The Whisperings of Nature. Book Review.

Tranquility in Poetry & Nature!

‘The Whisperings of Nature’ is an endearing little poetry book written by Caroline Cunningham. This is Caroline’s first published book of poetry and it represents her ‘stepping into the light’ with her written work.

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A Healer Working in The NHS! Wendy’s Story.

Hello everyone,

My name is Wendy and I’m here to tell you about how I went from being a cynical non-believer, to an accredited healer working in the NHS. I hope you enjoy my story and most of all, I hope some of you feel inspired by it.

My Story.

Thirty six years ago my dearest friend Elaine lost her husband while he was carrying out his duties as a fireman. Rescuing a cat from a tree, would appear to be one of the easiest and straight forward tasks expected from a fireman, so it’s hard to imagine how it can result in him losing his life.

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“Angelic Thinking” by Andrew Marmion – Book Review.

‘Angelic Thinking’ is a fantastic little book written by Angel Healer, Andrew Marmion. Andrew shares with his readers some very personal information about his life. He tells how he spent years living every day in mental agony because he was destructively attached to his emotional past.
By practicing the Mental Cleansing and Refurbishment Exercise, which is the main content of this book, and because of his friendship and guidance from the angels, he changed from being a victim to being a healthy self-loving positive person.

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Moon Mná Journal for Women. Did You Get Yours Yet?

One of my favourite Christmas presents this year is this inspiring diary-journal that I received from my daughter who knew as soon as she seen it, that I’d love it. It’s similar to keeping a gratitude journal, but what I love most about this one, is its emphasis on the connection between the Irish ancient women and the moon.

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“Get Your Sh!t Together” – Book Review.

My Book Reviews

Self-Help and Motivation.  

‘Get Your Shit Together’ by Ruth Field, is a no-nonsense approach to sorting out all that stuff in your life that always has to get done in the end anyway. The crappy things that wreck your head and holds you back from doing all the things you WANT to do – the things you enjoy.

I was attracted to this book by the title and because it promised to show me how to get more things done in less time. I was having one of those muddled up weeks and nothing was getting done. The prescription for a simpler life is learning how to release your ‘inner bitch’ (apparently, we all have one) and become a fearless superwoman.

It urges you to take a good hard look at how you deal with life’s challenges and unexpected events. And just as importantly, the simple stuff that some of us turn into problems by not dealing with them early on. By her tough talking attitude, Ruth Field will have you shaking in your boots! If you have even a hint of laziness in your bones, she’ll shame you into getting off your butt and just doing whatever it is you whinge about never being able to do. She doesn’t listen to excuses folks, and it’s hard not to agree with a lot of what she writes! There are various little exercises throughout the book that can help you organise your time and get motivated. Don’t skip the very valuable exercise on page 148!

I do agree that in many cases, a firm and bossy tongue is all that’s needed to kick lazy people up the butt in order to motivate them. But will the bone idle even bother to read a book like this? There are so many other things that can cause people to be unorganised and lack motivation. But it’s all about the tough truth here with little room for compassion. Perhaps a little more empathy in some areas would have been nice as I don’t believe laziness is the root of all muddled lives. 

Most of the advice and recommendations are based on the authors own experiences and she speaks honestly about how she has had to deal with her own GYST. I like the way she speaks the truth about herself because it leads the reader to believe that the advice is coming from someone who has had as many challenges to overcome as everyone else. There are also some accounts of real life experiences from other people that are easy to relate to.

The book is humorous! Serious stuff, yes, but you may need to have a diverse sense of humour in order to read it. If any part of the book doesn’t apply to you, skip and read on. If it does apply to you, be brave and admit it. You’ll be doing yourself a favour. WARNING; The word shit is used quite a lot throughout the book and might grate on your nerves just a bit!

I could easily relate to this book and I’m not easily offended by some words or home truths. I found it quite funny in certain parts and while reading it, I was mentally making a note of the people in my life that I think would really benefit from reading it too.

I would recommend this book because I do believe there is something of use in here for everyone.  I think you would benefit from reading this book if you are any of the following:

  • Stuck in a rut that you feel you can’t get out of.
  • If you are in the habit of blaming everything around you, including people and circumstances for your present situation.
  • If you constantly think about the past – in a negative way.
  • If you are always extremely busy but never seem to get things done.
  • You procrastinate regularly.
  • You complain all the time about everything – especially your situation.
  • If you think the grass is greener on the other side.
  • You are unhappy in your job.

