An Inspiring Tale … Do You Like Piano Music?

Doing The Things You Love …

I took a call last week from a chap working on spending more time doing what he loves – playing the piano. I liked his proactive approach as he talked about 3 CDs he’d created that I could play in my treatment room (royalty free so dont need PRS licence to play) or just for myself. He ended up sending me 3 cds (on sale or return) at an incredibly reasonable price of I think it was around £20 for all 3 (you can buy them individually too). I’ve listened to some of the tracks and really quite like them – different styles for different treatments or moods maybe. Anyway, if you like piano music, why not follow the link to Peter’s website where you can listen to and download tracks/albums. I found Peter’s positive, proactive approach quite inspiring … perhaps you will too. He’s a very easy guy to talk to if you’ve got any queries …..

Trying to Think Positive Really Does Help

The longer we are able to hold a positive thought, the stronger that energy around us becomes.

If we make no effort at all, our thoughts usually scatter in a vast array of directions. They start and stop and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our thoughts without controlling them, we will be amazed at how truly inconsistent they are. Yet, if we apply our minds to a specific task, especially one that interests us, they gather together and allow us to focus our attention, creating great power and energy. This is what is known as pure thought, because it is undistracted.

The law of attraction–like attracts like–influences all energy, including our thoughts, and this is what makes pure thought so potent. Our undistracted thoughts create a powerful magnet that draws similar energy into our vibrational field. As a result, the longer we are able to hold positive thoughts in our minds, the more powerful the positive energy around us becomes. We don’t need to focus on action and controlling so much when we are surrounded by energy that draws what we want toward us. We can simply respond to the opportunities that naturally come our way. When this is the essence of our experience, we can go with the flow, knowing that we will be okay.

If pure thought is a body, it is our emotions that supply the heart that can really bring it to life. Our thoughts and feelings exist in relation to one another, and they form a feedback loop through which they communicate and empower each other. When we hold a thought in our mind without being distracted, we have achieved pure thought. When we have a positive emotional response to that thought, we enable it to dance and move and breathe itself into existence.

(Article from Madisyn Taylor, Daily Om)


Gift yourself : Time 4 Me : Upcoming Workshops

If you’re looking for new ways to nurture and be kind to  your body, mind and spirit, take a look at my Time 4 Me workshops starting on 14th September.  Refresh or learn new skills on TIME 4 ME – Varied, useful and very reasonably priced – for further information just check out my events page or just get in touch.  NB:  learning at these workshops will not qualify you as a practitioner therapist but will help you be kinder to yourself and others you may be close to.

Easy Re-energisers

  •  Breathe slowly and deeply then in your mind’s eye, see your favourite colour
  •  Try a few minutes of lazy yoga (lie on your bed and stretch down through your legs, pointing your toes with arms stretched above your head. Lift right foot over left knee, hold for a moment, then do the same for the other side. Repeat)
  • Sit up on the edge of the bed and ‘comb’ your hair with your fingertips from the hairline back to your nape. Using slow movements and firm pressure, repeat several times. Rub your skull from front to back in zig zag movements, digging into the area at the back of your head where it meets the neck. Then use your fingers and palms to press on your jawline, temples and all over your skull. Move to your forehead and use your two middle fingers to firmly stroke your forehead with alternate fingers up and down the centre in a flicking motion to relieve stress).
  • Pinch your eyebrows with your finger and thumb working from the nose out, then pinch your jawline moving upwards, then if you have time, tap all round the eye area on the bone, round your cheekbones and temples. If you’re in a hurry, pinch gently to bring an instant rosy glow.

Keeping Fit/Intense Exercise …

Not for you I hear you say … an exercise regime needn’t take more than just a few minutes per day.  If you’re out of your routine and are looking for a gentle reintroduction to keeping fit, try this:-

  •  Use The Stairs – warm up by stepping on and off the bottom step for one minute, changing lead leg half way through. Then for 20 seconds go as fast as you can up and down the stairs, resting for 10 seconds afterwards. Try completing 8 sets of this exercise and see what the results are.

 I’ve decided to give this a go because (i) it’s inexpensive and (ii) saves me having to go outdoors which I’m not always ready for!

‘Alternative’ Health – Healing Plants For Skin Conditions

* Marigold  –  easy to grow at home and provide a cure for cuts and sores and almost any skin lesion – they have antibacterial properties , are a good antiseptic and contain tannin which helps ‘not’ wounds together and speed up healing.  (press the juice from the fresh flowers directly onto your skin).

* Aloe Vera  –  grown indoors as a hassle free indoor plant, aloe is a spiky succulent the gel can be used directly from the leaf. Can heal eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, cuts and sunburn.

* Celandine  –  the yellowy sap it oozes can be put directly onto warts (cover the wart in the sap every day for 3 weeks and it should disappear)

* Liquorice  –  a useful ingredient rather than grown at home, it helps to heal inflammatory skin conditions  (ideally use a cream with 2% licquorice)

* St John’s Wort – the hypericin in this seems to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce symptoms in eczema sufferers.

* Tea Tree  –  this oil is used as an antimicrobial agent in hospitals to thwart MRSA. Has anti-inflamatory properties. (Handle carefully as could cause dermatitis in some people).

Self Care – Boosting Your Mood (easy tips)

* Massaging the pads of your thumbs – can promote positive feelings and boost your confidence
* Smile to Yourself – fixing your face into a smile can work wonders, try 2 sets of 5 smile repetitions
*Control your Breathing – deep breathing can help reduce stress, try closing your eyes and breathing in deeply from your diaphragm to the count of five, then breathe out to the count of 5 imagining the tension leaving your body through your mouth as you do so; hold for a count of 2. Repeat for 5 minutes.
*Tell yourself to Stop – if your mind’s racing and full of negative thoughts, take some time to yourself and set a timer for 4 minutes. Focus on any worries then when the timer goes off shout “Stop,” and click your fingers. Try to empty your mind and keep it blank for 30 seconds. If an upsetting thought comes back to you, shout “Stop” and snap your fingers again. After a few practices, say “Stop” in a normal voice, then the time after that, whisper it. You should soon be able to halt any negative thoughts by clicking your fingers and thinking “Stop.”