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CONNECT TO THE TREASURES WITHIN YOU + A NEW MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR YOU

CONNECT TO THE TREASURES WITHIN YOU + A NEW MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR YOU

Posted December 18, 2013

Recently I attended a small, intimate talk with spiritual leader BK Jayanti. It was such an incredible experience. Besides the fact that, as she was talking I felt myself so completely present (there were no other thoughts or distractions in my mind), it was always such a divinely timed experience for me. This year my meditation practice has really grown new roots. I have been meditating consistently for almost 4 years but in the past I’ve had bouts of wavering dedication. But over the last 12+ months my practice has become constant and resolute. BK Jayanti spoke to us about meditation as a powerful self-practice tool to connect within in and cultivate such a level of awareness that it’s near impossible to live unconsciously. There was one particular phrase, out of the entire hour, that has stuck with me since… BK Jayanti said these words and my perspective has since changed forever… ‘Connect to the treasures within you’ What exactly does that mean? For many of us, when we are first exposed to meditation we have this idea that we should be blissed out, feeling joyful or even so completely relaxed we feel almost stoned. The truth of the matter is that I don’t always feel that way. I rarely feel such ecstasy when I meditate. Often I spend my 20 minutes slowly drawing my attention back to my breath, my mantra, the present moment. Sometimes I am half-asleep, dipping in and out of bizarre dreams. Other times, when I’m lucky I’m graced with a feeling of complete lightness + distortion of the world around me that it feels surreal and out-of-body like. What I do always feel though is a deep connection with myself – my essence. Connection + Clarity There are two things I’ve noticed over the last year of devoted meditation practice and that is this unbreakable bond to my own heart – my truth and the other is moments of crystal clear clarity. Whether I’m looking for an answer, a moment of insight, some solace or clarification on a problem, meditation opens me up enough to find what I need, already within. As BK Jayanti said those words – ‘Connect with the treasures within you’ – I immediately had a sense of knowing. I got it. I understood loud and clear. Within us is an infinite well of knowledge, truth, joy, love, peace, beauty… there is pure, unadulterated gold within! Meditation creates the vehicle to connect within and to find the treasure chest of your own essence. And when you do find it you are invited to crack it open and reveals the gems of your soul. The only person that can access and bring out your treasures is you! You have a gift, a talent, a way of thinking, an approach, a light, an energy that no one else has. Yes, we are all one – we come from the same, infinite energy. That all-powerful, undefined and uncontained energy has manifested itself into billions of individual billions with their own unique stamp – their own treasures. Living a soul-centred life The two practices I ritually devour that allow me to rejoice in and celebrate my own unique treasures are yoga and meditation. It would be wrong of me to down-play their role in where I am today – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, financially. I live a passionate, purposeful and soul-centered life because these practices coaxed me to connect with myself… my own treasures. If you haven’t yet embraced meditation then I invite you to answer these three questions for yourself: 1) Why does Meditation resonate with/call out to me? 2) Why do I think I’ve yet to experience it/commit to it fully? 3) How would I feel to not ever enjoy a devoted meditation practice for myself? The point of light meditation practice To help you on your way I’m going to pass on here the meditation practice that BK Jayanti taught us. It is a beautiful and simple  practice from the Raja Yoga branch. First, sit comfortably. Feet flat on the floor, spine supported, hands resting in your lap Instead of closing our eyes, soften your gaze downwards or focus towards the third eye centre – try not to fixate on a specific object though, we are going for ‘bedroom-eyes’ so avoid staring at anything. Draw your attention, awareness and energy towards a point within the centre of your brain. To find this point, first take your attention to the third eye point, between the eyebrows and imagine drawing a line straight back into the centre of your brain. Do the same with the crown of your head – find the centre point and imagine a line drawing downwards. Where the two lines meet (near the pineal gland) this is the focus point. Imagine a point of light and draw your attention there. This is the point of the soul. Make the decision to manage your thoughts and be open to letting go of distractions. Focus your thoughts on the source of light. Remind yourself that you are not the body, but the being within it. Stay present to the soul within you. Surprisingly this practice, even with the eyes open, was pretty profound. It was deeply relaxing and allowed me to stay present. Definitely give it a go. YOUR TURN: Tell me, if you meditate – what do you get out of it? What treasures have you found within? Try the above meditation practice and let me know how you go! ++ With Christmas around the corner, the season of gift-giving is powered up and in full swing with many of us ‘gifting’ a treasure to someone else. I invite you, as a gift to yourself, to commit to creating space to meditate so you can access the abundance of treasures you have within you. Know this, each and every time you meditate and open yourself up more to your own truth and the gifts within you, you are gifting the rest of […] Read more

