IT ISN'T OUT THERE IT'S IN HERE!

Looking Inside into your own Beautiful Mind

Looking Inside into your own Beautiful Mind

What a relief…

I've remembered what I've forgotten and I've awakened to my inner world!

What a relief!

After countless years searching 'out there' in the big wide outer world I realise what I was really searching for was inside of me all along. Right here, in my own Beautiful Mind.

It’s got everything…

My mind is a sustained source of peace, happiness and joy. I‘d like to  share with you free flowing thoughts and mindful action. intuition, imagination and insight alongside everyday free and crystal clear thinking and feeling for you to reshape your inner world for outer bliss.

It’s all yours…

You can achieve this, it's just a matter of recognising, utilising and living from your inner world as opposed to trying to function 'out there' in a never sleeping 24/7 fast-becoming digital world.

Small wonder everyone experiences exhaustion, full-on and never ending living!

Who am I?

Hah! there's a question! Well, some  call me a transformation catalyst. I’ve taken a step away from Counselling, NLP, Reiki Healing, stress and wellbeing, body work and Dream Catching, because, well you see, I found what when I used my skills (I’ve over 10,000 hours with clients and, whoops a lot of years! I might be counselling - say - only to recognise that what my client needed was healing, or healing or body work and recognise that my client wanted to open up and explore their inner world through talking and dreaming.

Wisdom Sharing and Mentoring

I offer you signposts on your life journey.

Transformation through wisdom sharing and mentoring via donation.

If you find that you don’t fit into a system or box or tribe and you are open to new and different ways of being and becoming you may find wisdom sharing and mentoring for your way forward most appealing.

 If you have a thought, question, quest or reflection, then why not talk with me, write or connect via zoom?

What is important is you. Your life journey, your beliefs, your thoughts, your truth, your inner world. 

How you see your reality and how it is shaping up for you. 

If you are questioning your life journey - those deep down questions we all have: who am I and why am I here? What is not working so well for me right now, I want more but that doesn't sit right when others are without… You know, those sort of questions, then please know you aren’t alone. Of course not! They’re experiences, questions, concerns and fears we all face along our human journey.


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This is me after one of my wellbeing radio shows.

This is me after one of my wellbeing radio shows.

Live from the answer? 8 keys toward unlocking your inner world.

We’ve put together 8 keys toward unlocking your inner world giving you the outcomes you’ll want to achieve for accessing an unlimited source of peace, love and joy inside your own heart and mind.

Living in your Right Mind

Whilst there is no magic silver bullet, there are  many who would agree we all have  the ability to heal (become whole)  when we are in the right environment(s)++ together with following the right nutrition and in the right mind.

 Right mind includes

a) living without desire and non attachment. Accepting that nothing is personal: it is what it is

and

b) there is no separation+ There are no boundaries in the mind (only the ones we make up and we don’t, therefore live in duality. Moreover life is an illusion anyway!

Worth remembering: if you and I witnessed an accident we would recount different experiences. I will see, hear, feel things differently to you, my perception of will be different. Going to prove we all live in our own little worlds!


1 Rising above and beyond current linear and system thinking. Free from all fear in free flowing thoughts and mindful action. 

2. Living authentically. You can achieve this by searching for truth. Your personal truth which is found by looking into your own heart.

3 Always look for the edge. As you breathe out breathe to the furthest edge and then more. See your breath evaporate as a ripple on a lake and then more.

4  Connectivity and compassion through a free flowing heart + mind = unlimited peace and happiness.  Heart and mind connectivity  grows compassion, gratitude, care and appreciation opening the gateway to intention healing/prayer/ for self and others

5 Separate facts from overwhelming feelings. Be aware of the effect of duality on your mind, there is no either/or… black/white. Look for and/and in harmony and maintain detachment without overwhelming feelings.

It helps to see life from the greatest perspective: exercise your mind in flexibility. Allow your mind to soar to great heights expanding to the greatest vision, conversely zooming into the minutest of detail.

