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INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JULIA MATTHEWS

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JULIA MATTHEWS

Posted September 05, 2013

Julia Matthews is one half of the duo Julia&Libby. If you’ve never heard of these two beauties then you’ve been missing out of some of the most inspiring, delicious recipes, EVER. I am so thrilled to connect with Julia via The Inspiration Corner. Libby will be up on the blog soon. As I am the youngest of a large family with three other sisters I love that these two sisters have teamed up to share their mutual passion for wellness, food and beauty from within. Enjoy! Claire x 1. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I am living in Sydney studying Nutritional Medicine at Nature Care College.  I moved over to Sydney late last year with my partner for his career and love it! When I was living in New Zealand my sister Libby and I started up a health and wellness blog.  Libby is a Nutritionist and I am studying to be one, we have a big passion for helping others try to live a healthier lifestyle.  We are realistic and know that cutting out bad foods from your diet wont happen overnight so we try and give little tips and tricks to help others who want to start living a more nourishing life.  2. What INSPIRES you? Family, friends, receiving feedback from people we have helped and knowing that if I work a little harder I will be able to help lots more people.  Other health and wellness experts (such as yourself), I love love Dr Libby and my nutrition teacher Tabitha McIntosh is phenomenal, 3. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? Most of the recipes and information I give out is based around what I eat or practises I have put in place for myself that work.  If it works for me I know it can work for others.  At Uni there is so much information being absorbed from my lecturers, I use that as a source of inspiration for blog posts.  My sister and I skype often and brainstorm, she is very knowledgeable so I like to wrack her brain for ideas and inspiration.  4. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? A lot of what I learn/am inspired by at Uni I take on board and put into practise, such as learning about a new food and ways that it can help heal/nourish me.  5. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Being happy & comfortable with yourself.  Accepting your flaws and working with them.  Learning how to manage stress is extremely important and something I am still working on! Nourishing your body with nutritious food daily.  Making ethical food choices.    6. What’s your routine? Monday to Thursday I have Uni so get up around 6:30am, read over class notes and eat a big breakfast.  Class starts at 9:30am and finishes anywhere from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  When I get home and if it’s not raining or I’m not working on a big assignment I’ll go for an hour and a half walk around the bay (if you live in Five Dock/Leichardt/Balmain area you’ll know what I am talking about) then prep dinner.  Bed time is always before 10:00pm.  Weekends are spent doing more Uni work, and supporting my BF’s footy games.  I eat out a lot in the weekends; it’s fun finding new eating spots and discovering parts of the city I have never been to before.  7. How do you find balance + happiness? I find happiness by reminding myself how lucky I am, lucky to be living in such a beautiful country, being able to study what I love and having such supportive family and friends.  Balance, still working on this.  I have weeks where I am totally in control of what happens and then other weeks where I get overwhelmed and stressed with my workload.      8. How do you practice self-love? Respecting my body and giving it the nourishment it needs and deserves.  Having ‘’me’ time, taking time out every day or every second day to do something for myself.  9. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Avocado Cacao Mousse – 1x avocado, 2 tsp water, 1/3 cup cacao powder, 1 T raw organic maple syrup, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.  Don’t have before bed or you wont be able to get to sleep! 10. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle  I try not to place too many restrictions on myself as that can leave me a bit stressed.  I know what I can and can’t eat and generally stick to it.  There are certain foods I will only eat if organic and try to limit intake of animal products.  11. How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Talking to my Mum, Dad, sister or friends, they help put things into perspective.  My boyfriend is extremely supportive of what I do and gives me little pep talks to help lift spirits if I’m feeling down.  It is amazing what a hug will do!  Writing lists of goals and things I would like to achieve is definitely motivating.  12. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That when you eat well, you feel well.  It is amazing how small simple changes to your diet can have some a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.     Connect with Julia: www.juliaandlibby.com www.facebook.com/juliaandlibby www.twitter.com/juliaandlibby Instagram.com/juliaandlibby love + light, Claire Read more

KILL IT WITH KINDNESS – WHEN THE ONLY WAY IS LOVE!

KILL IT WITH KINDNESS – WHEN THE ONLY WAY IS LOVE!

