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WHO TO TRUST WITH YOUR HEALTH

WHO TO TRUST WITH YOUR HEALTH

Posted July 16, 2013

A few weeks back I sent out a poll via my subscription list asking a few question. Firstly I have to thank each person that took the time and effort to write back. Your responses have been invaluable. THANK YOU SOO MUCH. Now, one reader raised a very pertinent concern. In her words: How do I balance the ‘too many chefs in the kitchen’ nature of health these days? For example we get advice from the doctor, advice from blogs, advice from magazines, advice from fitness professionals etc – sometimes it’s a minefield to tackle! I hear you! In fact, as you are reading this I wouldn’t be surprised if you are nodding along too. Many of my clients come to me for this specific reason. Everyone is so damn confused. It’s hard not to be. There is no right answer I hate to tell you this, but there is no right answer – there is no ONE right answer. There are millions. Because there are millions of us. You are totally and utterly unique. You are made up of your own DNA, genetics, health history, culture, metabolism, age, lifestyle. Not to mention emotional and mental layers that are deep and connected to experiences and situations that have long gone. During my studies as a health coach we focused around the concept Bio-individuality. Which basically means that one person’s food is another person’s poison. And I have seen this in reality time and time again. The sooner you embrace that you are unique and that you need a unique approach to health, the sooner you will be in health. It’s an experiment There are certain things I know about my body and what it can and can’t have. I know I can’t be a full vegetarian but I also know that I don’t cope with alot of meat. How do I know this? I experimented. But more than that I listened to the messages my body would send me, say during a month of eating more animal protein. What would I discover – bloating, discomfort, feeling stuck, change in digestion and elimination pattern. Alot of people talk about how grains are ‘SOO bad’ for you. Ok, maybe so. But when I eat them I have a happy tummy. Brown Rice, Quinoa (actually a seed), Barley – these all work for me. Not everyday and only organic/biodynamic. Raw food as a complete diet DOESN’T work for my tummy (IBS flares up), but raw food included in my diet can be great. Seasonal eating (warmer stews and roasts in winter, lighter, fresher meals in summer) makes sense – traditional cultures have been doing it for years, why don’t we? How do I know all this? I researched. I experimented. So get going. Try it out. Experiment. Don’t just read blog after blog thinking ‘oh, maybe I should DO that’ and then do nothing. Take ONE idea, drip-feed it into your life and see how it responds.  But do so with a clear understanding of WHY you are doing it and do it properly. Listen to your body. I’m going to say it here – It saddens me each time I discover another person that became vegetarian because they’d ‘heard’ meat consumption is bad or that it’s ‘healthier’. Yet, they did so without being smart about it, without being a GOOD vegetarian. Simply cutting out meat and eating carbs, sugar and junk doesn’t make you healthy. It makes you naive. A good vegetarian eats a diet rich in beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, fats, grains. Somethings are hard and fast There are somethings that are set in stone: Sugar is not good for us We eat too much meat, generally Grass fed/pastured animal protein and eggs are better for us and the animal Anything overly processed lacks nutrients and is high in chemicals We need water, and lots of it Nothing replaces real, fresh whole produce Chemical free/organic is best where possible Good fats are essential Junk food is just that, JUNK! Nutritionally empty food Moderation is key, but if you have a family history of X illness then avoid anything that triggers that! Common sense Look to nature for health and healing Ditch the attachment to ‘diet’ Yes, we all like to ‘belong’ to something, I know. Even a diet. “I’m a raw foodie”. “I’m vegan”. “I’m a carnivore”. “I’m paleo”. Firstly, WHO CARES! Me? I am a nothing. I eat what feels right and I eat what my body needs. Secondly, you aren’t ANY of those. You are an unnamed universal energy – the same as the rest of us. Let go completely of your desire (perhaps subconsciously) to be part of some food movement. You are not your food, do not identify with it. It’s how you fuel your body. It’s important and so integral to wellness, but it’s not WHO YOU ARE. Know what you want Are you trying to be a body-builder? Do you want to lose 5 kgs? Are you wanting to put weight on? Do you just want more energy and to feel good? Your intentions are also your clues to what to do. Someone that wants to be a body-builder (although I consider that to be quite damaging on the system) will need to eat and move in a very different way to someone that needs to put weight on! Be clear about your intentions and then you can be clear about where to focus your attention. Trust no one but yourself In the end, the answer is clear. Your body is your indicator. Use your own intelligence to make a smart decision and try something out, but don’t feel you are locked it. Change it if it doesn’t work. Your turn: What is your version of ‘health’ – what does that look like and what’s it made up of? Answer in the comments below. Love + light, Claire x Read more

