So I’m not talking about clothing – especially in Winter! I’m talking about our lives, this constant state of busy we all seem to be exisiting in.
Sometimes in order to achieve more – we need to simply do less!
This week, my brain has been cluttered with all the many things I have had to plan and fit in. My brain was so full that I just could not obtain clarity.
So in a bold move – in order to achieve all the many things I had to do, I did NOTHING!
I sat outside with a cup of coffee and the sun on my skin and I did nothing but sit, and think and breathe.
I sat still long enough to clear the clutter, to find the clarity I desperately needed to find, and like magic it felt as though gaps started appearing in my day.
They were of course always there, I was just too clouded to see them.
Being busy all the time isn’t productive, it isn’t something to feel proud of, yet we all (myself included) seem to fall prey to the “How are you?” Busy! scenario.
I think somewhere along the way, being busy became a badge of honour.
Well I am here to tell you there is more to life.
We can achieve more by not being “busy” all of the time.
Take some time to think, to sit and just simply BE …..
…..and watch your life transform in the most positive and magical way.
I DARE YOU 🙂
This morning I awoke at 5am in London and as I typed this I was on a plane to Berlin, where I currently sit in the most amazing hotel (but that’s a story for another time).
The weather is a ridiculous -11 degrees Celsius. The last few days in London have been cold and rainy, yet everyone keeps telling me that the 9-11 degree temperatures there are mild for this time of year and while that may be true – I am from Queensland, Australia I just left 30 degrees so let me tell you this is not mild to me.
Boring weather story I know – bear with me there is a point 🙂
As I sat on the plane, high above the clouds, the sun on my face, I was filling in an intention journal for 2016.
I used the journey to complete the reflection part on 2015 and to keep up with my weather theme here if I had to pick a word or two to describe 2015 it would be cloudy with several storms.
Yet as I wrote I realised that the bad times have already started to fade in my mind, I struggled to remember the challenges with emotion and details attached and I can already start to really focus on the good memories.
So as I sat on the plane lapping up the warmth of the sun on my face, I can hand on my heart tell you all, that even though it may be cloudy to you right now, even though you may not be able to see the sun – it is there patiently waiting for you – high above the clouds.
I can tell you that no matter what is going on in your life right now – the sun will most certainly come out again.
So hang in there my friends – you got this!
- I am a sponge for people’s energy – I feel this is both a blessing and curse. It is both a weakness and a strength. At times I absorb too much, I allow other peoples energy to weigh me down, yet this is also a blessing when I surround myself around positive like-minded people I can feed off their energy, as I know people feed off mine.
- I am a walking contradiction – I love to find moments of calmness, yet I attract crazy; crazy situations, people and moments and I also thrive on the randomness of this and the good crazy that I and my life is. I teach body balance, I have excellent balance, yet I am ridiculously clumsy and trip over nothing several times a day. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my hair and I rarely wear makeup or do other “girly” things, yet look out world if my nail polish is chipped on my toes it seriously distresses me to epic proportions.
- I am a great cook but terrible at baking. I heard once that cooking is an art and baking is a science and if that is true then it makes perfect sense to me. I love to throw things together and create. I hate having to have exact measurement s and stir for the exact time I am told to. I love the challenge of having a few random edible items at home and making them into something amazing.
- I am messy, no really I am for a tiny little person I can create mess of cyclonic proportions in about two minutes – I truly don’t know how I do it, it’s quite amazing. My house can go from spotless to war zone in about 5 minutes. I don’t know what I do but man I do it well.
- I sometimes feel like a yogi imposter – #secretnownotsosecretconfessionsofayogi – I do yoga and I eat meat, drink coffee and drink alcohol – there I said it – I do it all!
- I love to write, but I hate punctuation; I just finished a job in communications and marketing and don’t get me wrong I understand the importance of punctuation but I love to just let my fingers fly across a keyboard and unleash an unconscious stream of thoughts onto my laptop and see what appears (kind of like I am doing right now).
- I have an irrational fear of bees and birds. Birds make me nervous – seriously I just do not trust them and always feel like they are plotting against me.
- I try really hard to like olives – I really dislike them – but feel like it’s something I should love, so keep trying them with not much success so far.
- I love it when people are kind and authentic – no really I looooove it. The world needs more of it and when I see it my heart swells open like you would not believe.
- I am a witch – a good witch not an evil one – I see things coming an hour, a day, a week before things happen, I sense it, I feel it, I predict it. I don’t try to do it – it just happens. Sometimes I wonder if I am just one of those in-tune people, other times I wonder if I am from the future – true story! I can’t switch it on or off, it is just on the whole time.
- I love the beach, sunsets, full moons, rainbows and anything beautiful that comes from nature – this is probably something most of you would already know – but the energy and excitement I get is something that only a few of you really would understand. Those friends who I have literally yelled at to get ready faster as the sun is setting, my poor husband who has been bitten by mosquitos on numerous occasions as I race out for just one last look at the full moon. The work that I left in my inbox as I just knew a rainbow would appear and I had to leave the office immediately. People think I am weird but I don’t care – and something that makes me more happy than any of you would ever know is the people who send me a pic of any of these things, who know I would appreciate it, who now appreciate these things because of me, who have just stopped for a moment to appreciate – that to me is the most amazing thing.
Live the life you always imagined. If something in your life doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t.
If you are questioning your job then it may not be the right job for you.
If your relationship doesn’t feel right then it probably is not.
Don’t let fear stop you from living the life you dreamt for yourself.
We were born to dream and be courageous.
The only thing stopping you is you!
Dream big friends!