Posted September 03, 2013

Put your hand up if someone you love and really care about has hurt you? Leave your hand up if you believe that despite the hurt and pain they inflicted on you, that you know innately that they are good and that maybe what they did came from their own s*$# bubbling up to the surface? I’ve been there, many times. In fact, I’ve been there so many times that for a while I was a little confused as to what love was if the people closest to me could inflict so much hurt. I was young then, I see things differently now. Each and every single moment where I have been challenged by someone else’s mean, hurtful behaviour I have learnt two things: 1) My reaction and judgement in response to that hurtful moment is integral to how the ‘story’ plays out. It is integral in turning a crappy moment into a moment of truth, insight and deep learning! 2) We are all spiritual beings experiencing a human existence. Some of us, in moments of anger, forget that. That doesn’t mean that person is ‘horrible’, ‘evil’ or even ‘down right bad to the core. They’ve just forgotten who they are and sometimes, our job is to help them remember their truth. In today’s VLOG I explore the ancient concept of compassion as on of the most powerful practices we can partake in. ‘Kill it with Kindness’ is a phrase born from teachings in the Bible, from Buddha and ancient yogi texts. Click PLAY on the video to hear my discussion around how compassion, in the face of hurtful behaviour, can often bring about real change and healing for you and the person involved. Kindness is free. It’s the epitome of strength (it’s harder to be kind and compassionate than angry and reactionary!). Kindness doesn’t always ‘work’ in the sense that the situation you’re in will change isntantly, but over time you might change that person, you might spread compassion far and wide. And, at the very least, YOU experience and hold positive, kind feelings in your heart instead of carrying negative, soul-destroying ones. I know what I’d prefer! This video will have you thinking about where in your life your current negative/frustrated/angry reactions are actually perpetuating the situation you want out of! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Share below in the comments and let me know where in your life you need to move from kindness to kill the negative burden or experience weighing you down. love + light Claire Read more

IT’S TIME FOR A SPRING FLING + A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!

IT’S TIME FOR A SPRING FLING + A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!

Posted September 02, 2013

With such beautiful weather in Sydney of late you’d have to be living under a rock not to notice that Spring has arrived. The birds are getting their chirp on a little earlier as the sun is starting to show it’s gorgeous face. The spring winds are coming soon – can you feel them? And there are even the beginnings of spring blooms. So what does this time of renewal mean for us? It’s time to shake off your winter ways, stretch out that stale, stagnant energy, cleanse from the inside out and step into a new you. Every season has an important and integral role to play within nature. Winter is about hibernation and slowing down. And that’s ok. But if you’ve perhaps ‘slowed down’ a little too much it’s time now to rev your engine and get your juices flowing again. Spring is all about rejuvenation. Detoxing. Cleansing. Reawakening. Feeling alive. Look at where you need to change it up and perhaps ask yourself a few key questions What is not working for me? How do I want to feel? What do I know works for my body, mind and breath? The key, in my opinion, is not to focus on ‘weight-loss for bikini-season’. That’s not a bad reason but it’s caught up in an agenda that is coming from a limiting self-belief. Let’s focus on feeling renewed, energised, alive, fit, healthy, whole, abundant, inspired! DO THIS: Set yourself 3 KEY INTENTIONS for the season of spring. E.g. More yoga, green smoothies, creative time. Don’t do more than 3, try to avoid overwhelm. It leads to procrastination. Simply give yourself the space to drill down into just three things that are going to have a PROFOUND impact on your health and well-being. Now to help you on your way I have a little Spring Fling Giveaway for you. A bumper pack of goodies from some of my favourite brands and friends! Spring is here giveaway. This giveaway is all about fueling and moving your body so you can get out there and enjoy the change in season. Start shifting that winter energy and embracing a new healthier lifestyle. 2 x Cases of Natural Raw C Coconut Water (includes 24 x 330ml packs) 1 x 1 kilo bag of my favourite Sunwarrior Protein Powder 1 x Synergy Naturals SuperGreens 1 x Notox Box including lots of fantastic samples 1 x gift pack from TOM Organic 1 x Fluf Organic Cotton Lunch Bag from Kindred Gifts 1 x BRITA Fill & Go Water filter bottle BONUS gift: 2 x 30 minute power virtual coaching sessions with ME! (Skype/Phone ) 1 copy of my ebook – Get out of your own way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet! Want in? Here’s what to do: You’ll need instagram to enter! Subscribe to my weekly wellness update below – if you aren’t subscribed you won’t find out if you are the winner! I’ll announce it in two weeks time. Head over to my facebook page and say hi! Hit me up on instagram – share a picture of ANYTHING that represents Spring to you – a green smoothie, outdoor workout, reading a book under the trees, wearing thongs again – ANYTHING! You must share the pic with me @claireOwellness and include the hash-tag #TWPspringfling BONUS RECIPE: to kick-start your healthy living here’s my new favourite smoothie: THE SUPER CLEANSER: Handful of silverbeet Handful of ruby chard 300mls coconut water 1/2 green apple 2 tbls chia seeds 1tbls coconut oil 1/2 lemon knob of ginger knob of turmeric root 1 tsp of supergreens 1 scoop of sunwarrior protein powder – natural flavour Enjoy! love + light, Claire x Read more

