What to do if you get hot chilli pepper in your eye.

As the mist came in I decided a warming meal of lentils and vegetables nestled on a bed of rice would be perfect for the evening meal. So I asked  the Fella to finely cut the chilly and ginger. All went well until the phone rang and he went to answer it. Chatted  for a while hung up…..then I heard from the bathroom “Quick I have rubbed my eyes and they are on fire.”


Running to the bathroom with a glass in my hand, I found him  leaning over the basin with his eyes clamped shut, obviously in pain.Filling my glass with cold tap water, Tilting his head to the side I stood at the outer eye corner, so the water could flow into the eye,. “Oh that is so much better.”Round to the other eye.Back and forth until the intense stinging had stopped. The redness was now only confined to his face.  The container of plain Yoghurt in the fridge brought instant relief to the stinging skin and redness quickly subsided .

Only then did I think to look on the internet for “Chilli in your eye” and the solution.Yes water the eye for 15 minutes or

Milk to dissolve  the capsaicin

Milk to dissolve the capsaicin


weblog BlogHer recommends using the same thing you’d use to relieve that pain in your mouth: milk.

“Using one of our little drinking glasses, I was somehow able to get milk into my eye. (Don’t ask me to demonstrate.) I also did a fairly good job of making the milk run all the way down my face and neck, but whatever.

Instant relief. I stood there, blinking milkily in unbelief. Could I really have just gone from that much pain to practically no pain with just a few swishes of milk? Indeed I had.”

If you feel your hands burning and want to get the pepper oils off before touching your eyes, washing your hands with soap and water won’t help.” Weblog The Kitchn notes that oil-based products, however, will:

Olive oil! When the pain became unbearable, I rubbed a tablespoon of olive oil all over my hands for about a minute, then washed them with soap and water. The olive oil helped to dissolve the capsaicin in the jalapeno – which is more soluble in oil than in water – so it could be rinsed away.”

Dinner _well the lentils a little under cooked, rice a little overcooked but at least he could see to enjoy it.

To conclude.

Don’t touch your eyes..

Purchase an eye bath from the chemist if you cook with chilly

Wear gloves to cut chillies.

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Thank you to the Volunteer Fire Brigade

Well it has been the strangest day for me.
Initially I thought I had achieved nothing.
Now that the evening meal is finished and I have the time to reflect I realise the gifts the day has brought.
I cancelled the yoga class, knowing my voice and body could not last the hour and a half class. No focus or clarity you see. So we sat in the morning sunlight, the   Yoga students and I and we talked and laughed.

I put eye drops in a friends eyes. ( they were irritated by the smoke.)

I laughed with a friend and neighbour and thanked him for making me feel safe as we worked together.

I hosed off the Uniforms and hung then in the sun.

Volunteer Fire Brigade

Volunteer Fire Brigade

A neighbour walking her dog past stopped to ask after us.
She explained that something had woken her minutes after midnight, she new not what and then fell back into sleep. Not believing that she had slept through it.
( And assured me the home owners were insured.)
This evening I was given a hug by a colleague and friend who arrived full of concern about how we were, the fella and I. She had just heard the news from the post mistress.

Striding down the hill,another couple of volunteer fire fighters, “yes I’ve had a sleep and feel much better now”. Two more “Firies”and we all conferred on
last nights fire. Having related our roles, in the smoke heat and confusion, we could not always know what other brigade members were doing, we spoke on how we could improve things. This was for most of us the first  structure fire we have had to attend in our village.

Someone’s home  someones shelter, someones life changed forever as the rest of the village slept. Even though she would have been in shock  the lady home owner called to us as we arrived “Be careful, be careful there are gas bottles around the side of the house.”

Team work and courage

Team work and courage

Our village is small and we are blessed with the back up we received from other Volunteer Fire Brigades, the Ambulance and Police, Search and Rescue. How lucky we are to have them arriving quickly.

