Sleep: Very important for your state of mind, your appearance, and your well-being. We explain through a few adjustments in the bedroom, how you can optimize the time you sleep so you can surrender to the night.
Peace. Quiet. Slumber. Dream. In order to sleep you need to surrender to the night, and that can only be done when you feel safe and secure. Sometimes all you need is to cover yourself up. A sheet alone can offer a sense of protection on some level. It’s a primal feeling. Babies and puppies also prefer to be covered when they sleep. Another recommendation for sleeping soundly is to make sue you have warm feet and a warm head but a cold nose. So when the temperature drops, put on sleeping socks and a nightcap but keep the window open. Try to make yourself comfortable, for example luxuriating in an extra duvet as a fabulously soft underlay, with clean, ironed sheets on top made of biological cotton.
It is also easier to relax when your bed is not right opposite the door, according to the teachings of Feng Shue. That disturbs the energy (chi) and makes proper sleep difficult. It is best to have your headboard against a wall and to keep the sides of the bed clear. In addition, make sure you can’t see yourself in a mirror while on the bed, and remove the element water – real or in pictures – from the bedroom.
A bedroom is a “yin” space, so paint it in restful colors such as beige, lavender, pale green or light yellow. Use soft bulbs in your lamps, and place the lamp to the side, rather than right over the bed. Clutter (newspaper, books, cell phones) creates visual white noise in this room silence. Try tidying up; the ancient Chinese called it “quiet storm.” Modern science calls it “sleep hygiene”, and granny simply called it “common sense.”
This article is a part of ‘Tender is The Night’, an article from issue 17 ‘From the heart’.
Women have performed rituals for many centuries. They’ve held ceremonies to boost (or minimize) fertility, to grieve losses, and to give thanks. Are you looking for ways to make more room in your life for your feminine energy and creative freedom? Find it in this gentle but powerful ritual.
The manifestation of new things is the ultimate feminine power. Your womb not only produces new life in the shape of children, it is also the creative center of your whole being. Since the vibration of sound can travel so far and deep, a sound ritual is a fantastic way to activate or support this creative strength.
Find a pleasant spot where you can lie down for a while without being disturbed. Light a candle for yourself and formulate your intention on what you want to create or manifest in your life. It can be anything: more peace, more love or a different home. The more details you can visualize, the stronger you will make your intention.
Lie down and use a kind of vibration that appeals to you. For example, you can put a singing bowl on your lower belly and tap it gently. Feel how the vibrations spread from your womb throughout your body. If you don’t have a singing bowl, you can make the “aaaaahhhhh” sound and let it reverberate deep inside your chest. This is the sound of creation. You can make the ritual stronger by putting some lavender grains or a piece of tourmaline (cleansing for body, thoughts and emotions) or green jade (helps you find peace and accept your true nature) in your hand as you let the sounds flow through your body.
Keep making the sounds while you visualize what you want to create. When you feel it is enough, let the vibrations slowly ebb away. Stay put for a while longer in that wonderful energy you created.
This ritual is part of ‘Ceremonies For Life – Five Feminine Rituals’, an article from issue 18 ‘Find your source of energy’.
Before going to sleep we are often inclined to bring back all the worries and problems of the day, week or month before. The boyfriend you broke up with years ago, the moment you dropped your coffee out of your hand at work hours ago or that one time you fell in kindergarten, it all comes back when you lay down in your soft and comfortable bed.
Most people believe that thinking keeps you awake. But studies conducted by the Simon Fraser University in Canada show that you can actually think yourself to sleep. If you fill your head with a series of random images, without getting into their meaning, your brain activity resembles a state just before you fall asleep. As a result you actually fall asleep.
Source: Catelijne Elzes and Deborah Freriks
Little daily rituals are so important, like making a small offering to express our gratitude for good health, or lighting a candle to offer strength to a friend in need.
You can create a protective, supportive field in your house by collecting objects that are important to you, and by inviting the four elements in your own little house altar:
Earth – body
Include the element of earth (yin), or the senses, in your ritual when your wishes are related to your home, job, or finances – anything related to security. Earth bestows peace and harmony but also reliability. On your altar: sand, salt, an acorn, stone or flower.
