ABOUT Lorraine

 

Lorraine Ereira was working as a clinical Sports Therapist when when her husbands cancer diagnosis drew her to study nutritional health. Her quest to help her husband inspired her to write “Love and Wheatgrass” in order to help others going through a similar ordeal, which has been a huge support to many.

Her desire to live a healthy lifestyle compelled her to study further, where she discovered that to really enjoy a healthy life, we must first look within to find out what we are made of and how we fit into the natural world around us.

Lorraine is currently writing her fifth book, “Gaia’s Gift ” – a book that embodies the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda but with a very unique approach which teaches the reader how to train their intuition to know instinctively what is good for them physically, spiritually and mentally.

Lorraine now works as an Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle consultant with people who struggle with various health issues, or those who want to change their life to become the best they can be.

Lorraine grew up in Surrey in England, where she also brought up her two sons. She holds a bachelors degree in Sports Therapy, and wrote one of her first books in this subject “Sports Pattern Release

Lorraine and her husband now live in southern Spain, where she continues on her quest to live a life of love, health and happiness.

Gaia’s Gift Hormone Health

Harmony with Nature brings Harmony Within

“Invite nature back into your system and allow her to re-tune your inner orchestra”

Women’s hormonal health workshop (including lunch)

  • Why your menstrual or menopause symptoms differ from those of friends and how understanding your uniqueness is key to balancing your system. 
  • How to synchronise your bodies rhythms with the rhythm of nature. 
  • Oils, herbs and food to bring your body into balance. 
  • A recipe for hormone balancing perfume. 
  • Gut healing and its relevance in hormone health. 
  • The effect of stress on the reproductive system and how to manage it.

Date: Friday 21st May. 

Location: Coin, Malaga (please contact for more details)

Prices
FULL DAY 11am-3pm
Includes : 
Yoga, coffee, workshop and  lunch. €27.50

WORKSHOP AND LUNCH ONLY. 12.30-3pm €20

To secure your place on the day a €5 deposit in is payable in advance at the time of booking which will be discounted from the total.

YOGA – Are You Too Shy to Try?

“I would love to try yoga, but I’m just not flexible”

“I would love to try yoga, but I’m just not flexible”

This has to be one of the saddest reasons I’ve ever heard of as a reason not to try one of the most wonderful experiences in life, an experience that if we let it, will transform us inside and out.

When someone sets foot into a yoga class for the first time, and they see ( or think they see) a room full of lithe, extra bendy bodies creating inconceivable shapes, it is most natural to feel overwhelmed and feel like turning around on the spot.

However perception can be incredibly cruel, in that it makes us feel inferior in some way if we are a beginner, or have a misconception about what yoga really is. The truth is that every single yoga student, including the teacher, is always learning and always seeking to deepen their practice, so all feel the same need to learn as the beginner does. The class is united in this desire to discover more about their bodies, and with a good teacher they will learn to surpass their own expectations and leave self-perceived limitations outside the yoga classroom door. Flexibility, is not the core of yoga however how to safely lengthen tightness in the body, by letting it go with the breath, is most certainly a very key part of it.

Yoga teaches us not only to lengthen our tissues but also to strengthen areas of weakness. When taught correctly, the student should learn how to align their joints, stacking them so that they can articulate in the most efficient range. When the student begins to understand how to move their joints from a position of stability, then tightness will slowly lengthen, and weakness will strengthen in the opposing muscles, reinforcing correct joint alignment and efficient movement.

Learning how to move the body efficiently, enables us to find long term relief of aches and pains as we release the build up of possibly years of misuse, and help us correct poor habits and will ultimately help to protect our joints from decline, especially as we age.

This coupled with learning how to focus on one’s breath, introduces the student to the world of tranquility that lies deep within every one of us; the place where we can take refuge from the chaos of the world outside, and find the keys to self-healing on the inside too.

Everyone, at any age or stage in life can try yoga. As long as you find a good teacher who has the time to consider your personal requirements, and help you to grow into someone who learns about their own body, and how to move without pain, restriction or weakness, and how to turn down the noise of life and benefit from inner calm and peace.

So if you would like to join a class, please remember that most yoga teachers and their students will welcome you with open hearts as a fellow traveller on a wonderful journey. Come on in, climb aboard your yoga mat and don’t look back.

Water and Earth Dominance

Are you well-grounded or simply “stuck”? Sparkling with lustre or drowning in sluggishness?

In Ayurveda the qualities of water and earth are usually combined because they share so common attributes.

