Thursday, February 22, 2024

For every moment

"For every moment you remain angry, you give up 60 seconds of peace of mind." - Emerson


"Do not speak unless you can improve the silence." Definitely a tough ask, but certainly a wise message.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Happy Year of the Wood Dragon!

Year of the Dragon - Forecast

What may have seemed impossible or unattainable may become a reality this year. A Dragon year is a time for conquering adversity for anyone willing to stand their ground and set healthy boundaries. It is year for courage and pushing through the obstacles to get the best outcome. There may be risks involved but with a sensible strategy, good advice, determination and persistence, you will make important discoveries and take important steps in the direction of your dreams. A year of prosperity, the wood dragon is a year in which hard work and a strong, assertive approach will bring opportunities for progress and success, positive options to improve your work life, recognition, and improved financial rewards for your efforts.

The sign of the Dragon is associated with the colour yellow which was the imperial colour of China, the colour reserved for the Emperor. Dragon's Yellow is also linked with the qualities of progress, fame and achievement; the harmonious balance of yin and yang; the direction of east-south-east; the early hours of the day and the end of spring. The wood element is linked to the colour green which expresses new growth, rebirth, enthusiasm, connection to nature, fresh ideas and exciting new ventures.

In Chinese astrology the dragon is respected and admired and holds special significance. More than 4,000 years ago, there were two large tribes and many smaller tribes in China. The tribes had animals as emblems. The two large tribes unified and chose the dragon as their symbol. In fact, the Han Chinese still call themselves the descendants of the Dragon. In Chinese astrology the dragon was seen as a powerful almighty king because it was made up of different parts of animals such as a tiger, fish, snake and an eagle. The Chinese dragon was not seen as a threatening or evil but a symbol of power, superiority and leadership.

The dragon symbol is associatd with power and wisdom. In Chinese astrology a dragon person is considered powerful and wise, people who stand out, demanding attention and respect.

In Chinese astrology, those born under the dragon sign are seen as "doers" – achieving success and power by getting things done. A dragon can breathe out fire so the person born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon may be a hothead so watch out if you make them angry! However, many are compassionate, despite having a have a sharp tongue. They are assertive and are capable of confronting others if necessary but reach their "soft heart" and they are worthwhile allies.

Characteristics of people born in the Year of the Dragon: - Innovative, enterprising, self-assured, brave, passionate, conceited, and quick-tempered. Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac with a creative spark ready to flame into life. They need to feel free to follow their heart and spirit but they also enjoy spending time alone in their sacred space to contemplate, restore and heal.

The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colourful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and irrepressible. Everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas and extreme ambitions, but this expression is not meant for show. They are confident and fearless in the face of challenge, and almost always successful.

People born in the Year of the Dragon usually make it to the top. But, they must be aware of that too much enthusiasm can leave them tired and unfulfilled. Their personalities give them the ability to attract friends, but they can be rather solitary people at heart. While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colourful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be by themselves can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Their self-sufficiency can mean that they have no need for close bonds with other people. They need time to themselves. Dragons will give into love, but won’t give up their independence. Their partners need to be tough-skinned. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and still have the potential to commit to a relationship if they feel the time is right.

Dragon people tend to take thrilling risks, and burn the candle at both ends so they are fortunate to be blessed with good health. However, they can suffer bad health as a result of excess stress. Symptoms of their personalities often stem from emotional outbursts and can range from tension headaches to depression to hypertension. They can remedy these problems by maintaining their cool, implementing a routine in their daily lives, and practice meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi or Yoga that soothe the mind and spirit as well as tone the body.

The Dragon is not the most domesticated of the Animal signs, so people born in the Year of the Dragon prefer enjoying outdoor activities rather than staying at home. They are extroverts who have a deep love for nature. Their homes should be as large and majestic as their personalities, providing space for the fiery temperament or emotional eruptions that accompany their character. They have true and sincere love, which comes from the depths of their hearts.

Dragons are not a fan of rules and regulations. Restrictions blow out the creative spark. Dragons must be free and uninhibited.

In careers, Dragons prefer leading to being led. Jobs that allow them to express their creativity are good choices. Some good careers include: inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person. Dragon people are quite imaginative, always able to see new paths and will take a radical approach. They have innate explorative spirit and try to succeed at one stroke. They are very adaptable and are fit for various occupations, especially if those occupations allow them to take the limelight. They work hard, but would rather give orders than receive them. They should avoid jobs that encompass too much routine, and should move toward jobs in which their self-reliance can be an asset.

