Quality sleep = Better immunity

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We all know what it feels like to wake up after a night of good quality sleep. AWESOME, right!!! Yet, very few of us make sleep a priority. And even less of us are aware that the actual time that we sleep, plays a significant role in how emotionally and physically well we feel. We want to be aiming for … Read More

How to overcome depression

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If you’re here, it’s because you want to overcome depression OR you want to gain some insight to perhaps support someone you know in overcoming depression. So if you’re the person who’s in the midst of depression, I feel you! If you’re familiar with my story, I spent my teens and early 20s depressed. Like really depressed. The trying-to-commit-suicide-every-other-weekend kind … Read More

Perception is everything

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Perception is everything…. what does that even mean?? You’re probably holed up at home right now, maybe in a small apartment, like us! I’ll admit, our big rainforest backyard in Australia would have been much nicer than our tiny French balcony right now, but none-the less… Maybe you have to share that space with many people, or you’re alone, which … Read More

How to survive adversity

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We all experience adversity – unpleasant or difficult situations – at various points in our life, especially right now, with what’s going on in the world. How you travel through these times, depend entirely on how solid you are within yourself. How connected you are to yourself. And perhaps as you’re reading this, you’re wondering what it means to be … Read More

Self-Isolation: Quarantine or retreat?

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What a week it’s been: From hospital quarantine to home retreat. On Friday, my 2-year-old son was hospitalised, with concerns he was the first Coronavirus case in the children’s hospital here in Rennes. Thankfully the next day, he was cleared of that, and we were moved out of the Coronavirus ward (phew!!), and into the main children’s area, so the … Read More

Boosting immunity amid the Coronavirus

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If you’re not tucked away in a little mountaintop cave without wifi, chances are you’ve heard about the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus is everywhere, and it’s scaring people into all sorts of fear-fuelled behaviours. Now while I don’t claim to be a medical expert, from my work helping people overcome various mental and physical illnesses, I do know a few important … Read More

I don’t have time to meditate.

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‘I don’t have time to meditate.’ It’s something I hear a lot. Perhaps you say it yourself! Or maybe you say ‘I don’t have time’ for the other activities you’d like to do, such as yoga or dancing or something that you know will benefit you. Not having enough time for these kinds of soul nourishing activities is super common … Read More

Human emotions: Part of living a full bodied existence.

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Human emotions. Boy can they knock us about! Whether it’s something meaningless or something catastrophic that happens in our life, the resulting emotions that kick in, have the ability to completely unhinge us. Yet we are human. And part of being human is experiencing our very real human emotions. It’s these human emotions that essentially guide us through life. Yes, … Read More

Are you postponing happiness?

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I felt inspired to start the new year – the new decade – with a blog about a topic close to all of our hearts: Happiness! Because if there’s something we all want, it’s to be happy, right? We’ve just entered the roaring ’20s and the truth is, how you dance your way through the year, will all come down … Read More

The problem with problems.

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This is a quick little blog to help you find some peace around any problem or difficult situation you may be experiencing right now. Because hey, I know life can seem like a struggle sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The first thing you need to understand is that: Our ‘perspective’ plays a huge role in how … Read More

Is social media the new cocaine?

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‘Why am I on social media?’ Have you stopped to ask yourself this simple question? Many of us end up on social media because everyone else is, without really thinking about whether or not it’s a positive influence in our life. Before we know it, we’re checking our phones morning, noon and night (for most people more often) for fear … Read More

Finding my way back home!

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After finding my way back home … I’m back! Yes, I’m back!! And boy oh boy does it feel good to be back. What do I mean exactly when I say ‘I’m back?’ Well…after losing my way after my son Zen was born, I can confidently say I’m back. I’ve found my way back home. Up until the day Zen was … Read More

Letting go of the busy…

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While I’m not usually one for New Years resolutions I did spend 2018 setting some clear intentions for 2019. My husband and I had decided we’d pack up and leave our home at the end of October 2018, spend three months on the road travelling and visiting family – including a one month stint in Bali so I could further … Read More

Do you hate pain? This blog is for you…

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We live in a culture that wants to stop pain. Just walk down any supermarket or chemist isle and there’s an array of drugs all designed to numb both our physical and mental pain. And these products are top sellers, because people just don’t want to feel pain. Yet have you ever stopped and asked yourself: What exactly is pain? … Read More

Meditation. I can’t meditate? Or can I?

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Meditation. You either love it, or you possibly don’t fully understand it. And that is the purpose of this blog. To shed some light on what meditation really is and how it works, because too often I get told by people ‘Oh, but I can’t meditate’. Upon asking a few more questions, I soon discover that what they believe meditation … Read More

Sleep issues? Maybe you need a bedtime yoga ritual.

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You’re certainly not alone if you have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking feel more tired than when you first hit the hay. Why does this happen? There are a few contributing factors, but the main one is this… We live in a world chock-full to the brim of ‘information’. There’s just so much information that our brains … Read More

How I overcame nausea during pregnancy.

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When I first saw the cross show up on the pregnancy test, I was excited. My husband and I both. We’d wanted to have a child sometime soon, and now we had a baby in my belly. We began telling people straight away. I know the general rule is wait ‘till you’re out of the danger zone at 3-months, but our philosophy … Read More

Chris Cornell, anxiety, death and hope.

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I write this blog you after receiving some very sad news last night. I was lying in bed, about to turn the light off, when I received a call from my husband. He always calls (or texts) when he finishes a gig, to let me know he’s on his way home. Yet last night, his call came with some awful … Read More

Deadlines: Enjoy the journey, not just the end point.

