Quick Technique to Relax and Replenish: The Green Break

Forest trees

This is technique that I learnt about recently that really helps you to have a proper break when you don’t have a lot of time.

A Green Break: Simple but effective

  1. Stand facing something green (this can be outside, just looking out of a window, at a plant in your home or office, even at a picture of something green and naturey)
  2. Focus on the greenery
  3. Breath in slowly
  4. Breathe out slowly
  5. As you breath in again raise your arms in the air and then down
  6. Move your head from side to side slowly, then down towards your chest. Relax for a moment here and relax.
  7. Drink a glass of water
  8. Still standing rock from side to side gently. Sway for just a moment.
  9. You are ready to carry on with your day

This technique was adapted from the marvelous book: ADHD-Friendly Ways to Organise Your Life.

Studies show that being in or around nature, and even looking at pictures of nature,  releases endorphins which contribute to a positive mindset.

Let me know how you get on!

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You CAN Start Now

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It’s easy to get wrapped up in wanting everything to be perfect and ‘ready’ before you take action.  But it does not have to be.  Any action will get you and the Law of Attraction wheels in motion.  Any action.

Action! Even imperfect action.
Thinking, feeling and then action.  They are the steps used to harness the Law of Attraction.  Thinking and feeling are mighty, mighty powerful but completing the trio with action is what really gets the flow of energy moving you, towards what you really want and need, and moving what you really want and need towards you.

But that feeling that you have to be in the right mood, have the right tools and generally have or be more than you are right now can make everything just stand still.

Start your merry-go-round
Like a huge, dusty, old merry-go-round just sat there still.  Lights off.  Motionless.  A thing of beauty and full of potential for fun but lack of movement makes it just a shadow of itself.  The children in the village all want it to start.  They want to ride on the horses, to have fun, to giggle, to listen to the music, to see the lights in the dark.  The merry-go-round works but the owner wants to wait: till it’s polished, till the engine has been tuned, till the weather is better, till all the horses have been painted.  The children in the village wait.  Year pass and they grow up.  The merry-go-round never starts.

Don’t Wait till the time feels right
Waiting, waiting, waiting.  We can wait whole lifetimes for things to feel right.  We are human with human feelings. its normal to feel nervous, intimidated and unsure sometimes.  But if we never give even a little push then we can stay stuck in that zone of inaction.  And there lies:

  • frustration – stuck crappy energy
  • inertia – stuck, depleting, crappy energy
  • anger – self-destroying crappy energy

Inaction is FEAR – Don’t be its slave
Inaction is normally fear based.  Fear is a normal human response to the unknown.  It’s a self-protection mechanism.  But should we be its slave?

5 tips to kick fear in the face!

Tip 1
YOU ARE ENOUGH and I really mean that!  Now I just want you to believe it.

Repeat after me and if you can, shout this out loud until you begin to feel it in your bones!

  • who I am is enough!
  • what I can do right now is enough!
  • what I can contribute right now is enough!

Tip 2
Ask your self …… What’s the very worst that can happen if I take action on this today?

Tip 3
What would be good about taking action on this today?

Tip 4
Have a debate/argument/conversation with your fear.

  • Ask it “what is the problem? Why are you stopping me from taking action now?”
  • Listen to the answers
  • Talk back to Fear with different voices – with kindness, with love, with compassion but also with strength, conviction and even anger if you have it inside you.  Get into the role of ‘fear slayer!’

Tip 5
Use EFT to blast fear away.  This technique is simple and easy to use and works by interrupting patterns embedded in your energy systems.  Check out the many Youtube videos on eft.  I will be making one soon so watch this space.

Imagine how you will feel when you start to take action.  Energy is released!

  • relief
  • joy
  • power

Strong powerful emotions and then the circle is complete.  Thoughts – feelings – action

Just remember:

Start where you are
Use what you have
Do what you can

Whatever you do is enough.

Let me know if you take action despite the circumstances not ‘feeling’ perfect.

