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Message to women - Overwhelmed? You can STOP at any time...

...and re-realise that you are worthy and you can ask for anything that you want.

In this clip of Oprah's interview with the singer and songwriter India.Arie, they have a few really good messages for women. The one that sticks out for me is about 60 seconds into the clip where they talk about 'Just STOP'.

When life seems to be just too much, and you start to feel overwhelmed, use this simple, quick 'Just STOP' technique. I recommend you practice 'Just Stopping' whenever you need to.

Here's how:

Say STOP to yourself out loud or in your mind.

  • Take a breath in and then out and then for 2-4 seconds, listen to your heart beat.
  • Then carry on with your life...and 'Just Stop' when needed.

India.Arie singer and songwriter being interviewed by Oprah, has some messages to women.


Shimmy your Boobs and Bum for instant energy

Shimmy your boobs and bum is an expression and also a practice that I've been using for some years. To me it represents, fun, aliveness and is a great way to inject a bit of energy and sparkle into your day, whenever you need it.

What I do before I'm going to do something where I feel tense and a bit nervous, I find a spot (in the loo for example) and I shimmy my boobs and bum and I'm on!

If you find it tricky to shimmy, here is a description that might help:
  • Vibrate and shake your shoulders, standing upright, as if you are shaking water off. 
  • Relax your lower jaw, so that the neck and the shoulder girdle muscles naturally relax. This will allow your arms to hang loosely. Make your movement continuous rather than jerky. 
Then add shimmying your bum by:
  • Slightly bending your knees, totally relax your thighs and belly muscles and shake your relaxed bum.

Or check out this video clip. Really look at the beautiful movement of the chest when all three skeletons are shimmying at about 30 seconds.


Stop and Rest for 2-4 Seconds

I posted about this topic about a year ago and I think it's time to revisit it. To Stop and Rest for 2-4 seconds (or so) can really help you to focus, de-stress, and feel calmer.

So when you stress, stress, stress and are running around like a busy bee, doing this and that, thinking: "I have to do this, I have to do that..." Just stop and rest for 2-4 Seconds. It is as simple as that. 

So this week I suggest that you practice this. A few times a day, stop and rest for 2-4 seconds.

I still practice this and I know it works! When you are running around, literally, or running around in your head thinking about millions of things that need to be done or should have been done differently, physically and mentally just:

STOP what you're doing.

Take a breath in.

And then breathe out.

Stay with it for 2-4 seconds.

When you do this, you are treating yourself with a moment of being in the present and stillness. It's food for your well-being.

Beautiful music and beautiful autumnal pictures in this video.



Dance first, think later. It's the natural order. 

Dance first, think later is a quote from Samuel Beckett, writer.

I want to show this video clip in which a man tells his story of how movement and dance practices helped him with his movement disorder called dystonia. 

The body is amazing, we often forget how we can feel much better physically, mentally, emotionally and spirit by, as I call it, mindfully moving and dancing.

How Nia stands out from other practices such as aerobics and Zumba is that, in Nia, we learn to move in a way that is healthy and encourages self-healing.

Now, any kind of movement and dance is good to a degree, but Nia is designed with self-healing in mind. And being mindful, it helps rewire the brain in ways that are even more beneficial than "just" a cardio workout.

An inspirational talk how mindful movement and dancing helps him to recover from a movement disorder called dystonia.



The beautiful colour of Blue for Autism Awareness Day

I had a 24-hour break with my lovely Jerry in Wales a couple of weeks ago. We went for a really tasty lunch and we noticed that there were quite a few people, adults and children wearing the colour blue.

We were wondering what it was about?

So I looked it up online to find out if there were a reason for this, it was the World Autism Awareness Day.

We have family and close friends with children who are diagnosed with autism and related diagnoses and I'd like to just do my bit by bringing you this lovely Ted Talk about, among other things, subjects close to my heart: communication and respect.

This is Alix Generous, an amazing woman: scientist and businesswoman, talking about how to communicate ideas.