It’s a modern phenomenon that many of us will now find it easier to talk to strangers online than in person. Often through social media we will have built up a network of ‘friends’, some perhaps we know on a personal level and many others at a distance or we have never met, but often we will share our most intimate thoughts and details of our daily lives with them.
But whilst all of this activity has been going on, have we forgotten how to forge new relationships in the real world…
Essentially the question is – can you talk to a stranger?
You may be thinking to yourself at my age I’ve got enough friends, but you never know when the situation may arise that you need to befriend someone – if you move job, or move house, are settling your children into a new school, are attending a wedding or other event or you simply want to broaden your horizons with a new hobby that may involve meeting and needing to communicate with new people. (more…)
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No Religion Needed
You do not need to be particularly religious or spiritual to benefit from this understanding. Mainstream science has verified now what Sages and Holy men have been saying for millennia. Energy is eternal, we are energy, and our focussed intention on something changes the way that it reacts. When we choose to focus on positive outcomes and don’t spend unnecessary time in worry, we tend to have a better experience. This is not to suggest that we ignore what is going on. It just means that we have much more power over the way we feel than anyone else when we first connect to our divine core. And the way we feel alters the way that things turn out. There are so many people that are focussing on positive intention and unconditional love right now that it is uplifting everyone that makes the conscious choice to join in. (more…)
We are a funny bunch, us humans, always complicating things and making them much harder than they have to be. According to my guides, we are almost on the precipice of the great epiphany. A collective, telepathic moment in the experience of mankind that helps us let go of the heaviness and pain of the past, and to appreciate the present moment as the gift that it really is. When awful things happen on a personal level or on an international scale it can either cause us to shrink in fear and worry, or inspire us to rise up and only accept that which we deserve – which is love. Each time we make that more positive choice, our actions become softer, kinder and stronger. The love that we open up to within us overflows and we are able to share more authentically with others. The great epiphany will help us make that choice more effectively and consistently. (more…)
If you didn’t see part 1 of this colour psychology article, then click here first.
With the colour green there is the possibility of mixed messages, on the one hand it is tied to negative emotions like envy, greed and jealousy, but on the other hand it is seen as a balancing natural colour that invokes positive mental energy. No retina adjustment is needed to see the colour green so it is a completely restful colour for the eyes. It is a colour associated with nature and the environment and there are positive connotations in ‘being green’. In time gone by green was seen as a poisonous colour, but today much of our great nutrition is derived from leafy green foods. On a psychological level humans are programmed to react in two ways to the colour – to both embrace it and to retract from it, so when using the colour the shade should be selected with care. (more…)
Colour is capable of impacting our mood, affecting our behaviour and altering our thinking both on an unconscious and conscious level. From choosing the colour you paint your walls, to what colour fabrics you choose to dress in, to the colour of your dinnerware can either enhance your life in a positive way or have a negative impact on your emotions and how you perceive an environment.
On a day to day basis we probably don’t give colour much thought, but the reality is that we are surrounded by it. So why not make it work for you?
You are probably already familiar with the emotions associated with ‘red’: love, passion, lust, rage and anger to name a few. But it is also a dynamic colour that can be energising and stimulating. It might be seen as bold, but also warm and safe. It is especially helpful when it comes to asserting oneself. Interestingly children are very attracted to the colour red – picking red toys over other colours, but when they are placed in a red painted environment it has a habit of making them irritable and agitated. This is a lesson for our own décor, a certain amount of red will invite a cosy feel especially in a lounge – a throwback to Victoria times when plush red colours were seen as very grand, but too much of the colour and we are likely to feel unsettled. (more…)
Many of you will instantly recognise Fearne Cotton and with good reason as she has been on our television screens since the age of fifteen when she was spotted by the Disney Club (ITV). And of course for her ten years spent hosting live shows on Radio 1, initially alongside Reggie Yates and then alone, and including the coveted delivery of the Top 40 show. She is currently filming Celebrity Juice (its 16th series).
Fearne is an active user of social media and is ranked amongst the world’s 250 most influential ‘tweeters’, she lives in London with her family and her first book was published in June 2016 called ‘Cook Happy, Cook Healthy’. She has now followed this up with a new book titled ‘Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect’. (more…)
Have you heard of ‘Hygge’, pronounced ‘heurgha’ – well, it is a Danish concept, it doesn’t really have a direct translation but is about taking pleasure in the small things in life – gentle soothing things. It is the difference between a so so day and a special day. It could be as simple as burning a candle, having freshly brewed coffee, or spending time with those you love.
It is easy to dismiss this idea as just another lifestyle fad, but the Danes have actually been embracing hygge since the 18th century, it is only now with a wave of new books that they are trying to spread the word on what it means to a wider audience.
Hygge in essence is enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Studies do show links between feeling gratitude and our overall wellbeing. Perhaps Denmark being voted the happiest country in the world on a regular basis has a lot to do with how they integrate hygge into their everyday lives… (more…)
Happiness is something we are all striving for in our lives. It is our best guide in our decision making process and that includes considering how our decisions will affect other people’s emotions. However often it can feel like an unobtainable goal. We create visions of what our life would look like if we were happy – if only I had that new job, if only I could travel more, if only I had more time, if only I had love in my life – I would be happy… However that feeling of happiness can still elude us when the outcome of those choices plays out.
So are we chasing a dream of happiness that doesn’t exist?
Reincarnation is a foundation of many religions, but even non-religious people find some comfort in the thought there is a continuation after death. In its simplest terms reincarnation means an individual’s ‘soul’ or ‘essence’ is reborn into the flesh of another body.
It is natural then to want to explore what has happened in a ‘past life’ and see if it holds the answers to some of our problems in a current life… (more…)
This Thursday will mark the beginning of another school year for many children up and down the country. It is daunting for both children and parents, even more so if they are changing schools, or moving from primary school to secondary school.
So, as a parent perhaps you are wondering how you can help your child navigate this new phase with all it entails…
I’m sure you will have heard the expression ‘mindfulness’ and maybe you even use some of the techniques in your own life. But what you may not know is increasingly it is being suggested as a good technique to learn as a child to cope with the pressures of modern life and schooling.
Concentration at school is a building block to doing well in classes and in examinations, and being mindful is all about concentrating the mind and learning to block out the daily buzz that goes on in our heads. In schools where mindfulness has been practised children have been found to be more present and attentive, have improved focus and memory and they feel more at peace and generally happier in themselves. (more…)