 6 Change mindset: regularly examine your beliefs and values because they will colour your behaviour and thoughts. What is stifling you from being in free flowing thoughts and mindful action where intention will manifest?

For example,  the linear perception of age : current system thinking puts people into boxes according to their age. However,  it’s surely your choice whether you accept this notion. If you think you are old you will be!

A mindset change will have a positive and flowing ripple effect  upon every single aspect of your  life.

Further examples:

Mindset approach to ill health. “I’ve been told I’m going to die…”

Mindset approach to retirement.

We will all move through these thresholds. Doesn’t it make sense to find where this world system thinking currently controls your mindset and change it?

Your mindset will always have a positive and flowing ripple effect upon every single aspect of your  life.

How do you know you’ve changed your mind set?

You’ll know. Recall in the past, when someone has said something to you and you’ve just felt, well, right? You know, you simply know, that is so right for you. So clear. So clean. A ripple effect throughout…

That’s right, rippling through a sea of consciousness.

By the way - THAT’S YOU


7 As above so below as within so without: change your physical earth/grounding/ connectivity   by activating  and integrating daily with sound,  light, creativity/expression and nature.

Every thing is conscious. Water is conscious, trees are conscious, flowers, every single thing. Dance with consciousness! Open yourself to happiness, joy and abundance.

 8 Commitment to higher values Helping others, coming-into-unity with like minded and hearted fellow human beings to encourage support and share in the knowledge there is no separation.

We are all One established through connectivity and interconnection 

In our fast paced world we often see things as linear.

We move to a then to b and c and so on.

But life isn’t like that. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders - up the ladder potter along for a while, and yes, you’ve guessed it, down a snake, a mighty long snake, resulting in repeating many of the same paths.

Similarly, you'll find one or more of these signposts become absorbed into your every day and you’ll latch onto them for a while. They ‘work quickly’ all is well.

However, you'll forget them, we all do, you might turn to them only in times of chaos or forget them completely in times of difficulty. Ironic really, because that’s the time of course when you will most need them! You’ll find yourself returning or rather remembering when all is calm in your outer world. Whatever the circumstance, rather than giving yourself a hard time simply accept all is what it is. It’s ok, you are walking your life path absorbing what you need to absorb and its absolutely perfect!

Life is beautiful we’re responsible for making it so complicated!

+ Separation : You’ll know when you are in separation (duality) because you’ll be experiencing fear, desire, attachment, panic, anxiety ….rather than happiness peace and compassion.

++ Environment : mind body spirit emotion intuition, heart and mind connectivity, job, relationship, where you live, culture, country, family

Imagine a circle - a circle of harmony - with like minded and hearted others

Where we all believe that everything has potential and is possible

Imagine being part of a group willing to support and encourage you to live in the present - on the inside - in your inner world, with like minded and hearted others.

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What’s a Harmony Circle?

We provide a community (coming-into-unity with one another) through small circles (maximum 8 people) with “Intention” using our mind and our hearts toward healing humanitarian needs, nature and Mother Earth.

Regardless of race, culture or religion, we’ve joined together to initiate individual responsibility, toward raising consciousness - for self and greater good of all - regardless of race, culture or religion.

Interested? Want to know how it works?

Listen to our podcast Invitation on the home page HERE and JOIN our Community HERE where you will receive your I N V I T A T I O N in a pdf format. Once a month we’ll share great blogs/podcasts from our community. No obligation, it’s free!

You’ll also receive a mini E-Book ALLTHE ANSWERS ARE INSIDE OF YOU” designed to demonstrate a way to remain centred when confronting life’s ups and downs. It will help you to discern your own truth whilst currently living in a 24/7 full-on digital world …

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A Reflection upon your HEART

Take time to reflect upon your HEART

Take time to reflect upon your HEART

Maybe the answers you seek aren’t in the mind and you’ll find them instead, by being in your HEART

Letting go. Scary. Is it? Mind might want you to reject this notion. OK, so you may need to negotiate a little, but, let’s be logical, it surely can’t do any harm?

  • Ask your mind how often you’ve tried controlling everything in your life and has it always worked.

