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How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

Posted September 25, 2014

Why I decided to do a cleansing ritual… Moving can be such a traumatic experience. Especially if you choose to play in the mud-pit of stress that goes hand in hand with boxes, bubble wrap and tape. (We still have a pile of boxes on the balcony to flat-pack!) My husband and I spent the last two weeks packing up our life, after 4 years in the same place, and moving into a new home, suburb and era. An experience that could have been so stressful, but instead it was smooth, easy and almost fun (bar the exhaustion!) They say change is a good as a holiday. But just like a holiday where you have to battle through travel, long distances, and countless hiccups, moving too comes with a whole lot of effort, planning and patience. However now we are here. And the change is good. Great even. A palpable shift – physically, emotionally, mentally. We are settled. Slowly making this new space our new home. And quite poignantly our baby kicked for the first time on the day we moved in, right on 11:11am. A good omen me thinks! This new home is both foreign and comfortable all at the same time (kinda like pregnancy!) We don’t completely have our bearings, our ‘due north’ is still a little foggy. But we are getting there – navigating and integrating with ease and without expectation. Despite the fact that I am utterly thrilled to be here (I’m now back on home soil living seaside where I spent the first 23 years of my life and a stone’s throw away from my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) I can’t pretend that this shift, energetically, has been seamless. How do you let go of a place you’ve called home for close to 4 years? The place where your bond with the man you loved deepened? The place where you started your thriving and love-filled business? The place where you studied, explored the ‘self’, got engaged, married and even knocked up? Our home over the last few years is a treasure trove of memories and life-changing, pivotal moments. Not to mention that my husband, a Cancerian and a true home-body, naturally feels displaced in any new environment. It’s because of this huge and weighty question that I decided to wipe the slate clean and consciously start our new life fresh. I wanted to detox ourselves, our new home and even our ‘things’ of any negative energy, judgments, expectations and limiting beliefs that might stand in the way of us moving forward positively. A Cleansing Ritual was in order… I arrived at our new apartment first. It was empty and felt odd. Before our stuff arrived with Chris and the removalists and again after the bulk of the move was done I (to my husband’s amusement) held a little ceremony of sorts. I used a beautiful Sage + Lavendar Smudge stick to help this cleansing ritual. With reverence I walked through our home starting at the front door, in a clockwise direction. With the Smudge Stick lit I entered every room, corner and crevice. Circling the smoke high and low as I loudly stated my intentions for each room. I also called on the white light, angels and spirit guides to support our life, our baby and our future with love. I felt a little choked up with emotion. Something shifted and bubbled up within me. It felt healing, instantly. Not long after my Mum arrived help. She, armed with with Holy Water from the local church, walked through our room and sprinkled the water throughout our home to cleanse and bless our new space. Mum told me to ask for our home, baby and marriage to be blessed and called on Mother Mary + Jesus to guide and protect us. A beautiful serenade to the ‘religion’ and spirituality of my childhood. ++ Now, to shed some further light on this experience and to give you gorgeous readers some extra insight I also called up Feng Shui, Sacred Cleansing + Energy Expert Renee Longworth. Renee kindly answered a few questions I had about this powerful process. I followed many of her ‘how-to’ steps to cleanse which can you check out below. (I recommend printing and keeping!) Renee’s insights and tips: For someone who has never heard of it before, what is a ‘house’ clearing? A house clearing is a ritual or ceremony which is performed with the intention of clearing your space of any old negative energetic patterns. These patterns can be created from the building of your home or biz, (e.g. frustrated dealings with contractors) the history of the land, past occupants or current circumstances or events. A home or building is a living breathing entity and hears and sees everything within its space. It will absorb the energy of it’s events within the very fibres of its structure and can hold onto negative patterns or energy. By clearing negative energy and invoking positive energy, it helps to create a sacred space for you to flourish and thrive in. Why is it important to cleanse and clear our homes/offices etc? For example, when you move into a new home or if there has been an argument within a space, it’s important to clear this energy as it can have an effect on how you function. Also the energetic pattern can start to change how you respond to circumstances, how your family interacts with one another and your overall positive outlook. We all know the feeling you get when you walk into a room after a two people have just had an argument. Even the language we use for the awkwardness of the atmosphere directly refers to the energy that has been created – ‘You could’ve cut the air with a knife’. Is there a history to this practice? Most cultures have Space Clearing rituals. And each culture will have a particular tool they associate with. Wiccans or Pagans are known to use their brooms […] Read more

