A few years ago, I planned for our Christmas family gathering like I did every year. I cleaned my home, wrapped all the gifts for our kids and grandkids, and created a delicious menu. But in the middle of the celebration, I had to excuse myself.
I went into the bathroom and started sobbing. My heart was raw from missing my family of origin in South-Africa, and I was having trouble feeling happy. What was normally a joyous celebration was colored by the overwhelming pain I felt.
Not every Christmas celebration is quite this harrowing, but for me, there's always a little bit of grieving associated with this time of year.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is...
You’re Not Alone
I'm well aware that I'm not the only one who experiences this during the festive season. The holidays can be a wonderful time filled with family, friends, and good food. It’s fertile ground for making memories and sharing tender moments.
In today’s fast paced age, it’s easy to feel disconnected. We run from one obligation to the next, barely taking time out to eat a healthy meal or stop and breathe for a few minutes.
The modern woman is stressed out, over-scheduled, and under-nourished, and this kind of lifestyle is suffocating our innate feminine powers. We’re under pressure to be in a masculine energy all of the time- to succeed at work, to juggle all of our responsibilities, and to never show weakness, we have been denying the Divine Feminine within. And with any kind of imbalance, if it’s allowed to go on too long, it saps our life force.
Perhaps you can relate with that feeling?
Wired for Tribe
Besides the wonderful gifts of receptivity, creativity, and intuition, the feminine in you is also wired for tribe.
Your inner goddess shines her brightest when surrounded by a group of other like-minded women, and it is within these sacred circles that you can truly step into your own personal...
For too many women in our modern age, these questions are met with a blank stare, or a flush of embarrassment, or perhaps a few tears.
The truth is, most of us are going through our day-to-day lives on autopilot, never really feeling or experiencing the reality of our inherent divinity, or taking the time to connect with the people and passions around us.
We’re overworked, underappreciated, and ultimately disconnected from ourselves, and our society reinforces this by idealizing busy-ness, self-sacrifice, and the quest for productivity above all else.
This rushing river of overabundant masculine energy has washed away and eroded our collective honor for the feminine....
The power of Mandalas have been known in Eastern cultures for many centuries and they’re considered to be highly complex maps of the cosmos. They’re highly symbolic and can be meditated on to bring you profound inner transformations.
Today I want to share with you the magic of mandala and specifically how do do a mandala meditation to supercharge your meditation practice.
Now mandalas are probably as old as humankind itself. They raise from deep levels of consciousness and help you to grow in self awareness and enter into a state of peace of mind. It’s a wonderful way to bring the beauty of nature into your life as a path to stillness and fulfillment.
A mandala is an awesome way to experiment with deepening your meditation practice.
When it comes to the use of colour, geometry and symbolism in mandalas, there’s much more than what meets the eye. It transports you into deeper level of consciousness and can help you during meditation to experience a sense of...
Think about how calming it is to go through a familiar set of steps before you climb into bed at night. Or how hectic your morning would be without your morning coffee and breakfast made just the way you like it. Rituals give us a great sense of comfort in our lives. And today, I want to share with you how creating your own ritual can enhance your spiritual practice.
So what exactly is ritual?
It's simply a series of actions and practices filled with intention. And that's the key - there's an intention behind what you're doing. And depending on your intentions, rituals will help you manifest what you desire, cultivate a deeper sense of self-love, accelerate your healing process, and deepen your relationship with Spirit as you create a sense of sacredness in your life.
It doesn't matter what your spiritual or religious background is, or your age, or your occupation. Rituals are a powerfully important way to stay connected to the Divine. And that's why, since the dawn of time, humans...
I've got a question for you, lovelies...
How well do you look after yourself?
A simple question but it’s surprising how many women see self-care as ‘just another job on their to-do list’. Something that's supposed to make us feel BETTER often makes us feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control.
But here's the thing…
Self-care is all about relaxation and rejuvenation.
It’s about adding more pleasurable activities to your life. And what YOU find pleasurable isn’t necessary what everyone else finds pleasurable, which is perfectly okay.
If there's nothing more you love than just having some me-time, spending time with yourself at home, reading a good book or baking cookies, or relaxing in a long hot bath, then that would be the perfect thing to make space for in your life.
Maybe going out and spending quality time with good friends is what you love to do. If so, organising a date with your besties would be the perfect way...
I have a question that I ask myself continuously throughout each and every day... and it's THE question that keeps me sane. I also teach every one of my clients to ask themselves this simple question throughout the day.
Here it is: 'What does my body need right now?'
And within the realm of what is possible for me, I try to honour my body's needs for nutritious food, hydration, rest, laughter, fun, time-out, breathing, a nap, disconnecting from technology, earthing, the sun on my face, meditation... and all such good things.
You see, so many of us live from the neck up, so overwhelmed by our to-do lists, and as a result, you miss the very important signals from your body. So I'd love for you to reflect on this in your journal. How well do YOU respond to the needs of your own body?
Do you eat when you're hungry? In fact, do you KNOW how hunger feels differently from a craving? Do you drink enough water? Do you sleep when you're tired, or take a break before you start to feel...
When it comes to all of those beautiful loops and spirals, there is more than what meets the eye. A mandala is an awesome way to experiment with doodles, shapes and symmetry.
Mandalas have been created by many different cultures, from all the areas of the globe, and have been enjoyed for personal transformation, spiritual connection, and self-expression for centuries. Perhaps you have seen these intricate, circular patterns in books, in artwork, or in the latest décor? They are enjoying a renaissance right now, and more and more people are picking up on the joy and healing that they can bring!
Creating your own mandala is a very personal and intuitive process, and is far more than a pretty piece of art. The mandala is circular in form, representing the wholeness and continuity of the Universe, and its geometric pattern can reveal truths from the cosmos as well as those inside your own spirit. Making a mandala is an act of dynamic meditation, as you tap in and call forth...
It would be pretty wonderful if life could be problem-free, right?
But we all know that's not going to happen any time soon. In fact, it often feels as if we take one step forward and three steps back. Because... well, life happens.
Here's the thing... we attract the problems we encounter for the opportunity to learn, grow, and change. Each time you face a problem with a belief in your own ability to find a solution, courage, determination, and an intense desire for resolution, success becomes easier to achieve.
Have a problem that you need to solve right now?
No matter your spiritual or religious background, your age, or your occupation, rituals are a powerfully important way to stay connected to the Divine. Since the dawn of time, humans have been using rituals to mark the passage of time, celebrate special events, and honor our ancestors and spirit guides. If you are looking to integrate the wisdom and guidance of the Goddesses into your life, ritual and other ceremony can go a long way. The sacred feminine is within all of us, but sometimes we lose touch with her presence, and fail to see the incredible manifestations of her energy in the world around us. All four of the goddess archetypes, the Maiden, the Lover, the Mother, and the Crone, each bear their own gifts and guidance for us; we simply need to welcome them to speak, to lead, and to inspire us from day to day.
Rituals and other intentional practices can bring us into the present moment, open our minds to receive wisdom from our guides, and reconnect us to our feminine energy....