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When we heal ourselves, the ripple effect is immense.

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Here’s something we never realised in the ‘new age nineties’: All we have to do, is work on ourselves!  

An aspect of the new age movement in the 1990s that didn’t sit comfortably with me, was the exercise of confronting the people in our lives with our so-called, truth: our versions of how they’d hurt us and our how they must change. Yuck! So messy and so much opportunity for power plays, manipulation, ego-defence reactions and resistance.

It was the ‘live and let live’ message of Annette Noontil in her book Your Body is the Barometer of your Soul, that really resonated with me, and it’s a practice that I find myself coming back to again and again. Another way of putting it was recently conveyed by Oprah Winfrey in a podcast:

There’s three kinds of business, my business, other people’s business and God’s business.

It’s so important we remember that anything outside our own control, meaning our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours, is not our business. Now, before you get all worked up about the importance of calling out bad behaviour, political and social activism and what-not, I’ll address it right now. These actions can in some situations, be described as ‘my business’, but on a strictly spiritual level, whenever we are very attached to fighting against something, we’re adding a lot of energy and therefore solidity and power, to its existence. And I’ll leave it there.

What I’m really interested in telling you, is how I’m becoming increasingly amazed to see how I can be sitting with a client and they might have a tricky relationship or a very stressful situation connected with a person in their life, such as an ex-partner, parent, friend or boss and low and behold, I become aware that an energetic aspect of that person shows up in the session!

Don’t ask me to clearly articulate how I know this, my best explanation is that I get a sense of another person’s presence in the space around us and I can ‘feel’ them. I can feel their emotional state and aspects of their personality, and I just sort of ‘know’ who they are. I confirm this by asking internally, and feeling a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response within myself.  What I feel is essentially happening, is that via their energy connection to my client, an aspect of the person’s higher awareness feels there is an opportunity to share in the healing energy that’s being offered and so they join in.

This idea takes me very deeply into the understanding that we’re all connected. How often have you heard that term, and yet not really understood it? And also, that only one volunteer in a system of a family, a partnership, a workplace or a friendship group, need come forward to do their inner work on a conscious level. The other people connected to this person, who aren’t in a mental space to go and see a counsellor or an energy healer, will benefit from the one who does.

So this happens in a few ways. Firstly, in the case of other people’s energy signatures showing up during a session, they can receive healing in a direct way, because I’m willing to give them my attention and include them in the healing process as another client, so to speak. And I’ll explain all of this to the person I’m with. They often just want their emotional wounding to be acknowledged, or a part of their back story to be brought out, so that my client can gain a fresh perspective on them. In other examples, they get to receive their own energy healing, because I will facilitate an energy integration or release of some sort, simply by being a channel and giving them my full attention for a few minutes.

Secondly, these individuals receive an energy upgrade simply as a result of my client healing themselves and then creating a new reality around them. This effect is real as can be, and I’ve seen it for myself. Just when we think another person will never change and we’re completely fed up with their behaviour, we do the inner work of changing our feelings and expectations about that person and quite magically, they change.  First we must let go of our need for them to change, and then we must take full responsibility for our historical need for them to behave in the ways that have bothered us so much. There must have been a higher reason for them playing that role for us.

We honestly do have the power to change the world around us by improving our own attitude and by becoming more disciplined with our thoughts and beliefs regarding what we pay attention to. We can put a lot of energy into seeing the worst in the world or in seeing the best. This can be the difference between feeling calm, happy and fulfilled and being constantly disappointed and depressed.

This is such an empowering concept, I just had to share it. Do your own inner work and do yourself a favour, and let go of what you believe others need to do. It’s that simple.

Contact me for a guidance session by going here or consider trying one of my new Yin2you Healing Movement sessions.

Enjoy your day, Tricia x

Six cool ways to turn a walk into a moving meditation

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It’s all very well to hop off the bolster and take our spiritual practice on the road with a moving meditation, but with all of the distractions out there and within, how do we quiet the mind?

