Inspiration From The Vortex.

Coming your way every Wednesday, join me on a whimsical, informative and at times profound journey into the depths of healing the soul………..mine……..yours………..the whole planet!

 

The Silent Retreat Beckons.

inspiration pink energyWell this is the day before I head off to a 10 day silent retreat, the one I was going to train for by meditating for at least 10 minutes a day. You probably can already guess that it didn’t quite work out that way after all. I have done some meditation though and more regular stretching so I have improved my capacity which will be very helpful. I have certainly done a lot of shedding and letting go of energies that were ready to leave, some not feeling very nice. So my training has been somewhat intuitive and for someone who loves to improvise this is probably the perfect preparation!

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I am feeling a lot of fear and that makes my mind want to latch on to the few things I need to do before heading off for what will end up being close to two weeks. I am heading in to a very intense experience and I have no expectations as to what that will feel like. I know it will be challenging but in what particular form I do not know and have no desire to make any stories about it. There is fear and there is also a part of me looking forward to the break from everything, even my Beloved. Well not exactly looking forward to the last part, it will be strange for us to be apart for so long. But oh the reunion, and an exchange of our individual journeys, whatever we are able to share.

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It will be really, really interesting and I am sure I will learn a lot! I’m not promising a post next week, but if I get time to rustle something up before I head off tomorrow I will schedule it in. So enjoy being in the world as I prepare to leave it for a time, aho!

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Hearts Full Of Peace Save The World!

waterhole summer swimmingAs a post, post script from last week I would like to add that I went swimming the next day at a local water hole. Even crammed with holiday makers and children of all ages it was incredibly soothing to be in the river and watch the sun glinting on green leaves and water. I’m so not a water baby but after that lovely experience I’m determined to do it again, but maybe after school has gone back!

waterhole summer swimming a

In the meantime my Beloved and I are having in depth discussions about mindfulness and being in your heart. We run our test class this Saturday and I’m excited and VERY nervous. What a wonderful opportunity to practice staying in my heart as strong feelings are moving through. I’ve noticed that it is fear or doubt that turns the excitement into worry. So does that mean I have to eliminate fear and doubt from my emotional vocabulary? Of course not! Sometimes doubt can be useful when it creates caution in potentially dangerous situations. The trick is to notice whatever you are feeling and to acknowledge or name it. It sounds so simple but often people try to ignore or dismiss uncomfortable feelings and believe me, those feelings don’t go away, they just get deeper.

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So rather than having to mount an archaeological expedition to find your feelings at some later date, why not deal with them right here and now. Once you know what the flavour is of your emotional state you can decide what to do about it. Sometimes it requires action and at other times stillness may be the best approach. Bringing the experience into your heart is always a good idea, if you are ever looking for effective simple exercises to achieve this I would recommend the Heart Math Institute:
https://www.heartmath.org/

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So lets all be in our hearts as much as possible and I guarantee your world will be a better place, just imagine what it would be like if we all managed to do that most of the time! Peace on earth! Aho!

 

Let Mother Nature Take The Load!

frazzled and tired catWhen things are going smoothly and according to plan it’s so very easy to be in your heart and to feel the joy of life flowing through your veins. The real test is when you are feeling frazzled and stressed, can you be in your heart just when you need it the most? Today I was still tired from a big and challenging work day and it took me most of the morning to get myself into a space where I was able to head off to my afternoon shift. I’m filling in for holidays this month so the schedule is fuller than usual and I was very much hoping to cruise through the rest of the day with grace and ease.

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I won’t bore you with unnecessary details but you can probably guess where I am heading with this. There were no great catastrophes or disasters but it was stressful and the kind of stress that comes with a new computer system for routing phone calls going through a bit of a glitch. Nothing earth shattering but when you are already tired it can feel like the straw that broke the camel’s back! I did do some breathing into my heart as I cultivated a feeling of love by thinking of my dear Beloved. It didn’t magically shift me into bliss but it definitely eased the tension I was feeling and helped to keep me on an even keel.

