‘This Week with Alison’ is about sharing whatever I’ve been mulling over, reflecting on, discussing, reading, learning, practicing or generally tinkering with this week.  

This week is about The Chakra Project, what I’ve been up to at mHabitat and those lovely signs of spring


This week I’ve started reading Georgia Coleridge’s ‘The Chakra Project’ #chakraproject, and I can’t put it down.  I’ve always had an interest in what I now know as ‘energy healing’, and it’s come in and out of my life for the past 15 years, more on that in my next blog.  On the face of it, if not understood, chakras can appear a bit New Age traveller/hippy, but it makes a lot of sense when you consider the natural energy within and around us.  Energy from sunlight to moonlight, gravity, and our own heartbeats.  Chakras are the engines in our body spinning to keep the energy flowing, so that we feel physically, emotionally and spiritually well.  What I didn’t know is that we have hundreds of said chakras, albeit it’s usually just the 7 core chakras that are depicted (Crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and root).  The book teaches you about those 7, how to know if they’re out of kilter, what the do to heal them, and how to keep them healthy.  I’ll be using my knowledge to enhance some of the resources for my ‘Live Well’ programme, and some I’ll share for free to Flourish Club members. I also have a Pinterest board for Chakras & Crystal if you want to take a peek.

Back at mhabitat (a team owned by the NHS, where I work 3 days a week), I’m leading a project in Kirklees, exploring what & how existing digital technologies can help those people with visual & hearing impairments, have a better experience when they visit their GP.  We’re right in the middle of recruiting (e.g. patients, carer’s, & GP Staff), to join us at one of 3 workshops in May.  We’re also collecting mini insight blogs from people who have a sensory impairment & are willing to share what tech. They’re using & how that helps them, we’re calling these wonderful people our ‘Digital Champions’.  Digital Champions also include citizens and NHS staff who join us to spread the word & make GP visits a better experience.  If you have a sensory impairment, or know someone who does, and want to share your tech. experiences in this way, we’d love to hear from you.  Just email your mini insight to: enquiries@wearemhabitat.com – use the subject title ‘digital champion’ and we’ll share it within our region and across the digital pathfinder projects nationwide.

43673154-E1BF-42C4-8725-68EB75203461Signs of Spring – on Friday I walked out with Dad, along the Air & Calder canal & riverside. We spotted, amongst other things, a grebe with his full head gear on, and sand martins, back from Africa for the Summer and Autumn. Hazel willows were bursting into bloom & butterbur & Himalayan balsam were starting to poke up on the banking. On Saturday Col (hubby) & I went to Flamborough coast & spent time watching the kittiwakes, guillemots, & razor bills nesting precariously on the cliff edged. What started out as a rather cold foggy morning turned into a warmer day & it felt good to be out in the fresh air.  Walks for me are soul food. They fill my whole being with joy & light & I use all my senses to experience that special time out in nature.  It’s a time for gratitude that you have good health and the ability to get out & enjoy the beautiful things in life.  For me, this is mindfulness at its best.

Have a wonderful week everyone,

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