Washing up – Mindfulness Meditation

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washing-up2For most of us

washing up is a chore.

But you can change that.

 

Make it your daily

mindfulness meditation routine.

 

Feel the warmth of the water caressing your hands

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feel the soft bubbles,

move slowly around the plate,

smell the scent of the washing up liquid.

feel the smooth surface

enjoy the different shapes of the dishes

 

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be aware of the beautiful pattern on the plate,

dwell on the plate for a while,

think of how it got there.

Caress the spoon with your sponge,

feel the smoothness of the cleaned glass,

feel calm, don’t rush,

be conscious of the moment.

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Small every day tasks are not wasted moments

but part of precious moments we have in our lives.

Enjoy Washing up!

 

 

Danny meets old friends

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Danny traveled again this time to Germany

visiting old friends.

He met Petzi, a senior teddy,

He couldn’t hold back his excitement  and jumped right up to say hello.

 

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Then they chatted for a long time.

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In town he saw water, a plastic cow,

blue sky and beautiful snowdrops.

 

 

 

Danny found his favourite:

a ” Schwäbische Brezel”

 

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Danny met also his other friend “Breuni” in Germany.

 

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They enjoyed a good chat and cuddle next to Spring flowers.

After a week of sunshine he said good bye to Germany in rain

which gave us a beautiful picture of this snowdrop.

 

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Wishing you all a wonderful and

love filled week !

 

Weekly Inspiration No 7 – Do less

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We are always so busy in our lives,

with chores, and general life.

Often we forget to look after ourselves.

 

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Forget the mobile phone, and social media

switch off for a while.

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meditate,

read a book,

have a bath,

visit a friend,

write a letter,

have a rest,

do nothing.

 

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Much love

from me!

❤ ❤ ❤

 

pictures from Molly Hahn, Buddha Doodles

Wheatbag for Warmth – DIY

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For a simple heat source,

a Wheatbag is the best idea.

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I have two and cannot live without them.

They heat up within minutes in the microwave and give warmth for a long time.

They do not get cold like hot water bottles but keep the warmth of the body.

I love to heat up the bed with them in Winter.

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And here is how I made them:

Use some leftover material you like and sew up a small square

like a pillowcase.

( 20cm by 20cm or 8 inches by 8 inches).

Leave it open on one side.

Buy some Barley from the store

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and fill the bag with about 1 kg Barley.

Once the Barley is in

sew the remaining side together,

and your bag is ready.

I also made some covers for mine, just like a pillowcase,

so  the bag itself stays clean.and

I can wash it from time to time.

 

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When you need some warmth,

put the Wheatbag into the Microwave for 2 or 3 minutes

and enjoy the warmth coming from it

on your legs, on your feet, everywhere.

It can be used for aches and pains too, i.e. like stomach pains, etc

They are very versatile

and can be used cold too.

I have made some small ones (10 cm by 10 cm)

as they fit nicely into a bag into the freezer as ice packs for any injuries.

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You can if you like  put a bit of lavender inside too and it keeps smelling lovely too. I do like the smell of heated barley though.

 

Enjoy the warmth!

 

 

Weekly inspiration – No 5 – Daily Advice from the Heart – Dalai Lama

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“To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend. To help those who are suffering and never consider ourselves superior to anyone else; even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether be following it you can find greater happiness.”

 

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With love

from me

❤ ❤ ❤