Would You Like Me To Include You In My Meditations?

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“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is the cornerstone of my life. It is the first thing I do when I wake up each morning. It is the last thing I do before I go to bed.

I don’t just meditate to find stillness and peace. I also use meditation for shamanic and mystical work. I use it to connect with and help my students, I use it to access healing, and to share and support energies.

This week I’m working on some very specific areas for emotional and spiritual healing that may also have an impact on physical well-being too.

For the next few days I am focusing on supporting you to move through and begin to resolve feelings of loss, fear, anxiety, overwhelm, emotional isolation and powerlessness. My aim is to find the places where emotion has become stuck inside you, causing you to become out of alignment. I am also looking for the old stories, traumas and memories which are subconsciously shaping you in opposition to your soul’s true nature. In my meditations I will dissolve these outmoded energies and stories, returning them to love and releasing their patterns from your energetic field.

As your energy comes back into alignment with your true nature, your vibration will rise and you will be more easily able to express yourself creatively and emotionally. It will increase your sense of self-awareness and self-trust.

I meditate twice a day, morning and evening. I also connect with some people during my night-flying practices. If you’d like me to include you or a loved one specifically in my meditations just let me know in the comments below.  And, of course, I love getting feedback about anything you notice as a result of my meditations.

Much love, Nicole xx

How to do a Simple 3 Minute Essential Oil Meditation

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“Meditation makes the entire nervous system go into a field of coherence.”Deepak Chopra

I love essential oils. I’ve been using them for nearly thirty years in my spiritual practice, and recently they have been instrumental in my ongoing recovery from Lyme Disease.

Today I’d like to share a very simple meditation with you using essential oils. It only takes three minutes, but that three minutes can have a profoundly peaceful, calming and uplifting influence on your body, mind and spirit. It’s a meditation you can do at any time, anywhere, and if you’re new to essential oils it’s a great introduction.

To do the meditation you need a drop or two of your favourite essential oil.

Let me show you what to do.

1. Firstly, sit with your feet flat on the ground, and your spine straight.

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Image from yoffielife.com

2. Place a drop or two of your favourite essential oil onto the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together for a few seconds so that the heat of your body begins to activate and diffuse the aroma of the oil.

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Image from ajahealth.com

3. Bring your cupped hands up to your face, just in front of your nose. Close your eyes, and breathe naturally. With each in-breath you will be drawing that essential oil into your body. With each out-breath you will be pushing the essential oil around your aura or energetic field.

Continue this simple process for a few minutes. Then open your eyes, give yourself a moment to come back to focus, and go about your day.

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Here are a couple of my favourite oil suggestions for you:

1. Lavender – a beautiful oil to promote relaxation, peace and a sense of tranquility. Also helpful for restful sleep.This is a super one for kids too.

2. One drop of Peppermint, and one drop of Tangerine or Orange. This blend will wake you up and mentally refresh you, helping to uplift your spirits when you are jaded or exhausted.

3. Geranium – an oil to restore those who over-give and who need nurture and emotional support. Helps shift negative emotions and trauma. Also wonderful to support women with hormonal issues such as PMT or painful periods. (You can also cup this in your hands for your dog, cat or horse to breathe in too if they’ve experienced shock, upset or trauma!)

4. Young Living’s Stress Away blend – when you’re frazzled, have a tension headache, or your brain is on overload, Stress Away helps restore clarity, calm and grounded awareness. A great oil to keep in your handbag or on the desk at work.

PS: If you’d like more information about essential oils you can contact me at cauldronsandcupcakes@gmail.com but be a tiny bit patient, as I am at the Young Living Conference just now. I promise to get back to you just as soon as I can. Much love, Nicole xx

 

Helping The Great Mother

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~  Rachel Carson
“In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing.” ~ Seneca

 

One of the most vivid dreams in my night of owl dreaming was one in which I flew over the quiet, dark earth with Auntie and my Grandmothers.

There is something about a ‘psychic dream’ or a ‘spiritual dream’ (however you want to call it, I know you’ll know what I mean) which makes it quite different to an ordinary run-of-the-mill ‘subconscious making sense or nonsense of the day’s happenings’ kind of a dream.

Dreams in which you receive a spiritual message or have a metaphysical experience have a heightened quality to them. They are more vivid, more textured, more real. It’s as if you have shrugged off your sleeping form and stepped into another dimension. Which, of course, you probably have.

