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My aim is to share my story  in the hope it will inspire you, to find your purpose in life, make a living from your passion and live the life of your dreams.

Hi my name is Angela, I was born and brought up in England. I have lived in England all my life. Thank you for dropping by, I hope you gain something from my Blog.  I am happy to connect with you. Lets talk about Holistic living – Remember Holistic living isn’t just about food, it’s about your whole being. That’s mind, body and soul. I believe that everyone can and should live the life of their dreams. Believe it or not it’s possible. Everyone has a purpose in life, your purpose is what you are innately passionate about. Your purpose in life is to use your passion to help others. Some call it Destiny or living their dream. You know you are living your life's purpose  when you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning to get started, you would do what you do for free, you can't believe they pay you for what you do. I believe that if everyone did what they were passionate about the world of work would be a better place.Check out archived Blogs.  This will be a series of talks about living your life holistically – This Blog is about The Body.

Body Works

These blogs will focus on the body, Having looked at 'What you do for living' we also dealt with 'SELF=YOU' and ' The Exhorted Soul' all books can now be found on Amazon(  I would like to introduce Lena, you will get to know Ms Lena Body intimately, as we will discuss her life and body from a spiritual, internal and external view point....Should be fascinating! 

Where does your feet take you?

Introducing Ms Lena Body.

21st January 2019

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Here is Lena, she is a 30 years old single woman, who leaves alone in a flat she brought last year. Lena has two brothers, both older than her. Lenas' parents are both in good health, they live together and are about ten minutes away from her. Lena's childhood was filled with love as she was a welcomed 'surprise' baby, after her parents had thought they 'were done'. Lena was doted on by her parents, especially her mother who thought she would never experience having a daughter to 'dress up'. Her older brothers thought she was fascinating as she was a girl and instantly took on a protective role. School life was great as Lena was well liked by her teachers and peers alike, she found the work interesting, easy and most of the time fun! As a teenager Lena enjoyed an active social life, and where she was introduced to Alcohol...She found that it was a welcome 'friend' when others were not available. Lena attended college and went on to University where partying took on a whole new meaning. Lena could be found on four day binges of party, drink, sleep and party again. In her third year she 'sobered up' and managed to leave University with a respectable 2:1 falling if you will into her 'dream job' as an accountant. At 26 Lena had been at her job for nearly five years and yearned for a change. She left and found a post with greater prestige, nearly double the wage but twice the stress. This is where we will leave Lenas' history for the moment.

This blog will concern itself with Lena's feet! Lena likes to keep fit and walks to and from work everyday, Lena also attends her local gym twice a week. As we can see Lena walks to work, a place she finds stressful and have noted that her boss threatens her with the sack at least once a week. How’s work really? This question has been broached in my book ‘What Do You Do For A Living’ (2016) Angela Scott, What do you do for a living, Amazon chapter one) and again my latest book ‘The Exhorted Soul’ (2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Amazon chapter 12 ‘Soul Care’) Lenas' feet takes her to a place of work that does not serve her! Lena explains that she often feels sad when she wakes in the morning of a work day, but the walk to work helps her brush off the feeling and gives her the energy to manage whatever her boss throws at her. How do you feel about the places your feet take you? This could be work, a friends’ house, a weekly gathering, a place of worship? What does your body tell you about your destinations? Uneasy feelings, we know need to be acknowledged. Do you acknowledge your uneasy feelings or brush them off? Let’s investigate this first part of Lena’s work day.

She states that she wakes feeling sad. I feel sad for Lena as she probably goes to bed feeling sad, and instead of getting the rest she needs, she thinks of the coming day and the stresses it may bring. Before you fall asleep, what do you think about?

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My night routine as I drift off to sleep is a chant I say ‘Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God’ I am not suggesting that you start chanting, but for me, it helps stop me thinking of anything else other than good thoughts……Nothing can be greater (for me) than to give God thanks……As I give thanks I cannot think of debt, the deadline, the fact that I have to do this or do that tomorrow. Lenas thoughts of the coming work day may be filled with, yet another put down, feelings of not being enough or the treat of being sacked. It is no wonder she wakes up feeling sad and as the Law of Attraction states, what you think about, you bring about. (See The Exhorted Soul- Chapter 1,2,3)

In ‘The Vortex’ Abraham Hicks gives a ‘Brief Bedtime Exercise That Transforms Relationships’ in which they state ‘you will set the tone of the Vibration in which you will awaken in the morning’. Who are you taking to bed with you each night? Is it your boss, that co-worker, the bills? Is your private space really big enough for you and all the issues you have during your waking state? Something to think about. Here’s the thing, do you know that when you awake from sleep you are in what Abraham Hicks calls the Vortex. ‘During the night, they state, you released all resistance. And when you awakened, you deliberately kept the resistance-free zone going by basking for a while’. You are in a state of possibilities, anything while in this state, is possible. This state of possibilities is your chance to decide what the next hour, rest of your day or even the next week will bring. This state of possibilities last a very short time….Image result for 15 seconds

I believe it lasts about 15 seconds on awaking, you then as Hicks states, ‘come out of the vortex’ and back to the real world in which you think about having to go to work, or having to fight through traffic, maybe your thoughts go to the daily struggle to get the kids up and out the house, it could be that meeting you have with your creditors, perhaps you remember that you have to deal with what Sharon said about you to Tom! Whatever your issue is for that day or that week, it comes flooding back to you as the 15 seconds e-lapse. So Lena wakes sad, but brushes it off with her walk to work. As she steps over the threshold of her work place Lena has her back up as she awaits a nasty email, a note on her desk or a face to face interaction with her boss…It’s a shame that Lena has caused all these negative instances! How did she cause this? You shout! Well from the start Lena told her boss (albeit unconsciously) what she is willing to stand for or put up with. Lena did not consider where she stood in the order of importance to herself or to the company she works for? What Lena has to do, is put her foot down. Let’s help her do that. Many of us secure employment and although we are grateful for the opportunity, we abate or subdue the feelings of worthiness quickly. You know that feeling you get when you have been told that you got the job, that feeling of ‘I’ve done good’ or ‘I’m proud of myself’? For some, it will last until they get to the car park, as the minute they get in the car, they begin to worry about having to work for six weeks before getting paid. for others it will last until they tell their  ‘B’ friend (See ‘What Do You Do For A Living’ Chapter 7 ‘Who’s Holding You Back’) that they got the job and is reminded that it is going to take an hour and 20 minutes each morning through traffic to get there. For Lena it lasted a whole week and a half at the job, after which she realised that she was just a pawn in a huge pool of accountants, although Lena had brought with her a good degree, post graduate qualifications, a great reference from her old firm and five years experience.Image result for first weekWithin her first week she saw three people sacked and many others brought to tears because of the way they had been treated. Maybe that in itself would have alerted you to the big red flag, that was vigorously waving. What would you have done in that situation? It all comes down to what you stand for! Lenas’ first week must have been scary, she may have been torn between ‘this is a new job, better keep my head down’ and ‘I’m I seeing work place bullying here?’ Are there situations in your life that prompts you to stand up for what is right? Do you do the right thing or like Lena, keep your head down? I read a saying the other day that said - You have to stand for something or you will stand for anything. Another reference to this quote is - If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. What are you letting slide, because you don’t want to ‘rock the boat’ or take a stand? Anything that makes you feel uneasy, as mentioned above is your Soul telling you to do something about it. What Lena saw in her first week, became the norm after working there for three months, she too was shouted at, made to feel less than and threatened with the sack. Lena allowed her work place to dictate her worth by belittling her value to their company. Knowing your worth, (we are not talking about cash value here, we are talking about self-worth,) is an important step in getting what you believe you are worth…That is, getting the treatment and respect you are owed. (See ‘What Do  You Do For a Living’ Chapter 11 ‘Are You Getting Your Worth’) Had Lena known her worth, she would have left in her first week or at the very least, had words with the HR department. By staying and doing or saying nothing about the treatment of others, let alone the way she was treated, showed her boss that Lena was just like all the rest of their employees and could be treated how they felt best.

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What are you standing for in your life? Are you being treated unfairly? You should start with your home-life…(touchy subject, I know)! Can you change anything there? Are the people in your home, pulling their weight? I have been accused, by my children, for giving some of them more rope than others! I have been accused, by my family, of being too proud and not asking for help when clearly I needed it. Some of us have been putting up with certain ill-treatment because we are afraid of making waves or upsetting the equilibrium of our household. 

It’s time to make a change and stand up for yourself. 

A lot of you know that you are worth better, but insist on settling for a limited lifestyle. As you will see later, if you settle for less than you are worth, some other part of your body will suffer. Start by making a stand for your worth at home. What do you stand for around your friends and family? Do you find that there are times when the conversations become a little too crass, but you laugh with the others and do or say nothing. Make a stand….It is as easy as removing yourself from that conversation. The same can be said for work mates, what do you stand for there? Put your foot down against conversations or treatments that belittle you or others. Stand for something that will make a difference in your or other peoples’ lives. It is all well and good telling people to do this or do that, without knowing the circumstances of peoples’ lives, I hear you say. I do hear you, and note I will never tell you to do something I won’t do. What I know for sure, is that we teach people how to treat us. That is everyone, think of a 2 year old, they will push boundaries until you teach them that certain things will not be tolerated. Think of a teenager who again will push boundaries, the same reaction is needed. Now think of people you meet, they come along with different beliefs, ethics, morals and standards, so may speak of things you don’t agree with or they may do things that is against your ethics or morals, you will learn to agree to disagree or let them know that that type of talk or behaviour is not appreciated. In many cases you may have to remove yourself from that conversation, situation or persons’ life. State that certain things will not be tolerated, agree to disagree or remove yourself.  Any person that continues to push your boundaries after you have voiced your dissatisfaction is cause for concern and other avenues may have to be sought. We know this as we are adults, but this is not always the way we deal with dissonance.

Lena’s feet and legs takes her to a work place that makes her feel less than. On a bad day, Lena confesses, she stops off at the local store, on her way home and buys several bottles of wine. She wouldn't give an actual amount but claims, what she buys she drinks. When asked how many days a week can be classed as a bad day, Lena said 'too many'. Again, I'm feeling sad for Lena. Where do your feet take you when you are sad....I could use this space to tell you to go here or go there when you are sad.....but this is not that type of blog......Where do you go? I stay home, pace the floor and talk it myself...Where do you go? We are aware that when you are sad, your Soul is also sad. Does your actions while sad, further saddens you and your Soul? I have found that when I am sad, I need to remember to trust, that everything happens for a reason, everything is working for my benefit, everything will work out in my favour. It is imperative that you try to do whatever you can in-order to change the situation you are in...There is a process described in ‘The Exhorted Soul’ (2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Amazon chapter 4 ‘Trust’ in which you are given four steps  ‘[ ] you have a concern (number 1), then (number 2), you become specific about the concern. (Number 3) is remembering that there is a place [The Soul, that place where everything is possible] that holds all that you want and need, that weightlessness state. (Number 4) You TRUST/KNOW/BELIEVE that the concern will be dealt with, and set about relinquishing the concern.’ Here you trust things will work out in your favour. I have to admit, whilst 'in' the situation, my mind can run riot, I will happily conger up all sorts of  mishaps, on one occasion I had convinced myself that I would be taken away and locked up, for non-payment. I find myself, when in these situations, thinking that things may not work out in the way I need or want them to work out. I decide that I will be let down by God/ the universe. During one of these occasions I felt  I was being told to wait on God.......Then the Bailiff turned up. I wondered why that had to happen, why did God send the Bailiff when it was known that I didn't have the money or have any way of getting it. Needless to say, I am still here and I wasn't carted away....Looking back is comfortable, its the being in the situation that we often need to mastered, as I said above, after you have done all you can do to rectify the then......Trust......Its the only advice I can give. 

Drinking alcohol, smoking excessively, inhaling harmful substances or over eating will not help.....but you already know this. This blog is about the Body and anything taken in one part of the body, will have a toll on another part of your we will see. 

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Lena voluntarily walks to a place that causes her anguish, things are so bad that she does not sleep well. You was given a bed time routine to aid restful sleep and wake in a state of possibilities. Just by knowing your worth can change a stressful situation. In Lenas’ case, she certainly would sleep better, as she would have stood up for herself against a bully boss or left the company. What are you going to do to stand up for yourself today? You was asked to look into your own life, and decide whether you are walking into sad or bad situations, whether it is a conversation or a place of work. Treat unwanted treatment, conversation and situations in the same way.....Do what you can to change it, which could be as simple as removing yourself. After you have done all you can that the situation will work in your favour, trust that God/The Universe has a reason for the situation you are in, and it will, without doubt be a favourable outcome.

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Private realm

21st February 2019

(Lower Torso)

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The private sphere is the complement or opposite to the public sphere. The private sphere is a certain sector of societal life in which an individual enjoys a degree of authority, unhampered by interventions from other institutions.

We have met Ms Lena Body who is a 30 year old female who lives alone, having had a great childhood, went off to college, then university where she learnt more than how to become an accountant. Lena left University with a 2.1, debt and a strong relationship with alcohol. Lena secured a great job and stayed there for nearly five years leaving for, what looked like a better position, there was more money, more prestige and a whole lot of stress. During Lena's twenty's she partied 'hard', Lena would have four day weekends, sometimes starting her 'weekend' from Wednesday. Lena's moto was to  'have a good time, all the time'. If YouTube was around during Lena’s party days, you would see Lena’s party life in glorious colour. You would see a woman enjoying her life to the fullest. Lena would appear immaculately dressed in the latest fashion with many friends around her. She would appear a fun loving stable person, having a great time. Lena would never appear drunk, you would never see the days that she sat crying and drinking alone, or the days she couldn’t go into work because she was too ‘hang over’ or the times she would wake up not knowing how she got home or where two days had gone. Lena’s YouTube persona would have you wishing you knew her or could have meet her on a night out.

FB would contain pictures of Lena with a glass in her hand. Other posts would have her ranting about how life sucks and sometimes telling us she didn’t want to be here! You can only imagine how Lena would appear on Instagram. We can safely say that Lena’s life would be splashed over social media. 

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This blog will take a look at some of your private realms and what you deem private. We will look at what you class as private and whether it is kept private. This blog will also address when private becomes taboo and whether it serves us to keep it that way.

Is your private life splashed across social media? Have you considered why you do this? No you are not a famous family getting paid for it. Perhaps you put certain things online saving the real you, for your private life. Maybe you enjoy sharing certain things with like-minded people. It is important that you are in control, control being the operative word here, ensure that you are depicted in a way you choose, and do not get carried away with a persona that is far removed from the ‘real’ you. I am particularly talking to the persons that feel that their social media life is the life they WISH they were living. They let us know what they look like when they get up, (after an hour of grooming) what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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On the weekend they show us what they are doing or where they are going. Most of the time we don’t get to see them on line between 10am – 7pm on a weekday, why? Because they are at a real job, doing real stuff, the real them, which they may have deemed not interesting enough, so they don’t show it. They may be sitting at home doing nothing constructive, that won’t be shown! Consider why someone feels the need to put on a persona that is not their own. In advertising their life, they leave themselves open to anyone and everyone’s opinion. Keeping parts of your life private, keeps that part of you for you, and keeps unwanted attention out. Don't give me the ‘I’m faking it until I make it’. This is not Law Of Attraction, this is just ‘faking it’.

For me, keeping something nice about me to myself or private, gives me a sense of authority over my life. (We all have something not so nice about ourselves kept locked away and very private) (Although anything private in my life is always shared with at least five other adults, my children. With this in mind I really do not have much of a private life. There are at least two of my children who know where I am and what I am doing at any given minute of any day) My life tends to be taken up with being there for others or having to sort out situations relating to my life....Having a life like that, has me feeling like I belong to the person I am helping, as I become a part of their life, my life at that time is not my own...When sorting out situations in my life, I had often felt that that situation was my life. Strange I know, but that was how I was. I rarely felt like I belonged to 'myself'. Two years ago I began to relate to people you see on TV, cosying up in the evening, on the sofa under a 'throw' with a good book or to watch a film. Previous to learning to 'do me' that feeling of comfort was alien.....Bath time, was a shower, there were no lingering soaks, as I would often be rushing to be somewhere.

So to be having my first Grandchild, for example, was a private matter especially as his mother is not the type to splash her life over social media, it was even easier to keep the great news private. His conception and birth was kept between a select few. Truly a private affair and a sense of being me!

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Although I am learning to be me, it can be a struggle because I have always been, and in some cases will always be, somebodies something, either someones, Mother (and father) or somebodies carer, counsellor, doctor, confidant or friend...We are always some bodies child, maybe somebodies sibling, it can be a daunting task to just be you. But this blog is not about who we are, it is about keeping what we call private, private.. Talking about private space and time, as a mother of six children I have often wondered if my life could ever be private, there has always been so many mouths in my home ready to tell someone the latest episode of what we called 'our house'. One would think that I would be allowed some private time throughout my day, this was hardly the case. I have had full length conversations with my children while sitting on the loo. No they weren’t on the other side of the door, they would often be standing in-front of me or sitting on the edge of the bath, while discussing what they felt couldn’t wait until I came out the bathroom. 
Do you consider yourself deserving of private time? Do you set out time for yourself? Or is your day, month and year dictated by those around you? There's that word 'control' again. If you find that more often than not, your life is being dictated by people, situations or issues, there is cause for concern. Take a quick survey of your life and calculate how much time you have for you. This can be daunting for some, as they cringe at the thought of being or having any time alone.

We addressed this issue in my book (SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott, SELF=YOU, Chapter 14,Amazon) when finding the number one YOU was discussed. As mentioned above, if you allow people and situations to dictate your every hour, you like me, become a part of the person or situation you are dealing with. It is imperative that you are in control of your life which in turn means your time.

I think a question begs to be answered here, what do you call private, in regards to your life?

On taking my daughter to school late, one day, we had to go into reception to ‘log in’, well to sign in late. We were talking about something I classed as private and said to her, ‘Lets continue this conversation when we get home’ The receptionist stated that ‘you don’t have any secrets, we all know about……’ (the topic of my conversation with my daughter)…There you have it, I didn’t have any secrets….I was surprised but not worried….My private life was not so private. 

Many many years later I wrote about what I use to class as private, in my book ('What Do You Do For A Living’,(2016) Angela Scott, What do you do for a living, Amazon). I talk about having a child at 17 and living in a hostel, being evicted, debt, enduring domestic violence, work place bullying, the near heart attack and much more. 

For many, the above would be classed as private but in my case its printed and published. How private I'm I?

What is private in your life and do you keep it private? If everyone knows about it, is that your choice or do you have, like I did a ‘leak in the ranks’? We will not look at why we keep our private lives private here, but we will address, what you class as private and whether it should stay private. Does it matter that your private life stays private or do you class yourself as an open book? I’m not here to tell you to do the contrary. I am here to alert you to the private side of your life. For me, there is a feeling of authority over my life when certain things are kept private. But there can be some 'private issues' we keep to ourselves that can be harmful – Are there things in your life that you are keeping private that perhaps,should be brought into the open and discussed! This is where private leaves private and becomes taboo. We visited this private area in SELF=YOU Where we spoke about secret habits. Habits we wouldn’t like close friends and family members to know about. Most of us have secrets and some of us will take them to our graves.

As mentioned above, we all have some things that we would rather keep to ourselves, however could keeping that 'something' to ourselves be doing more damage inside us as opposed to being out in the open? Lena we know, drinks more than she was willing to tell us, giving her stressful job as the reason for her drinking. No need to state the obvious here, Lena needs to get some help to decrease the amount of alcohol she drinks. Lena would also need to consider whether her wage and the fact that she can walk to and from work each day is really worth it! Lena, in my opinion had been warned by her intuition (Soul) (See The Exhorted Soul (2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Chapter 12 Soul Care, Amazon) that the job was not going to serve her. Lenas' ego took over and reminded her that the wage was nearly double what she receives at her current job, plus the fact that she would be working for a prestigious company. That small voice that said 'Don't go there' could not be heard. During Lena's first week she experienced what was to come, but didn't heed that either. Does any of Lena's actions ring a bell with you? Now, Lena attempts to drink her problems away. There are other issues that 'make' Lena drink. During Lena's 'haydays' of party party party, she became pregnant. Lena was at the end of the second year of her University degree and felt that she would have let her parents down if she left her studies to have a baby, to add to Lena's concerns, she had no idea who the father could be. Every year on a certain date (the date of the abortion) Lena would drink herself into a stupor, thinking to herself, her baby would be a year older. Lena told no one. Alcohol became her friend when no one else was available, where the abortion was concerned, no one would ever be available, as she would never tell anyone. What event or incident has happened in your life that you have decided to keep private? Ask yourself, does it serve you to keep it to yourself? Believe me when I tell you, that after you have voiced it twice, you will feel freed, you will experience less and less shame attached to the incident/event, when you tell anyone you feel will benefit from hearing what you have to say. Guilt will leave you, as you tell the person or persons who will aid you in releasing all hurt, pain, shame and embarrassment surrounding that time in your life. Contact me if you need to talk
Shame, guilt and embarrassment are not words one should reach for when talking about their body, but some of us do. If that is how you feel about your body, you’ll find that, (baring being born with an issue) you or someone else didn’t treat the body in question with care and love. Those conversations need to be had in a safe environment with people who care about you Ones body is sacred and should be a private vessel, shared if and when one wants to. Do you class your body as sacred and a private vessel? If not, why not? Our private parts are just that..private....having any part of ones body violated can cause irreparable damage.

