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Happiness via discarding of negative energy

Happiness via discarding of negative energy

 

01-A Beach Promenade - 1896- Michael Peter Ancher-Danish, 1849-1927

 

The whole concept of negative energy may be an alien thought to the steadfast realist.  Nevertheless, it does exist and it manifests in various forms that sometimes foster unhappy, unfulfilled or unsettled lives. 

This is not to say that one can shirk off all responsibility concerning one’s state of affairs.  One still needs to be held accountable for their actions, relationships, beliefs, thoughts and overall well being.

Meanwhile, through applications of the suggestions listed below, you can discard any unpleasantness and, ultimately improve your life’s sparkle:

 

Visual Stimulation:

 

An inspirational movie with a great narrative, paintings, photographs are one way to, through visual and vicarious experience, eliminate that pesky negativity.  And the common joy that is shared by many is the experience of a seaside excursion and summertime fun activities. To get you started on this, here’s a gallery of artworks set in a slideshow.

 

 

Click here to see: Summer Breeze and Puffed up Sleeves Slideshow

 

Music:

Who would dispute that Music is a required food for the soul. Depending on the melody, the mood is transformed into joy, excitement, somber reflections, peace or despair. As one has the choice however, chose carefully to attain happiness and to re-align good energies in yourself and your space.

Furthermore, if you can, play an instrument, sing a song or simply listen to an upbeat melody, you’ll be well on your way to fostering that upbeat energy. It’s a well documented fact that singing or listening to buoyant music promotes good health. It certainly can improve cognition, strengthen your lungs, lower blood pressure and improve posture. And the best part is, you can take it along with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

Foliage and Flora:

A leisurely walk in a forested region does wonders to ease those weighty concerns. The cacophony of Nature’s concert soothes all ears while bountiful oxygen fills the lungs and you are energized. 

Regarding indoor space plants are an essential garnish for establishing a positive space.  The soul is lightened by the confirmatory accoutrement of green hues of leaves and stems sometimes supporting colorful flowers. And that’s not all; plants also act as energy filters by cleaning and improving air quality. Moreover, it propels us to open curtains or blinds to invite the sunshine, the bright beneficial light, to energize and filter the room of unwanted negative energy.

 

Fragrance to delight the senses:

 

Here, a caution is warranted as we live in an age where some people have serious sensitivity to certain artificially made scents, sprays, mists, colognes or perfumes. One thing is for certain, bad odors and smells do beget negative moods; whereas memorable ones (like mom’s cooking or clean laundry) and pleasant, heavenly scents, uplift the spirits and make one function more effectively.

Bear in mind however, depending on the individual’s preference and life experience, certain aromas and ointments can either be pleasant or repulsive and detestable. Use common sense before striving to conceal those pesky, persistent odors while concurrently clearing away negative energies through the use of readily available store bought oils, sprays or catchy gismos. 

For the superstitious, there are also these options available:

Smudging:

 

Regardless of race and creed, a typical process for cleansing space of negative energy uses:  incense sticks, containers with lit incense within, lit candles, or bundled up dry herb leaves that are smoldering and releasing smoke.   The smoke is the key factor here, believed to be responsible for cleansing the adverse negative energies.  Carry the smoldering smoke throughout a home, business, special abode, holy building or sacred grounds. In cleansing your home, once you’ve reached the stopping point, then you can open a window to allow all the negativity to flow out.  

Use of Crystals:

 

Obsidian and black tourmaline are two of many crystals that are used in absorbing negativity. Place these in spaces requiring cleansing; in particular, around electronics that are known to foster disruptive, chaotic energy.

