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THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH SUSANA FRIONI

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH SUSANA FRIONI

Posted February 08, 2014

This post is part of  ‘The Freedom Blog Tour’. To celebrate round two of The Freedom Project. I’ve asked a handful of my favourite people to share their insights on FREEDOM. These posts are designed to demonstrate how freedom is such a personal and unique experience for every single one of us.   ++ Freedom by Susana Frioni Total freedom equals total responsibility. When you think about freedom what does it mean to you? Total freedom means total responsibility.  Total responsibility for how I feel, what I think, what I do and how I do it.  It’s the power to think or act without any restraint, be it from external or internal forces. How do you maintain a sense of freedom even in moments when you are busy, juggling life and obligations? In times when my calendar is full or busy, I always remind myself that I chose my calendar to be full.  If it’s no longer feeling good, I have the power to make another choice, another choice that will have me feeling good. These choices don’t necessarily mean that I have to reschedule commitments or let things go.  Sometimes it’s simply a matter of choosing to reframe my thinking so I can see things from a different perspective. What does freedom feel like in my body? In one of my meditations recently,  I found myself opening a door and being blinded by a white light.  Once my eyes adjusted I was standing outside looking over the most beautiful green rolling hills. The landscape reminded me of Montana. Then I felt a powerful presence to my right. When I turned to take a look, I found myself standing next to a big beautiful black horse. Next thing I know, I’m on the horse.  There is no saddle.  There is no bridle. I can feel his incredible power and strength under the weight of my body and pulsing between my thighs.  He is untamed, wild and free.  And yet, I trust him…and for some reason, he trusts me. My eye gaze finally shifts off the horse and out into the distance. I feel my hands grip his mane a little tighter. Then I feel my legs hug his body a little harder. Then I feel my body lean forward…as if I was getting ready for the race of my life. Then just like that, he took off galloping. It was exhilarating. It was liberating. It was ecstatic. There was no race. There was no finish line. There was no place to get to. There were no agendas. There were no restrictions. There were no limitations. Here I was, on the back of a wild horse, whose only purpose was to run free. I’ve had many visceral experiences of freedom, but this was something else. If freedom were a colour, what would it be? Black. It’s the void. The mysterious. The limitless. It’s the endless night skies. The dancing in the dark. And the wild black horse. It’s the stillness of my quiet mind. The depth behind my closed eyes. And the courage to be with what I do not know. But it’s also white. It’s the light. The perfection. The limitless. It’s the blank page waiting to be written on. It’s the lightness of letting go. And it’s the joy of new beginnings. It’s the orgasmic wave that takes over my body. It’s the lightning bolt of truth that wakes me up. And it’s the pure ecstatic moments of oneness. If freedom were a song, what would it be? Silence by Delirium (tiesto’s remix). {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qycAC_6Bbto} This song is so timeless. And the lyrics are so profound, especially these ones: “I have seen you in this white wave you are silent you are breathing in this white wave I am free” This song hits me in the right spot every.single.time. Can you describe the opposite of freedom? For me, the opposite of freedom is bondage. Bondage to my own boundaries, beliefs, automatic patterns and conditioned responses.  Bondage to my  own inner prison. Bondage to the past or the future. It feels suffocating, tight and restrictive. It feels draining, icky and repetitive. And it feels fearful, limiting and powerless. Connect with Susana website // twitter // facebook // instagram ++ Incredible stuff. This women is a wordsmith! Poetic. Beauty. Inspired. Deep. Delirious. By far my favourite insight into freedom! I hope you loved it as much as I did! ++ To experience surrender + unrestrained life for yourself head over HERE to join The Freedom Project – a powerful, life-changing ecourse that will completely transform your life! Last chance to sign-up is today! Click HERE. Check the previous post in THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR by Rachel MacDonald. Click HERE to check it out. love + light, Read more

