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The steadiness of cattle, a horse snorts.
The drone of cars, why are you there?
I listen again, it’s more like the huge surge of an ever rolling wave.
The bird of prey catching the thermal - he spends some time over me,
my shadow long in the morning sun.
He seems wonders about me then leaves to continue his search.
The muddy acorn leaves covered, wet, brown yet when you look,
you see the different shades.
You see the beauty in everything when you look again.
The green of leaves with a shimmer of silver grey. Mystical.
The fallen tree creating a cave of magic at it’s base, uprooted, fallen, glorious.
I soak up the strands of sun through the trees as I stand facing her in all her majesty.
The babbling brook racing water over pebbles, stones and creating soap like suds at the edge, a bottle caught between the rocks - the remnants of someone being asleep. In a world that craves our awareness.
Then, suddenly something comes over me, this place, a rustle of leaves as the wind breezes through
- magic is afoot here -
nature in all her wonder sharing her wise ways with no need for us to interfere
- adjusting and swaying, growing and dying, rejuvenating and regenerating when all around seems dead.
The cycles she knows oh so well and we have - in the main - chosen to forget.
In this moment, there is a remembering.
Can you feel it?
Something has shifted
We know it has already begun
and those of you in touch with your
Being, I know you have been waiting.
And whether or not you knew, the wisdom is inbuilt.
You are feeling it yet it is strange, different.
This is nothing to attain. Trust, talk, breathe.
Let your essence reach out from the depths. Dust off
that jewel of being as you shift your attention inwards.
Travel nowhere to arrive home.
The call is to be present, to feel, to be.
There is healing in allowing.
That I know for sure.
These times are untrodden as yet, theres an anticipation, a freshness.
Perhaps even titilation.
Stay in your heart.
Stay with your breath.
Practice deep loving respect for yourself. More than ever.
Know that when you stay close to yourself, you are like a mountain. Gather with like-minded beings as you dive into this new phase. This new realm.
Embrace Your Essence.
I recently shared on social about why I work with doTERRA essential oils and it's really very simple. They have the best quality, most trusted and most tested oils in the world.
Why did I start a business with them?
This company is about joining a network of people who care about wellbeing and health. You receive free mentoring and grow into a mentor too. You learn about nature and its depth. This is about sharing products that speak for themselves. You won't get purer. This is about making lifestyle changes for your families health.
This is network marketing, it's not a dirty term, its smart and it works so well for doTERRA because the products are so good. They have got people to share their products because they are confident in the quality plus there's a learning aspect so its much wiser to have it taught by a human. Whenever a friend raves about something, don't you want to know? This is all this is.
Nature has our back and doTERRA know how to treat the plants so that the chemical composition stays the same and therefore the most effective.
I love that I'm practically all natural at home these days. My health has improved dramatically. From having adrenal fatigue, I now have energy and feel full of vitality. My skin and eyes are clear. I feel fantastic. I know when my daughter is ill, I've got something that can help her. I know when emotionally I need support, I've got it to hand.
This is a company that has invested billions into changing lives, into charity projects, into making real differences in people's lives. In September, I get to go to Lesvos to volunteer on a refugee camp, all because doTERRA are involved.
From building my own doTERRA business Ive been privileged to empower people in their health choices, not only for them but for those around them.
These products are natures bounty, their chemical compounds know how to work with our bodies, they know how to interact. In an age where a majority of products around us are full of toxic chemical crap, we need to educate ourselves in natural, effective alternatives. And that's what I've been doing. I love teaching people how to make the changes. I get so excited learning and teaching about them. It's infectious. In a good way ;)
Since starting the business, I've dived deeper into how I had so many limiting beliefs holding me back. I've had to stretch my comfort zone and be ready to learn and investigate. I've learnt to move past fear and judgement and educate myself. There aren't many companies where you can turn to your mentor(s) and ask for guidance in ALL realms of life. If you want to collaborate with like-minded people who have generosity, intelligence and kindness then you should join our team. I am always looking for the right people to work with. This is for you if you want to develop, grow and shine bright, this is for you if you are passionate about nature and it's health properties. This is for you if you're keen to learn, guide and teach. This is for you if you love self-development. This is for you if you want financial freedom.
It's obvious to us all that we need to prioritise down time, every day. I recorded this in 2014 but it's even more relevant today. The body naturally wants to heal, we just have to give it the space to return to that state of equilibrium. Balance all systems of the body and by doing this, the mind gets to release its grip of thinking. Over time. It's a practice, I invite you to practice this for one week and notice the difference.
Not sure of your muladhara from your sahasrara? Join me on the Movement for Modern Lif blog where we delve into a practical look at what the chakra's are, simple poses you can do to bring balance and some great recipes as well. Alongside that, Lucy McCarth has full led practices on the site that will get those wheels of energy spinning right into balance and Kat Farrant will give you her take on it all as well. What a treat you're all in for.
