Community Spirit ezine, July 2019

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In the July issue we focus on the Value of Friendships. We interview Dr Ambika Sampat, co-founder of FITBANKER about their pioneer work to transform a billion lives by eradicating lifestyle diseases through education and not medication. Community Spirit is an international ezine that delivers uplifting and inspiring content for conscious people in the community.

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IN THIS

ISSUE

Dear Readers,

Each month Community Spirit ezine is just going from strength-tostrength.

In this issue our theme is on Valuing Friendship. With our

friends we are given the opportunity to express the best version of

our Self and that is why I feel truly grateful and honoured to have

some very special people in my life whom I can call 'my friends'.

Running a monthly magazine is stressful and very challenging! But it

is always worth it as I meet such interesting and inspiring people.

This month I interviewed Dr Ambika from FITBANKER about there

forthcoming retreat in Valencia to do with Love & Relationships. The

day after I did the interview, I woke up after processing all the

information in my sleep and noticed a deep sense of inner peace.

The interview inspired me to reconnect with my true authentic self,

as that is the key to my continued happiness and good health. So I

would recommend you read this very inspiring feature interview

with Dr Ambika, co-founder of FITBANKER about there pioneering

work and their forthcoming retreat in Velencia in September 2019.

All the Best,

Richard T. Voller

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LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS

RETREAT IN VALENCIA

There mission is to transform a billion

lives by eradicating lifestyle diseases

through education and not medication.

For the past 4 years Dr Ambika Sampat

has been working with her husband,

Ronnie Rich, as a co-founder of

FITBANKER. In this feature interview we

get deeper insights into Dr Ambika's

approach to life and discover why they

are organising a love & relationships

retreat in Valencia this year that

supports people in the community .

DOGS & HEAT STROKE

Summer has kicked off in Spain! This

last weekend the temperatures rose

to over 40 degrees! So let's remember

our four legged fury friends and make

sure they are being well looked after

and that you know how to protect

them from heat stroke .

LIVING WITH FIBROMYALGIA

Having an illness which is invisble is

a huge burden in your life. This month

we speak with Sally Ainsworth, a

joyful and playful soul, buzzing with

energy, but also struggling behind the

scenes with Fibromyalgia. As a true

warrior, Sally is inspirational as she

runs a group for suffers in the UK to

help people in need.

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Contents

Being Conscious

FEATURE INTERVIEW: Love & Relationships Retreat - page 5

The Big Clean Up - Oceans 4 video - page 27

Animal Well Being - Protect your pets from heat stroke - page 10

Funeral Planning - page 70

Spiritual Reality - I believe in Brotherhood - page 71

Community Focus

Next Generation Matters: Friendship for Kids - page 62

Supporting Communities - Top 18 places in Valencia - page 14

Business Matters - Flat sharing real estate investment - page 46

Technology Upgrade - page 28

Travel - 2 wheel vs. 4 wheel debate - page 60

Hidden Gems - page 41

Being Healthy

Health Matters: Red Beet recipe - page 42

Health Matters - Mindfulness & friendships - page 55

Health Matters - Living with Fibromyalgia- page 50

Health Matters - Holistic healing Kelli Davis - page 59

Video - Dr Bruce Lipton - page 69

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F E A T U R E

I N T E R V I E W

empowering people

Dr. Amibika Sampat, co-founder of FITBANKER with

her family.

EMPOWERING PEOPLE is a new section that focuses on businesses which help people to heal on a

deeper level and improve their health so that they can learn how to stand in their own power, have a

positive impact on their own lives and the lives of those in their networks.

In this issue I am deeply honoured to speak with Dr Ambika Sampat, based in London, U.K., cofounder

of FITBANKER, whose mission is to transform a billion lives by eradicating lifestyle diseases

through education,

and not medication.


EMPOWERING PEOPLE //

JULY 2019

Richard: “There’s a growing number of gyms and fitness programmes, and yet there's a rise

in lifestyle diseases, why is that?”

T H E I N T E R V I E W

Dr Ambika: “Exercise isn't the only component needed for optimal health. Most people

spend on average an hour a day at the gym. At FITBANKER we created the 23/7 Rule which

has you look at what you are doing in the remaining 23 hours outside of the gym? When you

focus on those 23 hours, you begin to understand being healthy is a holistic journey, where

exercise is just one of the five pillars necessary for obtaining and maintaining optimal

health. You cannot out train a bad diet. We have pioneered the Science of Transformative

Health which is grounded in these five integral pillars of life: Physical activity, Nutrition,

Sleep, the Mind, and Relationships, all of which are critical.”

“For the past 4 years we have coached over 300 participants, including medical

practitioners, from 20 countries through FITBANKER’s 90 day Challenge delivered online on

health transformation through an entire lifestyle shift physically, mentally, and spiritually.

The journey begins with getting connected to your ‘Greater Why’ i.e. your reason to be

healthy beyond just weight loss and looking good; understanding your unique body type;

why body composition is more important a metric than body weight; and the power of

community.”

Richard: “What are the different body types?”

Dr Ambika: "Our education is based on Ayurveda, the ancient Science of Life, integrated

with Modern Science Body types: Ectomorph (vata), Mesomorph (pitta), and Endomorph

(kapha). Distinguishing your unique body type informs you on optimal foods for your well

being. Everyone has a unique body type. Most crash diets and workout plans don’t offer a

sustainable long term health transformation because they often provide a set template for

everyone.”

“Beyond the lack of awareness of an individual’s body type, another common misguided

measure for health and well being, is the sole focus on body weight, which can be grossly

misleading. Knowing your body composition enables you to distinguish every aspect of the

state of your body, giving you access to really alter that which is suboptimal. For example,

someone could be an ectomorph body type, lean in appearance and within the normal

weight for their respective height and age, but have a high visceral fat percentage (the fat

that lines their organs) due to a poor lifestyle and have no awareness of their suboptimal

wellbeing state. Research shows a rise is cardiac issues and other lifestyle diseases in

seemingly physically active youth partly due to a total disconnect in one’s knowledge of

their body composition status.”


EMPOWERING PEOPLE //

JULY 2019

“The strongest determinant of optimal

well being and health is, ultimately, the

state of the Mind. What your Mind

perceive is entirely what the body

manifests. Your psychology dictates your

physiology. Dis-ease in the Mind leads to

a disease in the Body, from diabetes and

other autoimmune diseases, to cancer,

heart diseases, and more. In the words of

Dr. John Demartini, diseases labelled

incurable are actually curable from

within. On the FITBANKER 90 day

Challenge, participants have reversed

Type II Diabetes, boosted fertility,

reduced high blood pressure and

cholesterol to optimal levels, and more.