HOW A COLONIC CAN HELP YOU ‘SURRENDER’

HOW A COLONIC CAN HELP YOU ‘SURRENDER’

Posted July 15, 2013

I’ve always been a fan of colonics. I discovered them around 5 years ago after reading a magazine article and I thought to myself ‘that sounds so awesome, that sounds like something I need’ Maybe you are screwing your nose up right now at the idea of having your colon cleared out by way of a little tube, lukewarm water and the massaging hands of a therapist. Or maybe you are a fan too and know the benefits of detoxing – helping your digestive system along with a little nudge. I want to share with you some insights into Colon Hydrotherapy and dive a little deeper into how this therapy can really help shift some stuck, limiting beliefs. Colon hydrotherapy has alot of physical benefits. Let me ask you a few questions. Do you experience constipation? Are your bowel movements slow, sluggish or not quite right in some way? Do you experience bloating, gas or any other discomfort on regular basis? If you were able to say yes to even just one of those then I’m sure a few sessions of Colon Hydrotherapy can really help. Now, I know that many people have a different view point and it goes something like this: Detoxing The body has a natural detoxing process, we don’t need to do anything in addition to help it…Colon hydrotherapy isn’t ‘natural’…It rids the colon/intestinal tract of good bacteria I’m not here to tell you that this opinion is either right or wrong, but I can definitely say a few words (no surprises there!) Firstly, colon therapy in some form can be found as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, sometime around 1500bc. Hindus, Chinese cultures, The French and more have also been documented as fans of colon cleansing – believing that clearing out toxins ‘stuck’ within the body would help to prevent illness and disease. Secondly, the body DOES have it’s own natural detoxification process. So I’m not saying I get a weekly colonic – in fact, I think it’s important to allow the body to do what it does. However, seasonally, especially after winter when we tend to eat more protein, fat and heaviers foods (and more of it!) coupled with the environmental toxins, excessive stress and chemicals we need to give our colon a helping hand. I eat a very clean diet, but yet I still find that at certain parts of the year I need a ‘cleanse’ or an aid in some way. Finally, when it comes to ‘bacteria’ and potentially stripping out the good guys (some 700+ are found in the colon) well a colonic actually helps to clear out the baddies and yeast overgrowth. And a good therapist will make sure you take a probiotic drink (or pill) straight after and for the following days at least to help rebalance. What does the colon actually do? The colon is the end point of our digestive system. It’s considered a ‘second brain’ as it’s equipped with a high-tech network of neural circuits, neurotransmitters and proteins. The colon extracts water from the digested food that has worked through your intestinal tract. Here the food gets compacted for elimination. Not only that but the colon plays a major role in our immune system, the production of Vitamin K and Biotin. What I am most interested in is that the colon is responsible for the production of serotonin – our feel good hormone. Which is very interesting indeed. Have you ever felt constipated, stuck, or your digestion is just all over the place and with it has come a general feel of ‘sluggishness’ emotionally too? When your colon isn’t able to do it’s function properly we don’t just have trouble eliminating physically, we have trouble eliminating mentally and emotionally anything that is holding us back in life. It’s difficult to ‘feel-good’ when our colon isn’t have a good time! How a colonic can help you surrender It’s amazing how within the many layers of our being – emotional and physical being just two of them – that we are so good at HOLDING ON to stuff that doesn’t serve us. I went to a have a colonic recently as I’d been feeling ‘sluggish’ digestion-wise (with a history of serious IBS, I am pretty tuned in to the slightest changes!) During the colonic, despite KNOWING that releasing any built up toxins and waste is important for my health there was alot of inner resistance. Within the session I noticed this little voice would pipe up whenever I felt physical discomfort or blockages. This voice would say “Claire, you don’t want to do this. It’s too much. Tell the therapist to stop. There’s nothing wrong with you right now… this is too intense, this is too vulnerable.” And on it would go. In those moments I would realise that my body had become ‘comfortable’ with feeling uncomfortable. It had found a safe haven – where it’s easier to stay less than amazing than to dig deep to be amazing, healthy and strong. But this wasn’t just physical. This was emotional. Spiritual. Psychological. Mental. This experience was a multi-layered, multi-sensory journey of surrender. In stark contrast, my INNER GUIDANCE had a voice, and it spoke to me… “Claire, it’s time to let go. It’s time to let go of that which doesn’t serve you. It’s time to let out a long, deep breath and be OK with the unknown. Because you know, in that place in that knows that to fly forward you have to release your grip, you have to soften. It’s ok. It’s safe. This is a good thing. Surrender is power. Let it be. Allow it to happen. Just breathe”. So I did. I breathed deeply. I cried. I let go. Even the therapist could see it. ‘Let it go honey, just let it out’. As I lay there on that bed, battling my inner voices – the ego and my true essence (the ego lost, just so you know!) – I witnessed how surrender, […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: TWISTS 4 HEALTHY DIGESTION

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: TWISTS 4 HEALTHY DIGESTION

Posted July 11, 2013

I love twisting! You know those moments when you’ve been sitting at your desk ALL day and you feel the urge to move that stuck energy. And then you twist… ahh… you might hear cracks and pops, but it immediately relieves any tension. It feels so good. You feel normal again. Not to mention how good twisting is for your digestion. As a previous sufferer of severe IBS twisting was super important in kick-starting my digestive system and helping my body cleanse and detox. Today I have a delicious and quick 6 minute twisting practice. This is PERFECT after work, to open the body and release all that tension. But this is also a gorgeous way to start your day. I’ve mentioned this many times, but the Sun Salute A and Sun Salute B sequences that I taught in the earlier segments would go well with this twisting sequence. Click HERE and HERE to check them out. Here is today’s yoga segment. Click PLAY to watch. Let me know your experience with this sequence. I LOVE getting feedback on your journey and experience with yoga. love + light to you, Claire x Read more

IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU SICK?

IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU SICK?

Posted July 10, 2013

Guest post – Kacey Crawford – Career Coach. I’m so excited to bring you this guest post from the amazing, ridiculously intelligent  Kacey Crawford. Kacey and I first connected through Marie Forleo’s bSchool program (the life-changing business program I did earlier this year). Kacey is by far one of the most insightful people I know. We get together and pow-wow all things business, blogging and books, and when we do I feel like I learn about 10 million things. Yep. 10 million. She helped me see how to turn my ebook on Surrender into a TOOL that people could learn from and not just the book of spiritual waf fle I was destined to create if left to my own vices. So when it comes to career guidance, passion finding and purpose fulfillment I wholeheartedly trust this women. She knows her shiz. Kacey also strongly connects with something that is very close to my heart – The truth that our health and wellness is NOT just about the food you eat. It’s everything. Food, movement, love, career, creativity, finances… all of it matters. Today, Kacey brings to our attention how your job can be the main catalyst for poor health. I can’t stress this topic enough – a HUGE percentage of my clients struggle with their current career choice and the stress, dissatisfaction and poor health they experience because of it. This is important. ____________________________________________________________________________________         Her name was blood. You can’t say I wasn’t warned. When I landed my first graduate job with one of Sydney’s leading PR gurus, I knew the learning curve would be steep. Her acerbic tongue, office chain-smoking and unsurpassed abilities to churn through new staff were legendary. Verbally abusive and completely eccentric, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to start work with her Monday morning, slink out for lunch and then never come back. Looking back on what were the toughest eight months of my working life, there’s no way I’d tolerate that type of job now. But back then I naively embraced the chance to earn my stripes with the best in the business with little regard for the impact it would have on my health, relationships and confidence. I had weekly migraines that came like clockwork each Sunday, constant bouts of cold and flu, sleep disturbances, and a massive dip in my self-confidence that continued to plague me for years afterwards. Oh, and I was utterly miserable. While this might sound extreme, I know there are many of you out there battling your own version of a toxic job. The worst part is you may not even realise it. So how do you know if your job is bad for you? Here are some telltale signs: Do you get snappy with your partner and friends for no apparent reason or feel like you’re constantly wired and on edge? Do you find it hard to switch off and relax outside of work, perhaps waking up during the night thinking about your job? Are you constantly run down or fighting off a year-round flu? When you socialise with friends do you repeatedly complain about work? Have people close to you suggested that you find another job? Do you secretly harbour hopes of being made redundant? Staying in a job that’s making you miserable is bad for your health and your career. The ongoing stress can quickly translate into weakened immunity, insomnia, mood swings – and at the extreme end, all sorts of nasty hormonal imbalances and digestive issues. Clearly none of these are a recipe for high performance so it’s therefore unsurprising that your enthusiasm and commitment to the job might start to wane too. You may start to doubt your abilities, question your career choice, or even self-sabotage. The truth is, you spend far too much time at work to be miserable. And if you’re hell bent on “doing your time” in a rough gig thinking it will set you up for future success, well think again. Being able to prove you stuck it out won’t be much good if you’re too sick, exhausted or completely demotivated to continue, will it? In today’s environment where social media is keeping organisations accountable to stakeholders in real-time, and a new generation of employees are demanding more than just a weekly pay cheque, thankfully this particular brand of workplace culture has become less fashionable. But if like me you’ve discovered you’re soldiering on in a job that’s sucking the life out of you, it may be time to ask yourself why. And then get the hell out. Oh, and for the record – I’ve had about five career changes since my days with the Bloodmeister (who has since gone out of business due to “staffing issues”). And while I’ll never get that time back again, it was a golden lesson in self-respect that I’ll never forget. Kacey x ____________________________________________________________________________________ Keep in touch with Kacey on her blog, facebook and twitter Some advice from me? You are a spiritual being having a human experience, which means you owe it to yourself as this truly divine, universal being to experience this life to the best. If your job is making you sick… change it! love + light and lots of SAHA (good health) to you! Cx Read more