  • Be honest with yourself: when mentally controlling hasn’t worked, do you try escapism, blanking out, watching TV box sets, eating for the sake of it, shopping for the sake of it, staring at the computer for…yes, for the sake of it. Walking the dog, cleaning for days on end. Anything, anything but letting go…and pausing to reflect upon your heart, that place inside of you where your feelings, and peace and joy reside.

  • Isn’t this why we’re here? Shouldn’t we be continually experiencing peace, joy, happiness?

Re-membering what we’ve forgotten

What about looking into your heart?

Listening to your heart? It will communicate when you understand the language.

Try going with the flow of your heart.

You see, your heart is pure of that you can be certain.

Look around, even think upon your heart if you must - at all the songs, stories, poems and films.

What do they have in common? They all speak of the purity of the heart.

You can trust in your heart.

And you can trust in anyone or anything speaking from the heart.

You will never be let down.

Your heart is the only sanctuary offering you pure joy and peace and freedom to be truly you

Isn’t this what you so desperately desire and deserve? OK you may not have asked yourself whether you deserve happiness joy and peace.

Go on then, do you dare to ask yourself?

Your heart will never fail you and it will always be true to you.

  • Your heart speaks to you and for you and only you. It’s a wise and Knowing sanctuary especially and only for YOU.

  • Your heart accepts you as you, allowing you to let go of any blocks, and negativity you may carry. After all, why are there stories of hearts being shattered, broken-hearts, hole in hearts. Why do we thing of pain, suffering, disappointment in such a heart-felt manner?

  • The mind - you know, those 60,000 full-on never-ending thoughts wittering around in your head. Your mind, it plays tricks. It has doubts, it is influenced by others, the media, systems, structures, ancestors, past patterns, limiting beliefs.

Your heart? It speaks TRUE.

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY FOR IT TO BE

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ps you’ll always experience safety and peace when you function/live within your heart space instead of ‘up there’ in your head space. You’ll experience your uniqueness and your interconnectedness with a greater Knowing than your own. When you choose to take this step - which, paradoxically, can seem to be the hardest and yet, the easiest step you’ll ever make in your life - you’ll always experience safety, peace and Truth, whatever your challenge. And from this safe haven, you’ll gradually receive and know your True Purpose (preventing all those “who am I, where am I going, why am here?” type questions).

All those wonderful parts of you and your dreams you’ve glimpsed over the years (and you will have glimpsed them, because we all do) will feel safe enough to appear to help you achieve your purpose without any conscious effort on your part. You’ll look back and laugh at just how simply life really is and how difficult you made the search!

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Have you ever asked: "How can I help you?"

I’d really love to help…

I’d really love to help…

I can’t of course. No-one can

I know what you’re going through, believe me, I really do

My heart aches for you

But no, it’s not my place. I can’t help

I can’t take ‘it’ away from you.

I would if I could. But no, it’s not my place.

I can’t help you, I’d love too, but no.

Oh, why can’t you just see as I see?

I want to show you. Really I do.

But no, you have to see it your way. Then you’ll know.

You’ll really know. You’ll trust as I do and all will be well.

When I was looking I couldn’t see. It took so long. Yes people told me, showed me,

others walked away, left me. They weren’t seeing. It was different for them, maybe they didn’t want to see.

i know its easier, in a way, not to see…until, of course you DO see

Because, you see, for me, I knew there’s something more to this world.

Ever since I was three years old, I’ve been looking, watching, waiting.

I just knew.

How can I help you, hold you, make it better, make it go away.

Tell you not to worry, don’t be scared, that everything is ok, really. You’re safe.

Life is so beautiful, blissful, joyful… really, it is.

I really want to tell you. Take you by the hand, show you the way.

But no, I can’t help you. Not really. It is you. Only you who can make the choice for help.

I’ll listen. Of course I will. I’ll sit alongside you. I won’t try to fix it either.

You see, it is your journey. Your life. It always has and always will be your life and your choice.