Audio Blog: How to redefine your spiritual practices

Audio Blog: How to redefine your spiritual practices

Posted September 03, 2014

Do you crave and yearn for a set of spiritual practices that makes you feel connected? That brings you back home to yourself and reconnects you internally? To me, rolling out my yoga mat or sitting to meditate, journaling and being in mother nature are all part of my personal spiritual practices. Pretty standard stuff right? Cookie-cutter you might say? And that’s true, but it works for me. Yet, so do soulful chats with my soul-sisters, writing, cooking, laughing with my husband and being fully present when with family. Spiritual practices don’t have to be what the masses say is the ‘norm’. We don’t have to mechanically and absentmindedly ‘be’ spiritual because we feel we ‘should’ do it in a prescribed and standard way. Living a spiritual life can be via the mundane, everyday or the very things that you once thought were not spiritual – hanging your washing, playing with your children, have sex, reading in bed, dancing in your underpants. It can also be powerful rituals, deep meditations and chanting. It’s what you define as spiritual because of how they make you feel, live and be in this life. Your practices carry spiritual weight because of how you consciously and deliberately do and experience them, not necessarily what they are. In today’s AUDIO BLOG I dive deeper into how to redefine your spiritual practices. I offer up a few questions to help you explore this for yourself (see below). And I help you to see why it’s important that you redefine spirituality to be of and from your self. Self-referencing is the only way when we are talking all things spiritual. Read to jump in? HIT PLAY below to listen now. OR CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (right click, save target as + download to your smart phone) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7996873/Redefining%20your%20spiritual%20practices.mp3 Questions to help you explore and redefine your own spiritual practices 1. What do I consider to be a spiritual practice? 2. What does? What resonates with me? What makes me feel connection, clarity, coming home, centredness? 3. If I was to define and create my own set of practices what would they be? Comment below! I want to know your own, redefined spiritual practices. What resonates most with you and what do you do/experience consciously? Love + light, Claire x Read more

Audio Blog: How to mind your own business

Audio Blog: How to mind your own business

Posted August 06, 2014

Be mindful of giving unwarranted advice. Learn how to mind your own business! How often do you stick your nose, opinions, thoughts, suggestions into the business of others? Sometimes it’s wanted – you might have wisdom that is needed in a particular moment. But often (and I speak from experience) we are very quick to dish out unsolicited advice to others before really getting a clear gauge as to whether or not it’s wanted/needed/will be received and sent with love. Most importantly, how often do we throw our 2 cents in before actually pressing pause and asking these simple yet illuminating questions: “What’s my agenda here?” “Why do I feel the need to share my opinion/suggestion/thought?” “What do I expect to get out of doing this?” The point? Are you sticking your nose in for the right reasons? Many of us (again, I speak from experience) need to mind our own business, or at least consider the ‘WHY’ behind our wisdom sharing. Often, more often than we care to admit, our ‘stuff’ collides with other people’s ‘stuff’… we are triggered, we have a reaction, we formulate an opinion. We go into judgment mode. So often, our WHY – the reason behind our offer of advice and support – is not about helping that person, but in reaction to your own stuff. Personally, I think we all need to practice minding our own business until we know what our personal ‘story’ and agenda is. Your advice, insight and ‘wisdom’ might not always come from a pure place and desire to truly help and be of service. That doesn’t make it a ‘bad’ thing (no need to beat yourself up) but it doesn’t meant that you are being helpful or supportive either. Conscious compassion, true kindness and being of service – that’s what we should be harnessing when getting involved with other people’s business! ++ Today to explore How to Mind Your Own Business I offer up something NEW on the blog. An AUDIO Blog. It’s been a while since I’ve filmed a VLOG (and yes I do intend to do so again) but for now, recording this audio felt really good and I enjoyed communicating to you in this way. Super easy. To listen: DOWNLOAD IT HERE (Right click, save target as and then sync it to your smartphone and take me with you on the bus, train, morning walk!) OK, YOUR TURN: Share below… Have you had a experience where someone has offered up unwarranted advice or have you done/do this to others? Would love to hear perspective on this. Love + light, Claire x Read more

