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Are you living your ideal life? (plus a fantastic eCourse to help you ensure you do).

 

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These days my life is a constant recalibration, a regular ‘check in’ of an adrenal system at risk of overdrive, the consequence of a Type A personality battling to find the STOP button. Only a couple of short years ago, there was little, if any, ‘self assessment’. On and on I charged, pushing as hard as I could to reach those targets, surpass expectations, to succeed. It wasn’t long before the universe had other plans for me, landing me flat on my back, incapable of writing a ‘to do’ list, let alone conquering one. It was at that point I knew I needed to find (and properly manage) said STOP button, before I blew another gasket and drove myself to an early grave.

So here I am, 3 years on from a CFS diagnosis. I’m as healthy as can be, establishing a new business and career that incorporates all that I am most passionate about – whole foods, clean living and boundless energy. Nearly 18 (very intensive) months in, I’m pinching myself that my career has transformed in such a way (from a corporate office to a highly diverse home based business), yet I’m deeply aware of a marked neglect in other areas of my life, of values that I hold dear. It was this awareness that lead me to the door of Melbourne Meditation Teacher and creative business coach , Kate James of Total Balance.

Kate James, of Total Balance.

Kate James, of Total Balance.

Over 2.5 hours, Kate helped clarify those values that are most important to me, the combination of which will enable me to live my ideal life – one of balance, freedom, connection and authenticity. Kate encouraged me to dream, think big and to pursue the things I love in a balanced and authentic way. During this session we put a number of action steps and goals in place that would ensure I don’t get lost in the ‘noise’ of a busy career, rather fostering a life that is true to all those values held dear. As simple as these steps may seem, they include a 15 meditation in the middle of every day to help calm my adrenals and enforce rest and stillness; an exercise regime that must never come second to work demands; restricted social media activity (i.e. switching off a night) and most importantly, blocking out time in the diary for connection – with friends and family and other interests outside of work.

During the birth and growth of my business, I have found it easy to get lost in the noise, hurling along from one task to another. Now however, I am armed with a bunch of commitments and a sense of accountability to Kate, with a checklist in black and white serving to remind me of my digressions. It’s now about recalibrating, again and again.

I wonder, do you feel the need to stop, to re-evaluate your direction? Are you living your ideal life? Have you taken the time to consider what your ideal life even looks like? Perhaps like me, you need guidance – to help map your values and ensure you are in fact living the life of your dreams.

I’m very excited to share Kate with you today, along with her fantastic eCourse entitled Dream, Discover. Do. This highly comprehensive 8 week eCourse will help you discover your strengths and values, it’ll help you identify any limiting beliefs holding you back from following your dreams, and it’ll help you create change in your life to ensure you are living your version of an authentic, meaningful life. For all the information you need, including a little video snap shot of the wonderful Kate, jump on over here. The course commences 14th February.

Don’t wait until the universe slaps you on the back – be your truth, now.

The healing benefits of crystals.

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In recent years, and as part of my own wellness journey, I have been introduced to (and hence forth embraced), the healing power of crystals.  I had been ‘aware’ of crystals in my past life – that being my million-miles-an-hour corporate life (let’s say my less spiritually aware life) – yet there was no time or place for them. How much has changed. I was first properly introduced to crystals during my Reiki Practitioner training and these beautiful stones (including the quartz crystals you see above) are now a part of my every day working life.

The beauty and power of crystals and other stones have been long recognised, since the dawning of civilisation – prized for not only their beauty but for their healing and spiritual power.  Healers, shamans and priests have long used crystals for their unique and special properties. It is widely believed crystals vibrate at the same pitch as humans – such that the resonance between the stone and the human either combats the vibration of the illness or amplifies that of health. 

More and more humanity is re-discovering this ancient and often forgotten healing and recognising it’s part to play in the healing process. In my treatment process, as a CTC or Reiki Practitioners, I use the quartz crystals above to help amplify and balance the energy in the room and to assist in channeling universal life energy. There are thousands of different crystals on the planet but few are used in crystal healing. The easiest way to understand the powers of different crystals is learn the properties of colour.

Red
Red crystals stimulate, activate and energise. They are associated with ones ability to use daily practical skills and physical survival skills, and with movement, motivation and protection. Ruby is a gorgeous example of a red crystal, as it works with the energies of the heart centre, energising yet balancing in its effects.

Pink
Pink crystals have a gentle and subtle way of pushing things towards a resolution. Pink brings emotions and sensitivity into our daily actions. Rose Quartz is possibly the best known and favourite of the pink stones, and has a calming and reassuring effect. However, it can also be a powerful releaser of unexpressed emotions where they may be getting in the way of personal growth. It is the stone of unconditional love, promoting self love and also attracting love from others.

Additionally, I like Rhodocrosite, a delicate banded stone of pink, yellow and orange, to assist with improving self image and self worth, especially when problems in this area are preventing action in your life.

