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THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD + THEN THERE’S YOU

THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD + THEN THERE’S YOU

Posted October 15, 2013

At what point do you stop listening to that voice in your head that convinces you to sleep-in instead of move your body? When do we finally say ENOUGH to that little self-sabotaging bitchy girl (or boy!) we all have within that does everything to keep us stuck, blocked, limited and unhappy. Wouldn’t you like to dive head-first into life without second guessing yourself all the time? We all have it. I’m talking about the ego. The ‘small-self’. That inner ‘voice’ that trips us up and plays games with us – holding us back from living, growing, achieving, being in our greatness Deepak Chopra describes the ego as our self-image, but not our true self, characterized by labels, masks, images, and judgments. What we think isn’t always the truth The way ‘we think’ we see ourselves is simply a perception that we believe to be true. A perception fed to us by the ego – the small self. The ego is smart and incredibly subtle. It plays in a world of judgment, expectations, agendas, credit, blame, building us up and tearing us down. Think about that moment when you are laying in bed, the alarm has just gone off. The night before you made the promise to get up and exercise, but you can’t get out of bed. Then the ego or small-self chimes in: ‘Oh, you are tired – stay and rest, you deserve it’. (Credit!) ‘What’s the point of exercising anyway, you won’t lose any weight and you never feel good’.  (Judgment!) ‘The Personal Trainer is a total cow, she hates you and at the last session she picked on you’. (Blame!) ‘But if you don’t go you’ll never fit into those jeans’ (Agendas! Tearing down!) ‘You don’t need to exercise, you are fine the way you are’. (Building up!) ‘You know you look fat in your tights, it’s so embarrassing’. (Judgement, tearing down’ ‘Maybe if you move your butt you might get a smaller butt and then a boyfriend!’ (Expectations. Agendas!) Sound familiar? It’s because we all have one – an ego that is. That mean, inner voice. We can’t get rid of it, nor do we want to. However, there is hope. We aren’t completely held hostage by the ego. Our awareness can be the biggest game-changer ever. You see, our true self is a field of infinite possibilities, creativity, intentions, and power. We can go beyond the ego through self-awareness. The more aware we are of our own thoughts, feelings, actions, words, behaviours of our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, the more we begin to see the ego and it’s games. We can call the shots and instead connect with what feels true for us and what we know is ultimately best for us. The next time you find yourself in the midst of an inner battle – you and your small self – remember this. There is another you – the real you – the higher self that is infinite, powerful, special. You are not your ego. You have to live with it, but it’s not you. That is the truth – you are not those limiting thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You are greater than that. Stay connected to the voice that speaks the truth, call upon that inner strength and guidance and make a decision from there. Move forward in your life from an intuitive feeling instead of a misleading ego-based thought. You will begin to retrain how you think, feel and behave knowing the truth of who you really are. Find Freedom from the voices in your head! I’ve recently launched my new ecourse: The Freedom Project. 9 week guide to limitless living.  The are 5 days left to SIGN-UP andjoin me in this 9 week step-by-step program. The Freedom Project will support you on the road to recovery from a life of control + anxiety to soulful surrender. This program will enable you to make the most of these last months of 2013. You’ll clear the way for transition and transformation, release the blockages holding you back, and be completely ready to step boldly into 2014 and make it your best year yet. Get ready for a limitless life! Click HERE to find out more! love + light, Claire x Read more

Backbending – Power Yoga Poses to Open Your Body

Backbending – Power Yoga Poses to Open Your Body

Posted October 13, 2013

 Backbending in yoga opens up the body like nothing else. They are true power yoga poses. There is absolutely no other set of postures that give you that beautiful, cracked-wide-open feeling. Empowered. Delicious. Alive. Energised. I personally see the collection of back bend poses in yoga as power yoga poses. Yes they are difficult. They require a combination of deep flexibility and strength. To me, they are power poses because of the profound impact they have on the health of your body, chest and spine, but also how they powerfully open you up energetically. Beautiful, heart opening poses.   Back-bending has not come easily to me. I have the natural strength to lift myself up, but my back wasn’t always open and flexible. Back-bending didn’t always feel like the power yoga poses they are today. (I still have to be mindful of past injuries!) Having said that back-bending is something that everyone can experience and ultimately  work deeper and deeper into.   Today’s mini back-bending sequence demonstrates a few beginner to intermediate back-bends. I’ve left out more advanced postures here as I wanted to make it accessible.   I would recommend adding back-bending after you’ve properly warmed up. These previous sequences I’ve created would perfectly prepare you for back-bending and also be a gorgeous way to start the day.   Start with Sun Salutation A. Click HERE.  Follow with Sun Salutation B. Click HERE.  Next – do a few standing postures. Click HERE. Hip opening to help prepare for back-bends. Click HERE.  Add in today’s back-bending video here: See below!  Finish with twisting to release the lower back. Click HERE.  Finally savasana – rest + restore!   Click to play mini back-bending sequence. I hope you enjoy these back-bending power yoga poses. Don’t be discouraged, stay with it and your body will thank you. love + light, Claire Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH LIBBY MATTHEWS

