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Golden Nuggets from Gabrielle Bernstein

Golden Nuggets from Gabrielle Bernstein

Posted January 12, 2015

I’m only now coming out of my little #sundaysurrender hibernation. After a powerful day at Gabrielle Bernstein’s Sydney event (thank you Earth Events!), I spent Sunday, gratefully in a cocoon with my husband… *Meditation. Kundalini Yoga. Journalling. Movies. Chai. Cuddles. Walks in the rain* I had to be in that space… the weather called it for me, but I was also still processing, absorbing and doing some personal shifting after the incredible one-day workshop with Gabby B. A day shared with hundreds of like-minded women and men talking all things spirit and soul. Gabby guided us through powerful meditations, peeled off layers of ego and cracked us open. Truly, after one particular meditation I think almost everyone was wiping mascara filled tears off their face. There is an absolute treasure trove of golden nuggets I wish I could share with you… but I think it would take you a whole week to read that post. Instead I’m going to share with you FOUR things that jumped out at me. These might not be my only hero take-aways, but they are the ones coming through right now… so I’m going to trust that it’s these nuggets you are meant to read. 1) Coming back, over and over and over. This is a message I have been living by and sharing with my own clients. So it felt so good to hear Gabby reaffirm this and share it. It’s not about being ‘spiritual’ or ‘conscious’ all the time… we all get caught up in scrawling, mindlessly through instagram, or judging yourself and others, or reacting with anger instead of pausing and processing. BUT it’s about how quickly, and with awareness you return back to your centre, your presence. To your truth. To what you KNOW. To who you really are (and want to be). I often say that over time, the gap between being aware, conscious and living in presence with the more ego-driven, unconscious states becomes smaller and smaller. And how is this done…? As we continue to chip away with our spiritual practices and higher states of thinking, feeling and being, we close that gap. We keep coming back, as Gabby puts it. 2) Be reverent. Do the work. Devote. How do you become more conscious? How do you feel more instead of think more? How do you change your world from the inside out? How do you live, breathe and be from love, instead of fear? How do you tap into your own inner wisdom and guidance? This is how… MEDITATE! Create sacred space. PRAY. Be reverent with your time and create daily rituals. DEVOTE. Tap into commitment. There is no quick fix. Firstly, there is nothing to fix. This is about tuning in to who you already are and what you already have. Secondly, nothing great happens easily and over night. You want to live consciously, from your heart, with love and be guided daily? Then do the work. Don’t be apathetic about it. Make it sacred. 3) Your power is so much bigger than you realise. This message came to me – well it felt like I downloaded it – during one of the meditations on Saturday. Gabby had been drilling the truth home; that our power is in our presence and as we meditated my own inner wisdom whispered to me that my personal power is SO much bigger than I could ever realise or measure. It came to remind me to stop playing, thinking, being, doing SMALL. Whether I’m a mother or a blogger or a sister or a wife or a coach… BIGNESS is who I am. It wasn’t long before I realised that message was for everyone in that room and beyond. As questions were asked and personal stories were shared, I found that almost everyone in that room needed to hear that message too. So today I pass it on to you. It wasn’t just meant for me, it is OUR COLLECTIVE TRUTH. YOUR power is so much bigger than you realise! What does that really mean? It means YOUR HIGHER SELF is infinite, HUGE, immeasurable, expansive…. and that the small you – your little ego based, limited self can never fully know this. So stop trying to KNOW it from your logical, left-brain. Your ego-mind doesn’t have the tools to KNOW this power. But the BIG YOU, the REAL YOU can feel it. Because it is IT! So feel into your power baby, go there… it’s an endless source of love, wisdom, knowledge, abundance, joy and divinity. 4) When things get good, work harder. This hit me over the head, quite comically. It was a light-hearted moment of realisation for me. Things are SO good right now. I feel physically amazing, mentally clear, emotionally balanced and energetically open. I don’t have anything major I’m processing – spiritually I’ve been ‘working’ on myself for years and today I am awash with a sense of lightness, freedom, balance and contentment. And you know what, I’ve been happy to be in that space  – surrendered to it. Being pregnant has called for alot of surrender into the HERE AND NOW because I know that many challenges, awakenings and shifts are still to come as motherhood is just around the corner. However, when Gabby said ‘when things get good, work harder’… I actually laughed out loud. I laughed in unity with her message, I laughed in understanding and acceptance… There is NO perfection. There is never a time when our work is ‘done’. And truthfully, this is what I love the MOST. The journey of self-exploration is my own personal drug of choice. Addicted to the work. So here I am, recommitting again to working harder on myself. To look at my own shadows with love, respect and gratitude and to do what I need to do to be the fullest version of my truest self and the best guide to this soul baby! ++ I hope these four little nuggets have come to you […] Read more

