By Sheryl Brooks, R.N., Women's Health Expert
As women, we are very good at taking care of others and getting things done. How about bumping YOU to the top of the priority list and make time for some TLC (therapeutic lifestyle choices)?
Here are just a few ideas for the “to do" list for honoring the body, mind and spirit. Try to take a few minutes for one each day:
By Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer
At the beginning of this month on April 5th, the sun in harmony to Saturn indicates a period of steady accomplishment. There can be success in overcoming obstacle and better relations with authorities as well as an increase in patience, good planning and organizing. This is especially helpful for Sagittarians and Aries, both fire signs, who often need a little grounding.
The sun square Pluto on April 6th indicates issues regarding power and control which may be uncomfortable. There can be increased competition. The necessity to share and trust is especially poignant for Aries, Capricorns, Librans and some born in the sign Cancer.
Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist
Many of us would like to be more creative but we struggle with an inner voice that volleys a steady stream of discouraging negativity. “I’m not talented enough”, “Creativity is frivolous”, “Who’s got time for it?!” “There are real problems that need my attention!”, “You’re either born with talent or you’re not”. This "Inner Critic" might also have other names such as Nagging Nelly or Perfect Pete which capture the discouraging power of this inner voice.
Although we may feel that our Inner Critic is out to sabotage our creativity, it might actually be well meaning, even if a bit misguided. Someone once said that her Inner Critic, which she called “The Wicked Witch,” was trying to "suck the joy" out of her life. This critical voice often wants to protect us from embarrassment or failure, or it tries to help us avoid frustration and disappointment. However, in doing so, it keeps us from experimenting with new ideas and from the learning that comes with trial and error. It also keeps us from the joy that comes from applying our creativity.
Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist
Many people do not think of themselves as creative. They think of creativity as a special skill or talent that we are born with. They might admire other people who are creative but they don’t think of themselves that way. They might see creative people as unconventional and right-brained and see themselves as analytical and left-brained. Even people who are more creative might think of creativity as a special state of mind that we are sometimes blessed with.
What does it mean to be creative? Creativity is commonly defined as imaginative and novel ideas and activities. It is often associated with artistic sensibility and originality. A broader definition of creativity includes expanding perspective, exploring possibilities, experimental problem-solving, and flexible thinking.
By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer
This month begins with good cheer as on March 2nd the very sociable Venus in harmony with exciting Uranus. Unique expression is likely for the creative. A flair for forecasting trends and ingenuity can bring novel ideas or breakthroughs. A new romance is also possible especially for Aries and Aquarians.
Then on March 4th communicative Mercury squares off with Mars, the god of war. There can be problems and irritations or impulsive reactions. Watch for mechanical breakdowns or heated arguments especially for those born near the end of Scorpio on November 21-23. The best use for this day is to do research and study.
Then on March 5th transiting sun squares Saturn bringing another day of difficulties and hard work. There can be limitations and delays. Don't worry if there are feelings of insecurity. This will stimulate ambition and the desire to prove one's self-worth. Pisces and Sagittarius are inclined now to feel low on energy.