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Lisa Edwards
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I’m back from my trip to India and it’s all happening…

Overlooking Kakolem Beach – a classic Goan coastal view
Overlooking Kakolem Beach – a classic Goan coastal view
Reunited!
If you were following my new Instagram account, you’ll have seen me reuniting with Shubham, and all my friends (canine and human) in Goa. I had a month there, mainly because we’re currently only allowed 30-day visas in the UK because of a stand-off with the Indian government, but it was the perfect amount of time. Shubham was due to get back on a ship at the start of April anyway, so I managed to see him before he went back.
Sweetpea hard at work as my writing assistant
Sweetpea hard at work as my writing assistant
March is one of the hottest months in Goa, as it’s one of the months leading up to monsoon in June, with rising humidity making it difficult to do anything with much energy. Riding around on the back of Shubham’s bike was like having free aircon, though, and this time, we explored places along the coast and further inland that even he didn’t know about. I would tell you more, but I’m busy writing book two and this trip is IN IT! Writing memoir, I have to live my life before I write it down. I wrote a chunk of DARK HORSES RIDE while in Goa and I’m on the home straight now.
I’m planning to release the book over the summer (not sharing the date just yet!) but you’ll be the first to see my cover and strapline and the first to hear about all the things I’ve got planned for the launch. I might even share my opening chapter here…
My March trip coincided with a month of festivals in Goa, from the local Shigmo (harvest) festival, to Shivratri (the Great Night of Shiva) and Holi (spring). Check out my Instagram account for more details!
Me at Kakolem beach after Shubham got me with the Holi powders
Me at Kakolem beach after Shubham got me with the Holi powders
Live on air!
I’ll be talking live with Lucinda Hawksley on Goldster about Cheat Play Live this Friday (22 April) at 12pm. You can listen in here. You will have to sign up with your email, though, but it’s free.
Lucinda is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens and I was lucky enough to be at Roehampton University at the same time as her. She is an amazing speaker and author in her own right so it’s worth tuning in just to hear her.
Local book club appearance
I was also delighted to be asked along as guest author at a local book club in Worthing, at the new Bayside development by the sea. It was the perfect setting to talk about the book (and my new one!), with the waves crashing on to the beach right outside the window. The whole thing came about because I’d donated a signed copy of Cheat Play Live as a raffle prize at an event there and a lady from the book club won it. I love it when a seed you planted months ago in winter suddenly starts to bloom in spring.
Eat Pray Love
I wrote a piece for journalist Bibi Lynch in Platinum magazine on how Elizabeth Gilbert’s book had changed my life and led to my own memoir (see what I did with the title!). Again, you need to subscribe to read the whole piece, but here’s my bit of it!
I'm 55 now, in case anyone's checking.
I'm 55 now, in case anyone's checking.
The Six Enemies of Peace
And here’s my latest blog post, in case you haven’t read it yet. I am doing a course with my teacher in India, Sudhir Rishi, and we are studying Emotional Empowerment in the Bhagavad Gita. It is a story from the Vedas, the oldest Indian philosophical texts, but it contains everything you need to live an emotionally balanced life. Sudhir has the power to change lives with his teachings and he’s changed mine, along with thousands of others.
If you’re in emotional pain, look through the Six Enemies of Peace outlined in my post, and see if they resonate. I could trace every single piece of suffering I’ve ever had in my adult life to them – either in myself or in others.
The Six Enemies of Peace – Because You Can
My Yoga books for children
I have written four books based on the Yoga philosophy I’ve learned from Sudhir, published by HarperCollins in the US and Macmillan in the UK. The series is called Om Child, and it covers the topics of the Chakras, Ahimsa (non-violence), Yin/Yang (balance - not an Indian philosophy but applied to Yoga), and Ayurveda for wellness. I’m really proud of these four board books, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat, and hope they spread Sudhir’s teachings far and wide.
The Om Child series
The Om Child series
Namaste for now...
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Lisa Edwards
Lisa Edwards @BecauseYouCan50

Because You Can – one woman living a free and happy life. News about all my books - for children and adults - and my solo travel and hiking adventures.

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