They are both heavy, cold, smooth and dense in their natural state. Although both share many characteristics, they are still different elements and recognizing them within us, helps us to learn about who we are and how we work.

Earth

Do you sometimes have to really push yourself to feel motivated to get off the sofa and get on with things? Although once you do, you usually finish the task and enjoy doing it! Can you sometimes feel complacent about things, preferring familiarity and routine over spontaneity? Do you feel contented to the point where sometimes you can get “stuck in a rut”? Do you feel threatened by change, preferring things to remain constant in your life? Are you a bit of a horder, protective over tings you have acquired and attained over the years? Are you compassionate, but resolute in your beliefs?

These are the characteristics of someone who is earth dominant. Earth is steady, stable, strong, and not easily movable. Its reliable, and we know we can count on it to be there supporting us. When the earth dominant person is in balance they are the most loyal, trustworthy friends we can hope to find. They are methodical, diplomatic and are often the ones to keep the peace and make things run smoothly. They don’t worry too much, as long as they have the comforts of home and a loving family. If they don’t have these fundamental foundations, they can be prone to depression. An earth dominant person will be your friend for life. They are calm, sympathetic, patient, steady and usually kind. But when imbalanced they can become overbearing, withdrawn, unable to accept change, insecure and greedy.

Challenges for the earth element will often occur in the musculoskeletal system, as the bones, ligaments, muscles and fats can be the most effected physiologically. They can be prone to weight gain, heaviness, slow bowel movements or constipation. Another challenge for earth types that are imbalanced, is depression. Because they are disinclined to reach out, this can quickly become a deep pit of despair that feels impossible to “climb out of”. They have a tendency to withdraw from the world, bottling up their feelings and putting on a brave face. They can be the last to ask for help, as unlike those who are dominated by the water element, they don’t wear their heart on their sleeves!

Water

Water being the more mobile of the two elements is very evident in a person who is water dominant. They are usually quite emotional, and quite opposite to our earthy friends who hide their feelings our watery types are like open books with their feelings. This does make them more sensitive and more prone to heartbreak and hurt. Although they are easily upset they often blame themselves for problems. The water dominant type is romantic, sentimental, and often fall in love easily. Water types can have sweet melodious voices, although the pitch tends to be on the deep side. Peaceful and calm, but with a tendency towards over sensitivity or stagnation (think stagnant pool) if imbalance occurs.

Challenges for water element will often also show up in the MS system but usually as water retention. Like for earth dominant types weight gain is also a weakness in the water dominant person. Swollen, stiff joints, with poor circulation, often feeling cool to the touch, can be an issue for imbalanced water types. Other issues include excess mucous production, in the lungs, throat or sinuses; lethargy, stagnation, and being overly sentimental.

Both earth and water dominant people are most vulnerable in cold, damp weather. Keeping warm and dry is important especially during the late winter and early spring, which is their most vulnerable time of year. Much like our air friends, warm spicy soups, stews and casseroles will help keep the body warm and gently stimulated. Heavy rich food should be avoided, along with cold food and drink. Any cold drinks should be taken away from food as they will greatly hinder the digestive process. Instead try a little apple cider vinegar in warm water with some black pepper and rock salt, taken before food. This can boost the digestive system, and help it to break down and metabolize food more efficiently. A warm ginger tea sipped through a meal can also help. They should choose heating stimulating foods and practices, to help avoid congestion, in the tissues. Sweet, dense food like heavy desserts, especially cold ones, should be avoided. Water and earth types need to take care of too many heavy grains, meats and cheeses, as all of these will congest the tissues of these elements. Kitchen spices like ginger, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, rosemary and garlic will help to balance these elements.

Taking care of the lymphatic system although important for everyone, is especially significant for water/earth people. Activities like trampolining, dancing, running, will all help to move stagnant lymph. Also hot and cold alternating showers, dry skin brushing and being upside down ( headstands, handstands and shoulder stands for those who are experienced to do these or simply lying with the legs raised, are all examples)

Engaging in social activities is really good for these elements – they need exposure to stimulating activities on a regular basis. Parties and lively social scenes are great for these types. A good exercise regime is imperative – one that includes heart pumping, aerobic activity like jogging, hiking, marshal arts, team sports or ashtanga style yoga would all be great options.

When earth and water dominant types are in balance they are the strongest of the elements. They heal easily, sleep well, and are content, stable, loving, kind people. They make loyal friends and romantic lovers. They often have beautiful hair and a soft supple complexion.

Fire Dominance – Do your Flames Burn too Brightly?

