I often feel incredibly peaceful … yet sometimes I feel unsettlingly angry.
And I’ve been reflecting on these feelings, the sense of disconnection that so many people feel in so many ways (which I’ve certainly felt myself), and also I’ve been thinking about why I do what I do as a teacher and writer. Here’s the result of my reflections. I hope this inspires you…
After much soul-searching I’ve come to realize that my soul’s calling is to guide and inspire sensitive, soulful people like you and me to connect to inner peace by learning to live in rhythm with the flow of life, in alignment with our needs as high sensitives.
Because I’ve come to believe (and feel in my bones) that the epidemic of stress, anxiety and depression in Western cultures – which I have experienced myself – is due to a profound sense of disconnection.
Disconnection from our bodies; disconnection from the natural rhythms, energies and ebbs and flows of circadian rhythms, the menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle and the cycles and seasons of the year.
Disconnection from the joy of simple, sustainable living in accordance with nature.
Disconnection from our heart and soul – firmly lodging us in our head and our fretful mind, at the mercy of our over-stimulated nervous system.
All this disconnection is a path to burnout and ill health … via stress, anxiety and depression.
I’ve recently read a fascinating book by Gabor Mate called “When The Body Says No” about this very topic.
In it he looks at the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.
Based on scientific evidence he shows how suppressed thoughts and emotions contribute to a range of chronic health conditions such as IBS and inflammatory bowel conditions, fibromyalgia, and arthritis as well as serious illnesses including cancer, Alzheimers and motor neurone disease.
Suppressed emotions and thoughts stress the body, and this chronic stress causes inflammation and suppresses the immune system – both major contributing factors in illness and dis-ease.
The books is quite the wake up call! To wake you up to allowing yourself to feel strong emotions and process them – rather then denying them and pushing them under. Read more…
Bring gratitude into your life, for consciously choosing to feel grateful is a powerful practice.
Now, I know that life can be challenging and that your health might not be what you’d like it to be. Perhaps family or colleagues are causing you grief. Maybe you’re experiencing low self-esteem and find it difficult to be grateful for yourself, or you’re worried about what’s going on in the world and what the future holds.
Practising gratitude isn’t about denying the challenges and difficulties you may be experiencing.
It’s about choosing to feel grateful for the good you DO have in your life.
It’s easy to get stuck in what we think we lack, or to become overwhelmed by the injustices in this world. In that headspace, you’re likely to feel heavy and low in energy and defeated.
I don’t believe you were born to live life in this way. You were born into a human body with a mind and senses and consciousness to embrace life.
Embracing gratitude and thankfulness for what you do have in your life lifts the spirit and raises your vibration. Read more…
Can you remember the last time you felt totally still? Totally present? Connected to the person or scene in front of you and not analysing, judging or worrying about it but just being open to whatever you were experiencing with a grounded sense of stillness?
We can sometimes experience this deep sense of stillness when captivated by a beautifully radiant sunset; or a scene unfolding before us in nature; or when we’re enjoying time with friends and loved ones.
But, let’s be honest, these moments tend to be few and far between because as soon as we stop and connect to something which transcends our every day lives then what happens? The mind kicks in and starts its usual running commentary and – bang – we’re kicked out of the stillness of that moment and we’re back into analysing, comparing, judging, wishing and resisting. Read more…
Busy mind. Tired body. Feeling unfocused and sometimes overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Approach life in a mindful way to be here now and feel more at peace.
Our busy lifestyles and overstimulating environment mean that we’re always on the go and there’s always something to do – there’s precious little time just to slow down and be.
There’s a saying often used in yoga: Where your attention goes your energy flows.
If your attention is flitting around all over the place between past, present & future; getting lost in the past; fretting about the future; or judging and wanting to change what’s going on now, then your energy is going to feel diffuse and scattered – no wonder you’re tired and feeling confused!
But you don’t have to feel lost and out of control. There is something you can always do to help yourself. To reconnect back to yourself. To self-soothe. To come back from the brink.
I know because I’ve experienced all of these myself. The tension, overwhelm, exhaustion and whizzing mind.
They still sometimes creep up on me, but now I know what to do to stop them in their tracks and recover my equilibrium.
I take these 3 simple but powerful steps. Give them a try and see how they work for you. Read more…
Do you ever feel at the mercy of the stress-filled myriad of thoughts rushing through your mind?
There’s so much stuff rambling around your brain it tires you out! You can’t seem to find an off-switch – but desperately wish you could…
You’d love to feel more peaceful, more positive and more present in your life, so you can enjoy simple pleasures and time with family and friends without that constant feeling of fretting and foreboding which all too easily overshadows your daily life.
Yes? Well, all these things I’ve mentioned above have been my experience too – you’re not alone! The vast majority of my yoga & meditation students come to me because they want to quieten their busy minds.
And if, like me, you’re highly sensitive, then you feel it all more intensely and your inner landscape can often feel unsafe and overwhelming. Read more…