EMBRACING + LOVING THE IN-BETWEEN

EMBRACING + LOVING THE IN-BETWEEN

Posted July 09, 2013

It was only a few days after I launched my ebook that I wrote to my subscribers (jump on the list below if you haven’t already and get your free member pack!) to tell them I was eager to enjoy the plateau post launch. My musings went something like this: We work diligently – soul pouring forth with so much eagerness – towards a goal. Our desire to create something special is so deep that we don’t realise how much emotional and physical energy we are harness to make that desire a reality. We toil away. We reach our destination. When we get there it’s either a) not quite as shiny as we had expected or b) we jump forward into the next project. Do you agree? So, these little thought bubbles led me to this place: Hey, I know! I’m going to enjoy the GAP between stuff. I’m going to do the opposite to what I think I should which is dive right into the next project. I’m going to get cosy in that plateau, the in-between-ness, the space between striving. I decided to bask in the moment. I had literally (those that have read my ebook would agree) poured so much of myself into the book that I had to take my own advice and surrender to nothingness after it. In my hear the plateau seemed like a heavenly and well deserved rest. I wanted to feel peaceful, content, empty, calm. It’s been a month now since I launched my ebook and I can’t lie to you, it has NOT been easy to embrace that space of nothingness. I am a DOING person, which is why I am always working with just BEING and being ok with just being. This blog, my personal development and spiritual work, my ebook, my study – all of it is my way of slowly learning how to be ok with just being. But, nonetheless, it’s no surprise to me that the experience of hanging out in the plateau brought up a few challenges and questions for me. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway I started to dig a little deeper and realised there was a little gremlin of fear buried deep inside of me. This fear is wrapped up in concern that if I don’t do something new and exciting that I will start to feel stale and stagnant. There is also the fear of getting left behind, stuck or unable to grow, losing momentum… therefore, not being good enough! (Seriously, what a stupid freaking fear, but we all have it!) Which made me realise something…we are conditioned from such a young age that there is only worth in the DOING. The achievement. Success. Progress. Moving forward. Make something of yourself. Your life. Create. Build. Push harder. Go further. Get MORE. Do MORE. Be more. We are constantly in planning and doing mode, and it’s on repeat. That is until we get exhausted and take a holiday before starting the cycle again. When is it ok to just be. Without trying to do anything. When do we realise that sometimes, just for a moment, its enough. You are enough? In direct response to this I decided I was going to feel that fear and do it anyway. Correction, BE IT ANYWAY. Are you thinking from your head or your heart? Every time I have experienced some sort of negative response around what I was doing, or not doing, these have been the questions I’ve asked myself: What emotion is coming up right now? Is that coming from my head or from my heart. Am I moving from a place of fear? What is that fear? (Oh hello you, old friend) Do I truly feel the urge to create something? Is it because I feel to, or is it out of fear? Can I be ok with that fear, let it be and instead just embrace where I am? I should also mention here that over this last month I have actually been experiencing alot of transformative shifts. Through reiki, kinesiology, mentoring and my own personal work there has been alot of ‘detoxing’ going on. So in fact, this place that I am calling the plateau has only been a ‘stop’ from a business/creative strategy perspective. From an inner strategy perspective there has been alot of deep work going on! It’s all in the feeling Now, I’m trusting my feelings more and more. My intuition, really. I realise that this ‘plateau’ that I wanted to experience actually came about from some divine plan. When I was doing my Reiki Level 1 training I asked the teacher about different ‘thoughts’ (relating to the client’s needs) that pop into my head when I am doing a session on someone. I said “how do we know to trust that those thoughts are intuitive in that moment and we are being guided correctly or if it’s just something we made up”. Frenchy, the teacher said: “trust that if it shows itself to you that it has already been decided, divinely, and that you should follow that. It wouldn’t have come about if it wasn’t meant to”. The truth is some deep ‘inner knowing’ within me had introduced the idea of hanging out in the plateau – not as a ‘nice’ idea, but as a necessity. My own inner guidance decided to intervene and give me the space and time to reboot. How comforting is that to know that your are always being supported and guided. This means I’m totally cool with being here now. In fact I’m feeling comfy in this space, knowing that when the time is right my intuition, through a feeling, will guide me towards the next phase of ‘doing’. Invite more feelings in I’m not going forward, nor am I going backward. I’m right here, in the middle. I’m still ‘doing’ to some extent – blogging, coaching, teaching – and I’m enjoying it for what it is. I have ideas bubbling away […] Read more