MEDITATION TO OPTIMISE YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

MEDITATION TO OPTIMISE YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

Posted August 29, 2013

Daily meditation is part of my self-love practice. It nourishes me. Makes me feel centered, grounded and stable (which is vital for a Vata Dosha like me!). Meditation ensures that my stress levels stay low, just where I like it, and my anxiety is in check. I used to be such a highly strung-out little bunny. It makes me feel a little sad that I used to ‘identify’ myself as that – I was just ‘that way’. If it wasn’t for meditation I wouldn’t have discovered my true purpose, tapped into my divine, well-spring of potential or be living this incredibly life I now do. Credit must go to the incredibly Carolyne Gowen – my meditation teacher. Carolyne’s meditation course in Vedic or Mantra Meditation literally changed my life. And when I look back I realise that learning to meditate all those years ago not only created a space for me to tune in to my truth, my essense, my love but it also changed the state of affairs in my physical body. There are countless benefits to meditation. From health, to the emotional, spiritual and physical. The list goes on. I decided to hone in on one particular area vital to female health – The Endocrine System. In fact, it’s vital to all of us, male or female. But balancing our hormonal system is such a huge and integral element to long term vitality. Carolyne and I spent 20 lovely minutes chatting about meditation, the proven science behind it, the endocrine system and more. Tune in to meet my lovely teacher and to learn how meditation can help you on a deeper level than just simply quietening the noises in our head (although, if that’s all it did that would be ENOUGH too!) Hit PLAY to watch. When you’ve finished be sure to comment below – do you meditate, what’s your experience with meditation? What are your thoughts on the areas we discussed. If anyone is interested in exploring mantra/vedic meditation please get in touch with Carolyne at Still Your Mind. She has a new course starting soon and can teach via skype for those interstate/international. love + light Claire Read more

THE PROVEN SCIENCE BEHIND REIKI

THE PROVEN SCIENCE BEHIND REIKI

Posted August 27, 2013

I am an ‘energy’ junkie. I love the power in harnessing that energy for health and healing. I have a few ‘secret weapons’ that help me dive deep, peel off layers, rebalance, reconnect and revitalise. Amongst my arsenal is Reiki. This year I finally got my Level 1 Reiki Certification through my good friend and Reiki Healer, Franziska Mayr (I call her Frenchy!). Today, I’m so excited to share with you a guest post from Frenchy on the amazing science behind the magic of Reiki. I hope you enjoy this post as I much as I did. Enjoy! Claire x  ___________________________________________________________________________________ Though my first encounter with the ancient Healing art of Reiki in Japan back in 1996 was powerful and life changing, I felt a great need to intellectually understand how it worked. How did it relieve physical pain, aid in fighting addiction, reduce stress and anxiety and rebalance someone to their natural state of health and well-being? How could someone achieve such incredible results by not even touching the body? Luckily, I wasn’t the only one  intrigued and this research I’m about to take you through has shed some light on how so many incredible results are achieved with Reiki. Independent research by Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. John Zimmerman  investigated what happens whilst people practice therapies like Reiki.  They found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver become synchronised in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation, but they pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field, known as the Schumann Resonance.  During these moments, the bio-magnetic field of the practitioners’ hands is at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current.  The linking of energy fields between practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the ‘infinite energy source’ or ‘universal energy field’ via the Schumann Resonance.  Everything is connected in a ‘living web of interdependence’.  This supports the subjective experience of ‘oneness’ and ‘expanded consciousness’ related by those who regularly receive Reiki. Zimmerman (1990) in the USA and Seto (1992) in Japan further investigate the large pulsating bio-magnetic field that is emitted from the hands of energy practitioners whilst they work.  They discovered that the pulses are in the same frequencies as brain waves, and sweep up and down from 0.3 – 30 Hz, focusing mostly in 7 – 8 Hz, alpha state.  Independent medical research has shown that this range of frequencies will stimulate healing in the body, with specific frequencies being suitable for different tissues.  For example, 2 Hz encourages nerve regeneration, 7Hz bone growth, 10Hz ligament mending, and 15 Hz capillary formation.   ‘Brain waves’ are not confined to the brain but travel throughout the body via the perineural system, the sheaths of connective tissue surrounding all nerves.  During treatment, these waves begin as relatively weak pulses in the thalamus of the practitioner’s brain, and gather cumulative strength as they flow to the peripheral nerves of the body including the hands.  The same effect is mirrored in the person receiving treatment, and that regulates injury repair and system rebalance.  This highlights one of the special features of Reiki  – that both practitioner and client receive the benefits of a treatment, which makes it very efficient. It is interesting to note that his study has been carried out on world-wide array of cross-cultural subjects, and no matter what their belief systems or customs, or how opposed to each other their customs were, all tested the same.  Part of Reiki’s growing popularity is that it does not impose a set of beliefs, and can therefore be used by people of any background and faith, or none at all.   Reiki, or energy is universal. We are one and the same with that energy, which means by harnessing it we are tapping into our own healing powers. Thanks for reading, Frenchy xx Stay connected with Frenchy here: Website: Prana Lounge For daily inspiration head to her facebook page: Mind Over Matter As a side note if anyone is interested in studying Reiki or experiencing an energy healing session for yourself I can’t recommend Frenchy enough. We’ve had some pretty amazing experiences together which have left a long lasting and positive impact on my life. Read more