But I can guarantee this: once you make that choice - and it’s the most challenging, fearful and at the same time beautiful delightful and life transforming choice you’ll ever make - once you make it , reach out , open your heart to something greater than you, I, we, all can help.

Promise!

We are all as ONE

H A R M O N Y C I R C L E S

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Do you cut your mind off from your body?

Do you know how your body copes when you are stressed?

Can you cut off your mind from your body?

Can you cut off your mind from your body?

What happens to your body when you’re stressed?

I used to be guilty of separating my mind from my body ignoring everything and “getting on with it” to the detriment of my physical wellbeing.

I would literally cut my head off from my body. It’s easy really, it’s like putting your mind into a box. Shutting your self away. Do you know what I mean? Best of all it means I would Ignore any physical warning signals…

Trouble is if you continue to do this it can have a habit of backfiring, especially if you’re sick (see footnote at the end of this blog)

At the very least it will mean you’ll not have enough mental and emotional coping mechanisms when life gets tough. And it can mean you’ll experience aches and pains which eventually become chronic - back pain, stomach problems, head pain, and digestive issues leading to more serious illness. Of course, they are just the beginning. Believe me I know, I learned the hard way. But it doesn’t have to be for you.

All is not lost. You can easily integrate your body with mind benefitting from new and different ways of living life well even when life is tough.

Can you imagine what your body would say to you if you could hear it?

Here’s a typical letter from body to mind. It’s a synthesis of notes I’ve made from clients including my own’ body messages.’ Rest assured (and it’s not crazy I promise you) body can help you understand the impact on your physical wellbeing advising you a better way of managing life. Best of all you’ll be getting a tailor made diagnosis perfect for you!

FROM ME (BODY) TO YOU:

I’m tired. You don’t list to me enough. Even though you practise yoga, you run, you work out.

You never listen.

OK you do need mindfulness, you do need nature, you need to listen and sit and just be but that’s not good enough for me.

I took away your taste buds for you to listen

I suffered hip replacement, hysterectomy, colon cancer for you to listen.

You had it all

And thyroid and ulcer

Here’s what I want:

  • I WANT BODY FREEDOM

  • I want to run, I want to laugh. Be joyful and happy

  • It’s YOU. You who need to grieve. You who are stressed always running ahead of yourself. Always fixing. always fighting. You need to LET GO

  • I cannot keep up. I’m too tired.

  • YOU DON’T realise that I too have a brain. I’m strong. Look up Solar Plexus it’s the second brain.

  • You have a Stradivarius violin as a body and you don’t know how to play me. You are without a valuable string. Without me you aren’t in harmony. I bring you - as your body - I bring you mellow and joyful tones.

LISTEN to me. I know what I, therefore WE need.

  • Explore, discover and write and paint

  • Be free to do all of the above

  • Learn to meditate. Write and draw to express to feel to share…

  • Be curious. Be lively. Be easy fun and flexible. BE HAPPY PLAY Be spontaneous

  • I respond to nature to light and trees. You know that now. I am a flower I don’t need much ‘physical food’ and I do need the correctly balanced nutrients for me. SO LISTEN TO ME

Blueberries peanut butter chia seeds molasses what a breakfast! You’ll always know what’s right for me to eat when you listen to me because my energy level improve in minutes.

You must stop when I have fulfilment. Otherwise the energy produced from the food will need to be used to digest an overfull stomach which means your wellbeing and mental strength is depleted. See? Listen to me.

You know that more food to fill the stomach will never make you happy. Never defeat loneliness or dispel grief.

Together listening to me we will continually be in joyous harmony.

We, yes, WE are now in harmonious. We are as ONE

We are joyful together.

Playful open to the flow. In the zone.

We begin afresh from a strong foundation.

TOGETHER we move forward into the unknown . Yet it isn’t unknown. We process step by step. You will never get ahead of yourself. I promise for I am slower than your quick mind. I am your engine. i function on light, in nature. I have to be in harmony. I am of this earth. I am the vehicle for you on this earth. I need time and to process shock trauma anxiety. I react to people to environment to sound and to light.

