Minds Beyond Limits
HigherWill is a transformational method for personal and spiritual growth. Through a combination of energy work and coaching techniques we are not only able to release limiting behaviour patterns that have been holding us back, but we can liberate these into empowering beliefs through shifting our mindset.

These new beliefs form part of the riches that make up our knowledge base and true confidence that we can build on going forward. They are also part of the foundations that allow us to flourish through offering us a deeper insight into our life path, helping us to connect with our higher values, and alignment to our Life Purpose.

In one to one zoom sessions we work in a way that is open and approachable and one that encourages you to take control of your own healing and growth.



For a free 15 minute zoom consultation, and to find out more about session programmes and costs, please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk , or call +44 7491394377

How It Works

Your mind is a truly amazing piece of engineering. We use so little of it that there is - from our perspective at least - unlimited room for growth. The HigherWill process is designed to elicit the superconscious mind and to bring some of this magic into the conscious awareness by forging a closer connection with the Higher Self.

Ideally mind, heart, body & soul work together in harmony, and we feel motivated and able to give of ourselves in relationships and our work life. However in the course of living our lives we suffer blows that knock us off-centre, creating blockages in our energy fields. These eventually cause internal tensions which can manifest as recurring self-sabotaging behavioural patterns which stunt our growth and progress, feelings of loss of meaning and direction in life, experience a disconnect from the Self, mental illness, addictions, physical ill-health.

HigherWill works by:
💫   Aligning the conscious, subconscious and superconscious minds, and improving communications with the Higher Self
💛   Resolving trauma and negative emotional patterns that stifle development in personal relationships and in work life, and transforming them into empowering beliefs
☀️   Easing stress and related symptoms such as panic attacks, depression
🌼   Clients often report relief from physical pain as an effect of the energy work we do together

Excerpts from testimonials:
-  Emma, U.S.:    I have been applying Lubna’s meditation techniques and recordings, and I found our sessions really moving and inspirational. It helped me to relax and put myself together. Besides, I definitely discovered a lot about myself. Wish I could have this opportunity meeting her a while ago.(Oct 20)
-  Lucas, UK:    It helped with my sleeplessness but also more importantly connected me with my divine being. Within this, I was able to see that the sleep issues were a symptom of what was out of balance with my higher self.  (July 20)
-  Sadie, UK:    Lubna’s healing worked in a series of incredible internal shifts which happened between each session with a wonderful ripple effect and positive change and growth.  (Feb 20)
-  Joy Radhe, UK:   In just three sessions the transformation was amazing. I will highly recommend her healing for all souls desiring to re-connect with their respective Higher Selves.  (Oct 19)
-  Max, Germany:    The real surprise was I felt an energy passing across my brow and a fog lifting. I'd been grappling with a problem in my life for the past 2 years and I had a moment of real clarity around it... and my back has also been much better!  (April 19)


Please see Testimonials section below for full comments.
 
 

About

HigherWill was founded by Lubna Samara to help more fully connect to that inner light - that part of each one of us that is divine, noble, pure sentience, and eternal.

Lubna's practice developed out of her experience of carving a path to the inner self based on higher guidance she received. She has practiced meditation, coaching and energy healing for over 25 years and has never failed to be moved and humbled by the love and guidance that surrounds each one of us, equally.

Lubna started working life as a mathematician in the Petroleum industry and then moved to the Investment Banking field; she holds a BSc in Mathematics and an MBA in Finance. During her time in banking she became interested in meditation and spent several years looking for a teacher or a method that she could embrace. Reluctantly giving up the search she finally decided that each one of us is spectacularly well guided and what she needed to do was to "tune in" to this guidance. It was between her and her Maker. This set her off on a path which has led her to develop her own method of spiritual development.

What was a life long interest in esoteric disciplines had by this time turned into a lodestar of desire to connect to and experience divine love, and the call to spiritual pursuits eventually overwhelmed all else. Following guidance, she spent many years devoting several hours a day to purifying her energy field through meditation/communion and T'ai Chi, and raising her conscious awareness through paying close attention to higher guidance, reading extensively, attending courses of various disciplines and methods*, and gaining a deeper understanding into the power of the superconscious mind.