Consider why and who you allow into your private body space, if it does not feel right, it is not right

As you may be aware, anything taken in one part of the body, will have a toll on another part of the body. Take positive interactions, how do you think that will effect your body? Yep, you've got it. You will feel happier, feeling happy aids a healthier life. There are several things we know about Lena all of which have a bearing on different parts of her body. Lets view them, Lena walks to work, great form of exercise, but Lena is trying to use the walk to work to mask the fact that she dislikes her bully boss, having a bully boss has caused Lena sleepless nights, sleepless nights causes it own problems. Lena also drinks excessive amounts of alcohol, maybe to dull the pain of having an abortion, not sleeping and to deal with her boss. Again we will not state the obvious in regards to the help Lena needs, but you can see that as she consoles herself with alcohol she may cause damage to the rest of her body, here are a few:    

The brain -Alcohol’s effects on the brain can be felt quickly. Not only can drinking cause temporary complications such as memory loss and coordination, it can also lead to long-term side effects that are sometimes irreversible. Not to mention the psychological issues associated with doing something you know is damaging or wrong. Prolonged and excessive alcohol use can interfere with how the brain functions. Damage to different regions of the brain, especially the cerebellum, limbic system and cerebral cortex, can significantly impact the body’s communication pathways. For example, the cerebellum handles your body’s motor skills. When alcohol affects this area of the brain, you’re more likely to experience a loss of balance, as well as memory and emotional response issues.

Heart -The heart is extremely vulnerable to the negative effects of alcohol consumption. Over time, heavy drinking can weaken the heart, impacting how oxygen and nutrients are delivered to other vital organs in your body. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase triglyceride levels – a type of fat in your blood. High levels of triglycerides contribute to the risk of developing dangerous health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Liver -When you drink, your liver breaks down alcohol and removes it from your blood. However, too much alcohol in a short period of time can overwhelm the metabolism process and lead to fatty liver. Fatty liver is a chronic condition that involves the buildup of bad fats in the liver. 

Pancreas -The pancreas is part of the digestive process and helps regulate your body’s blood sugar levels. Drinking alcohol over many years can start to negatively impact your pancreas and cause lasting health complications. Unfortunately, the early stages of many pancreatic conditions are often unfelt and therefore, left untreated. Long-term alcohol abuse can eventually cause the blood vessels around the pancreas to swell, leading to pancreatitis. This greatly increases your risk of developing pancreatic cancer – a type of cancer that spreads rapidly and is very dangerous.


What do you class as private in your life? Have you ever considered this part of your life? Do you advertise your private life? What do you gain from splashing your life on social media. Perhaps you portray the life you would like to have, something to think about! My life has never been private, my children has always spoken their mind on any given subject, so no joy there for keeping our home life private, many years later I write about what others would consider, private aspects of my life, as I discuss being a single mother at 17 years old, evictions, debts etc etc......(See 'What do you do for a living' Amazon). I manage to keep little tip bits of my life private as I did prior to the birth of my beautiful grandson. We all have situations, events or incidents that we would rather not tell anyone. I propose the idea that some of these 'private/taboo' issues need not be private, but brought into the open and shared in a safe place, in doing this you will begin to heal and may help others to do the same. We used Lena's alcohol drinking and abortion as an example of something to be expunged from where it sat for years and examined, (painful I know) after which it can then be left to rest.

This blog also looked at the body as a vessel, knowing that what goes in must come out after passing through other parts of the body, on its way giving pleasure, making fuel or causing damage. A body that is mistreated can have irreparable consequence for the owner. We all need to take stock of our lives and keep something for ourselves, instead of giving everything away. Technology today is such that it can tell you where you travelled throughout the month, what and where you bought your weekly shop. Our lives could easily become entertainment for others. Take control of what you 'put out there', consider what should stay private and what you really need to bring out into the open.

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Upper Torso

Part One

21st March 2019

The Upper torso is the area between the stomach and the neck which includes the back. This blog is divided in two. Part One of will concentrate on the neck and chest. The first Blog in 'The Body' series asked you to stand up for yourself...I relayed a quote that stated 'if you don't stand for anything you will fall for anything'. What do you stand for? Is there anything in your life that you are known for being passionate about, enough to stand up for that cause, forsaking everything else? Well done, if you do. However most of us do not. We have to consider our families first and our lives are dictated by their needs, wants and can I haves. Standing up for what you believe in can be as simple as insisting on a clean house. You can make strides to ensure that everyone in your household do their fair share to keep your home clean, maybe you have set rules in place that your household need to follow. Do you stand your ground and ensure they are followed?  Perhaps you are passionate that your work place follow their Equal Opportunity policy and provide a creche. Do you stand up for yourself in any area of your life? What is stopping you? Its survey your life time again! Many of us do not spend any time at all, on ourselves, even the time it takes to think about our lives. Consider what you stand for and how willing you are to stick your neck out to make a stand. Consider why you do not make a stand for what you feel passionate about? Do you feel that you will 'rock the boat'? What's the worst that could happen? 

The chest refers to the front part of the body between the neck and the abdomen - Front

The Chest - Do you 'big up your chest' (A Jamaican saying to mean, walk tall and be proud of yourself) Is that you? How often do you feel proud of your self? Once a year, twice a year.....At least once every month or perhaps every time you are able to do something most people take for granted?

The reason for the question is for you to acknowledge YOU. Do you find that you walk with your shoulders pinned back and your chest pushed out, or is the reverse more of a depiction of you? What do you think walking with your head bowed, shoulders turned in and chest hidden, portray and is it important? Maybe not! Consider what will allow you to walk tall? Now consider some of the reasons you should be walking tall, with 'your chest pushed out'. The mere fact that you are reading this, tells me that you woke up this morning and is something be grateful for. You may run a household, be proud, you have a family, be proud. You attend a work place, whether you are grateful for the place that provides you with money for food, to pay your bills and give you some pleasures in life or not be proud. It is something to be grateful for and something to walk tall to. (You actually have a job)! Showing the Universe that you are happy for what you have, generates more for you to be happy/grateful for. 

As opposed to 'bigging' up your chest, do you prefer to walk with your eyes firmly focused on your shoes? Maybe you don't want to be noticed. Another Jamaican saying...when trying to seat several people into a car or on a seat made for less than the amount of people to be seated, someone will say 'mek yuhself small' (make yourself small) meaning 'squeeze up' In my book ('SELF=YOU',(2017) Angela Scott, SELF=YOU,Chapter 6, Are you dimming your light? Amazon) I discuss how some people try to make themselves disappear in a room of peers or shrink in-order to stop others from feeling uncomfortable or feel insecure in their presences?  You know the type of environment, where you say nothing for fear of out-shining someone? Is that you? I ask you to consider why you do this?  Feeling proud of ones self, 'bigging' up your chest is Self care, Self love and Soul care and should be in the back of your mind in most situation you find yourself in...No, it is not selfish Iyanna Vanzant said it is Self Full! If anything in your life causes you to feel or be less than...It does not serve you. With Self care in mind, if it does not serve you, what is it's purpose in your life? Ahhh the person that makes you feel less than could be a relative, partner or close friend, what then.....With Self care in the back of your mind, you will ask yourself, how does the treatment you are receiving from that relative, partner or close friend serve you or the relationship you are in with them? Self care will not allow you to continue to suffer, Self care will ensure that something is done regarding the maltreatment. Remember I asked, what do you stand for and is it time you stood up for yourself ?.....Easier said than done, I know, but if you do not make a start, the maltreatment may never end....Seek advice, help is out there

The chest holds the heart, many things could be said about the heart, but here I want to focus on what you 'hold' in your heart and leads me to think about forgiveness. 

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Forgiveness according to Wikipedia is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offence,[they]let go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, forswears recompense from or punishment of the offender, however legally or morally justified it might be, and with an increased ability to wish the offender well.The Oxford dictionary defines forgiveness as to 'stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw, or mistake' 

The bible give us a some verses regarding forgiveness, here are a few:- 

Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 6:14-15  14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:21-22 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?  22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

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What is your idea of forgiveness?

Some say forgive and forget. Some say they will forgive but never forget. For others, they will only forgive provided the person agrees to something. Some may find themselves forgiving over and over again for the same transgression against them. Many people wait until they or the other person is ill or dying before they really forgive. What type are you? I must admit. I will forgive and forgive, but may not forget. I do not put any conditions on the person I am forgiving, as I feel that once I have forgiven, that is the end of the matter. How do you feel about forgiving and what type of forgiving do you use when you claim you have forgiven? Thomas G. Fiffer in his April 2018 article called 'Understanding the different ways we forgive can help you move past hurt in the healthiest way possible' Fiffer gives us four types of forgiveness: Unconditional forgiveness, Conditional forgiveness, Dismissive forgiveness and Grace. Unconditional forgiveness, the best of all types of forgiveness, has you forgiving the transgressor and holding no grudge or malice towards them, this type of forgiveness aids the reconciliation of the relationship between the two. Unconditional forgiveness leaves you free to get on with your life, much quicker than any other type of forgiveness.

Conditional forgiveness as the title suggests, is forgiveness with strings attached. Fiffer states that 'The problem with conditional forgiveness, particularly in the case of intimate relationships and betrayal, is that it often creates a power imbalance: the hurt party holds all the cards and has the power to continue or terminate the relationship based on the offender’s behaviour.' I knew a woman who had been betrayed by her partner, which caused some physical ailment. This woman loved her partner who she had known for over thirty years, when he decided to move to another country, she vowed she would still do anything for him. Which meant travelling to him and sending what she had when she had it.  The woman lived alone and when asked why she didn't seek another love, she would say that she will never find a love like his. From the outside looking in I would have thought that if she cared for him so much, she would go to her love, and live the life she had envisaged with him. She one day confessed that although he had profusely apologised for what had happened, he needed to be sorry for what he had done. I assumed from what she said, her partner hadn't shown enough repentance for her to be satisfied that he was sorry. Now, some betrayals are hard to get over and although one may forgive, they can not foresee a reconciliation. Other betrayals as with unconditional forgiveness, can be forgiven and let go. This woman preferred to live alone, refusing to allow anyone new into her life and perhaps waiting for the 'love of her life' to beg and grovel for her forgiveness. Image result for forgiveness

Dismissive forgiveness, Fiffer claims is where 'you as the forgiver decide not to waste time, energy, or emotional space on the hurtful event and to put measures in place—boundaries, distance, or both—to ensure it never happens again. It is a kind of cultivated indifference; a decision that the offender no longer has the power to hurt you or the privilege of being a meaningful part of your life [ ] and may constitute the only way forward.' For me, this type of forgiveness is a 'it can't matter' a phrase I coined to mean – 'Right now I can't consider how I feel about what has just happened, and I'll deal with it later' It is as if I put the damage or issue on 'hold' until I am able to deal with it. The issue is not forgotten it is just put to one side and I may at a later date, consider it. Do remember that I stated that I am a inshallah girl (meaning what ever happens is Gods will or if it is Gods will, I will be able to do this or be able to do that...) I didn't get the job I wanted/needed, that's a inshallah moment- God knows best. 'It can't matter' is different, for example, I had been promised that I would be given a pay rise this month, which I was 'banking on' Yes God knows best, but I am left without that expected money which was going to be used to pay a late bill or to make a visit to an ill relative, who lives many miles away from me. I will have to get the money, somewhere else. So, it can't matter, as I've got to find a plan B in a hurry. 'It can't matter' is used when I haven't got the time to ponder on the mishap, misdeed, or let down, but find a plan B or get to work with what needs to be done in-order to move forward.

Here's some examples:

I was sold the wrong piece of equipment to fix my car, which I need, as I must use the car for an important visit or event tonight.....It can't matter.......

I've been let down, when I was really depending on that person, the excuse given trivialises my need for help .... It can't matter........

I am waiting at the bus stop, for the last bus of the night, it drives right pass me and stops between bus stops to pick up what looks like somebody the driver knows.......It can't matter......

An electrician was meant to turn up this morning to fix a power outage in my house, they have been paid the call out fee, It's now time for me to leave for an important meeting and I will not be back till after dark.......It can't matter......

I suppose I put forgiveness on hold, while going through my ..It can't matter phase. For me, forgiveness comes after some thought...No, its not whether I will or will not forgive. I tend to digest what has happened, look for what I need to learn from it and let it go while forgiving the act along the way.

Dismissive forgiveness, Fiffer claims, is the lowest type of forgiveness. This type of forgiveness takes a “whatever” attitude towards the hurt and just moving on with your life in a positive direction. Dismissive forgiveness often involves terminating or dramatically reducing the closeness of a relationship. Dismissive forgiveness is a little like my 'It can't matter' because no effort is spent on considering the transgression, it is done and dusted in one clean swoop....You come to the decision to let it go, you forgive and move on. My thoughts go to how many 'it can't matters' and dismissive forgiveness do you use to mask your true feelings? The bible teaches us in Matthew 18:22 That we are to 'forgive seventy times seven' . Using dismissive forgiveness, one runs the risk of 'allowing transgressions' to go unresolved. It becomes easy to let go and move on, which in turn could become a habit. Many parents use this type of forgiveness, minus the moving away or ending the relationship. A further issue with this type of forgiveness lays in the blurred lines between forgiveness and allowing the ill treatment or bad behaviour to go by with little or no acknowledgement of the offence as it is dismissed. It is important to acknowledge that a 'bad' event or incident has occurred. Some people forgive and forget...Others just forget, the ill-treatment and or bad behaviour, which is not forgiving at all. It is important that when forgiving another, you hold the offender responsible for their actions. This has to be processed and then one works towards forgiveness. Like my 'It can't matter'.....Time has to pass before it is put in the forgiveness box. Time should be spent acknowledging what you have learnt though the ordeal, event or incident, time has to be spent healing, time spent deciding your way forward, which may mean as Fiffer suggests putting in place 'boundaries, distance, or both, to ensure [the incident] never happens again [and perhaps making a decision that ensures] the offender no longer has the power to hurt you or the privilege of being a meaningful part of your life'.

The Ultimate Forgiver – Fiffers' third type of forgiveness is Grace.

Grace he says is not ours to give, but Gods'. As God is the ultimate forgiver Fiffer believes as do I, that it is God who we are accountable to. Grace, he states is not something we ask for but is something we must reach for. Grace is extended to us. If you live your life with the knowledge of treating others the way you would like to be treated, forgiveness would come easy. 

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If you lived your life, trying to put your feet in another persons' shoe or using empathy you would forgive quicker. Realising that we are not perfect and it is by the Grace of God that some of us are not in prison or worse. We wouldn't judge, but forgive unconditionally, letting go of all grudges or allowing ourselves to be free and releasing that person and their bad deed from our thoughts and heart.

I would like to pose another type of forgiveness, that of forgiving yourself. No amount of Gods grace is going to lessen feelings of guilt, shame and loathing of ones' act upon another if you do not forgive yourself. We are not perfect, we are flawsome, fallible and human - Seeing yourself this way will help you to understand that sometimes you do things that can be silly, hurtful and maybe downright wicked. Margie Warrell in her article titled 'The Importance of Self-Forgiveness' tells us to 'get off your own back, practice more self-compassion and stop spending so much of your energy crushing your spirit each time the pettier, prideful and more primitive forces of your nature try to get the better of you'. Once you embrace the fact that you are capable of upsetting, ill treating, or hurting another person, you will not beat yourself up (too much) about your transgressions. Why do we fight with ourselves the way we do? I believe, we hang on to our wrongs because we feel that, to not punish ourselves with worry, replaying the deed over and over will trivialise the transgression. Warrell states that 'choosing to suffer in self-recrimination doesn’t serve anyone. It may never restore what was lost or undo damage done'. Warrell goes on to say that 'while we wallow in guilt we waste time that could be spent learning from the experience and making things right'. Here's how you go about righting your wrong and moving forward.Image result for forgiveness yourself

1) Acknowledge what you have done. This does not mean beating yourself up about what happened, it means acknowledging the hurt, the ill feelings, the pain or damage you have caused. For example understanding that what you said to Jemma was hurtful, consider how you would feel if someone you cared for said the same thing to you. This you do without judging Jemma, there should be no.....'Well she said or did this to me, so she deserved the reaction I gave her'. Acknowledging the pain you caused has to be with no strings attached, you was shitty...own it. Feel the pain. This shouldn't take a month or a week....Feel the pain then move on to the next step.

2) Ask for forgiveness. If you believe in God, a Higher Source or the Universe. Ask for forgiveness. Ask your higher power for forgiveness. Now asking your higher power for forgiveness can be in a letter, in a prayer, in silence or out loud. To the person or persons you hurt, ask for forgiveness(easier said than done) you have to find away to make this possible. Perhaps you could send a letter, make a phone call, ideally you should ask for forgiveness face to face taking someone with you, that will give you the courage to do what you need to do and say. Your intuition will help find the most appropriate way to do this. Make sure you feel as comfortable as you can in the process of asking for forgiveness and remember, you can ask for forgiveness of the person or persons you have hurt in a prayer, remembering to send them love at the end of the prayer.

3) The Past is the Past- Consider what has happened had happened, it is in the past. As it is in the past we have the ability to look back and seek the answers to  'What have I learnt from the whole experience' Step Three is to help you learn from the past. It is where you rethink your actions and ask yourself, 'what could I have done differently?' Step Three is not for wallowing in self pity or trying to re-live the experience, it is here for you to re-think. At this stage many of you who believe that one should forget after forgiving, may need to re-think their take on forgiveness. Every situation one finds themselves in should be taken as an opportunity to learn something. Acknowledging that, what had happened was back then, back then when you was naïve, back then when you was immature, back then when you was reckless, hurting, drunk or just didn't know any better. Dr. Mayo Angelou states 'when you know better, you do better'. This step is about the past, putting the incident in the past and learning what you can from it. No one is saying that you should shut the incident away, what has happened has happened. But you are to realise that the deed is in the past, today is another day, a brand new day, my lessons have been learnt. If the same situation was to occur again you may respond differently - you have owned what has happened and you have completed Step One and Step Two, now it is time to move on.

4) Step Four is Self Care - Looking after me.You have asked for forgiveness for what you have done – Now it is time to forgive you. You used empathy when trying to feel the pain you caused – Now put your arms around you and say 'I forgive me' Try this...Write down five things that you would like to forgive yourself for. Here's mine: I forgive myself for taking on too much work. I forgive myself for pushing my body far too hard. I forgive myself for not taking time out for me. I forgive myself for not asking for help. I forgive myself for not taking help when it was offered. Perhaps your five things could relate to the incident in which you had to request forgiveness. For example.

I forgive myself for saying those horrid things to Jemma

I forgive myself for spreading gossip that hurt Sharon

I forgive myself for …..........................

I forgive myself for …...........................

I forgive myself for …...........................

This exercise is to get you in the habit of forgiving yourself.

Imagine yourself coming to you for forgiveness, would you hug you? Would you tell you, that you are forgiven? Would you say 'Never mind, it's done now, it's gone, we'll move on from that' What would you tell you? My Aunty Daphne would say 'Let bygones be bygones' It is at this stage that you remind yourself again that you are human, remind yourself that we all make mistakes. Remind yourself that you are moving forward with your life, trusting that you will never intentionally do the same thing twice. This is where you let go of your misdemeanour (It's not forgotten) but you stop re-living or replaying the pain caused.

At this stage you stop punishing yourself in the hope of subconsciously paying a penance. Once you have done what you can, to right the wrong, let it go and take care of you. Give yourself permission to let go. Give yourself permission to move on. Give yourself permission to heal. I understand that you have hurt another person, but do you realise that you must have been hurting in-order to hurt another? You now need to heal, to feel better, to be a better person. Again use empathy and consider how you would treat a person you care about, a person who is getting over an illness. You would ensure that they are warm, you would ensure that they are still taking their medication, maybe taking enough fluids, eating right etc.... Do that for yourself. Realise you have just experienced a trauma, you have acted in a way that is in-congruent to being a 'nice person'. Whatever you have done has been a painful experience for you too! believe it or not. You have reached stage 4 in your desire for forgiveness and it is your turn to forgive yourself. At this stage you are emotionally fragile, treat yourself with kid gloves, feed yourself with daily inspiration 

Only after you have forgiven yourself will you be able to move on and become a better you. Should you feel that you don't deserve forgiveness: You will remain living in the past. You will be unable to move forward and achieve all your goals as something will always be pulling you back. You will not be practising Self Care. By not forgiving yourself, you will be hampering your chances of learning from what you did, letting go and moving forward.

In conclusion to this part of the Upper torso which included the neck, stomach and back. This blog asked you if you stand for something and whether you was willing to stick your neck out for what you believed in. Many of us, have families to cater to and unable to march in the streets for what we believe. I propose that you take the time to stand up for something, ensuring that your home is kept clean was suggested. I asked you to spend sometime thinking about yourself, as too many of us have our lives dictated to us by others, and spend no time at all on ourselves. Sick your neck out and make a stand for yourself. I went on to ask you if you 'Bigged up' your chest, and stood tall...I pushed you to stand tall and to be proud of yourself, to be proud of whatever you do, as many are unable to do what you may take for granted. By showing the Universe that you are happy for what you have, I reminded you that that generates more for you to be happy/grateful for. Perhaps you 'mek yuhself small' 'Dim your light' in the hope of not being noticed. Who in your life is making you, like 'baby' sit in the corner, not being heard or seen? Is it time, I asked, that you cared enough about yourself, and took a stand against anything that made you feel less than. You can be forgiven for putting up with maltreatment, until you realise that you are being ill treated. Then it is imperative that you do something about it.

Forgiveness is a good step forward. The blog went on to discuss forgiveness siting  Fiffers' four types of forgiveness, that of Unconditional, Conditional, Dismissive forgiveness and Grace.  Unconditional forgiveness leaves you free to get on with your life much quicker than any other type of forgiveness. Conditional forgiveness as the title suggests, is forgiveness with strings attached. The thing with this type of forgiveness is that the strings are also attached to you. There is no freedom here. You keep yourself attached to the perpetrator. Fiffer stated that a power imbalance is created,  'the hurt party holds all the cards'. I propose that they also hold on to the hurt caused by the transgression, because they refuse to let it go until a definite act of repentance has been preformed. Like the woman I knew, who stunted her growth and stopped herself allowing anyone new into her life or even the thought that anyone else could have the ability to bring love and joy with them.