I do a lot of solo bush walking. It’s a passion for me and I get my best writing and business ideas, plus a super-clear head while out on the trails. I walk in silence, no headphones or music blaring from a phone. And I pay attention to how my body feels, to the plants and trees, the birds, the ocean and the ground I pass over. But then, I often discover there’s another layer of mental activity happening that’s beneath my surface awareness. There’ll be a pop song on a loop, various random thoughts, memories or plans floating through, or a heavy emotion creating a dense backdrop.

What I’ve realised, is that although it’s important to have time where we let the mind wander freely, it’s better to do it with intention, rather than in an unaware way. In other words, it’s better to bring some discipline to the process.

Intention setting

Before we start walking, we might set a clear intention about what we’d like to get out of the journey. Sometimes it’s obvious because we’re feeling undeniably angry, sad, frustrated or confused. In these cases, we might create an intention to honour and work through the strong feeling and perhaps come to a decision, receive guidance about the issue, or simply feel soothed by walking it out.

Other times we’re feeling okay, perhaps just mildly flat or restless, so we might have the intention of feeling calmer and more connected by the time we return. The key is to begin in a state of awareness and presence and to have a goal to cultivate that presence while we’re walking. To me, it’s one of the best and easiest of therapies to access. It’s something I often talk about with clients and it’s a key feature in my women’s retreats.

Walking as therapy

If you come on retreat with me this September, we’ll be doing a couple of long walks in silence, and in order to get the most out of these potentially magical experiences, it’s ideal if we can be lovingly present with ourselves. The following suggestions on how, are based on the reality that the mind needs to be doing something as we walk, so we might as well give it something useful to do.

My favourite thing to do while walking is to imagine my energy field is expanding larger and larger around me, encompassing every bush, stone, tree and creature. When I do this, I feel the deepest sense of peace and connection to ALL. It’s intensely healing, but that’s just one idea…

Here’s six more ways we can use the mind in an intentional and meditative way.

  1. Look around for a precious item to pick up such as a pretty leaf, feather or stone
  2. Listen to all of the layers of sound around you, searching for bird song, reptiles rustling in the leaves, the wind in the trees and your footfalls on the ground
  3. Be fully in your body, notice how it feels to move your legs, feel your feet hitting the earth, feel yourself breathing, focusing especially on the exhalations
  4. Alternate between looking up at the sky, to your left, to the front and then to your right and to the ground, in a slow motion cycle
  5. Sing or chant a simple mantra such as Om (pronounced auummm, the universal sound of creation) or Aham Prema (I am divine love). You can let the mantra roll silently through your mind or sing it out loud
  6. Use moments of pause such as stopping to look at the view, or releasing an audible sigh, to snap yourself back into the present moment

You could pick one or two techniques and combine them or just focus on one at a time. Immersing ourselves in the natural world has a powerful healing effect and we get some bonus exercise at the same time.

For more help with cultivating a meditation practice or calming your busy mind, contact me for a guidance and healing session. We can meet online or in-person if you live in the south-west.

Happy walking!

How to be a better energy custodian

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Are you a willing custodian of the energetic frequencies of your home, workplace and body?

This is how I’m the custodian of my home’s energy… Bergamot is wafting from the diffuser, the candle in the entrance is lit, the living room is tidy and there’s a freshly cut orange-becoming-apricot rosebud in a vase on the sideboard. The windows are open just enough to feel a soft breeze and to hear the sporadic calls of many birds…

There is a feeling of peace and softness.

We are also the custodians of our physical and energetic bodies – if the two could actually be separated. In truth, they’re really one body. But first, let’s look at the places we inhabit.

A room people love being in

In every moment of every day, no matter where we work, live or recreate, we have the power to make small, or sometimes significant differences to how these places feel.

