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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

Why your purpose in life is just to LIVE!

Why your purpose in life is just to LIVE!

Posted June 03, 2014

Maybe, like me, you have noticed that there is an intense energy out there at the moment – so many beautiful souls on the hunt, wanting to figure out and find their purpose in life. Recently I interviewed Belinda Davidson about ‘Finding your Soul Purpose’. She gave us all such a refreshing and powerful perspective. In particular how the ego attaches to the glorified idea of finding (and living) your purpose in life. Our ego can often hijack this beautiful desire and turn it into a search for our identity and self-worth through what we do in the world. Today’s VLOG was inspired from that conversation and also from the work of two authors I love and admire – Brene Brown and her book The Gifts of Imperfection and Susan Cain and her book Quiet. Both of which I highly recommend. All three, Belinda, Brene and Susan, have shared insights on living with purpose and all of it has been brewing inside of me – a melting pot of ideas that have boiled down to this one powerful, alchemical idea: Maybe what we are meant to do is simply LIVE and soak it up. Rather than searching for this one golden ‘purpose’ that we believe will makes us feel extraordinary. Worthy. Valuable. Important. Recognised. Satisfied. More than enough. Could it be ok if you don’t find your ‘purpose’? The purpose that you have convinced yourself will rock the very foundations of your life and those around you. The purpose that you think might be envied by many or that will give your life so much meaning you’ll want to cry with joy everyday. Maybe we are meant to live. Yes, live purposefully. But simply live. Rather than pin-point a specific PURPOSE (trust me, it changes when you do find it anyway) and instead revel in the day-to-day of living and love every tiny morsel and speck of our humble lives. And do so without a specific destination and goal. Before I share too much, if I were you, hit PLAY, and spend the next 8 minutes with me whilst I guide you through the hot topic of finding your Passion + Purpose in Life   In this vlog I share: The idea of never being ‘extraordinary’ enough Introverted and extroverted – and how the favoured extroverted qualities have encouraged us to believe that a purpose-filled life is actually a BIG, widely recognized and almost-celebrity like life. The theory that perhaps your purpose is to lead a much simpler life and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. A moment of inspiration to care less about how the world sees you And a reminder of your value and worth. A new way of looking at passion + purpose A few questions for you to sit with after watching the video: What’s wrong with a humble, ordinary, easy life? Why does it have to be BIG, exciting, captivating, bold, seen, praised? Could stepping up your game and living a passion-filled life mean something totally different to what we’ve previously thought?   ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I’d love to hear from you and learn your thoughts on these points. (Comment below and share with me!) Passion + purpose – what does it mean and look like to you? Is it possible to accept where you are at right now instead of hunting it down something you’ve labeled better? Can you embrace the truth that you are extraordinary already and that who you are and the live you lead is more than enough – could this be part of your purpose? Of course, anything else you want to share! I think it’s time we turn the heat down and give ourselves some space to tap into our soul purpose without the allure of flashing lights and extraordinary. Love + light Claire Read more

Tired of not getting what you want? It’s time to ask the universe!

Tired of not getting what you want? It’s time to ask the universe!

