How to cope with life’s ups and downs

How to cope with life’s ups and downs –
The Yogic View Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative…

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In today’s modern world, our minds are continually bombarded with experiences, both positive and negative. Negative TV programmes, the Internet, media, computer games, etc, they all influence and affect how we view our world; in our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Each additional negative builds on negative impressions (samskaras) that are already in our minds. The company we keep also has an effect on us, for example, we may stay in a relationship that regularly hurts us, mentally or physically. All of this leads to negative attitudes, increased anxiety levels and depression and generally makes us feel as if we are being dragged down.

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What is Reiki?

I have often been asked this question, and I have always had difficulty answering concisely. It’s articulating something so un-academic that I find difficult, as far as I am aware no research has been carried out to prove that Reiki even exists.



I discovered Reiki while in London visiting an aunt, after relating to her how depressed I felt. She recommended her friend to me, a Reiki therapist. This my first experience of Reiki, was transformatively effective. The treatment relaxed me more than I had ever felt, the practitioners hands were warm and with my eyes closed I saw beautiful swirling clolours, and I had a feeling of floating, alongside the beautiful sounds of fiddle music playing gently in the background….did I say Reiki was hard to explain..? When I left to return to my aunt’s house, I felt like I was walking on air, very lighthearted and chirpy even. It was a total revelation to me. I was inspired to become attuned to Reiki, to be able to treat myself primarily; I had been depressed for some time. I contacted Sarah Barker on the Isle of Wight, who is a Reiki Master, and directly traceable from the original discoverer of Reiki, Dr Mikao Usui and his Lineage. Dr Usui discovered the symbols that activate Reiki. There is a wealth of information on the internet about him if anyone would care to research his name.

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Kirsty Elizabeths spirital and holistic friends – Daisy Purcell

Meet: Daisy Purcell – Holistic Therapist, Energy Healer, Reiki/Crystal Master & Teacher

Daisy qualified as a holistic therapist in 1999, and has been gaining knowledge and further skills ever since. Daisy is a Crystal Therapist and Reiki Master. On first meeting Daisy I feel a sparkling spiritual presence and a strong sense of faith in her abilities as a healer. Daisy is the only Daoyin Tao practitioner on the Isle of Wight. `Daoyin Tao is my true passion as a healer` says Daisy. ` It is an amazing energy treatment. My clients report back to me how they feel really helped by my sessions`.

Currently the only Daoyin Tao Practitioner on the Island

Daisy Purcell

I have chosen a short Reiki healing session. `I love giving Reiki` Daisy tells me, and she certainly seems in her element. I find the experience peaceful and relaxing. I am aware of the feeling of heat and vibrating energy that moves across me through Daisy`s work. Daisy is gentle by nature and quietly spoken, but her healing power has great strength. Another client of Daisy`s told me, ` I could feel a heat coming from Daisy`s hands as she moved`. Reiki healing does not involve contact on skin, although the healer`s hands move across the clients body at a close distance, coming into contact with the aura.

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Kirsty Elizabeths spirital and holistic friends – Dana Molecki

Meet: Dana Molecki - Holistic Therapist

Dana Molecki has many strings to her spiritual and holistic bow. As a Reiki Master and Teacher, Energy Therapist, Facial Rejuvenation Therapist, Meditation Practitioner, Self Development Coach and qualified Fitness Instructor Dana has a lot to offer the world of healing and personal well being.

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Dana Molecki

Dana`s background was not always holistic. Working in the corporate environment in IT and Communications, Dana gained a wealth of professional experience and life skills, her organisational skills and ability to run events have proved invaluable in creating workshops, groups and teaching environments.

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Kirsty Elizabeth Psychic

As a psychic consultant I am committed to providing an honest service to the best of my ability. I have seen spirits since my teen years and I have communicated with spirit guides and departed loved ones for over 20 years, giving messages and proofs of our eternal life.

