Sunday, 22 March 2015

Helping Yourself To Heal

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post about Numerology and Lucky Charms; you can read that here

I am a great believer in reading the signs around you.  Of course, this may be my inner writer looking for a new story arc, either way we are sent messages on a regular basis.  It’s up to us to tune in and hear them or carry on regardless.

When I host my vision board workshops, I help students tap into those messages to create a vision of how they would like their life to be.  If you are interested in learning more about Vision Boards you can read about them here

At the start of each year, I prepare a board for all the exciting things I want to achieve, be, have or work on during the next twelve months.  I’ve done this for years, and I continue to be astounded at how varied my boards are from year to year. 

 2014 was a busy one for me and with an overloaded work schedule I burnt out around Christmas.  I took some time off and, although the festive season is normally busy, I was able to chill out and spend quality time with my children.  It was at this time I decided to work on my 2015 board.


As you can see from the photograph, I didn’t get very far.  All the plans I had for evolving my holistic business, running my new courses and expanding my training ground to a halt when I looked at the board I had created.

It was a sign.  My sub-conscious seemed to know what I needed, but my body also responded.  The end-of-year burnout manifested as a physical ailment, and I was forced to stop. 

One of the most helpful self-help books I have on my shelf is Louise Hay’s; You Can Heal Your Life.  This bestselling book is packed full of strategies for changing the way you think.  It looks at limiting thoughts and how our ideas can control us.  It also provides a key to understanding the root of a physical ailment.

The list contains a ‘problem’ such as anxiety, then there is a ‘probable cause’.  For anxiety, this is ‘not trusting the flow and the process of life’.  Finally, Louise offers a ‘new thought pattern’ - an affirmation that you can repeat as and when you need it, and change your thought process.  For anxiety, the new thought pattern is, ‘I love and approve of myself, and I trust the process of life.  I am safe’.

I have used this book for years; on myself, my children and my clients.  It can give another side to a story when you are trying to help someone deal with a physical issue.

Over the past couple of months, I have had numerous tests, MRI scans, and hospital visits.  I knew that I was being guided to slow down, but I couldn’t figure out why.  I turned to Louise’s book to see if I could shed any light on my physical issues.

According to the list, I need to look at how I support myself.  I should be embracing my life experiences, and releasing fear.  I have a tendency to give my power away (something from my past that I constantly need to work on), and I must learn that I can’t always control everything.

Where do I start?  I understand that this will be a work in progress and may take time, but when it comes to health and well-being we must take that time and commit ourselves one hundred percent to achieving balance once more.  As I often tell my clients, ‘you can’t fix others if you are broken’.

So my vision board remains unfinished, but I have an incredible team of medical staff, family and friends supporting me.  As you know, I do love a good challenge – this one may be slightly more unusual than a zip wire though! 

By slowing down, I have begun to notice more signs around me.  It may be a passage in a book that resonates with me, or a quote I see on Facebook.  Before I sat down to write this blog post, I saw an image quote posted on Psychic Medium, Michelle Russell’s page. 
'Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up
being the biggest step of your life.  Tip toe is you must, but take the step.'
Signs like this are what you need to look out for.  Song lyrics, number sequences, books you are drawn to or people who keep popping up in your life at specific times.

I have some important decisions to make over the next few weeks, and I will be looking around me for those ever present guides to help me heal myself.

Do you notice these signs?  Can you feel yourself being guided by unseen hands? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Signpost Photograph courtesy of Suphakit73 at 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Find a Little Me Time With Lava Shell Massage

Hands up who does everything for everyone and leaves themselves until last.  Go on, put your hand up, you know who you are.

I run a holistic health practice and offer numerous feel good therapies to my clients, I also offer them advice on what they can do for themselves in-between sessions.  So you would think I was able to take my words literally – apparently not. 

In my day-to-day work/life balance I momentarily forgot the fundamental goal; make time for me.

This lack of self-care has manifested into a physical ailment.  I am kicking myself for not taking care of my health sooner.  However, feeling very much like I’ve just closed the stable after the horse has bolted, I am taking time out for some self-help.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Looking at Numerology and Lucky Charms

Do you have a lucky pair of pants, carry a charm with you at all times to inspire good fortune, or consult the astrological gurus before you set foot outside your front door?

I believe that we can make our luck, and I am also a huge advocate for the affirmation ‘thoughts become things, pick good ones’.  However, lately I have started to question if there may be a higher force at work.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have seen the number 2222 everywhere.  I’ve seen it on receipts when I’ve done my food shopping (in the code NOT in the price tag – I don’t eat that much!).  Every time I glance at my alarm clock or check the time on my phone it reads 22:22.  It happened so often that I decided to investigate.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

I'm Enjoying Not Living In The Now

My topic for this week was going to be about living in the now.  However, I can’t stop thinking about at an exciting future event, or the past event that allowed this future event to happen – you still with me?  To summarise - I haven’t got a hope in hell of living in the moment, at the moment.

Is that a bad thing?  I don’t think so.  When time allows, I enjoy nothing more than being silent, or absorbing myself in a task such as walking, drawing, crafts or my writing.  Each of these activities enables me to be in the now, and I feel so much better for it. 

For today though I am somewhere else!

The reason for my abandonment of all things meditative is, in my opinion, a just and valid cause.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Do-It-Yourself Meditation

Back in 2011 I began teaching meditation classes for those of my clients who kept asking me how to do it.

I think they initially believed it was a mystical practice for the spiritually initiated.  Did I have to roll up my one trouser leg and levitate over the coffee table?  Had I attended a secret club hosted by Yoda and the Dalai Lama?  The answer, of course, was no…I just sat still for a couple of minutes and listened to my breathing.  No secret club.  No initiation.

I knew then that I wanted to show people how easy it was to meditate.

In 2013, I published a simple pocket guide.  Meditation: A beginner’s guide.

Here is an excerpt:

If you don’t know a chakra from a chorizo, prefer a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes over walking barefoot on dew-covered grass, and the only labyrinth you’ve heard of was a 2006 Del Toro film, then you’ve come to the right place.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Create A Monthly Care Plan To Achieve Success

Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked at using a Daily Practice and Weekly Intentions to achieve our goals and stay motivated.

If you’ve been following my series of posts about staying on track with your resolutions, goals or challenges, then you will be well on your way to success.  Your daily practices will be as routine as brushing your teeth, and the list of weekly intentions will be driving your goal forward.  This week I am going to share tips on creating a Monthly Care Plan. 

When I started my blog in 2013 – and subsequently wrote my book, How I Changed MyLife in a Year – I had to create a monthly plan to inspire me to succeed, month-after-month.

As with any goal, you will only achieve success if you are 100% committed.  Alongside the commitment comes planning.

Let me ask you a question – what have you achieved in your life that made you felt great?  Big or small, it doesn’t matter, just remember the feeling that washed over you and settled in your stomach; it’s called pride.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Making Weekly Intentions Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

Last week we looked at the advantages of including a ‘Daily Practice’ into our routine to help us achieve our goals.  You can read that post here.  Today I’m talking about ‘Weekly Intentions’.

We used 'running a marathon' as our example for last week so this week we'll look at another type of goal.  I know so many people who wanted to 'learn something new' as part of their resolution list.  It’s an admirable goal!  Keeping our brain active has huge benefits for our mind, body and soul.

So where do we start?  Let’s ask ourselves those all important questions:

1.      Why am I doing this?

2.      When am I doing this?

3.      What do I need to do to achieve success?