Are you highly focused to the point of being single minded? Do you sometimes get called stubborn? Are you passionate about your values and beliefs, and find yourself obsessing over things? Maybe you don’t concede easily in a discussion because you are confident that what you feel is right and you will argue to the very end rather than walk away? Are you passionate in your relationships, fiercely protective over those you love most? Do you sometimes feel possessive over your nearest and dearest? Are you competitive in your work or in your sporting interests? Do you push yourself hard and often fail to recognize your limits? Do you feel angry when you are most stressed, quick to lash out with a sharp tongue?

These are the characteristics of someone who is fire dominant.

Picture a roaring fire. Its inviting, alluring, warming and fascinating. It draws you in, because it is captivating and gives you energy. Its truly brilliant in its blazing glory.

The fire dominant person, when in balance is charming, charismatic and often intriguing. They are usually attractive, warm and show natural leadership tendencies. They often exhibit an enthusiasm for life that sparkles from within them. People want to follow the balanced fire type, and are often happy to put their trust in them. They are organized and structured, and keep a tidy home and workspace.

But when the flames get too big, fire burns too hot, too bright, and begins to consume everything in its path as it rages out of control. The fire person can burn themselves out, or suffer from inflammatory issues in their body.

The fire element has its greatest effect on the digestive system. Fire dominant people generally have a good metabolism, burning off excess energy from their food efficiently. But when fire is not controlled the digestive system becomes too strong and symptoms like heartburn, burping, indigestion, loose stools and haemarroids will result. They can suffer with inflamed or irritated skin rashes, bloodshot eyes and arthritis. Spicy foods, strong coffee, alcohol should be taken in moderation or avoided especially during times when symptoms arise.

Our fiery friends are most vulnerable during the hot summer months. Keeping cool and calm will help to restore balance from within. Take cool showers, go for a leisurely swim or evening stroll. Try to avoid competitive sports and situations, and choose activities that offer a way to restore the balance within you, such as golfing, yoga, drawing and meditation.

Choose cooked foods over raw (raw food requires more digestive action, and therefore can stoke the fire!). Try rice or pasta bean salads made with fresh cooling herbs like coriander, basil, mint and parsley, and some lightly blanched rocket, spinach or watercress.

Fruits are fantastic for cooling those flames, so enjoy peaches, pears, apples, mangoes, in fact all sweet juicy fruits accept the sharper citrus such as lemons.

Never eat while feeling angry or excited,

Avoid watching violent movies or adrenaline-fueled sport on television instead opting for quiet pass-times like reading, listening to soothing music or watching a factual documentary.

When fire dominant people keep their flames under control, especially during their most vulnerable time in the heat of summer, they are vibrant, attractive, motivational people who are warm, bright and full of inspiration.

Air Element Dominance. How to ground yourself and find balance.

Do you find it hard to remain focused on a single project? Always easily distracted by something else? Do you feel you are a restless soul, who loves to move, and if you are not moving physically your mind is in constant motion, often jumping from one thought to another? Perhaps the only time it can switch off is when you are doing something very physical, like running, or playing a sport. A talk or lecture has to be totally captivating to hold your full attention and even then, it can be difficult not to drift off on a thought voyage or resist the urge to fidget. For folk like you, meditation is a huge challenge and may even be something you shy away from, feeling that its just impossible to get your mind to switch off. Every time you feel you have made a small space where you begin to feel the stillness, another thought jumps right in, and starts demanding your attention again – and often its something you are anxious about. Does this sound like you, or someone you know?

These characteristics are typical of someone who is air dominant.

Picture a creature of the air. A bird. An aerodynamically designed creature who floats and glides through the element it is most akin to. A bird is at its most magnificent when its in full flight. It displays its energy, its stamina, and beauty all at once – but it cannot fly like this without coming to land frequently. When the air dominant person is at his or her best they are in full flight. The comedian, the centre of attention in a group, the source of energy in the room. They talk a lot and move a lot and because of these qualities are often very attractive. We are attracted to movement and colour, because these qualities give us energy. But the air person needs to take care of that energy, to ensure they re-charge it, because these are also the people that burn out easily.

They can also be easily overwhelmed in a sensory capacity, finding it draining. For example too much screen time or being plugged into electronic devices can cause sensory overload, resulting in elevated stress levels.

The physiological challenges that air dominance can create if not managed within the body have the greatest effect on the nervous system. This is because air is all about movement, and the nervous system relies on movement ( the relaying of information) to efficiently send and receive messages through the central and peripheral nervous system.   