This is how it was in this particular dream. Auntie, my old and wise Aboriginal mentor, flew on one side of me. Beside her were Little Auntie and Granny. Two of my ancient grandmothers in their strange heavy coats, fur-lined boots and braided long grey plaits, flanked me on the other. We rose up into the sky above my home, and I watched my slumbering form lying in the bed next to my husband, Bert the dog curled up behind my legs, and Harry at Ben’s feet. Harry tilted an ear towards me as though he had heard something, wriggled and then settled down again.

Where were the owls?

We were the owls, of course.

Off we went into the dark sky. The city lights fell behind us, the night was bright and clear, and soon we were over inland Australia. None of us spoke, but I could hear the voices of the other women in my head. They each spoke their own tongues, but still, somehow, I understood them.

‘No good, no good dat water,’ said Auntie as we flew over a wide brown river, and then a parched landscape. There was water deep beneath the ground here. I could feel its flow.

“Lost its sweetness,’ said one of my ancient grandmothers, adding her voice of concern to Auntie’s. She pressed her hand into mine and then I tasted it. An acrid chemical burn in the back of my throat. I knew it was the taste of the water below us.

‘No good,’ Auntie said again, shaking her head.

Gaia Shield by Duncan Eagleson

Gaia Shield by Duncan Eagleson

We swooped down, amid bats and fat cicadas and nightsky traffic. The air was thick and hot, and it smelled of dust and nectar.

‘Dem plants flower too soon. Too hot. All dem flowers dry up. Fall off. Wrong time for dem,’ Granny said.

On we went, over the heart of the country and onwards until we were over the ocean. Still the old women whispered to me, pointing out wonders and things of interest, but more weightily, voicing their concerns. All the animals and plants that had already died out, all of the ones now threatened and endangered. Places polluted and sullied. Air dirty. Water dirty.

‘Dis land our Mother,’ said Auntie sadly.

‘Our Great Mother,’ said my ancient grandmother.

‘She need help,’ Little Auntie said.

All of the women nodded gravely.

I knew they were looking at me. ‘What can I do?’ I asked.

‘Tell dem,’ Auntie said. “Tell dem dat Great Mother need dem. Needs help. Needs love. She a true good mother, but now her children need to show her some kindness. Okay?’

I woke from that dream with tears streaming down my cheeks.

 

 

Meditation for Sharing Energy with the Great Mother

Auntie once taught me a technique for increasing energy within the body. Let me show you how to use it to share energy with the Great Mother.

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Image from babosaart

Stand outside with your feet on the bare earth if at all possible. If not, that’s okay, but do try. Now focus on either the sun, the moon or the stars. You must be able to physically see whatever you connect into. If you are ill, and bed-bound, it is fine for it to be the view outside your window.

Focus on the sun, or moon, or stars. Make a connection in your mind between you and it. Make a connection in your heart between you and the sun, or the moon, or the stars. Feel the energy of the sun, moon or stars. Feel your energy.

When you have that energetic bond, ask for help. Ask the sun, moon or stars to add to your energy. Ask to be strengthened.

Now imagine the light of the sun, moon or stars flowing to you. Flow that light into your body. Into your veins. Feel the energy and power of sun, moon or stars fill you up. Feel the connection between you. Feel the vast watchfulness, the age, the wisdom of this energy. Feel how strong that life-force is as it enters you. Feel how it cleanses and energises every cell in your body. Feel how it purifies you.

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Image from thespiritscience.net

When the energy has built an intensity inside you, become a conduit. Let that energy of the sun or moon or stars run from your feet (or your hands or your heart) out into the earth, into the Great Mother. Feel it energising her, cleansing and purifying her, strengthening and healing her. As it heals and strengthens you, it is also healing and strengthening the Great Mother.

When you are done, give thanks. Give thanks to the sun, the moon or the stars. Give thanks to the Great Mother. Disconnect from those energies. Feel the difference in your own body, and give thanks for that too.

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Of course, there is always more that we can do. Be a voice for the Great Mother. Make choices that are sustainable and healing for our planet – our home. Flow love and gratitude to the natural world that sustains us and provides for us. Support the people and technologies that make our world a cleaner, greener, kinder place.

We are all connected. We are all one. What we do to the Great Mother is also done to ourselves. It is time for love and kindness, for wisdom and awareness. It is time for change.

Thank you.

Much love to you and a really big hug, Nicole xx

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Meditation – Taking Energy From Trees

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There is a simple meditation that I do sometimes, when I feel the need to be strengthened. It is something my Aboriginal Aunties taught me to do.

Let me show you how to do it too.