Music, silence, fresh air, essential oils, chimes, tinkling water in a fountain or birdsong. Sunlight, artworks, plants, flowers, candles, colour and clear surfaces. The right combinations of these types of elements can make a room feel uplifting to be in. When we get it wrong, the result will be different for each person but the majority of us respond positively to a well decorated and energetically clear space: we feel welcomed, relaxed and happy to be there. It feels like a safe and nurturing sanctuary.

sunlight shining through a tree

Intention is the key

When we enter a home, shop or office where someone has lovingly thought about the energy of the place, it feels different. As soon as we create the intention that we would like a room to feel light, airy and calm, the process begins. We become aware of what must change, what might be moved, removed or added. A potted plant here, a table and lamp over there or perhaps more space, so we’ll remove a chair. Did I just rhyme? Anyway, it’s not about the latest design trends, it’s about how it feels.

We might do a daily cleansing of the room. Not cleaning, cleaning sucks, energy cleansing is much nicer.

A mist of space clearing spray, the burning of sage or incense, ringing around the room with a singing bowl or bell, opening doors and windows to let the air flow through or placing crystals around the space. It all has an impact and we can feel it when we pause and check-in consciously. But how about our own individual soul dwelling, our body?

Being the custodian of our body

The body I’m talking about here isn’t so much the physical one, it’s the energetic one. Our energy field is what we first greet the world with and it has the biggest impact on how we feel and how others feel in our presence.

When it comes to caring for our energy body, it all begins in the mind. What is the general tone of your thoughts? Are you creating a feeling of negativity in your energy field due to your troubling thought patterns? It’s easy to acknowledge this but quite difficult to change.

We become accustomed to negative thoughts because it’s often what we were trained to highlight as children. We absorbed ideas like, “not good enough” or “you got it wrong”. And then in some families, we didn’t hear any clear messages, be they good or bad, so we made our own minds up about how worthy we were of love and good experiences.

As adults, we get to change the soundtrack to suit our energetic desires. I want to feel peace in my heart and love for myself, so over the past fifteen years or so, I’ve trained myself to think thoughts that support those feelings. No more berating myself for minor mistakes, no more looking in the mirror and hating on what I see, no more silent put-downs, no more negative assumptions about my abilities.

We must create a similarly positive outlook about other people and life itself. We can begin with asserting that we exist in a benevolent universe and that all is working in our favour. But actually, just feeling good about ourselves is the one essential key for feeling good about life and creating the high vibrational frequency that we can enjoy and that others can benefit from being around.

Here’s an affirmation from Louise L. Hay that may help:

“In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole and complete. It is safe for me to enlarge my viewpoint of life. I am far more than my personality – past, present, or future. I now recognise the magnificence of my being. I am willing to learn to love myself.”

So that’s the mental piece and to me, it’s the main focus. However, we can also treat ourselves to some energetic cleansing such as taking a walk in nature or a swim in the ocean, having an energy healing session, meditating, improving our nutrition, breathing deeply, dancing, doing yoga, listening to music or simply by drinking more water. These therapeutic measures are all no-brainers to me these days but I realise they all take awareness and time.

Are you prioritising your role as custodian of your energy? Would you like some help with boosting your sense of power and enthusiasm for this important life task?

I can help with a healing and intuitive counselling session. I’m available for Skype, telephone or in-person treatments each week. Simply click here to read more about my consultations.

Sending you love, Tricia

Our culture wants us to be dissatisfied

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I began my adult life feeling very dissatisfied, and anxious to become someone new. Neither my parents, nor my education had taught me who I was and what I was really good at, and all I could cling onto was the idea that a career, financial stability and maybe even a husband and children could remedy all that uncertainty. I was seeking fulfillment from outside myself and that’s just what our culture wants us all to do.

Why? Because it makes us reliable workers and consumers, and too busy to organise any sort of uprising. We must work and earn in order to buy an identity and that’s what makes the economic wheel turn in every modern country. And since money, with a sprinkle of social status, has become our overarching master, we don’t question it.

So much is changing on our planet: big institutions are being questioned and dismantled, respected public figures are being outed as abusers, and governments are being seen more and more, as failing the average person. The system as we know it, is breaking down.

