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THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

Posted February 03, 2014

Many years ago I attended my first ever yoga class at Dharma Shala in North Bondi. A friend took me to class and insisted that this was the institution when it comes to Vinyasa Yoga in Sydney. The class was full. The air was heavy with sweat and the collective breath of the 30+ students in the room. Together we planted feet on the mat, reached to the sky with our fingertips, opened our hearts and bowed to the earth. Mostly, I had no idea what I was doing. I was 20, in uni and a little way off my own ‘spiritual transformation’. I remember looking around the room in awe and confusion as people did handstands, headstands and a whole host of other weird things (which I now do daily!) Despite all of that, there is one memory from this class that will never, ever leave my heart, mind and soul. At the end of the class the teacher guided us through three chants of the sacred and universal sound – OM. Tears sprung to my eyes. I felt my heart ache. My stomach fluttered. My soul yearned. I felt the reverberation of that sound deep in the pit of my solar plexus. I came home. Never before had a sound, or anything else, made me feel so vulnerable with the deep yearning and longing that poured forth. Unannounced. Unknown. The Sacred Sound of OM Om, or Aum, is something most of us relate to yoga, meditation and spiritual practices. It is a mantra or a chant.  Today, I chant it daily. I guide my students through it and it has become a regular part of my life. Sometimes, when a group chants together there is a moment of pure synchronicity. Tones, voices, energy all align and the sound vibrates to the point of bliss. Om is spoken at the beginning and the end of Hindu mantras, prayers, and meditations and is frequently used in Buddhist and Hindu rituals as well. Om is used in the practice of Yoga – often chanted to mark the beginning and end of a class. But for so many of us, we have no idea what is actually means. Have you ever chanted it before without knowing the power of what you are saying? The meaning of OM The sound OM/AUM is said to the be sacred, universal sound of the universe – in which all sacred sounds (and vibrations emanate from). It is believed to hold the essence of the entire universe. This sound and symbol originated through ancient Indian philosophy and Hinduisim – which holds the belief that first God created sound and then the universe was birthed from it. The ancient yogis knew what quantum physics and science is telling us today – that the universe is made up of vibrational energy. Nothing is solid. Matter is nothing but energy, moving at different frequencies. Everything pulsates. Moves. Breathes. And the ancient yogis acknowledged this with the sacred sound of OM/AUM. Take a moment. Close your eyes. Open your ears. You can feel and hear this pulsation – in the birds calling outside, the lapping waves, the wind blowing in the trees, the ebb and flow of the tides. The beating of your heart. The sun. The rising moon. This chant allows us to connect with the movement and life of the universe and all within it. It allows you connect on a deeper + BIGGER level with the universe. Just as I felt that day at yoga – I felt both uplifting, soothed, cracked open. The  Symbol of OM It is a mystical symbol which captures, within it, many powerful meanings. The sound OM/AUM is actually composed of three key sounds/syllables: A – aaah U – oooh M – mmm The silence that follows the chanting of OM/AUM is also said to be an important ‘syllable’ Within these three key sounds is a three-fold nature that is said to relate to each individual on a collective, universal level. The ‘aaah’ sound represents the waking state. We are conscious and connected to the world through our senses. This is the most common state – our ‘human’ state. It also represents the earth and our life on it. The ‘oooh’ sound represents the dreaming state. Here of the individual’s focus is turned inwards, and in this dream state we witness a world behind our eye lids. This sound also represents ether. The ‘mmm’ sound represents the unconsciousness, deep sleep state. Nothing is desired, dreams are not had. This is a place of pure nothingness. This sound also represents heaven – a place unmoved by the dramas, story lines and ego of our human existence. The silence that follows represents the quiet, peaceful and blissful state. This is said to be the ultimate aim of our spiritual work – enlightened. This sound also represents transcendence – rising above the illusion of the material world we live in (referred to as Maya in yogic texts) It is actually a representation or an inner dimensional map of the various elements of the human consciousness and how each element connects to and relates to the divine, infinite energy – the universe (Or God, whatever you like to call it!) It is your soul connecting to the diving spirit. So the next time you hear this chant or see it,  know that it is more than just a random symbol. It is powerful, it is sacred. love + light, Claire x Read more

