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Episode #6: Embracing Unhappiness: how to drop the addiction to happiness and be with what is

Episode #6: Embracing Unhappiness: how to drop the addiction to happiness and be with what is

Posted November 22, 2017

Episode #6: How to embrace unhappiness I’ve struggled with the times of my life when it hasn’t been easy or happiness is elusive. This happens for me a lot. I’m pulled in and out of a huge variety of emotions, but the truth is it’s all perfect and beautiful, just as it is. This very moment is the perfect teacher. There is nowhere else you are meant to be but here and now. Which is such a painful thought for many who are going through deep suffering. And I understand that. But this, actually, is what the spiritual journey is about. Not so much “suffering” or “unhappiness” but this moment – and the experiences you are having in the here and now. Moving away from perpetual happiness and joy and actually allowing yourself to be fully with the experience you are IN. Stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. As Pema Chodron says “the most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be to just keep moving.” It’s not about the destination of happiness. It’s not about omitting that which is causing unhappiness. It’s simply about BEING in the experience that you, as a soul, asked for by coming into the physical manifestation of Source – meaning becoming a human being.   +++ Here are the two quotes that I share during episode #6 from Pema Chodron’s book; ‘When things fall apart’ Heart ache is not something we choose to invite in. It’s restless and pregnant and hot with the desire to escape and find something or someone to keep us company. When we can rest in the middle, we begin to have a non-threatening relationship with it. It completely turns our usual fearful patterns upside down. When suffering arises in our lives, we can recognise it as suffering. When we get what we don’t want, when we don’t get what we do want, when we become ill, when were getting old, when were dying – when we see any of these things in our loves, we can recognise suffering as suffering. Then we can be curious, notice and be mindful of our reactions to that. Listen to episode 6: Show notes: These are some incredible books that I are feel are supportive during times when happiness is not your modus operandus. When things fall apart – Pema Chodron Be here now – Ram Dass Living Your Yoga – Judith Lasater The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle +++ I hope this episode has shed some light on your unhappy times and given you a new perspective and perhaps the willingness to embrace and accept the experiences we don’t love or want! P.s don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes and your 5-star rating would mean SO much to me (if you are loving the podcast, of course!) Love + light Claire Read more

Episode #5: How to have a beautiful birth with Lauren Falconer

Episode #5: How to have a beautiful birth with Lauren Falconer

Posted November 22, 2017

Episode 5: How to have a beautiful birth with Lauren Falconer Recording this conversation was such an absolute pleasure. Lauren Falconer is a Mother, yoga teacher, doula, birth and mother mentor, birth educator, shamanic woman-crafter, dõTERRA leader. Director of The LifePod & Creator of Spirit Birth. She is also the woman who guided myself and my partner through Calm Birth and Soleil’s birth as our Doula. I hold her in a special corner of my mama heart for so many reasons, but mostly for the way she threads science, understanding, wisdom and spirituality into what I consider to be the most sacred and transformative journey ever. In this episode we cover: Lauren’s birth experience How birth was the gateway for Lauren’s birth education journey How we can’t birth if we feel judged, critiqued and fearful Why so many of us don’t have a clear picture of what birth really is How we rewrite the birth story The collective awakening around birth The journey of the maiden to mother The importance of science and how our body works The wildness and spirit of birth Releasing fear and shame around pregnancy and birth Intensity instead of pain Programming different ideas around birth The compassion I felt for ALL women during birth The beauty in the exposure and vulnerability of birth Lauren’s Spirit Birth eCourse Exploring where your birth beliefs come from We all have the birth we need to have Listen to Episode 5: Connect with Lauren here: Web: Lauren Falconer + Spirit Birth Web: The Life Pod Instagram Show notes: Visit Lauren’s incredible online program for mamas-to-be; Spirit Birth. You can get your hands on my ebook – The Bump; Pregnancy Wellness Guide – for lots of incredible books, tips and wellness tools. Some of our favourite pregnancy/birth books: Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives–DeepakChopra Parenting with Soul–Sally Collings Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth–Ina May Gaskin Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful–Gurmukh BirthSkills–Juju Sundin with Sarah Murdoch The natural way to a better pregnancy–Francesca Naish + Janette Roberts BabyLove–Robin Barker The Child Within the Lotus–Margaret Stephenson Meere Baby on Board and Your Cherished Baby–Dr Howard Chilton The Conscious Parent–Dr Shefali Buddhism Fo rMothers–Sarah Napthali +++ I hope this conversation with Lauren inspires you and allows you to tap into your own inner world of wisdom, strength and knowing that birth is beautiful and possible. If you loved this episode please make sure to subscribe and give us a 5-star rating on iTunes. The more you love, the more I can create. love + light, Claire Read more

Episode #4: How to create a yoga and meditation practice that sticks

Episode #4: How to create a yoga and meditation practice that sticks

Posted November 22, 2017

Episode #4: The A to Your Q with Claire Obeid. How to create a yoga and meditation practice that sticks (as a mama!) One of my beautiful tribe members, Kate Harrison from Little Yarrow has sent in this questions: “I’d love to hear about how you find time for yoga and meditation with a little one and how to create a practice that sticks”. Thank you Kate for sending in this question. It’s one that I know so many mamas and even those without children often ask. Why is it that many of us struggle to find the time and consistently maintain those practices that we both love and need? Self-sabotage perhaps? All seems too hard? Maybe. In this episode I share how I personally find the time for the two practices that keep me whole – yoga and meditation – and how I make it stick; consistently showing up to these practices. In this episode I share: The importance of scheduling How to ease, incrementally, towards your goal Why compassion is everything The power of committment without rigidity What my personal practice looks like Dropping the competition with yourself and others Inviting presence into your day Creativity is key to showing up to your practice Listen to the episode: Show notes: Head here to visit my YouTube Channel for a few of my favourite yoga practices. +++ I should also add, which I forgot to mention in the episode, is that getting support so you can attend a class is super special and important too. Or maybe it’s attending a mums and bubs class or a somewhere with a creche! What about you? How do you show up to your practice around your children? Do you have any tricks that have worked for you? Aaaand please, if you loved this episode, don’t forget to give this podcast a 5-star review in iTunes so I can keep on bringing you amazing interviews, insights and chats. love + light, Claire Read more

Claire Obeid

Hello there, I’m Claire

What am I about? Oh-so-much. A soul-centered and heart-driven life. Inside-out wellness. Shadow work (from the darkness comes the light!) Truth-seeking. Leaning into the joy of life.

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