24 July 2016

Meditations and Mindfulness


The practice of meditation has many proven benefits on all states of our being.  During this process the body's physiology undergoes a change in that every cell is filled with more energy.  This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm.

On a physical level, meditation lowers high blood pressure as well as the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks.  It helps to reduce tension-related pain, that includes tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems, as well as increasing serotonin production (that improves mood and behaviour), the immune system, and energy levels.

Poppet or Attraction Doll Workshop

In his book, The Golden Bough: a Study in Magic and Religion, Sir James Frazer described a poppet as a  life-like figure or doll made to represent a person or animal and is used in ritual, magic and spell-craft to effect change through the application of sympathetic or imitative magic.

Sympathetic magic works on the principles of “similarity” and “associated contact” (ie, like attracts and effects like).  It is based on the belief that someone or something can be magically affected by doing something to an object in one place, that represents a person or thing in another place.  To achieve this a poppet is made as a representation of a person or thing and contains items associated with or belonging to that same person or object.  Once made and magically charged, any action performed upon the poppet, is thought to cause or effect a similar reaction on the person or object it represents.