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How to spot a sign from the universe

 

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Have you heard people asking the universe for a sign?, do you wonder what its all about, do you know how to ‘see’ a sign from the universe? I truly believe in signs and that energies and vibrations can allign and they help us go on our right path, I quit my ‘real’ job after asking the universe for a sign, becuse even though the money was good, I didn’t feel fulfilled. That morning on my way to work (I was a resort ambassador) I really didn’t know what to do for the best so asked for a sign, after the briefing at our office we went out into pairs to walk around the town, there was a man with long grey hair, a bit shabby, shouting how Blackpool is the pit of despair, its full of whores and sinners, he intrigued me so much to the horror of my colleague I went over to talk to him (in full ambassador uniform) he stepped back away from me and was very wary, I asked why he thought Blackpool was so bad and where he lived, he was cagey at first ( I think the uniform put him off) and I said I meant him no harm and he wasn’t in trouble, I just wanted to talk to him. He opened up and we started having a chat, then he did a double blink, looked me up and down and said “you don’t belong in that uniform, what do you think your doing?, you know that your light shines from within, the lights on the front (illuminations) are giving false happiness, you know this town is trying to sell happiness masked as all the attractions and bright lights, you know this is wrong” (he was spot on) I thanks him and asked his name (my mind thinking it would be something profound like Ezekiel) he said it was Tony! I told him he was my sign from the universe and walked away, knowing right then that was the day I would quit.

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Get your family in nature and see them bloom

With the age of the internet firmly upon us and children staying indoors more because of all the consoles, tvs and computers not to mention phones that do everything except do the washing, this next generation isn’t spending time out doors in fresh air and nature. This can have a detrimental effect on their bodies and minds. shutterstock_247460536_446_294_84_int_s_c1                                                                                                   Photo from Natural health magazine

Being in nature gives you much-needed vitamin D, supports creativity and wellbeing, reduces stress, it also can improve nutrition too if a child is taught to grow veg or where the farm animals come from.

Improves social relations. Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005)
Improves self-discipline. Access to green spaces, and even a view of green settings, enhances peace, self-control and self-discipline within inner city youth, and particularly in girls (Taylor, Kuo and Sullivan, 2001).

Thinking about connecting with nature in this way brought me to this post on Natural health magazine:

Interacting with nature – whether rockpooling at the beach, striding through a forest to the accompaniment of birdsong, or meditating in a flowery meadow – is always a source of relaxation and enjoyment. However, communing with the natural world is so much more than just a nice way to spend the weekend. With friends, family or simply on your own, getting away from the rat race has a variety of health and therapeutic benefits. So next time the sun is shining, why not put aside the chores and enjoy the free rejuvenation session our environment can offer?

4 REASONS TO HEAD OUTSIDE
1 Working out gets easier

Ever wondered why you seem to have so much more energy, say, hill walking, than you do in the gym on a treadmill? A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found people who walked outside not only moved more quickly and felt less exhausted by the effort, but were also in a more positive frame of mind. And as if that wasn’t enough in itself, a Scottish study also found that walking in rural areas made thinking about a long to-do list feel far more manageable, while subjects in the city felt overwhelmed.

2 Fresh air is nature’s ritalin
Those of us who have children know that hyperactivity can be a big issue for so many families. However, outdoor play could well be a viable alternative to medication if a recent study is to be believed. Research from the University of Illinois found that exposing children to natural settings as part of their activities at school and at home appeared to be “widely effective” in reducing the symptoms of ADHD.

3 It actually makes you nicer!
No, really! A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin concluded that spending more time in nature and/or with wildlife enhances our social interactions and makes us a more valuable member of the community. In fact, researchers Weinstein, Przybylski and Ryan even found that subjects were more generous when giving money to others after spending some time in the great outdoors. Got to be good karma…

4 Even the view is good for you
Certain parts of our brain that control happiness and emotional stability are stimulated by vistas of mountains, woodland and other areas of natural beauty. A study by Chonnam National University in South Korea used MRI scans to track what happened when subjects looked at natural views, and found they experienced heightened activity in the anterior cingulated gyrus (the positive thinking section of our brain) and the basal ganglia (an area associated with happy memories). This even works when looking at photos of landscapes, but we’d still prefer to head for the hills!

 

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