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How do we manage communication, connection and relationships in a new on-line world where virtual people become more important than our family and circle of friends?

Amber McAuley explains and provides strategies for survival.

Amber acts as both the primary coordinator of all global online-learning programs as well as a facilitator of the various Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) curricula and workshops.

She comes to MWB as a published author, public speaker and child and youth counselor.

Amber helms MWB’s Mental Health Matters free webinars for teachers and their classrooms across the globe and is the founder of Move-it for Young Minds.

Listen to a fascinating interview with Amber McAuley on The Elsabe Smit Show on 5th November 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube

Zen and The Art of Mindfulness

Teri West began entertaining people as a teenager in the ‘60s as a singer/guitarist in pubs and clubs.  Life, and single parenthood intervened, until, after thirty-odd (very odd) nomadic years, pursuing various and diverse occupations, a set of mysterious circumstances led to her becoming a full-time student at Europe’s only School of Storytelling at Emerson College in 1994, when she rashly gave up all secure means of earning a living to concentrate on becoming a ‘professional’ storyteller.  Since then Teri has worked at clubs, parties, theatres and pubs; festivals, fun-days, play-days and fetes, in schools, halls, arts centres, and the street, around the UK, in France, and Japan for a wide variety of audiences.

Solo storytelling shows include:- ‘Gawain & the Green Knight’, ‘Dodgy Doings & Delightful Ditties’, ‘Speaking to the Stars’, ‘Welcome to Winter’, 'Under the Bodhi Tree'

Autobiographical anecdotes and old hippy songs make up ‘My Aunty Knew the Shah of Persia’ (true).

She sings a variety of melancholic and whimsical songs with guitar accompaniment, is a mean jaw harp player and has been seen on international boulevards and in Japanese shopping precincts playing in samba bands as an improvising surdo player (the big loud drums) and with youth groups making magic with trash (a la 'Stomp' in its infancy).

She has acted semi-professionally, playing Midi Paradoc in ‘A Resounding Tinkle’, Ratty in ‘Toad of Toad Hall’, Jean Brodie in ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ and as ‘Mother Holly‘ or ‘Aunty April‘ (slightly ascerbic larger than life characters for street performing / festivals / parties.

Having been seduced into clowning a few years ago from a chance meeting with Nose to Nose (www.nosetonose.info)  Teri trained in fooling around and eventually became a founding member of The Fool Effect (sadly no more, one developed Parkinson‘s disease, one went blind, one left the country) an improvising group of clowns, taking stories or anecdotes from the audience, national or local news, and re-interpreting them in the fool's inimitable fashion.

From there Teri and Ali Dando, also from the Fool Effect developed a double act ‘Doris and Gladys’ a couple of theatre cleaners who carry the show when the main event doesn’t turn up.

Teri, Ali and Carol Thompson,  were on the streets again at the Summer Squall Festival in Ramsgate in August 2015 as ‘Tea Time Tales’ (Mad Hatter’s Tea Party meets Listen with Mother).

Current Fool Effect show:  'Heroes Anonymous' three biographical clown acts - with Carol Thompson and Judy Cassels

Teri is currently enjoying performing on the cabaret stage with 'In Bed with the Buddha' 'using material taken from her part in 'Heroes Anonymous'.

The cabaret stage may appear an unlikely environment in which to meet Buddhist philosophy, particularly concerning death.  However,  'In Bed with the Buddha' brings together a set of self-penned songs and personal stories inspired by the great deal of time Teri has spent sitting around with monks and nuns, pondering this and that.

The wisdom Teri brings from the Zen tradition in her songs and experiences may be deep, but comes with a generous helping of fresh wit, and a light garnish of irreverence.

Listen to an inspiring interview with Teri West on The Elsabe Smit Show on 29th October 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube

 

A Builder of Lives: Life as a Quadruple Amputee

Ray Edwards was born in 1954 in Staines, United Kingdom. He was fully able bodied, and the son of a Builder. He had a pretty normal upbringing. He wasn’t academically minded and instead trained in the building trade like his father, and went to work in it.

Ray married at age 24. After buying his first house with his wife, he was exposed to dry rot spray when he was renovating the house in 1980. Several months later he developed cancer of the Lymph Glands (Hodgkins Disease).

Ray had his Spleen removed and underwent Chemo and Radiotherapy. He got the all clear in 1981. Because he had lost his Spleen however, his immune system would be weakened.

He was told he wouldn’t be able to have children due to the cancer treatment. Some sperm had been frozen, and he and his wife commenced IVF.

In 1986, (conceived naturally after IVF hadn’t worked), Ray was the proud Dad of twins, a boy and a girl. However, 9 months later, in late Feb 1987 he contracted Septicaemia after cutting his hand on a manhole cover he was working on in Addlestone. Due to poisons from the infection, which spread to his four limbs, all four had to be amputated on Friday 13th March 1987. The attached draft eBook cover shows Ray several months after the amputations.

