The Great Gathering Liverpool: Meditation/Discussion/Dance

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If someone offered you the opportunity to save the Earth would you take it up?
If YOU were given a chance to assist humanity make an evolutionary jump… would you be interested?

This day, all over the planet, souls of every race and creed are meditating, praying or just thinking about the following:

MESSAGE FROM CHIEF SITTING BULL.
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THE RAINBOW DREAM VISION OF HOPE
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Greetings friends, sisters and brothers. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I’m contacting you regarding this unique opportunity where hundreds of thousands of us are taking part in The Great Gathering Together Circle all on the same day at the same time to help visualise and move forward into a new paradigm and to manifest a more peaceful harmonious way of life. The power and potential of so many people using thought to create our future reality all together is immensely profound.

Join us for a group meditation/discussion/songs/music/ dance in Liverpool on the Thursday the 17th of August at Kapucia wellness centre on Lord Street. We will meet to assist in the world paradigm shift and to manifest The Rainbow Dream Vision of Hope.

Please arrive at 6.30pm
Music/songs/instructions 6.50pm
Meditation start 7pm
Meditation end 7.30pm
Songs/discussion 7.30pm
Music/dance 8pm
Finish 9pm

Venue: https://kapucia.com/about-us/

Food/drinks/juices/snacks available.
Check out the Facebook event here
Please show your support for the future of all life on earth, give gratitude to Gaia and share this post – it will be a magical transformative evening.
Limited capacity so please mark as attending and private message me.

Free entry:
donations are welcomed. All donations will be given to sick people who are struggling to pay for alternative therapy and medicine

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How To Communicate Assertively

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Throughout our lives we experience a series of crossroads. Some roads lead us to carry on the path we are currently on. Whilst other paths lead us to new pastures. No paths ever take us backwards, ensuring that we continuously move forwards with every new day that we are blessed with.

During these crossroads, we may realise that there are people or situations in our lives that we no longer resonate with. These could include our jobs, hobbies, friends or even family members. To walk away from these people/situations (if they are harmful to our growth and wellbeing) is a sign of authenticity in its maturity stage.

Assertiveness is when we confidently and positively express our opinions, ideas and talents. For example, Person A may ask; “Will you help me with this project tomorrow?” If you can and you want to, by all means say yes. Remember though, saying no is also an option. So many of us will say yes so as not to upset anybody. In truth, living our lives this way will ultimately wear us out!

When we hold the core belief that we are each equal to everyone else (not better or worse) but equal, we can then begin communicate from a
place of true equality.

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Saying no to someone’s demands or walking away from situations we find uncomfortable is totally acceptable!

If we are made to feel as though we are wrong, or that we have upset or let others down, because our answer has not ‘fit in’ with others’ expectations, we have to re-evaluate. We must at this point, consider if we are being treated equally within the relationship.

We don’t have to be aggressive expressing who we are, but at same time we don’t have ‘tip toe’ around a person in case we upset them. If you speak your wants and needs clearly and assertively without aggressive tones, you have nothing to fear.

Below I will share with you 9 tips to help you in understanding what assertiveness looks like, and how you can implement an assertive energy into your life.

Tips on how to be assertive

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1) Start a sentence with the word I in situations of debate. 

For example, when trying to resolve an issue, aggressive language would be “you always do this!”
Assertive language would be “I feel disappointed when you change plans at the last minute” you can express your feelings without giving away your power, or trying to control someone else.

2) Maintaining eye contact. 

Ok, we don’t want to have a full on freakish staring competition, but not having any eye contact shows discomfort and indecisiveness. Maintaining it shows you are present within the conversation. If you struggle with eye contact, you can practice on yourself in the mirror. This may feel awkward at first, but it is a great technique to build confidence. After all, our eyes are the windows to the soul.

3) Practice good body posture. 

If you are able, standing tall rather than slouching will allow you to feel more assertive in yourself. Keep your shoulders back, and your head high. When you walk into a room, people will notice. This may feel unusual at first, especially if you’ve been used to slouching in order to ‘blend in’. Just know that the way you walk really will change how you feel within yourself.

4) Avoid being vague. 

