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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

Episode #3 Guided Meditation – Relax into Breath, Soften into Presence

Episode #3 Guided Meditation – Relax into Breath, Soften into Presence

Posted November 22, 2017

Episode #3 Guided Meditation; Relax into Breath, Soften into Presence Episode three is a lovely, gentle, beautifully simple practice for finding deep relaxation, calming the nervous system and coming into presence. It is a 15 minute guided meditation that can be done at any time of the day. For more of my meditations please visit my Meditation Shop where you can purchase my popular meditation albums or join Om Mama Love – my online membership site offering meditation, mindfulness and self-love for mamas. Listen to Episode #3 +++ love + light, Claire Read more

Episode #2: What might be your undoing – your expectations

Episode #2: What might be your undoing – your expectations

Posted November 21, 2017

Episode #2: What might be your undoing – your expectations Expectations are often our undoing. I personally have experienced this and have witnessed it in countless clients. The expectations we hold around a particular experience, idea, journey are often unmet. Why? Because perhaps those expectations come from a place of control. A desire to control and guide and FIX our life to be a certain way. And this control is born from FEAR. Fear of the unknown, the uncertain. Expectations can show up in two major ways – consciously; meaning you are aware of them or unconsciously/subconsciously – meaning you aren’t aware of them but they are very much a programmed belief system. In this episode I shed some light on expectations and provide a simple practice to help you tear down and bust through limiting expectations and controlling thoughts and behaviours. In this episode I cover: A personal experience where my expectations were my undoing The power of looking underneath your expectations – looking at the layers Witnessing and understanding the expectations that you are aware of and those you are not How to reprogram your expectations Setting the intention to rewrite your story How your expectations can often show you what you need to change Honouring and respecting what your expectations teach you The danger of letting your expectations and ensuing emotions colour your life Listen to Episode #2 +++ Feel free to comment below and share with me your personal insights around expectations and how they control your life. And don’t forget, if you loved this episode (and this podcast!) don’t forget to give me a 5-star rating on iTunes and become a subscriber. Love + light, Claire Read more

Episode #1: Healing Your Shadow with Belinda Davidson

Episode #1: Healing Your Shadow with Belinda Davidson

Posted November 21, 2017

Episode #1 with Belinda Davidson: How to heal your shadow. If you’ve followed my work over the last few years, you’ll know that our energy anatomy – working with the chakras, energy field – is a passion of mine. You might also know that one of my spiritual mentors is an incredible woman called Belinda Davidson. Belinda is a woman that has one foot in this world and one foot in another world. A mystic; a deeply psychic woman, whose work centres around the Chakras, White Light, Mindfulness and the Shadow. Belinda has just released her very first book – From Dark to Light; A modern mystics guide to healing the shadow – to rave reviews and HUGE global success. Not only have I spent the last four years patiently and persistently working with my chakras – after all, as you will discover in our discussion, to change your life you must change your energy – the white light and mindfulness, but I have also embarked on rising, releasing and healing the shadows within. Earlier this year I attended Belinda’s three-day workshop specifically on The Shadow. To say it was a mind-blowing, life-changing experience would be an understatement. And I hate using phrases like that because they can come across a little trite (and over used!) But it’s true. Which is why I just had to chat with Belinda for my very first episode with The Wellness Project Podcast. I am certain that if you are mystically inclined – you believe in and respect the power of energy and In this episode we cover: Belinda’s new book and its instant success The healing arc and high vibration of Belinda’s book Your two selves – the dark and the light within us The universe as a spectrum of emotion and vibration Why we are here, as souls; what is our journey What ‘being in flow’ really is My personal and very big shadow release The energy field, medical intuition, the shadow, blockage and ego What does the shadow mean? Why the shadow work is beautiful work The importance of doing the shadow work yourself – the law of free will. The impact you can have by being your luminous self Listen to Episode #1 Connect with Belinda Web (please sign up for her free WEEKLY white light sessions via her mailing list) Instagram Facebook +++ I hope you loved this chat with Belinda. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on it all. And 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