There is no guarantee of a spirit visit during a reading although in my experience it is common. I may also see guides and guardian angels. It is the guides who speak to me through visions and symbolism about life purpose and spirituality. My family background lies in the Spiritualist church, which is where my interest in the psychic and spiritual world became ignited.

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Kirsty Elizabeth

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Have you ever wondered how hypnotherapy works?

OK, first of all, we need to think about what makes up the human organism. Traditional medicine is interested only in the physical body and the brain and nervous system. If you visit your doctor, you will most likely be prescribed drugs to alleviate your problem. However, according to hypnotherapy the human organism is much more complicated than that. From the hypnotherapist’s perspective, the human being not only consists of the physical body and the brain and nervous system, but also includes the energy body (consistent with ancient traditions of yoga, reiki, acupuncture, tai chi etc), and most importantly, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.

So what are the conscious mind and the subconscious mind?

Conscious Mind

The conscious mind operates everything that requires conscious effort, for example all our actions and thoughts, this includes how we question and reason about things and people.

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Mind and Body Balance

New class at the Lotus Tree Yoga and Wellbeing Centre with Dana Molecki

Mind and Body Balance – Create a stronger, fitter, body and mind

Includes gentle ancient Chinese energy exercises (Chi Kung) and guided relaxation/meditation

• Increase physical energy
• Release tension and stress
• Improve health and well being
• Enjoy total relaxation

Meditation and relaxation

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Daoyin Tao

Daoyin Tao, pronounced DOW YIN TOW as in Town, has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a totally holistic therapy. Acupressure work of the East and Western massage techniques are combined to produce an amazing synergy which re-balances the energy of the body and allows it to begin the process of healing itself from within.

Daoyin Tao

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Daoyin Tao meets the individual at their point of need and is focused on assisting you towards better health and well-being. It could be called an energy massage but equally positive changes in physical conditions and symptoms can occur.

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The Power of thought

“If you realised how powerful your thoughts were, you would never think another negative thought”.
Have you ever given any consideration to the power of your thoughts, do you realise that they are literally life changing? Every day we have approximately 60,000 thoughts! A huge percentage (around 88%) take place in the conscious mind, thoughts which often we churn over and over again, the same old stuff going round and round – because the conscious mind is the mind that chooses our thoughts, our reasoning mind, that interprets – decides what we want to eat for breakfast, for example.

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Once the thought has been processed it slides into the filing cabinet of your mind. So all those ‘new’ thoughts now become sub conscious thoughts. Every morning when we wake up, for the majority of us, we know exactly who we are, there is no need to ask yourself who you are we just know it. When you breathe you don’t remind yourself with a little prompt saying “breathe, breathe” it just happens automatically. So, we think something, for instance when we learn to drive a car, we practice using the clutch, the gears, the accelerator etc…. once we have learned to drive however, it becomes an automatic action! You don’t think about how to change gear, it just happens automatically. How exciting is that? Did you realise that whilst learning a new skill you just re-trained your mind. We can learn any new form of behaviour! What we think we manifest as our reality!

So you reap what you sow, just like a farmer – sow a field of wheat and you will yield a field of wheat! Sow rotten seeds and you’ll yield a rotten harvest! Yuk. So like the farmer if you sow negative thoughts then you’ll reap negative consequences. If you sow positive thoughts, guess what, you’ll reap positive consequences and results in your life! Now, which would you prefer? It stands to reason which we would all prefer. To get that result however, it is necessary to work on it and practice it, just like learning to drive or any other new skill you undertake.
If you want to reap positive experiences and enjoy an abundant life, a new skill needs to be learnt, the art of thinking positively. This will take time and practice and won’t happen over night, that is the reality – there is no point in knowing what to do, you need to practice what you know and perfect it!

