What a busy start to the year – apologies for the long silence! I can’t let the day go by without wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day and reminding you of the links between love and happiness. Cynics may scoff at the modern commercialism of this festival – though it’s good news for the florists and card shops! – but why not have a special day to remind ourselves of the power of love? Whether it’s love for a partner, a child, a family member, a friend, a stranger, or simply for ourselves, love is a healing force and a boost to happiness and wellbeing. Take a moment to reflect today – who could you be more loving towards? Who could you accept more love from? Where could your love be a force for good in the world? Set an intention to let more love into your life and see what happens!
Of course love can manifest itself in what we do as well as in our relationships – when we have a purpose in life and when we feel inspired and creative. I’ll be running a couple of workshops in a week of so at the Cumbria TA Conference and I’m so looking forward to exploring whether Happiness Matters (I’ll give you a clue, I think it does) in the morning, as well as taking part in creative workshops myself. It promises to be a great day – it’s not too late to join us though there are limited places left. Check out the details here – I’ll share some thoughts on the day afterwards.
Dry January Update
Well not only did I manage a whole month without alcohol, but strangely I didn’t even miss it! So much so that I’ve only managed a couple of halves of beer since, and find I prefer a sparkling elderflower cordial or herb tea to a glass of wine. What I’ve learnt from this is a) when you set a public intention it’s a lot easier to keep to it (thanks, blog) and b) a month is a good spell of time to change a habit (or, I guess, to install a new one). Did anyone else try?
In fact I’ve just had a letter from a German friend of mine who says she gives up alcohol, sweets, cakes and coffee for the whole of Lent (six weeks) and has done for the last ten years – and finds she looks forward to it. So have you any habits you’d like a six-week holiday from? Or any intentions to create a new healthy habit? (I’m thinking of an outdoor exercise resolution for myself but not quite ready to declare it yet!) Do share your ideas!
Poem of the week
O Western wind when wilt thou blow That small rain down can rain — Christ, that my love were in my arms And I in my bed again!