Personal transformation is an amazing thing, and one that requires a good deal of intention and energy. It embodies the magic of change, of movement, and of momentum, and it only happens in between the feeling of being stuck, and being empowered.
In the middle of where you are right now, and where you want to be, lies a vast and exciting land of awakening that, like the tides, can flow and shift you from an existence of boredom to a life lived on purpose and with passion. Too often, we get overly focused on the end goal, and find ourselves longing and planning and wishing that things would hurry up and just be different already! You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “It’s the journey, not the destination, that really counts”, and now is your chance to really live that wisdom.
For anything to change in nature, a strong, sometimes violent, force is needed to shake things up. Powerful storms blow through to clear out pollution and bring in life-giving...
Our spirits thrive on change, always looking for new, engaging growth opportunities and pushing us to expand our awareness of the world around us. But our minds and bodies are not always on board, since we have a hard-wired ability to get into a rut and never want to get out!
Most of life is a balance between action and rest, between change and settling down, between movement and stagnation, and this is a fine and normal thing. However, many of us get stuck in the resting part, and may have a seriously hard time breaking free, especially when we have lots of clutter, both material and emotional, holding us down. Perhaps right now, you are frustrated with the lack of energy and direction in your own life, and you need some help getting going again.
Over time, we tend to burden ourselves with all sorts of things that don’t serve us- boring jobs, lackluster relationships, negative self-talk, or self-limiting beliefs. Perhaps these felt right at one time, but as you progressed...
Do you have past fears and hurts that are still nagging you? Do you struggle with limiting beliefs and unhealthy patterns that you just can’t seem to let go of? Most of us do, but most of us also go about trying to heal these things in a haphazard way.
Perhaps we put ourselves in talk therapy for a few years, say some affirmations, go on a spiritual retreat, or move to a new city. We may feel relief for a little while, but those same old pains and belief patterns start coming to the surface again, and we’re frustrated and unsure of what to do next. When all along, a big clue may have been staring us right in the face!
If you are at home right now, take a moment to look around you. If you’re somewhere else, try to envision your living space in your mind’s eye. Really pay attention to the physical things that you have in your environment- hanging on the walls, strewn on the countertops, packed in the closets…just start with what you can easily see...
The mandala of life
From the ancient language of Sanskrit and loosely translated as ‘circle’, a mandala is a series of concentric lines arranged around a unifying centre. An interwoven lattice of intricate beauty and complex sophistication, mandalas represent the cosmos and symbolize the forces of the individual and collective flow of energy to and from a central point.
Since ancient times, mankind has always been attracted to circles. Our ancestors used the symbol of the circle in rock carvings and often placed objects in circular patterns. The ancient Aztec’s used a circular calendar as both a timekeeping device and in religious expression and the Native American’s create medicine wheels and sand mandalas. The yin-yang symbol of Asian culture honours creation as both male and female and the Tibetan mandalas are the focus of meditation - their detailed designs symbolise wholeness and are a matrix or model of a perfected...
Did you know that when we come into the world as babies, we only have two fears? The fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. All of our other fears are collected along the way in life, when we’re exposed to something in a negative way.
One of the main fears that holds so many of us back is ‘failure’. We have dreams and desires and aspirations, but we allow the fear of failure to keep us safe in our comfort zones.
Whatever the stimulus, our confidence was chipped and we began to hold back. Eventually we held back so much that we stopped thriving in that area at all. We gave up.
We assumed the lead role in a new story:
“I’m not creative."
“I’m not artistic/musical”
"I can't write/paint/draw/cook/make"
The fun we used to have with the activity we once loved became the first casualty in this new plot. The door to this creative outlet closed.
It closed the minute we decided that our creativity was a...
You might have heard about a pleasant neurological condition called synaesthesia, which results in the brain making unusual connections between colours and letters, numbers, words and music. There are other wonderful ways in which the condition plays out, with some people making links between other senses too—taste or touch or smell—and language.
According to neurologists, we’re all born with our senses crossing over. Most people’s brains ‘fence off’ these connections during development as a young child. For ‘synaesthetes’ some of those gates stay open, and the connections continue to be made, filling their worlds with extra colour.
Here are a few brilliant ways that you can add extra colour into your life:
1. Bring the outdoors in
Pick or buy some gorgeous flowers and place them somewhere close to you. Choose the most fragrant blooms to add scent to your visual feast.
2. Update your desktop background
Clear the clutter from...
Have you heard of 'Beginner's Mind'? It's where we experience each moment just for what it is. We're not clouding a situation with knowledge, judgment, old patterns or story-lines, we're in a childlike state of exploration and 'newness'. We see this a lot in young people, of course. All the world is new to them, and they're learning how everything fits together and what it all does and means. While playing, children's minds absorb information rapidly and solve complex problems.
Our creativity can feel forced. Or even absent! We're more stressed, less relaxed and have a higher chance of developing brain diseases like Alzheimer's. Problems stay unsolved, or our solutions become 'clunky'. We're frustrated, short-sighted in our outlook and shorter-tempered. Play is a crucial part of our development and success—and often a much overlooked one! Have you noticed the recent trend in colouring-in books for adults? Bookstores are...
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoy spending time in the Bushveld. My favourite place in the world is Motswari, a private game reserve in the Timbavati Region of South-Africa. When I visited Motswari last month, I had a stunning encounter with a leopard... and there was a lesson in that experience that I treasure with all my heart.
If I know anything about leopards, it's that they are elusive. It is such a blessing to happen on one - but it's the exception rather than the rule. In fact, during the five days I spent at Motswari, everyone in the camp was hoping to see one of these spellbinding creatures on a game drive. But no luck.
It became a bit of a joke in camp. The first question we asked each party when they entered the camp was what they saw... Lions? Yes. Elephants? Of course. Buffalo? Yip. Rhino? For sure. Leopard? No, no, no. Not a chance...
On my third night at Motswari, I arranged to go for a sleep-over at Giraffe's Nest, a hide in the middle of the...
I'm finally back in Australia after my trip to South-Africa. I had some awe-inspiring adventures in the Bushveld (more on that later), but the experience I'd most like to share with you, is an event of anguish and paralysing fear, and the immense power of an unyielding faith that all is well, no matter what!
About two days before my return to Australia, I received word that my one-year old grandson had been airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane with suspected meningitis. At that time baby Chase wasn't breathing on his own, and it was clear from my communications with my daughter that the prognosis was dire. He was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where a team of specialists attended to him. He was subjected to a lumbar puncture, CT scans and a number of ultrasounds. They struggled to administer an IV because his veins kept collapsing, and after more than 30 attempts, and when all other options were exhausted, a femoral line was inserted, which...
There is no doubt that we live in a miraculous universe. Miracles happen all the time. Solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems that you could never have conceived of appear out of thin air. Fervent prayers are answered. Unexpected cheques arrive in the mail. Gifts are given. Surprises materialize. Treasured lost items are found. Health is restored. Relationships are rejuvenated. Attitudes are renewed. Angels make their presence known.
The question you have to ask yourself is whether you believe in the power of miracles, or in the power of your fear. Each fearful belief you hold is a choice you make. You may be fearful that you won’t have enough money to pay the bills, that you’re gaining weight, that your relationship is on the rocks, or that you’ll grow old alone. You may fear change, loss, failure, or even success.
Perhaps you fear illness or death… but whatever your fears are, know that you’re not alone. Fear is an epidemic in our society...