The cure to lifestyle diseases lies in the

name - through altering the lifestyle -

and that is precisely the knowledge

provided on our programmes.”

Richard: "How do relationships impact

health?"

Dr Ambika: "Relationships are one of the

five pillars integral we coach on in

having and maintaining optimal

health.The quality of your life is directly

correlated to the quality of your most

intimate relationships.”

“On our programmes, we often see

participants that struggle to achieve their

health goals, despite following the

customised meal- and training-guidelines

that we provide, have incomplete

relationships in their lives. Those

external blockages manifest as blockages

within the body. The lack of forgiveness

is the highest form of self abuse to one’s

own mental and physical state. Dr. Mark

Hymann discovered that most chronic

diseases are very often a social disease

and not just a problem of biology. Social

networks influence health and disease,

and actually alter gene expression.”

“Paul Farmer successfully treated

tuberculosis and AIDS which everyone

thought was untreatable, in the face

of extreme poverty in places like

Rwanda, Lima and Haiti. He realised

there isn’t a need for new advances in

medical science, rather building the

community spirit and building

connections in those broken

communities provided a cure. The key

to solving insolvable health problems

is human interactions - you are a

piece of Consciousness connected to

every other Living Being on this

Planet. Unsurprisingly, one of the

three key reasons that stop people

from getting healthy and transforming

their health is a concern of having to

do things by themselves. The other

two are lack of time and lack of

money. Thorough FITBANKER we have

built an online campus with hundreds

who offer support and guidance to

each other from having completed

their respective Challenges. In

addition to the virtual connections,

we take people on monthly treks on

peaks and mountains across the UK,

Wales, and annually up the highest

single standing mountain in the

world, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to re-build

human interactions that a modern

lifestyles strains. Like Nature works in

harmonious unity, we aim to create a

global community that supports each

other to ongoingly become the best

version of themselves.

Richard: "What is the FITBANKER Love

and Relationships Retreat about?"

Dr Ambika: "A four-day retreat where

you can get connected to your True

Self. You get to redefine love as your

core essence.”


“You will get to discover how to deconstruct existing notions of relationships. Relationships are an integral part of

our existence, and yet we are never taught why they exist, how to cultivate them, or even what their purpose is?

The myth is that relationships exist to make your happy. That’s is incorrect and the primary cause of most

relationship breakdowns. The highest Spiritual purpose of relationships is for personal growth, discovery of your

Authentic Self through serving another”.

“On this retreat you will get to identify triggers in your most intimate relationships and transform them. You get to

shift from being the Reactor in your relationships to being the Observer. When you get to be the Observer, you get

to reconnect with your Authentic Self within - the One that has unlimited potential. That allows you to create

authentic and empowering relationships. You get to Be LOVE.”

“If we look at true authentic love, it is the core essence (Dharma) of what it is to be human. What I mean by that is

the way the core essence of fire is heat and that of sugar is sweetness, similarly the essence of what it is to Be

Human is Love. When we look at babies, they walk into a room and light it up because they are being there most

Authentic self, Love.Over time, our identities get constructed through social conditioning, education, other external

cues that all form external ‘personality’ layers and cause us lose connection with our truest self expression. At this

retreat, you get to peel away those layers and reconnect with your Authentic Self. How? Through yoga, meditation,

treks in the Sierra Calderona connecting with Nature, workshops, consuming healthy vegan meals, and above all

being in the presence of phenomenal company.”

Richard: “Who can attend the retreat? Is it just for couples or can singles attend as well?

Dr Amikba: “This retreat is for any human being because the primary relationship for you is the one with your Self.

Once you begin to take that journey within, you get to transform and be fulfilled in any other relationship there is

on the planet.”


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Protect your pet from

heatstroke!

By Maria Lluch Barbera (veterinarian) & Laila Fletcher

(trainee canine behaviourist)

Well, summer has been a little slow to arrive this year, but it’s certainly arrived with a blast!

And with these temperatures likely to keep rising, it’s important to ensure the physical and

mental well-being of our pets.

Heatstroke is a dangerous rise in body temperature (above 41 oC), that can cause clinical shock,

and proves fatal for one in every three affected dogs. Dogs are at risk because, unlike us, they

have very few sweat glands. The only sweat glands they have are between the pads on their

feet, and these don’t get rid of much heat at all, so the only other way a dog can eliminate

excess body heat is by panting, which they do when their body temperature rises above 39 oC.

Heat stress and heat stroke occurs when a dog’s body temperature continues to rise above

39 oC, but it is unable to get rid of the excess heat, and this can be fatal if not

recognised and dealt with quickly.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS

OF HEATSTROKE?

In addition to excessive panting, there are

plenty of other signs that could indicate your

dog might be suffering from heatstroke:

• excessive drooling

• breathing difficulty

• panting is very noisy

• dizziness/loss of balance

• rapid or irregular heart rate

• reddened gums and moist or gloopy

eyes/nostrils)

• vomiting and diarrhea

agitation/distress

• tremors, seizure or loss of consciousness

Flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds, such as the Bulldog

(French/English/American), Boxer, Pug and many toy

breeds, are at a particularly high risk. The reason for

this is that in these dogs the same amount of body

tissue has to fit into a much smaller muzzle than in

longer-nosed breeds. This restricts their airflow as well

as their oxygen intake, and prevents panting from

efficiently reducing their body temperature. Also at risk

are very young or elderly dogs, those with a medical

condition, and those with very thick fur. If your dog is

one of the latter, you might be tempted to give her a

haircut, but her fur actually insulates her from the heat

as much as it does from the cold – without it she’ll be

unable to properly regulate her body temperature, and

she’ll be more susceptible to sunburn. Rather than an

all-over haircut, you could trim the abdominal area, so

that she can better cool off lying on the floor tiles. Also

make sure her coat is well-groomed, and free from any

knots and tangles, so that air can pass through it

naturally.


thoroughly. It is especially helpful to wet

cool, but not cold, so that her peripheral

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ANIMAL WELL BEING

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I

THINK MY DOG IS

SUFFERING FROM

HEATSTROKE?

your dog to a cool and airy place,

1. Take

of the day. This is not just to avoid the hot air

offer her fresh water to drink, lay a cold

temperatures, but ground surfaces such as concrete

and tarmac are even hotter, and your dog doesn’t

wet towel over her or wet her coat

have protective shoes to prevent her pads becoming

scorched and blistered. Temperatures are lower in

the ear flaps, armpits, between the legs,

the evening, and the coolest hours of all are first

and the paw pads. The water should be

thing in the morning. Always ensure you carry fresh

water for yourself and your dog when you do go out

circulation isn’t reduced – her peripheral

for a walk.

circulation is essential for dissipating her

body heat.