A SPIRIT-FUELLED CHAT WITH RACHEL MACDONALD + TARA BLISS

A SPIRIT-FUELLED CHAT WITH RACHEL MACDONALD + TARA BLISS

Posted January 24, 2014

Words cannot describe how I felt during and after this amazing chat with two of my favourite people – Rachel MacDonald and Tara Bliss – but you know me, I’ll do my best to find the words. Cracked open. Inspired. Connected. Buzzing. Wow’d. Clear. Spacious. Grateful. Spirited… And spirited was exactly what we were talking about. Honestly, you may be living under a rock if you haven’t yet heard of this incredible duo + the two recent ebooks – Spirited + Spirited Companion – birthed last year. (No drama if you were, just crawl out from under that rock, stat!) Since then, these two little Spirited babies have been making waves. Big ones. And I am so freaking thrilled to see two trailblazing women who are REAL; talking spirit, soul, ego, struggle, shadow and so much more. It rocks my little socks (am not really wearing little socks, but hey) because these ladies speak the truth. They speak to my (our) soul. They are kindred. Their words, insights, gentle nudges and loving reminders are exactly where my heart is at and the way I’m choosing to live… Which means (drum roll) that YOU, my beautiful reader, are going to dig on this chat like it’s nobodies business! Seriously. Enough from me. Time to watch this engaging coversation. Expect to discover: What is a Spirited life to Rach + Tara. Embracing everything – the good, the bad and the yucky! Opening up to the shadow + finding liberation in it The struggles that Rach + Tara experience A ‘tip’ on being in the present moment A view on comparison + competition Selfish creation + how it busts through comparison Becoming self aware + living from that Here it is. 30 minutes of awesomeness. There are so many golden nuggets here I guarantee you’ll want to scribble these down (and read over 5000 times!) RIGHT CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO Once you’ve listened to it, don’t hold back, share below and let us know what you LOVED the most about this spirited chat. And if you haven’t yet got your hot little hands on Spirited CLICK HERE! You won’t regret it. love + light Claire x p.s Don’t be discouraged at around the 20 minute mark – my neighbour decides to start drilling! It doesn’t last very long. That’s what happens when you are live and in-the-flow! p.p.s I had some techy issues with the video (one day it was working the next day there was no sound!) however, if you want to WATCH this video. Click here to download it! Read more