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH RACHEL MACDONALD

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH RACHEL MACDONALD

Posted February 07, 2014

 This post is part of  ‘The Freedom Blog Tour’. To celebrate round two of The Freedom Project, commencing February 9th, I’ve asked a handful of my favourite people to share their insights on FREEDOM. These posts are designed to demonstrate how freedom is such a personal and unique experience for every single one of us. My ecourse is designed to help you clear out the emotional junkyard so you can step into the life of freedom you so deserve. FREEDOM by Rachel MacDonald Ahh, FREEDOM. It drives us all. Financial freedom. Freedom to do the work we love. Freedom from the demons of our past. Freedom from fear and self-sabotage. Freedom from the lashings of our inner critic. We’re all seeking it, in some form or another, and to celebrate the second round of her ecourse The Freedom Project, my gorgeous friend Claire has asked me to dive deeper and share on what freedom looks like for me As a freedom-hungry Sagittarian soul who fled her corporate cubicle a little over a year ago on the quest for sovereignty, this is a challenge I’m more than happy to rise to! What does freedom feel like? “When I give up my ideas of how life has to go, then there’s freedom in every moment.” – Brian Andreas Freedom feels like release. It’s unclenching, untethering myself from an outcome. Letting go. A sense of expansiveness. Being open, and light. Being wildly, authentically me – in any given moment. Speaking my truth, with love. A stand-out, visceral ‘freedom moment’ for me…. has to be climbing to the top of the Swiss Alps, heart thrumming, drinking it all in, wondering if just maybe, my eyes were playing tricks on me. Everything felt so stupendously over-sized, and there wasn’t a cell in my being that wasn’t pulsating. Ba-boom. Ba-BOOM. Words don’t really do experiences like these justice – the English language doesn’t seem to be able to capture the magnitude of this feeling – but I’m not sure it’s meant to. To do so would contain it, which is, of course, the opposite of freedom. When you feel it, you just know it. It’s intoxicating. How do you maintain freedom with a busy lifestyle? Freedom noun 1. The power or right to act, speak or think as one wants. 2. The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. What I’ve learnt is that freedom truly is a state of mind. True freedom means feeling radically empowered, knowing you’re responsible for the way you react, the way you feel, and the way you live your life. There’s the external expression of freedom – jumping on the plane, escaping, making all the rules, doing whatever you please whenever you please – but there’s a caveat with that kind of freedom and it’s this: ‘Wherever you go, there you are.’  You can be surface ‘free,’ yet more mentally shackled than ever before. You can be doing the work you love, but feel trapped by the very empire you’ve built around you. In my experience, it all comes back to choice. And – most importantly – care and celebration and deep, deep gratitude for wherever you’re at. I had to consciously choose freedom: yesterday. When I looked at the list of jobs to be done for my (soon-to-be-launched) program, there was a moment where my heart flipped and I sucked in my breath. Ok. The list is still pretty huge. There were two doors in front of me. To walk into the first one would be to spiral into this: ‘I’m working on a Sunday when I should be relaxing at the beach with a good book.” But the other glimmered with this alternate truth; a brighter, positive perspective: ‘I’m working on a Sunday, creating something I’m incredibly passionate about. And I’m answering these questions for someone I love, which brings a smile to my face. AND – I can do it at the beach.’ THAT’s freedom. Swiftly steering out of the Land of Limited Thinking, packing up my gear and planting myself on a blanket at one of my favourite beaches in the world. Busy and free co-existing? It’s possible. It really is. If freedom were a colour what would it be? There’s no doubt in my mind – it’s this one. It finds me, wherever I go. Ocean, sky, wide, free. Pure magic. If freedom were a song what would it be? Lately, I’ve been meditating to the song I walked down the aisle to, James Vincent McMorrow’s version of ‘Higher Love’ and there’s this part that goes: ‘I could light the night up with my soul on fire,  I could make the sun shine from pure desire. Let me feel the love come over me,  Let me feel how strong it can be.’  And – I don’t know what it is about those lyrics and the tone in his voice – but I feel totally free when those words touch my ears. Free, covered with goosebumps and absolutely grounded in the moment. What is the opposite to freedom? Restriction. Forcing. Feeling pressurised. Living in a state of struggle. Being a slave to a story. Losing faith in the fact that whatever the Universe has in store for me, and whatever soul contract I’m here to fulfil, is far greater than I can possibly imagine. Just like you can FEEL freedom, the same can be said about its opposite. It’s that one step too far, that one clouded thought, the slide back into old habits. When we’re caught up in judgement, we’re imprisoned. When we’re frozen in fear, we’re closed. When we’re controlling the outcome, we’re confined. This is different for us all… but again, we know.   ++ Oh wow, isn’t she incredible? I am a little overwhelmed with gratitude that I have such beautiful friends, like Rach, who see the world the way they do. I love how she encapsulates Freedom and makes it real and honest and damn beautiful, in THIS world. She’s not talking ‘escapism’ like so many people see Freedom… Rach has brought the ‘free’ feeling to […] Read more

