PRESENCE

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PRESENCE

The here and now. This moment. Present. How can you hold this space of being completely at one with what is, instead of what was or what will be? The past and the future does not exist if you live in the presence, which is being in the moment as you move from moment to moment, breath by breath. It is so easy (to a point where it becomes a habit) to escape to the past or the future and it is so challenging to stay in the presence. Life demands so much of us that we need to be here, to be there, to do this, to do that. In the midst of getting stuff done, is your awareness fully in it or your awareness spreads across multiple things like the past or the future?

When you are in love with what you do, you are 100% present. The presence of love will always cast out fear. 

Set your intention for today's New Moon to choose 3 things that you love doing and be completely present when you are in it. Practice it everyday and you will notice a shift in your awareness as it draws you closer to finding what you love in life.

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CHOOSE

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CHOOSE

The heart has so much more power over the head, but often we live in our heads. As much as it is important to have perceptions and intellect to get us moving through the daily tasks, we also need to create space to listen into the heart's intuition to make decisions from a place of greater insights. 

I have been working with this concept of moving through my day from the heart. Feeling into my heart space each moment and really listen to the response that comes out from there. Connecting with people with an open and receptive mind, teaching yoga from that deeper place to connect with other's hearts so my head is free from analysis, judgement and attachment. When the heart is being touched, it pours out infinite amount of love energy that illuminates you as who you are deep within.

Experience it yourself, sit with yourself every time you are unsure or need to make a decision. Drop your awareness down into your heart center, maybe to place your hands over the heart area to connect then silently ask your heart to whatever you need to know. Listen and you shall receive. 

Happy Full Moon everyone! May all your deepest desire illuminate on this full moon.

Love,
Carol x

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FEARLESS

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FEARLESS

We live each day not knowing what's coming up next can be fearful, it can be unsettling and trigger anxiety and worry. The uncertainty can sometimes take you into a ride around every possible directions that escalate to more fear. As human beings, we like to plan our life and know our steps so we feel safe and secured. Whilst this is all good and sound but when you really think about it, you are in the hindsight putting up fences and conditioning into your own path. What happens if something doesn't happen as planned? You may be worried and anxious, so it keeps circling around fear.

So what can you do? Maybe you can try to create a loose map of your plans and ideas without keeping it too tight but just so you know it's there as a reference. Then put it aside and enjoy your life as it presents to you. The true fearless freedom comes when there is no attachment and aversion if something doesn't happen as planned. You haven't put up tight fencing and conditioning that will trigger your fear. If you don't create fear within yourself, you become fearless. Being fearless is freedom that can light up your world.

Hope this brings you a fresh perspective as we embark into this New Moon which happens to be the Chinese New Year too! 

Namaste
Carol x

 

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THANK YOU

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THANK YOU

Giving thanks to this 7 days to myself in this Meditation Teacher Training, I feel so much expansive energy that’s escalating on this eclipse full moon. I feel both empty and full. Whilst meditation help empty out the clutter in the mind, at the same time it creates a sense of fullness and contentment. It’s double joy when you can find moksha (freedom) in your everyday life, which unlocks all the things that create suffering. May all beings be happy and experience this double joy. 

Namaste, 

Carol

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EXPANSION

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EXPANSION

EXPAND. This is the word that came to my mind when I was listening to a new year video 'Mapping' by Elena Brower, an Author, Speaker and inspirational yogi. She said to think of a word to cultivate for 2018, the kind of frequency that you want to bring about, one that creates meaning in what you do. This word was the first calling from deep within my heart, a word that makes my cells vibrate into a higher energy, it motivates and guide me to the direction I needed to go.

From the experience I have gained as a Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant over the past 7 years, I have been soaking up teachings from other teachers and trainings. It is at this turning point where I feel so full that I needed to expand as a teacher listening from the inner guide. This is the year for expansion into areas in my life that has been germinating for some time to become more fruitful. The picture on the top just happens to be the exact card (from 'The universe has your back' by Gabby Bernstein, an International Author, Speaker and Spirit Junkie) I pulled out for my New Moon intention. "I am the loving energy of the universe" - this sets the tone for my 2018. In every expansion is a loving energy that comes from the greater source of the universe. What is your word that you like to cultivate? Your New Moon intention which is a powerful one to set you up for this year? 

Sending positive charge to you all!

Carol x

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Say YES to the universe

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Say YES to the universe

When you say 'YES', it brings positivity, opportunity and hope that opens the gate to receive what your deepest soul really wants. When you say 'NO', it removes you away from the 'YES' which closes the gate.

This full moon is set at the junction at the end of the year and begins a new year, a power switch that is an important step to make changes so you can move from 'NO' to 'YES'! List the top 3 'NO' that you want to release, maybe it was an event or a part of your life that you were not satisfy with. See it in your mind's eyes as you burn this in fire and mentally release them. Next, list the top 3 'YES' that you want to invite into your life that brings you joy, happiness and abundance. See it in your mind's eyes as if it is happening right now and feel it in your whole being then offer it up to the divine universe. 