Write your own story in 2015

Write your own story in 2015

Posted January 06, 2015

The pen is in your hands… write your own story! So here we are. Facing off to another year. 2015… I’m looking at you. Staring down the barrel of another 12 months, yet this one feels oh-so-different. Filled with SO much uncertainty, newness, transformation… and yet despite the insecurity that comes with that, I can literally FEEL that this year is all about love. Deep. Heart opening. Soul changing. Maybe you feel the same? Maybe you don’t know exactly what’s coming but you can sense there is a shift – in your inner and outer world? And maybe that both inspires and excites you, yet leaves you feeling a little unstable on your feet? Yes, I feel that too. That is, until an email landed in my inbox with three simple sentences. A gift from the universe (and my Kinesiologist!) electronically sent to remind me that I am the creator of my life… that I am the only one that can mould, shape, nurture and nourish my life in a way that feels instinctively TRUE + RIGHT for me. “A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself”… So the question that immediately arose for me upon reading these words was: Well, if I am the writer of my life what language do I wish to use to write this story? Do I want to choose the language of fear? The language of my ego – living in a world of comparison, competition, judgment, stress, resistance… Or, do I want to choose the language of love? The language of my soul – living in a world of truth, passion, purpose, alignment, presence, patience, compassion…. The story will be written, slowly… day by day, chunk by chunk. Sometimes the story will unfold chapters at a time as I tune in effortless to what I desire from this year. Other times the story will unfold moment to moment as I am revealed  what this year is meant to deliver to me. Today I’m choosing to consciously, deliberately and always with presence use the language of love to write my book of 2015. It will be a beautiful story… I don’t have the details yet, but there is a rough sketch, an outline… a loose plan. And I know that together, in partnership with my soul, we are going to write, create, and experience an incredible year! How do you choose to write the story of your 2015? Claire x Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Movement + Bodylove

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Movement + Bodylove

Posted December 12, 2014

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part 3 – Movement + Bodylove Honestly, before I was pregnant (and I’m talking years ago) I would’ve thought I’d be the girl who would stubbornly insist on exercising in the same way I always had, despite the changes in my body. Being a yogi – that is my main form of movement – I’ve tried every style of yoga under the sun. That is until I really honed my own personal ‘home’ practice. BTW: If you would like to do the same check out my recent post on Starting a yoga practice at-home. Today though, well and truly on the home-stretch to birthing this bub, I attribute the much more nourishing, soul-satisfying and body-loving movement practices I’ve been enjoying during this pregnancy to that home-practice. Why? Well it taught me how to be INTUITIVE. Being Intuitive is EVERYTHING when you are pregnant Have I mentioned yet how freaking mind-blowing the changes that unfold in your body are? Well if not, read that sentence again. They ARE! You have the hormone relaxin course through your body softening your pelvis, your joints and even the valve that keeps your food DOWN. Progesterone is slowing down digestion so baby can absorb more of the good stuff. It’s also causing membranes to swell (hello stuff nose) and helping you store extra weight to grow bub but for breast feeding down the track. There is more blood pumping, your heart rate is going faster, your breath is shorter (squashed lungs) and on it goes. Now I’m not telling you this to scare – most of it is manageable. But I am share this to really drill home how much more vulnerable your body is. It’s doing a BIG thing – building and growing a human being is a miracle. And because of this miracle your need to move and breathe in a way that always feels good and supportive. Let me say this loud and clear: This is not the time to be pursuing and reaching new exercise goals. There is no need to run further, lift more weights, push harder. Soften. Surrender. Nurture. You get me? Accept that your body will change (I’ve put on 10kgs!) Accept that things will look and feel different. Accept that it’s all part of this divine process. Despite everything I just said, pregnancy is not a license to blog out. Countless studies have proven that movement and exercise during pregnancy is vital for the long-term health of bub and for your strength and recovery. You would never enter a marathon without training, right? So the same goes for pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Now this is where your intuition comes into play. The key to striking the balance between Softness + Surrender with Inspired Action is to use your own body and mind as your navigational system – your guidance. How do you feel? What would support you best? What is your body craving You must embrace movement + exercise during your pregnancy in a way that feels supportive – that helps you maintain good health and that ultimately makes you feel really freaking good. If you are a runner, and it still feels good to run – then RUN. But do not take it up just because you are pregnant. Same goes for anything else. I would say Yoga + Swimming are probably the two things you can safely start if you never have before. And please note that everything you do requires modification. There is NO way that my yoga practice looks anything like it did before. It’s much more fluid and less dynamic. I don’t practice deeper backbends and inversions only come out every now and then. Arm balances just don’t feel right. There is so much I CAN do – physically my body still is able to lift into a crow pose or a backbend – but mostly I don’t do them because they intuitively feel ‘wrong’ in my body right now. They feel damaging, harsh… and luckily I am not so attached to the ‘poses’ that I can’t go a few months without them. For me my ‘movement routine’ has looked like this: 1 x Prenatal Yoga Class per week 1 – 2 x Barre Body Classes per week 3 x Personal yoga practices (at-home, at the park by the beach or using an online video) + Regular walking + swimming I’m going to break it down for you here: Prenatal Yoga I’ve been attended Prenatal Yoga with Lauren at The LifePod. But I’m sure you can find many options in your area too. Now, it’s not that the sequence in Lauren’s class isn’t something I could do on my own – as a yogi and teacher sequencing is something I’m comfortable with. But it’s the energy held within the space that is so vital. Being in a room full of women, going through the same thing (in their own personal way) and who are willing to open, connect and explore… well that is why I keep going back. Not to mention that Lauren facilitates the class with so much love and respect for each of our journey. The room is flooded with her understanding, compassion and appreciation for pregnancy. She invites us to dig deep yet to be soft, to grow, yet to be present and still… She cultivates inspiration, motivation, passion and release (emotionally and physically!) Prenatal Yoga is a beautiful way to enter yoga if you’ve not done so before. It also will carry you through the journey in the most loving way. I’ll be sad when Prenatal yoga is no longer part of my week!   Barre Body Barre Body is a Barre studio founded and directed by my bestie – Emma Seibold. The classes I attend are a hybrid of Yoga, Pilates and Barre work. And I love them! They provide me the dose of dynamic energy, strength work and power that I need to stay fit and strong. I, of course, can’t do […] Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide

Posted December 02, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide! As a coach I have worked with hundreds of women supporting them to find health, to heal, to find balance, to cultivate happiness and to live in wellness. Personally, living in wellness is not a negotiation for me. It is just how I choose to live and it is how I navigate through the world and life. What can I do here to ensure I am nourished? How do I nurture my body better? Will this support me or detract from me? So that being said… I am no expert in pregnancy, birth or motherhood, but I sure know a thing or two about wellness! Which leads me to introduce you to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide. A series of blog posts, audio clips, interviews and more where I’ll be sharing what I have been doing throughout my pregnancy. Watch the video to find out more on my Pregnancy Wellness Guide. You’ll also learn 4 feel-good tips you can dive into today! CLICK PLAY I hope you can see this as what it’s intended to be – a guide. NOT a rulebook. Because the one and only rule that does apply during pregnancy is that you are THE BOSS. However, if some of what I am doing might help you on your journey, then my job is done. Your body, your intuition, what feels right/wrong/or otherwise – that’s the only rule that matters. As I mention in the video, here is some of what we’ll be covering off in the Pregnancy Wellness Guide: 1. Supplements + Nutrition 2. Recommended Books 3. Movement + Bodylove 4. Meditation + Visualisation 5. Birth planning + preparation 6. Postpartum Lots of  juicy info to support you ladies – whether you are a soon-to-be mama, planning it in the future or onto your second (third, fourth?) bubby! Oh and any men out there reading – there is nothing hotter than a MAN who CARES about (and is involved) his woman during her pregnancy. So the more you know, the better! Now it’s over to you. I really need your help. Comment below and share with me: Any burning pregnancy questions you have (that I might be able to answer/include in the guide) Anything you feel is important to share to other ladies regarding pregnancy. Just a side note: we are going for POSITIVE stories and sharing. Even if your birthing experience didn’t go ‘as planned’… please, whatever you share, do so from a positive, affirmative place. I do not want this space to spread fear + doubt (p.s if your comment does, I will delete it). Thanking you in advance. Stay tuned. More to be released soon. love + light, Claire xx   Read more

