Being in the Now

What if the World ended in 2012?

By | March 1st, 2011|Being in the Now, Environment, Peace, Relationships|

If you knew that the World was going to end on December 21st 2012 what difference would that knowledge make to your life right now? It's easy to stumble along imagining that  'day in day out nothing much changes'  and take people and the planet for granted; but what if you were told that you, or someone you loved, was going to die tomorrow?  In that instant everything would change. I can only imagine that if everyone shared the belief that 2012 was the end of civilisation, people would start working together, after all what would be the point of a war, there'd be nothing to fight for? This is not about scaremongering or wanting anyone to panic, but really  to [...]

Don’t let others kill your ideas

By | February 2nd, 2011|Being in the Now, Passion|

Not everyone likes our ideas and whilst it's great to get different viewpoints, if we allow ourselves to be completely influenced by others opinions, we may well squash ourselves in the process.  The smart thing to do is to get feedback from people who can really help you develop your ideas. When you can have fun, allowing your imagination to flow, you never know where it might get you, or what you might come up with! I was sent this film today, which really illustrates beautifully how important it is to not let others dampen your enthusiasm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3c9YSrNRgY&feature=player_embedded Take Thomas Edison for instance, he never gave up on his idea for a light bulb..... 'One day, Edison was sitting in his [...]

Wishing your life away…

By | December 27th, 2010|Being in the Now, Changing Habits, Stress/Fear/Anxiety, Uncategorized|

I know for many Christmas can seem overwhelming; the pressure of 'the season to be jolly', can be all too much. Although Christmas is known to be particularly stressful, suicide rates are in fact down during this time. This is what the Centre for suicide Prevention has to say ... 'Suicide rates may be down during this period, but crisis workers all agree that Christmas can be a very stressful time.  Loneliness, depression, feelings of loss, financial burdens, family conflicts, and alcohol abuse can intensify during the holidays.' Children of course are enormously influenced by what's happening around them. In a survey carried out by the BBC children’s TV programme Newsround found that.... Although 89% were excited, and 79% were happy [...]

Snowflakes

By | December 4th, 2010|Being in the Now, Environment|

My twelve year old daughter and I were playing in the snow yesterday,  and I was really struck by the beauty of snow, and how amazing snowflakes are.  I decided to google snowflakes and I came up with 3 interesting facts. 1. Every snowflake has it's own unique shape and is different than all other snowflakes. 2. The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour (5 kilometers). 3. The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in the United States of America.  The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter. In Britain the subject of weather generally seems to feature high on peoples agendas.  The state of the weather can of course affect our choices, [...]

Accentuate the positive

By | November 10th, 2010|Being in the Now, Changing Habits|

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z45EB4TiYz4 'Accentuating' the positive is vital if you want to 'attract the positive'.  I have blogged about this in the past but I think it's useful to be reminded, from time to time, of how powerful our mind is. What are you 'accentuating' or 'affirming'? Some people say, “I don’t believe in affirmations” or “affirmations  don’t last”. Actually that’s not true.  We are in fact affirming things about ourselves all of the time.  Unfortunately most of the time what we’re affirming is negative, and goes on at an unconscious level. It starts something like this …. 1. Our conscious mind says,  “I want to give up smoking” Our inner mind answers back - “You’ve got no will power, you can’t give [...]

Time

By | October 25th, 2010|Being in the Now|

You may have noticed that I haven't blogged for 12 days now: or maybe like me..."you haven't had the time" to notice. I recently caught myself saying "I don't have time" and "I don't know how I'm going to find the time" to do something.  The reality is, we all have the same amount of time. Whoever you are, whatever you are doing, we all have 24 hours.  The only difference is the way we choose to spend it! When we can be 'in' the present moment, rather than thinking about the past or the future, time seems to change, moments become precious: same 24 hours; different way of 'being'. None of us actually know whether we will be here in [...]

Inspired …

By | September 27th, 2010|Being in the Now, Changing Habits, Habits, law of Attraction|

I've just had an inspirational weekend in Oxford at an Arbonne conference.  One of the key speakers was Michael Clouse.  Michael said that in life what really counts is the way you think.  This of course I know to be true, but I really enjoyed listening to his slant on things. He talked about, philosophy, attitude, actions, results and lifestyle. Philosophy - everything you know and how you choose to believe that information. Attitude - what you think about all day. Actions - what  you actually do. Results - what you get from what you did. Lifestyle - What you are wanting to achieve.  A Lifestyle that works for you. If you have a lifestyle that works for you that's great, [...]

Searching for Happiness

By | August 10th, 2010|Being in the Now, Habits|

If you are searching for happiness, you may well find that happiness eludes you.  Happiness is not something that we find outside of ourselves. If you are expecting something or someone to 'make you happy'  you are going to be disappointed.  Being happy is a choice that we all have, whatever our circumstances, in any given moment. Back in 2005 there was an experiment in Slough in the UK, which was filmed by the BBC.  It was called 'Making Slough Happy'. Below is the Happiness Manifesto, which is taken from the project. The  10 simple steps outlined in the manifesto, can make a big difference.  Why not follow the manifesto and see for yourself how powerful these actions are?  Before you [...]

Waiting for life to begin?

By | June 2nd, 2010|Being in the Now|

Today I popped in on a friend of mine, and during the course of our conversation, she showed me something written by Alfred D'Souza.  I thought I'd  share it with you, because I think it illustrates so beautifully, the importance of being in the present moment.  As long as we are 'on a mission' to get somewhere; focused only on the goal or outcome, we miss the 'here and now'. The truth is that being in the present moment is where the joy is; it's actually the only place where we can feel fully alive. People often talk about 'enjoying the journey', rather than focusing on the destination, and it's easy to hear the words and not really 'get' them. Right [...]

Listen to me!

By | April 26th, 2010|Being in the Now, Listening|

I don’t know about you, but when I am very upset about something, all I really want is for someone to listen to what I have to say.  I don’t want them to  ‘make everything alright’ like mum used to try and do (and I catch myself doing from time to time with my daughter). No, what really works for me, is to allow that part of me to be heard; even if I know it doesn’t really make logical sense! When a part of us feels like it is not being heard and acknowledged, it will want to get louder and louder, until someone does listen!  And if that upset part of us doesn’t get acknowledged, our inner mind may well [...]

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