Tuesday, 15 May 2018

How to attract more kindness in one quick lesson

Cheryl Beer, Musician in residence at Zhodina Orphanage, Belarus 

If you are looking for more kindness in your life, one sure way to attract it, is to be more kind. Sounds simple doesn't it? And it is. Try it. Right now, write to someone on facebook or send a kindly email. Call someone who you know wants to hear your voice and say something wonderful to them. Make a gift for someone you don't know and give it to them, offer to help out at a voluntary project or just simply smile with conscious kindness at people ... whatever it is from the tiniest of things, trust me, your soul will sing and your heart open. Let me know how you get on.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

When your soul wakes you up in the middle of the night

It's 4.00am and I awake in my bed, singing. Yes, singing and what's more, it's a fully completed song that I  have never heard before. It seems that I have written a song in my sleep. I get up, come downstairs and start to play my handpan, tuned around my hearing disabilities, quietly so as not to trigger my hyperacusis nor to wake Jeff and Maisy. 

Too late, Maisy is awakes. She never misses an opportunity to ask for a biscuit. So, me and my little dog. in the wee hours of the morning allow my soul to sing her message through me and I become The Soul Scribe.

And this, my friends, has been happening to me for the last 18 months. Since becoming deaf, though I can not hear the outside world in the same way, I have developed a connection to my inner voice that is beyond listening.

I have been collating my sleepy soul ink messages and am very excited to say that later this year I am launching something very beautiful indeed, that will enable me to share my healing practice with you, offering you a gentle guide to your own soul ink.

The lesson for me is that even from the darkest of places, when all seems lost, the most utterly wonderful life can grow. A daffodil can not shine her light into the world, without first being buried underground.

Have a beautiful day, my friends. 
Always with love,

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Keeping tinnitus hands busy

One of the best ways that I have found to distract from my tinnitus, particularly in the evenings, is to focus on tactile creativity. Working with wool and felt is perfect. So, tonight I set about making a collection of friendship bracelets from local hand-dyed wool. I made the one above for my partner, Jeff. He loves the Tibetan silver dragon bead because the dragon is our National emblem.

I mention this because I know that many visitors to my blog are from other countries and may not know our National flag , here in Wales.

But my most favourite of all things to make are my little Heartfelt Books within which I write my stories and poems. There is something so sacred about taking so much time to make something so small and yet so loving. And I love the risk of it, that I might make a mistake when handwriting in my poem or very short story ... 

That's one of my top tips for for anyone learning to live with tinnitus. Expand upon your other senses. I quite often have essential oils on in my diffuser whilst creating with wool and felt in the evenings, or combine the two as both wool and felt absorb the essential oils really well.

I hope that is helpful advice. It can be hard to come to terms with tinnitus. By sharing what works for us, we might help others.

Stepping over the 50 threshold

Once again today, I am being bombarded online with adverts asking me ...  'Over 50? Need a Life Plan? Who will cover your funeral costs and look after your loved ones?'

What it should read is 'Over 50, need a hand deconstructing negative stereotypes?' That would certainly be a big fat YES.

Stepping over the 50 threshold has been a frightening insight into the inherent ageism that is woven through every day life. I have become acutely aware of how social media portrays us. 

I spent my entire youth campaigning for the rights of young people, so that we were heard and had a voice. Now it seems, I will spend my entire journey into older age, campaigning for older people to have the same. So be it. 

It is one of the reasons why I set up the Award Winning Sound Memories Dementia Friendly Radio Station,  empowering us to support each other in making our own memory resources through telling our story. As Gandhi kindly taught us, we must be the change we want to see in the world. If you would like to make a contribution to Sound Memories Radio, here's a link to our GOFUNDME page. We are currently raising funds to pay for our website hosting. Loving thanks.

Love your work and trust your calling

Do you love your work? Does it give you a reason to wake up in the morning? Are you so excited to start working that you almost forget to have breakfast? I have come to understand that this is what happens when  'work' is aligned to the soul. 

All I know is, that never has a piece of work taken me as long or been so considered as the project I have been focused on for the last 18 months. 

Perhaps because it is so utterly personal, perhaps because the work itself has become part of my daily practice of healing, perhaps because it is a sharing of my most vulnerable, stripped back self, whatever the reason, I have just finished doing the last edits, as advised by my lovely proof editor Rebecca Lowe, for my new 'Guide to Soul Aligned Well-being through Arts and Spirituality.'

It has been such a long journey coming back from the darkness but knowing that each step of the way, I have been devising something that could ultimately help others as well as myself, I have been filled with the courage and strength to carry on.

The book is part of a collection of resources that I am creating and collating and will launch later this year. 

Behind the scenes, I spend every spare minute of my day and night designing the beautiful new website to host the launch, in my heart I want to bring love and kindness into  the sometimes stark world of the internet.

What are working on? Is it filling you with teh same passion? If it is not, it maybe time to have a little think about what you would really like to be doing or being ...

Whatever you are doing today, I hope your soul loves it and that your heart sings for every minute; trust your calling.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

The Powerhouse Creative

The Powerhouse /Pwerdy is a fabulous Arts Centre, developed by the people for the people as a community resource in Llandysul. I just love being in the space and creating magic.

I feel so blessed that my dear friend Suzanne Hughes Owen has booked me in for an afternoon every fortnight so that I can crack on and finish my new Creative & Mindful Collection of Resources as a Guide to Spiritual well being for others, ready for my re-launch in the Summer. 

It is a peppercorn cost and makes such a big difference to have the creative freedom that space can give.

What an amazing place and anyone in the community is welcome to book creative time there. They hold Exhibitions, Open Mic Evenings, Special Events, Fundraisers, Workshops, Feel Good clubs, Training, you name it, its happening. 

And the whole place is run by local volunteers, not one paid member of staff. Isn't it amazing what community spirit can do.