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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

I WANT TO THANK YOU

I WANT TO THANK YOU

Posted November 11, 2013

A couple of weekends ago I was working, by choice, on a Saturday morning. Whilst working, I felt completely overwhelmed with gratitude. Working with my beautiful clients, with the amazing group of women doing The Freedom Project, blogging, writing, filming and more – this all FILLS me up so much. I just had to jump in front of the camera and express my gratitude to YOU. I’ll let this video do the talking. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH ++ Your turn: What are you grateful for, RIGHT NOW, in this moment? I can’t wait to read your comments below. love + light, Claire x 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

21 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

21 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

Posted November 04, 2013

I realise that I am completely ‘out-there’ most of the time – via this blog, my facebook page and instagram. I am often told I am a very ‘authentic’ person – which is so interesting to me because I don’t know how to be anything other than me. So all of me is out ‘there’ for you all to see and hopefully connect with. What has become obvious to me recently though is that there is a much quirkier, sillier side to Claire that perhaps I haven’t shared as much. This wasn’t done on purpose – I rarely have a strategy behind anything that I do – but I guess I’ve just not felt the need, previously, to express that side. I can assure you though, I will definitely be letting that out alot more. I feel a strong desire to be MORE me, MORE of the time. I guess when you do alot of deep spiritual/self-development work, the authentic person that you are becomes more and more refined. The false layers fall away and what I once thought was ‘me’ is no longer, which has created space for the essence of me to show up. I can see that the essence of my personality is so multi-layered but actually something that has been there since the beginning. I am inquisitive, wise, deep, yet light, soft, silly, open, warm, generous, introspective, bold, strong, eager. I thought I’d start by sharing with you a few things you might not know about me. I’m the youngest of five children, with my eldest sister 11 years older than me. I’m an Aquarius and idiotically proud of it. I bust out into silly dances moves quite spontaneously and more often than I probably should. I can be incredibly bossy, with the best of intentions of course! I love a good swear word. Being ‘spiritually’ minded and a true soul-centred wellness seeker doesn’t mean that a good f-bomb is out of bounds I grew up on the beach and swear that the oceans vibration is part of my DNA I have no fear in confronting someone, but today I am not so quick to do so. I can have a really dirty sense of humour – but team me up with another like-minded person and it’s all on! I am an affectionate and very tactile as a person – not in a creepy way, but I love and need to touch and hug! I have an annoying habit of seeing all sides to the story and the bigger picture. Can’t help it. I really don’t care what other people think about me – which means that sometimes I head outside looking a little unkempt! I dislike for someone uses another person for their own gain, for slow drivers (seriously!) and crime shows. I can be such a smart-ass… I have 6 nieces and nephews who I don’t see enough but who make my heart smile. My husband is my best friend – he makes me laugh and is my everything. We are still madly in love after 6.5 years together! I spend alot of time alone and I like it that way. Since I was a little kid I’ve always believed we are all here to grow, expand, evolve. I used to be a BIG party girl… thankfully, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am today! I was bullied all through primary school. I love to dance. I actually get high off it. I’m insanely independent – being the youngest of a family of 7 will do that!  So there you have it – 21 one things that perhaps you didn’t know about me. ++ Your turn: I would love to hear from you! Share with me below – ONE thing that you don’t ‘show/express’ about yourself often but is at the core of your personality. love + light, Claire Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CORA GEROUX

