I have not been able to write a blog for the past two days as my computer was running slow
and needed a bit of an MOT. Now it’s all fine so here we go. This is the penultimate blog which I
have been writing for the past two weeks as a way of demonstrating my focus on eating well,
looking after myself and also writing in general about the things that are going on.
My breakfast is chia seeds mixed in with some coconut cream and then bananas and raspberry
seeds, slightly heated up. Chia seeds are a superfood with five times the calcium of milk, twice
the potassium of bananas and lots of protein and fibre. Best of all they seem to eliminate a
craving for sugar until lunchtime.
I am packing most of today as I will be moving house on Monday so I’ll be needing lots of energy
Additionally I do 20 minutes of meditation every morning to start the day off and then the same
in the evening to wind down before bedtime.
This week has been surreal with the purchase of a house and the publication of my first
children’s picture book happening back to back. I could not have imagined this a year ago.
I used Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting to change the energy
of my beliefs to help make this happen. I am now an EFT and Matrix Practitioner – contact me to
find out more.
It has got me thinking about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. There is an image to help explain it
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
It is a theory of human motivation and essentially the needs at the bottom of the pyramid have
to be met first before the next ones can be attained. It’s true that unless we have basic needs
met like having water, food, shelter and safety, then it’s hard to progress to the upper levels.
Three years ago I was working as a communications officer for a local council – it was a full time
job and I dreamed of switching career to become a full time complementary health therapist. I
was training on weekends and in the evenings in preparation for this but it still seemed a
However within six months I was running my health practice, albeit part time and slowly,
gradually building up regular clients. Six months after that I got to work at the Glastonbury
Festival which I did for two years in a row, doing massage in the Disability Field and saw artists
such as Adele, Art Garfunkel and Pharrell Williams.
Today I combine this with teaching complementary health techniques to help people take
control of their own health and wellbeing. These simple techniques help to harmonise and
balance the body’s energies, strengthen immunity, create greater clarity of thinking and
coordination. If you would like to find out more then get in touch. I will be running regular
workshops from September so keep an eye on the website.
So looking at the pyramid of needs I think I have started to touch the self-actualization stage.
In his later years, Maslow explored a further dimension of needs – self transcendence. In this he
said that the self only finds its actualization in giving itself to some higher goal outside oneself,
in altruism and spirituality.
“Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human
consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant
others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos” he wrote.
(Farther Reaches of Human Nature, New York 1971, p. 269).
I hope that we can all reach self transcendence in our lives so we lead lives of the fullest
potential. Living such lives stems from being at peace within ourselves and the peace within
ourselves transcends to creating a happier, more loving and peaceful planet.