Why I’m not a slave to social media anymore

Why I’m not a slave to social media anymore

Posted November 21, 2017

Why I’m not a slave to social media anymore Do you feel that you MUST show up on social media regularly? Maybe you run a business and feel it’s imperative to your success? Or maybe you simply feel pulled to ‘share’ the fun times to keep up with everyone else on instagram – you know, that idea that if it’s not online it didn’t happen.I’m not sure if you follow me online but maybe you noticed that for almost 3 months I was not online at all. I didn’t post anything. Or story a single moment. This is the second time when I have disconnected for such a lengthy period of time. Both periods were instigated by pregnancy – for me, there is nothing like the wild times of the first trimester to force me into disconnecting. I felt literally repelled by social medial. By social anything. Retreat. Cave-time. Switching off and tuning out. It’s about survival. And you know what? It was so liberating to not ONCE consider documenting a funny/cute/interesting moment. Or share my thoughts. Or put energy (precious, limited energy) externally.I had to consolidate my energy, my thoughts, my feelings. I had to retreat inward. Now I’m riding the waves and highs (hello energy! hello creativity!) of the second trimester and I’m doing alot of reflecting on that time I switched off from social media. What is really interesting is that something in me (for now) has changed. I feel completely different about sharing online. I feel less inclined to do so unless I actually FEEL called to. I no longer ponder; “What should I share today?” Or think “I need to post something today!” Nup. That feeling is GONE! I’m no longer a slave to sharing. I’m no longer gripped by the desire to be ‘out there’ and seen. I don’t need to be noticed, acknowledged or connected When I do, it feels good to – and right too. When I don’t, I just don’t – without consideration or concern. Which means it might be days without checking in and sharing.So what is the benefit of shaking off the shackles of social media (say that 10 times, fast!) Presence. Fully soaking up ALL moments of your day (the good, the bad, the ugly). Consolidating your energy (no energy leaking outward and externally). Feeling clear about what you need/want instead of inadvertently taking on the ideas/thoughts of others. Feeling MORE than good enough (no longer stuck in comparison mode) Now this is not a social media bash – I still love it, use it and embrace the connection it cultivates. No, this is simply about sharing a different perspective on how we live with it. This is an invitation to rewire your relationship with it – to no longer be a slave to it but instead take back some control. Ask yourself these questions: Are you a slave to it? Is it leaching your time away? Or does it support and add value to your life and day. Do you feel it call out to you, dragging you away from yourself/intuition/presence? Or does it serve you and bring you beauty in some way? Social media is here to say, it’s part of our daily lives and how we live and work. But it doesn’t have to rule your world either.I’ll be exploring this on the podcast soon so your comments and thoughts will be so helpful. And always gratefully receive. Wishing you a weekend ahead of presence, beauty and pockets of peace. love + light, Claire xx Read more

The Wellness Project Podcast is here!

The Wellness Project Podcast is here!

Posted November 21, 2017

Today is a good day. Today marks twenty weeks in this second pregnancy. I’m now halfway through this pregnancy. Not only does that mean that we are getting closer to meeting this little soul baby but it also marks another key milestone, the second trimester feel-good factor! At twenty weeks I am feeling alive, creative, on-fire, vital, energetic. Such a far cry from the way I felt from week 5 – 14. Ugh. The journey of pregnancy is one of deep transformation and creation. It’s a time when I (mostly) feel my creative energy is being poured into the making of this baby, and there are not reserves left for much else. However and gratefully, during this second trimester and right here at week 20 I feel those creative pistons firing again. I feel the spark and excitement that comes forth from this renewed energy and igniting ideas and projects like never before. There is also this sense of purpose and maybe a little pressure (time is of the essence when a little one is on the way) that is driving me right now. This leads me to the birth of my very first podcast. (Ps if you can’t wait CLICK HERE to check it out and subscribe!) Today has been made even better with the release of The Wellness Project Podcast with Claire Obeid. I first felt the inspiration to create this podcast – a space where I could explore, through the spoken word, how to free your mind, fuel your body and feed your soul – just before I fell pregnant. And then, of course, the dreaded pregnancy sickness kicked in and everything became irrelevant and unimportant. Which is my excitement is at an all time high that today you can start your journey with this podcast – there are 7 delicious episodes to sink into, two of which are guided meditations. I almost thought this was going to be another of those ideas written off, long forgotten and buried forever in my evernote folder. WHY DID I START A PODCAST? I know right, everyone is doing it and I’m probably a little late to the game (standard). To be honest I had never really considered it until one day when chatting to my soul-sister, Connie Chapman, I just thought; ‘Why not claire?’ From that day on Ive had that many people tell me that would love me to start a podcast. Add to that the abundance of incredible feedback I frequently receive on ‘my voice’ – usually when people have purchased one of my meditation albums. Finally, as I shared on social media, I have the gift of the gab. Something that was once seen as a ‘pain’ or ‘irritation’ from family, teachers and the like, is now seen as one of my talents – go figure. I love ‘the word’… I love writing, I love sharing, speaking, teaching, learning, expressing. A podcast just seems like an extension of that and a great way to commune and connect with you. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THE PODCAST? This podcast is pretty much a reflection of me on my wellness journey – everything that intrigues me, lights me up, uplevels me, supports me. I want you to experience all that and more. It’s a mash-up of reflections and musings as I present topics and ideas that relate to mind-body-soul. Self development, self-growth, self-exploration. I share my own thoughts, my own wisdom and guidance and invite you to come of this journey into your mind, body and soul so you too can begin and be on your own wellness project. I also offer free mini-guided meditations, because if there is only ONE thing you do for your well-being and self-development I wish for that to be meditation. I love meditating and supporting others to do the same. So look out for those episodes. And finally, something I didn’t think I would do but couldn’t resist; I interview and chat with people I find inspirational. Thought leaders. Experts. Game-changers. Conscious folk. Its not so much about how famous they are, or how cutting edge, but more about what I feel they can offer in their own creative, curious and unique way. I hope each to these interviews shines a light for you, opens your heart and inspires a new way of thinking, being or believing.  WHY ‘THE WELLNESS PROJECT’? This has been my business name for a long time – I try and drop it but always circle back to it. To me, wellness is a project. It’s not a start-to-finish journey. It’s always evolving, deepening, shifting, pivoting. My journey has seen me dive deep into yoga, meditation, EFT, reflective work, clean eating, movement, spiritual practices, chakra work, reiki, abundance and manifestation practices, shadow work and on the list goes. It is a project- a project in my own well-being and one I am truly in love with.  HOW OFTEN WILL EPISODES BE RELEASED? I’m going to be honest and say this; I’m aiming for weekly… it’ll probably end up being fortnightly, and perhaps post-baby monthly. I’ve learnt the hard way – I’m not hard wired for too much yang energy. When I force, control, over-do, over-plan I crumble. My nervous system can’t cope and my anxiety flares. So I choose instead to have a framework (e.g weekly episodes) and from there I will intuitively respond to what is or isn’t working. HOW LONG ARE THE EPISODES? If it’s an episode where I am riffing/talking/reflecting I will be keeping it to 20 minutes or so. Bite sized chunks of wisdom, spiritual reflection and learnings. Meditations will see-saw between 10-20minutes. Interviews will be a little longer, usually from 40 – 60 minutes. I’m aware that most people listen whilst driving/commuting to work, or cleaning/cooking around the house, exercising etc. I personally find it challenging to finish any podcast episode that is anything longer than an hour. I know so many of you are busy entrepreneurs and mamas/papas. I respect your time and am stupidly grateful […] Read more

