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Is Your Job Taking Over Your Life?

“Hi, I my name’s John. I’ve been lurking for a while, but I’ve finally made an account to post this. I need to get my life off my chest. About me. I’m a 46 year old banker and I have been living my whole life the opposite of how I wanted. All my dreams, my passion, gone. In a steady 9-7 job. 6 days a week. For 26 years. I repeatedly chose the safe path for everything, which eventually changed who I was.” 

Whether you’re a banker, lawyer, chef or teacher, if your job is taking over your existence, read this article.

It may change your life.

What The Devil’s Chakra All About?

What are the 7 Chakras?

According to Buddhist teaching, there are 7 main chakras within the human body. These are the energy centers that energy flows through. Each chakra has an attachment to separate body areas including glands and organs. The word chakra means wheel in Sanskrit.

Why Should You Care About Them?

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The 7 separate chakras serve a vital purpose, but they must work together to create balance in your body. With balance, your body will experience physical and emotional peace.

Blocked energy in your 7 chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what you can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

What does each Chakra mean?

For a visual sketch of each chakra, see below:

In other words:

1. Root Chakra - Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra - Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
  • Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra - Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra - Our ability to love.

  • Location: Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra - Our ability to communicate.

  • Location: Throat.
  • Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra - Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).
  • Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra - The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

  • Location: The very top of the head.
  • Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

What Can You Do To Take Care Of Your Chakras?

According to believers, carrying particular stones outlined in the above diagram will ease physical, spiritual or emotional blockages in that particular chakra zone.

Alternatively, to keep the 7 chakras clear, try the 3 Minute Meditation Exercise in my article below. Whether you believe or not, it’s a great way to calm a busy mind.

Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor, Madrid

What is it?

My favourite place in Madrid, this should be top of your to-do list.  With an energy and buzz that reminds me of New York, Mercado de San Miguel is what living is all about. Think Borough Market Spanish style and you’re getting a little closer to conjuring up the vibe of this gastronomical treasure.

What’s inside?

Step inside the elegant glass structure and you’ll enter what can only be described as a culinary Paradise. From seafood paella and every type of croqueta your heart could desire to oysters, frozen yoghurt and sweet treats to melt even the hardest heart, this is Eden if ever there was one.

Who goes there?

Full of tourists from every corner of the globe sipping wine and beer whilst savouring tapas at chic high tables running the length of the market, this is a place buzzing with energy. I’ll never forget visiting Mercado de San Miguel having just left the corporate world – the happiness etched across the market sellers’ faces was tangible and striking. Simple pleasures. Food for thought.

Will you like it?

And a food lover you should be if you come here. If you’re happiest eating, you’re in for a treat.

Why visit? 

This is a place which will tease every sense and catapult you full-throttle into joie de vivre.

The only warnings are as follows: 1) Don’t let your bag out of your sight 2) Bring an empty tummy 3) Be prepared to feel bloated after a visit.

This is an experience to be embraced. This is living.

Contact:

Plaza San Miguel, 28005, Madrid

Nearest tube: Opera

3 Minute Meditation for Commuters

Monday Not So Funday?

How do you feel on the way to work on Monday mornings? Irritable, anxious, contemplating why a three day weekend has never been introduced or all of the above?

How Can You Damn The Blues?

What can you do to feel less stressed and how can you achieve this on a packed tube jammed with equally irritable commuters?

Below is a 5-step guide to a short meditation exercise fit for all. If you’re a busy city-dweller with only five minutes to spare daily, this is for you. Whether on the bus, taking five minutes out from your office on a park bench or even in a toilet cubicle, this is as user friendly as it gets.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation focuses on calming the mind through observing all thoughts and feelings but letting them go so that you can focus on the present moment.

Why Should You Try It?

Long-gone are the days of meditation being something only hippies do. You may not be surprised to hear that London commuters are reportedly the ‘most anxious people in UK’. You may be more surprised to learn that stress costs employers a staggering £460m a day.

Stress is the dark side of our ‘have-it-all’ lives, which, if left unchecked, can cost you, your relationships and your sense of self more than you may care to contemplate. If you are a city-worker who tenses up the moment you leave the house for work, this simple stress-reducing technique is something you really should try.

What Do The Experts Say?

The good news is that just five minutes’ meditation a day can have a huge impact on your sense of balance, reducing stress, anxiety and depression. A leading neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin studied eight of the Dalai Lama’s most accomplished practitioners and found that meditation not only alters the brain in the short term, but also produces long-term, permanent change. In other words, the brain is capable of being trained and physically modified in ways few people can imagine.

It’s therefore a no-brainer that taking time-out from the commotion of the mind is essential. Even if this is meditating on the bus to work.

How Does It Work?

Follow these five steps every morning on your way to work this week and watch your stressful state gradually shift into one of calm. Ideally, team this with calming music (see examples below):

  1. Close your eyes and slowly inhale in through your nose. Imagine you are pulling the breath inwards from the back of your throat. Listen to the sound of your breath as it passes up through your nose along the top of your windpipe. Visualise the breath moving into your body and feel your body relax as you gently exhale. Do this a few times, concentrating on relaxing your shoulders, arms and feet as you do so.
  2. Once you’ve established a comfortable flow of breathing, turn your attention to your feet. Keeping your eyes closed, imagine a wave of red moving slowly from the tips of your toes up through your feet and legs. As you do so, keep concentrating on your breathing, regulating the motion of the red as it moves up over your knees with your breaths.
  3. When the red reaches the tops of your legs, visualise the colour changing to orange, moving slowly up through your lower abdomen to your tummy button. Then watch it turn yellow, moving gently up to the mid-point of your torso. As the colours change, keep concentrating on your controlled breathing, imagining your breath pushing the colours gently up through your body.
  4. As the yellow reaches your mid-torso, watch it merge into green, moving slowly up to chest height where it shifts into blue. Keep breathing in a deep but controlled manner, using the sound of your breath to concentrate your mind.
  5. As the blue reaches the bottom of your neck, imagine it turning purple, rising up through your head until it reaches the top. Finally, imagine a bright white light pouring northwards high above your head. Watch it shower down the length of your body all the way to your feet cleansing your body, mind and soul as it does so.