The last few months I have been juggling a communications job, while still teaching yoga, pilates and body balance. It has been hectic and I have felt tired and stressed.
Finding the time to write with a clear mind has been challenging to say the least.
My communications job and teaching job could not be two worlds further apart.
Instead of writing (even though it pains me to have put it on hold) I have been focussing on finding beautiful moments in the edges of my days.
Capturing moments of fresh air and daylight.
I have discovered that when I can live outside these two worlds, when I can sit and enjoy the edges of the day, that is when the magic really happens.
Where possible I will get ready for work even three minutes earlier and using those three minutes to sit outside and just breathe.
What has been getting me through is taking a ten minute walk at lunch time, or leaving the office in time to see the last fifteen minutes of a sunset.
In the edges of the day, surrounded by nature, my brain is momentarily clear and focussed.
I can write my class plans, I can reflect and I can re-energise.
In the edges of the day that is where all the magic happens.
To those of you who have been reading my blog when I have not been updating nearly as frequently as I should, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sometimes I awake at silly o’clock at times to teach a class, I boil the kettle and jump in a quick wake up shower.
Occasionally I internally battle with my NEED for morning coffee.
Occasionally hearing my yoga teacher in my head (let’s protect his identity and call him Mr M) telling me how bad caffeine is, I have read the studies and he is an intelligent guy so I am pretty confident the studies and he is right.
Yet that voice is always quickly quieted by the louder “get out of the shower so you have time to slam that morning coffee down” voice screeching at me from under the soothing refreshing water pouring over my head, calming me from the evil alarm that made me want to forget about the Ahimsa Yama and instead of being a non violent person, sometimes I just want to punch that beeping alarm in its beeping face.
I lapse into a happy serene daydream under that shower, momentarily forgetting the world, blissfully euphoric under a cascade of soothing water, until the screeching coffee need inner voice returns with a jolt yelling “now you idiot- get out now!”
So I reluctantly get out of the shower I throw on my yoga gear, I almost never do my hair, yogis don’t do hair and makeup right – we are natural and beautiful and content with our natural beauty.
Now don’t be too shocked I do smear a bit of moisturizer and sunscreen on my face – I’m not an animal.
Anyway where was I?
That beautiful liquid that allows me to regularly practice Ahimsa and be non violent to myself or others 🙂
See I also practice Satya as you can see my the many truths revealed in this story.
Yes I slam my coffee down – I say slam as I couldn’t possibly set my alarm 5 minutes earlier to allow me to sip my morning coffee like a civilized human.
I eat a tiny bit of toast normally with peanut butter that nine times out of ten I am wiping off my pants during the journey to class – Don’t ask I am as baffled as you are!
I race to my class feeling tired and slightly disheveled.
I am sometimes still angry at my alarm for making me wake so early – I have forgotten all about the 4th Niyama – non judgement.
I arrive at class, I roll my mat out and a strange peaceful calm transcends over my body.
I step onto my yoga mat and sit peacefully awaiting (secretly hoping) (sometimes worrying) that someone will actually turn up at this ungdly hour.
The people file in they are subdued, undoubtedly as tired as me.
I smile at them knowingly, I smile at them compassionately.
I smile, as being a yoga instructor is the most rewarding fulfilling job I can have imagined myself living. It can also be a lonely world as a self-employed instructor so I smile for me, for the simple fact that I am sharing my space with another human.
I smile in appreciation that they too got up early for me or for themselves, they choose my class out of all the many classes and I feel honoured.
I smile as for that next hour my life exists purely for them – my thoughts are no longer my own, my being is a vehicle to inspire others, to motivate, to exist for them and them alone.
My thoughts, doubts, fears, insecurities, excitement, preoccupied dreams can be mine again maybe ten minutes after class but for that moment and for every class that I teach, my thoughts are not my own. For during this time, I practice and I honour all the Yamas, the Niyamas, prana, I honour my teachers, I honour myself and I honour each and every person in that room.
I am an instructor I am watching people grow; mentally, physically and emotionally.
I momentarily feel silly for my alarm induced rage.
My feelings of tiredness have vanished.
I am ok with my decision to drink coffee (sorry Mr M) I don’t do drugs, I don’t drink excessively, I don’t even eat a lot of meat I am mostly a vegetarian without even being vegetarian.
I am kind to others and I try to always be kind to myself.
I believe in energy and I vow to beam all the positive energy I have inside out of my heart and into my students.
I am a coffee drinking yoga instructor I sometimes have crazy hair and I always have awesome yoga pants.
I am a loving yoga instructor who loves life, who loves to help others and chooses to hate nothing except for alarms.
I am a walking contradiction of mayhem and calm.
I am a yoga instructor and these are my truths.
When life starts to become hectic, as it always will; sometimes we need to just stop!
Stop and find solitude.
Inhale new peaceful calm energy.
Exhale the drama, the negativity, the pressure, the tension.
Sometimes you just need to let go and escape.
After what can only be described as a hectic crazy year, I am doing exactly that, I am escaping for 2 short weeks to London.
I am running an event there to help others escape so if you live in London and you need a little break, then check out the events page of this site and let me help you escape through yoga and mediation to relax, to take some time out for you.
For those not in London, I hope you can find some time in your busy lives to find some inner peace, to find solitude and happiness.
You owe it to yourselves.
Calling all London mermaids and mermen 🙂
Do you love yoga and love the beach?
Well this little bronzed Aussie girl is bringing a little bit of the Australian beach and yoga with me on the 12th of October for a 2 hour Escape.
I hope you can join me
For more info and to book your spot today – check out the events page