Kindness, not just for one day.

Coincidence speaks – and why  Barefoot Doctor is my first speaker for Conscious Living Events.

On trawling through suitable images that invoke Kindness to assist the promotion of a Conscious Living Event (CLE) with Barefoot Doctor, this image popped up!

Why is that strange?

Our “Power of Kindness – a form of self defence” Day Workshop has been booked for months on this very date 13 November, and we had no idea until NOW!

Brushing aside any sense of feeling a bit stupid, I stand up in wonder at another coincidence connected with this man; researched further and found that indeed November 13 was declared World Kindness Day in 1998.

This revelation occurred on the second New Moon in late September and is a timely reminder of the continually supportive and magical work of Barefoot Doctor, Stephen Russell, and how my experiences with his Taoist Ways over many years, have brought me to a pivotal place; asking him to be the first speaker for my new, established events company. Wow!

So, yes I am bravely stepping up to taking the helm at Conscious Living Events, whilst dear Claire Quartel opens her majestic doors to your gorgeous conscious crew in Totnes with Living Now Events. I officially ‘take command’ on November 1, but as you can imagine, have been in planning mode all summer. Claire is an gifted teacher, mentor and friend and has most easily and understandably shared her wisdom so far, with great insight and shining intelligence. I am blessed. She did, however, offer the opportunity rather out of the blue, at the beginning of the summer. Shock! I knew in my heart it was the right move but quite how to make it work? I handed over to the greater powers and practised Radical Trust, still do.

Claire asked me: “Who would you like your first official Conscious Living Event guest speaker be?

I thought of all the brilliant speakers we’ve had at Conscious Living Events over the 4 years and how each and every one of them has enhanced my understanding of life’s mysteries in some special way. Behind all of these fantastic speakers and underpinning my personal journey has been over the years, and I suspect always will be, Barefoot Doctor! If possible, it had to be him.

Fortunately I am in touch with him via Chi Time Radio, and he came to Bournemouth for a Barefoot on the Beach day event at the beginning of the summer, where I asked him if would do me the honour of being my first guest for a day workshop, remembering he’d already done an evening event for CLE both in Devon and Bournemouth, several years ago now. I was so thrilled when he agreed, he even suggested a Retreat; another time, another country methinks.

Kindness came through as the theme for the day, it was one of those moments of truth you just get sometimes, aha yes! When we looked at dates, the only one possible was November 13, I wondered if that may clash with Remembrance Sunday this year – yes it does, although clash isn’t quite the right word, being in awareness of the Yin Yang of it all, to be in a kind state, advocating self defence, not glorifying military offence. Neither of us had picked up on the date being in alignment with an already organised Kindness celebration and yet it was there at the very foundation. Wonderful fun!

I first came across Barefoot Doctor, in a Sunday supplement magazine in the 1990’s sharing salient Taoist philosophies and practical advice that made sense, I would make sure I got hold of it every week – these are the days before online access. He has what I thought was an uncanny way with topics of relevance, as whatever aspect of the Tao he was shining forth seemed to always resonate with the areas I’d been studying or steeping in. I now know he is plugged in to the psychical mainframe.

The coincidental flavour of his texts inspired me to get hold of his first book ‘Handbook for the Urban Warrior’ where I marvelled at how he translates and presents potent ancient Taoist philosophies for contemporary true-life questers. I find his writing engaging, inspiring, humorous, practical and informative. Never pretending to be a guru, yet is a world class teacher, renowned acupuncturist/healer and music producer, who fosters one’s own inner guru.

I followed most of his publications thereafter, soaking up these paradoxical Taoist truths and then I found his music, wow! When he marries conscious mediations with subtle beats and quirky sounds, I go to a whole other level of inspiration. The Sonic Healing cycle is incredible. Groove is in his heart.

Next came the weekly Sunday evening Satsang, an online meeting hour, timed nicely after teaching Chi Kung often at the weekend. By now I had left home! was house sitting and travelling around the South of the UK in my little Ka, complete with laptop and dongle. I tuned into Wi-Fi networks on the road whilst getting to know which New Forest and sea shore car parks had good reception. Dropping into shared sacred space and observing from a background perspective every Sunday, was a true ‘in the flow’ point of reference for me, a checking in time, a place to feel just right for just now.

I am eternally grateful for the consistency of spirit this man offers – yes he has been known to screw up from time to time, but don’t we all? I feel more at ease with a teacher who does not shy away nor hide from his shadows. This inclusive approach ripples out to us, his students, we are all being the best we can and this shifts from day to day, minute to minute. Balance will find you, we are designed for it, all the way through.

Managing the transience of our lives from the view of an eternal observer feels very real and right to me. I am reassured, guided, cared for and inspired by what I have come to ‘know’ as genuine benevolence from the Cosmos, that has my back, is my back. Barefoot Stephen, has reiterated this salient point time and again. I thank him for all the teaching which has and still does flow through him to me and over to you, through and through.