8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

Posted August 26, 2013

This is the first of the amazing guest posts that will be appearing on the blog while I’m away at the ONE Infinite Training Retreat. Please welcome Lee Holmes.  Lee recently won the BupaBlogAwards and rightly so. The work she does over at Supercharged Food is incredible. __________________________________________________________________________ I’m so excited at being asked by Claire to be a guest blogger for The Wellness Project. I love Claire’s blog  and find It full of rich content and inspiration. I’ve known Claire for a few years now and we both share a passion for wellness with deeply aligned philosophies when it comes to holistic health.  My book and blog, Supercharged Food helps people to make nutritious food and lifestyle choices; if you take a visit you’ll find healthy recipes, a shopping list, meal planner, cooking tips and wellness information. I hope you come and take a look and try out some of the recipes, here’s the address www.superchargedfood.com What I’d like to chat about this week is something that was at the very heart of my own healing from an auto-immune condition and a key aspect of my overall wellbeing.The importance of a healthy digestive system or “The other brain” as it is often referred to is the central point for effective functioning of other body systems. Did you know that serotonin is manufactured in the gut? And our enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat. I would love to share with you my eight simple ways to improve your digestion and absorption. Not only is it important to eat healthy foods full of vitamins and minerals, but it’s also important to ensure your digestive system is able to take advantage of these foods through proper absorption. If you suffer from any kind of digestion stress – diarrhea, constipation, IBS, acid reflux or other disorders – you might want to try these tips to get yourself on the way to maintaining a healthy digestion. 1. Take probiotics Probiotics are a live microorganism that improve the balance of flora in the digestive system. For a healthy digestion these friendly bacteria are essential. They help prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and are often depleted if you’ve been taking antibiotics or if you’ve had gastro. Probiotics can be found in some yogurts (check there is no added sugar), or taken as supplements. 2. Use more coconut products Coconut oil contains lauric acid – a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent that is easily digested and absorbed. The antifungal aspect helps kill candida in the gut, which is a common problem for people with digestive stress. Plus, coconut helps absorb beneficial nutrients from our food. 3. Soak your nuts and grains When you soak your nuts and grains you are reducing toxic substances and inhibitors that occur naturally within the grain. For example, phytic acid (found in most nuts, seeds and grains), will combine with minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and prevent them from being absorbed during digestion. Soaking neutralises this natural inhibitor. 4. Do an elimination diet If you find you experience adverse affects after eating a particular food, it might be worthwhile trying an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food or food group from your diet for anywhere between two weeks and two months and see if symptoms resolve. 5. Try bone broth Your digestive lining is supposed to be permeable to absorb nutrients. But for some people it can become too porous and let too much “leak” through without absorbing it properly. When this happens, your body can react, attacking the foods you eat. This can create IBS and other gut problems, even some autoimmune disorders. Bone broth contains gelatin which helps reinforce the lining of the gut and soothe digestive distress. 6. Drink less with meals Drinking a lot of fluid (even water) while you eat can dilute the level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. This acid is needed to help kill bacteria and digest your foods. It’s best to minimise the fluid you drink while eat and for at least an hour after you finish your meal. 7. Drink warm water and lemon Along with a delicious breakfast, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon. This alkaline drink will help jump start your metabolism and get your digestion moving. 8. Chew your food If you’re a mum or dad, you probably tell your kids this all the time: chew your food! Chewing is the first step in food digestion. Try not to rush through your meal, but allow yourself plenty of time to chew, chew, chew before you swallow. Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for having me! Happy Cooking Lee xo Find Lee here: share: www.superchargedfood.com like: www.facebook.com/superchargedfood tweet: www.twitter.com/LeeSupercharged blog: supercharged1.wordpress.com link: www.linkedin.com/in/leesupercharged watch: www.youtube.com/leeholmes67 Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH RACHEL MACDONALD