Orange
Orange crystals combine energizing and focusing qualities, allowing creative and artistic skills to flourish. Carnelian is one of the more popular orange stones, and is characterised by a sense of warmth. It is an excellent crystal for increasing motivation, enthusiasm and energy. Carnelian fosters self worth, and will nearly always be of benefit in healing. On a physical level, Carnelian promotes vitality by supporting the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and ensures ample blood supply to organs and tissues of the body.

Yellow
Yellow crystals relate to the functioning of the nervous, digestive and immune systems of the body. Stress, fear, happiness a contentment are all linked to this colour. Amber has a beneficial effect on the nervous system and self-healing processes. Citrine Quartz Crystal, when it is a bright, clear yellow it will help to keep the mind clear and focused. And Iron Pyrites, also known as “fool’s gold”, helps to cleanse, strengthen and calm the digestive system.

Green
Green crystals are associated with the heart. They serve to balance emotions and relationships, encourage personal space and growth, and bring about a sense of calm. Green Aventurine is an excellent heart balancer, it promotes easy expression of feelings. Additionally, this crystal is said to relieve anxiety and promote a cheeriness in its possessor, and to bring about good luck.

Malachite goes deep, digging out hidden feelings, hurts and resentments, it will assist breaking unwanted ties and patterns of behaviour. Amazonite focuses on healing throat and lung issues. Bloodstone stimulates circulation to the heart, and Emerald will bring clarity in personal direction and calm to the heart.

Light Blue
Light blue crystals are associated with the throat and therefore communication. Voice, taste, smell and sight.. well all the senses, and your internal communication ie the way you talk to yourself, your thoughts and your ability to express yourself, are all influenced by the vibration of light blue. Aquamarine is well known for its ability to promote clear communication, courage and confidence. It helps you stand your ground, and helps to release the flow of clear communication.

Celestite is a beautiful soft stone that forms clear, delicate blue crystals, very inspiring and dreamy in its qualities. It is ideal for lifting heavy moods and assists in the expression of spiritual thoughts. Turquoise dispels any negative energy and electromagnetic smog from your surrounding environment, allowing clear thinking and a calming of nerves when speaking in public.

Indigo
Indigo crystals are linked to your “third eye”. Perception, understanding and intuition, together with a deep sense of peace are attributed to Indigo. Azurite serves to free up difficult and long standing blocks in communication and will reveal obstacles stopping us from using our full potential. Additionally, Azurite stimulates memory and recall.

Amethyst

Violet
Violet crystals tap into inspiration, imagination, empathy and the sense of service to others. Violet and purple stones help to rebalance extremes within the systems of the body, so they can be of use when you are not sure of the nature of a problem. Amethyst is perhaps the most useful all purpose healing crystal. It is universally applicable in its uses and benefits. Amethyst is a good stone to use with meditation as it quietens the mind and allows finer perceptions to become clear. It can enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds. Amethyst is also excellent for lucid dreaming. Additionally, Fluorite protects against computer and electromagnetic stress, place a fluorite crystal at your work station to improve mental clarity and efficiency.

White
White or clear stones symbolize the potential to reflect all energies around them. White is related to the concepts of clarity, cleansing and purification. Clear Quartz is amazing for strengthening energy. It channels universal energy, absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. For this reason it is beneficial in healing, manifesting and meditation.

Moonstone is a lovely soft luminescent white. It is an excellent stone for clearing tensions gently from the emotions and from the abdomen, where it can help the digestive system. Moonstone will work well wherever there is imbalance in the fluid systems of the body.

Black
While white stones reflect and clarify light, black stones absorb light. White will reflect the visible, black will show you the hidden potential of any situation. Black is solidifying and manifesting. It holds all energies quietly within itself and so requires patience to explore fully. Black stones are usually grounding, acting as energy anchors to help you return to a normal functioning state. Many will also reveal hidden aspects so that they can be dealt with, in this respect black stones have a purifying role.

Smoky Quartz is a gentle grounding stone. It is protective and is able to dissolve negative states. It will reach to deep levels of the self to cleanse and balance, and so can be a useful meditation stone.

How do you incorporate crystals into your day?

Should you be interested in a Reiki session, or CTC for that matter, please do not hesitate to email me at hello@theholisticingredient.com 


The Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (that has me hooked) + a beautiful GIVEAWAY!

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So there I was, a few days into my 5 night stay at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, mindfully enjoying my delicious organic salad, when a guest to my left pipes up and says “Amy, when you get home, perhaps you’d better edit an old post you wrote about never spending big bucks on health retreats.” My reaction? “Noooo…I wouldn’t have said that!”. Out came someone’s phone, up came the blog post I wrote earlier in the year, and low and behold…I swallowed both my words AND my lunch!

My words exactly:“….my life is usually one big detoxification process these days. I own a Far Infra-Red Sauna (you can read about that here), I eat organic foods, I drink detoxifying green juices every day, as far as humanly possible I avoid toxic chemicals on my skin, in my hair, in my home. It’s not likely you’ll see me paying big bucks to go to a health retreat.”

