To New Beginnings!

Oleksandr Tereshchuk

As the famous quote goes “When one door closes, another door opens”. The possibilities, the change, the ability to really create something truly magnificent. Bringing in a new chapter to your life, what a grand celebration! New beginnings could be a chance to reflect on past choices/experiences and learn from them. To maybe do things differently, it could be creating healthier habits, or finding the courage to go after your dreams. It could even mean letting go of what holds you back so that you can finally reach your potential. The possibilities are endless.

A new beginning can look like a brand new day, the start of a new week and the excitement of a new year. Monday’s are commonly known to be dreaded but why? Why are Monday’s not celebrated and cherished?! For we are being blessed with yet another glorious week on this earth, in the ever so unique and lovely lives that we lead. So let’s take the time to cherish a Monday for a brand new start to what could be a great week. Monday’s could be a time to set goals, to ask for what you want to receive from the day all the days following.

As a new year approaches, we are all invited to come together in celebration. But are we consciously aware of what we are celebrating? Yes, we are celebrating the bringing in of a new year, but why not dig a little deeper? Why not take a little time for some reflection. To be thankful for all that this year has brought us. All your successes and most importantly your failures and how you really managed to overcome them. How did you change this year? What were some of your best memories, and what do you want to leave behind? How are you being called to step into the new year as the best and brightest version of yourself that you can possibly be? Dream big!

New beginnings are not just about the start to a new weak… or a new year for that matter. It could be the sprouting of a new relationship, or the end to something that you have been longing to release and move forward from. It could mean freedom from what holds you down. It could mean making a choice to start fresh. To let go of what holds you down and to reach for the stars with all that you have to offer. New beginnings are a beautiful wonder. If we only welcomed in change and let go of what is meant to pass, we can truly feel the grandness of a new beginning.

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As daunting as they may sometimes seem, new beginnings can bring about such growth in oneself that is quite a marvel to see. It could be a start to an entirely new and exciting chapter of your life, bringing in new opportunities, a miracle or two and fabulous learning curves. I once read that “life is the messy bits”, I now understand what that means. In order to reach these fabulous new beginnings, we must overcome what troubles us. To be able to release the troubles and close the door on them. Only then can we truly open a brand new door to a room that is filled with magic.

Resistance creates a kind of chaos within us. Allow life to move with the ebb and flow of change. We must let go and flow. Learn and grow! When we resist the closing of the old, of what no longer serves us… we are choosing to remain stagnant in an ever flowing world. We resist the beauty and actually close the door on the lovely new beginnings that await us. If only someone were there to guide us and show us what we were missing out on by choosing to stay in a place which was meant to pass by naturally. To welcome in the glorious new and step in with love. But let me tell you, we are our own best guides. No one can guide you as well as you can guide yourself. Only we know what feels good to us and what doesn’t. What feels good IS good. And what doesn’t feel good, what causes resistance within you… well maybe it is calling on you to reflect on it, how does it make you feel? Do you want to continue feeling this way? Are you ready to make the changes to step out of the old and step into to grand new? It is up to you! Allow the beauty in and allow what no longer serves to pass by. Wish it well and on it’s way.

Wishing everyone a beautiful new year, one that brings ease and flow, with beauty and love and most of all, a year where we really learn to shine in our own authentic and unique way! 🙂

Riding The Waves

Nolan Omura

Some say that venturing under the ocean is like entering an entirely new world. The beauty and magic that lies along the sea bed is quite and truly spectacular, yet so vast and unknown. What I would like to shed some light on in this little ramble is what is experienced on the surface of the ocean. The waves that flow ever so marvellously. The push and pull. Much like the waves that experience magnificent highs and lows, we do too.

As we float on the surface of the ocean, we begin to really embody the essence of flow. As the waves move upward, so do we. And as they ripple on down, we move with them. The challenge often occurs when we resist such sensation. The highs and the lows will most definitely come and go. That is what it is to be a wave, and that is what it is to be human. Dare I say… being a human and living a life on earth is an entirely courageous act. And we should be ever so gentle with ourselves for it. Because however fantastical it may be to experience the emotional highs, courageously welcoming in the lows are what make us so beautifully balanced and brave. For we are not afraid to feel discomfort. We are not afraid of hardship. We stand tall and flow with the waves. And that is when we truly learn what it is like to ride the waves. To live life as an exciting adventure. One so very enchanting.

