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Su Riddell
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06 October, 2014

A recipe for well-being for women

June giving Su a massage
June giving Su a massage
Creators of Peace UK held a ‘Women’s Well-being’ event at Greencoat Place, London, to meet up again, introduce friends, and make a start towards our new fund-raising aim to support training for Peace Circles.

Kate, Bernie and her Mum Marie
Kate, Bernie and her Mum Marie
Apart from the talking, and there was a lot of chat, we enjoyed cups of tea and snacks (including Sri Lankan street-food style chick peas) and, as we have many skills and talents between us, offered a range of various styles of massage, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and bead jewellery making. We even tried belly dancing!

Floating our thoughts on inner listening
Floating our thoughts on inner listening
To add an element from the Peace Circle, we had an activity to help us think more about the role inner listening plays in guiding us in our busy lives. On the interactive display, people posted comments on what the quiet time offers them: 'Silence alone when I wake often prepares me for the unexpected in the day ahead.' 'I go to a peaceful place I call "Tagabo", meaning "boost", whenever I go into silence or stillness time.' 'If I sit quietly in the morning, the day goes better on the whole: clearer thinking, more energy, better listening!' We asked people to tell us what they do to deepen the inner listening experience. Answers ranged from 'Reflect, appreciate and count my
Thai massage from Sasha
Thai massage from Sasha
blessings,' to dancing, nature walking, and '...pastel painting helps me to observe and see things anew – to see past the first looking, then you see what you haven’t seen before.' Some told us how they ensure that they make time: 'Having a ritual, ensuring there are few distractions,' was one answer, and 'Making a commitment with someone else, to ensure we both take time.'

Miranda using a massage bar donated by Lush
Miranda using a massage bar donated by Lush
Everyone who offered an activity during the evening was encouraged to stop occasionally, and take time to join in. This turned out to be the real magic of the evening - in giving and receiving from one another, we achieved a balance of caring and allowing others to show us care. That balance is important for women, who often take caring roles – it’s about getting our needs met. We need to give, and everyone has something to give. And sometimes we need to take too, for our own sake, but also allow others to give to us.

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