Way of Chakras – Caroline Shola Arewa #bookreview

Well maybe not a proper book review.

This is a comprehensive look at chakras: what they are, how they affect the body, how to use meditation and physical practice to heal a blocked one. I found this a fantastic book to start my journey on learning some healing roles and hopefully becoming a holistic practioner. As well as all the information I found a few quotes that inspired me and I’d like to share:

  • (Time for yourself) This is your special time. Explain to children. It’s good for young children to see their parents take special time.
  • Perceive, believe, achieve
  • Meditation can relieve stress
  • I can… (characteristic of Sacral chakra)
  • I love… (heart chakra)
  • Some yogis live on prana (energy). You may not want to live on prana. I personally prefer the occasional meal
  • If you believe in failure, failure will hold you in its grip
  • Walk in love and light

And finally she ends with a quote from John Lennon whose words sum up what she says is ‘that moment of release when we step off the treadmill and start to simply be…’

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go

round and round.

I really love to watch them roll,

no longer riding on the merry go round

I just had to let it gooooooo!

This is what I aim to do going forward. Time to step off the merry go round and follow my dreams


Positive goals and raising money for charity

As I seem to be over the worst of my recent depressive wave and hopefully going back to work in a couple of weeks I thought to encourage positivity and motivation I would go back over the list of goals I made at the start of the year. Some of it is going along nicely – I wanted to raise the number of followers of each of my blogs. That will only happen with productivity so better get writing some more blogs 🙂

One thing I came across was to run a 10k charity run. While I won’t be running for anything other than a bus this year I have siged up for a local cancer hospice’s charity walk. The mIdnight walk lets you pick either a 7 or 10 mile walk – at midnight – in Leeds. It’s one of the many fundraising ideas by Ste Gemma’s Hospice. As I’m still losing weight and not the fittest person I’m going with 7 miles.

My friend recently died from cancer. While I’ve lost a few relatives unfortunately this is the first time since childhood that a close friend has died. Cancer can strike anyone – none of us are immune to it. We should all be checking our bitds and pieces for lums and going to the doctors for any signs of change to moles etc. Sadly despite going straight away after she found a lump on her breast it wasn’t quick enough to save her life.

St Gemma’s Hospice helped her through the last difficult days and made sure she had all the support available.

I’ve added the link to St Gemma’s and our fund raising page. No pressure, no obligation but every penny raised helps someone in dire need



Thank you for reading

Blog hopping

Thanks to the lovely Kirsty Ferry, whose wonderful blog you can find at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com I have been invited to take part in a Blog Hop. I’ll write a little bit about a few topics then pose those topics to other people. At the end I will direct you to their blogs so you can read all about them as well. They are all worth a look, I promise.

But first, my topics…

First Memory

I have a real problem with repressed memories so this is always a hard one for me. Some of my earlier blogs cover this. I’ve actually just written an Open University assignment on this very issue. The first real memories I have are from my teenage years and are around the fun I had following small bands. I worked then as a chambermaid which being a transient role meant I could easily move around the country depending on where the action was. I got to live in Manchester during the rave era and saw the beginnings of the ‘baggy’ movement and the start of bands like Oasis when they could only fill a 200 people pub. I spent three months in Gloucester continuing the rave theme and learnt how to drink cider 🙂 And I tried to live in London but that was such a surreal experiment it probably deserves its own blog post. Those are memories I treasure. I did lose them for a while but not surprisingly the power of some music & a friend with a near perfect memory herself helped to bring them back.

Favourite Books

Oh gosh! I’m a Gemini and so this changes every week. The first book to ever make an impact was The Outsiders by SE Hinton. Probably the first book to ever make me cry. No matter how many times I read it (and I still do) and despite knowing what is coming it gets me every time.


For me writing at the minute is personal and ‘real’. I enjoy blogging. As well as this one I have a blog for reviewing books and one for travel experiences. I just like sharing my opinions and stories. I’m currently doing the Creative Writing course with Open University. It’s opened my eyes to different fiction writing styles. As such I’m currently attempting a romance novel. I’d never considered it before this course. I’ve a few other ideas so watch this space. Hopefully you’ll get to read them one day


This comes from absolutely anywhere. My romance idea came from an exercise class and my attendance at Weight Watchers! I once wrote a funny short story retelling the take of Noah’s Ark based on a dream. I’ve a sci-fi one to finish that came from listening to some friends who are staunch believers in aliens. If it’s interesting I will put it in my notebook for later use. With my blog I try and share the idea of positivity and a return from mental health problems. Depression is hard going especially on a bad cycle but there is so much good in the world that tends to get overlooked I started the blog to try and show to myself (and anyone reading) that it’s worth fighting the battle to be able to appreciate these things.

Guilty Pleasures.

I have a big love for paranormal romances. I don’t care if others find them cheesy. When I’m down I like to disappear into the fantasy worlds of vampires and Daimons. Chocolate has become a guilty pleasure since I started dieting. Saturdays after weigh in I like to buy my bar of chocolate and eat it whilst watching some fun DVD.

And, for the final part of the Blog Hop, I’m now going to suggest you hop over to see my friends on these blogs: