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Start a yoga practice at home

Start a yoga practice at home

Posted November 25, 2014

Yoga is my religion. Whenever I hit the mat it’s a ritual, a time to pray and a time to fully express myself in mind, body and soul. Whatever I’m feeling and experiencing in my daily life, yoga allows me to embody that. To own it. To  breathe into it. Lean into it. So it’s no surprise to me that my yoga practice has evolved and changed as I have done the same over the last 7 years. Some yogis are very dedicated to and maintain a powerful bond with one particular style of yoga. I love them for that commitment and that unbreakable union. For me though, yoga is about flexibility, and not just of the stretchy kind. I have to be flexible and experimental with yoga, because it keeps my mind much the same. It allows my soul to expand a little more and helps me to stay ‘unattached’. Over the last few years I’ve really honed my self-practice. Learning how to carve out the time and space in my home to unroll my mat and ‘pray’ is something I directly thank the practice of Ashtanga Yoga for. Practicing Mysore Yoga for 2+ years gave me so much to be grateful for – mainly the ability to move and breathe, creatively and autonomously. What has been the most beautiful aspect of my self-practice is learning how to mould the practice in direct response to my feelings, emotions and life circumstances. For example; When I need a really strong dynamic practice I get the chance to experiment, push my own boundaries, play and dive right in. When I to hold myself delicately – perhaps my heart is feeling fragile – I am able to create a practice that flows, intuitively and wraps me up in it’s nourishing embrace. And now, being pregnant, I’m not only learning to respect new limitations of my body but I’m even more embodied. I now move in a way that feels respectful of the physical, emotional, mental and energetic transformation I’m going through, but that also honours the life I am nurturing and growing. Start a yoga practice at home and you’ll learn how to guide yourself on AND off your yoga mat. Not just in how you move your body, but tuned in to your mind and soul.. It’s about integrating your mind, body and soul as you learn to reference every layer of your being – respecting and responding to what is needed. Self-practice cultivates self-healing. It’s almost as if you were in your own personal counseling session. The yoga mat is the therapist’s lounge. And instead of words there is the breath. Instead of advice there is the movement. Instead of venting there is the quiet meditative stillness of savasana (final relaxation). To supplement my self-practice I frequently attend classes, visit my favourite teachers, use online resources like YogaGlo and attend workshops and teacher training courses. It reboots and reinspires me. And then, once again I take that fresh knowledge back to my mat and my space. The other HUGE reason why I highly recommend you start a yoga practice at home is the simple fact that you can take yoga anywhere. Practice in your living room. Stretch it out by the beach at sunrise. Get bendy in a park under your favourite tree. Iron yourself out at the airport between long flights. Wherever you land and travel too yoga can be there with you – the ritual of it. The inward focus of it. The solitude. The peace. The opening…. It is so deeply supportive to take yoga with you. To truly ‘yoke’ yoga into your life to me feels like a lifeline. An umbilical cord back to myself and my centre, no matter where I am. ++ With all that being said, I want to help you, if you are ready to start a yoga practice at home Here are a few tips that you might find useful. First off, if you don’t already have one buy yourself a yoga mat. I love Manduka yoga mats. But my all-time favourite is the Lululemon ‘Le Mat’. Sturdy, good grip. Great on carpet and even outdoors. Suit yourself up in a yoga get-up that makes you eager to practice and get a gorgeous candle you might like to light whilst practicing (when at home). And finally, get a playlist going. Sometimes I like to practice in silence. Otherwise I like to move to music – it might be a floaty, ethereal and softly-softly vibe, otherwise it’s punchy, raw and banging! If you are already practicing yoga quite a bit, and attending many classes I invite you to begin by dedicating yourself to one or two 20 minute sessions at home. Don’t feel stressed about what to do. Don’t fuss about planning a sequence and don’t over commit. Just carve out (book it into your diary!) the time and roll your mat out. Do a few cat + cow stretches, hang out in child’s pose. Get down with your dog. Chuck in a few sun salutations and standing poses. It doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’, just do something. If you are completely new to yoga I would first advise you to visit a local studio and do a beginner’s courses. Whilst you are doing that try to practice a few of the poses you’ve been doing in class at home. At the end of an amazing class once I was back in my car I take a moment to note down in my phone the poses/sections of sequences that I loved! I’d then try to resurrect them another day when I was back at home and on my mat. Another suggestion – visit my YouTube channel and check out some of my instructional videos and classes. Sign-up to YogaGlo or GaiaM TV. These are great online resources for those of you that still feel you need guidance but want to practice at home. Finally, be committed, be dedicated. You need focus when […] Read more

Living Yoga Off the Mat with Angel Singmin

Living Yoga Off the Mat with Angel Singmin

Posted November 14, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. Every time I have the pleasure of catching up with Angel I always feel a little more blessed. Yes, she does embody her namesake – she is a magical, fairy-like and open hearted being. But she’s also insanely bright, creative and inspiring. Just check out her bio below. This lady marries yoga, movement, dance, play, business prowess and more – all wrapped up in love and passion! Angel is the co-creator of the Future Sound of Yoga – a concept pioneered in 2010 with Matt Singmin, fusing together their mutual passion for yoga, dance and music. Angel has toured extensively around Australia, performing at both music festivals (Peats Ridge Festival, Playground Weekender, Splendour in the Grass, Subsonic) and the major yoga festivals (Wanderlust, Byron Spirit, Bodhi, the Phoenix Weekend, Bondi Yoga Festival, Sydney Spirit Festival). On the international stage, she was featured at the Bali Spirit Festival, the Hawaii Spirit Festival and the Hong Kong Asia Yoga Conference, as well as Londons popular Life Centre Studio. Angel’s passion for the art of movement began as a child and teenager studying ballet. And today, as well as regular Future Sound of Yoga events, Angel also teaches yoga across Sydney to people from all walks of life through Dandelion Yoga – the corporate yoga business that she founded in 2007. She also teaches at BodyMindLife Bondi Beach. I’m so excited to introduce her to you today and I know you’ll love a sneak peak into how she lives yoga on and off the mat! Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… It happens both on and off the mat – There is the physical flowing practice which I love, which I see as a moving meditation, linking the asana and the breath together. Then there is practicing mindfulness off the mat too… To me, yoga means… finding a deeper connection to all that is.. to yourself, to your surroundings and with the people around you. My experience off the mat has… been interesting. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. gradual – experiencing a moment by moment shift.. and understanding that yoga is a lifelong practice.. over time.. things change.. and that is the learning.. nothing ever stays the same. What you see on your mat is a reflection of life.. each time you step on the mat, its a different practice – it feels different, things get easier, then there are new challenges.. and this was the learning. To not become attached to the goal of a practice, instead to try and accept what is, as it unfolds.. The biggest memory was in the early days of my practice in 2001, when I was studying Iyengar – I walked in to my first class and found it all so alien. e.g. Holding downward dog for what felt like an eternity, being introduced to pranayama, using props to stretch muscles.. At the time, I couldn’t comprehend it but now I will always be grateful for that class as it shed so much light on what was possible – an invitation to allow you to open your mind to what’s possible. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? The importance of slowing down.. Its something I talk about when I teach – making time for yourself, whether its a walk in nature, a short meditation or having a cup of tea and reading a good book.. its important to nurture yourself and to re-ignite your spirit. Also making decisions that honour my truth, and being comfortable with that. Why are these important to you? I believe these things help me feel more grounded and centred. Creating a sense of balance is crucial to your mental and physical health and wellbeing What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I would choose Ahimsa which is one of the yamas, or the 8 limbs of yoga. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence, which includes physical, mental, and emotional violence towards others and the self. This applies to all beings including animals – I’ve always been a huge animal lover and a strong believer of animal rights, signing petitions to help save animals who are at danger. I eat a plant based diet and have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I also opt for animal cruelty free products and try to be conscious about any purchases that I make. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Being open, aware and remaining authentic. Connect with Angel | Website | Instagram Read more

