5 TIPS

for February

5 TIPS

for February

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TIME FOR REFLECTION

Whichever glorious culture and country we come from, it has a cycle, based on the agricultural seasons, the Sun and the celestial way in that part of the world. When it turns cold and the skies are clear, or it’s rainy and grey, it is natural for us to take time to go thoughtfully and with a good heart, deep inside ourselves. Recall where we made mistakes and where we had joy, success, created friendship, helped a mate, cared for family. 

In all our cultures we have created feasts and ceremonies for these times to recognise we have done this, and to give thanks.

-01

TIME FOR REFLECTION

Whichever glorious culture and country we come from, it has a cycle, based on the agricultural seasons, the Sun and the celestial way in that part of the world. When it turns cold and the skies are clear, or it’s rainy and grey, it is natural for us to take time to go thoughtfully and with a good heart, deep inside ourselves. Recall where we made mistakes and where we had joy, success, created friendship, helped a mate, cared for family.

In all our cultures we have created feasts and ceremonies for these times to recognise we have done this, and to give thanks.

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GIVE THANKS

Giving respect and thanks is one of the strongest functions of human beings, and many animals too. It holds communities together and softens political debate in all cultures. It also helps our immune system to be stronger and much less stressed. We gradually work at being at peace with ourselves.

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CUT BACK ON SUGAR

Even more, cutting down on processed sugar and junk food will allow our system to be naturally strong and resilient. Replace these with warm, loving, home cooked snacks and meals. Purposefully take time in the kitchen to make , for example, a lentil stew with carrot, swede, onion, cabbage and 2 pieces of dulse seaweed. Add olives or/and olive oil and barley miso paste (Clearspring). Sprinkle with curly parsely. Put it in a smart container and take to work. Followed by fresh apple or pear. Yum.

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CUT BACK ON SUGAR

Even more, cutting down on processed sugar and junk food will allow our system to be naturally strong and resilient. Replace these with warm, loving, home cooked snacks and meals. Purposefully take time in the kitchen to make , for example, a lentil stew with carrot, swede, onion, cabbage and 2 pieces of dulse seaweed. Add olives or/and olive oil and barley miso paste (Clearspring). Sprinkle with curly parsely. Put it in a smart container and take to work. Followed by fresh apple or pear. Yum.

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR LUNGS AND KIDNEYS

In the 5 elements of Oriental culture, the cold season of Winter is between Metal and Water, leading in a few months towards Wood in the Spring. It is the time to care for our Lungs and our Kidneys in particular. A simple way to do this is to eat lots of home cooked warming stews especially made with beans, lentils, root vegetables and lots of dark leafy greens. Miso soup, pumpkin, Sea vegetables. Baked apples, baked root vegetables. AND to keep very warm, especially around the ankles, the waist and back, neck, chest, head. Have a bath with Epsom salts in .

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CONNECT WITH NATURE

Think carefully. Give yourself a rest, connect with nature. Turn off the Iphone, look out of the window, breathe deeply. Do you need anything wrapped in plastic in the coming year? Or will you shop in the market for a change – do you honestly want that take-away cup, or prefer to see the fish and coral survive for the next seven generations.

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CONNECT WITH NATURE

Think carefully. Give yourself a rest, connect with nature. Turn off the Iphone, look out of the window, breathe deeply. Do you need anything wrapped in plastic in the coming year? Or will you shop in the market for a change – do you honestly want that take-away cup, or prefer to see the fish and coral survive for the next seven generations.