My Mojo Is Back!

I am currently sat in my bed, incense lit, light streaming through the windows, and I am engulfed in a sudden state of peace and bliss. I have been ill for a few days and am awaiting the results of my COVID 19 test. Sat here, coffee in hand, reading the Quran with my cat by my side, I am awestruck by the level of gratitude that has awakened in my heart. I have come to realise that I need not fear ANYTHING because everything is up to God and happens in my life for a reason. My home, any possessions I have, and finances, are borrowed to me for this lifetime only, to fulfil my life purpose. They may come and go as I need or no longer need them. 

I have challenged myself to read the big books of all of the world religions in my lifetime. If there is one thing, I have learned during the last few years of the world landscape, it’s that ignorance breeds fear, fear breeds defensiveness’ and hate, hate breeds cruelty and violence, and that is what we have been seeing in the news for the last few years.

I feel truly blessed to have my sight and the ability to read and write. I feel truly blessed to live in a lifetime in which I have access to technology and books, and the means to communicate with millions of people at the touch of a button and to have free speech. I am blessed that I was born white in this lifetime, and I haven’t had to deal with discrimination and cruelty because of the colour of my skin, like my beloved brothers and sisters of the world have. My whiteness has given me privilege and power (unfortunately, it should never have been this way) and this has given me the responsibility to use these blessings to speak up, educate and be an ally for my black brothers and sisters in humanity. Also, to speak up and out against cruelty and the bullying of any living thing in whatever circumstance.

I had been feeling hopeless and furious for many weeks, but my sickness gave me space to reflect and to pray. My strength and courage have returned to me, although I still feel some existential dread and anxiety with the way humanity is going and with COVID 19. I feel I can’t plan too far into the future because it may be a different world by next month let alone a few years. But there is courage in the knowledge that all we have ever really had, all that was ever real, is the current moment, this second, now. Therein lies the power. 

What can I use this moment for? What thought can I switch to? Will I choose prayer or vitriol? What is one thing that I can do differently to reverse my mindset? How can I make a difference at this moment?

Who will fight with me? Who will engage and support the incredibly spiritual act of fighting and campaigning for social justice and love?

There is indeed plenty for all if we eradicate greed from the planet. If we act with love, and take only what we need, and share the surplus.

In love, strength, and power,

Lucy Loizou.

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Christine’s Healthy World

Picking Yourself Back Up

There are times in life when you feel uninspired and everything feels like a chore. There are times when you feel you have lost touch with yourself and that you’re not on the right path anymore. You feel lost. You criticize yourself and feed yourself with the wrong foods, watch copious amounts of television, or play games with your phone to avoid the uncomfortable feeling that arises when you’re not living on purpose.

There are times that you remember, not so long ago, when you felt you were living on purpose. You felt empowered, inspired, organized. You worked on your projects and priorities every day and you could clearly see the design you envisioned for yourself, for your life.

Then there are the times when you realize that you needed the time out to rest and relax, to really listen to yourself. You realize you were in a cocoon – storing up your energy for the next stage of the design. Perhaps the design looks different now. Perhaps you have changed during your downtime. Things look different. You have learned something about yourself. Your recent lessons have now become a part of you. You are wiser, stronger. Fresh. Different.

Then there are the times when you drop anchor in the resting place and don’t get back up. You start to feel down. Inertia drew you in. Watching telly becomes a habit you can’t seem to break. So does lying – in regularly instead of getting up to exercise. Ordering takeaways instead of cooking fresh foods. Leaving the dishes in the sink until they build up. Turning down opportunities to grow because they feel too uncomfortable.

It feels so difficult to get back up again – but there will come a time when you can’t take it anymore. Trust that there will come a time when you are bored with your inertia. Will you be brave enough to pull yourself up to a standing position? That’s all you have to do first. Summon the strength, the energy to get up. Take a deep breath. Mentally, or out loud, say “Enough!”

Perhaps you will start by clearing away a small a bit of clutter in your nearest vicinity. Make your bed, open the blinds, perhaps a window, and then you will let the sunshine in, and feel the fresh air on your face. Breathing life back into you.

You might then decide you want to wash your face and brush your teeth, put some comfortable clothes on. And then you sit down – on the bed or on the sofa. You offer a prayer to the room, to God, to anyone who will listen. “Now what?”

You look outside the window, and in a hit of inspiration, you whisper “ a walk”. You pull on your trainers and head outside, and escape to your nearest bit of scenery, even if it’s only in your garden, on the street or in your village, but preferably a woods or some pasture. You feel the wind in your hair, on your face, your feet hitting the pavement. You notice the sound of the birds in the air and the blue of the sky. The smell of nature. And with each step, you start to feel alive again. Perhaps, still a little sad. Still a little confused and down, but you feel the stirrings in your soul, telling you that you will be ok. New beginnings await you. You feel a flicker of hope in your heart. You are becoming one with all that is, even if it is only for a brief time, you can feel the connection with a world that is bigger than yourself.

You get back home and put the kettle on. Make yourself a steaming hot cup of your favorite beverage, and sit down with it. In front of a beautiful notebook and a smooth pen. You write down three goals for yourself. Three baby steps to help you to get back on track. Baby steps that don’t involve the will of others.

What are they?

I hope you have fun with this exercise – if you need help deciding on your three goals and how to fit them into your life, feel free to contact me on my Facebook page for information about a session with me.

Love and blessings,
Lucy Loizou.