Happiness Interrupted

Happiness Interrupted

Posted November 11, 2014

Do you allow your own inner radiance to be interrupted? Is your happiness on a continuous stop-start action? Are you always on a roller coaster – sometimes riding high and others you are hanging low? Yes? Well, take comfort firstly in that you can recognize that. And secondly, take comfort that you are not alone. Most of us feel like we are in this perpetual cycle of high/low, happy/sad, up/down, good/bad. And that’s just life, right? Sure it is…we must flow with the tidal wave of emotions, experiences and challenges. Getting swept up into them, caught in them, distracted by them, overwhelmed by them… that is, until we are eventually distracted by something shiny and new which brings us back to the shore of peace and happiness again…where we can rest for a little while. Ok, I’m being facetious. Not sure if you could detect the sarcasm in the words I just wrote… but let me get really direct here. Do you let your happiness and own inner radiance be interrupted as the ‘THINGS’ you desire come and go? Are you so desperately at the mercy of what life dishes up for you – delivers into your hands – that if it isn’t quite ‘right’ you are once again battered and bruised? Once again, that happy, glowy version of you is nowhere to be found, only to be replaced by a more stressed out, angrier, reactive, you – caught in your own mental chatter, limiting self-beliefs and emotional abuse. Does this sound dramatic? Well, perhaps. But I’m trying to make a BIG, BIG point here, that needs to be made. You. YOUR true self. Your highest self. Your Universal self. Divine Soul. God essence (whatever turn of phrase most resonates with you)… YOU ARE HAPPINESS. YOU ARE RADIANT. YOU ARE LOVE. You don’t need experiences, situations, things, people, more money, a new car, a great new outfit… (and on it goes) to BE HAPPY, RADIANT. To BE LOVE… You might feel for a moment or two (or three) that all those things make you FEEL happy, radiant, glowy, bright, sparky, alive… love-filled. And hey, there is nothing wrong with what you desire… Let me repeat that. There is NOTHING wrong with what you desire. Desires are a major part of our human experience. As the incredible Danielle LaPorte says ‘want what you want with all your heart, but don’t get attached to it’. So, if your desires were ‘interrupted’… if your desires didn’t come to you, or they did and then vanished again… or it took a lot longer to arrive than what you’d planned, would you be OK with that?? Would you still feel happy? How do you BE radiant, BE happy? Instead of just feel it? The poet Rumi says, “be suspicious of what you want”. First, ask yourself if what you desire –what you think brings you inner radiance and happiness – is actually a true, heart-driven desire, or if you are chasing a pipe dream. An holy grail of nothingness that might give you fleeting moments of feeling radiance and happiness, but doesn’t fill you up from the inside out. Nothing can, nothing will. Until you realize that you ARE happiness. You ARE radiance. And then, try this… Be still. Go into quiet. Find that spark within you. Connect to it. Breathe into it. Feel into it. Get cosy with it. Familiar with it. Find your home within that stillness. When we meditate we aren’t just de-stressing and rebalancing – although it must be said that nothing will do those two things better than a good meditation session – but we are also opening the doors to our inner self. The self that is happiness. That is perpetually radiant. Not some of the time, or when good things come. But all the time. We are choosing to BE instead of DO or even just feel. We choose, through stillness to embody our true nature – our inner radiance. The point of life is happiness. —The Dalai Lama So when life is good. Meditate. When life is tremendously challenging. Meditate. When life is boring and days are relentless the same. Meditate. Why? Because in that stillness you’ll be cocooned in your own, golden radiance. You’ll be connected and tapped into your own source of undiluted, unrestricted and continuous flow of happiness. Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations to makeover your mind, body and soul If you are ready to go into that stillness, then look to my new meditation offering – The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series, available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. You’ll tap into that well-spring of happiness and radiance within you, an uninterrupted source. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE “Consider that you radiate. At all times. Consider that what you’re feeling right now is rippling outward into a field of is-ness that anyone can dip their oar into. You are felt. You are heard. You are seen. If you were not here, the world would be different. Because of your presence, the universe is expanding.” Danielle LaPorte Join the #RadianceRevolution: Share with me below, or via instagram, twitter and FB what true happiness and radiance feels like to you? Connect with me @claireOwellness (via twitter and instagram) or find me on facebook under The Wellness Project. Read more