Dismissive forgiveness allows you to let go and get on with your life, but I feel one runs the risk of dismissing or 'allowing the transgressions' to go unresolved. It would appear that  this type of forgiveness is easy, as you can let go and move on quickly. It was at this point I introduced you to a phrase I coined called 'It can't matter' where I deal with the transgression, the transgressor and forgiveness later, as the misdeed had immediate consequences requiring immediate action so....'It can't matter, right now'. However, there is a real possibility, when using these types of forgiveness, that the lines between forgiveness and allowing the ill treatment or bad behaviour to go by with little or no acknowledgement. I propose that acknowledging the transgression gives the victim time to discover what lesson or lessons are to be learnt through the ordeal, event or incident and time to heal.

Fiffer looked at the Grace of God and I agreed that God is the ultimate forgiver and to whom we are accountable. I suggested that if we treated each other as we would be treated, we would forgive unconditionally, letting go of all grudges allowing ourselves to be free, which in turn would release that person from our thoughts and heart. In an ideal world the above would be true. However we find it difficult to forgive ourselves, let alone others. Forgiving ourselves takes effort, time and letting go is not an easy tasks, but essential for getting past a misdeed and moving forward. I offered four steps to help you do this. 1) Acknowledge the pain   2) Ask for forgiveness  3) The past is the past  4) Self Care - Looking after me.

This part of the Upper Torso concerned itself with the neck and chest. It considered sticking your neck out, shining too brightly which could cause another discomfort, to actually hurting someone, then forgiving. In part two of this blog, we will continue to look at the Upper Torso where we will view some of the things we digest and drop in on Lena, to find out what she turned her back on!

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Upper Torso

Part Two

21st April 2019

The last blog concerned itself with the neck and chest. It considered sticking your neck out, shining too brightly which could cause another discomfort, to actually hurting someone, then forgiving. In this blog, we will continue to look at the Upper Torso where we will view some of the things we digest and drop in on Lena, to find out what she turned her back on and shouldered. In my book 'The Exhorted Soul', (The Exhorted Soul (2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Amazon, chapter 12,Soul Care) We looked at the Buddhist Eightfold Path one of which alerts us to Right Mindfulness, it states that one should be mindful of every interaction, which includes your interaction with food, reminding us to be mindful of what we eat. Do you consider what you put in your body as nourishment? Do you consider where the foods you consume comes from? Or do you let your local supermarket do the thinking for you? We are to pay some attention to where our foods come from, consider what it has taken to get that plate of food to our table. I will not turn this blog into a 'don't eat this, or don't eat that' type of speech,or begin to preach about those who do not have enough to eat.

But I will stress that in everything that we put into our body has a bearing on another part of our body. We are aware that if we do not eat a balanced diet we may become over or underweight according to the Body Mass Index (BMI). Does it concern you that you are over or under weight?

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 Are you using food for something other than what it is intended for? mmmmmm is it a crutch, is it a punishment, is it withheld! Can you afford what you need or what you want, when you fancy it?  What is your relationship with food? Stop for one minute and consider how you view food. I am privileged enough to eat when I am hungry, buy what I fancy when I want it. I also have the ability to eat meat when I want to and 'go' vegetarian if I feel like it. I am lactose intolerant so shouldn't have dairy in my diet. I enjoy cooking at Christmas and have stopped mourning that I am not getting enough help in the kitchen. (Its just not worth it) My homes have always had a large dinning table in them where breakfast, lunch and at 5.30 pm dinner was served.

I was brought up with matching crockery and knew what knife, fork and spoon to use and when. I have tried to instil this in my children, some do not know the difference between a coffee and tea cup! others do not know what a side plate is for! This is a brief look at how food is viewed and served in my house. Have you considered how food is viewed in your house, or is it taken for granted? 

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Having a mindful respect for food will have you eating the right foods and taking food for nourishment and making it pleasant time of day. 

Do you realise that it is not only food that we consume? We are constantly taking in the environment we enter. Take walking into a sacred place, we tend to 'feel'  a calm, we feel that this is a safe place, we digest the environment. Imagine being in an environment that is not so pleasant, ones body would begin to react to the environment it is in....The body may begin to sweat, the heart may begin to race, hormones may begin to deploy and go to work, in-order to aid the body to fight or run away. Do you check the environment you expose your body to? And does it matter? I have discussed the effect different environments on the body in my book The Exhorted Soul (The Exhorted Soul, (2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Amazon, Negative/Positive chapter 7, ) Whilst trying to care for yourself, you will consider ever aspect of you, hostile environments cause stress on the body and puts the internal parts of your body under duress. Just because you are 'use' to a hostile environment does not mean you become immune to it. We see that Lenas hostile working environment became the norm after a few weeks, we also saw how Lena dealt with her 'normal' working day and the after effects.  I have known people who are quite happy to have neighbours they claim they 'hate'. I can not imagine living next to someone I disliked so intensely. I think I would at least come to an agreement to disagree without any hostility. I can not imagine, trying to avoid my neighbours' gaze, or not being able to, at least smile as we see each other. We have spoken about hostile work environments in What Do You Do For A Living’ (2016) Angela Scott, What do you do for a living, Amazon Work Place Bullying, Chapter 10) Also see (Spot and Stop the Resident Bully (2017) Angela Scott, Spot and Stop the Resident Bully, Amazon) which gives an in- site into what to do, if you find yourself in such situations. Do you consider the amount of hostile environments you digest everyday? Think about it this week and make provisions to change it. You may be aware that even standing with others who are talking about a subject you are adverse to, is classed as a hostile environment to your body, as your body will react, be aware of all the environments you enter. We know that digesting anything that is 'not good' for us will cause ill-effect, be mindful that includes the environment we find ourselves in.

Back Looking back- How often do you find yourself looking back?, why do you look back?What are you looking for, back there? In my book 'SELF=YOU' (SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott, SELF=YOU, Amazon,What are you holding on to, that you should have let go of years ago? chapter 2,) We looked at hoarding clothes on the pretence of ' When I loose weight I'll wear that' I proposed that it is the memory that you are holding on to, not the suit you was wearing when you got your dream job. No one still has that brown outfit they were wearing when they had that almighty augment with their partner, friend or family member.....You won't find that item hoarded away under the ruse of 'I'm gonna wear that when I loose weight'

How often do you catch yourself looking back? There are certain incidents in my life that I wish were further in the past than they are. I find myself wishing I could 'hurry up' and look back retrospectively, as some issues, incidents and situations are still too recent and raw. There is nothing wrong with looking back, it's good to reminisce, some of my cheeriest conversations are the ones in which my children speak of the antics they got up to as children...Some of which I had been oblivious to, until the 'confession'. Looking back at fond memories, can give you a sense of gratitude. Other memories good or bad can leave you feeling grateful that you got through that! Some can leave you feeling determined never to get into that situation again. But there are some memories that can be cause for concern. Now there is nothing wrong with the action of looking back, its the wishing, regretting and guilt that causes the problems. Lena is filled with regret, pain, remorse and embarrassment on a certain day of a certain month, and felt that way for nearly seven years. Does this serve Lena any good? She may feel that she has to drink herself silly in-order to pay homage to the event that took place seven years ago. She may be trying to blot it out! If that was the case, would Lena be preforming her annual ritual of drink and blackout? Lena may not feel that she can deal with the abortion any other way, but we know that self medicating in this way is never a good idea. Are there incidents in your life that has you reaching for something other than a shoulder? Is it time you dealt with that issue in a different way? As clearly, the way you have been dealing with it has not served you. It is very easy to turn to tried and trusted ways when dealing with our own issues, this is where habits become the norm, even if they are not good ones.  Lena uses two, the walk to work, in-order to give her the adrenal to deal with her boss and alcohol to deal with her past. How are you really dealing with things?   We could go on to talk about 'living' (looking/wanting to be back there) in the past, but you realise that the same advice would be given. Memories are good when they do not impede or encroach on the here and now. This leads perfectly into my other sub title: Turning your back on a certain parts of your life. 

As mentioned earlier, Lena use to party hard, she 'sobered up' in her third year of her university studies....In fact getting pregnant had a lot to do with her decision to 'get clean'. After her usual four day 'bender' Lena had woken up feeling sicker than usual and found that she had a need to vomit, not something she would normally do. It was Monday morning and a definite sick day off. Lena gathered her clothes off the floor, stepped over the bodies strewn  along the landing, found a bathroom, got dressed and left the flat where she had undoubtingly spent the night. As Lena walked along the unfamiliar road wondering how she had ended up at the address she had just left, and who lived there. Lena checked her bag hoping her credit card was intact, whilst vowing that that would be the last time she would ever find herself in that position. Rooting in her purse, she finds her card, and can see a taxi rank just ahead of her. Lena sighs, gets in a taxi and back to her university dorm. Its 06.45, Lena showers and after vomiting twice, begins to feel guilty and embarrassed. Lena makes a hot drink and sits down to try and recall her weekend, its all a blur. She then decides to check her diary in-order to see if she had jotted down anything regarding that weekend. Whilst flicking though her diary Lena notices that her period is three weeks late, she was never late. 'OMG' Lena exclaimed. The following week had Lena looking back at her life, the classes she missed, the days that she could not recall, the money she had spent on friends, drinks, and clothes. Lena felt overwhelmed as she began to think of what her parents would say to her, if she left her studies to have a baby. Lena felt utterly alone as she surveyed her 20 year old life. 'i'm a drunk, i'm a loser, i'm pregnant'. Then it dawned on Lena that she alone had to carry this burden, as her 'friends' where really just 'drinking buddies' and wouldn't be interested in knowing that she had gotten herself 'duffed up'. She wondered if she could buy and take the 'Night after pill' and be done with this 'problem'. After taking a pregnancy test which came back positive, she gathering enough courage to call student services, where Lena is advised to attend the drop in centre. There she is told that she has to see a counsellor before she would be scheduled for a 'termination' as the 'Night After Pill' would not be appropriate at this stage in her pregnancy. The whole ordeal is something Lena will never forget and one which made her feel worthless. She had no friend, family member or baby father with her on the morning of the abortion. Leaving the clinic she felt sick to her stomach and called her mother saying that she had had a bout of food poisoning and needed to come home until she felt better. At home Lena was waited on, cared for and loved, just what you need after a life changing event. Lena spent two weeks at home and went back to university with a new zeal for life and her studies, she called home more often, attended every class and even managed to set up an internship at an accountancy firm a few minutes away from her parents' home, with the promise of a full-time job, once she completed her degree. Happy days! Lena worked hard and as we are aware, left university and walked straight into a great job. Lena had turned her back on the wild nights out, she turned her back on her drinking buddies, who missed the free drinks they would get when 'Lena goes out drinking', she turned her back on the life she use to live, never to return to it. Lena turned her drinking around, instead of drinking in the open, where all could see and maybe be a part of, Lena began to drink in solitude, her drinking became more of a dulling medicine to be taken when 'low'. It became Lena's go to place when she had had a bad day at work and of course that special day of the year when she insisted on drinking the pain away on its anniversary. 
As adults we may have found that we turned our backs on certain aspects of our younger lives. On looking back on your life, what should you have left behind, turned your back on? Having problems turning away? In my book SELF=YOU (SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott, SELF=YOU,Amazon, chapter 8 'Knowing when to walk away') I remind you that 'anything that causes you dis-ease, dis- harmony to dis-trust or shows you dis-respect should be cause for concern'. Who is dis'ing you? Is it time to walk away or turn your back on certain parts of your life? 

Shoulder Lena shouldered the pain of having a 'termination' all alone. She shouldered her 'come back' all alone, well with a little help from the love, care and home cooked food her parents provided. What are you shouldering that could be delegated or taken off your shoulders? This blog will not turn into a wow me episode, mentioning what 'I did on my own' or how I managed on my own. We all have had to get on with life and shoulder the brunt of the 'work' at some time throughout our lives. I am here to ask you 'what are you shouldering that you should delegate or put down?' Lets start at home....As mentioned above, are you delegating the house work? Family pressures, is there another family member who could help? What about at work? What do you shoulder there? Is it time to speak up? We do, what we need to do, to get by, to get on, to keep the wheel of what we call our life turning. But I propose that we take a step back and consider whether our burdens could be shouldered or shared with others. Life shouldn't be a constant slog, there should be moments of serenity, peace and relaxation and this should not be delegated to 'holiday time' only. 

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I often found myself shouldering situations alone. Reasons: 1) - I feel I can do it on my own 2) - I feel I have no one else to turn to  3) - I am told that I proud (true) I will not ask for help and 4) I refuse the help that is offered, because I feel I can do it on my own! vicious circle. Why do you find yourself shouldering situations alone? If like me, you think you are superwoman, think again. I am here to remind you again that we are not meant to live a life of struggle, we are to lose the pride and ask for help. I remember having a conversation with my son after I had lost yet another home due to non payment of the mortgage. (See What Do You Do For A Living’ (2016) Angela Scott, What do you do for a living, Amazon ) He said 'Mum, I could have helped, I have been travelling around the world, I didn't have to travel as much as I did. I could have given you some money' Maybe I felt I could do it on my own (clearly not...I was evicted) I felt that there was no one I could turn to. At the time I actually had a husband....who I later learnt, had better things to do with his money, other than bring it home! Why did I not ask for help? Maybe I felt that I should have  been able to handle this situation on my own, perhaps I felt too embarrassed to ask my son for money, for two reasons 1) I had a husband who should have been there to help and 2) I should be giving my son money for a mortgage, it shouldn't be the other way around. In that situation I had done everything that I could, to save my home. I had tried to get a loan (more debt) I was summonsed to court. I attended, and pleaded my case, promising all sorts of stuff (to no avail, I still got evicted) I worked more hours, often 18 hours a day (not enough, clearly). When all is said and done, I could have asked my son or any of the other people I knew for help (perhaps). Even while I write this, I still can't see myself asking my son for the help I needed at the time. I would have no way of knowing how much my son could afford to lend or give me. Well I would have known if I had asked! Is that my vicious circle again? This is how we, sometimes talk ourselves out of getting the help we need. We assume the other person would be offended or embarrassed if they can not help. Perhaps we feel that they will view us differently, that our relationship would change, if we ask for help. Help is just that, HELP, its not doing the task for you it's helping! Find ways this week to ask for help, this can be in your home or at work, and consider why you have not requested help in the past. Is it pride, like me?  Get someone to help you shoulder the work, the activity, the care, the issue or situation. Shoulders should be pinned back, which allows the neck to elongate, enabling you to 'walk tall'. Are your shoulders pinned back, do you walk tall through your life, or are you hunched over, trying to get through each day because you didn't ask? 

This Blog has looked at what you digest reminding you to be mindful that it is not only food that is digested but the environment too. Throughout our life, wewill learn that looking back or remembering aids our growth. From the time we realise that crying gets us what we want or need, to throwing tantrums and finding out that it works or does not!  We are all aware of the benefits of looking back, one of which should be to learn from our past. Issues arise when we try to re-live the past in the guise of 'I'll keep that until I lose weight'. I suggested that it is the memory of wearing the outfit that one should hold on to, not the actual item. To go back there will not serve any purpose. There will always be certain aspects of our lives that we leave behind, again, it is a way of moving forward and growing. We stopped in on Lena and found that she had a very poignant tale to tell about her past, showing us just how she shouldered that part of her life. Lena has not, however dealt with that part of her life, as she reminisce every year with a drunken ritual. Lena would be advised to ask for help in finding a more conductive way of dealing with her past. We are all guilty of not asking or accepting the help we need. I mention my own struggle with this issue, and can confirm that I am still learning to ask for help when in need. I am mindful of my intake which includes my environment, ensuring that when I look back, its to help my growth and realise that others are often willing to help.

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21st May 2019

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I'm weak, I'm lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home- Jim Reeves

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What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Hands? I think of children showing me that their hands are clean. What about you? In regards to this blog I find myself repeating the thoughts given in Chapter 12 'Soul Care' of my book 'The Exhorted Soul' (2018) Angela Scott, Amazon. In which I talk about ensuring that whatever you are doing, you are mindful of keeping your Soul Happy. Strange concept I know, but if we consider all our actions we will feel comfortable more often, there would be less guilt to deal with, less need to say sorry, less need for forgiving or to be forgiven. In considering your hands, what type of work do you do? No need to get into that conversation as ('What Do You Do For A Living' (2016) Angela Scott, Amazon) covered that subject. But consider this, is the type of work you do, pleasing to your Soul? Or is there something telling you that you really shouldn’t be in that line of work?….Perhaps there is a pull from within you that says you should be vegan, yet you work in a abattoir!' The Exhorted Soul (2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Amazon, chapter 12,Soul Care. What are you being pulled to do?  Mindful living as mentioned above, ensures that we do what we should be doing with our lives, whilst helping others along the way.

Hands, how important are they?

Without your fingers or hands, your ability to work would be greatly reduced. Human hands are unique. No other creature in the world has hands that can grasp, hold, move, and manipulate objects like human hands. The major function of a human hand is to manipulate object to accomplish a goal. The ability of a human hand to assure a myriad of position and to apply only the precise amount of pressure necessary to hold an object is owned to the mobility and stability supplied by the skeleton, to the power of the muscle, and to the degree of sensory feedback from the nerves. The sensory feedback is used to asses the shape, size, texture and weight of the object. The feedback used in both grasping and lifting of an object is dependent on the brain interpreting correctly, what is seen and the hand responding appropriately.

Different cultures use hands symbolically.

The hand is the most frequently symbolized part of the human body. It gives blessing, it is expressive. ... However, it can just as easily mean generosity, hospitality and stability; "lend a hand". It is used in gestures of greeting and friendship (shake hands).Cupped hands can symbolize delicacy or hold a fragile idea.

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They may also be used for giving. Gripping can show possessiveness, ownership and desire (the tighter the fist, the stronger the feeling). Hands may also hold the self, such as when people hold their own hands, typically for comfort.

Left and Right Hand and Symbolism.

Bible News write about the symbolic meaning of human hands ' God made the hands and placed His stamp of approval upon them. He gave each hand a unique identity. No two sets of fingerprints are the same'.

In the Bible, to be at the right side"is to be identified as being in the special place of honour".

Psalm 89:13 You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 63:8 My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 139:10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

Hans Biedermann writes in Dictionary of Symbolism that "tracings of the hand in Ice Age cave temples (along with other evidence) suggest that humans have always been predominately right-handed. It is probably for this reason that the right hand side has been treated predominately as better and luckier than the left" (pg.  283). The right arm holds the sword and is aggressive while the left hand holds the warrior’s shield and represents passivity.

The left is also "The non-aggressive hand associated with decay, death, weakness. In the East, to except anything with the left hand is an affront, as it is considered vile" (Jobes, pg. 71).

The left hand is also associated with deviousness. In Tibetan tradition, the hand is symbolic of the holiness of an incarnate lama; the left hand grasping the right at the center of the waist in ancient Sumer was a posture of prayer. Pointing downward, the hand denotes the calling on the earth to witness (Jobes, pg. 721).

The right hand represents Deity. The aggressive hand, hand of growth and strength. Right hand laid on a person conveys authority, blessings, power, strength. Right hand lifted to heaven, and oath, swearing" (Jobes).

In the Cabala, both hands have positive meanings. The right hand symbolizes the hand of blessing and mercy while the left hand is the hand of the king and represents justice.

The right hand is also associated with rectitude. In Africa, circumcised boys point their right hand to heaven, left hand touching the earth, to call upon the earth to witness their status of adulthood and for membership into the tribe, called the heaven and earth or witness sign.

In China, the right hand is yang and strong and in time of war the hand of honour, which holds the sword; the left hand is yin and honour. Posted by Carla Huffman, in Hand Symbolism | Permalink

As we have free will, we are able and capable of doing good or harm....Hands helps us do just that, hands can be used to harm, hinder show love or care.  Are you aware of just how often you have had a hand in the many situations you have encountered! WOW I know, how is that possible? I would like to add a disclaimer here. Any ill treatment by an adult to a child, someone who is disable or vulnerable are not included in my statement above. Now back to our involvement in the many situations we find ourselves in.

Money - My main issues stem from debt..What's yours?...As mentioned in 'What Do You Do For A Living’ (2016) Angela Scott, Amazon I had been evicted from houses I had brought, apartments that I had rented, dealing with the fact that my credit rating started with a Z (zero). Using my vast knowledge of the 'what to do when the bailiff comes' Had my hand playing a great part..... I can confirm that my debt issues were caused by leaving jobs and believing three things 1) that I will either find 'something' before the mortgage, rent or other bills where due. 2)  I would be able to survive on my savings, or 3) I would earn enough from yet another business venture I had started. This is what actually happened 1) I would not start looking for a job replacement until my business venture was about to fail and 2) The savings ran out. I would then spend most of my time negotiating debt repayments, attending court, learning to joggle the money I did have, and sometime dealing with bailiffs.

People - What is your main issue...Is it health, could it be, like me debt, or perhaps its 'People' yes People. Do you find that you can't keep friends? or find that you 'get into arguments' often? Maybe you find that members of the public piss you off, whilst out shopping or driving? Is that you? Perhaps the people that 'get on your nerves' are your work colleagues or your friends and family members.

Life - Most of us just get on with it. What is your issue with it? Do you find yourself saying 'nothing ever goes right for me' or perhaps 'everything I try  goes belly for me' I heard someone say 'Every-time I go out to enjoy myself, something always goes wrong'. What do you find yourself saying often?...I can promise you, that if it starts with  'I never get.......' you will never get. If it is some other negative attribute to what you want, what you are doing or what you are hoping for, it will be a negative outcome.Related imageOk, so we have looked at a few, I would say the main issues, people complain about is Money, People and Life. In fact these are not just titles people complain about, they actually blame these titles. You've heard it or said it yourself. ' If I had his or her money I would...' 'If I had more money, I wouldn't ........this or that'. Essentially the lack of money is to be blamed for your life being the way it is! Agree? No one complains that they have too much money, well no one in my circle. I have given you the reasons I had debt.....and shown you how I had a hand in creating my debt and everything that went along with being in debt...The evictions, the court cases, the bailiffs, the zero credit score and the constant negotiating (promising to pay).  Now we are not about to exclaim the 'If I had this or if I did that, I wouldn't have had to experience the debt, the breakup or the life I have been dealt'. We are going to look at how your hand mixed that pot of debt or lack of money, the issues with the people around you and the life you lead.

