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The Monsters Are Real – Acknowledging The Dark This Halloween

The Monsters Are Real – Acknowledging The Dark This Halloween

Some people love to hate Halloween. It’s an American custom they say, slightly sneeringly, or ‘trick-or-treating was never done in my day’.

Yes, the modern version of trick or treating and dressing up on Halloween came from the States, from Irish immigrants who took the tradition over America.

But the festival of Halloween is in fact one of the most ancient festivals known to man.

Halloween is based on the ancient Celtic tradition of Samhain. At this time of the year, it was believed that the barriers between the physical and spirit world break down, allowing more interaction between humans and spirits.

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Poppy Pickles

Gandhi: What we Can Learn from Him in these Trying Times

Gandhi: What we Can Learn from Him in these Trying Times

Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on the 2nd of October is celebrated as a national holiday in his native India.

We all know what this iconic figure looked like – unprepossessing, with his round glasses, traditional dhoti and kind eyes. But this one man did so much to change the world.

As we struggle to come to terms with the uncertainty of what the future will bring, his life and actions give us guidance and hope. And his values of tolerance, peace and standing up for what you believe in, are ones that we can all learn from.

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Poppy Pickles

How Yoga Helps us Become Open to Change

How Yoga Helps us Become Open to Change

At the time of writing this article about being open to change, the government has announced that social gatherings in the UK will be limited to six people [emits silent wail].

For many of us, this is going to be very hard to take, when most of us feel that we’re only just getting back to some kind of normality. Kids are going back to school, many of them for the first time in six months, people are heading back to offices and so on.

But if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that everything that we took for granted as ‘normal’ can change overnight… Here’s how yoga can help us to come to terms with this, and even thrive.

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Poppy Pickles

Plan your bank holiday retreat – at home!

Plan your bank holiday retreat - at home!

Have you decided to stay home this bank holiday weekend – avoid crowds, and the uncertainty of cancelled flights? Smart! So why not take advantage of the long weekend to create a sanctuary, and solace… Here are some ideas for how you can plan your very own mini-retreat at home. (more…)

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5 yogi movies to stream on a rainy day

5 yogi movies to stream on a rainy day

Is the weather meant to be bad this bank holiday weekend? We don’t know yet, but if history repeats itself… It’s unlikely to be a scorcher! So, just in case, here are 5 movies to stream if you’re ever stuck indoors. (more…)

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