Monday, 29 April 2019

Love Everything about Our Life

To love everything about our life might sound a bit far fetched if things are not going our way; we are not looking the way we wish nor befriending the people that gives us status and the list goes on.

Yet, by loving everything about our life we do look the way we want and we do have the friends that support in the best way they know how to. It may sound corny, but it works. Choosing to love puts us into an elevated space where likes and dislikes fade into to background. 

Life is too short to not to embrace and work with how we look, who we are and the people around us.

Life can be full of blessings when we start noticing the many miracles and gifts that surrounds. Today I experienced a beautiful wild garden

It wasn't particularly sunny, initially I didn't feel like going out and enjoying the day but I decided to be thankful for the day anyway. As I was walking along enjoying the beauty I realised that there is a whole eco system to respect and we need the clouds and the light (and heavy) rain to keep this island green. 

Loving something doesn't initially means liking something but when we choose to love we might discover something to like.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Earth Day

Every morning I tend to make it part of my ritual to touch the earth as I make a few stretches at the exercise units down the seafront 5 minutes cycle from home. I send good wishes into the atmosphere that today we will work hand in hand with the earth as the friend and magnificent supporter it is to our health and well-being.

There is no end to the healing properties of nature both physically and emotionally. By observing and experiencing nature we realise that there is a time for everything and that the natural process of transformation takes place over time rather than by command or instant magic.

What wonderful Easter we had this year where the sudden heat has elevated our enjoyment with bird songs, apple blossoms and happy animals around our fields. Bird song in particular connects to the focusing part of our brains that keeps us alert and energised.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Smiling sends a Message of Optimism to our Brains

Almost a year since I started this blog of sharing wellbeing moments. 

These last few weeks I have been extremely busy visiting Secondary Schools with my Wellbeing and Happiness Skills series brochures and invitations to partake in a Wellbeing Experience and lunch all free of charge.

It has been a privilege to visit so many amazing schools with fabulous green spaces and sports facilities attached. All with good parking and clearly signposted to the reception where visitors are welcomed with a smile.

Here is a feel good smile from my recent trip to the Austrian Alphs, so beautiful and quiet up there in the mountains.

But smiling even when things go against us can be of great benefit as it informs us that not all is lost, there are solutions. There is research to support that when we manage to smile in spite of adversity our brain perceives it as a message of optimism. Instead of going into stress-mode it goes into create-mode which is what we need to overcome the challenge.

Of course, it may not always be that easy to smile, we might have to change our frame of mind from negative, pessimistic thinking to being open to a more uplifting point of view. That does take an effort, but so rewarding to our physical and emotional wellbeing.