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Volume 10 - Issue 1  - Jul 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the July newsletter from BWIS.

This month we’re thinking about music and entertainment, and NOT going to festivals.

Best wishes from Steve, Sue, Charlie, Martin.

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In This Issue
Smiling is Infectious
News and Events
Inspiring Quotes
And Finally...

  Smiling is Infectious

So here we are with an unusual kind of summer, so many things either not happening or only in a very different way. Holidays abroad, major sporting events, and of course the big music festivals.
Martin writes:
“Entertainment is so much part of my summer: the expansive celebration of music, song and dance… that sense of “usness” when we all join in with the chorus. Outside in a circle round a fire, or in these contagious times, keeping our physical distance while investing in social closeness.

Since 1985 I’ve spent half of June in Somerset, working and playing at Glastonbury festival. I arrived as a refugee from the infamous ‘battle of the beanfield’, one of 520 people arrested in an uncomfortable meeting with massed ranks of riot police, fresh from keeping the striking coalminers in order.

Michael Eavis gave the battered peace convoy shelter, and over the years the festival developed an alternative rave scene that became the night club area of the festival. I became more involved with the healing field, teaching mindfulness meditation and facilitating music. In the early 90s we came together as a band, ‘The Lost Padres’, and played over 100 gigs at Glastonbury festival since.

But last year was a fallow year, and of course no festival this year. Instead I’m delighted to be offering a performance at ‘BWIS Entertains’, our next Life Lounge.”

So while we may feel a sense of loss and deprivation, or remain anxious and cautious, we can take the positives from lockdown – which may include learning how to entertain ourselves!

Life Lounge on July 9th is a free event, and you are welcome to come and do your thing.
For a taste of what’s to come, watch Martin on YouTube.

News and Events

All BWIS events continue ONLINE


Second Thurs of the month. On Thurs 19 July it’s BWIS Entertains. NB 7.30 to 9.00pm. You are invited to contribute – preferably let us know in advance. Book your place at The Life Lounge. 

EGym: Emotional Keep Fit

A free small safe lightly facilitated group to help us stay feeling well & share experiences. Equal time. 1st and 4th Tues 6.30-7.30pm. To get Zoom link, find event date and register here. Or contact Sue

Trauma Recovery 
Psychological trauma is not an illness, it’s an injury that can be treated. Trauma Recovery offers 121 support to people who have experienced an adverse event that is preventing them being well - sometimes called PTSD. Email to book a FREE 15-minute Discovery Call. Find out more here.

The drop-in group continues weekly on Weds at 7.00pm. A mindfulness practice re-charging session. Contact Martin for information.

Coach Group
This monthly group is open to qualified coaches and those in training. Next is Mon 6th July. Meet on Zoom for a 7.00 start, finish by 9.30. Book here, or contact Charlie with any questions.

Couples Coaching

For two people in an intimate relationship who want to work together on resolving issues and improving communication. Sessions currently available online, information here. Or contact Sue.

Inspiring Quotes

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw
“Live every day as if it is a festival. Turn your life into a celebration.” – Shri Radhe Maa
“If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.” - Jean Piaget

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” – Paulo Coelho

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Bertold Auerbach

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something, than educate people and hope they were entertained.” – Walt Disney

And Finally ...

"I’m going to tell you a story, so get comfortable, and we'll begin..." said the speaker. Everybody moved. They all 'got comfortable'.
Were they not comfortable before? Why not? Do we spend a lot of our time just continuing as we are, even though it’s not optimal?  
   - We are not comfortable, but don't really notice it.
   - We are not comfortable, but not so uncomfortable that we’re driven to do anything about it.
   - We are not comfortable, but tolerate the stuff that isn't quite right, and inertia rules.
What are you tolerating on a daily basis due to inertia?
What small change could you make that would allow you to 'get comfortable'?

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