THE SELF LOVE SMORGASBORD

THE SELF LOVE SMORGASBORD

Posted December 17, 2013

Self-love. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. We all KNOW what it’s about, we all ‘get-it’… we freely tell other people that ‘they need to love themselves before they can love another’ but how many of us practice that and live from self-love on a regular basis? How many of us take the time to figure out our own ‘self-love formula’? One that is completely unique to you and mixed with all the right ingredients for true, personal appreciation! Self-love is not just about ‘feeling good’. Although, the act of practicing self-love does do that job well enough. Self-love, really, is a dynamic experience that changes, grows and moves with us as we change, grow and move. It builds out of the actions and thoughts we choose that, in turn, support us physically, psychologically, spiritually, and energetically. As we move into a very sacred time of year I feel it’s so important and vital that we open up more and more to self-love. It’ll be Christmas before you know it. Our lives our filled with gatherings, family time and celebrations. The New Year is about to roll on in and unless we take the time to wind down, reviewing and rest we’ll be back on – revving our engine and ploughing forward. Press pause + practice self-love. I wanted to share with you a few of the lessons from Week #7 in The Freedom Project. This lesson is all about building your own self-love practice. The dare is on – can you embrace this time of year with a willingness to self-love? Just a note: please don’t get caught up in ‘doing’ everything…not everything will be relevant to you at every stage. Some us our more time-poor than others. Some practices don’t resonate for each of us in the same way, or maybe starting slow + steady is the best way to build a strong self-love muscle for you. So, pick and choose what is right for you and make a conscious effort to a create your own personal brand or formula of self-love… and, of course, include it into your life going forward! The Self Love Smorgasboard Rather than go into ‘overwhelm’ and control the experience of self love + nourishment, simply choose 1, 2 or more from the list below. Perhaps something that jumps out and chooses you? Make the time and space to practice what you’ve chosen! 1. Forgiveness + compassion Stop beating yourself up when you aren’t perfect! No one is, perfection doesn’t exist, remember? Consciously reframe thoughts and actions that are harsh an unfair towards yourself into a more gentle, compassionate, constructive an loving attitude. Forgive yourself and LIVE from a space of compassion. Not sometimes, always. ++ 2. Saying no + setting boundaries No one finds this easy, but let me tell you something so simple yet profound – learning how to say NO + set realistic emotional/physical boundaries is a game-changer. By not being available to perform and please everyone, all of the time, you are literally filling your self-love cup. ++ 3. Protect yourself We are all one. We are all energy. Which means that the energy and vibration of other people and experiences can easily be absorbed into your own energetic body. Protecting yourself is as much about being safe and sound as it is about keeping your energy field clear and clean. Detox yourself of toxic people, experiences and even habits! Consider getting some energy work done (reiki, kinesiology etc) to literally clean you up. Finally, make conscious effort not to ‘surrogate’ other people’s problems and dramas. ++ 4. Prioritise yourself Me, me, me! That’s your new mantra. You may have countless responsibilities – kids, work etc – that demand your full attention, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t count. It’s an old adage but you can’t fulfil your roles properly without fulfilling yourself. Check in with yourself daily + weekly and ask: have I put myself first at least ONCE today? ++ 5. Self care; massage, facial, DIY beauty at home. One of my favouite, and easiest ways to feel a little loved up. Book in a massage, pedi, facial. Or do something lavish at home. Every Sunday night I have a little beauty ritual – cleanse, exfoliate, face mask. Dry body scrub, add in a hair mask. Potter around the house (sometimes I get chores done) then shower. Coconut oil all over my body, moisturise my face and then read a book. All done in 1hr. ++ 6. Going Slow + doing less For me, putting my tools does is the most impactful way to experience love. Despite my list of things to do if I’m not ‘feeling good’ in the process (maybe I’m feeling run down, tired) I’ll drop my agendas, expectations and attachments and give myself permission to slow down. sometimes I have to compromise as some things have deadlines, but I’ll step away long enough to regroup. Often, in that moment I get perspective and can see that everything I am striving to do doesn’t really have to be done as and when I thought it did. The pressure is off. ++ 7. Creativity + play Creativity is freeing. Playing is the game of the soul. Do more of it, in any form that resonates. Maybe a monthly painting session? Maybe dance in your living room every evening with your kids. Swing away in a children’s playground. ++ 8. Accept compliments + compliment yourself Wake up each day an compliment yourself. ‘Claire, your skin looks great today’. Instead of ‘Wow, you look dog-tired!’. Better still, accept a compliment that comes your way ‘Oh, thank you, I needed to hear that!’ ++ 9. Be spontaneous Break your routine, break the mould. Every week I try and get away from my desk for as much time a possible. I usually choose a Thurs or Friday, I might write blogs from a cafe, or spontaneously ditch my work and go to the […] Read more

