Rituals guide us gracefully out of auto pilot mode creating a magical space where something more beautiful can emerge. - Laurey Simmons
Rituals create order out of chaos. In the same way that there is beauty within trial - a pearl out of grit, a ruby out of stone a rose out of thorn - rituals polish up our appreciation and hone our intentions.
In her book The Inner Beauty Bible, Laurey Simmons says Rituals allow us to create a safe and timeless zone where we can fully acknowledge our thoughts and feelings (and) let them breathe.
We know that the power of intention is the fuel that shapes our world. Dr Wayne Dyer tells us we do not attract what we want, we attract what we are - and if intention drives our desire for compassion, forgiveness, inclusion and loving, it also drives our desire for beauty, success, happiness and abundance and causes us to bless the goodness in all of nature. Believing that what we cultivate without, we also cultivate within, so that when we spread rose petals across our bath, use scented soap, light scented candles and lay out our best linen we draw into ourselves the essence of beauty which we have prepared outwardly.
It is said that the best way to focus on maintaining the power of intention is to create a ritual which causes us to bless the goodness in all of nature and these rituals form a part of almost all communities, tribes and religious bodies and are often done either through prayer, dance, art, ceremony or ritual.
There is no hard and fast rule about rituals (outside of some religious or tribal ceremonial rituals) - no right way or wrong way so long as the practice is one which focuses your attention on your exercise. Rituals such as lighting a candle before meditation, cleansing our home or work space with sage or Palo Santo, using essential oils to prepare for sleep, slipping into a series of sun salutation poses to prepare for the day or cleansing our crystals under the light of the silvery moon and - even something as simple as sipping a herbal tea while writing your gratitude list, all help us focus and dedicate ourselves more carefully to the energy of intention.
Almost all rituals involve:
cleansing - of self, environment or energetic vibration/frequency
connecting to a higher power - that may be your Ancestors, Guides, Source, Universe, Angels, Nature, Life Force or Heart Energy.
dedicating to the highest good of all - even if you are letting go of someone or thing, this should be harmonious and for the benefit of all beings everywhere.
gratitude - the master key that unlocks everything, instantly raises our energetic frequency and opens our heart.
Tools of rituals:
Crystals - considered the bones of mother earth and the gift of the gods - for healing, protection, cleansing and balancing energies.
Smudging and cleansing tools - for drawing away heavy energies and releasing sticky energy to be cleansed by the violet flame of the Great Central Sun.
Flowers and petals - they bring vibrant colour and beauty to any space and have a place in the celebration in almost all life events.
Feathers - often believed to represent the heavens. In ritual they symbolise divine knowledge.
Sea shells - bring the flowing energy of the ocean to a ritual. In many cultures they represent fertility and are valuable as a nurturing of ideas and creative intentions tool.
Stones - some stones call to us by their shape, colour, size or surface. Stones retain their source energy so may be bringing a piece of mountain, forest or sea bed to your environment.
Wood - this resource from nature can be in the form of carved figurines representing animals, nature or of religious significance.
Essential oils and other perfumes - these unlock different qualities of our inner world. They are for healing, calming, cleansing, energising, purification, wisdom and beauty.
A singing bowl - the ultimate tool for centring our minds. Place crushed lavender or rose petals in the bowl and allow the sound release the wonderful aroma.
Silence - appreciate it as much as all the other elements of ritual.
What kind of ritual?
There are rituals for literally everything. For the morning and the evening, for mealtimes and bathing and sleeping, for weddings and birth and death and coming of age. There are rituals for preparing for exams and for making a speech, rituals for meeting and healing and teaching and learning, rituals of friendship and forgiveness, rituals for asking and receiving, for giving and for forgiving and rituals for letting go, endings and completing. And of course there are rituals for thanksgiving.
