|Posted on 8 September, 2016 at 0:20||comments (4)|
Upon reflection I have learnt how vitally important it is to practice meditation and reflection on a daily bais to discover the various chasms assoiciated with its practice and obserrvation. I hae discovered ow this practice has empowered me and enriched my life no end. Ifell such clarity now.
I have gained and adopted a new spiritual family and they have positively enriched my life beyond words, we had so much fun! My training has absolutely confirmed that this is my calling, my passion, my gift. I am ready to impart my spiritual wisdom upon others and to help them enrich their spirtiual lives also finding clarity and focus.
Never did I expect that there would be so many invaluable tools available to us, to postively empower others and take them on the journey of their lives, positively enriching and giving them the gift of clarity, focus, balance, spirituality and good health. Mary ACT Work Safe Consultant
Firstly I just want to say this has been an amazing personal jouney for me that has changed my life and allowed me to see life with fresh eyes. I got to meet and work with some amazing people and Natalie you are a true breathe of fresh air, a true Goddess and Healer and a friend for life. I have learnt so much and have been given amazing tools that I can not only use for my own development but tools and knowledge than I can passon to ppotential clients, friends and family members. I had never mediated before, done any form of yoga or been able to manage stress in my life without falling to pieces. Meditation is now part of my everyday life and I make sure I have time fo it everyday. (I look forward to my little piece of relaxation heaven, I LOVE IT.) The gratutude journalling allowed me to reflect and be thankful for everything I have now and made me realise how much I do have, the stress managemenet allowed me to identigy and put thngs in place to prevent and deal with it, charig youga is such a beautiful, flowing and enjoyable practice everyone must try it. All different forms of meditation from full body relaxation to mindfulness right down to movement meditation. (That was a blast!) Maslows Heirachy of needs INTENSE and I absolutely adored learning about charkras and how to balance them with meditation. I will be able to use the holistic counsellin gskills and tools to help people see the world in a more postive light, and who sayts POSTITIVE AFFIRMAATIONS dont work I use them and IT WORKS!!! I am truly blessed to have stumbled upon your advertisement and taken the opportunity to step outside the box and do this course. Cannot thank you enought. Cant wait to start Qigong with you . RDO Administrator - Kat
This course has wowed me from the beginning.... professional with excellent scientific explanations its REAL and it WORKS it EMPOWERS people beyond words. On a personal level it is not just a course, it is a holistic approach to your healing, looking at ourself first and every area of your life, its gifts you tools to utilise with your own family and life so you can practise these techniques everyday, its personal holistic counselling with oneself, it give you a fantastic overview of your life and what you want to achieve and how to get there, it pushed me to face my fears, dig deep into what my worries and concerns are and made me realise I dont have anything to be concerned with I just need to act to take baby steps towrards my goals and rise above those hiccups like presents. I am an experienced meditator and never thought I would gain so MUCH!!!!!
