Sneaking Back to Bed

“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.
Frolic, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
~ Alysha Speer

 

I’ve had a big few days, lovelies.

A big month actually, between having intensive IV therapy to combat my superbug, and doing a load of readings and coaching for clients, and of hand-holding souls at the end of their lives, and of supporting people I care about through hard times.

This morning I woke up after a restless night, did my healing meditation for the world and all my loved ones (that includes you!) and then thought I would write my blog and get onto my avalanche of unanswered emails and messages that keeps growing while I have been busy attending to more urgent matters.

But I changed my mind.

My husband is sleeping in a dark, cool room. Harry dog has snuck up beside him.

And I am still tired.

So I am going back to bed for some more sleep and cuddles with my loved ones.

Because that’s what self-care looks like.

I hope you are looking after yourself too!

Hugs and love, Nicole ❤ xx

Taking Time To Tune In

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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
~ Gautama Buddha

 

I’m late to blogging this morning.

Why?

As I do every morning, when I woke up I tuned in to myself – to see how I felt, to feel what I needed.

And what I needed was more sleep. So, ignoring my brain, which was telling me ‘hurry up, get up, meditate, blog, write…’ I listened to my body, and I rolled over and went back to sleep.

This year my Power Word is HEAL. So, this practice of being aware of my body has become even more important. I can’t just blunder through the day ignoring how I truly feel, or what I might need in order to bring myself back to balance.

So, I tune in to myself regularly – at least three or four times a day starting with when I first wake. I take a few calming breaths, and bring my mindfulness to myself. How am I feeling? What’s happening for me? Is there anything I need? Is there anything I need to know?

This self-mindfulness has been such a useful tool for me over the years, as I work to get to truly know, understand and care for myself. It promotes intuition and self-love. It helps you to truly know yourself.

How about you? Do you take time to tune in to yourself? Do you take time to give your body and your soul what they need?

Maybe it’s time.

Sending oodles of love your way,

Nicole ❤ xx

 

This Blog Is Late Because… January 2 – My Day of Rest!

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
~ John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

 

After days of insanely long hours putting together the crystal grid, after launching my new Planner and communities, after supporting clients as they navigated Christmas and life difficulties, after blogging the New Year energies and getting ready for so much more, after working my last three designated unplugged days, all on the back of recovering from major surgery, this morning I slept in.

Yes, I did.

And it was good.

Especially considering that my Power Word for 2017 is HEAL.

I’ll see you tomorrow, with my energetic forecast for January.

Be kind to yourself today.

Much love, Nicole xx

 

The Week Ahead – Monday Oracle for Monday 26 December

 

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“God speaks to us every day only we don’t know how to listen.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Open your mind and let the universe speak to you.”
~ Bangambiki Habyarimana

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, the last one for 2016, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.

‘Inner Voice’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck. It’s a reassuring and very supportive card for the days ahead.

This week we still require lots of quiet time. December is a time for reflection, and for sitting in the Supermind. This month we’ve been encouraged to truly give thought to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go next. As 2016 draws to a close we’re reminded of the value of reflecting on the year that has been, and what that has meant for us.

What will we do differently in 2017?

What will we do more of?

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Image from www.699pic.com

We don’t need to have all the answers. In fact, it’s best if we don’t overthink it. Instead, rest will help us to get clear. Naps will work magic. Walks in the park, dips in the ocean, communing with old trees, cups of tea in the bright fresh air – all of that will help.

This week, stay open.

Be open to the messages that find their way to us in dreams and via journalling. Be open to the wisdom and certainty that visits us in meditation.

Be open to the messages that call to us from books and song lyrics, from signs and sudden thought-bombs and the wisdoms that tumble out of the mouths of friends or strangers.

Stay open.

Let yourself dwell in the possibility of new hope, new directions, answers, breakthroughs and dawning clarity.

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Image from www.encircled.ca

This week is also a beautiful week for planning the year ahead as we reflect on what has been, and where we want to go next.

Need help with that?

Go grab one of my Year of ME Planners over at my SHOP. (ME stands for Manifesting Energies, and the energies of 2017 are fabulous!) This digital full-year planner can be in your inbox in minutes, ready for you to review 2016 and begin mapping out what matters for you as we enter 2017.

Need bigger support? Join my Year of ME 12 month course and community for a whole year of deliciousness – with webinars, meditations and loads of activities and helpful tools and the most fantastic online facebook group. You’ll feel right at home with us!

If you are looking to start or grow a business I’ve got planning tools for that too, as well as a course and community, and a few limited spots left for personal mentoring and coaching with me/

All the information you need is over at my SHOP.

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?

 

Supportive crystals this week? Labradorite, Clear Quartz, Fluorite and Selenite. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Clarity essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of rosemary, orange, lavender and cedarwood.

 

Want to be included in my crystal grid and my new moon meditation to help you reach your highest potential? Find out more and add your name here. (If you’ve already asked to be added, I have you in there already – no need to ask again, although you are welcome to add other names still.) There is also an instruction sheet in the Free Stuff area in my shop that will help you to create your own crystal grid. I’d love to have you join me in creating and anchoring this energy for 2017!

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Be kind to yourself this week, and give yourself the rest and space you need.

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

Nicole ❤ xx

 

Today, I’m Off The Grid…

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Image from www.wallup.net

“While you’ll feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you are and what you truly seek.”
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

 

I’m bone tired.

Lots going on and an action-packed weekend so soon after my surgery meant that this was bound to happen – that I’d wake up this morning and be aware that every cell in my body was asking me to Stop. Rest. Reconnect.

So, that’s what I’m going to do.

Even though my head is full of ideas. Even though I’m itching to sit at my keyboard half the day or more. Even though….

 

All that stuff can wait.

