Have You a Self-Doubt Gremlin?

by Christine Craven Business, Relationships, Self Improvement
When it comes to our passion and our Dreams we too often listen to our Gremlins.  Why do we do this?  Probably because we want them so badly we are afraid to fail. This fear drives our Self-doubt even more.  We start to question our abilities and whether we can actually do what we really want to do.  We question our decisions, we start to think that we are Crazy to do it, what if people don't like us or won't ...
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Are You Over-Thinking?

by Christine Craven Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Are you over-thinking? Is there such a thing as Over-Thinking? Have you found yourself deciding to do something then a few minutes later your thinking kicks in and you eventually decide it is probably a bad idea? This can happen to us in relationships, decision making, work and even when we are on holiday. What seems like a bright idea at the time, such as starting your own business, suddenly doesn't seem that bright after all.  Self-doubt creeps in and tells you all ...
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The Tale of a Scottish Welder

by Christine Craven Relationships, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Hi,  This is a tale of a Scottish Welder who, in a moment, had an insight which transformed his life and those of anyone who would listen. Sydney Banks was born in Scotland.  His adopted parents moved with Sydney to Canada where he was brought up and worked as a Welder.  He married and had children but like most people had problems and stress.   One day as Sydney was standing in his front room looking out of the window he became silent.  ...
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Healing the Chakras through Meditation

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
This Meditation takes you deep within yourself to bring balance and healing to your inner self.  We start by gently going into relaxation then as we go deeper we bring light, healing and energy into each of the individual Chakras starting at the Root Chakra and working our way through each one opening each to fill them with light, energy and healing until all our Chakras are spinning and glowing with healing light.  To end we slowly close down each ...
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Meditation to Bring Energy into the Chakras

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
How often do you feel out of sorts?  That could be that your Chakra's are out of balance or even low in energy.  The following meditation will help you re-energise and bring balance and flow back into your life. Your browser does not support the audio element.
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Armomatherapy - German Chamomile Vs Roman Chamomile

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Apart from the name what is different about the two oils German and Roman Chamomile? German Chamomile or Matricaria chamomilla (also known as Matricaria recutita) is part of the Compositae or Asteraceae family it is an annual herb with delicate feathery leaves and simple daisylike white and yellow flowers on a single stem.  The flower heads produce a viscous, inky-blue essential oil when steam-distilled. Roman Chamomile or Anthemis nobilis, (also known as Chamaemelum nobile) is also part of the Compositae or Asteraceae family ...
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How to be Mindful - a Beginners Guide

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
What is Mindfulness? Many people talk about mindfulness these days but what does it actually mean.  Being mindful is be-ing in the moment.  For a moment look at your hand in front of your eyes ignore everything else around you, the sounds the smells and where you are.  Look at every detail, the shape the colour the lines.  Now, close your eyes for a moment and bring that image into your mind (don’t cheat and open your eyes) What can you ...
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Meditation to ease Stress- Take back control

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Meditation to Ease Stress - Take Back Control If you have ever thought to yourself "Meditation would probably be great for me, but I don't have the time", then you need to reprioritize your life and take back control. Why? because you are out of control.  You are allowing life to control you and your movements, rather than the other way round. Why is it important? Stress!!  While some form of Stress may be helpful, the out of control Stress is not.  Everyday ...
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Aromatherapy on Holiday - Fighting off the Mosquitos

by Christine Craven Travel and Leisure, Health and Fitness, Home and Family
Aromatherapy on Holiday – Fighting off The Mosquitos We have all been there, on Holiday, a few drinks and on the first morning find you wake up and have been the victim of an attack!!  Yes, those little flying monsters, silent but deadly have mistaken you for their next meal. The only consolation is hoping that they have a greater hangover than you. How do you avoid the red lumps and itching that follows?  Mosquito Heaven The best way, of course, is not to get ...
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Woman Behind the Plastic Mask - Who is the Real Me?