SEEK OUT THE MESSAGES IN YOUR DREAMS

SEEK OUT THE MESSAGES IN YOUR DREAMS

Posted January 20, 2014

I had a dream recently, in the soft-focus  moments of the early dawn. Half awake, almost groggy, dipping in and out of dreamland and reality…. It was a bizarre dream, that had no relevance to my reality, whatsoever. That is, until I put on my detectives hat… Let me share this dream with you (bare with me here!) I was driving a bus. I had been ‘assigned’ this role, to transport people around the town. Somehow, despite my resistance and loud protesting (I doth profess too much!), I ended up behind the wheel. It was a big clunky bus, and I not only struggled to drive, but I didn’t know the route I was supposed to take. Clueless. I planned to drive slowly and reference my google maps (ahh, technology) each time I stopped. But two friendly passengers said they’d direct me from the map. I remember being very focused and determined. I had no idea why I was driving this bus, except that it was something I had to do, no one else. Everything was going along ok, until the passengers directing me got distracted. (Umm, hello?!) I took a wrong turn and ended up, stuck, uphill. I couldn’t manoeuvre the bus, turn it around or go backwards. My bus-driving skills or lack-of really showed face at this point. I remember thinking, ‘Oh! If only they were paying attention, I wouldn’t be in this mess’. Then, true to form, I woke up. It was 5:30am as I rose. Barely awake I stumbled to the bathroom, letting the dream roll around in my mind a little longer. Normally, I’d dismiss it and get on with my day. Lately, however, I’ve been paying close attention to my dreams a little more than usual (well, the ones I remember!) I’ve set the commitment to see or hear the underlying messages beaming out of my subconscious onto the movie screen of my mind. I’m pulling out my magnifying glass and whacking on my detectives hat for a little reconnaissance mission into the depths of my sub-conscious mind. It didn’t take me long to ‘see’ what I was really meant to… it’s amazing when you set a focused mind onto a ‘task’ how easily it’ll bare fruit. Let me share with you the THREE Lessons I learnt from my dream: 1) Sometimes we receive ‘assignments’ in life – challenges, experiences, circumstances – that we don’t quite understand. Nor do we now WHY it has come to us or what the steps we are meant to climb. But here’s the clincher… we aren’t meant to know. Really, we just need to know the first step and the general idea of what we are dong and where we are going. Our inner compass just needs to point due north and then the details will figure themselves out… only once we’ve communicated loud and clear that we are willing to ‘go there’ – wherever ‘there’ might be. I can see that this ‘job’ of transporting people (guiding them home!) is a role that I am meant to fulfil. Coaching, teaching, guiding … this is what I do and sometimes I can’t see farther then the first step. Sometimes I feel a little clueless, but as soon as I take that first bold yet deliberately cautious ‘do-I-know-what-I’m-doing’ step, it all unfolds with ease, like a big, softening sigh at the end of a yoga class… 2) There needs to be an unlimited supply of trust to navigate through these experiences. A constant, and steady drip of trust being intravenously fed into us from the divine. Without it we are faithless, fearful and full to the brim with questions as we try and ‘figure it all out’. In this dream, I took my assignment, despite being confused and literally lost. To me, this is an affirmation that all the inner work I have been doing to cultivate more trust in my life is finally shining through. 3) Life has an interplay of influence and intuition. The passengers that helped me offered their guidance. Which is something, in my life, I readily and openly accept from other teachers, healers, experts. It’s something I have done more and more of over the last few years. If I feel I can learn from someone, I’ll jump right in. I’m open to guidance. However, this dream indicated to me, very clearly, that the influence and help of others can only get me so far. I have to remain present and aware in every assignment and to ensuree that I am open to receiving direction from my own intuition. She’s always talking to me, but sometimes I’m not listening. How very sad. In the dream I ‘blindly’ listened to the instructions of my helpers, without tapping into my own resources – intuition, knowledge, reading the signs, the tools I’ve learned –   to navigate. If I had been a little more switched on I would’ve seen that hill uphead and made my own empowered decision to not (cluelessly) drive up it. It’s as though I had switched off my own inner compass system because I felt ‘safe’ that someone else had that sorted for me. Missed the point. This is never the case. Embrace your assignments Every single assignment, every single experience that unfolds for us is actually FROM us (the higher consciousness), which means its pre-designed for our own growth and evolution. Suffice to say, then, wouldn’t we do better by staying completely present and taking ownership for our role within the journey? I recently wrote about Being Your Own Guru that relates to this message. Within that simple, harmless dream I’ve come out with three powerful reminders. Whether these are spot or not, it doesn’t matter. I am interpreting them for me, from me, in a way that will most supportive to me. Making time for dream-time My family have always ‘interpreted’ dreams. And by interpret I mean in that ‘wise-woman’ old-world sort of way. I can’t even count the amount of times […] Read more

