“To appreciate yourself is to appreciate life, to appreciate life is to appreciate another”

FOCUS OF AUDIO: Why the age of bitching, gossiping and disempowering other women is over. An encouragement to harness the source of your inner wisdom, leave judgement, criticism and manipulation behind and have the courage and the trust to journey within, live more and do less.  

FIONA’S SUGGESTION: Let this month be about appreciation, dropping, listening, noticing the wise woman and connecting to life. 

FIONA’S HOMEWORK: Practice one day of digital detoxing a week.

The book Fiona refers to in this audio is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini (who also wrote The Kite Runner). The book is a deeply moving mother/daughter story which focuses primarily on female characters and their role in Afghan society. When asked what spurred him to write the novel Hosseini replied “In the spring of 2003, I went to Kabul, and I recall seeing these burqa-clad women sitting at street corners, with four, five, six children, begging for change. I remember watching them walking in pairs up the street, trailed by their children in ragged clothes, and wondering how life had brought them to that point… I spoke to many of those women in Kabul. Their life stories were truly heartbreaking… When I began writing A Thousand Splendid Suns, I found myself thinking about those resilient women over and over. Though no one woman that I met in Kabul inspired either Laila or Mariam, their voices, faces, and their incredible stories of survival were always with me, and a good part of my inspiration for this novel came from their collective spirit.

PICTURE CREDIT:  Sleeping Nude, oil on canvas
By Christopher Johnson,
0789 5013265,

Christopher describes:  The model fell into this pose, comfortable in the warmth of the studio and drifting into a deep sleep. Something about painting someone with rain brushing outside,the fire and music gently on, and the sound of paint being mixed on the palette and pushed on and off the canvas as the image builds and moves closer to the hopeful approximation of one’s intention, gets to the core of a stillness which is rare.


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