Monday, December 21, 2009

Bitter Sweet December

I want to make my journey into the Now, I 'll have to leave my analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind.

I know the journey will be long.

And lonely or even painful.

But I need to stop thinking about the past and wondering about the future. I want to live at the HERE & NOW. Because that is what is REAL.

This post is inspired by the book The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

She's like a rainbow

No words...just the r a i n b o w !

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just for a change...not much

If the Dead Can Dance...then I can dance!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sorry we're f*****

Temporally, hopefully, closed for inner re-construction...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The journey to knowledge

The last few days I've been studying like crazy and in a few hours I am leaving for Hinckley once again.

The quiet little British town is waiting.

I like it how England is well organized in stuff...with the environment etc.

The jacket potato is the only thing regarding food that I adore and look forward to. I see my self eating everyday - with butter and extra cheese pleeease.

The Penny Price Academy - a lovely place for class with an adorable little shop full with aromatherapy products and many many more.

Hoping to a good weather for long relaxing afternoon walks in the park.

I will be back in a few days, till then... Cheers!

Monday, October 26, 2009

At Chalkida (Εν Χαλκίδι)

A couple of days ago I went to Chalkida to visit my very best friend, who studies there, for her birthday. It was a quiet afternoon and we decided to go for a late lunch - early dinner at a beautiful Greek restaurant called "En Chalkidi", but unfortunately at that moment and fortunately after all it was closed for renovation. Not knowing where to go and what to eat we start walking at the sea-side pedestrian towards a very untouristic side of Chalkida. I say untouristic because if you haven't lived there most probably you wouldn't think of going at that side, but otherwise is the most beautiful place I personally think Chalkida has to offer, as far as I know at least.

Anyway, no need to say anything else, just that I 'm happy "En Chalkidi" decided to go for a renovation and therefore I had the chance for that fantastic quiet walk by the sea, meeting with that untouristic side of Chalkida.

Don't forget to click on the photos for a larger view, some are stunning.

my very best friend

Happy Happy Happy birthday...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Sea

After the rain comes the sun.

After loudness comes peace.

After weakness comes strength.

After sadness comes joy.

After hatred comes love.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Winter days - hot drinks

It's not that the weather is extremely cold or anything, but as I was sitting at home feeling a bit weak and having cold feet I made myself a Greek mountain tea with honey just to sit in front of the TV, cover my feet in a fluffy blanket, light a burner with geranium oil and enjoy a lazy afternoon. So, yeah this post is actually inspired by cold feet and a lazy afternoon at home.

Starting with the classic Greek mountain tea which I think in Greece at least we have all tasted it once in our life time. I remember my mum making me one quite often when I was little and when we used to live in Mombasa - long time a go - some of our guests always preferred it over coffee.

Anyway, the mountain tea is very good for colds, because of its inflammatory, bactiriostatic and antioxidant properties. It also helps problems to the urinary system and the heart due to flavonoids. Preparation: in boiled temperature water you add few shoots and you leave it for 10 minutes, after that and when the tea is not extremely hot you can add a teaspoon of honey. You don't boil the water together with the tea and so the beneficial properties are preserved. The mountain tea is tasteful even cold.

Another classic remedy is the water-lemon-honey mix. Very beneficial for coughs, sore throats, colds and fever. It's a very simple hot drink with antibacterial properties and rich in vitamins. Preparation: 1 fresh-squished lemon juice, 1 tea spoon of honey and hot boiled water. Drink when hot, you will feel a relief if you have a sore throat.

A hot herb drink that helped me a lot few weeks ago is the spearmint. I had a terrible stomach ache, for a moment I couldn't even move, most probably it had to do with my digestive system and anyway my mom told me that a cup of hot spearmint would help and it sure did. Spearmint is antispasmodic and digestive with a very pleasant and refreshing taste. Preparation: 1 tea spoon of dry spearmint boiled with water.

For premenstrual conditions a very warming drink is the cinnamon. Cinnamon has antispasmodic properties and because of its woody nature it's perfect also for scanty periods. Preparation: 1 piece of cinnamon stick boiled with water.

Last but not least, the queen of all, what I so call the saffron tea which I 'invented' a couple of months ago. Saffron is known for its digestive and antiseptic action, but recent research has proven that it also possess strong antioxidant properties and that helps to boost your memory. It's a perfectly pure spice that generally contributes to good health and well being. I usually make a pot and drink it during a day or two.

I really love it because the taste stays the same even if it's a days long and cold. And its aroma is so damn perfect and extraordinary. Preparation (for a cup): less than a 1/4 tea spoon of saffron powder, 1 tea spoon of honey and 1 drop of lemon essential oil (or 1-2 table spoons of lemon juice). If you make a pot (1 lt.) you might want to add a little more of saffron and maybe 2 drops instead of 1 of lemon ess. oil.

