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I know some of you (hi mum ❤) quite rightly refuse to participate in the unrestrained development of technology and social media spheres, so here is a basic resumé of the resources I have enjoyed and care to share with others so that they might enjoy them too.
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Entire channels that are worth watching religiously.
Irene Lyon – Become Your Own Medicine: https://www.youtube.com/@IreneLyon
Dr. Perry Nickelston – Stop Chasing Pain: https://www.youtube.com/@stopchasingpain
Dr. Melissa Sell – Health Mindset Coach (GNM based): https://www.youtube.com/@DrMelissaSell
Freya Kellet – GNM Stories: https://freyakellet.com/gnmstories
The Selfhealers Soundboard by Nicole LePera and Jenna Weakland
The SELFHEALERS SOUNDBOARD is a global, community-based healing experience created by Dr. Nicole LePera and Jenna Weakland. Available on YT and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Why I love it: Although I haven't listened for a while, I listened along when I started reading the 'How to do the Work' book (ref below) and found it helpful to consider from another perspective as I went.
The Witch Trials of JK Rowling by Megan Phelps-Roper for ‘The Free Press’
Why I love it: As a non-obsessive fan of the Harry Potter books and a keen dissector of our tumultuous human history, especially concerning women and the matter of so-called witches; I was naturally drawn to the title of this podcast. I'd vaguely heard that J.K. Rowling had fallen out of favour for many because she valiantly expressed her views on the Trans movement. Indeed, I was intrigued by the whole subject. Since I started listening I've discovered an incredibly well-put-together podcast (aside from the integrated ads that one must skip through despite paying for premium to otherwise avoid them) that tackles many contemporary issues across the UK and America; notably with regards to the rise of the Internet, polarising opinions, trolls, Cancel Culture, Trans and LGBT+ movements, and Feminism to name but a few. (Even if there are many intricate nuances to my personal opinion, you can read my general, summarised views on being Born in the Wrong Body here.)
Podcasts: Single Episodes
Somatic Experiencing, Early Trauma and Vagus Nerve with Irene Lyon (Ep. 17) for THE BODY AWAKE Podcast by Liam Bowler
Really pertinent episode for understanding the trauma the entire world population is subject to from birth and how to get underway in regulating these inescapable but curable difficulties: https://www.thebodyawake.com/#/se-irene/
Anger is Essential by Irene Lyon
Quick episode to get to grips with the cop-out of ‘Love and Light’ or ‘stiff upper lipping’ our way through life, as many were/are being taught to do, and why this is problematic for the good of society and personal health.
ANGER AS MEDICINE by Irene Lyon
Deeper dive into learning about and developing effective and regulating strategies for dealing with anger naturally.
- Harry Potter; 7 book series (1997 – 2007) (3)
- 1984 by George Orwell (1949) (2)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016) (1)
- The Darkest Child by Delores Philips (2004) (1)
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003) (1)
- Scorpio Rising by Fibi Marie (2023) (1)
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) (1)
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) (1)
- Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945) (1)
- The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho (2006) (1)
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911) (+)
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) (+)
Poetry and Short Stories:
- The Black Cat and Other Stories by Edgar Alan Poe (1843) (1)
- Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot (1939) (2)
- Autour du Chat Noir by Maurice DONNAY (1996) (1)
More coming soon
Note: The rise of AI-generated art which, to say the least, is mostly thinly-veiled plagiarism, albeit with some exceptions. To me, it is different from digitally-created art made manually by “real” men and women. AI-generated art may be more or less impressive depending on your perspective. Generally, I’m not really impressed at all, mostly disturbed actually. As you can imagine, I have many opinions on this, but that’s another story for another day. For another perspective on plagiarism in art outside of digital spheres read BBC article ‘Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal’.
That being said, the artists I tend to admire will always be working with their innate human and “naturally” developed creativity without being overly assisted by machines. Manipulating physical matter into form with their organic ability and bodies, rather than manipulating code into images. Although some of these very “natural” artists may choose to be assisted by modern tools at times, this will never replace the genuine flux of organic artistry that flows from their connection to nature, interaction with other humans and respect for who they are as souls living amongst our world, no matter how digitised it may all become.
Click the images below to explore their art via Instagram:
Music is life, share in food for the soul, get up and move your body.
Below are some of my curated playlists, the music is in no particular order. They’re best listened to on SHUFFLE within the Spotify app (ad free is bestest).
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Playlist ‘SOUL’ – In the beginning there was soul.
It all started here, at least for the following decades of that good musical groove IMO, born of the ghettos, jazz clubs and dive bars of a country in societal upheaval – tap here and hit shuffle for over 19 hours of Soul music.
Playlist ‘Funkstyle’ – Genre-bending funk style
The lines of musical style may be blurred but all comes back to that funkin’ groove in this one – tap here and hit shuffle for over 24 hours of Funk music.
Playlist ‘Disco’ – Get that good groove on
From the beginning of the Disco movement to the NU Disco of today – tap here and hit shuffle for over 24 hours of Disco music.
Playlist ‘Housey’ – Funky Soulful Disco House Music
Mostly funky, jackin’, soulful, vocal, Disco-ey, sometimes commercial, sometimes Acid, sometimes Tech-ey or Trance-ey but never Hard – always good, grooving House – tap here and hit shuffle for over 24 hours of House music.
“JACK HAD A GROOVE, And from this groove came the groove of all grooves, And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldly declared, “Let there be HOUSE!” and house music was born…”Chuck Roberts
How House Music Was Born -ALL 4
“How social unrest and Chicago’s underground gay clubs led to a global dance movement.”
Paris is Burning – Jennie Livingston
“Paris Is Burning is a landmark 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston that explores the underground subculture of the ballroom [scene] … in the 1980s among New York City’s African American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities. The film provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of drag queens, trans women, and gay men as they compete in ballroom contests, showcase their talent, and express themselves through fashion and style.”
The film is not without its dramas and critics, read all about it in The Guardian:
Burning down the house: why the debate over Paris is Burning rages on.