The sense of sadness lingers like the smell of smoke ,that is faintly whisping around the rooms. The people who have lost their home. We could not save it, we were able to stop it spreading to surrounding homes. I wish to thank the wind for not blowing, the moon for lighting the night,( flashing lights on stationary fire trucks can’t cover it all and the fire is often masked by billowing smoke.) And the cold air for descending, (would be a frost in the valleys by morning. Though my teeth were chattering at one stage.(cold or shock or adrenalin wearing off, I do not know.) I am thankful that the house had space around it, enough for us to drag  our fire hoses around. That they were not on tank water, mains pressure provides a good water supply.

Thank you  to the people who are the team called Volunteer Fire Brigade, who call up unknown strengths in me and have such big hearts. For the couple who have lost home and  the easy structure of their lives, I wish you courage and Hope.

look to the posative

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7 tips for establishing your meditation practice.

I find we live much of life on automatic pilot.



We know more joy when we  1. State specifically what we want.

   2.Constantly focus on it.

3. Take action to make it happen.

Tip 1  Be realistic in your expectations. Training or taming the  “mad monkey mind” is a skill to develop over a lifetime. If you are new to this take your time, enjoy the newness of the journey. Andy Puddicombe says”If expectations are too high then you may well feel disappointed and demotivated at some stage. So just take one day at a time.”

Tip 2   Meditate first thing in the morning if you can. It will ensure it gets done, and is a great way to start each day. Starting fresh each morning enables us to see the day clearly  and puts things into perspective.

Tip 3  One teacher put it this way.”If you choose to do it at another time of day, prioritize it. This means putting it in the diary and committing to it in the same way you would to any other kind of meeting or event in your week. Just sit for   10 minutes  remember nothing is more important than the health of your mind.”

Tip 4 Think “same time, same place.” That’s why so many people benefit from a weekly class. As you are driving to class the mind is already shedding the day and preparing you for meditation. For daily practice create  a corner or use the same chair or matt, only for meditation.Toby advises “Try to create a conducive environment in which you can immediately relax into and make it part of your daily routine.”

Tip 5  You may find it useful to add meditation to your  pre existing daily routine.   Think “morning walk  and then meditation,” or perhaps “shower and then meditation.” Thus we integrate the practice into a well-established routine that already exists.

Tip 6 Be flexible, no matter what. If you intend to train the mind for the rest of your life, you can be sure that there will be days when your routine is thrown out of shape. Don’t let that be an excuse to skip a day, just do it later instead. It is always better to sit for a short while than not at all, even if it is only a minute.

Tip 7  Avoid judging your meditation. It is tempting to think you are “good” or “bad” at meditation. In truth, there is no such thing. There is only distraction or non-distraction.Take the big picture approach it is for the health for your life.

Toby says”If you tell yourself you are bad at something you will lose all motivation and are unlikely to do it. If you understand the purpose, this will never be a problem.”

Always reflect on the benefits of meditation at the end of the session. Notice how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally. The more you establish the connection between training the mind and feeling better, clearer, or calmer, the easier it becomes to sit down and practice each day.

My Yoga Teacher yoga Shanti said   “When thoughts and actions become destructive, it is your responsibility to alter or abort them and institute new habits as the foundation for a freer, happier life. Steady efforts always bring results. Exert your power, improve how you think and intetract in the world. The force is always with you.”Shantiyoga.com

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Eat,Pray, Love and more – Meditator’s diet 2

The fire had burnt out and the air was rapidly cooling , so we agreed it would be a good night to go early to bed. And if the phone rings we will not answer it the fellow announced.

Loose body awareness by gazing into the flame.

Loose body awareness by gazing into the flame.

I had just drifted to sleep when I heard him stagger from bed and after awhile “I will bring Lorraine to the phone.” I listened, bundled in a blanket, to the call no one wants to make or receive.

I wish to tell you some news as Donald( name changed)is a good friend of yours.He  has had a brain tumour removed.

I could tell by her breathing that my girlfriend was holding tight to stop the tears and be able to deliver her message about her husband.

Starry sky

Starry sky

We are walking in nature, I am crying a lot.”- Good tears release endorphins which help you to manage the extra stessors.

The next phone call

“We need to change our diet. No white flour and no white sugar.  no meat. Oh dear I remember those wonderful German pastries.” Donald is still cooking and seems not to worry about the future Chemo therapy and Radiation that he will receive daily for the next six weeks

” I am coping by seeing a psychologist and having massages. Did I believe in Energy healing?” The questions tumble out each time we Skype.