Seriously, words swallowed (and all apologies to Gwinganna). I am a new woman and I’ll tell you why in a sec.

Firstly, let me introduce you to this incredible destination. Gwinganna is Australia’s only Eco Tourism health retreat, located in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast. Perched on top of a plateau, it is surrounded by stunning ocean and valley views that leave you feeling like you’re a million miles away from anywhere. Amongst a multitude of other things, you are blessed with beautiful mountain air, a distinct lack of (any) traffic and a feeling of utter serenity and stillness (unless of course you’re engaged in a ‘yang’ physical activity that has your sides hurting from laughter and your lungs screaming from exertion). Gwinganna offers a variety of programs to suit the needs of the ‘freshers’ like me and the multitudes of returning guests who know a good thing when they find it.

Having recently completed a 30 day cleanse, I chose not to attend a detox program (that’d be just cruel), but instead to join their 5 night Optimum Wellbeing program: “This retreat will help you to cleanse your body and to empower yourself by first assessing and then discovering solutions to improve your quality of life. Using integrative health techniques, this journey provides the opportunity to balance essential areas of your lifestyle.” 

So you may ask why I decided to go to a health retreat, when let’s be honest, from the outside looking in, my lifestyle does look pretty healthy (as per my now word-swallowing quote above). Well the fact is, it hasn’t been as healthy as it may actually appear. Up until last week (because as I said, I am now a changed woman), there was a distinct lack of balance in my life. The food I get pretty right, same goes for clean living. The bit I battle with is balance, more specifically rest, play and stillness. My wonderful new career has me racing around battling ever expanding ‘to do’ lists; social media demands that could have me up all night; an inbox that flows to abundance 24/7..and an addiction to technology that has me wired and engaged all day every day. So you can imagine my delight when I read that laptops and mobiles were considered ‘contraband’ – how’s that for cold turkey!

I’ve decided to share with you a typical day in the life of a Gwinganna guest, to give you a feel for the level of activity you can choose to be involved in (or not, as the case may be). I must stress, none of this is mandatory. It is entirely up to you how much or how little you would like to participate.

5.30am: the suns up and with a knock on your door there’s a cheery voice prompting you to hop out of bed (it is broad daylight, please do not be scared off by the ungodly (for some) hour!

There we are, on the hill overlooking the most glorious view, practising Qigong.

There we are, on the hill overlooking the most glorious view, practising Qigong. Photo credit, my new friend and fellow guest, Jackie 🙂

6.00am: Overlooking the incredible valley and coastal views we learn and practise the ancient art of Qigong, a moving meditation.

7-8.00am: The guests select a Yin walk (gentle paced) or a Yang walk (heart pumping, lung busting – serious hills!).

8-9.00am: Breakfast, in all of its organic, caffeine free, whole food, as-nature-intended-it glory.

9-11.00am: Thirty minutes of light stretching to be followed by your choice of Yin or Yang activities. These may include yoga, palates or creative dance (Yin) or boxing, spin or fit ball classes (Yang) – there is always a fabulous selection.

11-11.30am: Morning tea. SO yum. Think tahini balls, smoothies or fresh young coconuts.

11.30-1.00pm: A hugely educational seminar with topics covering anything from nutrition, mind mechanics, colonic health…you name it. These totally surpassed my expectations. All the speakers are highly qualified and fantastic speakers to boot.

1-2.00pm: Wohoooo it’s lunch time! Oh so good. Raw salads fresh from the garden, beautiful soups, fish off the barbie..I was kept very happy!

2-6.00pm: The much loved ‘dreamtime’. Time for you to do whatever your body and mind needs most – to rest in your room, to lie by the pool (my choice), to while away hours in their amazing day spa (with a spa menu bigger than your phone book, assuming you don’t live in Sydney), having acupuncture, massages, manicures, body scrubs, hot stone massages, kinesiology, you name it!

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4.00pm: Afternoon tea. Again, always yum. Think crunchy crudités, raw crackers and yummo dips.

6-7.00pm: Meditation class anyone? Perhaps a functional movement class…whatever the case it’s a gentle hour.

7-8.00pm: Dinner with your fellow guests. There’s always a vegetarian option and for the meat eaters amongst two night with red meat on offer.

The food. OH THE FOOD!

The food. OH THE FOOD!

Did I love it? With every ounce of my being! And this is what I loved:

  • Meeting and befriending other amazing guests, all with a story and something interesting to share. It was the most beautifully positive group of people and I was particularly glad I had attended the retreat on my own.
  • The hugely talented staff, all of which were totally authentic and passionate about their work (it seriously shows)
  • The opportunity to totally disconnect from the world – I switched off as I arrived and back on as I left. I was blissfully unaware of the outside world.
  • The day spa…oh the day spa! It is incredible and don’t get me started on the treatments. Actually you can. If you go…try the Sound and Stone treatment – oh my goodness – a hot stone massage timed and choreographed with music by an amazing therapist, it was out of this world.
  • The food – just amazing. Gluten free, sugar free (bar fruit) and organic. Most of it comes fresh out of the ground in their own beautiful veggie patch, tended lovingly by a hugely talented chef turned gardener, Shelley.
  • The pools (yep, there are two infinity pools). It’s hard to describe the feeling in the water. They feels as fresh and clean as spring water. Glorious.
  • My bed. I was out like a light by 9pm and wide awake at 5am, every day. Slept like a baby and woke up feeling incredible.
  • The quality of the information shared in the seminars. This program looks into all facets of your life style, there is SO much to learn.

