What comes to mind if you think of the word ‘creativity’?
For me, it used to conjure up images of elaborate works of art. Creativity was something reserved for artists, authors or musicians. I did not believe myself to be a creative person.
When I look back I realise that as a child I was very creative. I could spend hours writing stories, making things and drawing pictures. There was nothing I loved more than to sit with paint, crayons, glue or other art materials and creating something just for the sake of it.
Somewhere along the way my artistic side got rejected, first by others and then by myself. However, over time I have learnt to no longer deny that part of me. I now realise that being creative has nothing to do with skill and talent but about my personal self expression and doing it just for the joy of it.
Do you hold yourself back from engaging in creative tasks? If so, what blocks you from doing this? Read More
I remember making my first ever journal entry in 2008. It was a green, A5, soft covered book with lined pages, which ended up being transformed into my confidant and wise adviser. I had not anticipated what a powerful and useful tool that journaling would become for me. It developed into an invaluable medium where I could freely articulate my thoughts and feelings, which I could not express to others at that time in my life. It increased my awareness of myself and my life, as well as it being a place to release any pent up feelings of sadness, anger or fear. It was also a space where I could rejoice and record my achievements or happy events. I have not stopped journaling since 2008 and I now have quite a collection of different note books on my shelf of varying shapes, sizes and colours. I now see journaling as an important part of my self-care routine as well as it being a method that assists with my continuous personal development. Read More
The New Diary by Tristine Rainer
This is the first book that I ever read on journaling and it is still one of my favorites. The New Diary begins by discussing the benefits of writing a journal before moving on to the basics, such as whether to keep your journal private and to encouraging you to let go of the usual rules of spelling & grammar. The New Diary contains different ideas on how you can write your journal. For example, writing unsent letters, writing a self portrait or using lists. Tristine then uses diary excerpts to demonstrate the ideas that she is suggesting. This meant that I was then able to see how I could apply these methods in my own journal. These excerpts also bring the book to life and make it so readable. Read More
There are many different causes for chronic pain, such as, fibromyalgia, arthritis or injury. Maybe you are living with chronic pain or you know someone who is. Chronic pain can have a huge impact on many aspects of a person's life. Pain can bring about sleepless nights, irritability & anger, anxiety and depression. It can result result in the loss of independence and feelings of frustration or shame.
Prior to experiencing a chronic illness the persons life may have evolved around work, caring for family and being active. Yet the debilitating nature of pain can limit how much a person is able to do. It can also affect their relationships with their family, friends and colleagues and leave the them feeling lonely and isolated. Read More
Gendai Reiki Training Workshops
I run Gendai Reiki workshops in central Durham. Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking this training. That way I can keep you informed as to when I will be running the next class.
There are four levels in Gendai Reiki. If you decided to learn level one there is no requirement for you to move beyond this level. Level one gives you the skills you need to be able to use Reiki in your everyday life and this may be all you are needing from it. Each person's Reiki journey is unique and some people are happy to stop at level one, whereas others may wish to progress to further levels. Read More