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH RACHEL MACDONALD

Posted August 22, 2013

You know those spaces in between stuff? The gap between your thoughts. That moment after diving into the ocean when you’re just about to break through the surface again. That space of stillness yet awareness as you are waking up in the morning. The dead quiet of the night. The feeling of bliss for no reason at all. When I think about the ‘in-between’ I think about this stuff. Today’s Inspiration Corner is with the open-hearted, deeply creative and always positive Rachel MacDonald from In Spaces Between. I love her blog because it reminds me to relish the in-between ‘stuff’. To live life fully, yet pause long enough to enjoy it. To savour colours, creativity and consciousness. To dive in completely yet sit on the edge and just witness before you do. It’s the stuff in-between that I think really matters. If you want (or need) a big dose of inspiration please stay a little while and really savour Rachel’s words. And boy does she have a way with words. Rachel is another one of those gorgeous souls that I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet her in the flesh but I just KNOW when we do we’ll connect. You know, those people when you read their words you can tell that they’ll just get you (and you them). There is a kindred connection happening. Maybe it’s not just me, maybe everyone connects to Rachel in this way because she is a wholehearted, soul-centered lady. I can’t wait for you to dive in. Enjoy.   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I’m a life + blog (slash online biz) coach, writer, speaker, big-thinking Sagittarian soul. My mission is to move women to their magnificence by helping them to dream bigger, slice through fears and limiting beliefs, connect back up to their true selves and OWN their greatness. I adore what I do, and as for how I got here… I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t ‘coaching’ friends, flipping the pages of a personal growth book or expressing myself through the written word, so after 10 years in the corporate world, I decided late last year that it was time to hang up my shingle and step boldly into the world that had been beckoning me for so long. So here I am – a full-time, totally stoked online entrepreneur who has the honour of working with incredible, heart-centred women every day. What INSPIRES you? Heartfelt conversations with my husband, family and soul sisters. My clients. Language. Meditation. Nature. Self-enquiry. Life itself.    Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I truly believe that we ALL have a wellspring of unlimited inspiration and energy inside us, so personally, the majority of my inspiration is drawn from that inner well and lovingly brought to form. Epiphanies and seemingly random insights are pretty commonplace in my life and over the years, I’ve learnt to consciously tune in to patterns and signs and cosmic nudges. Grand ideas generally percolate their way to the top when I take time out for stillness, head to the beach to watch the sun rise, head off on a travel adventure, go for a run or walk, or jump in the shower to melt into some sacred creative-thinking time. Feels so good just thinking about it! How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? After presence, awareness and reflection comes a choice to honour those inner whispers if they’re in alignment with who I am and how I want to live my life. I’m often saying “follow the pull” – that is, going with the energy. If it’s there, it’s game on, and that can be a simple as writing a blog post or bringing to life a fun collaborative project that feels so damn right.   When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Sleep, an abundance of nutrient-dense foods, keeping an eye on my sweet tooth and moving my body (and preferably sweating) in some way daily. What’s your routine? It’s pretty different every day depending on whether it’s a coaching or a writing day for me, but generally it looks something like this… 5 – 5:15am: Wake up and set the intention for my day (I choose a word to guide me). Whatever pops into my head first is always what I need to embrace. 5:30/ 6am: An hour of exercise, followed by a green juice or smoothie (or both). 7/ 8am: Meditation time. If I don’t do one in the morning, I’ll ensure I make space for it that night. THEN… work, which can involve anything from one on one coaching, to writing, to planning/ working on creative projects, answering interview q’s and emails, Skype calls and well, pretty much everything in between! After spending quality time with my husband, we both head to bed by 9 – 9:30pm every night. Life is definitely better that way (for us, at least). How do you find balance + happiness? I embrace happiness by chipping away the (fearful, self-doubty, egoic) layers, then with enthusiasm, simply leaning into it. On the balance front, my concept of balance is ever-changing, so with that one it always comes back to following my energy, on any given day. How do you practice self-love? Self-love is a decision – am I going to berate myself, sink into guilt, let the inner critic have or way OR am I going to bring it back to love? What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I love throwing together big ‘power bowls’ with a bit of everything – brown rice or quinoa, every veggie under the sun and avocado salsa and herbs on top. YUM. For a treat: my raw choc caramel bites get a good run at our place.  Recipe here! What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) Big salads. Spirulina. A mix of running, Pilates Barre and yoga… and […] Read more