There are so many reasons why I loved this experience but the proof in the pudding (don’t get excited, there WAS no pudding) was the way I felt as I hopped back onto the bus on departure. I had this amazing sense of vitality and calm; I felt totally balanced with energy I had not felt for some time; there was a feeling of absolute nourishment reflected in the whites of my eyes, the glow on my skin and a smile on my face that I couldn’t wipe off. I honestly cannot wait to go back (soon).

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! 

One very lucky THI follower is going to secure a copy of this absolutely gorgeous recipe book, A Taste of Gwinganna…from garden to gourmet. Here’s a little excerpt from Gwinganna:

“The very first book from the team at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland, ‘…from garden to gourmet’, is a celebration of delicious and healthy organic cuisine for every meal of the day. Over 140 pages, it uses organic ingredients to create simple options that can be created at home.The recipes are all directly from the menus at Gwinganna and have been developed in conjunction with Gwinganna’s nutritionists. The book also features information to help you live healthier and nutritional tips for each dish. Beautifully photographed, the book is a valuable guide toward optimal wellness. If you want to eat healthier and have more energy, then this book is for you.”

Valued at $59.95, this is a must have addition to your recipe book collection. To win this book, simply tell us in 20 words or less why you’d love it. The winner will be chosen post 4pm on Monday 28th October.

Conditions: you must be a THI follower and reside in Australia. 

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Goodbye! (advising of a brief hiatus from the world).

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Just in case you’re wondering, that’s not me. But it will be in about 48 hours. In fact I am going to strike that pose and see if I can get a photo in exactly that spot, looking just as ‘still’ and peaceful as this young lass. Actually it won’t be a matter of ‘looking’ as still, I’ll be feeling it too. Much more important.

Tomorrow I am flying north to the warmer climes of Queensland. On Sunday I am checking into the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, for their 5 night Optimum Wellbeing package, where laptop computers, caffeine, newspapers and radios are just a few of the items listed as ‘contraband’. Apparently mobile phones are not permitted outside of your room. I can’t even begin to imagine the withdrawals whilst being presented with an array of amazing food (which I hear is incredible) and not being able to take a photo – that alone is reason enough to take this break don’t you think? An Instagram addict I have become indeed.

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This represents the first time I will have totally disconnected from the world in years (most significantly, technology) and after a huge ten months building a new life and career I know it’s time. I need a break. A totally uninterrupted rest where I can restore my batteries, reflect on my year and ponder the future.

That being said, on Sunday I’ll be switching everything off and will have no access to emails, Facebook, Instagram, my website, Twitter, text messages, voicemail message…you name it. My very able assistant Sarah will be about to answer queries in my absence, but something tells me the world (and my business) will go on without me for 6 days.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts around this ‘great disconnect’ upon my return. See you all on the other side people and have a wonderful, restful and nourishing weekend.

Amy x

 

 

 

How to Rewire Your Brain For Peak Performance and Happiness.

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A few months ago I shared a beautiful piece by Joanne Antoun*, titled A lesson in change and six simple tips for creating it. Due to the success of this piece I asked Joanne if I could share another one of her inspirational articles. In this article Joanne sets out the 7 simple steps to rewire your brain for peak performance and happiness. These include: removing physical and mental clutter; reframing the way you look at things; diet; refocusing your attention (on the wonderful things in your life); exercise; awareness and affirmations and; mindfulness. Those of you who have experienced a CTC treatment will recognise many of these highly powerful, hugely positive tips.

How to rewire your brain for peak performance and happiness

Do you find yourself distracted, jumping from one task to the next without completing the one at hand?

Are you having trouble getting organised and remembering things?

Do you feel like you’re caught in a fog, lacking direction and clarity of mind?

Do you feel like you’re lacking energy and mental sharpness?

Are you feeling down more often than you’re feeling good?

Are you finding it difficult to stay positive?

What if I told you that by changing your mind you could change your brain and your life!

The old school of thought was that the brain created the mind but that’s not true at all. The mind is what configures the brain. Your mind chooses whether or not to listen and take thoughts on board and in the process of doing so wires your brain.

Negativity is instinctual in humans, we are wired to self-protect, always scanning for threats and we tend to pay more attention to and give more weight to negative experiences. No matter how good our day has been, if one bad thing happens the psychological effect of it far outweighs the positive. This is known as the negativity bias. We then get caught up in a downward spiral of losing our own personal power and draw more negativity to us because universal law is what we radiate we attract and what we feed grows. Ask anyone about negative experiences in their life and they can come up with quiet a few, very easily. Ask about positive experiences and it often takes a moment longer to access the information.