“You’re always criticising me” may be an easy thing to say in frustration, but being generalised and not specific actually can damage your ability to be assertive.
Instead you could say; “This is the third time this week you have critiqued my decision”. This is a more specific statement and therefore helps you to stand your ground. When we speak facts instead of random thoughts we can be more assertive and create boundaries with others.

5) Speak facts, not judgements. 

Saying “he’s so bad at his job” is not an assertive way of describing a person that you have a professional issue with.
Saying “this is the second time he has misplaced important documents” however, is a fact not a judgement. When you are assertive there is no need to judge others. You can still vocalise issues that need to be talked about, in a non-judgemental way.

6) Silence is a great tool. 
Filling in silences that you find awkward is something that so many of us have done, but remember, thinking through your words through before you speak is totally fine! If someone asks you “can you pick me up from the airport tomorrow” there are 3 ways you can answer.

Passive language “erm, I think I can, yes, ok that’s fine”

Aggressive language “Are you kidding me! How come I’m always the one doing you favours? Or “ok I’ll do it but you best be on time”

Assertive language (pause to think) you could say; “I’ll have to think about that” or ‘yes’ or ‘no’ depending on whether you can or cannot. It’s a simple answer to a simple question.

7) Be mindful of the tone of your voice. 

Sometimes we may think we are being assertive but mumbling shows passive language and high pitched tones or raised voices show aggressiveness. Practice being assertive with a voice that is neutral, natural yet controlled.

8) Express your emotions clearly. 

This tip is quite straight forward. If you communicate how you feel, crossed wires with others can be avoided.

9) You are responsible for yourself. 

Your behavior and your personality is your responsibility. (Unless you have a medical condition which is out of your control, which alters this statement)
On the most part it is you that decides whether to let a person or situation control you, or whether you instigate arguments and drama. Staying assertive in situations won’t compromise the way you feel about yourself, and the way you treat others. Remember that boundaries are healthy, and you have every right to live with them in mind.

Written by Alyssa Cruise

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Hot Yoga at Your Yoga Studio

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Miss Chief’s review of the 10-day pass for new students at Your Yoga Studio Liverpool on Wood Street.

After a busy and stressful life lately, I decided that it was time for a bit of time out. Hot yoga provides a great meditation environment where I could totally relax, free my mind and focus on myself. This is how it went;

Day One:

Class: Hot Yoga for Beginners with Debbie Radcliffe

Today was my first class, feeling nervous, I went into the studio and found my place, there were no spaces on the back row so I ended up right behind the instructor. This made me extra nervous because now I knew I had to do my best because everybody would be looking right next to me.

When the instructor asked if there was anybody new to the class and I was the only one who put up their hand, I quickly felt myself wanting to walk straight back out again. Before we started I had the face towel on my head removing the sweat from my forehead as it started to sting my eyes. The instructor set us into a relaxing meditation before getting into any movements. The heat then became easier, it didn’t feel as hot as I remembered Hot Yoga in the past.

Today’s class was a slow flow for beginners, we moved at a pace which was easy to follow and pick up with a lot repetition. The main part I struggled with was planking. Although I have been working out at the gym, this definitely doesn’t prepare you for the good Ol’ killer plank.

The instructor had a lovely presence, not to overwhelming and a nice calm voice. I have been searching for a good yoga instructor since my favorite Finnish Ballerina instructor Sanna, who has since become one of my biggest inspirations. Today’s instructor Debbie came around the class and helped get everybody into the correct position, giving pointers on alignment and tips on how to get a better stretch and know you’re feeling the right things.

Overall I was really pleased with this class, it was nice to start with a slow flow, to prepare for the rest of the classes. Now I better make sure that I drink enough water!!

Day Two;

Class: Hot fit flow fly class with Steven Jones

Today my boyfriend came along with me to hot yoga. A few years ago, we came and done a 20-day taster course.

We went into the room to relax and get used to the heat, one by one people entered, but unlike yesterday’s beginners class, after a few more confident looking people came in, we looked at each other and had the same though “maybe this is an advanced class”.  This class was a lot faster paced, quick transitions between poses, a lot of repetition helped us to look like we knew what we were doing a little bit. We surprisingly kept up the pace and didn’t struggle as much as originally thought we would.