There have been several reports in the news recently,

your dog to the vet immediately, as

2. Get

both in Spain and the UK, where owners have left

their dogs (and in one case a baby) in a parked car.

heat stroke can cause multiple organ

dysfunction.

This is never acceptable, not even if the windows are

ajar and the car is in the shade, and is unfortunately,

often very rapidly, fatal. If the air temperature is just

An effective method to further reduce your dog's body

22oC, the temperature inside a car can rise to 47oC

temperature is to soak it with alcohol instead of water.

within an hour. With temperatures here this week in

Alcohol evaporates much more rapidly than water,

the mid-30’s, even a few minutes in a parked car

taking a significant amount of heat with it – this can help

could cause your pet significant cardiovascular

reduce your dog’s temperature even more quickly.

distress. If you see a dog has been left in a parked car

here in Spain, call 091 immediately to alert Seprona

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. In the

(the Guardia Civil division responsible for animal

summer heat, air conditioning and fans may come to

welfare). It can take just 6 minutes for a dog to die in

rival your position as your dog’s best friend! Make sure

a parked car.

that you don’t exercise your dog during the hottest part


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ANIMAL WELL BEING

JULY 2019

WHAT CAN I DO TO

ENTERTAIN MY DOG IF

IT’S TOO

HOT TO GO OUT?

Your dog is likely to be much less energetic in this heat,

so won’t need as much exercise as normal, but there are

plenty of things you can do indoors to burn off any

energy she has, or to prevent boredom. Ten minutes of

mental stimulation can actually burn off as much energy

as a half-hour run, and should be as regular a part of your

dog’s routine as physical exercise. You could play gentle

games indoors with your dog, give her some new toys to

play with, train her to do some new tricks, or give her

some canine enrichment activities (heaps of ideas are out

there with a quick Google search, or check out the

Canine Enrichment group on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/groups/canineenrichment).

You could combine enrichment with keeping your dog

cool and make some canine lollipops! Make use of your

empty yoghurt pots, by filling them with water and a few

dog treats and popping them in the freezer, or have a

peek here www.kongcompany.com/en-uk/recipes/ for

some frozen Kong stuffing tips. If you have a canine

splash pool (or don’t mind a hairy swimming pool!), there

is also a wide range of toys available for purchase that are

designed for water-based doggie fun.


S U P P O R T I N G

C O M M U N I T I E S T O T H R I V €

This Summer Checkout the

Top 18 Places to

Visit Outside of Valencia


FOR THOSE LOOKING TO

BRANCH OUT INTO DAY

TRIPS, LOTS OF

WONDERFUL

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LOOK AT SOME OF THE

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM

VALENCIA THAT ARE

EASY TO GET TO AND

ARE DEFINITELY WORTH

THE TIME:

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1. Port Saplaya

If you go to Malvarossa Beach in Valencia and look north

you’ll see the “Little Venice” of Valencia, Port Saplaya,

located about 5 km away. There you’ll find an unusual port

enclosed by decorative apartments, which give it a quality

reminiscent of that famous city on the water in Italy.

Combine a stroll around the beautiful port with some

excellent restaurants and ice-cream shops on the beach

and discover one of the best places outside Valencia. This

is a great trip to do from Valencia by bicycle.

2. The Caves of Saint Jose

One of the most famous attractions

outside of Valencia is the Caves of

Saint Jose. Known since ancient

times, these caves contain the

longest navigable underground river

in Europe! A visit to the caves

includes an underground boat tour

of the many spectacular galleries of

the caves as well as a walk through

passages filled with stalagmites and

stalactites. The caves are about an

hour from Valencia by road and

would be a highlight of any trip to

Spain. Book tickets in advance to

avoid line-ups.

3. Sagunto Castle

Perched over the northern Valencian

plains, Sagunto Castle has been an

impressive and historically important

fortress for over 2000 years.

Founded by the Greeks, it was then

sacked by Hannibal, merged with the

Roman empire and expanded under

the rule of the Muslims. Containing a

recently unearthed Roman

amphitheater and forum, this huge

hilltop castle will certainly be a

highlight of any trip to Valencia.

Further down the hill, the ancient

city of Sagunto has an important

archaeological museum and the

winding streets of the old Jewish

quarter still remain as they were

since the 1400’s.


4. Hot springs Montanejos

Located 90 km from Valencia and 65 km

from Teruel, the hot springs first became

famous during the conquest of the Moors

over 1000 years ago. At that time the hot

springs were a favorite bathing area for the

Moorish King and his harem (the water said

to keep his women young and beautiful).

The crystal waters of the lagoon bubble

year round at a temperature of 25°C and

are surrounded by spectacular cliffs and

deep gorges. Take a dip in the Montanejos

hot springs and explore the lagoon (bring

your snorkel!), see the fish and discover

the hidden caves. The braver ones can jump

off adjacent cliffs right into the deepest

part of the lagoon and make a real splash.

Access by public transportation is difficult.

For this location car rental is

recommended.

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5. Peníscola Castle

Often called the “Gibraltar of

Valencia,” Peníscola castle rises

fantastically out of the sea. Used

frequently in films and television as

a medieval backdrop, visiting

Peníscola is an astounding excursion

back in time. Known locally as “The

City in the Sea”, Peníscola is a

fortified seaport with a lighthouse,

built on a rocky peninsula 67 m high

and joined to the mainland only by a

narrow strip of land (in fact, the

name Peníscola is derived from the

Latin for peninsula). Its history goes

back to the Iberians over 2000 years

ago. Later the town became

Phoenician, then Greek, was next

captured by the Carthaginians and

legend has it this is the place where

Hannibal swore an oath that he

would never be a friend of Rome.

The present castle was built by the

Knights Templar between 1294 and

1307 and from 1415 to 1423 it was

the home of the Pope Benedict XIII.

The castle is now a popular tourist

attraction and the beaches next to

the old city are well worth a visit.

Peníscola is about 120 km north of

Valencia and is accessible by

motorway and public transport.


6. Albufera Natural Park

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Valencia birds show then it’s time V I to S I T

see some of them in their real habitat.

Historic home of the paella, this area

boasts incredible natural beauty, boat

rides and amazing restaurants all in

one! The Albufera has been a focus of

Valencian agriculture for centuries.