Happiness Interrupted

Happiness Interrupted

Posted November 11, 2014

Do you allow your own inner radiance to be interrupted? Is your happiness on a continuous stop-start action? Are you always on a roller coaster – sometimes riding high and others you are hanging low? Yes? Well, take comfort firstly in that you can recognize that. And secondly, take comfort that you are not alone. Most of us feel like we are in this perpetual cycle of high/low, happy/sad, up/down, good/bad. And that’s just life, right? Sure it is…we must flow with the tidal wave of emotions, experiences and challenges. Getting swept up into them, caught in them, distracted by them, overwhelmed by them… that is, until we are eventually distracted by something shiny and new which brings us back to the shore of peace and happiness again…where we can rest for a little while. Ok, I’m being facetious. Not sure if you could detect the sarcasm in the words I just wrote… but let me get really direct here. Do you let your happiness and own inner radiance be interrupted as the ‘THINGS’ you desire come and go? Are you so desperately at the mercy of what life dishes up for you – delivers into your hands – that if it isn’t quite ‘right’ you are once again battered and bruised? Once again, that happy, glowy version of you is nowhere to be found, only to be replaced by a more stressed out, angrier, reactive, you – caught in your own mental chatter, limiting self-beliefs and emotional abuse. Does this sound dramatic? Well, perhaps. But I’m trying to make a BIG, BIG point here, that needs to be made. You. YOUR true self. Your highest self. Your Universal self. Divine Soul. God essence (whatever turn of phrase most resonates with you)… YOU ARE HAPPINESS. YOU ARE RADIANT. YOU ARE LOVE. You don’t need experiences, situations, things, people, more money, a new car, a great new outfit… (and on it goes) to BE HAPPY, RADIANT. To BE LOVE… You might feel for a moment or two (or three) that all those things make you FEEL happy, radiant, glowy, bright, sparky, alive… love-filled. And hey, there is nothing wrong with what you desire… Let me repeat that. There is NOTHING wrong with what you desire. Desires are a major part of our human experience. As the incredible Danielle LaPorte says ‘want what you want with all your heart, but don’t get attached to it’. So, if your desires were ‘interrupted’… if your desires didn’t come to you, or they did and then vanished again… or it took a lot longer to arrive than what you’d planned, would you be OK with that?? Would you still feel happy? How do you BE radiant, BE happy? Instead of just feel it? The poet Rumi says, “be suspicious of what you want”. First, ask yourself if what you desire –what you think brings you inner radiance and happiness – is actually a true, heart-driven desire, or if you are chasing a pipe dream. An holy grail of nothingness that might give you fleeting moments of feeling radiance and happiness, but doesn’t fill you up from the inside out. Nothing can, nothing will. Until you realize that you ARE happiness. You ARE radiance. And then, try this… Be still. Go into quiet. Find that spark within you. Connect to it. Breathe into it. Feel into it. Get cosy with it. Familiar with it. Find your home within that stillness. When we meditate we aren’t just de-stressing and rebalancing – although it must be said that nothing will do those two things better than a good meditation session – but we are also opening the doors to our inner self. The self that is happiness. That is perpetually radiant. Not some of the time, or when good things come. But all the time. We are choosing to BE instead of DO or even just feel. We choose, through stillness to embody our true nature – our inner radiance. The point of life is happiness. —The Dalai Lama So when life is good. Meditate. When life is tremendously challenging. Meditate. When life is boring and days are relentless the same. Meditate. Why? Because in that stillness you’ll be cocooned in your own, golden radiance. You’ll be connected and tapped into your own source of undiluted, unrestricted and continuous flow of happiness. Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations to makeover your mind, body and soul If you are ready to go into that stillness, then look to my new meditation offering – The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series, available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. You’ll tap into that well-spring of happiness and radiance within you, an uninterrupted source. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE “Consider that you radiate. At all times. Consider that what you’re feeling right now is rippling outward into a field of is-ness that anyone can dip their oar into. You are felt. You are heard. You are seen. If you were not here, the world would be different. Because of your presence, the universe is expanding.” Danielle LaPorte Join the #RadianceRevolution: Share with me below, or via instagram, twitter and FB what true happiness and radiance feels like to you? Connect with me @claireOwellness (via twitter and instagram) or find me on facebook under The Wellness Project. Read more