BE YOUR OWN GURU

BE YOUR OWN GURU

Posted January 08, 2014

The most powerful Guru is the Guru within “The best teacher out of all the Gurus is You“… These are the words my beautiful Yoga teacher wrote to me in an email recently. I had written to her to tell her that I was loving my home-practice and completely devoted to exploring the asana, the breath and the mind all on my own. I had felt the need to connect with her – to apologise for my long absence from the shala but to also let her know that all was well with me. Yoga + I were still very much in love. Unexpectedly, her words above really hit home. They were the words I had needed to read. I had, without knowing why, started to let go of alot of teachings and study I was involved in or about to embark on. I was blindsided by this sudden feeling to let these teachings/teachers fall away. I had a strong feeling to be without ‘guidance’, which is an unusual feeling for me. I was ready to be my own Guru and to step into complete trust with myself, I just didn’t know it until I read her words. What is a GURU? Let me take a step back here for a moment. Four years ago, during my teacher training, we were studying the Guru Lineage + what a Guru actually meant. The word Guru actually translates to ‘Remover of Darkness’. A Guru is something or someone that sheds light on and blows open the truth. A Guru provides the truth-seeker with the pathway to walk (stumble, trip, fall, get back up again). Most of us hear the word Guru and think of some divine, ever-wise, all-knowing individual that teaches, guides and enlightens. And yes, that’s pretty much spot on. However I’ve come to realise that in the past, my palpable desire to learn more about myself, to connect deeper with my own divinity and to peel off the layers of untruths has actually left me a little powerless. Putting Power in Your Gurus I have had many (many!) teachers along my journey, and I still believe, to this day that we need guides + gurus to light the way forward. I was so rapt with the abundance of information and teachings available to me that I gave my all (and still do) to learning and listening. I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for those teachers and their lessons. What I’m starting to understand though, is that sometimes, in the past, I’ve let these ‘teachers’ and gurus easily influence me. And what I really mean is that I’ve let myself ride the wave of their teachings with so much oompf and intensity that I haven’t created the space needed to check in and say ‘how does this teaching feel + fit for me?’ When my yoga teacher wrote those words – “The most powerful Guru is the Guru within” – I had a profound light-bulb moment of clarity (the kind that gives me full-body tingles) that it was now time for me to really connect with my own inner wisdom and start to trust that wisdom, more than anything else. It’s not that I have blindly absorbed others teachings without feeling connected to it – no, I’ve always resonated with everything I’ve studied  and experienced. I am no sheep. But it is more that I have openly placed more power in their wisdom that I have my own. Use your Gurus Today, I’m feeling called to continue my journey of self-exploration into mind-body-spirit-soul but with a different approach, a different method. I’m letting go of the ‘need’ to be guided by anyone else and instead if I feel called to work with someone, study something, connect with a teaching I will do so because my own inner wisdom says to. I will ‘use’ my Gurus, for want of a better word. I will tap into their knowledge in the same way I do when reading a book – they provide insights, they provide knowledge, they provide new perspective – but I won’t put my power in them in the way I once have. The power is within, not without. Be your own Guru I’ve recently been told that in many of my past lives there is a strong ‘wise-woman’ streak. I have been a healer- intuitive-midwife- herbalist in more lives, than not. In doing my research, these women in history have all had a common thread – a strong inner wisdom that they trusted and harnessed to nurture + heal. From a very young age I’ve had an ability to tap into wisdom that one shouldn’t really have, without the experience to match. I’m not tooting my own horn – this is just how I am. Now, I can see that my natural born wisdom is my own inner guru. You have it too. Your inner guru might show itself in a different way. Mine is through wisdom – a knowing, without actually knowing. A thought that really is an insight. An idea that is a nugget of truth. Perhaps for you ‘visions’ or ‘feelings’ or ‘creativity’ or ‘expression’ is how your inner guru guides, supports and teaches you. If you look back on the year that has just been, I’m sure you can see that all the major, pivotal moments came to and moved through YOU because of YOU. Yes, all those learnings, challenges, wins, losses, transformational moments and insights, all may have been influenced by someone/thing else (teacher, Guru, book, blog) but they become all-powerful + game-changing only when YOU process them and how YOU choose to respond, react, contemplate, act. The main ‘tool’ you need to support your life and journey is actually you – the guru within you. Your  own insight, wisdom and inner guidance system (that no one else has!) is the biggest teacher you can ever have and ever will have. It’s time for us to be grounded and […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BLOAT!

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BLOAT!