In its highest sense at HigherWill we aim to raise the lower will and desires to harmonise with the Higher Will - whether that's your own Higher Self, Universal Love or the Divine.

It would be our privilege to work with you on your journey   🎈

* Healer Member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, recognised by the NHS. The NFSH requires 2 years of training, and a minimum of 100 hours of registered practical healing sessions to qualify
* Certified Life Coach, Life Purpose Coach, and Spiritual Coach
 

I have been applying Lubna’s meditation techniques and recordings, and I found our sessions really moving and inspirational. It helped me to relax and put myself together. Besides, I definitely discovered a lot about myself. Wish I could have this opportunity meeting her a while ago.

Emma, Philadelphia US

I saw Lubna over a 3 month period to help with balancing my energy and helping with disrupted sleep patterns.
I found the work with Lubna transformational. It helped with my sleeplessness but also more importantly connected me with my divine being. Within this, I was able to see that the sleep issues were a symptom of what was out of balance with my higher self.
Lubna has a real gift and I am happy to highly recommend her services.

Lucas

I cannot recommend working with Lubna enough and I am forever grateful for the major shifts that have occurred in all areas of my life since. I was already a long way along on my spiritual journey but Lubna’s healing worked in a series of incredible internal shifts which happened between each session with a wonderful ripple effect and positive change and growth.

Sadie

When my knee kept giving way, and following an MRI I was told that the reason was a torn ACL and that surgery might be the only option for treatment. Whilst waiting for surgery, I decided to have a couple of healing sessions with Lubna to help relieve the pain in my knee. My surgery was scheduled so I contacted my consultant to say that my knee was no longer buckling so he asked for another scan to determine the exact situation prior to surgery. My consultant was puzzled by the fact that my ACL was now intact and he only had to do some minor cleaning of some scar tissues.

I believe the healing sessions with Lubna was the main contributor to this outcome and, to date, the pain in my knee is minimal. The calming effect of Lubna’s healing is felt from the first few minutes and I’m sure that her compassionate and understanding attitude helps the healing process. I highly recommend Lubna as a healer.

Rozana

Rozana

I came for healing to help with a recurring back problem. I’m not a believer particularly and being honest, I came as an act of desperation rather than any belief or expectation that healing would help. I was honest with Lubna about that and she seemed cool with it.

It’s hard to describe what happened during the healing – there was certainly a feeling of warmth coming through my body and a pulsation in the injured part of my back. The real surprise was I felt an energy passing across my brow and a fog lifting. I’d been grappling with a problem in my life for the past 2 years and I had a moment of real clarity around it, where it had come from and how to sort it out. The same thing happened in subsequent sessions; I felt like I was being lifted out of it and getting a birds eye view of the best way of moving forward and resolving it.

It’s been a few months since the healings and my back has also been much better!

Max
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During a time of personal crisis, Lubna’s healing allowed me to connect with my Higher Self. I could finally start channelling and could see how strong nether forces were bringing me down. The light started shining brighter and dark forces started being exposed. My Higher Self Finally Took matters into His Own Hands as never before.

Lubna’s healing has worked like a magical catalyst to re-awaken my Higher Self. We all have the Divine Spark within us. These sometimes get blocked when we fall into darkness, depression, greed, lust, etc… the fruits of modern society’s fear-based consciousness. However nothing can dampen the quiet inner voice of intuition that most of us usually ignore in favour of the louder voice of fear-based ego. This time I ignored the ego and listened to my intuition and went to Lubna for healing.

