Why you need a Desk Altar

Whether you work for yourself from a home office, or for an employer in an open plan space with lots of colleagues, or any environment in between, making room for some special items is a great way to improve your space.

Working from home makes it easy for me to have all of the things that I need on hand to create my very own Desk Altar and it is one of the tasks that I look forward to every Monday morning.

I spend the first few minutes of my working week arranging my altar – adding crystals that I am drawn to for the coming week as well as a bunch of fresh flowers (desk roses are a must in my office!) and drawing a card (or two) to guide me. My altar this week also includes my gorgeous fairy crystal and my NYRO Energy remedy.

Desk Altar

deskroses

Your altar can include any items that you are drawn to – ornaments, photos, crystals, jewellery or even images reminding you of an upcoming holiday. The idea is simply that you spend a few minutes creating a small space and dedicating it to help you during the week. I also burn some incense in my office, but you might not get away with that if you work for someone else!

How does it help?

Many of us spend most of our working lives sat in one place, so making that one space somewhere that makes you feel good is extremely important. You may not be able to change your location, your job or even your desk, but you can add a few items to make that space more appealing and to remind you why you are working there in the first place.

By changing the items on you altar every week you also form a habit of looking forward to the week ahead and this can help you to face any challenges or deadlines that you may have looming – as well as making Monday morning a less dreaded affair! Taking some items from home with you each Monday can start the day with a positive vibe. I also find that it helps me keep on top of my admin and cleaning my office as I want the whole place to look as good as my little altar!

Why not give it a go for a couple of weeks and see what difference it makes to your working life. And if you already have a Desk Altar I would love to see some pictures & hear how it helps you too…

On Positive Thoughts

Positive thoughts

Every single positive thought has the power to undo hundreds of negative ones if you just let it.

~ Holly Hinton

All too often we let our negative thoughts outweigh the positive ones and these then create our reality. Try believing the positive ones for a change and you’ll soon discover that the world isn’t such a bad place after all and that you can create an amazing life.

Weekly Words – Are you Following Your Passion?

Signs have a habit of reappearing until you really stop and take notice and my Weekly Words post two months ago was all about it. I always try to pay attention to them and since I ran my first Spirit Guide Workshop last month I have been seeing many signs about something I am doing – about following my passion.

At the workshop, I was speaking about using high vibration crystals to help you connect with your Spirit Guide when my eye was drawn to my large chunk of Obsidian sitting on a shelf on the other side of the room. I mentioned that I have been using that crystal recently, even though I consider it more of a grounding and protection stone. Then all of a sudden it hit me like a bolt from the blue (or rather a big tap on the shoulder from my Spirit Guide) – this volcanic stone is a reminder of my dream to visit Hawaii!!

PeleIt is also associated with the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, Pele. So, as soon as I got home I found Pele’s card and was drawn to the words: “Be honest with yourself. What is your heart’s true desire.” She calls on us to listen to our dreams and invest time and money in manifesting them.

Then this week, as if to bring the point home once and for all, Doreen Virtue’s weekly card reading started with Pele’s card!

My passion is inspiring and empowering women to build amazing soul-centred businesses and lives, and by building my business around this passion, I am manifesting my own future and know that one day soon I will make it to Hawaii.

We are all being called to follow our Divine Passion; to stop doing what others want us to do or what we think we should be doing, but to find what really excites us and to put our energy and focus in to that. Give yourself permission to go out and achieve what YOU want in this life.

This week: take some time to sit quietly and reflect on your true passions. What is it that you love to do? What would you do if money was not an object? What type of work lifts your spirits and doesn’t actually feel like work at all?

Once you know the answers to these questions you can start to follow your passions and build them in to your daily life – little by little at first if that’s the time you have – but by doing something every day, you will soon look back and realise just how far you have come, and how much you enjoy what you are doing.

Have a wonderful week & let me know what your true passions are… I’d love to know!