This coincidence is another on the road with Barefoot Doc, confirming why he is my first official speaker for CLE plus all the others reasons, some of which I’ve illustrated above. I so wish to both honour him and share with you some of what he’s assisted me with. A whole day in his presence will change you for sure, for the very much better. I’ve witnessed this time and again – if he triggers anything uncomfortable for you, then that is ready to move and clear on out. He will tune in completely with you and ascertain what’s required, kindly, with an approach that will elicit an ease of flow throughout your being.

As it’s all about Kindness, you can’t really go wrong, seeing Kindness as a form of self defence is a perfect approach for disarming most would be assailants, physical, mental, emotional or irrational. I’m astonished to have uncovered that all around the world on November 13 Kindness Chi, will be hugely activated. Wow!!

Let’s bask in the benevolence of true Kindness all together now and not just for one day!

See here for loads more info on the Kindness Day to Power up your innate self-defence.

The thread of Taoist ways has been there in my background for the past 20 years and throughout my Chi Kung, Meditation, Tai Chi and Reiki training, largely encouraged by Ged Sumner, Ken Cohen and Barefoot Doctor and yes Ken Cohen will be visiting us next summer sharing the Primordial Qigong sequence 🙂

Under my steerage CLE will continue to welcome new speakers and seasoned teachers in true self-empowering natural practices as Evening Events, One Day Workshops, Trainings and Weekend Retreats. Take a look at who is lined up over the next many months here. 


Conscious Living is coming!


Would you believe that following an out of the blue offer, just as I returned to the UK  last May, I am amazed and can share with you now, that I am in training to become an events organiser?! Not for any old event company either, only the south coast’s premier, Conscious Living Events! I was very surprised, as have been working with Claire since the launch of the Bournemouth based company 3 years ago and I know how committed she is how much work & creativity has gone into it becoming a well known brand, hosting top level speakers from the conscious awareness arena, who usually only paper in London or up north. Claire is expanding into the Devon area and we are going to run sister companies enabling each of us to expand within our current capabilities and as support for one another. Officially I take the helm in November but am gearing up the wheels for some incredible speakers and performers from next month and into next year already.. See Conscious Living Events website.

I can see that it is a genius idea for me to combine my curiosity to explore conscious awareness and with the interviewing of key people in this arena as I have been for Chi Time Radio for the last 4 years. Even though I did not see this coming, I did however, trust. I know that what is best for all, including me will turn up, because of my deep sense of being part of a bigger whole and how attending to my congruity, best I can, assists that of the collective. This I practice daily via movements, meditation, focus and gentle, broad intention. Aided hugely from my retreat home in a stunning natural eco-system valley in Austria.

Thankfully I have taken to various event management tasks like a proverbial duck to water, although am needing to spend quite some hours on the computer, so am aware that step back time is needed. With mega exciting stuff bubbling up into my inbox, new feeds and other information connective sources, it is not easy to back away, so how often should we do just that to maintain a balance between? Every 50 mins according to some. Even just staring out of the window to whatever is on your horizon, says another. I like to get up (and boogie?) not usually, unless there happens to be danceable music heralding from somewhere, no, I like to shake, and turn.

Get up off your perch and step away from the screen, shake out..roll your shoulders one way then another. Hips too, circle them comfortably in both directions.

Pop the kettle on, and while it boils, shake more…circle your wrists.

Visit the bathroom and remember to shake! Ok so chaps do this ordinarily right?! Anyone can shake anything behind the privacy of a locked bathroom door!! It is a place you can be on your own to do whatever – and also SHAKE – WHY? because this rids the system of tension and tension is what creates stagnancy and lack of natural flow. Use the breath too, as you shake take in a big breath and let it make a sound through you as you breath out.

You can easily shake out aches in your hands, wrists, arms & shoulders. Wiggle your fingers, shake a leg, and a tail feather if you so wish! Shaking creates a vibration that stagnation cannot resist. Turning moveable joints frees up any stuck chi and gets your energy system flowing smoothly again. It so wants to.

Easy peasy. Shake out the old, make space for the new! Creation needs space too be.  See the video page for visual assistance.

A truly potent spinal release move is one that shows up in all martial arts prep as it does often in the playground as kids love to freely move this natural way. Gently turn on the length of your spine by stabilising your feet, knees & hips and letting your eyes guide you round to one side then the other, with lazy arms following the movement, landing thudingly on your body. Also known as the ‘Twisty Wisty”.

Similar nifty Chi Kung preparation for managing life in the fast lane of the “I chose to be here at this time of Great Change” scenario, with new weekend sessions start monthly from September 11, in the glorious New Forest. See the events page for more on all that.

Now I’m off again on another learning curve of uploading this, negotiating that, liaising with someone and editing a sound file here, recording another there. You know, what ever it takes to bring the best to you and yours for the very much better indeed.

Thank you for your attention so far – have a great night and day being truly YOU!