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About markredtigerrussell799

Co-Founder of Hope - Rise & Shine, Mental Health & Community Initiative in Leeds. Aims are to promote societal wellbeing through preventative medicine, advice and help, to stop people "falling through the cracks", to provide the community with this help on their doorsteps. To reengage communities, facilitating ways to bring a greater sense of involvement in all aspects of their needs, and ultimately, to self-help, and passing that on to other communities.

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Gratitude, (business) gigs and giggles

Anj Handa


It’s Thanksgiving today, so a gratitude-filled blog seems timely, even though we don’t get to have a day off to eat pumpkin pie here in the UK.

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that October was a sad month for me – I had a few beareavements and this temporarily took its toll on my energy levels. I was introverted (by my standards), spending time with my inner circle and resting at home.

However, at the start of this month, I decided to pick myself up and get back out there. This last week I’ve been busy, mostly networking with other female business owners and professionals. I’ve had so much fun, so this blog is a little longer than usual.

Champagne and synchronicity

One of the events I attended was held at the impressive offices of my travel booking company, Traveleads. If it sounds a bit…

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Lost for words!


Not only was I so angry with Panorama that for the first time I officially made a complaint about something that I watched on TV but the response of the BBC has quite simply only made the situation worse.

The pathetic attempt to justify the nonsense they broadcast in the name of journalism is inadequate, offensive and quite frankly not acceptable.

See for yourself:

We have received a wide range of feedback about our coverage of this story. In order to use our TV licence fee resources efficiently, this response aims to answer the key concerns raised, but we apologise in advance if it doesn’t address your specific points in the manner you would prefer.

In the midst of a hard-fought contest for the Labour leadership, Panorama set out to profile Jeremy Corbyn whose campaign has been the surprise package of the election so far.

Mr Corbyn was the…

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Diwali Blessings!

A lovely article by Anj……

Anj Handa


Today is Diwali, aka the “festival of lights”. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn and coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month. It’s extra special this year as it also falls on today’s new moon solar eclipse.

Religiously, there are quite a few variations as to why Diwali is celebrated. My extended family believe Diwali is linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and wife of the god Vishnu. Diya (small clay candle holders) or tea lights are placed around the home to welcome her blessings and we do a puja (prayer) to her.  Good food is eaten, fireworks are lit and if others turn up, sometimes there is card -playing (with pennies) to invite prosperity (we’re not orthodox, so the latter probably isn’t a great example of a devout Hindi ritual)!

Other Hindus believe that Diwali is…

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A major component of mental wellness…that is accessible to everyone. Right now.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

right hereI can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. — Abraham Maslow

You see, Maslow was saying this well before the mindfulness craze we find now find ourselves in. Perhaps there is something to it!

So…how to be in the present moment? I like simply starting by suggesting paying attention. If formal meditation feels like too much how about just taking a moment — right now — to pay attention? What can you hear in your environment, right now? What does the air feel like on your body? What is the temperature? Is the air moving or still? Humid or dry? What do you see about you, right now? What is the quality of light? Are there other living creatures around? Plants? What are the…

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It is uncomfortable to feel so real

Excellent insight. ❤

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

trungpaVulnerability can sometimes make you nervous. It is uncomfortable to feel so real, so you want to numb yourself. You look for some kind of anaesthetic, anything that will provide you with entertainment. Then you can forget the discomfort of reality. People don’t want to live with their basic rawness for even fifteen minutes.

From Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chögyam Trungpa

Empathy, compassion and vulnerability: collection

Self-compassion, empathy towards oneself and the willingness to be vulnerable paired with ongoing awareness are the qualities we need to nurture so that we might heal our mind and body and after that the mind and bodies of others and then the planet too. Bringing mindfulness to our own lives with these powerful states of consciousness can be part of the beginning of change. Paying attention to a process is changing the process!

Below is a collection of…

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We don’t know what is right for another. I practice that in speech and deed.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

I put this on Beyond Meds Facebook page today. It’s good general advice when approaching others. I find that this is something I need to remind myself about as well from time to time. We don’t know what is right for someone else’s healing journey:

flowerA request for commenters on this page: Please do not tell people what to do on this page. I’m asking this at this moment in relation to taking supplements.

It is not a good idea to tell people what they need in the way of supplements and it can sometimes be dangerous…especially if folks are taking psychiatric medications and/or are in the process of withdrawal from psych drugs.

Supplements in a hypersensitized body (as many are after having been on psychiatric drugs) can be quite dangerous. It’s not okay to assume that something that worked well for you or someone you know is safe for…

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