But there is great news. We can easily unlock the brain lock and this article will show you how in seven simple steps. We have the ability to rewire our brains for positivity, therefore attracting positive experiences and outcome to us. Neurons that fire together wire together, creating habitual thought patterns. Most of our deceptive brain messages that are false or inaccurate were to a greater extent created when we were young and taken on board without adequate insight, more often than not from the words of those closest to us. We all have some bad wiring that needs tending to but it can be done…and easily too.

We can, with awareness and effort, free ourselves from destructive thoughts and actions and change bad habits for good. With some focus, intention and practice we are able to rewire our brain for positivity, peak performance and happiness. By then living by example we can go on to change the lives of others too.

7 step Brain Mastery

Get rid of Clutter, Reframe and DREAM

1. Clutter

Physical, mental and digital clutter affects the brain. Whether it be your office desk or closet, an excess of things in your surroundings can overload the senses, making you feel stressed and impairing your ability to think creatively. Physical clutter has a negative impact on your brain’s ability to focus and process information, therefore decreasing efficiency and productivity. Clean and clear your surroundings and notice how much better you feel instantly.

Mental clutter. All those to do lists in your head (especially negative and overwhelming thoughts), compete for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress. You are literally in as many places as you allow your thoughts to be. Mental clutter has you past, future and sideways tripping – this is not only exhausting but debilitating. Get everything out of your head and onto paper. I personally write my to do lists on post it notes just for the thrill of being able to screw it up and throw it once the task is complete. Thoughts that don’t serve you simply don’t belong, just let them go. But more on this in the following sections.

We live in an age where we can’t seem to live without our phones and computers,  constant rings and pings as notifications alert us of incoming messages that stop us in our tracks. Our curiosity then summons us to check who and what it might be, all competing for our attention. All this digital clutter is a distraction that erodes your ability to focus and perform.

Mark Hurst, author of Bit Literacy, a New York Times best seller on controlling the flow of information in the digital age, put it best when he said, “Bits are a new material”.

When you have to-do items constantly floating around in your head or you hear a ping or vibrate every few minutes from your phone, your brain doesn’t get a chance to fully enter creative flow or process experiences. When your brain has too much on its plate, it splits its power up. The result? You become awful at:
* filtering information
* switching quickly between tasks
* keeping a strong working memory

The over consumption of digital stuff has the same effect on your brain as physical clutter. Remember, Keep it clean; your mind and your space.

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2. Reframe

Nothing has any meaning other than the meaning you give it. Every thought you have is a thought you choose. There is great power in this truth because once you accept responsibility for your thoughts and actions you can make more empowered choices and change your world.

Understand that habitual urges from the brain that don’t serve you are not who you are in your truth. Those old limiting beliefs are simply that, they are old. Refocus your attention and direct it by focusing on a positive. Choose to replace negative thoughts with a positive, like “I am good enough, I am peace, I only attract loving people into my world.”

Changing the way you see things and focusing more on the positive rewires your brain to become more aware of other positives in your daily life and you’ll attract much more of them to you. Once you bring something to your awareness you find yourself aligning with it, drawing it to you and becoming more aware of it in your surroundings.

Reframing has great power because when you change the way you see things the very things you see change in that same moment. Therefore freeing you of the constraints it once had on you and aligning you with more positive outcomes.

3. Diet

We all want to look or feel better and we know the importance of diet when it comes to our body. but how many of us take the time to think about how what we eat effects our brain? A poor diet can have disastrous effects on our brain however with a few more empowered dietary choices we can positively affect our brain. Especially in areas related to clarity of mind, cognitive processing, even feelings and emotions. A good diet will at the very least lead to strong blood flow, maintenance of mental sharpness and reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

It’s a well documented fact that one of the super fats our brain needs the most are omega-3 fatty acids. Our brain converts these into DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which enhances neuronal communication and neuronal growth. We need healthy neurons. Remember what fires together wires together.

By putting the right fuel into your body you will maintain super brain-body function. Here are just a few brain foods you can easily add to your diet:

Apples: These goodies protect the brain from oxidative damage.

Berries: Specifically blueberries and strawberries, eating these has been shown to improve memory and motor skills and also protect your brain from the oxidative process.

Asparagus: Rich in folic acid, which is essential for healthy brain function particularly for the metabolism of the long chain of fatty acids in your brain.

Dark Chocolate: We can’t forget this goodie. Good quality dark chocolate is a very powerful antioxidants which contains natural stimulates. Be sure it’s sugar free for optimal benefits.

Salmon: A great source of omega- 3 fatty acids which are essential for brain function.

Walnuts: Walnuts have a high protein content and contain omega -3, vitamins E and B6 which all promote healthy neural tissue.

Dried Oregano: There are lots of great spices but this one packs a punch. Oregano has 40 times more antioxidant properties than apples, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than that of blueberries or strawberries.