 

Below are some of my favorite paintings, enjoy! :

 

1-Alexander Gunin

Alexander Gunin

2-Boys Playing at the Beach - circa 1885 - Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

Boys Playing at the Beach – circa 1885 – Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

3-brown beach 800

-brown beach

4-Caillebotte, Gustave - French, 1848-1894 - The Diver - 1877

Caillebotte, Gustave – French, 1848-1894 – The Diver – 1877

5-Michael & Inessa Garmash2

Michael & Inessa Garmash

6-Duffy Sheridan

Duffy Sheridan

7-Evening at Padstow, Cornwall - 1890-Sir William Llewellyn -English, 1858-1941

Evening at Padstow, Cornwall – 1890-Sir William Llewellyn -English, 1858-1941

8-Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

9-Summertime-garden

Summer-garden

10-Francesca Strino

Francesca Strino

11-Path to beach

Path to beach

12-Gleb Goloubetski

Gleb Goloubetski

13- bThe Cliff

The Cliff

14-Irving Willes

-Irving Willes

15-Jim Daly

-Jim Daly

16-Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910). La pennellata come un soffio di vento.

Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910)

17-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 - August 10, 1923

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 – August 10, 1923

18-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno - After the Bath (1902)

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno – After the Bath (1902)

19-John Lavery 1856-1941)

John Lavery 1856-1941)

20-Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)

Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)

21-Little Boat - 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

-Little Boat – 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

22-milk-lake2

milk-lake

23-My garden in summertime

-My garden in summertime

24-Paul Hedley

-Paul Hedley

25-quaiside-cafe-3DC-web-1

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26-Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

27-Vladimir Volegov - lovely morning

Vladimir Volegov – lovely morning

28-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet

-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet

29-Vladimir Volegov

Vladimir Volegov

30-Monika Luniak

Monika Luniak

 

Fin

 

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Keeping Still Overcomes Heat

Keeping Still Overcomes Heat

 

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The highest perfection is like imperfection,

And its use is never impaired.

The greatest abundance seems meager,

And its use will never fail.

What is most straight appears devious,

The greatest skill appears as clumsiness;

The greatest eloquence seems like stuttering.

Movement overcomes cold,

(But) keeping still overcomes heat.

Who is calm and quiet becomes the guide for the universe.

Tao

 

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Have a lovely Summer

Adopt Your Own Wintertude

Adopt Your Own Wintertude

Now that the joyous events of December have passed, along with all the partying, feasting, the hassle, the bustle that kept adrenaline high, now comes January, with its long, dreary, cold winter days that imprisons many indoors. Local and world Politics, dismal health, disaster and precarious economic forecasts ringing in the airways only add to the doom and gloom scenario that is January. Is it any wonder a fortunate crew cast aside winter’s cloak and, fashioning themselves after the migrating birds, flock to hot and sunny destinations in droves to escape and regenerate?

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Or we can practice meditation and Zen…. That too is liberating.

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Without going out of my door

I can know all things on earth.

Without looking out of my window

I can know the ways of heaven.

 

For the farther one travels,

The less one knows.

 

The sage therefore

Arrives without travelling,

Sees all without looking,

Does all without doing.

 

-Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

 

Best of luck to you all.

March Break 2013

March Break 2013

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This is the time when those who have endured the long harsh winter sequestered indoors, with only some short visit to the snowy slopes, now line up in the airports to migrate south seeking that eternal sunshine and hot, hot temperatures. They all have but one objective: to regenerate and pack into their week long hasty schedules as much sun, swim and of course, fun as they can.

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Who wouldn’t wish for a glorious reprieve sprawled on the beach with an occasional dip in the ocean all the while achieving the bragging rights to that golden glow once back at home?

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While some would enjoy a good night’s sleep, the frolicking masses try to let off more steam by dancing the night away in some extra loud musical establishments.

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Sun, Ocean and fun and more fun!!!!! Happy March Break everyone.

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Enjoy!!!!

A Remedy for the January Blues

A Remedy for the January Blues

Canadians are referred to as Snowbirds as, each year, like migrating birds they flock south to warm destinations seeking brief solace from the frigid temperatures, snow, and wind of the winter months.

There are other means to remedy the affliction of January blues.  Below is a collection of art that will allow you to vicariously indulge in a virtual getaway.

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Here’s an old Irish saying that seems apropos: “May the Sun shine upon your way.”

Ushering in the New Year- 2013

Ushering in the New Year – 2013

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At the conclusions of the old year after the seconds are counted down and the stroke of midnight resounds there is always one song:  Auld Lang Syne that is loudly sung by people of all ages, races and creeds to usher in the New Year.