MEDITATE ON LETTING GO – A FREE TRACK FOR YOU!

MEDITATE ON LETTING GO – A FREE TRACK FOR YOU!

Posted November 18, 2013

Meditation has completely transformed my life. It is part of my daily ritual and something I consider as valuable as breathing, drinking water and sleep. It wasn’t always this way – I’ve only had a dedicated meditation practice for 3 years. Prior to that it was few and far between.  I can definitely see a marked difference in how I react, process, think, feel and just BE since prioritising meditation. Personally, meditation creates clarity, a deeper connection with my soul, opens me up to insight + inspiration and also allows me to hold space for the shifts and processes that unfold when doing deep, inner work. This is why within my powerful and transformative ecourse – The Freedom Project – my tribe receive a weekly meditation to support them. We are over halfway through the course and there has already been so many profound shifts, insights and challenges. I wanted to share with you the meditation from Week 1 with you and give you a chance to experience the power of meditation. This 17 minute guided meditation journeys through letting go. It  includes: a focus on the body, the breath and being completely present. a space to let go of control a chance to embrace feeling instead of thinking. It’s a gorgeous meditation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD I’d love to hear about your experience with this meditation. Enjoy it daily – morning or evening – and I’m sure you’ll start to feel space, peace and softness. FYI: I will be running The Freedom Project again in 2014. If you are keen to find out more please jump on my mailing list (opt in below) as I’ll be announcing the details to my peeps first. Love + light, Claire xx P.s If you want to read more on meditation I have a nice little archive of blog posts that you can devour. Click below to read more! Find out what the right seat is for meditation What are the ABCs of meditation? Meditation 101 5 meditation techniques Press Pause + meditate Learn to meditate + 6 ways it helps Meditation to optimise your endocrine system Read more

CATCH YOUR DREAMS. KEEP THEM CLOSE.

CATCH YOUR DREAMS. KEEP THEM CLOSE.