People born in the Year of the Dragon like to spend money, and tend to be charitable, to themselves as well as with others. Many Dragon people will take big chances with their finances. It is very rare that they remain poor for long. They will always be straightforward in financial dealings.

Dragon Years: 02/19/1904 to 02/03/1905 (Wood), 02/03/1916 to 01/22/1917 (Fire), 01/23/1928 to 02/09/1929 (Earth), 02/08/1940 to 01/26/1941 (Metal), 01/27/1952 to 02/13/1953 (Water), 02/13/1964 to 02/01/1965 (Wood), 01/31/1976 to 02/17/1977 (Fire), 02/17/1988 to 02/05/1989 (Earth), 02/05/2000 to 01/23/2001 (Metal), 01/23/2012 to 02/09/2013 (Water), 10/2/2024 - 28/01/2025 (Wood). Famous Dragon People: Calista Flockhart, Colin Farrell, Courtney Cox, Courtney Love, Dinah Shore, Isabella Rossellini, Chadwick Bosman, Keanu Reeves, Julia Ormond, Juliette Binoche, Reese Witherspoon, Liam Neeson, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bullock, and Wynnona Judd, John Lennon, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King, Ringo Starr, Stanley Kubrick, Patrick Stewart, Tom Jones, Emma Stone.

Dragons and the Five Elements

The Dragon personality The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Western mythology said needed to be found and slayed. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are honoured and respected.

Wood Dragons – 2024, 1964

Wood Dragons also are willing to entertain the opinions of others. Their artistic side is strong, and Wood Dragons enjoy being creative. They get along with others, but will always be the dominating force. Questioning and liberal, Wood Dragons enjoy talking about original ideas and are open to other points of view. They are innovative, imaginative practical and appreciate art in each of its forms. Generally less pretentious than other Dragons, Wood Dragons have an ability to get along with other people. They have the essentials to build a prosperous and happy life for themselves. Still, Wood Dragons are outspoken and at times a bit pushy to quell everyone, even in the most friendly quarrel. Most congenial partners and business associates - Water Roosters and Metal Oxen.

Metal Dragons – Years 1940 and 2000

Metal strengthens this already strong sign. Metal They enjoy the company of those who feel mighty enough to challenge their beliefs. They’re true leaders and usually find plenty of others willing to follow. Truthful but extreme, courageous but unyielding, Metal Dragons have a strength similar to the Dragon fire. Metal Dragons succeed through determination and will fight for what they believe in. They are mighty and respect people who stand up to them. In troubled times, these Dragons make great allies, but become ferocious challengers. Metal Dragons can often calm others through their forceful personalities. They seek action, and things are never better than when they are defending a thought or belief about which they have complete faith. Metal Dragons like to lead, and have an affect that makes others want to follow them. Yet even if they attract no support they will fight alone. Most congenial partners and business associates – Earth Snakes and Fire Tigers

Water Dragons – Years 1952 and 2012

Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes them more perceptive of others and see things from other points of view. They don’t have the need to always be right. Their decisions, if well-researched, are usually better since they allow other’s to become involved. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another. Most congenial partners and business associates - Metal Monkeys and Earth Sheep.

Fire Dragons – 1916 and 1976

The Fire Dragon is a powerful force to be reckoned with. This is a Dragon doubled! The Fire Dragon can move from calm and collected to combustible in a matter of seconds. In some ways the Fire Dragon is his or her own worst enemy. These Dragons cannot help feeling they are valuable and all-knowing. When they are right their vehemence and vigor is an asset to the cause, and though they value objectivity, they do not always employ the best decision-making measures, and sometimes jump to the wrong conclusion. They also suffer from recklessness and quick tempers. Yet, when they do keep their temper, emotions, and rivalling spirit under control, they emanate a commanding influence on other people. Fire Dragons need to slow down and keep their tempers in check as that’s when they’re best. Most congenial partners and business associates - Wood Rats and Water Rabbits

Earth Dragons – Years 1928 and 1988

More rooted in the ground, Earth Dragons make better decisions because they act more rationally. Earth Dragons make great managers because they are practical, level-headed and demonstrate a knack for organizing. and able to control their behaviours. They’re more supportive of others, but still have the need to dictate and be admired, but they are affable, congenial and supportive. Compared to other Dragons, Earth Dragons are less likely to breathe fire at the least irritation. They will work diligently to complete their life goals. The Earth element adds a greater portion of self-control to the Dragon's personality and usually the Earth Dragon is deserving of the respect he or she desires. These Dragons take their life and romantic responsibilities quite seriously. Most congenial partners and business associates - Fire Dragons and Wood Horses.

