Connecting with othersPosted by Ann Algie Thu, February 11, 2016 13:37:52
I often find myself involved in discussions about the fact that most of the news we hear on television or read in the newspapers is bad. We know that people tend to buy more papers if the news is 'sensational' in some way.
It seems that there is a biological reason for this. The most basic parts of our brain respond very quickly to fear. We are 'pre-programmed' to respond to fear as this has been vital for our survival. The 'flight or fight' response has been very useful for escaping from wild animals but in modern times not many of us have to do this! The response can still be activated though by what we read and hear on a day to day basis. This can lead us to believe that the world is more scary and dangerous than it really is and over time can adversely affect our health.
We can help ourselves by choosing what we watch and read and how often we do this. Do we really need to watch the news several times a day? Here is an alternative news magazine called Positive News
that has just been re-launched after 1,526 people bought community shares during a 30 day 'Own the Media' campaign. The Positive News Magazine
began life as a 'free' newspaper when it was founded in 1993 by an amazing lady called Shauna Crockett-Burrows. It helps to highlight some of the good things that are happening in the world and connects people and ideas. Here are a couple of links, one with information about Shauna Crockett-Burrows and the other to The Positive News website. The magazine is produced 4 times a year and would make a lovely present for yourself or someone else. http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2012/jun/18/shauna-crockett-burrows
Feeling GoodPosted by Ann Algie Fri, January 29, 2016 18:15:09Being Happy with Change
Change is an inevitable part of life and living, and yet so many of us struggle to accept and embrace it. We waste our precious time and energy trying to keep everything the same! If we can learn to 'be in the flow' of life and to be happy with change then life will appear less 'scary'.
I wrote this little book a couple of years ago to help people come to terms with changes that occur in their lives. You can download it for free by clicking on the link below. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/372244
Feeling GoodPosted by Ann Algie Mon, January 25, 2016 13:26:10The Prince's Ears
Here is a little story I wrote which can be downloaded for free by clicking on the link below. It is all about listening to your heart and doing what you love in life. Pass it on to anyone who you think may enjoy it.
Learning from naturePosted by Ann Algie Sat, January 23, 2016 12:53:59
I find this fascinating. A few years ago I read a book by Mr Emoto about the different types of crystals formed by freezing water from different locations. He took pictures of the crystals formed by clean river water, lakes and polluted water and found they formed very different shapes. The polluted water crystals looked distorted compared to the clean river water. He then discovered that the water formed different shaped crystals according to the music or words that were played 'to it'. See what you think?
If it really is the case that water forms different crystals according to the environment/sounds surrounding it then this may have big implications for the things we surround ourselves with - and the things we tell ourselves - since we contain around 70% water in our own bodies.
Learning from naturePosted by Ann Algie Thu, January 21, 2016 11:49:51
Yesterday we had our first snow of 2016 here in Aveyron.
It made me think about the fact that no two snowflakes are the same. Although snowflakes all have a hexagonal shape, they vary in their geometry and molecular structure according to the variations in temperature and humidity through which they fall.
Feeling GoodPosted by Ann Algie Thu, January 21, 2016 11:28:59
'Be the change you want to see in the world.' Gandhi
It is easy to feel overwhelmed, sad and helpless in the face of so much bad news about events occurring all over the world. However we all have the power to begin with ourselves and our own lives. We can find small ways to improve the world and to bring about the world we would like to see. This may be something as simple as planting some flowers or smiling at a stranger. Start with the things you can
do and opportunities may arise to do other things in time. It is better to do something and feel empowered than to do nothing and feel exhausted.