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April 2014 archive

A poem + meditation practice

Today is the day I embrace change

I begin my day with gratitude, love, meditation and intention

I am willing to see the truth about me

I’m willing to let go of fear, stress and self-doubt

I choose to live in the moment and be present

I choose to ground through my feet and tune into my intuition

I choose to be connected to my body and be happy

I choose to love myself again and lead with my heart and not my head

I am love. I am abundance. I am authentic. I am worthy. I am patient. I am connected. I am creative. I am kind.

I’m loving my body and my new attitude.

I wrote this poem because of how I was feeling inside. I noticed after 4 days without my regular meditation practice I was feeling out of alignment, disconnected to my body and living from the ego and fear based thoughts which caused me to not take care of myself and instead talk negatively to myself with unloving words.  I felt unworthy of anything. I felt confused.  I woke-up today. I choose to embrace change and tune myself back into my body and listen to my intuition.  I don’t want to live from ego, I love feeling connected and balanced. 

Meditation is so important as it helps to calm our nervous system, we become calmer and able to deal with things easily.  Here’s a different way to think of meditation.  Every morning, we brush our teeth and take a shower to wash away the dirt from yesterday, but what about washing away yesterday’s stress?! Do you want to hold onto yesterday’s stress which after a period of time could turn into anxiety, stress and fear? Stress builds up in the body with pain and tightness. We tend to hold onto our stress and tension in our bodies, so by not focusing on our issues, we are just feeding our bodies with  more tension and tightness.  Would you prefer to live in the moment, trust your intuition and be more connected to your body? Making time to meditation and relax each day will help cope far more easily with life’s challenges.

I needed to experience what I experienced over the last four days because at least I know how to get myself back in alignment. I need to keep up my morning routine which includes meditation.  In Kundalini Yoga, it is suggested you pick a practice and stick to it for 40 days. I am actually going to increase it twice-a-day instead of once. I don’t want to go to sleep with the days’ stresses. I want to let it go so I can sleep more soundly and wake up feeling rested without any stress in my body.  It’s just like brushing your teeth or having a shower, you want to get rid of the dirt, but in meditation we are just getting connected, present and alleviating any stress in the body. 

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom,” Gautama Buddha

So, what meditation practice should you choose if you are new to meditation? There are so many meditation albums to choose from it’s hard to determine what will be best for you.  Over the next few weeks, I am going to introduce you to different meditations and breathing practices you can try at homePick a practice and stick to it for 40 days. I would love to know how the practice goes for you over on the Facebook page.  Feel free to leave a comment with any questions and I will respond within 24 hours. 

My mission is to help provide you with strategies and tools to get you connected to your body, live in the moment and be radiantly happy.  I want to make a difference in the world.  By letting go of suffering, busting through blocks that stop us from creating flow, you can create more flow in life and more of what you want.You will be happier, your kids and partner will be happier. It’s all about nurturing the nurturer. 

 

Create a FEEL GOOD playlist

I am having a relaxing day at home listening to Florence and the Machine and it got me thinking I need a FEEL GOOD playlist, something to listen to when I am feeling out of wack, or just need a good pick me-up.

How to create a FEEL GOOD playlist?

  • What music lifts you up?
  • What songs make you feel good?
  • What songs make you happy or put a smile on your face?

Create playlist of Spotify and play it anytime you need it.

This is what I have on my playlist

  • Shake it Off – Florence and the Machine
  • What a Feeling – Irene Cara
  • Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
  • Superwoman – Alicia Keys
  • Like a Prayer – Madonna
  • Ray of Light – Madonna
  • I Shall Believe – Sheryl Crow
  • Bathe in these Waters – Donna De Lory
  • Prayer for St Francis – Sarah McLachlan
  • Firework – Katy Perry
  • Xanadu – Olivia Newton John

I am constantly growing my playlist, it’s always changing.

I love listening to all of these songs when I start to feel myself out of flow.

Post a comment below with your playlist.

 

 

 

How to become more present in daily life

I get often asked for tips on becoming more present in day-to-day life.  I used to be a person that lived in my head continuously, looking externally for answers instead of looking into my own inner wisdom for answers.  As I became more present in day-to-day life and interactions with people, I noticed I was looking for answers externally. Instead, I was more in tune with my heart, my intuition which was where I held my true desires on how I wanted to live my life.

Answer the following questions:

  • How do you want to feel when you wake-up in the morning?
  • How do you want to feel as a mum?
  • How do you want to feel when you go to bed at night?
  • How do you want to feel everyday in your life?
  • How do you want to spend every moment?
  • How would it feel to be more present in your life?
  • What would change in your life if you were more present?

Now, in order to become more present in your day-to-day life, you need to understand how you want to feel. If you want to feel more present, you need to do regular practices that will help ground you to become present.  You can’t get stuck into the stories, especially driven by the ego.  The ego will always try to control situations and get you  unstuck. You need to tune into your heart by bringing your awareness to your heart chakra.

My favourite way to get present is to ground through my feet, I bring my awareness and attention to the inside of the soles of my feet. I keep bringing my awareness until I feel the tingling sensation, which is just energy moving through your body to the soles of your feet. You can direct this energy to anywhere in your body by bringing your awareness and attention to that body part.

Tips on applying this practice in a everday basis:

  • Set an alarm on your phone every hour to remind you to bring your awareness and attention to your feet
  • Have the word present throughout your house and workplace to remind you
  • Create a vision board with the word present and images that represent the word

How would your life be different if you became more present in  your life? What would change? Post a comment in the comments below and also how you will bring this to life in your own life to become more present.