and spiritual can be used to define the nondogmatic

explorations of the unified field -

unicity. What we practice are methods that

help us to remember and know this unicity.

As a result of these practices we may

experience peak moments where the

dissolution of the robust experience of being

solid, real, defined and permanent as form,

dissolve. These moments then have to be

integrated into daily life. The real practice is

integrating the experience of vastness into

daily life.

How does this integration most

fully occur?

When we find the peak experience within

the weave of mundane, daily life. When we

understand ourselves as the unified field,

it manifests as kindness, as compassionate

behaviour in our lives. Of course you don’t

have to believe this, we don’t need more belief,

the aim is to directly experience this in your

life. Direct experience is what ‘spiritual’ practice

is about.

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Mentoring has the power to change lives.

Chelsey Baker

National Mentoring Day was founded by award

winning mentor Chelsey Baker to celebrate

mentoring and recognise the invaluable

contribution that it makes to enterprise, education

and society. Taking place annually on 27th

October with Lord Young as the Patron, the official

National Awareness Day encourages mentoring

events and activities to take place across the world.

The campaign to make mentoring accessible to

everyone of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds

has received widespread support from leading

brands, corporate organisations, celebrities

and governments. Here in the UK the campaign

reached the House of Lords, generating huge press

coverage and attracting audiences worldwide.

Chelsey has successfully mentored hundreds

of businesses and individuals and is recognised

as one of the UK’s leading business mentors.

Her career spans over twenty years working in

media, publishing, PR and marketing. Chelsey

is an inspirational mentoring champion

and campaigner where she has won five

high profile awards for her mentoring work

including “Business Mentor of the Year"

awarded by Start Your Business magazine and

she received the British Bankers' Association’s

"Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Award” at

BAFTA. Chelsey is passionate about helping

individuals achieve their full potential through

mentoring and was chosen as a lead mentor

for numerous governmental projects.

As an author Chelsey is quoted and featured

in hundreds of media outlets including Forbes,

Reuters, The FT, Independent, Telegraph,

Evening Standard, City AM, Daily Express, BBC,

ITV, SKY, BBC2, The Times, Guardian and listed

as one of the most influential women in the


Why did you launch National

Mentoring Day?

I wanted to recognise the great work that

mentors do and thank them for their efforts

and appreciate the invaluable contribution

they make. We need more mentors to support

all areas of business and society, so I launched

the campaign to help encourage others to

mentor or seek mentoring.

Whilst there are hundreds of great mentoring

programmes out there, nothing connected

everyone together. National Mentoring Day

helps unite them and raise awareness on the

benefits and impact of mentoring. I created

a platform where all the different types of

mentoring communities can co-exist and

my aim is to connect all the initiatives and

programmes together. This includes enterprise,

educational, ex-forces, community and exoffender

mentoring to work collaboratively to

help advance mentoring.

We need more

mentors to

support all areas

of business and


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Why are you passionate about


I love mentoring because as a result of my

guidance I get to see my clients succeed

and share their success with them. In these

continued times of unrest the world needs

mentoring! Mentoring has the power to

change lives.

I’m driven by my mission to make mentoring

accessible to everyone, this includes hard

to reach groups from unemployed, elderly,

veterans, homeless, families and those

with mental health, disabilities or long-term

illnesses, why shouldn’t they have access to

mentoring? Mentoring is a way to create a

more inclusive society and has the potential

to trigger significant benefits on a global scale.

Everyone has something to offer as a mentor

and everyone has something to learn as a

mentee. Mentoring should be accessible to

any business, adult, child or group that needs

it and National Mentoring Day will help make

this happen.

How can people get involved in

the annual day?

It takes place on 27th October each year to

encourage organisations and individuals to

create their own mentoring event, coffee

morning, talk, conference, networking or

mentoring workshop on the day to help raise

awareness on the benefits of mentoring and

thank mentors for the great work they do.

The day attracts huge amounts of press and

anyone can join in the conversations using the

official hashtag #NationalMentoringDay which

trends top on twitter every year.

Free resources include: ‘thank your mentor’

cards to recognise mentors who’ve made a

difference, social media graphics, posters and

banners to encourage mentoring and a free

downloadable 'Get Involved Guide' to create

your own event for National Mentoring Day. We

encourage everyone to share their mentoring

success stories, tips and case studies, and use

the day to highlight your internal or external

mentoring initiatives to encourage more

people to actively take up mentoring.

You’re launching the National

Mentoring Awards this month,

tell us more?

