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THE 4 KEY ATTITUDES FOR AN UNDISTURBED MIND

THE 4 KEY ATTITUDES FOR AN UNDISTURBED MIND

Posted July 02, 2013

By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness. Yoga Sutra 1.33 The Yoga Sutra is pretty much the ‘yogic’ bible written by Patanjali. In today’s VLOG I’m exploring the Sutra above which is found in the first chapter of the book (there are four parts). Patanjali speaks of four key attitudes that retain a quiet, peaceful mind. These Sutra’s have been translated and deciphered by many different authors/yogis/gurus for quite sometime. I’m giving you my take on these four key attitudes. Friendliness towards family, friends and those that are pleasant and friendly to you! Compassion for those in need (the sick, poor, homeless) Delight in those around you for what they offer the world (including you!) and what we learn from them (think about gurus, teachers, friends, colleagues, fellow industry peeps, bloggers etc!) Disregard for those that are cruel and unkind and not holding judgement over them either CLICK PLAY TO WATCH: _____________________________________________________________________________ Now that you’ve watched the video let’s explore it a little further. It might be a good idea to pull out a pen and paper and do the tasks outlined below as we go along. Or perhaps come back to this post and take 10 minutes out of your day to really drill down into this topic. It’s a juicy and very rich territory! Friendliness: Do you move through your day sharing positivity and good, loving vibes to those in your life that deserve that best from you? Instead of dumping a bad day into the lap of the people that mean that most to you be conscious to live and breath with a light, friendly, attentive and loving attitude Do this: Write down a list of people in your life that you really care about and who are always so kind to you Ask yourself: Do I really give them the best of me? Am I always open, available, helpful, kind and loving? Commit: Set the intention to always give the best of yourself to these people! Compassion: Do you live compassionately? Are you aware of those in your life (or strangers!) who are in need of compassion and kindness – people that need help? Do you do anything to contribute and show some love to those less fortunate that you? Do this: Consider where/who you might like to send some compassion to. Don’t get overwhelmed that you have to think BIG here. It can be something small but mighty Ask yourself: How much am I willing to give of myself? Again, this doesn’t have to be all your time or your money, but what works for you right now is more than nothing! Commit: Set the intention to be compassionate to someone (or a group, organisation) that requires an extra helping hand. Delight: Do you get see what other people are putting out into the world (think of teachers, bloggers, writers, health practitioners, carers etc) and delight in all that they do? Do you feel inspired by their work and appreciative or are you weighed down by feelings of self-doubt? Do this: Think about how many times in your day you notice other people, their work/their creations and what they are putting out into the world. Look at how you feel when these moments happen. Ask yourself: Do you feel happy for them? Are you excited by what you’ve seen and eager to express your gratitude? If it’s about you – do you offer up gratitude for what YOU do? Commit: Set the intention to serenade the success of yourself and those around you. To offer up thanks, and mean it! Encourage people around you by showing your appreciation for all that they do and how they contribute, positively to our world. It might just be a simple facebook msg or email to say THANKS! Disregard: Are you hung up on the unkind thoughts, words and actions of others and how they have affected you. Do you get caught up wanting to ‘teach’ someone a lesson when you deem their actions to be wrong? Do you feel heavy with the weight of judgement often throughout your day? Do this: Consider where in your life you frequently are exposed to the unkind words, thoughts and actions of others. Look at how often you feel judgement towards things other people do that you don’t agree with? Ask yourself: How does it make me feel to always NOTICE and JUDGE what other people do that I don’t like or agree with? What kind of energy do I carry with me by carrying these feelings? Commit: Disregard that which doesn’t serve you – including your judgement of other people. Let go of the need to fix and teach someone a lesson, it’s not your job but instead place your energy on you and the positive people and experiences in your life. No longer focus on what doesn’t bring you happiness (e.g I don’t watch the news, ever!) _____________________________________________________________________________ Tell me, what are your thoughts on this 5000 year old concept? How do you feel about these 4 key attitude – Friendliness, compassion, delight and disregard? Answer in the below comments: Which one of these attitudes do you feel you need to cultivate and focus in on at the moment? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. love + light, Cx Image credit Read more