You first mix well the lemon essential oil with the honey so that it is diluted, and then add the saffron and hot water.

Give it a shake and En(eRGy)JoY!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Laugh and Celebrate

I 've been studying the past four hours (boooring) and I say I need desperately a break. But before that I just checked my fb mails to find out something very very nice!

The 2nd Laughter Yoga session in Athens is ha-ha-ha ppening this Thursday (15 Oct. 2009) at the beautiful Pure Bliss, an alternative multispace in the heart of Athens. Been there few months ago, remember? To another lovely seminar.

Pure Bliss is celebrating its birthday of 2 years with laughs and not only. The day before there is an open invitation to meet and have a good time with drinks and food and music bringing a touch from East. And on the 15th in the afternoon big laughs are on the way!

photo taken from here

For more info about the events visit Pure Bliss. And to stay tuned with Laughter Yoga sessions from now on visit their page in facebook or their site.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Save the Date

This Sunday (11 Oct 2009) the 4th Reiki Festival is taking place in Athens. It's a big fest of love with seminars, lectures, meditations, an alternative bazaar, many alternative therapies and much much more.

I can't wait! I have saved the date in my agenda since summer. I am definitely attending the "Intro in Crystal Therapy" seminar at 11.00. I love crystals and thinking about issuing them in the Aromatherapy massage. And then the "Rejuvance & Reiki" speech at 14.30, since I work the Rejuvance technique and Reiki I am very interested in seeing potential new ways of combining these two.

The entrance is free and it takes place at Athens Electra Palace Hotel (metro station Sydagma) from 10 am - 10 pm. For more info and the program click here.

photo taken from here

And as the Reiki principles say...

Just for today...

Don't get angry
Don't get worried
Don't be afraid
Work with love
Be grateful
Be kind to others
(I would add here: and yourself)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Winter sunny days

I really can't wait for the winter sunny days when I will be going to the beach for a walk and a quick swim. The feeling of swimming in sunny winter days can be addictive, for me at least is my personal body & soul drug.

South Africa, Cape Town - a rainbow shows through angry waves

Usually after November swimming in the sea lasts only about 5-10 minutes, but in just those minutes you feel goose bumps in every inch of your body, the outer layer of your skin gets numb-freezing cold while at the same time every part of your inner body is lighted on fire. That feeling lasting for just those few minutes is enough to wrap you in a mood of happiness, to let go of all your worries and fears.

Athens on fire, last year - photo taken while peeking out of the window

And if those few minutes you have the warm, shiny, gold sun glory on top of you then you might even think you are in an earthy paradise, where nature has blew in you all four elements and you have become a unity, where you can actually hear the quietness of your soul, where every thought abandons your mind, where negative feelings have no existence, where you feel strong and complete and you are positive sure you can deal with everything, where time stops and you know deep down that these are the happy bits of life, this is what is worth living for, this is reality, because reality can not be your stressful, demanding, miserable, feared moments of everyday town-life. Can't it?

Sounio-Attica, winter time - peace

Don't just peek out of the window, get out there, break free, and live your own happy bits. Just sniff your own personal drug that elevates your soul. It doesn't matter if it is in the sea or the mountain, it doesn't matter if it's sunny or raining, it doesn't even matter what month it is or what time of the day. Just get out there and don't ever let anyone tell you that what you are living is just life; because life cannot suck 24/7, because if you were living life then believe me you would feel it...

Avlaki beach-Attica, spring time - quietness

Realization#1: sharing fragments of a sometimes personal inner dialogue
Realization#2: messing with optimistic and pessimistic thoughts at the same time

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Are you having a laugh?

Today I received a very interesting email at my facebook inbox that I want to share.

It's about the 1rst Laughter Yoga session in Athens, coming this Saturday, 19 September. Αctually the already established laughter club, since 2008, in Aegina island is invited in Athens by drosostalida for an unforgettable afternoon.

photo taken from here

As it is stated in "Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits."

Relieving stress, overcoming grief, helping insomnia situations, boosting the immune system and alleviating anxiety and fear are just some of laughter yoga benefits.

photo taken from here

It doesn't matter what's your age, sex or social status. It doesn't matter what's your sense of humor or even if you laugh easily or not. It's just incredible that anyone can participate; anyone can share and spread a laugh.

photo taken from here

It's all about laughing, it's all about life!

Athens 1rst Laughter Yoga session is taking place this Saturday at 17:00 at Acropolis central entrance and it's FREE.

More info about Laughter Yoga you can find here and here.

