Posted on

Mindful Eating

At our retreats we get many people coming with a big list of questions about nutrition. People would ask is coconut water good for you? Is falafel good for you? Are vegan ready meals good for you? is eating meat good for you?   Are smoothies good for you? And our host would listen to all of the questions and thank them for taking the time to formulate them. Then she would sit quietly and say I have 3 answers…

When you choose to eat something think of these 3 things

  1. Is it close to the source?
  2. Everything in moderation
  3. How does it make you feel?

It was the best piece of nutritional advice I have ever heard. It’s simple – Stay close to the source (real food), don’t over eat or consume anything in particular and if it makes you feel good after eating it, it probably is good for you!

When you connect yourself to the process of what eating essentially is which is feeding our very precious bodies nutrition to help us function and survive, it’s pretty clear that food that has been manipulated is going to be unhealthier. FULL STOP.

It is a scientific fact that as soon as you cut a vegetable it looses its nutrients and the longer it has been left the fewer nutrients it has…. So if your food has been made in some warehouse and sat for hours and then manipulated, then covered with sauce with preservatives, then packaged in plastic or foil, then delivered to a huge supermarket then sat in a fridge and finally picked by you and eventually ended up on your plate after been blasted in the microwave (Don’t even get me started on that microwaves) Well yeah…chances are you may as well be eating cardboard.

 

Example; paying £3-4 for a smoothie, coconut water (which mostly are full of sugars in any case) or Coffee (generally made with cheap cows milk pumped full of hormones) I mean coffee contains caffeine that unbalances your mood, it brings you up to bring you crashing down… why bother? OK, OK, I hear you! But lets take a minute to think about our food habits.

Years and years of pumping our bodies full of this stuff, will have an effect on our health our chemistry, our brains our bodies?

Your body is a temple, feed is with love and nutrients, the less manipulated food is the better, chop a carrot, become part of the experience of your food, its like turning up to your life, In all areas, make an effort to actually acknowledge what you are eating, has it graced the land? Has it been kissed by the sun? And if it hasn’t maybe you shouldn’t be eating it.

As the wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh once said – When we choose to eat mindfully, we are in touch with the essence of life, the now, the present, we are real and this piece of bread is real and this moment is true life. It helps us become truly present. It is a miracle, I am here, I am alive, and it’s a miracle that this piece of bread has come to me, to nourish me, turn eating into a small a ritual of gratitude a moment to focus on nothing else but the food and the appreciation of our life and abundance.

Posted on

Find Your Chakra

Which Chakra do you need in your life?

Derived from the word ‘Wheel’, Chakras are considered to be the seven centres of spiritual awareness in our bodies. They represent the powerhouses of our energy, which can be recharged and each have unique uses. Commonly used in practices such as yoga and meditation, Chakras help teach us the importance of mindfulness, therefore enhancing our well being.

By integrating the use of Chakras into your day to day life, you connect your physical body to your mental body. Each of the seven Chakras help us interpret different values, and help to each ease things that can block our positive thinking, such as stress, worry and fear.

Which Chakra do you need in your life?

Violet Chakra: I Understand

Typically connected to the crown of the head, the Violet Chakra is believed to help us understand the strange, yet beautiful, ways in which life works. Sometimes it can be hard for us to remember that everything happens for a reason and we get lost on our journey through life. Wear Synergy’s Violet Chakra necklace to feel calm and serene when facing life’s challenges, with an understanding and appreciation for the weird and wonderful life you lead.

Purple Chakra: I See

The Purple Chakra, representing the energy centre behind our eyes, amplifies our inner wisdom and intuition of the world around us. Perfect for times when you need to trust yourself and the way you perceive things, Synergy’s Purple Chakra necklace will motivate you, keep you focused, and inspire your inner creativity.

Turquoise Chakra: I Speak

Connected to our shoulders, the Turquoise Chakra is linked to communication, both with our mouths and our hands. Not only does this Chakra encourage us to be honest and to share our ideas with the world, it also promotes showing how we feel by being adventurous, loyal and kind to those around us. Find the confidence to speak up for what you believe in with Synergy’s Turquoise Chakra necklace.

Green Chakra: I Love

We fall in love with our hearts, which makes the Green Chakra such an important one. Centred around the place holding our deepest desires, feelings and bonds with others, this Chakra strengthens our spiritual strength through our compassion and kindness towards others. To love is to open ourselves up to others, exposing the deepest parts of our beings, and we couldn’t do this without having a big heart and a strong connection with our true essence. By wearing Synergy’s Green Chakra necklace, you heighten the spectacular feelings of love, warmth, joy and self-love.

Yellow Chakra: I Do

The colour yellow acts as a beacon, drawing others to your confidence and boldness. Empower yourself with Synergy’s Yellow Chakra necklace by telling the world that you’re responsible and reliable: you have the power to chose. This Chakra gives you the willpower to meet any challenges you face, whether it’s to do with your work life or personal life.

Orange Chakra: I Feel

This Chakra is all about your body and your physical wellbeing as well as your spiritual awareness. Orange energy balances us, helping us to grow and develop in both our minds and physically. Try out Synergy’s Orange Chakra necklace to connect your inner voice with the outside world and bring a positive nurturing of yourself.

Red Chakra: I Am

Bring passion, determination and fun into your life with Synergy’s Red Chakra necklace. The Red Chakra, known as the root of our spiritual being, helps us to set clear goals in life with the powerful colour strengthening your self-assurance and propelling you forwards. This Chakra is perfect for those who need some excitement in their lives, and are also persistent in grabbing what they want from life.

Posted on

Interview with the House of Coco

House of Coco

We’ve been lucky enough to be interviewed by Laura Bartlett from House of Coco.

