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Chakras. Healthy Food. Oracle Cards:  3 Things I’m Loving.

Chakras. Healthy Food. Oracle Cards: 3 Things I’m Loving.

Posted August 29, 2014

I’m not going to lie; there hasn’t been much on my radar for the last few weeks. The first trimester of this pregnancy really had me disconnect from the world in the big way – I was barely online, the mere thought of scrolling through instagram or facebook made me feel nauseous. And my social life pretty much came to a halt. But since I’m now well into my second trimester I’ve slowly been emerging from what I can only describe as a hangover meets flu meets stomach bug meets depression (pretty picture right?!). Recently, I’ve delightfully been able to reconnect and soak up some life again.  So let me share with you the few but very special things I love right now. 1. My Chakras + SoMM + Belinda Davidson I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the chance to listen to this interview I did with my Spiritual Mentor, Belinda Davidson (if not, you MUST. CLICK HERE) where we talk about Chakras, finding your purpose and authenticity. Well, in it, I openly declare that “I love my Chakras”… and gosh, I really do. I first learned about these spinning energy centres during my Yoga Teacher Training some 5 years ago. For most of us, it’s easy to connect with them on an intellectual level. I could wrap my head around it. Fascinated somewhat, but did I truly get it? Was I living in reference to and from healthy, happy Chakras? Did I know how to work with them? Was it possible for me to harness their power? The answer was a resounding NO. That is until the divine Belinda Davidson entered my life. Over the last year I’ve been working consistently with Belinda and my Chakras to create a life of purpose, passion, inner and outer health, flow and love. Not to mention that working with my Chakras has directly led to a deep acceptance that I am meant to be a mamma, and that it’s a huge part of my journey and how to ensure my body was up to the task. Today I feel more connected to my energy body – I feel and live from this energetic space, not just my physical body or thinking mind. Over the first trimester of this pregnancy, after about week 5 or 6 I really struggled to work with the high vibrational energy of my Chakras as it would often leave me feeling woozy, ungrounded and unstable – not a good feeling when you are already spinning out from all-day-nausea! But since about Week 11 onwards I’ve been able to reconnect to my Chakras and tune back in. It’s powerful stuff to get a direct ‘reading’ as to what your mind-body-soul requires or where there is a block. Oh my. I am LOVING it – (re)connecting to my energy anatomy is a spiritual practice I adore.  I’m back into doing a daily Chakra Cleanse Meditation – sometimes a guided one or other times self-guided which leaves me feeling clean, light, ready. Not only that, but I really adore connecting to Chakra 2 where my bubba resides and breathing in warm golden light and love into that space. I imagine this beautiful soul is connecting to and soaking up all the good chakra juju and high-vibing off this goodness! I’m also crushing on my Chakras again because I feel that when I nurture them, they nurture me. Which means my health, wellness, spiritual life, career, love, relationships and now pregnancy and motherhood are supported in a way that I KNOW will make a true and profound difference. BIG STUFF. I have to mention here that a huge part of my understanding of and my ability to live from my Chakras boils right down to Belinda Davidson’s School of The Modern Mystic. Her Level 1 course takes you through, chakra-by-chakra, your energy anatomy and teaches you how to connect with it. How to nourish your Chakras, work with them, heal and cleanse them and make these energy centres work harder for you, in the right way. If you belief in the power of what you cannot see – our energetic body and the energy of the world around us – and you are passionate about growing, evolving and continuously striving to live an aligned, whole, authentic, rich, intuitive and guided life then you need to work with your Chakras. I’ve never met anyone that has taught me so much, in such a short space of time, and helped me truly transform and create real change on a deep level than Belinda Davidson. Here’s some good news for you. Belinda is running her SoMM Level 1 course again on September 29th. Head over here to check out her FREE Audio Masterclass. There are a few things I’d recommend wholeheartedly and without doubt – Yoga, Meditation, Clean Eating and Chakra Work! P.s I’m a proud affiliate of SoMM and Belinda Davidson. I only promote products/services/programs that I have used myself and/or believe and trust in.   2. Health, fresh food delivered to my door. Hello, Eat Fit Food! I’ve mentioned this brand before but I have to dish up some lovin’ for them again today. After almost two months of banishment from the kitchen during the first trimester – which meant two months of cooking every meal for my husband (you can thank extreme fatigue, an insane sense of smell and a repulsion for being around food) we were given the best break ever. Enter Eat Fit Food. This beautiful biz creates healthy, fresh meals and delivers them straight to your door. No lite ‘n’ easy here. We are talking real, delicious, super-conscious food. Packaged up nicely, portion controlled and insanely delicious. Every morning we’d receive a delivery that included a separate dinner for Chris and I. They took into account our personal preference and made sure everything was clean, cooked properly and fresh. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a relief it was to not have to think […] Read more

