MINDFULNESS and YOUR BODY

We might rush out the door without our keys, wallet, lunch or the to do list but it’s impossible to leave your body behind. Your  body is always with you so pay it the respect it deserves and use it for your informal mindfulness practice. Feeling into and being present in our own body is the best way to ground and focus when we feel stressed or overwhelmed. It’s the easiest and simplest thing to do, its portable and no one has to know you are doing it. It takes about 3-4 mins but you can make it as long … Continue reading

MINDFULNESS AND MARY WHEATLEY

  Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a Photographer, and while I enjoy many different areas of photography, my love is taking photo’s of Newborn Babies. There is something so very special about a new baby, so pure, so unique, so special. A new soul coming to life. As well as being a newborn photographer, I am also a Reiki Master. My Reiki journey started about 18 months ago and has helped me navigate through a very difficult time in my life. Through daily self healing, mediation, journaling and daily self love I am now enjoying life with … Continue reading

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

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

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