Entries by Sarena

Want to boost your bounce?

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With so much juggling going on in our lives – family, work, relationships, getting from A to B, health issues, fitting in fitness care, worrying about the children, relationships, the state of the world…- is it any wonder that we lose our bounce?  That we feel tired all the time or slowly realise that the […]

The Great Gayatri Mantra – the essence of all mantras

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Among all the millions of mantras written down and stored in far eastern archives, the Gayatri mantra is universally considered the essence of all mantras. The Sanskrit sounds contain the essential vibration of the upper luminous spheres of light, and all spiritual powers and potencies are within.  Beautiful words – but what does that mean […]

BIJA CHANTS – A Simple – yet profound – chanting practice

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Bija (Seed) Sounds These amazing single syllable sounds are ancient, having been chanted for thousands of years by literally millions of people.  Known as “Bija” in Sanskrit this translates as “Seed” Syllables. There are many Bija sounds, but the ones I’m sharing here relate to the main chakras (energy centres) within the body. Bijas are […]

In Honour of “Bear Spirit” that heals…

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  “With knees softened, and feet hip width apart, I can feel the earth, firm and cool, beneath me. Hands, in gently closed fists, rest as directed at my naval. Behind me, my workshop partner Nicki stands close, hands cupped around my ears. The rhythmic drumming echoes around the meadow, bringing ancient traditions into the […]

Happy versus Happiness – And the difference is..?

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With so much emphasis these days on being a happy, positive, upbeat person have you ever stopped to really consider what that means? Does it make you feel lacking in some way because you’re not almost constantly feeling happy or positive? Do you struggle with life’s ups and downs and see others as ‘happy’ but […]

The science behind positive thinking…and why negative thinking ain’t always that bad!

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Upbeat, cheerful, optimistic, positive, enthusiastic – all the traits we can admire in others and aspire to in ourselves. Perhaps you’re naturally an optimistic person? Or are you more inclined towards caution and pessimism?  Despite everything you might read, there is good in both! Negative thinking has had a bad press… but it’s there for […]

The excitment of Piglet and Pooh…

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After a late summer/early autumn gestation period, my revamped website was about to go live.  I was very excited!  In fact I popped a post on my Facebook page (Birch Moon) to give people a ‘heads up’ that something…was about to happen. And then it didn’t!  Technical issues, possibly a bug, maybe a glitch, weird […]

The Healing Art of Aurveda

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A day filled with an abundance of sunshine and warmth, yesterday saw twenty of us gather for a retreat day deep in the Somerset countryside. By weaving together the ancient arts of Yoga (with Emma Gliddon of Do Yoga) and Sacred chant (my path), we co-created a beautiful healing space where these sister sciences cleared, […]