High blood sugar can cause damage to the nervous system, and our air dominant friends can benefit from maintaining a steady level avoiding spiking. Add cinnamon to hot drinks to help balance blood sugars.

Air dominant people are most vulnerable in the cooler weather particularly the windy autumn and the chilly winter. Keeping warm and cosy during these months will help to ground you, and bring calm to your body and mind. Light a fire, play some nice music and sit down to a warm-spiced root veg casserole and feel the gentle heat bring calm to your nervous system.

Choose  soups, stews, porridges, warm spices and beverages over dry, crunchy or fried food, cold drinks or cold raw food.

Cook with black pepper, ginger, caynne pepper. Adaptogenic herbs work on the adrenals (they are herbs that reduce stress in our nervous system, through the regulation of cortisol), and thus help to soothe and heal the nervous system. Some more common ones include – rosemary, ginger, turmeric, ginseng and ashwagandha.

Be sure to get plenty of sleep especially during the cold weather, and try to select calming, grounding pastimes’, like fishing, walking, gardening, reading or painting.

When air dominant people choose activities, foods and lifestyle factors that bring calm, warmth and stability, it grounds them, and gives their bodies and minds a chance to rest and regenerate.

Making these little changes especially during the colder part of the year, and/or during times of elevated stress,  will mean that come the spring, the time that you begin to come alive again, you will be raring to go – a ball of potential energy whose abilities and strengths will be at their very best, both in body and mind.

The Monsters That Come by Night

Were you afraid of the dark as a child? I was. When the lights went out, every noise seemed ominous. Every creek a footstep,  every knock a bony finger at your bedroom door. But what was at the root of these scary thoughts? And why did they only seem to arise after dark?

Fear of the unknown. In the dark we lose our most dominant sense – vision. Our other senses become more acute making every little sound seems significant.  Its simply that you notice it, whereas when your sight is your principle sense, other senses are somewhat reduced. We have become so reliant on our eyes to tell us what is around us that when this sense is not enabled, we feel less secure. Our fear starts to rise, and begins to toy with us. As its tendrils infiltrate our thoughts, our adrenalin surges, increasing our heartrate, and making us breathe in short sharp cycles. We begin to think irrationally, because our body is behaving as though we are being threatened, so our hormones produce the necessary means to deal with a threat. It puts us in fight or flight mode.

During the hours when our body is meant to be regenerating with restorative sleep, our brain wants to keep us awake and tormented – maybe not with the fears of our childhood, but our much more tangible fears that we face in daily life. The worries that niggle away at you, during the day, grow like looming shadows as soon as we lay our heads to rest.

Some of these worries are from the mounting “to do” list that fills our waking life – from the bureaucratic demands society places on us, to keeping a roof over our heads and putting food on the table. When these lists, start to form, it is often a good idea to simply turn on a soft light for a moment and jot down the list, so that for now it’s been dealt with and you can rest while you wait for sleep to claim you.

However other worries stem from much deeper fonts of unease. Emotional turmoil, that comes from our precious relationships in life. When we feel misunderstood, or let down, by someone we love, or we have a deep and complex belief system that conflicts with that of someone we are very close to. Or it could be that we feel unappreciated, unloved or unheard. We maybe feeling rejection from a partner or a friend. These emotional “monsters” are very real to us, and when our day is done and our eyes should feel heavy with waiting sleep, they jab and poke at us keeping our tired minds active and restless, turning our thoughts around and around at a dizzying pace. The result is very similar in our bodies to the reaction we felt when we were sure the bogeyman was under our bed as a child. Fear. Stress. Anger. Anxiety. These emotions cause our nervous system to keep our heartrate elevated, pumping our blood away from our vital organs that should be receiving it to regenerate during the night, to our limbs, in readiness to fight or run – no wonder we cannot sleep, and feel so restless. Our poor brain is confused because of our emotions.

Life is so full of worries especially during our current time. It has a ripple effect on everything around us – our circumstances, our relationships, our work. We cannot stop the barrage of bureaucracy we have to deal with, nor can we change the current events taking place in the world. We cannot change how other people feel or think, or how their feelings and actions effect our own.