Somebody to lean on: find your support team

Somebody to lean on: find your support team

Posted August 19, 2014

Somebody to lean on. We all need to be supported at different times of our life. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that I am a wellness woman of action. Well, specifically inspired action meets contemplation. Which basically means that I am active, engaged and motivated in my life, but not without consideration and reflection – I don’t do things without truly understanding why I am doing them and if I need to in the first place. I’m going to hazard a guess that you are much the same. You, my incredible tribe, have a beautiful way of living consciously that I know you are doing your best each day to be present yet aware in every moment. That doesn’t mean we are always perfect, does it? Or that we are without off-days void of that inner strength and drive. But it means we are consciously trying to do so as and when we can. So, when I first found out I was pregnant whilst honeymooning in Thailand (yep, two weeks in and a late period meant that a pee-on-a-stick was in order!) I knew I wanted to be as conscious as I could during this pregnancy. But I could sense that this wasn’t going to be an easy ride – I could feel already that ‘taking action’ as I normally do would require a little refinement – a different approach. There are two truths I connected to: 1) I’m going to have some stuff to work through. and 2) I can’t, won’t and shouldn’t do this alone. You do not have it go it alone. You don’t have to force ‘strength’ at the expense of your health and happiness. It didn’t take long for the weight of this enormous shift to sink in. My entire life (ours – hubby and I) had literally chained with one little pee. The life I had spent years building and in fact was still crafting and growing into every day had done a major cosmic shift on us. Yes we are insanely grateful that this little soul had chosen us. Yes, we are both in awe. But we are both, authentically, voicing our fears and shock. You must be true to what you feel. Fear, just like love, is felt in the heart and fear can only be healed in the heart when acknowledged! It’s because of this shift (and the emotions that arose immediately with it) I knew there were going to be some inner layers of resistance, limiting beliefs and confusion to work through. So I did two things. I considered who I needed to lean on to help guide me through this. I wasn’t pretending that I could ‘coast’ through this journey unassisted. I was already experiencing emotions on a grander scale than I ever had. The first people to come to mind that I wanted to lean on were my Kinesiologist – Jacqui Prydie, my EFT trainer (+ Advanced practitioner), Alison Monaghan and my Naturopath, Tanya Goldie. A quick email was sent to all three and three separate sessions were booked in. Why I chose this team to lean on during my first trimester: I was sick – nausea, fatigue, indigestion – and needed support to get through it. I wanted to do the best thing for my body and our baby – nutritionally. I could already sense an unnamed emotional blockage around Motherhood and Pregnancy that I wanted to clear. I needed an energetic tune-up. Over the 6 weeks that followed after we returned from Thailand I checked in with my team. My Kinesiologist cleared and reset high levels of anxiety and stress. Alison guided me through a powerful EFT session where we worked through fears around depression, lack of support and ‘being alone’  – I sobbed so hard during this session I could barely speak. And my Naturopath armed me up with supplements to support our baby, my body and the help my liver process the 400+ hormones raging through my system. She also reaffirmed my believe of the power of clean eating and gave me direction and focus. It’s important for me to clarify here that these sessions were very different to my previous sessions with this team. I had to be very raw, honest and vulnerable. Which meant expressing and voicing feelings I had which were thick and heavy with fear, guilt and even selfishness. I had to let it all out in order to really get the support I needed. Now there is a final (but most important) person I have to mention here. Someone I leaned on heavily and who held me up, never dropping me… and that is my hubby Chris. It wasn’t lost on me how much of a shock it must be for him – all of a sudden his focus had to shift to the foreign (yet beautiful) concept of fatherhood, parenting and support in a very real way. Not to mention that his wife no longer resembled or behaved like the woman he had known for 7.5 years! But when it came to stepping up to the plate – literally – Chris was there. He cooked for me every night. Worked around my bodies insane repulsion for certain foods (Baked salmon? oh god… I die) and remained patient, gentle and understanding. He gave me lots of space, dropped all expectations of me and listened to my confusion, sadness, whinging and even indifference. Words express my gratitude to this man. But I also see that he is simply fulfilling his divine role, just as I am. ++ Truthfully I’m not going to pretend to you that enlisting this support team completely wiped the slate clean of the all-day-sickness, emotional blocks and energetic confusion. That first trimester of pregnancy was the most intense ride I’ve ever been on in mind-body-soul. What I did receive though was a sense of comfort, release, guidance and hand-holding. It made me feel connected to the Claire I knew well, but […] Read more