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4. Refocus

You will only ever see what you are looking at. If you keep focusing on what’s not working in your life not only does it become dominant but you attract more of the same, even if you don’t want it, actually even more so if you don’t want it. What you resist persists.

It’s time now to accept that everything that has been and everything that is, JUST IS. When we come from a place of acceptance we no-longer lose our personal power to people or experiences, therefore allowing us to stay strong and present.

If we live from the truth that nothing has any meaning other than the meaning we give it and when we change the way we see things the very things we see change, we quickly put ourselves in the position of ultimate power.

Each and every day, and each and every moment we have a choice. Your thoughts and how you choose to see things is completely up to you. We often get caught up in the negative and forget that we have so very much to be grateful for.

It’s time now to refocus your attention. Unplug from the stuff that doesn’t serve you and refocus your attention on all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.

Here is a great way to refocus, rewire and attract bigger and better things to yourself:

Keep a gratitude journal.
Or at the very least think of at least 3 things every day that you are grateful for. Hold these thoughts in your mind long enough to feel your heart expand with love.

Make a gratitude call.
Every day connect via any means with someone that you are grateful for and let them know. Letting someone know you appreciate them will put a smile on their face, warm their heart and it will work wonders for you too.

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5. Exercise

Just like our body needs regular exercise so to does our brain if neurons are to remain sharp. Practice, practice, practice of newly learned skills makes neuron connections stronger.

Repetition of new positive ways of thinking and behaving creates new neurological pathways that can override those old patterns that no-longer serve you.

Some brain exercises to keep you sharp are activities such as:
* Learning a new language
* Playing mental puzzles
* Listening to classical music
* Physical exercises that promote cardiovascular health

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6. Awareness & affirmations.

Everything you think, everything you say, everything you believe becomes true for you, not because it’s universal truth but it becomes true for you in your world none-the-less. You are the ultimate power in your world.

The law of the universe is whatever you radiate you attract. I want you to think of your conscious mind, your personality, as a general and your unconscious mind as soldiers. Now we all know that whatever the one General says the millions of soldiers do, because they are designed to only follow orders, no questions asked, just follow orders. So if you, your General lives in fear, believes you’re not good enough and that everything you touch fails etc, the soldiers will stand to attention say ‘yes sir’ then they go into immediate action to radiate the energy to attract to you that which you have ordered. Right, wrong, good, bad, it doesn’t matter, we are magnets and you will get what you radiate. Whatever you think, say, feel and believe will become true for you. If you don’t like what you’re attracting, change your order! Rewire your brain. Remember what you feel has more of an emotional charge so congruency is important.

Yes it’s true that your entire past, your beliefs and experiences have created who you are and how your world looks today but the wonderful thing is that it has nothing to do with your tomorrow. It’s what you do today, in this very moment that creates the next moment and therefore your tomorrow.

Here’s where the power of awareness and affirmations comes in. You may have wiring, thought patterns and behaviors that don’t serve you but that doesn’t mean that there’s no hope for you. With the power of awareness and affirmations and your brains ability to be rewired we can create new pathways rewiring you for peak performance positivity and happiness.

Once you have the awareness of what you do then you can work on changing it. Remember change requires change. Positive thoughts = Positive outcomes.

Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re absolutely right. So if the truth is that positive thoughts equal positive outcomes, then the flip side of that, negative thoughts equal negative outcomes must be true too. This is your world and you have the power of free will and choice.

When you say you feel down or low, you literally are. You are vibrating at a lower frequency and in that space you can only attract to you that which vibrates at the same level. Now if you want a life filled with what vibrates in a higher range, it won’t come to you until you raise your vibration to match it at its level. Until then it cannot be a part of your world. We simply raise our vibration by living more on purpose, be aware of what you believe, think, feel and say, be positive, have loving thoughts, speak from the heart center and have an attitude of gratitude. Start by giving thanks for all that you truly appreciate in your life, your family, your friends, your health. Within a moment or two you will notice that you now seem to be thinking not with your head but with your heart, your heart consciousness literally feels like its expanding. Not only does this make you feel great but instantly balances you and raises your vibration. In this space you begin to see things more clearly, possibly even what you couldn’t see before. New neurological pathways are being created in your brain and with repetition of this practice they become hardwired. Solutions to your problems begin to appear with clarity, more options become available, everything unfolds much more smoothly. In this space you can place your new order, give thanks for all you have then affirm all that you desire in present tense, for example, I love my life, I only attract loving people in my world, I am a magnet for divine prosperity etc. The key is to always affirm in present tense if we use the words will or going to, it’s like tomorrow it never comes. This raises your vibration and as you match the vibration that holds what you desire then it too becomes a part of your world.

Remember to affirm with conviction, really feel it, imagine it and make it your truth. What fires together, wires together and with repetition this will strengthen and become the new way your brain operates. Also take action, no-one had a bag of gold land in their lap by meditating and affirming alone.