WHAT IS A CHAKRA?
3 EASY YOGA MOVES
Do you have your own teachings you'd like to share here? Please feel free to comment below.
I've chosen the Cheer Uplifting Blend as January's Oil of the Month because of it's uplifting properties. The citrus and spice in this blend promotes optimism and joy as well as an energising effect.
The blend is a mix of Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Star Anise Fruit/Seed, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, Nutmeg Kernel, Vanilla Bean Extract, Ginger Rhizome, Cinnamon Bark, and Zdravetz Herb.
Ways to help you deal with burnout
Talk. Speak to friends, a mentor and get those feelings out, sometimes talking about things help to lighten the load. Ask your friends to try not to problem solve for you, just to listen to you. This process can help us unravel our own solutions I find.
Self-care. Are you looking after yourself? First and foremost, if you are not looking after yourself then you can expect a burnout to be just around the corner.
Do something fun. Book in something you enjoy doing, a pamper night in, a massage, book a show, arrange a dinner, if you have the cash sort out a holiday. Find inspiration outside of your usual routine.
Are you putting pressure on yourself? Look at what your label of what you are doing means, what expectations are you putting on yourself? Are these expectations putting unnecessary pressure on you? It’s worth spending time on these questions to reveal the inner dialogue.
Do your own practice. Give yourself time every day to invest in yourself, whether it's writing, running, yoga, meditation, laughing, talking, art. The list is endless.
Re-evaluate. Every 3 months re-evaluate your schedule.
Eat well. Make sure you are getting enough nutrients into your system to sustain your commitments. Do not sacrifice your health. You are much more use to people when you are well fed and nourished.
Drink water. Are you drinking enough water? This can fall by the wayside when we are busy rushing around but it’s a very simple thing to change the way we feel. Our brains needs proper hydration to function well. We lose focus when we are dehydrated.
Practice saying no. Ask yourself, is it realistic, would it be better to spend those hours resting or doing something nurturing?
Turn off the tech. Instead of updating Facebook and Instagram, replying to emails and being consumed by your phone, why don’t you give yourself the time to meditate or to take in your surroundings. We miss so much these days as we are generally looking into our phones. At night-time, try turning off all your technology about 1-2 hours before you go to bed. This allows the body and brain to settle into evening time and let go of the day. Use this time to have a bath, cook some nice food or catch up on your favourite book/tv show.
Single pointed focus. If you find you are constantly multi-tasking then pay heed. Did you know that by swapping from one thing to another so quickly that it uses up glucose in your brain (yes, that is why we reach for the sweets). Start to practice single pointed focus so that you are fully focused on the task in hand. It will change the habits of your nervous system and rewire neural pathways in the brain. For the better.
Acknowledge what is making you unhappy. Tap into what in your week you are not enjoying, is there a specific class, student or studio that you need to let go of? Emotions are usually messengers that something needs paying attention to. By letting go you open up to new opportunities.
Sleep. If you are not getting 8 hours sleep a night, go to bed half an hour earlier this month and see what difference it makes.
Meditate. If you haven’t found meditation in your practice yet then I recommend weaving it in every day. It will give you a sense of calm, more time in your day, you’ll notice a shift in your attention span and in your daily interactions. Meditation not only soothes the nervous system but it allows you to give space to emotions inside that need to be acknowledged to be released. This is a very healing practice. When I notice I’m going off kilter and feeling overwhelm I’ve usually let the meditation practice slip. There are many great resources around. I have a list of resources available on my website.
The flubber of lips as a horse snorts,
The steadiness of cattle as they wait for feed,
The drone of cars in the distance, why are you there? I listen again, it’s more like the huge surge of an ever rolling wave, that’s better.
The bird of prey catching the thermal - he spends some time over me, my shadow long in the morning sun. He seems wonders about me then leaves to continue his search.
The muddy acorn leaves covered, wet, brown yet when you look, you see the different shades. You see the beauty in everything when you look again. The green of leaves with a shimmer of silver grey. Mystical.
The fallen tree creating a cave of magic at it’s base, uprooted, fallen, glorious. I soak up the strands of sun through the trees as I stand facing her in all her majesty.
The babbling brook racing water over pebbles, stones and creating soap like suds at the edge, a bottle caught between the rocks - the remnants of some irresponsible act or maybe the wind, either way it looks so out of place.
Then, suddenly something comes over me, this place, a rustle of leaves as the wind breezes through - magic is afoot here - nature in all her wonder sharing her wise ways with no need for us to interfere - adjusting and swaying, growing and dying, rejuvenating and regenerating when all around seems dead.
The cycles she knows oh so well and we have - in the main - chosen to forget. In this moment, there is a remembering.