Your questions on MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
Jo Ahern is a freelance writer who cut her teeth working on teenage magazines. Years of writing later, her study, research and writing focuses almost completely on health and wellbeing – with emotional health very close to her heart. Jo also volunteers within the third sector.
The same thing happens at this time of year, every year. I start to get this pit of dread in my stomach when I start to see Christmas items in the shops. It isn’t as though I hate Christmas. I actually love it! It just seems that there is more and more pressure around the festive season – and I start to feel as though I am going to burst with it all. Can you help? Helen
A long time ago, a ver y dear friend of mine told me a wonder ful mantra they lived their life by. It was, “If you stop running, they can’t chase you”, and it really did help some fog clear from my mind. What I took it to mean, Helen, is that the race was all in my own head. What mattered was my attitude and my peace of mind. Those outside influences, like the 3 for 2 Christmas present of fers and the groaning shelves of festive food, only pressure, chase and badger us if we give them the power to do so. So, please, stop running. Take a breath and give yourself permission to go at your own pace. Give in to what you love about the festive season and ever ything it means to you. You are enough and it will be enough.
On a practical level, giving a busy, anxious mind some order and routine is the best way to stop it whirling round. Get yourself a day/week planner and a notebook and organise away! Devote some time ever y couple of days or so to ensuring you are on track with all the things that can spiral out of control – like finances and tr ying to catch up with ever yone – and you will be much more able to enjoy the love you give and receive at that special time of year. Heidi Dore is a yoga and shiatsu practitioner, working from a beautiful country setting in Balmerino in Fife. She has studied yoga and shiatsu extensively and believes passionately in the power of gentle healing to boost your mind, energy and mood. See www.yogashiatsuscotland.co.uk
When it is dark at in the early evening and in the morning, I find myself getting sleepier and sleepier, no matter how long I sleep. I feel like a half-shut knife and my body feels achy and stiff – like I need a really good stretch. Is there anything I can do to help my energy levels and sleep patterns at this time of year?
Tr y to do some gentle stretches to boost your energy levels and stop the stiff, achy feelings. Even just 5-10 minutes a day will make a huge difference. I recommend Adriene’s Yoga for Zombies on YouTube. And please don’t beat yourself up. It is normal for your body to have a lull at times.
Sleep is often the best way for the body to heal, so improve the quality of your rest. A tip for the top is to stop fiddling with your phone in bed.
Shiatsu uses the
Stomach 36, also known as Three
Mile Leg, used by troops in the
Chinese army to eliminate fatigue. The point is just below the knee cap, one finger’s width outside the shin bone. Massage it gently for 2-3 minutes on each leg. If you do this daily, it is said you’ll live to 100!
Do some deep belly breathing to revitalise. If your breath is shallow you may not be getting enough oxygen. Put your hands on your belly and notice how the breath causes your hands to rise and fall. Don’t force it. Relax.
Tr y not to hang out with people and situations that exhaust you too much. While you are rebuilding strength, limit contact with things that drain your resources. In Shiatsu it is impor tant to conser ve energy. Feel better, Alice!
“Give yourself permission to go at your own pace”
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How can I become more psychic? I am convinced I am made of wood and not at all sensitive! When I go to spiritual workshops and we’re asked to “tune in” and receive messages or impressions, I get nothing! I went to an angel workshop recently and everyone got their guardian angel’s name except me! I feel quite upset about it and despite trying to surrender I still don’t see or hear any messages from my guides or angels.
Great question, Lynn!
First, I suggest you give yourself permission to become a psychic. There may well be the cellular memor y of some “past life” experiences that would hold you back from comfor tably being that.
To be a channel for Spirit you also need to practise being still – not tr ying to be anything. Stilling the mind, the incessant chatter of the Left Brain. It is best to do that in the discipline of daily meditation. Always acknowledge the chattering monkey in the “LB” first and ask it to calm down – this will create space for the whispers of your angels, guides and spirit to enter in and be heard. The deeper you can allow yourself to sink into the silence, the louder the whispers become. It takes time and practice.
Also, “comparisonitis” is not to be indulged. Focus on your life journey, as you are completely unique! Let go of what others are getting, feeling, doing and/or being. Your life is all about YOU and learning to love you unconditionally, doing and being what you love and enjoy! As you build up love of your soul and spirit you will magnetise more love to you and have more to give out.
“Let go of what others are getting, feeling or doing”