Ray had a tough time rehabilitating. He was a very rare specimen back then. Even Roehampton Hospital struggled to know how to best treat and care for a quad amputee. He went home after several months, but the strain caused marital problems and Ray took to drinking heavily. Divorce proceedings followed.

In 1989, during all this, Ray tried to commit suicide, and drove his car at high speed into an oak tree. He fell out the car relatively unscathed, the car smashed up.

Ray resolved to fight on.

Since then Ray suffered a heart attack…and survived.

He has fathered 3 more children, and remarried.

He worked as a fundraiser for the Limbless Association. While with them he attempted to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011, and got to within 500 metres of the summit before a serious chest infection forced him to stop (his heart attack was 2 years prior to this). Although the expedition raised over £80,000 he discovered that the Limbless Association had made him redundant while he was being brought off the mountain.

So he set up a new charity, called Limbcare, the same year. Limbcare helps amputees and the limb impaired all over the country. It has a network of Ambassadors (most of whom are themselves amputees) who respond to any calls for help from amputees of the limb impaired (or their families) while they are trying to cope with life. Limbcare is totally reliant upon donations, much of which come from Ray doing speaking engagements for Limbcare, and direct collections from shopping centres etc.

It is a little known fact that there are approx. 120,000 amputees in the UK. Of them, approx. 750 are ex Servicemen. The rest are civilians. 8,000 people a year suffer amputations. The main reasons are Diabetes, Road Accidents, and Meningitis. Limbcare helps civilians AND ex servicemen and women.

 In 2011 Ray was awarded the MBE by HM The Queen for his charitable work.

In February 2016 Limbcare received the Queen’s Award for Services to the Voluntary Sector.

Ray is now the United Kingdom’s longest surviving quad amputee.

Ray’s vision is to help every amputee that requests assistance. At present they hear from around 30%. Ray wants to raise awareness further.

Ray would like to build a purpose built rehabilitation centre for in house care of new amputees to help in every aspect of their new life, before they return home, to help the readjust to the massive changes.

Ray has done all this on a very tight budget, as has Limbcare. On top of his substantial and ongoing tasks with running Limbcare, Ray is now seeking to provide a private Motivational Speaking service to Corporations, during which he shall raise awareness of the plight of amputees, promote Limbcare, and donate part of the proceeds of the event to Limbcare. The message shall be one of inspiration, motivation and overcoming huge setbacks.

The Corporate Motivational Speaking service is called Ray Inspires. Simon Speed is Ray’s Head of Corporate Events.

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Ray has written a book called I’m Still Standing.

An eBook is soon to be released on www.10ThingsToKnow.info on Coping with Amputation.

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 8th October live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  to hear more about Ray's remarkable story.

The show covers a range of topics related to the creation process, from becoming aware of your destiny, through shaping your thoughts and actions, to learning the wisdom from your experiences and practising forgiveness.

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube

How to Finally End a Relationship

How do you finally end a very wrong relationship that lingers with you after everyone has left but you?

How do you forgive someone who is dead?

How do you make peace with a violent co-parent after the relationship has ended?

What if someone's actions has destroyed your life and left you physically damaged?

We sometimes have relationships that end up placing us in impossible situations, where an amicable end seems to be impossible.  

However, it is always possible to move on from the most challenging situation and find the wisdom in the experience.

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 17th September live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  to hear more about using herbs and lesser-known edible plants.

The show covers a range of topics related to the creation process, from becoming aware of your destiny, through shaping your thoughts and actions, to learning the wisdom from your experiences and practising forgiveness.

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube

"Dear reader, my name is Janine Gerhardt.

I am a full time practising medical Herbalist since 2008, when I graduated with an honours science degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster.

The main bulk of my time I divide between consulting with clients, making herbal medicines, creams, teas, capsules, running Workshops and Herb & Foraging walks.

Any age group and people from all walks of life can benefit from seeing a Herbalist.

We are trained to deal with almost any health condition, take the whole person into consideration, including nutrition and emotional factors as well as conventional medication our clients might possibly take.

We diagnose and aim to rectify the cause of the problem rather than just give symptom relief.

I am fully insured, hold a children safeguarding certificate, am a first aider and a member of the National Institute of medical Herbalists.

For more information please have a look at my website: www.roots-of-nature.co.uk or send me an email.

Thank you for your time,
Janine Gerhardt MNIMH
BSc (hons) Herbal Medicine

PgDip Ecology & Conservation"


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Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 22nd October live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  to hear more about using herbs and lesser-known edible plants.

