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Mini Mindful Moments for your monkey mind

Mini Mindful Moments for your monkey mind

Posted May 07, 2016

Experiment with these Three Mini Mindful Moments Have you noticed how many thoughts you can have at any given time? Sometimes I’m blown away by my minds ability to layer thought, on top of thought. I could be thinking of Soleil, and what to make her for dinner. Simultaneously I’m considering my next client coaching session, whilst reminding myself to book my new biz launch calls into my diary. And truthfully, I’m certain there are many more layers than this. So it’s easy to see why being present and mindful is such a challenge. Our minds are powerhouses of energy, processes, thoughts. Our minds are divine and incomprehensibly talented super computers. It often feels futile to even attempt to out-smart it and find mental stillness and clarity. But we must. We must try to find that soft state of presence. We must, as often as possible – and even if it’s a fleeting millisecond moment – find a moment of peace within the mental chatter. Why? Because those pockets of peace and quiet are a direct line to our inner truth. Our higher voice resides in those gaps between our thoughts. And in there we have access to our highest potential, a well-pool of creativity (hence why, just as your falling asleep you can have some of those sparky, bright ideas!), a pathway to our intuition. Those still points in the spinning whirlpool of our minds tap us into our soul-voice.  ++ Mindfulness is at the core of many spiritually focused practise. The crux of buddhism, and a commonly shared anti-dote to the monkey mind. But how can we bring mindfulness into our everyday? Today I want to share with you 3 MINI MINDFUL MOMENTS within short increments of time where you can invite mindfulness into your life and experiment playfully in that space of stillness. Try these and comment below, letting me your experience with you. Or better still, share some of your own tried and tested ways to practice mindfulness. 5 MINI MINDFUL MOMENTS 1) 5 Minutes: Brush your teeth + wash your face At the end of the day as you stand at your wash basin ready to brush your teeth and wash your face can you make a conscious choice to clear your mind and bring FULL attention to the task at hand. Squeezing the toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Carefully and with focus brush your teeth. Focus on the sensation, the texture, the temperature. Do the same as your rinse your mouth and move onto wash your face. Whatever is part of your ‘regime’ pay as much attention to each tiny element and detail. As your mind wonders bring yourself back to the present and feel into each moment again. 3) 15 MINUTES: Eat a meal When you sit down to eat your meal choose to silence your phone and put away all electronic devises. If you can, choose to eat alone. Here, bring full attention to your meal. Before you take the first mouthful gaze upon your meal. Look at the colours. Note the shapes and textures. What do you smell? How do you feel as you prepare to eat. Then begin to eat. One mouthful at a time, fork and spoon down between each mouthful. Chew slowly. Deliberately. Notice with your FULL body the tastes, textures, aromas. Pay attention to the environment you are in. Notice your posture as you eat and how your body responds. Slow down between each mouthful. PAUSE. Eat as if there was no time. Eat as if this was your last meal. 3) 30 MINUTES: Go for a walk Again, alone if you can. Head out for a walk. No phone, no music. Just you, the fresh air, sunshine. Be in mother nature… head to a park, or to the water’s edge. Wherever you can that connects you to the divine mother. Walk slowly. Carefully. Zone your attention into what you hear first – close by and then further afield Slowly move your attention to your body. Your feet, take one step at a time. The way your arms gently swap. Breathe. Deeply. Where do you feel that breath in your body? How does the air feel as it fills your lungs? How do you feel as you walk, consciously? Notice your surroundings. Are there animals? Birds? Children playing? Try not to follow thought patterns and create stories, but notice something and move on. Note and move on. ++ Mindfulness is a powerful tool that, when practised within your daily life, will invite in a deeper sense of presence, calm and inner stillness. If you don’t always have the time to sit down and do a dedicated, seated meditation learning to invite in moments of mindfulness will transform you from being captive to your mind and inner chatter, to being empowered to choose what you wish to think and when. Your mind doesn’t have to rule you. In fact, your are in charge and can run the show. Here’s to a day ahead of presence and peace. Love + light, Claire x Read more

