Thirty nights of Well Being – night 30 – Gratitude

There’s a lot of evidence now, that gratitude is very good for our brains – and it clearly supports our mental health.

So tonight I”m offering you my gratitude for your time and your trust in listening to my recordings.

And inviting you to work with gratitude in your life generally. You could try the practise taught to me by my 16year old daughter; every night she writes down 5 things that she is grateful for – easy to begin with but you are not allowed to write the same things twice! If you keep following this practise it will change your outlook on life (and possibly your brain).

For this final night, I’m also offering a recording from ‘Thoughts of the Earth’ a Navajo Indian chant.

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 29 – The Bees

Today’s image is an unusual depiction of Brigit by Judith Shaw. The bees in my hive were flying today, they seemed excited to see the sun – and of course the Goddess Brigit is a Solar Goddess.

In the recording I take you on a guided visualisation to meet with and become a bee! What would you like to be harvesting in your life by the summer? I’m sure the bees will have some wisdom to share with you if you journey to ask them.

 

 

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 27 – The Heart and the Cow with her Milk

Tonight is Brigit’s night, Candlemas in the Christian calendar. It is a night which has long marked the very beginnings of Spring.

Traditionally shawls or cloaks were left outside on this night for the Goddess to bless as she passed by. These then became objects imbude with healing energy. Farmers would use them to heal their cows and lambs. This is a time when the first calves and the first lambs were born.

In the recording we work with some hand reflexology, working very gently

with the area of the heart. If emotions rises for you here remember to smile, to know that as we feel our hearts, our hearts open. Tears are medicine.

The image is a bowl of milk – symbol of kindness and nourishment.IMG_1978.JPG

Opening my heart as Spring emerges, so slowly, through the silver mist of new creation.

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 26- Brigit’s Cat

 


Tonight Im thinking about Brighid’s Cat.

‘On Brighid’s Day, the cats will bring home the brushwood’ – Traditonal Scottish saying.

It is said that Cat was Brighid’s companion. I”m wondering why. To me these expressions and fragments of folklore are all clues.

In the recording I explore the clue of Cat. What is the medicine that Cat can bring us at this time of year?

Im taking my inspiration and image from ‘The Druid Animal Oracle’ by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm.

Hope you’ve gathered up your brushwood ready for a fire tomorrow on Brigit’s night!

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 25 – Fire and the Lord of Gorias

Tonight the element is Fire! We are nearly at Imbolc, the Celtic festival of early Spring, new beginnings or the Christian festival of ‘Candlemass’.

In the recording I invite you to dream with the element of Fire – what does fire have to teach you at this time? And I tell a story about the
Fairy Lord of Gorias and his Firery city in the East.

 

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 24- Letting Go

I’m continuing the trend of letting go, release of the ‘old stuff’ that we started with the Lord of Falias yesterday. This is a very practical sequence.

In the recording I first do a little hand reflexology before moving onto the ‘Karmic Dump’ sequence, which involves acupressure points shown on the

image today.

We have one more of the elements, Fire – and the Fairy city, to visit. We’ll go there in the next few days!

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 23- Air and the Lord of Falias

Are you ready to visit the Magical City of Air? This is the place where the Fairy Lord of Falias rules. It is a place of duality, of both in and out, of both rebirth and death. As with all the fairy cities it is concerned with the Heart. If you have the courage, go up into the mountains and meet with the formidable ruler of this place….

In the recording today I guide you through the city and introduce you to the Lord of Falias. There is a task and you will need a candle, a bowl, some paper and a pen…Oh and a bath ( a shower will do!) to cleanse and clean yourself, in preparation for rebirth.

Image by Danuta Mayer in Claire Nahmad’s book, ‘The Fairy book’.

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 22- Earth and the Lady of Murias

The Element of Earth is sometimes placed in the West on the Medicine Wheel, sometimes in the North. Within this system, Earth is in the West. The Fairy Lady of Murias, from the Celtic traditions, is associated with fallen leaves and the season of autumn.

In the recording I read a short section from Claire Nahmad’s book, ‘The Fairy Book’ about the Lady of Murias. Then I introduce dowsing with a pendulum and invite you to choose a crystal, stone, shell, pebble (something of the earth) to meditate with and carry around with you. You could also place it near your bed and ask it to guide your dreams.

It’s always a good idea to cleanse crystals before and after working with them. Just hold under running water for a minute or two. As you are doing this speak or pray for the crystal to be cleansed and blessed.

Crystals love the rain, I might take mine out on a walk now!

 

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 21 – Water and the Lady of Finias

Today I reached a bit of a stopping point…where to go now?

I sensed a transition. Maybe this is what happens on a journey, when you are getting close to the destination. Just a week to go now and we will be at the Cross quarter between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

The fairy lady of Finias was calling me but I wasn’t sure why. What has come out is a powerful guided mediation. I love it when things take me by surprise and this evening the fairy lady did that. I hope you feel as much love from her as I did when I spoke this out.

It may help to have a cup or bowl of water close to you as you listen.

 

Thirty nights of Well Being – night 21 – Singing in Joy and Pituitary reflex

As we approach Brigit’s night on 1st February, I’ve been thinking about her name and it’s many spellings and pronunciations; Brigit, Bride, Brighid, Bridget, Bridie- isn’t Bridie a bit like Birdie? I’m wondering if her early origins might be with the birds. Especially as she is associated with singing and inspiration.

There are two birds commonly associated with her; the Swan (who we met yesterday) and the Oyster-catcher. In Gaelic the word for Oyster-catcher means, ‘Servant of Brigit’ and there are many stories about Brigit and the Oyster-catcher (pearls live inside oysters!.)


In the recording we work with the Pituitary gland – the master gland. Great to bring this into balance if you are feeling a bit unbalanced, emotional or have a headache. Balancing your pituitary will potentially help your whole endocrine system be more in balance.



Then we work with sound, the vowels; a, e, i, o, u and/or sound improvisation with the intention of prayer. Tonight we are using sound to call to our dreams, to call them as an act of will or magic (whatever you choose to call it!).