The 5 Pearls of Ceredigion worth visiting
There are countless places to explore in this fascinating country, and perhaps one area you should include on your list is Ceredigion, a hidden gem located in Mid Wales. A gorgeous coastline fringes the county, and inland, you can admire the attractive countryside. In this article, we list some of the hidden beauties around Ceredigion that make it worth a visit for anyone who wants to experience a new, often overlooked part of Wales.
Aberystwyth is arguably one of the main destinations in Ceredigion and has every right to be considered the cultural capital of Wales . In addition to the University of Aberystwyth, it also boasts the highly respected National Library of Wales and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which is a center for contemporary Welsh language and culture. Aberystwyth is a bustling and lively student town at the foot of the hills, boasting two beautiful beaches, the ruins of a historic castle, a harbour and a pier. On a clear day, the dominant presence of Snowdon can be seen in the distance from Aberystwyth . The harbor itself was once the busiest in Wales, now a bit quieter but still has a vibrant atmosphere thanks to the university and the countless cafes, bars and restaurants lining the streets. Aside from being a cultural landmark, taverns in the UK.
This small cove boasts beautiful views of the water, the beach itself is surrounded by cliffs, and there’s a charming white chapel at the top. Take a picnic along with a water cooler and spend some well-deserved time with your loved ones. It’s also a popular spot to see dolphins playfully enjoying the waves in Cardigan Bay.
Be sure to visit Cors Caron National Park, also known as Tregaron Swamp, where there are several habitats that make it ideal for a wealth of wildlife. Birdwatchers can expect to see Eurasian quail hawks, blackbirds, peregrine falcons and buzzards, to name a few, soaring in the sky or sitting at the water’s edge watching otters and fish play in the water.
The site itself consists of three raised bogs made up of deep layers of peat that took an impressive 12,000 years to form. You can walk through the area on boardwalks, putting you right in the middle of the action and giving you a better chance to see the wildlife up close.
The sunken forest in Borte should be of interest to everyone, but be sure to visit at low tide to see this intriguing landmark. The Bronze Age forest is submerged under copious amounts of sand and hidden by the playful sea at high tide, but at low tide you can spot tree tops protruding from the seafloor. The forest itself is thought to have died around 1500 B.C., but it was preserved in peat because of acidic conditions. Not surprisingly, the forest has become the subject of folklore and legends .
The legacy of Welsh quilting
In Lampeter, in the old town hall, you will find the Welsh Patchwork Center , an active museum and heritage center in the Teifi Valley dedicated to the simple but distinctive craft of patchwork. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the quilts that existed were almost entirely utilitarian and were made of heavy worsted cloth or wool cloth covering an old wool quilt. This began to change in the 18th century with the advent of decorative patchwork quilts, and so the craft line was born .
In addition to the museum, there is a café and store selling vintage Welsh quilts, as well as books, gifts and products by contemporary artists and textile craftsmen, and an exhibition that delights even the most uninitiated visitors to the center.
Eye of Revival (Five Tibetan Pearls) – my review of the practice
I became acquainted with the practice of “Eye of Revival” (Five Tibetan Pearls, “Five Tibetans”) in 2009. At one time I did them regularly, then stopped, then resumed them again and stopped. Three months ago I did them again. And during all this time I have accumulated a certain experience of doing it.
There is no consensus about the origin of the practice “Eye of Revival”. Some people consider it to be a secret esoteric knowledge, the bearers of which were Tibetan lamas, and believe that it transforms not only physical but also other, non-material human bodies. Accordingly, the exercises are called rituals or ritual actions. Others, on the other hand, see nothing supernatural in it, just a very effective set of exercises that greatly improve one’s well-being. All of the exercises of “Oka” are taken from yoga and are widely known for their effectiveness. Be that as it may, when performed intelligently, the Eye of Revival does help to significantly improve one’s health.
DESCRIPTION OF THE “EYE OF REVIVAL” PRACTICE
There are a total of five exercises in the basic complex. They are described in Peter Kelder’s book “Eye of Revival. The Secrets of Rejuvenation. The Ancient Practice of Tibetan Lamas” (other versions of the title are also possible). The book can be easily downloaded on the Internet.
