Without light, nothing could live on this planet. Light sustains all life. All the colours of the spectrum are contained in light and we instinctively feel uplifted when we are bathed in bright natural light. Colour therapy has been with us since the beginning of time. Natural light can be broken down through a prism to seven colours that we know as the spectrum, the rainbow colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It is important to remember however, that light is always moving and that within each colour there are endless variations, just as we have our own infinite potential that we can choose to develop in a myriad of ways.
Our bodies need a regular dose of sunlight to stay in good health physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritually. Light contained in the spectrum also helps us to remain balanced on all levels. Ultraviolet light within sunlight is essential in the production of vitamin D, which aids calcium absorption within the body. Studies have shown that light boosts serotonin levels in the brain providing a relief for a variety of psychological disorders including eating disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & depression. Long hours spent working indoors can lead to light deprivation, which has significant effects on health including stress, fatigue, depression, lack of concentration, hyperactivity in children & weak teeth & bones.
So what are the tips to help us using colour and light? Try out these 4 tips:
So, go on and be adventurous with the use colours and light at home and in the office – the effects for you and others around will be beneficial to your own well being!
On the 23rd March is the full moon. The legend of the full moon’s effects on human behavior has existed for centuries, popularized by the myth of the werewolf. The words “lunacy” and “lunatic” are derived from the same Latin root that gives us the word “lunar,” as people often attributed intermittent insanity to the phases of the moon. Throughout history, different phases of the moon — especially the full moon — have been linked to all sorts of behaviors. For example, some police officers believe that a full moon leads to more crimes being committed. Others believe a full moon can lead to accidents and natural disasters. Some hospital workers also think birth rates go up around the time of the full moon every month.
Scientists know that the moon does affect the ocean's tides. Many people have extended this scientific fact into fantasy, though, claiming that something powerful enough to affect the world's oceans must also be powerful enough to affect human behavior.
Most likely is the fact that, when weird things happen during a full moon, people are likely to notice the huge full moon and the sky and WONDER whether it had something to do with what happened. When these same things happen at other times, no one thinks to consider whether it had anything to do with the moon.
Pliny the Elder, the first-century Roman naturalist, stated in his Natural History that the Moon “replenishes the earth; when she approaches it, she fills all bodies, while, when she recedes, she empties them.” So according to gardening lore, from full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
However, whatever a full moon brings to you, one has to be absolutely enthralled by the sight of a full moon on a clear night. Its beauty is a wonder to behold and usually it will be large enough to spot with the naked eye its craters. It is symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.
So, on the 23rd March, take the time to observe, quantify, research, and theorize about the moon for yourself. Connect with her many faces, and apply your findings to your own life experience.
Over the weekend I witnessed a High Performing Team in action. It was a rugby match involving the England Woman playing against Wales Women in London. England Woman won the game, although the opposition put up some stern resistance, as you would expect at international level. I had a vested interest as my daughter plays for England! However, several aspects of the English game reminded me of the ingredients of High Performing Teams as identified by Katzenbach and Smith in their 1993 book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’. One thing that I have noticed over years of observing sport and business teams is that to find one operating at the High Performance level is rare indeed. Saturday night’s performance by England had all the hallmarks of a team reaching that potential. And here is why:
There are other elements which need to be prevalent in a High Performing Team such as strong leadership, good decision makers, high quality skills levels and great coaches. England Woman have those in abundance as well and perhaps these will be the subject of a separate blog! Those thousands of supporters watching the game would most certainly agree that England Women have got something special about the way they go about their business in the sport of rugby, an ‘X’ factor which will only get stronger as time passes. They are a credit to their country as a current example of a team approaching the Everest of teamwork – the High Performing Team.
I am in Prague with my wife on a short break. What an incredible city with so many myths, legends and real history to enjoy as well as incredible buildings. We bumped into a few guys who are part of a group of 300 Americans from a company called Vector Marketing. They are here for a week as part of a reward package by the company for outstanding services rendered during 2015. They achieved sales goals and targets in a company ‘competition’ and the reward was an away trip to Europe. Fantastic as these types of rewards seem to be dying out as budgets are being squeezed in all direction. However, reward programmes do have value, so if you are the CEO, or can talk openly with your CEO, here would be my top 6 tips for them to consider incorporating rewards into the company culture:
Whats behind the mirror?
When we look into a mirror we think that the image we have before us is accurate. However, just move an inch and the image changes. We are looking, in fact, towards an endless range of reflections, different hues, angles, heights. They are all of us, but something lurks behind the image that grabs our attention for most of the time that we spend looking at it.
We see a mental representation of ourselves, it is not however, a reflection of reality, but a projection of our own fantasies about what other people will think of our body. In the mirror many things can alter our perception.
Normally this projection is full of judgment and criticism. It is hard to find someone in full harmony with the image itself, for most there is always something that can be improved, repaired, modified and changed. This happens because we are immersed in a culture that always projects and champions a beauty ‘model’ to be achieved, both for women and for men. As we are so used to pursuing this model, before the mirror, our attention is directed more to what we lack, our flaws and our imperfections, than to our positive qualities. Again, this is the way society would have us look and question ourselves more about the weaker characteristics that we might have rather than the stronger ones that we most certainly do have. Getting beyond that paradigm of ourselves can sometimes be very tricky.
The true us, warts and all, is reflected in the mirror that we look at and the ability to be honest with ourselves to say, I am perfect just the way I am. This is the struggle that entertains many of us every day when we look into the mirror. Being perfect just the way we are can be a difficult realization to come to terms with, and the reality sometimes can be very obscure and puzzling. We are so used to seeing ‘glamour’ models in the press, on TV, looking down at us from posters, in fact almost everywhere we look. It is difficult to escape these images unless you happen to live on a deserted island with no one else! And with that difficulty comes the struggle with our inner mind, which shouts out ‘I can be like that’. Guess what – you cannot be like that, and what’s more there is absolutely no need for you to be like that.
It is the other side of that mirror that the truth awaits us – if we allow ourselves to truly see and think. The main thing is to put firmly into your conscious state when you look in the mirror, that you are totally perfect the way you are. There maybe some aspects that you wish to change but that is a choice that you can take or not. It is your choice and must not be driven by what you see on those posters or on TV advertisements. Be happy with what you see, and never think that you can be better (in other peoples minds) with what you already have. The real you is the best you!