We’re all, to a large extent, the products of the system we’ve been raised in. Sure, our parents had a big influence on our development but have you ever wondered what’s truly driving your beliefs and aspirations? Because from what I’ve experienced, very few of us have been raised to be independent thinkers and questioners of the status quo. Our culture permeates every choice we make and desire we possess. We’ve kind of been brainwashed.

Our parents and their parents were taught to tow the line, fit in and don’t stand out. Is that what you were taught? Were you also taught that your worth was bound up in material wealth, job status and the success of your offspring? I wasn’t taught any of this overtly but I still somehow managed to absorb it.

boat sailing on the ocean with rocks in foreground.

Escape to the ocean

Seven years ago, my husband and I quit our mainstream, mortgage paying lives, and moved to the country. We have much less income than we used to but we also have virtually no debt, and that’s where we’re different to the majority of Australians under the age of 70. Just recently, we went through the slightly stressful experience of having even less income, and it raised all sorts of questions for us. We’re both self-employed so when things go quiet on the work front, we feel it instantly and must adjust our spending. We normally have savings in the bank but as luck would have it, we’d spent the majority of them on a garage build and a new car, right before the slow down.

So what did we do? We allowed life to flow on around us and trusted that either some fresh inspiration, or new work would flow in, and after a couple of months, it did. The reason we have the luxury to not freak out and overreact to these financial fluctuations, is that firstly, we’re not especially identified with our work roles anymore and secondly, no one can take our home away from us. Furthermore, we’re satisfied with life. We’re no longer searching outside ourselves for validation, recognition or indeed permission, to be who we really are.

Any hey, our lives aren’t perfect. We’re just muddling along, trying to do our best to raise two teenagers, keep ourselves fit and healthy, earn some dollars and keep up with the housework and gardening. We’re just like everyone else, we just have a bit more freedom. Just no money for a holiday this year, that’s all. And that could change. I’m an optimist.

So, how much of your deep rooted dissatisfaction with yourself and with life isn’t really yours? Have you unknowingly been striving for things that don’t really make your heart sing? Because over the last seven years, there’s something I’ve discovered about following your bliss. It’s that when we prioritise the basics like health, relationships and our creative path, life supports us. And even when there’s a wobble here and there, if we stay true to what makes us happy each day like a walk on the beach, a phone call to a friend or a yoga session, things are never as bad as our imaginations might lead us to think.

It’s my passion to help people discover theirs and to help them cultivate more self-confidence and belief in themselves.

I’m available each week for free 15 minute pre-appointment phone chats. Click here to read more.

How to live a more spiritual life without fear

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Are you holding back from developing your most powerful gifts and abilities because you’re afraid of them?

I was really frightened of my spirituality and my spiritual abilities. The exact nature of these fears was unclear and they would show up only fleetingly, at the very edge of my awareness, or in my nightmares. I guess I somehow felt that by opening up, I would be taken over by bad spirits. Yes, that was the crux of my terror. That by opening a window into the unknown, a host of evil energies would either pull me away into their world or kill me.

Six years ago I had a very full-on dream where I did battle with some nasty spirits that were trying to take over my home. I saw me and my family sitting on the floor in a circle and as a whooshing darkness surrounded us, I shouted for us to all hold hands and command the spirits to leave.  I felt them pulling us into their spinning vortices as we shouted in unison for goodness to prevail. We won the battle and I woke up feeling shaken and exhausted.

What was this? Are dark forces real? And if so, can they actually take us over or kill us?

I don’t have proper answers to these questions and I don’t care so much anymore because the one thing I’ve discovered, is that by owning not just our spiritual gifts but all of our special abilities more fully, we no longer fall prey to the fear that we’ll lose control of them.

Since those days of fearing my own spiritual awareness, I’ve worked very hard at cultivating my intuitive discernment and at raising my energetic vibration. I believe these two powerful qualities, discernment and purity of energetic frequency are the keys to feeling safe in a more expanded spiritual and creative existence.

small green feather in the sunlight

When we’re strong in our self-belief and fully integrated in our gifts, whatever they may be, we get to choose how and when they’re used and nothing can encroach on that sovereignty.