But what we can do, is to confront our monsters. If something is worrying you, and its something you cannot effect practically, then perhaps its shown up in your life to teach you something about yourself. Is the reason you feel rejected, unloved, unheard or let down, really because of the other party? Have you really tried to look at it from their perspective? Perhaps your perception of the way they are handling your relationship is more about you than them? Maybe you are truly justified in your feelings and they are at fault, but again why has this come up for you? Why is someone whom you love treating you the way they are? What does it tell you about yourself? Perhaps you need to be firmer, learn to say no so you don’t feel let down? Learn to speak truthfully and clearly so you don’t feel misheard? Or perhaps you need to walk away from that person, because their energy doesn’t resonate with yours, and you bring each other down? All of these answers are hard for us to face because it usually involves doing something we are not comfortable with. Admitting a flaw in our own abilities is much harder than pointing a finger the other way, especially when that admission requires an action from us to help conquer it.

Perhaps if you reflect, you will see a pattern emerge in yourself. If we keep making similar mistakes in our lives ( e.g. choosing or being attracted to unsuitable partners), then life will keep trying to show us where it is WE need to make a change in ourselves. If we keep ignoring that message, we keep finding ourselves in the same or similar situations.

We are here to learn. To become better versions of ourselves, so that we may grow and evolve as beings. We are here to learn about ourselves and about how we interact with the world we live in, and those we share our lives with.

Next time you are lying awake worrying about something that feels so much bigger than you – that huge monster, that jumps out from under your bed – ask him what he wants to show you, about yourself. Once he sees that you are not afraid but instead a willing student, that monster becomes your guide, helping you open the eyes of your inner being, so that the eyes of your outer body can close and bring you the rest you need.

Being Kind and Our Immune System

We are living through challenging times. Of this there is no doubt and through all our differences this is one thing I think we would all agree on.

But how do we cope with the things that life is showing us at this time?

A world in the midst of a pandemic; once thriving towns now little more than ghost towns; more and more small independent businesses collapsing and failing before our very eyes; people living in increasingly tough circumstances as they find themselves without jobs, or a way to provide for their families. And perhaps the very worst of it all is the separation from those we love the most in our lives. On top of all of this the world seems fraught with political division, and friends and families are being torn apart by their own strong feelings.

We are not being shown a very pretty picture at all. And as much as we know we should try to shift our focus away from all of this and try to see positivity among the madness, it’s a challenge that is hard to combat, for all but the strongest mindset.

But there is a way, to rise above the chaotic arena of the world´s stage, feel better within ourselves, and the best bit, is that this practice will also have a profound effect on your immune health – exactly what we all need in the face of a pandemic!

It is very simply put, just being kind! That’s right, a simple act of kindness can improve your immune health!

In a controlled study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology in July 2017 researchers studied a group of 159 adults for 4 weeks who were engaged in pro-social behavior.  The participants were either engaged in acts of kindness towards other people, the world in general, themselves or a self controlled task. The researchers examined the changes in the leucocyte gene expression profile known as the Conserved Transcriptional Response to Adversity (CTRA). In the group that engaged in pro-social behavior towards others the researchers noted a direct positive impact on the expression of the immune-protective gene. The other groups showed no change in the gene.

This incredible finding shows us that being kind towards other people, not only improves their experience of the world in which we live, but boosts our own immune system at the same time! Isn’t that something to celebrate?

So next time you extend the hand of kindness to someone you meet, or someone you know, remember that while you are busy helping them, your immune-protective genes are getting a great boost too!

The time to raise our consciousness, and make this world a better place for our children and our future generations, is now.

Together we can change the world, into the beautiful place we know in our hearts it truly is. We can heal the world of all its ills, one kind act at a time.

Be Kind

Reference: Nelson-Coffey SK, Fritz MM et al. Kindness in the blood: A randomised controlled trial of the gene regulatory impact of prosocial behaviour. Psychoneuroendocrinology. Volume 81, July 2017, pages 8-13.

The Face Covering that protects your Life Force!

PRANASILK FACE COVERINGS

The first thing a newborn infant does when he enters the world is to draw breath. Our breath is our life force, and any yoga practitioner will tell you how important it is not only for our physiological health but also for our spiritual well-being. When our breath is restricted, we breath only with the upper respiratory tract and do not fully oxygenate our blood, brain and vital organs. It is now fairly common knowledge that cancers thrive in a poorly oxygenated body, and shallow breathing keeps us in a state of low-level stress – a state that diseases will flourish in!

Pranayama, or breathwork in yoga teaches us to breathe slowly and deeply utilizing the full capacity of our lungs. Not only does this nourish our body with oxygen but it stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system, where healing takes place. We feel calmer and can manage our stressful lives when we allow our nervous systems to exist in parasympathetic dominance, meaning we can cope with all the challenges life throws at us with more ease, and more success!