You can make a start immediately! Yes you can! When that negative thought creeps in and says “oh yeah, really, how can I change my thoughts just like that” (negative reaction) just say “sorry, forgive me” and start to count your blessings, that’s right be grateful, think ‘gratitude’, after all you have much to be thankful for! You woke up this morning, that’s a good start don’t you think? Then go for it and start a list of all the things to be grateful for ……. warm bed at night, a cup of tea/coffee to start the day …… a hot shower/bath. Do I need to go on? Come on you can always be grateful for something, stop seeing the negative, kick out the pessimist, open your eyes to the positive and become an optimist.

Now you’ve started, get a good affirmation and keep repeating it over and over until it becomes a subconscious thought that will become your reality and change your life, literally.
Suggested affirmation (or make up your own) every day in every way my life gets just gets better and better

SUMMARY: to make changes in your life you need to make changes in your thoughts! You need to practice constantly for it to become automatic (think skills like driving a car). Remember what you put out there you get back, sow seeds of the positive variety and reap a harvest of a positive living! Be grateful and affirm many times a day just how lucky you are to be alive.

Remember, you are a powerful force with the power to manifest, so choose your thoughts wisely.

Good luck, love and light x

Author   Dana Molecki Personal Development Leader, Reiki Master/Teacher, Facial Rejuvenation Therapist

A little capsule of yoga every day – just what the doctor ordered!

Are you are thinking of doing yoga at home? First of I would advise everyone to find a good class, and then you will learn the practises correctly. The most important thing about doing yoga is that you must work with awareness and listen to your body the whole time so you don’t strain anything.

Yoga is a great antidote to modern living; there are so many benefits, it’s impossible to mention them all here. Yoga relieves stress and tension, helps concentration, strengthens, refreshes and relaxes the whole body, in fact helps the whole body to work properly, all the internal organs get massaged, more oxygen gets into the bloodstream, you feel better, fitter, healthier and happier and what’s more you learn to breathe properly. What could be better?

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Not many people breathe into the whole of their lungs, when you feel stressed and tense you only breathe into the top part of the lungs, but when you’re relaxed and learn the breathing exercises (pranayama), you begin to use your lungs properly. Stale air gets expelled, more air is taken in, helping the exchange of gasses, this is gives you more energy, helps focus the mind and is especially good for people with asthma or breathing problems.

We all lead very busy lives and its difficult to fit everything in, we’re especially bad when it comes to looking after ourselves. I say all the more reason to do a regular home yoga practise, because if you don’t look after yourself, how can you look after anyone else? By doing some yoga every day, you will find you actually seem to have more time, yes, really, and you will really reap the benefits, I promise. But, how can we fit daily yoga into our busy lifestyle?

My lovely, dearest yogini friend Maitri sent me this Yogic Capsule; it’s a home practise with a difference. When you start off though, you do need to be very disciplined, but once the practise becomes part of your daily routine, you will never go back to your old sluggish ways and the rewards are well worth the effort. They do say that it takes 4 weeks to learn something, 4 weeks to practise and 4 weeks before it becomes a natural behaviour, so allow yourself 12 weeks and you’re away.

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This is the routine – when you get up in the morning you do a few minutes chanting. This can be an absolutely uplifting experience once you get used to making funny noises; it’s a bit like singing, but it doesn’t matter if you’re not very good at it. Then before breakfast you do some postures, Surya Namaskara, the sun salutation is absolutely brilliant, it tones and stretches the entire system. Then later in the day do some pranayama, you can do this anywhere, and it only takes a few minutes. Later on in the afternoon, you have a ‘power nap’ by mentally relaxing each part of the body, brilliant for reviving you during the mid afternoon slump, then before bed do some mediation and review your day. You will get a deep restful sleep and feel wonderful in the morning. Yay, result. Oh and did I remember to say how much fitter and healthier you will feel? But remember it’s very important to attend a weekly class too to keep you on track.

Click here for the Yogic Capsule

Author   Written by Sandy Hector BSc(Hons) Psychology, Registered Hypnotherapist