Let go of yesterday

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‘Close your eyes, clear your heart, let it go.’

– Anon –

Yesterday ended in a slightly wobbly way for me, and in waking this morning I asked the Universe ‘How I can let go and move forwards positively?’.

The answer came in the form of a beautiful meditation that showed up in my inbox by the very beautiful Luminita (aka The Purpose Fairy). It is one of the most wonderful guided meditations I have listened to in a long time, so I wanted to share it with you all.

 

If there is anything that happened yesterday that is even slightly unsatisfactory, this is the perfect meditation to help you let go of it, so you can enjoy today in a peaceful, calm and harmonious way.

Enjoy!

Sending you love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

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Smile more

 

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“I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”

– Mother Teresa –

I came across this delightful TED talk entitled ‘The Hidden Power of Smiling‘ by a very sweet guy called Ron Gutman and I wanted to share it with you. It also follows on quite nicely from the post that I wrote yesterday ‘Lighten Up.’

In his talk, Ron emphasises the importance of smiling more.

He also highlights a stack of research that provides evidence that smiling can have a really positive effect on your life. Not only can one smile create the same amount of positive brain stimulation that 2000 bars of chocolate could create, but smiling is as stimulating as receiving 1600 pounds Sterling in cash.

Smiling also makes you healthier by reducing levels of stress enhancing hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and dopamine, and also increases mood enhancing hormones such as endorphins, which in turn help to reduce blood pressure.

Smiling also makes you look good in the eyes of others, as when we smile people perceive us to be more confident and competent.

He also talks about how we’re smiling when we’re born, we smile when we’re little and we’re smiling even when we’re in the womb.

Children can smile up to 400 times a day, whereas only a third of adults smile more than 20 times a day.

And he also highlights a study that was done on images of people (smiling and not smiling) and how they indicate how long you’re going to live. According to the study, the span of your smile can predict the span of your life.

So, want to feel happier, healthier and live a longer life? Smile more.

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

Ron Gutman’s TED talk ‘The Hidden Power of Smiling’

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Lighten Up

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“A light heart lives long”

– William Shakespeare –

Sometimes we take ourselves, others, our lives, whatever else, way too seriously.

Believe it or not, life is not that complicated or difficult. In fact it’s as easy or as hard as you choose to make it. And you have the choice in every given moment to decide how things are going to go.

The important thing is realising that you need to cut loose and let go. Realising that perhaps a furrowed brow isn’t the best look for you.

And most importantly, no matter how tough you think you have it, there is more than likely someone else in the world having a slightly trickier time that you right now.

After all, sometimes life can be as simple as looking around us and seeing what there is to be joyful about. Looking for things to make us smile and laugh.

If a baby can find some one ripping a piece of paper in half funny, then to be honest, I think we should all be able to see the lighter side of life too.

What can you do right now to lighten up? Can you remind yourself of a rubbish Dad joke that someone once told you? Can you just look in the mirror and give yourself a beautiful smile, or perhaps smile at a stranger on the street (I’ve been doing this all day, I get on average one beaming smile back for every two smiles I give out, which I think is a pretty good ratio). If there was one thing you could do today in order to take your life slightly less seriously, what would it be?

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

The feeling I have when I’m in a yoga class

The funny YouTube video of a baby laughing at someone ripping paper

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Be someone

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“All I ever wanted was to be someone”

– Mark Wilkinson –

 Last night I had the pleasure of attending a secret gig of Mark Wilkinson‘s deep in the heart of Sydney’s Surry Hills, at a very beautiful night held by the lovely people at High Tea.

The inconspicuous building of 342 Elizabeth St could quite easily have been missed, and once inside, you needed to navigate a host of staircases and corridors which took you through a maze of concrete graffiti emblazoned walls. However, what was waiting for us, was something quite different.

When we got to the second floor, we were met by a candlelit doorway and greeted by our lovely host for the evening.

After having our names signed off on the guest list, we then found a table full of different sized antique teapots with a myriad of different teas on offer to us. Chai, Peppermint, Camomile . . . It was perfect, as I have decided of late, that I’m really not that fussed about drinking anymore.

Once our teacups were filled with delicious hot tea, my friend Kerry and I, had a chat with Mark and his manager and then found a comfortable spot on the floor and settled down to enjoy his dulcet tones.

The setting was beautiful. It felt as if we were in someone’s living room. We were surrounded by about 100 other like-minded people, sitting on a rug covered wooden floor, with candles in front of us fairy lights to our right and lanterns hanging above us. Utter bliss, for a fan of Mark’s music. The most wonderfully intimate venue, in which to enjoy his music. He opened with the delicately beautiful ‘For the first time in years‘.

I had been invited by Mark’s Manager to review the gig for the blog Timber and Steel to help spread the love for Mark’s forthcoming new album and Australian Tour ‘Let The River Run‘. I’m super excited for the launch on 9th August.

