For some reason I am feeling very tired today despite sleeping for 11 hrs! Perhaps it’s a case of sleeping too much then waking with a sleep ‘hangover’ of sorts. Either way I don’t feel optimal. Hopefully I’ll be back on track tomorrow or soon so I can think better.
I donated again. Hope Rara stays well and can get out sooner rather than later.
The ‘Guest House’ A fantastic way to think about our emotions and feelings. Welcome them into your life, don’t judge them for they may be coming to you for a reason!
Mindfulness and meditation practice allows us the valuable time to connect deeply with our inner self, to spend time with ourself and to listen to what is going on with our mind, body and soul. Lets take a quick look at emotions and feelings through the use of meditation and mindfulness and as Rumi says, ‘welcome them into our guesthouse’.
As we sit or lie and start our meditation, we close our eyes and relax our body, concentrate on our breath, in and out, in and out, we can take our time to bring our awareness to our breath, focussing our attention only on our breath, the feeling of our breath as it raises our stomach, inflates our chest…
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I really enjoyed the linked article. Tough love has never been my favourite approach. It’s just being unkind without space to see the person who is suffering.
This comment made me feel sad – “Addicted people often unconsciously issue invitations for us to treat them badly. We don’t have to accept those invitations. It is all part of the low-self esteem and poor self-view from which so many addicted people suffer.”
Completely unrelated an old tree that have been watching and thought was dead, noticed young leaves again on its top branches, long way behind the trees around it but seems to be coming back to life.
Although I am not a huge fan of Pamela Anderson I always thought she was a lovely person. So when I read of her childhood I felt very sad for her. She suffered through a lot of sexual abuse yet managed to not let it stop her from having a life. I respect her so much for sharing what happened to her with her female babysitter molesting her over four years and rapes from males beginning at age 12. Pamela Anderson may seem like a ‘dumb blonde’ to some but I never saw her that way and hopefully people will understand how strong she is to have overcome the abuse she endured. I wish her well and hope the traumas of her past don’t haunt her because the abusers don’t deserve to be in her thoughts; they were/are horrible for abusing a young child. If you wish to see the news article the link is posted here: https://ca.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/pamela-anderson-says-she-raped-age-12-molested-131000536-us-weekly.html
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Any minute now, the Iraqi Council of Representatives will vote to legalise forced child marriage.
If this legislation passes, there will be no minimum age to legally marry. A girl’s father would legally be able to accept a marriage proposal, and a girl would be prohibited from resisting her husband’s advances and leaving the home without his permission. This law is a recipe for life in domestic and sexual slavery.
Currently, with the legal marriage age at 18 and the prohibition of forced marriage, Iraq has one of the most progressive policies on women’s rights in the Middle East. This law would be a huge step back for Iraqi women’s rights!
We may not have much time to stop Iraq from legalizing forced child marriage and a lifetime of domestic and sexual slavery for girls and women. Urge the Prime Minister of Iraq to strike down the Jaafari Personal…
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I just wanted to let you know I haven’t fallen off the earth! Still here, just busy and not blogging as frequently. My profuse apologies for being a lousy blogger lately but I will try to post soon.
Excellent piece. Worth the read! It’s about trauma more so than depression though.
‘I had a golden life, so why was I falling apart?’: TV psychotherapist Benjamin Fry was devastated by depression. Then he discovered a radical new treatment
By Benjamin Fry
PUBLISHED: 23:01 GMT, 27 July 2013 | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 27 July 2013
Your life looks fine – even enviable – on the surface. But underneath you are more stressed and anxious than anyone realises. You’ve been called ‘oversensitive’ or accused of ‘overreacting’ because the setbacks and stresses that other people seem to take in their stride can knock you for six. You’ve also been told that you are attractive, bright, full of potential, yet…
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Gosh, I can’t believe how quickly September seems to have arrived. Maybe it’s already
September in your part of the world. Here, there’s another few hours to go. I think September always makes me feel like it’s a sort of beginning or start to something new. Likely this comes from having been in school for the majority of my life and learning to associate September with a new calendar year (academic). But now that I am out it feels nice to simply take in the new temperatures and changes that come usually by October, if not before then. I love autumn. It’s the best season in my humble opinion. All seasons have their merits but being a person who enjoys days perfect for a sweater, autumn is best.
It’s been awhile since I posted anything on here. My other blogs have been neglected too but this one especially. So my apologies for that. I will try to post more frequently-so long as I have something worth posting about. Not that you don’t all want to hear about the more banal aspects of my life….. 😉
Lately I have been trying to establish more of an online presence regarding my online shops and social media. It’s not been the easiest thing to figure out where to spend my time and what I ought to be focusing more attention on. Promotion isn’t really my forte but I am grateful for Twitter, facebook and other lesser known social media sites. One that you may not have heard of yet is WANELO which stands for want, need, love and features anything you can imagine that is sold online. It’s easy to post stuff to and you can share to facebook and Twitter at the same time if you wish. I like it for its ease of use and little need for tech skills above the moderate level (at most).
The two online shops I focus most of my time on are Zazzle and CafePress. They are sites where you can place your design on a product and it will give you a royalty if it sells. It’s not a get rich quick sort of thing by any stretch. I’d wager most sellers don’t even manage to cash out. You have to earn $25 American or $50 if Canadian on Zazzle and most royalties are small. CafePress on the other hand allows you to cash out at $20 if you’re Canadian so I am glad about that. Maybe I will manage that. I have yet to sell anything from my CafePress shop but I only started adding products to it last week. My Zazzle store has been open since last October and I haven’t made enough to cash out yet on there!
I’ve been quite busy this past month so maybe I’ll do another post about everything I have been up to. For now I’ll just end here.
- New CafePress marketplace connects designers with online shoppers (siliconbeat.com)
- CafePress Has Gone Social (smallbusinessmavericks.com)
- CafePress connects designers with online shoppers (mercurynews.com)
- Twitter Gets Commerce Head, Plans To Get People Using Twitter For Online Shopping (webpronews.com)
- Check Out Wanelo! (cinnamonpink.typepad.com)
- The Rise Of Social Commerce: How Tweets, Pins And Likes Can Turn Into Sales (businessinsider.com)