Reflections

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I am sure I am not the only one on the last day of the year reflecting over what has happened and also thinking of the year ahead. I am not going to bore you with my intentions for 2017. I’d rather talk about something I read just last night in a book about a shamanic journey.

The story of the book is about a young woman called Fay, who has lost the joy of life and is stuck in a routine and a job she doesn’t love. The reason I like this book is because I can imagine exactly how life feels for Fay. After meeting a shamanic teacher her life begins to change. She is asked the question if she loves her job. Her answer is no. Well she doesn’t hate her job it serves a purpose and pays the bills, but she does not do her work with love. This really strikes a chord with me, but I guess there are millions of people in the world who feel like this. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all do a job we do with love? The other question Fay is asked is what is her purpose in this life? She is sure it isn’t washing up cups in an office. She reflects back on her life and discovers that when she was younger she always wanted to work with old people. She remembers when she was on work experience how she loved going to work every day.

I have changed my job twice this year and still have not found my purpose. I can feel it. I am trying to take time out and meditate and think of what I could be doing, but the answer is quite simple.I have been given several signs over the years that I should be writing. The problem is writing something. Every day I come up with new reasons why I can’t. The biggest hurdle of all is me! I have always lacked in confidence and self believe and this is the mayor point I am going to work on in 2017. I need to be open to the possibility that I may be good at writing and I really need to start loving myself. I guess it’s a start that I have noticed it, now I really need to do something about it. For 2017 I would like to be the best I can be.

Day 29 #100happydays

As I have to work tomorrow and Monday I am having Christmas today in true German tradition. And this:

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Is already making me happy. Baileys’ coffee yummy.

I am wishing you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you are surrounded by people that you love and love you and have time to relax and reflect. Take care of yourselves 💙⭐️😘

Day 27 #100happydays

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I am struggling at the moment. So with the above in mind, it has been a good day as I didn’t lose my temper on several occasions, or send Avto direct email to a certain person that was testing my patience today. I am proud of myself today for taking a deep breath and not rising to any challenges.

12 lessons & 12 lessons later by Kate Spencer

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I read these two books whilst on holiday. 12 lessons started a bit slow and I was wondering where it might be going, but it picks up after a while. Both books are ‘spiritual’ books in my opinion and focus mainly on the ‘Law of attraction’. In the first book Steph, the main character, finds her life in pieces. She goes and sees a carrot card reader called Sue and the first 12 lessons are given to her in that reading. each month Steph will encounter one of these lessons which help her to get her life back on track.

The second book continues after the first 12 lessons. I can’t give too much away if you haven’t read the first one yet. The second book reminds Steph of the first 12 lessons and adds 12 more into the mix. These aren’t on a time schedule like the first 12. I thought after the first book that the second one might not be as touching and meaningful, but i was wrong. Both books have a lot to give and really make you think about what you, or your thoughts are attracting into your life. At some point the feelings she was describing hit me at a very personal level and I could really relate to Steph.

The cover on the front of the book mentions ‘chicklit’. Well yes the book is written for women, but it is not checklist as such. I would call it a spiritual book. it doesn’t really fit into the self help category but it certainly gives you a push in the ‘right’ direction.

Experiences


Many times throughout this year I had conversations with different people about ‘Experiences’ and that in my opinion there are worth more than materialistic things. Experiences enrich your life and make you grow as a person or just make you feel good, or bad in some cases. I am talking about good experiences here. this year I had three priceless experiences that made me feel speechless and overwhelmed with positive emotions. The first one was hearing James Galway play the flute live  at Sherborne Music festival and meeting him afterwards. He is my idol and in my opinion the greatest flautist in the world. Shaking his talented hand and talking to him made me go all goose bumpy and I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience to me.

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The second unforgettable experience I had in 2016 was hearing my favourite band live in Frankfurt. They are called ‘Silbermond’. I went to the concert by myself as none of my friends or family like the band as much as I do. they were playing in Frankfurt, which is 45 minutes from my home town. It was a fantastic night, and some songs made me cry, as it brought back memories, whilst others made me sing out loud and dance. It was a really really great night.

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The third experience was ‘Timanfaya’. It was breathtaking to see what nature can do. The tour guide said something at the end of the tour that struck a chord with me. he said that many people thing the volcanic landscape is the end, but he said it is the beginning. He could be right. Who knows in a few thousand years Timanfaya could be the beginning of new life again. I bought a beautiful bracelet at the gift shop, made from lava stones and a silver feather.

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I just looked up the healing properties of lava stone and I am so pleased i got the bracelet. This is just what I needed:

Lava stone doesn’t really have the “look” of something that is healing; but for centuries it has been used to do exactly that. When thinking of lava stones, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s origin plays a key role in its energetic qualities.

  • Emotional- Since lava is known for its grounding qualities, it’s wonderful for calming the emotions. In fact, the quality of fire springs from the ground, so in terms of healing gems, this lends itself to a calming- but intense- energy. Because it comes from raw energy, it’s considered to be a stone of rebirth and shedding unneeded layers of emotional attachment.
  • Spiritual- Lava stones are fantastic for stabilizing and grounding the root chakra. This is because of the strong connection to the earth and its creation within the center of Earth. In folk remedies, it was also given to soldiers to help them remain calm during battle. (blog.sivanaspirit.com).
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Although all these great experiences cost me some money, they will stay with me forever unlike most materialistic things. With everything else that is going on in the world at the moment it is so important to focus on the positives. What unforgettable experiences have you had this year?

 

Days 16-23 #100happydays

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I haven’t been doing this for a week now, as I was on holiday and the Wi-if in the hotel was really expensive, so I used the week as a bit of internet detox. I was able to use my phone in places but haven’t been fully online until today. It has been a great week and that’s why I put the seven days together. Every day made me happy. The weather was great, the food good and I managed to walk every day and do a lot of reading. It was really good to get away and have some time to reflect. The most amazing day was  the natural park Timanfaya. It is a volcano landscape and it was mind blowing how powerful nature can be.