My Top Five Ways To Get Some Reflection Time

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“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

Mini-Retreat Day 3 – Integration

Image by Julia Watkins

Image by Julia Watkins

“As we increase in our awareness and our integration of Self the process of integration grows and expands as we begin to incorporate the fullness of our nature, that of our spiritual nature or our Soul.”
~ Genevieve Gerard

 

It’s Day three of our mini-retreat, and the energy today is all about consolidation and integration.

(That’s one reason why my post is so late! After a big evening of channelling I went back to sleep following this morning’s meditation – to consolidate and integrate the shifts of the past few days- and then there was no time to blog. Sorry!!!)

Today and this evening is the perfect time to review the answers to your questions from the past two days.

It’s not enough just to do an activity such as the ones we completed for Day One and Day Two of our mini-retreat. What is important when we do any kind of self discovery work is to sit with our answers and insights and reflect upon them.

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Image via quoteslover.com

Here are some questions to ponder as you read through the guidance you have received:

  • Where can I make small changes now, to bring me into better alignment with my best self?
  • What activities can I schedule to begin making longer-term changes in my life?
  • Where do I need to sit in awareness around existing situations, behaviours or relationships?
  • What do I need to stop doing?
  • What do I need to start doing?
  • Where do I need to find extra resources, information or help for myself or my situation or project?

Take time to connect into your Guide, Angel or Higher Self using the meditations I’ve already shared. If it is needed, use that connection to bring through further insights or clarification about the work you’ve done in the past two days.

Then rest. Have some quiet time. Be gentle with yourself.

I’ll see you tomorrow as we explore how to begin deepening our spiritual and psychic connections.

Much love to you,

Nicole

xx