I respond to light we all respond to light

I don’t need more physical food

You do need to listen to what I need

You’ll therefore experience greater energy and assistance from me

Solve your own Puzzle!

Solve your own Puzzle!


HOW CAN YOU INTEGRATE YOUR BODY AND MIND?

Begin with experiencing a fundamental step below first.

As you deepen your understanding allow body (by listening to it) to lead you to choosing any of the other steps. A measure will be how the relationship with your mind and your body deepens.

Good luck and enjoy! Do message or email me. Love to hear how you are getttng on with yourself. Remember it’s your life and your choice. Solve your own puzzle because you are worth it!




FUNDAMENTAL STEP

Step One

  1. Write to your body. Begin by sitting in a room or a space out in nature. When you are comfortable, look around and choose another space to be where you can move your physical body. Move to that space. Sit, breathe, relax and feel your physical body. Say to yourself I am now physical I am in body. When ready, look toward where you were previously sitting and begin writing a letter from body (where you are sitting) to you in the empty chair/space.

  2. Continue writing until ‘bod’y runs out of words. When finished, leave the paper and move back to where you were sitting. Relax once more into yourself. As you look across to where body was sitting begin writing a reply on another piece of paper.

  3. By the end of the exercise (you can go backwards and forwards as many timesa s you want. Or, come back to the process another time) you’ll have experienced your first dialogue with your body and deepened your understanding of how your physical body relates toward you.

Choose from (in listening to body it will tell you what it needs)

  1. Massage particularly aromatherapy massage. Learn to self massage. Do you even know how you like to be touched? What smells do you love? What is your favourite food? What do you love to look at? What sounds are music to your ear? Bathe yourself in all the things that excite your senses. Give yourself the gift of sensuality. Be slow and feel…

  2. Reiki. Receive it and learn how to do it for yourself. A fundamental understanding of your body, your mind and emotions will inevitably follow.

  3. Go swimming, have frequent baths, walk slowly and lightly on the ground and especially without shoes. Feel the wet earth, grass beneath your feet. Benefit from experiencing nature in its eloquence.

  4. Stretch in the morning. Watch any animal the first thing they do is stretch as they awaken.

  5. Hot and then cold showers. Finish with cold water. Get the body and circulation moving.

  6.  Laugh. The heart is wide open, the belly is filled with oxygen, and it is a complete cleanse for the energetic system. Laughter softens us and allows us to be more present and receptive. See every cell in your body filled with smiles, joy and laughter.

  7. Consider all your relationships - they are wonderful teachers. Surrendering can be a gift! Instead of subscribing to the mental thought wave that I am “losing my freedom” by being in relationship, focus on gains; you’ll learn about yourself - habits, fears, and desires by being with someone. Accept we are wired to be connected with other people and other people serve as a mirror.

    The feminine aspect of relationship comes when two people pay attention to the relationship’s energy instead of rushing to label it. The feminine perspective gives us the yin, being, reflective skills a relationship needs to flourish. I recently overheard a couple on a first date talking about marriage and kids! Relationships have a frequency of their own, slowing down and tuning into that is a skill. We are often so in love with being in love we can only see our own dreams and desires, so our linear mind takes over wanting more and more, unable to stay in the (being) moment savouring the exquisiteness of two people together. No it wants to plan, organise, control and manage what happens next, often in line with dreams and desires you’ve harboured for years and years waiting just waiting for that ‘special someone to arrive.’

  8. We literally are what we eat. Body needs energy derived from food. Wholesome organic food. Listen to body. Experience when it is full and what it needs to have energy to use the mind or handle the physical load. Body’s nutritional needs change with the seasons and time of day. Your current level of harmony within your health and wellbeing plays a part in your nutritional needs. If its cold and damp and your health suffers don’t eat damp forming foods! Consider changing your routine, I promise your body will thank you. You’ll be playing your own Stradivarius violin.

  9. Alternate nostril breathing . This practice works directly with the right and left sides of the body and brain to cultivate harmony and mental clarity. It helps clear blocked energy streams in the body.