The one thing I could share with you

The one thing I could share with you

Posted May 03, 2016

If there was only one thing I could share with you it would be this… Here we are, in May. Wow. I’m a little blown away that we are nearing the mid-way point of 2016. So many dreams to make manifest. So many things to tick off the list. So much left undone. Yet at the same time, so many dreams already have become a reality. So much HAS been done. So much joy and love filling this heart of mine. We often get a little overwhelmed and flustered when we notice time hurtling past us that we don’t remember to stop and actually take stock of how much we have achieved. We may have started something new, travelled, had a baby – lots of big, beautiful experiences. Or maybe your year has dished up lots of ‘smaller’ more internal achievements like mental and emotional shifts. Realigning priorities. Saying NO more often. Moving through challenges with more peace and acceptance. So take a moment now. Deep breath first. And offer up thanks for everything that has unfolded already for you this year. The good, the bad, the not so pretty, the damn ugly. Instead of getting wound up in what’s left unfinished so far, all the things you wanted to start and haven’t yet (for me that = a new ebook AND a new meditation offering. OH for more TIME!) look at all you have accomplished in mind, body and soul. You’ve done a lot beautiful. You have kicked many, many goals. And even if, like me, your life revolves around baby, THAT is a huge achievement (nurturing and nourishing life). If fact, it’s one of the biggest if I do say so myself ++ Before I leave you today there is something I want to share… in fact, if I was only ever able to pass on ONE lesson, ONE tool… that ONE ‘thing’ in which I truly feel could change your life it is this…. Meditation. Meditate. Stillness. Quiet. Peace. I was lucky enough to speak at a Bloggers Brunch (by Kids Business) last Friday to a room full of incredible mama’s (who are all working, blogging, mumming and juggling!). I decided to share the core of my life’s lessons and work which is the experience, energy and attitude of SURRENDER and how this leads to a life of freedom.  It’s a message that I still feel needs to be heard, relearnt and practiced over and over again. Alongside me, the delightful Jacinta Tynan (author and speaker) also spoke of the importance of presence and surrender. At the end of our presentations we had a quick chat on the power of meditation and how – as mamas and women of this world – it has been our life blood and saving grace. We both concluded the same thing, almost in unison: “If there was only one thing I could pass on and hopefully influence others into experiencing, that would be meditation. I would only ever share meditation, if that’s all I could”. Meditation is the single one thing that has invited me to connect deeper with myself and the world around me at the same time. It has provided me with more peace, clarity, surrender, compassion and willingness than anything else ever has or ever could … Meditation has made this quote become a reality for me. It has made it possible to live up to these words: Problems will never cease. Life never stops throwing massive (heavy) curve balls that throw you off course. However we can find peace despite it. Or because of it. But if we are able to stay in the centre of storm, make the choose to not object (so loudly and profusely) it makes that storm bearable. Sometimes even beautiful. Often life-changing. (p.s thank you to Kimbalikes on Instagram for turning my words into this gorgeous quote) ++ So my lovelies. If today you take ONE thing out of this newsletter, please make it this. Meditate. Enough dancing around the idea of meditation, if you’ve yet to start.  Enough putting it off even though you know how good it is for you. Enough sidelining it for folding the laundry and staring at your wrinkles in the mirror. Meditate. No more ‘tomorrow I’ll start’. Start today. No more ‘I just can’t meditate’. You can. You will. No more believing it’s for everyone else and not you. Stillness is at the very core of your higher self. ++ Meditate with me If you need a helping hand to start meditating please check out my guided meditations. Professionally recorded and to stunning soundtracks I know you, like thousands before you, will love these meditations. There are three albums to choose from, focusing on different needs and desires and each come with a journalling guide too. The Reveal Your Inner Radiance meditations are short, powerful and created specifically to support you through the plethora of challenges and situations we find ourselves in. CLICK HERE TO REVEAL YOUR INNER RADIANCE + START MEDITATING  Sending you so much love + light today and everyday Claire x Read more