Find a tree. It could be a big tree, or small, gnarled or straight. Stand where you can see the tree. If you are ill, and bed-bound, it is fine for it to be a tree outside your window.

Focus on the tree. Make a connection in your mind between you and the tree. Make a connection in your heart between you and the tree. Feel the energy of the tree. Feel your energy.

When you have that energetic bond, ask the tree for help. Ask the tree to add to your energy. Ask the tree to strengthen you.

Now imagine the sap of the tree flowing. Flow that sap into your body. Into your veins. Feel the strength of the tree fill you up. Feel the calm of the tree. Feel its resilience, its watchfulness, its connection to the Earth Mother, to the Sun Mother and to Father Sky.

Feel the rain that has fallen. Feel the wind that has blown. Feel how all of that gets inside you, and energises your blood. Feel it strengthen your bones, calm your mind and nourish your heart.

When you are done, give thanks. Disconnect from the tree. Feel the difference in your body. That is Tree Magic.

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I saved the quote til last this week. It’s a little snippet of philosophy from Herman Hesse. It thrills me in a quiet way, to juxtapose Aboriginal wisdom and a German writer who won the Nobel Prize in literature.

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
~ Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

6 Simple Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Green Turtle by © Marty Wolff

Green Turtle by © Marty Wolff

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” 
~ Dave Barry

Meditation is what’s keeping me sane right now. In fact, for most of my life it has been a touchstone for me; a practice that allows me to fill up, to reconnect, to gain wisdom and to access healing.

The practice of meditation always reminds me of sinking beneath the sea. It’s hard to do when you start out – all sorts of thoughts crowd in on you, you worry about your breathing, if you’re doing it right – your focus is on technique. But as you become comfortable, as you get used to showing up in this quiet space, this whole otherworld, you’ll find that it is a practice that changes you from the inside out.

All of the meditations I’ve listed below are easy, but it doesn’t mean they’re not capable of transforming you. Even a few minutes a day is enough to bring about change.

Click on the links below for full instructions on each technique.

Bless ♥ Nicole xx

1. Easy Walking Meditation – If you have trouble with seated meditations this could be just the thing. A short walk where the focus is on breathing and mindfulness. It’s both relaxing and energising so it’s great for people who get stuck in their heads.

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Image from Enjoy Vitality

2.  Tonglen Meditation – A beautiful method of using the breath to bring healing to self and others, and to help take pain and suffering away. When I don’t know how else to help or what to do, Tonglen provides a path for me. Even if your focus is someone else during this meditation, you will also benefit.

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Image from HD Wallpapers

3.  Bee Breath Meditation – This sound-based meditation is based upon a yoga practice called ‘Bhramari’ where you hum like a bee! It opens and clears your throat chakra, oxygenates the body, and reduces inflammation and the body’s stress response. Useful for dealing with fatigue, anger, depression and anxiety.

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Image from Pics To Pin

4.  Pebbles for your Pocket Meditation – I love this one! You choose four stones or pebbles, and then do a short focus exercise of thought and feeling for each pebble to bring the energies of Freshness, Stability, Stillness and Space into your day.

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5.  Simple Technique to Boost Energy – When you’re feeling tired, frazzled, being drained by people, or you want to make a nice strong energetic barrier between you and the world, this is the meditation for you! It involves opening and closing energetic circuits within the body by simply using breathing and posture.

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Image from Krinica

6.  Eating the Sun Meditation – Taught to me by some Aboriginal Elders, this meditation technique is grounding and cleansing as well as profoundly nurturing. Wonderful for reconnecting us back into nature and ourselves.

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Malcolm Jagamara – “Inapaku dreaming”

Simple Technique to Boost Energy

Infinity Symbol - Image from Wikia

Infinity Symbol – Image from Wikia

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
~ Nikola Tesla

Life can be exhausting. Situations, people and places might drain us. The electrical and electro-magnetic energy of our cities and devices can play havoc with our own auric fields. Or perhaps we over-extend ourselves, running on too little sleep and not enough sunshine, fresh air and good food.

No matter the reason, there is a simple meditation technique we can use to re-energise ourselves until such time as we can properly recharge our bodies and minds with deep rest and self care.

It takes only a few minutes, and the more you practice this, the more powerful and profound the recharging will become.

The practice involves creating a little closed-energy circuit in your body.

Sit or lie quietly and cross your feet at the ankles.

Kate and the Queen show you how it's done. Image from Reuters BBC

Kate and the Queen show you how it’s done. Image from Reuters BBC

Then press the palms of your hands together ( as in prayer) or clasp them.