SOULFUL LESSONS ON A MOUNTAIN

SOULFUL LESSONS ON A MOUNTAIN

Posted February 06, 2014

vulnerability | strength | softness | discipline | surrender | devotion These six words came together during a life-changing experience I had three years ago. A mash-up of energy, attitude, approach – thrown together unceremoniously in a way I could never have predicted. Nor would I have ever agreed that they would become the perfect recipe for true transformation… in the end, they were. Pure and utter perfection. They are contrasting. They are contradictory to each other. They don’t make sense, put together. Even as I write those out those six words, side-by-side, my left-brain wants to shriek – ‘Oh, no you don’t!’ But my heart, my soul… it remembers. It knows they don’t make ‘sense’ but it remembers that when you are trekking the Inca Trail in Peru you are at such high altitudes that you think you may have been drugged you are communing with the divine all whilst sweating, battling and pushing beyond your own personal (and perceived) physical limitations. … these words take on a deep, potent and ancient wisdom, an intuitive nature that would become my lifeblood, my lifeline. Today, I know these energies, attitudes and approaches are meant to be united – I know they are amplified when they are teamed up. ++ It was November, 2010. My partner and I were about to embark on a dream we each had. To trek to Machu Picchu… something we had both felt the yearning for years before we ever met. Here we were, about to ‘tick’ something off our bucket list. Together as a team. This was the biggest adventure we would ever take together or individually. 4 days. 45kms. 14,000ft. How little did we know on that very first day… eagerly awaiting instruction from our guide. Itching to take those first few steps of ascent towards the heavens. Ready. Pumped up. We didn’t know that ‘adventure’ would take on a whole, new, soulful meaning. It didn’t take long for me to grasp that I needed to tap into some deep well within – I had to find an equilibrium, juxtaposition and interplay of those six energies, attitudes and approaches. vulnerability | strength | softness | discipline | surrender | devotion At the time I couldn’t ‘see’ those words – but I could feel them, coming to life and guiding me. Almost as if they said to me “Claire, we’ve got this, leave it to us”. Vulnerability as we relied on our guides and  fellow trekkers, as we faced the challenges and in being ok ith feeling small against the backdrop and power of mighty Mother Nature. Strength to physically muster up the resources and ability to put one foot in front of the other, in high altitude conditions. Softness as we soaked up the mind-blowing vista of Mother Nature, in awe. Devotion – maintaining a steady breath, quiet mind and life-affirming discipline. Surrender to feeling weak, to falling down and to facing our demons on those mountains. Determination to dig deep – really, really deep – and keep going despite those demons. ++ We didn’t expect that our ‘team’ effort would quickly become two very private and separate journeys. Shared, but independent. My partner and I walked side by side, but emotionally, spiritually, psychologically we took separate roads. We each came face to face with the lessons that could only be learnt on those mountains. I watched my husband walk alone, as I waited at the top of the mountain. I sent silent words of strength + surrender, I pulled him up the mountains with my eyes. I cried as he cried. Eventually, we sat together overlooking great, open-mouthed valleys. Crying and holding each other as we cracked open, a little more, feeling deep respect for humanity, for life, for beauty, for love. Each day I dug deeper and I softened more. Each day I cried uncontrollably, as I walked – a combined outpouring of love and gratitude married with a deep release of unknown (and ancient) sadness. Each night I dreamt of snakes. Calling me, beckoning me. The guides told me Pacha Mama (mother nature) was inviting me to her mountain. She was calling my soul home. When I arrived in Machu Picchu I sat alone, on the edge of the mountain and meditated. Butterflies perched on my arms. I felt like I was cradled in God’s hands. Through the tears, the exhaustion, the inner battles, the joy, the devotion, I felt something powerful. I felt… Wild. Free. Alive. Drenched in soul. I never knew that through such a physically challenging, adventure filled experience that I could journey into spirit, connect with the divine, commune with nature and ultimately create an unbreakable bond with my own true self. I’d never felt saturated with soul and spirit, until I’d pushed my limitations and yet, simultaneously surrendered to the present moment. The lessons on that mountain taught me that in every moment we are called forward we must draw from a deep pool within us. And from that, we harness the energy, attitude and approach needed to carry us towards, through and out the other side of the lessons we are meant to learn – so we can reach new heights (literally and symbolically!) Love + light, Claire x This blog post is part of the Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. Katie De Nouden is the beauty behind this incredible Blog Tour and the Skinny Dip Society. I am honoured to be one of 25 international bloggers – real women, living and loving life fully. These stories are all about feeding your soul, freeing your body, loving your life. Click here to check out the Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. Check out yesterday’s post by Sarah Adler from Simply Real Health. Web | Facebook  | Twitter Tomorrow you can continue the SDS Blog Tour with Sarah Ann Noel. Web | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Read more