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH LIBBY MATTHEWS

Posted October 10, 2013

The Inspiration Corner is a weekly series where I interview inspiring soul-centred wellness advocates on what inspires them. We dive deep into Inspiration, health, wellness and self-love. Introducing Libby Matthews. The other half of Julia + Libby. I recently interviews Julia – you can check it out HERE. Libby is based in Auckland NZ where she works part-time at the clinic My Remedy and is studying Naturopathy. Libby believes a healthy life requires much more than just a focus on food and believes in treating her clients as a whole person with health requirements which stem not just from food related issues. Libby oozes health and vitality. Not to mention how stunning she is! Enjoy her insights and inspiration Cx Connect with Libby: Website| Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram     Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. My names Libby Matthews I am a Holistic Nutritionist from Auckland. Last year I graduated with a Diploma of Nutrition and that has completely changed my life, it is one of the best decisions I have made. I love being able to help educate others with their diet and well-being. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Naturopathy at Wellpark College in Grey Lynn, Auckland. My sister Julia and I both run a health and well-being blog called ‘Julia and Libby’, this keeps us really busy but we love it! What INSPIRES you? Happy positive people. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I get a lot of inspiration from my family and people that I meet in the health industry. Since studying Nutrition and Naturopathy I am constantly researching and reading new information on health and well-being so that is always inspiring reading what other people around the world do to stay healthy. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use this inspiration every day, it helps me grow and expand into becoming more of the person that I want to be. Every experience that happens to us in life helps us learn, heal and grow, weather it is a positive experience or a negative experience. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? To me, health and wellness all around is so important! I try to eat as much nourishing food that enhances my health rather then impair it, to exercise enough so I am physically fit and surround myself with positive people who make me happy. A positive outlook on life is very important when trying to reach your goals. What’s your routine? When I wake up I always have a green smoothie that is full of green goodness then I have a big breakfast so that I have enough fuel and energy for the day, I find that eating a big breakfast helps me make better food choices throughout the day. When I get home after work or uni I try to make time for myself, this ‘me’ time allows me to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate. How do you find balance + happiness? No matter how busy I am I always take time out to relax and do something that I enjoy such as going our for a delicious dinner, going to yoga or watching a movie. How do you practice self-love? I think learning to forgive and let go would have to be a big one for me, as soon as you learn to do this it enables you to move forward in life. I try do something I love once a week and I also will reflect on what is going on in my life every week. Practising self love is the fundamentals for us to be able to love others. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? My coconut and banana bread served with coconut yogurt. Simple and delicious.  What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) I follow a whole foods diet and I try to eat a lot of vegetables and drink a lot of water. I try to exercise three times a week and be in bed by 10.30pm every night  How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? I try to take half an hour out of my day and listen to music or read a book, I find this helps a lot as I can focus better on tasks I need to do. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? Some people have health symptoms which they will ignore until they become a serious health issue, such as irregular or no periods, low back pain and constantly feeling sluggish. These symptoms if not checked out could lead to something a lot more serious and I think people need to take their health a lot more seriously because at the end of the day our health is our most important asset.   Read more