My Four favourite ways to cope with life

My Four favourite ways to cope with life

Posted April 19, 2016

Woah. What a crazy couple of weeks.  But in a good way. You know when you look back and you think, gosh there was alot going on yet I don’t feel frazzled or ‘undone’… Well, naturally, I’ve been pondering on WHY that is. I mean, both my websites went down, Soleil decided to reignite her allergy to sleep (fun times), cut a few new teeth and run a stupidly high fever. My new wellness venture has been picking up speed, coaching, muming and trying to be a good wifey … ahh the list goes on. And yet, right now as I draft this blog to you I feel surprisingly centered. I feel content. I feel like I’ve got my shit sorted. Now, don’t get me wrong, some days I chuck a little wobbly, but they are minor wobbles thankfully! So, I come back to WHY? What’s the turning point here, what’s upped my ‘coping game’. And here’s what I can honestly say  – there are a few key factors and one massive game changer. 1. The superfood supplement I am taking has given me bucketloads of energy, obliterated my belly bloat and excess weight and I’m sleeping better. It’s allowing me to get more out life. (Email me at hello@claireobeid.com if you want to know more!) 2. Regular Chakra Cleansing – I’ve been doing this for years but I’ve started reverting back to a more yogi, vibrational based way of cleansing. 3. Clocking up some serious me-time. Small, nuggets of golden silence at a yoga class, reading, or drawing. Even if it’s only half an hour, I’ve made it a priority! But there is one serious game-changer. Here is, what I honestly believe, the single most important tool in my goody bag… SURRENDER. When my website went down and my web team couldn’t fix it fast enough. I let go. When my daughter refuses to sleep anywhere but on my chest, all night long. I let go. When my day is a juggling act of coaching, business calls, mum-life.  I let go. When my house was FULL of unfolded laundry and no time to get done. I let go. When my time was stretched and there was no space for me. I let go. I let go of the resistance. I surrender to the situation. I accept. And when I’m not accepting, I breathe and I have a moment – a seriously human moment (cry, huff and puff, reach out to my soul sisters) – and then I try it again, I let go. I choose to not fight it all, not thread a complicated story and hopefully not bury myself in the lack of control, or smashed with overwhelm. ++ If you’ve followed my work for a while you’ll know that surrender has been my ongoing, never-ending lesson (for me and to you) and that’s because it truly creates the biggest shifts I’ve every experienced. So if you’ve not done it yet this week, today… right now. Just surrender. Let go. See how your ‘coping game’ strengthens and soon you’ll find yourself in that centered space of acceptance. love + light, Claire x Read more

How to do Vibrational Chakra Cleansing

How to do Vibrational Chakra Cleansing

Posted April 19, 2016

“It is the intention behind you giving and receiving that is the most important thing. The intention should always be to create happiness for the giver and receiver, because happiness is life-supporting and life-sustaining”… And it is with this energy that today I share with you a little video on the vibrational chakra cleansing I’ve been doing lately.It brings me so much happiness to share what is supporting me lately. It always has. Truthfully, as a natural born story-teller who loves connection and community, sharing with you is quite a selfish act. I’m getting a decent dose of joy in offering you this little video! My intention, as I filmed this video was to inspire you, my beautiful reader, to feel empowered and excited to work with, cleanse and strengthen your divinely given chakra system. ++ Your chakra system is your direct connection to source energy. Ensuring you are energetically wired to be here on earth, yet always maintaining a clear pathway home to the source of all things. To our oneness. Our chakra system is the unseen ‘motherboard’ which threads through our emotional, mental, energetic and even physical body. It requires attention, maintenance, healing. The ancient yogis, seers and mystics across all time have sensed, seen and tuned into these energy centres as spinning vortexes of cosmic energy. Our personal powerhouses working away to support our human experience here on earth. And as Belinda Davidson says – the queen of the chakras in my opinion, my spiritual mentor and an incredibly psychic and light filled women – “If you want to change your life, change your energy”. Just as you want to change your body and health you eat healthily and move consciously. Just as you want to educate yourself, you study. Or when you want to calm your mind you meditate or commune with nature. Just as we care for our mind, body and spirit we must also care for our energy anatomy. The ancient yogis believed in cleansing and strengthening the chakras by not only focusing on the centre, visualising it’s colour and perhaps even size and shape but also tuning in to its personal vibration, or BIJA. Bija means ‘seed’. It is a meaningless word that relates to nothing other than the vibrational energy. The root of those energy centre – it’s seed. Ok, with a that little lesson on chakras sorted I’d like to hand this video over to you. I wish for two things. That you feel my intention behind sharing this with you and you receive with open arms and an open heart. Ready to soak in happiness. Secondly, I wish for you to fall in love with your own chakra body and start paying attention to it with love and dedication. Because it WILL change your life. And here it is my loves, as promised, a little video to guide you through my new fave way of chakra cleansing. Click on the image below to watch the video. Love + light, Claire x Read more