I’m beyond excited about the launch of the

National Mentoring Awards, they will be

the BAFTAs of mentoring to create (real)

inspirational role models across every sector

of business and society. The awards will give

public recognition for ‘mentoring excellence’ to

individuals and organisations and applications

are welcome from mentors, mentees,

organisations and employers. Entries are open

to those who mentor across all walks of life,

whether in their business, sport, community,

personal or professional lives.

What sectors are you covering?

The National Mentoring Awards have a

huge reach covering Business Start-Ups,

SME’s, Corporate, Education, Youth, Careers,

Sports, Disability, Rehabilitation, Diversity,

Music, Media, Health, Financial Services,

Women, Property and Fashion. The awards

are completely FREE to enter to attract wide

audiences and the campaign will encourage

millions of people to enter the awards and


Who will be attending?

The awards will take place on 1st March 2019

at the Five-star Jumeirah Carlton London,

backed by the National Media and include a top

celebrity host. The event will be attended by

many business leaders, distinguished guests,

celebrities and top professional mentors from

every sector and industry.

We have many high-profile brands attending

and numerous Government partners. Our

official partners include Welsh Government,

NL International, Zypha, Lawbite, Careers

& Enterprise Company, Newable, PCS

Instruments and Aura Gold Water who are are

kindly supporting this great initiative.

kindly supporting this great initiative.

Why do you mentor?

I try to positively impact the lives of as many

people as I can. I’m not driven by money but

how I can make a difference. There are so

many business owners wandering around

feeling unsatisfied, this is because they are not

being true to themselves about who they really

are. You can’t go on a course or seminar and

expect to become rich, successful and happy.

This is why I get to the heart of people’s passion

and work with them to find out what they really

want so they are truly fulfilled. So many people

are just acting and playing a part in their life,

not doing what they really believe in.

Why is your mentoring so


With mentoring I show people how to reach

their true potential to become authentic and

have a real purpose in society and business.

Then I help take their message to the media. So

many people are approaching the media first

with the wrong message and this is why for me

mentoring is about protecting entrepreneurs

and helping them avoid costly mistakes. I

mentor from twenty-five years of working in

media, PR, marketing and sales, not from going

on a course and becoming a wannabe guru!

With over 300 published articles in business

magazines and millions of pounds worth of

national press under my belt, I mentor from

experience not theory and pass on the gift of

knowledge and contacts that can change the

course of a person’s life, that’s the power of


This is one of the reasons why I help so many

individuals and businesses, we all have the

opportunity to positively impact someone’s

life and mentoring is the gift that keeps on

giving. You cannot put a price on the value of

mentoring, it’s priceless. The right mentor can

redefine the way you view yourself and help

your business flourish in so many ways.

What is the biggest mistake you

have ever made in business and

what you did you learn from it?

Not taking equity in a company when I was

offered it which became highly successful as

a result of my mentoring. It’s always worth

looking at the possibilities of where a company

might be in 10 years’ time.

In these continued

times of unrest

the world needs


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How do you take care of your

body, mind and soul?

I always find time to meditate. This is where I

get to take a mini holiday for twenty minutes

twice a day to recharge every part of me. It’s the

only thing I’ve found that works to completely

replenish myself, calm my mind and it gives me

so much more energy. During transcendental

meditation all my questions seem to be

miraculously answered and I love the feeling of

enlightenment and peace it gives me where I

am truly connecting with my inner Self.

There are hundreds of scientific studies that

show Transcendental Meditation reduces

stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and high

blood pressure. TM has amazing effects on the

brain from clearer thinking, brain coherence,

improved memory, greater creativity and

increased productivity. I love it because it’s

so easy to do and I can do it anywhere which

works with my hectic schedule.

I go on regular retreats at the Maharishi Peace

Palace in Suffolk which is built according to the

principles of Vedic Architecture to enhance

wellbeing. Every time I stay there even if it’s for

a few days, I leave feeling like I’ve had a month’s

holiday and so well rested. Taking time out to

really connect with yourself is so important to

survive the demands of daily life.

Which person inspires you and


I have been inspired by the teachings of

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who was an incredible

spiritual leader who started a worldwide

movement. He introduced Transcendental

Meditation all over the world. I am in awe

of how one person can positively change

the lives of so many millions of people, he

is my inspiration for creating a worldwide

mentoring movement. Growing up I admired

Mother Theresa for her commitment and total

devotion and for being so selfless and giving

to others.

