Akasha Lonsdale

Welcome to the thoughts, reflections and insights of an Interfaith Minister, Life Mentor and Catalyst for Positive Change.  I don’t know how you found me but I hope in the following pages you find postings and links that touch your heart, make you think and uplift your spirits.

The Art of Gratitude

The motivational teacher Anthony Robbins always says “Live every day with an attitude of gratitude”.   Not always easy when the going is tough but sometimes the darkest hour is just before dawn, and we need to practice strengthening our gratitude muscle to cope with such times. I recently read this quote by Joan Chittister from […]

….And Death Came Third!

June 2013 This is actually the title of a book by two colleagues of mine Andy Lapota and Peter Roper.  It is based on a 1984 survey in the US that showed more people were scared of public speaking than of dying!  Now as a professional speaker, this isn’t something that particularly bothers me but […]

Enthusiasm – Fireworks or Bubbling Brook?

May 2013 So what is enthusiasm?  Well the origin is from the Greek “En-Theus” which means “In God”, or as I tend to translate it “God Inside”. But ignore any potential religious connection and think about the last time you felt enthusiastic about something.  Maybe it was a new idea, a trip out, a holiday […]

Navigating the Communication Minefield!

March 2013.  And what a minefield it is, which sounds ridiculous because hopefully once you reach a certain maturity of speech, you open your mouth and speak words that are understood and interpreted in the way that you have intended.  Is that actually what happens though?  Most likely not.  In fact it’s quite frequently the […]

Breathing – the Breath of Life

February 2013. During my personal development workshops or corporate management programs, at some point I will always teach my #1 self-management tool: Breathing. It might seem crazy to think you have to learn how to breathe but the reality is that unless you are engaged in activities that require you to breathe correctly, most people […]

Regrets, I’ve had a few…..

“Regrets, I’ve had a few but then again too few to mention”.   So said Frank Sinatra in his famous song.  However this doesn’t appear to be true for the majority of us.  During the years of working with patients in the last weeks and days of their life, a palliative care nurse would ask about […]

Honesty Pays!

I was brought up with the maxim that “honesty is the best policy” and this certainly paid dividends for 69 year old homeless busker, Alan Dent.  Having found a purse with £70 cash and credit cards, instead of helping himself, he handed it into a local bank. It was traced to a young mum who publicly […]

Crocodile Tears!

Earlier today I was enjoying a Costa coffee when two young mums wheeled in their respective youngsters, a boy and a girl both aged about 21/5.  They duly positioned their buggies, got some drinks and set about the important task of talking to each other and ignoring their children. Suddenly, the little boy began to […]

Love defies Gender

I have heard that a number of people are decrying the storyline in Coronation Street (long running British soap) where Marcus, a lifelong gay man has fallen in love with heterosexual Maria.  They consider is to be a stretch too far and unrealistic. This is actually a brilliant storyline as it happens more often than many […]

Happy Diwali – The Festival of Lights

Diwali starts today but Robin, my stepson in India told me that there were already fireworks everywhere yesterday evening as excitement mounted for probably the most famous festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs (although the last two cultures have different meanings for the celebration). The Festival of Lights, also known as Deepawali or Dival, […]