I told my boyfriend that it was only girls at the class yesterday which made his face light up, but to his dissatisfaction in today’s class it was mainly male dominated (haha). I feel like I had a great workout, really worked on the core today and feel super refreshed.

Need to keep drinking water.

Day Three;

Class: Absolute Hot Yoga 60m with Steph Henshaw

Today I decided to do Hot Yoga in my lunch break as I had been invited to get my hair done by Aveda in the evening.

The class was advertised at absolute hot yoga 60m but as the instructor Steph was substituting for the usual instructor she changed the class to a flow.

Today’s class was quite small, so we had loads of space, but that also left me feeling a lot more bare, nowhere to hide for cover if I feel like giving up at any point. Steph was actually taught in hot yoga by my old instructor Sanna, you could tell this as she worked you hard!! The flow was a quick pace but then this lead into long plank holds, she would make you hold it for so much longer than you think, my whole body was shaking but I did not want to give up.

The heat is the same but I felt like I could cope with it better, at the point when it feels too hot from doing the downward dog position over and over, the stand-up work came to save me. I did find that in other classes my balance had been fine, but today I found balancing in some positions a little difficult.

Day Four;

Class: Hot Yoga Core Power with Margie Kirk

I was planning to take today off as a rest day and let my body recover, but I think I’m addicted, my skin feels amazing, I have extra energy and  I want to just keep going. I looked at the class schedule and seen that it was a core workout and I thought ok yes, this is the target area I want to build on. I’m so glad I did.

Margie was a fantastic instructor, this class had some flow, but it was mainly slow paced with more focus on getting the moves correct. This is just what I needed. Margie went around the class and helped point out tips on what we should be feeling and how to better the move, also helping fix you into the right alignment. She was very strict however, if she spotted you fidgeting between moves or trying to wipe your face she would point it out straight away. I felt like a naughty kid sometimes, but this then helped me stay completely focused on the practise.

I also found that all this time I hadn’t been getting the best out of my warrior 2 position. I always thought the move was about the front leg, when it is actually about the back one. Once I changed the move and found out how to use the back leg as the stretch and push out through my back little toe, this has changed the pose altogether for me. I wonder how many other positions I am not benefitting from fully at the moment! I see this as a positive though, because learning is fun and always knowing there is always something new to improve on just makes me want to continue finding out more.

Day 5- Rest Day

Day 6 – Rest day

Day 7 – Rest Day

Day 8;

Class: Absolute Hot Yoga with Steven Jones  

Today I missed the beginners class because I was bringing my friend and she didn’t finish work until later, so we made the Absolute Hot Yoga 60m class with Steven Jones

Today the room seemed so much hotter, I don’t know if that’s because of my rest days or it was actually hotter.  Although the class had a different name it was exactly the same as Fit, Flow, Fly, I’m not sure why the classes have different names if it’s exactly the same. That’s fine though, it was a good challenge. Having Heather in the class made me lose concentration at time as a few giggles went on quietly at the back, I did manage to focus in the end though and get through it.

I must drink more on my rest days!!

Day 9;

Class: Fit, Flow, Fly with Steven Jones

Today’s class was the earlier class but was exactly the same as the day before.

My body feels like it can stretch more freely, I think I may have finally learned how to go from downward dog into plank and then cobra correctly now, it’s about trying to keep that bum higher up and coming down from plank right into the elbows.

I have been working hard lately using the mirror to try and correct my alignment. This is where going to Margie Kirks class really helps, she will walk around and correct your posture. Steven is a really good teacher, his voice is very soothing and the movements are fast, but not too fast. He does give some tips and corrects some moves, but the nature of this class being a faster flow, doesn’t give much opportunity it seems.

Day 10 – rest day due to other commitments.

Overall, I feel more focused and relaxed, my body and mind are at one. My skin feels amazing and it has encouraged me to drink plenty of water, which normally I don’t do.

I would love to keep up hot yoga but the classes and passes are a little expensive, I will probably look at doing drop in sessions as and when but it’s not something I could commit to every week just because of the cost.

It has encouraged me to maybe look at focusing on normal (non hot) yoga classes and work on correcting my moves before paying and taking them into a hot class.

