In the UK this years Autumn Equinox takes place on Tuesday 22nd September at 2.31pm. Of course, as you know in the northern hemisphere it marks the official end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It marks the point at which the sun illuminates the northern and southern hemispheres equally.
This autumnal period is also associated with harvest, and harvest festivals. The Harvest Moon is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox period. The light this moon provided was used by farmers to work long into the night to bring in crops from the fields.
The Autumn Equinox increases the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis in northern hemisphere latitudes, otherwise known as the ‘Northern Lights’.
Pagans have three harvest festivals throughout the year, Lammas, Samhain and Mabon (which is the second). Mabon celebrates a plentiful harvest and a need to give thanks for abundance. It remembers that the bounty of Mother Earth should be celebrated and shared both literally and spiritually. (more…)
Recent events have created a slower world for many of us. For a while we couldn’t make plans, couldn’t say yes to every invitation – we had to learn to ‘be’.
If part of you has enjoyed not having an endlessly full diary, and a to-do list that never gets smaller. Then you might enjoy these practises as a way of being more mindful on a day-to-day basis.
Remember the small pleasures in life
Take a moment to make a list of 10-20 little things that bring you joy.
It could be putting some bird food in the garden for little friends that visit and sing.
Taking a bubble bath.
A hot drink and a biscuit.
Baking a treat.
A cheeky glass of wine a little earlier than normal.
You’ll know what makes you happy… Then when you are having a bit of a day, and need a welcome lift. Pull out your list and do one of the things – it’s as simple as that! (more…)
Feelings of anxiety have been a feature of many of our lives in recent months, we have all struggled with the impact of lock-down. The problem is, that even though the world is coming out of its restrictions. Many of us are still feeling anxious, this time about how to re-enter this new state of normal.
Living in a state of anxiety, limits our ability to be happy and eventually takes a toll on our body and mind and total well-being. Some people do seem to have more of a genetic tendency to having anxious feelings. Past traumas and being under stress for long periods can also make anxiety more likely.
But when you have reached the stage – that you are even worrying about worrying – then its time to take action!
Feelings of fear, are closely related to anxiety. Very often a person feeling anxious will do a number of things: (more…)
In recent weeks and months, there have been heart-breaking scenes across the world, of different origins. Most of us will have experienced a whole cacophony of emotions, as we have navigated these difficult waters.
Throughout this time, I have returned again and again to some simple things. One is a saying: ‘this too shall pass’, and the other is simply to have ‘hope’.
In a sea of uncertainty, it can be helpful to be reminded by the constancy’s in all of our lives. The sun will rise and fall each day, the seasons will turn before our eyes, the tides will ebb in and out… (more…)
For centuries honey has been discussed for its magical healing powers. Science has been slow to catch on, but now various institutions are researching the medicinal benefits. For example, everything from IBS, to wound healing to hay fever symptom relief.
Of course, we all know that Bees make honey, using nectar – a secretion from plants that has a sugary fluid texture. Therefore, honey is classified by region, depending on where the Bees have collected the plant nectar. (more…)
Did you keep a diary as a child? Or do you consider writing down the day-to-day activities of life slightly cringeworthy, aka – Bridget Jones?
Well, either way – now might be the perfect time to consider writing a journal. Life has changed for many of us recently, and a journal can be one way of getting our thoughts on paper. But journals can also be so much more than that:
Of course, a journal can act like a diary – as a record of the events of any given day, along with your emotions.
But they can also act as a reminder of your goals and ways you want to self-improve, as well as mark successes on your journey. (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.
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…)
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…)
Is there someone that you have met in your lifetime that you admire for their resilience? Their ability to remain calm, when everyone around them is flapping. Who chooses to see the bright side of life even when faced with adversity?
The sort of person I am describing above is one that shows resilience, and it is a great life skill and ability to possess. Even if it is not your go-to position, it is possible to train yourselves to be more of a problem solver.
Generally speaking, people who are resilient demonstrate certain characteristics. The first is that they keep their emotions under control. This is partly why they are able to deal with things in an emergency or crisis situation. The second is they are good communicators, they are able to articulate what they are feeling, without having to act out their emotions. Thirdly, they are very open to new experiences, whether it is meeting new people, travelling to new destinations, taking on different work tasks etc. Put another way, they are prepared to be out of their comfort zone. (more…)