The Albufera is a giant lagoon beside

the sea that is home to a huge variety

of marsh-birds and other wildlife. The

Moors drained over 90% of it (it used

to reach all the way to the walls of the

old city of Valencia) to develop their

irrigation system still in use today. It

was here in the marshlands where rice

was grown that the paella, Spain’s

most famous dish, was first invented.

Come and enjoy a boat ride or sit by

the beach and take in the sun. Easily

accessible by public transport or by

bike, a trip to Albufera promises a

spectacular experience of nature….and

great food!

7. Valley of Guadalest

This impressive valley is a great spot for

hiking and photography. The town of

Guadalest and its castle already existed in

Muslim times and was conquered by

Christians in the middle of the 1200’s.

The castle of Guadalest itself was built by

James II and is the focus of a number of

Catholic festivals throughout the year

including the Feast of San Gregorio and the

Pilgramage of Gines in honour of Santa

Aana, when people adorn traditional

costumes and parade around the town. In

addition the region boasts some unusual

local cuisine such as rice with beans and

turnips, the ‘mincho’, a stuffed pepper,

rabbit with garlic, a baked pot of wheat

called the ‘olleta’ and balls of corn, for

example. The region is most easily

accessible by car and make a great day or

overnight trip.


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8. Jávea

Jávea is a coastal town in the in the

province of Alicante, famous for its worldclass

beaches, great diving and excellent

restaurants.. Situated behind a wide bay

and sheltered between two rocky

headlands, the town has become a very

popular seaside resort and market town.

Half of its resident population and over

two thirds of its annual visitors are

foreigners. The area was first inhabited in

prehistoric times, 30,000 years ago by cave

dwellers. Subsequent residents have

included Stone and Bronze-age peoples,

Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Visigoths,

Germanic, Carthaginians and Moors. Roman

fishing boats used the port over 2000 years

ago, and there is evidence that dates the

Roman occupation of Jávea to the 2nd

century BC, which makes it the oldest

known Roman site on the Spanish coast.

Come and enjoy the incredible beach and

fantastic scenery. The mojitos are waiting.

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9. Cala Granadella Beach

Granadella beach is a gravel beach

situated in a secluded cove near

Jávea. Voted two consecutive years

as the best beach in Spain, it is

isolated and beautiful and accessible

only by car. Well known for cliffdiving

scuba diving and snorkeling,

the beauty of the waters of

Grandella beach are admired by all

who visit. The cove is serviced by

three restaurants. A visit to

Granadella beach is one of the

best things to do in

Valencia community.


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10. Benitachell Beach

Benitachell beach is located on a

majestic and broken coast with cliffs

that reach in some points 100 meters

above the sea level. It’s a perfect place

for diving enthusiasts who discover

the attractive and interesting caves as

well as offering a clean gravel beach.

The transparent waters off Benitachell

beach are a swimmers delight. Nestled

between cliffs it has no buildings on

the beach front, retaining its sense of

unspoiled natural beauty. The beach is

accessible by car and has nearby

parking available.

11. Peñón de Ifach (Calpe) Natural Park

The massive seaside peninsula rises like a

monolith off the coast south of Jávea. This

impressive landmark is one of the last

foothills of the Béticas mountain range and

reaches a height of 332 meters. Descending

abruptly into the sea this great rock was

used by early mapmakers when

triangulating the size of Spain. From the

top it’s possible to see the island of

Formentera. Parque Natural del Peñón

features an abundance of vegetation and

fauna including thyme, Valencian

horseshoe tail, and over 80 different

species of bird! See nesting, migratory and

wandering birds or catch a glimpse of the

Eleonor falcon. Find Cormorán moths,

starlings, raptors and gulls making their

nests in the nooks and crevasses of the

sunny southern wall. Surrounding the rock

are excellent diving opportunities and

great beaches. Climb the epic rock and

experience one of the best places outside

Valencia!


12. Morella

Listed as one of the most beautiful towns

in Spain, Morella is an ancient walled city

located on a hill-top in the province of

Castellón in the Valencian Community,

Spain. Here can be found traces of

settlements by the Iberians, Greeks,

Romans, Visigoths and Moors stretching

back 2500 years. Prehistoric remains in the

area include cave paintings and Bronze Age

burial sites at Hostal Nou. The Greeks

established a treasury at Morella, and then

the area became the scene of conflict

between Carthaginians and the Roman

Empire during the Punic Wars before it was

Romanised. The Moors took the town in

714, naming it Maurela before it became

Christain again during the reconquest of

1238. Morella is now a tourist destination,

with many historic buildings, hotels and

restaurants. Come and sample one of the

typical gastronomic products Morella is

known for such as flaons, a savory pastry

dish. Local bakeries are also renowned for

a number of other traditional pastries and

sweets like mantecadas, an ancient kind of

pound cake. Some of the top sights to see

in Morella are the Castillo de Morella

(Morella Castle), the aqueduct, La Iglesia

de Santa María Morella (Saint Mary’s

Church), Convento de San Francesc Morella

(St. Francis’ Convent) and the Morella

Museo Temps de Dinosaurs (Time of the

Dinosaurs Museum). Wool and woolen

goods still play an important part in the

local economy. One of its most famous

products is the uniquely designed Morella

blanket, which has a range of color

combinations and horizontal stripes.

Agriculture, especially poultry and pig

production are also important in the

surrounding area.with craft products and

highly valued black truffles still traded at

seasonal markets during the winter. A trip

here is well worth it. It’s well

worth renting a carand taking a journey

here.

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13. Chulilla Ruta de los Puentes Colgante

Benitachell beach is located on a majestic and broken coast with cliffs that reach in some points 100

meters above the sea level. It’s a perfect place for diving enthusiasts who discover the attractive and

interesting caves as well as offering a clean gravel beach. The transparent waters off Benitachell

beach are a swimmers delight. Nestled between cliffs it has no buildings on the beach front, retaining

its sense of unspoiled natural beauty. The beach is accessible by car and has nearby parking available.

14. Aquarama Valencia

Aquarama is a water park, located in

Benicàssim, Castelló, Spain. The park has

the eleventh-highest slide in the world

named The Devil's Drop together with The

Beast in Western Water Park.