5 Time Saving Tips to do more of what you love

5 Time Saving Tips to do more of what you love

Posted July 01, 2014

Sometimes we take on too much of what we don’t want and there is no time left to do and experience more of what we love – what we actually want to do. And you know what happens next? We live in a bubble of frustration – we are constantly annoyed at life – finger pointing life accusingly as we huff and puff our way through disappointment. Disappointed our life feels like a bundle of chores. Annoyed that we aren’t feeling happy, alive and inspired. Weighted down and overwhelmed by our own self-made lists Sound familiar? I’ve been there and sometimes find myself back there, again and again. A feeling of tightness in my chest creeps in as I stare at my diary and to-do list. Dread setting it as I realise I have ALL these things I want to do competing with the an equal or longer list of what I have to do. Then the juggling act proceeds. Stress and anxiety is not far behind. (deep breath) Ok, exhale… there is a way out! And it’s simple. Here’s the answer. Are you ready? Outsource baby. Yep, that’s the answer. I want to share with you 5 of my favourite time saving tips – my little tricks to help free up space, to let the steam out of the pressure cooker, to lighten the load. 1) In really busy times get someone to COOK for you. I know, expensive and indulgent right? Or is it. Take for example the incredible Eat Fit Food I recently tried. The amount it costs to get a few days of super insanely healthy food delivered to my door would measure up to the same I’d spend on my own produce and then add to that the time to cook and the stress that comes with it. Now I can’t do this all the time, but having just tried EFF, going forward when I know a busy time is ahead (work is crazy, lots of travel and social engagements etc) I’m going to lean on EFF. 2) Stop ironing. My god- I can’t stand ironing. SO I don’t. I send my husbands shirts (at a dollar a pop) to the local Laundromat and anything else I might need. Every time I do I get a few hours of my life back – maybe you can too? 3) Get a cleaner. I don’t like a messy home (although I’m no longer OCD about it) but I also don’t see value in spending my life cleaning my home. $60 a fortnight and I get a house cleaned from top to toe. +2 hours free at least 4) Hire an assistant. Ahhh I’ve just done this and it’s heavenly. From a business perspective it’s really taking the load off to do less of the stuff I don’t need or want to be doing and more on the other stuff. Like write this blog post in my pajamas. I have friends that have ‘life assistants’ too… could be an idea? 5) Shop online! Do your groceries online – order organic food boxes, get your household bits and bobs online and even go as far as ordering clothes etc. Maybe a good job for your assistant? Or set up a standing order so it just happens automatically at regular intervals as you need it. Do an audit of your life. See where you are expending a lot of time and energy on things that perhaps you hate doing or that you could really off load. Be realistic of course – some things are best done when we do them. But truthfully I bet there is at least 5 hours you could reclaim and spend doing the things you love more instead. Your turn: I know plenty of you have some incredible tips and suggestions – anything you can share with us? Comment below. I’d love to hear your time-saving tips! Claire x Read more