As it is day 30 of November Bliss, 30 days of Magical Rest, we learn that after rest comes the reawakening. Each of the practices, exercises and tasks of the past 30 days were intended to allow us to rest from the usual, meaning seeing things and doing things differently. If a change is as good as a rest then hopefully you feel more aligned in mind, body and spirit and find that you are healed, radiant wise and loving, ready to experience the magic and wonder available to us everyday.
Now it is time for one last ritual.
The ritual of promise to yourself to remember to hold the practice of magical rest sacred and to return to it regularly. Light a candle, and placing your hands on your heart, right hand over left, read the following words:
PROMISE TO SELF
I promise to notice the child in me. To pay attention and make time to have fun.
I promise to take care of myself. To rest and ask for support when I need help.
I promise to affirm that I am a perfect and divine being worthy of love and respect.
I promise to forgive myself and shed the burden of guilt and shame.
I promise to keep an open mind and be prepared to expand and evolve.
I promise to speak kindly and with compassion to myself.
I promise to live my life according to my own values and principles and not how others expect.
I promise to let go of any relationship that shrinks, belittles or demeans me.
I promise to celebrate my successes no matter how small.
I promise to expect the best and to meet the universe half way.
I promise to tell fear that I appreciate it looking out for me but I’m in the driver seat.
I promise to remember that I am of the stars and that I leave sparkles in my wake…..
Thank you for your company on our quest together over the past 30 days and wishing you love, happiness and magical light every day.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages, may be preserved by quotation. - Issac D’Israeli
My Dad kept the old school case that my little sister took with her on her first day of school. As we grew older, every now and then we would watch as he reached into the stairwell cupboard, pull out the suitcase, pop the clips and retrieve some treasure or other which he stored there.
So often as children, we would come home from school with a story about some cruelty inflicted on us by our teachers or a treachery by a classmate and Dad would listen until we’d used up all the words to describe the assault. Then thoughtfully he’d go to his little case of treasures and take out an old leather-bound notebook in which he had written down quotes he’d come across in his reading. Taking his time to flick through it and scanning each page carefully, finally Dad would lift his eyes, a smile wreathed across his face as if he’d found the secret of the Holy Grail. Then reading from his notebook he would say something like "'There are two types of pain, one that hurts you and one that changes you” Which is it do you think you’re feeling as a result of what happened?' he’d ask.
There were times in those days when we just wished he’d pulled two lollipops out of that suitcase instead of the notebook but today, we realise the riches it held and the future-gifts it yielded.
I too keep a quotes notebook and in considering what I’d write about to you today, I wondered what it is about keeping quotes that gives me so much pleasure. And I keep coming back to this: Quotes declutter my head and crystallise my thoughts. I’m grateful that some wise person before me has succinctly articulated their thoughts so that my heart can recognise its truth as my own.
I find quotes restful because they get rid of all the excess and cut straight to the heart of an idea, the words appealing to us because they seem to confirm and define our values more clearly.
For some their favourite quotes may be from scripture, for others it may be from a character in history whom they admire JFK, Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill etc.. People who enjoy humour keep quotes from funny people such as Mae West or the Marks Brothers. Others enjoy quotes from motivational gurus such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Maya Angelou, Gabby Bernstein or Tony Robinson. On life and glamour - Coco Channel, Audrey Hepburn, Diane Von Furstenberg etc. and philosophical quotes can be from Rumi, Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nietzsche etc.
So today’s exercise is to consider beginning a quotes notebook and to listen out for usable quotes as you read, listen to music, watch a movie and hear something which reflects your own values, beliefs and philosophy. Then make a note of it.
There will be times when one of these may be the exact words to give you a fresh perspective, lift your spirits or even point the way in moving forward. Times when you find it difficult to express or access your own wisdom. This is when the pearls of the wisdom of others become the jewels which reflect our truth and point the way back home.
Here are some from my collection to help you begin your own.
“When you change the way you look at things, what you look at changes.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer.
“We do not heal the past by dwelling there. We heal the past by living fully in the present.” Marianne Williamson.
"Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that you can make anything happen.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
“We do not attract what we want. We attract what we are.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
“When we know better, we do better.” Maya Angelou
“What you think you attract. What you feel, you become. And what you imagine, you create.” Buddha
Wishing you a peaceful and pleasant Sunday evening,
The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to the crowd. - George Bernard Shaw
Where do you keep the can opener?
So aware of it you mindlessly open the cutlery drawer each time you need to use it. A thousand times a day, we mindlessly stretch out and take hold of the ordinary, simple things we take for granted. It’s only if a friend came to visit and offered to help with preparing dinner would the question be asked where do you keep the can opener? And you would walk your mind through where you reached for it last and declare ‘It’s in the top left drawer beside the cooker.' For others this information is vital, for you it’s mundane.
Living magically everyday means that you have to accept that nothing in your life is ordinary, normal or mundane - even down to where you keep the can opener!
We’re so quick to praise others, marvel at their achievements and clever arrangement of their lives and it’s so easy in the blunt light of comparison to feel that in order for life to be outstanding and praiseworthy, it must be perfection itself. How many of us consider ourselves so.
How aware are we of our own 'simple, ordinary' merits of appreciation?
When every now and then we reflect that our efforts and achievements are unappreciated, un-noticed and heaven forbid taken for granted, it’s worth remembering the words of Danielle LaPorte ‘The world reflects back to you how much you value yourself.’
So today’s restful exercise is to celebrate your extraordinary-ness.
The thing that holds us back from expressing our pleasure in our achievements is our fear of what others may think - that we may appear to be blowing our own trumpet. But it is in the celebrating that we express our delight in living itself. And the truth is we don’t need to tell others. Our pleasure in our successes is something we wear around us like an energetic cloak of many colours. It lights up the room and infuses the lives of everyone around us without a word being said. ’There’s a glow about her’ they say having made the discovery all by themselves.
Yours is not an ordinary life so be aware of the treasures to be found in each day. Applaud your successes, love what you discover, savour the pleasures and bless your lessons before each day closes. This is not a gratitude exercise. It is an exercise in celebration of our victories, accomplishments and good news. Your sense of balance, self worth and joy depends on you recognising these because here is where you are closest to your energy, your essence and your purpose.
Joseph Campbell said ‘Follow your bliss’ because that’s where you’ll most likely find purpose. Each night as you finish in the bathroom as you head to bed, smile broadly into the mirror, make jazz hands and say tah-dah!!! Take a bow.
A little journalling exercise…
Write down five achievements you are most proud of.
Write down five things you love about yourself - no one else may know this so go big, go wide and go blousy with this one.
Write down the skills, talents and gifts you’re most proud of.
What do you believe your unique gift to the world is?
(hint: go back to day 8 Your Majesty)
And here’s the best bit!…..
Today in celebration of you and your extra-ordinary life, treat yourself to something you love - flowers, hot chocolate, a slice of cake perhaps - and as you enjoy it remind yourself of how wonderful you are and the gift you are to this world.
Enjoy a super Saturday,
Burying a crystal in soil for 24 hours is a good way of resting an overworked crystal - Cassandra Eason author of ‘Crystals - everything you need to know.'
During this month of magical rest what can be more magical than looking at the energetic properties of crystals. There are many different types of crystals each with its own property, energy and meaning.
I treasure a Tiger’s Eye palm stone my husband bought me in Avebury a few years ago and whenever I’m a bit stuck for a creative angle to illustrate a point, it seems to pop into my head as if to say use me. Holding it for a few moments unfuddles my head so that thoughts, sentences and ideas take shape with greater clarity. So in this month of rest, how magical it is to hold a piece of crystal - an energetic power pack - and blending that energy with our own, it transforms our vibrational frequency helping to rebalance and re-energise the body on a physical, emotional, energetic or spiritual level.
What do crystals do?
Crystals are like pocket sized best friends and once you get to know them and understand their characteristics and personality, you’ll become quite attached to each in a different way. The cheerful little yellow citrine that lives in my purse, winks at me whether there’s money or not to be found there. 'It’s on its way' it seems to say 'We exist in an abundant universe…….'