SEE NO EVIL! WHY I DON’T WATCH THE NEWS

SEE NO EVIL! WHY I DON’T WATCH THE NEWS

Posted August 20, 2013

The news and I, we are not friends. I don’t watch any news programs or read any newspapers, online or otherwise. Naive? Disconnected? Narrow-minded? Limited? Selfish? Yep… I’ve heard it ALL and more. If you were thinking any of those when you read the first sentence of this post, I don’t blame you. I get your opinion, but what it boils down is this: I see it as pointless, futile, negative, restrictive and seriously useless. Ultimately, the way I contribute and care about the world and its people is through a very different tactic. Not on the sideline ‘observing’ the destruction and chaos but right in it planting seeds of love. I spend ALOT of time chipping away at my own layers of limiting beliefs, egoic-games, emotional blocks, past traumas. I purposefully and completely lean into this stuff, completely ready to face it all. Why? Because I know that I can make a real difference by doing so. Not just to my existence, but ultimately to the people I share my life with – husband, family, friends, clients and even further afield to total strangers. My faith resides in the power of ONE, knowing that I am ONE of a collective, universal energy. My faith resides in the power of LOVE, knowing that it is a greater energy than that of FEAR. So, leaning into my stuff ultimately allows me to grow and evolve and therefore contribute in a greater way. That’s how I see it, no… rewrite – that’s how I FEEL it to be true. That’s my truth. Now, on the flipside, watching the news is not something I feel to be supportive. I see it as feeding the fire of fear. Leaning into the news of the day from death, destruction and famine to materialism, media hype and celebrity glorification does not provide me with any real power. I cannot change any of it. What I do know happens is I absorb the pain from whatever I’m seeing/reading about. I am an incredibly sensitive person. It’s no long before I am feeling outrage at what I am seeing… futile resistance. Or I’m experiencing deep hurt and sadness. Even more useless is frustration, comparison and judgement. I don’t care which celebrity has married/divorced, got botox or anything else irrelevant to my life. I also don’t want to be feeling judgement towards them and what they do. In a nutshell, the news affects my outlook on my life, my existence and the world. It affects how I feel for the rest of the day and adds layers upon layer of guilt, judgement, resistance, fear, anger, sadness and more. My husband will often come home from work and say: Claire, did you hear about XYZ? Often, the answer is… um, nope. He thinks it’s bananas, fair enough. He thinks it’s a little disconnected and perhaps self-obsessed. Fair enough. The truth is if I need to know something important, I’ll hear about it – twitter, facebook, instagram (and my husband) all happen to be channels I’m exposed to (that’s plenty, right?) But my question back to him is. “How has it affected YOU? What kind of emotions and energy do you now feel knowing what you know?  What kind of emotions and energy are you now feeding back into the universe? What are YOU going to do about it?” Have you heard the saying: ‘Energy flows where attention goes’? Is it possible that our obsession with witnessing despair, destruction and pain could be drawing attention to and feeding energy back into it? If you believe in the power of energy and your thoughts then perhaps you might consider where in your life you are absorbing energy and thoughts that are NOT in alignment with who you want to be and what you want to put back into the world. Just as thinking negative, self-deprecating thoughts will only perpetuate your story of limitation then the same goes for what you read, see, witness and absorb. I am by no means asking you to ‘turn a blind’ eye to humanity and the stories within it, but mostly highlighting that perhaps we continue to FEED the negativity by seeking it out all the time. Maybe there is a better way we can contribute? I’m sure this is a hot topic. I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments! love + light Claire Read more

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