In just three sessions the transformation was amazing. I will highly recommend her healing for all souls desiring to re-connect with their respective Higher Selves. Hari AUM Tat Sat and Buddham Sharanam Gacchami

Joy Radhe

I came to healing with Lubna, with hope, but certainly no conviction that healing would make a difference. I wanted to tackle areas in my life that felt stuck and negative; that had been so for much of my adult life, and which had been exacerbated by traumatic events in recent years. During the sessions I had, there were occasions were I could physically feel energy moving on my body. On others I would feel myself go into a deep trance like state. The shift in my life was not sudden and dramatic, but gradual and yet noticeable. Lubna is warm, intuitive, empathic and pretty funny too! You feel immensely comfortable in her presence. I’m exceedingly grateful for her being there.

Shireen

When I made the decision to see a healer, I was going through a very difficult period in my life, experiencing among other things chronic insomnia. When I met Lubna for the first time she was incredibly friendly and professional and made me feel very relaxed when I arrived. Her home has a wonderful aura/energy. In terms of the actual healing itself, obviously some will remain sceptical, but for me personally, I was able to feel the actual movement of energy across my body on multiple occasions, I was actually quite surprised when I opened my eyes midway at one point, as I was expecting to see something hot like a candle in Lubna’s hands, to account for the heat I was experiencing. Lubna told me that it was not uncommon for people to experience an adjustment period after a session, which might involve the release of certain negative emotions, this was certainly the case for me, the best way I could describe how this felt was cathartic.

In total, I did four sessions, and have waited a short period before writing this review. I can say that I am in a significantly better place in my life both circumstantially and attitudinally. There have also been a series of unexpected but quite fortuitous events which I have experienced. Could all of this be coincidental, some might feel that way, but I can see a clear link between the healing I underwent and how I feel now. I feel like Lubna could quite rightly charge a lot more for what see does, especially given the number of times we ran over time, but I can see that it is clearly not the money that is motivating her, but a desire to do what she loves and to help those around her.

Emeen

I turned to healing as I was in emotional turmoil, and had feelings of despair and in a life crisis.

Since my first healing with Lubna I have noticed a considerable change in myself. I came to healing feeling hopeless and in a state of despair. I now feel calmer, more positive and filled with positive energy. Healing seems to have awakened me and given me a new outlook on life. Although I still have struggles in my life I feel I can cope with them and I turn to Spirituality in times of need. Spiritual healing has led me on to a path of self discovery and freedom.

Charlotte

I have been suffering from edema in my legs and pain in my joints for the past few years. I’ve been seeing Lubna for the past couple of months and since then, the swelling in my legs has subsided and I’ve been able to walk for longer periods without my stick. I’ve also been sleeping much better and feeling calmer. I have found the sessions powerful and felt like I’m transported into a deeper place in myself.

Nicky

I have been seeing Lubna Samara for healing for over a year, and our regular sessions concentrate on fighting the possible recurrence of a serious illness that left me disabled some years ago, as well as addressing occasional minor problems. Healing sessions with Lubna have become a very important part of my holistic campaign to maintain good health. She is a gentle, skilled and inspiring practitioner, and I enjoy the deep feelings of relaxation and even meditation that healing brings me. I have noticed improvements in minor problems and feel increasingly optimistic about my long term health. Overall, I feel that I am a happier, healthier and more relaxed person through healing with Lubna.

Graham

I have already had several healing sessions  with Lubna . I came to her in different circumstances in my life, searching for relieve from anxiety,  lack of energy or sadness. And after each and every session I experienced great improvement in my energy level and emotional balance. I also slept much better after the sessions!  For these reasons I feel very confident ( or confortable?)  to say that I highly recommend Lubna’s healing sessions

Carolina
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Events


Past Workshops and Meditations

🌱    Servant Leadership: To Lead Truly is to Serve
🌱    Spiritual Intelligence: The Next Chapter
🌱    The Superconscious Mind: Unfolding our Potential
🌱    Using your Chakras for Self-Healing
🌱    Using your Chakras for Improving your Workplace
🌱    Using your Chakras for Healing & Strengthening Relationships
🌱    Finding your Purpose
🌱    Closer to your Higher Self
🌱    Connecting to your Guides
🌱    Self-Love Skills 🌱    Confidence 2 🌱    Confidence 1

Course material © 2020 Lubna Samara

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15th July & 20th July   
Servant Leadership: To Lead Truly is to Serve

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” Abraham Lincoln

This week is the last in this series of workshops and meditations, and is on a subject which has been close to my heart for many years: Servant Leadership. The I Ching, a book of wisdom believed to be around 5000 years old, has as its underlying principle “To Lead Truly is to Serve”. This noble wisdom is as desperately needed today as ever.