So waste no more time and grab your copy here !

Get Your Sh!t Together: Your Prescription for a Simpler Life (Grit Doctor)

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I’m not sure if you would benefit from reading this book if you are any of the following:

  • Completely happy with every aspect of your life.
  • Don’t like hearing or admitting the truth about yourself.
  • If you believe that everything should be handed to you on a plate.

We have to work hard at everything in life and that includes being happy! None of it comes easy!

Yoga and Me. 12 Weeks Later.

When I say I’ve been practicing yoga for twelve weeks now, what I really mean is that it’s twelve weeks since I first started learning how to do yoga. (Read about that here) I remember writing about how great I hope be at twisting, bending and by Christmas I’ll be kissing my toes!  Continue reading

The Caring Touch From Denise O’Connell.

When I ask holistic therapists what they like most about their job, I get mixed answers. But the one thing that is common with most is that they find their job very rewarding. They like to help people and they get pleasure in knowing that they helped to improve the quality of another person’s life.

Some therapists are natural carers and good listeners. Some have to work at improving their skills and that’s good. We can never know enough and there’s always room for improvement. A holistic therapist has certain characteristics, (which you can read about here) many of which are important qualities to have when working with sick or vulnerable people. This is an area that many therapists are naturally drawn to while others may not feel so confident and choose to work within their comfort zone.

Following on from a post I published recently about holistic care of the elderly, Denise O’Connell kindly got in touch to share with us some advice and information about working in a care environment.

Denise from Co. Kilkenny is a qualified complementary therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience, mainly in the field of aromatherapy massage and reflexology. She is particularly drawn to pre and post natal care, cancer care and end of life care. Denise is the co-founder of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre, which is affiliated with the Irish Cancer Society. She offers complementary therapies in two district hospitals in her locality – mainly hand massage, back massage and limited reflexology.

Being very much aware of the importance of maintaining skin integrity in older people, Denise takes great care by using her own homemade skin creams and balms, myskin.ie. Her products are certified, contain only natural ingredients, and they’re not tested on animals, an aspect which I am always in favour of.

The treatment times vary between 5-20 minutes per client. Cancer patients who receive treatments from Denise are funded through a local cancer support charity and non-cancer patients pay for the service themselves. To enhance her work Denise has done further education in clinical aromatherapy, courses in death and dying and palliative care.

Of course, working with the elderly does not necessarily mean that you will be dealing with death and dying, but as long as you work in this environment, there is an increased chance that someday you will find yourself faced with this prospect. If you feel drawn to working with the elderly or terminally ill patients, you would benefit greatly from doing some training around issues that carers deal with while tending to very sick patients. Open University offers distance learning courses in death and dying/palliative care. By doing a course such as this, you would learn how to deal with many issues that surround death. Your caring skills will be enhanced as you learn how to best deal with grief and bereavement.

The provision of complementary therapies is now quite often a part of individual care plans in many eldercare facilities. Find out if your local hospital, hospice, care home or retirement centre offers these therapies. You could pay them a visit and introduce yourself or simply drop in your CV. Bear in mind that in order to work in a care environment, you must have Garda vetting, a tax clearance certificate and suitable insurance cover.

Denise highly recommends ‘From the Heart Through the Hands: The Power of Touch in Caregiving’ by Dawn Nelson. This book offers invaluable advice and information to anyone wishing to improve their communication skills through touch. It explains how the power of practiced and skilled touch can benefit sick and elderly people.

Connect with Denise on her myskin.ie Facebook page and Twitter

 Thank you very much Denise for getting in touch with We are Holistic. You are always welcome to stop by and share with us any advice and inspiration that will benefit therapists in all areas of the profession.

Awaken Your Creative Genius With Laughter Yoga.

 

A few months ago, my cousin was telling me about her experience with laughter yoga. It was the first time I had ever heard of it and I was quite intrigued. Continue reading

Obstacle Free Zone.

You have a desire to embark on a new venture. This new venture excites you and every time you think about it, you feel a passion stirring inside you.

You just can’t decide whether to go with it or not. You can’t seem to make a decision. Why is that? What exactly is stopping you from just ‘doing it’? Continue reading