MEET THE MAKERS: HAYLEY AND JAYDE HALL X LUV LOU

INTERVIEW

HAYLEY AND JAYDE HALL X LUV LOU 

We share a lot with Northern Beaches sunglasses brand, Luv Lou. Both beach-obsessed, easy to wear and big believers in timeless design … We feel every MAURIE + EVE girl deserves the perfect pair of shades, so have welcomed some of our favourite Luv Lou styles online – add to cart for the total summer look.

Here, we chat with Founders and sisters, Hayley and Jayde Hall on business with family, words of advice and just how many pairs of sunglasses they really own.

M+E: Tell us a little bit about the birth of Luv Lou, at what point did you decide sunglasses were to be the focus?

JH: Luv Lou was born whilst sipping on almond lattes at a regular sisterly coffee date. We both had always dreamt of working together … creating something our friends and family would love to wear. Sunglasses have always been a regular purchase for both of us, the passion was there, so it felt like the perfect fit. Before long, what was a creative experiment – sampling a range – soon became a beautiful business which we now call Luv Lou.

M+E: Doing business with family can come with a warning, why does it work so well for Luv Lou – how does having sisterly support empower and enhance the business?

JH: Hayley and I are honestly more like best friends, we speak everyday about every little thing. I can’t imagine running a business with anyone else. We both have our strengths in the business and trust each other completely when making decisions. I think this is why we work so well together.

M+E: Do you remember your first pair of sunglasses and how many do you each own?

HH: I think between the two of us we would own over 100 pairs! Having Luv Lou makes this a little easier now. Both mine and Hayley’s first pair of frames were extremely oversized  … and bright! How things change, however you never know what trend is around the corner.

“Acknowledge the fact that you’re not an expert in all fields. Be informed by others, ask questions and surround yourself with innovative people who inspire and strengthen you.”

M+E: Despite the obvious (sun protection) why do we all lust over the perfect pair of shades?

HH: They say eyes are the window to your soul, well I believe sunglasses are the window to your style. They can make anyone feel confident and styled.

M+E: Words of advice for women looking to start their own business?

JH: Acknowledge the fact that you’re not an expert in all fields. Be informed by others, ask questions and surround yourself with innovative people who inspire and strengthen you.

M+E: What defines the Luv Lou woman?

JH: The Luv Lou Women is inspired by our beloved Nanna Lou who was strong yet soft, poised yet spontaneous, both beautiful and divine.

M+E: Who/what inspired your recent collection?

JH: We source inspiration from global trends to Pinterest and resurging vintage styles … So many ideas arrive through trawling photography books, observing celebrities and reinventing styles born from history’s most iconic women. It’s about finding that balance of modern and timeless for an accessory that speaks to the current lifestyle code while promising a lifetime of wear.

Our upcoming collection draws from 70s, 80s and 90s style icons and we’re so excited to launch.

M+E: What LL shades are currently on high rotation for each of you?

Jayde: It’s the Gigi Chocolate for me.

Hayley: The Margot in Beige – they do no wrong.

M+E: Key takeaway in business and life in 2021?

HH: Appreciate the simple things. Lockdown life has had us reassessing how we spend our time, energy and money moving forward in our freedoms.

M+E: Album/artist on repeat?

HH: John Legend – Bigger Love.

 

Follow @luvlou._ | @maurieandeve

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EDITORIAL: THE FUTURE IS FREEDOM


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THE FUTURE IS FREEDOM


The future is freedom. Send for sun drenched spontaneity and adventures untold in travel-ready essentials light on body and planet. Talent @anna.alexandra.aa captured by @elianedkov in Mallorca, Spain. 

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Photography // @elianedkov
Model // @anna.alexandra.aa

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INTERVIEW: CARISSA WALFORD

INTERVIEW

CARISSA WALFORD

Carissa Walford is an award winning Channel [V] TV Host who became obsessed with human behaviour; digging deeper through the art of interview and into the raw stories and vulnerabilities of her subjects. The objective always to provoke ones authentic self to shine. Her passion had made itself clear, and so Carissa moved on from music and into her current role(s) of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, yoga facilitator and mentor.

Here, we talk the dying popularity of being 'busy,' the art of being present and breaking free from the ruling of our subconscious mind.

M+E: You have evolved from TV Host to working as an NLP practitioner, mentor, yoga facilitator – dedicating yourself to helping others reach the ‘depth of their truest self and live in full alignment.’ Was there a defining moment in your previous career that awakened you to the understanding that change was needed – that a new path was required?