Blessings! x

 

Happiness Tool: Writing it Out in Words

The Joy of Journalling

Photo by Rene de Cock

 

Writing things down is a well known tool for getting your thoughts and feelings onto paper and out of your head.  From the angst filled jottings of teenage diaries to the journals of famous inventors and artists, society has much evidence of the importance and usefulness of expressing yourself through the written word.  In terms of the Law of Attraction and your journey to greater happiness it’s a mighty tool for increasing positivity and ramping up your happy juice.

This week I would like to recommend an amazing on-line tool that can help you to journal privately (or publicly) in a friendly and supportive environment.

750words.com
This is a simple on-line site that is designed for you to write 750 words every day.  That’s it. You can write more if you wish but the minimum number of words to stop at is 750.

Inspiration
The 750 words  website was inspired by a technique called The Morning Pages found in the book The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self. The author Julia Cameron,  explains that writing three pages of longhand everyday, without censorship and without stopping, increases creativity and allows you to find your inner and creative self.  And this in itself is one of the best ways to be happy.  The book and, in particular, this technique, took the creative world by storm because people found that it worked.  If you are interested, here is an Ali Brown podcast featuring the author.

Some people prefer to journal in the traditional way with pen and paper and I must admit this is how I’ve always done it.  But this month I decided to trial the 750 words site and have been using it very happily for 12 days so far.

Interesting Feedback
On the site, when you have completed your writing, you get data feedback.  You track how many words you write and how long it took you.  Additionally, they have incorporated an interesting feature which analyses your words in terms of content, perspective and emotion.  Very illuminating! Here is a screen-shot of my writing today.

750 words data

All your work is confidential and you get awarded badges for different milestones.  For example, the number of consecutive days you have written for, your typing speed and if you write your 750 words without interruption.

The first 30 days are free and then there is a charge of $5 per month.

How to apply the Law of Attraction when you are writing

  1. Releasing negativity: Writing out your emotions is very beneficial particularly if you want your thoughts to be private and don’t want to talk things over with friends, family or professionals.  Note: I do not mean by this that dwelling and staying stuck in negative emotions is beneficial but that touching on them, in order to release them, is.

Hiding or trying to ignore problems creates a huge blockage to happiness.  It creates an energetic tension boulder which prevents what you really want coming your way.  It blocks you and it blocks the universal forces from creating positive action.

  1. Create your own reality: Exploring and writing out your hearts desires is powerful.  Thinking about what you want and need is important but there is something about writing it down that just increases the power of our emotions and it’s emotion that drives us and the Law of Attraction to create what we want and need.

There it is in black and white, written down.  Statements of power and intent.  The process of writing increases your emotion and your resolve to create a happier life for yourself.

Explore, explore, explore!
Those 750 words are there for you to use as you wish.  If you want to increase your manifesting powers then write with that intent. It really helps when you are learning how to apply the Law of Attraction.  As you begin, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do I want to happen today?
  • Who am I? What drives me, what makes me happy?
  • What do I want? What are my needs now?
  • What are my aspirations, for myself, my family, my community?
  • Where am I happy now?  How can I get more of this?

Remember one of the best ways to be happy is to really dig deep into who you really are and what you really want!

I would love to hear your experiences of journalling and diary writing. Please comment if you are moved to.

Update  03/11/15:  I now use this tool as part of my Happiness Creation Day Package to help people explore their desires.

This blog has been inspired by Day 9 of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Days to Freedom blog challenge.  Thank you Natalie!

Create Your Dreams with a Vision Board

Getting juicy and excited about your dreams is the best way to motivate yourself into action.  It’s also the key to unlocking the forces that move the Law of Attraction to help you.  And creating a Vision Board is one sexy way to really get into the zone and find greater happiness.  I’m creating a Vision Board Workshop in January so if you are interested in that you can go straight to the bottom of the post.

What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a visual representation of what it is that you want.  Literally you can choose any area of your life or you can just have one big fat vision board to represent your life as a whole.