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Image from gerhardy

Lastly, place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your palate, behind your top teeth.

This closes off the energetic meridians of your body, allowing energy to circulate and build within you.

Now take a few deep breaths. Feel the energy enter your body. Draw sunlight or white light deep into your being. Strengthen and deepen this energy with every breath.

Exhale worry, negativity or other stagnant energies. With each new breath fill yourself up with light a little more. Build the energy until you feel ‘full’.

It is not necessary to close your eyes, but do so if it helps your concentration.

Feel the energy build and circulate within your body. There is nowhere else for it to go but round and round inside you. Visualise a shield of white or golden light surround your body. Let yourself be energised and strengthened by this light.

When you feel calm, centred and energised break the circuit by removing your tongue from behind your teeth, unclasping your hands, or uncrossing your ankles.

I love that this meditation can be performed discretely while on the bus, at work or in any public place.

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How to do Tonglen Meditation – a Beginner’s Guide

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Heart Chakra image from Juicy*S

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

At times it is easy to feel small and insignificant – unable to help when all we feel in our hearts is an urge to try. When those we know are suffering, or when there is a catastrophe in another part of the world we might wonder what can be done.

There is something we can do. Meditate!

I first started practicing this meditation as a small girl – maybe three or four years of age.  No one taught me.  I just seemed to know what to do.  My baby sister was fidgeting and restless one night, tossing and turning in the bed beside mine as her teeth came through. I breathed in her fever and distress with every in-breath, and with every out-breath I imagined my breath covering her like a soft blanket, helping her to settle and be calm again.

My ‘magical breathing’ (as I thought of it) worked, and I’ve been doing it ever since, as part of my daily meditation practice.

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Child meditating – image from www.vk.com

It was not until I reached my thirties that I found out Tibetan Buddhists have a name for this type of meditation – they call it Tonglen. Tonglen is Tibetan for ‘giving and receiving’ and it is a beautiful and simple practice than anyone can do, with no experience.  What matters is your intent.

Sit or lie quietly, and close your eyes. I like to sit with my spine straight, and my hands together in my lap, thumb tips pressed lightly together. (Use the image of the Dalai Lama at the bottom of this page as a guide.)  If I’m lying in bed, I lie on my back with my hands crossed together over my heart. Try to sit if you can, but for those of you unwell or unable to do so, a prone meditation practice will still work.

Start by imagining someone that you want to help. It might be a friend with depression.  You breathe in the heaviness of their energy and suffering and breathe out joy and peace, or whatever other energy you feel would bring them comfort.

All you ever have to do is ‘breathe in’ the condition, emotion or suffering of another, making room for healing and comfort within them.  Then ‘breathe out’ positive energy, love and light to fill the space you have created.

The suffering of others is also our own suffering, so this meditation can help us as we endeavour to help others.  If you are in pain, breathe in your own pain and also the pain of everyone who is suffering from your affliction.  Breathe out relief to everyone, in whatever form feels most right to you.

Do not worry that the things you breathe in will become a part of you, further weighing you down. As you breathe in suffering it is transmuted back into light, and it dissipates harmlessly.

Sometimes you may not even have a word for what you are breathing it – it will simply be a feeling, a weightiness, a blackness or even a void.  Breathe out hope, lightness, joy and well-being.  Breathe out ease.

At times when we don’t know what else to do, this suffices. As you bring peace to others, you bring it also to yourself.  It is a very soothing and calming practice.  You don’t need to belong to any particular religion, or follow any particular spiritual philosophy.  This simple practice merely acknowledges that we are all human, all connected, and all the same – no matter who we are, or where we come from.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama says of Tonglen:

“Whether this meditation really helps others or not, it gives me peace of mind. Then I can be more effective, and the benefit is immense.”

Image of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in meditation from www.wisdombooks.com

Image of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in meditation from www.wisdombooks.com

Healing and Grounding Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

Weeds and flowering herbs and vegetables from my messy summer garden.

Weeds and flowering herbs and vegetables from my messy summer garden.

I learn more about God
From weeds than from roses;
Resilience springing
Through the smallest chink of hope
In the absolute of concrete….
~ Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,” Perspectives

 

Morning at our little farm – the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the day is fresh and new. I’ve already been for a short walk and picked some flowering weeds and vegetables gone to seed from my garden. They are as pretty to me as any cultivated flower – there’s beauty everywhere once you start to look.