MY INTERVIEW WITH AMELIA WILLIAMS

MY INTERVIEW WITH AMELIA WILLIAMS

Posted February 04, 2014

“Tomorrow’s Freedom is today’s surrender!” The Freedom Project – Your 9 week guide to limitless living – kicks off this Sunday I was lucky enough last week to have a Skype chat with Amelia Williams from Nurture and Shine who completed The Freedom Project at the end of last year. As the next round of The Freedom Project kicks off this Sunday, February 9th,  I wanted to share this powerful course, so you can hear, first hand, what this transformational ecourse is all about! Amelia was kind enough to chat with me about her experience. I really wanted to hear directly from someone who went through the 9 weeks of the course, and I know that as Amelia reflects and share on her journey into freedom you will feel excited, inspired and ignited – ready for true transformation from the inside out. When I listened back to this chat I was completely blown away by Amelia’s insights, the way she felt during the project but most importantly after! Her advocacy of this ecourse really touched my heart – it is so thrilling and completely inspiring to witness the shifts she has experienced. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH In this conversation you will learn: + How Amelia describes the project in her own opinion + What The Freedom Project really is about + How The Freedom Project teaches you how to surrender – and what that is really about + What ‘loosening the grip’ feels like and why this is so important in our journey + How the permission to ‘let go’ has actually delivered more freedom! + That freedom is completely unique and how this has shown up for Amelia + The beauty of the sacred space – the dedicated facebook group – and how empowering it is during the ecourse + How the challenging and confronting moments of the course are the most beautiful + Amelia’s opinion on what you should do if you are sitting on the fence (to join The Freedom Project)  ++ There you have it! I loved this chat, so much and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn about Amelia’s experience. I feel so FULL on love for The Freedom Project and I feel honoured and privileged to have Amelia, and all the other amazing ladies, in this course. I truly hope YOU become part of this amazing collective of freedom seekers. If you are ready for Freedom and feel the call to let go, surrender and step into the limitless live you deserve then wait no more… enrollments close this weekend. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FREEDOM PROJECT love + light Claire x Read more

