It’s in our nature to ebb and flow in life - to experience both pleasant and unpleasant times.
Of course, everything feels so wonderful when things are going our way in life - when we’re ‘in flow’. Yet during the ebbs - when things may not feel like they’re going our way anymore, our experience with life feels a little more tense and constricted.
We become unclear, uncertain. Perhaps even overwhelmed, anxious and full of emotionally reactivity...
We get confused about what our next best step in life is.
If we don't catch it, the downward spiral continues. When we resist life and tense up, access to our inner Knowing constricts. The more we don't know what to do, the more we tense up and resist life. Our wise intuition further constricts...and so on it goes.
While it’s natural for us to want to avoid life’s unpleasant moments, it comes down to our relationship with these moments that determines how fast we’re able to turn...
Things are moving quickly.
There’s an accelerated energy in the air this year. It’s an incredible time to be alive in the world.
Yet it’s also an important time to not get ‘carried away’.
Now more than ever, we need to tap into our true inner yes’s and no’s, to keep us living in full alignment with our own core values.
We need to call on our sovereignty.
What is sovereignty?
Personal sovereignty gets expressed through our declared personal boundaries.
Instead of hard and fast rules that get dished out with a motivation of self-preservation, greed and 'power over' (think ruler protecting the kingdom or forcing ownership over others with an intent of possession and control), sovereign boundaries are instead courageously expressed WITH LOVE.
We speak up about what feels right for us and what doesn't. It can be a hard conversation to have, but when we carry an intent of love with us, it softens the walls of judgement and...
It can seem so far-fetched and somewhat mystical when people talk about 'manifestation' and 'achieving more by doing less'.
Have you tried it before?
You know how it goes...you get clear on a certain outcome or goal that you'd like to achieve, put it out there to the universe, and then....
You feel disheartened when it hasn't come into fruition.
Or you've tried the 'do less' method: sat back waiting for what you're constantly thinking about to manifest (in a law-of-attraction-kind-of-way) and then
There's usually one missing ingredient and I'm going to share a story with you that I hope demonstrates how a slight shift in method could be all that's needed.
Wind back the clock to '98, and I'm in my very first yoga class at an Ashtanga studio in West End, Townsville. My veterinarian housemate and school teacher friend have suggested I join them.
I'm sure glad they did: after that one single class I sensed a positive shift in my whole state of...
Earlier this year during my travels in India, I stayed in the town of Bodh Gaya where Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500+ years ago.
It was a very sacred experience to sit in the same spot where Shakyamuni Buddha himself sat at the time of enlightenment. It felt exhilarating to follow the same footsteps of where some of his first-ever teachings were held. The moments of making circumambulations around the Mahabodhi Temple while chanting mantras were divinely spiritual.
What I wasn’t prepared for though, in this geographical location that lies host to some of the biggest insights about happiness in humankind, was the amount of extreme human suffering.
It wasn’t so much the relentless begging, poor living conditions or trash-lined streets that got me. Instead it was the even-more confronting moments in between - like seeing disfigured, limbless children dragging themselves along roads, and elderly people...
Have you ever experienced challenging times, and felt so struck down by the event that it was hard to imagine ever seeing the light of a happy day again?
Some years ago now, I experienced a very turbulent period of my life. My husband and father to our two young daughters, dropped dead suddenly as we were walking and talking. No cause of death was ever determined.
In the early days following the event, it was difficult to imagine how I was ever going to be able to live a happy and fulfilling life again. The symptoms of grief had me captured and it felt all-consuming.
Thankfully, there were things already in place in my life that eventually helped to release the shackles of suffering.
Like my yoga, mindfulness and meditation practice.
Every time I hit the mat for a yoga session and began moving my body and breath, energy was shifting. The movement and rising heat wasn't just purifying on a physical level, it was also allowing all my thoughts and feelings about the...
You might know it as an 'ah-ha moment', an 'insight', a 'knowing', a 'premonition', or a 'moment of clairvoyance'.
You know what I’m referring to - those sudden inspirations that you get where you might even get the tingles or goose bumps all over.
I call it a Big Yes moment.
It could be something you visualise or something someone says. Perhaps it’s an idea that drops in or a clear decision point. Maybe a co-incidence, or just a second in time when you your energy being pulled strongly towards something in an expansive way.
Whatever you call it, the Big Yes’s in life are definitely worth paying attention to - if you’re intent on living the most meaningful and fulfilling life possible (that’s you, right?).
I’ve just returned from a mind-opening trip to India, under the kind guidance of a one of my dear friends Geshe Tsultrim, who is the head teacher at Chenrezig Buddhist Institute on Australia’s...
If you knew that dedicating the first five minutes of each morning to a daily wellness practice, that would pave the way for all your best ideas, your biggest inspirations, and allow your dream life to open up before you, would you dedicate your time to it?
Of course you would!
So what gets in the way of most of us actually doing it each morning? It usually comes down to two things:
Motivation sometimes best arrives when we contemplate the pain of not doing something. That pain then becomes greater than the pain of doing it.
Have you ever had one of those days where you woke later than planned, jumped urgently out of bed and into the shower, slushed down a coffee and then sped out the door? And for the rest of the day you were in survival-mode, feeling like you were a step-behind in everything else you did...
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