"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear" - Rumi.
It’s been 3 months since I’ve written a blog, April was the last time, in the middle of lockdown and although it’s been 16 weeks till now, it feels like years! It’s certainly been a tough time for everyone and affected everyone in different ways, whether good or bad.
In my last blog I mentioned I started running and intended to run a 10k by September. Well after running once a week, I actually completed a 10k in June! I was well chuffed with myself. For me running gave me freedom, it helped me cope better with lockdown and life in general. I could just run and run and run. I was out in nature, fresh air, being in the beautiful countryside, my mind was clear and I was feeling grateful that I was healthy and that I could run. I was hooked and still am!
This I feel is what made me realise that I wanted my retreat days to be outside in nature, whatever the weather! And to be away from people, where your mind can be still, open and quiet...for you to do just as you wish, to relax, walk, heal, renew and revive in just a day that feels like a week’s holiday.
So from 7 August, Dani Wellbeing will be open again for exclusive retreat days only, which will be outside in nature, connecting and healing in nature, even your treatment will be either relaxing in a hammock under the tree, in a reclining chair in the garden or summerhouse with doors wide open. Keeping you safe and us safe at all times.
If you feel like you want to get away but don’t want to be with loads of people about and you enjoy fresh air, one of my retreat days would be ideal for you. You can escape and explore on our private land in our fields and woods in rural Gloucestershire and see the beautiful 360 degree views of the Malvern Hills, May Hill, Gloucester Cathedral, Berrow Hill, Cleeve Hill & Bredon Hill. Enjoy the vastness of the sky, watching clouds float by in different shapes and sizes, listening to the birds singing, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, the breeze in your hair.... Nature is a great healer in itself and to be walking in nature, connecting with nature, brings a real sense of wellbeing. Plus having a treatment outside too is such a wonderful relaxing experience.
These Retreat Days are solely for one person only, so you have time for you to just be. Just choose your day from mon-fri and let us know when you wish to come. More details on our website which has been recently updated.
Take care and hope to see you soon sometime.
Clear your mind of can’t ~ Samuel Johnson
This time last year, my friend asked me if I would like to join her on a trek up Snowdonia. I was in two minds about it. Firstly, sounded exciting and I like a challenge. Secondly, after reading about the climb and others experiences of falling off the edge or even dying, I was scared and almost talked myself out of it. I trained most days, walked up and down the Malvern Hills for a few months, did more yoga to build up my strength in both body and mind and walked 11 miles in one go knowing this was how long it was going to be and the weekend came. It was a beautiful day in April and we set off early with a gang of us, we saw stunning scenery on the way up and around us and it felt good to walk and walk on uneven tracks, keeping those legs going. It was tough and hard on our legs as we got higher, but I was determined I could do it, and carried on. I was here to do this challenge for myself and to raise money for charity too. It was icy cold at the top with the wind blowing a hooley. Gloves off quick for a photo to prove we had done it. It felt amazing. A real achievement. I was advised to take walking poles and pleased i did, as coming down, it took the jolt out of your knees and the poles really helped. We got down safely. We made it, no injuries, no scary moments and walked 11 miles!! I’m glad I did it, met some lovely people that weekend and looked forward to my next challenge.
So here I am now that time of the year for the next challenge. It’s been a challenging time for the whole world with Covid-19 going on, trying to stay safe and well, mentally and emotionally, effecting everyone in different ways. As we are in lockdown, staying at home and keeping safe, looking at funny videos on social media, seeing the funny side of things, watching the news reminding us of what’s going on, sad news and praying our loved ones are well and this will soon pass. It has taught us many things and for me, who is really important in my life, who are the people that really care and who are the selfish ones who don’t. I used to do online food shopping, but now I use local businesses, the local butcher, baker and village shop for all my groceries once a week and really appreciate their help in my community I live in. Our village has come together to help the vulnerable and everyone who needs help, a real community spirit and I’m proud to be part of that. For an occasional treat, we have bought delicious food from various local restaurants who are home delivering. They help us and we help them. ❤️
So returning to my personal challenge this year is to run 10km by September. I can run 5km no problem and always dreaded the thought of running 10km or saying to myself I can’t, but I’m setting myself the challenge and I’m going to do it and hopefully by then, Covid-19 would have gone too and we can all get back to hugging our loved ones and appreciating what we have every single day and being with the people we want to be with.
So if you have thought of a challenge that you would like to do and then thought you can’t, clear your mind to can. You can do this!
And finally, if you are finding it hard to clear your mind, I'm offering free meditations sent to you fortnightly which are about 10 minutes long and you can play them when and where you want to.
Take care, stay safe, well & positive.