    Directions:
    Sit comfortably with a tall spine. Place your left hand on your lap, palm face up or face down. With your right hand, fold down your index and middle finger so they are gently touching the centre of your palm. Place your ring finger on your left nostril and softly close the nostril. Take a deep slow breath in through your right nostril. When the breath is full, then gently switch and release your left nostril and close off your right nostril with your thumb. Close your eyes. Take a long, slow exhale through your left nostril. When the lungs are empty, keep the hand as it is and take another deep breath in through your left nostril. When you reach the top, repeat by switching to exhale through your right. Inhale again through your right nostril, switch fingers, and exhale through your left. Repeat. Five minutes per day is all you need. When you become confident count eight as you hold a nostril, let go for eight and hold for eight.

  10. Learn how to enter into your body. Sit in physical pain. Learn how to relax, release and let go.

  11. Meditate click here

Why cutting your head from your body isn’t wise when you’re sick or grieving.

If you’re trying to recover, through sickness or bereavement, cutting your head from your body only prolongs your healing.

I tried to shut off my mind after a bereavement. It took me five years to cry and a depression which lasted many more years until I finally integrated mind and body.

Here’s a typical example: recovering from illness or bereavement has a rather similar cycle where although your mind might acknowledge the diagnosis or death, your feelings cannot whilst body is tired, or sleepless or cannot stop ‘being busy and agitated.’

It doesn’t stop there either, even though the mind understand the situation; tries to organise or fix things, feelings may experience overwhelm; tears and emotion flaring up at a drop of a hat not to mention peculiar and fleeting aches or pains in your body.

One step forward then a few steps backward.

A bigger step forward then nothing. Little steps maybe? A movement by movement.

And so it goes on. Until body, mind and emotion are integrated. Everything flowing one way again…

Time is a great healer. yet time itself presses buttons.

In our 24/7 full on digital world it helps to share, offload, understand your own swinging processes. It makes sense, doesn’t it, to know your own body/mind? To help you in future ups and downs.

Friends, loved ones are invaluable. Yet they too, have their lives to lead. They can experience overload when loved ones are going through challenges.

If you need signposts, want to understand how you can take back your personal power, move through the ups and downs, put together your own personal ‘sat nav’ mapping out a way forward that works for you, please know you aren’t on your own if you don’t want to be…

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THINK YOURSELF INTO HAPPINESS

"Everything is possible and nothing is impossible. You are only ever limited by your mind."


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How to Meditate: I'll handle tomorrow well if I stay in the Present

How to Meditate - I’ll handle tomorrow well if I stay in the present

How to Meditate - I’ll handle tomorrow well if I stay in the present



What is it like to be fully present?

"My perception, my understanding is greater. It's as though I can see round corners! There are many possibilities. I can see, I can absorb and I’m not overwhelmed. My mind is not busy, nor am I spaced out."

"My mind is still, like a clear pool. Perfectly crystal clear. I am fully present. Yes, it’s a gift to be in my present. I see that now. Everything is crystal clear. I can see all. Now I attend to my life so differently."




Essentially, I am talking about my Self. 'My real Self.' Devoid of all (chattering monkey) thoughts, the 'what ifs' and 'what else could I do?' and 'what else I need to do?'

I am talking about attending with one-pointed focus to the challenge in hand, in the present. Rather than living in the past (what haven't I done) or in the future (there's still so much to do).

I am attending to my present. And, yes, it might well be seen as a gift.

Contrary to what you might believe, we all have this gift. It just takes focus and commitment.

A One-point focussed mind: No Chattering Monkey Thoughts

"All thoughts of blame ( blaming someone or something else) are gone. I am in control. It is me. It is not about anyone else. I'm not pushing against any tide, any person and any system. I am not pre-empting problems ( the 'what if' syndrome) instead, I am attentive to all and everything in that specific moment. I slip through into another space. Another dimension. Yet I’m still functioning."

It took me a long long while before I could see the joke: that within the moment is my present. At that moment, I have everything. A cosmic gift!

