meditation changed everything

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Why Meditate?

This ancient practise tunes you to wisdom arising form your heart. In Eastern philosophy the heart is your truth. It is where emotions such as laughter, passion  love & joy and all the beautiful light emotions reside.

Your life decisions come from one of two emotions.

1 fear or

2 love.

Fear – I'm not doing that because its too difficult, people will think I'm crazy, not clever enough, someone else is already doing this, too old, too fat.

These come from your head.

Love- comes from a place of giving to oneself and others.-I feel passionate about caring for the elderly, even though I struggle with debilitating symptoms myself

Sometimes its easier to listen to the fear, rather than hop on board the love boat!

Here's some tips on how to recognise fear/love decisions

Sit quietly alone in a calm place

Close your eyes

Take 6 deep breaths in and out focusing on your the breeze through your nose on the out breath, feel relaxed..

Witness how you feel when thinking about your question or issue you are deliberating

  • Do you feel excited, AND scared

  • Does it give you a sinking feeling?

  • Can you feel happy with a potential outcome by taking the decision

  • Does it make you feel very tired and demotivated- suddenly

  • or does it have a delightful energising feeling

  • can you see your future to be an adventure perhaps even outrageous!

My Meditation practise was a huge turning point for me 

it has a variety of effects, and for many its a way

  • to relax and feel calm.

  • To switch off the constant grind of mind chatter

  • to get in touch with intuition and find clarity

  • have a positive outlook

  • increase creative ideas

  • to let go and trust

  • for many it helps to alleviate physical pain

  • deeper uninterrupted sleep

The purpose of meditation is a journey towards self -awareness. It provides a quiet time which ultimately leads you to discover more about who you are and what you want from life. It is a heightened state of consciousness which feels totally blissful.

I can help you to learn this amazing self care ritual, It's a practise and it starts with a decision right here and now.

Join in and take a taster session or call me for private tuition.

 

 

 

Lifestyle habit to start in your kitchen

I know you wish to feel great and being healthy in the kitchen has great payoffs. Here's some easy quick and fun breakfasts that you can depend upon to raise up your energy feel good and get the most out of your day

Spring sunshine, how I love waking up to the sun streaming through my bedroom window and looking out to green grass green trees and green leafy veggies growing in my garden, so lets talk about what makes a tantalizingly delicious smoothies with green leaves – ok, you don't have to... yet

What is a Smoothie

Smoothies are usually made up of a blended combination of fruit and vegetables and contain the flesh and fibre. The amounts of fruit to vegetable each are dependant on personal tastes, likes and sweetness and who's making them! They are super quick, easy and fun for all the family to do. Kids love them and its a sure way to ensure a good boost of vitamins minerals and pyhtonutrients towards RDA. They may give massive energy boosting nutrients to super charge your days too because of the huge nutrient value in just one glass or bottle.

Treat yourself to a refreshing glass of fruit and veg

Fruits are sweet due of their natural fruit sugar content, so a combination of fruit and vegetable is a good option and balances out the more bitter taste from green leafy vegetables ie kale, chard, lettuce, radish and beets. Mint, ginger, citrus fruits, apples and bananas are good basic flavour enhancers and add extra “zing” to a smoothie to counteract the natural bitter taste of greens. My favourite recipe if I have tons of greens to get through is

  • 3 lemons and 1 apple with a big handful of greens, green lemonade, yum!

Adding nut milks like almond, hazelnut etc and hemp, coconut or dairy ie goat or cow with yoghurt may be used and children enjoy making these into a delicious fruit milkshake, especially now in the berry season!

  • 3 Large handful of strawberries, a squeeze of fresh lemon, 2 mint leaves and a large glass of almond milk and ice

Use a powerful blender to whizz up your favourite fruits. M
ake it an orange day, green, pink, purple dependent on the ingredients you have to ensure a range of varying phytochemicals ie antioxidants in your weekly regime.

Add orange, pineapple, grapes, pomegranate, grapefruit, berries, add unusual fruits mango, papaya, kiwi anything you fancy. Be your own creativity genius. Melon is best eaten on its own or simply with fresh lime juice and mint. Water melon is delicious whizzed up on its own including the seeds with ice it goes into a pretty pink frothy refreshing drink and is packed with vital antioxidants.

When you are feeling good about fruits then try adding greens lettuce chard spinach etc as this really increases the minerals and vitamins due to the rich chlorophyll content abundant in green foods. Beetroot and carrot are excellent as these are quite sweet as starter vegetables to incorporate.

Daily smoothies can be worthwhile time investment for you, your environment, your health your longevity, don't you think?

Help grow gardens, eat more vegetables!!!

See how body mind and spirit will thank you…..

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plant these cut and come again herbs

10 essential perennials to cut and come again..

