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…)
Its all in a name…
Uriel’s name translates as ‘Fire of God’, or ‘The Light of the Divine’. He is often depicted in purple carrying some sort of torch or flame, symbolising his ability to guide us to peace and a higher spiritual understanding. As with many angels, they are known with slightly different interpretations of their name, in this case – Urian, Urjan and Uryan.
You will see from the picture accompanying this article, that sometimes Uriel is shown with scales, this is thought to reflect his role as ‘God’s Divine Justice’, holding heavenly scales, that literally weigh our lives on Earth.
One last name for Uriel, is that of Archangel of Salvation, so given for he is the angel to call upon during natural disasters. He is the Archangel that most closely works with Earth, and is involved in healing the planet. It was Uriel that warned Noah of the Great Flood. (more…)
Did you watch Big Little Lies? Well, if you did – you will no doubt be interested to know that season 2 gets underway tonight (10th June) on Sky Atlantic. It will be repeated and will also be available to stream on NOW TV.
Made initially as a stand-alone piece of television, based on the book of the same name, by Liane Moriarty, such was its success both in terms of awards at the Golden Globes, but also in terms of audience popularity a second season was made and rumours are that a third might be in the realm of possibilities.
So, what do we know so far:
If you’ve not read the book, or seen the first season, then a bit of recap – without giving too much away. The main characters Madeline played by Reese Witherspoon, Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley), appear on the outside to have perfect lives, but as the series progresses there is an unravelling of those perfections to the point of murder! (more…)
Is the Spark Alive and Well in your Relationship?
When you first start a relationship, it is all exciting and the getting to know you phase is full of nerves and feelings of butterflies. But over time as the relationship deepens, you can lose some of the heady feelings of the early days. Hopefully as the flush of romance fades, you are left with a more meaningful partnership based on honesty, trust and mutual interests and life goals. But at the same time the humdrum of real life, can easily dampen the union and so it is good to check in every once and while, to ensure you are not taking things for granted and that you are making an effort to maintain a spark in your relationship. (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…)
Whatever life stage you are at, deciding that you are ready to date is a big step. It is inevitable that you will have some nerves about meeting someone new. If you have been off the dating scene for some time, you are probably wondering if anything has changed since you last did it! All of these feelings are completely normal, but it is great to take a few steps, to calm your nerves, so that you can enjoy dating for the fun experience it should be.
Tips to follow for calmer dating (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…)
Trust is a really important part of any relationship, whether it is of a romantic nature, with a family member, friend or even work colleague.
When that trust has been broken, you will likely feel all manner of emotions from hurt, betrayed to angry and confused. You may even start to look at all of your relationships in a different light, and wonder how you can trust again, especially when it comes to new people in your life.
If you have had your trust broken, then it can be helpful to have some strategies to cope with the situation: (more…)