Refuelling Your Soul

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss

Feeling tired, flat or a bit lost? That’s okay – I have some tips to help you manage that.

Or perhaps it’s worse than a little fatigue. Maybe you feel utterly smashed by life right now. My advice is still going to be the same. There are three steps to follow.

  1. Find some quiet time. Here are some of my favourite ways to do that:
  • Take a long country drive somewhere, or sit on your commute with some headphones on.
  • Go for a walk or a run or a bike ride or a swim
  • Try some yoga or stretching
  • Make a cup of tea and sit on the balcony, or on a comfy sofa
  • Find a quiet cafe and grab your favourite brew and sit in a quiet corner.
  • Hang out in a library
  • Close the bedroom door and light some incense or diffuse some essential oils
  • Take a long shower or bath
  • Get up early, while everyone is asleep and you can have the house to yourself
  • Water the garden
  • Sit on a swing and then… swing!
  • Take an early mark from work
  • Go find a lookout with a view – views help put everything in perspective

2. Allow yourself to relax. Slow your breathing or, if you are exercising, get it into a steady rhythm. Let the tension unwind from your muscles and consciously relax yourself. Really feel yourself soften and calm. This might take a while if you’re stressed. That’s okay. Take as long as you need.

3. Feel into what you need most right now in order to refill your empty tanks and boost your energy levels, resilience and inner peace. Trust that you already hold that wisdom inside you. Ask yourself the question, ‘What do I most need to come back into balance know right now?’ Explore it via your imagination, in meditation or through journalling or writing. Let clarity come to you in the form of ideas, thoughts, images and feelings. You may also want to pull an oracle or tarot card to give you further inspiration.

Commit to using this wisdom to gently transform your life.

Thinking of you and sending much love, Nicole ❤️ xx

Coming Back to Centre

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu

“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.” ~ Confucious

There’s a small ritual I practice often. It’s easy to do, and there is a great power to it, although it is simple. It’s one of the best stress-busters I know. The essence of this practice is to centre yourself in mindfulness and stillness. It encourages you to pause in the craziness of life, take a breath, let go and go within.

It also opens, cleanses and balances your heart, throat, third eye and crown chakra and aligns the energy centres of your body.

Let me show you how it’s done.

Sitting or standing, put both feet squarely on the floor and straighten your spine. Allow your feet to feel heavy, anchoring you into the earth.

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Bring your hands together in prayer pose, directly in front of your heart. Soften your eyes and gaze out into the world. Take a slow and deliberate breath. If you are extra stressed, stand or sit this way for a few breaths until you feel yourself begin to relax a little. Let your heart beats slow. Be aware of your body.

Now tilt your head gently down towards your heart. This helps to quieten the chatter in your mind, and begins a connection between mind and heart. Allow the muscles in the back of your neck and shoulders to ease and relax. Consciously focus on your breathing. Feel yourself become calmer.

Woman in prayer pose

Close your eyes. Fill your body with slow steady breaths, and exhale away all the tension. Draw your attention inwards – away from the outside world and into your heart.

Stay in this space a while. Let go of all your worries. Be open to insights and emotions. Fill yourself up with a sense of peace. Feel the sacred connection of your conscious awareness with the wisdom of your soul.

Feel your body dissolve, and let yourself expand in all directions. Just be. Breathe. Rest. Enjoy this pause in your day.

And when you open your eyes again take a moment to come fully back into your body before you resume your day with renewed clarity, energy and peace in your heart.