Gratitude Jars

We love doing this. Sometimes we can get so lost in bad things that happen we lose sight of the good stuff. We love opening the jar at the end of the year and looking at fun days out, achievements and the little things. We try and put at least one thing in the jar every day even if just something small to be grateful for.
Today was my (Kirsty) first day back at work and I managed to get through all 115 emails. That’s my note for today -nothing huge but a positive doesn’t have to be.

Our picture may say January but gratitude jars can be started whenever you need them.
I’ve seen some beautifully decorated jars on the web. Have a go and feel free to post yours in the comments box xxx

2017-01-06-13-42-04

New You Mirror Exercise

If my timeline is anything to go by nearly all my friends are opting for New Year New Me and I can see lots of likes for diet and sports pages. But how many of us are just after a short boost in the new year because we feel we oought to and who really want to make a difference to their lives?

I’ve just read Louise Hay’s book How to Heal Your Life and there’s an excellent exercise in there for anyone who really does want to make some positive changes:
First: Go look in a mirror and say to yourself, “I am willing to change.”
Notice how you feel. If you are hesitant or resistant or just don’t want to change, ask yourself why. What old beliefs are you holding onto? Please don’t scold yourself, just notice what it is. That belief has probably been causing you a lot of trouble. I wonder where it came from. Do you know?

To dissolve it, go to the mirror and looking deep into your own eyes, touch your throat and say out loud 10 times, “I am willing to release all resistance.”

I had a go at this myself yesterday using a small mirror I keep on the kitchen windowsill. It’s really hard to look yourself in the eye and be honest about making a change. I noticed that my garden needs tidying, the neighbours cat was in my garden again, my windows need washing and I waggle my eyebrows a lot when I think I’m saying something silly. Eventually, however it started making more sense and I did start to believe in what I was saying. There are a few exercises in the book that are helping me tackle a problem so it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. If you are certain you want to make 2017 a year of positive changes try the mirror exercise above and let me know how it goes xxx

Energy Vampire talk and Healing event.

We love trying new things out so when I got an email from my good friend Sally Chaffer who is a Reiki instructor regarding a talk she was giving at the Heart centre in Headingley we just had to go.

Heart Centre is a lovely building tucked away from the high street. I’ve been there before for craft fairs. During our event they also had a Husting on as part of the recent national elections. Up until that day I never knew what a Hustings was! Turns out to be an archaic name for a Q&A.

Sally started her event with a talk about energy vampires and the people who seem to just sap all your energy when you talk to them, We all have that one person who makes us want to run in the opposite direction whenever we see them coming. She gave us some hints and tips on how to deal with this including a short visualisation and relaxation technique that you can do straight away no matter where you are. Stood in the queue at Tesco’s and feeling stressed. It can be done there too.

After a short break (where I got caught by a work colleague who proceeded to be an energy vampire and therefore completing failing to understand the whole point of the evening) we had a group healing. I’ve had one to one Reiki before which I love but this was my first time in a group. For me it was a chance to relax, let the stresses of the day fade away and just gain a little bit of peace and quiet.

Some new people were amazed at the difference in feelings and one girl mentioned feeling lightness in her stomach. I love relaxation techniques of all kinds and can’t wait to try the next one

~ Kirsty ~