Have you heard of ‘patterning’? No, me neither. Patterning is a new next-gen wellbeing practice that combines an immersive listening experience with the power of peer support to help you live life with greater intention
Created by CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably, Chair James Scroggs and Matt Hart, Patterning's sound-based practice is facilitated principally by an app that invites us to state our intentions, channel them, then reflect on whether those intentions have impacted our lives.
“We start at first principles: we all have patterns in our lives we’d love to change. But we know that changing patterns is really hard. This venture started when we came across a particular energetic pattern from a quantum scientific study (dubbed The Pattern) that can energise us in changing our own patterns. Ergo, it seemed obvious to call our practice and our app Patterning.” says Scroggs.
Patterning really dates back 33 years to the inception of a scientific study, to which some of the world’s greatest minds in Math and Geometry have contributed. It is truly founded on science - quantum science... which is informing much of what we take for granted today, in physics, computing, data etc - largely because it states that everything in the world is relational.
TheChicGeek says, “You type and state your intention at the beginning, it could be something like ‘be more focused’. Your intentions can only happen if you intend for them to happen. Choose the length of time, then close your eyes and ‘sink in’. The sound is like constant sonic type sound with a wave cycle and energetic vibrations.
They suggest you buddy up with somebody to keep up your patterning practise. Think of it like sonic clarity for your mind.”
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Personal passions executed brilliantly are the key to any successful business. Olly Rzysko, CMO and Retail Advisor, has launched a new personal project called ‘Good Candles’.
Small batch candles designed and made by hand in the UK using high quality, sustainably sourced soya wax, Good Candles are safe and free of nasty stuff such as paraffin and carcinogens.
Donating to causes close to Rzysko’s heart, each 40 hours-long candle pledges at least 10% of every single sale to projects such as tree planting, mental health, literacy and food banks.
Every candle has a personal memory and story from Rzysko and his associations for the scent and the reasons behind the good causes.
TheChicGeek says, "These are fun, stylish and coming from a truly good place. This is the kind of exciting and worthwhile type of brand we want to see coming into the beauty/lifestyle market post-COVID."
Left & Above - Good Candles - School Dinners, Forest Fire, Reading Books, Fred’s Garden - £35
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Made in Britain, palm oil and paraben free, ‘Evolution’ is the debut fragrance from men’s grooming brand, Kings. A mix of essential oils including patchouli, cardamom, vetiver, copaiba, ylang ylang and eucalyptus, Evolution has been approved by the Vegan Society and by Cruelty Free Bunny.
Started by founder, Blué O’Connor, as a result of a successful crowd-funding campaign, Kings will be helping to fund two charities in Blué’s hometown of Bristol, Mentoring Plus and Bristol Mind, as well as the national male suicide-prevention charity, Calm.
Left - Kings - Evolution 50ml EDT - £39.99, 10ml EDT - £14.99, 1.7ml EDT Sample Bottle - £2.49
TheChicGeek says, “Price isn’t a signifier of anything anymore, especially in fragrance, and this is great value.
This is really good. It starts with a liquoricey top which turns into an attractive warm rubber. I’m not crazy about the branding, but nobody sees that when their salivating around your neck!
It is suppose to smell like a jungle in bloom, but it’s drier than that. It’s a slow mover from the top to the base, but the journey keeps you engaged. It’s a calming fragrance which also complements its mental health connections. In a nutshell, it smells like sexy car mats!"
Disclosure - The product was gifted by Kings to review