Posted December 24, 2013

I don’t know what your family is like but at my family (and my husband’s) Christmas gatherings there is a stupid amount of food and alot of friendly encouraging (read: bullying) to eat more than you can fit. So, with that in mind here is a 15 minute yoga sequence to beat the blot! It’s a simple sequence designed to help you relieve that tight, crampy, gassy and bloated feeling you might get after too much turkey, wine, cake, prawns, ham, salad, chocolate… the list goes on! It’s also about helping everything move and release with more ease. Basically, you are giving you digestive system a hand in working through all that food. Check out the video and give it a go. Oh and try not to do this straight after eating, give it at least an hour. I know I’ll be doing this sequence tomorrow after lunch (and a lie down). The poses are all very simple and easy – anyone/all levels can do this. Enjoy! Love + light (and all things bright!) Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Claire x P.s I literally just whipped this video up for you yesterday! It’s definitely a rough cut – not enough time to redo it and polish it up, so I’m sorry for the poor lighting, edits and the cut-off frames. But either way you get the idea! Read more

CONNECT TO THE TREASURES WITHIN YOU + A NEW MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR YOU

CONNECT TO THE TREASURES WITHIN YOU + A NEW MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR YOU

Posted December 18, 2013

Recently I attended a small, intimate talk with spiritual leader BK Jayanti. It was such an incredible experience. Besides the fact that, as she was talking I felt myself so completely present (there were no other thoughts or distractions in my mind), it was always such a divinely timed experience for me. This year my meditation practice has really grown new roots. I have been meditating consistently for almost 4 years but in the past I’ve had bouts of wavering dedication. But over the last 12+ months my practice has become constant and resolute. BK Jayanti spoke to us about meditation as a powerful self-practice tool to connect within in and cultivate such a level of awareness that it’s near impossible to live unconsciously. There was one particular phrase, out of the entire hour, that has stuck with me since… BK Jayanti said these words and my perspective has since changed forever… ‘Connect to the treasures within you’ What exactly does that mean? For many of us, when we are first exposed to meditation we have this idea that we should be blissed out, feeling joyful or even so completely relaxed we feel almost stoned. The truth of the matter is that I don’t always feel that way. I rarely feel such ecstasy when I meditate. Often I spend my 20 minutes slowly drawing my attention back to my breath, my mantra, the present moment. Sometimes I am half-asleep, dipping in and out of bizarre dreams. Other times, when I’m lucky I’m graced with a feeling of complete lightness + distortion of the world around me that it feels surreal and out-of-body like. What I do always feel though is a deep connection with myself – my essence. Connection + Clarity There are two things I’ve noticed over the last year of devoted meditation practice and that is this unbreakable bond to my own heart – my truth and the other is moments of crystal clear clarity. Whether I’m looking for an answer, a moment of insight, some solace or clarification on a problem, meditation opens me up enough to find what I need, already within. As BK Jayanti said those words – ‘Connect with the treasures within you’ – I immediately had a sense of knowing. I got it. I understood loud and clear. Within us is an infinite well of knowledge, truth, joy, love, peace, beauty… there is pure, unadulterated gold within! Meditation creates the vehicle to connect within and to find the treasure chest of your own essence. And when you do find it you are invited to crack it open and reveals the gems of your soul. The only person that can access and bring out your treasures is you! You have a gift, a talent, a way of thinking, an approach, a light, an energy that no one else has. Yes, we are all one – we come from the same, infinite energy. That all-powerful, undefined and uncontained energy has manifested itself into billions of individual billions with their own unique stamp – their own treasures. Living a soul-centred life The two practices I ritually devour that allow me to rejoice in and celebrate my own unique treasures are yoga and meditation. It would be wrong of me to down-play their role in where I am today – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, financially. I live a passionate, purposeful and soul-centered life because these practices coaxed me to connect with myself… my own treasures. If you haven’t yet embraced meditation then I invite you to answer these three questions for yourself: 1) Why does Meditation resonate with/call out to me? 2) Why do I think I’ve yet to experience it/commit to it fully? 3) How would I feel to not ever enjoy a devoted meditation practice for myself? The point of light meditation practice To help you on your way I’m going to pass on here the meditation practice that BK Jayanti taught us. It is a beautiful and simple  practice from the Raja Yoga branch. First, sit comfortably. Feet flat on the floor, spine supported, hands resting in your lap Instead of closing our eyes, soften your gaze downwards or focus towards the third eye centre – try not to fixate on a specific object though, we are going for ‘bedroom-eyes’ so avoid staring at anything. Draw your attention, awareness and energy towards a point within the centre of your brain. To find this point, first take your attention to the third eye point, between the eyebrows and imagine drawing a line straight back into the centre of your brain. Do the same with the crown of your head – find the centre point and imagine a line drawing downwards. Where the two lines meet (near the pineal gland) this is the focus point. Imagine a point of light and draw your attention there. This is the point of the soul. Make the decision to manage your thoughts and be open to letting go of distractions. Focus your thoughts on the source of light. Remind yourself that you are not the body, but the being within it. Stay present to the soul within you. Surprisingly this practice, even with the eyes open, was pretty profound. It was deeply relaxing and allowed me to stay present. Definitely give it a go. YOUR TURN: Tell me, if you meditate – what do you get out of it? What treasures have you found within? Try the above meditation practice and let me know how you go! ++ With Christmas around the corner, the season of gift-giving is powered up and in full swing with many of us ‘gifting’ a treasure to someone else. I invite you, as a gift to yourself, to commit to creating space to meditate so you can access the abundance of treasures you have within you. Know this, each and every time you meditate and open yourself up more to your own truth and the gifts within you, you are gifting the rest of […] Read more

