Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Art of Calm Detoxing – What is it?

We know full well that the word ‘detox’ conjures up a process of restrictive eating, if at all, to cleanse the body and then carry on with life, more often than not, in the same way as before. But this is not what we mean by Calm Detoxing. The detoxing we refer to is a means of moving forward by seeking to resolve the obstacles that prevent us from living more fully. We’ve chosen to lead with The Art of Calm Detoxing for Healthy Weight Loss because of the prevalence of the issue, and because of Graham’s first-hand experience in finally managing his own weight, but this program would have worked equally well for me in progressing through endometriosis, anxiety and insomnia. I know this because I effectively applied the program to myself, but every step of this process was new to me and I was both the coach and the client. It’s little wonder then that the ‘program’ had no foundations and took several years.

What we have here is a combination of our training, our own personal learnings and our experience in all aspects of the program through working with others. An Art of Calm Detox then, may include any of the following depending on personal requirements:

Calm Meditation – Mind Calm & Body Calm and all the related insights

Mind Detox – we place a lot of value on finding and dealing with the root cause of a problem rather than simply attending to symptoms

Food inspiration – we have both benefitted significantly from making lasting changes to how we eat and we know that lasting changes are possible if the changes make a difference, if there is some knowledge to underpin the reasons why, and above all, if the new way of eating can be enjoyable; we love our food! 

The Art of Conscious Living ~ Annette & Graham Henry
The Art of Conscious Living ~ Annette & Graham Henry

I will be outlining some of the above at talks on the Saturday at 10.45 and Sunday at 2.45, at the Harrogate Health & Healing Festival on September 24th & 25th, and I will coach a couple of techniques to ensure that participants have something they can take away and use.

Maybe see you there!

Annette 

Body Calm ~ Mind Calm ~ Mind Detox & Health ~ Mind Detox for Emotional Responses ~ Mind Detox & Eating Issues ~ Food Matters ~ Raw Food Lunches

Calm Saturdays

How’s your summer going? We hope it’s proving enjoyable, and that you’ve found some time for relaxation and regeneration, commonly known as ‘holiday’, whether away or at home.

What does September signify for you, if anything? You’d be in good company if you regard the coming of September with a tinge of disappointment; it was probably reinforced in our school days that this is the month the holidays end, that the daylight hours start to recede, that nature starts to batten down the hatches for the change in season, and for some, there’s a hint of trepidation as the relative ease associated with summer is replaced with a sense of a faster-paced ‘back-to-the-grind-stone’ transition, that gives way all too quickly to attention to a certain event at the end of December!

What if it’s possible to experience all of this differently? We suggest that it can be. The enjoyment of the here and now is typically disrupted far more by the activity of our minds and their sometimes overwhelming tendencies to look to the past or ahead to what’s coming, than by actual events. And the associated cascade of thinking makes inspiration and creative ideas less likely, resulting more often than not in uninspiring routine, which in turn makes the ‘here and now’ seem dull, rather than vibrant and full of potential. We know from personal experience, and from those we’ve had the privilege to come into contact with through our workshops, that a meditation practice can make a difference, sometimes a very significant difference to the experience of life. It is for this reason that we’re running a unique program in September which we’re calling Calm Saturdays.

Calm Saturdays involves two consecutive Saturdays next month, the 10th and 17th of September during which you can learn the Calm Meditation technique along with all the insights, plus some supporting facts and figures, from Mind Calm and Body Calm. In many ways though, it may be the intervening week that proves to be transformative; learning to meditate is generally considered easy, but as we know, maintaining the momentum to keep going in ‘real life’ is the greater challenge, making the practice week in between the two Saturdays potentially the best teacher of all, especially once it is followed up by the opportunity in the second class to discuss progress, both the ‘good’ and the challenging.

If this is of interest to you, there is an event page on our website with details of the classes including times, prices, information about the optional lunches and the special arrangements we have for anyone who has done a Mind Calm or Body Calm workshop or class with us before; it is our policy to always make our classes more accessible to those who have already completed a class with us.

As always, we are delighted to answer any questions, and hope to see you soon, if not at this event then perhaps at one of the coming fairs in the region.

Calm Saturdays