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

Posted February 03, 2014

Many years ago I attended my first ever yoga class at Dharma Shala in North Bondi. A friend took me to class and insisted that this was the institution when it comes to Vinyasa Yoga in Sydney. The class was full. The air was heavy with sweat and the collective breath of the 30+ students in the room. Together we planted feet on the mat, reached to the sky with our fingertips, opened our hearts and bowed to the earth. Mostly, I had no idea what I was doing. I was 20, in uni and a little way off my own ‘spiritual transformation’. I remember looking around the room in awe and confusion as people did handstands, headstands and a whole host of other weird things (which I now do daily!) Despite all of that, there is one memory from this class that will never, ever leave my heart, mind and soul. At the end of the class the teacher guided us through three chants of the sacred and universal sound – OM. Tears sprung to my eyes. I felt my heart ache. My stomach fluttered. My soul yearned. I felt the reverberation of that sound deep in the pit of my solar plexus. I came home. Never before had a sound, or anything else, made me feel so vulnerable with the deep yearning and longing that poured forth. Unannounced. Unknown. The Sacred Sound of OM Om, or Aum, is something most of us relate to yoga, meditation and spiritual practices. It is a mantra or a chant.  Today, I chant it daily. I guide my students through it and it has become a regular part of my life. Sometimes, when a group chants together there is a moment of pure synchronicity. Tones, voices, energy all align and the sound vibrates to the point of bliss. Om is spoken at the beginning and the end of Hindu mantras, prayers, and meditations and is frequently used in Buddhist and Hindu rituals as well. Om is used in the practice of Yoga – often chanted to mark the beginning and end of a class. But for so many of us, we have no idea what is actually means. Have you ever chanted it before without knowing the power of what you are saying? The meaning of OM The sound OM/AUM is said to the be sacred, universal sound of the universe – in which all sacred sounds (and vibrations emanate from). It is believed to hold the essence of the entire universe. This sound and symbol originated through ancient Indian philosophy and Hinduisim – which holds the belief that first God created sound and then the universe was birthed from it. The ancient yogis knew what quantum physics and science is telling us today – that the universe is made up of vibrational energy. Nothing is solid. Matter is nothing but energy, moving at different frequencies. Everything pulsates. Moves. Breathes. And the ancient yogis acknowledged this with the sacred sound of OM/AUM. Take a moment. Close your eyes. Open your ears. You can feel and hear this pulsation – in the birds calling outside, the lapping waves, the wind blowing in the trees, the ebb and flow of the tides. The beating of your heart. The sun. The rising moon. This chant allows us to connect with the movement and life of the universe and all within it. It allows you connect on a deeper + BIGGER level with the universe. Just as I felt that day at yoga – I felt both uplifting, soothed, cracked open. The  Symbol of OM It is a mystical symbol which captures, within it, many powerful meanings. The sound OM/AUM is actually composed of three key sounds/syllables: A – aaah U – oooh M – mmm The silence that follows the chanting of OM/AUM is also said to be an important ‘syllable’ Within these three key sounds is a three-fold nature that is said to relate to each individual on a collective, universal level. The ‘aaah’ sound represents the waking state. We are conscious and connected to the world through our senses. This is the most common state – our ‘human’ state. It also represents the earth and our life on it. The ‘oooh’ sound represents the dreaming state. Here of the individual’s focus is turned inwards, and in this dream state we witness a world behind our eye lids. This sound also represents ether. The ‘mmm’ sound represents the unconsciousness, deep sleep state. Nothing is desired, dreams are not had. This is a place of pure nothingness. This sound also represents heaven – a place unmoved by the dramas, story lines and ego of our human existence. The silence that follows represents the quiet, peaceful and blissful state. This is said to be the ultimate aim of our spiritual work – enlightened. This sound also represents transcendence – rising above the illusion of the material world we live in (referred to as Maya in yogic texts) It is actually a representation or an inner dimensional map of the various elements of the human consciousness and how each element connects to and relates to the divine, infinite energy – the universe (Or God, whatever you like to call it!) It is your soul connecting to the diving spirit. So the next time you hear this chant or see it,  know that it is more than just a random symbol. It is powerful, it is sacred. love + light, Claire x Read more