Air – spirituality
Air stands for freedom, the spirit, and communication. This element (yang) can help you make decisions and deal with disappointments. On your altar: a feather or incense
Fire – emotions
Fire (yang) stands for passion, will, life, force and action. This element can generate energy, bring about transformation, and set new things in motion. You can include fire when embarking on a new adventure or challenge. On your altar: a candle, an oil lamp, a piece of coal, or incense.
Water – The inner world
Water (yin) stands for intuition and cleansing. This element can be used in rituals for anything related to thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, or fears. On your altar: a shell or bowl of water.
Lay a piece of cloth down, choose a bowl or a pretty altar table, and sit in front of it. Now invite the four wind directions into your home. Next invite Mother Earth and the Cosmos. Ask them to ground, feed and cleanse your house and those who live in it. Put the first objects down on your altar. Light a candle, then use the flame to light some incense. Next, put down something that symbolizes the Earth, followed by a small bowl filled with water or wine that you briefly touch with your fingers.
For each element, invite the power that comes with it. Now the foundation of your altar is laid. You can add objects and photographs that are important to you. Over time you can change them; sometimes you can add something for someone who is going through a hard time, or you can ask for insight or support. You can express gratitude by placing some beautiful flowers or by making room for your favorite cookie.
Your altar will gain strength every time you feed it with attention and respect. Sit down regularly, light a candle, burn some sage or Palo Santo to cleanse the energy with their smoke. Refresh the water, and touch all the objects. Your home and all who live in it will thank you for it.
This ritual is part of “Do-it-yourself rituals – Altars, arrangements and ceremonies”, an article from issue 15 “Intuition”.
Back, shoulder- and neck troubles are incredibly obstructive. Maybe you’re not a big fan of regular medicine, perhaps you need some extra support, or it might be that you want to try something new; a chiropractor can help!
Chiropractic care is focused on ensuring that the nervous system works properly. It’s often about removing blockages in the spine and joints and making them flexible again, restoring normal movement and curing pain.
When a joint is blocked, this creates irritation in the joint itself, but also in the surrounding nerves and muscles. And that in turn can radiate out to arms and legs, or cause headaches.
Chiropractic was founded by an American, Daniel David Palmer (1844-1913). He based his theory on an idea of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, namely that the cause of an illness may be found in the spinal column. In Belgium, England, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries, chiropractor is a recognized profession that is part of primary health care. In the Netherlands, practitioners of “alternative or complementary medicine” are not recognized.
The professional association stresses that chiropractic is a practice which complements traditional medicine; it does not claim to supplant it. As the Greek word cheir means ‘hand’ and prattein means ‘practice’, the chiropractor works with his hands.
Treatment begins with a questionnaire with questions about your symptoms and your lifestyle. Most people come to a chiropractor with headaches, migraines, facial pain, period pains. Or back, shoulder and neck troubles.
Then the cause of the complaint is investigated, sometimes involving neurological tests, making a temperature scan of the spinal column, or even taking X-rays.
The treatment itself consist of sharp, measured manipulation of the joint or the spine. It can involve massaging muscles or pressure points, or strengthening and stretching exercises. You’ll also get tips on stress control or posture, also at work. Chiropractors are often jokingly referred to as “bone crunchers” or “pop and pray”, and it’s true that you sometimes hear a popping sound when a joint is corrected. The joint surfaces are prised slightly apart, creating an air bubble in the joint that makes this sound.
This article is part of ‘Alternative Medicine – Give your health a leg up’, from Happi.body – Power.
Purple is the color of mystery, spirituality and wisdom, the vivid hue that goes with our two highest chakras. The energy of purple helps you to see the invisible and hear what you already know deep down inside.
The color purple has so many more beautiful features and peculiarities. We have collected some facts for you:
The violet of blueberries, the red of the red cabbages, and all those other lively, full-bodied shades of purple we see in fruits, vegetables and flowers are produced by anthocyanins. This substance has the effect of an antioxidant on the plant – and on us when we eat vegetables and fruit that contain a lot of anthocyanins. It protects our cells and slows down the skin’s ageing.