So why can't I stay in my present? What is stopping me? Blocking me?

Ah ha! What is left is ME :-) My own stuff.

This can include some or all of the following: negative self-beliefs ( some of those I put there, some of them are from previous partners, experiences, jobs and childhood) and my own lingering fears and false beliefs, maybe  disappointment for unfulfilled dreams and expectation to reality, grief, anger…

Here's my experience: I found committing myself to me, giving myself the time and the space to move through my busy world into a space of stillness and learning to be 'in the moment' harrowing. I experienced it as challenging and frustrating too.

First it was harrowing because I couldn't do it and I didn't know how to begin. The thoughts (of which I believed I had no control) were enormous and overwhelming. They consumed me and my day and my behaviour toward others. And that was harrowing for me. I realised that to handle my thousands of thoughts I had to watch my emotions, my feelings. For often they would trigger thoughts and reactions.

Further into my quest to stay 'in the moment,' the challenges were fast and furious, often overwhelming. As I explored and practised, I found myself slipping into past patterns. Of course, it was great that I could see I was experiencing past patterns because

a) it meant I was observing myself

b) I was being honest with myself and

c) I could do something about it. I could ask myself "Do these past patterns serve me well now? And if not, I need to do something about them in order to move on." I was willing to move through my blocks. People who don't like change, please take note, look honestly at yourself and ask yourself whether not liking or not coping well with change is blocking you moving on in your life. This may well be your first 'pro-active' step to handling all of your tomorrows!

Often I would find myself even more overwhelmed than I was in the first place. I explain this now, by saying it is rather like a see-saw: there are days when one feels great, many small steps forward have been achieved. There are also days when nothing happens or, even worse, hundreds or even thousands of steps backwards are experienced. Eventually, the see-saw swinging reduces. It evens out, a plateau is reached. Calmness steps in. It is then one can appreciate stillness. And want to stay in it. In fact, to crave it. It is not frightening, it is loving, peaceful and so powerful, so very still and pregnant with potential.

I've talked about my journey to stay 'in the moment' as being harrowing and challenging. For me, there was frustration too. This is where although I'm on the path, would not want to be on any other path, and I can stay in the present some if not most of the time, I'm frustrated because I slip out of it! The frustration, I know, is there to tell me I need to go further, I haven't loosened enough of myself. I haven't freed up enough of the expectations I put on myself to just BE. And then, somehow it just happened...I lost the frustration. Instead, what do I now do? I smile. I'm not hard to myself anymore. I'm just me. And I don't have expectations of others. I've unlocked another door on my journey to come home to my Self. I simply laugh at myself. I can't begin to tell you how freeing that is! Yes, I continue to feel relaxed and move through the awareness that I've slipped from staying 'in the moment' and it is ok!

Remembering What You Have Forgotten

Please believe me when I say there is NO one way, one tool, one training that can ensure you will remain in the present.

Mindfulness is the current 'magical' tool. And will serve many very well. Yet staying in the moment requires all of our intelligences: we function on many levels through our mind, our body, our emotions, our intuition and our spiritual selves. We have five senses: sound, touch, taste, seeing and smell. All communicate information requiring us to absorb and integrate. In fact, a sound can transport us to another time, another place, as can a smell or a picture.

Paying attention and staying in the moment asks us to dissolve all. Asks us to detach, rather than block or hold onto thoughts, emotions, memories. Instead, to function with free flowing thoughts and mindful action.

The ability to:

  • relax

  • to ease tension in the body and the mind

  • to be able to step back, separate fact from emotion

  • learn to respond rather than react, are all part of the process of staying in the moment.

Just imagine what it could be like for you?

"It happens ...occasionally..it happens... up bubbles the gifts...an original thought...an ah ha moment....a bubble of pure bliss....of joy.....the right action to take 'a deep knowing' .....the one angle I had forgotten to look at. All the while I am relaxed, without tension. I might be getting on with my day, or attending slowly and methodically with great attention to the small things in life. What is gradually happening, is that I'm experiencing the deep still crystal clear waters are sustaining me...continually sustaining me....connecting me to everything in this world: to you, to me and beyond...an ineffable Source" '

"It makes living so much lighter. It makes work so much easier."