Today I’ve recorded you a simple meditation using my Tibetan Singing Bowl. (Forgive the slight croakiness in my voice ♥)  The purpose of this meditation is to use sound to clear, ground and heal, and then to expand and connect you – very useful energies at this time of year. You’ll need to set aside about ten minutes.  To listen, just click on the link below.

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Know that you are loved, and that as you have sent good energy out into the world, there are also others holding that space for you.  Bless ♥ xx

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Feeding the Heart Chakra

Energy of the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra, an energy centre located at our heart, is an open doorway, the anchor for our soul, and the seat of love. Its colour is a magnificent shade of rich emerald green.

When your heart chakra is open and balanced you will be in a space of self-love, self-nurture, generosity, kindness, humour, empathy, non-judgement, happiness, tolerance, expansion, optimism and FLOW.  You’ll see beauty everywhere!

When the chakra is unbalanced you may experience too much empathy,and hypersensitivity to the moods and emotions of others – where you will process these emotions as your own or feel responsible for them.  This is draining emotionally, physically and spiritually.

When the chakra is closed down you may experience loneliness, depression and anxiety, a sense of not belonging, shy away from intimacy and commitment, be overtly critical of self and others, be defensive and even paranoid. This lack of flow can create addiction, including workaholism, because addictions mask and numb PAIN.

In all instances, what the heart chakra needs is LOVE, and to feel good. Treat yourself and others with kindness, and spend time listening to your heart.  Your heart holds all the wisdom of your soul, it truly knows what is best for you and what direction best serves you.  All you need to do is tune in to that wisdom. That’s what we’re going to explore this week!

Activity: Feeding Your Heart Chakra:

Food contains energy, trapped sunlight, known as Bio-photonic Energy.  It also contains a myriad of chemicals, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and all sorts of amazing properties, many of which are not yet known or understood by us. Consciously incorporate some of these heart-chakra friendly foods in your diet, and begin to FEEL the difference.

For the Heart Chakra think green!  Salads, steamed vegetables, green oils, juices and smoothies.  These foods are full of calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium, sulphur, essential fatty acids, B group vitamins and Vitamin C – all great for heart health, cleansing of the  blood, and general circulation.

Spinach, silverbeet, artichokes, asparagus, broccolini, celery, cucumbers, green capsicums (peppers), leeks, lettuce, all edible green leaves, winter melon, bitter melon, okra, watercress, green beans, broccoli, zucchinis, snow peas, green peas, kale, rocket, chard, asian greens such as bok choi and choi sum, parsley, coriander, shallots, basil, green pesto, sage, thyme, brussel sprouts, avocado, spirulina, seaweeds, cabbage, limes, honeydew melons, kiwi fruit, green grapes, green apples, green pears,  fennel, olives, extra virgin olive oil – cold pressed, hemp oil, green tea, barley greens, pepitas, pistachio nuts, capers, rosemary, green lentils, chlorella, aloe vera, oregano, green lipped mussels, wheatgrass, all forms of sprouts.

One of my favourite recipes for a green smoothie is one cup of coconut milk (or coconut water and flesh from young coconut) and a few handfuls of young spinach leaves, a frozen banana, dash of organic vanilla and a spoonful of spirulina.

And for a beginners green juice you can’t go past apple, cucumber, zucchini (trust me – it makes it so creamy and delish!), parsley, celery and a hint of ginger.

Journalling:

One of the most powerful ways to work with the energy of the Heart Chakra is to recognise what makes you happy.  Today, write a list of things you enjoy, are grateful for, and that make you smile and feel good.

If you have time, and feel so inclined, create a collaged double-page spread in your journal of pictures, images and words that uplift you and speak to your heart. If you like, go crazy and make a full-sized dreamboard.

Simple Meditation:

Picture your heart chakra as a rose bud, tightly furled and lusciously green, and then opening into a beautiful red rose with the most gorgeous fragrance. Do this once or daily.  And use some rose scent or a fresh rose to anchor this new energy!

This short clip has an excellent visual for you:

Above all, this week, choose to feel good.  Even if that means you don’t win the argument, or get the last word in, or be ‘right’.  Let this week be about flow, and ease and listening to your HEART.

Focus on you.  Focus on happiness, and on drawing into your world more of the energies and activities that nurture you, uplift you, make you smile, make you FEEL all of that incredible love that is within you and all around you.

The happier and better you feel, the higher your vibration.  The higher your vibration, the more good you attract into your life. Trust me on this – it really works.

I’ll be meditating all week on heart healing and helping you open up to the wisdom and love within you.  Know that you are much loved ♥ Nicole xx

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