Om Namo Narayani.
"I surrender to the Divine."

 

 

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Light up your inner world

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Light up your inner world

When you light up your inner world, your outer world becomes bright. What is your inner knowing that lead you to be on this journey, to know what you are meant to do, to know what your life purpose is?

Follow that inner light - maybe from your dreams or your intuition, the subconscious guides you to that part of you who knows the things that you don't know but you know. The more you can spark up this inner light, the more you are in tune with your inner world and hence it paved the light for your outer world, your actions and interaction with your future.

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Like attracts like

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Like attracts like

Our inner world creates our outer world. Our thoughts create our reality, we buy into what we think and believe in. If we are filled with upsets and trauma, resentment and regrets, then the energies we put "out there" into the world are negative. However if we are filled with happiness and joy, appreciation and gratefulness, then the energies become positive.

Since like attracts like. 

Full moon is a precious time to reflect on where your life is at this point in time. Allow everything to rise up the surface, using the light of the moon to shine on the darkest areas in your life that may no longer serve and support you - a perfect time to release all the negative energies.

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Natural stillness

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Natural stillness

We live in a world that is constantly filled with loud, noisy, stimulants and distractions. It is not until we remove ourselves away from the center of it all that we can find peace and quiet that nature brings. Remember that quiet, calm and stillness is part of who we are, our natural state of being, but it's often times that we are being pulled into different directions that cloud our perception and obstruct our mind. We are part of nature - allow the natural stillness come to you.

"Imagine that your mind is like a calm, clear lake or a vast empty sky; Ripples appear on the surface of the lake and clouds pass across the sky, but they soon disappear without altering the natural stillness." ~ Kathleen McDonald

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Balance your energy

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Balance your energy

Where do you spend your energy on a daily basis? Work, home, exercise, TV? We utilise our energy differently in different areas in our life, sometimes we may not be aware that we exert all our energy in one place til we feel depleted.  

The key to preserve and promote our energy is through distributing a steady effort with steady attention for a steady mind in order to find balance in our energy. This applies to all areas in our life. Whether you have a 9-to-5 job, you can still find balance in your energy by giving yourself a short break every hour or so then you don't need to feel exhausted by the end of the day. If you are constantly in front of a computer, maybe you can balance your energy out by resting your eyes instead of watching TV or getting more stimulated. In a yoga class, instead of pushing through the practice maybe you can find a steady rhythm of breath and movement and resting or modifying when it's appropriate.

It's the little moments where you can preserve your energy that has the biggest impact in our day to day living. What can you do today to balance your energy?

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Transform your life

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Transform your life

Your life is guided by the natural rhythms that is different from one person to the next. As much as we like our life to go a certain way or to be like someone else's, it does not always happen. Understand life itself is a journey made up of processes, whether it's creating a career, building a family or developing the self. For transformation to take place, it requires you to step inside your heart's deepest desire. Once you discover your purpose, you keep the intention close to you as you create your journey towards that. Knowing that every step you make and any obstacle you face is a lesson you need to learn. This is what will enrich you and give you the direction you need to go. Remember that everything that will occur in our lives will occur in its own time.

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly." ~ English Proverb

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We are born in the moon

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We are born in the moon

We are born in the moon, moved by the moon and work with the moon. When the moon in the sky aligns with our moon phase, we align our energy with the universe. A fascinating lunation phases workshop I recently attended which highlights the significant of the moon. On the time of the day, month, year that we're born falls in a specific moon phase. By understanding the phases and aligning ourselves with them connect us with the universal energy which in turn supports us. It gives insight into our purpose in life. There are 8 phases of the moon.

New Moon - new beginnings. If you're born in this moon, you see life as one big adventure, having a strong desire for fresh new experience.

Crescent Moon - move forward. If you're born in this moon, you may be creatures of habit and is interested in security and closeness.

First Quarter Moon - crisis in action. If you're born in this moon, you are capable of making immediate critical decisions and act upon them.

Gibbous Moon - perfectionists. If you're born in this moon, you like to plan and be organised. You seek to improve life, work and relationship.

Full Moon - idealists. If you're born in this moon, you are able to see both sides of an argument and are keenly aware of not only your needs but also the needs of others.

Disseminating Moon - brilliant communicators. If you're born in this moon, you like to spread information about your ideas, beliefs and your knowledge.

Last Quarter Moon - crisis in consciousness. If you're born in this moon, you may seem to be living in a world of your own. You may be going through a deep process of re-orientating yourself internally.

Balsamic Moon - reflective. If you're born in this moon, you may need to withdraw from the world periodically to recharge your batteries. 

When you know your moon phase, look up in the sky when it is in your moon to align yours with universal energy. 