Stand up straight with your arms stretched out horizontally at the level of your shoulders. Then start to rotate around your axis in a clockwise direction. Breath is voluntary.
The starting position for the second exercise is lying on the back. With your arms stretched out along the torso and with palms pressed tightly together with fingers pressed to the floor, raise your head firmly against your chest. After that raise your straight legs upright, trying not to take your pelvis off the floor. If you can, lift your legs not just vertically upward, but even further “on yourself” – until your pelvis begins to come off the floor. The main thing is not to bend your knees. Then slowly lower your head and legs to the floor. Relax all the muscles and after that repeat the action one more time.
In this ritual action of great importance is the coordination of movements with breathing. At the very beginning it is necessary to exhale, ridding the lungs of air completely. When raising the head and legs, you should make a smooth, but very deep and full breath, while lowering – the same exhalation. If you are tired and decide to rest a little between repetitions, try to breathe in the same rhythm as during the movements. The deeper the breath, the more effective the practice.
The starting position for the third exercise is the kneeling position. Knees should be placed one pelvis width apart so that the thighs are strictly vertical. The palms of the hands rest on the back surface of the thigh muscles just below the buttocks. Then you should tilt your head forward with your chin pressed against your sternum. Throwing your head back up, stick out your chest and bend your spine backwards, leaning a little with your hands on your hips, then return to the starting position with your chin pressed to your chest.
This exercise requires strict coordination of movements with the rhythm of breathing. At the very beginning it is necessary to make a deep and full exhalation. Bending backwards, you must inhale, returning to the starting position – exhale. All attention during the exercise suggest to transfer the breath and the feelings in your body, you can keep your eyes closed.
To do the fourth exercise, sit on the floor, stretch out in front of you straight legs with feet about shoulder width apart. Straightening the spine, place the palms of your hands with fingers interlocked on the floor at the sides of your buttocks. The fingers should be pointing forward. Lower your head forward with your chin pressed against your sternum. Then tilt your head as far back up as possible, and then raise your torso forward to a horizontal position. In the final phase, the hips and torso should be in the same horizontal plane, and the shins and arms should be vertical, like the legs of a table. When you reach this position, tense all your muscles for a few seconds, then relax and return to the starting position with your chin pressed against your chest. Then repeat everything from the beginning.
And here the key aspect is breathing. First you need to exhale. Rising and tilting your head – perform a deep smooth breath. During tension, hold your breath, and when you descend, exhale completely. While resting between repetitions, keep the same rhythm of breathing. All attention during the exercise suggest to transfer the breath and the feelings in your body, you can keep your eyes closed.
The starting position for the fifth exercise is a standing position, with a crouch. The body rests on the palms of the hands and the pads of the toes. The knees and pelvis do not touch the floor. The hands are oriented strictly forward with fingers interlocked together. The distance between the palms is a little wider than the shoulders. The distance between the feet is the same. Start by tilting your head as far back up as possible. Then move into a position where the body resembles an acute angle, with the top pointing upward. Simultaneously with the movement of the neck press the head with the chin to the chest. Try to keep your legs straight and your arms and torso aligned. Then the body is folded in half at the hip joints. After that, return to the starting position – front leaning support, flexed – and start all over again.
The breathing pattern in this exercise is somewhat unusual. Starting with a full exhalation in the prone position, you must make a deep, as far as possible, breath when “folding” the body in half. Returning to the prone position, make a full exhalation. Stopping at the extreme points to perform a tense pause, hold your breath for a few seconds respectively after inhaling and after exhaling. All attention during the exercise is suggested to be transferred to the breath and to the sensations in your body, you can keep your eyes closed.
NUMBER OF REPETITIONS OF THE EXERCISES
Start with three repetitions of each exercise (no more). Each week, add two repetitions, eventually bringing the number of repetitions of each exercise to 21. It is better to do the exercises in the morning on an empty stomach. It is possible to break the complex into 2 (morning and evening) or 3 sets. But each time do all the exercises. It is also not allowed to insert any other exercises in the complex. Only before or after it.