Let me tell you how:

  • First we must meditate and I mean do it every day
  • We must seek out moments of silence and reflection at other times of the day as well
  • We must begin cutting away the inputs that distress us and lower our vibration, at least until we can handle them with more detachment. Eg. the ‘news’, violent entertainment, harmful relationships, damaging substances…
  • Pretty soon, we don’t need to make any effort to avoid negative content because when we come across it, we feel only compassion for all concerned and it doesn’t send us down the rabbit hole of thinking the whole world’s gone to hell.

These are the actions that will raise your energetic vibration:

  • Being in nature alone and feeling your true feelings
  • Purifying your thoughts with gentle, compassionate corrections and ceasing identifying with negativity and criticism
  • Improving what you put in your body in the way of foods and fluids but mostly letting go of the judgement of food unless you know there is a definite incompatibility with your physiology
  • Paying attention to your breath and making a practice of taking a few longer, deeper breaths every few minutes
  • Moving your body when it tells you it wants to move, resting when you need to and making a dear friend of your physical self because it’s craving your approval and care
  • Ceasing over-responsibility for the spiritual growth of other people. This is just a distraction from you taking full responsibility for your own path. The people who need your help will ask for it.

This all goes towards freeing us up to begin expressing our version of spiritual awareness and creative liberation to the world. It might take the form of writing a novel, becoming an artist, volunteering in the community, creating an environmental action group, becoming a business owner, becoming a healer, trying a new sport, becoming a better listener or being more patient…

This isn’t about beginning to preach to anyone, feeling superior or making any proclamations of heightened divinity. It’s just about stepping with more confidence and freedom into our God-given gifts. Got it?

You may not be in fear of dark spirits invading your consciousness but I’ll bet you’re afraid of something. Otherwise, you’d already be living that dream-life, wouldn’t you?

One of my sacred gifts is helping people to uncover theirs. Click here to book a no-cost fifteen minute intro chat with me to see if you’d like to have a guidance session. Otherwise, click here to book a session now.

The Truth About Meditation – Sometimes it hurts

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Want to know why you keep sabotaging your daily meditation practice with distractions and excuses?

I don’t know how to tell you this, but one of the cold hard truths of meditation is that sometimes it really sucks. I mean, it’s mostly a self-nurturing and emotion-soothing activity.  Mostly.

It’s just that one of the most beneficial effects can also be one of the most upsetting and destabilising for those of us who have a past and have emotions.  Oh, that’s you? Yeah, it’s me too.

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Put simply, there’s just no running away from your true feelings about anything when you’re a regular meditator.

And when life is going off the rails and it feels easier to just abandon your meditation practice ’cause you’re “too stressed”, well I hate to sound like your mother, but that’s when you need MORE meditation, not less my dear.

Just because it sometimes makes you feel worse rather than better, doesn’t mean it’s not doing you good.  I sound like a health tonic peddler from yesteryear; “drink it all down now girlie.”

If you’re anything like me, when the stuff hits the fan it gets swallowed down so there’s only the faintest taste left in your mouth. And yet, you think you’re dealing with it and subsequently, you think you’re feeling okay.

Just last month I had to process some sad family news that left me reeling in ways I found quite surprising given my rigorous self-care regime and pretty healthy emotional state.  It was a few days after I was told the news that I woke up feeling very flat and sad.  I knew I had to take some time out to meditate and sit with the feelings that were weighing me down.

So I sat for about 20 minutes.  I later realised that this was nowhere near long enough because upon emerging from the room after my meditation, my husband asked me a simple question and then he responded with mild disappointment to my response and, well, I completely lost it.

There was some screaming and crying.  It didn’t last for long but it was pretty scary and exhausting for us both.

I’m sharing this with you for a couple of reasons.  Firstly to reassure you that I’m just like anyone else when placed under stress (perhaps even more sensitive than the average peep). Secondly to declare that emotional outbursts are sometimes necessary and healthy as a marvelous release of pent up energy.