A Servant Leader is a person who prioritises the welfare of the people under their care, or a higher vision, over their personal material gain and glory. In short, a servant leader is one who leads with spiritual intelligence and love.

Anyone who influences leads. Whether it's your family, your friends, colleagues, community, political sphere, and in this world of Instagramisation... global influencers. It’s all leadership. We will be looking at what Servant Leadership is, what is the behaviour and beliefs of a servant leader, and how to improve our leadership skills and influence others to lead with love.

The meditation accompanying the presentation is Communion in Love.

Times - 15th July 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Monday 20th July 6.30pm (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk for link
Format - presentation and Q&A followed by guided meditation. Please allow one hour for the workshop
 
Suitable for all levels. We look forward to welcoming you then!


8th July & 11th July   
Spiritual Intelligence: The Next Chapter

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Spiritual Intelligence is our ability - and drive - to live by a set of higher values. It is our desire to enrich ourselves, our souls, during our lifetimes on this planet and our desire to help others in their journeys. To my mind, these higher values are like different facets of a brilliant diamond refracting as a pure light, a pure love, passes through it.

This week we will be looking at what values relate to spiritual intelligence, what are the traits and habits of a spiritually intelligent person, and how we can cultivate it.

PLEASE NOTE: we will be starting fairly early on with an exercise so late comers may n

Times - 8th July 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Saturday 11th July 4pm (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk for link
Format - presentation and Q&A followed by guided meditation. Please allow one hour for the workshop
 
Suitable for all levels. We look forward to welcoming you then!


1st July & 4th July   
The Superconscious Mind: Unfolding Our Potential - Meditation Workshop

The focus of this week’s workshop is the superconscious mind and how to make it more manifest in our lives. This is the part of us that is aligned to the highest aspect of universal consciousness and energy. Every religion and discipline has a name for it... the Taoists call it the Tao, in Buddhism and Hinduism it is Dharma, in Abrahamic religions it is God’s Will. When I fist embarked on this path in the early 90’s, I saw it as the Higher Will and felt a strong force in our lives driving us to align our lower will and desires to this Higher Will.

Emerson, in his Over-Soul (1841) brilliantly wrote “From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing. What we commonly call man does not, as we know him, represent himself, but misrepresents himself. Him we do not respect, but the soul, whose organ he is, would he let it appear through his action, would make our knees bend. When it breathes through his intellect, it is genius; when it breathes through his will, it is virtue; when it flows through his affection, it is love. And the blindness of the intellect begins when it would be something of itself."

Times - 1st July 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Saturday 4th July (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk for link
Format - presentation and Q&A followed by guided meditation. Please allow one hour for the workshop
 
Suitable for all levels. We look forward to welcoming you then!


24th June & 27th June   
Using your Chakras for Self-Healing - Meditation Workshop

This week we’ll be looking at the different brain waves, the human energy fields, as well as the chakras, and how they relate to healing and self-healing. Research using EEGs to register brain waves since the 70’s has consistently shown that healers not only themselves enter into a deep meditative state, but they also put their clients into a similar state. This is when the body is able to regenerate, heal and - in my experience - provide fertile conditions for deep transformational shifts to happen.

We can do much of this ourselves for our own self-healing using the immense power of our minds for raising awareness and understanding, and of course using meditation as an important tool.

Times - 24th June 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Saturday 27th June (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk for link
Format - presentation and Q&A followed by guided meditation. Please allow one hour for the workshop
 
Suitable for all levels. We look forward to welcoming you then!