CW: As an interviewer my job was to bring out the best version of people … musicians, actors and celebrities etc. I was always so fascinated by their raw stories that were honest and vulnerable and found myself digging deeper so their authentic self could shine through. I’m obsessed with human behaviour, conditioning, childhood upbringing and generally what experiences people have gone through that make them the person they are today. I see my career now as a new chapter, but I have always had the same pursuit of connection and bringing peoples’ true self forward.

M+E: We imagine such a career shift would have manifested feelings of fear as you walked towards the unknown, how did you manage these feelings and persevere?

CW: My identity in the media was very external so I did a lot of my own work – reflecting on how that came to be. As an NLP coach I can recognise the limiting beliefs and blockages my clients have that stop them living in their full potential. I was able to spend some time really going inward to re-wire my own conditioning and slowly transitioned into my role as a coach.

Just having the awareness within yourself is the first step of doing ‘the work’ and pushing through any resistance holding you back. It’s still an ongoing process for me and I keep peeling back the layers. My work today is to serve. It’s not about me anymore and that’s become the most rewarding part of my job.

“As cliche as it sounds - when you start to grasp that the present moment is all we ever have, we actually start experiencing feelings of joy, happiness and peace. When you’re reliving the past or constantly thinking in the future, you’re not really living.”

M+E: We hear a lot about the importance of being present with particular reference to the modern individual’s lack thereof (courtesy of technology and busyness). What are some easy-to-integrate, daily rituals/practices we can all consider when striving to be more present?

CW: Stillness. Society will praise busyness however we as a collective are starting to wake up and see through this belief.

As a Vedic mediator – that’s my non-negotiable practice twice a day. If you’re new at meditating I suggest sitting for 10 min in silence to start getting used to being silent and still, and connecting to yourself each day. You can build this over time, and as your nervous system upgrades, you’ll find being busy is no longer fulfilling as it’s always moving further outward.

Walking barefoot for a sense of greater grounding and being surrounded by nature instantly gets me back in my body and out of my head as well.

M+E: What short and long term benefits will we experience from the act of being more present, and what are some short and long term goals we can set ourselves on this journey?

CW: As cliche as it sounds – when you start to grasp that the present moment is all we ever have, we actually start experiencing feelings of joy, happiness and peace. When you’re reliving the past or constantly thinking in the future, you’re not really living. It’s a constant practice of putting your attention back to your breath, and asking yourself if you’re feeling overwhelmed … ‘is there anything wrong in this moment’ the answer is always ‘no.’

M+E: How does NLP apply here?

CW: Your subconscious mind is running your life. Once you become aware of these stories, you start to break free from the habits that aren’t serving you – ie: finding the confidence to start a new career. NLP can get to the bottom of a specific situation or even comment someone said to you at a young age (that’s then formed a belief that you’re not ‘good enough’ for example).

M+E: A wise person once told you …?

CW: A wise man once told me when you make a decision in life the universe will back you and push you forward into the direction you chose. Sitting in fear keeps you stagnant. There is no such thing as failure – just feedback!

M+E: Album/artist on repeat?

CW: Billie Ellish! And Lorde!

M+E: If you could walk in the shoes of anyone for a day (from past or present time), who would it be?

CW: Honestly, no one … I like my shoes!

M+E: If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be?

CW: Funnily enough I’m currently living in Byron Bay and have realised during COVID that Australia is the most magical country. I would explore more of this beautiful land I grew up in – camping in Uluru would be incredible.

M+E: Last random act of kindness?

CW: Planting trees to increase local koala habitat.

 

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WELLNESS: THE RECIPE BOOKS KEEPING US SANE AND ENTERTAINED THIS LOCKDOWN

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THE RECIPE BOOKS KEEPING US SANE AND ENTERTAINED THIS LOCKDOWN

The ultimate way to kill time and calm the mind, we’ve been swapping recipes on the regular this lockdown. The ultimate way to upskill, nourish body and beat the boredom, these are the food bibles we can’t put down.

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Kelly Davies-Green, Founder and Designer

Whole Food Cooking Every Day, Amy Chaplin 

Discover 250 recipes (it’s 400 pages!) ninety percent of which are vegan and many naturally gluten-free. Part One explores the pantry, with everything you need to know on stocking your kitchen with nutrient-rich ingredients, while Part Two celebrates the season with recipes that show off local produce at its peak.