Address: N-340, km. 986, 8, 12560

Benicasim, Castellón

Piscina Parque de Benicalap

Address: Calle Andreu Alfaro, s/n, 46025

Valencia

Piscina Parque del Oeste

Address: Carrer del Músic Ayllón, 46018

València


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15. Xativa Castle

The Castle of Xàtiva is a castle located

in the city of Xàtiva near Valencia

Spain. It’s strategically located along

the ancient route leading from Rome

across the Pyrenees and all the way

down the Mediterranean coast to

Cartagena and Cádiz. In 1092, the

castle fell into the hands of the Moors

until King James I of Aragon

recaptured it on 22 May 1244,

following a five-month siege.It’s

massive and beautiful battlements are

a delight to explore and the view from

the ramparts is breathtaking. A mustsee

for any history buffs or anyone

who love castles.

16. Buñol ruta del Agua

25 km east of Valencia is an incredibly scenic hiking route with caves to explore, pools to take

refreshing dips into and ravines to explore. On the motorway from Valencia to Madrid the start of the

route also has a famous lunch stop as well, serving paellas and other traditional tapas. Buñol itself is

the home of the famous Tomatina Festival (tomato throwing party!) and is an impressive medieval

town in its own right with defensive walls and other historic fortifications.


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17. Bocairent Village

One of the best things to do outside of

Valencia is to visit the medieval

village of Bocairent which sits on the

top of hill and is comprised of a

network of steep and twisted streets.

This hill fortress town, 100 km south

of Valencia is beautifully preserved

and was declared a Historic Artistic

Complex by the Spanish government is

recognition of its exceptional historic

importance. The streets of the

medieval quarter are narrow and

winding and many of the houses are

perched upon the rock of the hill

itself. At the top is the Parish Church

of the Assumption of Our Lady and the

re mains of a 16th Century castle. The

curved streets and blind alleys are

structures of Islamic origin from 10,00

years ago and the view from the top is

impressive.

18. The Palace of Gandía

The most important monument of the

city of Gandía is the Ducal Palace. It’s

easy to visit by taking an hour-long

train ride from Valencia. This important

example of Valencian civil Gothic

architecture and holiday house of San

Francisco de Borja, its highlights

include the Patio de Armas, and the

Gothic and Golden Galleries. The

Palace of Gandía, built in the 1400’s, is

considered one of the most important

mansions of the Crown of Aragon…and

when you are done, the nearby beach

awaits!

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euros. The focus is on promoting electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The programme

offers subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, if a combustion motor

vehicle at least ten years old is decommissioned. Then Spain grants 5,500 euros (+ 1,000 euros

dealer bonus) for purely electric cars, but their list price may not exceed 48,400 euros.

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range, and Spain offers 2,300 euros (up to a zero-emission range of 31.9 km), 3,600 euros (32 to

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The new energy regulation has put an end to the so-called

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2015 to tax the development of photovoltaic solar energy

and self-consumption in Spain. From now on, Spain will be

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foresees that the boost of self-consumption will have a

"positive effect on the economic activity, on the electrical

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Increasing the profitability of a property sometimes involves flat sharing, a new trend popular in Spain for

both tenants and homeowners.

In some cases (especially in the center of the large cities in Spain and Europe, in general), renting a room

in an apartment is a solution to the problem of excessively high rents: this is true for a good number of

young people who are just starting in the working life and for an owner, this possibility has many

advantages, such as profitability for example.

This is made apparent in a recent study published by Savills Aguirre Newman Consulting about the main

Spanish cities, where real estate prices tend to rise.

The study explains that for a homeowner, the profitability of flat sharing is much higher than renting to

one person: the profitability can be 20 to 40% higher for investors, compared to the traditional residential

market. Dividing the rent by several tenants reduces the risk of non-payment, increases the percentage of

occupancy and is a good way to optimize investment.


"Turning an entire apartment into flat

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proves to be an interesting option

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profitability and simplicity of management."

In the city centers, low income does not always

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is able to pay, sometimes high, rent on his own,

which often when one is alone accounts for 40%

of his expenses.

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profitability and simplicity of management. By

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selecting them according to their criteria

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Additional advantage, the regulations concerning

the legal aspect of a rental contract per room,

escapes the LAU (Ley de Arrendamiento

Urbanistico) sometimes very constraining for the

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with a traditional rental and signing several

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will be forced to live together …


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WELLNESS


W E D D I N G P L A N N E R B L O G

Fibromyalgia and

me

T H E I N V I S I B L E I L L N E S S

Written by Sally Ainsworth


January 2011, my life changed forever when I was involved in a car accident. I left David

In

Sports Club in Enfield feeling so good after a workout and swim but within a minute

Lloyd

led to me changing from a happy go lucky, mother of three working full-time in the

This

Cancer Support Centre as the Client Services Manager to somebody who was

Nightingale

found the journey to be diagnosed long and traumatic. I found that my local GP’s

I

to not have enough time to listen and disbelieving of me because I looked so well

seemed

because they thought my problem was that my son Craig, a Marine, was going off to

and

in Afghanistan.

fight

impinged nerve in my neck, lower

an

sciatica in both legs and fibromyalgia. At a later date it was found that I also had a

back,

a car had hit me in the rear of my 4x4 Honda Civic.

unable to sleep and in pain 24 hours a day.

It took six months for a diagnosis to be made: -

fracture in my back.


2. Severe pain all over my body - if you have 11-18 points of pain, this is an

4. Feeling too hot or too cold – this is because you're not able to regulate

6. Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and

7. Depression – I suffered with severe depression which was not helped by

8. Severe tiredness/exhaustion – I felt like somebody had put a drip up and

There is no blood test to diagnose Fibromyalgia, but if the

doctors had listened to my symptoms:-

My memory was failing me to the point when going out I did not

1.

how to get home – GP tested for Alzheimer’s – it was Fibro Fog.

remember

easy way of diagnosing Fibromyalgia – not done. I had 16.

3. Dizziness, clumsiness, falling over.

your body temperature properly.

5. Restless legs syndrome.

feet (pins and needles, also known as paranesthesia).

being put on morphine.

sucked out all my energy.

Mouth ulcers/blood shot eyes/dizziness/sickness/cognitive

9.

to bright lights/smoke, headaches, Irritable bowel,

problems/sensitivity

bruising easily.

