The Season of Love

 

 

 

 

 

With Valentines Day behind us what are YOU still doing to feel the love?  A reminder to keep FEELING THE LOVE.  A week of self-love practice! and expressing kindness in our thoughts, words & deeds to those around us

Ibiza is an island where you can feel the love all year around.  Whether you are alone in the blissful peace & tranquility of the nature, soaking up the euphoric vibes of late-dancing nights or sipping champagne or herbal teas with your loved-one under the stars. The almond blossom now is like a confetti to celebrate love of life!

A blissful blossoming all over the white isle.  We encourage you to do the same, to take time for you to appreciate who you are, all you do, give and have created in your life.  To appreciate all of your positive aspects fills you up with self-love which then can sparkle, bubble and spill over into your relationships.

So appreciate wildly, not the lack of what you think you want but the good things, the positive, the so-much-that-you-already-do-have.
For you and your loved one, your family and friends, your home, your lifestyle, our amazing natural environment (which is in the parks and beyond the city confines even if you cannot see it from the office window!)

Being in nature calms the mind and opens the heart far beyond the limits of the laptop or iphone screen.  It helps us feel more peace, more at one again and….

Just by doing this, through conscious appreciation your seratonin levels rise, eliciting a surge of good-feeling emotions that also raise your vibrations, attracting back more of the same delicious, communications, feelings and experiences.

Solstice Full Moon Christmas Lunar Eclipse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Winter Solstice! to all friends & wellbeing retreaters

Here are some top tips for enjoying plenty of positive energy this Christmas time and into 2011.

Did you feel the effects of the eclipse?

Today, Tuesday 21st December 2010 is the first total lunar eclipse to coincide with the winter solstice since 1638. The word eclipse comes from the Greek word for abandonment – and it really is time to let go of all our day to day responsibilities! By switching off the phone, putting the emails on auto-respond and focusing on ourselves and our loved one, on pure enjoyment of the moment.

The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It is the traditional time to celebrate the truly important things in life: our families, our children, our homes and of course, to look forward to the many gifts & Christmas treats just around the corner…

We all received a Christmas treat this morning – thank you Universe! As the moon, solstice sun, earth and centre of the milky way galaxy all came into alignment. How wonderful that during the season of good cheer, we are surrounded by an abundance of energy!

The eclipse signifies change, relationships & patterns we may need to look at more closely or completely let go of….so why not embrace this pre-Christmas time to bring body, soul and mind into alignment too with this potent energy source?

How can you do this at home?

Whether we are with friends and family already – or happened to be snowed in, make the most of this quiet-time before Christmas itself for some stillness and silence clearing the space for many gifts & new year opportunities. Just 5 minutes every day can help us make many positive changes in our lives by following these simple steps:

1. Putting on the answer phone.

2. Shutting the door.

3. Lighting a candle and focusing on the candlelight to help still the chattering mind.

4. making sure we are warm enough!

5. Relaxing into a comfortable repose and beginning to meditate.

6. Deepening our breathing, and simply through becoming silent and focussing on our breathing, we can begin to hear our quiet-inner voices (rather than the constant crackle of the have to’s of modern life).

Our inner-voice can most easily help us stay in healthy, happy harmony – it offers us the intuitive insights, guidance and learning’s to support all of us in finding more peace and calm amidst the Christmas chaos and keeps us tuned in and turned on to our life purpose…. all year around.

Why not begin a quiet-you-time practice for the new year ahead, this can help us feel whole in body, mind & soul…taking a mini retreat for 5 minutes every day and staying on track with our new year resolutions and wellbeing goals.

We can offer an extra helping hand – in meditation, yoga and more. Why not jump on a flight when the airports open again in January! Escape the snow & frost thaw and enjoy a heart and soul warming Ibiza winter retreat

We would love you to share stories and send in pictures from the eclipse – please send through to admin@ibizaretreats.com or leave a comment below.

 


Are you SAD?


The facts:

The acronym SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It is a form of depression that occurs only during certain periods of the year. In some cases, an existing depression may become more severe during certain times of year. The most recognized form of seasonal affective disorder is “winter depression” or more commonly know as the ”winter blues”.   Depression  effects 320 million people worldwide and according to the SAD association SAD effects 7% of the population every winter.

What causes it?

SAD is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus which controls sleep, mood and appetite due to the shortening of daylight hours – FACT – 75% of the population in the 19th Century worked outdoors, today only 10% work in natural light.

Other factors believed to be causes are – Low serotonin levels – Levels of serotonin have been found to be lower in depressed people, in winter. It’s thought that this neurotransmitter might not work properly in people with SAD – Low Melatonin levels – People with SAD have been found to produce much higher melatonin levels in winter than those who don’t have SAD symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Depressed mood, over-sleeping or the urge to “hibernate”, cravings for carbohydrate rich foods, and associated overeating and weight gain, inability to  concentrate, anger, stress, tension and a low immune system are some of the characteristic symptoms. There is typically an onset of symptoms in September and a decline of symptoms when spring commences.

Like all forms of depressive illness, SAD can vary greatly in severity and can be a severely debilitating condition. Many sufferers can be perfectly healthy during the spring and summer months but unable to function during the winter. This leads to obvious problems with work and family life.

Getting treatment and help

Bright light therapy is the most effective treatment for most helping about 80 per cent of people, usually within three to five days. It means spending some time each day exposed to very bright light, at least ten times the intensity of domestic lighting.  Eating a balanceD healthy diet including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can also help along with daily walks or outdoor physical exercises in the fresh air.

Links and further information

Winter Wellness Retreats to lift your spirits

http://www.sad.org.uk/

http://www.sad.uk.com/

http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/sad.html

Keep active this winter with yoga and pilates

It’s that time of the year when we feel like hibernating and our appetites increase! We can become rather sluggish, lazy and inactive! There are plenty of winter classes happening around the Island to keep the body moving and warm. 

A great way to start the morning and put a spring in your step even though it’s autumn! Your body and mind will thank you for it 🙂

For the latest wellbeing classes happening over the colder months visit:

http://www.white-ibiza.com/ibiza-yoga-calendar

And remember to wrap up warm! 🙂

Mindful Eating



Mindful Eating

As we move into the autumn season and the weather gets cooler, are we paying attention to our bodies and what we eat?  By listening to our bodies we can re-awaken our taste-buds and discover what we really need to provide enough nutrients, goodness, vitamins and minerals.  A great way of tuning back into our bodies and hearing that inner voice is through fasting.  Ones mind becomes clearer and ones ability to think is enhanced, both the mental and physical senses are heightened.

Being more mindful and aware of what we eat – eating in silence – enjoying our food and giving it thought really changes the energy vibration.  Food preparation, preservation and consumption are those soulful acts that can help us to correct imbalance. Mindful eating engages our body, our heart, our mind and our soul and can bring us back into balance heart, soul and mind. The relationship we can have with food is a spiritual relationship deeply meaningful personally and socially.

Mindful eating is eating with intention, attention and respect for the meal/food in front of us.  When we don’t listen, our minds override all those positive impulses driven by our emotions which are the glue that holds our mind and body together. During the fast the unhealthy emotions are released and re-evaluated therefore forming a healthier stronger glue holding us together.  Eliminating the emotional dependance on food which can have a devastating effect on delicate emotions.

I highly recommend Ilona Pantel’s Fasting weeks and Detox weekenders at the breathtaking Buddha House.

Visit: http://blog.ibizaretreats.com/fasting-and-detox-retreats-2/

for further details and the benefits of fasting.

Contact: cherylibizaretreats@gmail.com