17th June & 20th June   
Using your Chakras for Improving your Workplace - Meditation Workshop

This week’s workshop is the second of three stand-alone chakra workshops, and is on how to use your chakras to better your work environment. Each one of your chakras helps to promote flow and interaction in certain areas such as creativity and inspiration, long term planning, executive skills and team work, communication and community building, and very importantly in helping to define values.

By focusing on each of the chakras, we can strengthen the energy associated with this area of work and define its related values.

Times - 17th June 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Saturday 20th June (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk for link
Format - presentation and Q&A followed by guided meditation. Please allow one hour for the workshop
 
Suitable for all levels. We look forward to welcoming you then!


10th June & 13th May   
Using your Chakras for Healing & Strengthening Relationships - Meditation Workshop

As someone who’s worked with chakras for more than 25 years, I get asked often about what they are and what they can do for you. I found a lot online about what they are and how to balance them, but very little about how they can be practically applied to help you in your life. So for the next three weeks, in the workshops we’re going to be looking at how to use your chakras:
1- to improve relationships
2- to improve the workplace
3- for self-healing.

This week we’ll start with Using your Chakras for Healing & Strengthening Relationships.


Times - 10th June 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Saturday 13th June (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk for link
 
Suitable for all levels. We look forward to welcoming you then!  



3rd June & 6th June   
Finding your Purpose - Meditation Workshop

This week’s workshop is on finding your purpose. If last week’s workshop on the Higher Self asked what enflamed your passions, this week’s asks what’s the most important thing to you in your life?

I’ve had the privilege of working with people towards the end of their lives... looking back, they see clearly what enriched them, where they helped people around them and whose lives they touched. And they see where they could have done better and are happy to admit their mistakes. They exude love, grace and humility. And what enriched them was never about material possessions. When you leave this life you only take with you what you gained in your soul - increasing your capacity to love, your sentience, knowledge and experience.

We will be looking at how to bring more awareness to what enriches us and our purpose today, and to bring some of that magic to the forefront of our lives.


Times - Wednesday 3rd June 11am; 3pm; 7pm & Saturday 6th June 4pm (GMT+1)
Tickets - complementary workshop
zoom meeting - please email lubna@higherwill.co.uk
 




 

Guest Speakers


Labours of Love: Where Passion, Talent, and Desire to Serve Meet

It was good to see many of you the past few months over zoom for the 12 sessions we hosted: 3 on Self-Love, 3 on Life Path & Purpose, 3 on Energy and Using the Chakras, and 3 on the Higher Mind. Over the next few weeks we’re presenting a series of speakers to bring into 3D the Life Path and Purpose sessions where we discussed the importance of giving oxygen to our passions, honouring our values, and our desire to serve others to help them in their paths. These speakers have all in their way brought meaning and value to their lives through following their passions, and through pursuing their conviction and desire to make life a little better for all of us.

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Labours of Love with Suzanna Nour, Architect
28th November 2020 at 4pm UK time (GMT+1)
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88467342435

Welcoming architect Suzanna Nour, the fifth of our speakers in this series on Labours of Love.

“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.” ~ Oscar Wilde

This statement by Oscar Wilde has fascinated Suzanna since her teenage years. She continues a few decades later, as Chartered RIBA architect, to engage in the arguments it has evoked for her turning this quote on its head. Through all of her life experiences she continues to explore that key issue of transcending utility of dwelling space through applying age old principles of proportionality for the wellbeing of the people living in those spaces. A building may provide all the basic needs of shelter, but a work of architecture allows for the nobler potential in mankind to flourish.

One of the joys for Suzanna is breathing new life into old buildings, finding new uses for them and creating the backdrop space for living. Suzanna worked in the 1980’s on the skyscrapers that went up in the City of London and wonders how potentially these may now be reinvented post-Covid. She’s also very keen to find new ways of approaching affordable development particularly in rural areas, applying that same principle of proportionality for wellbeing. Suzanna also explores the creative process through other mediums of writing, and acting work within theatre and television. This has led to wildly diverse adventures from spending six weeks for a Channel Four documentary following Colonel Gaddafi around Libya to being flown to Copenhagen to play an Afghani Doctor in the Danish tv series Borgen.

