My Top Five Ways To Get Some Reflection Time

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Image from www.elsbro.com

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Søren Kierkegaard

 

We’re sitting in a terrific month for reflection, reinvention and connection.

So how do we do that?

Here are my top five ways to find that headspace where we can explore the past and imagine the future…

 

1 – Going for a solitary walk

A long walk gives us time to move into a space of quiet receptivity. Thoughts can bubble to the surface. Insights can find us. We get quiet enough to be open. Ideas come. You can walk in nature, through city streets or around your suburb. What matters is that you’re moving, and that you’re on your own so that you don’t need to engage in conversation. (Walking the dog is fine though!)

 

2 – Time out for a coffee and some world watching

Find a coffee shop where you can sit on your own, with a view of the world. You might be facing a busy street, you might be at the back of the shop looking out over all the patrons, you might be perched at a window seat, or at an outdoor cafe under a tree. You could even sit in a busy shopping mall. Grab your favourite coffee (or tea) and then just sit and watch the world go by. Don’t read. Don’t talk. Just sit with the world and with your thoughts. Eventually you’ll find a meditative space that lets you think deeply. Let your mind ramble. It will go where it needs to. Pay attention to where it wanders. Explore that more. If you want, take that further with some journalling.

 

3 – Soak in a bath

Just you, some bubbles, and lots of lovely soak time. Let your mind wander, or just sit and soak and rest. Trust that you’ll be integrating and getting what you need from this time alone.

 

4 – Journalling, at the quiet end of the day

This could be first thing in the morning or last thing at night when the house is quiet and you have time and space just for you. Pick up your pen, and write. Dump your brain onto the page and then keep going. Let the words flow. You might be surprised where they take you.

 

5 – Journalling time with some oracle or tarot cards for further reflection

Oracle and tarot cards are a great way to reflect on life. Choose a card. Think about what it signifies for you. Explore this in your journal.

Here's my own 2017 Planner, and my 2017 gratitude stone, my 2017 crystal pack, and the oracle cards I'm going to use for the year ahead. Pretty delicious, huh?

Here’s my own 2017 Planner, and my 2017 gratitude stone, my 2017 crystal pack, and the oracle cards I’m going to use for the year ahead. Pretty delicious, huh?

My Year of ME Planner is also a great tool for tuning in! And it’s not too late to join our year-long course and community or to get some more intensive coaching with me for the year ahead. More details here and in my Shop.

Make time for yourself this week. You’re worth it!

lots of love, Nicole ❤ xx

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 19 December

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“Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.”
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
~ Warsan Shire

 

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.

‘Slowing Down’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck. What a beautiful card for this week!

Slowing down signifies the need for us to be self-contained with our emotions this week.  It reminds us not to buy into the drama of others, nor to step back into old patterns of being or communicating. This is especially important for those of us who will be seeing family or other community members with whom communications can become tense or difficult. This week come from a place of quiet and calm. Place a thick energetic shell around you, just like the tortoise.

This week we need quiet time. December is a time for reflection, and for sitting in the Supermind. This month we’re encouraged to truly give thought to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go next. Home is important this week. Slowing down is important, so that we can sit in awareness of all that is going on within us and around us.

Saying no to invitations and situations that don’t feel aligned with where you’re at? Go right ahead!

Too tired? Rest instead. Don’t want to go? Stay home!

Don’t make it all about duty and responsibility this week. Make this week about self-nurture and placing value and time with what truly matters to you.

Do all you can to make your home a safe and nurturing space. Let there be somewhere you can use as a sanctuary, and retreat there when the world gets too much. Nestle down with a book, or some music. Have a nap. Journal. Just be. It’s good for the soul, and so restorative on every level.

As we slow down (even just for a few minutes each day) we begin to connect into our own intuitive wisdom, our own heart centre, our inner compass.

Our psychic sensitivity will increase this week, but so will our coping abilities.

This short guided meditation might help with both (and is especially helpful for dealing with stressful social situations):

Nap, rest, chill out, withdraw. All of these are legitimate actions this week. Do what’s right for YOU!

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Remember that you carry your home with you wherever you go. Dance to your own tune this week, and avoid being caught up in the craziness and busy-ness of others. A calm Christmas? Why not!

Tune in to the love and blessings that are all around you.

Celebrate what matters.

Give thanks.

Keep taking small steps in directions that are important to you.

 

Supportive crystals this week? Labradorite, Smoky Quartz, Amethyst and Rose Quartz. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of jasmine, lavender, lime and frankincense.

Be gentle with yourself this week.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.  All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 5 December

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“There’s always a moment that separates the past from the future, and that moment is now.”
~ Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.

‘Possibilities’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck and it signals opportunities for us to gain much-needed clarity and direction about our lives, and understanding of situations both current and past.

As the first full week of December stretches out before us, we are positioned to finally be able to make sense of all that has been going on in our life. This year. Last year.The years before that…

It is a fantastic week for being able to rise above the day-to-day workings of our lives and to look down upon it all in a way that gains us perspective, understanding and insights that have been unavailable to us until now.

This week find some time for reflection, planning, journaling and thinking deeply about your life. Ask your Guides and your Higher Self to show you what you most need to know right now, especially in relation to long-standing issues where you need resolution or a new direction.

It’s a week where patterns, habits and motivations will become clear – and then you can choose to keep, discard or change them!

Be aware of your self-talk this week. Are you keeping yourself trapped by endlessly repeating the same old story, even if it is not your truth anymore, or is not the truth of the direction in which you’d like to head?

Choose some new words and a new story. Reframe your life to create a new future for yourself, and a solid foundation for 2017.