Posted November 12, 2013

I recently wrote to my beautiful email tribe (if you aren’t on the list subscribe below) about this feeling I have – this strong undercurrent and desire to create. It’s a bizarre thing, really. My mind is saying that it’s time to wind down the year, it’s time to shut down the ideas bank and let them sit in there until 2014 is good and ready. But my heart, oh my heart is saying something totally different. When your heart calls you: My heart is talking to me alot lately. Or perhaps I’m just listening more. Either way, it wants to be heard. Instead of enjoying calm during my meditation sessions I am experiencing bursts of clarity and creative connection. Like little electrical sparks that I can’t quite completely grasp hold of – they sizzle for the briefest of moments, just enough for my eyes to widen in delight, just long enough for the idea to show itself before it retreats to the far corners of my mind again. I see little visions of new things I want to create – mostly within my business – and my initial reaction is try and hold onto these visions and run with them. The more I try, the harder it is to see the vision clearly. It’s as though my heart knows better, it knows that now is not the time to act, but just to let these little seedlings be. They will grow and show themselves off on their own, which ultimately will be the perfect time. For now, I’m catching each of these visions, ideas, creative sparks and dreams and keeping them for the moment. When your ego wants to take over: The hardest thing about this desire to create (and act on the ideas that drop in!) is in holding back my ego from taking over. I can sense it has itchy feet, eager to dive in and take over. Not from good intentions either. It is simply trying to build me up and force situations that could potentially gain me recognition or appreciation. ‘Quick, let’s get this project off the ground. It’ll be awesome. Everyone will love it. In fact, everyone will love you!” Better still, when I hush my ego and say ‘No, not now’… it retaliates with a put down ‘Oh, sure, do nothing now, which means you’ll probably never do it. Or even worse someone else will do it better!’ Our ego – that little sneaky saboteur with very misguided intentions – is always looking to play the game of building you up or tearing you down. The thing is, I never used to be able to see this game for what it really is – I often TRUSTED in that ego voice. If it told me to do something, out of fear that I would never do it at all or that someone else might, well then I often listened! Despite the feeling that would be saying ‘NOT NOW!’ The result? A half baked idea that never got off the ground anyway. Inspiration doesn’t always mean action If the feeling calls you to create immediately – to act on an inspiring idea – then that’s what you do. But I’ve noticed, for me at least and many of my clients, that often, inspiration doesn’t equal immediate action. Sometimes it’s the fear of getting left behind or a need for external approval and recognition that drives our actions. Often, inspiration comes from love. Which means that ultimately, we take the next step forward from that same space of love, When you plant a seed into the ground you know that with loving water, sun and time it will grow. You don’t plant it then get down on your hands and knees and yell at it to ‘grow, dammit grow!’ Futile much? A little controlling, maybe? Let yourself FEEL the inspiration. Let yourself DREAM big. Let the Inspiration flow through you. But, if the way forward doesn’t present itself straight away, that doesn’t mean it won’t, it just means not now. Give it space and the inspiration will light the way. Catch your dreams, keep them close to you. They will be set free when the time is right. Plant the seeds Personally, this has been the approach I’ve taken recently. I have a book handy for ideas or I use my Evernote app. As and when a golden nugget shines in my mind’s eye I scribble it down. I take a few breaths, pen poised over paper (or finger over touchscreen) and give the moment space… if another idea bubble pops up, I add to it. If not, book closed (or phone off). And there it will stay, until another golden nuggets shows itself. It’s both exhilarating, exciting and little uncertain. But you know me, I’m all about getting comfortable with uncertainty! As 2014 show itself on the horizon, don’t let the pressure of a ‘new year’ take over… but stay open to dreaming big and being inspired. You don’t have to create anything, unless you want to…but maybe, just maybe, you will do big things if you let it grow by getting out of your own way! ++ Your turn: Tell me, what dreams and ideas and creative sparks are setting off within you? Are you ready to set them free or do you feel to catch them and hold them for a little longer? Share below! Love + light, Claire Read more