But in our current world we are encouraged to wear face coverings to protect both ourselves and others from airborne viruses. While this is important, it is also important to remember how this impacts our breath and thereby our life force.

We now see many people walking, running, biking , all with face coverings. When we should be taking in large lungful’s of fresh air we are shallow breathing, because our faces are covered.

So how can we protect ourselves and those we love from the threat of pathogens and still ensure our own respiratory systems can function as they should?

First of all its important not to use face coverings made from unnatural fibres which we will be inhaling into our own bodies. We need to be able to breathe as naturally as we can, and know that whatever protective covering we choose is going to support our breath and not hinder it in any way.

Any natural organic fibre will be better that synthetic masks that have been dyed or treated chemically, but by far the best choice in my own opinion is natural silk.

Research shows that silk is one of the most effective type of face coverings for COVID19[1]

Silk is hypo-allergenic and naturally water repellant meaning it will protect against airborne droplets. Caterpillars build their silk cocoons knowing they will be safe from the wet weather, because the silk will protect them, and keep them warm and dry.

Because silk is hypoallergenic it will not cause the breakouts people are suffering with from keeping a warm damp cloth over their faces.

To order your natural beautifully hand made silk mask, please contact Liz from Pranasilk Masks for further information at Littlemisswardie730@hotmail.co.uk


Let The World Heal You

A bright and lively fire dances in the hearth

But all you see in front of you are obstacles in your path.

A vast expanse of ocean sparkles in the sun

But your mind’s eye is fixed on an impossible horizon

A melancholy owl hoots softly from a tree

But your ears are full of woes that you hear constantly

A warm spring sun gently kisses your cool skin

But the chill of life that grips you comes from deep within

You sip an icy beer on a hot summers’ day

But your mind is on the future and not with you today

Life has so many gifts, that she´d like to offer you,

But when she calls there’s no-one home to give her bounties to.

You’ve forgotten what an amazing world you live in!

Close your eyes, open your heart and healing will begin.

Have you lost your Christmas Sparkle this year?

Its Christmas eve, on what has been maybe the toughest year in most of our memories for a long time.

Christmas Eve was always my favorite day of the festive season. The magic of Christmas still just a few hours away; excited children eager to get to bed for once; mulled wine; open fires and knowing you have a few precious days with your loved ones – but this year I have to admit I haven’t even put up a tree, or a fairy light.

My first instinct was not to write an article for Christmas. Life has been a real challenge for us of late, and the last thing I feel is festive. I’d prefer to crawl under my shell and pretend it’s not Christmas Eve. But I know I’m not alone in this feeling – far from it. The feeling of festive cheer is not what is usually is for any of us.

Christmas is often a focal point of our year. We spend days, weeks even preparing for it, and it feels like a wonderful break from the bleakness of winter and dark evenings. The usual winter blues is lifted for a few wonderful days as we embrace the Christmas sparkle and forget our worries as we party with friends and celebrate with our loved ones. But this year many of us are not with our nearest and dearest – separated, by countries, regions, tiers and bubbles. Many have no money to treat themselves or those they love, and Christmas just becomes a stark reminder of how we are not allowed to do those things that normally warm our hearts and lift us at this time of year.

So why did I change my mind and decide to write today? Because I know in my heart that I’m not alone, in my feelings, and that so many others are struggling today, even more so because its Christmas. And I know that the only thing that will take us through these days is love. Love is with us everyday whether we feel it or not, and when we remember its presence in our lives it fills us with light and peace. We have angels around us all the time – and when I say angels I am not talking of the ethereal angels, but in the friends and family we have in our lives. Even when we cannot be with our loved ones it doesn’t stop them loving us, or us them. There are no restrictions, conditions, rules or boundaries to love. No-one can make love stay in one town, or only go out at certain times. We may not be able to travel to be with those we love, but our love still can. So whether you send gifts and cards, connect on FaceTime or zoom, or simply think of your dear ones with an open heart and send them love, nothing can stop that connection. Christmas is a time of goodwill, peace and love – so make sure you send love, and keep your heart open to receive love, because when you do, it will heal you, lift you and bring back the sparkle to your life that this year has tried so hard to extinguish.  Let’s make this Christmas all about love, and let it flow freely around the world from heart to heart.

This Christmas is different – we cannot escape that, but we can embrace that difference and choose to make it special. Not in the ways we are perhaps used to, but in the way we feel and think. Let’s find our sparkle within, and let it radiate warming the hearts of those we love and find the magic of Christmas.

I wish you clarity and calm, happiness and health but most of all LOVE.

Merry Christmas.