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Valerie McDonald replied to David Brazier's discussion DEALNG WITH EMOTION: The Fixless Fix in the group BUDDHISM
"Thank you David .... Having read the post 'Dealing with Emotions' and all of the discussions related to it your final post Re decisions , the words that really resonate with me  is that in the midst of personal turmoil or the tsunami…"
Apr 23, 2016
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Apr 23, 2016
Valerie McDonald replied to David Brazier's discussion MONDAY 11 Apr ~ A Hole in my Bucket ~ Elja in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"Thank you David... there's a hole in my roof and the rain is pouring through but am sure that eventually the rain will cease and the roofers will make progress and everything will change again. Look forward to seeing you in the summer and I do…"
Apr 15, 2016
Valerie McDonald replied to David Brazier's discussion MONDAY 11 Apr ~ A Hole in my Bucket ~ Elja in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"Lovely picture... glad things are brightening up Elja. Sorry that I missed visiting you this time around and hopefully will make it in the summer. Good luck with the op. x"
Apr 15, 2016
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Apr 11, 2016
Valerie McDonald liked David Brazier's discussion WEDNESDAY 24 Feb ~ Walking the Sacred Land
Feb 26, 2016
David Brazier left a comment for Valerie McDonald
"Dear Valerie, It would be lovely to see you if you had time to call in on your way south either for a cuppa or even an over night stay - whatever works for you. I am very pleased to be out of hospital and now able to do a few things, even though…"
Feb 11, 2016
Valerie McDonald replied to David Brazier's discussion WEDNESDAY 10 Feb - Out of Hospital & a Car Accident in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"so very relieved that you are home David and that Elja was not hurt in the accident...  sitting around the fire with a good cup of tea sounds like a good idea to me. Wishing you continued improvement and rest. I am driving through France on…"
Feb 10, 2016
Valerie McDonald replied to Elja Stoel's discussion Friday 29 jan ~ Sitting by the Bedside in the group ELEUSIS DAILY: At Home & Away
"so sorry to hear of this news .... wishing you 'beaucoup de courage' and sending love and prayers to both of you xxx"
Jan 29, 2016
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Jan 29, 2016
David Brazier left a comment for Valerie McDonald
"Ah, now, of course, I am fascinated to know what you will write when you pluck up courage ! Also, what is holding you back? Perhaps we should start a discussion about having the courage to comment :-) I guess courage is a big subject, certainly…"
Dec 28, 2015
Valerie McDonald left a comment for David Brazier
"Thank you David, was even nearly at the point of being brave enough to comment on the discussion...... but not quite!  A happy New Year to you. Kindest Regards Valerie"
Dec 27, 2015
David Brazier left a comment for Valerie McDonald
"Nice to see you on the site, Valerie. Good wishes for the New Year."
Dec 27, 2015
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Dec 27, 2015
Valerie McDonald replied to David Brazier's discussion WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS? in the group MEN & WOMEN
"That made me giggle, but also a reminder of how painful that whole process was..... fast forward 5 years and I don't put myself though that agony anymore. Thank goodness!"
Dec 5, 2015

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Working as a psychotherapist in London.. Studying Meditation and Buddhism...
How did you hear about Eleusis?
Amida Trust
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Volunteering, Attending courses, Holiday/Recuperation, Group Retreats, Personal Retreat

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At 11:26 on February 11, 2016, David Brazier said…

Dear Valerie, It would be lovely to see you if you had time to call in on your way south either for a cuppa or even an over night stay - whatever works for you. I am very pleased to be out of hospital and now able to do a few things, even though I'm pretty limited at the moment, but with Adam and Elja here it all works. If you are developing a place in France we shall be able to visit each other in the future. Very best wishes - David

At 11:45 on December 28, 2015, David Brazier said…

Ah, now, of course, I am fascinated to know what you will write when you pluck up courage ! Also, what is holding you back? Perhaps we should start a discussion about having the courage to comment :-) I guess courage is a big subject, certainly worth talking about.

At 20:17 on December 27, 2015, David Brazier said…

Nice to see you on the site, Valerie. Good wishes for the New Year.

At 9:33 on December 5, 2015, David Brazier said…

Glad to see you visiting the site - and pleased to see you will be visiting us next summer - super.

At 22:09 on February 18, 2013, David Brazier said…

Welcome, Valerie. Thank you for joining us.

 
 
 

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