DROPPING THE ATTACHMENT + BE WITH WHAT IS

DROPPING THE ATTACHMENT + BE WITH WHAT IS

Posted November 07, 2013

In The Freedom Project we’ve recently completed week 2 which focused on busting through our attachments – and it’s been so interesting to watch the beautiful members of this project share their insights and discoveries with attachments. As my beautiful, open-hearted members do the work, I am doing it with them, week on week. It’s been a powerful journey for me so far – one fueled with passionate moments of fear, joy and even overwhelm. For me, one particular ‘attachment’ showed up that I am now allowing myself to completely release and let go. I wanted to share this attachment with you gorgeous readers as it involves The Wellness Project. I’ve even felt resistance in sharing this with you out of fear of getting pigeon-holed or that I might ‘force’ myself into a corner where I can’t ever get out of. But, in the spirit of #surrender I am being true to what I feel and have decided to share this with you! The attachment to what once was For many of you, who have followed this blog since the beginning, you’ll know that there has been a very organic evolution. Over the last 4 months in particular there has been a shift taking place – both within me and therefore within my business. I think it’s really key to highlight here that I do my best to live and breathe authentically in all areas, which means that my business is simply a reflection and extension of me. There isn’t a strategy behind it, I don’t really know what my ‘brand’ is, but I just know that it’s from me. As you may have noticed there has been less of a focus on ‘food and nutrition’ via this blog. I didn’t plan this, but I have found myself less inclined to talk about it. That’s not to say I am less inclined towards clean eating. I am still passionate about it – but the ‘sharing’ of it seems to have waned a little. The attachment I have discovered is to the ‘old way’ of doing things on this blog. I can hear my distracting Ego pointing out that I am doing things quite differently to what I did previously and that maybe that’s not a good idea! My Ego likes to point out: You haven’t written a recipe in ages – your readers won’t like that. You don’t focus much on food and nutrition anymore – your readers won’t like that. You are a Holistic Health Coach – you are supposed to talk about ‘health’. It’s not a good ‘business’ move  – everyone loves food! Now, before I go on I have to pause here to say that eating clean, caring for my body, and making sure that I am doing the best for it is still of vital importance. It is part of the rhythm of my life – just like breathing is. I  believe that in order to grow and evolve into the best versions of ourselves that we must begin by cleaning up the body. Personally, the journey through yoga + clean eating is precisely what has allowed me to begin the journey of going deeper, reflecting inward – learning more about myself and peeling off layer after layer in order to connect deeper and align with me soul. Journey to the deep There has been a natural progression for me, openly shared on this blog, and I know that some of you may love this, others perhaps not so much. I am clearly less focused on sharing ‘food’. It IS a form of healing though and one I will still continue to share in some capacity (I’m not sure quite sure HOW yet). I’m going to be totally upfront – eating well is easy. The only thing that is difficult is when WE (our ego, limitations, fears) get in the way. From the very beginning of my work as a Holistic Health Coach I have ALWAYS said that it doesn’t matter what you eat if you think, feel and behave in a way that, energetically, causes you harm. I don’t care how many green smoothies you drink a day. Yes, they will start to clean up your body, but deep transformation happens when we move past the body. Eating clean will transform your life. It did to mine. It is STILL something that I teach to my clients and something I am so passionate about. The difference? I’m interested now in creating soul-level evolution. I want to connect with the truth of who I am as much as I possibly can. I also want to share this with you. Be here now and tomorrow will come The thing is, I can see that my entire journey to this point has been perfectly scripted to get me right to the place my soul always wanted to be. I can’t wait to see what unfolds from here! I couldn’t go back in time and outline this journey any better. I’ve been completely taken on this ride, joyfully and with ease. Which means that I am completely trusting of how I am feeling now and this shift that is taking place. Going forward I’m not making any ‘final’ decisions. This things I am passionate about – Good food, clean eating, energetic work, spiritual development, yoga, self-enquiry, meditation, ayurveda – will ALL feature on this blog and through my work. To what level I don’t really know. I’m going to stay in the flow and let it unfold naturally. What I do know though is that I have BIG dreams for the future. I want to bring all of this to you in new and exciting ways (did someone say The Wellness Project retreat?). I’m seeing workshops, events, collaborations with health experts, ebooks and more. Whatever I do it’ll be grounded in an intuitive, soul-centered approach. Drop the attachment I could choose to get caught up in the attachment to what once was – the way I’ve done things on […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: TRANSFORM YOUR MOOD WITH HANDSTANDS!