Suzanna: “ The Affordable Housing issue is a highly charged political topic and has brought me sharply face to face with my most important core value: Evolving accepted conventions. Very importantly, that same core value also drove me to help my son overcome the limitations of a diagnosis of autism to become a confident and independent young man enjoying every aspect of life. To work towards a change no matter how slow and painful that process might be and no matter what adversity it might include.”

Suzanna's website: www.4sitedesignltd.com

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Labours of Love with former RAF Group Captain and RBKC Councillor Greg Hammond
20th October 2020 at 4pm UK time (GMT+1)


Welcoming the fourth of our speakers Greg Hammond, whose teenage obsessions were military history, aircraft and politics. Joining the RAF at 18 as a ‘Cold War Warrior’, he later flew as an E-3D AWACS crew member including on operations around the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Subsequently he was promoted into a number of senior positions, including Station Commander of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales and Deputy Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell. Politics remained a latent interest and Greg almost left the RAF to become an MP in the wake of the expenses scandal in 2009. When he did leave the Service, it seemed natural to continue in public service and follow his political vocation, and he was elected to both the board of his local voluntary party association and to Kensington and Chelsea borough council representing Courtfield ward in South Kensington.

Early in 2018 a voice on my intercom said, “It’s Greg Hammond from the Conservative Party”. Oh-oh I thought. The voice continued on, “I remember last year when I spoke to you with my colleague that you had problems with train noises. I was just wondering how you got on with those and if you needed any help?”. I invited him in to have a chat and I was beyond impressed that he had been going round speaking to ward constituents asking them how he could help them and what he could do for them... instead of just asking them to vote for him. Here was a politician who practised Servant Leadership - an area I’m passionate about, based on a 5000 year old adage from the I Ching, To Lead Truly is to Serve. Greg had my vote.

Greg: “When Lubna asked me for my core values, I was immediately mindful of the core values of the Royal Air Force, which have stayed with me and to which I still hold true: Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. Many years ago, I heard the Prince of Wales explain his inherited motto ‘Ich Dien’ – I serve – and this was the first time I came across the powerful concept of servant leadership, which also stayed with me. If you add on top of these the values that make me a Conservative politically, you’ve got the cocktail of things which drive me beneath the task-oriented exterior.”

You can follow Greg on Twitter and Instagram

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Labours of Love with Bea Kayani, Visual Artist
20th October 2020 at 6:30pm UK time (GMT+1)


Very pleased to present to you the third speaker in the Life Purpose series Labours of Love with artist and activist Bea Kayani.

Bea’s love for art started as a child in Iran. Life however only allowed her to explore this part of her passion much later - at university she studied dentistry which later inspired her to establish a 200-strong group to support refugee dentists in the UK. Life-altering events in Zurich prompted a prolonged period of introspection, self-discovery and personal growth which led Bea back to her passion for art in 2008. She has been committed to developing her fine art practice full-time since that time.

Her career in art has resulted in solo exhibitions in NYC and Bath, as well as a collaboration with Qatar/London based couture designer Toujouri, and being shortlisted for Passion For Freedom Art Festival (2015 & 2018) Mall Galleries, amongst other achievements. Bea Kayani is currently based in Bristol, UK. Upon completion of her Masters in Fine Art in 2017, she founded The Artist Project Space and Kosar Contemporary. Her hope and vision is to help create a sustainable alternative art ecology supporting emerging artists promoting peer support, critical rigour and collaborations nationwide and internationally.

Bea: "There is no greater feeling than seeing with clarity that right now you are where you were always meant to be. And, there is no greater success than being able to pursue your passion whilst being of service to others”.

Bea's lovely works can be seen on Instagram at @bea_kayani

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Labours of Love with Graham Bound, Author & Potter
3rd October 2020 at 4pm UK time (GMT+1)

Watch it on YouTube: Graham Bound's Talk


Our second speaker is author Graham Bound. Born in the Falklands, Graham was a contributor to the Times and the Daily Mail as well as a presenter and producer for BBC World Service, travelling extensively to trouble spots around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined the Ministry of Defence, and worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and was also responsible to the Prime Minister’s Office helping to coordinate communications around the conflict in Afghanistan. Graham took early retirement after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and now dedicates his time to writing books and perfecting his skills in a long standing passion, pottery.