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the Mat with Rowena Jayne

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the Mat with Rowena Jayne

Posted August 01, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Rowena Jayne is a leading international Yoga Instructor, Advanced Raw Food Chef and Wellness Presenter. She is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and has studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Remedial Massage, Raw food Nutrition, Usui reiki and various other modalities. Anyone who has crossed paths with Rowena can’t help but be infected by her bubbly personality and her great passion for health and wellness. Rowena continues to be inspired by the amazing potential we individually have. It is her personal mission to uplift YOU and make an outstanding contribution to the enhancement and transformation to YOUR LIFE through yoga, real food and healthy living. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… The best part of my day! It is the best time to really go deep and connect to myself, listen to my body and soul and what it is trying to tell me. The yoga asanas are a direct reflection of US.. the postures mirror our current state of mind and physical health. Yoga is a diagnostic tool , then the postures are the therapy. So yoga practice is my daily dose of medicine and self love! To me, yoga means…. Union of EVERYTHING.. when we do yoga, we become yoga. We begin to create a synergy with our mind, body, heart, soul. We create a better relationship with ourselves.. That relationship spreads and we begin to create better relationships with everthing and everybody. We see the connection we all have to each other, to nature. we begin to live more in harmony. Yoga is the tool to reach self awareness, self realisation. Our true human potential often lays dormant. When we create unity, harmony and oneness – we begin to see this potential. We begin to change our outer world, to meet our new inner world. To me yoga is life.. it exists everywhere, not just in asana. My experience of the mat has… changed my life forever. It has taught me I am a human being worthy of joy, love, health and the best quality of life possible.. It has taught me that all I have to do is turn up. Show up, trust the process and the rest will take place in divine timing. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. (tell me what it was, what you learnt, how it changed you). There are so many, numerous revelations, numerous realisations and epiphanies of truth of my being. One huge shift was one of reactiveness. Learning not to be reactive. To stop and breathe.. How interrelated the breath is to our emotions. When we are angry, our breathing changes, when we are fearful it changes, when we are calm it changes.. so if the body and mind are connected.. then if we alter our breath and consciously breathe, then we can begin to shift the thought patterns and emotions that follow. Yoga improves and develops the five qualities of the mind. Faith is one such quality. When we breathe instead of react… we are indeed expressing the quality of faith.. when we have faith in ourselves. We can remain calm, things don’t have to steal our peace. We can be ok no matter what is taking place in our lives and move through it! Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? So many lessons. Its an evolution, so like the ebb and flow of the universe, the tides, the moon rising and then the sun setting, then rising, the change of the seasons.. we are the microcosm of the macrocosm.. so the lessons I find relate to what is poignant to my current situation. If I have to pin it down. I carry the lesson that my body is a temple. If I treat it as one, I enjoy living in it! When I do yoga, I clean my temple, I sweep it will love, purify the negative thoughts, toxins etc then throughout the rest of my day I feel a joy at the home in which my soul has chosen to live for this lifetime. I want to respect it. I want to nurture it more and more. I want to be Grateful for it is the embodiment of me and of the intelligence of our creator.  I carry the lesson also that many people are unhappy. That everything is a ripple effect. When I do yoga, I feel GREAT.. I feel alive, happy, excited. I carry the lesson that others, who are suffering (where I used to be!) can be led and inspired by me. I have the potential to help them. When others are upset, angry, fearful and attack you, I am able to remember that they are just unhappy and I can stoop to a level of reactiveness and retaliation and defensiveness, or DO YOGA.. and embody yoga and do my best to bring a little bit of joy into their lives. Why are these important to you? Because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we literally CANNOT live our truest highest potential. When we feel horrible, we project that unhappiness and treat others in this manner. We don’t feel confident, we lack self realisation, we allow the mind to become destructive. The ego to rule. On the flip side, when we carry these lessons the yoga teaches us. we turn our lives around. As we do, others witness this and want to know the secret, want to follow. We create a better world for us all to live in. We witness miracles and the BEST side of human beings! We feel inspired, motivated and so grateful to be alive. We grow, we live.. we truly live! What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I guess the integration of all the principles really I have translated. There is no segregation. Like an onion, we peel away […] Read more

