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Beginnings and endings are part of the great circle of life. Well, beginnings, middles and ends. The circle completes and starts again. 
 
While we tend to only remember the big circles – whether they’re welcome or not – they happen every day, in many different ways, whether we’re aware of them or not. Big and small. Part of our regular routine or completely unexpected. Long anticipated and hoped for or a bolt from the blue. Our heart’s desire or greatest nightmare. 
It’s something we all do automatically – and unconsciously – from time to time. Usually when one of our buttons are being pressed or our emotions threaten to overwhelm us, both positively and less so (!). Often a couple of deep breaths – or counting to 10 – are all that’s needed. A potential downward spiral is averted and everyone concerned lives to fight another day. Well, hopefully, not fight but you know what we mean… 
 
So why are deep breaths so powerful and often save the day? 
With the relentless pace of modern life, it’s easy to lose track of ourselves. To be so focussed on the physical world “out there”, we forget who we really are “in here.” 
 
So, this week, a little reminder we’re so much more than what’s “out there.”  
We have a very good friend to thank for the inspiration for this week’s blog post – she knows who she is (!). She has a great gift for making seemingly innocuous statements – or asking simple questions – which are then guaranteed to get you thinking. And this is a great example of one of them. 
 
It all started with her making a very simple observation. That people seem to be very good at saying “no” but seem to find it much harder to say “yes”. And it doesn’t seem to matter what it is. For some reason, our automatic reflex response seems to be “no.” Why is this? 
 
Well, we’d say there are many reasons for this – probably as many as there are people (!) – but a big one is that we prefer to stick with the routine and predictable. Know what’s likely to happen rather than stepping outside our comfort zone. 
We all do it at times and, before you ask, that includes us too (!).  
 
Find ourselves reaching for our favourite little treat or comfort food, before we’ve realised what we’re doing. 
 
Often, it’s something sweet or chocolate related – or both (!) – although it doesn’t have to be. Something savoury, crisps or a sneaky sausage roll, seem to be just as popular. 
 
Whatever it is, we easily convince ourselves that it’s what we need RIGHT NOW – and it’s all too easy to have just one more or for it to become a regular part of our day… 
 
Now, despite what some people might think (!), we’re not complete killjoys and saying you can’t have a treat from time to time. But BEFORE your hand reaches the packet (!) just pause for a moment. Notice how you’re really feeling RIGHT NOW. Why you feel you need a treat RIGHT NOW. 
It’s been a while since we’ve written about the cycles that play out in our lives. Some are easy to see, particularly at this time of year, when we can feel the slow – very slow, this year (!) – quickening from Spring into Summer. Having said that, the signs are definitely there if you spend a few minutes outside. The cuckoo is busy in the woods near our home, swallows and house martins have finally arrived – hurrah (!) – and the lovely frothy sheep’s parsley is festooning the verges. Everyone has their own particular signs that Summer is here, so we’ll leave you to include your own particular favourites… 
 
Then there are the cycles that aren’t so obvious, but still affect our lives, even if it’s just at the “something feels different” level we can’t quite put our finger on. And it’s one of these we’d like to talk about today. It takes us into the realm of astrology – and, “yes”, we know the mere mention of it can get some people going (!) – but, please, bear with us before you dismiss it out of hand…. 
It’s been a while – 2016, to be precise – since we’ve devoted an entire blog post to the “one eyed monster” or, as we heard it described recently, the “idiot box”… 
 
While it may not have taken centre stage for a while, it has been mentioned in passing on a number of occasions in our posts. The main reason for this is that it still seems to be the primary source of information for many people. Dare we even say the majority of people. This always strikes us as rather strange, given how easy it is to obtain information these days, not least with a little googling. Even more so as it usually results in a much more rounded picture of whatever topic you’re interested in, as well as being more convenient – and quicker (!) – too. 
It’s one of those expressions we’re all familiar with, which hides some of those emotions we don’t like to admit to. Let alone talk about.  
 
Envy, jealousy, greed, covetousness, spite. 
 
But have you ever wondered where does it come from? 
 
Well, if like us you suspected Shakespeare, you’d be right. Othello to be precise: 
 
“Beware, my Lord, of jealousy 
It is the green eyed monster that doth mock 
The meat it feeds on” 
 
But why, you may ask, is the monster green eyed? 
A few weeks ago we took a quick trip down memory lane thanks to a song by “Fun Boy Three with Bananarama”. If you’d like another dose of nostalgia, here’s the link
 
As the song so beautifully put it, “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it, that’s what gets results.” In other words, it’s not about WHAT we do, but HOW we do it, that’s the most important thing. So, the energy and intention behind whatever we’re doing, rather than the thing itself. 
 
For some reason, we often seem to miss this. Tending to focus on the visible end result – the action – rather than the energy and intention driving it. 
 
Which, if you stop to think about it, is rather backwards thinking. Why? 
It’s often said that imagination is one of our greatest gifts. The one which sets us apart from all the other life forms sharing this beautiful planet with us. However, like all gifts, it’s a two edged sword and can be used for good or ill. To help us or harm us. To speed us on our way, or to hold us back; if not send us in completely the wrong direction. 
 
Regardless of how we choose to use it – and, yes, it is a choice; more about this in a minute – imagination is the spark that sets EVERYTHING in our lives in motion. And you may want to read that last bit again. Let it sink in. Imagination really is the spark that sets EVERYTHING in motion. 
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