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Posted November 06, 2014

Cultivating stillness and inner peace can seem like a monumental challenge. Life is crazy, right? How on earth can you muster up the time or energy to delve within and find your Zen? But what if I told you that all you needed was one week? And that in that tiny slice of your life – just 7 days – you could kick-start some seriously soulful change? Imagine a week, where… You felt really (freaking) good. You experienced stillness in mind and body. You were grounded and centred. You experienced deep relaxation, inner peace and connection. Your inner radiance began to reveal itself… And then, most importantly of all, imagine that this simple 7-day journey could kick-start an entire inner revolution – where you could learn to live in this relaxed and radiant way more (or even all) of the time?! It’s truly possible. When you’re using a powerful tool, one week is all it takes to plant the seed of change. And meditation is the most potent tool I know… Welcome to… A daily meditation practice can help you to feel the way you want to feel. To live the way you deserve to live. To experience joy from the inside out. In fact, there’s really no other personal development tool out there that is as transformational and life-changing as meditation. Yet people still struggle to embrace it and embed it into their daily lives… I get it. I understand the resistance, I truly do – creating a new habit can seem time-consuming. Overwhelming. Even scary. That’s why I created this series of (mini) guided meditations. To chunk things down. To make it easy and empowering. To take the size (and scariness) out of this age-old practice. These (mini) meditation series led by me, Claire Obeid, have been designed to bring meditation to you, in the simplest way possible. Professionally mixed and recorded, there are tracks to suit every mood and every schedule. And they range in length from 10 – 20 minutes – making them an achievable goal on even the busiest day. Which means all you have to do is pick the one that resonates most, pop on your headphones, press play… and feel yourself unfurl. With seven guided tracks in every series (and three different themed series to choose from) you’ll be well on your way to a deeply rewarding daily ritual in no time – one that will make you over from the inside out. Stillness in mind. Vitality and health in body. And a deep connection with your soul.That’s what these meditations can do for you. The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series is available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the mental stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. What’s included in each package: Welcome audio + instructions when you first sign up. Daily email including live streaming of each meditation track. An introduction with each meditation, to set the scene and guide your journey. Daily journaling prompts during your 7-day program, so that you can deepen the discovery and tune in to your truth. Bonus: All the meditation tracks – which are professionally mixed and recorded – are yours to download, keep, and listen to whenever (and wherever) you like. Downloadable + printable PDF journaling workbook – also yours to keep! Each 7-Day Meditation Series hones in on a different theme, designed to support your makeover in mind-body-soul and unearth your inner glow! 7 Days to Radiate: deeply relax + let go Designed for those eager to untangle from the mental clutter that stands in the way of glowing and flowing through life. Let’s make space for bliss. 1. Breath Awareness 2. Be free from control 3. Vibrant Health 4. Detox the Mind Meditation 5. Healing Energy 6. Yoga Nidra 7. Divinity Mantra Meditation 7 Days to Radiate: make peace + heal Designed for those who feel called to cleanse, release + let go of anything that no longer serves. It’s time to get grounded in your mind-body-soul and come back to your peaceful centre. 1. Blissed Out 2. Chakra Cleanse 3. Connect to Light + Love 4. Forgiveness 5. I am Truth Mantra Meditation 6. Healing the heart 7. Peace and Tranquillity 7 Days to Radiate: feel joy + inspiration Designed for those ready to remember and reconnect with their true self. Feel inspired, tap into your desires and open your heart. Experience freedom and joy. 1. Abundance Meditation 2. Be limitless 3. Give Thanks 4. Radiant Being 5. Learning to trust 6. Ecstasy Mantra Meditation 7. Clarity + connection Pick and choose from the 7-Day Meditation Series or purchase all three to experience a powerful 21-day makeover from the inside out. (After all, it takes 3 weeks to solidify a positive habit!) It’s your choice. Let your intuition guide you – What would most nourish you? What’s tugging at your spirit? What does your mind-body-soul crave? How it works… Upon signing up, you’ll receive your welcome email + instructions to activate the 7 or 21 days of (mini) meditations. Each day you’ll receive your guided meditation – including commentary + journaling exercise instructions – delivered direct into your inbox. At any stage you can access your bonuses (the full meditation album download + PDF journaling workbook) so you can dive deeper at your own pace. Next steps… Choose your preferred meditation series, or select the bundle for all three. Click the ‘buy now’ button. You’ll receive a welcome email containing a link to the resources site, which includes your private access code. Follow the link and plug in the private access code. Then start your journey by listening to the welcome audio and instructions. Download and save your bonuses – the album and PDF journaling guide. When you […] Read more