Bring out your big, badass ego

Bring out your big, badass ego

Posted March 21, 2016

Bring out your big, badass ego! It’s been radio silence over here since I sent out my invitation to join my new wellness venture. I’ve missed you, but it’s been exciting, busy and crackling with energy over here! And my god does it feels so good to be diving into MORE with a team of beautiful women all out for the same soulful goals – freedom, flexibility, better health, more wealth. An ABUNDANT life in every way. And you know what has been interesting? My recent Kinesiology sessions have brought up alot of stuff around my ego as I grow this business. I’ve been getting weekly sessions over the last month to clear alot of residual negative energy, negative programming and limiting self beliefs. Becoming a mama really shook things up! So I saw it high time that I hit the reset button and upgraded myself to a cleaner, higher vibration. My ego and bringing it into balance has been the centre of these sessions. And before you get confused as to why I would want to balance my ego, hear me out here. Yes, we need to keep our ego in check – that voice of our inner ‘mean girl’ as my beautiful friend Melissa Ambrosini calls it. We need to quieten that voice that tells us we aren’t good enough or we can’t do that. It’s a struggle, for many of us, to not let our ego control and override our lives. BUT, what if I told you that you actually need to learn how to harness your ego in a positive way? What if I told you to start honing your ego into a BIG, BADASS, KICKASS inner warrior? Well, it’s a game-changer if you can…. Your ego is at the centre of your motivation. Your ego is what helps you focus on your destined path Your ego is what pushes you forward, in a healthy way. Your ego is allowed to be used, positively. Your ego, when in balance and free from fear, is your best friend in creating success Your ego boosts your enthusiasm for life and helps you achieve abundance Your ego supports you to become great using your skills and talents Your ego connects you and grounds you to this human life ++ My ego has called our for attention during my sessions. It’s asked me to stop ignoring it and suppressing it and to start harnessing it in a much more positive way. I’ve come to really understand how important my ego is, and when used correctly (instead of being used by it) it WILL back my corner, fight for what I desire and help me climb those mountains. Facing challenges, staying inspired, taking action, moving forward. Your ego can be your badass bestie. So, whilst we all need to learn to check our negative, down-playing, trickster ego we do need to strike that perfect balance. The one where we need life to hum along with a little more kick and spark. You know those times, right… when it’s time to hit the pedal to the metal. Vrooom! Well that’s where I am right now, and it FEELS so damn good to be teaming up with my ego in the right one. Cheers to YOU and your big, badass ego. love + light, Claire x Read more

Are you ready to experience a life of MORE with me?

Are you ready to experience a life of MORE with me?