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7. Mindfulness

Being mindful is one of the most important practices there is. It’s an activity of your attention being in the present, an awareness of what is happening right now, without judgement and letting all other thoughts and distractions go. This opens our awareness beyond the narrowness of negativity bringing calm and peace to the moment, providing an ability to focus solely and productively to the task at hand giving us the ability to see things for what they really are.

With practice these feelings can become a way of being and a state of mind rather than just somewhere you visit.

Mindfulness decreases distress, anxiety and depression and allows for more rational and empowered decisions/actions. Practicing mindfulness regularly has been shown to affect the brains plasticity, increasing and strengthening the grey matter in the hippocampus, the area of the brain important for memory, learning and emotion, and reducing the grey matter in the amygdala, the area of the brain associated with stress and anxiety.

All of our problems, great or small are all entirely in the mind. Yes there are external forces at work, but the event itself isn’t causing you the stress, it’s your reaction to the event that is creating the emotional experience you are having. Remember nothing has any meaning other than the meaning you give it.

When you are here in present time and no longer allowing yourself to lose your personal power to a situation the external event no-longer becomes a problem because there is only you and the current situation and you’ll find you have the tools to handle anything with much greater ease.

The method for being present is simple, but it’s practice that matters most. Most people don’t master it, not because it’s difficult but because they don’t value themselves enough to practice the art.

How to be Mindful

Whatever you’re doing, right now, pay complete attention to it, every aspect of it and let everything else go.

Take time to meditate. Simply focus only on your breath. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and become aware of your breath, breathing in an out of your nostrils. Be aware of the movement of the air as it passes in and passes out, the place where the inner and outer world meets. Any thoughts that come to mind just let them go. This naturally calms the breath and increases our awareness. Start this practice for 10 minutes a day and build to 1hr.

To start with getting into the zone requires effort but I can guarantee you that once you’ve had the experience of being totally present and had that feeling of heightened awareness you’ll never want to go back to how things used to be.

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*Joanne Antoun is a lecturer in the field of Personal Growth and Consciousness, a Gifted Medium, Curator and trainer of CTC Technique. She is also a Psychotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer, EFT Trainer, Hypnotherapy Trainer, Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Teacher of Accelerated Learning Techniques, and an Author.

What is the cost of burn-out?

For me, the cost of burn out was massive. I had to close a business I was hugely passionate about; I wasn’t able to earn money; I could rarely see my friends; I couldn’t live alone; I lost my independence; I couldn’t drive more than a few minutes without bringing on a crash; during my worst a 5 minute walk was a huge achievement. I made a huge mistake, in fact I made many huge mistakes. Countless times the universe presented me with a virus that would send me crashing, year after year. Yet I chose not to slow down, to alter my course. I became so addicted to the adrenalin rush I felt throughout my career that life felt quite dull without it. The upshot was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

For obvious reasons I now feel quite passionately about teaching people how to become more in tune with their bodies and their minds, so that they can better manage their health and not let things get to ‘that’ point. For this reason I wanted to share a wonderful post written by Melbourne Kinesiologist, Kerry Belviso, who has just launched a Heal my Adrenal Fatigue eCourse  commencing on 8th September. If you, like me, are feeling the warning signs, I strongly recommend you look into this e-course. I was interviewed for this e-course, along with over ten other experts, to share my story, discussing the impact whole foods had on my return to health. Here’s a snapshot:

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What is the cost of burn out? by Kerry Belviso.

In this video, Kerry talks about three of the costs of burn-out.

Of course, there can be many more.

In our society, burn-out can sometimes be worn like a badge of honour. I was talking to a colleague about my Heal My Adrenal Fatigue e-course the other day and mentioned I burnt myself out a few years ago, “Oh yes, haven’t we all,” she said.

Maybe it’s a rite of passage to burn yourself out in today’s society? Or maybe, by getting really clear and conscious about what we’re doing and the impact, we can still work hard and achieve, but maintain our health too. Maybe we can learn to value how we feel and our wellbeing as much (or more than!) our achievements. I think so. That’s what I’ve been learning to do over the past 18 months, and what I can’t wait to help others to do too, through my course.

Let’s have a look at these costs:

Physical cost

When we’re experiencing chronic (long-term) or high levels of stress, we can experience a wide range of physical symptoms, such as ongoing colds or illnesses, allergies, intolerances, digestive issues, fertility issues and many more. Sometimes, rather than recognising these are being created as a response to the stress we’re experiencing, we might have a range of tests or consult a range of experts which may create positive outcomes – but ultimately, we do need to address our stress levels and how we care for ourselves in an ongoing way to feel healthy and vital.

Emotional and social cost

Often, if we’re experiencing high levels of stress, we can develop a kind of “tunnel-vision” where we’re extremely focused on what we’re trying to achieve, attain or do, which can often come at the expense of our emotional wellbeing and our relationships. Clients often tell me that they start to feel frustrated, impatient or intolerant of their partner, friends, family members and/or colleagues when they’re experiencing high levels of stress. Time with loved ones is often reduced and sometimes people will tell me they hardly have a social life.

