Getting Ready for April 2015

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”
~ Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

“Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Today (in Australia anyway!) we welcome April. I promised that I would support you in making the most of this year’s opportunities, so here’s my Heads Up about the month ahead, as well as a few suggestions for embracing all that April has to offer.

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for April for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms. Remember that I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

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The message of the first card is all about getting your house in order. You’re being asked to identify your most important projects and priorities. To simplify. To get rid of the clutter of unnecessary projects, tasks, equipment, relationships, obligations, stuff. Pare things back. Delegate. Free up some time. You’re also being reminded that slow and steady wins the race –  keep moving forward toward your goals, even if your progress seems agonisingly slowRemember and take heart from the fable about the tortoise and the hare…

The beginning of April is a great time for reviewing our goals for the year, for reprioritising, and for dedicating ourselves to a simplified focus.

If your goals are really big, and time critical, it’s fine to live ‘out of balance’ for a while. Pick one thing, and make that your absolute focus. April is a month where you can accomplish an enormous amount if you’re prepared to let go of housework or other things that can be let slide for now.

For some of us, April is about going ‘mobile’. All kinds of trips are warranted. Trips to the library. Picnics, festivals, cafes, beaches, holidays. Not all goals need to be work oriented. Some people will find that April is best spent in contemplation, while others will need time out to recharge and unwind so that they come back to the race refreshed and ready to go.

Even if you’re bunkered down working on that big project, get yourself out and about every so often. Just to clear your mind. Just to give yourself a refreshing break.

April is also reminding us that this year is all about repositioning ourselves, and moving ourselves closer to our dreams. If we’ve gotten off track now is the time for a course correction. No judgement, no self-criticism. Just gentle realignment to our soul’s calling. This is a month for taking care of our physical bodies, and nourishing them with wholesome foods, gentle movement and moments of quiet contemplation and connection, even as we live with imbalance.

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The second card I’ve chosen is all about your heart! The High Lady of Love and Compassion reminds you to live from your heart – and to choose life paths, hobbies, relationships and directions because they align with your innermost yearnings.

You are encouraged to choose what makes you happy without justification or explanation to others. This is your life, and only you get to live it, so live it with kindness and compassion for yourself first. From that place of emotional contentment you will easily be able to support and encourage others. If you can’t put your own needs front and centre, you will eventually struggle with resentment and exhaustion even if you love serving others and supporting your loved ones, students or clients.

Your heart has its own wisdom, so this month tune in to that wisdom and let your heart lead you, rather than your head. Trust your intuition. Trust those flashes of insight and understanding. Be brave enough to truly listen to what your heart is telling you, and value that above external guidance, advice or judgement.

Work hard or rest hard this month – whatever is most needed. But remember to have time out, to have fun, and to recharge your spirit and body. Even if the housework never gets done! There will be time for that next month. :)

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Guided Meditation for Orienting Heart Awareness – a twenty-minute guided meditation to help you tune in to your heart’s wisdom

How to Work Out What Your Heart Wants – Some techniques for getting out of your head and paying attention to the signs and guidance all around you

Lightbulbs and Lightning Strikes – some journalling activities and meditations to help provide clarity, focus and ah-ha moments

Direction or Destination – if you’re still trying to work out where to head, or where to put your energies.

Manifesting New Directions and Opportunities – lots of journalling exercises and ideas to really help you get focused, and some lovely visualisation too.

Embrace April, and its possibilities by accepting that YOU, my darling, are worthy of living the life of your dreams, and that your goals and aspirations really do matter and deserve energy and attention.

Sending all my love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

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An Extra Healing Meditation

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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~ Charles Dickens

 

Tonight I’m performing a special two-hour healing meditation, using the Love Mala I made earlier in the month.

The purpose of tonight’s meditation is to help in the release of patterns of thought and behaviour that have limited us and kept us small or wounded. It is also to open us up to our fuller potential, and the ability to recognise and work with our own gifts with ease and grace.

You may already have a bead on this mala, or be included under the ‘everyone’ bead, but I’d also like to extend that offer that if you would like me to send specific healing to you or someone who you love, that you leave a message for me below, or pop over to my facebook page and leave a message there.

If you’d like to join me in meditation, I’ll be in that space between 8pm and 11pm Brisbane time tonight – 21 March. Feel free to join me for all or part of that time (I know, it’s a long time if you’re not in practice).

If you want to receive some of that healing energy and prayer, there is nothing specific you need to do, but I also encourage you to sit or lay quietly for part of that time, close your eyes, soften your body, and then just be in a space of allowing. Let yourself be open to any feelings, images or sensations that come.

And, of course, feel free to give me any feedback afterwards.

Much, much love to you in these exciting times,

Nicole xx

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Start Where You Are, With What You Have

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

I was in the garden early this morning doing some yoga. As I stretched up I spied a tiny birds nest, and then, a while later, a tiny bird. A silvereye.

I went closer, for a better look.

She had made her nest with all manner of grass, fibre, hair, and the shredded remains of perishing bags, scrounged fabric, and twists of rag.