Audio Blog: Why I don’t believe we should expect nothing + appreciate everything

Audio Blog: Why I don’t believe we should expect nothing + appreciate everything

Posted November 04, 2014

‘Expect nothing + appreciate everything’… This is the phrase that has literally been tugging at me over the last few weeks. I recently shared via my newsletter (where I share lots of personal insights + wisdom) that I am on the receiving end of lots of beautiful wisdom from women on pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Most of this advice is so supportive. Sometimes, it’s not supportive at all. Some of that advice  – ‘Expect Nothing’ – I completely understand. Great Expectations that are riddled with agendas and are buried under the attachment to the image of perfection can lead us into such a state of control and therefore control us. However, there is something within the advice of ‘Expect Nothing’ that hasn’t been sitting with me right. I am a woman of Inspired Action. Contemplation and Consciousness merge with the desire to be involved in life, to take action (yet surrender when required!) and to choose a positive, glass-half-full approach ALWAYS. So, being told to ‘Expect Nothing’ feels a little futile.  I do not want to get caught up in controlling outcomes and then being let down by the unachievable goals, BUT I do believe in being empowered and making conscious choices. Today’s 10 Minute Audio Blog explores discuss how to Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything and Being Aware and Proactive. Without further adieu I’ll let you hit PLAY and listen in where I dissect the difference between expectations and positive, conscious behavior. CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN (OR RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE AND DOWNLOAD – take me with you on your walk or on your way to work) ++ Your turn: Where have your expectations got the better of you? How do you find the balance between being positive, empowered and conscious versus dropping rigid and controlling expectations? Or simply share with me what resonates with you about this post! Thanks for connecting! I can’t wait to read your comments. (Don’t worry, no expectations!) Love + light, Claire xx Read more