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH JAMIE GONZALEZ

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH JAMIE GONZALEZ

Posted January 31, 2014

This post is part of  ‘The Freedom Blog Tour’. To celebrate round two of The Freedom Project, commencing February 9th, I’ve asked a handful of my favourite people to share their insights on FREEDOM. These posts are designed to demonstrate how freedom is such a personal and unique experience for every single one of us. My ecourse is designed to help you clear out the emotional junkyard so you can step into the life of freedom you so deserve. ++ Freedom by Jamie Gonzalez When you think about freedom what does it mean to you? Freedom means to be my truest, authentic self. Allowing myself to fully express the love I feel within me, through all areas of life without holding back. How that looks is always a surprise to me these days, but it’s being open to all the possibilities of how my freedom may be expressed, which is exciting for me. The more I come to know myself, as this feeling that moves me moment by moment, the more freedom I experience. How does freedom feel + fit in your body? Freedom feels like I have been dropped into the ocean and rather than floating amongst the water, it’s as though I have melted into it and I can no longer tell where I begin or end, I feel limitless. How does freedom come alive in your life? Life to me is freedom itself being expressed moment by moment. Its only when I become in judgment of the moments I perceive not to be free, that freedom itself is not alive because I am ultimately that freedom. How do you maintain a sense of freedom, even in moments where you are busy, juggling life and obligations? By placing my attention on the truth, I am that sense of freedom and not my life. If I notice my thoughts being taken up by what is happening in life, whether it is positive or negative, I take a moment and say; ‘I am not this’. Immediately my attention goes onto who I am, which is that freedom. What’s the most integral element to experiencing and living a life of freedom? Realizing that who I am is not this body, my thoughts or my circumstances. For as long as I think I am, I have to continue working on all the things that come along with being my identity. For as long as I am doing that, then I am making it about my past or future and how my life looks presently. I am focusing on what I have to do in order to be free, rather than realizing I have been free all along. If freedom were a colour, what would it be? I can’t pick only one! Freedom for me looks like a rainbow with all of its colors If freedom were a song, what would it be? Depth Over Distance – Ben Howard. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Can you describe the opposite of freedom and how you’ve experienced that in your life? How does it make you feel? The opposite is me forgetting who I truly am and thinking I am just this small identity we call Jamie. I would then be getting stressed or caught up in my life. Reacting to what’s going on in my story rather than remembering my story, is my true self expressing moment by moment. I would experience this around finances. If suddenly I had unexpected bills pop up, I would then think how I would have to pay for this. And if there was plenty of money flowing in, I would think it was because of what I was doing and become attached to what I thought was working. I would feel small and think I would need to have to go and do things, or place pressure on where I think my income is sourced from. I would feel limited rather than being open to how my true self has already paid for this and letting that express without me knowing how. Why is freedom important to you? Its who I am, to forget about it and not place importance on it is to imprison myself in that which I am not. How do you define freedom? For me, freedom is not something I can define, it’s just something I feel.  Being that feeling and being true to it is my freedom. How that appears I would like to believe is unimaginable, because then I know I am open to all the limitless ways in which freedom must express itself through this body and into my unimaginable life 😉 ++ Connect with Jamie Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Web Amazing stuff, huh guys? I’ve worked closely with Jamie before and completely resonate with, connect to and live by the words he has expressed here. Freedom as a moment to moment practice – and remembering the truth of who you really are. Powerful stuff – and all of which we explore deeply in The Freedom Project! ++ To experience surrender + unrestrained life for yourself head over HERE to join The Freedom Project – a powerful, life-changing ecourse that will completely transform your life! For a limited time you can receive week one of this ecourse, for FREE. Complete with video lesson, workbook, meditation and recorded webinar. Just follow this link to sign-up! Check the previous post in THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR by Tara Bliss. Tara shares her insights on Freedom via a VLOG. You’ll love it. Click HERE to check it out. Your turn: I would love to hear your thoughts on Freedom – what does it mean to you and how does it show up in your life? love + light, Claire x Read more

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH TARA BLISS

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH TARA BLISS

Posted January 29, 2014

This post is part of  ‘The Freedom Blog Tour’. To celebrate round two of The Freedom Project, commencing February 9th, I’ve asked a handful of my favourite people to share their insights on FREEDOM. These beautiful souls get that freedom isn’t about escapism, but about living in a way the feels free, day-by-day, mentally, emotionally and physically. These posts are designed to demonstrate how freedom is such a personal and unique experience for every single one of us. My ecourse is designed to help you clear out the emotional junkyard so you can step into the life of freedom you so deserve. ++ I’m feeling very honoured to be featuring Tara Bliss from Such Different Skies in The Freedom Blog Tour. I sent Tara a few questions and she decided to answer them in a ‘off-the-cuff’ video blog. You’ll love her perspective on freedom and what it means to her. In this gorgeous video Tara shares: how freedom feels in her body how she maintains freedom in a busy life what colour she sees freedom as what the opposite of freedom is to her. why freedom is important the song that represents freedom for her: CLICK HERE Connect with Tara Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Web ++ Ahh… I LOVED Tara’s answers so much, I replayed this video at least 3 times and then danced around my office to her freedom song (‘Sunchyme by Dario G’). The way Tara describes how freedom feels…. ahh, BLISS, you know it! To experience surrender + unrestrained life for yourself head over HERE to join The Freedom Project – a powerful, life-changing ecourse that will completely transform your life! For a limited time you can receive, for FREE, week one of this ecourse – complete with video lesson, workbook, meditation and recorded webinar. Just follow this link to sign-up! Click HERE to read the first post in The Freedom Blog Tour by Emma Seibold. Your turn: I would love to hear your thoughts on Tara’s perspective on freedom. – Do you resonate with her views? – Can you share how freedom feels for you? love + light, Claire x Read more

LEARN HOW TO JOURNAL + MINI CHALLENGE FOR YOU!

