What’s the rush?

  Washing is a fact of life when you have a family and I often say, “I’ll quickly hang this out” as I’m trying to get out the door or get on with other stuff. But you know what when I rush, things always take longer, with the washing, clothes get tangled or I drop the pegs, you get the picture … This morning I stopped rushing, stopped multitasking in my head and made the washing a Mindful Moment. I took a breath and took my time. I noticed the beautiful morning, the breeze, the colours, the light, I focused … Continue reading

Stop multitasking and achieve more.

Stop multitasling and achieve more.

When I ask women what their challenges are the common response is “not enough time” and “I can’t focus.” I relate to this; I’m a good procrastinator and the champion of “this will only take a minute.” The trouble is consecutive minutes add up and my window of time is gone. Having a mindfulness practice helps with this. Doing things mindfully doesn’t mean you do things slower and while you may not be working faster you get the job done, not half done to come back to “in a minute.” As women, we are so conditioned to multi-tasking, it can be … Continue reading

5 things you need for a Mindfulness Practice

5 things you need for a Mindful Practice

Intention Presence Awareness Kindness Compassion Mindfulness requires intention, presence, awareness, kindness and compassion and there are a lot of ways to cultivate these qualities. Intention is an aim or a plan to do something and it is the spark for the flame. Awareness means you notice the distracting thoughts, feelings and emotions as they come into your mind and you consciously and gently, bring your focus back to the current moment. Presence is exactly that, present in body and mind. Set aside some time each day to practice being Mindful. It might be eating breakfast, your commute to work or … Continue reading

Why I meditate – meditation is something I can do for me.

  Meditation is something I can do for me. It doesn’t cost me anything, I can do it anywhere at anytime and the benefits are numerous. I started at a time when I was very stressed and mole hills were quickly turning into mountains. I knew I had to do something and a drop in meditation class, it was called deep relaxation back then, came along and off I went. That was the best thing I ever did and I was very lucky that the first class had a huge impact on me. I felt so good that I was … Continue reading

What is Mindfulness and how does it help you?

what is mindfulness and what are the benefits

  “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn I think of mindfulness as being in the moment, being aware of what I’m doing and what I’m thinking.  It’s so easy to slip into autopilot mode and eat, work, sleep, repeat, day in, day out and what do you know, you can’t remember what you had for dinner last night. I don’t want life to pass me by. “It’s the not the Destination, It’s the journey.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson How hard can it be? Well, it is hard to … Continue reading

Positive Thinking versus Mindfulness and Mindset

Why positive thinking doesnt always work and mindfulness and mindset does.

I used to be a positive thinker, setting goals and reciting positive affirmations over and over and that was great … for a while. Positive thinking can only get you so far. Vipassana Meditation or Mindfulness has helped me to embrace living life in the moment – all the moments. Vipassana means to see things as they really are. Negative thoughts, feelings and emotions don’t decompose when I bury them, they keep coming back like a sticky fly that won’t go away. Trying to change them into something positive and wonderful is denying my natural humanity. It’s normal to have … Continue reading

FREEDOM, MINDFULNESS and ALLOWING

What does freedom mean to you? How would you like to be free? I’d like financial freedom, to be mortgage free and not being tied to a bank would be wonderful. While I’m waiting for that to happen I’m happy to be me and be free in this moment, now. Mindfulness and allowing brings enormous personal freedom. Allowing thoughts to come and go, allowing the good and the bad, allowing happiness and sadness, allowing laughter and tears, just allowing. Overthinking all these things trying, in our mind, to control situations and then burying emotions creates our own restraints.  Thoughts, feelings and … Continue reading

Get Yourself Connected

Connect [kuh–nekt]  verb – to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind. Connection is part of human nature, we are social creatures and that’s why we form groups and live in communities.Being part of a group or community gives us a feeling of support and acceptance and gives us a feeling of belonging. Society has changed enormously and communities have suffered. Gone are the days when neighbours had a regular chat over the fence and shared home grown fruit and veg. It’s not uncommon to have neighbours that you can’t remember their name or you might have never even met them. Ironically living in a high density complex … Continue reading

Dreaming of a good night’s sleep.

    I go to bed physically tired and mentally exhausted but once my head hits the pillow my mind goes into overdrive.This happens at 3 am too and while I refuse to look at a clock, I know if I don’t get back to sleep quickly the alarm will be buzzing. Stress, anxiety, poor health and overstimulation are just a few of the reasons we sleep badly. Keeping a diary or notes in your phone for 10 days or more will help to identify whats disripting or helping your nightly slumber. We all have busy minds with 101 thoughts … Continue reading

Q&A with JENNA WARD – Kinesiologist

Jenna Ward

I’m delighted to introduce the wonderful and very inspiring Jenna Ward.  Jenna mentors and supports women to embody the feminine and to be the woman they want to be. Thanks Jenna for taking the time to answer the following questions. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I currently live in Ubud, Bali in a villa overlooking the jungle + rice paddies. The life of a digital nomad with freedom to travel everywhere was a lure to strong to resist.  Brisbane was my home for the past 7 years, and before that a tiny sugar cane farm inland from Mackay. Do … Continue reading