Branding or Bragging?

Definitely Branding, if you do branding

correctly it does the bragging for you! Bragging

can last for just seconds whereas branding is

for the long term. I created Broadcasting Your

Business Mentoring to get clients noticed for

the right reasons. So many people come to me

wanting national press or to be on television

but they don’t have the right message or

properly crafted story. With twenty-five years’

experience in media I know what it takes

to make a good brand story to stay the test

of time, it’s no good being a one hit wonder.

There’s so much psychology involved in

branding, it’s about having the whole package,

your reputation - online and offline, unique

values, beliefs and brand personality. Craft

your message wisely before sending it out to

the media because once it’s out there it’s hard

to change.

What is your favourite quote?

I have three quotes I love; “Peace begins with a

smile.”, “If you judge people, you have no time

to love them.” Mother Theresa

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a

flower and draws all good things towards you.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

What is your message for the

New Year?

Be the mentor you wish you had.

Twitter @ChelseyBaker

Twitter @mentoringrocks

Twitter @TheNMAwards

I try to positively

impact the lives of

as many people as I


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Dissolving Stress’


Viola Edward

Stress is a state of inner personal anxiety and can

occur in all aspects of our lives. It triggers processes

of non-communication that hinder productivity,

creativity and intimacy. All of us, in some way

or another, can be affected by this ‘condition’.

Symptoms like bad moods, prolonged tiredness,

anxiety, lack of motivation and negative vision are

almost normal in today’s world, yet prolonged

exposure to them will create serious unbalance

in our systems. A major difficulty of healing this

‘illness’ lies in the fact that stress continuously feeds

back on itself. Once it is present in the organism,

its effect becomes a cause. It is important to

differentiate between what I call “Creative Tension”

and “Real Stress”. Creative Tension is a stressful

situation where we retain a certain control, such

as in sport or the organisation of a wedding. Real

Stress appears in a situation where we have no

control over the event, such as an accident, natural

disaster, economic crisis, etc.

Stress inhibits breathing

One of the most devastating effects of stress is

the inhibition of breathing. With the repetition

of stressful situations, the result becomes

chronic and generates serious hang-ups such

as lack of creativity, low productivity, chronic

fatigue and mood swings amongst others.

The symptoms experienced can be repressed

One of the most


effects of stress is

the inhibition of


emotions, frustration, lack of purpose, difficulty

in expressing love and gratitude, all of which

will affect our joy in life.

To liberate ourselves from the effects of stress,

the study and practice of breathing techniques

is an excellent place to begin.


Breathing is a life-sustaining activity that we

begin to practice instinctively from the moment

we are born and continues uninterrupted

until the moment we die. The rhythm of our

respiration is such a familiar practice to us that

most of our lives we are even unaware of our

participation in this vital action. Remember,

however, that though we are able to survive

for many days without food and not quite so

long without water, if we are prevented from

breathing, most humans will be dead within

three or four minutes. This is how fundamental

the breathing process is to our well-being.

Breathing dynamics

Let us take a closer look at the dynamics

of the breathing process. Singers and wind

instrument players, amongst others, are

always conscious of breathing as their music

depends on being able to deliver a continuous

flow of breath across the vocal chords or

through their musical instruments. Athletes

depend on powerful breathing rhythms to

be able to deliver high levels of oxygen to

their performing muscles. The air that we

inhale into our lungs contains a percentage of

oxygen and when this oxygen content comes

into contact with the blood circulating in the

spongy tissues of our lungs, it is absorbed into

the blood stream. The steady pumping of our

heart supplies oxygen rich blood to our brain

and to the muscles and organs of our bodies

where the oxygen is consumed in an energysupplying

mission. When we are working hard

our hearts beat faster and we breathe more

strongly to supply the increase in energy

required by our bodies. In a healthy body,

this biological breathing dynamic manages

itself naturally and instinctively without the

requirement of any conscious intervention.

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Energy levels

We are however, capable of intervening in this

natural sequence by intentionally modifying

the character of our breathing rhythms.

For example, if we choose to breathe more

strongly than usual whilst remaining physically

inactive, we alter the natural supply and

demand equilibrium, creating a higher than

usual level of energy throughout our bodies.

Research and practical experimentation

with the effects of unusual body energy

levels has led to the development of many

physical and spiritual practices that we find

in disciplines such as martial arts, tai-chi, chikong

and yoga and meditation to name just

a few, and therapeutical disciplines such as

breathwork coaching – conscious connected

breathing known also as rebirthing,

holotropic breathwork, integrative breathing,

transformational breathwork amongst others.