Living Yoga Off The Mat with Shona Vertue

Living Yoga Off The Mat with Shona Vertue

Posted October 28, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. Having 10 years of practical Yoga experience and a dedicated background in Elite Gymnastics and Dance under her belt, Shona is known for her attention to detail and passionate enthusiasm towards health and fitness. Extensive training in Strength and Conditioning, Chinese Massage and an ongoing BOS in Nutrition have gifted Shona with an eclectic and holistic approach to health and fitness, which is clearly evident in her classes and training sessions. With over seven years industry experience teaching Yoga in several independent studios in Sydney, Australia, and co-facilitating health retreats around the world in places as diverse as Thailand, Taiwan and Samoa, Shona successfully and simultaneously managed her own Personal Training business where she instilled a strong foundation of knowledge and experience in her clients. She sees her mission in life to broadcast the message, as widely as possible, that the key to happiness comes from enjoyment and commitment. She ascribes to the words of American author and businessman, Herman Cain, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be successful” This is a lifestyle philosophy that she enthusiastically practices and preaches. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… 24 hours a day 7 days a week – it tests me, challenges me, uplifts me in every moment of my waking life. My asana practice is a chance for my soul to dance, for my mind to clear and my body to regenerate, lengthen and strengthen. To me, yoga means… coming home, wherever I am in the world. My experience off the mat has… been way more challenging than any asana could ever be on the mat! But just as it is rewarding when you finally get your feet off in crow, or float your way into a stable handstand – connecting with yoga off the mat and finding peace in the storm of life, is one of the most rewarding aspects of a yoga practice. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… (tell me what it was, what you learnt, how it changed you) Ah! So many! I think I have a shift or awakening in just about every Jivamukti Class I take! But I’ll go with the first one my intuition brought to me – I used to practice in Sydney with Kelli Angela Prieur (one of my favourite yogis) – she would always talk about surrender (and funnily enough had it tattooed on her arm), at the time I was obsessed with asana and wished she would just hurry up with starting the vinyasa already so I could get ‘my yoga on’. Her stories on surrendering and it’s relevance to life never failed to speak to me, however, it wasn’t until some 7 years later, sitting on a towel because I couldn’t afford a yoga mat, in a cold and dirty flat in London, feeling alone and sorry for myself that her lessons on ‘surrendering’ would hit me hard. Suddenly I realised that I was swimming upstream, I was focusing on all the negative around me, I was impatient and fearful of the unknown, I didn’t trust myself so how could I trust the universe, but it was then that I saw Kelli’s beautiful face and a wonderful reminder to surrender, and trust. I have absolutely never ever looked back – now surrendering is one of my favourite practices – it is now no longer a challenge and it makes life so much easier – when things aren’t going right, there is a reason – surrender and allow what is supposed to unfold, unfold – it has allowed for the most magical life in London. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Non-judgement towards myself and others – this is a hard one when we’re all so addicted to facebook and instagram, comparing our lives, trying to out-happy one another. Everyone at their core however, is just another being trying to release suffering and experience joy just like you and me. Why are these important to you? It makes life so much easier. Easy like Sunday morning. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? Satya is powerful and has always been a struggle for me. I’ve spent a great deal of my life trying to gain the acceptance of others – my parents at first, then my peers, then boyfriends, girlfriends, teachers, you name it. I would often lose my identity or truth in order to appeal to what I believe they needed. I searched for acceptance and love from others because deeply, I didn’t feel as though I deserved it, I couldn’t love myself, so I would have to be what others ‘wanted’ in order to be loved. This got me into a lot of sticky situations, I’ve hurt myself and others because of it. Honour the truth of who you are because it IS truly beautiful. Really it is. You are beautiful. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? All of the above? 🙂 I think this changes as the lessons change – for me right now, and I’m going on my intuition here, it means: Falling in love with myself – when I love myself, I take care of my body, my mind, and I am more capable of taking care of others. Connect with Shona | Website | Instagram Read more

Audio Blog: 5 Steps to dealing with negative criticism

Audio Blog: 5 Steps to dealing with negative criticism

Posted October 21, 2014

Have you ever received negative criticism and didn’t know how to deal with it? Even if we are living a fairly quiet and unobtrusive life, it’s still hard to avoid feedback, commentary and criticism that is often a little harsh and frequently unwarranted. That being said, these challenging moments offer a way for us to grow, learn and evolve – and you know I’m all about self evolution! If I can take a shitty situation and turn it around to benefit me in some way, I will. ++ Today’s Audio Blog explores 5 Steps to dealing with negative criticism. I share an example from my own life when I received some pretty unexpected, unsolicited feedback that was not only negative but rude too! I also talk you through the 5 steps that I personally take to move through and deal with negative criticism in a way that will see you coming out on top. Ultimately, you want to feel conscious and better equipped to navigate the grey, murky waters of these moments. CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN OR RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE AND DOWNLOAD – take me with you on your walk or on your way to work. ++ As always I can’t wait to hear your perspective. Jump into the comments below + share with us what you think about these 5 steps. If you have a few tips of your own I’d love to hear them too! P.S. Here’s a quick summary of The 5 Steps I mention in the Audio Blog Step 1: Breathe + Pause. Step 2: Get space Step 3: Review + reflect Step 4: Respond Step 5: Drop it. Love + light, Claire xx Read more

