Sunday, 22 June 2014


Simple Abundance
Simple abundance "shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self . . . as you choose the tastiest vegetables from your garden, search for treasures at markets, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons and the year.  Here, for the first time, the mystical alchemy of style and the spirit is celebrated.  Every day, your own true path leads you to a happier, more fulfilling and contented way  of life-the state of grace known as . . . 


Embrace its gentle lessons, savor its sublime common sense, dare to live its passionate truth, and share its extraordinary and exhilarating gift with every woman you encounter: the authentic self is the Soul made visible." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

Sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of everyday living.
 We need time out to rekindle our flame within, before we burn out.  There isn't always the time or money to take a holiday to recharge the battery but here are some ideas that only require a few hours and can be achieved on a budget.  I would like to 
share some simple tips to help re-energize the 
soul, so that you can continue life beaming with
 enthusiasm once again when life 
becomes a challenge.

Get out into the garden!

No need to weed, just sit with a freshly brewed pot of tea or a glass of your favorite beverage and relax.  Take out a comfortable chair or if you really want to indulge, open out that banana lounge & dust off the cob webs and just sit.  No phones, mobiles or interruptions for the next hour. Listen to the birds lightly chirping in the background and breathe in that fresh air.  Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing taking in a big deep breath  through your nose and then slowly, out through your mouth. As you breathe out, feel your body relaxing, letting go of all that tension or anxiety.  Repeat this for three to six breaths or until you feel totally relaxed and your muscles are no longer tense.

Light a beautiful natural soy scented candle!

Find your favorite quiet spot in the house and light a beautiful scented candle and either sit or lie and relax.  Don't think of the things you haven't as yet completed but sit and be thankful for what you have achieved today.  While you are relaxing take a deep breath in and smell the wonderful scent of that candle.

Take a luxurious bath with beautiful scented oils, bubbles or bath bombs!

 Sit and feel the warmth of the water & relax those tense muscles.  Take a few deep breaths and smell those luxurious scents.  You will feel relaxed & it will do wonders for your skin as those beautiful oils are absorbed.  I recommend you do this at the 
end of the day with a glass of sparking & then hop 
into bed for a great nights sleep.

Indulge in reading  a good book or if you prefer, browse through your favorite magazine!

Hop into bed or lay on the couch with your feet elevated and immerse yourself in a great book or magazine, even if it's only for a few hours and if you are inclined, take a nap.  If you doze off to sleep, that's OK, your body is tired and needs the rest.

Organise a manicure, pedicure or massage! 

If you are time poor, you can usually find an hour or two spare before an appointment, after work or before picking up the children, to squeeze in some you time.  Just do it, pick up the phone and book yourself a facial, manicure, pedicure or a massage.  It will work wonders and give you a lift.  

Catch up with a friend for coffee, brunch or lunch! 

Having a good friend that understands you and that you can debrief with and share your experiences or off load your worries is a true

Take a long walk along the beach or around a park! 

While walking, listen to the sounds, breathe deeply and release any tension you may be harboring.  Feel your muscles relaxing.  No need to rush, enjoy the moment. 

Visit your favorite church, cathedral or place of worship! 

The power of prayer is an amazing way to relax
 and re-energize the soul.

Take a weekly Pilates class! 

Not only will it strengthen your core body but it will help you relax.

Do something daily to nourish your spirit!

Plant a veggie patch or herb garden and watch it grow.
Choose some beautiful produce & cook a wonderful meal for family and /or friends. 
Take an art, language or cooking class (or other class of interest that you would love but have been putting off). 
Visit a produce, vintage or craft market.
Listen to beautiful music.
Cut some flowers or herbs from your garden & arrange them in a jar or bottle. 
Give thanks for the little things - gratitude is empowering.
Smile & make others smile around you.
Laugh! Laughing not only makes you happy but releases endorphins, reducing pain and makes you feel better overall.
Remember only kindness and love matter!

Make time to discover your authentic self and live a happier and more fulfilling life!

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