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Here’s a guided meditation to help you relax.

Meditation is the way to combat the trials and tribulations of modern life. In addition to the mental benefits of practising meditation, there are also the physical ones which Dr Kamila Hortynska discusses in Episode 2. So switch off your phone, screens and find a comfortable place where you can be calm for 20 minutes. Friend of the pod, Sam Fong Brooks guides you through a soothing 20 minute meditation. Enjoy!

This ia a basic ‘guided’ meditation, where the instructor ‘guides’ you through the meditation. They can give you places to imagine or get you to focus on different parts of the body to deeply relax you. Visualisation is a powerful tool for achieving in life and there is a cross-over her between learning to meditate and visualise.

Getting your mind to be calm for periods of time each week is a tool to help you maintain good mental health. Get into a routine so that each week you have time to spend a couple of hours relaxing. See what works for you, whether it is guided meditations, mindfulness exercises or simply being quiet.

Please give us some feedback if you’d like more of this type of content. We’re happy to provide guided meditations around different themes.

Want to know some easy strategies to improve your nutrition and overall health? Shakela Shan is a Nutritional Therapist based in Leeds who takes a simple and holistic approach to nutrition and wellness. It’s not just about the food either – we talk about sleep, exercise (too much can be just as harmful as not enough) and meditation. She mentions the book The Four Pillars by Dr Rangan Chatterjee.

Paul also asks for her opinion on a vegan diet compared with a paleo one. Find out what she has to say…

Shakela also shares a recipe for her delicious Almond and Cashew Protein Balls which is below.

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Almond and Cashew Protein Balls

These delicious protein balls are packed with fibre, protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied. They are ideal for stashing in your handbag for a nutritious energy snack. This recipe should feature in the 20% of the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time eat optimally and 20% of the time eat a little bit of what you fancy as long as it doesn’t cause any health issues.

Ingredients: Makes 12-15
100g ground almonds
100g cashew nut butter
3 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
30g almond flour
30g unsweetened desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons of ‘Helen’s breakfast seed topping’
(sunflower, pumpkin, chia seeds, goji berries)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
90g pitted dates

Method:
1 Place all of the above ingredients in a food blender and gently pulse to combine the mixture well.
2 Take one tablespoon of mixture for each ball, rolling it in your hands to make 12-15 balls. I find wetting my hands makes the balls easier to roll.
3 You can roll the balls in any toppings of your choice – desiccated coconut, cinnamon, cocoa, sesame seeds and chia seeds.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Integrative health communities, views from an Elder.

Former NHS nurse now an ‘elder’ of the holistic community, Sue Cooper is passionate about meditation, mindfulness, ayurvedic medicine and creating an integrative care community.

Sue talks about how she went from burn-out and having panic attacks to the art of living well and her bedrock, meditation. She became a student of Deepak Chopra and travelled far and wide to understand different types of indigenous cultures and the healing modalities they use.

Sue is the person behind a Mass Meditation project around the UK in May 2019. For more information check out her website:

http://selfcareworld.org

She also mentions:

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Elaine Griffiths & the staff at Gorton Monastery in Manchester https://www.themonastery.co.uk/

Dan Seigel https://www.drdansiegel.com/

 

The Gathering of the Graceful Warriors by Alison Knox (everydayangelsart.com)