Welcome to our March newsletter
Think this picture sums up March so far with sunny days and the odd shower creeping in but still muddy under foot! This was taken at the foot of the Malvern Hills, one of my favourite places to walk my dogs. I love it here as I connect with nature, see beautiful rolling hills, great cloud formations, the wonderful sun reflecting on the ponds, space to roam and be free. I just love walking in nature as it clears my mind and then ideas start to pop in my head and when I came back from my recent walk here, I wrote 'take a moment to breathe'.
Go for a walk, connect with nature and look around you. What do you see?
Take a moment to breathe.
Make yourself a cup of tea in your favourite mug, sit quietly and take a moment to breathe.
Be grateful for this moment, as this moment is now. Take a moment to breathe.
Are you finding you are starting to lose your patience with someone for whatever reason it may be? Before you speak, take a step back and take a moment to breathe.
By taking this moment to breathe, you will find yourself becoming calmer, less stressful and be able to deal with everything in your stride.
Whatever life throws at you, sadness, happiness, just take a moment to breathe.
With all whats going on in the world with coronavirus at the moment, if you are already booked in to see me and start to feel unwell or have a bad cold or cough, then please reschedule your appointment or if you are wanting Reiki, Stress Release Therapy or Meditation, this can all be done remotely. I can call you with face time or over the phone. With Reiki, you will be sent distance healing and they all work perfectly well whether its face to face or remotely. You can still have your therapies.
All we can do for now is take one day at a time.
“Nurturing yourself is not selfish - it is essential to your survival and your wellbeing” - Renee Peterson Trudeau
Winter is the time for us to rest and nurture ourselves and there is nothing better than a retreat to do this. A time to get away from it all, some quiet time for us to go within and consider what we truly need in life.
Even if it’s just a day retreat with healing treatments and nourishing food, it’s crucial to look after ourselves. Our to-do list will always be there, but just for today, press pause and allow yourself to be nurtured by Dani Wellbeing in rural Gloucestershire.
Our next retreat is 14 February. £111pp for 2 people or £133 for one. Other dates available throughout the year, which include sound baths, holistic healing treatments and time for you to 'just be'.
1 October and the first day for going sober if you are going for the Sober for October challenge?! Good luck to those of you who are.
I’ve been sober for 18 months and from a personal point of view, I wanted to give you a few tips to help you along the way.
The first week is easy, you have set your mind that you are not going to drink alcohol for a month and you are determined to do it.
Make sure you have an alternative non alcoholic drink to hand that you know you are going to enjoy drinking for the next month.
Water can get boring after a while, but adding a slice of lemon, lime or a piece of fruit, can make it more interesting and more enjoyable.
Try not to replace the alcohol with a sugary fizzy drink - I know it’s not alcohol but drinking fizzy drinks ain’t going to do you much good either with so much sugar in them, giving you a high at first and then a slippery low. Try and stick to the water if you can.
Stay positive. Say to yourself something positive everyday to help you keep on track, for example ‘I can do this. I am strong and determined to be sober this month’
As you progress through the month, notice how you feel. How does your mind and body feel? Do you feel better for not drinking? and do you have more energy?
Who knows after a month, you may feel you want to do it for a few more weeks/months or never again!
This is your personal challenge, however you want to do it and Im sending you all positive vibes to those of you who are going sober in October.
Taking care of you.
As we leave the lazy summer days behind us with Autumn just around the corner, we greet September! Schools are back as we prepare for a new season. Maybe enjoying the last few days of sunshine as we hope for an Indian Summer, before we really say goodbye and putting our summer wardrobe away, while bringing out jumpers and boots instead! Seeing blackberries in the hedgerows almost ready to pick and make crumbles and pies for the freezer, the sun is lower in the sky and the breezes are cooler now with daddy longlegs in the grasses, as Autumn Equinox approaches on the 23rd September. Mabon or Second Harvest. The time to give thanks for the summer and to pay tribute to the coming darkness.
Seasons change and we all experience change in our lives, whether it’s new relationships with others or breaking up, moving house, new schools, new class, change in health good or bad, lifestyle changes, changes in ourselves to live a better, happier and more fulfilled life. For some of us we like change and others don’t. Sometimes it’s easier if we expect change and not so easy if it comes as a shock. Either way, change happens...life doesn’t stand still and it’s up to us how we cope with change. We are all different. We can ask for advice, talk it over with close friends, but at the end of the day it’s our decision how to cope with change and what to do. The answer is always inside of us. Go within, either by meditating or a walk in nature or just having a quiet moment where you won’t be disturbed, ask the question to yourself whatever it is and let the ego go and listen with your heart. The answers will come when your mind is clear. Whatever change you are going though, just take one day at a time and cope with it your way.
"If you keep on doing what you are doing, you are going to keep getting what you are getting. The future is yours, do something about it" - Raymon Grace.
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