It has ignited a fire in me giving me more strength to pursue helping others in a more meaningful way and the tools and templates to utilise, its important to me not just to do something for the sake of it but with meaning and sucess to me is when people not only start meditating but can feel the difference it is doing, I loved the flight fight response information, with my nursing training I totally understand and I have lived with stress for many years, I felt my body completly relax and the relaxation response help me recognise what triggers my stress so I can avoid it or plan around it now. I also realised I worry about insignificant things and its better to address them for 10 minutes each day making plans to solve thiese issues... no road blocks just options... .I cant recommend it highly enought... FANTASTIC COMPACT LIFE CHANGING COURSE. Doreen Registerd Nurse/Business owner
|Posted on 25 November, 2015 at 21:20||comments (0)|
The mind-body connection is quickly coming of age. We’ve moved from the early stage when researchers were challenged to prove that our thoughts affect our bodies. The next stage was focused on how toxic mental patterns can harm us. Now a new phase has dawned, where “positive psychology” is the main focus. Gratitude is the prefect example of positive psychology.In one 2003 study, a group of subjects kept a personal journal for 10 weeks, in which they rated their mood, physical health, and other factors that contribute to being happy. They were told either to describe five things they were grateful for that had occurred in the past week (the gratitude condition), or they did the opposite and described five daily hassles (the hassles condition) that they were displeased about.Those in the gratitude condition reported fewer health complaints and even spent more time exercising than control participants did. Similar studies have shown improved emotions when someone who has a chronic illness focuses on an “attitude of gratitude” instead of feeling negative. Similarly, gratitude leads to lower levels of stress hormones.Now that we know gratitude is good for you, it joins the list of things, including love and empathy that create a biochemical shift in the body. Since gratitude is a mental activity, it’s a powerful finding to show how something totally non-physical can alter the physical activity of the brain. The general lesson here is that the brain responds to positive input and sends life-enhancing messages to every cell in the body.How can you activate the power of gratitude in your own life?The 3 Stages of GratitudeThere are three stages of gratitude, each one more effective than the one before. These are:Feeling grateful for the good things in your lifeExpressing your gratitude to the people who have made your life betterAdopting new behavior as a result of interacting with those who have helped youAll of us have experienced the first stage—we have felt grateful that something good has happened, often in the context of escaping a threat like a disease diagnosis that turns out to be a false alarm. To make this feeling more than a passing moment, you need to make the “attitude of gratitude” more continuous. Keeping a brief journal, as in the gratitude study, is all it takes to trigger the health benefits of gratitude—a good start for anyone.Stage 2 is more challenging. It’s hard to reach out to someone else, especially because many people think that opening up and expressing your appreciation makes you more vulnerable. It’s easier to stay inside your shell. But when you express gratitude to someone else, an emotional bond is formed, and emotional bonding is one of the key traits of truly happy people. Some of the earliest mind-body studies showed how loneliness and isolation—the very opposite of bonding with others—led to decreased health and a higher risk of mortality. Now it’s time to reverse our focus and emphasize the positive side of the equation, putting emotional bonding high on the list of self-care.Stage 3 is the most powerful because it changes people’s futures. When your gratitude leads to showing more sympathy, less judgment, and greater appreciation for life itself, you are setting the stage for years of positive reinforcement. By adopting gratitude as your default position, so to speak, you tell your brain that positive input is going to far outweigh negative input. Mixed signals lead to mixed results. By being consistent in your attitude of gratitude, you set down a blueprint that over time leads to brain changes with farseeing benefits.Clearly, the way of gratitude is one of the most natural paths to wholeness because body, mind, and spirit are affected at every level almost effortlessly; give it a try. - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/how-gratitude-can-make-you-healthier?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=CCL%20Newsletter%20151124&utm_campaign=November#sthash.JYCR8jfV.dpuf
|Posted on 14 July, 2015 at 21:30||comments (0)|
Know fully that your Path is your path only. It is wonderful to share what you have learned with others, but quite another thing to manipulate and force your beliefs on others. Not one of you knows the full desires, intent or purpose of another’s life or why they chose to come to this Earth in the first place.
Acknowledge that everyone is unique. Each has enough wisdom within one’s self to make choices. Even addicts can pull themselves out at any time. Know that each is living their life to the best of their ability within the belief codes they currently hold. We know that it is difficult for you to watch those you love make choices that will cause them difficulty. However, we suggest you let them do just that. You have had your experiences; allow them to do the same.
Quite often, those who insist on giving advice only tell part of their story. How much stronger their stories would be if they shared their disappointments and the fears they were harboring when they made those decisions. Giving advice without sharing the entire picture of the emotions that fueled their experience is similar to giving someone a roadmap that leads to a destination other than the one the person has sights on. It’s a path, but not the one the other wants to follow.
Generally, giving advice has strings attached. “I’m going to tell you how to live your life. You should listen to me because I am wiser than you. Follow my instructions and your life will be easier because you won’t have to suffer the bad things I did. If you don’t do as I say, then don’t come crying to me when you fail. Do what you want, but I must say good-bye to you.” Although you don’t always say these things when you are giving advice (even though many of you do), these are the implications of your words to the listener.
