An Extra Hour....Rachel Young 30.10.2016

So we were given an extra hour last night.  What did you do with yours?  I spent mine in the bath, did some art work. Did some cooking and sat down with my husband to drink a cup of coffee.  It felt like a long luxurious Sunday morning.  What a gift.

So, as I was sat doing my artwork and looking out at the garden I was musing.  "Wouldn't it be great to have 25 hours a day as a matter of course.  Look how much more life I could live.  I could get up to date and finish all those pending tasks.  I could make all my own Christmas presents and not buy into the consumerist frenzy hovering on the horizon.  I could deepen and enrich my relationships.  What a great idea.  Why don't we just extend the day by an hour?!"

And then it dawned on me that my reasoning was faulty.  Given an extra hour each day, it would be devoted to cramming in the work, climbing the endless ladder or escaping into unrealistic television programmes.  Being up to date and having nothing on the 'to do' list is a scary prospect.  That would challenge me to live. The issue for me is not that there are not enough hours in the day, but that I hide away in activities and behaviours that do not enhance my life, but whittle it away in the name of 'virtue' 'profit' and 'hard work'.  I go further into denial of this waste by watching TV and playing computer games.

I know for me that mindful living is the way forward.  It is harder for me to be so time wasteful if I am aware of it, but this involves taking time to stop and be.  Perhaps an hour a day would do it.....

Banbury Therapy Group Blog

The origin of the Easter festival is a celebration of the fertility of the earth, renewed each springtime. The egg, the chick and  the rabbit  are fertility symbols much older than the Christian symbol of the resurrected god.  The springtime festival has often been marked by sexual exuberance, as is still evident in the pre-Lenten Carnival and Mardi Gras festivals and the phallic symbolism of the May pole. 

Back in the he mists of time people associated the spring festival with the coming back to life of the god of fertility (Tammuz, Adonis, Osiris, Perseus, Orpheus), who had been dead in the underworld during the winter. Even the name by which we still celebrate this festival is a corruption of the name of the ancient fertility goddess Ishtar or Ashtoreth (whose name also survives in the name of one of the books of the Old Testament, the only Bible book that contains no reference to God - the Book of Esther).

The egg, the rabbit and the phallic pole continue to be loved and celebrated every springtime when our hearts rise to see the young shoots and blossom appearing and the trees beginning to bud.  So revel in your chocolate eggs and celebrate Easter however the fancy takes you!

Anger - Marion Stefanowicz

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”.

Mark Twain, American author.

All of us experience anger from time to time. It's a normal, commonly experienced emotion.

However, anger can be incredibly destructive if we don't know how to control it. Frequent or misplaced anger can hurt our reputations, destroy our relationships, limit our opportunities, and even damage our health.