There are different types of gems, stones and crystals and each vibrates with its own specific energy. Crystals are the most organised and stable matter in the universe and once a crystal is formed, it can remain unchanged for millions of years.
Firstly what part of your life do you wish to supercharge? Money, romance, career, creativity, dreams, adventures? Then find a crystal store or look up crystals online. Often the crystal that’s right for you isn’t the sparkly one. Many times your eye is simply drawn to it so use your intuition, and if you can, close your eyes and hover your hand over a selection of stones allowing you to connect with the energy or vibration in order to make your selection. Your palm or hand will tingle and you’ll have your signal.
Here’s a suggested selection to begin your collection of crystals especially chosen to assist you in he soulcraft of self nurture.
Happy Friday all,
The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop them controlling you.
When I was growing up, I believed meditation was something only holy people did. That meditation was their backstage 'access-all-areas' pass to a private audience with the almighty. And dreamy hippy types too. In films and tv shows they always seemed a little other-worldly.
Today, meditation is the coolest thing on the planet but there’s a tendency to feel we need to be vegan and deserving, or to have more time on our hands than we know what to do with and it’s only when some crisis or health scare causes us to reassess our lifestyle, that we consider the merit of the practice.
Our hectic pace of life means we are exposed to enormous amounts of information and stimulation daily - far, far more than any who have gone before us and our brain needs to process, eliminate and file all of this otherwise we become unable to distinguish between the danger of a looming hungry tiger or an email to remind us of an overdue bill payment. We are bombarded with rolling news headlines and having mobile devices means we are always available. We are expected to function better and faster and to be more productive often having to call on more than one speciality.
We may need to be a nurse, a technology expert, a therapist, financial advisor and teacher and all before lunchtime on any given day!
All this produces anxiety and stress and we can become disconnected and even numb, leading to living in a mechanical way living mostly in our heads when we’re actually heart-centered beings. The practice of meditation is like a declutter and filing session and the rule is you don’t have to do any work at all except breathe and remain rooted in the present moment.
When you get to look at the list laid out below of the many improvements you can expect once you begin daily meditation, you realise that you don’t have to wait for a vaccine or a cure, buy expensive supplements, go on a waiting list for treatment or make major lifestyle changes to benefit from the practice.
And the best news is it’s totally free and entirely flexible!!
The (neuro) science bit….
What does something as simple as conscious inactivity and mindful breathing actually do to our body (and all the other strands of our being we’ve been resting this month)?
Well, it boosts serotonin and dopamine which is responsible for our wellbeing, happiness and motivation.
Reduces Cortisol, the stress hormone.
It increases the brain’s ability to organise and adapt.
It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system making us feel calm and relaxed.
The combination of these causes a knock on effect of: -
Greater self-compassion and empathy.
Greater perspective and control over our emotions.
Increased contentedness and smarter productivity.
Sharper cognitive functioning.
Able to deal with life’s ups and downs in a calmer way and with greater resilience.
On top of that….
WAYS TO MEDITATE
Body scan - or progressive relaxation.
Loving kindness meditation.
Qi Gong - using breathing, movement and postures to circulate qi or chi (life force energy)
Walking meditation (my personal favourite) - also involves grounding.
Guided visualisation (for almost any scenario you can imagine along with music, nature sounds, bells etc.) - pre recorded audio necessary.
Mindfulness meditation - non-judgemental acceptance of thoughts and letting them go, bringing attention back to the present.
Mindfulness breathing - similar to above and handy on the go.
There are some great apps including Headspace, Insight Timer and Spotify meditation playlists among others available. Most are available on the basic level although Headspace offers a free 10 day trial then purchase begins.
Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something. - Winne the Poo
Time was when a sign on the door announcing the proprietor had Gone Fishin’ meant the shopkeeper had seized the day and fetched his rod to spend an afternoon whistling to himself on the banks of a river catching whatever fish came to pass by.