10 Steps to Eat Better at Work

10 Steps to Eat Better at Work

Posted June 24, 2014

Hands up if you have made crappy choices for lunch (and even breakfast) with the poor excuse of ‘I was at work’. ‘I was on the road’. ‘I was too busy’.   Yeah, I said it. They are poor excuses. But I get it, nonetheless. I know what it’s like – life seems hectic and overwhelming as it is without having to worry or think about what you are going to eat.   We all know that at work you need to be on you’re a-game, right? I know I do at least. Many of us work with clients, seeing people all day, liaising with customers, managing team. We need to be switched on, energetic, focused.   Not to mention that your health SHOULD NOT suffer because you work full time.   Never fear, I have a little trick for you. And before becoming a home-based entrepreneur this is exactly what I would do weekly. Yep, I am sharing with you a tried and tested way to eat better at work.   10 Steps to Eat Better at Work 1)    Identify a time during the week where you can get into the kitchen for 2-3 hours. Perhaps a Sunday afternoon? That was my favourite time. 2)    Brainstorm a list of recipes. Food you love, food that you want to (and can) make, eat and enjoy. Recipes that are flavoursome, healthy and easy to store (freezer or fridge). Come up with 3-4 ideas max. (Don’t overwhelm yourself) 3)    Book out the selected time with your family/flat-mate. Let them know what they are doing and get their support. There is nothing worse than cooking up a storm in the kitchen whilst your kids are climbing over your legs or your husband is coming in asking for a snack. 4)    Of course, shop. Seriously – get the groceries sorted in advance and if you are super pressed for time shop online babe! Get an organic veggie box delivered or order from your favourite super market and get it delivered. 5)    Make your cooking space sacred. Light a candle, play your favourite music, make the space clean and tidy. Get a new apron. Ritual is important, especially when you are cooking and getting creative in the kitchen 6)    Start cooking! Cook up a storm. Multi-task where you can. Go for BIG batches and work in an organized manner. Keep a pot of tea on the go to keep your alert and refreshed. 7)    Clear space in your freezer/fridge. Start portioning off your meals in lovely containers (if you like buy a new set that you dig so you feel spesh with your food) 8)    Label your stuff. Maybe you made extra for your kids, for dinners, for your partner etc. 9)    Take out your meal from the freezer the night before or the morning of. 10) Do this weekly. You’ll never have to eat that white bread sandwich drenched in mayo again. You’ll have enviable lunches that make you feel amazing AND you’ll save a lot of time and frustration figuring out what and where to eat (especially if your work requires you to be on the road all the time!)   BONUS TIP: You can do the same for breakfast! Making egg muffins, pre-made bircher, or packing a little lunch bag with your favourite healthy bread +avocado to take to work. Getting healthy is about getting organized. Take out the confusion and room for error.   Be consistent and be willing to do what you need to do. Eating well is only difficult when you make the choice to NOT eat well.     Your turn: Do you have any tips for getting organized that you can share? Love + light, Claire xx Read more

Travel essentials + the things I’m loving

Travel essentials + the things I’m loving

Posted June 06, 2014

I’m packing my bags today. I’m off to Thailand for three weeks tomorrow with my husband for our belated honeymoon. I can almost feel the deep relaxation in my body already. I cannot wait! But of course, before we get there we’ve got the day of travel. I don’t really mind travel as long as I’m prepared. I’ve just whipped up a quick VLOG to share with you my travel essentials for the trip. I have a heap of other travel essentials for the trip but that would take another 10 minutes to explain. So today I’m just sharing what I’m taking on the plane. And because I like to multi-task I’m also sharing with you some of the things I’m LOVING at the moment! CLICK PLAY TO WATCH THE VIDEO: In my travel kit: Earplugs Eyemask Headphones Journal iPad Essentials Oils: Lavender + ‘Ezi-Breathe’ (Blend of peppermint, tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus) Water bottle Here are the brands and products that I mentioned: The Seventh Duchess Slim Bliss H2Coco Kosmea Eat Fit Food ++ And I’m off! Stay tuned on the blog – there will be a few really useful posts going live and I might just do some beach-side blogging. (No promises!) Love + light, Claire xx P.s Don’t forget –  you still have around 10 days to sign-up for the FREE 21 Day Meditation Project. Click HERE to get involved. Read more

