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The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim


'Is it the world that's busy, or my mind?'

The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim's simple messages - which he first wrote when he responded to requests for advice on social media - speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.

Hugely popular in Korea, Haemin Sunim is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religions and borders and resonate with people of all ages. With insight and compassion drawn from a life full of change, the 'mega-monk' succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.


Haemin Sunim

Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world. Born in South Korea and educated at Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not travelling to share his teachings. In Korea, his book sold more than three million copies and spent 41 weeks at Number One.  Book on sale now in reception 

                        HAY FEVER?


Pollinosan hayfever tablets are made to an original A.Vogel formula. They contain 7 tropical herbs in varying homeopathic potencies. Pollinosan tablets are non-drowsy so will not affect your ability to drive or use machinery. They  can be used to help treat allergies to grass or tree pollen (hayfever), as well as allergies to dust, animals and pets (allergic rhinitis) – both conditions give rise to symptoms such as itching and watery eyes, sneezing, tickly nose or throat and a blocked nose. Pollinosan tablets can be used together with Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray.

                    SUMMER SALAD RECIPE

500 g New Potatoes

200g shelled broad  beans

200 g fresh asparagus

100 g shelled peas

90g prosciutto sliced into ribbons or optional pinenuts

125g mixed salad leaves

100g pecorino cheese shaved


For the dressing

50g watercress chopped

6 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp cider vinegar


Boil the potatoes, drain and halve. Blanch the broad beans and asparagus for 2-3  minutes. Take off the hard outer skins from the beans, Blanch peas for 1 minute then toss together all the vegetables and prosciutto/pinenuts  

For the dressing put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth, season with salt and pepper, toss salad leaves with the dressing. Serve the salad with vegetable mix on top and scatter with pecorino


                       FOCUS ON HAYFEVER

Hayfever is a common problem usually encountered in the spring and early summer. It is part of the group of health conditions known as allergic rhinitis – allergies to airborne substances which lead to inflammation in the lining of the nose, throat and eyes.In the main, hayfever refers to an allergy to pollen. If one is allergic to animals or house dust, this is referred to by doctors as ‘allergic rhinitis. However, the terms ‘hayfever’ and ‘allergic rhinitis’ are often used interchangeably.

It has been estimated that up to 25% of people in the UK and other industrialised Western countries suffer from hayfever. People prone to the condition tend to develop the problem during their teenage years and, although the condition lessens in severity with age, it can linger well into late adulthood. Hayfever is associated with two other health conditions, eczema and asthma, in what doctors term the ‘atopic triad’. Someone suffering from one of these conditions is more likely to develop one or both of the others. Atopy, or this type of allergic tendency, can also run in families.

Hayfever is caused by an abnormal (or allergic) reaction of the body to pollen coming into contact with the nose, eyes or throat. The body’s immune system reacts to this usually ‘harmless’ substance as it thinks that, for some reason, it is ‘harmful’ – as if the body were being attacked by a potent virus.  As the immune system over-reacts, it releases large amounts of a chemical known as histamine. This causes itching, inflammation and irritation in the local tissue. Why the immune systems of people with hayfever over-react in this way is not known.

Pollen causing hayfever can come from grass, trees or flowers. In temperate climates such as in the UK and Ireland, pollen levels increase dramatically in spring as Nature comes to life.

As the weather warms up, grass, bushes, trees and other plants grow and develop in a coordinated fashion. In this way, pollen levels are highest during spring and early summer. In countries which are warm all year round, plants do not have these coordinated phases as they are able to grow and flower all year round. This explains why hayfever does not tend to be a problem in say, tropical countries.

Pollen levels in the UK are very much dependent on the weather. A week of dull rainy weather followed by a few days of warm sunshine, can drive pollen levels sky high – not good news for those with hayfever.

People suffering from hayfever may also be more sensitive to one form of pollen than another. This adds to variations in symptoms from month to month and also, from one area of the country to another.

Hayfever can be treated using a wide variety of methods including:

·Antihistamines in tablet or nasal sprays.

·Anti-inflammatory medicines

·Nasal sprays and eye drops for irritated eyes– these help to soothe the tissues, helping to wash away pollen

·Decongestants – these can be useful in relieving stuffy noses

·Herbal and homeopathic medicines

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