10. Slurred speech at times.


article is not about me feeling sorry for myself; it is about why I

This

to start a support group in Enfield, Middy, UK for people with

decided

felt that I was alone with my illness. I looked well but my body was

I

apart from within.

falling

I mentioned earlier, I worked at the Nightingale Cancer Support

As

in Enfield and I used to run drop-ins for people living with

Centre

a Prostate support group/Breast Cancer support group

Also

had many one-on-one conversations with people.

and

is what It

missing in Enfield a place of safety, secure and confidential where people living with

was

could come and share their thoughts, fears and tears and in exchange would feel

Fibromyalgia

by people walking along the same pathway as them.

supported

September 2014, we had our first meeting which over 50 people attended. Since then the

In

have gone down, but we still meet once or twice a month to support each other and

numbers

have a private support group on Facebook, which gives positive information and articles and

We

support each other through this page and a WhatsApp group.

we

was lucky I got referred to the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore and also

I

London Hospital of Integrated Medicine (LHIM). The RNOH put me on a three week inpatient

the

management course and it gave me the tools to manage my Fibromyalgia. The LHIM helped

pain

to come off the medication that I found worsened my condition.

me

have found that few people understand how totally destructive Fibromyalgia can be in a

I

life. Well, why should they, if they are not affected by it. This means sufferers can feel

person’s

the support group we know, we get it. We cry together, we hold each other and share our

With

inner thoughts of how Fibro has destroyed our lives but after discussing it we feel lighter for

most

conditions. Patients should be told to pace and that acupuncture/massage and a little

other

can help the condition. CBT/counselling therapy should be offered immediately because

exercise

is no cure but learning tools to help you survive is very important as suicide in Fibromyalgia

there

is high.

patients

Fibromyalgia.

Cancer.

I felt that I had experience to run a support group for people living with Fibromyalgia.

share ideas of what helps. What works for one person may not work for another.

Many times fibromyalgia sufferers have been told by friends/family/employers it is in

isolated.

minds, they are looking for things to be wrong with them and perhaps they need to see a

their

Psychiatrist.

the release.

a group we want doctors to be trained so on the first visit they can easily make a diagnosis.

As

symptoms are easy to recognize and if the GP is not sure they can run blood tests to rule out

The

These views are my own story and are written without prejudice.


Community Spirit ezine / July / 2019

mindfulness

F R I E N D S H I P S A N D W H Y T H E Y A R E

O I M P O R T A N T …

S

Written by Karen Tate


a CBT therapist, Occupational Therapist and Mindfulness teacher, who has significant experience of working with people with

Is

variety of physical and mental health conditions. She is English speaking and lives in Valencia city. She has over 17 years

a

of working within the NHS and more recently private practice.She works work with a range of treatment models –

experience

Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Compassion focused therapy and Mindfulness based interventions. Typical mental health

CBT,

she works with include, depression, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, selfesteem

issues

issues, OCD, phobias, eating disorders and psychosis.

Friend... "a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations"

(English Dictionary)

We all need special people in our lives to have coffee with , share laughs, share secrets and generally enjoy

life with. But friendship isn't all about the good times, it's about the "thick and thin". It's about having

someone there for you when times are tough, but also you being there for the other person.

T H E SCIENCE BEHIND FRIENDSHIPS

Friendship and friends are vitally important and researchers have found they can be so important in helping

to prevent or lower heart disease, increase life expectancy and help beat cancer. One study found that

loneliness can have a massive impact on survival from cancer (McClintock et al 2005). This research

suggested that people who experience high degrees of loneliness may also be prone to developing breast

cancer as well. Friendship, in essence, helps us survive.

Having friends sets off a chemical reaction in the brain -

it ignites the part of the brain that makes us feel good.

A chemical called oxytocin is released during

social interactions and this then floods this area of the brain.

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TRUE FRIEND...

A

My idea of a true friend is someone who stands up for you and

protects you when another person is trying to hurt you.

Good friends are an important connection for good mental

health and can have an impact on your quality of life.

There are however practicalities involved in having a truly

meaningful friendship with someone.

1. Friends take time - it may take you a while to get to know

them. They require a little work - you might have to call

them and you'll certainly have to make an effort with them.

A friend has to be important enough for you to make a

significant space for them in your life and in your heart and

vice versa.

2. A true friend should have your back - if someone is bad

mouthing you, they are there to defend you, not get

involved in the backbiting.

3. Flexibility - friendships can and do change. You have to

accept that sometimes friends will fall by the wayside -

relationships, marriage, careers, children, moving away all

have an impact, but you can find ways to keep the

relationship alive and strong if you are willing to be

creative.

4. Accept you for who you are - real friends accept you for

being you. They don't try to change, they celebrate and

encourage you. When they offer advice it's in a thoughtful

non-aggressive way.

5. They want what's best for you - A true friend will steer you

in the right direction, will support your decisions and be

there for you.

6. They are your biggest cheerleader.

Build your friendships slowly and have

more than one friend. One person cannot

and should not be giving you everything

you need. True friendships develop over

time through shared experiences with a

range of different friends. They help you

develop skills and attributes that help

strengthen your resilience in the world.


I V I N G AND RECEIVING

G

You may be one of those people who is good at giving to others but

are not great at accepting things from others. There may be many

reasons, such as being afraid of showing weakness, feeling

vulnerable, or dependent.

I ask you this question: If you don’t let your friends give to you, then

it’s a one-way relationship and you are not really committed to it. I

have learned that true friendship requires both giving and receiving.

Give as much as you can and try to accept what they're giving to you.

What can you learn from the other person?

F I N A L L Y

If someone puts you down all the time, belittles you or just

isn't around when you need them most, then they aren't your

friend. As hard as it may be, its time to move on and find

someone who will love, support and protect you.

Outofsyntherapy are English speaking therapists in Valencia. We

work with a range of mental health issues and addictions. If you

can relate to any of the above please give us a call, however,

we are not a crisis service and if you are in crisis you need to

call:

Spain 1-888-628-9454

UK - Samaritans 116-123

Contact - www.outofsynctherapy.com


2 wheel vs 4 wheel

the suitcase debate

W R I T T E N B Y C E L I N E & J O H N

T R A V E L & H O L I D A Y S

T&H

You booked your trip and now it’s time to think about your

suitcase. If you had to buy a new one, what would you pick? 2-

wheels or 4-wheels?

Over the years we have seen airports, bus stations and train

stations full of passengers using both types. Do you know

which one suits you best?

It all depends on where you’re going. If

you’re traveling through Europe,

chances are you’ll be trekking through

streets and alleyways paved with

cobblestones. That means that a 2-

wheel suitcase will be a better choice

because you’ll be able to pull it from

behind.

If you glide through airport lounges and

hotel lobbies instead, a 4-wheeled

suitcase will work better because it is

easy to push along the smooth

surfaces.

That’s the general take on it. Next you

should think of durability and quality.

Buying luggage is a long-term

investment so you should consider

more things.

Pros and cons of the 2-wheel

suitcase.