What an important lesson that little bird can teach us. She didn’t wait for perfection. She didn’t wait for the best, organic natural ingredients.

This little bird built her nest from what she had. With hard work, innovation and trust, she wove together all kinds of crazy things in order to make  a home before her babies came.

Often we get paralysed into inaction, waiting to start when the stars have aligned, or when we can afford grand and impressive, or when we’ve reached some lofty in-the-future and probably unattainable goal.

 

And we forget….

Small beginnings count.

 

In fact they count more than most, because they have purity of intention and momentum behind them.

Many wonderful things have come from humble and less-than-impressive starts.

So today, no matter what your dream, I urge you to begin right now, right here, with whatever you have to hand.

Much love to you, and some magical Fairy Dust for your dreams, Nicole xx

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Image from sl-designs.com

 

Today Is A Powerful Day

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“Stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; you’re NOT broken! You are perfectly imperfect and powerful beyond measure.”
~ Steve Maraboli

 

Today, and the following three days, are powerful days, energetically speaking. Why? They are days for decisions. They are days for facing up to that thing.

You know.

That thing.

The thing you’ve been agonizing over.

That thing you want to do, be, have.

The action you’ve been scared to take.

The decision you’re nervous to make.

The conversation you keep having in your head but can’t bring yourself to have in person.

The thing you need to say yes to. The thing where you need to say no.

Today is a powerful day. 2105 is a powerful year.

And right now, in this moment, you have the power to change your life, by deciding to face up to, and take action on that thing.

You already hold a vision of a better you, a better life, a bigger dream. All you need to do is commit to that thing.

This is the year where it can all change.

And that change starts with you.

Go on. Do it. I dare you.

I dare you to be all that you can be. I dare you to make a change. I dare you to be glorious.

Because that’s who you came here to be.

This life is no dress rehearsal. This is our one shot. And the entire Universe is behind us right now, encouraging us, and cheering us on.

Let’s go!

Getting Ready for February!

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
~ Peter F. Drucker

“We are made to persist.
that’s how we find out who we are.”
~ Tobias Wolff

 

Hello Lovelies!

February is nearly upon us, and I promised that I would support you in making the most of this year’s opportunities, so here’s a quick Heads Up about the month ahead, as well as a few suggestions for embracing all that February has to offer.

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen a card for February for you, from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck.

The message of this card is all about action. You’re being asked to leap. To do the thing that scares you. And you’re being reminded to trust.

If we create plans, and then never put energy towards those plans, the plans will remain pictures in our heads. They’ll be wishes. Nothing more.

February is reminding us that to live the life we love, or to move towards that life, we need to actively seek that life. We need to set our course and deliberately and consciously move in that direction.

This is a month for helpful people, for new ideas, for finding the perfect course or book or teacher for yourself or your loved ones. It’s a great energy for making a start and for small steps that will gather momentum throughout the year.

February is also a FANTASTIC month for writing and creating. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, a blog, a course, a poem, a love letter, a journal, a thesis. If you’ve wanted to start a project, make a baby, knit a jumper, build that garden, then February is a grand month to begin, and then to build on those beginnings.

There is one other thing that February is reminding you to do…

You need to fill your tank. Do that by ensuring you get some good-quality rest and relaxation. And do some of the things you love – that nurture and inspire and support you.

Art by the very talented Tia Mushka

Art by the very talented Tia Mushka

February needs a rhythm of work and play, create and pause, run and then rest.

Can you feel that?

It’s like the energy of the rolling waves upon the ocean. Crest and then calm. Crest and then calm. Crest and then calm.

In February, I’m encouraging you to ride the wave. You can do it! Let it be joyful. Let it be playful. Relax into it. There’s no need to push, or to struggle.

This video, shot in my hometown of Byron Bay, captures perfectly the energy of February.

 

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Direction or Destination – if you’re still trying to work out where to head, or where to put your energies.

Manifesting New Directions and Opportunities – lots of journalling exercises and ideas to really help you get focused, and some lovely visualisation too.

Writing as a Manifestation Tool – Using the power of words to create a new life, or new energy within your life. Also good for summoning help, helpful people, new opportunities and various other positive energies.

Writing Yourself into a Brighter Future – using thoughts and words to positively and powerfully co-create our future.

Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing – a short guided meditation working with heart and heart chakra energy to help you let go of pain, and to anchor yourself in love and possibility.

Sending all my love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

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Top 10 Tips for Planning a Successful 2015

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

 

Well here we are, in the opening pages of a fresh new year. As some of you will already know, I’ve allocated this week for my own personal planning summit. I’ve always found that a little bit of planning goes a long way towards helping me achieve my dreams and round out my year in a fulfilling way.