How to overcome sadness + a powerful practice to support you

How to overcome sadness + a powerful practice to support you

Posted June 05, 2014

How to overcome sadness… This is a question I get asked at least once a week, maybe more. And I have an answer for you that you might not necessarily like, at first, but it’s a way forward that I truly believe in (and a ‘way’ that I harness for myself). “What you resist persists” Have you heard that phrase before? When it comes to sadness – or any other ‘negative’ emotion you might be experiencing – the truth is if you resist it, it will persist. Incessantly. The emotions that you so desperately want to be free of will find a way to become overwhelming in their presence in your heart, mind and body. You’ll almost be able to taste the metallic, heaviness of sadness in your mouth. Ironically, I’ve used the word ‘overcome’ in this blog title, but the mere fact that many of us want to overcome the sadness we are feeling, (or even anger, frustration, disappointment) is a clear indication that we might be coming at this the wrong way. To overcome something means to prevail over it. To defeat and beat it. To overpower it. The energy of force and control leads the way. It is that ‘attack and conquer’ approach – the attitude of winning. But let’s think of it this way. You are a multi-dimensional being. Made up of energy, body, soul, thought and every colourful emotion in between. All light and dark lives within you. Which means if we have the capability to experience and feel joy and happiness, we also have the capability to experience fear and sadness. Of and from ourselves. The emotions you feel (including your ego) are not some acquired disease you picked up along the way – not something you were dumped with, despite our protests. The feelings of sadness are from you, for you, of you. They are there for a reason. The reason for your sadness Your sadness, your anger, every emotion can be seen as your biggest teachers – if you are willing to open your mind and heart to the lessons within in. I don’t know about you, but the biggest moments of growth I’ve every experienced are when I’m in deep in it – weighed down by the grayness of the emotions I don’t want to feel. In the past, sadness was a close ‘frenemy’. It would often show up unannounced, but when it would it’d feel familiar, normal. Like an old friend. Yet just as quickly as I felt that, I would go into resistance – battling and holding fort against the attack and onslaught of these emotions. I would armour up for the fight by pretending I wasn’t feeling sad (ignoring the emotion) or over-dramatising what I was feeling (putting my attention on the external) or compensating by filling myself up with toxins or distracting myself to suppress the emotions (food, drugs, alcohol, excessive shopping and spending). At first I was never willing to learn from it. I didn’t see any other way. I couldn’t see that each heavier emotion was a teacher, cloaked in darkness and all I had to do was shine a spotlight on that darkness. Shine a spotlight on your sadness Sadness and every other emotion doesn’t need to be conquered and defeated. They simply need to be lit up. These emotions needs to be experienced. Felt. Honoured. Have you ever tried to BE with your sadness? Go to the centre of your sadness and you will find the truth of what and why you are feeling. You will see the way forward; you will gain clarity and awareness. Go to the centre – this is how you overcome your sadness. You’ll be surprised to discover the dissipation and dissolution of that sadness happens without you ‘doing’ or fighting anything. But moreso than moving through or clearing that sadness, the real beauty is in the evolution and growth you experience, not despite or in spite of that sadness, but BECAUSE of that sadness. Some of my greatest moments have brought to my knees. Literally. Sobbing; crumpled on the floor. Sadness and despair coursing through my blood. These moments are the times I have felt most alive – the touch of these feelings has hand-delivered to me solid nuggets of truth that I’m not sure I would’ve ever gained if it weren’t for the sadness. ++ How to overcome your sadness with a simple practice The practice of sitting with, acknowledging and connecting to the feeling of your sadness will offer up far greater shifts and potent realisations than resistance, control and attack. When it comes to ‘feeling’ many of us struggle with this. We are so in our head – so identified with our thinking space – that feeling feels foreign. So instead I invite you to connect with your body. Your body never lies. Your body is constantly feeling – sensing energy, responding to touch, pain, pleasure. Your body is your instrument for sensory, physical feelings. ++ Here’s a simple practice I learned many years ago from Eckhart Tolle’s Power of Now that teaches you to feel your emotions and be with them by feeling and being with your body. Take a few moments of stillness and quiet. Allow yourself to tune into your breath – notice the rhythmic tidal wave of your breath. Bring your attention to different areas of body, one by one. Your head, neck, shoulders and back. Your hands, arms, chest and rib cage. Your belly, hips and buttocks. Your thighs, knees and shins. Your calves, ankles and feet. Spent a few moments bringing your full attention to each area. Sense the energy of that area before moving on. Flow from the top of your head down to your feet and then back again to your head. You don’t need to ‘focus’ on your sadness or any other emotion whilst doing this. As you bringing your full attention – shining a spotlight onto your body – your emotions will show up […] Read more