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the mat with Kosta Miachin

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the mat with Kosta Miachin

Posted July 11, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Today we have Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin, of Vikasa Yoga. I was lucky enough to stay at the Vikasa Yoga Retreat and met Kosta, The founder of Vikasa Yoga. Kosta’s passion for yoga blossomed in 2004 when he set out on his own journey of self-discovery. This journey has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in the North East of Thailand. Kosta is a certified yoga instructor with four different schools: Yoga 23 (Ukraine), Sivananda (India), Ashtanga Vinyasa (Thailand) and Andiappan Yoga (Hong Kong) and maintains close ties to many other yoga schools around the world. ++ Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… ongoing, and ever evolving. Seems like the more I know, the more horizons open up that were hidden before. To me, yoga means…. evolution, creativity, understanding and wisdom, all leading to enlightenment through practice. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was…when I experienced the energy of kundalini awakening, and realizing that that is only the beginning of spiritual practice. Many realizations happened at once when this happened. Many mysteries and doubts dissolved, and a lot of things became very clear… I can say that was a spiritual awakening… It changed my understanding of practice greatly. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? They are countless… a really big one is not taking things personally… people act the way they act because they are who they are, they do things because they want to do them, not because they are trying to affect you in a certain way (most of the times). Therefore, a big lesson is to learn to accept the reality the way it is, and stay neutral and conscious all the time. Neither me, nor anyone else is the center of the universe, it does not revolve around any of us – realizing that makes life much easier. Why are these important to you? If I don’t follow this simple wisdom I will simply burn out during the teacher trainings. On average we have 35 people, who are all going through heavy emotional cleansing, and of course I am at the center of it all. Therefore if I start taking it personally, a burnout is guaranteed. Every teacher training I learn a lot from this, and this is also a very good practice for me and for keeping the ego under control. It helps me evolve in so many ways. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I’d have to say I can summarize all the Yamas (yogic principles) in one sentence – treat others the way you want to be treated yourself… And treat yourself the same way first. Do what’s good for you instead of judging yourself. (that would summarize Niyamas) Those are so simple to think about, but sometimes hard to follow What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Actually, one of my favorite sayings is: You cannot do yoga, yoga is your natural state… what you can do is yoga exercises, which will reveal to you where you are resisting that state. Therefore, living my life means living my yoga to me… Realizing that you are already one… Once you realize, that realization is not going anywhere, it stays permanently, and then you are living your yoga… BIO: Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin and his pioneering brand of yoga called Vikasa, represent the ‘evolution of yoga’. His vision is one of raising human consciousness and making the world a better place by spreading the message of love and peace. This mighty task is being accomplished at Vikasa yoga retreat by focusing on the study of yoga with an emphasis on holistic health, organic food and an inspiring environment that is conducive to personal transformation. The vision for Vikasa yoga was born on Koh Samui with Kosta’s realization that the deeper dimension of yoga is a spiritual journey and a conscious evolution of the individual. Seeing this as the ultimate human endeavour, he committed his life to supporting others on this path. Connect with Costa / Facebook / Website Featured Image by Kevin Wrenn Photography ++ I love that I was able to share Kosta with you and his beautiful way of living yoga. I love his perspective and I especially love this comment that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. SPOT ON. I dig that he’s a guy and highlights that yoga is NOT just for women. It’s for every soul out there whether they are black, white, male, female, gay, straight etc… It’s unifying. Ok my gorgeous readers, your turn. Let’s give Kosta some love in the comments below! Love + light, Claire x Read more

