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Cultivating Joy

Hi Friends,

Hope all is well so far in the New Year. I love Robert Holden’s words, “Dear Joy, I’m all yours! What would you like me to do with my life today?” Joy is such a beautiful thing, and if we sit and think for a few minutes now about the things that bring us the greatest joy; often they are very simple things and don’t cost much to; and in actual fact, you may be able to include them in your life each day.

So right now, grab a pen and paper. At the top of the page write; “The things that bring me joy” and write the numbers 1-20 down the side of the page (if 20 is too high a number, just write down 10 items) Your list might look something like this…

The things that bring me Joy

1. swimming in the ocean

2. walking on the sand

3. walking in nature

4. playing with my children

5. talking with my best friend

6. playing improvisational Jazz piano

7. watching romantic comedies

8. cooking a healthy meal from scratch

9. jumping on the trampoline (like I did when I was seven!)

10. Listening to Bohemian Rhapsody full blast in the car

Write you list, and commit to doing at least one thing on it this week, no matter how small and have fun doing things that bring you joy!

Claire 🙂

2014; Your Best Year So Far

Here’s a fun exercise to do as we step into a new year.

Get a piece of paper and divide it into three columns. At the top of the page, write the title; “2014; My Best Year So Far”

* In column 1, write the title “What I’m Leaving in 2013”

* Come up with a list of ten things that aren’t working for you in your life right now; (number them down the column); examples might be over eating, complaining, one way friendships, watching bad TV, overspending, over eating etc.

* Then, in column 2, write the title “What I’m bringing to 2014); this list should be things that you’re doing now that are working for you. You may be doing these activities and behaviours in small doses, but you know that they are beneficial for your well being; the list might include; a meditation practice, drinking 2 litres of water per day, focusing on the present moment, eating lots of fruit and vegetables and reading inspiring texts (if you can have 7-10 things on your list, that’s great)

* Then finally, in column 3, write the title “What I wish to manifest”- write four statements that contain positivity and empowerment, examples might include; “I have boundless energy and am easily maintaining my goal weight; exercising daily and eating healthy food and drinking lots of water” and “I am thrilled to be financially abundant, doing wonderful work that serves others and utilizes all of my wonderful talents”

* After the lists are complete, take the first list and destroy it. Release those items that are not serving you and focus on what is working for you, what you want more of and what you want to happen in the upcoming year.

* I’d love to know if you enjoyed this exercise and found it beneficial to planning an amazing program for yourself in the New Year

Best wishes,

Claire

If Everybody Lived these Principles….

Hi friends,

Two years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Marianne Williamson speak and I was absolutely blown away by the powerful force that she is and the message of peace that she speaks.

I’m very pleased to hear that this wonderful speaker and teacher is running for congress. Last night, I read “A Return to Love”, Marianne’s most well known book, a reflection on A Course In Miracles. It’s such a wonderful book, one to return to again and again.

Have a lovely day,
Claire 🙂

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Miso chicken soup for the soul

Hi friends,
I’ve had a shocking cold for 48 hours (maybe a little emotional congestion from christmas) and I think this recipe might have been the cure!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 cup of cooked shredded free range chicken
2 onions
1 zucchini
1 carrot

Instructions
Throw it all in a pot and bring to the boil , then simmer for 20 minutes
Finally, put the chicken and veggies in a strainer and put aside (could make a chicken pie later) so you’re left with a clear broth and sip away…

All I know is I’m definitely on the mend and I’m thanking the soup for it!
Claire 🙂

Choosing Happiness

Hi Friends,

I’ve Had the great honour, over the last few years to see talks by some of the greatest teachers of our times. I also make it a daily practice to listen to TED talks and Hay House Radio- I want to be educated and inspired, not overwhelmed and depressed by commercial television, consumerism and a manipulative media. The other day, when cleaning up a very messy kitchen, I listened to Oprah’s recent and wonderful interview with renowned Buddhist scholar Jack Cornfield and it blew my mind. While you’re doing mundane things you can be inspired by listening to great teachers. It rocks.