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Posted November 06, 2014

Cultivating stillness and inner peace can seem like a monumental challenge. Life is crazy, right? How on earth can you muster up the time or energy to delve within and find your Zen? But what if I told you that all you needed was one week? And that in that tiny slice of your life – just 7 days – you could kick-start some seriously soulful change? Imagine a week, where… You felt really (freaking) good. You experienced stillness in mind and body. You were grounded and centred. You experienced deep relaxation, inner peace and connection. Your inner radiance began to reveal itself… And then, most importantly of all, imagine that this simple 7-day journey could kick-start an entire inner revolution – where you could learn to live in this relaxed and radiant way more (or even all) of the time?! It’s truly possible. When you’re using a powerful tool, one week is all it takes to plant the seed of change. And meditation is the most potent tool I know… Welcome to… A daily meditation practice can help you to feel the way you want to feel. To live the way you deserve to live. To experience joy from the inside out. In fact, there’s really no other personal development tool out there that is as transformational and life-changing as meditation. Yet people still struggle to embrace it and embed it into their daily lives… I get it. I understand the resistance, I truly do – creating a new habit can seem time-consuming. Overwhelming. Even scary. That’s why I created this series of (mini) guided meditations. To chunk things down. To make it easy and empowering. To take the size (and scariness) out of this age-old practice. These (mini) meditation series led by me, Claire Obeid, have been designed to bring meditation to you, in the simplest way possible. Professionally mixed and recorded, there are tracks to suit every mood and every schedule. And they range in length from 10 – 20 minutes – making them an achievable goal on even the busiest day. Which means all you have to do is pick the one that resonates most, pop on your headphones, press play… and feel yourself unfurl. With seven guided tracks in every series (and three different themed series to choose from) you’ll be well on your way to a deeply rewarding daily ritual in no time – one that will make you over from the inside out. Stillness in mind. Vitality and health in body. And a deep connection with your soul.That’s what these meditations can do for you. The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series is available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the mental stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. What’s included in each package: Welcome audio + instructions when you first sign up. Daily email including live streaming of each meditation track. An introduction with each meditation, to set the scene and guide your journey. Daily journaling prompts during your 7-day program, so that you can deepen the discovery and tune in to your truth. Bonus: All the meditation tracks – which are professionally mixed and recorded – are yours to download, keep, and listen to whenever (and wherever) you like. Downloadable + printable PDF journaling workbook – also yours to keep! Each 7-Day Meditation Series hones in on a different theme, designed to support your makeover in mind-body-soul and unearth your inner glow! 7 Days to Radiate: deeply relax + let go Designed for those eager to untangle from the mental clutter that stands in the way of glowing and flowing through life. Let’s make space for bliss. 1. Breath Awareness 2. Be free from control 3. Vibrant Health 4. Detox the Mind Meditation 5. Healing Energy 6. Yoga Nidra 7. Divinity Mantra Meditation 7 Days to Radiate: make peace + heal Designed for those who feel called to cleanse, release + let go of anything that no longer serves. It’s time to get grounded in your mind-body-soul and come back to your peaceful centre. 1. Blissed Out 2. Chakra Cleanse 3. Connect to Light + Love 4. Forgiveness 5. I am Truth Mantra Meditation 6. Healing the heart 7. Peace and Tranquillity 7 Days to Radiate: feel joy + inspiration Designed for those ready to remember and reconnect with their true self. Feel inspired, tap into your desires and open your heart. Experience freedom and joy. 1. Abundance Meditation 2. Be limitless 3. Give Thanks 4. Radiant Being 5. Learning to trust 6. Ecstasy Mantra Meditation 7. Clarity + connection Pick and choose from the 7-Day Meditation Series or purchase all three to experience a powerful 21-day makeover from the inside out. (After all, it takes 3 weeks to solidify a positive habit!) It’s your choice. Let your intuition guide you – What would most nourish you? What’s tugging at your spirit? What does your mind-body-soul crave? How it works… Upon signing up, you’ll receive your welcome email + instructions to activate the 7 or 21 days of (mini) meditations. Each day you’ll receive your guided meditation – including commentary + journaling exercise instructions – delivered direct into your inbox. At any stage you can access your bonuses (the full meditation album download + PDF journaling workbook) so you can dive deeper at your own pace. Next steps… Choose your preferred meditation series, or select the bundle for all three. Click the ‘buy now’ button. You’ll receive a welcome email containing a link to the resources site, which includes your private access code. Follow the link and plug in the private access code. Then start your journey by listening to the welcome audio and instructions. Download and save your bonuses – the album and PDF journaling guide. When you […] Read more