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: LEMONY LENTIL SOUP

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: LEMONY LENTIL SOUP

Posted July 08, 2013

I rediscovered this soup a few years back during an anatomy + physiology class. During our lunch break I took myself off to a cafe for a feed and I almost tripped over when I saw “Lebanese Lentil Soup” written on the chalk-board. I got a little excited. I crossed my fingers  hoping it’d be the soup I knew all to well from my childhood. Bingo. I couldn’t get over. It tasted just like home. And since that day I have made this soup all through Autumn and Winter. I have even shared the recipe with my friends because it’s that easy and delicious. What could be more Middle Eastern than lentils, lemons, spinach, cumin and garlic! Before I share this with you I want give you a little tip to prevent bloating or gas from the lentils.  For all you IBS sufferers who probably avoid lentils for that very reason, listen up! This is my mother’s trick and it works. Presoak your lentils – the longer the better. If you soak them in the morning and then cook at night, that’ll do the trick Next, thoroughly rinse in cold water Finally, in a seperate pot bring the lentils to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Drain, rinse and then use the lentils in your recipe. Now, I share it with you. What you’ll need 1 cup brown/green lentils – soaked overnight 3-4 medium sized potatoes – washed, peeled and diced into cubes 2-3 cups chopped spinach/silverbeet 1 cup coriander 1/2 cup lemon juice 2-3 garlic cloves – diced 2 brown onions – diced Cultured butter Olive Oil Salt + Pepper 1 heaped tsp of Cumin + All spice 1 litre homemade veggie stock (I use left over peelings, cuttings from veggies and boil up – then freeze into cubes or bottles for later use) What to do: In the butter and olive oil sweat off the onion, add the garlic, a dash of cumin, salt and pepper. Throw in the lentils and coat in the olive oil. Add the veggie stock and potatoes, simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft but not falling apart. Turn off the heat, let it cool for 2-3 minutes Throw in the spinach and coriander, allow to wilt. Sprinkle in more cumin, salt + pepper to taste. Pour in lemon juice Serve with an additional garnish of coriander and a slice of delicious gluten-free bread (I’m enjoying buckwheat bread at the moment). You can blend this all up if you prefer a thicker consistency but the broth contrasted against the potatoes and the zing of the lemon is perfect. Seriously, every single time I eat this I can’t help but (uncontrollably) let out a big sigh and close my eyes with the first mouthful. It’s just so soothing. Saha to you. Cx Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JIA NI TEO

