2021 has thus far seen a range of dramatic weather events. We’ve seen the apocalyptic rain in Germany and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands that claimed 200 lives. Click into this Economist article and you’ll see a photograph that will take your breath away – but not in a good way. It rams home the unimaginable destruction they’ve suffered there. We’ve seen too the fearful fires blazing across the Mediterranean region, resulting from record-breaking summer heatwaves. All of which has prompted me to flag up Greenpeace Day 2001 which is on the 15th September. And hot on its heels from the 20th – 26th September is national recycling week.
Do you pride yourself on being a good listener? What do you think comprises being good at listening? A Guardian article I read a few days back, ‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people’, caused me to pause and … well … think. Reading it, it occurred to me that, all too often we can fall into the trap of believing that listening equates to staying quiet and not interrupting when someone is talking. Well that helps of course. But what the art of listening is really about is taking on what someone tells you.
Ways in which to be kind
There’s been much talk during the ongoing Covid pandemic of being kinder to oneself and to others. After all, as this blog about Covid anxiety tips points out, it’s only human to feel anxious during a global crisis on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we thought we’d have a look at the word itself – what it means.
These days the terms Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day have become so interchangeable you would think one is a synonym for the other. But, in fact, that’s not so. Our British Mothering Sunday grew from a different place to the American Mother’s Day. So this blog takes a look at the origins of Mothering Sunday – and the difference between it and Mother’s Day. The latter always takes place on the second Sunday in May and I’ll come back to it later.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS? Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation where the inner conscious is acutely receptive and responsive to suggestion. Without the restrictions of the conscious state hypnosis can be used to quickly and efficiently make specific changes to … Continued
Christmas is approaching and with it our thoughts are full of giving. Now, I’m in the business of making and selling organic skincare products. Thus, I’ll not pretend that you engaging in that sort of giving is of no importance to me. It’s my livelihood – so of course it is. But what I most want to delve into a little in this blog are the benefits of giving and caring in the wider sense. Because, as with a puppy, giving and caring is for life – not only at Christmas. So read on for 3 benefits of caring and giving. At least!
If I asked you: ‘do you take care of yourself?’ the chances are you’d reply in the affirmative. You might even look perplexed and reply with a ‘what you on about? Of course I take care of myself.’ But then if I were to dig a little deeper and ask you ‘okay – how? In what ways do you take care of yourself?’ it could get trickier. What even is self-care anyway?