Usually everyone joins hands with the person next to them to form a great big circle. At the beginning of the last verse, everyone crosses their arms across their breast, so that the right hand reaches out to the neighbour on the left and vice versa. When the song ends, everyone rushes to the centre while still holding hands, shrinking the circle, and then everyone turns under their arms to end up facing outwards with their hands still joined. Sounds like loads of fun, right?

Join me by clicking on the Link to sing along the Auld Lang Syne, as you view seasonal pictures of the last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suDXIzc52Og&feature=share&list=UUmI3ZvZVSfN28HOBM9pOnDQ

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More info about Auld Lang Syne:

Did you know that Auld Lang Syne is actually a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788? The poem later on was set to the tune of traditional folk song. From its humble beginnings it was always deemed an appropriate song for New Year, for it symbolizes “endings and new beginnings”. It is therefore also sung at graduations, funerals and as a farewell to persons leaving on a journey. The literal English interpretation of the title “Auld Lang Syne” can be any one of these: “Old long since” or, more idiomatically, “Long long ago”, “Days gone by” or “Old times.”  The song begins with a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that the old times be forgotten, and encourages one to be mindful of long-standing friendships. In the publication of “Select Songs of Scotland”, by Thomson in 1799, the second verse of “Old Lang Syne” about greeting and toasting, was moved to its present position at the end.

Robert Burns had sent the copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, “The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man”. Suffice to say some of the lyrics were indeed “collected” rather than composed by the poet. The ballad “Old Long Syne” printed in 1711 by James Watson shows incredible similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burn’s later poem, and is almost certainly copied from the same “old song”. The rest of the poem can be attributed to Burns himself; however, there is some speculation as to whether the melody widely used in Scotland and the rest of the world today is the same one Burns had originally used. One thing is for certain it is a very contagious song. The song sang on Hogmanay or New Year’s Eve quickly became a Scots custom that soon spread like wildfire to other parts of the British Isles. As Scots, including English, Irish and Welsh immigrants, settled around the world they took with them this old tradition. In America, the Canadian band leader Guy Lombardo in 1929 used it in his New Year’s Eve celebrations through his annual broadcasts on radio and television. The song soon became his trademark and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Lyrics: Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And days of auld lang syne?

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And days of auld lang syne, my dear,

And days of auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And days of auld lang syne?

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We twa hae run aboot the braes

And pu’d the gowans fine.

We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,

Sin’ days of auld lang syne.

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Sin’ days of auld lang syne, my dear,

Sin’ days of auld lang syne,

We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,

Sin’ days of auld ang syne.

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We twa hae sported i’ the burn,

From morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roared

Sin’ days of auld lang syne.

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Sin’ days of auld lang syne, my dear,

Sin’ days of auld lang syne.

But seas between us braid hae roared

Sin’ days of auld lang syne.

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And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,

And gie’s a hand o’ thine;

We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

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For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

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(c) 2000 McGuinn Music / Roger McGuinn

Folk Den Songs by Roger McGuinn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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Happy New Year Everyone; Wishing you all a healthy, joyous and prosperous 2013.

 

 

Summer’s End- The Last Hurrah

Summer’s End- The Last Hurrah

Many will be returning to school tomorrow, marking the end of the carefree and fun lifestyle of summer.  Say goodbye to staying up late at night then sleeping in till all hours of the morning. Say adieu to swimming, sun tanning on sandy beaches, boating, sailing, cycling, and hiking, playing basketball and other outdoor activities under balmy skies. The regimented routine of daily life has its own advantages however and soon other sorts of fun activities creep in to moderate the routine. But I digress; these last few days of summer have witnessed a whole range of fun activities which people have embraced as if it were their last.  The many outdoor concerts, street festivals, eateries, cultural events, and the CNE to mention a few, were a balm to ease the pain of transition to a more responsible life…Sort of one last hurrah!

Here’s a collection of pictures to mark this transitional time period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the best.