Money - Why do you not have enough? I don't earn enough. Why don't you earn enough? Because the job doesn't pay enough, Why are you in that Job? It was the only one I could get and I needed money to pay the bills. Why have you not sought another job, that would pay more? The questions could go on and on.....with excuse after excuse. You may be saying that it is easy for me to sit here and declare that people just make excuses, when I don't know their situation.....Well hear this....I had six children a mortgage and trying to study. I had no partner to help most of the time, but still managed to get a job, feed and clothe my children....I am not saying that the way I went about it was the best way (read above) but I certainty tried or as the Aesop’s fable encourages, put my shoulder to the wheel. This fable gave us the saying "God helps those who help themselves.” (See below) The bible also encourages you to try. 1 Corinthians 9:24 (KJV) - Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. What of the people who are unable to work, those who are in ill-health, the vulnerable and disabled........I am fortunate to live in a first world country that will care for those who are less fortunate than others. This care and help may not be as much as one would like or expect, but it is help non-the-less.

The need for more, should be voiced with thanks giving of what we already have. The law of attraction (See The Exhorted Soul (2018) Angela Scott, Amazon, chapter 1,2,3 Law of Attraction) encourages us to ask, believe and receive. In having no or not enough money, you have had a hand in that situation....In having enough or more than enough money you have a hand in that too. Surely, this blog does not need to go down the road of telling you what to do with the money you do get it. But for those who may need this advice, have you considered what you buy each week or each month when you receive your wage or allowance? Some people will buy the same food items every month without checking if the food items had been eaten or whether it sat in the fridge or cupboard and went 'off'. In my book SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott,Amazon,chapter 2) I talk about buying tomatoes and coleslaw that end up getting thrown away because I don't use them, but buy them on every shopping trip. We could go on to talk about all the other areas of your life where you could 'save' money or spend 'less', but i'm sure you are getting the picture.......You have to have a hand in your situation, in-order to change it....You have had a hand in not having enough. What do you find yourself saying about money? Remember, if its 'I don't have enough' you will always not have enough, If you feel that you will never get out of debt, then that is what will happen. You will never get out of debt. Putting your shoulder to the wheel of your financial situation is the first step to changing the amount of money you have coming into your life. This blog aims to guide you in the right direction, however if you need further help please get in touch 

Aesop’s fable

Aesop was a Greek writer who lived from 620 to 564 BC. It is said that a he wrote. A man’s wagon got stuck in a muddy road, and he prayed for Hercules to help. Hercules appeared and said, “Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.” The moral given was “The gods help them that help themselves.

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Blame or excuses feature greatly in the lives of many people who believe that their lives should be different or better. You never hear anyone saying 'its his or her fault'  that they are rich and live the life of their dreams. Often when we find ourselves confronted with a situation involving another person, we tend to lean on the side of 'Its them not me' I will suggest that you look a little closer. Lets say you have a partner whom you have now fallen out of love. Have you started to notice all their faults? Time to be honest now!......Had you noticed any of these faults, when you first met him or her? Have you ever seen any of these faults displayed or directed at another person? What was said or done when these faults were displayed? In answering those questions you may see where you had a hand in your partners continued disliked behaviour, until it reached a stage that became alarming or unbearable. 

You had a hand in making it grow, you can have a hand in changing it! In order to change that behaviour you will have a change you. I have spoken about how to change unwanted situations in 'knowing when to walk away' (See SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott, Amazon,chapter 8) in which you are advised that anything that causes you dis-ease, dis- harmony to dis-trust or shows you dis-respect should be cause for concern. I also let you know whether your friends and family members fit in the A B or C camp and what that entails in 'Who is holding you back'.(See What Do You Do For A Living’ (2016) Angela Scott, What do you do for a living, Amazon chapter 7)  However should you need further guidance please contact me

How do you get on with most of the people in your life? Do you find that you do get on with most, and there are just a few people that you prefer ' not to take tea with'? If that is the case, most of us fit into that category. However there are some of us that seem to have issues with most of the people we interact with....You know the type. This person will always always have some drama to update you on....They will tell you about the person who pissed them off as they was waiting in line at the supermarket, they will tell you about how they had an awful journey, either by public transport or by car, because 'someone' got in their way or didn't get out their way in time. They will give you daily episodes about 'the people at work' .....You get the picture? It can be said that that person in your life, is not a 'people person' as they always have some issue with the 'people' around them, and lets not forget to add the fact that it is always yes always the 'other persons' fault. Do you realise that he/she had a hand in whatever issue they found themselves in involving another person? 'How could they have caused all the issues they bring to me'? I hear you ask....Well here goes.....First, that person will always have some drama to talk about, because they always talk about the drama they find themselves in. Make sense? Let me break it down for you. What you talk about, you bring about....Get it now? The more that person talks about their issues, the more issues they will encounter to talk about. (Its the law). Secondly, That person will be looking for the next episode in their drama filled life to unfold (so they can talk about it). Why would someone do that? Well, Lets put ourselves in that persons shoe....(only for a second). Consider leaving your house and going to the supermarket, you enter a line where there are six people in-front of you and three other people enter the line behind you. Another till opens up and before you know what has happened the last person in your line moves over and gets served, you watch as the two other people behind you move to that till and are being served.  What do you do, what do you say and how do you feel? Can you see how drama can develop? No! OK what would that drama filled person you have in your life say and do? What do they do and say when someone cuts them up at the lights.....What do they say and do when their manager asks a co-worker to attend a conference in a different country instead of asking them? Think of some of the conversations they have brought to you regarding their family members, now consider how they could have had a hand in the issue they have discussed with you. I could go on, but i'm sure you are you getting an idea of the type of world that person lives in?

Now consider how a spiritually conscious person would have dealt with each situation above? A spiritually conscious person (or someone who understands the Law of Attraction) would realise that if they was to be served before the people behind them, they would have been. A spiritual conscious person may consider that the person who 'cut them up' at the lights, may have had to get somewhere fast. As for being passed over from going to that works conference, the spiritual conscious person would understand that they really don't need to leave the country right now. They understand that everything, yes everything happens for a reason, you will find that they do not mourn or groan over the little things. When speaking about others, they will speak about them lovingly and are careful not to commit Karma. Now, I am spiritual, but I am also human, so I do get pissed off with certain issues I may have, however I would react after much thought, when instant action is required it comes after a quick conscious thought. Can you now see how less drama is discussed by the spiritually conscious person, compared to that drama filled person in your life? A spiritually conscious person understand that most situations occur in their lives for a reason and that they had played a part or had a hand in manifesting them in their lives.

So who's fault is it that your life is not what you expected, wanted or wished for? Your life is how you moulded it to be, you used your hands and thoughts to create it. Hard to rasp! but the truth. As mentioned above, I have had debt to contend with...That of course was my fault. We are the orchestrator of our lives, we attract or encourage the behaviours of the people in our lives and then proclaim that life is s***. They say that life is what you make it. I read an un-named quote that stated 'Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. And I say, the meaning of life is what you make it. There will be as many different meaningful lives as there are people to live them' 

I have watched someone very close to me carve out her life. She is a primary school teacher. As a child she proclaimed that she did not want to be overweight! Strange I know but true.....As an adult she remained an English size 8 -10. She loved school although her home life was not always happy, having to endure the constant house moves, knowing that her brother had been held up and robbed several times, another sibling faced a near death experience twice, remaining in comma for several weeks, the death of her eldest brother, and grand mother. Plus the devastating abuse of her sister. This person did not do as well as she would have hoped, whilst at college and had to re-submit many projects and resit tests. She was determined to go to University as she wanted to become a teacher and did what it took to get there. At University she struggled with being away from home, fought off the unwanted advances, got part time jobs and finished her studies leaving with a respectable grade. Life, she had decided was going to be what she made it although she had to jump over many many hurdles. Notice she did not succumb to all that was going on around her, but fought through the pain, upheaval and anguish to reach her goal.Image result for wheelchair tennis

There are many stories out there about people with disabilities who have become great sports ambassadors, even competing at the Olympics for their country. Surely they had decided that the life society had planned for them, was not going to be the one they lived.....

What's your life like? Nobody said that life was going to be easy, but we are often given choices, choices to do this or do that, choices to stay or go. To buy that item when we know we have a bill coming in next week, to enter that relationship when we know that that person has faults we loathe, perhaps believing at the time, that we would be able to change them! A choice to take that job, knowing that we really will not enjoy being there. This job could have been taken because it was the first employer who had responded to you, after a month or two job searching. Perhaps if we had waited something else would have been offered. So there you stay for two/three years, being told what time to get in in the morning, when to eat lunch, when to leave and when a day off can be taken. Then mourn that life is not the way we would like it.......That is how life can carry you away. Instead of making the choices that would best serve us. We have a hand in most of the situations we find ourselves in. When we can admit that we allowed debt to accumulate, those people in our lives that brought their luggage and we helped them to carry it in. Only then will we be-able to wash our hands of those situations and do something about it. This blog showed you the importance of hands, from how unique we are as human beings to the symbols we attach to the right and left hand. We looked at the main issues we complain about, that of Money, People and Life using them as scapegoats for not having the life we would like. Make that change today, decide, make a move and get advice. I am always here to help

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21st June 2019

Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Isaiah 53:1 KJV

The arms are the upper limbs of the body. They’re some of the most complex and frequently used body parts -Source

The arm can be divided into the upper arm, which extends from the shoulder to the elbow, the forearm which extends from the elbow to the hand.

Arms are always doing something in the bible:

Hosea 11:3 -Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 

Samuel 22:35-35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms

Proverbs 31:17 - She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

Genesis 49:24 - But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob

Ezekiel 30:24-25 -'For I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put My sword in his hand; and I will break the arms of Pharaoh, so that he will groan before him with the groanings of a wounded man. 'Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt.

Psalm 89:10-- You Yourself crushed Rahab like one who is slain; You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

Mark 10:16 - And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

When I think of arms I think of 'carrying', that is carrying a baby, carrying a load, an armful of shopping. What are your first thoughts of arms? Do you realise that with an armful of stuff you are unable to do much else, other than carry what you have in your arms? which could lead to harmful decisions being made, unless you first put something down!

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This blog will look at what we hold, carry and refuse to put down. Measures will be discussed to change this habit. We will also find out what Lena carries around with her, and what she did to unload.Related image

A client told me that she had carried the burden of her parents' expectations around until her adult life, when she decided that she was going to be herself and not live up to anyone's expectations. I put it to her, that had she taken her parents' expectations as BEST WISHES she would not have had to carry what she called a burden, into adult life. My observations were not taken happily. I can understand her frustrations, imagine spending twenty or thirty years of your life trying to live a life that would appear fitting or pleasing to someone else? Only to be told that it was YOU who decided to carry that burden, no one had actually given it to you!

We tend to pick up or take statements from others and carry them around as burdens or an offense. You know the type of thing, a causal comment is made about weight, you run, pick it up and start to wear that hat. How long you carry that comment around with you is up to you. I use to make the statement 'I take offense to that' until I realised that I was actually taking something that did not serve me. Why do we do that?  Statements are just that, they become a burden when you take them and apply power. Don't take my statement lightly! Once power is applied, as mentioned earlier, it could have you carrying it as a burden for years.  You hear the stories from famous people, who tell us that they had a teacher that labelled them negatively, and they wore that label until one day they realised, that it was just that teachers' opinion of them and made the choice to wear that hat no longer. There are other stories in which we are told, that as a child they were encouraged and told that they could be anything they wanted to be. Both lead full lives, becoming the best they felt they could be. There are of course, other stories in which, having being told that they will amount to nothing, live their lives with that in the back of their minds, they go on to take menial jobs, (because they shouldn't expect much) they have failed relationships (because they feel themselves to be worthless) and like Eeyore (a friend of Winnie the poo) Their outlook on life is dull. Image result for eeyore and poohEvery now and then, we have those thoughts that make us feel, less than. You know the ones, they have you remembering when you acted like a damsel in distress and unable to do anything right. Or when you just couldn't connect with your teenager as a father. Perhaps the memory is of being at a gathering and you just couldn't string a sentence together. Been there, done that.  However, I remember sitting in one of my MSc (Master of Science) classes whilst studying Counselling Psychology a discussion ensude, one of my class mates spoke about feeling 'dumb'. The lecturer quickly used CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) reminding her that she was a Psychologist and asking her if a Psychologist could be classed as dumb, she said 'No' he went on to alert her to the fact that she sat among her peers in a Master of Science lecture, which she had had to pass certain tests and interviews in-order to enter the course. He then asked her if she still felt dumb...She smiled and said 'No'. When feeling less than, we should take a second to observe how we feel about ourselves and then engage in some positive self talk, perhaps like the conversation that took place in my lecture. What has been said to or about us should also be observed and a decision made as to whether it serves us. Hurt feelings often come from the thought that that person felt a certain way about us and perhaps, not the words used to describe the feelings uttered. What do you carry around that should have been put down, discarded or dismissed as 'Well, that's their opinion'? I suppose it depends on who is being opinionated! mmmm again take time to observe how you feel, is your feelings centred around how that person views you, or is it around the words that were said? Arms carry, are your arms full, part full or empty of other peoples opinions? Do their opinion run your life? Lena felt that her parents would be disappointed in her if she left University to have a baby, so decided on a termination. What lengths do you go to, to ensure that someone does not think badly of you? Lena drinks her feelings away after a bad day at work, instead of speaking to her Boss or the HR department....Feelings of rocking the boat comes to mind. Again, she spent time worrying about how she will be viewed, if she voiced her opinion on the way she had been treated. Lena is a 26 year old well educated woman, why doesn't she leave? Again, what would her parents think or say if she did?Are you shouting at Lena now........You and I know what Lena should do but chooses not to........Are there issues in your life that you know you should change, but you feel stuck?....Contact me - We know that Lena carried the trauma of getting pregnant and having a termination, we know that she carries the stress of working in a toxic environment. Those are Lena's issues. Lena does not have financial issues as she lives far below her means. Lena does not have relationship issues, as she doesn't feel ready to enter into that type of partnership. In truth, Lena is in a deep toxic relationship with alcohol and her job. Both are no good for her!

One night, after a very bad work day Lena, heading for yet another bottle to be consumed alone, looked at the date on her phone and noticed that that anniversary was about to arrive in a few days. She knew that although she felt terrible right now, having drunk a bottle and half of wine, she would inevitably feel worst on that day.

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Lena sat in the dark sipping and contemplating her fate if she carried on this way. Lena knew her life would spiral into what she called 'not worth living'. Lena thought of her parents and what they would think of her being a 'drunk'. She felt that her employers didn't care about her well-being, as all they wanted from her, was to turn up on time and do the job of seven people, every day. Lena tried to find one person in her life that she could call a friend, finding no-one she wondered why.

She was lonely, sitting in the dark, about to finish her third bottle of wine. I can not tell you that Lena had a Ha Ha moment, became enlightened or just came to her senses, but she got up, throw the wine in her glass in the sink, turned the tap on and emptied the contents of the fourth opened bottle in the sink too. She turned on all the lights in her flat. Made her bed, picked up her dirty clothes and put them in the basket. Lena seemed to be a woman on a mission. She washed dishes, clothes and then showered. Lena stood in the middle of her now clean flat, with her hands on her hips looking around her, saying 'its time for a change'. We saw this type of determination once before, when Lena 'sobered up' in her third year of her studies. It will be interesting to see what she does next. We do get those bursts of energy, to change our lives, but often hit the first hurdle and revert back to what appears comfortable. You may find that dealing with a armful of stuff becomes comfortable, as when we manage to rid ourselves of them, we find others to pick up!

As you are aware I often have all these bright ideas to start a business, I will often be out of work and for all intensive purposes, would believe that my venture would work. (Maybe they would if they were given enough time to mature) I feverishly set about aiming for the moon only to find that my savings had ran out and the letter drawer had become full of unopened letters (bills). I think it is when my creditors begin to call, that I mentally abandon my empty arms and pick up the negotiating and the looking for any care job that will pay the bills. I now know that if I had stood my ground and continued to follow my passion I would not end up in the vicious circle of arm empty/full. I hadn't realised that when I was following my passion, although the bills still needed to be paid, my load was lighter, I hadn't realised that one can do so much more when they love what they do. So I could have, perhaps, gotten a part time job to cover immediate bills and needs, while following my passion. As I said, I don't do things by halves. I would get a full time job plus do as much overtime as I could in-order to pay bills and then mourn that I wasn't following my passion. What did your last burst of energy involve? Did you spring clean the house? Did you throw out unwanted clothes and de-clutter your home......Did you decide that you would stop a habit? Perhaps you decided that you would take that holiday abroad. Maybe you made bigger decisions and set about selling up and moving away? Whatever got you to get up and make a change, my advice is, stay with it...You will meet hurdles, but stick with the decision. As mentioned above, my hurdles would often be the rent, the mortgage, the food bill or debt. The hurdles would frighten me into taking any job available in-order to earn money......What are your hurdles telling or making you do? It is imperative that we silence ourselves at times of stress or hurdles and let our intuition guide us to the best course of action to take. In the case of Lena, what could her hurdles be? She goes into work after her burst of energy, enlightenment or a bout of common sense and is confronted by a shouting colleague who enjoys an audience, she is also given more work than she had ever been given to complete. Lena goes home that night and drinks herself to sleep....She may revert back to her old self. That particular date may arrive, bringing with it feelings of guilt, shame and worthlessness, Lena would need to find a way to ease that pain.....Her pain relief, we know is found at the bottom of a bottle. But as Lena appears to be on a mission to change her life, she called work and told her intimidate boss that she has a family issue that needed urgent assistance and that she will not be able to attend work for a least a week. Lena did not wait to be talked round, she also alerted her to the fact that she had sent an email explaining her need to take some time off and that it would also arrive via post. She ended the call and set about trying to find a 12 step program in her area.

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It would appear that Lena did this in one quick swoop, she didn't stop to think....Lets re-trace her steps. After she had cleaned the flat and showered. Lena sat and wondered why she hadn't done this before. She then considered what it would be like speaking to her boss. All the the different scenarios ran through her mind. She wondered what her boss would say and whether she would be shouted at. At 05.15 that morning, Lena (had a mini burst of energy) and decided 'F*** this, i'm gonna call this woman, not give her a chance to speak, send an email and put it in writing then post it'  What do you do when you decide to make changes? We often start off with a burst of energy (At this point you get a lot done, in Lena's case, she cleaned) Then what do you do? Lena contemplated for about five hours before deciding what she would say and how she would feel speaking to her boss. It is often after the burst of energy that people self-talk themselves out of what they had decided to do. (Lena had five hours in order to do this) Perhaps, after your energy burst, you go to sleep. After a good nights sleep, you may believe that you are able to see things clearer! Often we wake with the notion that last nights' brain wave was a fantasy (negative self-talk) and you will have all the reasons why your change of heart to change your life will not work. It is here that you should do something that will ensure that, there is no turning back.....(Lena sent the email at 05.30 telling her boss that she will not be attending work for at least a week) Your no turning back could be as simple as telling someone (who will encourage you) what you have planned to do. Your task now is to keep moving in that direction. (Lena made her call and then set about finding a 12 step program in her area). In fact Lena did not return to her place of work, she remains on her 12 step program. Lena has decided that she will take full control of her life, she found that some of her feelings were a struggle, but also understood that she would have to get over those hurdles one day at a time. Thank Goodness for Lens's burst of energy and clarity, as the alternative could have been dire. We will drop in on Lena later, but for now let us consider our own lives and think back on the times we had decided to make a big change. Now, it is important to think about the urge to make that change whether they became a reality or not....Lets consider them for a moment............. What did you think of?  My thoughts went to how difficult it would be to make that change today........Not impossible but difficult. Perhaps you thought of a change that you did make, and it worked out wonderfully or did not......The point is, at least you tried. Is there something in your life that needs changing, but you feel would be an armful of worry, stress and strain if you pursued it? Big changes can be seen as an armful, but as you continue to pursue it, your load will become lighter and lighter. In this blog we spoke about taking situations or the spoken word, making them into a load or burden (armful) and causing ourselves stress, we also have bouts of feeling less than as we take on what we believe, others feel about us. We were encouraged to change our thought patterns and re-valuate what has been said, to consider who we really are, whilst deciding why we feel hurt. You was asked, to what lengths you go to ensure that someone does not think badly of you? We went on to talk about those bursts of energy we get every now and then, in which we decide that we will change our world, (which may be our home, job or the wall colour in the living room) We then spend a few hours with the notion of change and begin to talk ourselves out of making that change, as we often feel that they will bring an armful of issues with may have to deal with...My advice was to keep moving in the right direction. As further bursts of direction will be sent to you, in-order to aid you on your path. Following your right path will inevitably lighten your load, even if you don't think so at the time.

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21st July 2019

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Lena's life gives us a chance to look at our life in a safe environment. Use this blog to investigate how you feel about the responsibility you give others, things and situations.

Lena decided to take stock of her life. To re-cap lets remind ourselves of Lena’s life up to this point. Lena was born to what the medical profession would class as older parents. Lena's father was 42 years old and her mother 40 years old. Lena’s father, an easy going man, worked in banking most of his working life and well established when Lena came along. Her Mother, a teacher who loved her job, she loved being around children. She was overjoyed when she found that she was having a girl, as she would experience, all the joys of having a daughter…Lena’s mother looked forward to the dressing her in pretty dresses, the hair do’s, the trips to buy these items, taking her daughter to ballet, tap and dance lessons plus all the other groups she may have an interest in. 

