Wow – that was a huge week!
How are you?
It goes without saying there is much to navigate right now and as emotional beings we are all feeling it.
Amidst all that has required navigating this week, we’ve been immersed in the new era of ‘distance learning’ [my key take out – education is a long term endeavour and learning comes in many different forms – for us all!]. We’ve said goodbye to our exchange student and all plans for Liv’s exchange to France are, of course on hold. And this is just the beginning. We are in new territory and I am comforted knowing we are all in it together.
I can’t help but think that an opportunity exists for us all to create a more fulfilling and resourceful life. We are now in a huge transition, one that will be felt by everyone, in so many different and potentially heart breaking ways. It is a time that is going to need all of our compassion, love and kind human spirit as we transition to a new way of being.
As the teachings of Abraham Hicks suggest … accept ‘what is’ but don’t focus on ‘what is’ – focus on the solution, which is another way of saying, where your attention goes, energy flows. Ask yourself “Am I adding momentum to the solution or the problem right now?”
I think one of the most important solutions right now is the relief of fear and anxiety. The time is now to use all of the tools you have in your self-care toolbox to bring about a sense of calm (and share them with others!). This is the time to apply what you know and who you are to each moment.
I have loved observing leaders in various healing modalities share comforting words, actions and resources abundantly in an attempt to comfort and empower.
Let us all keep sharing and supporting one another. And in the spirit of sharing, here are some resources and tools that continue to support me, and those precious to me.
Yesterday, as we were at the airport check-in desk with Adèle our exchange student there were concerns from the check-in staff about the routing of her return flight to Switzerland. Adèle already feeling nervous traveling during this time, became very emotional and in that moment we just started tapping together. Almost immediately the anxiety subsided. A solution was reached and her flight was made a little more comfortable when she was upgraded to Business Class!
Here are some fabulous resources to ‘tap’ into right now:
Happisoul – Alison van Vuuren – offering free online tapping [via Facebook]
A morning with Dr Peta Stapleton in Sydney, Saturday 28th March – now an online event!
Brad Yates – YouTube video – dealing with outbreak fear
Nick Ortner – YouTube video – releasing anxiety
Journaling | The Artist’s Way
Do you believe that we are always being shown the way? Desire, ask, believe, receive … Joseph Campbell “A thousand unseen helping hands.”
The Artist’s Way – The Spiritual Guide to Creativity is a book and a beautiful practice (that by happenstance came up in a conversation with the creative guru @meganmorton about a month ago) created by Julia Cameron. I was aware of this book however hadn’t explored the subject in detail. I am currently in Week 3 of this 12 Week guided journey of exploring the link between spirituality and creativity.
Getting thoughts onto paper is a large part of this journey. I am now in a regular practice of journaling – at least 3 foolscap pages every morning. The ‘noise’ is transferred out of my head and onto the paper. Writing is an incredibly therapeutic way of letting go of anxiety, channelling it into another form and it ultimately creates space for all types of creativity to flow.
Have a pen and paper? Start with creating a gratitude list when feelings of anxiety and uncertainty take over.
“Why should we all use our creative power . . ? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland.
Tuning into nature
Simply being in nature (or even viewing scenes of nature) helps to reduce feelings of fear, anger and stress. Exposure to nature helps us to feel grounded and instantly calmer.
In a time of social distancing – hug trees! Meditate in your garden, create a herb garden, vegie patch, plant shrubs. Listen to the birds.
Tuning into voices of calm
Tune into your favourite teachers/podcasts.
Elizabeth Peru is a cosmic guide and has provided some powerful insights into the great transition that is taking place on the planet. https://elizabethperu.com/blog/coronawakeup
Sam Harris – ‘Making Sense’ podcast – neuroscientist and philosopher exploring the difficult questions. https://samharris.org/podcast/
‘The Tim Ferriss Show’ – Tim Ferris – the voice of calm and reason, helping to point out the obvious. https://tim.blog/podcast/
Eckhart Tolle – the epitome of calm – his YouTube videos and podcast will help you to access stillness and calm in the now. https://eckharttolle.com/podcasts/
The ‘Gong Guru’ Matt Omo is offering [via Facebook] free sound healing meditations and sound journeys. https://omosoundjourneys.com/
Create a spa like feeling at home
Create a calm space where you go to find stillness as you journal, turn inwards to meditate, draw, paint and generously create. Light candles, diffuse essential oils, spray your Combardis Mist, play your favourite music. Find a place for your yoga mat and tune into the plethora of on-line resources for yoga and exercise routines. Take your cooking next level with beautiful, healthy meals that involve the whole family.
Of course, don’t forget to use your Combardis mists to supercharge your rituals, uplift your spirits and create a sense of stillness and calm.
Present Moment – All we ever have is this moment, right now. Take a deep breath and find a sense of calm in each moment. Here we can choose to be grateful for at least one thing.
Harmony – Peace will always come from within. When we find a sense of calm, we can navigate the way forward with clarity.
Abundant Life – Solutions are always inflowing – give yourself the time and space to receive inspiration.
Clarity – Where your attention goes energy flows. Set your attention and focus to that which you desire.
Joie de Vivre – Delight in the little things. The smell of home percolated coffee, your favourite herbal tea, smiles on the faces of the people you love. Scent creates mood, brighten the spaces in your home with scent.
Calmer Kids – Support and nurture kids as they navigate this different way of being for a while.
Free The Spirit – Allow creativity to lead you to truth and love.
Peaceful Sleep – Prioritise restful sleep, the foundation of physical and metal wellbeing.
Inner Strength – You’ve got this!
Let’s stay connected and support one another.
With light and love, Karen Xx