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CORA GEROUX

Posted October 31, 2013

The Inspiration Corner is a weekly series where I interview inspiring soul-centred wellness advocates on what inspires them. We dive deep into Inspiration, health, wellness and self-love. Cora Geroux – her name just rolls off your tongue. And you know what, when you meet and speak with Cora she has such a beautiful juxtaposition of gentleness, a wash of calmness and a little edge to her. A light inside her that glows. A cheekiness, a gorgeously inquisitive soul, an open-heart, a resilient nature. Cora is a Yoga & Meditation Guide, writer, radical self-acceptance advocate and fear caller! She works with women, helping them discover their soul’s desire so they can live kick-ass, authentic lives. This lady is set to make waves. Seriously, when you read Siddhartha and Gary Zukav’s Seat of the Soul as a kid there must be something in you destined to contribute greatly to this world of ours. I know Cora through Yoga Village (where I teach yoga in Potts Point, Sydney). Cora is a beautiful teacher who is passionate about meditation, amongst many other things. She has recently launched her new biz Cora&Bodhi where she offers  free guided meditations, inspiring articles and yoga videos to help you find your truth. And if you don’t find her comments below as a refreshing as a cool drink of water, well then, I’ve got nothing to say! I hope you fall in love with Cora as much as I have! love + light, Claire x ++ Connect with Cora Websites | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest ++ Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Who am I? That is the eternal question isn’t it? I am just like everybody else, totally unique. I am passionate, driven and nerdy. I am also a total nanny, and in bed with a book and a cup of tea by 9pm most days of the week. I teach yoga & meditation because those were the tools that helped me manage my anxiety and accept myself after years of self-hate. I began teaching full time in 2009 and it hasn’t always been easy. Teaching has been a crash course in public speaking, confidence, customer service and business. I threw myself in the deep end and learned as I went and it was well worth it. Earlier this month I launched www.coraandbodhi.com, as a place to inspire other women to know themselves on a soul level and practice total self-acceptance. What INSPIRES you? Nature & humanity. Both are the most tremendous products of creation. The natural world appears so chaotic from the outside, but there is this cosmic intelligence underlying it all. Humanity appears chaotic, and it is. However, both just go on creating. Nothing is perfect, but creation still goes on anyway. How inspiring is that? Just go outside and marvel at what lies in front of you. Think of the amount of time, energy, determination and persistence it takes Mother Nature to create a mountain. If she can do that, I damned well better be able to reach my goals. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? My muse or inner guide. Whatever you want to call it. My best inspiration comes from long periods of time in silence & nature. 99% of my ideas come to me when I am in meditation. I have a very very busy mind by nature, and in my day-to-day life not much has a chance to get in. Meditation has been crucial to allow the space for inspiration to strike. Either that, or when I wake up at 5 in the morning. If I sit in front of a word processor, or blank page before my mind has had the chance to wake up, the good shit comes out. How do you use that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? My inspiration guides my life. Whenever I have an idea I write it down on a sticky note and post it on my wall. I have a whole wall in my bedroom covered in bright colored post it notes. I use these ideas to then create articles, yoga sequences etc. Inspiration is what gets me up in the morning. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Health and wellness has been a touchy topic for me in the past. In my teens early 20’s I had a very unhealthy relationship with food, exercise and body image. By the time I was 23 I began to learn about real health and wellness but used cleanses, and “healthy eating”  to cover up the underlying issues for me. I was deeply unhappy within myself, and hated what I saw in the mirror. This went on for years. About 18 months ago, I decided to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. I now exercise (except for yoga) when I feel like it. Not when I think I ‘should’. From the outside my diet and exercise routine might not look as healthy as they did 2 years ago. However, I can tell you that I feel better than ever. I sleep more, eat more, exercise less and feel great. I eat mostly meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruit, nuts, gluten free bread and dark chocolate. So what’s important to me now, might not look typically ‘healthy’ from the outside, but I listen to my desires and follow my intuition. I have never been happier. I believe that our bodies know what is good for us. If we just get quiet enough to listen we will know the meaning of true health. What’s your routine? I love the morning, but it takes me a really long time to wake up, so I wake up early around 5:30-6:00, 6 days a week. I spend the first 30 minutes to an hour of my day sipping a coffee and either reading or writing in bed. After that, I take a shower and practice yoga asana and meditation for around 30-45 […] 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

SAYING NO TO EXPERIENCE THE YES IN YOUR LIFE!

SAYING NO TO EXPERIENCE THE YES IN YOUR LIFE!

Posted October 28, 2013

Why is it so hard to say no? I’ll put my hand up first and say that I have struggled, in the past, to push back and say no – prioritizing myself and my needs almost felt illegal. And I know that more than one of my gorgeous clients (p.s I love you guys!) struggles with saying no. What exactly do I mean by ‘no’? Well, I simply mean being clear about what you can and can’t do to your friends, family, colleagues in order to ensure YOU are being looked after and getting what your mind, body and soul needs. I’m not talking the selfish kind of ‘no’. I’m not talking about throwing ‘no’ out here, there and everywhere, just for the sake of it… I’m talking about a saying no because it’s the right thing for you and doing it without the layers of guilt. Why is saying no so important? How many times have you put someone else, an ‘obligation’,  scheduled event or pre-planned something-or-other FIRST before what you really needed? Have you ever been in a situation where you know you simply needed to lay low, retreat, be still or do something just for you but instead you had this birthday to go to, or someone else’s neediness weighing down on you? You bypassed your inner voice and skipped out on yourself – choosing to, kindly so,  someone else or go to that birthday/event? Admiral. Yes, sure. You can choose to look at it that way, and I get it, sometimes obligations are just that – we have to be there/help out and it’s the right thing to do. But I want you to check in with yourself and be honest – how often do you commit, say YES and put yourself last when really, it wasn’t the right thing for you and you paid for it later? Saying NO is so vital to your health and wellness. It sounds a little wishy-washy, but I guarantee if you were able to place as much commitment and dedication to your own well being as you do to other people’s needs you would see an incredible difference in how you think and feel – mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s also important to say no before we get to that stage of deep resentment and frustration towards whomever we are saying YES to all the time. What’s the point in helping someone out or following through on a commitment if you are going to be a wet-rage or battling with suppressed frustration. It doesn’t help and it doesn’t help anyone else involved. Breaking through the fear of saying NO Saying no can really bring up alot of guilt and fear – especially if saying yes is your default setting. The key to saying NO is to get clear on what’s important to you and cultivating the truth that you deserve it! You are worth it. You are also completely loved – allow yourself to tap into the truth that you don’t NEED to work for love and put yourself last in order to be loved. In the VLOG below I ask you a series of questions to get you thinking about the art of saying ‘no’ and help you to see how to put yourself first. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH ++ Share with me: How does ‘saying no’ make you feel? Do you feel comfortable with it or is it something you struggle with? Looking forward to reading your insights and comments below. Love + light, Claire Read more

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