Processes of transformation

The breathwork techniques in the practices

of martial arts are concerned with the

development of the chi so vital to success in

combat. Breathing is also used in massage

techniques such as shiatsu and touching

hearts massage. In meditation, yoga, tai-chi

and chi-kong, practices have focused more on

using the inner calm created by the breathing

to develop chi, awareness, presence and

mindfulness. Breathwork mentoring, also

known as conscious connected breathing

and Rebirthing, adds to all the above a

greater sense of self-awareness and, above

all, the improvement of mental, physical and

spiritual well-being, achieving a consciousness

of wholeness. Both ancestral and modern

practices acknowledge the importance of

breathing in processes of transformation.

Relaxation and stress cannot exist at the same

time in the same place, therefore the more we

breathe consciously, the more time we will be

relaxed and the less time we will be in stress.

Holistic therapy

There are several types of stress and the

reference here is to stress produced by

experiences that were neither accepted nor

integrated into our life, with a subsequent

development into traumas. These were

probably situations generated by fear, shame,

anger, loss, or other limiting emotions and were

experienced at an age when we were unable

to manage the event, or the perception of the

event. The situation could have occurred in a

moment of extreme vulnerability, creating a

wound that couldn’t heal completely. Searching

to survive to the pain, we learned how to

create a variety of defence mechanisms, but

the wound remained there, getting deeper,

becoming chronic and sometimes extremely


Following through the therapeutical journey of

understanding and healing the wounds of such

experiences is a must for a return to balanced

life. Holistic therapy is a choice that uses

energy work such as Breathwork mentoring

alongside with the psychotherapeutic process.

We are holistic beings and we need to heal

in all our dimensions (body, mind, emotion,


Such healing processes can include learning to

express, to feel and to understand. releasing,

resolving and transforming, leading us to

accept and integrate, benefiting then from the

joy and the bliss of the intimacy with yourself

and your partner.

Each healed wound may leave a scar. Those

scars are the testimony of the journey of

healing and as such we can even be proud of


When those wounds were still open and

unattended, an accumulation of difficult

situations or some new and acute stress

could lead us to a breakdown. However, once

Breathwork mentoring,

adds to all the above a

greater sense of selfawareness

and, the

improvement of mental,

physical and spiritual


the wounds have been attended to and have

healed, even though we are carrying the scars,

when similar situations appear, we will be

able to break through them and learn from

the experience. This is what I call “Emotional


7 fundamental elements of Holistic Therapy and of life itself.

1- Breathe consciously, being aware of your thinking.

2- Inhale, recognizing who you are.

3- Exhale, letting go of what you no longer need.

4- Be present, asking clearly for what you want.

5- Accept and forgive, giving with love and generosity.

6- Keep on improving and expanding with gratitude.

7- Open your heart, letting love in and taking care of your surroundings

Viola Edward is a Psychotherapist and Breathwork pioneer with over

25 years of experience. A leader with individual and corporate clients, Viola

specialises in Professional Training in Breathwork Coaching, Breathwork for

Recovery, Stress Management, Feminine Energy and Relationships. She is the

co-founder of KAYANA International Breathwork and author of two books:

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“Breathing the Rhythm of Success” and “Who Makes the Bed?”

Spice It Up



Ideal for after

a workout

Sarah Ali Choudhury

As someone who is a real foodie and the line of

business I am in, and with my hectic lifestyle of

being a mum to four children I regularly find myself

overeating, putting on weight and finding it difficult

to shed. I have decided to put my food column to

great use and use this as an opportunity to work

alongside my readers to challenge myself to get to

my optimum weight. You can join in too!!

For my article in this issue I am going to

introduce you to a really healthy recipe, my

Chana Bhaji (Chick Peas and also known as

Garbanzo beans). A really quick and easy recipe

that can be eaten ideally after a workout.

Chick Peas have been used as part of certain

traditional diets for over 7500 years and is one

of the oldest consumed crops in the world. It is

now one of the most popular legumes across

every continent.

What’s so great about Chick


They are high in fibre, they provide healthy

vitamins and minerals including zinc and folate,

they protect against cancer and heart disease,

they provide slow releasing carbohydrates,

they boost digestion and they help with weight


As a plant-based protein, they are low in

calories and because they also contain starch

they are known as a "good carb".