THROWING YOUR HEART OVER THE LINE

THROWING YOUR HEART OVER THE LINE

Posted October 08, 2013

Are you ready to throw your heart over the line? Throughout this year there have been countless moments where I have been called to do or create something. Often this calling is completely intuitive and born from my truth. It is from and for my highest good. There is one small problem though. And that is when I get in my own way. When you feel the call In today’s VLOG I talk about that moment when you feel called to something. Perhaps you’ve manifested something that is perfect for you (a new job, course, relationship!) and you know, intuitively it is right for you. I’m sure you know what I mean. That feeling that is so hard to put into words, but you just KNOW it’s right. And then, of course, instead of staying with that feeling we move into our head and start playing with the ego. The what-ifs kick in. The ‘HOW’ becomes important. The questioning begins. You’ve been there, right? Your heart is saying one thing, your head is saying another. In today’s VLOG I share with you mt own recent and very powerful experience with being called to follow my heart. A divine request to be ALL in. A profound experience that I have manifested, completely for my highest good and how I stay connected to what feels true to move forward from there. We can all relate – that moment when you are prepared to throw your heart over the line, even though your head wants to stay back, where it’s safe, risk-free but stuck in a space of limitation. The powerful experience of trusting your intuition, feeling the fear and diving in heart first, anyway! As you watch the vlog ask yourself these three questions: Where in your life are you holding your heart, but you have yet to throw it over the line? Where are you playing between your intuition and your ego – back and forth between what feels true and what you’re afraid of? Are you prepared + ready to trust and be ‘all-in?’ The Freedom Project Since launching The Freedom Project: Your 9 week guide to limitless living last week I have had so many amazing emails from beautiful, brave souls who are terrified of ‘peeling-off-layers’ and doing the real inner work for transformation. What inspires me is there willingness to jump in and join The Freedom Project, despite the fear and resistance they are feeling. Check out these inspiring words from a recent member of The Freedom Project: “For so many years I have yearned for inner freedom and the idea of ‘surrender’ has always resonated with me, so these two words alone ring so true to my heart…. I finally feel in the right place to really embrace this spiritual journey and things just feel like they are falling into place.. I’ll be honest and say part of me is a little scared of doing the hard stuff and actually having to write things down on paper (!!!), but I feel ready and excited to have the opportunity to work with you…” Are you ready to feel the fear + follow your intuition anyway? If you’ve been called to The Freedom Project now is the time! Jump in and throw your heart over the line. Your true self will thank you for it. The Freedom Project Introductory Offer is only $149 for 9+ weeks of rich, powerful, soul-changing content. Click below to join! It’s time to throw your heart over the line. love + light, Claire Read more

BLESSING THE WAY TO MOTHERHOOD

BLESSING THE WAY TO MOTHERHOOD

Posted October 07, 2013

Earlier this year in discussions with a recently pregnant friend (Diane) about ‘baby-showers’ and how they aren’t her cup of tea (nor mine) we instead decided on holding a blessingway. I was honoured that my friend asked me to co-host this magical experience. A blessingway is an alternative way of honouring, celebrating and empowering a mother before the birth of her child. Traditionally a Navajo Ritual created to support the new mother for her journey of birthing. Today many people are taking this amazing ritual and making it their own. Our purpose was to gather the closest women to Diane to offer her love, advice, support and wisdom. For Diane, she wanted to create a strong bond and connection with the women she feels are going to have a huge and profound impact on her baby girls life. It takes a village to raise a child and together the village connect to Diane and her baby came together to offer their support and commitment. For me, it was an incredible experience. We had 20 women gathered, many of which were breast-feeding their new borns. It felt sacred. It felt special. I wanted to share with you the details in case you feel called to have a blessingway instead of a baby shower. You can incorporate some or all of the below and even Google to find more rituals to add in. The details We sat in a circle around a ‘home-made’ alter with candles. As we sat in this circle to begin the ceremony I felt a really strong sense of gratitude and appreciation to be part of not only that tribe of women, but the universal tribe of strong, loving, compassionate, powerful women. Incredibly honoured. To begin Ana (co-host) explained the purpose of our gathering. I followed with an opening prayer I had found (shared below) which set the mood and the tone. Then I guided the circle through a glowing-light heart meditation where each of us focused on giving and receiving love to each other, especially Diane. Next, each woman present took a moment to pass on their own words of wisdom, advice and love to Diane as they lit a candle and placed it in the centre of the room. There were a lot of gorgeous, open-hearted tears shared here – especially from women who had recently given birth. It was so moving! We rounded off the circle with the cord tying ceremony. Here a long red cord was wound around each woman’s left wrist (left represents the feminine/moon energy). We then cut the cord and each tied the cord to our wrist. When Diane goes into birth each of us will be notified so we can say a prayer, send her strength and cut the cord. To close a final prayer for the little baby girl coming soon! For me, the biggest shift was seeing the pure love and joy these women felt towards motherhood. I have been feeling a little ‘heavy’ with the idea of becoming a mother as I often meet people who share the war-stories. But these women – oh wow – there love cups were filled to the brim and all because of motherhood. It has excited me that I might one day get the opportunity to experience motherhood. Now, I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever been to or hosted a blessingway? Does this interest you? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments. Love + light, Claire x Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CLARE HILLIER

