The first sight of this incredible mountain in County Sligo took my breath away. Later some miles distant from Benbulbin, in a stone cottage, sitting by an open log fire, I wrote this as a homage to an awesome natural monument.
Benbulbin was shaped by moving glaciers 320 million years ago. It is a place of history. and legends. Benbulbin was said to be the hunting grounds of the Fianna, a band of Irish warriors of the third century. Legend has it the giant Fion mc Cumhaill (Fin McCool) tricked the demi-God, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne into fighting an enchanted boar, whose tusk pierces the demi-god’s heart. The mountain is believed to be the resting place of Diarmuid and Grainne.
Romance, suspense. grief and joy! Doctors, psychotherapists … and strong-minded pets. A book to read on a sunny afternoon in the garden, or on the beach, or maybe bedtime. I’ll leave you to find out the ending. Happy reading.
Dr. Sophie Lampton’s fiance disappears. When still missing after a year of extensive searches by police, family, and friends, Sophie succumbs to a social anxiety disorder that threatens her new practice as a psychologist. Her best friend, Dr. Rachael Morse, a sexual psychologist, urges her to seek the help of a renowned professor of psychology, Seth Hunter. The phobia stops her from seeking his help. Rachael is determined Sophie should be treated. She books an appointment with the professor. Sophie reluctantly attends a session with Seth but breaks down as panic overwhelms her. Can Seth help her? Can he cut through the paralyzing tentacles of the disorder?
In Kingley Vale, near Chichester in West Sussex, England, nestles an ancient forest of yews over 2,000 years old, believed to be the oldest living organisms in Great Britain. Above this prehistoric combe stand The Kings Graves otherwise known as the Devil’s Humps. They are supposed to be the graves of Anglo Saxon Kings, and marauding Vikings.
In the hours of darkness, it is sometimes said that the ghosts of ancient Druids haunt the forest mingling with the slain Anglo Saxons and slaughtered Danes. There are tales of the druids carrying out rituals and sacrifices in the hours of darkness, a darkness within which the trees bleed and change shape moving amongst the ghostly figures of the dead and the living. For some it is a place for spiritual healing, for others a place of dark rituals.
Kingley Vale treads into my heart,
Its paths of loam roam arteries,
Twigs carve through capillaries.
Falling leaves, sleeve the skin.
Ancient peat, fleshing feet.
Roots grope the hungering breath,
Feeding, raising Sorcerer and Druid.
Slain sacrificial maid long dead,
Leavens the bread of my emptiness.
Ghouls whisper in death stench groves,
Of Wicca, the Priestess, the dagger.
Owl’s eyes light the night, as the raven cries,
Covering terror’s screams and death’s moans,
On stone altar the ravaging Warlock groans.
Moon Mother throws her silver lance,
Elf and fairy, gnome and crone,
Leap and weep in the ecstasy of dance.
The steel ping of the coca cola tin,
Snaps my reverie,
Kingley Vale treads gently
Back into the caverns of my soul
Whispering, forever, whispering.
Copyright: Katy Walters: 1998
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Tania Roberts inherits a centuries-old cottage. Rumours of supernatural happenings in the dark forest do not deter Tania. However, days before she and her fiance decide to move in, Gary disappears. Tania’s friend Clara Price moves in to support her as she waits for news of her missing fiance. They begin a thorough search of the cottage. A search that will take them through time to a distant world of the ancient Tree people, A dangerous yet beautiful world that threatens and enchants, a world where shape-shifting wolves roam with ferocious bears, a world where Lord Devlin the Black Warrior, travels with his squire, the mighty Prince of Ansgar Drunraig. They tread warily for it is a place of sacred groves, and many dangers. It is in the deadly enchanted forest that Lord Devlin would encounter Forestyne, the Maid of the Forest, a powerful sorceress of the Tree People.
Hi there! As a former practising qualified psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, I invite you to experience the calming techniques on this recorded session. I am sure these techniques will help relieve the stress and tension of our times. They certainly helped so many of my past clients, and now you too can benefit from an hour or two of calmness and yes, serenity, as you listen to them.
The more you practise these techniques, the more you will relax in any trying situation. I will offer more techniques on this page in the coming weeks. They will help you to deeply relax at any time.
The Recorded Session
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Facing the threat of the Coronna Virus we find ways to overcome fear and stress. Home isolation and social distancing increase the trauma for us all, but courageous people are fighting back in so many ways.
I am so glad so many found support and inspiration from these sessions of calmness and serenity.
The first blog post in this series explained the importance of correct dynamic breathing. It also took us through the proper breathing techniques for the health of the mind and body.
The second blog post concentrated on Awareness, which involved a short pleasant daydream. The reverie helped you become aware of your body and accept its sensations without judgment.
Now Session 3: RELAXATION
We have practiced the first two Pillars of the Breath and Awareness and can now enjoy taking control.
There is a simple way to peace and calmness in your life. In these traumatic times, you can overcome the fear and stress. and also help lessen a dear relative’s or friend’s fear and anxiety.