In my recipe I have used a can of chick peas,

but if you have dried chick peas these can be

soaked overnight prior to cooking because this

makes them more digestible. Although dried

chick peas hold more texture than recooked

varieties they tend to hold the same nutrition

value but make sure you purchase the BPAfree


Avoid eating raw chick peas as they are difficult

to digest.

Chick peas are so versatile you can roast

them, add them to salads and soups, they

can be pureed to make delicious and smooth


Here is my very own Chana Bhaji recipe. This

recipe was used as part of BBC IPlayer Radio's

Vegetarian week and this particular dish is

also suitable for Vegans. If you want to hear it

being cooked you can search it up on Kitchen

Garden on BBC IPlayer Radio.

Just eating healthy food

isn't enough we also need

to encourage movement

Chana Bhaji


2 tbsp vegetable oil (or olive oil)

2 x echallion shallots,

2 x garlic gloves, crushed

½ tbsp. coriander powder

½ tbsp. cumin powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 tin of chickpeas

and activity.

1 green chilli, cut with a single slit

Approx. half a cup of water

½ tsp salt (or to taste)

A small handful of fresh coriander,

washed and chopped

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Spice It Up

Chick Peas have been

used as part of certain

traditional diets for over

7500 years


1. Heat the oil in a pan.

2. Add the garlic and onions

3. Stir continuously until the onions are

soft. It is really important to take the time

at this stage and make sure the onions are

cooked, so that the spices will then be able

to infuse their flavour. Add approx. ½ tsp

salt (to taste).

4. Add the turmeric, coriander and cumin

and stir in. Add a splash of water and cover

for a few moments.

5. Add in the green chilli. Making a single

slit allows the flavours to infuse without

making the dish too hot.

6. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add

to the pan. Stir

7. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring

continuously. When you feel the chickpeas

start to stick at the bottom of the pan, add

approx.. ¼ cup of water.

8. The dish is cooked when the chickpeas

have absorbed most of the water. Garnish

with fresh coriander and serve.

Just eating healthy food isn't enough to get us

in the best of health or shape, we also need

to encourage movement and activity. This is

one area that I have particularly struggled with

over the years. More recently I came across a

product that really works for me. A tiny sachet

of Keto Energy.

Because we all lead hectic lives nowadays,

running our own businesses and bringing up

children, so often we need a little energy boost

maybe to avoid the mid-afternoon slump. It’s

quite normal at this time that we would typically

reach for the biscuits or a sweet treat that will

play havoc with our blood sugar levels or reach

for an energy drink full of nasty chemicals.

I have personally found the solution to this

problem and it’s a very low sugar, low carb

energy fix that helps specifically reduce

tiredness and maintain energy levels. The

solution comes in the form of Keto Energy

sticks, a lemon & lime flavoured caffeine fix

from encapsulated caffeine powder that

simply melts on the tongue

It’s also been formulated with Vitamin B6 to

help keep you alert and keep your nervous

system functioning normally. One of the other

powerhouse ingredients is Chromium which

helps balance your metabolism and keep your

blood glucose level in check.

Keto Energy was initially designed to support

a Keto lifestyle due to the low sugar content

but those who aren’t following that lifestyle are

feeling the amazing benefits from this product

too. As well as fighting fatigue, it is designed

also to enhance mood and suppress appetite


Night shift workers, athletes, busy mums and

dads are all enjoying this product because

of its convenience. No water is required, you

simply just rip it open and pop on your tongue!

It even tastes like sherbet. It works for me and

since I started taking these energy boosts I

have been able to walk between 3-5 miles on

a daily basis.

If you are interested, please get in touch with

me at where

more information can be sent out to you. For

more information about Keto Energy Sticks and

other beneficial products contact Charlotte

Lock on

Sarah Ali Choudhury is an award-winning Indian food

expert, TV chef and food columnist. Sarah is passionate

about sharing the joys of Indian cuisine – whether through

TV, radio or print media, live cooking demonstrations, social

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The diversity of topics and expertise that iCAAD

gather across their conferences is breathtaking.

Among many interwoven themes, they explore

alternatives in chronic pain management,

discuss policy change with the most influential

action groups in the country and highlight

solutions and innovations to promote better

detection, intervention and treatment of

behavioural, mental and emotional health care

issues. They examine a plethora of issues from

substance misuse to behavioural compulsions

ranging from excessive screen watching,

gaming and social media, to boundaries and

labelling within sex and lifestyle choices as

well as how to work affirmatively with GSRD


iCAAD honours a pledge to include

humanitarian issues whenever possible at

their conferences; addressing modern slavery,

human trafficking, and possible resolution

from natural or manmade catastrophic trauma

amongst others.