Phone off. Computer off. Distractions off.

I’m dedicating today to rest and spending time with loved ones. Some time in nature. Good coffee somewhere. Maybe a movie. Definitely a nap.

I hope you do that for yourself too sometimes; just pull back and remember to live a little slower after crazy-time.

See you tomorrow, lots of love, Nicole ❤ xoxo

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 5 September 2016

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“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
~ Thomas Merton

 

Hello Lovelies,

Here’s this week’s oracle card and my take on the energetic outlook for the days ahead.

‘Peace’, from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle deck is a gentle reminder of the need for self-love and self-care, and for the importance of clear-thinking and heart-wisdom in your relationships.

First and foremost this week is the requirement for rest and reflection. Give yourself time to heal. Give yourself time to think. Give yourself time to dream and to plan and to work on your own projects. Make yourself, and your dreams and needs, your crowning priority this week.

Find it impossible to get quiet time at home? Then take yourself for a walk. Visit the beach or a local park. Stay up late or get up early, while the rest of your household is in bed. Sometimes we need a space that is free of the thoughts and energies of others, in order to truly feel and be ourselves.

For some of you, this week may also be about finding your own space, creating an office or a writing room or art space. It could be about house hunting, or moving out on your own.

Got a project on the go? Make space for it. Create dedicated studio room, desk space, computer files, and project boxes to store your scraps of paper and trinkets.

This week is also about relationships. Here are the top five considerations:

#1 Put your relationship with yourself first this week. Extend the olive branch of forgiveness and self-acceptance to yourself, whatever your current circumstances. Need help? Ask for it. Get your needs met. Do or schedule the things you’ve been putting off that support your physical and emotional health, your learning, your wild untamed yearnings (like art classes or walking the Camino or dancing all night). Yep. Really.

#2 Who can you let into your inner circle? Who do you trust? Who has your back? Who lifts you up? Ensure that these relationships are in good repair. Nurture them and spend time in them or schedule some catch-ups for the weeks ahead.

#3 Those difficult and hurting spaces with people. Review them from a soul space rather than from that place of wounding. Consider the other person. Are they insecure, anxious, driven by a worry or neurosis that you can’t see? All of us are wounded, one way of the other. When we sit in compassion we begin to allow that behaviours and attitudes may be less about ourselves and more a reflection of where the other person is at. Try your best to look from new angles at these old or ongoing hurts and you’ll begin to feel a shift.

#4 Where are your boundaries? Sometimes we end up in relationships that don’t work for us as well as they might because we haven’t clearly expressed our needs and our boundaries. We put other people’s feelings or needs ahead of our own wellbeing. That never ends well for us…  (You know it!) This week speak up for yourself. Identify and patrol your emotional perimeter. Use discernment around who you allow into your inner circle.

#5 The Drift Away Factor and Door Closing. There will sometimes be relationships that only stay active because of the one-sided effort we invest. This week think about how you might invest less, so that the relationships drift further and further away from you. OR so that the other party must suddenly begin to pull their weight. Any relationships that need a door closed on them as a more formal ending? This could be love, work, family, friends, or even a destructive behaviour you do to yourself.

It’s a great week. A week where you can get so much done. A week where you can truly begin to feel and experience forward momentum. Use it well!

Much love to you, Nicole xx

 

PS – By the time you read this I will already be in hospital, getting ready to be prepped for surgery. I’ve written a few posts and scheduled them to post automatically over the next few weeks so there will still be stuff to read and share. But I’ll post here or on facebook just as soon as I am able and update you all. Thanks for all the love and well-wishes. I’ll speak with you soon. Bless ❤

Loving-Kindness Meditation

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“…eventually tides will be the only calendar you believe in…
And someone’s face, whom you love, will be as a star
Both intimate and ultimate,
And you will be heart-shaken and respectful.

And you will hear the air itself, like a beloved, whisper
Oh let me, for a while longer, enter the two
Beautiful bodies of your lungs…

Look, and look again.
This world is not just a little thrill for your eyes.

It’s more than bones.
It’s more than the delicate wrist with its personal pulse.
It’s more than the beating of a single heart.
It’s praising.
It’s giving until the giving feels like receiving.
You have a life- just imagine that!
You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe
Still another…

And I have become the child of the clouds, and of hope.
I have become the friend of the enemy, whoever that is.
I have become older and, cherishing what I have learned,
I have become younger.

And what do I risk to tell you this, which is all I know?
Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world. ”
~ Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems

 

Today I’m sharing a simple Loving-Kindness guided meditation. Buddhists also know this as a metta meditation. Metta in buddhism means ‘friendliness’. Metta is the heart-generated warmth that reaches out and embraces others. It is also a warmth that we can direct to ourselves.

It is well documented that regular meditation helps us to reduce inflammation, anxiety and depression, to improve our immune responses, better manage pain, feel more happy and calm, and improve our overall wellbeing.

It has also been documented that recipients of the prayers and meditations of others also feel an increase in happiness and wellbeing, and an awareness of being loved.

This introductory meditation allows you to send loving kindness to yourself, and also to a loved one whom you’d like to support.

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I’m posting this meditation in support of a girlfriend whose mother is suffering from a profound bout of anxiety and depression. The mother has indicated that it is stressful for her to have her daughter try to help her, and for now she is pushing her daughter away. This simple loving-kindness meditation will help my friend to overcome her feelings of rejection, and to actively engage in sending energetic support to her mother.

To participate in the meditation, all you have to do is sit or lie quietly, close your eyes and follow along to the sound of my voice. The meditation takes 9 minutes, but I suggest that you leave yourself a little longer so you can come quietly and calmly back into the world at the end of the session.

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I encourage you to practice this meditation often. You will find that it can make a tremendous positive difference in your life over time.

Much love to you, Nicole xx