IT STARTED WITH A WHIFF…

I had used Essential Oils before and I went to an Intro to Oils class with Katische, www.katische.com and Chantal, www.chantalroelofs.com . I wanted to catch up with a friend and I was a little bit curious about these doTerra Oils I had been hearing about and seeing around. I went with me the very firm intention of “I’m not going to buy anything.” We started with a drop of Wild Orange oil in my hands, I rubbed them together inhaled and I was hooked, by the time we got to Frankincense any intentions I had were completely gone! All the … Continue reading

JENNI MESSINA – Mindfulness advocate, mother, CEO and global traveller.

This months interview is with  my good friend, the beauiful, amazing and always calm Jenni Messina. Jenni explains how Mindful practices keep her focused and grounded at home and when travelling. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I live in Brisbane with my husband and two teenage sons, a chocolate Labrador and one very old grumpy cat. I am the CEO of Global Learner, an international education consultancy that helps students with big dreams study abroad in Australia or the United States. Do you have a formal meditation practice? My mediation practices are informal and perhaps, unconventional in the sense of … Continue reading

MINDFUL PRACTICES TO BOOST ENERGY

I’m tired, I have no energy, I’m not sleeping well, are common       complaints from mothers and the 48+ female demographic. As strange as it sounds, keeping energy levels high is a priority to combat lethargy. Regular exercise for body and brain definitely improve the quality of sleep. Our bodies are designed to move and moving keeps the energy flowing. “Where energy flows, life flows.” The bodies lymphatic system transports lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Unlike the heart or the lungs the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and its movement that keeps the … Continue reading

Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness for body and mind.

Definition of restorative adjective – having the ability to restore health, strength, or well-being.  noun – a thing that restores health, strength, or well-being, especially a medicine or drink. Life is a degenerative condition, we wear out in body and mind and that’s just the way it is. In the Western world hips, knees, the back neck and shoulders seem to be the most common problems that aging bodies face. These problems don’t happen overnight, it’s an accumulation of bad posture and neglect and then one day some simple movement is the straw that breaks the camel’s back! Then once the damage … Continue reading

MINDFULNESS Q&A with SARAH DUNCAN

This month I’m delighted to interview Sarah Duncan. Sarah is a writer,travel blogger and online blog course creator who spends some of her time here in Queensland and a lot of her time travelling in Colombia. Sarah’s travel blog Sarepa.com has recently been named Favourite  Expat Travel Blog by Flight Center UK! how fantastic is that! I’m very appreciative that Sarah could take the time to share with us how she fits Mindfulness into her busy life.  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a writer, travel blogger and a closet reality TV watcher from Brisbane. I’ve spent … Continue reading

MEDITATION FAQs and ANSWERS

MY mind is too busy to Meditate. Yes and??? We all have busy minds, that’s an excuse not a reason. The object of Meditation is to observe the thoughts, watch them like clouds moving across the sky, we aren’t trying to stop the thoughts. Picture a snow globe, give it a good shake and see the glitter floating around. This image is a good scenario for a busy mind. Over time just like the glitter the thoughts in your mind will slow down and settle. I don’t have time to meditate. Make time. Get up 15 mins earlier, forgo that … Continue reading

MINDFULNESS IN MY LIFE – Q&A WITH DANIELLE GARDNER

I’d like to introduce the very inspiring Danielle Gardner who mentors and empowers women to achieve their dreams. Read on to find out more. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am originally from Australia and as I write this I am currently residing at my father in-law’s home in England. In April 2012 my husband Jon and I departed Australia on a one way ticket to London. We have always had an affinity with Europe and since we both have online businesses we set off on a digital nomad adventure. Since then we’ve been to Spain, Scotland, been … Continue reading

Mindful Reading – Sex, Drugs and ….

Reading is a wonderful! Weather you read for information or pleasure it can be a mindful practice. It improves comprehension, vocabulary and imagination. Does reading improve spelling? That seems to be debatable. Why is reading mindful? Reading is a mindful practice because it keeps your attention in the moment, it’s hard to think of other things if you are engrossed in what you are reading. If your attention is wandering then whatever you are reading hasn’t engaged you. This happens to me when I’m reading a boring non fiction book or manual and it is good mindful practice to bring my attention back to … Continue reading

MY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE – Q&A with Katische Haberfield.

This is the first interview, in a series of monthly interviews. Each month I will ask everyday, women, just like you and me, if they have a meditation practice, how they got started and how does it fit into their busy lives. I’d like to introduce the amazingly creative Katische Haberfield. Read on to find out more. Tell us about yourself.                                                                                     … Continue reading

Mindfulness and the Year of the Monkey

Kung hei fat choy! The Chinese New Year is looming and 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. It is a Yang Fire year so there will be plenty of spark, action and excitement around. This cheeky animal is very intelligent, bursting with exuberance and strong minded. The term a monkey mind is often used by meditation teachers and students to describe an active, energetic mind that jumps from thought to thought. We all have busy minds, thoughts continually come and go, and it is normal and natural. We give these thoughts life by holding onto them, usually thoughts from … Continue reading