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Lena’s mother would spend hours flicking through baby magazines and by the time Lena arrived she had a bedroom filled with clothes, toys and just about anything one would need for a baby up unto the age of three years old. Lena has two brothers who were aged 12 and 15 years when she arrived in their world, both took on a caring protective role. Suffice to say Lena entered a financially, stable, loving family. Lenas’ brothers both went on to university and graduated with great grades, both went into their chosen professions. To date they are both married and confirm that they are living life to the fullest, with holidays every six months, their own properties and no plans to have children until they have crossed off everything on their bucket list! Much to the dismay of their mother who thought that she would have had grandchildren by now. With a stable home life, Lena felt loved, cared for and free to explore the world around her.

Lena enjoyed school, and was called ‘a gifted student’. As Lena grew, she attended all the groups in the area and any that her parents could drive her to. Lena had a full life. As a Responsible teenager Lena was often trusted to get herself to and from the groups her parents had enrolled her in. Lena soon learned that if she produced a letter stating ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances’ Lena will no longer be attending (this group). Lena was then free to pocket the weekly or monthly fees! It surprises Lena that her parents, as attentive as they were, had no idea that she was not attending several groups. Lena became quiet the independent teenager as her parents had full time jobs and her brothers had left home and otherwise occupied.

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As she took control of her life, Lena found friends who may have been less liked by her parents, had they known them. They enjoyed drinking and ‘having a good time’ Lena met Alcohol and kept it close when her parents, brothers or friends were not physically available. (See Blog ‘Where does Your Feet Take You’?) We are aware that,  it is only when Lena has important life changes to manage, she straightens up. When Lena embarked on her ‘A’ levels and told that she had a really good chance of being accepted in a sought after university, she left the sanctity of her friends and concentrated on her studies, as we know, Lena went on to college and University (See Blog ‘Where does Your Feet Take You’?) In Blog ‘Upper Torso’ we see Lena taking life into her hands and making decisions that she felt would keep her parents feeling proud of her. She then embarked on a job that would pay more, offer more prestige and a ton of stress, needless to say Lena turned to her old friend Alcohol to keep her company, Alcohol was always there to signal the passing of a particular date in the calendar which, in different circumstances would herald her child advancing a year older. In the Blog ‘Arms’ we  meet up with Lena as she is on a mission to change her life, and like a run away train, nothing was about to stand in her way.....We could sit here and consider all the hurdles that Lena may face in her quest to change her life and show you how she overcame them, but I will use this opportunity to help ourselves.

Consider for a moment that you decided to leave your job (you do have six months’ rent or mortgage payments, food and bills money saved up). You could sit there for the first week coming up for air, re-centering yourself, or just doing you!....I like to call it re-surfacing. It is very much like coming up for air. This first week you shake off the work You, the You, that had to be up at a certain time, be at work at a certain time and wear that work face for a minimum of 7.5 hours. Then there is the actual work, that you had to do for those 7.5 hours which believe me, your body will thank you for no longer doing, regardless if you are sitting at a computer desk or standing on a production line. The work would have left its mark. Coming up for air is as the statement suggests....You really feel that a load has been lifted off your shoulders..I think it is that feeling I craved every-time I left my jobs! This feeling does not last long....It is that feeling I believe we all crave....That feeling of freedom from obligations that comes with responsibility. You know the feeling! Its the same feeling you get when you have arrived at your holiday destination, get to the hotel and flop on the bed......Freedom.Image result for test hotel bed

Can we consider these feelings for a second....... Perhaps we all thrive for these feelings, perhaps we all wish our retirement will consist of these feelings....Feelings of contentment. How often do you feel contented? Be honest? Can you recall a time when you felt contented? I must admit I can recall that I have rarely felt total contentment. I put it down to being a single mother and having to have my wits about me at all times. Right, back to leaving your job, you have exhaled, sat down, closed your eyes and smiled. Now! How long you allow this feeling to last, is up to you as you are the decision maker of which emotion you choose to experience and display. For Lena this feeling of relief lasted one day as within 48 hours she had to face reality and seek out a local AA meeting, she wasn't sure what it would entail, but she was willing to 'go see'. Lena made a list of to do's and set about ticking them off. Here's a look at Lena's list....

1) Find a Meeting, join and start attending.

2) Clean up and throw out.

3)Spend time with Family.

4) Find a job 5) Start a hobby.

Throughout Lenas' 12 step program she had to deal with her many issues....She was often transported back to her childhood, which she felt had been perfect....Lena found that in her parents' attempt to ensure that she was exposed to as many after school activities and possible hobbies, she was given 'too much' freedom as she turned that freedom into 'I need to look after myself' 'I need to find my own entertainment' 'I need to be there for me' Lena internalised feelings of abandonment ....As an adult Lena found a crowd of people (just like her peers at her after school clubs) and participated in the crowds' activity (in this case it was drinking) When Lena would go home from these after school clubs, she often found that there was no one home, Lena had to entertain and or console herself....This Lena did this as an adult when she came home from work. She would entertain herself (as she tried to re-live what she classed as good times....with Alcohol) she consoled herself on bad days (with Alcohol). Lena had no animosity towards her parents, given the new knowledge, but felt that if she wasn't left to her own devices as a teenager she wouldn't have found solace in Alcohol. mmmmmm What do you think?

As parents we try to do the best we can to ensure that our children are given just enough Freedom. I remember I gave one my daughters,  permission to go to France with a friend at seventeen, she was responsible and I felt confident that she would act accordingly. I have another daughter that I wouldn't trust that she would go to the corner shops without having some drama to tell me when she returned home.

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We do what we feel is best and to the best of our ability at the time. Iyanla Vanzant tells of a client (Let's call her Mary) who came to her and said that she was living with some 'hate' for her mother. When asked why she hated her mother, Mary states that as a twelve year old she was made to care for her siblings as her mother was an alcoholic, she goes on to say that she had missed out on her childhood because she had to grow up too quick with no one looking after her. Iyanla told Mary that her mother, she states, was an alcoholic and an alcoholic and as an alcoholic she was not able look after her children. As an alcoholic she did the best she could do. She likened her mother's situation to another client she had who stated that as children their mother would get their food from dumpsters. lyanla had told that client that she needed to picture her mother walking bare footed to the furthest restaurant dumpster she could get to, as she knew that their left overs would be the best she could find. A scenario that was to evoke consideration to that mothers' plight and the efforts she went to in-order to do the best she could, given her situation and within her ability. Iyanla asked Mary, if she or any of her siblings were taken into care? Mary said 'no' Iyanla then alerted Mary to the fact that her mother managed to do what she could to 'keep' all the children in the home......This story smacks of 'It could have been worst'. Sure it could have been worst, but I think what Iyanla was trying to get at, was the fact that her mother did the very best that she could do as an alcoholic. Mary of course, could only see what she didn't have as a child and the amount she had to cope and deal with as a child. Most parents do what they can, given the situation they are in and their ability. How did or do you fair as a parent? How do you feel about your parents? Are there any unresolved issues that may be eating at you? What do you think of your parents parenting skills?  

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Even the bible has a blame scenario... The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Genesis3:13-12

Blame, for me, equals responsibility. Who is responsible for the accident? who is responsible for this mess? To blame someone, something or the situation is to give the responsibility to that person or thing for what has happened. 

Here's a big one 'It is my parents' (fault) responsibility for me not doing so well at school' like Lena, who felt that it was her parents responsibility (fault) for giving her the opportunity to turn to alcohol for her entertainment and as a friend when feeling lonely! When said like that, it seems a little far fetched. But this is what we do in one quick sentence when we say its someone or somethings' fault.

Try expanding a 'fault sentence' you often use....Here's an example: Its my Husbands fault that I didn't  take the opportunity to work aboard......Expand the sentence with 'I gave my husband the responsibility of my career'  It my mothers' fault I am afraid of flying....(This is one of mine)  At aged nine, my mother had taken me to Jamaica, we had to take a flight from Birmingham to London, on that trip there was a lot of turbulence, my mother held on to the arm rests bowed her head and prayed until we landed in London. I remember feeling afraid for my mother, wondering why she was so upset...I can't remember actually having a fear of being in the air. That was after all, my first airplane ride, what was there to be afraid of? As an adult I added the 'afraid' bit to flying...As an adult I was able to put 2+2 together and come up with 5.

 A number of common flying myths are actually easily debunked

I have decided that an object that is made of metal and weights tons can not possible stay up in the air, I have also not been able to get my head around turbulence, as if feels like one is going over humps! How is this possible when we are suppose to be in the air? As an adult I made flying an issue, when I could have changed things, I could have worked on this issue and sought a cure...But I tell the story of my mother holding on to the arm rests for dear life and praying until the plane landed. Should the subject ever come up, I would proclaim to any one in ear shot that, I was afraid of flying....Who's to blame for my flying phobia? Now when I fly, I have a little helper which is taken as soon as I board the airplane. Lets just say, by the time the plane takes off, we are all flying!

Who are you blaming and why? Time to be honest again.....It is easy to blame someone or something, instead of taking responsibility (the blame) ourselves. As children we may not have had a choice in what happened to us, as adults we often have more say in our lives, our thoughts and deeds....If we hold on to thoughts of ' its someones' fault' we allow ourselves to be burdened or held back from experiencing how wonderful life can be. Remember the client I told you about in the last blog? 'Arms' The client told me that she had carried the burden of her parents' expectations into her adult life, when she decided that she was going to be herself and not live up to anyone's expectations. I put it to her, that had she taken her parents' expectations as BEST WISHES she would not have had to carry what she called a burden, into adult life. I went on to say that we often are the ones who decide to carry that heavy load around in our adult life. We carry the  burden of, I missed out, I wasn't given this or allowed to do that and then we go on to tell others just whose fault it is.....Never our own, We have just seen that a lot of our issues can be re-worded, changed or turned 360 degrees to point the finger at ourselves. I am not saying that being ill-treated and unloved can be re-worded and blame re-directed at ourselves. What I am saying is that as an adult, there are some childhood issues that can be dealt with by removing the 'blame element' we attribute to these issues and begin to take responsibility for our recovery.  Blame, is it easy to blame someone or something for our shortcomings? Could Lena have taken a different route? Maybe...Was it easier for Lena to cope or get over her alcohol addiction by blaming the freedom her parents gave her? Maybe. Blame helps us to cope, it takes some of the pressure we feel, off our shoulders. It saves us from dealing with the issue full on or in any in-dept way. You may find, when listening to someone blame another, the situation or a thing, they will accept very little blame, but attribute the bulk of their shortcomings to one or all three of the above, (thing, person or situation). “If the weather wasn’t so bad I wouldn’t have skidded into that other car” This may be true, but the fact remains that you could have driven slower or taken public transport or changed the worn tires on your car. I had my phone stolen once, the person who stole it, told me that they took it because ' it was just sitting there'! I admit, I am also to be blamed here, as I trusted that that person would not steal from me. The excuse given for stealing my phone had one of my three ‘it’s not my fault, attached to it’. It was the phones fault, why? Because it was just sitting there! I really don’t need to give any more examples. We need to own up to the part we play or played when things don’t go the way we would like, when there is a mishap or when s*** happens. A quote from  Eckhart Tolles’ The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, sums up how we should approach the above scenarios. “If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear” We know that when Lena puts her mind to a situation, she gets stuff done, and fast. Lena puts her thoughts into action, she lays the foundation and get the work done. This is the way she works. Lena found it difficult to cope with the fact that when she felt down, she instantly craved a bottle of wine. Lena had to learn that these carvings wouldn’t just stop because she did not want to drink anymore. Lena had to find another way to deal with her feelings. Do you take one day at a time or do you worry about issues that may happen in a week, a month or even a year from now? Lena had to learn to live in the here and now, taking one day at a time. There is a song by Lynda Randle called ‘One Day At A Time, Sweet Jesus’ The lyrics goes...

‘One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That’s all I'm asking of You
Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord, help me today,Show me the way
One day at a time’

Lena would also have to keep the serenity prayer in her mind "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Eckhart Tolle, In ‘The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment’ reminds us that we must “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”   If you live in the now, you will begin to appreciate the moment, you will begin to accept the situation as it is, here and now….If Lena is to overcome her craving when she feels down, she will need to give herself a here and now pep talk…Perhaps saying to herself…..I feel that I need a drink, then she would need to consider, whether the drink will quench her thrust for liquids, solve her problem or make her feel better? Right here, right now, what will that drink of wine do for her? Once she places her situation or need in the here and now, she can then make a conscious decision about her impending action and its consequences. Lena went on to quit her job, religiously attend her meetings, took up yoga. She began to clean up each part of her life stating that she would endeavour to become more mindful and in control of her life. We will drop in on Lena later.

In this blog we got up to speed with Lena, from her birth into a grateful happy and financially secure family. We looked at her exploits at her groups, the friends she met and followed. We saw Lena's first 'I'm gonna get my life together' as she buckled down and studied for her 'A' levels, when a sought after university was dangled in front of her. Lena appeared contented whilst in her quest to get into University and you was asked, to recall the last time you felt  contented? Are you able to recall it now? Bare in mind that contentment looks different for each of us...What does contentment look like to you?  Lena made a list of things she intended to tick off one by one, and we will see how well she does in a later blog. She was transported back to her childhood, blaming too much freedom for her alcohol abuse. We looked at the advice Iyanla Vanzant gave her two clients, and realised that people and parents try to do the best they can, given their situation and ability. We then looked at blame. I saw blame as giving the responsibility of what we are experiencing now, or the outcome of past actions, to a thing, person or situations. Eckhart Tolle assured us that if we lived in the now by taking any one of his three options, that of, removing ourselves from the unwanted situations, making an attempt to change it, or accepting it totally, blame wouldn't play any significant part in our lives. To aid the art of living in the now...I would like to suggest that we take one day at a time and to accept the things we cannot change.

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21st August 2019

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Psalm 62:5 ESV - For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 
Psalm 141:3 ESV- Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

The Mouth, also called Oral Cavity, or Buccal Cavity, in human anatomy, it is the orifice through which food and air enter the body. The mouth opens to the outside at the lips and empties into the throat at the rear. In addition to its primary role in the intake and initial digestion of food, the mouth and its structures are essential in humans to the formation of speech. Source-

The mouth is a powerful tool and source of metaphor. Many things are done by the mouth: it spits, drinks and devours, speaks and screams, whispers, sings, eats, vomits and sucks, feels, tastes, kisses and bites. The mouth is an entrance, an exit, a vulnerable and powerful part not only of the human body but also of society itself. It is a semiotically complex part of Self and Other, which can be transformed, remade, hidden, mutilated and adorned in many ways. It stands, as a symbol as well as in very practical ways, for silence and noise, agency and subordination. It is the protective case for the tongue which forms all kinds of sounds and is the metaphor for everything that has to do with language. The ideological and cultural concepts at work in making sense of the mouth and what it does (or is supposed to do) link language, culture and society in multiple ways. Source-

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Symbology-Of The Body state that you use your mouth to voice your positions and thoughts about particular things or situations, either by making statements or through expressing your emotions. Symbology claims that if one dreams of the mouth, generally 'problems within the mouth indicate a difficulty in expressing yourself, or an inability to digest something that is going on in [your] life.

Most Common Mouth Dreams: 
Eating - Such a dream depicts inner emotions. You don't express what you have inside of you. Others say If you use your mouth to eat something in a dream it means that you need to think about your diet and try to eat healthy.
Beard - If you dream of a mouth with a beard, you are going to have some successful discussions at your work place.
Red lips - If you dream of red lips, it indicates happiness and passion in life.

Dreaming of a woman’s mouth is an omen of love. If the mouth is beautiful, it means duplicity. A big mouth suggests illness and mudslinging. Others say  that dreaming of a big mouth means honour and abundance in your house, whereas a small mouth is the sign of profit. If you see a mouth without teeth, your efforts will have to grow in order to get the anticipated results. The mouth of a man refers to a drunkard husband. A closed mouth means unjustifiable grounds and repulsion, and if the mouth is half-open, showing huge teeth, it suggests that a misfortune in marriage is about to come.

As we can see the mouth not only plays an important part in our lives,it also has symbolic attributes. What types of Mouth dreams do you have? Let me know  I spoke about the mouth, specifically the tongue, in my book (SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott, SELF=YOU, Chapter 10, Amazon). I mentioned some of the damage the tongue can cause. We know of making a verbal stand or making our voices heard and the changes it can make. We are also all aware of the loving care the tongue can bestow on another person.  The opposite is true of saying nothing or speaking up, as one could be classed as a perpetrator, as inaction could be construed as condoning the action displayed.. This blog will look at the benefits of keeping quiet, using silence and or shutting up. Here we will look at when silence or less words would be the better option. 

The mouth is a central part of the face and plays it's part to our body. As human beings, when we look at another, we see the face and search for the eyes, nose and mouth. A face without even one of these appendages, may cause us to stare as this is not the norm. A missing finger for example, would not get the same attention. 

As the mouth is an essential part of our body and like many other parts of our body, we sometime take it for granted. Many Dentist may agree with that statement, regarding the mouth. Fashion these days highlight that the teeth should be seen and a bright smile is in vogue. It it is often not until we have a tooth ache that we take notice and more care of our teeth. Think about eating, it is often after over indulging that we decide what and just how much we had consumed. In considering what we say, again it is often when we have said something that has caused offence that we begin to watch what we say. Needless to say that we should not be taking any part of our body for granted, as when it doesn't work as well as it should, there is a huge impact on our, and maybe the lives of another.

Words that spring to mind that tells you to refrain from speaking are: keep your mouth shut, be quiet, stop talking, stop making a noise, keep your voice down, shhh, shut up, zip it, pipe down, button it, hold your tongue, hush up, keep your trap shut, mind your own business, put a sock in it, save your breath, shut it, shut your mouth/face/trap/gob or belt up, are mentioned here for you to consider while reading this blog. Do you take words for granted? Do you speak when silence would suffice? In 'Tongue, what damage have you caused' (SELF=YOU (2017) Angela Scott, SELF=YOU, Chapter 10, Amazon) we looked at words used, words not used and its affect. Can you think of any situations in your life, when less words would have been the better option?

Have you got a friend who never shuts up? Yes you know the one I'm talking about! Most of the time you do not listen to this person as more times than not, what they are saying has no bearing on the situation or your interest. Then there is that friend that doesn't speak very much or speaks in a very low voice. That person, you listen to, you find yourself leaning in, to hear what they have to say.

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Mr. Quiet (Mr. Men Classic Library)

In my twenties I found that I would 'chat' in-order to fill uncomfortable silences, most of the time I would either say things that should have remained private or I would gossip. I suppose I wanted whatever s***** I was spouting to be interesting. As I matured I found that the less you say the more you  opposed to my twenties chat feast. According to Wikipedia, an awkward silence is an uncomfortable pause in a conversation. The unpleasant nature of such silences is associated with feelings of anxiety as the participants feel pressure to speak but are unsure of what to say next. What do you do or say in those awkward silence. I know someone that says the same thing in all awkward silences, you begin to understand that that person is feeling uncomfortable. Shame really, as its been over fifteen years that that person hasn't been able to 'feel' comfortable around me when we have nothing to say to each other.

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I have noticed that a person who 'feels' uncomfortable in silences often, like myself (back then) do not have anything constructive to say in-order to fill the awkward 'space'? Do you speak when spoken to? or find yourself constantly talking to fill the silence that has developed as a natural occurrence in conversations? What topic do you reach for in those conversation pauses?

I was born and brought up in England my guardians taught me that I should be seen and not heard, I was also taught that if I did not have anything to say I should say nothing. Silence or not talking are seen differently by different cultures. Sue Bryant is an award-winning writer and editor specialising in global business culture and travel, she states that silence can be used to intimidate; or to save face; to show respect; or it can simply suggest that the other person is relaxed enough in your company to enjoy a quiet moment. 

For some Asian cultures, Bryant notes that silence can be a sign of respect. If a person asks a question, it is polite to consider your answer rather than simply blurting something out. Keeping quiet, she goes on to say, may also be used as a weapon by canny negotiators, who know that certain cultures, North Americans in particular, are used to filling every gap in conversation with talk and will be unnerved by the other side falling quiet.

Silence could be a hierarchical issue in a cross cultural meeting. In countries where the highest-ranking member of the team is the spokesperson and the others are there simply to provide context (again, Asian cultures, and some Latin and Arab countries), relatively senior executives could sit quietly as a sign of respect for their leader.

Nordic cultures, like Asians, are ‘listening’ rather than ‘talking’, aiming for calm and order in a conversation. As such, silence implies thought, or thinking up an answer to a question with suitable gravitas. In Africa, silence is seen as a way of enjoying someone’s company; it implies that you are comfortable enough together not to need to fill every moment with noise.

Sue Bryant lets us know when silence isn’t golden, stating that, in countries like Italy and Spain, it is perfectly acceptable for everybody to talk at once or to interrupt a speaker. Silence in a meeting would be uncomfortable and awkward. Silence in response to a question would suggest not that you were thinking, but that you didn’t know the answer.

They say Silence is Golden, The first example of this Phrase in English was from the poet Thomas Carlyle, who translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831 part of the poet states  "Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life [...] forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties" The Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silver, Silence is golden).

What does the bible say about being quiet? Here are a few quotes:

Exodus 14:14 (KJV) 14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Psalm 141:3 (KJV) 3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Proverbs 10:19 (KJV) 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Proverbs 17:27-28  (KJV) 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 3:7  (KJV) 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Revelation 8:1 (KJV) 8 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. The quotes above shows us that when we are quite or silence, God will work for us if we hold our peace, they showed that silence is a sign of wisdom, helping us to go within and think before we speak, also showing us that there is a time for speaking and a time for silence.

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In thinking about the Christian religion and what is said about silence. Another way of life sprung to mind, Buddhism. Let's have a quick look at the Buddhist view of silence. 