If a kiss could be seen, it would look like a violet
– Lucy Maud Montgomery
Try coloring your life purple, pink, violet, indigo for creativity and inspiration! Or use mineral makeup in those vibrant tones, it doesn’t get more pure and natural than that.
Indigo and violet are the colors that go with the third eye (the spot between your eyebrows) and the crown chakra. These energy centres are all about ‘seeing clearly’ and the connection with higher things. Yoga and meditation are wonderful ways of feeling and using the power of purple. But for that you need a firm grounding with the earth too. When you’re grounded, you can turn the inspired ideas from above into action.
Do you want to read more about this beautiful and warm color? This article is a part from ‘The power of purple’, an article from issue 15 ‘Intuition’.
The word ‘no’ can bring a negative charge and can be difficult to express. Fortunately you can learn how to say no. Here are a few tips to help you!
The American researchers Patric and Henrik Hagtvedt had experimental subjects on how to say no to an important request. Half of them were told to say “No, I can’t” (that is, to make an excuse), while the others were told to say “No, I don’t…” The people who used an excuse (“No, I can’t”) had a harder time refusing requests and demands. An excuse leaves room for discussion, in which you might be persuaded to say yes after all. Saying ‘no’ without an explanation shows that you set clear boundaries for yourself and that others must respect them.
When you feel like a request has caught you unprepared, take time to reflect. Go for coffee, take a bathroom break or ask for time to think about it. Take the intiative and let the requester know when you plan to respond. It’s helpful to take the time to consider what you want, especcially if your first instinct is to say what the other person wants you to say.
We often say yes even though we mean no. Look at the list of twelve basic needs below and ask yourself which ones are most important to you. Wich of your buckets are full, and which ones are only half full? When do you notice that in conversation with others? Think back to a time when you wanted to say no but said yes anyway, and try to sense whether one of these basic needs influences your response. What needs do you like to have fulfilled by other people? Answering that question will help you detect and understand your vulnerabilities.
Sources: The power of a Positive No, by William Ury, 2008
In issue 17, ‘From the heart’, Manon Sikkel wonders why it’s sometimes so hard for us to utter ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Do you want to read more about the power of saying yes and no? Click here for issue 17.
Everything around you, whether it’s outside in nature or inside your warm house, is based on an underlying geometry. Ancient civilizations realized that symmetrical shapes were found too often to be a mere coincidence. They saw symmetry as the mystery of creation. All of these shapes contain a wonderful sparkle of mystery. We have listed a number of beautiful shapes and their powers for you:
The circle is seen as unity, the All, and it’s the cross-section or flattened version of a sphere. The circle is also a symbol of unconditional love and security, because unity inspires trust. Masculinity an femininity come together in this symbol. It’s not hard to see why the ring is a merriage symbol, because a couple enters into a union. When we have a group discussion of a collective issue, we naturally find ourselves forming a circle.
If possible, we all try to be at about the same distance from the center. That’s part of what togetherness is. The sphere, the 3D version of the circle, is part of the basis for what are known as the Platonic solids. Following the first principles of life, the central sphere set everything is motion – the beginning of creation. And at the same time is stands for emptiness, and other five Platonic solids fit into it perfectly, with their vertices just touching the surface.
The square and cube stand for the earth element and for our earthly existence. The bottom line of the square rests firmly on the ground. No movement here, but stability, boundedness, order and regularity. The square symbolizes the physical world of material, masculinity and reliability. And it goes together with logic, sobriety and symmetry, Its masculinity stems from its straight lines, while curves often stand for femininity. Sturdiness, stability and a grounded sense of security are hallmarks of our squarisch buildings, which make us feel safe and protected.
The square stands for grounding, but the cube goes one step further. A cube, also known as a hexahedron, raduates calm and stability with its six square faces ( hexa means six ), and because it can rest on any side in a very stable way. This links it to the first chakra and to self-confidence. The cube indicates boundaries and is sometimes ised to restrain the energy of shapes and forms. If they hold a cube or put a die in their pocket, it gives them some grounded energy. Adults can keep cubes in their cars for moments of anxiety – they heighten your focus. If you use a cube made of grounding materials, like jasper or tiger’s eye, the effect is doubled.
This article is a part from ‘Sacred Geometry – the power of shapes’, an article from issue 16 ‘Find your sparkle.