Sunday, 2 November 2014

Facebook Detox - Good For The Soul

Facebook Detox

Are you someone who checks Facebook often or other social networks? If you are travelling or at home do you flick between networks when you are not sure what to do or you feel bored?

Are you a Facebook addict?

I was travelling to London last week and noticed a young woman in the seat in front of me, she had her smartphone switched on and I could see what she was looking at in the reflection in the window . The journey lasted 3 and a half hours, and the entire time she scanned Facebook's news-feed, often looking at the same photos, and once she grew bored with that she scanned Twitter and once she grew bored with that she scanned Facebook again. This lasted the entire journey. I, on the other hand, was on my first proper social network detox, I also am blessed to feel travel sick if I read anything on coaches or bouncy vehicles. As I watched her it reminded me of me. I was exactly like this before my detox. If I was on the sofa watching TV I was also surfing the networks. If I was on the PC I found it challenging to complete a task that I'd set out to do because I spent much of my time flicking between what I was doing and Facebook.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A Poem Written By The Blocked Muse

Caged Birds Vintage Creative Blocks

No ideas, mental blocks,
Is there such a thing as creative floss?

Muse has departed,
Leaves me broken-hearted.

What does a writer do when no words come?
What does a painter do when her brush doesn't run?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

leave comfort zone taking leap penguin

Over 4 years ago I left my job because I knew that working in retail was no longer for me and I wanted to 'find myself' as clich├ęd as this sounds. With the help of my best friend I learned to live on a small budget and go without the luxuries many people may enjoy in this world. It was a big risk to take, but it was a strong feeling. I needed to do this.

Of course it was extremely challenging to leave the conventional way of living, having a job, having a regular income, fitting in, belonging, within the constraints society demands, but I did it, even though I often questioned my decision and often judged myself for acting recklessly, and 'Yes', others judged me too. It took a long time to accept that my decision was right for me, because it went against the grain of what society says you must do.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Are 'You' Unhappy? Or Is Unhappiness Just Appearing?

Unhappy Unhappiness Non duality quote happy
"There is unhappiness in me." A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

It's so very easy to say inwardly or outwardly 'I'm sad' or 'I'm depressed' or 'I'm miserable, but how many of us question these beliefs?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Review : Introvert Power - Laurie Helgoe

Title: Introvert Power

Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength

Author: Laurie Helgoe

Published: 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Pages: 290

Price: £11.50 at time of posting ( Purchase HERE)

USA : $10.77 at time of posting (Purchase HERE)

Genre: Self Help

Friday, 5 September 2014

The Changing Of The Seasons And Healing

The Changing Of The Seasons And Healing Kelly Martin Speaks

As the seasons come and go we may think nothing of their effect on our emotional well-being. It may seem obvious that as winter draws closer people may experience lower energy and moods, and some suffer from S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

But what happens between the seasons? That moment when winter is not quite over and spring has not set fully into bloom? Or that in-between time when the sun is no longer as warm and the leaves have just started to turn?

Monday, 1 September 2014

No Need To Be Perfect To Inspire Others

No Need To Be Perfect To Inspire Others Quote

There appears to be this unspoken message that to inspire others, to teach, or to share our inner wisdom with the world we need to be perfect. You may see it in the media, on-line, on videos where motivational speakers, writers and teachers spend a lot of time affirming the need to be positive and sharing very little, often none of their human flaws or vulnerabilities - this is a heavy responsibility to carry.

Do we as viewers, readers, students, expect people who inspire others to be perfect?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Desire And Scratching An Itch

Root Suffering Attachment Buddha

We all know what it's like to have an itch that we really want to scratch. Maybe you're washing the dishes wearing rubber gloves, and suddenly the end of your nose begins to itch (this often happens to me), or you're meditating and wanting so badly to scratch your head and find relief - for now.

But inevitably that itch returns, perhaps some place else, but it's still an itch you want to scratch (hands up if you are suddenly feeling itchy right now - grin)  and what on earth does this have to do with desire? 

Desire is that itch - and it never stops!


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