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.