THE SELF LOVE SMORGASBORD

THE SELF LOVE SMORGASBORD

Posted December 17, 2013

Self-love. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. We all KNOW what it’s about, we all ‘get-it’… we freely tell other people that ‘they need to love themselves before they can love another’ but how many of us practice that and live from self-love on a regular basis? How many of us take the time to figure out our own ‘self-love formula’? One that is completely unique to you and mixed with all the right ingredients for true, personal appreciation! Self-love is not just about ‘feeling good’. Although, the act of practicing self-love does do that job well enough. Self-love, really, is a dynamic experience that changes, grows and moves with us as we change, grow and move. It builds out of the actions and thoughts we choose that, in turn, support us physically, psychologically, spiritually, and energetically. As we move into a very sacred time of year I feel it’s so important and vital that we open up more and more to self-love. It’ll be Christmas before you know it. Our lives our filled with gatherings, family time and celebrations. The New Year is about to roll on in and unless we take the time to wind down, reviewing and rest we’ll be back on – revving our engine and ploughing forward. Press pause + practice self-love. I wanted to share with you a few of the lessons from Week #7 in The Freedom Project. This lesson is all about building your own self-love practice. The dare is on – can you embrace this time of year with a willingness to self-love? Just a note: please don’t get caught up in ‘doing’ everything…not everything will be relevant to you at every stage. Some us our more time-poor than others. Some practices don’t resonate for each of us in the same way, or maybe starting slow + steady is the best way to build a strong self-love muscle for you. So, pick and choose what is right for you and make a conscious effort to a create your own personal brand or formula of self-love… and, of course, include it into your life going forward! The Self Love Smorgasboard Rather than go into ‘overwhelm’ and control the experience of self love + nourishment, simply choose 1, 2 or more from the list below. Perhaps something that jumps out and chooses you? Make the time and space to practice what you’ve chosen! 1. Forgiveness + compassion Stop beating yourself up when you aren’t perfect! No one is, perfection doesn’t exist, remember? Consciously reframe thoughts and actions that are harsh an unfair towards yourself into a more gentle, compassionate, constructive an loving attitude. Forgive yourself and LIVE from a space of compassion. Not sometimes, always. ++ 2. Saying no + setting boundaries No one finds this easy, but let me tell you something so simple yet profound – learning how to say NO + set realistic emotional/physical boundaries is a game-changer. By not being available to perform and please everyone, all of the time, you are literally filling your self-love cup. ++ 3. Protect yourself We are all one. We are all energy. Which means that the energy and vibration of other people and experiences can easily be absorbed into your own energetic body. Protecting yourself is as much about being safe and sound as it is about keeping your energy field clear and clean. Detox yourself of toxic people, experiences and even habits! Consider getting some energy work done (reiki, kinesiology etc) to literally clean you up. Finally, make conscious effort not to ‘surrogate’ other people’s problems and dramas. ++ 4. Prioritise yourself Me, me, me! That’s your new mantra. You may have countless responsibilities – kids, work etc – that demand your full attention, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t count. It’s an old adage but you can’t fulfil your roles properly without fulfilling yourself. Check in with yourself daily + weekly and ask: have I put myself first at least ONCE today? ++ 5. Self care; massage, facial, DIY beauty at home. One of my favouite, and easiest ways to feel a little loved up. Book in a massage, pedi, facial. Or do something lavish at home. Every Sunday night I have a little beauty ritual – cleanse, exfoliate, face mask. Dry body scrub, add in a hair mask. Potter around the house (sometimes I get chores done) then shower. Coconut oil all over my body, moisturise my face and then read a book. All done in 1hr. ++ 6. Going Slow + doing less For me, putting my tools does is the most impactful way to experience love. Despite my list of things to do if I’m not ‘feeling good’ in the process (maybe I’m feeling run down, tired) I’ll drop my agendas, expectations and attachments and give myself permission to slow down. sometimes I have to compromise as some things have deadlines, but I’ll step away long enough to regroup. Often, in that moment I get perspective and can see that everything I am striving to do doesn’t really have to be done as and when I thought it did. The pressure is off. ++ 7. Creativity + play Creativity is freeing. Playing is the game of the soul. Do more of it, in any form that resonates. Maybe a monthly painting session? Maybe dance in your living room every evening with your kids. Swing away in a children’s playground. ++ 8. Accept compliments + compliment yourself Wake up each day an compliment yourself. ‘Claire, your skin looks great today’. Instead of ‘Wow, you look dog-tired!’. Better still, accept a compliment that comes your way ‘Oh, thank you, I needed to hear that!’ ++ 9. Be spontaneous Break your routine, break the mould. Every week I try and get away from my desk for as much time a possible. I usually choose a Thurs or Friday, I might write blogs from a cafe, or spontaneously ditch my work and go to the […] Read more

