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  

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 08:53

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  

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.


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Amy Ellis will introduce us to the uses of various essential oils to enhance the meditation experience.

Here is a short introduction from Amy:

"Hi, My name is Amy and I have been using essential oils since I was 13yrs old for emotional and physical health, personal care and pure pleasure.

During this talk I will introduce around 12 essential oils that have been used historically and are still used today to assist mindfulness and deepen meditation practices.  

I will introduce the plant, describe the aroma and its effect, share historical evidence of its use and talk about how you might like to use it now safely and effectively."

Tune in to The Elsabe Smit Show on Sunday 28th May 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 the link to the recorded show.


Published in Spiritual Development
Thursday, 02 January 2014 07:26

How Can Meditation Help Me Reach God?

I have recently discovered meditation and have been meditating for twenty minutes daily for the past two months.  I have already experienced some wonderful benefits, for example an increase in my confidence and realizing that I was going to do something wrong before I did it.

I have tried very hard to reach the deep meditative stage where I can directly connect with God and get answers to my questions.  At the moment I am going through a lot of changes in terms of my career, and I am really worried about making wrong decisions.  I feel that no matter how hard I try to connect to God to get help with these decisions, He is just not there.

What is the process for connecting to God?  I am worried that I have selected the wrong career and want God's opinion before it is too late.

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