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A few steps to a more mindful you…

MindfulRecent 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…)

Anxiety: Worrying about Worrying

AnxietyFeelings 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…)

Hope

Having Hope

HopeIn 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…)

Honey: Liquid Gold – the Healing Powers

HoneyFor 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.

Nectar

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…)

Nourishment for Spiritual Growth

Spiritual GrowthIt’s natural at the moment that folk want to focus on their health and wellbeing. However, it’s easy for enthusiasm to wane after a while. So, it may help to have a fresh take on things. For example, thinking about the way you nourish your body, with plenty of fresh and unprocessed foods not only helps you become a healthier you, but it also assists in awakening your spirituality.

Certain foods enhance your intuition while helping you focus your energy so you are on the right spiritual path. Without these foods you may feel unstable, stressed, shaky and even start to experience vivid dreams.

Why not read through the foods and drinks that will support you on your spiritual path below, and see what you can introduce into your lifestyle (more…)

Journaling: Why now might be the perfect time to start …

JournalingDid 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…)

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…)