How does staying in the moment help me in my tomorrows?

Well, if it is not obvious by now... You'll be calm, clear and always resourceful. Might that help at work? Home? Generally, in your life?

OH and by the way, the added benefit that always comes from clearing out your thoughts and negativity is authenticity.

'When I loved my self enough I realised that only when I am feeling and acting lovingly did others respond lovingly.'



All is Possible and Nothing is Impossible

THINK YOURSELF INTO HAPPINESS

"Everything is possible and nothing is impossible. You are only ever limited by your mind."

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"We are all made of stars and carry eternity inside." Thich Nhat Hanh

Ann Tanmayi

INTRODUCING YOU TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL MIND, BODY, SPIRIT WITH ANN TANMAYI



Purpose and Passion need energy and vitality

 

It is a fact, that when we're trying to cope with change - moving from one way of being to another -  we'll need the energy to cope with the transformation we're undertaking.  Similarly,  when we're full of purpose and passion, we'll need sustained energy levels too. 

We all have dips and dives in our energy levels. Some causes are more insidious than others here are a few energy thieves to get you thinking:

People can affect your energy levels. A measure of whether a friend/colleague sustains you or drains you is to ask yourself after you've met: ‘Am I feeling good about that meeting?’

Our own negative thoughts and emotions will deplete  energy, motivation, purpose and passion.  Focus, self belief and confidence lessen. Einstein was one of the first to say that one cannot handle a problem from the same mind that created it. Trick here to improve your mindset is to change it! MOVE! Literally!  Get out and about. do something different. Allow those negative thoughts and emotions to have something else to think about. 

Emotional resilience and energy levels are inextricably linked:  I was giving a talk on emotions and emotional resilience in a hospice.  I was halfway through when a lady stood up and said to me ‘Anna, you’re preaching to the converted here.  We know that if we wake up feeling low, our pain will be worse.  We know if we can maintain a positive attitude our pain is considerably lessened.’ Energy levels? Yes, you’ve guessed it, when these lovely people experienced low thoughts and emotions it was all they could do to dress themselves, they were completely low mentally and emotionally. 

What else depletes our energy?

  • Foods can deplete or enhance energy levels.

  • Lighting levels.

  • Pollution.

  • Digital technology. Robert had an allergy to computers. ‘Whenever I sit by my computer, I am totally drained of energy. My fingers tingle when I’ve been on the keys for a while.’ The digital world was literally draining her ability to be passionate about anything!

  Small wonder we are tired, cranky or unable to do things we would normally love to be doing as our energy dips and dives. 

What can you do about the common problems of lack of energy? Learn how to energise yourself.  And sustain your energy. We all experience ups and downs in life, in work and at home.  However, if we are unable to balance our energy levels and function at peak performance when required, we will find our approach to life and its challenges far more difficult to handle. 

Most of us have a low energy component somewhere.  It might be thoughts, emotions or on a physical level and it may also be more spiritual such as “where do I fit in?” or “how can I maintain a balance between it all?”

When our sense of personal security is affected our energy levels slump.

  People often talk about "I want to make more of me, but not do so much." Or companies say 'we must do more with less.'  

What depletes your energy?

Energy helps us in our cooking process, building the steam inside to motivate, sustain and maintain our new way of being.  

Passion and purpose  cannot function without full and sustained energy levels. 

On the positive side, once we've adopted a new way of being, once we've moved through the change, we've raised our game of life.

We're literally functioning from a new and different mindset. Initially strange, we'll find ourselves handling something from a previous pattern only to find we are drawn to approaching it in a new way. But once this new (and easier) level becomes the norm you won't even think of the past and yes, you've  raised your game of life.

The outcome? We have accessed more of our passion, more of our self expression. We have more energy to cope with new and different challenges.  We can stretch ourselves, we can open ourselves up to more of our potential.  And, when we stretch, we find our energy levels can sustain the stretch.