ONE POT WONDER: CINNAMON LEMON CHICKEN

ONE POT WONDER: CINNAMON LEMON CHICKEN

Posted July 01, 2013

Welcome to foodie heaven. Ok – that’s a bit dramatic, but if you are anything like me the smell of cinnamon (and all spices) sends you to a very happy place. Now, this little creation came about a few Friday nights ok. My husband and I have started a new winter ‘date night in’. This is how it goes: We each find and decide on a recipe we want to try We book in date night for Friday evening We cook TOGETHER in the kitchen This is a big deal in our relationship for multiple reasons. 1) Food is at the centre of it all (culturally we both come from ‘foodie people’. 2) We rarely fight anymore, but when we used to it was always about cooking  – who was in control, who knew how to do it better … etc, etc! So cooking together is reflective of where our relationship is now. Harmony! 3) We struggle eating out when we know how good our food is at home – we like the experience of trying new things together and sharing a meal. So – first cab off the rank was this decadent, spiced chicken one pot wonder. We saw the recipe on some SBS cooking show and decided to have a go – and of course, change it up a bit. Before we get to it, make sure halfway through cooking this meal you sneak a whiff! Take the lid off and breathe in the delicious, heavenly scent. You’ll get what I’m talking about! What you’ll need Chicken thighs (pastured, organic please!) 1kg Butter or ghee for frying (organic and whole milk!) 2 red onions, diced 5 cloves of garlic, diced 12cm cinnamon stick, broken into 4 pieces (find cinnamon BARK preferably, otherwise the quills are fine too) ½ tsp turmeric 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground allspice 4-5 large tomatoes, cut into chunks 40g raisins, soaked in boiling water and drained about 500ml chicken stock (homemade preferably otherwise get a good quality one, it’s worth it) 2 small lemons cut into chunks 2 handfuls of coriander leaves, roughly chopped 2 cups of tri-coloured quinoa, pre-soaked and cooked until fluffy and light. What to do: Preheat the oven to 180C Season the chicken well with salt and pepper Heat butter/ghee on the pan and brown the chicken in batches. Remove the chicken and put to one side. Add another dollop of butter/ghee . Add onions and cook gently for a few minutes before adding the garlic and the spices. Cook for another 10 minutes until onions are soft. Add the chicken in, tomatoes, lemon and raisins. Pour in enough stock to come halfway to 3/4 up the pot. Boil and then reduce to a simmer. Place the lid on and leave it on low-medium for a good 1hr or so until the chicken is tender. Turn the heat off, add in the coriander and stir through. Serve the quinoa in a bowl with the chicken and soupy yummyness on top. Be sure to remove the cinnamon bits. We felt that this recipe needed more greens (we eat alot of green veg) so you could add in some zucchini, kale or silverbeet quite nicely. Saha to you! Cx Read more

THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE

THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE

Posted June 27, 2013

I’m not going to pretend that I am a true fighter for a healthier planet. Before you judge, hear me out. There are people out there making a real and positive impact when it comes to saving this planet. I wish I had that drive and passion for it, but I don’t – I’m all about helping the individual and changing the world one person at a time. Is that wrong of me? I don’t think so – everyone has their own purpose and offering – mine just isn’t environmentalism. Power to those that do! However, that being said I do go out of my way to minimize my impact on the environment and my health. I thought I would share with you some of the ways I try and do this (aside from regular and religious recycling!) 1) All feminine hygiene products are chosen mindfully As an ambassador for Sunwarrior from Global By Nature I am thankfully exposed to some of the other brands they look after. Natracare is one of them. I found this on Natracare’s website: Every year, billions of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of by women. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. Generally the plastic waste ends up in landfill sites and the oceans of the world forever causing visual pollution and damaging marine life and ultimately the food chain.  That freaks me out a little. Not to mention the dangers for women using products laced with chemicals synthetics, chlorine, laxtex and more nasties. I’m not an ambassador for Natracare (just so you know) and I often swing between it and the other more recent brand on the market, TOMorganic. Both of these brands are made from certified organic, natural and plant-derived materials. Chemical free and biodegradable. Natracare sources ingredients from sound ecologically managed producers and is certified free from animal testing. Also, TOM is focused on organic farming practices to minimise impact on the environment. 2) I make my own or use natural cleaning products There is this awesome little shop near my home called The Source Bulk Foods. They stock a totally natural, chemical free range of cleaning products. You can find a similar shop in most areas. Alternatively, I make up my own cleaning products – here’s an all-purpose cleaner: 1/2 cup of white vinegar 1/4 cup of baking soda 2 litres of water Add in lavender, lemon, peppermint or any other essential oil you like! 3) I reuse every container! I keep every container to reuse for storing food, but also when I go and restock food from places like The Source. I make sure I take a few containers with me a fill-up. I try my best to make use of everything – if a candle has finished and it came in a lovely glass or clay jar I find a use for it – storing pencils, a new toothbrush holder, a jar for herbs and spices – anything! If I can’t find a use I keep it for a bit or recycle. 4) I don’t use deodorant or perfume Scary, huh! It’s not… I don’t smell. My body went through a detox phase when I first stopped and now it just seems to know how to recalibrate itself. If I get sweaty after yoga, I shower. I don’t like spraying chemicals in the air, contributing to pollution and I also find I’m really sensitive to strong scents anyways. 5) I only use natural toothpaste and a biodegradable (bamboo) toothbrush I don’t want to be ingesting chemicals on a daily basis and I don’t buy into the idea that we need all those crazy additives to clean our teeth. I use Grant‘s toothpaste or Miessence  both aussie brand And when it comes to toothbrushes, well, in Australia alone, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and binned each year – that’s 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. That also freaks me out! Check out the toothbrush I use here. __________________________________________ There are SO many more ways that we can clean up our act. I’d love to hear some suggestions for you? What do you do that positively minimises waste AND keeps your life and health cleaner? Share with me below in the comments. love + light (and a cleaner world!) to you, Cx Read more

