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Archive for January, 2010

Savour Every Day

The first month of the new year is at an end. There are only 11 months more to go. They will fly by, as always. This is a good time to take stock of the first month we’ve just used up, and think carefully about how to make the most of the next few months. Are you satisfied with how January turned out? Did anything meaningful, positive or constructive come out of it? Did you build bridges, or burn them?

holding_handsWhen I was younger, I never gave much thought to how I lived my days. I had my whole life ahead of me, so I just let the years pass. When you think about it, every day of life is actually incredibly precious, so we should invest them wisely. If we fritter them away, they are wasted – gone forever. If we spend them on things that really matter, like family, health, a strong, spiritual foundation, and building good experiences and memories, we will be on solid ground when the storms come. And they will come.

A relative in Britain sent me a poem written by a terminally-ill young girl. When she wrote it, she knew she would never make it to the prom, graduate from high school, get married or have a family of her own. She wanted to remind everyone to live life to the fullest, because she never will. Here’s what she wrote:

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
Ever told your child
“We’ll do it tomorrow”
And in your haste
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch
Let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?
You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there
When you worry and hurry through your day
It’s like an unopened gift
Thrown away.
Life is not a race
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

Last night, I watched a video starring Richard Gere about a middle-aged man who decided to take dance lessons because he wanted to bring some joy into his humdrum life. Dancing made him happy. Sharing his new-found passion with his wife also made their marriage richer. Joy has been proven to add quality and quantity to life. My family and some relatives were at the kite festival yesterday, enjoying the spectacle of the sky filled with beautiful kites, and flying our own kites. At one point, my cousin turned to me beaming as we flew our kites side by side, commenting that kite-flying was such a relaxing, happy experience. It’s the last day of the kite festival today. Guess where I’m off to next?

Healing Lavender

There’s something about lavender. It evokes happy memories of my childhood – I always loved bathing with lavender soap. Even today, I put drops of Neways top-grade lavender essential oil into my bodywash and hand-washing liquid. The clean, fresh bouquet of lavender is so soothing and relaxing. It goes into my home-made wound-healing salve too, because of its known healing properties. Lavender is also a great fragrance for adding into Eliminator when I want to freshen up a room or a cupboard.

lavandula veraLavender seems to be everyone’s favorite scent. Aromatherapy researchers who tested several fragrances came to the conclusion that lavender is the most effective at stress reduction. No wonder some people like to put a drop or two of lavender essential oil on their pillows to help them sleep. A therapeutic massage with lavender essential oil mixed with a carrier oil like Neways Mixing Oil is the ultimate in decadent heaven. Neways Mixing Oil is a superior combination of pure-expelled and cold-pressed oils from grape seed, safflower, primrose, and apricot kernel. Not only is this oh-so-relaxing, but imagine what it will do for your skin as well. An absolutely rejuvenating experience.

Reputed to aid in the healing of skin cells, lavender is popularly used to treat damaged skin like wounds, rashes, burns (including sunburn), eczema, skin inflammation, stretch marks and scarring. When using lavender essential oil for healing or other therapeutic purposes, always go for the best. Neways Lavender Essential Oil is the highest grade available, made from the flowering tips of Lavandula Vera grown in the French Alps. Through a method called steam distillation, the Lavandula Vera flowering tips are coaxed to release their virgin oil. Upon cooling, this virgin lavender oil is then bottled. The purest form of essential oil possible, it is not diluted or adulterated with any harmful chemicals or substances, or cheap additives. That’s why a couple of drops can go a long, long way, and work wonders.

To think I used to buy cheap lavender “essential” oils with inferior ingredients or from dubious sources. How ignorant I was! Every since being diagnosed with cancer, I’ve become very particular about the quality of personal care and household products I use. They must be top-grade, free from known carcinogens and other harmful ingredients. Life is so short and precious. No more cheap crap for me and my loved ones.

Treat yourself to the very best and purest lavender essential oil here.

Let Your Spirit Soar

My husband finally flew his new kite recently. His cousin and young son had popped by for tea. It was a lovely, windy day, so we decided to go to the field nearby to try out the new kite. We knew that our guests were weighed down by many cares, as the past year had been extremely difficult for them as a family. It had been two years since our nephew had last gone kite-flying, and he missed it so.

running with kiteGetting the kite up into the sky wasn’t easy, but how we laughed at each other’s antics as we tried. When the kite finally soared up into the sky, it was a wonderful feeling. There’s just something so liberating about kite-flying. Sheer delight wells up within you as the kite climbs higher. For a while, you’re a child again, carefree and happy.

We enjoyed the cool breeze and fresh air while we were out kite-flying. It was so relaxing and therapeutic to feel the wind blowing through our hair and caressing our skin. We were even blessed to see a rainbow in the sky. To think we would have missed all that had we stayed indoors. We had a good time together. It was particularly rewarding to see our little nephew laugh, and his mom smile.

Kite-flying is good medicine for the spirit as well as the body. A regular dose of kite-flying should be what the doctor ordered. There’s a kite festival on next Sunday near my home. Like to come along with me?