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: TRANSFORM YOUR MOOD WITH HANDSTANDS!

Posted November 05, 2013

If I’m completely honest in the early days my love affair with yoga was strongly connected with the physical elements – the way it made my body look and feel, the challenge of tackling a shape and the feeling of power and strength. Today, that is STILL relevant, but for me my passion for yoga is now (and has been for a while) deeply rooted in the profound, energetic impact that yoga creates. Inversions, like handstand (Vrksasana), can powerfully and dynamically transform the way we feel – yes, physically, but emotionally and mentally too! Today I’d like to guide you through a mini ‘how-to’ on getting into Handstand. I have to say, I’m pretty good and getting my students, who previously hadn’t been able to kick up, into handstand. The reason, as I explain in the video, is that it took me 6 months before I could kick up on my own without my teacher’s assistance. So to say I understand the biomechanics of this pose is an understatement!! However, what I LOVE the most about this pose is how it makes you feel and how, instantly, it can transform your mood. If I’m ever feeling flat, tired or I need a little change of energy you can find me kicking up and hanging out in handstand! Adho Mukka Svanasana cultivates a playful curiosity, helps you bring up and bus through fears and limitations,, strengthens the arms, shoulders, core, invites grace and agility into the mind and body and integrates the whole body and mind. Handstand is something I am now working on again. I had previously parked it for a while – meaning not pushing myself to evolve within the posture but instead just being with where I am at with the asana! – due to my old back injury. Today I’m experimenting and playing with freestanding – without using the wall. I am getting there – I feel a new strength and vitality in my body and this pose, which I thought would never be a possibility is starting to seem VERY possible. Enough from me. I’ll let the video do the talking. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH ++ Your turn: Do you love to handstand? Did you try it out after watching this video? What’s your experience with handstand been like! Please share below in the comments. love + light, Cx PLEASE NOTE: I am totally for you guys having fun, experimenting and playing here, but please note if you’ve never practiced yoga or don’t have alot of strength here this may feel a little strong on the wrists and arms. Also, there is the possibility (as with everything) that you may cause an injury so be mindful, take responsibility for your body and practice and perhaps have someone there to spot you! Read more