Pros

2-wheel suitcases are normally less

expensive that their 4-wheel

counterpart. There is also more

space inside. This then makes sense

for the traveler who is on a budget

but needs to pack a lot of items. 2-

wheel luggage also tends to be more

durable because they usually have

an axel that connects to sturdier

wheels. Bonus when walking

through rough terrain and less likely

for the odd pebble or debris to

unexpectedly damage the wheels

while traveling.

I personally prefer pulling luggage

behind me because I feel it’s more

comfortable for my height.

Cons

A 2-wheel suitcase is perfect for those

who travel with only one piece of

luggage. It becomes more difficult to pull

two suitcases for a longer period. So, if

you are traveling with more than one

suitcase, a 2-wheel suitcase is not for

you.

Something else to think about is the width

of the aisles or passageways. Pulling a

heavy 2-wheel suitcase can be tricky at

times especially when maneuvering

through narrow passageways.

Based on experience, the 2-wheel

suitcase has a tendency to fall over if you

pack it unevenly. So that makes it is more

difficult to have it stand on its own and

the possibility of damaging any

breakables you pack.

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Cons

At this point, you may have decided that a four-wheel suitcase is more your

type. Keep in mind that these are difficult to maneuver through cobblestone

or grass. So, if you’re traveling through any of these surfaces, look for one

that has stronger wheels that can cope with uneven ground.

Pros and cons of the 4-wheel suitcase.

Pros

4-wheel suitcases glide easily on smooth

surfaces at an airport or hotel. They are light

and easy to push through crowds which is

useful if you have more than one.

4-wheel suitcases are more stable because of

the 4-point contact on the ground. This means

that packing is not an issue especially if you are

packing heavy, bulky items. You can put

another bag on top and because you push it in

front of you, your baggage is always visible.

With the 4-wheel version, you can easily move

up and down the aisle of a plane or train or

ferry. It is easy to maneuver which means it is

an excellent option for anyone with mobility

issues. We have also seen people use their

four-wheel suitcase as pseudo chair when

standing in line.

Another consideration is the possibility of wheels that are liable to

break. This can cause a great inconvenience while traveling because

the casings can shatter. The upside is if one wheel breaks there are

three others to rely on.

If you are easily distracted, a four-wheel suitcase may not work well for

you. If placed on an incline, you may have a runaway suitcase on your

hands. The same goes for storing it on a bus or train so make sure to

secure it when leaving it in the luggage compartment.

Final considerations

Which is the winner? It is a difficult question to

answer unless you know exactly how much

traveling you are going to do and exactly what

kind of surfaces you will trekking through. Many

of the major luggage manufacturers have

developed sturdier wheels that can withstand

varying terrains. The larger the wheels the

sturdier they will be when pulling your suitcase

through streets, cobblestone or grass.

When it comes to handles, make sure to try it

out and make sure it can adjust to a height that

suits you. Try it out and make sure the handle

locks to the right position.

Keep in mind that a durable piece of luggage

will last for several years so it’s worth the

investment.

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C O N S C I O U S - T E A C H I N G

C O N S C I O U S - E D U C A T I O N


FRIENDSHIP

FOR KIDS

PIGLET: HOW DO YOU SPELL

LOVE?

POOH: YOU DON’T SPELL IT,

YOU FEEL IT!

Everybody needs friends. You can feel very sad and lonely if you

don't have someone to play with and be with - it happens to

everybody sometimes. Here are some ideas to help you in

making friends and keeping friends. Having friends is also about

how to be a friend and how to be a friend to yourself!

WHAT IS FRIENDSHIP?

• Spending time together.

Sharing ideas and treats.

Having fun.

Respecting each other's differences.

Loyalty, sticking up for each other.

Caring for each other's safety and

well-being.

Both of you working on the skills to

keep your friendship going.

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WHO AM I?

Am I a friendly person?

Am I a positive person who looks

forward to each day?

Am I a good listener?

What am I good at?

What do I like to do in my spare time?

What do I like about my looks?

Do I like myself?

You will have times when you mess up or feel ashamed about things you

may have said or done, but you're still OK as a person - believe it or not

that happens to everyone, even parents and teachers!

If you are feeling sad and can't seem to find things that you like about

yourself, here is something you can do.

If someone doesn't like you don't worry - you can't expect everyone to like

you. After all, you don't like everyone either, do you?

You can show what a nice person you are by always being pleasant and

good mannered - even to people you don't like.

FRIENDSHIP SKILLS

How to be a friend!

Always

Talk - be interesting, keep up with what's

going on around you, TV, sports, music,

shared interests - so that you have something

to talk about.

Share the conversation, so that you each get

a chance to be listeners and talkers.

Listen to what your friends are saying and ask

questions about it.


FRIENDSHIP SKILLS

Praise your friends when they do something

well.

Use your manners - say please and thank

you. Friends like to be pleasant to each other.

Think of yourself as being a friendly

person, look friendly and be friendly - and

others will find you friendly.

Be helpful - do things for your friends without

keeping a score on who's done the most

favours.

Give back things you have used or borrowed from each other (this is a good

idea for brothers and sisters, too).

Be aware of others' feelings - think before you speak. (Sometimes it is a good

idea to keep your thoughts to yourself rather than upset people's feelings.)

Handle conflict - by being clear about what you want and how you will

compromise.

Share your time with other friends.

Be honest about your feelings. "I don't think this is a good idea because…"

But don't always try to be the leader - try out other people's ideas.

Try to understand people by thinking about things from their point of view.

Don't argue and get upset if your friend doesn't agree with you about

something. That's O.K. S/he has the right to an opinion too.


THINGS YOU SHOULD TRY NOT

TO DO:

Don't brag about what you've got or done.

No put downs - you wouldn't like it if someone

did this to you.

No prejudice - don't make comments about

country, colour, religion or physical

appearance. "If you can't find anything nice to

say about someone, say nothing," is a good

motto for everybody.

Don't take over - let others tell

their own jokes and news.

Don't fight your friends' battles.

You can support your friends by

helping them to deal with their

problems:

Be a good listener

Help them to stay safe.

Encourage them to try.

Be there when they need you to be.

Help them to make good choices.

Encourage them to look for help from trusted adults.

Don't talk about them without their permission.

You are a unique (only one like you) person with lots of

different sides to your character, so you can have different

friends who share your different interests, friends at school, in

your street, in sport clubs, at church, in your family, etc.

It's good to have a best friend but it's good to have other

friends too.


WHAT MAKES A GOOD FRIEND?

Having equal shares, not one always the leader and the

other following.

Having lots of fun together (if not, you'd better look for

another friend!)