They often promote initiatives such as recovery

film festivals and hold screenings of various

films around recovery at their conferences.

Each conference is distinct and has covered

so many different topics and issues, some of

which include: music therapy, sensory motor

psychotherapy, working with addicted artists

and musicians, somatic therapy, dealing with

compassion fatigue, using decisional analysis

in business, the principles of ethics and

economics, and understanding gender issues

in therapeutic settings, as well as the everimportant

role of recovery coaching in bridging

the gap between treatment and life.

This year iCAAD has added two new and

exciting European locations to the lineup

of countries they will be bringing their

conferences to: Amsterdam and Dublin. They

will also be revisiting many of the countries

they were in last year, including holding their

holistic wellbeing conference: Nourishing the

Whole Self, which takes place in Iceland and, of

course, their flagship conference which is held

every year at the Royal Garden Hotel, London

in May. Keynote speakers at this event include:

Dr Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., T.E.P - the director

of The New York Psychodrama Training

Institute; Dr Claudia Black, Ph.D. - a renowned

author and trainer internationally recognised

for her pioneering and contemporary work

with family systems and addictive disorders

and Dr Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D. the President

of the International Institute for Trauma and

Addiction Professionals, a training institute

and professional organisation for addiction


Throughout their events, between the

enlightening, educational, harrowing, touching

and motivating presentations, panels and

workshops, iCAAD’s aim is to connect, reconnect

and form new bonds, furthering

advancement in the fields of behavioural,

emotional and mental health. As they continue

the international dialogue over the next year

and beyond, they strive to align all that they

know and work together towards achieving

common goals.

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Pashion Fashion

Dressed for


Is Your Business

Wardrobe Holding

You Back?

Olga Anderson

'Clothes make the man', or so they say, and

many a male CEO has established credibility,

professionalism, and (let's be honest) a bit of

swagger with an expensive, well-cut suit. But when

it comes to women in the boardroom, it all gets a

little more complicated.

Professional women often find themselves

having to walk the line between dressing

'appropriately' for what was a traditionally

male dress code, and their own sense of style.

Most choose to eschew their femininity in

order to be taken seriously and regarded as an

equal, especially in past decades where sexual

harassment was rife. The result is the soulless

uniform of boxy trouser-suits and matronly

black dresses that you'll still find in the

workwear section of any department store. It

was exactly this lack of choice and imagination

that led me to found my couture label, ‘Olga

Anderson’, which aims to empower working

women with elegant, feminine, beautifully

crafted fashion. I'm passionate about helping

these women reclaim their femininity and

personality in what they wear, in part because

rather than elevating them, that dull office

uniform may actually be holding women back.

We all know that what we wear affects the way

we are perceived by others, and that a first

impression, once formed, is hard to overcome.

It may not be fair, but all of us judge other people

on the way they look, forming ideas about their

authority, trustworthiness, intelligence, and

financial success, among other qualities - all of

which can influence your career advancement.

However, others' perception of us based on

what we wear is only one half of the story.

Recent research now also shows that the

clothes you wear and the perception you have

of yourself in those clothes can actually affect

your own mental and physical performance.

In studies reported by Scientific American,

so-called 'enclothed cognition' can increase

abstract thinking, enhance focus, and make

us feel more powerful and creative. Informal

clothing even influenced negotiations in one

study, with subjects who were dressed up

securing more profitable deals and showing

higher testosterone levels than those who

were not.

Clothes can also have a profound effect on our

sense of wellbeing, particularly when it comes

to colour. Many of my clients have limited

themselves to a safe zone of dark colours,

effectively hiding themselves from both

notice and criticism. In contrast, think of how

The Queen wears a bright array of colours,

so that she is easy to pick out of a crowd. "If

I wore beige, nobody would know who I am,"

she is once reported to have said. Different

colours can be subconsciously associated

with psychological traits, allowing us to project

confidence (red), trustworthiness (white), calm

(blue), or approachability (pink), for example.

These colour associations also influence our

own moods and attitudes, and dark colours

can leave us feeling depressed, sad or even


Olga Anderson’ aims

to empower working

women with elegant,

feminine, beautifully

crafted fashion.