Over time this has a cost, which sometimes can’t be seen until you finally (whether by choice or not) slow down. Even if you continue to have good relationships with those around you when you’re under high levels of stress, it’s unlikely you’re experiencing the levels of closeness and intimacy in your relationships that would be possible if your life was more balanced.

Feelings of overwhelm, confusion, depression or anxiety can become more common, and clients often tell me that their memory and ability to concentrate are poor.

Financial cost

If we reach the point of burn-out, there will be a cost in terms of time, energy and also money in order to recover. Recovery is generally considered to take between 6 months – 2 years and it’s important to get to the underlying issues that have led to the situation, or you’ll more than likely re-create it again.

If you do burn-out, you might need to take time off work, or reduce your hours. How you’ll feel about that, and how much of a financial impact it has will probably depend on whether you work for yourself or someone else, and how possible this is if you do work for someone else. I have worked with clients who have reached the point where they need to leave their job and take time out altogether – a huge cost!

For some people I’ve known, burn-out has reached the point that hospitalisation is required. Obviously if you reach that point, you are extremely depleted. Others have had to shut down businesses, scale right back or change direction. Sometimes a crisis point is reached and all of a sudden there are problems to deal with in many parts of life. Jobs or clients may be lost, relationships break-down, mistakes are made, often in dramatic fashion.

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Don’t let it get to that point

Personally, I did let it reach the point of burn-out at the end of 2011, and that’s a big part of why I’m so passionate about this topic. If you burn-out, there are huge costs.

We don’t always recognise this when we’re right in the middle of a go-go-go phase or feeling like I-just-need-to-get-through-this. Part of what happens is that we lose touch with what’s really going on.

We’re not really connected to ourselves.

We’re missing things.

We’re ignoring our true needs.

Once we hit burn-out, we’ll do WHATEVER it takes to heal, and start to feel better.

Don’t wait til then! Start making positive changes NOW.

Dealing with stress, Adrenal Fatigue and burn-out is complex. That’s why I’ve interviewed over ten different experts who have wisdom to share on a range of angles for my “Heal My Adrenal Fatigue” e-course.

Make sure you sign up to Kerry’s mailing list over at healmyadrenalfatigue.com to hear when the course opens.

HMAF_square_v2Kerry Belviso is a Kinesiologist based in the Melbourne CBD and Port Melbourne, and can be found at kerrybelviso.com. She’s the creator of the DIY Kinesiology Kit and the Heal My Adrenal Fatigue e-course starting September 8th.

Tell me, have you experienced burn-out, or Adrenal Fatigue? What were some of the costs you experienced?

Are you waiting to get happy? (and a photo gallery from a novice).

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It took me many, many years to learn to find happiness within; to have no reliance on external sources to pick me up, pull me along, make me believe that I was enough. I now know that I AM enough, that I don’t ‘need’ anything external to me to make me truly happy. To know that YOU are the power, that YOU are enough is a huge and incredibly empowering feeling.

Have you gone through life waiting, waiting for happiness to hit you in the face, to burst into your heart? Waiting for that gorgeous man (or woman) to come along (because then you’ll be happy); waiting to lose 5 kilos (because then you’ll be really happy); waiting to earn more money (because surely, when you are earning $10,000 more, you’ll be happy).

You know what? Don’t wait. Give up the wait and look within. Find happiness in your every day, show gratitude for what you have in your life right now, give to others, live consciously – raise your vibration and invite  happiness in.  There is absolutely no point in waiting because whatever it is you are yearning for may never come – and what a waste of time and energy that will have been.

I wanted to show you a place that I go to often, a place that I go to to rest, to allow my mind and body to find stillness. This is Freycinet Peninsula on the East Coast of Tasmania. For many years my family have had a holiday house here and it is without doubt my favourite place  – it also played a huge part in my recovery from CFS. I grew up in Tasmania and moved away over 20 years ago. For many years since I have visited often, not only because I yearned to see my family but because I believed I needed a ‘Tassie fix’, a fix that would re-balance me, nourish me and bring me happiness again. When life hurled it’s challenges, I’d book a flight and flee. Inevitably I would return home feeling better in many ways, that’s true. Yet, should you need to book a flight and then wait to reach your favourite destination in order to find happiness?

My recent holiday in Freycinet Peninsula was just what I needed. I needed to stop for a while, immerse myself in big open spaces, take long walks, read books, remove myself from what has become an intensive working life. I work from home so there is little respite – it is only healthy that I remove myself from home once in a while. During this stay however, I was struck with the realisation that I didn’t ‘need’ Tasmania anymore. I am certainly fortunate to have a reason to go there (because I love it dearly and I love my family), but my ‘happy place’ is in my heart, it’s not waiting on the beach or on that mountain.  It’s within me right now and it’s entirely up to me how I choose to feel, every single moment of my day.

Give up the wait, be happy now.

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The love of my life, Wilson. The King of the Castle.

The love of my life, Wilson. The King of the Castle.