MEDITATE ON LETTING GO – A FREE TRACK FOR YOU!

MEDITATE ON LETTING GO – A FREE TRACK FOR YOU!

Posted November 18, 2013

Meditation has completely transformed my life. It is part of my daily ritual and something I consider as valuable as breathing, drinking water and sleep. It wasn’t always this way – I’ve only had a dedicated meditation practice for 3 years. Prior to that it was few and far between.  I can definitely see a marked difference in how I react, process, think, feel and just BE since prioritising meditation. Personally, meditation creates clarity, a deeper connection with my soul, opens me up to insight + inspiration and also allows me to hold space for the shifts and processes that unfold when doing deep, inner work. This is why within my powerful and transformative ecourse – The Freedom Project – my tribe receive a weekly meditation to support them. We are over halfway through the course and there has already been so many profound shifts, insights and challenges. I wanted to share with you the meditation from Week 1 with you and give you a chance to experience the power of meditation. This 17 minute guided meditation journeys through letting go. It  includes: a focus on the body, the breath and being completely present. a space to let go of control a chance to embrace feeling instead of thinking. It’s a gorgeous meditation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD I’d love to hear about your experience with this meditation. Enjoy it daily – morning or evening – and I’m sure you’ll start to feel space, peace and softness. FYI: I will be running The Freedom Project again in 2014. If you are keen to find out more please jump on my mailing list (opt in below) as I’ll be announcing the details to my peeps first. Love + light, Claire xx P.s If you want to read more on meditation I have a nice little archive of blog posts that you can devour. Click below to read more! Find out what the right seat is for meditation What are the ABCs of meditation? Meditation 101 5 meditation techniques Press Pause + meditate Learn to meditate + 6 ways it helps Meditation to optimise your endocrine system Read more

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


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