See you there...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Argan oil for a hair mask

Remember I had bought this mask for my hair but it didn't work out very well? I tried it again, as I had promised to Thalia, this time melting it first and applying it on almost dry hair. Well, it didn't really do me any good again. I don't know, but after washing the buttery oil off my hair, it still felt a bit sticky.

Had no choice but to make my own natural hair oil mask. My hair is very dry, I desperately need a haircut, but till then I definitely have to be more caring with them!

So, I just blended argan and avocado oil, which are very nurturing, with lavender high altitude, sandalwood and roman chamomile essential oils.

I applied the oil mask on dry hair and wore a plastic shower cap for 1-2 hours. I only used 20ml of the carrier oils (and I have long hair) and one drop of each essential oil. After showering my hair felt softer and shiny. And, oh boy I loved the aroma, which really lasted on my hair.

Photos are taken from here and here. I put them together.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

9+1 about me

Ok, it's been a while. I know I could have done this earlier, but on the other hand these days I just felt like my hands couldn't touch the keyboard.

Anyway, I am glad to do it now and thank you Thalia and KnottyCat for tagging me!

So, here it goes...

1. Totally, deeply romantic. Getting too easily emotional. I have tears ready to leave my eyes at any time, especially when I get angry or sad.
2. I can do anything for a good romantic happy-end American movie. Even though I don't really live like that in my everyday life it does help me to relief from stress and become stupidly optimistic.

photo taken from here

3. I like dolphins, cats, tigers, eagles, monkeys. I love mountains, trees, rivers, flowers, waterfalls. And I totally, unconditionally adore the sea! The past couple of years, when I quit smoking I started swimming in winter time as well.

4. When I was younger I lived for a couple of years in Mombasa of Kenya. As I remember it now those were my best years of life plus the years I studied in college. And I think my Mombasa-years is why I love travelling and changing easily places of living. My dream is to live abroad for some years, preferably by the sea. I can live my whole life by travelling the world.

5. The word fReeDom & LovE is what defines me or at least what I want to define me!!!

6. From a very young age I dreamt of moving things with my mind, telekinesis that is. Well... still dreaming, hoping and trying! :P
7. I prefer alternative therapies and energy healing instead of classical doctors and medicines. I practice aromatherapy and I have Reiki (1st degree), until now I've made it with these two plus homeopathy, acupuncture, shiatsu and fasting therapy, oh and my dentist of course.
8. I love cooking. I find it very creative and relaxing. Never really follow a recipe rather than my imagination and food turns out pretty good I think. I also keep a blog with some of my recipes in Greek.
9. While in college I started making jewelry mainly with gemstones and used to sell them. I still make from time to time and so I opened an Etsy shop with some of my designs.

photo taken from here

+ 1. Lately obsessed with the Twilight saga. By far the best book I have ever read. I am finishing now Breaking Dawn, which is for me at least the best of all 4. Also this is the reason why it took me so long to post on my blog. The past 2 weeks, when I returned from Hinckley and the Aromatherapy course, I 've been reading almost non stop. Now that the book is coming to an end though I 've been reading slower because I don't want this to end. I also bought the dvd and today I saw it for the 4rth time. Is there something wrong with me? :o)

Now, it's my turn to tag...

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Getting ready to fly away

I am in a strange mood today. The thing is that I cannot really explain why this is happening. I just feel that time passes by extremely fast and if for any reason I cannot follow I miss moments of life and sometimes I even miss the reason of my choices. Time never comes back and I catch my self wondering... why the hell did I then made that choice! It doesn't happen frequently and I never regret for things because I kind of know that "it happens for a reason"! But I just keep on wondering!

Anyway, in less than 10 hours I will be flying to UK for my Aromatherapy course. I haven't packed anything yet, as I already mentioned I am not in the mood today and I will just do it the last minute as usual. I am living very early in the morning and then I also have to catch the train to Hinckley. That is where the Academy is. In one way of course, despite my mood I am very happy... I will get to enrich my aromatherapy massage techniques and I will be back with more than 15 new essential oils to use in my blends and treatments! On the other hand I have to cheer up a bit...

My favorite Sigur Ros; this is a lovely song, one of my best that accompany me in good and bad times. Not really a cheer up song, but it is very special. Don't forget to pause the Energy Sounds playlist on the right before playing this.

Photos from a Hinckley park from my last visit on May; it's a very small and quiet town

By the way, my dear friend Thalia or else Thaloura Mc Clane tagged me in her last post to share with you "10 things you don't know about me". Thank you Thalia! I will write my post either during this week in Hinckley, if I get the chance or when I get back in a week... but wait didn't I just revealed some stuff about they count! LoL!