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Vintage Values ~ A Gift of Strength


Values come from the word
valere, to be strong. These Vintage Values have been tested through time. They will give you inner strength …

This A – Z of Vintage Values comes from the past to inspire us in the present. During 2016, I posted each letter of this A – Z  as Monday Motivation on my Facebook author page. Readers were kind enough to let me know how much they appreciated them. I’ve now put the full A – Z together here for your enjoyment. Click on the link below for your free copy. Writing these values got me through a challenging time – I hope they will give you strength if you need it too.

Illuminated letters would once have been richly colored and gilded.  You can save this booklet, or print it out and color it in for further illumination.

VINTAGE VALUES Eliza Redgold – Elizabeth Reid Boyd

Best wishes, Eliza/Elizabeth

 

 

 

The Secrets of Mindful Beauty

THE SECRETS OF MINDFUL BEAUTY is OUT NOW in March 2017!

Many beauty products offer us hope inside a jar. The Secrets of Mindful Beauty offers you more than hope. It offers the power that is inside you.

We’ve been researching this for many years now, and I’m thrilled to share it at last.

Published by Skyhorse, New York, The Secrets of Mindful Beauty shows women of all ages struggling with beauty esteem, lack of self-care and confidence, cosmetic challenges and changes to skin, hair and nails that are made worse by stress, anxiety or ageing how to:

  • Boost your beauty esteem and positive self-regard with simple, mind-body treatments to make you look and feel more calm and confident;
  • Use an inside-out stress reduction method that gives you a new, powerful, proven self-care tool;
  • Practice an invigorating, positive-ageing technique that will change the way you see yourself today and in the years to come.

If that sounds like you (because it sure sounded like me) then I hope you love reading this book as much as we loved writing it.  Its promise is simple: to change your beauty routine to one that truly makes you look and feel more beautiful.

Visit Skyhorse Publishing – available at all good bookstores online and in store

Read a sample at Overdrive

Or come and visit us at www.mindfulbeauty.net

Wishing you many beautiful moments – here is one of our unique Quick Lifts to get you started!

 

A Grace for Books: Mindful Reading

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Why have we no grace for books, those spiritual repasts – a grace before Milton – a grace before Shakespeare – a devotional exercise proper to be said before reading the Faeire Queen?‘ ~ Charles Lamb

Of late I’ve been thinking about how we read. It has changed so much in the last decade, with e-books and reading on line. We still read (maybe even more than before) but we read differently (though many noblewomen in the past read romance and books on spirituality and self-development just like we do today!)

Historically, noblewomen used Books of Hours, beautiful books of prayers, to mark their time. Richly illuminated with pictures of saints, Bible stories, and even signs of the Zodiac, they were sometimes encrusted with jewels. Some called girdle books were small enough to be hung from the waist. Books of Hours contained a calendar, gospel lessons, psalms and special prayers to be said at certain hours of the day: Prime (6am, or upon waking) Terce (9am) Sext (midday) None (3pm) Vespers (6pm) and Compline (9pm, or upon retiring).

The illustration above is taken from a fifteenth century Book of Hours. She is Virgo (my star sign).  I’m going to try the custom of marking my time with a Book of Hours by doing some daily devotional reading.

If you want to join me, here’s how:

Select your own Book of Hours: a prayer book, a hymnal, a spiritual text, a day book, or even a book of poetry. From this book, choose a short quotation, text or excerpt to use as a daily devotional reading (it only needs to be a few lines long). Or you can simply open your chosen book by chance and read the first section you see. Read your quotation in the morning and again at night. Try this for about a month for the most benefit. If you skip a day, just go back to it the next.

Alternatively, try the traditional marking of hours, reading a short text or quotation from your chosen Book of Hours, on the hour, every hour, for a whole day. (We check our phones that often, so why not try this instead!) It might sound arduous, but is found to be relaxing. Build this into a regular practice, or use it as a meditative technique to slow you down when you are feeling particularly rushed or overwhelmed.

Marking time with a devotional reading only takes a moment as the clock strikes, but it creates an entirely different sense of time and increases our mindfulness. Our days will feel very different when we mark the golden hours.

Wishing you blessed reading,

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