Posted March 15, 2016

Come and experience a life of MORE with me So it seems my post last on my new venture really caught your attention. I’ve been fielding requests and emails from incredible women (and a few good men!) who are ready to grab opportunity by the horns. The response has prompted me to share my new direction in a little more detail because it’s clear that my new direction can help you create a life of MORE… MORE HEALTH MORE WEALTH MORE FREEDOM So, my loves, consider this your official invitation to join the team I am building… ++ Let me share a little secret. It was only a few months ago I was in a flurry of overwhelm… How do I juggle life + baby? How do I stay on top of my health? How will I get back into work and create the income I used to? How can I contribute financially to my family? How do I create abundance now that I have NO time? How can I feel positive, energised + alive (despite the sleep deprivation!) How can I make a real difference in this world? How can I reconnect with my soul sisters? To say I felt desperate was an understatement. Motherhood + my life had come crashing in – it felt like they were at loggerheads. My dreams, my hopes, my desires and my (incredible, joyful) important role as a mama. I thought it must be possible to make it all FLOW and work together. But in the moment it felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Fighting the inevitable suffocation. Fighting a losing battle. So I called out to the universe… I said “Hey, Buddy… I need a helping hand here. I’m going to lean on you. I’m asking for a miracle. A little magic please… I need something to support me. I need something to answer my prayers”. And the universe decided to play. Something landed in my lap – something that flipped my health around, increased my mood and energy. Something that reignited my passion and drive for my work, something that created a NEW pathway towards abundance. AND it came packaged up in the tight embrace of my soul-sisterhood. As I shared last week, here I am now, diving head first into a NEW venture (don’t worry I’m still coaching and running my online biz). A wellness business that for the first time ever has me teaming up with the best #girlbosses and fellow mamas around – Debbie Spellman  – Mind Detox Therapist, Life Coach, Writer and Speaker and  Personal Trainer Wonder Woman + Holistic Health Coach Valeria Ramirez. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg… our extraordinary team of women, hungry for MORE, is rapidly growing. Together we are on a mission to impact lives in a big way – more health, wealth and freedom! So consider this a personal invitation to join us. To be part of our tribe of kick-ass empowered wellness women who are going to make BIG waves. ++ Time to get real… This is for you if: – You currently have a business but truthfully you’re living month to month. Following your passions isn’t always easy, but that doesn’t mean you should throw the towel in. You want abundance, finally. And you want to keep following your passions but without the hustle to make ends meet. – You aren’t happy in your job/work. You want to own your life, your hours, your time. You want to do something that feels BIG and special and makes an impact. Maybe you are tired of the travel, the long hours, the soul-less work. The drama. You want freedom, success and abundance and TIME. You want to be your own #girlboss. – The thought of teaming up with empowered women who are LIT up with passion and drive makes you light up too. You want to be part of a sisterhood with a shared vision and who will hold your hand, guide you and coach you along the way. – You want to make a difference. You care about changing the lives of others for the better. You are influencer, a leader, a walker of your talk. And you are ready to help others live BIG and for you to do the same. – Health and wellness is a priority to you. And you firmly believe that being in perfect health leads to happiness, success, abundance and life filled with love. AND to share this with others is in alignment with your purpose and life goals. This is not for you if: – You are not committed to do what it takes to (finally) change your life (your health, your wealth). If fear based thinking gets in the way of change and you aren’t willing to rise above it, this isn’t for you. – You are not ready to be mentored and coached and be part of an awesome team who will motivate and inspire you. – You are not willing to push your boundaries and try something new to experience and achieve more than you believe is possible. – You are happy with your current employment and don’t want to work for yourself. Everything is just fine as it is. – You don’t care about supporting others to live a healthier, wealthier, freedom filled life. ++ Let me say this, loud and clear; you will transform your life and YOURSELF in the process. I will be personally coaching and mentoring those that join my team. I will be there, holding your hand and guiding you every step of the way. You will become more resilient, confident, focused, clear, happy, healthy and abundant because of this. This is not just about business, this is so much more. You will become a leader. You will create a business that WILL change lives. You will make a difference. You will get MORE. If, at this point, you are feeling that ‘pull’… maybe full body tingles. Maybe a tug at your […] Read more

New ventures. Teaming up. Being a #girlboss

New ventures. Teaming up. Being a #girlboss

Posted March 08, 2016

New ventures. Teaming up. Being a #girlboss… Over the last few weeks my beautiful Soleil’s first birthday has consumed alot of my energy! What a milestone. I wasn’t expecting to feel so overwhelmed, emotional, reflective and torn – yes I love watching her grow, explore, expand in mind-body-soul. But I also realise now how fleeting every moment is and that this little being is embarking on her own journey and I am truly her guide and one day will have to set her free. For now I’m holding on tight, but her first birthday has really stirred up alot. More than I can say right now. One thing it has raised is the question of who I want to be – to her, and to my family. What kind of mother do I want her to be raised by? What kind of woman do I want her to witness and learn from? And what has been clanging withing me loudly, clearly is this… I want my daughter to be strong, independent, to take ownership of her life. To be part of something great. To create greatness. To call the shots and not be a follower. To have freedom and make her own rules. To take risks. To collaborate and make beauty, spread love, share light and help others. To be her own #girlboss and follow her heart. Which means I need to embody and be all of these. To lead by example. To influence through inspiration. We learn from what we witness, what we soak up via osmosis. Not just what we are ‘told’ to do or think or be. So THIS is my focus right now. I’m taking risks. I’m embarking on a new journey and I’m choosing to collaborate, team up and spread light and love in an even more conscious and dedicated way. I’m sinking my teeth into a new business venture – one that is creating MORE in my life and will do the same for so many others. More freedom More flexibility More health More wealth More life More opportunity to be the #girlboss, risk taker, collaborator, love + light worker that I want to be and that I want my daughter to witness and experience (and become if it so calls her too!) I’ve teamed up with an exciting wellness company and I am now part of a team – which feels so good after being a solo entrepreneur for years now, and I’m building my own kick-ass team who are also hungry for MORE. To have found something that is in alignment with my values around health and wellness and that allows me flexibility, independence, freedom and so much more.. well I feel like the cat that got the cream! (P.S If you are intrigued by this and want to create your own successful independent biz, be part of a team and make a difference to the health and wellness of others shoot me an email and let’s chat! hello@claireobeid.com) ++ Yes this is all happening around the rest of life – coaching, running a home, managing a super active 1 year old, maintaining my health, moving my body. It’s FULL plate right now. But it feels good… It feels amazing to have that buzz of life, of growth, of connection and new adventures throbbing in my veins. My heart is saying a BIG yes to all of it. And I’m so grateful to the little sun beam that is my daughter for inspiring this insatiable appetite for MORE. Wishing you that same electric feeling that LIFE gives you when you take a big old tasty bite. love + light, Claire x Read more

