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reprogram your mind + choose a different pathway

reprogram your mind + choose a different pathway

Posted June 29, 2017

reprogram your mind and choose a different pathway… Every physical ailment is a manifestation of stored emotions. My god, I believe this at my very core. I grew up witnessing my mother’s health deteriorate almost INSTANTLY when something happened that would emotionally rattle her. My father’s poor health (despite years of clean living!) is linked to a broken heart from childhood. I see it in myself… Years of Irritable Bowl Syndrome caused by years of anxiety and pent up stress. An ectopic heartbeat because I wasn’t ‘listening’ to the truth within me. A sore throat when my authentic voice isn’t given space. Now, my lovely, don’t go freaking out that everything you do or don’t do/say/think is going to make you sick. That is definitely NOT the take-away I want you to hold on to. However, the more you start to respect the connection between you mind-body-soul, the more capable you are of coming back into health, vitality, alignment, joy, flow when you are thrown off course. For me, this truth lights me up. It empowers me and makes me feel confident that I can work WITH my emotions, with my body, with my truth and every other TOOL that resonates with me to live in health and happiness. But wait up, what exactly are emotions? At the Emotions + Essential Oils training I did last weekend the teacher broke it down like this: Emotions = Chemical Responses in the brain and body that are short lived. Emotions are biological responses to chemical processes in our body. Mood = State of Mind of predominant, ever present emotion. And the origins of these emotions? Guess what – they are actually chemical, biological and spiritual. The food we eat, the environment we are in, the stuff we put on our bodies, the practices we do (or don’t do), the experiences we’ve had or are having, the memories and the thoughts all effect how we FEEL. These emotional responses are physical reactions triggered by chemicals in the brain! Think about it like this. I have a serotonin deficiency (figured this out years ago after years of digestive troubles). If I eat poorly, hide away from the sun for too long, skip meditation, don’t move my body regularly, or breathe in/put toxic chemicals on or in my body then I feel miserable. (Not to mention the cycles of the moon, our own cycle as women and the weather!) Sad. Flat. Emotional. In a funk. (Which is why I do my best to live a clean, high vibe, conscious life). There are a few other things that get thrown into the mix. Generational Patterning (depression may run in the family line), past traumas and childhood conditioning. Gosh when you put it all like that it can seem all too hard to ‘cope’ with life. But it’s not. Actually, it’s quite simple. If we want to live FULL, healthy, vital, beautiful lives then we simply have to commit to one thing….Reprograming your mind. Ha. Simple, right? The brain has neural pathways that are laid down from day dot. And the brain will always choose the most well-worn pathways. The roads are already laid out, why would you choose to go off the grid? Repeated negative emotional experiences from the past (even past lives, generational stories) mean that your brain interprets new experiences and dishes out the appropriate response emotionally (often fear, frustration, anger, sadness) via chemical and then physical responses. WOAH. So my beautiful friend, this means we must actually go off the grid using positive stimulus and triggers to lay down new pathways. We must TRAIN our brain to create and walk NEW pathways. New roads. NEW WAYS of doing things. New ways of seeing the world, situations, people, stories, experiences. Get this…When things are falling apart. When you can’t lose that weight. When you are struggling to stick to your work. When you are always doing exactly what you SAY you don’t want to – it’s actually not you, it’s your neural pathways. It’s your patterning. It’s the roadmap already created. Those neural pathways ARE NOT set in stone. They are plastic. They are changeable. Time to uncreate them and choose a different road. HOW? This is where the simple comes into play – Reach for positive stimulus. Turn to NEW ways of living, being, thinking. Reprogram by forcing your brain to do things differently. + Meditation + Journaling. + Coaching. + EFT. + Kinesiology. + Bodywork + Movement. + Essential Oils. + Nature time. + Conscious living. + Clean Eating. Sometimes you need the big guns like EFT, Coaching or Healing work or other tools to really shock those pathways into action. But over time as you constantly chip away and choose to do things differently you will find you think, behave and BE differently. +++The question to ask yourself is this; are you ready to diligently show up to change it up? Only you will know when you are ready to start reprogramming your mind and therefore your LIFE. love + light, Claire xx Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY IS BACK! THE 5 THINGS I AM LOVING TODAY