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Woman Behind the Plastic Mask – Who is the Real Me  When I was writing the Article Woman Behind the Plastic Mask, it made me think about the different masks we all wear on a daily and even minute by minute basis. When I break down my different roles and masks, often several in a day, the list soon mounts up and, for each role, we need to wear a different one. Mother, carer, partner, cook, cleaner, therapist, counsellor, advisor, driver, shopper, ...
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Vibrational Aromatherpay - Different Uses of Aromatherapy

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Whether or not you use Aromatherapy Professionally or for home use, you still need to plan which oils or resins are the best ones for what you wish to achieve.  Setting the right environment for a therapy or professional treatment creates an atmosphere of peace, calm and a spiritual haven. All things have a vibration and oils are no different, each oil and each blend of oils has its own unique vibration, colour and aroma.  Oils and colours have been associated ...
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The Woman Behind the Plastic Mask - Or Do Cybermen Really Exist?

by Christine Craven Travel and Leisure, Recreation and Sports, Self Improvement
The Woman Behind Mask -Part One I know that the title of this piece sounds a little confusing but bear with me and I will explain.  Twelve years ago my partner and I decided to learn Scuba Diving!  What at 49 & 3/4rs, I hear you say, YES, why not!   Scuba Training We did our PADI training at a local school and decided that we would do the open water training somewhere warm (the British Waters being rather chilly).   As it was ...
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Reconnecting With Your Body - Working with the Muladhara Chakra

by Christine Craven Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Reconnecting with your Body – Working with Muladhara Energy If you read my previous article on Chakras you will know that the Muladhara Chakra is the Root Chakra found at the Base of the Spine.  It is usually associated with the Colour Red and Earth and helps to Ground us and steady the mind.  Here is the link if you would like to Read more the-chakras-and-transformational-eating  QUESTION TIME?   ASK yourself this question – Do I need to reconnect with my body?  If ...
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Why Are Base Oils Underrated - The Benefits of Base Oils

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Food and Drink
Why are Base Oils Underrated –  The Benefits of Base Oils Base oils, or Carrier Oils as they are sometimes referred to, are seriously underrated by anyone not trained in Aromatherapy.  Of course, the manufacturers of Creams and Lotions are aware of the properties as many have been known to include at least 2 or 3 beneficial Base Oils in face and body products during manufacture. There are hundreds of Base or Carrier Oils but few know that they have health ...
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How to Break Free - A 3 Step Process

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
HOW TO BREAK FREE - A 3 STEP PROCESS Many of us long to Break Free …. from stress, from self-sabotaging, from unhealthy relationships, from jobs we dislike from…  the list can be endless. By following this 3 step process you could start your journey to a new happier you today.   But, how do we do it? How can we break free from internal conflicts which can be caused by external influences and which we believe are beyond our control? Where ...
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Summer is Here - Cool off with Borage.

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Food and Drink, Home and Family
Sumer is Here - Cool off with Borage There are many herbs in our gardens which come into their own in Summer.  Borage or Starflower is one of those plants. Borage a beautiful flowering plant that grows in the wild in the Mediterranean and in our own gardens.  Health benefits Borage is a great source of essential fatty acids (EFA,s) which are body's need for good health. EFA's improve hair and nail growth and appearance. Borage also has high levels of Gamma-linolenic Acid ...
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The Chakras and Transformative Eating

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Food and Drink
The Chakras and Transformative Eating WHAT ARE CHAKRAS? Most of us have heard about Chakras but if you are not sure what a Chakra is, literally translated Chakra means “wheel”.  It is used to describe the seven focal points of radiant power or vital energy within your subtle body.  The main Chakras are centred around the base of your spine or Root (Muladhara), lower abdomen or Sacral (Swadhisthana), Solar-plexus (Manipura), Heart (Anahata), Throat (Vishuddha), forehead or third eye (Ajna) and the Crown ...
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Aromatherapy - In the Kitchen

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Food and Drink, Home and Family
Aromatherapy - In the Kitchen When we think of Aromatherapy we often think of nicely scented candles or oils used in a relaxing massage but, Aromatherapy is so much more. Cleaning your Kitchen It is the case that many of us have pets and the Cat Litter Tray or Dog's Bed tend to be in the Kitchen! There are many sources of aroma in the kitchen but ventilation is not always enough to get rid of unpleasant odor molecules. Essential Oils can also be ...
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Aromatherapy - The ancient art of healing with herbs and oils.

by Christine Craven Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Food and Drink
Aromatherapy - The ancient art of healing with herbs and oils.   The first question I am asked about using Aromatherapy is, Does it Work? My answer is often – Do you want it to work! Many are skeptical about the healing properties of essential oils but it is not surprising since we are brought up to believe that the only thing that is going to make you better if you are ill, are tablets and antibiotics from the GP. What we ...
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