The energetics of our body. painting by Lorraine Willcock

The energetics of our body. painting by Lorraine Willcock

Donald is now added to my healing meditation I send daily to the world

Remember that International best seller Eat , Pray , Love well I’ve added a few.

Pray, keep faith and smile!
Prayer is the best form of reassurance and support to keep you anxiety-free. over backward  it is guaranteed to bring you peace.

Developing habits of daily prayer, chanting or singing bhajans (devotional songs)

Just sing It improves breathing and you feel so much better. fills you with positive energy and also helps still the mind. They also instill a sense of deep faith that all happens for the best and that there is a higher divine power that takes care of all life forms. Moreover, make a conscious effort to smile more and more. It will instill confidence, calmness and positivity instantaneously. Try it out right now!

Think about what you can do for others.
When we constantly remain stuck in ‘me and mine’, it makes room for stress and anxiety. Our world shrinks and we become possessive. Rather, shift your attention to how you can be of some use to others around you. This way of thinking will energise you and bring you much joy.

And yes Know the impermanence of the world.
When this realisation acknowledges that everything around us is temporary and will change, we become relaxed and settled from within. A feeling of ‘this too shall pass arises in us and frees us from anxiety.” Meditation will help you settle into this feeling.The art of living.com

and as you mentioned food

Here are 10 foods you could add into your diet that can help improve your mind/ body health.By Hayley Hobson • Originally published on Mind Body Green.

published on thefoodrevolutionnetwork.com Ocean Robbins

1. Leafy greens. Some ideas: kale, spinach, collard and mustard greens. These foods are high in folate and B9, which improve cognition and reduce depression.

2. Cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, brussels sprouts and kale contain folate and have cartenoids that lower homo-cysteine (an amino acid linked with cognitive impairment).

3. Beans and legumes. These foods contain more folate, iron, magensium and potassium that can help with general body function and neuron firing. They also contain choline, a B vitamin that boosts acetylcholine (a neuro transmitter critical for brain function).

4. Whole grains. Good bets include quinoa, kammut and gluten-free oats (not bread and cereal)

5. Berries and cherries. These fruits contain anthocyanin that protects the brain from further damage caused by free radicals. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and contain antioxidants and lots of vitamin C and E.

6. Pumpkin, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots and beets. These vegetables, if not overcooked, contain vitamin A, folate and iron that help with cognition.

7. Omega 3s. People whose diets contain daily omega 3s have been shown to have 26% less risk of having brain lesions that cause dementia compared with those who do not. These fatty acids help the brain to stay in top shape. You can get your omega fatty acids from fish, flax seeds, olive oil (not safflower) or by taking a good quality omega 3 supplement.

8. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts and pecans. All of these nuts contain omega-3s and omega-6s, vitamin E, folate, vitamin B6 and magnesium.

9. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. These seeds contain zinc, choline and vitamin E.

10. Cinnamon, sage, tumeric and cumin. Theses spices can all help to break up brain plaque and reduce inflammation of the brain which can cause memory issues. In addition to eating the foods listed above, you’ll want to decrease the risk of illnesses that can make your brain age such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Other things to avoid are the toxins in your food, water, soil and environment, unnecessary stress, caffeine, sugar, drugs, alcohol and sugar.

Encourage healthy decisions, conscientiousness, positive peer groups, a clean environment, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, 8 hours of sleep, stress management and gratitude. Saying thank you everyday for the things you have. Friends , family an excellent medical facility. sun on your shoulders, starlight.

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Living with a brain tumour – Meditation.

Dear Helga after our last talk  I have been thinking of ways to help.Though your husband has been diagnosed with  a brain tumour, I feel our  experiences may be of some help to you.

When my Husband was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I felt so very alone.

God's view _ serenity ,alone with the sea waves and breeze, silent illumination.

God’s view _ serenity ,alone with the sea waves and breeze, silent illumination.