“This will surely come as no surprise to those who know me well! I am forever on the lookout for beautiful, wholesome recipes that inspire and nourish … the sesame, rose and millet bars on my list to make next!”

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Jess Engwall, Production Manager

Simple, by Yotam Ottolenghi

The New York Times best selling collection of over 130 easy, flavour-forward recipes from this beloved chef. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals.

“SO easy to follow and guaranteed to bring the flavour bombs every time … an impressive starting point for brunch to dinner party. My favourite recipe is actually a side dish – baked mint rice with pomegranate and olive salsa.”

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Anna Hewetson, In-House Photographer

Pasta Grannies, Vicky Bennison

Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers … nonne!

“Engaged to an Italian, pasta is only made by hand in our house …. this classic features over 70 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy. My favourites have to be the meatball pasta and trofie with pesto.”

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Lauren King, Creative Developer

Take One Fish, Josh Niland

Niland revolutionised the way we think about fish with his scale-to-tail approach to cooking, where almost every part of the fish is used. This book builds on his Whole Fish Cookbook from 2019, in a way that he describes as more ‘joyful’ and accessible.

“I love a technical dish that feels simple yet punch-packing on the palette  …. wholesome but a little bit fancy. I also have a passion for cooking seafood, and this book brings it all in one tidy red hardcover. Josh Niland is an absolute genius and shares some insightful knowledge around selecting, storing and preparing seafood, too. Next up … Charcoal flounder with celeriac coleslaw and flounder gravy.”

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Kellie Hannon, E-Commerce Manager

Falafel for Breakfast, Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley

Israeli-born chef Michael Rantissi and his partner and ‘balaboosta’ Aussie girl Kristy Frawley (Kepos Street Kitchen) drill down to what we all love about the ingredients and flavours of the Middle East – grains and greens, generosity, pungency, sweetness, sharing. This is food that brings everyone to the table, and won’t let them leave.

“A contemporary yet comprehensive cookbook that keeps the whole family inspired from breakfast through dinner … and dessert! My go-to recipe is the Date and Dukkah brownies … the perfect balance of naughty and nice.”



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DESIGN: THE MAKING OF HERE, SOMEWHERE


DESIGN

THE MAKING OF HERE, SOMEWHERE


It may come as no surprise that MAURIE + EVE Founder and Designer, Kelly Davies-Green creates on feeling, not forecasts. Her creative process hinges on a wonderful mix of intuition, knowledge, love and respect for people and planet … and of course, a borderline obsession for the texture, tenacity and tremendous magnetism of the sea.

The result is always a beautiful snapshot of the world – her world and our world – at the time of design … creations that speak softly, kindly to the delicate ebbs and flows of the human spirit.

With so much changing around us we appreciate more than ever the grounding force of Mother Earth. Here, Somewhere is an ode to her. Her patience, perseverance and adaptability. Qualities we each need now more than ever.

Enjoy this visual snapshot of Kelly’s design process – the starting mood, muses and final sketches … plus some of our collection favourites.

Photography // Tim Ashton
Model // Nylow @ IMG
HMUP // Mikele Simone
Creative Production // Lauren King

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READ: GREAT MACKEREL BY TIM ASHTON + FRIENDS

INTERVIEW

READ: GREAT MACKEREL BY TIM ASHTON 

Australian fashion photographer and M+E collaborator, Tim Ashton has released a book. Titled Great Mackerel, it’s a visual masterpiece and eternal narrative led by a beautiful woman’s journey through space and time. Each turn of the page allows a deeper dive into that holiday feeling, escapism, freedom … sensations currently lost yet found within the hardcover of this timeless first and last edition.

We chat with Tim on the sleepy town of Great Mackerel, film, favourites and lobster bisque.

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M+E: You’ve released a book! What inspired the release – what do you hope it achieves/brings to the world?

TA: I only ever really intended this to be a personal project with some friends. After coming home from the trip (to Great Mackerel) I had the film processed and found about 100 images I couldn’t let go of. So, I thought “this could be a book”.

When I was starting out in photography, I used to LOVE finding printed campaigns by cool brands. They used to make little book projects out of them … but all that seems to have disappeared nowadays. I want people to hold the images in their hands again and just enjoy something that’s made with love.

M+E: Tell us about the title and how it represents the image series within?

TA: Great Mackerel (GM) is a quiet little location with a population of about 40. Not 4000, 40. It’s a little huddle of homes on the edge of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is only accessible by ferry. There’s no shops, cafes or even police … just a tiny forestation and a collection of holiday homes on the beach.