The show covers a range of topics related to the creation process, from becoming aware of your destiny, through shaping your thoughts and actions, to learning the wisdom from your experiences and practising forgiveness.

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube

 

Science or Spirit? The Art of Growing Young

How is it that some people retire at the mandated, government-regulated retirement age, while others seem to grow younger and retirement is not even an option for them?

Does retaining your youthfulness have to do with science, or is there something else - some magic elixir?

Ralph Maliphant tells his story and brings science together with spirit in a fascinating journey of discovery.

Ralph trained as a massage therapist at the Maitri Foundation at age 68 in 2003-2004, and completed an advanced year of training to learn the skills of Dynamic Bodywork.

He started training in the Rosen Method in 2009 and qualified as an intern in 2012, which means he is licensed to work on the public. 

At age 83 getting ready to qualify as a full Rosen Method practitioner.

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 1st October live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube

Injustice and How to Put It Right

What is injustice?  How do you put it right?  And what if you do someone an injustice and you cannot put it right?

I can only give you my views, based on my own experiences.

Over the past few weeks, three incidents raised my “injustice hackles” and one of them really surprised me.

The first incident relates to a TV film called “The Other Prince William”.   I was bored (I am not a royal follower) and decided to watch this film about the secret life of the next king of England.  I was wrong.  It turned out there WAS another Prince William – of Gloucester, and he died in a flying accident in the early 1970’s. However, that was not the tragedy of his life.

 

A Love of Gemstones: Healing with Crystals

How can crystals help you regain your balance?

Is there any truth in using crystals?

Listen to Adam Barralet explaining the magic of using crystals on a daily basis.

The true Rock Star of the crystal community, Adam Barralet has been observing and living in tune with nature since childhood. Growing up amongst the bushland and wildlife of the hills in Western Australia, and residing in
various locations around the world, has presented Adam with diverse opportunities to access extensive and eclectic teachings about the secrets of Mother Earth.

All this knowledge he takes back to nature, with a crystal in hand and the moon as his consort, to rediscover the ways of old and how they can again be used to help us in this New Age.

He has now established himself as one of Australia’s premier spiritual teachers, adept at working with crystals, along with essential oils, animal guides, tarot and astrology.

Adam’s passionate, engaging and relatable style of sharing the magic of nature has helped people all around the world change their lives and reconnect with the blessing of nature’s gifts.

Let him help you discover the secret messages that the universe eagerly wants you to hear.

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 24th September live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

The show covers a range of topics related to the creation process, from becoming aware of your destiny, through shaping your thoughts and actions, to learning the wisdom from your experiences and practising forgiveness.

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube

Astrology: Fate or Free Will?

Can astrology change your life?

Do you simply need to sit back and let fate take its course?

Or do you have to do some work?

Steve Judd explains how much attention you should give to the stars.

Steve read his first Astrology book in 1977 and is totally self taught.   Awarded the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University in July 2005, his PhD application is in process.  In 1994, after many years working at the Glastonbury festival green fields, he was a founding member of the Big Green Gathering.   Since 1980 he has given over 30,000 horoscope readings and has a loyal clientele, the majority of whom return for regular updates.  He appears on local radio/TV and has national TV appearances to his name.  Steve travels globally lecturing, teaching and giving individual astrological consultations and has a popular You Tube channel which he regularly vlogs on.  His idiosyncrasies endear him to his clients which, coupled with his bohemian and direct attitude, makes him a unique individual.

Steve has uncomplicated lifestyle needs/wants based on green philosophies.  Money is not his motivation, only a tool with which to improve the world.  He feels that Earth is about to take an evolutionary leap and that using Astrology, he wants to reach as many people as he can and help empower them to think for themselves.  The planet is sick; its energy patterns are misaligned, affecting the natural dance of the solar system and beyond.  These are strange concepts to many but have roots in matter/energy science, quantum/complexity theory and eschatology.  Now in his mid sixties, Steve  continues his life work of bringing Astrology into the public domain.  His philosophy is the same as it always has been – if Astrology were taught in schools, warfare and religious division would be a relic within two generations.

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 10th September live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

The show covers a range of topics related to the creation process, from becoming aware of your destiny, through shaping your thoughts and actions, to learning the wisdom from your experiences and practising forgiveness.

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube

Expand Your Horizons

We live in a divided world where "us" against "them" too often cost lives.  What is the solution?  Is it for "us" to grow stronger and for "them" to lose?

But what if there is a place for all of us in this world?  What if we are here to learn from one another?  What if each one of us can only be complete once we accept "them" as part of who we are?

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 20th August live at 4 pm GMT using this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

The show covers a range of topics related to the creation process, from becoming aware of your destiny, through shaping your thoughts and actions, to learning the wisdom from your experiences and practising forgiveness.

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube

 

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