Daily meditation: Your personal silent retreat

Daily meditation: Your personal silent retreat

Posted May 27, 2014

Have you ever been on a silent retreat? Have you spent time in the gentle embrace of stillness and quietude? There is nothing quite like the ‘hush’ that settles in your heart, your mind, your whole being when you take yourself out of your normal life and retreat into silence. Truth be told, it can be very confronting at first, but it doesn’t take long before your presence within the silence starts to feel like a homecoming. It becomes so natural; tuning into your inner voice is free of the usual static (monkey mind, ego-chatter, negative self-talk), which usually suffocates the truth that is trying to pour forth. Clarity and connection with yourself, hearing your soul-speak and flowing through life feels effortless. You are forgiven, at this point, for thinking this post today is about attending a silent retreat. And honestly, I’m ok with that being your take-away today, (if you’ve yet to attend one, you should!) but I’m actually talking about a silent retreat of a different kind – the kind that doesn’t cost anything. The kind that is available to you, ready to welcome you, at any time or day. The kind that involves only three things: You, a chair and 10 minutes. Meditation: your daily, silent retreat. When we retreat from the external world, and we are willing to enter a state of silence (a calm mind, a quiet heart) we are ultimately entering our inner world – we are moving inwards and entering our soul’s space. We are communing with our highest self where all the truth, love, joy, insight and wisdom we crave resides. The message in a nutshell: ‘Silence is Golden’ And coming up, very soon, I’m inviting you to join for the 3 weeks of meditation. 3 weeks of your own personal silent retreat. (More info below!) When I think about meditation there are always three words (amongst many) that stand out and shine. These three words truly, to me, encapsulate the reasons why I and so many others are devoted to meditation. Stillness…Clarity…Connection (also the name of my new Meditation Album!) Each of these words embodies the peace and surrender that meditation – your silent retreat – is, and so much more: Stillness: by pressing pause, quieting the mind and body, serenity, peace. Feeling soft in the silence. Letting the sounds and distractions of the world fall away. Clarity: flashes of insight, a direct line to your intuition, inner wisdom speaking out, brightening the truth, Light-bulb moments. Understanding, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion. Connection: in mind, body and soul, heart-to-heart, love over fear, cultivating a relationship with spirit, leading with soul, feeling instead of thinking. Being instead of doing. ++ Each day, whether I feel exhausted, on edge, overwhelmed, stressed, over-joyed, exhilarated, calm, content, ecstatic (insert any/all feelings here!) meditation is my daily, devoted silent retreat from the world – it is a return back to me. It never fails to give me what I need in that moment. It might not bring me a state of serenity, but this daily retreat might just offer me up a gentle slap or a lesson learned. All nudge me along the path of evolution. If you haven’t yet committed to your own daily, silent retreat – if meditation is still on your to-do list – then I have something just for you. The 21 Day Meditation Project: 3 weeks of guided meditation is opening again, for free, on June 2nd. Everyday you’ll receive a 10-15 minute guided meditation from myself or from one of the 10 experts who have shared their beautiful, inspiring and love-soaked meditations. We all want you to experience the power and joy from a daily retreat into silence. This is for you – whether you joined us in March for the first round, meditation regularly already or believe meditation is just not possible for you. I want this for you. In fact the flood of feedback and sharing from the first round blew my mind – hearing about people meditating together in hospital, or groups of teenage girls in high school and even retired women meditating for the first time warms my heart from the inside out. If you are ready to retreat into yourself, if you are ready for Stillness, Clarity and Connection then babe, you are ready to meditate. If you are in here’s what I’d love for you to do. Jump on my mailing list now. (Sign up details to join the 21 Day Meditation Project will be sent out to this list) Pencil it in your diary – June 2nd, 2014. Share this with your friends – perhaps consider creating a team of meditators to keep you on track and to share your journey (your silent retreat) with. Create a sacred space at home – a special chair by the window, a cushion in the corner of your living space, an altar and candles in your favourite spot. Set the intention and commitment to your daily silent retreat. ++ I want to hear from you, now: Did you join the last round of the 21 Day Meditation Project? Share your experience and feedback below! If you’ve yet to experience meditation share with me your thoughts – are you keen, nervous, excited, disbelieving? Love + light, Claire x Read more

Attention all the busy people: busy isn’t best!

