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The list may appear endless. Grey skies.  Rain.  Worries over Brexit.  Fears about Trump. Low finances from the Christmas period. Waiting to get paid.  Etc, etc.

For me, things aren’t quite so bleak.  Obviously, I don’t like the weather or the general season, but I have plenty of hope for 2017.  I think it will be a good year overall.

Let’s hope I’m right.

 

Grey skies.

Biting chill.

Frosty pavements.

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On a side note, my blog here at WordPress reaches its eighth birthday this week.

Need A Break

The last twelve months have been hectic, so I need a couple of weeks to recharge.  During the festive period, I will still do a small amount of creative writing each day, along with my foreign language studies and piano practise (access to an instrument allowing). Mostly, though, I hope to relax and read.

Curently, I’m doing specific breathing exercises at least twice a day, designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) whilst promoting clarity.  I can already feel some of the benefits. For instance, after several years of knee problems, I can now run up a set of steep steps without any problem, using core muscles.

In the meantime, I wish to post a YouTube video of Summertime by George Gershwin.  I used a good quality phone to record myself playing Summertime and feel the overall recording is reasonable, although not record label standard.

One day, maybe.

 

 

Happy Christmas

I’ve found little time to blog recently. Life always presents demands.   Personal time. Studies. Work. Creative writing. Playing the piano.

And the Christmas period, of course.

Recently, I read The Healing Power of the Breath by Dr Richard Brown, a psychiatrist. The book explores the power of the correct breathing and how certain exercises can help people suffering with severe conditions, such as PTSD. The key to the exercises seems to like in Coherent Breathing – a technique intended to bring breathing and heart rate into sync, thereby improving the Heart Rate Variability (quite heady stuff). The book also comes with a CD – crucial, in my opinion.

Normally sceptical of self-help books, I found this one interesting and uplifting. The author, along with his co-author, writes sensitively, explaining the basic scientific principles when necessary. The authors supply the keys for improved health, mentally and physically – without the need to buy anything further.

Well worth a read.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the Coherent Breathing exercise, along with a special humming breath technique I’ve adapted.  Hopefully, these will keep me relaxed during the stresses of the coming week.

…biting cold

London

I haven’t taken photos for ages, but recently I got a couple of Androids from the local phone shop.  The devices contain cameras (not too bad, in my opinion), and most people agree that phone cameras, while not perfect, have improved over the last few years.

I took these on Saturday afternoon.

Location: Highgate Wood, Old Railway Line Parkland Walk Hornsey

 

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