BEAUTIFUL SLEEP,  AT LAST   We take a risk in showing this view of this amazing woman, but we aren’t shy about what a vegan diet, some exercise and few life tips from O · live can do for a mid-fifties lady who said she “hadn't slept a full night for two years”. Certainly we can’t take all or even any of the credit, but we were yet again another first stop on an amazing journey you too can take.  Can’t sleep, or haven’t for years? Unhappy with your body? Anxious, in pain, lost, depressed, oppressed, suppressed? Do you want to cry every morning and perhaps every night, and through much of the day but not because you are utterly amazed at the miracle of life itself, but because you expected it to be and feel different than what you are and feel?  Or rather, jazzed up about life, ready to change the world, excited to be even healthier than you are, more creative, successful, alive, energetic, educated? Ready to change careers or start one, and therefore want a good detox to get a connected first step.  Need inspiration?  Come.   Mary did.

BEAUTIFUL SLEEP, AT LAST

We take a risk in showing this view of this amazing woman, but we aren’t shy about what a vegan diet, some exercise and few life tips from O · live can do for a mid-fifties lady who said she “hadn't slept a full night for two years”. Certainly we can’t take all or even any of the credit, but we were yet again another first stop on an amazing journey you too can take.

Connected Is Healthy

Connected Is Healthy

Imagine you were unable to perceive the apparently discrete boundaries between forms. No beginnings or endings. No man-woman-child-dog-stone-flower-butterfly-sea-color-texture-tree. There were no beginnings or endings, no borders or skins, as there are no drops but only oceans. Just an infinite intricately woven web of being, all connected and affected.

Many have made this claim through the years…

      WHY PICKING PLASTIC HELPED A FALLEN HERO  He had been a hero. A warrior. Someone who would without second guessing, without consideration for his self, jump into the gunfire or house fire.  A soldier in the Army (12 years), and later a fireman in the Fire Brigade (11 years) he did all the heroic things most of us can’t even imagine, until his body had had enough. Mind over matter is not always the best solution.  The pain eventually caught up to him until it reached a point of almost making life itself, movement, daily living, impossible. Pain and the pharmacological attempts to treat it got the best of the “best man”, the super hero of Hard Man-society. Hit by conscious and subconscious memories, he couldn’t take it anymore. Vertigo. Insomnia. Pain. Anxiety. Depression. PTSD.  By the time he stumbled upon us he hadn’t slept well for years. Why, he wondered, and the energy of this question propelled him on a journey that would eventually bring him to our jungle floor after having tried all the conventional solutions.  Never afraid to question. Never afraid of the learning that might evolve, he brought a near infinite query with him to Thailand, and after one week on the  O•live program , and then another of a more refined program, a yet a third week of a new and unpredicted dialogue, the question was resolved in an enhanced awareness of the body’s mastery of communication. He finally started to understand his best friend (his body).  Listen to your body. Everything you ever needed to know is there.  At Olive the questioning process itself becomes fun and even thrilling, never heavy or limiting. Opportunities abound and we always point out that no one is a better expert at us than our own bodies. What we learned during his visit was to perfect a dialogue with the body, listen to it, understand what it (body and mind) really are, a physiology and vibration (mass and energy are equivalent), what they were telling him, or trying to tell him in their limited ability to speak our man made language.  After a while he implemented everything he learned in his life by himself. We simply did as we always do. Every morning we started with stretching our bodies, and then after a healthy breakfast, but then he would jump on his bike and go to places that would trigger his anxiety, first with whomever was around to join, and then by himself. He used the methods he had learned to feel the fear and learn how to leverage it toward greater and more profound truths. He would learn to feel how his lungs were his best friends, air his medicine. His heart followed them and so did he.   Poco a poco, little by little, he - like so many of us - was able to do all those things that he hadn’t been able to do since the traumas hit his life. Even better, things he hadn’t even dreamt were possible. In the end, he figured it out!   And so will you!  🍏  One thing he did during his weeks at Olive was  this .