Look for the existing good in your life, and acknowledge that good. Cultivate gratitude and appreciation in all you do.

Thank people who support and serve you.

And if you find yourself being treated badly, taken for granted, or taken advantage of? Think deeply on that this week too, and about whether you are prepared to continue to accept this energy, situation or relationship in your life in the year ahead.

Remember: you are worthy of love and respect.

The other thing this week lends itself to is the creation of long-range plans.

Choose a goal to work towards, especially one that is ambitious and that stretches and grows you. Have something far out in front of you that shines and beckons and encourages, and that will inspire you to keep going when things get tough.

Choose a better life for yourself.

Supportive crystals this week? Clear quartz, amethyst, fluorite and labradorite.  Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Clarity essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of jasmine, orange, lavender and frankincense.

Wishing you a breakthrough week of wisdoms and insights. Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations. Dream big, and value yourself! All my love,

Nicole❤ xx

A Great Weekend for Rest, Integration and Inspiration!

“S.T.O.P. = Start To Open Possibilities”
~ Richie Norton

“And so taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself.
For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee.”
~ Alexandra Potter

 

There has been so much going on this year – energetically, emotionally and astrologically.

This weekend, proceeding the New Moon, is the perfect opportunity to find a little quiet time for yourself.

Time for rest and healing.

Time for integration of the shift that has happened in your life.

Time for creating peace and stillness, so that ideas and inspiration can find you.

Time for reconnection to what matters.

Time for soul work.

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to stop first.

Can you gift yourself some quiet time this weekend?

Who knows what magic might come from this.

Thinking of you, and sending so much love as I too have a restful weekend,

Nicole xoxo

 

Sometimes Resting IS Progress!

Image from 1ms.net

Image from 1ms.net

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.”
~ Mark Buchanan

 

I’ve slept away another day.

Perhaps I’ll do the same with this day too.

But that’s okay.

Resting begets healing. In repose we consolidate knowledge and even our muscles use the time to store memories. Resting rebuilds strength. It allows us to rally so that we may press on with renewed vigour. Rest creates that quiet receptive space where we can pay attention to our Muse when she whispers wisdoms and inspirations in our ear. It is while we rest that we more easily hear the voices of Guides and Angels.

How long have you been fighting this urge to slow down, to pace yourself, to stop for a moment and catch your breath?

Pushing on when you are exhausted just leads to more chances of something breaking, and that something might be YOU.

If this resonates for you, maybe you need to read this post:

The Broken Robot Repair Shop

Resting restores. My wish for you today is that you find some time to pause and just BE, if only for a minute or two.

Maybe it’s time to give yourself permission to slow down, or even to stop for a while. Outer Work might cease while you rest, but so much Inner Work can get done. That’s important progress too. Some might even say life changing!

Let Harry and Bert show you how it's done!

This pic was taken just on a year ago. My, how Harry has grown since then. These dogs have mastered the art of resting. Let Harry and Bert show you how it’s done!

A Cup of Tea and Comfort…

Living and working as a psychic can be quite draining, although I love what I do. It’s not dissimilar to any other ‘caring’ profession, where you are totally focused on the needs of others, in a way that leaves little time for yourself.

I’ve learned that the best way to avoid burnout for me is to work for a few intense days in a row and then have a complete break from clients for a time. And one of the ways I often celebrate finishing my work week is with a visit to Queenies Teahouse, at Nundah Village in Brisbane.

It’s the perfect place for nurture and soul food. From the moment you push open the door with its tinkling bell you can feel yourself begin to unwind. Smiling staff greet you and usher you to crisp linen’d tables, and soon you’ll find yourself cradling a small tasting cup of one of their delightful teas as you peruse the menu.

A visit to Queenies is like a step back in time, where the worries of the world stop at the front door.  In the background the gentle strains of music your grandmother might have listened to – all the old jazz and blues greats, and the sounds of yesteryear – soothe and unfrazzle your senses.  Gorgeous smells waft from the kitchen.

This is no coffee shop with its clatter and noise, laptops and mobile phones. Here you find friends chatting, generations of families catching up over a pot of tea, and individuals having a moment’s respite from their daily madness – a sort of ‘tea and tasties’ meditation for one.

The teas are sublime and there are so many to choose from. There are two full menu pages devoted to the tea selection, with the sorts of descriptions usually reserved for wine lists.

The herbal tea and green tea varieties are as extensive as the black teas, and they always arrive at your table perfectly brewed, or refreshingly iced.

And have I mentioned the food…

Everything is made fresh in the Queenies kitchen – examples include the daintiest of ribbon sandwiches, creamy risotto, savoury mince (that is right up there with my late grandmother’s), exquisite cakes, coconut ice, and of course cupcakes and scones to die for…

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday a friend and I enjoyed ribbon sandwiches and a pot of Creme Brulee Tea, followed by something sweet.

For me, the most moist and delicious gluten-free orange and almond cake, with its own little shotglass of orange syrup and a perfect ball of chocolate ganache of swooning quality…

For my friend, the baked cheesecake with its spicy gingernut biscuit crust and heavenly berry topping…

The menu has all the traditional high tea favourites, and is also vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. And there are lovely treats to take home –  a sachet or two of your favourite tea, a pretty teapot or tea-towel, or perhaps a tiny tea set for the small people in your life.

My wonderful friend, the poet Carly-Jay Metcalfe was moved to poetry by yesterday’s outing.  You can read about it here.

In fact, I was so inspired that I am planning to book the place out and have a Sunday Function here one day soon, where we can combine Soul Food, Spirituality, Blessings and Poetry over a lovely lunch and a good cup of tea with like-minded souls. Stay tuned for details!