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feminine and empowering womenswear

luxury London-based couture fashion

There's another downside to 'dressing like

a man'. Menswear has long been governed

by a tighter framework, employing a limited

set of functional archetypal garments, while

womenswear is far more abstract and avant

garde. Femininity in fashion can be a strong

point rather than a weak one, a source of

creativity and playfulness, the sort of thinking

that brings about new ideas and imaginative

solutions in business. Women can reclaim their

fashion femininity at work, while still striving

to reach the top in their careers. And science

supports this too - studies show that those

who conform to general dress standards and

expectations but add a little flare are viewed

more positively by observers, because they are

powerful enough to take the risk of standing


One only has to look at some of the world's

current most powerful women for examples

of how sisters are doing this for themselves.

Hillary Clinton became known as the ‘pantsuit

queen’ during her 2016 election bid, but wears

this classic silhouette in a rainbow of colours.

Similarly, Theresa May wears smart pieces with

pops of colour or unique points of interest,

like leopard print patterns or asymmetrical

cuts. IMF President Christine Lagarde perfectly

employs chic, feminine tailoring, accessorising

with beautiful, expressive silk scarves. On

television, the character of Jessica Pearson

on Suits is a master of sexy power dressing,

wearing sculptured suits and dresses with

a textural edge to set her apart from her


Aim to be fashionable without being trendy:

You can keep on top of current trends in

colour, fabric, and style without being a slave

to fashion. Invest in classic pieces that show

excellent craftsmanship, and supplement

them with bold accessories or focus pieces

with an edge.

Don't be afraid of colour: Like Clinton, Angela

Merkel wears a uniform of sorts, but dons her

signature three-button blazers in a wide range

of hues. This also allows her to use colour as

a subconscious weapon - for example, when

appearing with both Barack Obama and

Donald Trump on the same day in 2017, she

wore a cool green for the first encounter, but

suited up in a bright power red to meet with

Trump in Brussels. Force yourself to step out

of your comfort zone and infuse more pops of

colour into your wardrobe - you'll never look


Don't show too much skin: 'Sexy' doesn't

have to mean vulgar. Beautifully tailored suits

that flatter your figure are appropriate and

feminine, but steer away from sheer fabrics

or too much cleavage, as this may undermine

your authority.

Be yourself: Ultimately, fashion should be

about expressing yourself through what you

wear, so be sure to let your personality shine

through. Michelle Obama is a powerful woman

who has mastered this, ensuring that she not

only always looks smart and sophisticated, but

has a style all her own.

So what are the best styling tips for today's

female leaders? These are some of the

principles I encourage my clients to follow as

they make-over their wardrobes:

Olga Anderson, is the owner and founder of her eponymous couture

@ olgaandersonofficial

fashion house which delivers bespoke office and evening wear to the modern

woman. Her designs exude elegance, quality and timelessness- perfect for


business women to reclaim their femininity. At ‘Olga Anderson’ we understand

@ olgaandersonofficial


that every woman is different and her clothes should reflects her uniqueness.

Mindset & Emotion

Getting The



Ismael Cala

The actual world seems like an unstoppable

thread of convulsed and voracious moments. The

American Army had the vision to describe this back

in the eighties as a “VUCA” world, the acronym for

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity,

which are four characteristics that closely define

our times.

During the last weeks, we have been witnessing

controversies between Uber and Cabify apps,

and the traditional taxicab industry, this has

affected countries as distant as Spain and

Argentina. Why does a technological upgrade

trigger all these detractors against it? What are

the lessons to extract from this turmoil?

This time demands us to become exponential

beings, by manifesting as more creative and

productive individuals, so we don’t get left

behind and become obsolete. Despite this, we

cannot allow to be blown away by the storm.

Would you believe it If I tell you it is possible

to “turn the tables”? What if, contrary to what

might be expected, we start to use difficulties

to our own advantage? Would you be asking

yourself: if there is so much conflict, what

would the roadmap to fulfil our life’s purpose

be? The key to this is best described as mindful

exponential leadership.

Benjamin Harkin, a Psychology expert from

Sheffield University, in the UK, experimented

with 19,951 participants in 380 researches,

oriented to monitor individuals while they tried

to achieve health related goals. The results

show a three-step pattern: close and frequent

follow up on progress, focus on the objective

and public manifestation of these goals,

because “this way we will be more enticed to

accomplish” so he said.