5/5 Misschief Rating

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Wildwood Restaurant

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MissChief in Merseyside was invited down to The Wildwood Restaurant in Clayton Sq, Liverpool.

It was really strange walking into a restaurant located in what used to be the old entrance to Clayton Square, I was half expecting to look to my right and see the Disney store. The restaurant had a lovely rustic feel with lots of space including a deli. The music playing was The Postmodern Jukebox which kept us happily amused guessing what the songs were in between courses.

We were greeted by lovely smiling waitresses, they were friendly and the manager Gabie was very helpful giving tips on which choices to go for.

To start with we had a glass of house red wine each – Carignan Grenache, Languedoc- Roussillon, France (£8.90). A lovely wine, quite fruity and bright.

This was served with mozzarella and garlic bread with caramelized onions (£5.75). The bread was a lovely soft dough, not too crispy like some breads. It was a generous size and the caramelized onions kept a lovely sweetness to the flavor.

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We then had some water clean our palette (Mineral Water 500ml £2.55) before tucking into our beautifully presented mains.

My main of choice was my favourite dish, Sirloin Steak 8oz with peppercorn sauce, rocket and French Fries (15.95), it was so delicious you could taste the charcoal grill and the peppercorn sauce, where some sauces can be quite bland this was just right.

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My boyfriend opted for the Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich (£10.95). The marinated steak was so tasty and cooked just right, it wasn’t too chewy or tough, just right covered with Monterey Jack cheese, fried onions, and mayonnaise in a brioche bun served with French fries.

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For dessert we just couldn’t decide, so after some advice from the waitresses and Gabi we went for the chocolate honeycomb fudge cake with Ice cream (£5.95) portion size was large, the honeycomb in this desert gave it that extra flavor that you normally miss out on your average chocolate fudge cake, this is definitely worth a try.

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We then tried the chocolate sundae (£5.95) Oreo biscuits, Malteasers, Baileys, fresh cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream. The baileys was pretty strong in this sundae. The cream was lovely and thick to mix this in with. A good tip was to empty this out onto a plate, then you can get the right mixture of bits you want.

To finish our evening at Wildwood, I was recommended the Limoncello Spritz cocktail – Limoncello, Prosecco and club soda (£6.95) which was so refreshing after all that desert.

My boyfriend opted for a latte (£2.80) although I have no idea how he could possibly fit this in his belly, we were so full.

Overall the food, atmosphere, staff and service was excellent, the portion sizes for the starter and desserts were a lot bigger than the main dishes and the total bill cost was £65.75.

I would give this a 4/5 Misschief Rating

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Five Keys to Avoid Overwhelm

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Before I share the five keys, I want to clarify the difference between overwhelm and burnout. Overwhelm is often an in-the-moment feeling and can be triggered by stress. It leaves us feeling as though we can’t handle everything going on around us.
However, unlike overwhelm, burn out happens when we haven’t been listening to the signals our body sends, we become exhausted and before long we’ve reached burnout.
This article focuses upon overwhelm, how to avoid it and how you can kiss overwhelm goodbye for good!
1. Just Say No!

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Are you saying n o enough? As someone who is most probably empowered, passionate and creative you have already learnt to say yes to lots of things. In most cases this is a positive practice. Saying yes pushes us out of our comfort zones. It opens amazing new doors of opportunity and growth. However, before you reach burn out check in with yourself and ask yourself; “am I saying yes to too many things?”
You can easily begin to feel overwhelmed when you can’t manage your obligations fully. Or perhaps you’ve taken on too many responsibilities. Now’s the time to take an objective step back and see if there are areas in your life that you could ‘trim back on’ to suit you better. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help, as feeling burdened is one sure way to lead to overwhelm.

2. Start Your Day Right

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When we start our day in the right frame of mind we feel more in control of our lives. Have you ever had a day you woke up late for something? Perhaps it left you feeling flustered and agitated and then you noticed ho w the rest of the day seemed to follow suit. Yes, we are human and those days can happen to us all. But when those days become more than a one off is when overwhelm will become a problem.
Begin your day in the most peaceful and productive way possible. The first thing I do is drink water with fresh lemon and yes, I do this before I check my phone, social media or emails! After waking we need to fuel our bodies. I also read a chapter from a book that inspires and motivates me. This offers me focus and intention for my own purpose that day.
Think about how you can start your day in the most positive and empowered way and come up with morning routines that nourish and nurture you. Maybe stretches, yoga or listening to an uplifting podcast. Having a morning ritual such as these, makes it very hard for overwhelm to find you and try to bring you down.