That’s the spirit of today’s restful tone, it’s a do nothing day to take the day off and do exactly as you please. Leave the dishes, the laundry mountain, the empty fridge and read a book, watch an old movie, make love, draw, knit, play with lego. ……..Or do nothing!
And to help you get into the spirit of it, here’s a little story.
A rich man was on vacation lying on a beautiful beach in Mexico. His attention becomes drawn to a man who comes to shore and climbs out of his row boat with a bucket full of fish he has caught. The man’s children come running towards him greeting him with squeals of delight and help him to pull the row boat onto the sand. His wife waves to him as she sets up a table with fruit and breads and the man moves to make a fire on a circle of stones. He guts and cleans the fish and his children marvel at the colours of the fish scales then they run to splash about and skim stones in the water while the fish cooks on the hot stones. Later the man and his wife murmur contented conversation as they watch the children roll and chase about. After a while they pack up their picnic and the happy family head home together to their small cottage nearby as the sun sinks low into the horizon.
Each day the fish man witnesses the same ritual and eventually one evening he strikes up a conversation with the fisherman as he arrives in with his catch.
"I see you spend a number of hours each day out fishing for your family’s evening meal."
“Yes," replies the fisherman. "We have abundant stocks of the most delicious, nutritious fish swimming in these waters and my family can’t get enough of it."
"But do you know," says the rich man, "that in a few years you could be a wealthy man like me? You could raise a small investment and buy two boats, hire some young men and catch many more times fish.”
“Well, what would I do then?” the fisherman asks.
“You could sell the fish to all the restaurants along the coast and they will pay you a lot of money for it.”
“And what would I do then? the fisherman asks again.
“Well then you could get more investors, buy a fleet of trawlers, hire more men, stay out longer, catch more fish, have it ready prepared for market and sell it to a chain of supermarkets!” The rich man spoiled broadly at the genius of it all.
“And then what?” the fisherman asks one more time.
“Well then you pay back all your investors and you’re a rich man. You could take your family on a wonderful holiday to beautiful places like I do. You can do what you like - take a boat out fishing all day and watch the sun setting knowing they are living the good life……..”
“Then I am already a rich man for that is the life my family enjoys already!” the fisherman shook the rich man’s hand and waved pleasantly over his shoulder as he walked towards his children and his evening meal set out in the sun. He turned back to the rich man and called to him “Come join us won’t you, there’s plenty for everyone.”
Nothing really happens in our future or in our past. It only ever happens now because now is all there is. Today take the day off.
It’s time to go fishing!
Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow. - Henry David Thoreau
Observations of astronauts shows that when they return from space, these super-fit men and women ‘walk like old people’. The problem? Lack of gravity in space—and lack of a horizon to orient themselves to—which results in deterioration of vital connections in their balance or vestibular systems.
Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., former Chief Life Scientist at NASA and author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, made the study and realised that what we call the ageing process—including walking like an old person (wide based gait without swinging arms, eyes fixed downwards)—actually has nothing to do with a person’s age. It is simply that as people get older, they stop moving their bodies through space in ways that maintain balance. Long periods of inactivity, sitting down, causes us to lose our orientation and disconnects us from our vestibular system or ability to balance.
Vernikos’s astronauts returned to their former fitness levels and achieved perfect balance once they returned to normal activities and exercise routines but If they had tried to stabilise themselves simply through immobilising their bodies and being afraid of falling, their deterioration - or ageing - would have continued.
The message here is that muscle and balance doesn’t deteriorate with age - only with lack of use.
What’s the use?
Doing a little exercise every day contributes more to your general health and wellbeing than two or three longer weekly sessions. Just 20 minutes is enough to change the way the brain processes information and memories and then the benefits multiply over time - even after only one session your brain function will begin to improve and after a week of regular exercise you will feel your energy levels increase and your cells will start to benefit. After just one month you’ll have increased your muscle mass and your metabolism and after six months your heart will be bigger and stronger. There’s icing on the cake…….. for every day of exercise your mental health benefits more and more.