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Mindful living

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Mindful living

Many of us may spend most of our time doing things in autopilot mode, from the moment you wake up in the morning followed by the series of activities as it unfold throughout the day til you go to bed at night. It can sound like a whirlwind cycle of mindless living. You can turn this around so that you can enjoy every moment of the day despite the mundane activities. When you truly open your sense door and simply be fully attentive to everything arriving into your door of awareness. This is mindfulness. Pick one thing that you do everyday like walking to work; instead of engaging with your smartphone, pay attention to every step you make, how your feet interact with the earth, all the sounds you hear around you, feel your breath as you make each step. This can be a simple act of bringing joy into the present moment that you're living in.

"Resting in awareness in any moment involves giving ourselves over to all our senses, in touch with inner and outer landscapes as one seamless whole, and thus in touch with all of life unfolding in its fullness in any moment and in every place we might possibly find ourselves, inwardly or outwardly." ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Balance in Kapha Season

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Balance in Kapha Season

Spring is here. A season of birth, new beginning, renewal and growth. Ayurveda teaches us that like increases like. By its very nature springtime tends to increase Kapha, which is associated with colds, congestion, hay fever and allergies. The best time to invite a seasonal diet and lifestyle that lift us out from the heaviness, dullness, dampness and cold and into a bit more lightness, sharpness, dryness and heat into our lives to support our physiology in its natural process.

As intuitive as we are, you may already find yourself wanting lighter diet like fruit, vegetables and salads. You can support your body's natural desire to purify and renew by favouring the pungent, bitter and astringent tastes and by eating warm, light foods that are relatively easy to digest and drink warm beverages. This will help balance mucous production, regulate moisture levels and to open the channels of elimination which is critical for purification. 

The sun rises earlier which may re-pattern your sleep so you may wake up earlier and create a stimulating and inspiring morning routine for yourself. Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue, apply a few drops of nasya oil to your nasal passage and drink some warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Make time for yoga to promote clarity and improve energy. This is also a good time of the year to push yourself a bit physically.

Embrace this season of rebirth and celebrate your health to the highest! To find out your bodytype (constitution) that will support you more comprehensively in spring, it is highly recommended to have an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation with Carol. Click here for more info.

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Life medicine

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Life medicine

We move through cycles of the moon and seasons of the year to experience our journey in life, which can be a roller coaster. An essential element that can carry you through is your life medicine. The essence that makes you feel good from the inside and out, the sacred space that support you, to keep you well and nourish your body, mind and soul.

For me, the medicine I turn to that connects me to my home...
Yoga. Meditation. Nature. Beach. Inspirational poetry. Herbal tea. Chai. Home cooked food. Crystals. Singing bowls. Steam. Sauna. Spa. Massage. Naps.

So think about your life, your days, your rhythm. What do you do on a daily routine that keeps you balance, happy and shining?

Soak in them.

 

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You are enough

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You are enough

Understand that you are enough. Just as you are. There is nothing that you need to search for, you have everything you need in this world, you are whole and complete. You don’t have to be better, smarter, faster, prettier, sexier, skinnier, or richer than you are in this very moment. Release negative habitual thoughts for the need to constantly search for that new and improved version of you. You are not waiting for version 2 of you. Acknowledge and accept that you are perfect just the way you are, how you look, how much you've got and accomplished. You are enough right now.

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Trust the process

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Trust the process

At times in life, there will be moments of fear, doubt and uncertainty in yourself and in others due to various circumstances. It can sometimes make you pull back from moving forward or build a fence around you to protect yourself from getting hurt. Realising the only person you actually hurting is yourself. Understanding sometimes things will turn out and sometimes they won't, life will unfold exactly the way it should. By trusting the process, you are allowing the universe to take over.

"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax and float." Alan Watt

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What if you can

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What if you can

What if
You listen to the voice from deep inside
and trust it always lead you to the light.

What if
You soften the tight grip of your jaw
and off load the weight of your shoulders.

What if
You wash away the clutter in your mind
and have clarity of thoughts.

What if
You release the need to 'do' in every moment
and simply 'be' in the moment.

What if
You let go of everything that no longer serves you
and let in space for infinite possibilities. 

What if
You exhale all the things you think you lack in this life
and inhale knowing that you are whole and complete.

 

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Change is happening in this moment

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Change is happening in this moment

Change. We all go through it every moment. It's like a master plan unfolding ever since we are brought to this world - from our first breath, first step, first word to all the different chapters we walk in life. There are no two moments that are the same. There are some moments where you feel life is so sweet and perfect that you can stay on cloud nine forever, then there are those challenging moments that you just want the dark clouds to pass so you can feel the sunshine again. The important thing to note is that you cannot hold onto any moment, happy or sad, easy or difficult, it will come and go just like anything in life. Life is constantly changing, evolving, unraveling, just like you. You are not bounded by your bodies nor your thoughts. You are an awaken being full of potential to move with the changes in life. 

"Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful." L.R.Knost

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