THE PAUSE BETWEEN EXERCISES AND BREATHING
It is necessary to pause between the exercises. Stand up straight, feet shoulder width apart, hands at the waist, thumbs forward. As you inhale, imagine how the clean energy (prana) enters the body and as you exhale, how the dirty energy leaves the body. Take a few inhalations and exhalations, and then proceed to the next exercise of the complex. Throughout the whole complex should try to maintain the same rhythm of breathing.
After the set, it is a good idea to do some relaxation exercises, such as lying down into Shavasana pose. Technique: Lie on the floor on your back, stretch out your legs and keep your arms stretched out along your torso. Take a deep breath and pull the muscles of the body strongly. Breathe out. Without relaxing, take a few full breaths. Close your eyes and relax, letting your hands freely rest with the palms up at some distance from the hips and keeping the distance between your feet at shoulder width and a half.
Carefully trace the state of the muscles of all parts of the body in the following order: legs from fingertips to hips, arms from fingertips to shoulder joints, torso from crotch to neck, neck to skull base, head. Viewing the head in this sequence: occiput – crown – sides and ears – cheeks – lips, tongue – nose – forehead – eyes. Relaxation of the forehead and eyes is a necessary condition, without it you will not be able to relax the body and “stop” the mind. During viewing, one should try to release tension where it is felt. A quite effective technique is to look at the main joints and remove the feeling of tension in them. If you manage to remove the feeling of tension in the joint, then all of the muscles related to that joint will relax on their own.
Breathing should first be quite deep, slow and rhythmic, then natural, and in the end it should be “let go,” allowing it to flow as it wishes. It is advisable just to forget about it. There is an enormous number of techniques and meditative techniques that promote relaxation, but experience tells us that it is best for each person to find their own method of bringing the body and mind into a state of complete tranquility.
TAKING A BREAK
After starting the practice of “Eye of Revival”, it is not recommended to give it up, at most allowed a break of one day. If more than that, the positive results may quickly go away. If, for whatever reason, there was a break, then you should start again with three repetitions of each exercise.
THE CORRECT EXECUTION OF THE PRACTICE “EYE OF REVIVAL”
There are quite a few videos on the internet that show the Tibetan Jewels exercises. Before you start practicing them, watch this video:
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THE OCEAN OF REVIVAL
In the time that I have been doing (and not doing) the Eye of Renaissance, I have accumulated certain thoughts about the practice. First of all, although I am an orientalist, I am very skeptical about all kinds of supernatural matters, preferring not to intrude into a field in which I am not versed. That is why I prefer to explain the “Eye” effect in terms of physiology. Well, if there are other positive changes, the nature of which is not clear to me – why not?
On the Internet you can find quite a few positive and negative reviews of this practice. My opinion is that the negative effect is primarily due to the forced execution of the exercises. Someone starts with a large number of repetitions, and someone tends to move quickly to 21 repetitions, quickly building up the tempo. In my opinion – it is by no means necessary to hurry. It is better to do less, but of higher quality.
Another advantage is that the complex is performed very quickly – 10-20 minutes at full number of repetitions, depending on the pace. With our busy life this is a big plus.
I do these exercises in the morning, after waking up. But first – a few free-wheeling exercises to warm up and stretch a little – bending, stretching. Then the “Eye” itself goes much easier. After doing the set of five exercises of “The Eye of Rebirth” I do some stretching exercises, and then I take a shower (necessarily warm; after “The Eye” a cold shower and cold is strictly forbidden), do cosmetic procedures. After that I have a light breakfast.
If I feel indisposed, I either skip or do fewer repetitions of each exercise. Here you need to feel yourself, not to force yourself in any case, not to do through force. I have also done long skips. For example, in the summer for a couple of months when “Eyes” did not work. There was a small setback – I began to gain weight and my flexibility noticeably decreased. With the new beginning of practice almost all the negative things are gone.
