How are things with you today?
It is rather wet and wintry outside today, so I am indoors wrapped warmly with a steaming mug of detox tea, beautiful dreamy music in the background and my current favourite diffuser blend wafting over me.
I have had a lovely, high vibe day so far, I am writing this a little later in the day than my usual rhythm. I'm not long off an Instagram 'live' where I was responding to some questions I received in advance of the Q&A session.
I thought I may share what I shared in the 'live' with you here.
Here are the questions I got:
1. What tools do you use to connect to your highest self?
I write poetry and prose daily, this has been a part of my life since I was very young. I would skive off school to sit at the local Abbey or in the sand dunes to write and be present to anything that wanted to move through me, this has always felt Divinely Guided, channelled.
I Meditate every day, and this, for most people, is going to become their access point to the wisdom of the Higher Self. I believe that the answer to pretty much anything is to meditate! But, at some point, we need to be able to get up off the Zafu (the meditation cushion) and bring this presence of awareness into every lived moment.
Communing with mother nature. I spend time in nature every day, no matter what's going on in my life, how busy I am, or what the weather is doing! Seeing, hearing, breathing in and feeling the beauty around me gets me in the zone of Oneness. To be in reverential awe of the cycles and flows of nature is nourishing, nurturing, and affirming of life, abundance and change.
I love daily Affirmative Prayer. I have shared affirmative prayers here on the blog from time to time. Affirmative prayer if often known as Spiritual Mind Treatment and is a metaphysical practice to elevate our state, align with the Infinite, to affirm our connection to All That Is and to command our intention upon Universal Mind, to bring about the change we desire.
I listen deeply to my body … she always knows! We may call this our gut instinct, or our intuition. By tuning in to her wisdom, eating what she needs, resting when it is appropriate and clearing any toxins or accumulation of stagnation in the physical, mental, emotional and energetic levels enables the divine to move through us, to awaken our understanding and hear her signals of either YES or No.
2. How did you and how do you discover your Dharma?
Essentially, I believe our Dharma finds us. We wake up to it.
It is the path that we cannot avoid or ignore.
On a practical level, our dharma is our purpose, our reason for being, the medicine that we personally can bring to the world.
It is the culmination of all that we have healed and transformed within ourselves and our lives, what we believe the world needs, what lights us up, what we can’t help but do, and our natural gifts and talents combined. It is our Soul speaking through us. We often, to really know our Dharma, need to clear what holds us back, release the past, and answer the call. We allow the sacred to move through us. This is our path.
3. I know you offer mentoring, would this be a good fit to discover my inner child and release trauma?
Yes. Our inner child has been tenderly and fiercely protecting us all these years, so we look at ways that she may be soothed, integrated, and encouraged to support us from this moment onwards, instead of her having the drivers' seat in our lives. We can use belief change modalities, work to balance the nervous system, understand our triggers and to create a new baseline for living where you are in the lead, lovingly holding the hand of your inner self. It is powerful and beautiful work.
4. What are your favourite self-care practices?
I’m a huge fan of Ayurveda which is used to balance our doshas, our mind/body type, and our states of being.
Daily I practice:
Abhyanga – self-love, oil massage
Walks in nature
Embodied, somatic movement
I eat really well and drink tons of water.
5. What 5 books are your faves and you read time and time again?
The prophet – Khalil Gibran
I absolutely love this book, it is by far one of my all time favourites. Khalil Gibran speaks to my heart with his beautiful poetry, his philosophy and wordsmanship. It is a book I never tire of, it both inspires me and facilitates my deepening questioning into the desires of my heart, my understanding of the nature of life, love, and my place in amongst the cast wonder of the Universe. I find the simple wisdom expressed within Khalil's words and poetry inspire me to open wider, fuller and deeper to the meaning of life.
Women Who Run With the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes
This book is a bible for women to grow with! My copy is dog-eared, underlined, the pages folded and pencilled in notes abound throughout my copy. I devoured the book one summer about ten years ago (no easy task as it’s quite a weighty book) and ever since I pick it up, rummage through the pages and take inspiration.
Dear Lover – David Deida
A gorgeous sumptuous book for those of us on the path of conscious living, understanding the polarities between masculine and feminine energies and how this understanding may serve us in and creating relationships that are spiritually uplifting and intimately expansive. David Deida, in Dear Lover, explores every aspect of the feminine spiritual practice to enhance sexuality, intimacy, commitment, emotions and trust.
The Secret Power of Yoga - Nischala Joy Devi
This beautiful, in-depth look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as understood from the feminine perspective. Full of inspiration, practices and feminine wisdom for living a conscious, awakened life. I am sure that you will treasure this gem of a book for many years to come.
Anything by Rumi!
Check out my more extensive recommended reading list here >>
I hope the answers to these questions inspire you to explore other methods of self-care and connection to your Highest Self.
“My only function is the one God gave me. I want no other and I have no other!”
- A Course In Miracles
This quote from the Course ties in beautifully with accepting and living our Dharma. It is also perfectly in alignment with today's lesson. Lesson 65: My only function is the one God gave me.
Do you feel that you are living your Dharma?
Have you been seeking, and questioning exactly what you are 'meant' to be doing here on earth?
I would love to know!