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Crystals: 5 Stress Busting Gems to Relieve Anxiety

CrystalsThere is no doubt that the unprecedented times that we find ourselves in recently, will have increased our stress levels and in many cases caused feelings of anxiety.

Why not take this time to embrace some crystals, focusing on gems that can provide healing and aid in relaxation/boosting mood?

Amethyst

Using Amethyst crystals as part of your daily exercise, especially yoga and meditation will help calm any mental stress you are experiencing. You can also try sleeping with the stone under your pillow if anxieties are keeping you awake at night time. The crystal will promote mindfulness, and let feelings of peace radiate your body. (more…)

Easter

Easter

Easter is another key date that is celebrated in the Christian calendar. Unlike Christmas Day, when the event is celebrated on the 25th December every year, Easter Day is dependent on the full moon between the 22nd March and 25th April. This isn’t just a one-day celebration; it is a seven-day event, with the key days being Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and of course Easter Sunday.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday has been and gone, but plays a significant part in Holy Week as it is when Jesus arrived on a donkey to Jerusalem and palm branches were being thrown at him. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, which is coincidently today and was Jesus’ last super with his Apostles, before his crucifixion. This is when Jesus broke some bread, handed it to his disciples and said “this is my body which is given for you”. Red wine was also shared between the Apostles and was a symbol of Jesus’ blood. Both the bread and the red wine are iconic symbols and represent the Holy Communion we know today. (more…)

Mothering Sunday

shutterstock_183118241Did you know that in the UK more flowers are sold for Mothering Sunday than for Valentine’s Day?

Anna Jarvis

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…)

Superstitions

CalendarDo 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…

Ladders

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…)

Amethyst & Hemimorphite: Crystals for Valentine’s – Part 2

AmethystIf you didn’t see part one of our Valentine’s Crystal post, then click here to read about Rose Quartz and Malachite.

Amethyst

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…)

Valentine’s Crystals: Part 1

CrystalsIt 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.

Rose Quartz

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…)

Animal Guides from the Countryside

Animal GuidesSpirit 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.

Badger

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…)

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

DecisionsDo 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.

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The Art of Ribbon Magic

Ribbon MagicYou 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…)

Feng Shui: Harmonise Your Home

Feng ShuiAt 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.

Feng Shui

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?

Connected Energy

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…)