My personal revelations of Divine Love

My personal revelations of Divine Love

Posted October 14, 2014

Let me tell you a little story. My personal revelations of Divine Love Everything you want and ever need you already have and are. Ever since I first heard those words – I can’t remember where, maybe an article, a movie or some spiritual memoir I was reading at the time – I’ve made a conscious effort to live and breathe from this truth. And that truth is that I don’t need to look outside of myself for all that my heart truly desires. And what is it that my heart truly desires? It’s taken me a long time to uncover this desire, to come to know it with clarity. At first I thought it was to feel good in my body. Then I thought it was for peace and quiet in my mind. Finally I believed this desire to be a longing for a passionate, purposeful life and career soon followed. Each and every one of these ‘desires’ were necessary for my own spiritual development and growth… I braved the often-unmapped landscape into my body, my mind and my passions.  I peeled off layer after layer until I ‘had’ what I desired. A strong, healthy body, a quieter mind and peaceful attitude and a passion-filled life and career. What I didn’t realise was this. These desires were a stepping to stone towards what my heart truly wanted. Each and every one was necessary in order to lead me to the core of all desires. The big kahuna of my desires – the one thing I truly want and need… I desire to experience, feel and live from DIVINE LOVE. I’ve experienced love on so many levels… the unconditional, almost martyr like love from my mother. The self-sacrificing, toil-through-pain devotional love from my father. Intoxicating love with a lover. Protective love from my siblings. Love shared between two friends – soul-sisters. Love, companionship and loyalty with my husband. And now the love I have for the soul that chose me and is now growing within me. Each and every experience feels just as it should – soothing, satisfying, needed. Like a warm embrace. A net of safety. A moment of bliss.  But it is only a small slice – a too-small portion to taste – of DIVINE, INFINITE LOVE. And it is this Divine Love that I truly ache for. Yearn for. Believe in. Strive to taste and touch and experience. Don’t let me fool you, I am to this very moment, still opening my arms and my eyes to this divine love. To say I live from and with divine love everyday is something I’ve yet to embody. I’m still on the hunt – a surrendered, accepting search for love. There are two key moments recently that have sign-posted me towards where this Divine Love is that I seek. Two revelations I want to share with you. The first is from a conversation with my Mother. A woman of such faith and a source of wisdom and love who recently highlighted that where I have placed my attention was a little misguided. My mother’s unrelenting devotion to her saints, prophets and religious figures is a love born from her heart. And it is in the deep well of her heart that she still connects to their love. My mother doesn’t see Jesus, Mary or her God as something outside of her. Well she does, in a way. But first they are within her and then they are without. They are with her, in her heart, they live there, eternally and internally. They also reside in the universe above, below and all around her. They are the universe. But in order to connect with them and their love she looks within. It is her innate understanding that the representations of love that she connects with are accessible from within that changed everything for me. When she calls on the Virgin Mary she does so knowing that Mary is within her – her love and light shine from within as opposed to an omnipresent, ethereal and inaccessible mystical being. Following this golden nugget of wisdom delivered to me from my beautiful mother, I had a personal encounter with the Divine that only served to reaffirm this epiphany. I was at a retreat focused on exploring Oneness. Being one with the universe, with each other and with the all-powerful infinite, higher source. One morning, during an hour-long meditation, I found myself as if in a bubble… but the bubble was within me. I felt protected yet at the same time fully able to think, feel, experience – if I wanted too. I felt safe, caressed, nurtured. Yet fully present in my body and fully away of the world and life I was in. Each breath that entered my body felt embodied… I felt as if I was the breath – the pranic life force and I, as the breath, was choosing to enter and leave the body, moment by moment. The breath felt to me more ‘me’ than my body did in that moment. Yet simultaneously, I was grounded in my body and in full realisation that what I was feeling wasn’t possible without my body. My hands felt glued to my lap yet light and floaty. My palms, although they were facing up and lightly stacked above each other, actually felt splayed and opened on each knee. As I sat there, being ‘inhaled’ by the breath of life, I felt quite strongly that my hands were being held – hand to hand – by a pair of invisible hands. My own hands were being held by my soul’s hands. I was held. I was reassured. I knew I was not alone. Eventually the guide’s voice slowly cut through the lightness of my meditation. As I was slowly ushered back to reconnect into the confines of my body and into the space we were in a quiet sob escaped from deep within. It moved up from my belly, into my heart and […] Read more

