Edinburgh Marathon

Cancer Research UK
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As you may know I’ve been running The Great North Run for a few years now. I use the word running to indicate a kind of wheezing shamble that gets me from one end of the course to another.

This year I decided to add to my repertoire of shambling by running the Edinburgh Marathon (26+) miles the week after my 50th birthday. Let no-one say I don’t know how to celebrate in style!

I’ve decided that I’ll get sponsorship and run for Cancer Research UK. Since I do work with cancer patients and support groups and some of my loved ones past and present have had to deal with cancer it seems like the right choice.

You will see widget on the right hand side of my webpage inviting you to donate. It’s simple, secure, and a lot easier than running 26 miles. Please give generously: it’s going to a good cause and I could use the extra motivation.

Thank you.

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And now for something completely different

My good friend and fellow EFTer Liz Kirsopp sent me the following email about an event she is running in Hexham. It has nothing to directly to do with NLP or EFT but I think it might be fun.

Hi Everyone,

I would love it if you could come to this event that I am leading or please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested.

In association with Queens Hall Community Arts I am leading a workshop of Overtoning at the Moot Hall in Hexham Market Place on Sunday 26th April at 5pm to 7 pm. Ring box office on 01434 652477 to book.

Overtoning is a kind of singing or chanting that is practised in Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia and amongst native peoples in other parts of the world. There are very different ways of doing it but the basic technique is one of producing two notes or sounds at the same time with one voice.

I am not an authority on overtoning but am a competent practitioner of the basic overtone effects and I love to do it in a group! So I am not taking any payment for this but there is a charge of £6 each to cover the rent etc

I will provide basic tuition and the aim of the group is to be experiential and experimental.

Things I love about overtoning  –

– that we can create amazing harmonies very quickly with a minimum of practice,

– that we can vibrate that harmony together in a rare energy that has nothing to do with words

and that it does not matter if you are tone deaf or have a voice like a horse.

There are several youtube clips that demonstrate overtoning – the Siberian kind is called Khoomei or Tuvan singing , but don’t worry we won’t be doing that style! It is very deep and abrasive and has to be developed from childhood. Here are some links – sorry I cannot find any good examples of women doing it but we can do it just fine, I promise you! :




Please do contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested to try overtoning but cannot make this date.



If you want to get in touch with Liz drop me a line and I’ll pass your message on. As she says in the email feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.

Cold comfort

We trained hard, but just as we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while creating inefficiency and demoralisation.

Caius Petronius
Consul of Rome, 1st Century AD

I saw this and thought it might bring tears of recognition (or frustration) to any of you in big organisations at the moment (for some reason the NHS sprang to mind). I don’t know if it’s any consolation that this state of affairs  seems to have been going on for a very long time.

Plus ça change … and all that.

Using Annoyances To Your Advantage

“Always Meditate on Whatever Provokes Resentment
An instruction from the Lojong compassion training of Tibetan Buddhism

“It takes one to know one!”
An accusation often made at my primary school

Cover of Just Annoying (North America version)
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Annoyances with other people are usually things we think we just have to put up with it or complain about. There are occasions when what annoys us about other people is what we are not able to acknowledge to ourselves so we project it onto someone else.

This weeks EFT Cafe will look at how we can use what annoys us in others to improve our own sense of wellbeing by working on what our adversaries reflect back to us.

The EFT Cafe starts at 7:00pm and finishes at 9:00pm on Thursday March 12th and takes place in the Coleman Teaching Centre, St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle and costs just £10.

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Coping With Worry: March 27th, Hexham

Are you a worrier?

stressed-outIt’s not quite the happiest of New Years. Financial difficulties. Looming recession. The flu bug that’s going around. Wars and disasters on the TV.

Lots of challenging situations for all of us, but if you are a worrier it’s just so much worse. As if the reality of the situation wasn’t bad enough you can’t stop worrying about it.

Do these statements apply to you?

  • You’re not able to calm down
  • You imagine the worst
  • You feel anxious far more than you should
  • You just can’t stop worrying
  • You feel out of control

If they do IntegrityNLP is running a short course in Hexham that will help you:Relaxed

  • Feel calm
  • Stop worry in its tracks
  • Get back control of your mind.
  • Gain greater peace of mind.

The course will be held at The Bodywork Centre, 19 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham on Friday 27th March from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The full cost for the full day workshop is just £69.00.

To find out more click on Coping With Worry – A Short Course

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