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JIA NI TEO

Posted July 05, 2013

I met this gorgeous lady at an event in Sydney a few months back. I was struck by her warmth and gentleness. I also have to say that until she answered these Qs for me I had no idea that she is only 21. I am so inspired that young women (and men!) are digging deeper into their true potential and allowing themselves to live as the best version of themselves (the bulk of my clients are women in their early 20s!). I love that Jia Ni has built such a fantastic business at such a young age, but mostly that she has been on her own journey of self-discovery. I know that she will go further and higher from here. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do… Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here? I’m Jia Ni, heart-centered entrepreneur and women’s coach at jianiteo.com. I help sensitive soul-centered women align with their purpose and connect with their beauty, truth & prosperity so that they can live the life they’ve always imagined. I got here after much struggle with questions along the lines of ‘who am I’, ‘why am I here’, ‘what is my purpose’ and eventually transforming my biggest breakdown and identity crisis into a beautiful breakthrough of self-discovery, self-love, and timeless evolution. What INSPIRES you? Beauty and elegance. Both external and internal. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I receive inspiration from my connection to my divine, from nature, and through what I experience – whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or on a spiritual level. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I always reflect and ask, ‘What is it I can learn and receive through this? How can I step into becoming more of the woman I am here to become?’ I then implement whatever I receive from that into my life. If it works (and it usually does!), I will happy dance and share it. I believe that we are all here to expand and grow into more of who we truly are. Every experience is an opportunity for healing, growth, and massive transformation. I just happen to like to make the most of it. 😉 When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? I have found that you can really tell how much a person is able to RECEIVE from God/Source/Universe through how they are choosing (or not choosing) health and wellness. It’s important to love yourself so much that your health & wellness is a requirement. It’s important for me to move, nourish and nurture your body with ultimate self-love and self-care. This looks like: high-quality, nutritious & delicious foods, regular movement, infusing joy and pleasure in my life, and living in alignment. What’s your routine? Upon rising every morning, I will do my flow list, followed by body brushing, hot shower and getting ready for my day. I go out to our garden to for fresh air & pick lemons for a cup of hot lemon water, stretch, and set my intentions for my day and for the business. In the evening, I’ll write a list of ‘I’m so happy & grateful’, then read (I’m a huge reader!), and then turn off the lights and have a good night’s sleep! How do you find balance + happiness? I stay in my balance & happiness every day by living in alignment with my beauty, my truth, my divine feminine, and in my heart. I always gift myself the permission to take the leap, celebrate every little fist-pump moment, and say ‘No’ to others if it means saying ‘Yes’ to myself. How do you practice self-love? By allowing myself to be me. I practice self-love by allowing myself to embody even more of who I am every single day in every single moment. I truly had to learn how to give myself the permission to own my gifts and live my truth. As a result, I feel so much more at peace, joyful, and I’m definitely a much happier person. To me, self-love is fully accepting every part of your being. I practice self-love by gifting myself the permission to get to know me deeply – and loving myself no matter what comes up from deep within me – without judgement or guilt. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Oh dear, honestly – anything that has less than 5 ingredients and doesn’t require too much prep or equipment! At home, I usually throw together quick healthy meals like quinoa + steamed veggies or curry chickpeas + a veggie omelette. Drinks-wise, I love tea, whipping up smoothies or if I am feeling particularly fancy in summer I will open up fresh young coconuts. When I’m out, I love indulging in green juice, raw desserts and I especially LOVE salads that look like I’m eating a rainbow – they make me oh-so-very happy! What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) Feeling happy every single day. I say day – not moment – because of course we’ll have moments where we feel out of sync and forget our greatness! But it is absolutely essential that I feel happiness within every single day…. and I do! 🙂 How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Pray and go within. Allow myself to listen to what’s truly going on. What is my intuition saying and telling me? Will I allow myself to trust her voice? What emotions/past conditioning is coming up? How can I heal and expand? What do I require to process and let go of? How can I grow from this to become who I’m here to become? What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? When you choose to receive health & wellness, you open up the floodgates to receiving at a high frequency, and you open yourself up […] Read more

