Breathe Issue 15

Love, laughter and light whatever the season

Article

Breathe issue 14

It’s complicated, autumn. Always colourful, always changing, always caressing. Often challenging.

The glorious yellows, reds and purples of the falling leaves that elicit gasps of delight from so many also signpost the shorter days to come. Days that for those living with Seasonal Affective Disorder will be marked by unwelcome mood swings, disrupted eating patterns and a desire to hibernate until spring promises the return of sunlight.

There’s evidence to suggest light therapy can alleviate the condition, but mindfulness, self-compassion and not being fearful of asking for support will also help to make life a little easier when Nature is delivering her annual display of colour and impermanence.

Compassion for others can also return light and hope to older people who have lost many friends or to those who have mental or physical problems that limit their mobility. Such kindness can come in all shapes and guises. Think pedal power, ‘trishaw’ and volunteer, for instance, and you get Cycling Without Age, a group that benefits older and younger alike with outdoor bike rides throughout the year.

As the trishaw wheels turn (how quickly varies) new friends are made and memories of old ones shared. All become part of the here and now, clearly visible and passed on with love, laughter and light whatever the season.

Responses (2)

  1. Greg Bellamy
    October 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm · Reply

    Hi breathe
    My wife and I disappeared off for our annual holiday to Thailand at the tail end of September. Looking for a decent read on the 1-stop flight I chanced across your magazine at Heathrow airport. What a marvellous magazine. As an ardent life-long cyclist the article “Cycling Without Age” was inspiring; a TED talk I need to look at.
    I work for a large multi-national and am thinking about distributing an alternative kind of email each month on say 1 of the topics you have raised. Am I able to reference some of the topics in your magazine. I do not know the legal specifics here and would like to get it right. Everybody needs to be reminded of these alternative ways of looking at life and work-life balance is often sacrificed.
    We stayed at 2 wonderfully relaxing hotels in Thailand and in my Trip advisor feedback I ended each comment with “Remember to breathe”. I will be sending your next issue to the General Manager of the island retreat at Cape Kudu on the tiny island of Khao yao Noi off Phuket. If you want to chill out, relax and watch the world go by off the beaten track this is the place. It was just amazing.
    I’m heading off to subscriptions now.

    • Laura Bird
      October 12, 2018 at 10:56 am · Reply

      Hi Greg,

      Thank you for your kind feedback. We’re so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed discovering Breathe and would like to spread the word. You are more than welcome to share some content in your emails, but we’d request that you give due credit to Breathe and attach an image and link to it. If you could email me at laura.bird@thegmcgroup.com we can provide you with these resources.

      Thanks again,

      Laura and the Breathe team

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