“There’s a blissful feeling being alone swimming through crystal clear water. I think it's nostalgic and easily relatable for everyone. Times around water and the beach usually signify holidays and a feeling like time is irrelevant.”

M+E: There is a continuous narrative throughout the pages – what does this storyline mean/symbolise to you?

TA: The loose narrative of the images is about a girl’s experience around life by the water and the sleepy community of GM. It’s purely emotive with no real start or finish … just an expression of what it’s like when a beautiful woman moves slowly through time in a beautiful place.

M+E: Favourite image within the book and why?

TA: My favourite image at this current moment is a shot of Danz (model) diving through the water while I’m above, on the jetty looking down. I think it sums up the whole book. There’s a blissful feeling being alone swimming through crystal clear water. I think it’s nostalgic and easily relatable for everyone. Times around water and the beach usually signify holidays and a feeling like time is irrelevant.

M+E: Will we see more from Great Mackerel?

TA: No …I think this is just a one off event. I’d like to continue making books but I want this to remain a unique location – an experience never to be repeated.

M+E: Album/artist on repeat?

TA: Leon Bridges new album Gold-Diggers Sound.

M+E: You’re a keen cook. What’s currently on high rotation at your house?

TA: After a recent dive where I caught a crayfish, two abalone and an octopus, I made a lobster bisque from the crayfish and use that to flavour pasta … incredible!

 

Limited editions remain. Purchase yours, here.

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DISCOVER OUR NEW COLLECTION


NEW COLLECTION

HERE, SOMEWHERE


Explore deeper connections with self and surroundings in loose, longline silhouettes, symmetrical cut outs and elegant adjustability. Clear white and moody charcoal represents the yin and yang in all of us, a palette textured with embroidered techniques for easy day-to-night transition. Relaxed, liveable staples designed for seasons to come.

Wear, share, repair – repeat.

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SHOP: RIDE OUT PANT + SHIRT SET, CHARCOAL

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Photography // Anna Hewetson
Film // Monica Buscarino
HMUP // Luciana Briedis
Styling // Elly McGaw

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MEET THE MAKER: ELYSE MIDDLETON X NIM SOLES

MEET THE MAKER

ELYSE MIDDLETON X NIM SOLES

Forever on the hunt for mindful makers of likeminded style essentials, we are thrilled to host conscious footwear brand, Nim Soles online at MAURIE + EVE. Created by graphic designer and wonderful mother of two, Elyse Middleton, these season-less soles are designed to wear on repeat, every day, from desk to beach to lunch and all moments in-between.

We chat with Elyse on the details of Nim soles’ EVA Foam, a quest for carbon neutrality and business as a ‘one woman show.’

M+E: Nim Soles are made from 100% Eva Foam – talk to us about this material, where it’s sourced and why it’s considered pioneering in the category of footwear.

EM: Our slides are produced with a high quality EVA foam (ethylene-vinyl acetate), which is BPA free and does not contain chlorides, heavy metals, phenols, latex and other toxic substances found in PVC. It is also formamide free and contains glutamate composition and biological complex enzyme, making them more efficiently biodegradable.

This material has so many amazing qualities making it perfect for footwear. These include being 100% water repellant, very light weight, easy to clean, soft and flexible (with the ability to form to your foot over time), and excellent rebound and longevity. All this results in an incredibly comfortable shoe that is super versatile, wearable and long lasting.

We do however, acknowledge that EVA foam is not a carbon neutral, material and in an effort to help minimise our impact as much as we can, use minimal, plastic free packaging using only recycled and biodegradable materials. Further to this, we are partners of One Tree Planted, planting a tree for ever pair sold.

M+E: You’re a graphic designer, how have these principles aided your creation of Nim Soles?

EM: Nim has been a real labour of love, from the initial idea to branding, sourcing, web design and marketing. I’m a one woman show and being a graphic designer has definitely helped me to do all these things myself. I still have a lot to learn, especially from a business and marketing point of view, and am just feeling my way through it all as I go.

“They are a wear with everything, go anywhere shoe. I literally live in mine! Around the house, gardening and feeding the goats, going to the beach, out to lunch and everything in between. If you could only have one pair of shoes in your wardrobe, this is them.”

M+E: What gap does Nim fill in the footwear market?