What is it for?
A vision board becomes a visual representation of your dreams, desires and goals.  The idea is that you put it in a place where you can see it as often as you need to.  It is designed to inspire you and to remind you of who you are and where you want to go.  Because it’s created with love and passion and real intent whenever you look at it you draw on that energy to propel you forward.  It’s a symbol – your personal symbol.  Symbols have been used throughout time to represent desire and intent.

Ideas for Vision Boards
Vision boards can be very general or very specific.  What ever your needs are at the time.

  • life goals
  • business goals
  • feeling inspired goals – freedom, happiness, relaxation
  • travel goals
  • health goals
  • financial goals
  • family goals
  • relationship goals
  • wonderful you goals

Why are Vision Boards so powerful?
Apart from becoming your personal inspiration they are also a symbol of intent.  The love and passion and juicy feelings used in creating them is a powerful signal to the Universe: “This is what I want. Please help me to get the ball rolling.”  Its a direct order for the Law of Attraction to start doing its thing.

How do you create a vision board?
Vision boards can be made either electronically or with real materials.  I’ve done both but really get immense pleasure from working with real hands on materials.

Making a Vision Board – what do you need?

  1. A board/card/piece of paper – this can be as small or large as you want.  The idea is that when you have completed it you can have it somewhere where you can see it so that it inspires you regularly.  I like to use A4 or A3 size boards depending on what they are for.  Some people make tiny ones that they can carry around in their bags or purses.
  2. Lots of magazines, newspapers, catalogues, computer printouts, even photographs – any materials that have words and pictures to provide you with inspiration.
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue
  5. Pens, colours – pencils, pens.  You might want to write or draw on your boards
  6. Optional Extras – some people like to jazz it up.  Glitter, paints, bits of fabric, feathers – whatever floats your boat and has meaning for you.

That’s it!

And if it sounds a bit Blue Peter or kindergarteny, that’s because it is.  You will literally be cutting, sticking and pasting.  To me that’s heaven (I’ve been scrapbooking for years and its a hobby I adore) but if the idea does not fill you with joy I implore you to give it a go – just once.  And if you need a stronger motivation to make a start there are groups and courses where people do their vision boards together.

I am running a Vision Board Workshop in January – if you are interested just drop me a line using the form below.

Building Your Vision Board

  1. You go through the magazines and other materials that you have and cut out things that inspire you or call out to you.  Make a pile.
  2. Be open-minded – sometimes you are surprised by what you pick.  Just go with it. You can reject or reselect later.
  3. When you feel satisfied that you have enough materials you can begin.
  4. Start selecting images, words, quotations, colours – anything – that inspires you and begin to build your picture. It’s about exploring yourself and your desires and needs. And …… it can be a very moving and surprising experience.  There is something about visual things that reach a part of us that we sometimes cannot pull out just with words or even thoughts and feelings.

And there you have it.  That’s all there is too it.  Simple but very powerful.

Once completed what you have is a blueprint for your dreams.  An inspirational starting point from which to launch your visions and passions.

Electronic Vision Boards
For those of you who prefer not to physically cut and paste you can use Pinterest.  This is a fascinating site where you can create a virtual pin board and put all your inspiring  photos and images in there.

Please share your vision boards with me if you feel called to do so. I would love to see them and share them here if that would work for you.

Would you like to come to my Vision Board Workshop?
Because I love vision boards so much I’m going to put together a workshop in the new year: a great time for new beginnings. If you would be interested in attending please let me know in the form below.

Vision Board Workshop Details
When? Monday 8th January 2016
What time? 10:30am – 1:00pm
Where? Exactly where is still to be arranged but it will be in the Southampton area, uk
How much? £30
What is provided? Refreshments, boards, plenty of magazines and newspapers

This post was inspired by Natalie Sisson’s Blog Challenge.  On day 6 she asks people to look at what business model they want for their business.  Clarity.  It’s so important.  If you don’t know what you want its hard to focus, hard to make plans.  For me vision boards a are great way to get started, to get into that dreaming zone and unearth your passions.  Then and only then can you set your path and make clear goals and plans.