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My Journey So Far With Guest Gareth Edwards My name is Gareth and I was gifted the spiritual name Ganapati a.k.a. Ganesh the elephant-headed Hindu god Manchester in the north of England is where I was born and raised, with Celtic ancestry from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. I am a life coach and bodywork healer based in Nelson. I am also a musician, writer and run laughter yoga workshops. My joy currently comes from daily dips at the beach, doing Open Floor dancing every second Sunday, and trying to complete Batman Lego 2 with my son. Describe the experiences that have shaped your journey In my 30s when I had the classic “prosperous career / crap life” syndrome. Stress led to burn out and then chronic fatigue. After my third trip to A&E convinced I was having a heart attack, only to be told it was a panic attack, I knew something had to change. A friend suggested a yoga retreat, which was about as far from my comfort zone as it was possible to be. But I was desperate and willing to try anything. Sure I’d be joining a cult, the orange-robed couple who welcomed me did little to convince me otherwise! Less than 48 hours later I felt better than I had in forever. I returned for a week long retreat an within 6 months I’d changed my career, left the city, started an organic veggie farm by the ocean and was on my way to an Ashram in India! Share with us the ways in which you have changed your life for the better At the time this was happening I thought perhaps I’d ‘done it’ - sorted my life out once and for all, ready to live happily ever after. Of course it was more like the start than the finish!

As I began this part of the journey, it soon become clear that it’s repeating this kind of response that would bring about a continuing state of ‘sorting my life out’... It seems to have thee parts: 1. Get into some sort of pickle and feel it’s all too hard and will never change 2. Get so desperate I’ll try anything however weird or challenging 3. Magically stumble across someone who changes my life. Again. After regular yoga I discovered laughter yoga. Within less than a minute knew it was for me. I quickly trained and began running workshops around New Zealand. After years of writhing around in seemingly endless back pain and crippling sciatica, I tried every alternative healers I could find. Then trained with them and started offer that healing to others. Time and again I feel I’m at the end of the road, reach out and find the hand of teacher. I grab hold and let them show me a new direction. Tips or advice for others on their journey Love your life, love yourself, open your heart and True transformation occurs when I surrender to endings and adopt my mantra ‘anything but this’. Fresh opportunities emerge from the mists of hopelessness and small steps in any direction shows me the path. With an open mind, and open heart, life soon becomes better than I could even have imagined. Gareth Edwards Issue #8 | The Inspired Guide | February 1st 2020

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The Inspired Guide - Issue #8  

Read Issue #8 of The Inspired Guide - FREE Conscious Living and Holistic Wellbeing eMagazine! Filled with inspiring and informative article...

The Inspired Guide - Issue #8  

Read Issue #8 of The Inspired Guide - FREE Conscious Living and Holistic Wellbeing eMagazine! Filled with inspiring and informative article...

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