In Buddhism, 'Silence is important to strengthen your spirituality. That is to say, it gives you the opportunity to be present within yourself. You will interact with your thoughts. As a result, you will tend to understand yourself the more. Of course, there is a link between silence and inner peace.'- Source - 

When a monk takes a vow of silence, sometimes it does not mean total abstinence from speech. However, it can be for specific times of the day. On the other hand, at specific places in the monastery. Although, it could still go on generally for a few days. In any way, total speech abstinence is rare. When one takes a vow of silence they are most likely to develop strong willpower. And, most importantly, will observe the truth always. This is because one goes over what has to be said before speaking. That is if speech is absolutely necessary.

Monks take the a vow of silence for many reasons, here are a few:-

1) To Condition The Mouth To Speak Rightly -  to pick out the words that best suits the moment. That is if it is critically necessary for them to speak. Moreover, in monastic orders, it is better to keep silent than say irrelevant things. Most importantly, a vow of silence helps to prevent one from hurting others or even himself. Speaking without care can lead to saying hurtful words. Or, on the same note, words that provoke our thoughts. Basically, this is what the practice of Buddhism is all about. Building self-control in order to promote inner peace and personal happiness.

2) To Develop A Good Listening Skill - Observing a vow of silence leads to promoting listening abilities. The monks train themselves through a vow of silence to speak less and listen more. In doing this, they are able to hear others out. In-order to help them to grow in the path of enlightenment.

3)To Quieten The Mind - Keeping the mind calm is a major step towards achieving inner peace. For those who meditate, this is their goal. To quieten the mind from wild thoughts. However, this is not an easy task as it is the nature of the mind to engage in wandering thoughts.

4) To Promote Self-awareness - A monk does not talk with anyone when observing a vow of silence. As a result, he tends to be more conscious of himself. He understands the reality of the world he exists in. Thus, always keeps himself on guard against any external influence. A vow of silence will help you to develop self-love. Loving one’s self will give you the chance to cultivate compassion towards others. Of course, it would be difficult to show love to others when you do not love yourself. It is thought that this, in turn, brings happiness. Most of all a feeling of peace and self-satisfaction, and perhaps closer to enlightenment.

5) To Train Novice Monks In The Monastic Ways - Sometimes Buddhists adopt the technique of vow of silence to teach new monks.They learn to always maintain the noble silence of the monastery. Thereby, diligently following their duties and obligations. Most importantly, there is a need for the monastery to be calm all the time. This is to avoid unnecessary chatter which can lead to distraction. Source -

The reasons given for a vow of silence is a great tool for our lives too, It ensures we only speak what is relevant, develop good listening skills, quieten the mind from all the noise that we experience in our everyday life, in doing this we can promote self-awareness, here one gets to know that self that no-one sees or hear. 

Above we have looked at why and when to be silence, how you view your silence as opposed to talking. Looking back respectively, can you remember a time when you kept your mouth shut and found that it was the best form of action taken? Or are all your recollections, scenarios of what you should have said, or perhaps said differently?

Are you aware of the people around you, that speak less than others, what is your view of them? Perhaps you feel that they don't have anything worth talking about, maybe you feel that they are unimportant! Be honest, what is your view of the quite ones? This week, try to speak less, your friends and family will assume that something is wrong with you. Let me know how you get on On keeping your mouth shut, you will find that you have left an opening for others to speak, you'll be surprised what you will learn, after keeping schtum. Ever noticed a sales person in action....Next time you are at a show room thinking of whether you should buy something or not, watch and listen to your sales advisor, you will notice that they give you their pitch and then give you the time and space to 'talk' yourself into buying the item, product or service.

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This blog has attempted to alert you to just how much you speak and asked you to consider speaking less. Is that something you think is possible in your life? Ok, I understand that you have to speak constantly if you have children. I understand that you may have to constantly talk at work.....However, if you take time out to consider the times when silence would suffice, you will be surprised at what you hear and learn.

We last saw Lena sorting her life out. She had left her job after sending an email and speaking to her boss. Lena stood her ground and said just what was necessary to get the job done. On entering her 12 Step program, Lena sat in those meetings listening to the stories, which by and large seemed more daunting than her own story. As the weeks went by, Lena began to feel increasingly comfortable and some what stronger, with the ability in the her fifth week to stand up and say something. Everyone listened with interest, care and empathy. Lena's life now revolved around listening to what served her and voicing her needs and wants when she felt she needed to. Lena no longer listened to the put downs shared out by her ex-boss, she no longer had the negative self talk in her head telling her that she was a drunk, that she was worthless and that she was an embarrassment to her parents. Lena was surprised at the amount of 'stuff' she had endured in her past life. She had also felt stunted in her growth as a strong independent woman, her self esteem had taken a knock. Lena felt that she was silenced as she was unable to speak her mind, to speak up when it was needed. In Lena's quest to become alcohol free she realised that she drunk to silence the voices in her head, to silence or numb the feelings of guilt and shame she felt most every day. Who or what do you need to silence in your life? How do you silence negative self-talk? Remember, If it cause you dis-respect, dis-harmony or to dis-trust this should concern you and needs to be addressed.  

Since Lena began her 'clean life challenge', she found that her home felt 'lighter', it was less cluttered, she felt that if her home was free from clutter her mind may feel less congested. Lena began to listen to music again, music that she had forgotten that she enjoyed. She felt free to take up a hobby...having loved to dance, she enrolled at a local gym, where she could attend dance classes. Again Lena was engaging in noise and sounds that served her. How do the sounds in your life make you feel? Consider the sounds around you in the morning, is it the TV news? your children? Your partner? During your working day, what type of sounds are you subjected to? As a Counselor I heard a lot of mourning about this and mourning about that. My job was thus, I was able to help the people in-front of me, and of course procedures where in place to 'off load'. When the bullying noises of my bosses or colleagues became 'too much' I left.....What are you listening to that should be silenced or left in your dust, as you walk away?

As adults we are aware, or should be aware of what we intake....We should not be walking around our lives just accepting anything and everything that is thrown at us....When was the last time you took a stock of your life? And realised that you or others are in control of what you hear, see, do eat etc? Being in control of your life (to the extent that we can be in control) will allow you to live the life you enjoy. I am not saying that one would not have issues, situations or some drama to negotiate, but by and large, if you are in control of your life, you will be able to ride the storms that come your way and accept responsibility sooner!


The Mouth, also called Oral Cavity, it is the orifice through which food and air enter the body. According to '' many things are done by the mouth: it spits, drinks, devours, speaks and screams, whispers, sings, eats, vomits and sucks, feels, tastes, kisses and bites. 'Symbology Of The Body' state that we use our mouth to voice our positions and thoughts about particular things or situations, either by making statements or through expressing our emotions. We went on to look at dreams depicting the mouth. The most common being eating, a mouth with a beard or red lips, meanings ranged from relating to our inner emotions, workplace discussions to happiness and passion in life.

We know that a verbal stand or making our voices heard can invoke changes. We are also all aware of the loving care the tongue can bestow on another person. I mentioned the chapter 'Tongue', from my book SELF=YOU (2017), Amazon. In which I make you aware of saying nothing, could have you being perceived as a perpetrator and or being construed as condoning the action displayed. However, this blog looked at the benefits of keeping quiet, using silence and or shutting up. We looked at when silence or less words would be the better option. We spoke of that dreaded awkward silence in which people attempt to fill with uninteresting or often unrelated information. I admit this was a flaw of mine in my 20's. 

We looked at how silence is used as a hierarchical issue cross culturally. A reminder was given that Silence is golden and speaking is silver! I took a look at what the Bible says about being quiet or 'holding your tongue' In the quotes used for this blog. I found that God will work for us if we hold our peace, be quiet or still. The bible also showed that silence is a sign of wisdom. Buddhism tells us that silence gives us the the opportunity to be present, and a way of understanding ourselves better.

In putting 'being silence instead of speaking' to the test, you was asked to take a closer look (or listen) to the people around you, to take note of the ones that could 'chat' for England and the ones who are quite. Then you was asked to watch and listen to the next sales advisor you encounter and watch for the pause in the conversation where s/he has left open for you to fill.

We paid Lena a visit and noted what she decided to listen to, and what she choose not to hear anymore, she also muted some of the voices in her head and stopped the negative self-talk. We looked at what served Lena and found that she began to listen to music again. You was asked to consider the sounds around you this week, for example, what do you hear or listen to in the morning? What are you subjected to at work? Take a stock and look around your life.

It is imperative that we take control (to the extent that we can be in control) of our lives. This also means what we hear and say, controlling what and when we speak, may be a challenge for many. As mature adults it is something that should be considered. Being aware of what and when you speak will allow you to view others and your life differently, it will give others a chance to voice their opinions, thoughts and maybe their insights on the subject you are both engaged in. Knowing when to be silent will also allow others to view you in a different, perhaps more mature light. Remember always, that speech is silver [but] silence is Golden.

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Nose - Intuition

28th September 2019

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The Nose 

The nose is the body's primary organ of smell and also functions as part of the body's respiratory system. Air comes into the body through the nose. As it passes over the specialised cells of the olfactory system, the brain recognises and identifies smells. Hairs in the nose clean the air of foreign particles. As air moves through the nasal passages, it is warmed and humidified before it goes into the lungs. Source:

The human nose is the most protruding part of the a dog, it sniffs out the environment around conveying all the information it contains. There are many things that could be said about the nose, and for this blog I could talk about sticking your nose in other peoples' business or I could discuss why it is wise not to be so nosy! But the nose of a dog is far more fascinating...So let's have a look.

Michael T. Nappier, DVM, DABVP, of the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. State [dogs] “have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, versus  6 million for [humans]. And the part of their brain dedicated to interpreting these is about 40 times larger than ours.” He goes on to say that dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than a human. Nappier alerts us to the fact that “A dog's sense of smell is its most powerful sense,” he says. “It is so sensitive that [dogs can] detect the equivalent of a 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.” [the] nose has evolved to help them survive. According to David C. Dorman, professor of toxicology at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs have used their noses to assist with major life events since the beginning of time, he states “Evolutionary, a dog’s sense of smell helps them find a mate, food, and avoid predators,”

I believe that our intuition is our most powerful sense, like a dogs nose, it helps us with our daily life and avoid 'bad' situations. Have you noticed just how much a dog relay on their sense of smell and react when and where needed?   Can you imagine how your life would change if you relied on your intuition more? This blog will use a dogs' nose as a metaphor for our intuition. 

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. You have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~ Albert Einstein

What is Intuition - Dictionary corner states that it is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Instinct is our innate inclination toward a particular behaviour (as opposed to a learned response).

Francis P Cholle  author of the article 'The Intuitive Compass' defines instinct and intuition, 'as a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and non-conscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason'. He goes on to say that Intuition is a gut feeling—or a hunch—It is a sensation that appears quickly in consciousness (noticeable enough to be acted on if one chooses to) without us being fully aware of the underlying reasons for its occurrence.'

We all have intuition, however intuition is as unique to us as our finger prints. Just as a dogs' nose, which looks like any other dogs' nose, no two are the same. The lines, shapes, bumps, and valleys on the surface of your dog’s nose are unique and seen as their most important body part.

Image result for uniqueLike finger prints, we all have our own unique intuition feelings or sense. For some, there is a rumbling in their stomach, when they know something is wrong. For others their hands may sweat or other other places on the body! Your intuition is specific to you. Indecision of going somewhere, for me, means I shouldn't go or I may get a 'feeling' that I shouldn't attend. Should I pursue my journey. I often find it was a waste of time or I became stressed just getting there, with traffic or other delays. How does your intuition 'talk to you' what do you 'sense' when you are about to take on a task you have not done before? (let's not get apprehension and intuition mixed up here) What do you sense when talking to someone? How does your gut tell you something is wrong?

Francis P Cholle, asks us to think of the common phrase, ‘‘We are not like animals.'' He tells us that the assumed difference between humans and animals, is humans' ability to reason with our instinctual impulses, and the unspoken message is that reason is a higher and better quality to posses. The thing is, not only are we like animals, we are animals. However, we are animals with the distinct advantage of having both instinct and reason at our disposal. So we don't actually have to reject either morality or instinct; rather, we have the capacity to honour and call upon both.

Do you call upon your instincts or use your intuition when it holla's at you? This innate resource is often under used. Why? We are so use to using analytic or rational reasoning. Can you image how much fuller your life would be , if we listened to our gut more often, have you considered how much more we could achieve if we followed our intuition regularly and not just wait for a fight or flight situation to push us into choosing our innate impulses in order to get us out of a bind. Let's look at what a dog has been able to do in the last 100 years with training their most powerful sense. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years but in the last 100 years they have been trained to work in a variety of specialised fields. This is largely thanks to their noses. Dogs protect human life, both by serving to locate dangerous or missing people, detecting illegal substances and bombs. Dogs can be used for medical purposes: detecting diabetes and the early stages of some cancer types, they have also been used to monitor people for seizures. Animals have long been credited with predicting earthquakes, there are documented reports of dogs pacing and whining in the days leading up to a quake. We expect dogs to fill these roles as their innate intuition lets them serve a need that humans or machines cannot fulfil.(yet)

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Consider for a moment how your life would change if you lived more intuitively? Instead we reach for rational thoughts. In any given situation we collect the information from our past experience and perhaps what we believe will happen and then, we react. Cynthia T. Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe authors of Analytic Processes for School Leaders, define rational thinking as the ability to consider the relevant variables of a situation and to access, organise, and analyse relevant information (e.g., facts, opinions, judgements, and data) to arrive at a sound conclusion.

Should we listen to our inner voice we will encounter a situation or a dilemma and know instantly what to do. As intuition does not take the time needed for rational thought to come up with an answer. In an experiment to support intuition, we will see that intuition reacts and presents the right answer quicker than rational thought.

The Evidence

Karen Young author of the article '9 Ways to Tap Into Your Intuition (And Why You’ll Want To)' has worked as a psychologist in private practice and in educational and organisational settings. Invites us to look at a particular interesting study that supports the existence of intuition. This study (Deciding Advantageously Before Knowing the Advantageous Strategy Bechara A, Damasio H, Tranel D, Damasio AR. Science. 1997 Feb 28;275(5304):1293-5.) showed how the intuitive part of our brain knows the right answer long before the more analytical (rational) part.

Participants played a card game which, unknown to the participants, was rigged from the beginning. Participants had to choose from one of two decks of cards. One was rigged to provide big wins, then big losses. The other – small gains but hardly any losses.

The participants reported that after 50 cards, they had a hunch about which deck was safer. After 80 they were able to explain the difference between the two decks. But here’s where it gets interesting – after only 10 cards, the sweat glands on the palms of their hands opened whenever they took from the dangerous deck. It was about then that participants started to prefer the safer deck but there was no conscious awareness that this was happening. So, before the analytical part of their brain knew what was going on, the subjects’ intuition guided them towards a better decision. So why do we not trust our instincts more often? We know that if we lose one or more of our senses we compensate by depending on the functioning senses. My argument is, we shouldn't wait, but reach for our instincts, before we rationalise the hell out of every situation.

Norwegian dog nose expert Dr. Frank Rosell, professor in the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences at University College of Southeast Norway, states that he hopes that more dogs will have the chance to enrich their lives as working dogs. Giving a dog the chance to perform work tasks and to make decisions is important for its well-being. it is important for them to be allowed to use their senses and not suffer from sensory deprivation.

Marc Bekoff Ph.D.  professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder states that it's essential to know as much as we can about the behaviour of dogs so we can give them the best lives possible. Bekoff goes on to say that ....All in all, a dog’s nose is a work of art, an exquisite adaptation, evolution at its best. As visual creatures, the sense of smell is difficult for us humans to understand and therefore to appreciate in the dog. Their sense organs, like their muscles, heart, and lungs, need to be exercised, and we need to make time for them to do so.'

My aim at one point in my life, was to teach people to live intuitively and still feel that we should be thriving to enhance our ability to 'hear, feel or sense ' our innate inherent quality in-order to react intuitively as to not grow in this way, will as Rosell state, render us sensory deprived. Just as a dog will sharpen or enhance their sense to live a more productive life, we can too.  Sophy Burnham, author of 'The Art of Intuition' states that you can boost your intuition through practice. I have a few tips for living a more intuitive life.

Living Intuitively

'Yet when I go against all logic and common sense and follow that inner voice, my life falls into all sorts of previously un-imagined opportunities and adventures which come good'.  Sylvia Clare- Living Intuitively - Trusting your Intuition. 

1) Listen- The first step to living intuitively for Sylvia Clare author of ' Trusting your Intuition ' is to recognise what the voices of ego, anxiety, social convention, common sense etc. sound like and realise when they are masquerading as, intuition. For me that first step to living intuitively is to listen to your body, listen to your heart, to that gut feeling. Intuition expresses itself through feelings. Paying attention to how you feel, is like speaking to your intuition and saying, I feel (hear) you and I am ready to acknowledge what you have to say. Vince Gowman author of '22 keys to intuitive living' calls this, ' Unique Expression' which includes 'becoming aware of how intuition uniquely expresses itself through you'. He asks, 'Is it a sensation in your body? If so, where? Is it in your head, heart, calves? What kind of sensation is it? Knowing this will help you trust your intuition more quickly in the future'.  The act of listening assumes that you will hear or get ready to hear (or feel) what it is you are to do.

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2) Trust - Trust that your intuition is going to steer you in the right direction. You have to trust that you will be given the right answer...Every-time. Trusting your intuition actually means trusting yourself. You will have to trust that you are being guided, trust that the voice or feeling you are getting is true and has your best interest at heart. This may mean that you let go of the control you have, and trust that you will only be given advice that will benefit you, whether it seems rational or not.

3) Short Sharpe Intuition - When your intuition 'speaks' you will hear its advice in quick short bursts...Often it will be THREE words, for example 'Go there' 'Don't go there' 'S/he is lying' 'Stop'. If you do not 'sense' what to do , you will hear its quite voice, which may not always be rational.. For example, you find yourself in a financial dilemma, your logical (rational) mind tells you run screaming for the hills, then look at the bill again and start to work out how to pay it. Your intuition already has the answer (if you can hear it over the screams) your intuition tells you to open all your mail! Should you open all your mail, you will find the answer, this could be, that cheque you have been waiting for or one you didn't realise was owed to you. intuition speaks quickly to give you the answer, unlike the rational mind which will take you around the houses in-order to come to an amicable solution.

4) Quite life - As you continue on your journey to live more intuitively, you will realise that you need/want a more quite life. Intuitively you know that you can not 'hear' your intuition if you are constantly rushing around and constantly busy. Remember Intuition is that small , quite voice within you and will not be heard over your busyness. Take some time out to be silent, be still or just slow down. Get to know your body and note the different feelings or sensations you experience when you are being still or quite and when you are dashing around.

5) Toxic - Along with being quite, less busy. It is imperative that you become aware of the people, places and habits that do not serve you or your purpose....Toxic people, places and habits will stifle your intuitive journey.....Strong emotions like feeling depressed, low or upset will cloud your ability to 'hear, feel or sense' your intuition. Toxic people, leave you feeling drained or 'less than'. Your intuition would have told you to keep this person or persons at arms length. (remember) A toxic working or home environment will hinder your intuitive growth. (Do you remember when your gut told you to leave?) Habits that leave you feeling bad about yourself or others smothers your intuitive abilities. You know what these habits are, your intuition has told you to refrain from practising them.

6) Creativity – Do what makes your soul happy....Survey your life and see where you can make changes to live a more creative life.....My motto is 'Find and Follow your passion' When we are doing what makes you happy, especially when that something, helps another person. You will be opening up your life to experience your intuition more clearly. Being in a space that encourages the best of you to come forth, will inevitably open a wealth of opportunities for you.

Finally- Notes Start taking daily or weekly notes of when you listened to your intuition and what happened when you choose not to adhered to its instruction. This recall will aid you on your journey to trust your intuition and thus live a more intuitive life.

If after reading all the above, you feel that you can not live intuitively or have time to listen to your intuition., think about the times when intuition was not followed.

We spoke about intuition in my book 'The Exhorted Soul'(2018) Angela Scott, The Exhorted Soul, Amazon chapter 12 ‘Soul Care’) There I Introduced Dr. Caroline Leaf who is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and specializing in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology. Dr Leaf stated that we are designed for good thinking and good feeling, but when we move out of that way of thinking and feeling we step into a ‘discomfort zone’ which she felt was a gift from God, who gives us a lot of physical experiences to help us stay in what she called the ‘Perfect You Zone’, this gift is our intuition or as Leaf puts it, warning signs which are communicated through our body by way of a pounding heart, or sweating palms, getting hot under the collar, a feeling that something isn’t right or a knowing that something is wrong. Do you realise that it is your body's way of shouting at you!... Intuition is like a viewer watching a movie (you)...Intuition can hear the scary music, it can see the scary person hiding in the bushes and knows you are going to get hurt, so start shouting at you...Get out Get out...The only difference with this scenario is that there is no TV screen between you and intuition as the voice is within you, trying feverishly to get your attention.

Staying in the 'Perfect You Zone' is Soul or Self Care. 'Soul Care is about being in tune with yourself, acknowledging that when you feel uneasy, it means something! 'Our natural habitat', according to Leaf, is in the 'Prefect You Zone'. What do you do when you feel uneasy...Ignore the feeling? Say to yourself, 'it will pass' . Most of us bush it off and see what we want to see, for example, we see red flags blowing in the wind, but choose to look the other way..We feel a rumbling in our stomach, (the type we get when something is wrong) but we work through the feelings and carry on. We get that pain in the side of our head, you know the one, which warns that the ***** is about to hit the fan, but we take a pain killer (whatever that is for us) and continue with our activity. I have spoken about my own rebellious behaviour, when told (by my intuition) to leave a job. In 'What Do You Do For A Living’,(2016) Angela Scott, What do you do for a living, Amazon.