IT”S TIME TO UNATTACH FROM YOUR PAST

IT”S TIME TO UNATTACH FROM YOUR PAST

Posted June 25, 2013

I’ve been receiving so many amazing emails from those who have bought my new ebook. I love reading every single one of them – people sharing their stories of surrender, sharing their own AHA moments. It’s so inspiring. Letting GO is something we’ve all been crying out for. I’m also receiving alot of comments around how BRAVE I was to share so much of my story. It’s interesting, I never once considered it to be brave, or even thought it through (writing my story) … It just felt natural to share where I have been and the journey of surrender I am still on. Why? Because I know I’m not alone in this… Sharing my story had nothing to do with bravery, but it was necessary for my own healing and for the healing of others. I felt that my personal journey could hopefully help even ONE person have an AHA moment. In my book – Get out of you way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet! – I share 7 pivotal moments where surrender (either forced or welcomed) came to me. There are so many other elements to ‘my story’ I didn’t share, but that’s just it, I see them as a ‘story’… not who I am! I don’t identify myself through those stories, but I see them as experiences that lead me towards greater awareness and understanding. Situations that I manifest for myself in order to experience and learn something vital to me. The past has no power As I was writing this blog post I received Danielle LaPorte’s newsletter where she spoke about burning 20 years worth of her journals. It really struck a chord with me, particularly this sentence: “I love deep and I’m very ritualistic, but I’m not very nostalgic.” I feel the exact same way. I live by ritual, routine, love, joy, feeling, truth… at least I try to, every single day.  I am not one to cling to past memories, mementos, nostalgia. My husband and I barely celebrate anniversaries. We acknowledge them, maybe go to dinner (it’s a good excuse to dine out) but we, as a collective, place more significance on the love we feel NOW, then what happened in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the past is relevant to a degree, there is alot we can learn from it – such rich territory. However, as many of my clients would’ve heard me say countless times – I’m not one to dwell in the past, and I encourage them to do the same. It is what it is (or was, rather) and I don’t feel that being weighed down by the past is conducive to joy, love, experience, fulfillment in this moment. I see holding on to the past, having attachment to it, having an emotional charge to it as unproductive, a little obsessive, and mis-guided. It is not WHO I am. Unidentify with the past Part of sharing ‘my story’ in my book was a personal cathartic process for me. In every single moment of our lives we are absorbing energy. The energy of positive and negatively charged experiences, conversations, interactions… you get the idea. We are ‘programming’ and rebooting our system in every tiny moment. So even when we think we’ve ‘cleared’ something on the conscious level, often the past has found a place to hide its belief system, ideas, impressions and scars on the sub conscious level. I believe that those experiences have been cleared on a conscious level, but subconsciously? I doubt it! How could they be, 7 profound and pivotal moments that happened within the last 10 years – that’s not that long ago. It’s difficult to NOT identify with them. As I wrote each experience down, witnessing the black words appear on white screen, I felt a little part of me (the real me, my true essence!) disconnect and unidentify with those moments. Yes, I will always remember them and yes, I’m grateful for them, but I no longer need to hold onto them. They’ve served a purpose and now they are meaningless. Can you unattach… Loosen your grip…Take your power back from the past? This isn’t something you can ‘pretend’ to do. You know, be really flippant and self-deprecating around your past experiences and how they make you feel. And in fact, if you DO try and fake this, you are only going to push that ‘thing’ you are trying to release further and deeper within you. Not the desired outcome. If you feel, as you are reading this post that you are ready to let it all go, then the process has already begun for you. Your past will become just a ‘story’ that you retell with no charge (positive or negative!) to it. It is what it is. I’d love to hear from you now: Is the past taking up alot of limelight? Even if, at first, you don’t realise it? For those of you wanting to go deeper here my ebook can help you. Head over here to get yourself a copy. love + light, Claire Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: GET GROUNDED WITH STANDING POSTURES

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: GET GROUNDED WITH STANDING POSTURES

Posted June 24, 2013

This week’s segment of Yoga with Claire features three very well known standing postures. Trikonasana – Triangle pose Virabhrasdrasana 2 – Warrior 2 pose Parsvokonasana – Side Angle pose These postures are great for: Building strength in the legs Opening the groins and hips Stretching out the back of the body (hamstrings, spine, ankles, shoulders) Cncourage length through the spine. I personally love these poses for their grounding and centering qualities. You have to move with focus, awareness and mindfulness when you are in these postures. Your feet are earthed. The more stability in your feet and legs the more steady, grounded and focused you will be. These asanas seem easy, but they can be incredibly challenging. The key is to be comfortable with where YOUR body is at. And it will evolve, I promise. I am always amazed at how these standing postures (and others) never get boring – they, and you, grow, change, transform and there is always something new to discover and play with. My recommendation would be to revisit the Sun Salutation videos I created and practice 5 rounds of each before flowing into these standing postures. This is a common transition in most yoga styles and I’ve specifically tried to introduce them to you in that way. You can find Sun Salute A HERE and Sun Salute B HERE. Remember, go at YOUR own pace. If you’ve been practicing for a while explore the postures and play with them. If you are new, just build up each day – add on more time to each pose, hold them for longer, work on a steady and even breath. Enjoy moving your body, feeling your breath and connecting to your life force. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH. Namaste, Cx Read more