GET COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY

GET COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY

Posted October 29, 2013

As much as we’d like it to be different, there is no way we can ever feel certain about anything. Ever. There is no amount of planning, focus, controlling or even praying that can assure you that everything will always be perfect. Recently, feelings of uncertainty have been testing me in so many different areas of my life. I’ve been presented with countless situations where that vulnerable feeling of uncertainty has reared up. In the past I would nose-dive into that uncertainty. Wrapping myself in it like a dark, suffocating coat. Today, something is different. Something has changed in the way I face and participate in uncertainty. Surprisingly I’ve become overwhelmingly grateful for these moments of uncertainty because they are little red flags, shooting up to show my how incredibly attached I can be to certainty… Something that is impossible. What does uncertainty mean? The unknown. Risk. Vulnerability. Fear. Exposure. Unsure. Insecure. Unpredictable. Uncontrollable. Uncertainty makes us feel weak and vulnerable. We have no idea what is going to happen next from our career, our relationships and even our health. You can do your best to line up all your ducks in a row, but you still don’t know if there will be one rogue duckling that refuses to stay in line! Uncertainty presents itself frequently throughout our day, but it’s how we choose to respond to it that truly matters. Most of the time we go into overdrive – controlling, planning, creating structure, searching for solutions, trying to safeguard ourselves from risk. When we feel vulnerable we control! We force square pegs into round holes, we structure our day to the last minute, we cover off all bases. We think, with our limited self-sabotaging ego mind, that if we control it all enough that we will be ok. But what does ‘OK’ look like? When you get to ‘OK’ does it feel as good as you had imagined, or have you simply just moved the goal post in search of something else – bigger, better? The truth of the matter is that there is only ONE thing we know for certain… This very moment. When we are in the here and the now, it not only happens to be the only thing that exists but it’s also the only certain thing we’ve got. Certainty holds you back We can try and control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability. This means that sometimes we sell ourselves short from completely and fully experiencing life, in the way we deserve, because it feels safer to stay in that secure territory. We are always hoping to be comfortable and safe. Not knowing is part of the adventure, but it’s also what causes so much deep fear. When we choose the safe route and comfortable option we are saying yes to fear. We are saying that life from the space of fear, which might be safe and secure, is a better option than life from love – uncertain, rich, messy, alive, real, raw, vulnerable but FULL. Get comfortable with uncertainty Look at it: what are you so uncertain about? Identify your why: why do you feel the need to control this particular thing? Be honest:  how does it make you feel knowing that this particular thing is uncertain, with no concrete answer/solution/outcome? Be with it: sit with it and the truth of it. Become familiar with it, get cosy with it. Name it: name your fear – be clear about what it is Keep connecting to your truth: look beyond what that uncertainty is about and remember who you really are. Disconnect from what you are NOT: you are not the uncertainty or the thing that makes you feel that way. Let go of the uncertain. Embrace the unknown: cultivate trust that despite the fact that you don’t ‘know’, there is a part of you that will always know everything is ok! Be curious: Replace the uncertainty with a gorgeous curiosity. Be fascinated by life – by the unknown. Be willing to rest in the uncertainty of the present moment. Be willing, over and over again. After all, if you can accept that you can’t control everything, then life is going to flow with so much more ease. Why force something that cannot be tamed? ++ Share with me: How does uncertainty make you feel? Are there many areas of your life that you experience feelings of insecurity? What are you trying to control and why? ++ Love + light, Claire x Read more

THE ART OF SURRENDER

THE ART OF SURRENDER

Posted October 22, 2013

One of my most favourite people – the wise, intuitive and sincerely loving Connie Chapman – has this incredible platform, Awaken Radio, where she speaks with experts from all over the world on the topics of transformation, truth, love, happiness and living from the heart. Check it out HERE for more amazing expert conversations with Connie. I was fortunate enough to chat with Connie on The Art of Surrender. I’ve been meaning to share these two powerful conversations with you for a while. As you all know I’m passionate about tapping into our true power and truth through the art of surrender. I’m thrilled that Connie has provided a platform in which we could bring this to life and share this with you. In Part One Connie and I dive in to the topic of surrender to explore what it actually is, and what is it’s opposite. In Part Two we peel off a few more layers and really explore the ego, the idea of not being good enough the space of fear and control and how this affects our ability to surrender. I invite you to check out these amazing conversations – they are 30 minutes each. Connie and I share personal stories, flesh out some of the bigger concepts and really open up, completely in-the-flow, to bring to you a new perspective.  I guarantee you’ll love these as much as we enjoyed the experience! I can’t help myself by re-listening to these beautiful episodes – honestly, there is so much juicy goodness in there! Part One Part two I’d love to hear from you – what is ONE key takeaway you received from these conversations? Let me know in the comments below! love + light, Claire Read more