FIVE ON FRIDAY IS BACK! THE 5 THINGS I AM LOVING TODAY

Posted November 22, 2013

Five on Friday is back… for how long, I don’t know! But it’s here today. I’ve just recorded a new 5 things I’m loving on Friday segment. Completely off-the-cuff and unplanned. Check out the video and the summary below. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH  ________________________________________________________________________ 1) Electrically charged energy I share how this crazy, moody, electric weather in Sydney at the moment has got my creative juices flowing. I’m loving the self-inquiry, the clarity and the visions that pour forth when the weather is so unpredictable and dynamic. 2) Spirited! I share my love for the amazing ebook: Spirited: Soulful lessons on Clarity, Connection + Coming Home to You! Rach and Tara have really brought to life conversations, feelings, attitudes and insights that really ring true with my own inner wisdom. I know that you’ll feel the same thing. It speaks directly to your soul. Have you already read it? If not CLICK HERE and get your hot little hands on one. I also have to mention here that Spirited has a sister. A new ebook called Spirited 2014 Companion: Spirited Solutions to What’s Holding You Back. This book is the ‘action to the contemplation’ of the first ebook. And today you can pre-purchase the ebook for just $13. Check it out HERE. 3) Barre Body My bestie, Emma Seibold, has brought up the hugely popular Barre Body to Sydney – Bondi Junction in fact. Even better, for those that don’t live in Melbourne + Sydney, or if you just love the ballet- pilates- yoga workout so much you want to do it more, you can now buy the new Barre Body DVD. It’s awesome (tough) fun! Want it? Get it HERE! 4) Sacred Self Alchemical Oils I love the beautiful Alchemical Oils from Sacred Self. I have the Surrender + Freedom Oils which smell devine and really make me feel special. Not to mention that these oils are infused with sacred symbols, mantras and sounds, gem and flower essences, colour rays and LOVE. Check them out HERE. 5) Stream of Consciousness Writing My favourite thing to do at the moment. Pouring out my heart, inner wisdom, ego battles, distracting thoughts, shadow self – all of it. Out it comes and from pen to paper. It feels good. It opens me up to creativity + clarity. I HIGHLY recommend you try it! BONUS 6th Thing I am loving My tribe in The Freedom Project. You ladies rock.my.world. Love how these women are showing up, opening up and sharing. Completely inspired and thrilled. P.s The next round of The Freedom Project commences in early Feb. Join my mailing list to be the first to find out when enrollments next open!  _____________________________________________________________________________________________ ++ That’s it! There is lots to LOVE this Friday. Your turn: What are you loving today? Comment below. xx ++ love + light, Claire x Read more

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

Posted June 21, 2013

5 on friday – what I’m loving this week! Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve felt compelled to share the things I’m loving on a VLOG, but I’m back today with 5 awesome things I know you are going to love! There is something in this for everyone. Click PLAY to watch and see the summary below. 1) Affirmations Creating and connecting in with affirmations that resonate with your heart’s desires 2) Social media free days Ahh – heavenly! Time off from ‘connecting’ and space to move back into the moment 3) Evernote App I love this app – it’s a lifesaver!! 4) Crystals, Reiki and Kinesiology Yep, getting my hippie on. All these yummy energetic practices keep me whole. For those interested in Reiki (experiencing it or becoming a practitioner) my healer is Franziska Mayr. Check her out! 5) Feedback on my ebook! I love you guys! SO much gratitude to each and everyone of you for buying my book and sending me through some wicked feedback. Heart overfloweth. AND as a little BONUS, the 6th thing I’m loving this week is my new member pack created for those who subscribe to my Weekly Wellness Update. Woo! So excited to get this out there What’s in it? A sneak peak of my ebook – The first chapter! Foodie Must Haves – A downloadable and printable healthy shopping list Declare your Dreams – A downloadable and printable worksheet on tapping into your dreams and desires 3 Steps to More Wellness – A 3 part video guide where I share three of my favourite wellness tips So, if you aren’t yet part of the project, jump on the list below! Now, tell me, what are YOU loving this week? Answer in the comments below. love + light, Claire Read more