Here are some examples of calming musical accompaniments. You can download yoga or meditation music on I-Tunes for free.

Librería “La Central de Callao”

Where is it?

Situated a stone’s throw from El Corte Inglés and Gran Via, this place is completely unique. A mix of academic-chic, La Central de Callao is a 3 floored treasure chest combining over 70,000 volumes of specialized books in philosophy, history, social science and literature and a super cool bistro to boot.

What’s it like?

If unpretentious Bohemia is your thing, the bistro is a real find. Open until around midnight most nights, it boasts a great selection of cakes and savoury treats and would be an original substitute to grand alternatives.

Surrounded by books a-plenty, La Central’s bistro has a unique energy. Combining the soulfulness you find tree-side, the inspiration you find in bookshops with a cosmopolitan cosiness typical of Madrid, this little eatery is a real treat.

What else is on?

The lectures and presentations on offer are fascinating ranging from this month’s GRAF presentation dedicated to comics and illustration to Yasmina Khadra (one of the most important and famous writers of Algerian literary scene, with work published in more than forty countries) speaking next month.

Why go?

If you’re a creative type who gets excited by books and new places, try La Centrale. It’s good for the soul.

Details:

Dirección: Calle del Postigo de San Martín, 8, 28013 Madrid

Website

Teléfono: 917 90 99 30

Events

Horarios (El Bistro):

Lunes, martes y miércoles - 9.00 – 00.00

Jueves, viernes y sábado - 9.00 – 01.00

Domingo y festivos - 10.00 – 22.00

20 of the Best Shakespeare Quotes

  1. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so (Hamlet)
  2. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool (As You Like It)
  3. The course of true love never did run smooth (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  4. Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; Where little fears grow great, great love grows there (Hamlet)
  5. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind (King Henry VI)
  6. What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet (Romeo and Juliet)
  7. Love is not Love which alters when it alteration finds (Sonnet 116)
  8. Man is a giddy thing (Much Ado About Nothing)
  9. All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts (As You Like It)
  10. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin (Troilus and Cressida)
  11. These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume (Romeo and Juliet)
  12. Give every man thy ear but few thy voice (Hamlet)
  13. Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win. By fearing to attempt (Measure for Measure)
  14. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow (Romeo and Juliet)
  15. The lady doth protest too much, methinks (Hamlet)
  16. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more; Men were deceivers ever; One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never (Much Ado About Nothing)
  17. Let me embrace thee, sour adversity; For wise men say it is the wisest course (Henry VI)
  18. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot That it doe singe yourself (Henry VIII)
  19. Speak low, if you speak of love (Much Ado About Nothing)
  20. This above all: to thine own self be true (Hamlet)

At a Career Crossroads?

Unsure about which way to turn professionally?

If you’re at a career impasse and free tomorrow eve, buy yourself a ticket to Escape the City’s talk with Louise Cox-Chester and Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley.

Who is the speaker?

Cox-Chester was a Director of several City banks and headed up a global team advising on over £50bn of assets. She attributes practicing mindfulness for the last 18 years as the greatest tool to help her manage life and be more effective, and has subsequently set up her own businesses that train on mindfulness at work.  Incongruous, impressive or all the above?

Who are Escape the City?

For those of you not in the know, Escape the City are top of the range career connoisseurs who connect people with exciting non-corporate career opportunities. Products of top corporate jobs themselves, they understand what motivates us, Generation Y and what may also drive us to look for more.. Whether a job running a winery in Argentina or an opportunity to buy into a desert island in the middle of nowhere, they offer refreshing opportunities a-plenty.

How do I find out more?

For more information, check out their website here.  They host regular talks led by successful entrepreneurs who have shifted path and made it – informative and inspiring, they provide a great opportunity to meet like-minded people wondering if there may be more to life… Go on, hop aboard.  You won’t regret it.

Buy your ticket here.

 

Want to Learn to Row?

When is the course?

If you want to learn to row, sign up to the Parrs Priory ‘Learn to Row Course’ starting this Saturday, 13th September at 11am for a month.

How much does it cost?

At a cost of £125, it’s a great way to learn the ropes of a brilliant sport on the banks of Putney and to meet new people.

Why row?

Rowing types are positive and fun and rowing is a brilliant cardiovascular sport – hard work but really enjoyable if you like a bit of competition.  There’s nowhere better to be than out on the water on a Saturday morning – whether sunny or crisp, you’ve achieved something palpable before most of your friends have got up.  It’s also a whole new world down by the river – with dogs, tots and joggers adorning the tow-path, it’s a wholesome little world full of positive energy.  Who knew people got up so early?!

Why Parrs?

The best thing about Parrs is that unlike other rowing clubs, there is NO obligation to train.  While other clubs insist on several early starts a week, you can row as little or as often as you like here.  I used to row most Saturday mornings at 8:30am for a couple of hours but there’s also a super early slot if you prefer (no thanks!) and several training sessions in the week if you can’t get enough.  You can get involved in regattas if that floats your boat (sorry..) or alternatively just attend club dinners! There’s usually brunch or lunch after rowing on Saturdays which is sociable and scrumptious after a full-on work-out!

Fancy dress ‘Pudding Races’ at Christmas…

‘The Christmas Spoon’ preparing for victory…

An average morning on the river..

Details of Course are here

More on the Club is here