First, let’s think about the word ’Relax.’ It’s all very well someone telling you to relax, but the big question is, ‘how?’. ‘How do I relax?’ What techniques can I use to become – relaxed? An easy way is to replace the word ‘relax’ with ‘loosen.’ The mind will readily accept that latter word.
Find a quiet time and place; maybe your loved ones will join you in this exercise. If not, find some small space. We live in a time of lockdown, so space can be sparse with a family around you. I can speak from experience as until eleven years of age I lived up in a one-bedroom flat with my parents, sister, and a lodger. So I know how precious space can be. So let us begin the journey to peace and serenity.
Once you are in your quiet space, close your eyes, and breathe deeply using the belly breath. Let all extraneous noises just fade away. Think of nothing but your Internal Dialogue, spoken within you not out loud. By the way, when you want to move, do so, don’t question it.
Once comfortably settled, breathe in using the belly muscles, and as you breathe out, say to yourself inwardly not out loud. ‘I am now loosening the muscles in my scalp. I am calm – relaxed – confident. Here you can now understand the word ‘relax.’ Now bring your attention to your forehead. Say the words inwardly, ‘I am now loosening the muscles of my forehead. I am calm – relaxed – confident. Let your thoughts drift down to your eyebrows, your eyes. On the out-breath say, ‘I am now loosening the muscles of my eyes. My eyes are relaxed. I am calm – relaxed – confident. Remember to breathe in through the belly and on the out-breath. Now loosen your cheeks, say to yourself inwardly, ‘I am now loosening the muscles of my cheeks. I am calm – relaxed – confident.’ Now Let your mouth open slightly, letting your lower jaw drop loosening your chewing muscles. Say inwardly, ‘I am calm – relaxed – confident.’
Speak to the various parts of your body in the same way. the shoulders, upper arms … elbows … forearms … wrists … hands. Be aware of your fingertips and loosen them, feel a sensitive pulsation under the skin. Do this for the rest of your body, your chest … diaphragm … belly. Be aware of the gentle rise and fall of your belly with your breathing. Now bring your attention to your buttocks … upper thighs … calves, ankles … feet right down to your toes. Do keep instructing your body using the repeat the words ‘I am calm – relaxed – confident after each section of your body. You are taking control of your body and your mind as you ‘loosen’ the muscles and instruct your mind with your Inner Dialogue.
Now bring your attention back to your spine and loosen up all the muscles in your back using the same methods.
Again, always remember to repeat the words, ‘I am calm – relaxed – confident.’
Now you have reached a state of calm and peacefulness, we can repeat our visualization exercise, used in the two former sessions. Imagine a scene that is pleasant to you, maybe the forest suggested in the photo above. Imagine you are entering the forest, see the sun dappling the path, feel the warmth of the air on your cheeks. If you wish, look up as you become aware of birds singing in the branches above you. See the vibrant color of their feathers.
In the distance, there is a quiet glade. You see a log, a comfortable place to sit in the sun. Become aware of the quietness of the forest; feel you are a part of that peace and serenity.
If you fall into a slight slumber, that’s okay, enjoy it, as you will awake to feel refreshed and alert yet calm and serene.
I hope you enjoyed this Third Pillar – ‘Relaxation’ Here you may cease judging as you become a parent to your mind and body. You can begin to love yourself as you experience a depth of calm and confidence through using your own mind and body, your Self. As this happens, so that love flows out to others without judgement.
Do practice. Years ago, I needed to find peace within myself. These techniques worked for me. The Fourth Pillar, dealing with ‘Positive Thinking’ – ‘Releasing the Negativity’ is coming soon. If you liked this post, please visit my website. Love, Katy
In these testing times, for those who need an escape, or are simply looking for a really good read, I have decided to make my time travelling Regency Romance, ‘The Sands of Seduction‘, available for FREE on Amazon Kindle for 5 days.
Fleeing from a tragic love affair, Clarrissa Culling, a talented rising artist, discovers a medieval town nestling at the foot of Arundel Castle. With a deserted coastline nearby, she is free to explore the towering dunes and paint on deserted beaches. Even if she can never escape the torment, she may heal … in time. She meets a mysterious stranger, a time traveler, posing as a modern-day entrepreneur. Against her will, she is attracted to his rugged dark looks and charming flamboyance. Yet threatening forces gather around Clary. Can Drago save her?
I hope you are all keeping safe and supporting those in most need – my husband and I are currently isolating but keeping busy. Please enjoy my website. You will find information on my many books and even a gallery with photos and slideshows of my artwork. Love, Katy.
Some of you wanted to know a little more about this article on awareness, so I have added a few points for you. I am so glad you are so interested in the information given here.
In these traumatic times, we can greatly reduce our stress as we mold our minds and bodies. We can do this with our breath, dynamic action, positive thinking, and relaxation. You may well think this is easy to say, but with the right exercises it is very possible, and such methods have changed my own life. You can help yourself and those you love to overcome fear and stress, and perhaps, hopefully, experience some joy and happiness in these grim times.
In my last blog post, we covered the correct BREATHING for anxiety relief. This exercise, which can be used in conjunction with the first article, covers AWARENESS. To be aware of our bodies is to have a sense of a solid base from which we face the world.