Attention all the busy people: busy isn’t best!

Posted May 20, 2014

It’s time to stop glorifying busy. Yep, I’m talking to all the busy people, out there. And if you are reading this then I’m going to bet you’re a full time member of ‘the busy people club’. Full disclosure; I’m right in there with you. Oh yeah babe. Me and busy, we go waaaay back. Although I’m still in the club, these days I’m hanging out on the periphery. One foot in ‘busy’ the other is dipping its big toe into the pool of nothingness. And I’m getting so much better at planting both feet in the delicious space of a slower pace. Most of April this year I spent doing a whole lot of nothing (does staring at the ceiling, or at my feet, as I lay on the floor count?) But, mostly, I love me some busy. I savour prolificacy; I desire a fertile life; rich and multi-layered. I get drunk on productivity. I get off on systems that organize and make life easier. Ticking things off a list makes me buzz. I feel high when I’m engaged with everything that makes my heart sing. And in contrast, when I’ve felt the opposite it can often bring me down. It’s as if the shine of life is just a little duller. So I’m not here finger pointing and judging your ‘busy-ness’. Many of you, like me, enjoy a full life. But I want to look under the cover of ‘busy’ and expose the truth that is often lurking within the shadows and in the corners of every experience, situation, conversation, task, appointment, project and ‘thing-to-do’. This is not just about being busy at work or as a parent; this is about the epidemic of a busy life. What’s being busy really about? We live in a culture that glorifies busy because we’ve been led to believe that the more we do equates to feeling more whole, satisfied and worthy. It is a signal to the world that we matter, that our place (our role, job etc) is needed and that we are needed. That we are important and valuable. It’s as if busy-ness gives significance to our lives – that getting a lot of shit done indicates achievement and accomplishment – two attitudes within the arsenal of your Ego (and which drive you to look for satisfaction and sense of worthiness in your external world!) I know I’m not the only one that thinks this sounds ridiculous, right? Read that paragraph again – many of us get our sense of value, importance and worthiness from doing too much. Hmmm… aren’t we already valuable, important and worthy whether we ‘do’ something or not? Just the other day I was talking to a girlfriend who frequently often pulls off Superwoman stunts – opening studios in multiple states at the same time, being a wife and mother and doing so much more. When I commented on her incredible feats of creation she said “I’m not superwoman, I’m super-dumb!” Of course I don’t agree with her, (and still don’t) she’s doing what she does very well. But I can see what she meant… busy isn’t always best, busy isn’t always smart! Why? Well look at it this way – the busier we are the less time we have to be present, to connect with our true selves and to live aligned with our core desired feelings. Does she always feel the way she wants to feel, no. Do I? No. And usually, it’s because we fill our plates. Yes, busy gets stuff done, busy is needed at certain times, but often we stubbornly stay in ‘the busy people club’ even when its clear that it’s time to cancel our membership. Busy is depleting. Sapping. Soul exhausting. Have you ever noticed when you’ve just completed a big project or ticked something major off your ‘life-list’ and one of the very first questions you get asked is: “What’s next?”… Instead of celebrating the pause between a busy time, and post-creation, we are encouraged to hunt for the next hit like a crack addict. Why your soul doesn’t always dig busy! Following your purpose is the meaning to your life – when we are living from and aligned with our soul that ecstatically momentous and damn satisfying. But here’s the difference – your soul purpose probably doesn’t have anything to do with juggling a never-ending to-do list, 5 different (self-inflicted) roles and a bitter collection of obligations to feel purposeful. Maybe your soul feels satisfied simply when you (the human you) lives and leads from soul. What’s that look like? Connecting to your truth, listening to your heart, being present with your inner and higher self, navigating through life from intuition instead of intellect. Sometimes that means you aren’t working on something 6 months ahead. Or that you aren’t planning for anything. Or that your week’s schedule is bare and you have ‘no commitments’. Maybe, even, you are just living spontaneously, intuitively and one day at time. Sometimes when we connect with our soul we hear: Ease up. Slow down. Do less. Be here. Feel more. Listen in. Switch off Busy isn’t best: stop glorifying busy! If you are ready to live within a different energy – if you want to hold space for your soul to shine – then perhaps it’s time to dial back on the role that ‘busy’ plays in your life. Here are a few questions for you to reflect on: 1) Look at your life objectively; How much time do you carve for ‘nothing’ > being alone, living an unplanned life, clearing your diary? 2) Do you wear ‘busy’ as a badge of honour > do you feel satisfied and ‘worthy’ when you get a lot of stuff done or when your diary is full? 3) Do you use ‘busy-ness’ as a shield > from yourself/your soul or from connecting on a real level with others 4) Do you think busy is the only way? > Could you approach life […] Read more

