A Charmed Life


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I am an emotional person. I feel very strongly about everything often to my detriment. I have never been able to see any kind of upset or joy and not feel affected. I’m a crier. Big time crier. I actually had to learn emotional intelligence to get a grip on my emotions, even still, at times life happens and I find I get lost in the emotion of it all. When I’m in that state there is no point in trying to write anything of consequence so I tend to stay away from that which leaves me raw for the purpose of this blog.

Today I’m breaking this rule.

Today I’m writing about something that is happening right now.

Today I need to be emotional, in fact we all need to be emotional.

‘Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too. Imagine all the people. Living life in peace…’

John Lennon was bang on with his vision of how the world should be. Just think how beautiful it would be if we made every decision with love. Utopian it maybe but, just for one second imagine how it could be. We are living in perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II and as global citizens we cannot plead ignorance, dwell on a feeling of helplessness nor think ‘it doesn’t affect me’ because on a human to human level it absolutely does affect us. Each and every one of us.

Who hasn’t had a visceral reaction to the image of three year old Alan Kurdi. This beautiful boy who drowned along with his mother and brother; leaving behind a father to now grieve this loss as well as having to cope with being a displaced person. It would break the best of us. This is just one story out of millions. I feel heartsick.

I don’t know the best solution to resolving this refugee crisis; there seems to be a lack of ownership globally, the work of NGOs like the Red Cross is being stretched by financial constraints and the political games being played and the band aid solutions that are coming out of everywhere are… well they’re band aids then what! All I know is that these people deserve to exist as much as you and I do and we have a moral responsibility to make sure this happens.

So bear with me, here’s where I get all whoo whoo. If what we speak about we bring about, it gives then if we focus on peace and love for our fellow brothers and sisters then it must be. So please let us raise our vibration because….

♥Prayer works
♥Meditation works
♥Mantras work
♥Hope works
♥Peace works
LOVE works is all that matters

AND If you can do so donate what you can; clothing, time, and of course much needed funds. There are so many reputable NGOs out there working miracles – Oxfam GB  Unicef UK  UNHCR US  NZ Red Cross  Red Cross Aus (you can click on any of these should you wish to donate now).

‘You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will be as one.’

I hope that day is today. Ubuntu. Human to human.

Sat Nam

Also this week: My very first spiritual/self help teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer has left us for his next adventure. In memory of him let me share a quick funny story about how this inspiring man came into my life. Many many moons ago my father paid for me to go on a motivation seminar, Dr. Dyer was a keynote speaker. Impressed with his words I bought his book. That night there I am all snugly in bed and excited to read my new book I pull it out of the carry bag it came in, imagine my shock when I read the title of the book Your Erogenous Zones. In those days I was very much an innocent I didn’t even know what a vibrator was, as such I was so embarrassed I hid the book away and didn’t pick it up again for years and when I did, I had to have a laugh… you see I had read the book title incorrectly it was actually called Your Erroneous Zones, which of course made so much more sense in relation to his presentation. D’oh! Anyway I devoured the book and became  a fan. I will miss the conversations between him and Abraham. I’ll let Dr. Dyer have the last word as its completely relevant to today’s post ‘I fill myself up with love, and I send that out into the world. How others treat me is their path: how I react is mine.’ #InstantKarmasGonnaGetYou 


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but say a prayer – pray for the other ones

BandAid30I loved this song the first time around. That it was factually incorrect didn’t matter, I got swept up with the romanticism of it all; that this song was written as a response by someone heartbroken by the sight of millions of children starving to death and the lack of aid from governments around the world; that it brought together the Brit pop stars of the day – to see George Michael, Simon Le Bon and Paul Weller in the same room was such a joy for my eyes to behold; that they were singing about feeding the world.. well Africa, if you follow my blog, you know I love Africa so in every which way it could it pulled at my heart strings and I made sure I got a copy – the vinyl version.

The second time round I wasn’t overly enthused but I still bought a copy, only it was a cassette tape this time. Nor did I rate version 3.0 but kudos for trying to shake it up and yes I went along to my nearest HMV and bought a copy on CD.

This time round, I’m just not interested and even worse it has made me feel old; I don’t know my Pixie Lotts from my Paloma Faiths or Ellie Gouldings, and don’t even get me started on the guys… thank the Lord for a few oldies. And Tracey Emin’s unoriginal artwork is required why?

All the reasons that made me rush to buy original are totally gone save for one point, the most important – it is for charity. I love the idea of a charity single, if you are going to pay for music anyway, knowing your purchase is going to help someone who is in need is always a beautiful bonus, but you should like the song at least a little surely. Plea to Sir Bob ‘as much as I admire your commitment to Africa and totally agree to do something is better than the alternative, next time please please please write a new song; come this Christmas I will be listening to your original version as I have done for the last thirty years.’

If I do buy the new song, it will be via download and then I would have the four versions in four different formats: vinyl, cassette, CD and download. The world has changed much in thirty years and yet people in Africa still need our help. As a global citizen, please remember in this season of giving you can help stop the spread, please donate to an Ebola Outbreak Appeal if you can, I have included some links to make it really easy for you.

For UK: British Red Cross or Oxfam
In NZ – Save the Children
In Aus – Australian Red Cross

or you could buy the new version of the song and make up your own mind.

Sat Nam


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a time for giving

holly1Tis that time of year again. We post the Christmas cards, we don our novelty jumpers, we buy the Christmas presents and we get busy with getting merry. It is also that time of year, if you are like me you feel a little guilty; for every charity reaches out for your help and you can’t avoid them for there are the ads on tele, letters through the mailbox, the emails, and the very worst one – the phone calls. I find it near impossible to say no to someone on the phone. The very nature of Christmas is of course about giving, but how do you choose who you give to. In the UK I always feel for the homeless and the elderly at Christmas as it is winter here, but so many people need our help locally then there is the bigger picture (Syria, Philippines) to consider as well.

Chrimbo1.jpgI found this website while I was shopping GetGiving. For all you UK peeps if you didn’t already know about it, it is a site where you can shop online and a percentage of what you spend at certain stores can be donated to a charity of your choice, at no extra cost to you. You probably already shop at most of the stores anyway so you might as well give a helping hand at the same time.

Love