My personal revelations of Divine Love

My personal revelations of Divine Love

Posted October 14, 2014

Let me tell you a little story. My personal revelations of Divine Love Everything you want and ever need you already have and are. Ever since I first heard those words – I can’t remember where, maybe an article, a movie or some spiritual memoir I was reading at the time – I’ve made a conscious effort to live and breathe from this truth. And that truth is that I don’t need to look outside of myself for all that my heart truly desires. And what is it that my heart truly desires? It’s taken me a long time to uncover this desire, to come to know it with clarity. At first I thought it was to feel good in my body. Then I thought it was for peace and quiet in my mind. Finally I believed this desire to be a longing for a passionate, purposeful life and career soon followed. Each and every one of these ‘desires’ were necessary for my own spiritual development and growth… I braved the often-unmapped landscape into my body, my mind and my passions.  I peeled off layer after layer until I ‘had’ what I desired. A strong, healthy body, a quieter mind and peaceful attitude and a passion-filled life and career. What I didn’t realise was this. These desires were a stepping to stone towards what my heart truly wanted. Each and every one was necessary in order to lead me to the core of all desires. The big kahuna of my desires – the one thing I truly want and need… I desire to experience, feel and live from DIVINE LOVE. I’ve experienced love on so many levels… the unconditional, almost martyr like love from my mother. The self-sacrificing, toil-through-pain devotional love from my father. Intoxicating love with a lover. Protective love from my siblings. Love shared between two friends – soul-sisters. Love, companionship and loyalty with my husband. And now the love I have for the soul that chose me and is now growing within me. Each and every experience feels just as it should – soothing, satisfying, needed. Like a warm embrace. A net of safety. A moment of bliss.  But it is only a small slice – a too-small portion to taste – of DIVINE, INFINITE LOVE. And it is this Divine Love that I truly ache for. Yearn for. Believe in. Strive to taste and touch and experience. Don’t let me fool you, I am to this very moment, still opening my arms and my eyes to this divine love. To say I live from and with divine love everyday is something I’ve yet to embody. I’m still on the hunt – a surrendered, accepting search for love. There are two key moments recently that have sign-posted me towards where this Divine Love is that I seek. Two revelations I want to share with you. The first is from a conversation with my Mother. A woman of such faith and a source of wisdom and love who recently highlighted that where I have placed my attention was a little misguided. My mother’s unrelenting devotion to her saints, prophets and religious figures is a love born from her heart. And it is in the deep well of her heart that she still connects to their love. My mother doesn’t see Jesus, Mary or her God as something outside of her. Well she does, in a way. But first they are within her and then they are without. They are with her, in her heart, they live there, eternally and internally. They also reside in the universe above, below and all around her. They are the universe. But in order to connect with them and their love she looks within. It is her innate understanding that the representations of love that she connects with are accessible from within that changed everything for me. When she calls on the Virgin Mary she does so knowing that Mary is within her – her love and light shine from within as opposed to an omnipresent, ethereal and inaccessible mystical being. Following this golden nugget of wisdom delivered to me from my beautiful mother, I had a personal encounter with the Divine that only served to reaffirm this epiphany. I was at a retreat focused on exploring Oneness. Being one with the universe, with each other and with the all-powerful infinite, higher source. One morning, during an hour-long meditation, I found myself as if in a bubble… but the bubble was within me. I felt protected yet at the same time fully able to think, feel, experience – if I wanted too. I felt safe, caressed, nurtured. Yet fully present in my body and fully away of the world and life I was in. Each breath that entered my body felt embodied… I felt as if I was the breath – the pranic life force and I, as the breath, was choosing to enter and leave the body, moment by moment. The breath felt to me more ‘me’ than my body did in that moment. Yet simultaneously, I was grounded in my body and in full realisation that what I was feeling wasn’t possible without my body. My hands felt glued to my lap yet light and floaty. My palms, although they were facing up and lightly stacked above each other, actually felt splayed and opened on each knee. As I sat there, being ‘inhaled’ by the breath of life, I felt quite strongly that my hands were being held – hand to hand – by a pair of invisible hands. My own hands were being held by my soul’s hands. I was held. I was reassured. I knew I was not alone. Eventually the guide’s voice slowly cut through the lightness of my meditation. As I was slowly ushered back to reconnect into the confines of my body and into the space we were in a quiet sob escaped from deep within. It moved up from my belly, into my heart and […] Read more

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