Journal Challenge Week 6 – September 6, 2015

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”Henri Nouwen

 

Welcome to Week Six of our journal challenge. Are you beginning to know yourself a little better? That’s one of the joys of journal writing. 🙂

If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and to find links to previous weeks.

This week, starting on September 6, is a time for sowing seeds. I’m sure that you’re familiar with the concept of reaping what you sow. When you sow kindness, love, wisdom, industrious effort, open communication and all of those other positive energies, we are told that this energy will come back to us multiplied.

Problem is, I know too many people who have sat in that helping space and the people it benefited most was others. There’s nothing wrong with that. The world can always stand more kindness, wisdom and love. But what about us? Who is going to do that for us during our lifetime? Because there comes a time when we all need support – when we all need to eat that fruit of wisdom and kindness so that we may be recharged and renewed.

This week, we are focusing on sowing those seeds for ourselves.

 

Let’s go!

Weekly Structure Reminder

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Start Here!

1. Guided Meditation

Take your guidance stone and sit or lie quietly. Then simply follow the sound of my voice. You’ll need seven minutes.

When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.

  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
  • What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. This week, use this colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.

2. Oracle Card

Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

My colour, word and card tie in meaningfully for me this week. There is a growing sense that I need to create spaciousness in my calendar and in my life so that I can focus on my healing, and on my many projects – one by one. I had never thought of clear as a colour. But it does have an energy all its own. When I think of a clear stream of water sparkling and dancing in the sun it fills me with peace and happiness. Here’s my choices for September 6:

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Plus, oh my goodness, it’s my birthday! What an amazing thing to do to start my next rotation around the sun. I deserve a good cafe breakfast with Ben and Harry dog after this is uploaded for you all.

 

3. Week Six Journal Prompt

Take a few minutes, and a couple of highlighter pens or markers. Flip through what you’ve already written in the previous weeks. Look for words or ideas that excite you or that somehow make you feel stressed or sad. If you have no real reaction to something, move on. It has no purpose for you this week. Think of the things you have highlighted as weeds or seeds.

Now ask yourself the following questions, writing responses for each in your journal:

  1. What are the weeds I need to rip out or stop feeding?
  2. What are the seeds I need to plant and nurture in my life?

And there’s one last question:

3. What fruit do I want to harvest for my future self from these seeds I shall sow and nurture in the coming weeks, months and years?

Write as little or as much as you want.

Do this once, or write a little every day. Whatever works for you. Hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand or place it on your lap or beside you while you write.Genuinely seek to connect with what matters to you.

Here’s my beginnings. Oh, those pesky self-doubt weeds. Did you have any of those too? I’m intending to do this exercise a few more times this week and then I’ll make a solid plan. Amidst naps, of course!

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Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

As you hold the stone say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

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Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Happy exploring through words this week! Let your Power Word and Colour guide you. Think on the wisdom you’ve taken from your oracle card. Use it all! And remember to pop over to facebook and let us know how you’re going. I always love to hear from you.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

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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Guided Meditation for Orienting Mind Awareness

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Image from The Hollow Log

“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” 
Frank McCourtAngela’s Ashes

This is the second in a series of seven weekly guided meditations I am recording for you.

The focus of this week’s meditation is the mind. This guided meditation will help you to be aware of the positive gifts of your mind, and teaches you a simple technique for accessing intuitive and subconscious wisdoms.

You’ll need to set aside about twenty minutes for this meditation. Sit or lie somewhere quietly, using pillows or blankets if needed to make yourself comfortable. Then simply close your eyes and follow the sound of my voice. It’s fine to let yourself fall asleep during the meditation, or immediately afterwards.

To listen to the meditation, click on the button below:

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Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing

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Image from www.123rf.com

“…spiritual or emotional pain doesn’t become a memory so much as a bruise …” 
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

I was up extra early this morning, after a difficult night. My daily practice, no matter where I am or what is happening in my life, is to meditate. So I found myself rugged up against the cold night air, sitting on the steps of my veranda at the farm, looking out over the night-time landscape.

An owl came and settled in the grand old Jacaranda tree overhead. The dark sky twinkled with stars, and I knew how easy it would be to offer up my pain and torment, and to find peace and calm again within my soul.

And then I thought of you.

I thought of how much you might benefit from sitting here in meditation with me, offering up your own emotional pain to the night sky and replacing that pain with a sense of peace and emotional expansion.

When we let go of the hurt and pain that sits in our heart, we find ourselves better able to heal, better able to accept positive energy and change, and we more easily move towards inner peace, health and happiness.

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So I’ve recorded you a short guided meditation as I sat here under this tree. It will take eleven minutes, but I’d leave a little time either side, just to get ready for the meditation, and then to sit for a few minutes afterwards, integrating the energy of the meditation before you step into the rest of your day.

To participate, find a place where you won’t be disturbed for fifteen minutes. Then all you need to do is sit or lie down, make sure you are warm and comfortable, and follow along to the sound of my voice.

Click on the link below to get started:

Nicole Cody’s Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing

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Wishing you well, and sending you love, ♥ Nicole xx