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Over the past few months I learnt a very important lesson to do with deadlines. And I decided to share it with you today, in the hope that it might help you create more freedom and more happiness in your life. So let’s begin with just one question… How do you feel about deadlines? Do they choke you with fear, … Read More

Are your emotions making you sick?

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Emotions are ‘energy in motion’. When we store negative emotions in the body – for example, anger, fear, guilt or shame – they sicken the body. Even scientific research now shows that suppressed emotions lead to illness and disease. When we experience a situation that triggers a negative emotion in us, if we don’t fully feel it in that moment, … Read More

How to keep fear at bay! Your free video tutorial.

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Fear. It’s the one thing that gets under our skin, and can steal us away from ourself, if we let it. You know what fear feels like. You’ve experienced it! And it really doesn’t feel that grand. In life, we are either in a state of love, or a state of fear. There really is no in between. You know … Read More

How to create change 101

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If you’re not happy with your life right now, or any part of it, then learning how to create change is what will help you start crafting your own personal love story. Of course, change isn’t always easy and it’s not always comfortable either. In fact, change is rarely comfortable. The reason for this, is because in order to create … Read More

‘I can’t (insert desire)’. Sure you CAN!

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What happens when you say you ‘I can’t do it’? It automatically sets up an expectation that you can’t do whatever it is that you would like to do. I can’t eat well, I can’t change jobs, I can’t find a good man, I can’t afford that course, I can’t find the time to have a self-love practise, I can’t get ahead in life, I can’t… and the list goes son and … Read More

The school of life

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This blog follows on from last week’s blog: Do you have a spiritual teacher? If you haven’t read it, I would suggest reading it first, then come back to this blog, as it will make more sense. We go to school to learn spelling, math, art and so forth, yet many of us don’t realise that our real school, where … Read More

Do you have a spiritual teacher?

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The moment we are conceived we start learning; learning about life, learning about ourself. We learn about how to operate in the world, how to relate with others, how to handle money, how to look after our body, how to think about ourself; essentially how to do this thing called ‘life’. Yet when we grow up into an adult, and … Read More

There is only one problem in life

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It seems like we have many problems in life; the car breaking down, our partner leaving us, money struggles keeping us from having the life we desire, an overwhelming feeling of loneliness, diagnosis’ of depression, infertility, or even worse, cancer. Yet we really only have one problem. And that one problem is causing all of these other problems that we … Read More

Life’s distractions: Do you get distracted easily?

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It’s easy to get distracted. You log onto Facebook to update your profile, and before you know it three hours have passed, with you feeling a little ripped off. What distracted you? Other people. Events, updates, photos, inspirational quotes…. Where did those three hours go? And why do I feel so drained? Facebook is just one example of how we … Read More

Are you sick of hurting? Heal your hurt NOW!

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Nobody wants to feel hurt. Nobody wants to feel hurt, because.. well… it hurts. Yet many people are carrying around a LOT of hurt. Yet just like mold, if you don’t clean the hurt up, it only grows and expands. What happens when hurt is left to fester? You start to lash out at the people you love, you become … Read More

How I stopped binge eating. True Story.

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So I have a confession to make… I was a binge eater. Having grown up a skinny girl who ate what she liked, I was suddenly faced with rapid weight gain in my early 20s, if I so much as looked at food the wrong way. Food became the enemy. Yet like the so-called ‘bad boys’, they somehow manage to … Read More

The leading cause of good health: Pleasure!

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Do you know what the leading cause of good health is? Go on take a moment to consider what it is that creates good health……………………………………………………………… Love, happiness, joy, fun…… PLEASURE!!!! When we give ourselves permission to indulge in deep pleasure for extended periods of time, that in itself is healing to the body. Yet when we’re tired, anxious, depressed, overwhelmed … Read More

You are limitless! Simply let go of the beliefs that have you thinking otherwise.

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I remember when the movie Limitless came out. It really opened my eyes to what was possible. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie Limitless, it’s about a guy named Bradley whose life is completely transformed when he takes a top-secret ‘smart-drug’ that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. … Read More

Is your ego controlling your life?

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So what is the ego that all the spiritual gurus talk of? The ego is an image you have of yourself that gives you a sense of identity – and that identity takes shape from the things you tell yourself and the things other people say about you, that you accept as truth. Those patterns and behaviours and labels you … Read More

Silence: The antidote to life’s woes

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Could you spend a day in silence? This is my challenge to you this week. We all have distractions and craziness in our lives. Between jobs, relationships, driving, food shopping, meals, kids after school programs, and finally making it to yoga class on Saturday morning, we have perfected multi-tasking at its best. Yet there comes a time when we need … Read More

Get rid of anxiety in two minutes flat!

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Anxiety can be absolutely crippling. I should know, after experiencing my fair share of panic attacks, before I learnt what I’m about to share with YOU! Now before I teach you this 2-minute exercise that will eliminate anxiety, there’s a couple of things you need to understand. Firstly.. what is anxiety? Anxiety is a fear of what might happen in … Read More

Wabi Sabi your life: See perfection in imperfection.

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So what is Wabi Sabi? Pretty much everything that today’s sleek, perfectly mass-produced, technology-saturated culture is not. It’s flea markets and op shops as opposed to shopping malls, it’s rustic mis-match chairs instead of a perfectly symmetrical chair set, and it’s a bunch of wildflowers rather than a dozen long stemmed red roses. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy, which … Read More