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CLARE HILLIER

Posted October 04, 2013

Welcome to another Inspiration Corner. Today we have Clare Hillier, the editor of Checks and Spots Clare recently got in touch with me to contribute to a piece on her blog. Since then I’ve been snopping around her amazing site. In Clare’s words: I am dedicated to checking out and spotting fashion, beauty, design and lifestyle to inspire and amuse. It is a chronicle of all the things that make me look twice. I like checking out and I like spotting. I think this is a good match! Enjoy, I hope you find inspiration in her beautiful words. Connect with Claire: Website | Facebook | Instagram| Pinterest | Twitter     Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Hello! I’m Clare. I’m a mum of two and editor of Checks and Spots, a website devoted to checking out and spotting fashion, beauty, design and lifestyle to inspire and amuse. I also run my own business as a Brand Storyteller and work with a range of well known fashion and beauty clients. What INSPIRES you? Big, bold, badass ideas! Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? All day, every day I’m reading books, magazines and websites in search of newness. New ideas. New perspectives. New ways of doing old things. As a visual person, Instagram is another big source of inspiration, so is actually getting out from behind the computer and chasing new experiences. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I’m big into collecting and filing my inspiration. I’ve got folders of things I’ve torn out from magazines, shelves of notebooks and am always bookmarking websites to return to. Often I don’t know how I’ll use these fragments of inspiration, but I’m always looking for ways I can connect the dots between the things that make me look twice. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Basically, I seek simplicity. I think there’s a lot to be said for the way our grandparents approached food. I stick to wholefoods, eat seasonally and make most of what my family eats from scratch – including our butter! While I like eating cleanly, enjoying every moment is just as important. So, I’m never that hung up about food that I feel guilty about an occasional decadent desert or champagne at the end of a long week. The joy of food and sharing it with others is a big part of what makes me happy. What’s your routine? I’m most creative in the morning, so I get up at 5:30 to work before the kids wake up. My days are then filled with a mixture of kid’s stuff (kinder, childcare, sport etc), meetings with clients and work on Checks and Spots. Often I feel like I’m running through my days with lots of balls in the air, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! In the evening, I’ll go to Pilates, have dinner out or catch up on a little bit more work before hanging out on the couch with my fella. Bedtime is usually around 11. How do you find balance + happiness? I think that balance can be incredibly difficult to find, let alone maintain, when you’re a working mum. And when you have your own business and work from home (like I do), it adds a whole other layer to the mix. Work and family bleed together and it’s hard to see where one stops and the other begins. So, I’ve got three simple words that I measure everything against – Enjoy the journey. Recently, a friend spotted this as we were leaving a funeral and it has  stuck with me. With everything I do, I now ask myself, “Is this going to help me enjoy the journey?” If it doesn’t, then I don’t do it. Saying no (politely of course!), has become just as important as saying yes and the way I can keep some sort of balance. How do you practice self-love? By cutting myself some slack! As Salvador Dali so perfectly said, ‘Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.’ What’s your favourite healthy recipe? At the moment my Pumpkin, Polenta and Poppy Seed Loaf is on high rotation in our kitchen! You can check out my recipe here: What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle ? Being with my family and friends. The rest really doesn’t matter…although if I can squeeze in a couple of runs and a Pilates class in each week I’m a happy gal! How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? If I can’t be bothered doing something, I just say to myself, “Get out there and do it for five minutes and then you can pull the pin.” Funnily enough, once I start I always seem to keep going. I wonder when I’ll wise up to this tactic?!!   What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness?   To be mindful. It’s as easy and difficult as that.         Read more