Many have noted that after the “Eye of Revival” you feel the heat and a burst of energy. I am not an exception. There was a noticeable increase in endurance. I noticed that I began to run 5-8 km every day at a fast pace with greater ease, to ride a horse more freely (without “Oka” I had no such ease and endurance).
Perhaps the most difficult thing for me in the practice of “Oka Renaissance” is to overcome my laziness in the morning. I would like to laze around in bed, or have breakfast right away, gradually “rocking out”. However, as soon as I remember the effect of the practice, I immediately want to do exercises.
In general, my opinion of the Renaissance Eye is positive. The main thing is not to force it and without fanaticism.
I would be glad to hear feedback from those who practice the Eye of Renaissance (“Five Tibetan Pearls”).
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SERYSHANSON: February 15, 2015 at 16:41 I have difficulties with the 3rd exercise because of strong spasticity of the neck, but I myself did or did not do it, now I have abandoned it again, no benefit, speech was not, and still is not, as I could not chew, and still can not.
MARIA ANASHINA: February 15, 2015 at 16:51 I gave up a few years ago because of problems with my arm – I could not do the 4th and 5th exercises, the pain was in hell. It was a shame though – there were real results back then. Then, when everything went back to normal, I started again. And as for “no benefit” – I think people overestimate the “Eye”, considering it almost a panacea. But it’s just one of the practices that works for some and not for others.
AYA: February 17, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. Maria, I’ve been doing Eye for eight years. My granddaughter was born and it turned out that I could not lift the stroller to the second floor, and I had to… and then I remembered that little book in two weeks I carried the stroller to the second floor and even together with my granddaughter:-0 but that’s lyric! The first year we did together with my daughter, she was recovering from childbirth, and I just loved it. The second year I fell on the porch unexpectedly, bruised my ribs badly… I took a break from Oka for almost two months. After that I understood that one mustn’t take a break for more than 1-2 days. It was very difficult to pull in… then all sorts of sore spots began to appear:-) but they disappeared very easily and quickly. I have decided that it is a kind of body cleansing… however, my right wrist still does not always allow me to do the fifth movement. Yes, for almost a year I put my heels on the floor for the fifth movement, now it’s easy, well stretched… By the way, at first I also did the sixth movement by Keldar… I’ve drawn in long enough, now there are breaks, if only there is no place to do it in a trip. But in this case there is an opportunity to do the complex mentally… that’s good too. If to speak about the results, my body has tightened up, I practically lost gray hair, I do not paint my hair for eighth year already, and what my hair has grown :-0 My walk became easy and my endurance, as you write, has increased very much. I walk 8-10 kilometers five days a week without any consequences… I react to atmospheric pressure fluctuations only rarely, while I used to be meteodependent all my life. My hypotension is gone too, pressure 120 over 80 is now the norm. I practically do not use glasses, I took them off after a couple of years of doing Eyes, and I’m 67 this year … And about half a year ago I found a book by Peter Levin THE REAL RETURN Eye. Very unexpectedly the performance of rituals connected to work of chakras… I have started to try it and it appeared to be not simply easier but quite different – not simply muscles are loaded, and the whole cocoon of energy works… I have retrained gradually, as the author recommended, now I can tell that this way much more deeply works all body levels, and especially the chakra connections and chakras themselves. And how beautifully the chakras shine on the inner eye screen when performed! It’s a must see. Good luck! And good health to all!
LADYBLOGER: February 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm I should try it too. I’m never long enough with gymnastics. And here all of a sudden my back started hurting….
ELENA: February 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm I alas tried it, but gave it up, because I like to lie in bed in the morning, and I have to get up before everyone else if I want to work out. At first I couldn’t do a single exercise more than 7 times, then I got into it and did 21 times as I should. Now I go to a fitness club for yoga, so I don’t do the eye. It’s easier to go to the fitness club, I just jump up, get dressed, come in and there’s nowhere to go, you have to work out with the rest of them, and at home you can afford to be lazy. Any exercise causes a rush of energy, but I am faced with the fact that I have nowhere to spend this energy. I want to spend it on physical activity and I have the opportunity to do it only on weekends and only once in a while, on weekdays I have work, lessons, household chores.
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