In some ways we were already exhausted from moving from Dr to Dr until the diagnosis was finally made.Then we needed  to tell friends and family. In fact I initially denied the diagnosis and asked that we tell no-one  Coming to terms with it is difficult, your life will now be fully occupied by the dis-ease and healing of it. So I am hoping that you would take some of my experience to help you on your journey. This letter is really all about you and this is something you need to learn. And you absolutely must prioritise things.Or life will become a whirlwind  the rush and noise and constancy of medications timed and Drs visited, the missed sleep the change of diet, you must find time for yourself. In fact it may help if you to write a list of your favourite things example. Riding your bike, going to a movie, having coffee and cake with friends, reading a  book in a sunlit corner.

These are the first things that’ll disappear in your life. Most carers suffer burnout, because their job is now 24 hours, waking, sleeping  tearing at your heart space so taking time for yourself is imperative. So here are a few suggestions I offer with love.

tip# 1 Never feel guilty when you take care of yourself.  people will forget that as the care giver you are living the same life as the brain tumour patient. It is you who must find the energy to answer the phone calls from friends, to prepare the meals to do the washing keep house etc so you too are going through a very tough time. Do I do not feel guilty asking for help.

tip#2   When you feel that you will explode go for a walk..

I can remember I had washed and ironed full basket of washing. I was folding the last piece when my husband called from the bed he began to lecture me on something as I have carried the washing basket into the bedroom with me I then took each piece and threw it at him. He sat draped in freshly ironed clothes and I  then realised that  I would have to do it all over again . Lack of sleep and lack of care for myself had ended up in an explosion of temper.

Leading me to tip# 3    Accept help.

Yes this is a big one, I suspect it’s based on the fact that we feel we must protect our loved one. Sheild them from the world. Maybe we think no one can care for them as well as we do. Please remember that your loved one also needs variety, diversion away from doctors and medical clinics. Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a friend come to read to them,  Someone to share cooking a meal. Someone bringing  things magazines or books from the library to them. And during this time you could have a moment for a massage A walk the sunlight or simply digging your garden..

tip#4 Keep  your friends close. Some will not want to know the news, Because they do not know how to handle the news. But from others you’ll find a rare and wondrous quality of support and love. They will willingly find ways to make your life easier, They will listen to your moments of anger frustration and despair. And it is fine to share with them remember, that they love you, they are your friends.

tip#5   Sleep glorious sleep. Borrow relaxation on meditation takes from your library purchase them.Talk to a local yoga/meditation  teacher. Sleep is a healing time for you and your husband. My experience was that I woke often just to check if he was breathing. As I still continued working, I found that my temper was harder to control, I was very teary and had little patience. In fact I had labelled myself the virgin nurse.

I turned back to my meditation  I sought help from my yoga teacher. I invited my mother to drive my husband to some appointments. She was delighted to help. And I began sleeping again.

tip#6    Establish a habit early of encouraging your loved one time in the day to lie on the couch or rest in a chair or on the bed. Often they feel as if they too must continue as if life were normal. Rest is vital to healing.

Leading to the next tip

tip #7

Be prepared to say no. You may have to deny access to friends and family during treatment. Sometimes you are the the shield against the outside world. I found many people phone after they had their evening meal.  I would remove the phone from the hook. Because sometimes  the only thing that matters is what the patient needs and wants. Perhaps  for the first time in their life, they have time to consider what they want.

tip#8 Before your house becomes a prison,

plan things you can do to do as special outings. Something simple you can both enjoy, on  a regular basis. Even if it’s having a coffee on the way home from the treatment centre. Initially the patient may rebel, but soon he will appreciate seeing different scenery and  meeting different people. Sitting at an outdoor table and observing passing strangers can be a source of silencing the anxious mind.If he is not well enough to meet with friends, for a simple meal. Make sure that you have time for you, even just 30 minutes can renew your spirit and your energy. Try to find time in nature this is healing.

tip#9  If you can afford it buy flowers for your home. Energetically they clear the environment, and brighten your spirit. Your loved one  may appreciate the splashes of colour in which sometimes becomes a grey world. Can you organise friends and family to drive the patient to the hospital treatment? As this is a daily occurrence A roster could be drawn up and  shared among friends, neighbours and family. Giving you time to catch up on home housework or maybe just a time to sit and meditate.

floral blessings

tip#10. I also suggest that you do not go down the path of questioning why.