H x

Weekly Words – Give Yourself Permission

When I was a kid, just like everyone else I knew, I had to ask permission to do just about anything. Whether it was from my parents, grandparent, teachers, Brownie leaders or other adults in my life, I was always looking up to adults to not only give me permission, but also to give me advice on what I ‘should’ do.

So it probably comes as no surprise that now, as an adult myself, I sometimes struggle with the idea of just doing things for myself and not having to run it past someone else first. It seems strange that I spent the first 20 years of my life (at least) listening to the opinions of everyone else and ignoring my own inner voice.

I was never taught to follow my own intuition, my own inner voice or my own soul’s longing and it has taken me many years to get to a point where I put those first and really pay attention to what is best for me, rather than putting my needs and feelings last.

Does this sound familiar?

I believe that the very first step you can take is to give yourself permission.

PermissionGive yourself permission to discover what really inspires you.

Give yourself permission to follow your dreams.

Give yourself permission to listen to own heart’s longing.

Give yourself permission to be yourself.

Give yourself permission to choose your own path.

So, this week I encourage you to take just a few minutes every day to sit in silence and listen to your soul. Ignore the voices in your head telling you what you can’t do and listen instead to your inner voice telling you what really is possible.

Ask yourself what you want, how you want to feel, what really makes you happy and what inspires you. You could do this first thing in the morning or last thing at night, and write down the messages and feelings that you get.

If you can do this regularly, you will soon see that there is no need to ask permission to be who you are. Celebrate your uniqueness, follow your own path and see how wonderfully freeing it feels.

Have a brilliant week.

H x

An Invitation to Connect More Deeply

I just love reading, and finding a great new book is one of my greatest pleasures. I am forever quoting amazing authors and give my students a seemingly endless list of ‘must reads’ – they must think I live with my head in a book and they’d not be far wrong.

Now I want to share some of the brillant books that fill my shelves and my heart to inspire you, and the very first book is one that I have loved and read over and over again since I first heard the poem when I started my crystal therapy training.

“The Invitation” is a soul-deep poem written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer after she attended a soul-less dinner party, and it reads:

The InvitationIt doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.
It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”
It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

The poem sends shivers down my spine and each time I read it I get something new – and almost always shed a few tears. It is now a core component of both my crystal therapy courses and my Desire Map workshops!

The book itself explores each stanza of the poem in great detail and I find there is always a part of the poem that speaks to me.

A book to help you rediscover your own inner longing. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the poem and the book too if you’ve read it…

H x

A Daily Reminder of my CDFs – on a Mug!

OK, so you have probably guessed by now that I am a card-carrying, in-it-for-life Desire Mapper?! I live my life and run my business based on my core desired feelings (CDFs) and am extremely proud to be a Desire Map Facilitator.

SnapDragon MugSo, I am always looking for ways to display my CDFs and bring them into my daily life, and when I saw Snapdragon’s ‘Words to Live By’ mug I just had to have one!

I have ordered from this lovely Scottish gift company before and have always been bowled over by their products and customer service – and this time was no different. It took just a day for my mug to be personalised and arrive at my home. Perfect timing for me to take to my very first Desire Map workshop where it was an instant hit.

The mug itself is so tactile that I never want to put it down and it has my words printed on both sides – so I get to see them as well as everyone else! I chose to have my words all printed in black, but you can choose different colours for each word if you like and you can anything from 1 and 6 words. I also personally love the fact that it is made in the UK as supporting local businesses is really important to me.

Jane, the super designer behind the Snapdragon brand has generously offered a 10% discount on this mug if you enter the code HOLLY1 at checkout. Yay! I may well have to order some for my friends now too…

Oh, and before I go, I just wanted to tell you how synchronistic this all is… I first heard about The Desire Map through Jane’s blog and it was her story about how it had helped her change the direction of her business that inspired me to buy the programme back in 2013! It has made such a huge difference in my life and I am really pleased to recommend her business and pass some of the love back.

H x