I have had colleagues turn on me, my home life deteriorate. Sicknesses in my family and a host of other issues come my way. All because I had refused to listen. Oprah Winfrey once said When God wants you to move, he will throw a pebble at you, then a stone, then a brick and if you still refuse to do what is asked of you, the whole house will fall down on your head. What are you ignoring now? What part of your life do you know, need change? How long have you been watching that red red flag blow in the wind?....Do you believe that things are going to get better? What is it that 'you know like you know', right now.? Why are you ignoring it? Listen up, things are not gonna get better, s/he will not change, manna isn't gonna fall from heaven and you aren't gonna win the lottery without buying a ticket. All the above has one instruction You need to do something. You have to do something different from what you are doing now. You have to leave, You have to end that relationship, You have to make a stand, say something, shut up, say No....Whatever you need to do, You know what that is, and you also know that right now, you're not doing it. Your body, your intuition is making you aware of what needs to change.Image result for do somethingLife could be so much different if we all listen a little harder to our body, our inner self our intuition. Here are some quotes, from the authors mentioned in this blog about living intuitively.

Juhea Kim (from peaceful dumpling) states that 'since I’ve begun living more intuitively, so many things changed. After feeling like a floater for most of my life, I found my home, sweet home in an upper-west corner of New York. I left my secure but stressful job to the most fulfilling, fun, and rewarding job: Peaceful Dumpling. Most importantly, I met someone when I was completely off-guard, at a bar where no respectable relationships are known to be born—and yet, I knew in my core that he was the One. I’d never planned for any of these things to happen. But my intuition lets me know that these blessings were just meant to be.

'My life fell into all sorts of previously unimagined opportunities and adventures which come good'. Sylvia Clare MSc. Psycho author of Trusting your Intuition  

'In my experience, nothing can compare with the pure joy, love, wonder, beauty and abundance that I have been able to enjoy from living intuitively. Living aligned with your intuition will allow for a fuller, happier and more satisfying life experience'. - 'Tuning In To Your Intuition: 7 Ways To Listen Up' By Katrina Love Senn

Living intuitively is, to me, the only way to live. It has made EVERY difference in how I run my business, how I parent my children, my relationship with my husband, and my relationship with myself - Karen Geddis Author of article   '3 Simple Ways to Begin Living Intuitively Toady'

It's easy for me to sit here and tell you all to start living intuitively, this is easier said than done, as we are human and have been living a logical rational life thus far....If we tried to live any other way, we wouldn't survive. We have had to live by experience and what makes sense! Learning to change our cognitive process can be difficult, Young, like Cholle state that - Intuition is powerful and can lead to amazing insights, but that doesn’t mean you follow it blindly. It’s still important to use common sense and a balance of rationality. Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., states that "It is said that a dog that has lost its sense of smell is no longer a dog”. Living intuitively is a way of developing or evolving. What are we, without the ability to listen, hear or act on our instincts. What is your intuition telling you to do today?

In this blog, we noted that the nose functions as part of our body's' respiratory system, that it is a significant and the most protruding part of the face. This blog also took a look at a dogs' most powerful sense, their sense of smell, and used it as a metaphor for our intuition. Like a dog's nose, intuition filters information direct to us, without any conscious reasoning. The reasoning comes later when we decide how and whether we act on the information given through 'that small voice' or a physical cue. I asked you to recall how intuition makes itself heard to you? As with a dogs nose, it is as unique as a finger print. When you get butterflies before an important meeting it means, this is going to go well. When another person gets butterflies before going into the same type of meeting, it means there may be objections to their opinion. I asked you not to get apprehension and intuition mixed in that situation, and to remember that you have the ability to use both reason and instinct. We all know that with practice, one can enhance their ability to perfect any interest. We saw the abilities of dogs over the past 100 years, they surpassed being our best friend, they not only protect us from harm, they can detect harmful decease in our bodies.

As mentioned earlier we have the ability to use reason and intuition interchangeably, but we reach for rational thought quicker than our intuition, even though our intuition kicks in instantly to 'tell' us what to do. This was shown in the experiment conducted by Bechara (1997) et al... in which our innate ability to 'know', surfaces much sooner than the reasoning mind. I encourage you to practice tuning into your intuition more often and give you tips to live a more intuitive life.

This blog looked at the physical cues we experience when we do not follow our intuition and enter what Dr. Leaf calls the 'discomfort Zone', in which our bodies shout 'please change your directed thought' We noted the thoughts of some of the authors mentioned in this blog on how living a more intuitive life changed their lives and asked as I do now, what is your intuition telling you to do today? 

I hope this blog urges you to take a second to go within, the next time you have a decision to make...From 'should I go shopping today' to 'should I be buying that house' you will consider that small but abrupt voice, that gives you an instant answer.

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The Ear

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11.15(KJV)

21st October 2019

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The Ear, a feature of the face that is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance. In mammals, the ear is usually described as having three parts—the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.

Outer Ear - The external part of your ear consists of the pinna and ear lobe. The pinna is the shell-like part of your external ear, and is made of cartilage and skin. It directs sound waves from the outside into your external auditory canal (ear canal), which in turn channels sound waves to the tympanic membrane (also known as the ear drum). The tympanic membrane is a thin, semi-transparent membrane that separates the outer and middle ear.

Middle Ear - The middle ear is an air-filled space that contains 3 tiny bones (known as ossicles), called the malleus (hammer), incus and stapes (stirrup). Sound waves that reach the tympanic membrane cause it to vibrate. This vibration is then transmitted to the ossicles, which amplify the sound and pass on the vibration to the oval window (a thin membrane between the middle and inner ear).

Inner Ear - The inner ear can be thought of as two organs: The cochlea which serves as the body's microphone, converting sound pressure impulses from the outer ear into electrical impulses which are passed on to the brain via the auditory nerve.  The other organ is the semicircular canals which serve as the body's balance organ - Our Equilibrium. The vestibular or the balance mechanism is an important part of the inner ear as it registers the body's movements, thus ensuring that we can keep our balance. 

For this blog, the ear will retain its three parts but will be viewed as what we causally hear, (The Outer Ear) what we process (The Middle Ear) and then believe (Inner Ear)

The Outer Ear

What do you causally hear? 

Morning - The builders across the road, the News, your household getting up and moving around, the news. Now, depending on the way you travel to work or to drop the kids off at school. You may hear traffic, other peoples' music, other peoples' conversations. Builders get to work with a jackhammerAt Work - What do you causally hear? Is it gossip? the sound of computer keys? the sound of your boss voice? There are a host of sounds we subject our ears to.  Have you considered the types of sounds you would rather hear?  On our arrival home what are the sounds do you hear? The news, the children, what do they say? What does your partner speak about most often?

During the evening - What are you listening to? The news? What do you 'relax' to? What is the genre? What is playing in the background? What do you process from all the causal sounds that you hear? Most of it.

Jessica Andrus author of an article published in the Hearing Institute, named 'We don't hear with our ears, we hear with our brains'.  states that 'The ears just deliver the appropriate sound signals to the auditory portions of the brain. It is up to the brain to make a coherent message with those sound signals; this is called auditory processing. Auditory processing, she goes on  'is a natural process of taking in sound through the ear and having it travel to the auditory and language portions of the brain to be interpreted (processed). Auditory processing depends on the signal being delivered with fidelity (job of the ear), and the brain being able to process those signals.

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Above we spoke about hearing the builders across the road, the sound of the builders told you that you was 'at home' and that the world was not ending, the sky had not fallen to earth. It also  reminded you that the neighbour had told you that she was going to have some work done this month. You heard the News and kept that head line of a stabbing in your mind, here you wondered if you will be safe or if the incident related to a teenager, you considered if your teenager would be safe, going and coming from your home. The sounds of your household afforded you the knowledge that everyone was well. You hear another News headline stating that the crime rate has gone up in your area. You wonder if you and your family will be safe living where you do. You travel to drop the children off at school and hear, as you pass a huddle of mums, that the head teacher Mary Jones may be leaving. You consider who will take her place and whether your children will be as well looked after as this head teacher had cared for your children. You travel on public transport and hear the music coming out of the earphones of a passenger sitting two rolls behind you, you wonder if their ear drum is safe or damaged and note that the sound is distracting. Back home 'sounds' of your household should bring comforting feelings (believe it or not) You are home, you are in a familiar place and depending on your home environment you should feel safe. Do you hear what your children say to you or are they passing 'sounds'? Do you hear what your partner has to say, or do you feel they are also casual sounds which of course, you will process later? Your evening does not end there, you are surrounded with sounds, if you live alone, there may be sounds from the neighbours, the cars passing by and most importantly what you choose to listen to, is it the news again? Is it a particular type of music or maybe something inspirational? Do you keep those chosen sounds playing in the background? All causal sounds are being processed whether we react to them or not.

Maybe we take our causal hearing for granted, not realising that most of the sounds we hear are processed as they are comforting to us, they remind that we are safe, they remind us that we are in a familiar environment. Imagine if you was on the way to work and heard an elephant roar! Not sure how I would process that sound. Then there are those sounds that are not severing us any purpose....for example having the news on as 'background noise'. This background noise, as we saw above, had us wondering whether we would be safe in our homes and community. Consider what you expose your ears to, as mentioned above there are some environmental sounds that are unavoidable and will be processed once heard.Image result for what do you hear quotes

Middle Ear

Once we 'hear' a sound, we process them, there is a four step process according to (Cochlear Americas, 2009; Johnson et al., 1997; Nevins & Garber, 2006; Roeser & Downs, 2004; Stredler-Brown & Johnson, 2004)

Step 1: Auditory Awareness - Here we detect and locate the sound. We then decipher whether the sound needs urgent attention and block out other sounds in the background.

Step 2: Auditory Discrimination  - Here we sort the environmental sounds,  detect differences in non-phoneme aspects of speech including rate, intensity, duration, pitch, and overall prosody and between specific speech sounds.

For most us, gratefully, will have 'hearing' experiences to recall, as we are constantly listening and deciphering what to react to and what we can discard. One of my listening and hearing experiences come from the fact that I was a single mother. I had to have an 'ear out' to most sounds in and around my home. At nights I would be able to tell you, who got up and went downstairs for a drink of water, who went to the toilet and for how long. It is a wonder how I slept as I had to decipher every sound in-order to ensure my children were safe. One night I could hear the clock ticking in one of the childrens' room , however it sounded a little strange, on investigation someone had taken the clock from the wall on which it hung and placed it on the mantle piece. The clock was lower than it was originally and therefore 'sounded' different. It just shows how intently I listened and my ability to distinguish sounds. The reason for this example is to alert you to the fact that you are listening even when you are unaware that you are hearing. For this reason one should be aware of the environment they enter. Are you conscious of what or who you expose your ears too?! Maybe you do not, and does it matter? When you become aware that you are soaking up the environment with all its sounds and smells, you will ensure that you are careful or mindful of what you consciously listen to and minimising any contact with environments that does not serve you.

You may not have considered just how much you hear, this blog hopes to alert you to the process of hearing in the hope that you spend a minute to consider what you expose yourself to.

Step 3: Auditory Identification – Is the ability to attach meaning to sounds, speech and to self monitor, here we have the ability to change speech production based on information we get from hearing ourself speak.

As parents and in some professions, ones voice is paramount to ensure that you are heard. As a mother I know that when I use a certain tone, my children know to immediately stop any undesired behaviours. In certain professions one may need to 'take control' and use their voice to do this. The ability to make and acknowledge such commands can be vital to the person it is directed to and the person making the command. Another mother example...One of my children had chronic asthma and I had developed the art of distinguishing his coughs, I could even tell if he needed more medical intervention whilst over the phone. Most of us have this ability and use it without thinking, we use our ability to identify sounds, for example, when out walking and we wish to cross a busy road, we know when it is safe to cross as we hear the beep beep beep of the traffic lights. As a driver we know to make room when we hear a siren coming our way. There are also sounds that make us feel uneasy as we are aware that they could mean danger, like crossing the road between parked cars! Having the ability to identify sounds, again keeps us safe and enables us to comfortably communicate with others.

Do you consider how you speak to the people around you? Most have a work voice and attitude. The people at work are spoken to with respect and with an 'inside voice' some of us morph into roaring lions once we sit behind a steering wheel, many revert back to caveman times when they speak to the people in their household. Are you conscious of the tone and volume of your voice when interacting with others? Are you conscious of how you are portrayed when you open your mouth? Are you self mentoring?

Step 4: Auditory Comprehension and Memory - This is the ability to understand longer auditory messages, including engaging in conversation, following directions, and understanding stories. The ability to fill in the blanks when auditory information is missing. The ability to retain auditory information both immediately and after a delay. The ability to interpret, retain, organise, and manipulate spoken language for higher level learning and communication.

Consider how you process the casual information you hear. Do you ponder on things you hear? Does those casual thoughts linger for a minute and then its gone, you leave it? Perhaps certain things take days to mull over? Or are you the type to consider casual information over a period of a month?  Take a minute to think about the way you process the things you hear. I understand that we take the appropriate time and effort to process information that is given specifically for a response but many of us grab onto any and everything that has been thrown out casually. Often times many of those casual sounds and utterances are not for us, but we attach meaning to them and spend valuable time and energy processing information that should be left where it was heard. Be aware of what you hold on to that should have been disregarded. If you are having difficulties 'letting go' please contact me Image result for what do you hear quotes

Inner Ear                                                                                                          As in Step 3 above - Auditory Identification which is the ability to attach meaning to sounds and speech. The Inner ear is portrayed in this blog as what we do with the processed sounds and utterances we are exposed to. We attach meaning and begin to believe them. As mentioned earlier the sounds we hear helps us to feel safe, know where we are and alert us to any impending dangers.

Annie Duke states in an article titled  'Why Your Brain Clings To False Beliefs (Even When It Knows Better)'  before language, our ancestors could form new beliefs only through what they directly experienced of the physical world around them. For perceptual beliefs from direct sensory experience, it’s reasonable to presume our senses aren’t lying. Seeing is, after all, believing. In fact, questioning what you see or hear can get you eaten. For our evolutionary ancestors, it was better to be safe than sorry, especially when considering whether to believe that rustling in the grass is a lion. Annie Duke goes on to outline how we form abstract beliefs:

  1. We hear something; (This blogs' Outer ear process)

  2. We think about it and vet it, determining whether it is true or false. (This blogs' Middle ear processing) only after that

  3. We form our belief. (This blogs' Inner ear process)

There are certain sounds and speech that we not only process, but we begin to believe, whether they are true or not. Have you ever been in a situation in which you 'believed' a certain thing is going to happen, only to be surprised when it did not happen? Looking back you realise that you either put yourself through unnecessary stress or reacted in such a way as to cause another person stress, pain or worst?  As we grow spiritually we are to take a minute and consider what we have casually heard is in fact true, then consider how to react. In doing so, it gives us enough time to listen to our intuition and come to a thought out conclusion.

Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert (1991) states that “People are credulous creatures who find it very easy to believe and very difficult to doubt. In fact, believing is so easy, and perhaps so inevitable, that it may be more like involuntary comprehension than it is like rational assessment.”

What are you believing that has no substance? Difficult question to answer, when you may believe something to be true. I do not want to go down the road of what your parents told you as a child, that had no substance but you carried it into adult life, or what the school bully called you, or the put downs that you have endured from the people you have in and around your life. The above will need a few 'sessions' to overcome. I am talking about the casual utterances that you hear and begin to believe ..Have you ever been in a meeting and one of your ideas gets shut down in a few sharp casual words? Then you took it personally and began to believe what was said? Have you been with a group of friends and one of them said something quite casual, that you felt 'hit home' or resonated with you, you then began to believe what was said and attributed it to yourself as a flaw. Lets have a quick look at what we watch, either on TV or social media. Is the fashion world casually telling you that you should look a certain way...Is society telling you, oh so casually, that at your age you should be doing this or have that? In the back of your mind you thrive to fit in, and may absorb those messages that tells you that you are not where and what you should be......That could be taller, shorter, slimmer....You should be eating this and stop eating that. All these messages are processed by you over time and may become a belief. 

The Inner ear includes The vestibular or the balance mechanism.  How balanced do you feel when what you hear, digest and believe is ever changing? Our equilibrium is essential for a peaceful happy life. Are you often swayed by what you have heard, whether this is a sound or an utterance? Lets go down scenario lane for a minute... You live alone and you hear a sound downstairs, you begin to worry, it is rather windy outside.....But you are convinced that someone is trying to get your house.....You conjurer up enough courage to go and check, you find that no one has been trying to get in....But you have convinced yourself that there must have been someone trying to get in...You go back to bed but do not sleep...You've frightened yourself. Our mind is a powerful part of our being add sound and you have a mixture for negativity or positivety.  What other things have you convinced yourself are true when in fact they are not? Do you find that it is more negative things you attribute to being true about yourself or they more positive in nature? Imagine how you would feel if more of the things you believed about yourself were positive? You are aware of the quotes 'As a man thinketh so is he' Proverbs 23:7 Remember what you think of yourself you become. Not all sounds and utterances are to be acted upon.


The Ear is a feature of the face that is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance. The ear is usually described as having three parts—the Outer ear, the Middle ear and the Inner ear.  This blog retained the ears'  three parts but was viewed as what we causally hear, (The Outer Ear) what we process (The Middle Ear) and then believe (Inner Ear)

The Outer Ear - The external part of your ear consists of the pinna and ear lobe. It directs sound waves from the outside into your external auditory canal. The casual sounds and utterances we hear, affords us a huge amount of information, letting us know we are safe, that our household is safe (Parents, remember hearing that key turn in the door when your teenager is an hour past their curfew?)  We may take these familiar sounds for granted, and should be grateful when we awake to hear our household coming alive. The there are the casual sounds that do not serve us any good purpose, exposing your ear to news headlines that have you wondering whether you and your family will be safe in your homes or community are not productive. Gossip does no one any good, unless you are going to help the person at the centre of the gossip. Listening to social media that tells you that you are less than, again serves you no good purpose. Our working day has us absorbing all types of sounds...I asked if they are the types of sounds you want to hear. As you return home we considered the sounds we encounter there....Are they mostly pleasant or unpleasant? What can you do to minimise unwanted sounds? Image result for what do you hear quotes

Middle Ear - We then looked at what happens to all those casual sounds that have entered our external auditory canal (ear canal), which in turn channels sound waves to the tympanic membrane. They are all processed. A four step process was given which included Step 1: Auditory Awareness, Step 2: Auditory Discrimination, Step 3: Auditory Identification, Step 4: Auditory Comprehension and Memory. This unique process allows us to Detect and locate sound, like the clock that was removed from its wall and placed in in a different place in my childrens' room. This sage of the auditory process allowed me to decipher what sound needed urgent attention like my sons' cough, even though he was over the phone, as I was able to block out other sounds and listen. One would believe, that as we have the ability to 'hear' ourselves we would at times, listen to ourselves. There are some of us that do not speak to our nearest and dearest with care and respect, and save our inside voice for our work colleagues. We have the ability to use our voice to make commands and to sooth. I remind you that we should be mindful of the sounds we make that are directed at others. Step 4 of the auditory process dealt with how much time we spent on what we have heard and wondered if these casual sounds and utterances were mulled over and kept in our memory far longer than they needed to be.  

Inner Ear - Annie Duke reminded us of this blogs theme when she outlined how we form abstract beliefs: We hear something, We think about it and vet it, then we form our belief. Daniel Gilbert alerted us to the fact that as credulous creatures we find it difficult to doubt and so easy to believe. As this blog was about how much casual sounds or utterances we absorb. I asked you to consider what you have been believing that had no substance and how balanced you felt your life is, given the amount of sounds and utterances we hear, digest and believe in a day. 

The aim of this blog was to alert you to the fact that as we carry on with our daily life, we are exposed to the many sounds and utterances that our environment offers, sounds that are comforting and reassure us that we and our family members are safe and well. Other sounds that 'make us ' feel upset, frightened or at threat of danger. Being aware of what we absorb everyday, will ensure that we remain grateful and alert us to anything that may upset our equilibrium. 

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21st November 2019

Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) 13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14; I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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Proverbs 4:25 - Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

What can be said about the head?..As a psychologist I could say loads, essentially about our mental health, but that subject has been tackled throughout my blogs. As this blog is for all to enjoy, I will focus on getting ahead, using famous quotes to help me do that. The first of my famous quotes comes from Dr Seuss, my favourite children's author who states 'You have brains in your head, feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose”.


What plans do you have for the next five years? Make something up! The only way you'll get there is by putting one foot in-front of another to get there. Not to repeat the contents of my free book 'Find and follow your passion' (  You can do whatever you put your mind to, especially if it is a passion.  There are times in your life that you may feel that your goals are unattainable, but I am here to tell you that you can do anything, yes anything you put your mind to. Lets talk about getting onto a course, with its guideline of acceptance. What are your thoughts when you look at the those guidelines? Is it often, Oh I haven't got that, so I wont be able to do that course? (Bare in mind this attitude should be considered, when looking for a job.) Do you look at the criteria and let someone else decide that you will be unable to complete the course (or do the job)? Perhaps you, like me, go for the job or course, anyway? I do understand that there are certain courses that stipulate that if you had not completed a certain level of education, and gained a particular grade, you may find the course you are embarking on, more difficult to grasp. I believe that if you have a passion for a subject and feel that you could complete the course you will work harder than others who do fulfil the criteria.