I’m back and I have (baby) news

I’m back and I have (baby) news

Posted October 19, 2017

I know, I know… I can’t believe it’s been more than TWO months since I last posted. My ‘business brain’ is saying ALL the stupid things like; Gosh, that is POOR form Claire. That is not very business savvy of you. You can’t just VANISH and disconnect like that. But, umm, everything else in me says this; Claire, breathe, actually it’s really, REALLY OK that you went MIA. It’s more than OK to switch off from the online world. To take breathing space and conserve your energy. After all you had good reason to Claire... Which brings me to my BIG NEWS. Maybe you already know? Maybe you’ve seen my recent instagram post or you suspecting this all along but here goes. I have another little soul-baby growing within. I’m now 15 weeks pregnant and finally on the other side of what was a wild ride through all-day sickness, extreme fatigue and a deep exploration into the self. +++ Big news right? Round two on the merry-go-round. Stay with me, I want to share WHY this is such big news… (other than, holy crap I have a miracle inside of me!) Big because once again this was a beautiful surprise – my babies like to make the decision for us as to when it’s time! And yet there have been SO many incredible moments of synchronicity, messages from the ‘other side’ and mind-blowing connections with this baby before and after conception. Big news because once again I was thrown into the deepest immersion of the PRESENT. Being that sick forces me to let everything fall away. And when I say everything I mean… EVERYTHING. My work, email, social media, cooking, reading, exercising, meditating. It’s pretty full on to be stripped bare and exposed RAW and left to watch the inner workings of my mind and long held shadows come forward. Big news because, quite ironically, I asked for MORE SPACE a few months back and I got it. You might remember this post where I pondered on what it would be like to have more space to allow peace to come through. And maybe clarity around purpose.  The last 2.5 months there has been nothing but space and my mind boggles at how much INSIGHT I have gained from it. In fact, I  have SO MUCH I want to share with you yet I don’t even know where to begin. *First world problems Big news because I have always truly felt – despite my resistance – that motherhood IS a integral part of my soul’s purpose. And there is something about motherhood that I just GET. We are like puzzle pieces that fit together snugly. Despite the trials and challenges (or maybe it’s because of them) I know there is so much growth, learning and ultimately sharing/teaching that will come from bubba number #2. Big news because this pregnancy has mined up some shadows from the early months with Soleil. I’m not back seeing the same Pre-natal Psychologist to do the necessary clean-up work. A constant (and conscious!) work in progress I am. +++ So here I am, I wanted to check in and share this big news. There is a lot I don’t know right now – other than come April I have another baby joining our family – but I am allowing the truth to roll on in as and when it’s meant to. Oh yeah baby, surrender is a knocking once again. I do know this though my loves – a few insights I have already gleaned and want to share. My work is changing – again. But there are still a few things I want to create before D-day (That’s DUE date btw) I have a deep desire to promote myself to full-time mama for a while.  My passion for whole food cooking has been reignited (I’ll share more on this soon but essentially I have eaten this way for years but really lost the BUZZ to cook and create, until, well, now) I want to simplify, everything. A sea-change (relocation) is being seriously discussed in our home right now. Space, a slower pace, a veggie patch, the ocean.  We can go to really dark places and fall to our knees in struggle but we will ALWAYS come out the other side into the light, standing strong once again. +++Ok, more from me soon. I’m off to Port Douglas for a much needed family holiday next week and hopefully I’ll gain the clarity on WHERE and HOW to share more with you. Finally, remember this. I love you and am forever grateful for our connection over the inter webs. love + light, Claire xx Read more

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