MY MINI HEALING RETREAT

MY MINI HEALING RETREAT

Posted October 21, 2013

Taking the time out to rest and renew is incredibly important to me. I’ve been attending yoga retreats for years, but this year I felt like something a little different. I had a strong urge to take off on a self-imposed mini break but one without structure or plans. A little while back I’d booked in for a White Light Healing Intensive with Belinda Davidson. The intensive includes 3 x white light healing sessions and is designed for you to enjoy at home over three days where you can unwind and switch off from the world. I decided that I wanted to do this intensive away from home. As my office is in my apartment I find it really difficult to completely switch off. So I booked myself a mini-break in Byron Bay on NSW north coast. With The Freedom Project starting really soon I decided that in order to give of myself FULLY and be completely present that I needed to retreat from my normal world, just for 4 days! Let me take you through my intentions and some of the insights I garnered from my mini-retreat. My intentions For this retreat my intentions were simple. Be alone. Talk less. Ponder more. Be still. Meditate. Be in nature. Be intuitive. Switch off. I didn’t want plans. I didn’t want to book things in or go site-seeing. Having been to Byron a few times, for me it was more about being a space that was completely chilled, comfortable and away from home! All I wanted was to eat clean food, swim and be cleansed in the ocean, walk in nature, soak up the sun + it’s healing light, read and listen to my favourite books/lectures, be silent, practice yoga, meditate alot, journal and press pause! Bliss. At first I found my mind wanting to create structure and to plan; ‘should I book in a massage now?’ ‘where should I go for breakfast tomorrow’. I didn’t judge it though – realistically, my life is quite planned and structured (it has to be) so being intuitive and in-the-moment takes a little time to feel and fit right. It wasn’t long though that I found myself responding to what I needed in the moment – have a snooze, read more, walk aimlessly, swim, eat. It felt so good to not have any commitments or appointments. The only thing locked in was my nightly healing light session at 7pm. The importance of turning inwards When you have no one to converse with it really forces you – no matter ho uncomfortable it is – to turn your attention inwards. I found it really interesting that I was so incredibly quiet over those three days. As I work from home and on my own I do spend chunks of my day in silences – but the process of blog writing, coaching, talking on the phone and seeing my husband really break up those long stretches of silence. On my retreat I easily went two whole days without saying anything other than: ‘I’ll get the green smoothie please” or “I’ll have the eggs’. By being in silent I entered a state of pondering. Contemplation. Little things around me would set off a gentle inquiry such as watching the sand move underneath my fingertips, witnessing the change in colour as the sun rose, breathing in rhythm with the roll of the ocean. Nature, in particular really took me in a deep-dive into myself. I felt such a strong connection to the world around me, yet felt it was a inner reflection of myself and my own truth. Turning inwards allowed me to completely drop the drama that my everyday life can bring up – emotionally and mentally. I was continually surprised that I felt so calm and at peace. I kept waiting for that familiar feeling of anxiety that occasionally creeps in, or a moment of discontent. I didn’t feel any of that – I’m sure the healing light treatments played a BIG role in that. Life is meant to be shared One of the biggest realisations I had on this trip is how much I value the love and friendship of those closest in my life. In the space of a year I have received the message that part of living my life is to experience with others.  Being alone is incredibly vital to my well-being – it juices me up and re-energises me. However, the message I got loud and clear is that I am a ‘connection’ sort of girl. Sharing my life and story, connecting to others and their stories – this is what lights me up! Being with people, witnessing and supporting their journey, sharing the beauty of life. When I first arrived in Byron I was blessed to meet Rachel from In Spaces Between for the first time out of the cyber-world! I felt completely filled with love and joy – the connection we shared, the gorgeous chats and the open-hearted sharing was simply divine and proved to me again that my life is richer and fuller because of the people in it. It’s not just about me and the work I do on myself, but about the interactions and connections that make life so special. Love every moment More than once I would catch my mind wondering away to somewhere else – not fantasizing or day-dreaming but more my ego pulling my attention away from the present moment. It would tend to happen when I was completely present and calm – I would then notice distracting, completely irrelevant thoughts pop up to take me out of that space. These thoughts were usually about how I could ‘fix, improve, or change’ that moment to make it better! It was positively ridiculous to witness it. I would be sitting by the ocean, watching the sunrise, completely present and then my mind would say – ‘wouldn’t it be awesome if you had worn your swimmers so you could dive in’. Well, yes, I’m sure […] Read more


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