THE FRIDAY FIVE… BREATHING TECHNIQUES

THE FRIDAY FIVE… BREATHING TECHNIQUES

Posted October 07, 2011

Many people come to yoga because they’ve heard that it helps with breathing. It’s true, yoga really brings the breath (or lack of it!) to the forefront, really highlighting how poorly we breath on a daily basis. Our breath is our life-force on a physical and energetic level and we squander it away through our short, sharp, stressed breathing. Yoga teaches you how to cultivate a more nourishing breath but also a connection to the physical movement and to your inner being. It’s incredibly grounding and meditative to focus in on the breath, harness it to reenergize the body and find peace by moving inwards with its energy. Through a regular yoga practice you may be exposed to pranayama (breath control) techniques. In Sanskrit, Prana means Life-Force and Ayama/Yama means extension/control. Below are five breathing exercises that focus on extending the life-force energy via the breath. Life-force is similar to what the Chinese call Qi (chi) or the Holy Spirit in Christianity. It’s your own connection to the source, the infinite and it is life-giving and nourishing – your true essence, residing within that feeds you. These five techniques are often best learnt in person with guidance from an experienced teacher.  It is interesting nonetheless to understand the different exercises and their benefits. This list is less about the ‘how’ and more about the ‘what and why’. 1)      Ujjayi Sometimes called the ‘conquerors’ or ‘victory’ breath, Ujjayi is a deep, ocean or whisper-like sound. It is created by contracting the back of the throat – the glottis – as you inhale and exhale. To you and perhaps the person next to you the breath should be audible. This breath is often practised too intensely – you can hear students forcing the breath and over exaggerating the sound. Although it’s a strong sound it should still feel quite subtle and soothing – not harsh and raspy. This breath works to quiet the brain, making it the perfect partner to flowing yoga practices – helping you reach a more meditative state. Ujjayi slows and smooths the flow of breath. It’s both energising yet calming. 2)      Nadi Shodana This is the channel cleansing breath. Within our body, on an energetic level, we have Nadis – these are energy channels that correspond with our own veins/arteries on the physical levels. Nadis carry the prana (life-force) or breath throughout the subtle/energetic body. This pranayama technique works to cleanse two of the main Nadi’s – the Ida (feminine, moon, cool energy) and Pingala (masculine, sun, hot energy) which exit the body at the left and right nostril respectively. Nadi Shodana works by closing off one nostril at a time, inhaling through the other. Holding the breath and then releasing the closed nostril to exhale. The breath count is even, e.g. inhaling for four counts, holding for four and exhaling for eight. 3)      Sheetali This is the cooling breath and best practiced only in the warmer months. Sheetali calms the mind, reduces the stress or fight/flight reaction, cools the body and lowers blood pressure (careful if you already have low blood pressure!) For those that can, sheetali is performed by rolling the tongue in and creating a tube shape. Gently inhaling through that tongue which cools the breath before it enters the body and exhaling through the nostrils. Many people can’t roll the tongue so simply pursing the lips and creating a tube shape through the lips will work just as well. 4)      Kapalabhati Kapal means skull and Bhati means lightness. So this pranayama refers to the cleaning or cleansing of the mind. The breath here is short, rapid and strong. Using the lungs to pump and expel waste. Kapalabhati is a series of alternating short, explosive exhales and slightly longer, passive inhales. Exhales are generated by contracting the lower belly to push air out of the lungs. Inhales are responses to the release of this contraction, which sucks air back into the lungs. 5)      Viloma This is a great technique to complete energise the body. It is about learning to master and control the flow of breath, inwards and outwards. When practising Viloma, the breath is interrupted by several pauses. When inhaling the breath is paused every 2-3 seconds. By filling the belly/diaphragm first, then the rib cage, the lungs and the upper chest last you elongate the inhale to around 15-20secs. When exhaling, you do so in reverse and pause at each stage. Releasing the breath from the upper chest, then the lungs, rib cage and finally letting the belly draw in. Similarly, with interrupted exhalation, the out-breath is lengthened from twenty-five to thirty seconds. It’s simply like climbing up and then down a ladder with a pause at each step. You are left with a feeling of calmness and lightness to the body, and a sense of exhilaration. It increases endurance by learning to elongate and control the breath. The art of deep breathing is learnt with precision, ease, and comfort. Learning how to harness the power of the breath provides countless benefits – from a calmer state of mind, more focus, the ability to settle your nervous system, distress and sleep better. And sometimes, just pausing and checking in with your breath will give you a clear signal to how you are feeling – allowing you to bring yourself back into balance. Signing off with an exhale (how appropriate!) Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY … five meditation techniques