Posted May 30, 2014

Growing up in a very religious household with a passionate and devoted Christian Mother I was raised with the idea of ‘ask the universe and you shall receive’. I did my best to connect to this powerful concept when I was younger, and then I also did an astonishing job of disconnecting from it for a good few years. Over time I stopped believing that I had any power or say in the matter. I assumed that good stuff happened to some people (out of luck, pure randomness or even worthiness) and not to others (including me). I didn’t feel BIG enough to ask for what I wanted. I completely lost the belief that the question of “what do you desire?” could be met with an even simpler answer of “Ask the universe!” Or in my mother’s case, “Ask the Mother Mary!” And you know what? This limiting belief and restrictive way of thinking was cyclic. The more I held to this belief the more I was proved ‘right’ – I didn’t (couldn’t and wouldn’t) get what I wanted. What you resist persists. Like attracts like. The simple choice of not asking the universe to breathe life into my desires perpetuated exactly that. My wants didn’t birth into my reality. They stayed put in a chamber of my heart, wrapped in fear and disbelief. Until I finally started to ask… It’s all in your free will! Getting what you truly desire comes down to the choices you make. Do you know what free will is? It is the very simple truth that as human beings we are blessed with the gift of choice. At every turn we have the ability to call the shots. Nothing and no one can intervene and ‘force’ something to happen. Including the universe. Which means we often do stupid things because we choose too. Or we make the same mistakes over and over, because we choose too. So suffice to say, the insane idea that we should just ‘wait’ for good stuff to come (and maybe if we are lucky it’ll happen) is actually a personal choice and one that can bring your life to an abrasive halt… a standstill. Let’s flip this on its head. If we have free will then doesn’t that imply that we can choose what we want, for our highest good? Or at least we can choose to ask for it. For me, at least, I never asked because I didn’t believe. And when I look underneath that lack of belief I can see it’s because there wasn’t a tangible exchange. Asking for what I wanted, when what I wanted wasn’t a ‘thing’, well that was so lofty and founded on trust that I couldn’t quite bring myself to believe simply asking was enough. Just because you can’t see the exchange doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask! When you want a coffee from your favourite barista, what do you do? You go ask for it. When you want a new haircut, you get yourself to your favourite hairdresser and ask for it. When you want to go on a holiday you make a booking and ask for what you want. Each and every time you receive something right? (Give or a take a few hiccups along the way!) Each and every time you ask for something, there is an exchange (usually of money) and you are delivered the goods. You don’t doubt that you’ll receive it, right? You can see the exchange, so you trust it. You don’t question how it’ll happen, you know it will. You also don’t sitting around ‘hoping’ for it to happen miraculously… So why, when it comes to more immaterial things – love, joy, soul connection, inner happiness, truth – do we question and doubt in our power to ask and receive. Why can’t we bring that saying ‘knowing’ into all requests? What do you desire? All you have to do is ask the universe! Get clear. What do you desire? What does your heart and soul want? I’m not talking about a new job, or car, or boyfriend. Although honestly, you can ask for that stuff too if you like. I’m referencing here the stuff you can’t ‘see’ but you can feel. The desire to feel a certain way and then to live, day-by-day, from those feelings. Is it more intuition? Is it a stronger feeling of love? Is it a deeper heart-to-heart connection with people? Is it a deeper bond with your soul? Is it a feeling of happiness, for no tangible reason – just because?! Is it a sense of direction or bravery and courage to make big changes? Recently I was with my kinesiologist and I was telling her how I wished I could receive the messages from my wise and higher self in a bolder and more obvious manner. She said, “Well Claire, have you asked for it yet? Stop wishing for it and ask for it!” I realized I hadn’t, because I’d already decided that it wouldn’t happen to me. That it couldn’t happen because it was a gift reserved for someone else. Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not. Either way I’ll never know if I don’t ask! State that you are ready, loud and proud. It won’t happen (whatever the ‘it’ is) if you just sit around waiting for it, hoping for it, or believing it’s just a random act of luck. Be willing to open up to something new and to receive it. Your turn beauty: Finish this sentence: “I am loudly and proudly asking for _______________ * love + light, Claire x 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

Embracing love even when you don’t want to

Embracing love even when you don’t want to

Posted May 23, 2014

Embracing love, even when you don’t want to… Is that the most ridiculous thing you’ve read? I hear you, it probably sounds ridiculous, especially if you are on this spiritual path to live from and embody love. But let’s get real here (you know how much I like to do that!) Aren’t there moments when being pissed off, self-righteous, judgmental and maybe even a little bitchy almost feels good? Giving in to your hungry ego, who has been waiting for the cracks to show so it can gobble you up in a flurry of high-octane emotions, sometimes happens without much thought. In a flash moment you are right there – in the pit of some ugly emotional ditch being exactly the type of person you don’t like or want to be. After all we are human. And with it comes a whole love of light and shade. Grace and shame. Beauty and beastliness. Joy and rage. Sometimes it’s easier (and feels satisfying for just a fleeting moment) to give into the darker shades within us. What I’m going to ask you is to try embracing love instead. And when should we do this? Well, now. Later. Always. Right in that moment when you’ve got your bitch on… embrace love. Smack in the middle of a good gossip session… embrace love. Just as you are entering smugs-ville and getting all hoity toity… embrace love. When you feel the need to judge someone else… embrace love. Don’t ignore your feelings just choose a different way. Embracing love is absolutely NOT about ignoring your feelings, suppressing truth or trying to gloss over your normal human reactions. I’m most certainly not about ignoring the shadow. What you can do it take a good hard look at what’s come up, reflect on it and see what lesson is there for you. There is always something there, just for you. Then you choose a different way. When you are in automatic pilot mode (you know the one) and robotically talking, thinking and behaving in a way you don’t want too – in a way that does not come from love – ask yourself ‘Am I embracing love? How can I embrace love instead?’. Choose Love over fear. The opposite of love is fear. When we are in playing in this opposite we are essentially giving our ego full license to spring forth from fear, which spews forth through our words, thoughts and actions – which has many layers and costumes; deep seeded anxieties, feelings of lack and limitation, comparison and the ‘not enoughs’. When we make the conscious decision to ditch love and act from a state of ego based fear we are letting our shadow run the show. Our shadow is there to teach us but not pretend to be us. Why embracing love always triumphs. Look at it this way. Like attracts like and energy flows goes where attention flows. If you are in that shadow, egoic fear state not only are you putting that energy out into the world and bitch-slapping those that come in your wake, you are absorbing more of what you dish out. Your fear-based energy attracts more of that right back to you. If your attention is not on love, then love is not what you’ll receive. If your attention is not on joy, then joy is not what you’ll receive. You get it right? It’s like a magnet, a boomerang; You get back what you put out. When we you choose love instead you get that back ten-fold in more ways than I could ever describe. ++ Embracing love will have a monumental effect on your life, the lives of those around you and the world at larger. The high vibing energy of true unconditional love multiplies and spread far and wide. It’s like a love-epidemic of immeasurable proportions. Let’s set the commitment to choose love, to go for the good stuff in those moments when fear and ego want to call the shots. 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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