An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day - Henry David Thoreau
Including exercise in your morning routine helps you get the day started in a wonderful frame of mind and has such positive benefits for your mood and the energy you’ll have for other activities throughout the day.
Use the following stretching practice to begin each day to develop a strong core and be able to move with a confident, elegant stride. My daughter Katie (KatieKFitness) says that when you focus your mind on the muscles you are moving or stretching, it multiplies the effects of those movements making your practice much more effective.
How flow can you go?
Why not check out Tai Chi or Chi Gong - these along with yoga are often described as meditation in motion and are ancient practices which improve health, fitness, wellbeing and longevity, each cultivating the chi or life force that flows through the body’s energy pathways by combining movement, breathing and meditation.
Enjoy your day,
Surround yourself with people who are good for you, good to you and good for your soul.
We become like those we keep closest: There's an old saying that we become like those we choose to hold closest. Look around at your inner circle of friends and confidantes. Are they who you would like to become? Do you admire and respect them? If not, perhaps you should consider why you don’t and open your circle to new inspiration.
One of the best ways to find happiness is to find those who know how to create their own happiness, and share it freely. Spend time around these people and you’ll find yourself seeing the world differently because it is not only good for you mentally and emotionally but physically we thrive when we’re amongst people who ‘get' us. Life expectancy is said to increase by up to six years when you feel you belong to a group where you are valued and appreciated - even if you have other unhealthy habits such as smoking or not taking exercise!
Today’s theme is the subject of the company you keep. Have a look at your companions. Are they drains or radiators? You know the drain - they suck your energy and leave you feeling in a low or negative frame of mind. You often feel you want to step back from them when they’re talking. Radiators raise your spirits. They make you smile and you feel hopeful and positive around them. You have an instinct to touch or hug them so that you’re a part of their energy.
Your Vibe attracts your Tribe. What are your essential qualities and your core values? Do those around you share these qualities? Can you be yourself or do you dim your light in order to fit in? The most important rule in life in order to thrive is to be true to yourself and to be happy. Is this how you feel around your companions?
Identify the people in your life who are supportive, and positive and will celebrate your successes. They are on your team. Look at the people around you. Write down their qualities and how each of them makes you feel.
Our tribe, team or circle may be much larger than you think and can be made up of the people around us who support us in many different ways. We have people with whom we have a relationship and those who support our health and wellbeing. Others are part of our personal development and still others are members of our wider community. Here's a list of people who can make up your Dream Team or tribe (and is based on a normal level of socialising and not current restrictions).
This is just a suggested list but often once you start, you'll discover others that come to mind. It could be the local florist who is friendly and you love to chat to her about growing herbs or beautiful gardens. Friends of friends can come to mind too - write them down, everyone has something to offer.
Look at your list of people and their qualities. Answer the following questions.
Do you feel supported by them?
Do you find yourself weighing up your words around them or anxious to please them?
Are they interested in your plans and ambitions?
Do they help you see your strong points/ your good qualities?
Do they inspire you?
Are they drains or radiators?
Do they bring growth / connectedness / expansion to your world?
Based on your answers, do you need to make changes?
Remember that what you choose to fill your screen, tv or tablet, is also a choice of company you keep. Does watching the news or checking Facebook make you feel good, lower your mood or flood you with fear and negativity?
In a tribe, sisterhood or team, as each member rises, all others rise with them. If you’re not feeling this, then it’s not your tribe.
I founded the Wise & Ageless Goddess tribe for women who see growing older as an opportunity to share their wisdom and embrace their unique gifts sharing them with the world rather than settling into the onset of decline and ageing. Everywhere I go I meet people who identify with this and this happy group is growing all the time.