FIVE ON FRIDAY … five meditation techniques

Posted August 05, 2011

Here are five meditation techniques to try – explore each one to discover which technique works the best in calming your nervous system and bringing you into a more present and quieter state. 1) Mantra – Primordial Sound/TM I posted on Primordial Sound Meditation here. Similar to Transcendental Meditation, this meditation technique focuses on stilling the mind in order to reach ‘The Gap’ or the state of ‘no mind’ between your thoughts. The vehicle to reaching this state is via the repetition of a mantra – usually issued to you by a certified PSM or TM teacher. Often this mantra reflects the vibration of the universe at your time of birth (as with PM) or something similar. Your mantra is meaningless and meant to be that way. The less meaning you connect to the word the more opportunity you have to use it, simply as a tool to quiet the mind whilst preventing a thought pattern to emerge from your ideas around the meaning of that word. Simply sit, breathing softly and quietly rolling the mantra around in your mind – like the gentle repetitive movement of the wave; each wave is different, big, rough, smooth, small, as is your mantra, sometimes it’s louder, softer, clear, undefinable, jumbled. 2) Visualisation I find this technique incredibly relaxing but difficult to reach that point of stillness – that delicous state of deep consciousness when you are both present yet removed. Despite that, some people achieve an incredible calm state with visualisation so it is still worth a go. Visualisation is often best experienced when guided by a teacher – either on a cd or at a meditation workshop. By drawing your attention onto the descriptions the teacher is conjuring up you are slowly able to empty out the clutter and jibberish knocking about in your mind. This is turn allows the body to relax into the visualition – sunrise, never-ending ocean, tropical island – which then encourages deep physical and mental relaxation 3) Yoga Nidra Also referred to as psyhic sleep where the mind stays awake and the body goes to sleep. Yoga Nidra is something I recommend everyone seek out and try. I first experienced it during my hatha yoga teacher training and fell in love with it. The beautiful, ever peaceful Naomi Nahoum took our class on a journey that left each of us energised yet completely blissed out. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that quietens the mind by first stilling the body. A teacher will invite you to bring your focus to different parts of your body, rotating from your right foot, all the way around finishing at your left foot. From here visualiations, breathing exercises and spatial/physical exercises will work to take you deeper and deeper. Ultimately, a thorough Yoga Nidra session will take you into a XX brainwave pattern, which is a highly active brain wave pattern, however you are simultaneously in a deeply restful state. 1-1.5hr Yoga Nidra session is equivalent to 3-4hours of restorative sleep. 4) Mindfulness meditation This is learning the art of living and being in the present moment. As a collective consciousness we spend too much time dwelling in the past and waste energy worrying and planning for the future. But if you were to ask yourself, despite your problems, concerns, life issues, and ask this question, “what is the problem, right now, in this moment?’ usually, there isn’t one. If you think about it there is nothing too great a concern to warrant the stress and anxiety we often dwell in. Meaning, stressing over that deadline, or what you are going to cook or picking up the children are all tasks for the future. Your anxiety over it now doesn’t serve a purpose, except to overtake the ‘now’ with future worries. Often when I’m having a bad day/moment I run through these three questions – something I learnt from Eckart Tolle and his hugely popular book “The Power of Now’. First I ask – 1) Can I change it? If I can, then I do so. If not, then I ask 2) Can I leave it – the situation, the conversation, the argument? If I can then I do and if neither of these questions can be answered then I finally ask 3) Can I accept it? By the time I’ve reached question three, the reality is that I have no other choice but to accept the situation. And as soon as I do, as soon as I let go of the stress, concern and anxiety that I am creating, then the situation is bearable, manageable and I begin to learn from the situation. Instead of fighting against the unchangeable, in that moment, I have entered the present. The now. Becoming mindful of all that the situation has brought about – the good, the bad, the ugly. So mindfulness meditation is practicing how to be in the now. And it can be done in the most mundane of daily tasks. Cooking – set yourself up and then focus your heart and mind on the task. No distractions – just you and the art creating. When you are eating – take yourself away from your desk, magazine, phone conversation and just sit with your meal. Focusing in on the taste, the smell, the way your body reacts and just allowing your body to absorb. Or singing with gusto along to your favourite song. Have you ever noticed when you are driving and singing along to a great song before you know it you have arrived at your destination with no recollection as to how you got there? All you know is that you were belting it out, loving life. That is being and feeling the ‘moment’! P.s, I don’t really recommend this, for safety purposes and all… but hey, it happens. 5) Pranayama/Breath work Not necessarily classified as a ‘meditation’ technique, but to me the cleansing and mind-calming properties of pranayama/breath work achieve a similat goal to most meditation techniques. Prana […] Read more


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