Anyway, I digress. Going through my mountain of notebooks, specifically quotes and notes I have scribbled down during lectures, I came across notes from a conference I attended in 2011, hosted by Hay House Australia. Some of the greatest were there, including Marianne Williamson, Robert Holden, the mother of positive thinking; Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, Doreen Virtue and Denise Linn to name but a few. What a weekend! 

I believe Robert Holden and the work that he does to be of the highest relevance in the world today. During his 2011 talk in Sydney, he instantly connected with the audience with his humour, his wonderful energy and extraordinary delivery of life changing information. Dr Holden spoke of the importance of following your joy, saying, “Joy has the power to override the super ego”- he shared a powerful practice of saying in the morning, “Dear Joy, I’m all yours! What would you like me to do with my life today?”

He spoke of happiness as being a choice, and that the first hour of the day is when we make the choices that we do. Do we choose to, “Rise and shine, or rise and whine?” Robert asked the audience.

What sort of a day do we choose to have today? Dr. Holden said, on a scale of one to ten (ten being the happiest), choose how happy you want to be. Today, I’m going for a 9, usually, I realized, when going over my notes I average a 7. Dr. Holden said, “Our happiness is our gift to the world- we pick our numbers and go higher. If you’re feeling 3/10- love yourself there. We are not our self images, that’s just who we think we are. The most important things are peace, love and clarity.”

The importance of forgiveness is essential to your happiness, that and being in the present moment. The present moment is all we have; the past is over and the future hasn’t happened yet. So let’s try and be here fully in the here and now (no matter what the circumstances are) and think about who we need to forgive. Everybody’s dealing with something and every emotion you feel deserves your compassion- so let’s start with ourselves and listen to that emotion, instead of numbing, dismissing or ignoring it. Let’s rise above what we feel in this moment and choose to extend our happiness as far as it can go…even if it’s just a millimetre.

So if we ask ourselves the question each morning; how happy am I going to be today (?) and we feel depressed or anxious, giving ourselves a 1/10; our goal might be to try and “rise above”; and aiming for a 3. If we wake up feeling good at a 7, let’s rise above, and try and make it to a 9 or 10. How happy do you choose to be in this moment? In this day? In this life time? Today I woke up at a 7 and I’m now at a 9 and my goal is to keep it here… fingers crossed!

Much love and Happy Holidays xx

What can I bring to this moment?

Hi Friends,

I’m giving myself a challenge this week, and it’s an interesting one. I’m asking myself, before I enter a room, talk to a friend or stranger, or encounter any situation, “What can I bring to this moment?” And the answer to that question, is hopefully positivity and dynamic connectedness. When I talk to somebody, I am trying to elevate myself and the person I’m talking to into an higher vibration of energy. By helping somebody else feel better, I’m making myself feel better.
Case in point, yesterday I was having a bit of a shocker with internet banking. A task that should have taken 2 minutes, ended up taking 2 hours. I ended up on hold for 20 minutes and by the time I spoke to “Karen” I was agitated and so was she. So I asked myself the question, “How can I make this interaction better for both of us?” The answer being dynamic and humorous connection. I don’t know what happened, but my intention was to connect with this woman on a soul level, and by the time we ended the conversation we were both laughing. About what, I can’t even remember. My point is, the intention is to have a positive connection and to elevate both peoples’ level of being (in that moment) to a lighter, brighter level.
It’s worth a try, especially if you yourself are feeling a little less than Zen! Claire xo

The Eloquence of the Green Smoothie

Hi Friends,

I need to share with y’all my love of the green smoothie and what an amazing companion it can be on your journey into inner peace and harmony! Okay, so it may look like it came out of the swamp- but you will find yourself proclaiming “Wow! Wham! Kapow!” and all manner of mighty statements after you’ve sipped this tonic of “super foods” so rich in nutrients and anti oxidants it will keep your motor running all the way to lunch time…

So here’s what went in the blender this morning- kale, lettuce, cucumber, kiwi fruit, 2 cups of coconut water, 3 cups of water, 1 tsp spirulina, 1 tsp flaxseed, 1 tsp wheatgerm, 1 tsp chia seeds; and skull it if you don’t like the taste!

Oh Green smoothie, you are beautiful no matter what they say (thanks Christina Aguilera, I love you too)…anybody with me on this kick butt way to start your day?