Today of course we don’t need to meet in person to enjoy each other’s company. There’s a large volume of motivational, enriching and positive support available through audiobooks, TED talks, YouTube, Podcasts, Soundcloud etc. where you can find groups of people with interests and the kind of thinking or philosophy that appeals to you. They don’t replace social groups or friendship but they do help sharpen and focus your thinking and mindset about how you want to feel in all areas of your life.
On that note my Living Magically Everyday members group will be available from 1/1/21. Announcement shortly.
Wishing you a lovely evening in good company.
To be sensual is to perceive the world through your senses rather than logic or reason. - Sarah Ban Breathnach
Dr Christiane Northrup says that a daily dose of pleasure is her prescription for a long life and happiness. It seems that our body is hardwired to heal itself when it experiences pleasure and responds with the release of Nitric Oxide which sends helpful hormones through our system reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
Appreciation of pleasure doesn’t have to be about the big things like holidays, it’s about the small things we feed our senses daily. It’s in a long scented bath or savouring the flavour of a freshly picked strawberry. It’s in laughing at the antics of your pet dog or being enraptured by the sound of birdsong at dawn. The healing nourishment of pleasure pours into our being when we are present or sentient in the moment of pleasure.
Today’s the day to fill up each of your senses with pleasurable moments. Every now and then stop and be aware of how your are experiencing the world. Which sense is most engaged and is it an experience of pleasure? Then be conscious that this feeling is restoring you, renewing you and filling you with radiant energy.
And just to add a helping of cheese, here’s a link to the John Denver Annie’s Song (You fill up my senses). It’s been in my head this morning so I had to pass it on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyJRsp5t9mA
My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast and spend the rest of the day drawing. - Peter Falk
The funny thing about the above quote is that my artist husband Alan’s idea of heaven is to waken up, have a good breakfast and spend the rest of the day watching the Peter Falk detective series, Columbo.
And today’s restful activity is all about drawing and the art of colouring-in. There’s a theory that if a box of crayons were placed on the table of every war council meeting, the world would be a very peaceful and colourful place indeed.
Did any child ever say 'No thank you, I won't need crayons, I'm not going to be an artist'? Of course not and that's because we are born knowing how to relax and free our creative expression. When do we lose that? There is something deeply satisfying about the art of colouring-in and even the most excitable child is calmed by placing a box of crayons in front of him. Today adult colouring books are a huge craze with doctors prescribing them as an aid to reducing anxiety.
A little like meditation, colouring forces us to put aside intrusive or troubling thoughts and act as a calming tool. And the amygdala - the part of the brain responsible for the control of flight or fight responses, is calmed down during the exercise of colouring. This brings much needed rest to a mind that in today’s world, is processing as much information in one day as our victorian ancestors did in a lifetime!
So if you’re feeling bored, anxious, overwhelmed, troubled with recurring thoughts or simply wish to be engrossed in (mindless) creative expression for an hour or so, get out the crayons, markers, paint box etc. and plain paper, a sketch or colouring book and get drawing.
You’ll find that colouring brings us back to our childhood, a simpler time when we had no responsibilities and we could spend our time as we wished. We often forget how to do this and even that we can give ourselves permission to take time out in 'non-productive' and pleasurable activities. Tapping into this memory can help remind us of how pleasurable the simple things such as jigsaw and crossword puzzles and card or board games can be.
Treat yourself to a box of crayons or colour pencils today. You can download a free mandala online and print it out. Mandala comes from ancient sanskrit language and loosely means circle or centre. It ranges from a simple or very complex geometric shape that has no beginning or ending.
Today be neat, or messy, or pastel, or psychedelic. Play music and suck lollipops! But most of all have fun.
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Rest is the potent elixir that fuels the efficiency of everything we do, are and wish to be. We rest for healing, for wisdom, for radiance and for love. I have created the Magical Rest 30 day program as a stand alone personal month long journey through the resting of all of your being, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, creatively, sensory and socially. Each day gifts you a restful exercise, practice or ritual and sets some reflective work to help you connect more fully to your own inner wisdom and personal magic.
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