WHY PICKING PLASTIC HELPED A FALLEN HERO

By the time he stumbled upon us he hadn’t slept well for years. Why, he wondered, and the energy of this question propelled him on a journey that would eventually bring him to the jungle floor after having tried all the conventional solutions.

Never afraid to question. Never afraid of the learning that might evolve, he brought a near infinite query with him to Thailand, and after one week of the program, and then another of a more refined program, a yet a third of a new and unpredicted dialogue, the question was resolved in an enhanced awareness of the body’s mastery of communication.

Listen to your body. Everything you ever needed to know is there.

Feel f' Real

Feel f' Real

Feel for Real (FfR) is the method we use to get to know our needs, observe and understand them, make friends with them and ultimately love them and the Self they represent. It’s a method we use in all we do, a practice that has long been forgotten and oppressed in our society. Distress and eventually disease is the result of this oppression, and the reason FfR was created. It’s not about being mindful but about being bodyful.

A question from Lollo on her way back to London

She just arrived home after a week of pure healthy living in Thailand at our loved Oshram where the deers, peacocks and butterflies roam freely. The 12 hour flight back to the UK gave her time for reflection and planning. She made weekly schedules and tried to fit in all the things she thought she had to do to stay healthy, realising there wasn’t enough time. How could she possibly become healthy and keep up her "normal life”?

Creativity Arises When Fear is No longer a Reason to Stop.

Creativity Arises When Fear is No longer a Reason to Stop.

If we can jump out of the grip our fear holds on us, we have a greater possibility to succeed. If our expectation of a certain outcome is a driving force and not a limitation, we have a greater possibility to succeed too, as we detach from  “I need to succeed.” The “need” for success becomes a limitation if we are afraid of not succeeding. The frustration a “need” creates in us is not an energy that makes us creative or productive, but rather a block to our energy. Expectation is a driving force if we can work towards the outcome of our expectation while being OK  the actual outcome expected is not delivered.

Aromas for Anxiety, Insomnia, Aging and more

Aromas for Anxiety, Insomnia, Aging and more

The aroma of fresh coffee in the morning kicks the morning blues better than anything else I know of, much, much better than the actual taste. New scientific studies show that aromatherapy is hugely beneficial, but the same olfactory bulb (just above the nose) that can be used to heal us can also be easily fooled by the chemical industry

~ Bum Sitting & Creativity ~

~ Bum Sitting & Creativity ~

If you attended the Spring Retreats in Spain, you may recall we began using the phrase “Bum Sitting” where we once used the word “meditation.” The logic was simple - ditch everything we thought we knew about meditation (it’s been passed down through too many generations and with too much connotative disarray).

The general Bum Sitting technique for creativity is easy. Assume any

Why a man (me) celebrates International Women's Day.

Why a man (me) celebrates International Women's Day.

Why a man celebrates International Women's Day.

Well, that's easy.

First, I wouldn't be here physically had a woman or women not preceded me - in that I was born- and second, I wouldn't be here where I am now intellectually had a woman or women not preceded me - in that I was educated - and third, I wouldn't be here where I am now emotionally

Meditation - the 5th Pillar of Yoga

Meditation - the 5th Pillar of Yoga

Meditation - In latin meditare means to reflect upon, the opposite of trying to silence your thoughts. But there is a huge difference in between having a thought and the thought having you. If there is a thought be with it, and when it passes just be. As opposed to relaxation meditation is done with a very conscious mind, with as much awareness as possible. The more awareness of your being (in time) the deeper the meditation. The form is irrelevant, as long as you can get to the point of awareness. It can be done sitting, while doing something, or with technics like the Zen, Mantra, or Vipassana (awareness of breathing) meditation.

Do you breathe?

Silly question, of course you know that you breathe! Well, not really. We have totally forgotten that breathing is as important as eating, exercise or sleeping for health. In Ayurveda and Yoga it is described as 'life'. It's even the same word in Sanskrit. Life starts with an inhale and it ends with an exhale. All in between is life.