And also, to acknowledge that had I been a little more in touch with the depth of feeling that was there that day, I would have sat in meditation for much longer and probably accessed the tears that needed to be shed in a much more gentle way.

Which way is better?

As my 12 year old daughter often says, “Meh? (shoulder shrug).”

Who knows.  Nothing we experience is actually wrong or bad, it’s just that with the benefit of hindsight we can reflect on what happened and then make a different choice next time around.

What I want to express here though is that although meditation taps into our deeper emotions which can make us feel less than calm and Zen-like, avoiding feeling them is not a great alternative.

What we’re dealing with here is a genuine human need to slow it all down and be REAL.

Our culture leads us to believe that distraction is the answer to everything that upsets us:

  • Eat something
  • Buy something
  • Watch something
  • Be outraged
  • Be critical of others
  • Talk non-stop
  • Overwork
  • Plan another holiday….

Sound familiar?

These distractions don’t serve us really though do they? They neither heal us, resolve our problems nor make us happy.

I don’t need to outline our mental or physical health stats do I?

They just mask what’s really missing and that for me is; inner peace, trust in a higher power and the wholeness inherent in every moment.  Plus the reality that we humans have emotions like fear, sadness, grief and anger.

How come we can feel it for a television show character but not for ourselves?

Something to ponder <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Living Your Passions and Watch Freedom Blossom

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How important is it for you to have a clear plan and sense of purpose each day?

Do you seek structure, routine and responsibility to help you to feel safe, supported and worthwhile?

Has it occurred to you though, that the very structures, rules and conventions of a ‘normal life’, might actually be holding you back from real achievement and fulfillment?

Let’s peel back a layer or two and have a close look at what we create in order to feel safe.

I used to think my value as a person was completely enveloped in what I did, created and achieved.  Who would I be if not for my qualifications, job title, relationship with another or earning capacity?

Who indeed?

My working life before I had children was a complex web of illusion and projection with regard to who I thought it made me.  And then becoming a mother I was gifted a new role I could cling to like a flimsy raft on the ocean of uncertainty that is real life.

But when we peel away all the roles and concepts of who we are that are bound up in serving others, keeping others happy or protecting our own fragile ego, who are we?

Scary isn’t it?

The older I get, the less I am distinctly this ‘me’ I once thought I was.  It’s at once a return to who we were as little children and also a complete release from all that we have evolved into from the moment we were conceived in flesh and blood.

It’s a coming home to the soul’s desires.

When we connect with simple pleasure to what we most love doing and we surrender to our own inner song and rhythm, we melt into this new type of existence that demands less of us and more of us at the same time.

The demands of maintaining false-feeling beliefs, protective facades and self-deluding roles are lessened.

The demands of being truthful, authentic, patient, generous and loving to ourselves and ALL others are increased.

So please…let me lay it on the table nice and simply.

Spend more time every day doing what you love and sooner or later, you will feel that ALL you are doing every day is what you love.

So hold on people, I’m not suggesting you quit your job, go on strike from household or family responsibilities or drop everything and disappear into the wilderness….

What I AM saying is that when you spend even 30 minutes each day engaged in something that is your passion and absolute pleasure to do, you make yourself happier and then all the other stuff that needs to be taken care of doesn’t seem like such a burden anymore.

This is where I began eight years ago and my evidence for how this simple-sounding act can change your life is the blessed life I have now where I get to choose my daily activities and spend more and more time doing what I love.

Having no set plans for a day ahead used to make me feel anxious and unimportant, now it feels like a precious gift of freedom and creative possibility.

My sweet husband bought me a fancy new camera for my birthday last week and yesterday, I followed my intuition and devoted an hour in the middle of the day to wandering around a local patch of forest looking for native orchids to photograph.  There weren’t many orchids out yet, but it felt really magical to just be on my own in the bush taking it all in and enjoying the silence of my mind.  This for me, is bliss.