THE 8 LESSONS I LEARNED ON THE INCA TRAIL

THE 8 LESSONS I LEARNED ON THE INCA TRAIL

Posted July 04, 2013

I felt the urge to write about this experience. An experience that totally and utterly changed me. A deeply spiritual and heart-opening journey. Let me just take you back for a moment a set the scene – this experience on the Inca Trail happened in 2010 before I even started this blog. My husband and I had both had a dream to visit Machu Picchu and complete the Inca Trail trek in Peru. We decided to take 6 weeks off and travel around South America. The Inca Trail was our first stop. For those of you that have read my ebook you’ll know that I describe 2009, the year prior to our South America adventure, as being one of the most challenging in my life. A dark year, in fact. I won’t go into the details here but feel free to get my ebook if you want to learn more. So, 2010, and in particular this trek in Peru, ended up being a life-changing experience and one that really showed the other side of the coin. If 2009 was black, 2010 was white. Christopher (my husband) and I had both envisioned an amazing experience ‘together’. And for all intents and purposes we did. Nothing quite compares (when it comes to bonding with your partner!)  to traveling for four days up to 13,000 ft above sea level with no shower, horrible toilets, battling with altitude and some of the most challenging climbs I’ve ever done. But, what we hadn’t banked on was how truly personal and deeply spiritual the experience was going to be. We both had very different experiences unfold, despite walking side-by-side. We egged each other on. Supported each other. Shared words of motivation and inspiration. As we walked there was alot of silence. Talking in high altitude is not a very good idea – you need to conserve your energy. But it was also the sheer, mind-blowing beauty of the mountains we were in. It was so incredible it would bring me to tears, frequently! In that silence there was alot of deep self-exploration. In fact, the simply act of keep planting one foot in front of the other forced us to face up to alot of different things. We had to dig deep to muster the strength and focus needed, whilst simultaneously experiencing deep shifts. So what did I learn in the end? My connection to my body and breath saved me. I found my yoga practice became the most important skill I had – remaining in the moment, breathing correctly, utilising my physical and mental strength. I was also so incredibly overwhelmed by the beauty of mother nature (or Pacha Mamma as they call her in South America) that I developed such a deep respect and appreciation for my LIFE and the lives of everyone I had ever crossed paths with, including a friend (Edgar) who had taken his own life the year before. I found myself, more than once, talking to Edgar on this trek trying to commune with him on the joys of this human life he chose to leave. I also found an acceptance for the things in life I cannot control (Edgar’s death being one of them) and felt that, for the first time, I understood the timelessness of time. There is no beginning and end. I finally found peace with his death because I realised he hadn’t left this beautiful earth, he had gone back to being ONE with it. Love is so important and vital but more than that, love for myself was my saviour. Chris had his journey and demons and I had mine. We both had to find a pure love for ourselves in order to keep going. It wasn’t the time or place to ‘carry’ the other person, which made me realise how important it is to not ‘carry’ people in my normal life. There are no limitations to what we can achieve, we just have to drop deep down into the truth of who we are. Who we are is born from and forever part of this ONE universal force. I felt part of the sacred earth earth we walked on, not separate from it That we each have a deep connection to the universe and to mother nature, and if we listen in she often has something important to share – I dreamt of snakes every night on my trip and our guide told me that this was a direct call from Pacha Mamma who was personally inviting me to the sacred and ancient site of Machu Picchu and would keep me safe. All I had to do was provide an offering. My uncontrollable tears were the offering she wanted and I was kept safe throughout the whole trek. In the end the biggest lesson I learned is that, as human beings, we really only have ourselves but that is ok because we are pure power – PURE LOVE – and we have all that we need. Always remember this. You are complete, just the way you are. You are strong, powerful and all that you’ll ever need exists within you. That doesn’t mean you can’t have love, relationships, friendships, experiences, challenges, projects…. (you get the idea) but within all of that look to yourself first whenever you need strength, or answers, anything! You are whole and perfect as you are. Love + light to you, Claire x Read more

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