3. Don’t Hop Around

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See if you recognise yourself in any of these statements.
• I structure my workdays
• I move methodically from one project to the next, with space between each
• I finish one task and then move immediately to another
• I have many tasks on the go at any one time
• I’m restless and constantly checking social media, emails etc., while planning my day
When we create a schedule we’re less likely to face overwhelm. If we give ourselves set time between each task to reboot and reset, we’ll feel less stressed and better able to cope with the demands of our job. Unlike ‘hopping’ around with no organised plan, which can easily lead to overwhelm.
4. Tidy Up Time!

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I remember as a young child in school we had ‘tidy up time’. This was a set amount of time for the end of the day where we would get our coats, bags, lunchbox and pens packed and ready to be taken home. Now as an adult I still remind myself to participate in this tidy up time, in a new, structured and practical way.
So, how can you implement this same philosophy into your busy day? It’s simple, take time before your day has finished to catch up on any loose ends. After all, when you get home to spend time with those you love, they should have your undivided attention. But, that’s difficult to do if you’re thinking about that last email you should have sent, or the phone call you forgot to make.
By scheduling in 30 minutes before the end of each day, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to review, evaluate and complete those tasks that just can’t wait. You’re taking control of a much better work/life balance and creating harmony between the two.
5. Be the Captain of Your Own Attitude

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Are you ready to be the captain of your attitudes and improve the way you approach life?
Overwhelm, simply put, is when we feel we have lost control of the moment that we are in. It can leave us feeling; flustered, confused and stressed. But, what if we approached every moment from a conscious place of confidence, high energy and trust?
When unforeseen circumstances arise are you going to be the person who yells out, ‘I don’t know what to do!’ or are you going to be the person who calmly says to yourself, ‘I don’t have a plan right this second, but I know all things can be figured out and resolved’.
The decision is yours. If you make a conscious choice in every moment to stand in your own personal power, you are the calm within the storm. Decide to be the voice of reason when everyone else is in chaos.

Leave Overwhelm Behind for Good
Implement these strategies and;
• learn what to say no to
• start your day right
• enjoy a better work/life balance
• prioritise tasks
• be in control your own thoughts and
• you will very rarely feel overwhelmed again
We cannot see what the future holds, or what awaits us. But, we can breathe deeply and make a promise to ourselves that we will learn to handle everything we’re faced with. Whatever we have on our plate we can deal with….one step at a time.

 

Post written by Alyssa Cruise –

Check out her blog here

Hope and Glory Festival

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TICKETS: www.HopeAndGloryFestival.co.uk

Exclusive FREE entry to the HOPE & GLORY secret party!

Do you want FREE tickets to HOPE & GLORY’s top-secret, exclusive,pre-festival party with live music and more?

Of course you do, but you’ve got to be quick!

If you’re one of the first people to buy a weekend ticket, you’ll also get exclusive free – yes FREE! – tickets to a special secret gig on the Friday night before the festival (4 August).

A raucous evening of fun in preparation for a wild weekend ahead, there’ll be performances by one of the North West’s most legendary music artists, as well as more secrets to be revealed at the show.

Are we going to tell you who’s playing? Of course not, that would spoil the surprise. This is the HOPE & GLORY SECRET PARTY!!

Buy your weekend tickets now to secure your place at this incredible extra night of HOPE & GLORY fun.

Lana Del Ray – Echo Arena

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Totally Excited for one of my favourite Miss Chiefs (not from Merseyside though)

Lana Del Rey will play two UK arena dates next month.

Following the release of her new record, ‘Lust For Life’, last week and a sold out last minute stop at the O2 Academy Brixton on Monday, she has confirmed a show at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on August 22 and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow the following day.

Ticket presale begins Sat 29/07/17 at 09:00am and tickets will go on general sale at 9am on July 31, here:
http://tidd.ly/36b51e61