Donkey orchids
Donkey orchids

I realise that for some of you, even knowing what your passions are feels like a puzzle because you’ve been separated from that deeper experience of yourself for quite a while.  It’s okay, help is here:

Four Steps to Finding Your Passions

  1. Meditate each day to get in touch with your deeper self.
  2. Spend some time journaling or talking to someone close to you about what you loved doing as a child.
  3. Ask the universe for guidance and begin noticing what activities you feel most drawn to you that gradually begin presenting themselves via emails, suggestions from friends, invitations and community newspapers and notice boards.
  4. Try something new or pick up an old hobby but most of all be open to new experiences and approach them all with fun and lightness in your heart.

Alternatively, make a booking with me and I’ll provide you with my intuitive guidance to assist you in gaining true clarity about your natural gifts and talents.  Click here for more information...

Love whatever you are doing and it will love you back. Blessings, Tricia

A Moon Of Change

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There was a brief lightening and brightening in the cosmic energies this week. Did you feel it? Phew, I did and I enjoyed breathing out fully for the first time in months.

We are now under the influence of gathering full moon energy (with a lunar eclipse too) which can be very energising and creative but can also contribute to us feeling weighed down, tense and more intense about everything in our lives.

Full moon at Windjana Gorge in the Kimberley
Full moon at Windjana Gorge in the Kimberley

I’ve birthed some changes in my life in the past couple of weeks.  I’ve commenced my women’s meditation and sharing circle in Dunsborough.  We’ve met twice. Next week I’m adding a new session on a different day.

I’m loving the creative process involved in facilitating these gatherings and have so enjoyed meeting some new women in my community.

I’ve also changed my business name to Tricia Woods Soul Purpose Counselling.  This name change has been a long time coming and it felt at times as though the final decision and the commitment to a new image would never come.

The whole process was an amazing lesson in trust in the universal flow of life.

If you would like to connect with me a little more regularly in facebook, then please to go to my business page and ‘like’ it.  My aim with this page is to post three or four inspirational messages each week and occasional news about what I am up to.

Along with these changes has come wonderful new clients and a more pacey feel to my usually quiet life. And although I’m enjoying doing more work and having such a fulfilling collection of creative outlets, I have to admit, a little bit of stress and resentment has crept in around keeping up with the household tasks.

Here is a beautiful quote that helps me when those feelings of annoyance over the washing, cleaning and cooking threaten to derail my peaceful outlook.  It’s from a wonderful book called Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn and it helps me remember that even the mundane can be sacred.

“…master the twenty four hours. Do it well, without self-pity.  It is as hard to get the children herded into the car pool and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning.  One move is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and they both have the virtuous quality of repetition. Repetition and their good results come in many forms.  Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick – don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits.  Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our “practice” which will put us on a “path” – it is our path.” (G. Snyder, 2004)

Capitalise on the power of the extra special full moon (called a ‘super’ moon, as it is as its closest point to Earth), this weekend by reflecting on what is not serving you in your life right now and making fresh contracts with yourself for positive change.
The more brutally honest with yourself you are, the more fruitful this time will be.
Enjoy the ride and make sure you step outside and look at that beautiful orb in the sky.
Blessings to all.

The Healing Power of Dance

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To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak  – Hopi Indian Saying

I’m getting really excited (and just a teensy bit nervous) about running my first Red Lily Dance class next week.

Since beginning the process of ‘playing’ at (rather than ‘working’ at) creating this class and having fun with it,  I can already feel its healing power having a wonderful affect on me.  I have never felt so in tune with, or strong in my body.  My mind has been clearer and I have felt much calmer in my heart.

And the lovely thing about all this is I’m just doing what comes naturally! I’ve always loved to dance and now I’m making it a regular part of my week.

I’m drawing on my background of attending a pretty wide variety of dance classes over the years since going along to my first jazz ballet class at the age of eleven and loving it.  I took up classical ballet for a year when I was 15.  Since then it’s been mainly jazz and contemporary styles that I have been drawn to.  More recently, my regular yoga practise and a healing dance class called Wu Tao I attended regularly a couple of years ago, have both inspired me to create this class.