MY INTERVIEW WITH AMIR ZOGHI ON INTUITION

MY INTERVIEW WITH AMIR ZOGHI ON INTUITION

Posted October 01, 2013

I’m honoured to bring you this powerful interview with Amir Zoghi – founder of Be Free People, Ok, so ‘interview’ is a bit of a stretch. I’m not going to take credit for interviewing Amir, truth-talker like no other and someone I consider a mentor and guide. When this man is in-the-flow there’s no question that seems relevant. Simply being present and listening to the wisdom that comes through him and from the space he talks from is more than enough. I recently attended the ONE Infinite Training Retreat with Amir + his team from Be Free People. Life changing might seem a bit dramatic, but truly the shifts, the insights and the processes that unfolded have allowed me to see, think, feel and be in a way I could never have imagined. In fact, it’s still unfolding now, over a month later! The best bit is that my journey isn’t over, nor is yours, which means we get to keep evolving, unfolding, expanding, growing. That’s what I feel I am here to do – to embrace the evolution of my soul which is actually part of ONE soul – one divine energy. Amir and I initially decided to talk about intuitive eating. Amir shares how he lost alot of weight by tapping into his intuition and following what felt true for him. If you read my blog often you’ll know I talk about this alot – dissolving the ego charge and the games of the mind to follow the feelings! In our chat we move from intuition, to what it means to live in the unplanned, being in the moment and being yourself. I can’t wait for you to dive into this chat with Amir. Seriously peeps, you won’t want to miss this. It’s rich, it’s insightful, it’s powerful. Please feel free to share your comments below. And if you’d like to find out more about Amir, his team and the incredible work they do then head to www.amirzoghi.com. They have a program called WTF! (Wisdom, Truth, Freedom) and honestly, if there is one thing in your life you do on this journey then do this! CLICK PLAY TO WATCH Love + light, Claire Read more

THE FREEDOM PROJECT HAS LANDED + A CHANCE TO JOIN THE PROJECT FOR FREE!

THE FREEDOM PROJECT HAS LANDED + A CHANCE TO JOIN THE PROJECT FOR FREE!

Posted September 30, 2013

It was just last week that I announced that my new online platform – The Freedom Project: Your 9 week guide to limitless living – was due to launch soon. I’m so excited that today is that day! It has it’s very own dedicated site. CLICK HERE to check it out! And to celebrate I’m giving away a free place in The Freedom Project. Read on to find out more. It’s been one of ‘those’ journeys…despite this project first being born as a seedling of an idea, such a  long time ago, everything has been down to the last minute. In fact, last week this was an 8-week project, today I present it to you with an extra week added on. There was just too much goodness to share! This project, no matter how many times I wanted to walk away from it, was meant to happen. It repeatedly tap, tap, tapped me on the shoulder; calling out to me, enticing me, reminding me… it was meant to come alive! Like all good things, The Freedom Project offered me many moments to learn from. To say I know more about myself simply from the creation of this project would be an understatement. Which is precisely the point. I can see the universe intended this all along. You see, The Freedom Project – Your 9 week guide to limitless living is a journey of sweet, soulful surrender into a wholehearted, open-hearted free life! This journey is as much for me as it is for you. And I’m so excited to finally invite you to jump on the train to freedom with me now! Is The Freedom Project for you? Do you wish you could get out of your own way, surrender to the moment and live a wholehearted life? Are you craving freedom, connection, and soul-stirring release? Are you longing for peace, growth, and a return to your true self? You’ll know it if it is. Something moves within you. A feeling of ‘yes’ emerges. A knowing, almost. Join me in this 9 week step-by-step program that will support you on the road to recovery from a life of control + anxiety to soulful surrender. This program will enable you to make the most of these last months of 2013. You’ll clear the way for transition and transformation, release the blockages holding you back, and be completely ready to step boldly into 2014 and make it your best year yet. Get ready for a limitless life! The project kicks-off on October 20th where we will journey through Letting Go, Cultivating Freedom + Manifestation. Each week you’ll receive a workbook, video, webinar + meditation. Not to mention all the juicy bonuses you receive upon registration! Want to know more? I invite you, come, spend a while. Click on the image above! www.thefreedomproject.net.au The site is comprehensive, guiding you through the details of the project – what’s in it and how to sign-up. As well as giving you an insight into WHY The Freedom Project is a journey you’ll want to embark on. Are you ready to experience freedom? To celebrate the launch of The Freedom Project I am offering an amazing introductory price: For a limited time only, your investment for The Freedom Project is just $149. This is only for the first 100 to jump on-board! + Bonus: I’m dishing out FREE 20 soul sessions* with myself for the first 20 people to sign-up – a chance to get some much needed clarity + connection during your journey through The Freedom Project If you are feeling a YES emerge within you. Say yes to it and let’s make magic together! Win a FREE place in The Freedom Project To celebrate I’m really excited to offer free registration + full access to The Freedom Project for ONE lucky reader. Just two steps to enter: comment below and tell me why you feel this project is calling out to you! Why are you ready to embrace surrender + experience freedom? subscribe to my newsletter in the opt-in box below to find out if you are the winner love + light Claire *Soul sessions done via skype and phone only and will be scheduled in specific time-blocks over the course duration. Read more

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