Happy Year of the Wood Dragon!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Every new day

Every new day is another chance to change your life. Every new day is another chance to improve your life.

Can you find peace

35 seconds of relaxing music and sounds of nature, stunning natural imagery and a concept to contemplate. Can you find peace at the top of a mountain?

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Native American Blessing

"May the stars carry your sadness away. May the flowers fill your heart with beauty. May hope forever wipe away your tears, and above all, may silence amke you strong." - Chief Dan George

Music to clear away negative energy

Wonderful meditative music to cleanse your home or work space and rebalance your mind, body and spirit. (Duration: 3 hours and 33 minutes)

Friday, February 9, 2024


Peace is achieved by not struggling to achieve it. Take a slow deep breath, immerse yourself in the colours and sounds of the natural world, and relax into the gentle rhythm of the Universe breathing.

This chanting meditation is one of the best I have come across

This powerful Monk chanting meditation cleanses, realigns and energises the body, mind and spirit. Qigong Master Chunyi Lin adds his insights and guidance to this uplifting meditation. (duration: 17 minutes)

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Time to call your power back and call your energy back with this affirmation

Soothing music and the soothing sounds of waves gently lapping the shore provide a tranquil soundscape for this affirmation of self-healing and empowerment. Enjoy!

Friday, February 2, 2024

Your choices - your life - your evolution - your contribution

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Gving yourself peace

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

One day

"One day at a time. One step at a time. One breath at a time." Put one foot in front of the other, slowly but surely, and eventually, you will get there.

No matter

"No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful that you still have one."

Probably the most haunting, ethereal and spiritual piece of music ever created

"The Host of the Serphim" by Dead Can Dance, sung by the amazingly talented Lisa Gerrard, expresses the depths and heights of human emotion and spiritual expression. It has been described as the only piece of music that opens every chakra simultaneously. It is not uncommon for those listening to this track to either get goosebumps, cry, or feel their mind and spirit transcends for the duration of this song. Would love to hear whether you experience something special while listening to this song? Just add your insights and reactions to the comments below. Enjoy!

Friday, January 26, 2024

The blessings of nature

Five minutes of relaxing, meditative music to connect you to the sacredness of nature.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Peace and calmness for relaxation, meditation and healing

To relieve anxiety and feel more centred, we sometimes need to remind ourselves what peace really is, and its value in our lives, both spiritually and physically. Wishing you a peaceful, joyful day 💗 ☮

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Did you know eating a banana could help cheer you up?!

Ready for a positive start to your 2024?!

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Please view this video with the sound on to enjoy the birds chirping and the Tibetan Flute Music!

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Positive change

"Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something."

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Counting Breath Meditation for De-Stressing and De-Cluttering the Mind

Counting Breaths is traditional Buddhist meditation which is simple to use and relaxing for the mind and body. At only 10 minutes duration, this lovely guided meditation (which predates AI generated mediation videos which have saturated the internet) is effective and soothing.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

When we think too much

Philosophical exploration by Alan Watts on thinking too much. Fascinating and insightful eleven minutes.

Take a deep, relaxing breath

and enjoy the soothing sounds of the ocean. A short healing video for a quick dose of tranquility and relaxation.


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is every wasted." - Aesop

Teach your children kindness and help create a more compassionate world. 💓

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Keep moving - wisdom from Albert Einstein

A short video featuring a fascinating insight by Albert Einstein with a background of soothing music.

Despite differences

"Despite differences, happiness will create an unbreakable bond." 💓

Friday, January 5, 2024

A classic rock song that is all about celebrating life!

Full of joy and passion for living, this song -"I Just Want to Celebrate" by Rare Earth, is also great to dance to! :) This clip also includes the lyrics. First released in 1971.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Exquisite footage of the natural world with gentle, soothing music to aid relaxation and inner peace.

3 hours of amazing imagery of nature. Perfect for connecting with the natural world, even if for some reason, you cannot get physically out into nature. Through watching this clip, you can enjoy "visiting" natural places you have never been and watch beautiful creatures living in the now in their natural habitat. Pure tranqullity.

Alan Watts - Philosopher (passed away 1973) on the Eternal Now

Nine and a half minutes of intriguing insights. It is worth listening to this clip more than once to get the full benefit and understanding of Watt's philosophical exploration of existence and the nature of the Eternal Now.