Red Lily Dance combines graceful, flowing (and fun) dance with breathing exercises, gentle stretching and a meditation to finish each class. The music I am using is varied, but songs by Deva Premal and Chris James are a featured strongly, as I have had first-hand experience of the healing power of these artists.

It is my belief that song and dance are natural to us all. All of the ancient cultures I can bring to mind, dance and sing each day. Dancing allows us to balance and revitalise our energy pathways, move our attention from the mind (where many of us dwell too much) back into the body, and express our feelings; joy, sadness, anger, love!

Yet doing this naturally and from the heart is something we’ve largely lost in modern western culture.

Well, I’m bringing it back and giving the women of Dunsborough and Busselton the opportunity to join me in getting back in touch with this aspect of themselves. Margaret River and Busselton classes coming soon!

Stepping way out of my comfort zone to create this class has been a wonderful process for me.  I’ve received some lovely encouragement from friends and anyone I’ve told about it really.  And a couple of weeks ago, I received a loving nudge from the universe to keep going when I met (by chance) a local woman producing a community theatre musical. Upon hearing about my class, she asked if I would be able to help her with some choreography for the play.  Of course I said yes and on the weekend I went along to their Sunday rehearsal and helped her pull together one of the song and dance numbers.

It was great fun and a wonderful validation that I am absolutely on the right track.  Yay!

It just shows me how when we are ready to pursue what is truly our heart’s desire, then all of Heaven and Earth will pull together to support us.

Are you ready to take a leap in the direction of your heart?

love and light,

Tricia



Making Friends With My Body

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From The Dance Buzz blog. (not a photo of me, but how spectacular!)

Ugh.  Even writing that title brings up some discomfort in me.

How thoroughly we western women were raised to critique, disconnect from and even hate our bodies.

Since throwing myself whole-heartedly into creating dances and warm-up and stretching routines for my classes, I have begun to get to know my 41 year-old body in a whole new way.

I’ve always had a pretty healthy body image (thanks Mum), I do a yoga class every week and I get outside for a walk most days, but I haven’t really pushed my body too hard in recent years.

Now, thankfully the dance classes I am creating are gentle, flowing and although will raise a sweat, are not about huffing and puffing or straining, so the chances of any sort of injury are remote.  However, the ways I am moving my body are a little different to the other activities I have been doing lately, so I’m feeling a little tender here and there.

These physical sensations have brought some interesting beliefs to the surface in me such as a fear of not physically being able to keep up the new pace I am setting,  a fear of not being a good enough dancer or teacher and of course fear of no-one turning up.  Most of all, I have become aware of how I still lack true love and appreciation for my wonderful body.

But hey, I’ve got to acknowledge how far I’ve come already.

I started telling myself in my early thirties that I was too old to contemplate integrating dance into my working life in any real way.  When I was 38 I ended up running music and movement classes for mums and toddlers for a year or so and made a success of it.  I didn’t really know why I was doing this in conjunction with starting my natural therapies work, but now it all sort of makes sense.

The kids’ music classes gave me confidence in arranging, promoting and managing this style of business.  And three years later, here I am doing it again!  But this time it’s really coming from my heart and it’s all me.  At 41 I’m actually feeling looser, stronger and more confident than I did at 31.  Plus, it just feels right.  I’m ready and I know my body is going to faithfully carry me through this next part of our journey together.

Take a moment now to tune into your body.  Maybe focus on your feet.  When all is working well, we taking these amazing  instruments completely for granted.  Just being able to walk, run, dance and skip whenever we feel like it is a huge gift!

Feel your feet on the floor, wiggle your toes, look at them, thank them. Being present, in gratitude, with a part of your body or your whole body for a few minutes each day  is a lovely meditation.

Breathe in, breathe out.  Haaaaahh.

Dance on,

Tricia