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

Posted June 21, 2013

5 on friday – what I’m loving this week! Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve felt compelled to share the things I’m loving on a VLOG, but I’m back today with 5 awesome things I know you are going to love! There is something in this for everyone. Click PLAY to watch and see the summary below. 1) Affirmations Creating and connecting in with affirmations that resonate with your heart’s desires 2) Social media free days Ahh – heavenly! Time off from ‘connecting’ and space to move back into the moment 3) Evernote App I love this app – it’s a lifesaver!! 4) Crystals, Reiki and Kinesiology Yep, getting my hippie on. All these yummy energetic practices keep me whole. For those interested in Reiki (experiencing it or becoming a practitioner) my healer is Franziska Mayr. Check her out! 5) Feedback on my ebook! I love you guys! SO much gratitude to each and everyone of you for buying my book and sending me through some wicked feedback. Heart overfloweth. AND as a little BONUS, the 6th thing I’m loving this week is my new member pack created for those who subscribe to my Weekly Wellness Update. Woo! So excited to get this out there What’s in it? A sneak peak of my ebook – The first chapter! Foodie Must Haves – A downloadable and printable healthy shopping list Declare your Dreams – A downloadable and printable worksheet on tapping into your dreams and desires 3 Steps to More Wellness – A 3 part video guide where I share three of my favourite wellness tips So, if you aren’t yet part of the project, jump on the list below! Now, tell me, what are YOU loving this week? Answer in the comments below. love + light, Claire Read more

JUST FOR YOU – A LETTING GO YOGA SEQUENCE!

JUST FOR YOU – A LETTING GO YOGA SEQUENCE!

Posted June 20, 2013

I have a little present for you! A mid-week surrender pressie.. I’ve decided to share one of the exclusive bonuses included in my new ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet. Within the book I mention movement as an integral part to learning how to let go and surrender. As a gift to you I’d like to open up this BONUS 20 minute yoga sequence to all of you! This is a beautiful, flowy, juicy sequence. It’s the perfect time and the perfect way to start the day or when you just feel you need to get out of your head! This sequence is not about the postures and making them ‘look good’ but rather dropping  into your body, stepping out of that overpowering thinking space and into a more playful state. Have fun with it and enjoy the flow. Surrender Sequence from Claire Obeid on Vimeo. My ebook is all about the FLOW. It’s an insightful, intuitive journey into the art of surrender – the most profound way we can open up to our best lives yet and allow that beautiful, effortless energy to be part of our daily lives. The other day I was with a client who mentioned that she was really struggling to set her intentions (the first step in our work together). She read my ebook and spent some time outside, after which her intentions flowed so easy and effortlessly. I LOVED hearing that… it’s exactly what I wanted to incite. Ease. Flow. Surrender. Softness. If you want some of that then head over HERE to check it out and get yourself a copy! Here’s what a few people have been saying about the ebook: Your book is great, very heartfelt and real, sharing your life with strangers is a brave move. I have enjoyed reading it first quickly and now to take it slower and with time on my side. Maddi Lock ___________________________________________________________________ Beautiful Claire, thank you so much for sharing your story. It was truly beautiful and inspiring to read your journey into wellness and surrender. Congratulations lovely.. you should be so very proud of yourself, I loved every piece of your e-book.. the pictures, quotes, artworks – all of it! Natalie Leahy ___________________________________________________________________ Sweet Claire, I have just finished your book. LOVED IT!!! I really think Surrender needs to be my word for the rest of this year!!! I have, over the last few months, been given so many signs to surrender, and ignored them. Your words and your story have helped me see how to incorporate all those ‘tools’ into my life. Thank you again, I’m sure I will be revisiting this many times over the coming weeks. Brandi Myers ___________________________________________________________________ I read the entire thing over a pot of tea yesterday! So beautiful… The exercises were amazing xx Thank you for writing such an honest book about letting go. We all need a little more of that in our lives. Krys Hansen _____________________________________________________________ Love + light to you, Cx Read more