A very important lesson that I recently had the opportunity to learn was that no matter how far behind we may think we have stumbled, we are still on the path moving forward. I have been very mislead by the phrase “one step forward, two steps back” over the years. I now realise that we are never going backwards. Always moving forwards. We may feel at times, as though we are moving backwards due to the low we are experiencing, or the feeling of “I’m back to square one”. But if it were not for the low, we would not have that extra boost to really bounce back and experience an even greater high. And that is the essence of growth. To expand. To become aware that no matter what you may feel or experience, you are ever moving beautifully forward. It may not be a straight line forward, there may be countless detours along the way, but even the detours are pushing us forward along a beautiful path of growth!

Breathing, just like waves is an ever expanding and contracting, a rising and falling. You get shallow breathing, and deep breathing, just as you do in the waters. And as you get choppy waters and calm/still waters, you get shortness of breathe as compared to still and relaxed breathing. Breathing is a magical practice, one that comes so easily to us, yet it is often taken for granted. Allowing our awareness to focus on the feeling of drawing breath in and out of our bodies. How it fills us up, and really keeps us alive! We could all be grateful that we have the ability to breathe, we can live without a lot of things… but could we live without our breathe? For if it were not for our breathe, we would not be roaming this earth. So let’s take a moment to really appreciate our breathe. Take notice of it, be mindful of it and start to expand our awareness on our breathe, the way we breathe through life’s up’s and down’s. How mastering our breathing can change the way we live our lives!

So let’s enjoy riding life’s many beautiful waves and really take a moment to notice the beauty of it all! Warm wishes always 🙂

Living Through The Seasons

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Seasons bring about change, they bring about new beginnings and more often that not they bring about an immense amount of growth! As the seasons change, if we allow ourselves, we can too! How glorious would it be to grow with spring, to blossom with summer, to let go with autumn and to pause and reflect with winter.

No flower blossoms through the year, so why are we so hard on ourselves when we are not at our highest throughout the year? It is ok to take your time. To cherish the lows as much as the highs. We are all growing and learning and it makes everything a lot easier when we are gentle with ourselves. Giving ourselves time to move through the obstacles and the changes we face.


The Resilience Of Nature

An observation that I made a few weeks ago as I was observing a wildflower was how truly resilient nature is and how much we can learn from it! I am in awe and hope to one day learn to be as one with nature as I could possibly be. Flowers, plants, shrubs, trees and many more face harsh winds, heavy rains, predators and so on, and yet through it ALL they stand tall and shine their bright light for us to bask in. The trees offer us shelter from the rain, the flowers brings us joy and fill our hearts with love, the plants give us something to nurture in our homes and the shrubs may leave our gardens feeling a little less empty! All in all, nature is a marvellous wonder and I feel it is something to look up to. To seek strength from, to gain courage from and to know that if nature can be so brave as to dance in the harshest of storms, then so can I!!


Spring

Spring is a glorious time to cherish. New leaves sprouting, the smell of fresh growth in the air and the insects out and about, buzzing with joy over the exciting flowers beginning to bud. Spring is not only a magical time for nature. I like to think that we all have a bit of nature within us! So just like the trees that grow new leaves, we to grow and expand within ourselves. Spring is a beautiful time to set goals, get excited about where you are headed and open your heart to endless possibilities! It is a time to nurture yourself, care for yourself, just as you would a flower bud. As for when summer comes, we have nourished our beautiful bud so much so it blossoms and opens into a lovely flower!


Summer

As the sun shines bright, we learn to shine bright within ourselves too! To feed our inner flower some much needed nourishment and to really embody the essence of it and ourselves for that matter. To blossom and bloom with each step you take. Feel connected with nature as it surrounds you, embodies you and soothes you. As your inner flower blooms, really cherish it.


Autumn

The time for letting go. For some letting go is easy… and for others it can be painstakingly difficult. Yet it is a vital part of the flow of nature. Every year as autumn arrives, trees start to shed. The leaves are not meant to stay forever. Their time naturally comes to an end and they gracefully fall. This can be an important lesson that we can learn from nature. Sometimes, certain things that have outlived their stay in our lives are meant to be let go off. And only when we resist these changes, is when we start to struggle. So find it within yourself to let go. See the beauty in it. It is inevitable and know that come spring, you will have new growth, and welcome in something far greater, far more exciting and fulfilling into your life! So let go now and know that better days are ahead of you.