A beautiful pregnancy

A beautiful pregnancy

Posted October 07, 2014

A beautiful pregnancy. I didn’t think I’d ever write those words… After the 7 weeks of utter crap I felt during the first trimester, I wasn’t sure the words ‘beautiful pregnancy’ would be thought, let alone said. Once the fog of the first trimester cleared and the insane journey of transformation slowed down from full hustle to a nice cruising speed I started to tune in to the beauty of the experience unfolding with me. The realisation that I am not only growing, building and soon-will-be birthing a baby, but that I am also birthing a mother really hit home for me. How could this unreal, powerful, life-changing journey not be beautiful? Even with all the challenges that come with it, there is nothing more profound and stunning than the creation of life. So today I wanted to share with you what I consider to be the beauty of my pregnancy for a few reasons. Firstly, there are so many physical and emotional changes that unfold during pregnancy, many of which are not pleasant or fun (respect to EVERY woman who has ever carried a child). The amount of sacrifice that unfolds is insane – and I’m saying this at only 20 weeks! It’s because of this that I am choosing to make a conscious effort, daily, to see the beauty, the light, the gorgeousness of pregnancy – my god, there is so much to revel in and enjoy. But sometimes, on the off days, shitty stuff gets in the way. The second reason I am sharing my beautiful pregnancy with you (through my eyes, obviously) is because I want to inspire those woman out there, like me, who might be overwhelmed by the thought of pregnancy yet feel that deep mother-earth pull to have a child, to see pregnancy through a different lens. One lined with silver (and gold!) And finally, I hope that this post inspires you to take whatever it is that is challenging you right now and dissect it, put it back together and hopeful reform it into something beautiful. Pleasing. Exciting. Joyful. In the rough is a diamond. Always. A beautiful pregnancy 1) Spontaneous moments of emotion. Erupting from within and pouring forth through tears, a choked voice. I feel overwhelmed with a deep sense of purpose, love and connection at random moments through my day. Sometimes a song will trigger it. Or reading a story of childbirth. Even a kind word from a friend. I am FEELING a lot more than ever before. Thinking – my normal way of being – isn’t coming so easily anymore. 2) Neurotic and irrational (mini) hormonal outbursts. There is something WILD and FREE about feeling angry, or pissed off, or like you just want to stomp your feet and chuck a tantrum. These are very, very, rare for me – now and even before pregnancy – but I love them when they show up. They make me feel real. Human. Delicate. Vulnerable. And I always get something out of them. A release. A learning. 3) The miraculous and magical human body. Think about it. Building a child is hard work! We are talking spine, nervous system, brain, bones, and everything in between right down to eyelashes and fingerprints. I feel very clever. I’ve always admired and respected the human body. But us women, holy smokes, we are special. We create life. That simple fact makes me gush with gratitude and awe. 4) My beautiful body.  Yes my thighs are getting bigger. So are my boobs and my belly. But I’ve never felt more sexy and beautiful. Cliché? Perhaps… but it’s a cliché for a reason. I feel ‘bountiful’… tribal. My husband thinks so too. 5) Surrender + self-love. I think I’m getting this more and more. I’ve always had the ability to push past my boundaries. But, over the last few years surrender and self-love have slowly revealed themselves to me like a curtain drawing back. I’ve had many experiences of both and they are now part of my daily life. I make time for self-love and I consciously surrender. But now, oh wow… this baby demands a softness and an inner strength that has nothing to do with brute force or control.  6) The Collective Baby-love.  I am astounded, daily, but the expressions of joy and gratitude that I receive from complete strangers. There is this innate understanding that ripples through humanity which speaks of the powerful respect for life that we all have. Even if we don’t express it in those words. We are ALL for life. And babies represent that. They also represent a soulful connection to the divine. They are miraculous and yet a normal occurrence. It’s like our own personal god-like encounter that happens over and over. It is actually so humbling to see how people react and to realise that this is not ‘my baby’ but another special gift from the universe to human-kind. 7) The spiritual super-highway  I feel like I’m fast-tracking my spiritual education. I’ve been on my own journey of self-exploration and spiritual seeking for years now, but in the last 20 weeks I can sense a deeper knowing, or shall I say living from TRUST and LOVE. There’s no time to muck around. I’m birthing a life and a mother, it’s truly time to step up to the plate and get super cosy with my soul and to live from it daily. And my soul is telling me to trust. And with that so much irrelevant crap is falling away. I am actually struggling to notice anything ‘wrong’ in my life. Anything I once fretted over is totally irrelevant. 8) Glossy hair. Great skin. Strong nails. On a more superficial front…I know a lot of this will do a complete about face post-birth (I hear of hair loss, ageing skin and brittle nails) but right now I’m digging this and will be grateful for it for however long it lasts. 9) My little babe… Last but not least, the little […] Read more

Chakras. Healthy Food. Oracle Cards:  3 Things I’m Loving.

Chakras. Healthy Food. Oracle Cards: 3 Things I’m Loving.