Sage - mainly evergreen, pineapple sage is my favourite

Plant in …

Containers, can also be planted with cabbages to deter white butterflies, and in garden, but needs cutting hard back in spring as otherwise it can get woody.

Useful for …

Healing powers - women’s hormones, use for colds, good also for mouth ulcers, laryngitis and tonsillitis.

Use in ...

Vegan/ Sausage and pork dishes and vegetarian nut roasts

Mint - hardy perennial. My favourite is Spearmint, but here are lots of delicious species

Plant in …

Containers. If planting in garden contain the growth by placing the mint in a pot, as the roots spread and take over.

Useful for …

Nervous headaches, flatulence, increases concentration and a stimulant for poor appetites. It is helpful for a variety of complaints as its qualities include calming, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-parasitic.

Use in …

Chocolate mousse and other recipes, good with lamb, vinegars and jellies, teas, fish, yoghurt fruit and summer punches.

Lemon balm - hardy Perennial who’s generic name is Melissa

Plant in …

Any soil but can be invasive (although roots easy to pull out), so keep edges trimmed. Can also be planted in a container.

Useful for ...

Good memory drink after meals to ease digestion. Lemon balm /melissa oil is good for nervousness depression, and insomnia

Use in …

Fresh in cream cheese dips, fish or mushroom dishes, cordials and vinegars.

Oregano/Marjoram - hardy perennial

Plant in …

Containers.

Useful for …

An antiseptic and preservative. This is known as one of the most powerful antiseptics because of the high Thymol content. Eases bad colds, good for relaxation and calming influence for nervousness. Helps sickness and settles upset stomachs.

Use in …

Bouquet garni, pizza, meat tomato dishes, vegetables and milk based desserts.

Chives - garlic and onion flavour

Plant in …

The soil, as this is a better option. Leave a distance of at least 6 inches from other plants.

Can be pot grown, and can flourish as long as well watered.

Useful for ...

Helps improve digestion, mildly antiseptic, and sprinkled on food can stimulate the appetite and help digestion.

Use in…

Garnishes mashed into soft cheese dips, soured cream with jacket potatoes. Lovely as garnish on top of egg salad, scrambled egg soups and salads generally.

Tarragon - French tarragon has a superior flavour, but is tender so is a half hardy perennial and needs protection in winter. The Russian tarragon originates from Siberia so a hardy variety - enough said!

Plant in …

Larger containers as they dislike being pot bound.

Useful for ...

Overcoming insomnia.

Use in …

Many dishes with chicken, fish, tomato, rice and salad dressings. Nice in grapes and green salads. My favourite tarragon companion meat is chicken.

Curry plant - Hardy evergreen

Plant in …

Large containers. Do not over water and thrive better when located in full sun.

Useful for …

treating diarrhoea, indigestion,excessive acid secretion, and an unhealthy cholesterol level, due to it’s antioxidant, anti microbial and anti inflammatory properties. Apparently the bark is used in India to treat snake bites.

Use in …

Leaves used in many dishes with chicken, vegetables, rice and pickles.

The yellow flowers can be added to home made pot pourri.

Bay - evergreen

Plant in …

In cooler climates can start off a Bay on a kitchen window sill. Keep indoors over the winter as it has shallow roots and needs to mature into a larger plant for outside. OK outside for summer months and is great in a container.

Useful for …

As an infusion it is helpful for digestion and stimulating appetite.  

Use in …

Fresh leaves have a better flavour. Add to soups stocks as a bouquet garni. Good with fish. Put on barbecue coals for a delicious flavour. Add to jars of rice for flavour and put into flour it will deter weevils.

Rosemary - love this story. In the time of Elizabeth 1 the wedding couple wore (or carried) a sprig of rosemary as a sign of fidelity. Bunches were tied with coloured ribbon tipped with gold and given to guests at weddings to symbolize love and faithfulness.

Plant in …

As an evergreen hardy it can be planted outside. If planted near carrots it can help repel carrot fly.  

Useful for …

Rosemary oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti fungal properties and helps poor circulation if rubbed into affected joints.

Use in …

Traditionally with lamb, also baked fish, tomato sauces, summer wine cups, vinegar's and oils.

Thyme –  perennial evergreen

Plant in …

in a well drained grit soil either in containers inbetween paving stones or in the garden.  thyme does wewl in sunny positions and will thrive on a sunny window sill too.

Useful for …

Good digestive aid. Helps to break down fatty foods. Strong antiseptic properties. Good as a gargle remedy for infected gums and sore throats. Make thyme tea with fresh lemon juice.

Use in …

Bouquet garni. Good with fish, chicken and in stuffing. strong antiseptic properties, good remedy for infected gums and sore throats to gargle with of make thyme tea with fresh lemon juice.