Resources

Light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. (Paul Cezanne)

The world is changing by the minute. I hope you are doing ok, staying safe and healthy, observing recommendations for social distancing and finding ways to navigate this new global reality. Below is a list of resources that may support you in these challenging times.

AMSR (Autonomous sensory meridian response)
AMSR is a sensory phenomenon, in which individuals experience a tingling, static-like sensation in response to specific triggering audio and visual stimuli. This sensation is widely reported to be accompanied by feelings of relaxation and well-being. This peer reviewed article explains the AMSR and its potential benefits and contains links to some youtube resources https://peerj.com/articles/851/

Art/Colouring
If you enjoy colouring books, Christine Turcot has generously shared some of her original, handmade artwork ready to be printed and coloured. Click on the link to access printable image. Each finished piece will be unique piece of art and it would be wonderful to have a virtual exhibition. If you’d like to participate, please email me your finished artwork.
CT_Art 1    |    CT_Art 2    |    CT_ Art 3    |    CT_ Art 4

Breathing
When we’re stressed our breath becomes shallow, our body gets into the “alert mode” and our logical brains cannot work well. To help calm your nervous system and clear your mind, remember to take a few moments and focus on your breathing throughout the day.Whichever way you chose to breathe is perfect, as long as you do it mindfully.
4-7-8 Breathing Pattern
Http://www.medicaldaily.com/life-hack-sleep-4-7-8-breathing-exercise-will-supposedly-put-you-sleep-just-60-332122
Diaphragmatic Breathing
http://www.normalbreathing.com/learn-8-diaphragmatic-breathing.php

Donna Eden’s daily energy routine
This routine takes only minutes to complete and can be performed standing or sitting down.  reached to Donna, to request permission to share this resource, and she generously said yes. I hope you enjoy the routine as much as I do.

 

Kindness
CBC podcast about the power of kindness and compassion for our wellbeing.

 

Music
Music is wonderful food for the soul. Don’t forget to turn off the news and play some music that resonates with you. I have been playing and singing Fango/Mud by Italian singer Lorenzo Jovanotti a lot lately. The lyrics start with “I know that I am not alone… ” Here is the link to the version with English subtitles. What’s your favourite song….

Poetry

I love poetry. A poem Slap/Waterfall written by Croatian poet Dobriša Cesarić keeps on coming to my mind lately. Below is English translation by Toni Šimundža.
Waterfall
It flows and flows, flows the waterfall
Does my little drop make any difference at all?
Look, a rainbow appears in it
And in a thousand colours it appears shivering and lit!
That dream lighted up in the waterfall
And my drop helped to weave it all.

 

 

Reframing
Cognitive reframing is psychological technique that consists of identifying and then disputing irrational or maladaptive thoughts. Reframing is a way of viewing and experiencing events, ideas, concepts and emotions to find more positive alternatives. This technique can also be used to cultivate creative and critical thinking skills. Check out this online Reframing Tool 

 

Self Compassion
Check out this LINK for quotes to inspire self compassion

 

Yoga
My bestest, Cindy, a restorative yoga instructor, suggests spending 5-10 minutes in Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) pose daily. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the pose, there are many videos on youtube.

 

Sounds
If you google/youtube “wholetones” you can access many resources of recordings in frequencies that are said to be helpful and soothing. Please don’t go to their website, as they ask you to purchase the recordings, which is not necessary.  Sounds produce frequencies and frequencies resonate inside of our bodies. Explore different frequencies until you find one that  resonates with you. Note that this may change over time.

 

Cicadas on Brac Cicadas on Crete Dawn in Chania, Crete
Take good care of yourself. Keep healthy and safe, be creative, be kind…. to yourself and others.