Interview Series: Living Yoga Off the Mat with Alexa Nehter

Interview Series: Living Yoga Off the Mat with Alexa Nehter

Posted June 10, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Today we have Alexa Nehter. A German born and raised science educator turned yoga teacher, author, speaker, coach and passionate surfer Alexa Nehter inspires a wide audience around the world with her relatable and encouraging approach to yoga and mindful, electrified living. Alexa facilitates retreats in Australia, Fiji and Europe, as well as courses and workshops to teach the true ownership of yoga and a life that is real, uplifting and juicy. Enjoy! ++ Her mission is to educate the world about the transformative power of yoga, mindfulness and the choice of living lightly, in a way that is inclusive, inviting and inspiring for others. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… first and foremost a fluid approach of undoing and re-discovery of what is true in the moment. I ask: Who am I. What am I doing here? Am I happy? Am I free? Are you? (Because really: you are me and I am you, but not really. Really?) My yoga practice is also an intention to elevate others and a continuous invitation for my community to practice, to embrace evolution (even if not always pain free and comfortable) and awake to their own truth and authentic expressions. To me, yoga means…. surfing the wave of freedom, of all universal expressions of energy. Yoga means love. Yoga means heaven. Yoga means tears, sweat and discouragement. Yoga means exploring resistance and finding freedom on a daily basis. Yoga means asking questions and learning. Yoga means to be curious, to trust, to learn, to step up, to let go, to hold on and to let go again. It means to flow and to be steady. To let go of your old stories, and to tell new stories, steadily. Yoga means to be weightless. Yoga means to wake up. Yoga means to elevate others and us. Yoga means creating a community of lovers and compassionate helpers. Yoga means creating world peace, conscious living and did I say love? What is love? Living love is Yoga. Living yoga is Love. My experience off the mat has… opened my eyes that it’s not about me. No, it’s about us. You, me, the planet in space. It has also solidified my commitment & mission to serve and enrich yoga students and yoga teachers with the wisdom and knowledge I gained and aim to translate in the most relatable way, to inspire commitment, integrity, endurance and confidence for creative, positive yoga leaders in order to make the world to a place of a self-less thinking community, recognized and celebrated freedom, health and peace. I’m part of a movement called ‘Off the Mat, Into the World’ which empowers people through workshops, community collaborations and local/global service projects. The mission of this OTM is to harness the power of yoga to inspire and support conscious activism and instigate grassroots social change.   The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… when I attended my first ever yoga class. After 90 min. of emotional and physical awkwardness, having a laughing fit with my best friend who practiced next to me, I ended up in Savasana and in bitter-sweat tears of joy. I felt so, so soft. So vulnerable. There I was, in touch with my heart. Like an old missed friend, I was in touch with my soul again. There it was this light, the fire that burned so still, yet strong, telling me that it’s all good, it’s all good. Telling me how perfect I am, how good life is, how joy is the expression of love! Of Life and this joy is always there, always. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat?  Presence & Mindfulness: Every encounter with my hubby, my family, my friends, my yoga community and coaching clients give me the opportunity to remember that I am part of something bigger, that we all share the same life, the experience of suffering and joy. Over the years of practicing mindfulness and yoga I have let go of the idea of wanting others to be so I am comfortable. I have opened up to a greater ability acceptance and tolerance, even though my ego nudges me at times. Through this I have made wiser choices of the people I spend my time with, the energy I receive of others is really important to me. Integrity & compassion: I love giving, but…. when I was working as a high school teacher and beginning yoga-preneur in the past, I overlooked to gift myself the pure sweet self-love and –compassion to maintain the vibes necessary to be there for my community, authentically. If I neglect the work I do on myself. The meditation, the yoga practice, a balanced diet and nurtured relationships – how can I be an authentic messenger for exactly that message? I don’t want to leave the impression I have it figured it all out, but I do know that it takes consistent work, commitment and most importantly a vision. This vision of an aligned, full, juicy life must be part of our daily practice. Mindful living, sharing and supporting each other are the best tools to do exactly that. I have created a monthly event called ‘One Week Differently’, which is a monthly free one week mind-body-soul detox challenge for women. In this week the women in the group chose a few things that they’d like to adjust in their lives. Having the principles of positive and self loving self talk, ‘one step at a time’ and gradual shifts as priority. The underlying humming of the week is loving kindness and self-compassion in order to plant the seeds for a soulful and transformative journey. Fluidity & freedom: These are my favorite words, my everyday mantras. I’m a surfer. I love riding waves, even bigger ones. Those can teach me the most […] 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

