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Thrive this Summer

SummerAs I write this article England is in the throes of what can only be described as a heat-wave. It’s the glorious weather we can only dream about, and plenty of us pay good money each year to ensure we get some by holidaying abroad. But somehow when you are working, and trying to sleep at night, it’s all not so funny. So how can you thrive during summer rather than just survive?

Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion is not just a possibility in foreign climes, it can happen just as easily at home… Typical symptoms are nausea, dizziness, cramps, thirst, tiredness, headache and even a fast pulse. It is caused by the body losing too much water and salt, through sweating, either due to extreme heat or maybe from playing sport in very hot weather. To guard against it happening, ensure that you stay well hydrated, try to eat more water rich foods in your diet (think cucumber and watermelon), and stay out of the sun during the height of the day between 11am-3pm, and seek shade where possible. If you do get caught out, then remove unnecessary clothes, lie down, get into as cool a place as possible, drink water, and try and cool the skin. (more…)

Understanding Crystals

Crystal HealingWhen you are thinking about purchasing a crystal, it can be helpful to understand how both the colour and the shape of the gem will impact the energy that it outputs.

Here are some examples of crystal colour categories and their meanings:

Silver/Grey tones represent transformation, change and sometimes invisibility.

Black tones offer protection, they are grounding and act as detoxifiers.

Brown gems can be used when you need to feel centred, they are purifying and are great for cleansing rituals.

Pink crystals represent love, they help with feelings of unease and apprehension. (more…)

Expressive Writing

Expressive WritingThe nature of modern technology means that we are now documenting our lives in different ways, for many of us when we were young, events may have been recorded in a diary, or we may have had some sort of scrap booking or journal system for recording important events, as well as our thoughts and feelings. But now it is quite likely that these methods are deemed outdated and we are recording our lives in a digital manner, and perhaps memorialising them via social media platforms.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with embracing everything that modern living has to offer, there are some art forms that are being forsaken along the way, take writing for example. Very often we use words now as little as possible, with communications limited to an amount of characters or words.

One of the reasons this is quite sad, is that that the benefits of writing expressively has many therapeutic health advantages. (more…)

Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule WardrobeWe now have so many choices in life, that decisions are more complicated than ever and we often make the same selections over and over again regardless of whether they are right for us or not.

Our wardrobes are a classic example, just take jeans – there is an overwhelming choice of colour, cut, style, for instance on the Marks & Spencer’s website for women there are 62 options before you get into shade or size…

As winter becomes spring and then spring becomes summer, it can be hard to make room for everything from jumpers, to coats, to shorts and more. So, is there an argument for a capsule wardrobe, and if so what do you choose?

Do you have enough storage at home for all of the clothes, shoes and accessories that you own? If the answer is no – then it is time to downsize your wardrobe! (more…)

Feather Magic

Feather MagicBirds and their feathers have been used for centuries as both talismans and as predictors of the future.

In its simplest form a feather crossing your path can be read as a message trying to reach you. The way that you see a feather could be far and wide, one might fall from the sky, you might be gifted a present or jewellery that has a feather design, or in this day and age you could see something in a gift shop or printed on a t-shirt… The symbolism might be in you repeatedly seeing and noticing feathers in all of their forms.

Different colours help with the mystical meanings:

Black –  Interpreted as spiritual wisdom. You can use a black feather to disperse pessimism, negativity and disapproval. It can also be used as an amulet for the home providing protection from unwanted visitors.

Blue – These colour feathers stimulate intelligence and enhance psychic cognizance. Use this colour when you need to tune in to your intuition. (more…)

Dream Symbols

Dream MeaningsDo you often wake, thinking that was a really weird dream? It can be hard to make head nor tail of what it meant. Sometimes we may have the feeling that the dream just happened, and that it was strange and complicated, but it is not always easy to remember all of the details.

The next time that happens to you, it is worth trying to think if there were any elements of the dream, perhaps a symbol that stood out to you. You may have noticed it, but not necessarily thought it was relevant to the story playing out. (more…)

Ch’i

Ch'iCh’i is sometimes referred to as ‘Qi’ or ‘Positive Ch’i’ or as ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and simply put is an invisible life-force.

The ideal, is to create positive energy, where everything flows properly for humans, the animal kingdom, nature and even buildings…

When the flow of ch’i is properly regulated health, vitality and growth will all be promoted, but when the opposite happens and energy is blocked problems occur in health and in life. Ch’i needs to be balanced just right, when it runs too intensely and fast it can lead to all sorts of things like hyperactivity, anger, lack of relaxation and more which in turn takes away good well-being and prosperity. (more…)

The Angel Hierarchy

Angels are quite mystical in themselves, much has been written about them and there are many different opinions about their origins and purpose. Despite a diverse attitude a few theories have become accepted, such as one popularised by Dionysius the Areopagite who was a Greek mystic of the 6th century CE. He wrote the Celestial Hierarchy where he divided the angelic realm into nine orders, made up of three choirs. This theory was further developed in the 13th century by an Italian theologian named St Thomas Aquinas.Angel Hierarchy

The First Choir

The first choir was made up of three groups of angels who were supposed to be closest to God, and who were given face-to face-worship with him.

Seraphim: They include Uriel and Michael who were aflame with love and devotion for God and were therefore known as the ‘burning ones’. (more…)

The Surprising Health Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate

Easter has just passed – but maybe you still have a house full of chocolate? If so, you may not need to feel so guilty about indulging in your favourite treats, as chocolate has some surprising health benefits.

I’m not suggesting that you eat 100g of chocolate in one go, although it wouldn’t be difficult to do with an Easter Egg! But the average size block bar of chocolate contains 100g and with that quite a few nutrients needed for every day health: (more…)

The Good Place

The Good PlaceThe Good Place is essentially a comedy about the afterlife, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but it has been a surprising hit. The show is a Netflix Original, and as I write this season 1 is available in full and the second half of season two is being delivered week by week. Season 3 has already been commissioned and is likely to air in autumn this year.

In broad terms there is ‘The Good Place’, as you might conceptualise heaven and there is an opposite ‘The Bad Place’ (Hell). The series was created by Michael Schur, who you might recognise for other quirky programmes such as Parks and Recreation, The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (more…)