Here is a sneak peak of the article:

Clover Norton not only has a super cool name but this is a woman to watch. Whilst working in fashion retail, she discovered her passion and flair for jewellery design. Identifying a potential gap in the jewellery market for message jewellery she took advantage of an impending career break for motherhood coupled with swapping her London life for a quieter one in the leafy suburbs of Hampshire, to launch her own venture, Synergy Jewellery in 2015.

Read the full interview

Posted on

How was January for you?

Are we done yet January?

So how was January for you? If I had to choose my least favourite month of the year, January would be the hands down winner. For me, it is the bleakest month: That depressing, post –Christmas hangover lingers on and on and is made worse by weather that is at best, dull and grey and at worst, freezing and wet. And don’t get me started on the short days and lack of daylight. Colds, flu and winter bugs are usually doing the rounds and my energy and enthusiasm levels are at their lowest. January just does not inspire me and this explains why my new year’s resolutions in the past have always been doomed to fail.

So this year I haven’t fought for a car parking space at the leisure centre only to find that the class I wanted to do was full, or risked life and limb going for a cross-country run in the mud and rain. I haven’t picked up any self-help book, and I haven’t decluttered or tried to reorganise my kitchen cupboards yet. Instead, I have eased myself through January. I have been kind to myself and kept my expectations realistic for what is my most lethargic time of the year. January this year, has been about early nights, cosying up with my loved ones, catching up on the movies, box sets and books that I missed last year and generally looking after myself. I have spent some time setting myself my goals for the year- I have a list of negative habits that I want to work on changing and opportunities that I want to pursue but they don’t start in January because it is just not the right time for me.

My own experience has taught me that we can only make successful and permanent changes to our lives when we are really ready for them and that won’t necessarily coincide with the start of a new calendar year. For example, it was ApriI last year when I chose to change my eating habits and exercise more. At that time (and after a shocking reality check with the scales at the doctors) my mindset and motivation were totally in the right place and eight months later I am three and a half stone lighter and living a completely different lifestyle than before. It was early November when I realised that I just didn’t enjoy having a drink anymore, so I just stopped completely and apart from the mandatory glass of Prosecco over Christmas and New Year, I still don’t miss it in the slightest.

Don’t get me wrong, if you are reading this with new year’s resolutions still intact and working for you then I have total admiration and well done you! But if like many others, you have already fallen off the wagon spectacularly or otherwise, don’t sweat it, it’s only a bump in the road not abject failure. Just wait until you are in the right frame of mind to make that goal a reality and jump back in that saddle again – The magic doesn’t have to happen in January.

 

 

Posted on

A day at the Christmas market

A day on the market stall

Women are amazing… yes, believe it, if you are a woman, you are amazing!

Not just because we actually bring people into this world…. duh! We are amazing because we share our knowledge, our wisdom and our experiences with each other. We love unconditionally, we nurture, we feed our families daily and we keep our nest homely. We teach our children, we set them rules and we support them. We work and look after our elders. Take a minute to think about what an incredible job we all do and why we do it… We do this out of pure love, often asking for nothing in return because we love our families, our friends and colleagues unreservedly.

I love selling at the arts and crafts markets. I get to talk to my customers face to face and as I explain to them the meaning of the Synergy Necklace I can see them starting to think of someone in their lives who deserves to own and cherish one. I always like to gently ask, or maybe a customer will tell me who they are getting the Synergy Necklace for. It could be their daughter, their mother, their child’s godmother, their wife, their sister, their girlfriend, or even as a treat for themselves.

The truth is, is that the Synergy Necklace was created for all women because no matter who we are, whatever our age or what we do, we all need to feel appreciated.

Sometimes a customer will want to tell me a bit more about the person they are buying for and I am delighted to hear their personal stories. It filled me with so much joy to hear how two ladies, friends for 25 years, met. One lady explained to me that when her mother died, her mother’s friend had stepped in and been there for her ever since. Another explained that her daughter was going traveling around the world for a year and she wanted her to have something special to carry with her while she was away. One gentleman bought his wife a necklace for their 45th anniversary and he told me how in love with her he still was. Another lady bought one for her sister to wear on her wedding day.

With so many crazy things happening in the world, hearing tales of love, compassion and family from total strangers in a tiny little village hall, restores my faith in humankind.

I believe we all radiate love, we just need to be able to shine and that is why the core of the Synergy Necklace is the CZ (cubic zirconia) representing light. We all deserve to be given beautiful things and the Synergy Necklace is truly a gift with sentiment. It is a gift of love and light to remind the women in our lives how special they truly are.

Do you have a story you would like to share about the women in your life? Do any of these stories strike a chord with you? Has someone given you a Synergy Necklace as a gift? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

Posted on

What is a Synergy Sister?

Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Attic Greek word συνεργία meaning “working together”

The Synergy Necklace been designed to remind us of the incredible power of women, and the essence that makes us unique. And because the Synergy Necklace is for all women, we bring you the Synergy Sisters to embody the incredibly diversity of all of the women in our lives.

Synergy Sisters are all the women; your girlfriends, your daughters, your sister, your mother, your boss, your granddaughter. As you go through your life, you’ll need other women. Women always do.

So, don’t forget your Sisters. They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them, do things with them. Celebrate, grieve, hold on, let go.

Keep in touch with your Sisters and make more each year. As the years tumble by, one after another, you will gradually came to understand that as time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of your life.

Time passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up. Love waxes and wanes. People don’t do what they are supposed to do. Hearts break. Parents die. Careers end.

BUT… Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When times are tough, your Sisters will carry you through. The world wouldn’t be the same without these women. We have no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lie ahead. Nor do we know how much we will need each other.

Do you agree with this post? What experiences have you had in your life? What local and small charities would you suggest we support to help all women out there? Please leave comments below.