January 2017 favourites

I’m Lovin’ It – January 2017

(This post contains affiliate links.) Firstly, I want to tell you about something that three separate people told me about at the end of last year. That must mean it is important, relevant to my life in some way and worth sharing…

From a numerological perspective, life ticks along in 9-year cycles. 2016 was a universal ‘9’ year (2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9), whereas 2017 is a universal ‘1’ year (2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 and then 1 + 0 = 1).

According to numerology, 9 is the number of endings and completion. 2016 was therefore a time to reflect on what we had learnt during the 9-year cycle, to practice gratitude for our many blessings and to forgive any wrongdoings in preparation for the new cycle. The vibration of 9 encourages us to integrate the wisdom we have gained throughout the cycle and to share it with others. Towards the end of 2016, many people on the planet will have been feeling powerless, sad, helpless and tearful. I can certainly relate to 2016 being a year of sadness, helplessness, loss and the end of an era for me. How about you?

2017 on the other hand, being a universal ‘1’ year, is a year of new beginnings, creation, discovery and originality. It’s a great time to create a vision board. Consider every area of your life – health, wealth, spirituality, relationships, career – and set out your dreams and long-term goals. Then be sure to take steps, however small, towards achieving them. We certainly want to avoid a directionless frame of mind in this time of huge change! Aim high, believe in your goals and never give up. The vibration of 1 is one of ideas, opportunity, individuality, ambition, potential, confidence and initiative. We might choose to develop new interests, change monotonous routines, meet new friends or learn something new, for example. This is the time to become who you truly are and discover where you and your talents fit in. What are your unique gifts that only you can bring to the world? In 2017, we will see that life is not a struggle but a continuous flow of energy that gives us the freedom to steer our life towards a more satisfying existence.

As I have mentioned before, Erin Motz (a.k.a. Bad Yogi) is one of my favourite yoga teachers on YouTube. I have been following her for a few years now and it was through her that I discovered JP Sears:

Absolutely hilarious! JP Sears has made hundreds of videos, some of them much funnier than others, and Erin Motz has dabbled in comedy a little too. If you’re up for more laughs, I’d recommend How to Become Gluten Intolerant, Getting Ripped, How to Get Instagram Famous Overnight and If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans.

Since the run-up to Christmas, we have been trying to watch less television. I thought it would be difficult, especially as this is the time of year when television channels seem to pull out all the stops, but it was surprisingly easy. As soon as we started to replace our viewing time with other activities such as board games, puzzles and audio-books, the television became instantly less appealing and we hardly watch it at all now!

As a family, we have always enjoyed board games, but in December we tried our first co-operative board game. ‘Co-operative’ simply refers to a game in which all players work together towards a common goal, so you all win (or lose) together. This ethic suits our family really well as we sometimes struggle not to help each other out! The co-operative aspect really promotes communication too. The co-operative board game that we tried was Pandemic, which came highly recommended by a friend and self-confessed ‘board game geek’. This video describes it far better than I can using words alone:

We cannot recommend Pandemic more! Since our very first game, we have been pretty addicted and even between games we will often discuss the strategies that we want to try when we next play.

I’m really pleased that we’ve discovered co-operative board games as a genre. The next one we want to add to our collection is Flash Point. Watch this space…

One Square Inch of Silence was founded by Gordon Hempton. From the quietest place in the United States, in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park, he is making it his mission to record and preserve the sounds of the environment that are not subject to noise pollution.

Gordon Hempton talks about his amazing project in the podcast episode The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything.

This month, I learned of a man named Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 – 1772) – a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian and mystic who is famous for his books on the afterlife.

Thanks to the Swedenborg Foundation, his books can be downloaded for free at the following links: Heaven and Hell, Divine Love and Wisdom, Divine Providence, True Christianity and Secrets of Heaven.

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