So, what do you need to do to make this next year really count?
Most people start the year strong, and then slacken off, so here are my top ten tips for planning a year brimful of wins!
1. Start 2015 by ditching New Year’s Resolutions, and choose a Power Word instead. A power word is a word to focus your intentions and energies, so that it informs and advises everything you do. This year my word is BUILD. Don’t have a power word of your own yet? Go here to get that power word sorted. Want to make it even more powerful? Do my power word meditation.
2. Goals for the year? Only pick one or two important things, and develop habits around these things so that it changes your life. Break your goal down into small actionable steps – daily tasks and weekly tasks, all incorporated as part of your new routine.
3. Three MITs for each day. An MIT is a Most Important Task. Each day, right from the word go, know what your three most important activities will be. Then get them done! Prioritize them to get done first in your day – then, no matter what else happens, you’ll know that you’ve got your MITs out of the way.
4. Schedule time for maintenance or delegate it out. We often forget to allocate time to the things that keep the show on the road. It could be household maintenance; cooking, cleaning, yard care, decluttering. It could be personal maintenance; trips to the dentist, getting your hair done, buying clothes, having that massage or back adjustment. It might be relationship maintenance; time with your partner, time to hang out with friends, time for family or pets. When we don’t make time for maintenance or plan for someone else to do it, we pile pressure upon ourselves because we have the expectation that we’ll get EVERYTHING done in our ‘free time’, and seriously, who ever gets much of that? (Also, if you jam free time full of jobs, it defeats the purpose of ‘free’ time.)
5. Surround yourself with great people. Get yourself a team. Your team might be coaches, advisers, staff, contractors, books, courses, online groups or friends who uplift you. It might be the babysitter, the accountant, the writing group, the yoga instructor, the super-knowledgeable guy at the health-food store. Success is so much easier when we have support. Ditch the negative people and people who bring you down. They were never going to be helpful anyway.
6. Focus. Let go of whatever is unimportant. If there’s something you really want to get done this year, put that thing ahead of everything else. Build your self-confidence by keeping that promise to yourself. Develop a track record in consistency. Every overnight success I ever met was a long time in the making, and got there through focus and consistency!
7. Remind yourself of your power word and review your goals daily. It only takes a minute, but keeping your goals uppermost in your mind will help revolutionise your choices and priorities. When you need to take action or make a decision, check in with your power word and goals. Then ask yourself if that decision or action moves you closer to or further away from your goals and power word.  Have a mini-planning review each month to keep yourself focused and organised.
8. Schedule regular R and R. Rest and Recreation. Total and complete days off. You. Your family. Unplugged. Birthdays and celebrations. Holidays. They all need to go into your calendar FIRST before your year fills up. It’s about quality of life. Right?
9. Know your starting point. Do a Year In Review for 2014. Look at what worked and what didn’t. Know what you own, and what you owe. Know your expected expenses. Know where your money came from. Look at what paid off, and what didn’t. Learn from your existing track record of successes and failures. Write it all down. That way, at the end of 2015, you’ll be able to see just how far you’ve come.
10. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Practice kindness and gratitude. Repeat. :)
2015 can be a real game changer for you, so dream big and give it your all.
Bless xx
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Power Word Meditation for 2015

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“The more of me I be,
The clearer I can see.”
~ Rachel Archelaus

Today I’ve prepared a short guided meditation to help you to truly connect to your power word for 2015.

If you haven’t yet chosen your power word go back and choose it here.

If you have a crystal that you’d like to nominate to hold the energy of your power word, go ahead and select one. It’s also fine to do this meditation without a crystal. Just do what feels right for you.

Here’s the rock that I’m going to use in conjunction with my power word in 2015:

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It’s a banded milky quartz and fire quartz from the Gibb River in the Kimberley. The stone is river smoothed, but pock-marked and imperfect, and it still holds tiny traces of dirt from the muddy river bank where I found it.

My power word for 2015 is BUILD and when I hold this stone I feel that energy of building. My stone has dirt still embedded in its cracks, it is solid and well used, and it feels honest somehow. The bands of colour in the stone remind me of the need for me to take small but consistent steps. The darker thicker layer at the bottom of the stone prompts me to build solid foundations.

Use your intuition and I know you’ll be guided to the right crystal choice. Feel free to post a pic and your power word over on our facebook page so we can share a little good energy for the build-up to 2015.

I also encourage you to keep a journal handy so that you can record any insights after your power word meditation is finished.

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Guided Meditation.

Read through the simple instructions first, before completing this activity in your own time.

Hold your crystal in your cupped hands and close your eyes. Spend a minute relaxing your body and then bring your attention to your power word.

Imagine your word as a colour. Imagine your word as an energy.

Notice where in your body you feel this word.

Now ask yourself ‘How can this word help me in 2015?’

Sit or lie quietly, holding your crystal, and open yourself to any answers, insights or images that come. Keep asking yourself that question. Wait for more answers, each time allowing yourself to go deeper.

When you are done, bring your attention to the crystal. Visualise the colour and energy of your word enter the stone. See the word shining brightly inside your stone. Then see your word shining brightly in you – in your heart and in your mind.

When you’re ready, bring your attention back into the room and record any insights or understandings in your journal.

During 2015, try to do this simple meditation weekly to help keep you focused and on track.
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