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Then I got home to find that my Beloved had also had a difficult day talking to phone companies trying to change over to a new provider and plan. And to top it off the B & B guests were being very noisy upstairs, first time we’ve ever heard the TV up there so they must have had it on pretty loud! We shnuggled and we showered, then we drove to a nearby lookout and gazed out at what was left of a gentle sunset. I followed this up with listening to some soft and ethereal music while my Beloved made our dinner.

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Now as I sit here and write I can still feel some of the stress, and only sleep and rest will cure the tiredness, but I am coping. Sometimes that’s the best we can do. I’m also giving myself permission to finish this tomorrow as a deep kindness to me. So remember, if life is getting you down, breathe, be in your heart, change something or go somewhere.

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PS: After an 8 hour sleep and then starting the day with yoga I am back in a happy place! I also found a bit of grass to sit on with trees, sunshine and birdsong before I had to be at work. I sent any remaining stress into the Earth and the Mother held me in her nurturing embrace. Only 10 minutes but oh what a difference! So don’t forget nature when you are feeling stressed, you know what they say: “There’s no Wi Fi in the forest but I guarantee you will find a better connection.” (From Facebook by I don’t know!)

Namaste.

Be Kind To The Sugar Monster!

sugar-monsterSo it’s a new year and its summer and I really have been eating like crazy and the sugar monster is like totally out of the box! Not that previous phases of being naturally good have gone to waste either, I have good habits like starting every day with water and herbal teas. In fact this is an opportunity to let go of more layers of old beliefs and the coping mechanisms that used to support them. All in the grand cause of developing optimum health that doesn’t require me to feel like I’m missing out on something. I used to think herbal tea was boring, now I just adore my cup of dieters tea which contains dandelion leaf, celery leaf and fennel.

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So the day starts well but all too often it begins to include stuff like chocolate bars or even chips or twisties! Cakes to go with my coffee and even when it’s raw you can still have too much of a good thing, even when it is made with something other than refined sugar. I find it easy to avoid processed foods when it comes to savoury but when the sugar addict is hungering for her hit it’s the crappy food that comes to mind. It is kind of crunch time too for my Beloved and I so fears are coming up around stepping into the larger picture. These fears have big time associations with junk food as it was a very large part of the way that I coped in earlier times.

Chocolate donuts

So as I begin to feel my way into this year I promise to always be kind to myself even when I seem to be going backwards. There is no such thing as a mistake, only divine re-direction! And out of all this change and newness will come a healthier and more prosperous life for my Beloved and I here in the magic kingdom.

Aho!

The Joys Of Friendship And Hospitality.

technology overwhelmChallenging to get posts out when you don’t have easy access to internet, oh how we can sometimes take these things for granted! I am also enjoying the space that is created when you are not always on the computer so I guess the healthy space as usual is to be in balance. And my posts may not tumble out like clockwork under these circumstances but on a cosmic scale I don’t suppose this issue is really going to be up there with world peace and finding a cure for cancer!

world peace

Anyway nothing new to report on ‘The Love Bubble Presents’ except that we continue to be inspired and are getting great feedback with the friends we’ve been sharing our ideas with. Probably the single most important and exciting thing in the lives of my Beloved and I is our wondrous new kitchen! Oh the delight of not having to share space and having everything on one level. The magic of a little porch outside the back door with a lovely little garden and fire pit. When you’ve been house sitting for four years it is very special to have one’s own place with different rooms to keep stuff in. It makes me so grateful for the simplest things, like being able to keep my shampoo and conditioner in the shower recess.

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Me in my little kitchen!