He played a few songs from the new album, and a few older songs, including my personal favourite All I Ever Wanted. It is a song that I have already written a blog post about, I’m Alive. And is a song that was one of my anthems for 2012. It kept me going when I had doubts about having left the Corporate World in order to follow my heart and dream of starting my own business.

And the sentiment of the song seems to be so very timeless for me. He sings ‘All I ever wanted was to be someone, more than just a shadow from a fading sun. And you tell me I’m here, and you say I’ll survive, but I’m searching for more, to know that I’m alive.’

And it isn’t so much the fact that I wanted to necessarily be someone, but I wanted to do something worthwhile with my life. And the funny thing is, that when you focus on doing something worthwhile, you inadvertently become someone.

I write this blog to share the spiritual and life learnings that I am gathering as I continue on my journey of enlightenment, conscious growth and awakening. I also write it to inspire people to live a life full of love. To fill it with love for yourself, love for others, love for what you do and love for where you are. Because love is the highest vibration that we can emit as human beings, and when we are emitting love, only good can come of it.

And so, the thought for the day is ‘Be Someone.’ But in order to be someone, all you need to do is follow your heart. I put of starting a blog for so long, it isn’t funny. I was so frightened that no one would want to read it, worried that what I wrote wouldn’t be of any value or noteworthy, how wrong I could have been.

When I got over all of my fears and just felt the fear and did it anyway, only amazing things have come of it since.

I choose to write about things that I love, things that inspire me, things that hold me to a higher standard and vibration. I write my blog to help me be the best person that I can possibly be. And by doing so, I hope that I inspire others to do the same, by being the example myself.

I have always loved music. I had a radio show at University and I wrote for our University magazine, reviewing albums, gigs and interviewing bands. I loved it, and I was good at it. I never followed that career path, because I didn’t think I was good enough or knew enough. I always thought that there were people out there better suited to that than me. Once again, how wrong I could have been.

Within 4 months of starting my blog and writing about things that I love, I have been invited to write a gig review. Some would say that is a coincidence, I would say that is the magic of the Universe. This is how the Universe rewards us for following our hearts and doing what we love. In turn, the Universe has come to know me as someone who writes and blogs, and someone who loves music, and in particular Mark, which is how the invite came around.

So, my question for you today is this, if you wanted to be someone, be known as someone, who would you like to be known as? A writer, a painter, a photographer, a teacher, a philanthropist, a social entrepreneur, a coach, a mentor, because you can decide. You can decide who you want to be and how you would like to be known.

And the thing I have learnt is this, it is better to decide who you would like to be, rather than allow others to decide that for you.

Sending you love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

Mark Wilkinson

Here’s a fantastic cover that Mark does of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car

What we see, is what we look for

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

– Charles R. Swindoll –

I have two of my beautiful friends to thank for the inspiration for my blog post today. Firstly, Sasha for sharing such an inspirational post on Facebook this morning, which is sitting just above these few sentences.

And my wonderful friend Pia, for sharing the video that you can watch below. It has just the most lovely sentiment and sweetly and succinctly communicates a very simple message, and one that I live by, every day.

What we see, is what we look for.

‘Finding Love’ by Hailey Bartholomew from You Can’t Be Serious.

I spent a lot of my life in a very cynical space. I sometimes struggled to see the good in people, things and situations. Sometimes I was fearful that something bad was going to happen or someone was going to screw me over. Of course, I wasn’t always in this space, and when I wasn’t, I was occupied by how fantastic life was, and how brilliant and amazing people are.

In the last 12 months though, I have decided that I want to occupy my time, thoughts, feelings and energy on the positives in life. I have decided to see the good in everything in everyone, and that change has needed to start with myself and come from within.

When we learn to stop judging ourselves, we can stop judging others. When we understand that there is no right or wrong, nor good or bad, we can allow things just to simply be. When we decide to concern ourselves with living our own lives from a place of love and truth, it no longer matters what other people think or say.

So, my question for you today is, what would you like to experience more of in your life, and therefore what do you need to start to look for more of?

For me? I choose peace, love, truth, wisdom and abundance.

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

My beautiful friend Sasha

My beautiful friend Pia

‘Finding Love’ video by Hailey Bartholomew from You Can’t Be Serious.

Anything is possible (Part 4)

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“Belief
Makes things real
Makes things feel
Feel alright”

– Gavin DeGraw –

As promised, here is the fourth (and at the moment) final part of my Anything is possible blog post series. Yesterday in Part 3, I showed you how Darren and I have made friends with the cockatoos who live in the tree opposite our flat.

Today I will show you what happened when my beautiful friends Sasha came to visit us for the weekend from London. . . . .

After meeting him from the ferry and grabbing a green tea and having a chat on the beach in Manly we walked back to my flat. On the way we came across about 20 of the cockatoos all eating seeds from the trees on the ground close to our flat. He got super excited to see them and went over to take a photo and they flew away. I told him not to worry and that we would be able to feed them later, because they come to visit our balcony. I think he thought I was a little crazy, but I didn’t mind, because I knew the truth.

