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Nirvana: Alison Canavan on how to spread the energy of love in your day-to-day life

 

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'Fear is contagious, but so is love'

'Fear is contagious, but so is love'

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Alison Canavan

Our well-being columnist Alison Canavan advises us to choose the path of love each day, and think about adopting an aloe vera plant.

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'Fear is contagious, but so is love'

'Fear is contagious, but so is love'

'Fear is contagious, but so is love'

 

Every day we wake and, as we step out of bed, we either consciously or unconsciously choose our path to walk on that day. Each step on the path creates a pattern of our life. This pattern, just like that of a knitting pattern, determines the beauty of the results we see each day. When you sit and knit a scarf of bright colours with a unique design  and follow the pattern, it turns out beautiful. On the  other hand, if you decide not to go with the pattern  and you keep dropping stitches, there is no real  structure: it will end up a mess.

There are laws that govern this universe we live in. No, they are not the ones made by our government; they are much more important. These laws determine whether we live in calm or chaos. To keep it simple, ask yourself this question when you are making decisions each day. Ask: am I doing this from an energy of love or fear? This is one of the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves.

When we lean into actions backed by love, the outcome serves not just the person making the decision but everyone around them and the universe at large. This sometimes requires saying no when people expect us to say yes, having strong boundaries, really showing up each day and taking care of ourselves. Fear is contagious but so is love, so spread the energy of love and watch the world around you transform in miraculous ways.

Self-care corner: Aloe, aloe to cleaner air at home

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

 

Now that most of us are spending a lot more time at home, it's important to have a healthy environment, which always starts with air quality. An aloe plant raises the oxygen levels in your home, and it can also absorb carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and formaldehyde. Nature always provides exactly what we need, and a single aloe plant can achieve what nine air purifiers can do.

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The late South African president had a simple perspective on life's lessons: "I never lose. I either win or learn."

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Sock Co Op

 

New Irish brand Sock Co Op has socks to truly lift the senses: fun, colourful and celebrating beautiful Irish landmarks. Founder Anna Guerin was inspired to create them by a trip to the Skellig Islands. The first collection's styles pay homage to Dingle, Glendalough, the Skelligs, Connemara, Blarney Castle, Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, Cork and Galway. Each 'sockscape' has a unique panoramic, 360-degree design from cuff to toe. Their cotton yarns are also Oeko Tex Standard 100 certified, which means no harmful chemicals were used in their making. The yarns are spun and knit in Europe for a lower carbon footprint, and Sock Co Op's FSC paper packaging is fully recyclable and biodegradable.

Socks, €9.95, see sockcoop.com


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