When your goals get in the way

When your goals get in the way

Posted May 13, 2014

How many times have you had a goal – a passion-filled desire – that has done an about face and actually started to control you and literally got in the way? Have you experienced that overpowering energy of ‘achievement’ and ‘striving’ to the point where you felt completely overwhelmed and blocked? Can you see how your goals get in the way? In this overly-stimulating, competitive and goal-orientated world we live in I’d be surprised (and seriously impressed) if you’ve never been affected by it and have side-stepped the need to achieve. But what am I really talking about here? This is about what is hiding underneath those goals that get in the way…. Expectations. Agendas. Lack. Fear. Let me ask you a few questions here: Have you ever wondered why something you’ve set your heart and mind on has crumbled into ruins? Or have you witnessed how an initial goal has ended up causing stress and anxiety instead of ease and joy? Have you felt frustrated that, despite your best efforts to achieve your goal, you’ve still managed to sabotage  yourself and lost ‘control’ of what you are doing? Or have you felt stuck, unable to move forward, even though you’ve had the best of intentions and are really trying to face your goals head on? Are you nodding along? Say YES?! Well then this VLOG is for you. And even if you aren’t shouting yes from the roof-tops hit play anyway. I know it’ll resonate with you on some level or hold a nugget of truth that you are destined to harness in the future, or pass onto a friend who needs to hear it. ++ In this vlog I share: How your goals can often turn on you and get in the way. Why your goals end up falling apart (and controlling you) – this is about the role that you play in this! How staying present and dropping your agendas and expectations can actually move your forward more. A little ‘tough-love’ message from me – a gentle slap to help you get the hell out of your own way! ++ Your turn: Can you see where you are in-control, right now in life? What goals are you controlling? And how is this getting in your way? Sometimes WE get in the way and we really need to learn how to get the hell out of the way! Speaking of ‘getting in your own way’. In 2013 I wrote an ebook called: Get out of your own way – 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet! If this video resonated with you I know you’ll get so much out of my ebook. I share so many pivotal and personal stories where I was called to surrender and how they led me to a life of more ease and flow. Check it out here. love + light to you, Claire x Read more

Finding your soul purpose: Interview with Belinda Davidson

Finding your soul purpose: Interview with Belinda Davidson

Posted May 08, 2014

Right now I’m in such a delicious space… I’m learning more about myself on an energetic level and I’m peeling off layers of ego and unnecessary emotional junk. Not to mention the deep healing that is taking place through the work I’m doing with my chakras. And all of this work is leading me into a deeper, more profound unraveling of the self. I am more willing and ready, than I have ever been, to connect to my purpose on a soul level. I want to live, aligned with and from my soul. The incredible Belinda Davidson, who is one of my (soul) mentors, is the incredible woman supporting and guiding me (and many others) through this journey. Her words of wisdom, her insight (as a genuine psychic, she can really ‘see’) and her straight-talking energy ensures that everything she teaches get right down to the core of you. Your soul. And when it comes to the soul, to finding your purpose and living authentically from that truth, Belinda’s perspective and methods  – strengthening your chakras, practicing mindfulness, unraveling the ego and healing with white light – not only make sense but they work in the most direct manner. Which is why I’m so thrilled to share this incredible interview I did with Belinda on finding your soul purpose and living an authentic life. I resonate so strongly with her insights and knowledge and I know that her perspective will really open your heart and mind. Understanding the journey to your soul purpose through the lens of ego, mindfulness, authenticity and the chakra system is so refreshing, life-changing and comforting. We don’t have to struggle, fight and push our way through life and to find and live from joy. Yes, we must do the hard work and sometimes it’s dirty, but it’s not a futile mission. It will bear fruit. ::::::: CLICK BELOW TO PLAY https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/Belinda%20Jean%20Davidson%20on%202014-04-25%20at%2012.31.mp3 RIGHT CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD + SAVE In this interview we discuss: Our built-in soul purpose How our purpose is part of what we are meant to do. The ego + how it attaches to the idea of purpose Getting caught up in the desire for a BIG + extraordinary purpose How the chakras, our energy anatomy, plays a vital role in finding our soul purpose Authenticity is living from your soul purpose What being inauthentic is about How our ‘needs‘ can be inauthentic Growing and learning from the ego Doing the hard work is actually joyful! The key to finding your purpose Why meditation is something you have to do! ::::::: Your turn: comment below What is one key take away you received from this interview with Belinda? How do you feel about Soul Purpose + Authenticity? Send Belinda some love! UPDATE: 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. love + light, Claire xx P.s connect with Belinda here: | website | facebook | twitter | Instagram Read more


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