Both of you working at keeping the friendship. Giving

each other some space.

Even best friends need some time to be alone or with

other friends, so don't try to 'own' each other.

Respecting each other's differences.

Feeling safe talking to each other

about your feelings and problems.

Trusting each other and looking out

for each other.

Not sharing their secrets. (If your

friend tells you that he or she is

'unsafe', encourage them to tell a

trusted adult.)

Being 'popular', and having real friends, is not always the same thing.

Most adults would think themselves really lucky to have one true friend -

someone they can trust and rely on for their help and support when they need

it. Real friendship lasts through good times and bad times.

Remember: Good friends can play with other people sometimes and still

be friends.

BEING YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND

You can be your own best friend.

Sounds weird?

Think about it.

Who are you with all the time? Yourself.

So, take some time to really get to know yourself.


WHAT KIDS SAY

This is what some children have written about their

friends:

Friends are always nice to each other.

Respect your friends and they'll respect you.

I like friends a lot.

Encourage one another to be good.

Nice people are usually good people to be your

friends.

Deserting your friends is very unkind.

Sticking up for one another is what good friends do.

"I like my friend James because he is funny, he shares with me and he is

kind."

Phillip, age 7

"I like making friends by helping them and sharing with them."

Evan, age 6

"My best friend is Jessica, because she likes me."

Emma, age 6

"My friends are Emily, Kendall and Erin. They are kind, friendly, they share,

they like me and they play with me."

Susie, age 8

"I like Basty because he is nice, he shares, he's funny and he makes good

remarks."

"I like Kim because we both like riding and talking about horses."

Becky, aged 11

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS?

"It's good to share the good times and the bad

times with friends. You can have different

friends who share your different interests. Best

friends are special. Most people would say that

they are friendly with lots of people but they only

have a few close friends, even when they are

grown up."


DR BRUCE

LIPTON

You are a Community, not a single person!

Watch this short video and discover how your body is made up of a

community of cells, every live cell is a battery, 50 trillion cells gives off 700

trillion volts of electricity in your body! With training and meditation you

can focus this energy called 'chi' to heal your body.

Bruce Harold Lipton (born October 21, 1944 at Mount Kisco, New York), is an

American developmental biologist best known for promoting the idea that gene

expression can be influenced (via epigenetics) by environmental factors i.e. people have a

greater impact on their health than genetic research has previously determined. He is the

author of the book, The Biology of Belief, and is a former researcher at Stanford University’s

School of Medicine.

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COMMUNITY

SPIRIT

EZINE

reality

DEEPER CONNECTIONS SOUL JOURNEY

SENSE OF CONNECTION TO SOMETHING

BIGGER THAN OURSELVES

A UNIVERSAL HUMAN EXPERIENCE


I believe in

Brotherhood

WRITTEN BY ROBERT BOUCHEZ

WWW.RO-KI.NET

As a massage therapist and spiritually interested

person I am usually surrounded by 90% women and

only 10% of men. Then I started to wonder what

the reason could be. I already hear you say, our

brains are just different and women have it easier

to express their emotions than men. For me

spirituality is a journey of going within, to

reconnect the physical, etheric and astral body,

then there is quite a bit of emotional work that

comes into play.

Don't we all have a masculine and feminine side?

Is it not the intention that we go through life in a

well-balanced way, not too much from one and not

too much from the other? Why is it still so hard to

express your emotions as a man? Especially

between men as a group? Are we still discouraged

from feeling emotional. "We have been mocked,

attacked, and belittled when showing emotions.

Big boys don’t cry and toughen up are all phrases

men grow up with. So when we are faced with

emotional situations, we are total novices.The

biggest harm that is not recognized or appreciated

for the depth of damage that it causes at the

emotional level to a man is that men are expected

to be tough, to protect, and kill to defend their

family. Violence, and the expectation of violence,

mandates an absence of emotional sensitivity.

It is a double standard to expect a man to be

emotionally available and to have him be able to

harm another human being.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT EZINE/ JULY 2019


Have compassion and understand the kind of

conundrum that a man faces when being

emotional vulnerable and awakening to

deeper sensitivities. It is rare enough to find

a man who wants to delve within and unleash

his inner passion. It doesn’t mean that he is

going to be masterful at it immediately. For

men to be comfortable in their own skin and

accept their feeling nature takes a growth

curve" text by Keith Artisan. Is it not time for

us to let go of the idea that expressing your

emotions means that you are not a strong

star. For knowing how to express our

feelings makes us human, whether we are

women or men.

So I believe in changes and in brotherhood. I

believe in the sacred Masculine.

I believe in sensitive and kind men.

I believe in men who heal themselves and help

others heal.

I believe in mystical men who know themselves.

I believe in those sleeping and sick men who want

to see the light and who sometimes manage to see

it.

I believe in men who seek with peace the peace

within.

I believe in men who rebel against the system

because they know it has never been healthy.

I believe in men poets, magi, writers, sages,

teachers, musicians and artists.

I believe in conscious men who know that they

have lost as much to patriarchy as women.

I believe in men who love to dance and sing and

make life a feast.

I believe in men who love their wounded inner child,

who listen to him and hug him.

I believe in men who refuse to be slaves of their

own wound and who, despite the pain, cleanse and

heal it patiently, with love and courage.

I believe in men who come from the stars and

remember the power of their wings, the power of

their hands and the power of their hearts.

I believe in men who know their intuition and use it

as their compass.

I believe in free men who share their freedom

because they do not know any other way of living.

I believe in the men who protect women's energy,

who know how to read the gaze of their beloved

and who do not want to change her, but simply

accompany her lovingly on her way.

I believe in complete men who do not need

anything because they know they are everything.

I believe in men with a spirit of fire, who flow like

water when they roam the feminine earth and

caress like the wind when they love without haste.

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I believe in men who, through other eyes, see

themselves and that is why they love and respect

every creature on earth.

I believe in perfectly imperfect men, because it is in

this imperfection that their beauty resides.

I believe in sensitive men who know how to receive

and give love in balance, who also listen and speak,

those who live and who let live.

I believe in men who experience sexuality as a

sacred act because they know it is a wonderful gift

from which they can create the purest and

unimaginable alchemy.

I believe in men who have clear feelings, who are

accessible and who are present in themselves and

for others.

I believe in men who walk barefoot and with little

luggage.

I believe in tender and wild men at the same time,

those who have not yet been domesticated.

I believe in the wise men who embellish everything

in their path, whose life is an art and which they

charm with their gifts.

I believe we can help each other brother, I believe

us!

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