Sure enough a few hours after he had arrived and we had been drinking more tea in my living room and catching up, one cockatoo arrived on my balcony. We went outside with our container of organic almonds for them, and then an entire flock flew over to our balcony. There must have been about 14 birds with us and about another 7 sitting on the telephone wire next to our flat, eagerly watching.

Sasha got super excited (again) and happily fed them nuts. I told him that if he was calm, quiet and peaceful, and put a nut in his hand and outstretched his hand, one would sit on his arm. He did this immediately and sure enough, after a few minutes one came to sit on him. It was magical. Further proof that anything is possible if you desire it enough, if you believe, if you expect it to happen, if you visualise it, trust your imagination, you take the relevant action and you are congruent with the thing you desire to happen.

Here are the photos of what happened. . .

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And here is some video footage too. He even managed to follow through on something Darren and I had set an intention to manifest. . . . he got to stroke one of them! So amazing. Considering they are wild birds.

And here is a video of a wonderful man called Kevin Richardson in South Africa who has made friends with lions and has been accepted into their pride as one of them.

So the final thought for this group of posts is. Anything is possible IF these 7 things occur

  1. You desire the thing to happen – without desire nothing happens.
  2. You believe the thing will happen – you need to connect with a deep feeling of knowing.
  3. You expect the thing to happen – you need to know that the thing you desire to happen WILL happen.
  4. You visualise the thing happening before it does
  5. You use your imagination – be creative with your thoughts
  6. You take action – you must follow through with what you say you’re going to do
  7. You are congruent with your desire – you actions and behaviours must be congruent with what you think and say. They must all go hand in hand.

So, as with the cockatoo example. I desired for us to feed them. I believed it would happen. I expected it to happen. I visualised it happening in my head before it happened. I used my imagination to create the idea of it happening. I took the relevant action when the bird appeared by taking nuts outside to the balcony and I was 100% congruent with my thoughts, words, actions and behaviour. And this people, is how you manifest.

So, the question today is, what you would like to manifest? Write your comments on this below, share your thoughts, goals, dreams and wishes and let us know how you get on with your manifesting.

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

My beautiful friend Sasha

The cockatoos that live in the tree opposite our flat

South Africa Lion Tamer – Kevin Richardson

Gavin De Graw’s – Belief

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Enjoy the ride (Part 2)

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“Be in love with your life, every minute of it.” 

– Jack Kerouac –

Back in May I wrote a blog post called ‘Enjoy the Ride‘ and I wanted to write a follow up to it today. That post used a board game as a metaphor for life. And this one is going to use a motorcycle ride.

Today I needed to drive into the city to drop Darren’s car off to get it fixed after the accident that we were in a month or so ago. See yesterday’s post ‘Don’t get sucked into the drama‘ to learn more about that.

After not having driven much during the 7 years I lived in London, and then not much over the last year or so since being in Sydney, I’m still getting used to driving in a big city. I grew up in the country, and I’m better accustomed to tinkling around country lanes and in and out of small towns and villages.

After getting across the city to drop the car off, I met Darren and jumped on the back of his new Aprilia motorcycle to head home. A few years ago, this is something I would definitely have thought twice about. However, since travelling through South East Asia in 2011 and opening my heart and mind to new things, I had discovered that I actually really quite liked being on the back of motorcycles.

Whether it was hurtling down the back streets of Hue for a morning with a local tour guide before heading on via bus to Hoi An, or travelling on the back of my friend Sophach’s bike every day to school when I taught in Cambodia last July, I have always felt happy and free on the back of a bike.

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And it’s no coincidence that, I have manifested a boyfriend who owns one.

That doesn’t stop me getting a little scared every now and then though.

Darren’s bike is big and powerful, and fast. When you’re on the back of it, you need to be completely and utterly present and paying attention. But I actually love how calming and centering it is. I’ve always been one to love a good car conversation, but when you’re on the back of the bike, you’re just alone with your thoughts.

I remember the first few times I was on the back of his bike, it was a mixture of excitement, exhilaration and slight terror, especially every time we turned a corner. The mini control freak in me struggled to begin with, knowing that I needed to just let go and trust that everything would be OK, but still wanting to freak out a little every time I got on the back of the bike.

Now, I almost feel like I’m on the back of a metal horse, and we’re galloping through the streets of Sydney on it, weaving in and out of the other animals.

When we left the car fixing place (I forget what the official name for it is), it was raining. In my old life I would have worried about this, decided that it was dangerous and that I’d get wet and cold and be slightly miserable. In my new life, I decided that it was going to be a fun ride no matter what. I decided that I’d enjoy every moment of it. That I’d enjoy wrapping my arms around Darren, locking my knees around his bum, snuggling down into the seat, feel the wind and rain on my body and enjoy the ride as we skipped across Sydney towards our homestead in Manly.

So the thought for the day is, more of a reminder I guess. In any moment you have the opportunity to make it whatever you would like it to be. I choose the silver lining, I choose the glass so full it’s overflowing with water, I choose the present, I choose joy, I choose to enjoy the ride.

What do you choose?

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

Being on the back of a motorcycle

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