EM: They are a wear with everything, go anywhere shoe. I literally live in mine! Around the house, gardening and feeding the goats, going to the beach, out to lunch and everything in between. If you could only have one pair of shoes in your wardrobe, this is them.

M+E: Describe the Nim aesthetic in 3 words.

EM: Minimal. Neutral. Relaxed.

M+E: Describe the Nim customer in 3 words.

E: I don’t know if I could put them into just 3 words, but to me the Nim customer is someone who values comfort, style and versatility. You want to look good but also feel good.

M+E: Album/artist on repeat?

EM: I can never go past a bit of Amber Mark but my 3 year old daughter is obsessed with Harry Styles … so that’s usually what we’re listening to!

M+E: Last random act of kindness?

EM: I’m very proud to be partnering with One Tree Planted and pledging to plant a tree for every pair of Nim’s sold. Just a small way we can try and give back and do our bit to reduce impact.

A wise person once told you …?

EM: Nothing worth doing is easy!

Follow @nim.soles | @maurieandeve

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5 MINUTES: WITH MAURIE + EVE GIRL, ALENA LARIONOVA

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5 MINS: M+E GIRL, ALENA LARIONOVA

We chat with Bali based model and MAURIE + EVE girl, @alenlarionova on sweet peaches and post-COVID island life.

SHOP: THE INARI DRESS, SAGE

M+E: We miss travelling to beautiful Bali. How has the lifestyle change, post-COVID?

AL: When COVID hit , Bali turned from its bustling self to an almost creepy, quiet place. These days, it’s just expats living here and sadly many businesses have closed. This said, many have opened, too. I am conscious of supporting local wherever possible, small coffee shops and neighbourhood eateries.

M+E: Your favourite spot(s) to eat, drink and beach in Bali? 

AL: So many choices! My favourite cafes are Remix and Doppio. Uluwatu beaches are my most treasured, Karma Beach particularly has pristine white sand and minimal people. Most of my photos are taken here.

M+E: We have loved collaborating with you across some gorgeous content. Which M+E piece are you currently wearing on repeat?

AL: I absolutely love collaborating with your beautiful brand. Right now, I’m sitting at Remix answering. this Q&A in my Sage Inari Dress. I also love the Body Sun Dress – an easy day-to-night choice.  

“Definitely Europe — Spain or Italy. I am craving the sweet taste of peaches and nectarines … such delights do not grow in Bali unfortunately.”

M+E: If you could travel anywhere, tomorrow, where would it be

AL: Definitely Europe — Spain or Italy. I am craving the sweet taste of peaches and nectarines … such delights do not grow in Bali unfortunately.

M+E: Is your wonderful blonde hair all natural and how do you keep it so shiny?

AL: Unfortunately, I am not a natural blonde! My hair is actually light brown so I’m at the salon every couple of months to keep it light. To protect and promote shine, I make my own hair masks that hydrate and strengthen.

M+E: Beauty ritual you swear by?

AL: Morning face massage with Gua Sha … and a fresh light tan on my face. P.S don’t forget to use sunscreen 🧴

M+E: Your most treasured possession?

AL: I am obsessed with flowers, I always have fresh flowers at home and the wilder they are, the more attractive they are to me.

M+E: Last random act of kindness?

AL: I sent flowers to my friend who was pleasantly surprised.

Follow @alenlarionova | @maurieandeve 

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LISTEN: 6 AUDIOBOOKS TO LISTEN AND LIVE TO

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BALANCE: THE AUDIOBOOKS WE'RE LISTENING AND LIVING TO 

MAURIE + EVE Founder and Designer, Kelly Davies-Green shares her most loved audiobooks. For wherever you are, tune in and tune up your connection with the world around us.

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BILL GATES

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How to avoid a Climate Disaster: Bill Gates

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

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Let my People Go Surfing: Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard—legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.—shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.

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Kiss the Ground: Josh Tickell

Josh Tickell explains an incredible truth: by changing our diets to a soil-nourishing, regenerative agriculture diet, we can reverse global warming, harvest healthy, abundant food, and eliminate the poisonous substances that are harming our children, pets, bodies, and ultimately our planet.

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Letting Go - The Power of Surrender: David R.Hawkins

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to Enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author’s clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

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The Power of Now: Eckhart Toll

In The Power of Now, Tolle shows readers how to recognise themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now.

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The Awakened Family: Dr Shefali

A journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples from my experience as a parent and clinical psychologist that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent.

Pictured left: Kelly Davies-Green and son Ryder.



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