Winter wellness: 7 ways to love winter more

Winter wellness: 7 ways to love winter more

Posted May 15, 2014

As I write this, for the first time this year, I can feel the chilly breath of winter – sneaking its way in to my home, life, body. It’s technically still Autumn,  but it’s a-coming! Loving winter is not something that comes easily to me. In fact, it’s taken me years to appreciate the winter season. It’s not a tough ask to fall in love with Spring, Summer and Autumn – these seasons deliver up an an easy hit of love. But poor old winter barely gets a tenth of that love. It’s harder work to savor winter … and surprisingly also well worth it. I’ve found a few ways over the last few years to really embrace the beauty of and love winter more. Winter wellness is not only about eating well and staying motivated, but it’s about squeezing the life out of winter – really tapping into what winter is good for and how to work with it, not against it. 7 Ways to love winter more 1. Devour more books Over the summer (and even into Autumn) I find it so much harder to read books. And by read I mean devour. I love to read, alot. I’m happiest when I get through at least 2 books a week. Winter is a time for that. So I stock pile in advance. I love curling up on the end of my bed in a patch of winter sunshine and getting lost in the written word 2. Study more. With the online world a hub of ecourses, ebooks, audiobooks – there is so much to dive into. Whether you need to refine your business skills, take a wellness program, do some self-enquiry, an art course, a personal transformation course – do something you’ve always intended on doing over winter 3. Get cooking. With all the extra time out of the cold and spent indoors I love to take the time to experiment and find new recipes to add to my repetoire. Sunday afternoon baking (and eating) brings a smile on my face – even just writing those words. 4. Move your body in a different way. If you are normally an outdoor runner, walker or anything else really but you struggle to get up and out in the cold, use winter as a change to mix things up. Join a yoga studio and go to classes. Sign-up to an online yoga/pilates website and take classes from your own home. Join a new gym. Go to weekly rock-climbing or trapeze classes. Use winter as a chance to change things up for your body, and your mind. 5. Permission to sleep-in Ok, when I say sleep-in I still mean rise with the sun, but allow that natural urge to hibernate get some air time. If you normally rise between 5 and 5:30am (like I do, then push it back a little on the days you need to, and rise with war, sun. Maybe on the weekends sleep in till 7. It’s our bodies natural desire to rest and hibernate in winter (although there is a fine line between resting and slacking off completely) 6. Pack your bags and travel Break up the cold with a little weekend away to somewhere warmer. Get some Vitamin D, reboot and you’ll sail through to spring. Start a meditation practice. With all that time spent in doors why not get a meditation practice going. You can learn from a teacher or better still get a collection of guided meditations to listen to you. You can check out my digital meditation album here. *NEWSFLASH: The hugely popular 21 Day Meditation Project is kicking off again in June. Jump on my mailing list below to be informed as soon as it opens again!* And…Just because I love you, here are four bonus winter wellness tips. Look after your skin. Switch your skincare regime to a more hydrating product. Exfoliate regularly. Hot water, cold air, heaters… they dehydrate the body. Eat more soups, stews and warmly spiced foods. Be kind to your digestive system and give it lots of warming, nourishing foods. Winter is the Vata and Kapha season – and these energy types need good old fashioned winter food. Get outside into the winter sunshine. Vitamin D deficiency is an issue, especially over winter. So sit outside, in the midday sun during winter without sun protection (yes, shock horror) for 20 minutes and soak up those rays of goodness. Luxuriate in long soaks in the bath tub. Candles. Bubbles. A good book. Not so easy in the stinking humidity of summer… perfect for the cool nights of winter. Your turn: Do you have any winter wellness tips of your own? Care to share? I’d love to hear from you – comment below! love + light, Claire x Read more


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