As I explain to my students at “Cala Speaking

Academy”, instead of perceiving VUCA as

negative, we should see it as an advantage

which challenges us to expand out of our

comfort zone, allowing us to grow and progress


If you are a taxi driver, journalist, automobile

assembler, or perform any other “vanishing”

career, you must understand that no one

wants to vanquish you from the market, only

to make you find ways to update your services

and abilities. Then you would be able to “turn

the tables” on VUCA into your own acronym:

Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility, all

key tools to achieve your life’s goals.

So how can a paradigm be changed? My

suggestion, which I have been developing for

a few years, is to apply the CALA life method:

Constant Advancement to Leadership in

Action, based on my “believe, create and grow”

philosophy. All of us harvest an inner leader

who is waiting for an opportunity to shine and

show its greatest potential.

The best solutions are often found behind the

toughest obstacles. Embrace uncertainty and

learn to manage your own reality!

Twitter: @cala

Instagram: ismaelcala

Facebook: Ismael Cala

The best solutions are

often found behind the

toughest obstacles

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is our


Dr. Amit Kaur Puri

“Pawan guru pani pita, Maata dharat mahat.

Divas raat dui dai daya, Khele sagal jagat” was

said 600 years ago by Guru Nanak Dev ji. It means

air is our teacher, water is our father, earth is our

mother, day is fire and night represents sky. In

order for us to seek blessings we need to respect

all these five elements of which the entire universe

is composed.

Two question arise:-

“What is this world all about?” - this question

depicts the outer world leading to the scientific

part of us and the other

“Who am I?” depicts the spiritual part of us.

understand the relationship between living

emotions and laws of motion, we need to

understand mind and matter, we also need to

differentiate between energy and intelligent


It is curious how the same carbon elements

which can form living beings can also form

non-living diamonds. So what needs to be

incorporated into solar energy to transform it

into soular energy?

I believe in order to understand the

fundamental basis of life; the inter

relationship of physical, chemical, life

sciences, consciousness and spiritualism

should be explored hand in hand. According

to spiritualism, technology exists in the body

whereas science believes in the technology

outside the body.

The environment is a natural situation around

living organisms consisting of both biotic and

abiotic factors. Environmental spirituality

is an experience of awareness of GOD’s

presence. There are hundreds of things in our

surroundings which help us to discover GOD,

like a gigantic river which runs by; a huge forest

with diverse flora and fauna; a vast green

meadow; birds that sing and fly with tiny wings;

flowers which bloom with a variety of colours;

a peaceful dawn dispelling the darkness;

light emerging gradually every morning as

the sun rises and descending again in the

evening spreading beauty along the horizon;

thousands of shining stars at night; thunder

which streaks across the sky; the plants of

the earth and the fishes of the sea; cold wind

in the winter and the pleasant sun in the

summer; the mountains, the springs, the trees,

the breeze. All these gifts of nature enable the

spiritually minded person to discover GOD in

the environment.

As an ethnobotanist and environmentalist,

I have experimented with yogic agriculture

along with javic farming (natural farming). In

one experiment, before sowing, seeds are

given positive spiritual vibrations for three

days; the land is prepared and ploughed along

with the chanting of spiritual hymns followed

by the sowing of seeds and introduction of

chemical free jeevamrit (biopesticide). This

results in three times the original harvest and it

is a living example of the connections between

spiritualism and the science of agriculture.

In a second experiment to show the close

connection between the two, we looked at the

concept of a Nakshatra garden. Every human

being born on this earth belongs to one of

the 27 Nakshatras (stars). Each Nakshaktra

corresponds to a particular plant. In order to

fulfil worldly or materialistic desire we can heal

our stars just by placing the set of 27 Nakshatra

plants in our homes or offices. My conclusion

is that the ultimate source of energy on this

earth is sun and no animal or human being

is capable of capturing this solar energy. Only

plants have the capability to absorb solar and

transform it into chemical energy which is then

transferred into various animals and human

beings via trophic levels hence plants are the

most evolved beings on this earth.

In India nature is also conserved through the

worship of flora and fauna in various forms

like the elephant headed God called Ganesha,

which is worshiped, before starting a new

venture. Lord Shiva is offered bel leaves and

dhatura flowers and Lord Krishna is adorned

with peacock feathers on his forehead and a

holy basil garland. Tulsi is worshiped in every

Indian house and placed in the courtyard as

it emits certain essential oils which sterilise

the environment. There are a huge number

of sacred grooves where touching even a twig

is taboo hence I recommend following the

rules of spiritualism to conserve the beauty of


Our connection with the environment is the

first level of experience. As an author who is

a scientist and a spiritually inclined person

I interconnect both forms. We need to

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