LEARN HOW TO JOURNAL + MINI CHALLENGE FOR YOU!

Posted January 28, 2014

“One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer and which in a general way are naturally believed, surmised, and admitted by you, but which you’ll unconsciously deny when it comes to the point of gaining hope or peace from such an admission. In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today, when we may be wiser because we are able to look back upon our former condition, and for that very reason have got to admit the courage of our earlier striving in which we persisted even in sheer ignorance.” Franz Kafka _________________________________________________________________________________ How many times have you heard or read that journalling is a great self-development practice. Alot, I bet. But how many of you are actually a little confused as to ‘how’ to journal. Apparently alot of you – considering the comments and emails I get about it. Today’s blog post is about that, exactly; ‘How to Journal’. To me journalling is a window into my soul. A moment of inner connection – a mirror to reflect back my truest feelings, thoughts and all the dark (and glorious!) stuff in between. It’s a protected, sacred moment of solitude as I commune with my truth. I can’t sing the praises of putting pen to paper, pouring your heart out through blue-black ink onto scratchy paper. It has an oldy-world feel about it. It carries an air of nostalgia and history to it – not like tapping away on a keyboard does. And let me just say that journalling has nothing to do with being a good writer! My pages are filled with scribble, poor grammar words crossed scratched out. It’s rough, raw and real. I’m going to let this video do the talk. In it, I guide you through how I journal through a few different (and easy) techniques. If you are keen to get going, below is a mini-guide to help you dive into the powerful process of journalling. And I have a little mini-challenge for you: check it out below. Journalling guide (print this out and keep it!) 1) Gratitude Journalling: First, start by gratitude journaling. Reflect on the day that has been. Open up to the beauty in your life. Look at the big picture stuff and also zone in on the more micro elements that you are grateful. Think about WHO / WHAT / WHERE you are grateful? 2) Follow the feelings: Allow yourself to ponder on and softly, gently reflect on elements of your recent day. Are there any experiences that stand out to you? Perhaps a more frustrating/negative experience or situation that has left you feeling a little off. Or maybe there was something delightful and wonderful that unfolded. Let these little nuggets of gold or otherwise present themselves. These are great launching pads to continue ‘processing’ and journalling. Follow your gut and start to explore what has come up with a series of questions that will support you in peeling off a few layers and going into the depths of ‘it. (I find asking myself questions really forces me get real with i) E.g. Why did that press my buttons? Why did I feel so irritated? What are the emotions that are gurgling away in my belly? Is there a reflection here that I’m meant to see? How do I feel about that person/experience?What am I not admitting? 3) Freestyle/Stream of Consciousness Explore unknown territory, in an unstructured way. Pen to paper, no guidelines… just go! You might simply feel called to write – to be creative, to open up and share what your heart wants to share. Positively, negatively… whatever it is. No structure, no boundaries. Just freestyle it. Try this in the morning, first thing, without completely ‘waking up’ Try writing down your dreams  4) Focused Journalling  Journal in a much more structured way. If there is an issue/area of your life bashing around in your head you might need to actually need to ‘nut it out’ so you can create some space. Choose your ‘focused topic’ and begin expressing how you feel about it and providing detail – tell the story Invite in questions, once again to peel off a few more layers E.g What do I really want here? What do I believe to be true, but maybe, really isn’t? If someone else was looking in on my life what would they see, how would they describe it? What are these feelings really about? What’s not working? What changes do I wish were in place now? What am I holding back on? _________________________________________________________________________________ ++ MINI CHALLENGE: Ok, so if you are up for it, I’m setting the challenge to you: Journal everyday, for 7 days, for at least 5 minutes. ++ Share with me below in the comments: What are your thoughts/feelings on journalling? Do you already journal? Are you keen to try it? Are you IN on the min 7 day journalling challenge? Can’t wait to hear from you! love + light, Claire x p.s there are plenty of opportunities for journalling and guided exercises within The Freedom Project ecourse. Find out more HERE. Read more

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