It is yet another grand opportunity to be mindful of how beautiful life can be even without many or any of the trappings of wealth and status. I spent last Sunday with open-hearted souls connecting in friendship old and new and sharing my new home space. How wonderful to have the capacity to be hospitable and happy and to enjoy simple things like sharing food and conversation. Be grateful for whatever is good in your life and that energy will help to bring you more of the same. It is always a choice that we have and mindfulness will help you to remember that fact when the busy world has distracted you from the things that matter most.

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Lots of pretty colours in our hippy pad!

So be mindful and grateful and love the life that you do have!

Aho!

Occupy Christmas Three Years On!

christmas-spice-cakes-with-chocolateHere is a post from Christmas Day 2012, comments on a culture of commodities and consumerism!

You know those cooking shows where they don’t have time to let things cook and so there’s an already finished dish ready to present, well this Christmas Day post is a bit like that. There’s no way I’m going to be writing my blog on that day so here is something I prepared earlier, some thoughts on the whole tinsel and tree, food and presents, family dynamics extravaganza.

The thing that strikes me about the festive season is the amount of stress that people put themselves through, going into debt to buy presents they can’t afford that will have fallen apart by the end of the school holidays. The spirit is still in there somewhere but our culture’s habit of turning everything into a commodity does get in the way at times of the coming together in community that is for me, the essential nature of Christmas.

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If you’ve read any of my previous entries you may well be sick of me talking about community, but I think it is not only important for me but for the whole of humanity. If we don’t work out how to move into a higher level of co-operation with each other than the sun may well be setting not only on our current civilisation, but on the entire human race. For most of the ‘sheeple’ the fact that we need to do this doesn’t even register as they continue to be blinded and dumbed down by the toxicity of our food, media, government and other institutions.

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As always though, I am the eternal optimist; and while I can see that many are still wearing blinkers, there are also many who are beginning to wake up. The internet and social media are playing an important role in this process, it is getting harder and harder for those who are shafting us to get away with it and they know it.

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We really do live in exciting times and I for one am glad to be alive in a time of such incredible transformation. Let the incredible journey continue as we move into the exploration of what the next stage of being human might look like!

 

 

Out Of The Comfort Zone And Into The Big Picture!

love bubble heartMy Beloved and I are riding the edge at the moment with our finances and with lots of churning ‘stuff’ which is coming up as we challenge old ways of viewing ourselves. The Love Bubble Presents” is a bold vision and requires us to step out of our comfort zone in order to benefit not only ourselves, but to contribute to the larger community. The idea of giving back is incredibly important to both of us but we are looking for our own unique way of doing this. The thing is if you can truly express your talents and creativity in the world you are putting a new blueprint up into the morphogenic field. The more who do this the easier it becomes for anyone on the planet to move into that kind of space.

calm and love bubbles

With “The Love Bubble Presents” we plan to create a program that can assist more people into becoming more of who they are. In the process my Beloved and I are stepping into a bigger role than we have played heretofore and it is certainly an interesting process to see what kinds of things come up. And it will enhance our empathy with our clients as we continue shedding the obstacles that have held us back from wholeness. I have found in my own personal journey that the more I am prepared to let go of, the more sensitive and empathic I have become.

letting-go

My Beloved will explain things to the thinkers and give them an experience of sitting meditation, from there I will take them into their bodies so that the information is grounded. The feelers are catered for here as well, that’s me to a tee, I never really feel like I ‘know’ something until I can feel it in my body. And it will be fun too, who said that opening up to new things couldn’t be fun! In workshops we will probably finish with an ecstatic dance, what a wondrous way to process energies that may be moving in the body after going through various processes.

Ecstatic Dance Spirit in Earth Celebration

So we are inspired but also navigating rather uncomfortable states that are getting triggered as we unfold into an amazing new beginning. I am doing my best to be curious about the more challenging ‘stuff’, something I have had plenty of practice in on the crisis phones as a matter of fact. And of course my Beloved and I always have each other so there is a wonderful playmate to laugh and to cry with. As long as the energies keep moving I reckon it’s going to be just fine!

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Namaste.