Posted August 29, 2014

I’m not going to lie; there hasn’t been much on my radar for the last few weeks. The first trimester of this pregnancy really had me disconnect from the world in the big way – I was barely online, the mere thought of scrolling through instagram or facebook made me feel nauseous. And my social life pretty much came to a halt. But since I’m now well into my second trimester I’ve slowly been emerging from what I can only describe as a hangover meets flu meets stomach bug meets depression (pretty picture right?!). Recently, I’ve delightfully been able to reconnect and soak up some life again.  So let me share with you the few but very special things I love right now. 1. My Chakras + SoMM + Belinda Davidson I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the chance to listen to this interview I did with my Spiritual Mentor, Belinda Davidson (if not, you MUST. CLICK HERE) where we talk about Chakras, finding your purpose and authenticity. Well, in it, I openly declare that “I love my Chakras”… and gosh, I really do. I first learned about these spinning energy centres during my Yoga Teacher Training some 5 years ago. For most of us, it’s easy to connect with them on an intellectual level. I could wrap my head around it. Fascinated somewhat, but did I truly get it? Was I living in reference to and from healthy, happy Chakras? Did I know how to work with them? Was it possible for me to harness their power? The answer was a resounding NO. That is until the divine Belinda Davidson entered my life. Over the last year I’ve been working consistently with Belinda and my Chakras to create a life of purpose, passion, inner and outer health, flow and love. Not to mention that working with my Chakras has directly led to a deep acceptance that I am meant to be a mamma, and that it’s a huge part of my journey and how to ensure my body was up to the task. Today I feel more connected to my energy body – I feel and live from this energetic space, not just my physical body or thinking mind. Over the first trimester of this pregnancy, after about week 5 or 6 I really struggled to work with the high vibrational energy of my Chakras as it would often leave me feeling woozy, ungrounded and unstable – not a good feeling when you are already spinning out from all-day-nausea! But since about Week 11 onwards I’ve been able to reconnect to my Chakras and tune back in. It’s powerful stuff to get a direct ‘reading’ as to what your mind-body-soul requires or where there is a block. Oh my. I am LOVING it – (re)connecting to my energy anatomy is a spiritual practice I adore.  I’m back into doing a daily Chakra Cleanse Meditation – sometimes a guided one or other times self-guided which leaves me feeling clean, light, ready. Not only that, but I really adore connecting to Chakra 2 where my bubba resides and breathing in warm golden light and love into that space. I imagine this beautiful soul is connecting to and soaking up all the good chakra juju and high-vibing off this goodness! I’m also crushing on my Chakras again because I feel that when I nurture them, they nurture me. Which means my health, wellness, spiritual life, career, love, relationships and now pregnancy and motherhood are supported in a way that I KNOW will make a true and profound difference. BIG STUFF. I have to mention here that a huge part of my understanding of and my ability to live from my Chakras boils right down to Belinda Davidson’s School of The Modern Mystic. Her Level 1 course takes you through, chakra-by-chakra, your energy anatomy and teaches you how to connect with it. How to nourish your Chakras, work with them, heal and cleanse them and make these energy centres work harder for you, in the right way. If you belief in the power of what you cannot see – our energetic body and the energy of the world around us – and you are passionate about growing, evolving and continuously striving to live an aligned, whole, authentic, rich, intuitive and guided life then you need to work with your Chakras. I’ve never met anyone that has taught me so much, in such a short space of time, and helped me truly transform and create real change on a deep level than Belinda Davidson. Here’s some 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. There are a few things I’d recommend wholeheartedly and without doubt – Yoga, Meditation, Clean Eating and Chakra Work! P.s I’m a proud affiliate of SoMM and Belinda Davidson. I only promote products/services/programs that I have used myself and/or believe and trust in.   2. Health, fresh food delivered to my door. Hello, Eat Fit Food! I’ve mentioned this brand before but I have to dish up some lovin’ for them again today. After almost two months of banishment from the kitchen during the first trimester – which meant two months of cooking every meal for my husband (you can thank extreme fatigue, an insane sense of smell and a repulsion for being around food) we were given the best break ever. Enter Eat Fit Food. This beautiful biz creates healthy, fresh meals and delivers them straight to your door. No lite ‘n’ easy here. We are talking real, delicious, super-conscious food. Packaged up nicely, portion controlled and insanely delicious. Every morning we’d receive a delivery that included a separate dinner for Chris and I. They took into account our personal preference and made sure everything was clean, cooked properly and fresh. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a relief it was to not have to think […] Read more


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