Graham's latest book, At the Going Down of the Sun, is based on the last letters that soldiers fighting in Afghanistan wrote to their families before going into battle. The book launch was one of the most moving events I’ve been to, not only because of the sadness of the loss of young lives, but because of the stories of sheer heroism, sacrifice and nobility of human nature that speakers brought forward. It was truly humbling.

Graham: “I have held to the belief that my work needs to reflect me as a person - who I am at my core. I write honestly and unpretentiously. Fairness and truth is not welcomed by every audience, but I’ve learned to cling to this inner value regardless of the personal cost. My ceramics are also honest statements. They have a simplicity and, I hope, grace. I’m inspired by the words of Bernard Leach, the greatest British potter, who said, “The pot is the man: his vices and his values are therein. No disguise is possible.”

Graham’s beautiful pottery work can be seen at Penguin Pots

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Labours of Love with Behnaz Kanani of Kanani London Footwear Designs
1st September 2020 at 6:30pm UK time (GMT+1)

We are starting with Behnaz Kanani who creates beautiful, wearable, sexy shoes taking inspirations from nature - both from exotic flowers and the undersea world. When I first met Behnaz, she told me “I want to empower women from the ground up”. I loved that. Behnaz's first company was featured in Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and she has now started afresh from ground level, pursuing her dream and vision.

Behnaz: “Have you heard of 'A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step? As a child I could never find a pair of shoes that were comfortable enough or pretty enough, and somehow that ignited a profound passion in me. Let me share with you how from my personal need, my life transformed to making others happy through designing shoes. Building a dream, losing the dream… letting it go for the spiritual journey and starting again with a natural twist.”

And in case the men are eye-rolling “women & shoes”, Behnaz designs some awesome bespoke shoes, cool slippers and Chelsea boots for men as well.

Format: presentation followed by Q&A

Kanani London: Beauty, Power, Freedom
www.kananilondon.com
 

Meditations



Meditation is any practice that brings you closer to a point of stillness in yourself.  We are conditioned from early childhood to keep our minds and senses firing and that is obviously needed to function and thrive in our physical world.  However, we are not taught how to still our minds.  Imagine your conscious mind is like a switchboard which is being bombarded with information... how do the really important messages get through?  

We need to calm the mind so that we can hear messages coming from our Higher Self, our guides or the divine, to help guide us during our life on earth.  With practice meditation helps keep the conscious mind clear and directed; it helps us to not take others' behaviour personally and to meet emotional challenges with equanimity and maybe even kindness; it helps us to respect and care for our physical body.  In short, it helps us to be better able to express our love for others, and to love, respect and like our self better.

Below are a few meditations. The guided audio meditation Chakra Healing & Attunement is to heal, balance and strengthen your chakras, and the Take 10 Minutes picture meditation series to help you reset when you're not able to be in a quiet environment for a full meditation. I hope you find them helpful.

Guided Meditation

This guided meditation helps to heal, balance and strengthen your chakras, and the attunement at the end brings a powerful light to align and protect mind, body and spirit. Try it through once, and if you have a hard time with one of the chakras, start with the grounding and then follow the meditation for that chakra, finishing with the attunement at the end.  

Please click here for the meditation: Chakra Healing & Attunement Meditation













Take 10 Minutes Meditation

The first five are to help you reset anytime you need to and can be done anywhere - in the quiet and privacy of your own meditation space at home, or in the office or on your way to a meeting. Allow your heart to lift you and transport you. I hope you enjoy them.
The last one is to help you transcend a painful situation where someone has hurt you. Allow your love to carry you upwards to transcend and release the hurt. Remember that we are only able to control our own actions - let your actions be guided by your own self-respect and loving nature.