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…)
You might not have heard of Crystal ‘Palm Stones’ before, but simply they are crystals that are oval and flat in shape, that literally fit into the palm of your hand.
They are perfect for crystal healing, you can just pop one in your pocket or bag, and they are extremely tactile, giving you access to the healing energy whenever you need a boost.
You can simply carry it in the palm of your hand, or lay them on your skin as part of a meditation, helping you to both feel their warmth and harness their energy.
You can keep a selection on display at home, and just pick up what you are drawn to on any given day on your way out the door. (more…)
Book Reviews – 4 to choose from:
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Marilyn and David have four children, all daughters raised in the 1970’s, fast-forward to them being adults, and their parents can’t understand why they are not well-adjusted happy people. Each one is struggling in their own way, their difficulties being as unique as they are. But for each of them the overriding struggle is finding a lasting love that lives up to the happy-ever-after their parents have. But things get worse before they get better, one of the daughters gave up a child for adoption, when that person tracks them down it impacts the whole family. The book explores the dynamic and sometimes fraught relationships between parent and child and sibling to sibling. (more…)
The other day an advert popped up on TV, there is a lake scene, and a circular countdown timer and the advert encourages you to just be calm for 30 seconds. The advert is actually promoting an app called ‘Calm’, the purpose of the app is to aid meditation and sleep. The advert is so successful, as in today’s busy modern world, we find it difficult and a bit uncomfortable to just sit still and quiet for 30 seconds. Hence the need for the app in the first place.
But it is a reminder that we have forgotten how to be still and quiet, and that carving out periods of solitude are seen as selfish and indulgent. But in fact, it is essential for our wellbeing, and highly needed when it comes to our spiritual development and enlightenment.
Pablo Picasso said “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” (more…)
I know what you are thinking, why do I need to read an article on breathing, I know perfectly well how to breathe. I just breathe in and breathe out – all done!
But and this is a big but – we are all breathing, but many of us are not breathing as well as we could, and in many cases modern day living is hampering how we breathe.
Statistics show that as many as 9 out of 10 of us are breathing in a way that works against our anatomy. We need to get back to breathing as we did when we were children!
Did you know that sitting at desks, our posture, feeling stressed and even how we dress can all impact how we breathe? In fact, activities like using social media, texting/emailing can cause us to actually hold our breath! (more…)
What happens when a person decides to let their life decisions be guided by a self-help book, and not just one book, but the principles of one self help book per month for a year? Well, that’s exactly what Marianne Power did, and she documents the moving, and oftentimes funny journey of self-discovery in her book, called Help Me!
So, what got Marianne started on this quest in the first place?
Well, she was feeling ‘stuck in a rut’; she was single, home was a rented room in London, and she was constantly broke! Then several years ago, whilst nursing quite the hangover, she had the idea to explore self-help books and then write up her experience via a blog. This was not a big leap for her as she was already a freelance journalist. The blog got under way in 2014, and it wasn’t long before its garnered interest from book publishers, but Marianne didn’t say yes at first, trusting her gut instinct that the timing was too soon – maybe the self-help was paying off! But eventually she did strike a deal, with the publishing house Picador, and it is probably no surprise that she felt so comfortable with them, as they also were responsible for turning Helen Fielding’s column for the Independent into Bridget Jones Diary. There have of course been plenty of comparisons and parallels drawn between Marianne as being the modern-day version of a Bridget Jones character. (more…)
Interpreting dreams is something that can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Egypt, at that point messages received via dreams were believed to be supernatural communications, something that should be considered a ‘divine intervention’.
Of course, today we know that dreams can be a jumble of things that have happened in our day, people we have met, literally our dreams and desires for the future, as well as thoughts our sub-conscious minds are trying to get us to hear.
When you wake up, you may often think to yourself ‘that was a weird dream’, but there are in fact many common components to dreams, that many of us will experience in our lifetime. (more…)
For those of you that have explored yoga, but found that the more spiritual elements of the exercise didn’t suit, then it is worth taking a look at Pilates.
Making Room for Pilates
It maybe that you already have an exercise routine in place, whether that is cycling, swimming, football, HITT training etc, but research suggests that it is a good idea for both recovery and injury prevention to round out your fitness regime with a weekly class in something like Yoga or Pilates.
Pilates, is in itself a complete exercise method, it was named for the developer Joseph Pilates; born in Germany Joseph suffered ill-health as a child that left him distorted and frail. He was determined to overcome his disabilities, and studied Eastern and Western exercise approaches and would later move to England and have jobs as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor. (more…)