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I had completed my first degree, which took seven years part time, and included having six children, failed relationships, the death of my daughter, lost of houses (I got evicted) I won't go on....At the end of my studies I had gained a third class degree and wanted to go on to gain a Masters degree. I had certain provisos to embarking on a Masters Degree. It had to be close enough to my house, so I could commute....It also had to be close enough to work (I had to work a full time job) So I picked one university that offered the degree I needed (Masters in Counselling Psychology). The criteria for that degree was, you needed to be a psychologist, that I was, you needed be over 26 years old, that I was, and have gained a 2.1 or above in your first degree in-order to apply for that Degree. I didn't have a 2:1 but applied anyway. Needless to say I filled in the application form, wrote up a storm as to why I wanted to do the degree and had a face to face interview. I always gain more confidence once you invite me to sit in-front of you, I often feel I will sway you. I must have swayed her as I began the degree.....The rest as they say is history. The only difference between me and anyone else who isn't going for what they want right now, is gall. What is stopping you right now? From applying for that post, course, degree, lease or Mortgage, etc....? Remember you have to believe that you can handle what it takes to complete or provide what is being asked of you. In-order to get in that mindset, you may have to do some research, a course or get some advice from someone who has done what you are aiming for.Image result for mark twain the secret of getting ahead is getting started

The other famous quote is from Mark Twain who said “The Secret of getting ahead is getting started. “The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one"  In my case, mentioned above I understood that it would take some doing to get into the only university that I approached for my Masters Degree, I disregarded the fact that 'they ' wanted a 2.1 or better pass mark to get in, and applied anyway.......I broke down the tasks and followed through. What task do feel is Monmouth at the moment? Perhaps its finding somewhere to live, getting the property arranging the move and moving in....Easier said than done.....One would need to start, that could be something as simple as asking Estate agents (Real estate agents ) to send via post or email all properties in your price range and specification.  Secondly, you would need to view properties that you would like to live in. Put in an offer and take it from there....The same goes for wanting a new job....You must view the job sites and set up interviews....Sitting and wishing for your ideal job is not going to make it fall in your lap. You really need to take steps in the direction you want to go. There are other situations in life that are not as simple as trying to get a new place or one on a Masters degree. Some situations have you blindly going where you have never been before.Image result for faith is taking the first step KINGThis leads me onto the third quote I want to share. It comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who said "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase" What mountain are you attempting to climb in your life, right now? Perhaps you know that this mountain has to be conjure but you are not sure how to start. Mark Twain reminds us to start by breaking the tasks into manageable tasks. remember, we don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step. Sometimes, the encouragement of one person can get you moving. Contact me at  if you need that help. This could be something you have been putting off for days, months or even years.....The time will come when you find that you can not put it off any longer, and must get it sorted....For years I had debt hanging around my neck, with all the house moves I would get a prelude while they (my debtors) found me. They often found me because I had tried to get a loan or a credit card and of course it showed up on the credit score register....Easy catch (Don't get me wrong, I wasn't running away from these people, but I didn't phone them up and tell them that I was leaving my current aboard and moving to a new one) Once they had found me, I would make arrangements with the best of intentions in the world to stick to the payment plan. Needless to say, I would default on my payments as the money I did have, had to be used for more important food to pay for electric and gas. I have spoken about my debts in all my other books ( To recap....My debts stem from University fees and studies, having a job for a few years, leaving without securing another post, starting businesses which (failed) didn't work, didn't have any capital, didn't have enough time to build momentum, whatever the reason I would have bills building up and not enough money coming in. So by the time I decided that a business venture was not working and start looking for another job, I had bailiffs knocking on my door and debt collectors calling. Then one year I decided that I would do something about it once and for all. Instead of trying to deal with all these debtors on my own, calling all these companies, trying to set up payments plans and defaulting was becoming wearing. I couldn't see where I would, one day be able to pay off all my debts. My businesses where not paying, in-fact they where making a loss, and not bringing in enough to survive on, let alone pay debts. So I called a debt charity and got help. It had taken years and years of trying to sort things out, to realise that I was unable to do it myself, and that my debt mountain had to be tackled, climbed and conquered. I was not worried or frightened however, it was something I had never done before and as Dr Martin Luther King said I didn't have the see the whole staircase in-order climb the stair. Now, the charity's advice to me was more like a mini bankruptcy. Oh the shame, it would be like having a criminal record......I would have to tick the box that asks 'are you involved in a debt relief program'? I would be on the Insolvency Register...Oh the shame!  Not really, it didn't bother me that much. I would now be among the rich and famous that had become bankrupts.

This attitude leads me to two quotes one by Helen Keller which states "Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look  the world straight in the eye" and my dear Dr. Mayo Angelo who said "Your Crown has been bought and paid for, put it on your head and wear it"

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I had no intention of feeling embarrassed about having my debts wiped off and having the privilege of having my name on a 'Can't pay your debts register'.....This is not something that makes me feel less than....No way, S*** happens and you really need to get on with it all.....Stand tall...I could sit there feeling sorry for myself, not applying for jobs, In the belief that my financial past was going to come up.....No sirey not me. I continued to wear my crown and walk tall...I continued to look the world in the eye. I owned every debt I had......I am comfortable with how they came about, and feel I did the best I could do given the situation I was in, back then. Not everyone can walk tall or carry on as if everything is well when it is not. My aim here is to let you know, that you do not have to wallow in your past deeds, it does not help you move forward...If we all sat around in a pity party, we wouldn't be able to move forward...It's done, you acknowledged it, hopefully you have learnt from the experience, but you must must move on. Moving on is easier said than done, it may be a struggle, but I promise you that when you decide to make a change, or go in the direction of your goal, you will feel a new lease of life. You will notice that a whole new world has opened up to you....Life will feel like you have been wearing blinkers for years, and now you are seeing clearly.

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The point between I want change and changing is a stage I will call the Liminal stage. It's a time of the unknown, you've never been here before, never been in this particular situation, dealing with this particular problem .....If you had, you wouldn't be going through my Liminal stage. This is a stage of growing, you know that you can not go back because you have outgrown the situation and want change.

The First stage is: Awareness  - You come to the realisation that something has to change, you can not carry on with the situation as it is. You note that there are people 'out there' living better lives, and that they are not putting up with what you have had to live with.  Thoughts like 'there has got to be something better out there' spring to mind....Life, you feel, has got to have something else in store for you...You acknowledge the fact, that you deserve substantially more than you are getting now......You want and should have a better quality of life. When you get to this stage in your life or position in-regards to the problem or situation,  you begin to look at ALL your relationships....Partner, Friends and Family members come under scrutiny. But if they are not your main focus, you leave them on the side for later...Your main focus will be the situation at hand, the house or job move, the injustice, the debt, the issue or problem.

Stage Two is Stalemate - Sad mate.....Here you know that the situation has developed to such a state that there is no choice but to bring about some kind of change. At this point you are not too sure what you going to do. Here you are sad, there is a little 'I'm sorry for myself'. It is a solitude time when no one can see the situation like you do...People may be able to empathise with you, but can not 'feel your pain' as it is you and only you that is going through it. It is your fight, it is your mountain to climb and no one can do it for you.

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Like the Caterpillar....They know when it is time to change and do something they don't normally do, they stop eating, find a twig or leaf, hang upside down and spins itself a silky cocoon, alone, but they are about to get busy....just like you.

Stage Three is Seeking help - Chrysalis Stage ....You begin in earnest to seek out a solution to your issue- Here you watch other people in your situation on youtube....In the hope of seeing what your finish line may look like. You busy yourself trying to change your situation. You start making calls, you will speak to any company that may be able to help. You have taken on your case as if its a major contract.....You turn into the CEO of your life and the highest paying client is you.  Woooowwwww You are on a mission. It is at this stage that you throw out old clothes, bric-a-brac and stuff that clutter your home. In the Chrysalis stage many areas of your life get the 'once over'.........If you are not focused on a particular issue or situation ....Friends and family members get sieved out too. You clean house here....woe unto anyone that gets in your way....Most areas of your life will get clean or at least dusted.

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Stage Four is Emergence - from the chrysalis. At this stage you burst through the cobweb of the old you into a new you. You feel like a new person, you have been battered and wear the scars with pride.....You are about to take on the world that is your life or at least the issue at hand..... You have sorted out your main issue or happy with the help offered to get this issue under control, and the skies are the limit....Right now nothing and no one can stop you from moving on...Please use this time to continue to make changes in your life. You are in a prime position to make huge changes to your life as well as to those around you.......Don't waste the feeling! We have all changed something in our lives, we have all made huge changes, changes that were big enough to change us, the environment we live in, and or perhaps the people around us. Even if that change is leaving home and going to Uni, or just leaving home. Most of us have had a relationship break up. Many of us have changed jobs, some have changed careers. As we progress through life, we change. My Liminal stages is alike the dark night of the soul, in so much as, one goes though a transformation after becoming silent and practising solitude. You would have considered the past during this time..However it is imperative that you do not revert to thinking or holding on to the past.  You have emerged, you have come through.....not to revert, go back....But move forward move ahead.

When you emerge from your Chrysalis you will be a new you, armed with the knowledge and strength you have gained from the experience. This is the way you must see yourself...You need to carry yourself as if you are re-born.....You should emerge as if life is going to be bright, that your life is going to work in your favour from here on in..Unless you have this attitude you run the risk of reverting to what you have left in the past. As we live in the real world......Things don't always stay bright and as we are creatures of habit or routine, we are at risk of reverting back to past behaviours, past hangouts, past relationships....There are few quotes from the bible regarding looking back and looking forward. One famous quote is in Genesis 19:26 which states 'But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt' we are reminded in Isaiah Chapter 43:18:19 [to] 18 remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.

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There are many people living with regrets....One of the saddest aspects of working with the Elderly were the stories of regrets, things that they wished they had done or done differently, the things they felt they had lost and the things they wished they held on to. In order to move forward free of guilt, one needs to refrain form focusing on the past. This leads me onto my next quote which is by Auguste Gusteau, who stated that if you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead. C.S Lewis also said that 'There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind' Ok, in some situations we may have wished we had done some things differently or handled certain situation with more decorum, care or maturity. The aim is to learn from the past and move on. This blog aims to encourage you to look ahead, to move on, as what is ahead of you is far, far better than what you have left behind. 

Throughout my adult life. I have been in situations that could have had me searching my past for comfort.......Like the death of my sixteen year daughter or when my son was in a coma. I could have sat there wishing this situation away and trying to find something in my past that perhaps, I could have been done differently. But I had other children to think about and the father of my both those children above, was no shoulder to cry on. Life for me had to go on I had to cater and perhaps be strong for the other children. Both my quotes state that that one should look ahead.....After those two catastrophic incidents in my life......How could I look forward?

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A quote from Muhammad Ali sums up how I carried on, when he said "It Isn’t the Mountain Ahead That Wears You Out; It Is the pebble in Your Shoe" This quote was first printed in 1916 in a trade publication for the insurance industry. The adage was printed with no accompanying text and no attribution was given. The quote  "It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it is the grain of sand in your shoe"  After the tragic events mentioned above, I knew that there would be mountains to climb, but the pebble (the bereavement, the pain of seeing my children dead or dying) would have to be endured.  Have you ever been in a situation where you endured the pain in-order to get to though the situation, the ordeal, problem or issue?  That was the pebble in your shoe, unable to stop and remove the pebble you carry on, until the issue or situation is resolved, or you climb that mountain.

Most of us carry on knowing that we will get where we are going, if we carry on. In order to get ahead, we need to ensure we focus on the goal, remind ourselves that the prize is worth it. Where is your goal taking you? Could it be to your best life ever, or just a better life? Where are you heading? Are you looking forward? Perhaps you are struggling getting there....Contact me Now, bear in mind that some pebbles can be removed, in-order to make your journey towards your goal a little more durable. You know the type of pebble or thorn! Sometimes that pebble is a person or habit that has to be removed in-order for you to progress...I was in a relationship while completing my first degree, and noticed that whenever another TMA (Tutor Marked Assessment) came back with a pass or really great mark, our relationship would take a down hill turn.....Needless to say, that relationship did not survive. The reason for the example is to alert you to the fact that although some situations have to be endured until you reach your goal, some journeys can be travelled in business class!


In getting ahead of your issue, your situation or problem one will find that procrastination sets in at some point......Often while the people around you are busy enjoying themselves. Henry Ford states that he has found that most people get ahead during the time others waste. I suppose we would have to define what he meant by 'wasting time'. Perhaps he meant not following their dreams, or playing when they should be working....Any interpretation you give to Mr Henry Fords' quote, bear in mind that it is your own interpretation that counts....The mere fact that you are looking around and noticing your peers, your partner or family members are  'wasting' time, demonstrates that you are looking ahead, and you have noticed that that person could be doing something more constructive. What do you do while others play? what structures have you put in place to ensure you move ahead and stay on course? Are you on a mission? Are you the type to keep going until you get there? If not why not? Life is a series of moving forward, getting to the next threshold. It starts from in our mothers' womb. Most mothers- to-be are monitored through each trimester, until her baby is born, then the midwife expects the baby to do certain things at 1 minute after birth and at 5 minutes, tests, expectations and thresholds continue throughout life.


I will end this blog the way I started it, with a quote from Dr Suess as he gives us five lessons for life: 5 Lessons in Life from Dr. Seuss

1.  Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. Be you....Do you....Be yourself, however that shows up in the world...People living a lie, live with frustrations, and I believe a half life. I understand that it may not be as easy as I have written it here....Not everyone can just they may live within restrictions to what they can and can not do, what they can and cannot be.. I am so privileged that I can be who or whatever I want to be, and have had the good sense to instil in my children, the notion that they also can be whoever or whatever they want to be. Feeling free to be you, aids ones growth and ensure you are always looking ahead, perhaps to what you can do or be.          

2.  Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Why fit in, when you can stand out?...What are you waiting for?....Just because no one in your family have ever completed a sky jump....doesn't mean you shouldn't do one. We wouldn't progress if we never reached heights our ancestors didn't or couldn't dream of reaching. Be reminded that you were born alone, even if you were a twin one of you came first! I understand the trepidation of being the first, but if it is a lingering thought or a passion....Go for it. Do you need help reaching that goal in your life? contact me          

3.  You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.               You can steer yourself any direction you choose. The beginning of this blog urges you to put one foot in-front of the other and head for your goals.          

4.  Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  mmmmm, within reason I say. But Dr. Suess is rarely wrong. Should you be you, the people who matter won't mind and those who do, should alert you to the relationship you have with this person....I understand that that person could be a close family member. Again you will have to consider the relationship. You may need to put some distance between that person after trying to understand their point of view on the matter..If those who mind are protected by a computer screen, ask yourself if they really matter!       

5.  Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.  This is my favourite of the Dr.Suess lessons in life . To behave as if the day is the one I will be remembered for...We know that every interaction is making history whether it is yours or the person you are interacting with.( or (SELF=YOU (2017)Angela Scott, History, Chapter 12,Amazon) In which I remind you of the Buddhist eight fold wheel, It urges us that in everything you do, every interaction you make, ensure you are being mindful, with the Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Effort, Right Concentration and of course Right Mindfulness. This could be from the smile on your face, a kind gesture or just your demeanour. We can't jump out of a plane for charity everyday or some other heroic deed, so we have to live every day as if it is a day that will be remembered by ourselves or the people we interact with.

This blog focused on getting ahead, I used famous quotes to help you do that. The first of my famous quotes was from Dr Seuss, who stated 'You have brains in your head, feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose. 

I told you of my determination to get on a Masters degree without having all the stipulated criteria...I showed you that although I had six children, failed relationships, the death of my daughter, and got evicted I was going to steer my life in the direction I wanted it to go.  I asked you what was stopping you right now, from applying for that post, course, degree, that lease or mortgage. Once you believe that you can handle what it takes to complete or provide the service you are reaching for, you should go for it, perhaps, after seeking advice from someone who may have taken the journey you intend to embark on. This blog then introduced my second quote that of Mark Twain who advised us that the secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking and managing tasks, one by one.

I described how one may begin a task of getting somewhere to live, we take one step at a time to get to our final goal, but we need to start. I mentioned that there are some situations we find ourselves in that we may have never encountered before, but had no choice but to deal with them. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave us encouragement when he is quoted to have said "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase". My first steps to becoming debt free was to call a debt management company and to deal with each debt until they were no longer drowning me. I walked tall and owned my situation. I held my head high and looked my debt in the face, advice given by Helen Keller. I wore the crown, Dr Maya Angelou said was, bought and paid for (not on a credit card) then took debt by the arm and escorted it out my life...All it took was that first step.

Moving on may not be as easy as I made my debt issue seem. Many of us struggle with letting go of the past, moving through the pain and getting to the other side. I describe the stages of wanting to change and actually making that transition in my Liminal stage, which has four stages of growth. It was liken to a Catepillar and its growth into a butterfly.

Awareness  - You come to the realisation that something has to change and that you can not carry on with the situation as it is. Stalemate- Sad mate.....Here you feel sorry for yourself and have a pity party for one. But in the back of your mind, you know your work is about to start as the next stage has you, Seeking help in the Chrysalis Stage, where no stone is left on-turned in your efforts to sort things out. When everything is spick and span you emerge from the Emergence Stage a new stronger person, battle scars and all. As you move forward I remind you of the pitfall of looking back with a few quotes from the bible, the most famous I feel, is Genesis 19:26 which states Lot's wife, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Many people live and die with regrets which led me on to a quote by Auguste Gusteau, who stated that if you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead, and C.S Lewis' quote 'There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind'.   

Throughout my adult life. I have had catastrophic incidents to deal with. Which could have had me searching my past for comfort, perhaps, I could have sat there wondering or wishing I had done things differently, but felt that I had no other choice than to move forward. My next quote, attributed to Muhammad Ali summed up my situation when he stated that "It Isn’t the Mountain Ahead That Wears You Out; It Is the pebble in Your Shoe" I trudged on knowing that I had to carry on, if not for myself but for the other children I had left. I alerted you to the fact that sometimes we get the chance to remove that pebble and climb the mountain of our situation, free from hindrance. I then spoke about  procrastination and found a Henry Ford quote in which he felt that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. We are aware that if we want to get ahead we need to stay on course regardless what the people around us are doing. I ended this blog the way it started, with a five life lesson quote from Dr Suess, he states that you are to be you, forget about fitting in and go where your mind and your shoe takes you. He goes on to say that we should say what we feel as the people in our lives that matter, don't mind. I remind you of the eight fold wheel once followed, you become mindful of every aspect of your life which includes your interactions with whoever you meet and think about. This makes our history and that of others, living this way facilitates Dr Suess' final life lesson, that of, behave, as if this is the day we will be remembered. I hope you take something from this blog , perhaps to use as a motto or even a way of life...I wish you well.

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aloe vera gel


Our purifying drinking gel boasts 99.7% inner leaf aloe gel to aid digestion and skin health. It's also high in vitamin C which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to a normal energy-yielding metabolism. This 330ml size is perfect for taking on your travels or for drinking on the go.​


Power your fitness goals with the advanced nutrition of ARGI+ and Forever Aloe Vera Gel, the perfect pair to help you look better and feel better. Forever’s new combo pack includes three 330ml Forever Aloe Vera Gel bottles and three packets of ARGI+. 



A rich, creamy blend of aloe vera, bee propolis and camomile that helps maintain healthy, beautiful skin tone and texture. The Aloe Propolis Creme’s moisturising and conditioning properties make for an excellent everyday moisturiser and helps to soothe irritation. N.B. Suitable for people prone to dry skin conditions. Contains lanolin.

Propolis is the protective substance gathered and used by bees to disinfect and protect their hives from pathogens. The propolis used in Forever Bee Propolis has been collected from flowers in the Sonoran Desert Arizona, one of the most pristine environments, untouched by over-development and pollution. 


Not all honey is made equal and Forever Bee Honey remains one of our most popular products thanks to a pure taste that captures nutrition direct from the hive. This all-natural, delicious sweetener is naturally nutritious and perfect for replacing processed sugar in your diet. Thanks to its easy-pour bottle, this honey leaves no sticky mess and can easily be poured into porridge, stirred into Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea or used in cooking. Consider it a gift from our bees to you!

bee honey

royal jelly

Forever Royal Jelly is made for royalty! Natural royal jelly is an extremely nutritious and biochemically complex honey bee secretion. It’s a rich, milky substance which consists of proteins, simple sugars, fatty acids and trace elements vitamin B5 and B6. The exclusive food of the queen bee, royal jelly is thought to be responsible for her longevity – she lives over fifty times longer than regular worker bees!


The human body cannot naturally make the omega-3 fatty acids which are commonly found in fish.


 Forever Arctic Sea’s blend of natural fish, calamari and oleic olive oil contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids EPA – which contributes to the normal function of the heart – and DHA – which contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function.   
Calcium is an essential mineral needed for the maintenance of normal teeth and bones, but which also contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and muscle function. Forever Calcium contains a high source of the mineral but it’s also high in vitamin D and magnesium.



Taking vitamin C daily has long been associated with good health. The human body is unable to produce vitamin C, and so must be ingested from our food, drink and supplements. Forever’s Absorbent-C is bonded with oat bran, a highly soluble fibre, for gradual absorption, and provides 100% of UK RDA of vitamin C.


This blend of herbs, vitamins and minerals has been designed with a woman’s needs in mind. It’s high in iron, which contributes to normal cognitive function, and it’s also high in essential folic acid. As well as calcium, vitamin D and B12, Vitolize (for women) also contains vitamin B6, which contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity.

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Vitolize (for men) contains a high quality blend of herbs, vitamins and minerals including zinc, which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction.


blossom tea

Promote inner-calm and wellbeing with this all-natural brew of leaves, herbs and spices. This caffeine-free tea features a robust combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom and allspice without any calories. Refreshing, soothing and naturally low in calories, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea is delicious served warm or with ice as a refreshing alternative. Each pack contains twenty-five individually foil-wrapped sachets.


Indulge yourself with an at-home body wrap designed to help trim, tone and tighten, minimizing the appearance of cellulite. European herbal complexes and natural warming agents are your “secret weapons” in the war against the unsightly appearance of cellulite.
We take pride in this excellent collection, so treat your body to what it deserves, and look your very best with Forever’s Aloe Body Toning Kit.

The Aloe Body Toning Kit includes: 

  • Aloe Body Toner
  • Aloe Body Conditioning Creme
  • Aloe Bath Gelée
  • Loofah and plastic wrap

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