WHEN YOU’VE BLOWN AN EMOTIONAL FUSE

WHEN YOU’VE BLOWN AN EMOTIONAL FUSE

Posted June 18, 2013

I’ve long held the belief that we are more than our bodies… in fact, I’ve believed in this since I was just a little thing. We all ‘know’ that now, don’t we? We all understand, even if it’s on an intellectual level, that we are mind (thought/ego), body (flesh and bone) and spirit (universal consciousness, true essence, pure love). The reason I learned this at such a young age is because I witnessed the DIRECT correlation between emotional trauma + physical dis-ease within my own family. My mother – the source of my spirituality and the one who still teaches me about unconditional love and compassion – often showcased the effects of emotional pain and imbalance through her physical body. I can almost timeline every major illness that she has been struck down with alongside an emotional period! (A big Middle Eastern family is not without it’s trials and tribulations!) Without over-sharing (out of respect for my gorgeous mamma) it was witnessing this that clearly flagged to me how our illness(es) really are a clear smoke-signal from the amazing system of our mind/body/spirit that something is out of whack. It’s not just about food Some of you may have noticed a slight shift in direction on my blog over the last 6 months. I am STILL hugely passionate about good food, nutrition and movement, however (and as most of my clients know) I believe that is simply the ENTRY point into true wellness. I still get so excited to work with individuals and help them find true health by harnessing the power of food. However, at some point, once we’ve cleaned up the diet and we have found a level of balance and health (and only when you are ready) we then need to peel back the layers to see what we have lying underneath. Emotions that do not serve us, limiting beliefs, stress, past hurts > often we think we’ve ‘worked’ through this stuff and it’s just laying dormant.  More often than not we are still being bullied by the junk hiding underneath. This is when we realise that, hey, it’s not just about the food I am eating… there is something else going on here! Maybe you’ve just blown an emotional fuse? When I’m working with a client who, after a few sessions, has all the information they need to eat and live well BUT they still show signs of illness OR they still can’t commit to what they know, then it’s time to peel the layers back. This is when we explore – what emotional fuse have you blown? What smoke-signal is your body sending up to you, asking you to respond and react accordingly to the emotions that you aren’t dealing with. Unfortunately we are trained to TREAT the physical ailment as THE PROBLEM. More often than not it’s the final symptom of the underlying problem – negative emotions, events and belief systems. Sometimes we just get sick – it is what it is – and I’m not discounting that. But I speak from experience when I say that often when something repeats itself or lingers there is something else going on… you can be sure of it. As many of you would know now after reading my new ebook I was sent messages, quite dramatically through my body. The state of my health deteriorating the more I ignored the underlying truths. [If you haven’t yet checked out my new ebook on surrender and learning how to let go head over HERE.] That back injury I had for over a year – oh my that was deeply rooted in financial insecurity, fear of moving forward, not feeling supported by life, disbelief in my own abilities and so much more. Do I have that back injury now? NO. Do I have any of those beliefs now?… you know the answer. Louise L Hay is the master of this. In her famous book Heal Your Body she connects your bodily pain/illnesses to emotional blow-outs. Having problems in your back/spine? Where don’t you feel supported in life? Digestive problems? Where do you feel stuck or what are you refusing to let go of? Cold or upper respiratory problem? Maybe there is too much going on in your life?! Persistent cough? It’s time to speak up or maybe you need to ‘bark’ back? What is your body trying to tell you, NOW? Take the time now to scan through your body. Listen to its signals. Or rather, can you smell the smoke it’s been burning…trying to get your attention. There might be something small and niggly that’s been there for a while but you’ve cleverly and skillfully ignored it. Or perhaps you’ve just been struck down with the flu, an injury or otherwise. Get aware! Do this exercise below: It’s like heading down to your emotional fuse box and shining a light on the truth. What am I feeling PHYSICALLY? Write down as many things as you can register, some are going to be so obvious, others maybe have been swept under the covers. But go with your intuition. Sometimes we just KNOW when something isn’t a problem. If I am honest, what am I feeling EMOTIONALLY? Write down the emotions that come to mind. When you take a moment to connect in with how you FEEL. You can’t THINK your way through this answer by the way, you’ll need to quietly and softly enter your hear and move out of your headspace. Now, looking at my life, what is the CAUSE of these feelings? Now that you’ve been clear about what you are feeling emotionally (and therefore physically represented in the body) now try and draw a connection to where in your life you’ve blown a fuse. Be honest with yourself about what you aren’t being honest about! Get me? Where are you lying to yourself and ignoring the truth? Finally, what would it be like for you to be FREE of these feelings? To allow yourself to completely […] Read more

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