Sharing knowledge has an entirely different energy surrounding it. The storyteller is simply sharing experiences. There is no judgment, no expectation that another will follow that path and there is no need to give advice. The attitude is, “This is my story, do with the information as you wish.”
Others are more likely to listen when someone approaches them with a compassionate heart rather than a sense of “I know what is best for you.” Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you know what is best for anyone. We give you this advice; don’t give advice! Just kidding, we do have a sense of humor and we do wish the best for each of you. At times, our Messages may seem harsh, but we speak with love and from an advantage of being outside your realm of amnesia.
We look forward to being with you in the higher Realms. Until then, call on us whenever you want support. We are with you always. There are legions of us wishing to support you in all that you endeavor to do. Speak with integrity, set clear intentions and we will support you with no strings attached. You are loved beyond all measure; know this within your hearts. Go forth and create a wonder full day for yourself! Cib 4
|Posted on 6 July, 2015 at 20:40||comments (0)|
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
— Nelson Mandela
|Posted on 22 June, 2015 at 3:20||comments (0)|
ACTION, ACTION, ACTION (+ A LITTLE MORE ACTION SAUCE!)
“[Albert] Ellis, who went on to write dozens of books, built a straight-talk, action-oriented approach that challenged the Freudian model of examining childhood experience. “Neurosis is just a high-class word for whining,” he said. “The trouble with most therapy is that it helps you to feel better. But you don’t get better. You have to back it up with action, action, action.””
~ Daniel Coyle from The Talent Code
Love that. Coyle tells us that Ellis’s approach, combined with that of Dr. Aaron Beck, became known as cognitive-behavioral therapy—which we scientifically know is as effective as drugs in reducing depression, anxiety and other not-so-fun stuff.
At the heart of their model is practicing a new way of seeing the world and taking more effective actions in the face of our ickiness. We talk about it in our Note on Jonathan Haidt’s *genius* The Happiness Hypothesis where he says: “Depressed people are caught in a feedback loop in which distorted thoughts cause negative feelings, which then distort thinking further. Beck’s discovery is that you can break the cycle by changing the thoughts. A big part of cognitive therapy is training clients to catch their thoughts, write them down, name the distortions, and then find alternative and more accurate ways of thinking. Over many weeks, the client’s anxiety or depression abates. Cognitive therapy works because it teaches the rider how to train the elephant rather than how to defeat it directly in an argument.”
As we know from that Note, Haidt tells us that we have an Elephant that needs to be re-trained. Coyle’s model tells us how: It’s all about deep practice ignited by a vision of what’s possible fueled by passion and supported by strong teachers that enables us to re-wire our brains with myelin in all the right places.
|Posted on 9 June, 2015 at 21:45||comments (0)|
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|Posted on 28 May, 2015 at 3:10||comments (0)|
“You cannot be happy without discipline. In fact, if you want to measure the level of happiness in your life, measure your level of discipline. You will never have more happiness than you have discipline. The two are directly linked to each other. If you want to increase the level of fulfillment and happiness in a certain area of your life, increase your level of discipline in that area of your life. On the other hand, if you find that you are altogether too happy too much of the time, you may want to think about decreasing the level of discipline in your life. Discipline and happiness are directly linked.”
~ Matthew Kelly from Perfectly Yourself
|Posted on 20 May, 2015 at 22:50||comments (0)|
"Release Judgments about yourself and others, and focus on the love and light that is within everyone"
Gentleness is the strength behind true power, and it comes from feeding yourself with nourishing words, thoughts, deeds, intentions, and all forms of food. Shield yourself from harshness by placing an intention to attract only kind and gentle life lessons and relationships. Tranform harshness into gentleness by refusing to see anything but the shining light that is within each person and situation. This intention begins with your relationship with yourself. Be very gentle with ourself in all ways. Be happy, be kind, be sweet, but most of all, be ture to you". Doreen Virtue. PHD