It is vital to breathe through your nose during this exercise. This way of inhaling is important to our wellbeing; mentally, and physically. You will feel refreshed, and will not suffer the dryness associated with mouth breathing.
It is better for you to do this lying down on a bed, comfortable couch, or a recliner. You should not attempt this standing up. As you do this exercise, be aware of your breathing, but don’t force it. Just let it happen naturally.
This exercise is performed preferably with your eyes closed. Once in a comfortable position and using the belly breath, let your mind pass to the skin and muscles of your forehead. Be aware of and become interested in any sensations in the skin. But, don’t analyze – don’t judge. Just let them happen.Maybe you have never been too conscious of the sensations on the surface of your skin before – how it works, quietly interacting with your brain, sending vital messages crucial to your wellbeing.
Allow your mind to flow to the muscles beneath the skin. What are the feelings? Again, just observe them, don’t judge. In this pleasant reverie – or ‘daydreaming’ state – let your mind drift to your eyelids. What are the sensations in the skin of your cheeks, your chin, the neck, your shoulders? Again, without judgment, feel the sensations in the surface of the skin, then the muscles. You should begin to relax and be aware of your very being.
Let your mind gradually drift down to all the parts of your body, right down to your toes. In this pleasant ‘daydream’, you may slip into a state between consciousness and sleep. This is known as the Alpha state, physically, mentally, and emotionally relaxed.
Now visualize a pleasant place; one that is attractive to you. Or perhaps you could visualize yourself achieving something important in your life, or even a treasured memory. At the same time, always be aware of positive thoughts and your breathing.
As you do this exercise, your anxiety and stress should diminish. Do practice this regularly, setting aside quiet time, or when you are feeling anxious or fearful. It may take time to master this technique but the benefits are worth the effort.
I hope you find this awareness exercise useful and pleasant.
Now you can practice for the next article, the basic complete relaxation. This will help you in your journey to overcoming fear and stress.
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Understandably, there is much fear and anxiety suffered due to the terrible Coronavirus spreading across the globe. The threat is real and you should respect all safety precautions. However, the fear and anxiety can be controlled if not fully eradicated.
Here is an easy breathing exercise to help you through this time of fear and anxiety. First, it is okay to be anxious. I was, and still am at times, but I managed to deal with it using techniques from my many years as a psychotherapist.
Feelings of fear and anxiety can sometimes be lifesaving. They are nature’s way of alerting us to act physically and mentally to real and perceived threats. However, we can use techniques to overcome the fear, feel calm, and still act in a way appropriate to the threat – in this case the virus that is impacting our lives in so many ways.
You, your partner, family and friends can start using these techniques today. kids especially love it. Practice with them, and watch them reap the benefits.
Ideally, you should practice when lying down, but even by sitting in a comfortable place you can achieve beneficial results. Use the floor, bed, or couch. Once settled and relaxed, rest your hands lightly over your belly – or ‘six-pack’ for those with more lean and muscular physiques. Your hands will serve as a check as to whether you have taken the full breath correctly.
Many people have got into the habit of breathing air into the upper chest then unconsciously tightening the chest muscles. Wrong! Just like these exclamation marks, this heightens anxiety!
Instead, breathe deeply through your nostrils, not your mouth, and take the breath through your chest and as if down into your belly. On the full breath (see diagram below) you will feel your belly rise beneath your hands. Gently push your hands up. You will feel the sides of your bottom ribs expand. This will prove to you have made the full correct breath.
Next, gently breathe out from the belly up. Don’t collapse your chest; just allow the breath to come up from your belly, up into the chest, along the throat, and out through your nostrils. Repeat, but never strain.
This form of breathing is calming and works wonders for your mind and body. You may have to practice a few times, but you will benefit greatly once you’ve mastered it.
Do this gently. Do not hold your breath or strain. People with respiratory problems or hypertension should be particularly careful. Also, do not try this whilst standing since the relaxation may lead to a fall.
This style of breathing will come naturally with a little practice and help lower and control your blood pressure. The rewards of correct breathing are remarkable, and can reduce anxiety, aid digestion and bowel movement, and sometimes improve memory function.
I hope you find this simple breathing exercise useful. Over the coming weeks, I will post more professional advice on how to cope with the stress of this troubling time. If you want to find out more about me and my work, then visit the Katy Walters Website. Please keep yourself safe.
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Lady Rosamond Whitney agrees to attend the Little Season in support of her widowed friend Lady Harriett Templeton. However, she has no wish to find a husband for herself as her heart lies elsewhere. After visiting the modiste they go to a local coffee house, unaware of the danger ahead. Enter the Lord Sebastian, 6th Marquess of Delmoor, a renowned rakehell and hero of the Battle of Waterloo. On their way, to Bath, they stop for coffee at the local coffee house little realising they would be fighting a rapacious group of drunken dandiprats intent on dishonouring Lady Rosamond and Lady Harriett.
PLEASE NOTE: This novel is an abridged and edited version of Nurse to the Marquis.
I hope you are all keeping safe and supporting those in most need – my husband and I are currently isolating. Please enjoy my website. You will find information on my many books and even a gallery with photos and slideshows of my artwork. Love, Katy.