Bad things happen to good people.  Why  has this happened to us? Why has this happened to him? And when friends or family wish to speak of “why is a good man suffering?” This is not fair…… Ask them not to speak like that. Tell them  you find it hurtful.  You will not accept negative statements in your life now.

In the worst and darkest moment there is always something that is bright and beautiful. If it gives you time to contemplate your life instead of rushing and running and working on autopilot. Is this not a gift in itself?  Meditation gives you a big picture it puts perspective back into a life, that  has   suddenly been upended. When you feel that the carpet has been pulled out from beneath your feet. Meditation can give you a sense of once more being grounded. Finally, right now know that you are  needed, you are being valued, and know that you walk the journey with your loved one, remaining separate. It allows you to remain whole and gives them the space to understand that they are loving and loved even in their present state.

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International day of Yoga

International day of Yoga.

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International day of Yoga

The United Nations has declared that June 21 will be celebrated every year as International Yoga Day. The resolution was co-sponsored by 177 of the 193 member nations, and was so popular that it did not have to go for a vote and was adopted by an acclamation.

Peace in every breath

The sun never sets on Yoga.

The sun never sets on Yoga

The sun never sets on Yoga From the art of living.com

Think of all of the money and energy that goes into guns and war, the energy of reporters flying around the world, governments meeting , discussing.  The number of presses rolling reporting on violence domestic and international. Now imagine  a group of people and a  matt. The energy that is created can be used to heal , falling like balm on the world. join us and the millions of others world wide who wish peace for all.

Leading to the occasion of International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2015.

The universality and the timelessness of yoga found resonance when yoga enthusiasts from around 100 cities rose with the sun and rolled out their mats in front of historic locations to practice yoga as a prelude to the International Yoga Day (June 21st).

“Just like the Sun, Yoga is age-old and yet ever-new. It is a holistic way of life that integrates all elements to make a prayerful discipline uniting the body, mind and soul”, shares Kamlesh Barwal, Global Head, The Art of Living Yoga.

Titled, ‘Sun Never Sets on Yoga’ this magnificent event spanning five continents witnessed the world literally wake up to yoga. Setting pace from the land of the rising sun, Japan to Budapest to St Petersburg to London to New York to Rio De Janerio, the event saw enthusiasts flocking unique and historic locations in Istanbul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Auckland among others. Many cities in Russia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Canada, Lithuania Cambodia, the UAE, Oman, Turkey, Indonesia also followed the sun and joined in hallmarking the comprehensiveness of this ancient technique.

The historic Taj Mahal at Agra and the grand Vishalakshi Mantap at The Art of living International Centre in Bengaluru also saw this event in India.

Allaying any fear that yogic practices leads one away from his or her religion, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living says, “Like eating pizza or chowmein doesn’t make one Italian or Chinese, doing yoga isn’t going to make one Indian or Hindu. When we accept cuisines, fashion, music and technologies from every part of the world as a sign of progressive thinking, why not wisdom of yoga from India.” He adds, “Yoga has today become synonymous with relaxation, happiness, or a creative mind. The world is embracing it as a skill to enhance the quality of life.”

Indians bend over backwards for peace
The Australian (blog)
“Yoga is the soft power of India and through that soft power the whole world can become one global village and violence can be done away with,” Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said. “This is a good beginning to take the whole world on the path of peace.”.

Vancouver _ Busy Vancouver bridge to close for hours on International Yoga day.

“Spandex _ clad Yogis roll out their mats and close Vancouver’s busy Burrard Street bridge for an event organisers hope will be the largest yoga celebration outside India.

“Om the Bridge” will block the major thoroughfare through the city for seven hours on June 21.

The provence and other supporters, including local companies and the cities of Surrey and Vancouver are hoping the event will be the largest International Day of Yoga celebrati

Personally I am planning something a lot more low key, depending on the weather I may take my yoga mat to the beach or you are welcome to  celebrate the first international Yoga Day  by downloading my free App.

Simply go into Google playstore   play.google.com

on right side bar Apps

type in yogameditation one word and click on

Lorraines yogameditation App

Lorraines yogameditation App

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