Did you know that in the UK more flowers are sold for Mothering Sunday than for Valentine’s Day?
Mother’s Day wasn’t thought of until 1907, when Anna Jarvis from West Virginia held a memorial two years after her mother’s death and then campaigned for a recognised holiday in America. In 1914 she was successful and the national holiday is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May. In the UK the day is referred to as Mothering Sunday, it is a Christian holiday and as such is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Anna’s desire for the day was that it was not celebrated as a collective day, but that each family celebrated ‘their’ mother. It has become traditional to give cards and flowers, but also chocolates and perfume too. (more…)
Do you live your life avoiding walking over cracks in the pavement or walking under ladders? How about searching for the second magpie after seeing just the one or wanting to cry for breaking a mirror? Well if so, you’re not alone or crazy! Having a superstition is common amongst us all wherever we are in the world and we all try to avoid doing certain things…just in case!
Did you know that there’s not one, but two, Friday 13th’s this year? Superstition dates back to early Ancient times and have somehow been passed on over centuries and generations.
Here are some of the more common and our favourite superstitions…
Walking under ladders is probably one of the most established forms of superstition, but why do we go out of way to avoid it? Well, it originates back to the early Christian teachings, where an object that has three points, represents the Holy Trinity, which is the case when a ladder is leaning against the wall. They believed that, if you were to walk under a ladder, then you would have been labelled as being a witch and in the same league as the Devil, something we don’t want! (more…)
If you didn’t see part one of our Valentine’s Crystal post, then click here to read about Rose Quartz and Malachite.
As a crystal Amethyst is hugely popular, it is a lovely gem to look at, it has the vibrant colours that we associate with spirituality. It is abundant and therefore price wise is accessible. With all that said, it is such a great stone to have in your crystal healing collection. At its heart it promotes calm, balance and inner-peace. Of course, it also opens the channels for spiritual communication. It is also a fantastic protective stone, use it when you need to shield yourself from negativity. This crystal has a fantastic ability to turn all energy into love. If you are experiencing rocky feelings, this stone can help to dispel anxiety, stressed and irritated emotions, creating a more soothing energy so you can move forward. In crystal healing Amethyst is great when working the crown chakra, and for all work on emotional problems. (more…)
It is natural as Valentine’s Day approaches for our thoughts to turn to matters of the heart. Whether you are in a relationship and are looking for ways to communicate better. Or are looking for new love, or are just looking to improve the love you have for yourself. We have healing crystals that can energise you and feed your chakras.
None of you will be surprised to find Rose Quartz as the first crystal to consider. It is the ultimate stone of the heart and particularly of unconditional love. As a gem it can help when you are feeling overwhelmed by emotions. Making you more objective, even in a traumatic situation. This stone is great when we need a reminder to forgive ourselves. Accepting what has gone before, and forgiving ourselves and others is all part of the healing process, allowing us to move forward and not stay stuck. In moments when you are feeling unloved, or unlovable, hold Rose Quartz in the heart region. Cast your mind back to a time you felt adored, perhaps by a parent when you were a child (it doesn’t need to be romantic feelings of love). The crystal will help to bring feelings of being valued and loved into the present moment. Reminding you that you are worthy of love, and that you are accepted and seen by those that know you. (more…)
Spirit Animals, Animal Guides, Power Animals, are all names for creatures that provide energy, guidance and strength when we need it most.
Sometimes, these animals are more from folklore, like Unicorns and other times they are quite exotic like bears or panthers.
Instead today we are going to explore quintessential British countryside animals, that can be just as useful in a crisis.
As you may know Badgers are nocturnal, so it no surprise then that they represent the subconscious. Often these creatures will guide us in our dreams, as opposed to in our waking moments.
They are known for healing, probably due to their connection with woodlands – think plants, trees and herbs that provide medicinal qualities. (more…)
Do you consider yourself a good decision maker? Or are you known as a procrastinator? Do you make a pro/con list? Or, do you decide based on gut instincts?
Many of us find making decisions an impossible task. Maybe we get bogged down in the complexity of a situation, or the emotions attached to the outcome. Either way, it can become a paralysing situation.
So, how can you learn to make decisions more easily?
- It is good to accept that some decisions are big and potentially life changing, and so they need careful thought and consideration.
- We need to learn when to trust our intuition, and when to realise that our first gut reaction may not be our best choice.
- Understanding that our choices can be mixed with emotions of how others are viewing us, leading us to a decision that is not necessarily right.
You might think to yourself ‘I’ve never heard of ‘Ribbon Magic’. But it’s quite possible, you’ve even done a little bit of ribbon reading, without realising it!
I bet there have been times in your life, when you have absentmindedly twisted and played with a length of fabric. It might have been an elastic band, a dressing gown belt, a piece of string… and you tied it in a knot. Folk have even been known to do this with their hair! Oftentimes when we carry out this distracted type of activity, it is because we are puzzling over an issue. (more…)
At this time of year, many of us will be having a shift-around at home. Perhaps expanding dining tables, bringing in extra chairs. As well as making way for a Christmas tree, decorations and cards. In preparation for the festive season.
This year, as you start Christmas preparations why not brush up on the philosophy of Feng Shui. What better goal for the season and the coming year, than to harmonise and balance your home?
To make your home more ‘Zen’, it is a question of balancing the ‘Flow’ and ‘Chi’ (life-force). When you realise that our home, the layout, the furniture, possessions and more all add to the connected energy – both positive and negative. It is easier to understand how changing just a few things can bring about a more harmonised environment. (more…)
It should be a simple question – Do You Know Your Blood Pressure?
In the UK, Fitness Trackers have taken us by storm, with many of us calculating our sleep, our steps, our activity levels, inclines climbed. As well as knowing the macro nutrients and calorie intakes of the foods we have consumed.
However, many of us will be unaware of such a vital statistic as to what our blood pressure is…
This is not entirely surprising, as unless you have an existing illness, are on medication, regularly visit the Doctor’s or have unexplained symptoms, you could go years without the need for it to be checked.
Without being alarmist, it is known as the ‘Silent Killer’, and that is because often people can have no symptoms, despite suffering with Hypertension. Shockingly, for many, it is only when they have a stroke or heart attack, that they realise they had an underlying condition such as high blood pressure. (more…)
Most of us will have periods in life that cause us stress, from major life events like moving house and having a baby, to dealing with illness or changes in work circumstances, to name a few.
Of course, each of us will deal with stress in our lives differently. Some tolerate stress very well, even thriving under a bit of pressure or a hard deadline. Whist others will feel under the weather quite quickly and may turn to vices like food or drink to cope.
When stress becomes an everyday part of life:
If you have been under stress for a long time, then you may now be noticing daily symptoms, for example:
- Sleep problems
- General feelings of fatigue
- An inability to concentrate for long periods
- Feeling easily irritated
You may have reached a stage where you think, you might want some support in managing the stress in your life. Welcoming angels into your life may be part of the solution! (more…)