Living yoga off the mat with Karen Spitz

Living yoga off the mat with Karen Spitz

Posted February 23, 2016

This blog series is a reflection on how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. ++ Karen is one of those women who literally light YOU up and the room she is in because she shines so bright. One a yoga student of mine, I (truthfully) would look forward to the moment when Karen would walk into class. She is bubbly, effervescent almost. ALIVE. She’s one of those rare souls that just seems to OOZE an understanding that life is joy. Life is love personified. Which is why when you get to know Karen and her story below you’ll appreciate her light even more. I know I did, and still do. The way she lives yoga off the mat, what  she is here to do, and how she is doing is truly an inspiration. Please, stop whatever you are doing and read the below. You’ve got 3 minutes. It’s worth it. love + light, Claire Finish this sentence: Trigger warning: contains themes of sexual abuse. My yoga practice is… ever-changing. I am not static and neither is my practice. Accepting this reality makes it easier to identify what I need in the present moment and take action that is most beneficial. To me, yoga means…. a place of connection. It is no longer the ‘thing that just happens on the mat’, it is how I treat myself and others, how I understand things, and now it is how I make the world a better place. My experience of the mat has… been and still is one of extreme humility. I am in awe of the practice’s ability to challenge me, to show me how strong I am, how much I am capable of, while at the same time giving me unquantifiable comfort. I am deeply grateful that the practice meets me where I am at regardless of what I bring to it or how long it’s been between ‘down dogs’. It is there ready to hold me and it allows me to unfold as I need to. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. The greatest gift yoga has given me is one of connection. As a survivor of early childhood abuse I lived for many years almost entirely dissociated from my body. I had a fractured, apathetic relationship with my physical being. This disconnection manifested as very toxic emotions, thoughts, physical symptoms and constant pain. Yoga opened the door to acceptance. Fourteen years on I still have to work at it but yoga gave me that feeling of deep joy in my body, the deliciousness of movement and a comfort in my own skin. Yoga has given me a home. Quick Fire Questions: What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Connection, presence, authenticity. The practice doesn’t lie – if my brain is agitated, I find balance challenging. If I am exhausted then holding myself up is hard. It’s all there in the practice, particularly the bits I don’t want to see. And the anger that I feel towards my teacher when she makes me “do something”… it has nothing to do with her or that third Utkatasana. I brought that into the room. Being connected to myself, present and bullshit free allows life to flow through me unimpeded and that is the best version of myself. Why are these important to you? Because what is the goddam point if we are super-bendy, hot-looking and zen on the mat but we are an asshole to our mothers, friends and colleagues? The practice in and of itself is not the point, the real stuff happens once we close the door of the studio and are out of the world. That is when the real Yoga starts and what the work on the mat prepares us for. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? Non-attachment, non-attachment, non-attachment – I say this three times so I remember. I have been working with this for SO long. I really struggled with this concept, resisted and riled against it [loudly]. I am a smart, passionate, engaged woman, how can I be non-attached? I thought this equated with a kind of ‘giving up’ which I refuse to sign up for. Now that I understand this as a surrender to the outcome, while I still do my bit, I feel almost comforted by this notion. Surviving trauma comes with a whole host of shitty aftermath and a lot of ‘why me?’. Non-attachment allows me to be grateful for what the trauma taught me or what I have chosen to do with it without having to be grateful for the trauma. More broadly, I don’t accept a world where we are silent about sexual violence but I understand that we can choose do our bit [or not]. How and when we see the changes we want to see, no one knows. We just have to keep at it. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Finding my little corner of the world and starting there. Being of service, trying to do so as gracefully as possible even if it doesn’t look as glamourous as I think it should or doesn’t happen on my timeframe. Choosing compassion over anger. Staying open when I want to close. Being real, not the kind of real that makes me look good on social media but the kind that makes me feel like I am plugged into life. ++ Karen’s goal for 2016 is introducing 100 teachers to trauma informed teaching. See her website for workshop details Connect with Karen: Website | Facebook | Instagram Read more

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