Winter

With winter comes a time to slow down. To pause for a minute and reflect on the year that is now coming to an end. Reflect on the growth, on the change, on successes and the failures. Slow down and take time for yourself. Winter leaves trees open and exposed and they are stripped of their leaves. They go into a state of hibernation in order to take care of themselves. To heal and to prepare for spring! So how can you gain closure from this year and plan for the next year?


I wish you all a lovely adventure through the seasons. May you breeze through the sunshine, the rain, and stop to admire the roses along the way. All my love and the warmest of wishes!



Overcoming Fear

Let’s start by asking ourselves one simple question. What is fear and how does it keep us from living our spectacular lives?! Fear is an emotion we feel when there is a threat of danger, harm or pain. Fear is evolutionarily ingrained in our DNA and was once quite a useful and helpful tool for us to fend off the dangers that once were, many years ago. But now as our threat for danger decreases, our mind plays tricks on us. We perceive danger in different ways such as talking to a stranger… or sitting an exam. There is no actual danger to our lives here, yet we perceive them as such. And if we were to go anywhere near a situation similar to that, it would feel life threatening. However, there is hope for us yet!!!

The first step to overcoming fear is awareness. Becoming aware of what sparks our fears is pivotal in allowing ourselves the time to release them. So what are you afraid of? And what made you so afraid of it? Can you recall any situations in your life which strengthened your fears? Once you have acknowledged where it comes from and why it is so prominent, we can start to change the story behind the fears. We can begin to go beyond the fears, for that is where our true powers lie! It is beautifully freeing to be able to release the hold that fear has on us. And that does not mean that fear will be gone forever. No, we will still feel it, however we will feel it like any other emotion that comes our way. And we will allow it to pass naturally instead of storing the fear in our bodies and letting them build and fester.

In order to over come fear, we have to learn how to sit with discomfort. Allow yourself to feel all of it. And then with love, we release it. We breathe into the fear, into the feelings and as we breathe out we feel it being released from our bodies. Creating space for calm to take its place. Somewhere along the line, almost all of us have learned that pain, fear etc are emotions that we want to avoid, not feel. But what we have to realise is that there has to be a balance of both the good and the so called ‘bad’ emotion. In my opinion there is no such thing as bad emotions. I feel, we have to experience the bad to really feel the good. They both go hand in hand. SO let’s switch our perception on fear as being a bad emotion. Let’s look at it as a lesson that we are being called to learn from. Fear often pops up when we need to break free from certain barriers that have been created around us. We are being called to become aware of these barriers and either go through them or climb over them! Either way, we are moving past them and moving forwards with our lives. Not giving the fear any power and allowing ourselves to reach our full potential. Allowing this fear to teach us to go beyond it and expand rather than staying within it and constricting.

For example, fear of loss can be a tough one to face. We get comfortable in our lives, and the people that are around us. We tend to get overly attached to them and start to cling on to them. It takes great courage to find the strength within ourselves to be able to consciously learn to detach from the people that we are afraid of losing and fill that space with freedom. To say “I release this unhealthy need for attachment that I hold for you and replace it with love and freedom” You have to find it within yourself to accept that nothing is certain in life, try to find the beauty in that, and come home to the fact that you live every moment to the fullest, don’t take anything for granted, and cherish all that you have now in this present moment. For you don’t know how long you will have it. Find the strength within yourself to know that even if you lost what or who you cherish most in the world, you WILL rise up again. You WILL move forward and you WILL keep going, expand, learn and grow.

Every year a tree will start to shed their leaves come autumn as they are stripped bare in the wet and cold. It takes tremendous courage, strength and bravery, and yet every year their leaves fall. However, come spring we see magic appear as the tiny leaves start to sprout and new growth emerges in all its beauty and wonder. These majestic trees start to blossom and bloom once again! Swaying in the wind, with an array of gorgeous colours shining bright! And once again, it all comes down to perspective and choice. You can choose to focus on your leaves being striped bare leaving you cold, wet and alone… OR you could understand that it is a vital part of experiencing the life that we lead. That in order to experience the magic, we need to strip ourselves bare sometimes, feel what we need to feel… and then rebuild our glorious selves into beautiful beings of love and light! It is a wonderful process if only we don’t focus on the difficult and focus on the wondrous outcome.

So focus on the good and know that you cannot have the good without a little bit of the bad. Change your perspective on the bad! It does not have to be negative, switch it around! Get creative and have fun through all your experiences, for that is what it means to truly be alive!

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life

Ralph Waldo Emerson

With immense love, I wish you the warmest of wishes!