Shamanic Sound and Cacao Ceremony 🥁

On Saturday I went to a Shamanic Cacao Sound Journey. We all laid on yoga mats in a beautiful little studio, while Christian played Native American flute and the Didgeridoo right into each of our chakras (WHOA AMAZINGGG!!) and King sang and performed energy healing on us during the 3 hours. First we sat with the cacao plant medicine that King had prepared for us earlier, held the cup to our heart, connected with it and channelled our intentions into it and drank it slowly. As soon as we all started to meditate on the cacao, the rain came down on the tin roof outside – magical and well timed mother nature! Most people were having trouble drinking it as it was strong and unsweetened, but I drank it all and got another cup (because I don’t do anything by halves… Aries here!). She told us that it can make us feel very euphoric. I was looking forward to seeing where this would go. I had something I wanted help to let go of (fear of being vulnerable) so that became my intention for the night. I said to my friend that I felt like I had been out clubbing on drugs like the old days but without the negativity – like I was in a trance and quite high – euphoric even. I never wanted to leave, but sadly all good things must come to an end – cannot wait to go again! The next day I was very low on energy and felt like I needed to lay outside on the earth for a long time and just listen to grounding music. I got the message that I had unlocked an area of fear and in order to move forward I needed to sit with it gently and allow it to pass through with mindfulness. The only way to release and move through trapped emotions is to acknowledge them. I went for a walk but that was the most I could do physically that day. I did reiki on myself and rested a lot, then ended the day with a salt bath with essential oils and the next day I was brand new again.

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Have you ever tried a Cacao Ceremony or Sound Journey? It rocked my world!

13 Questions with Bron Murphy 🧘🏼‍♀️

I’m not sure how long ago I became aware of Bron. We haven’t yet met in person but I will definitely go to one of her Goddess Circles this year! I have been following her on social media because I love her inspirational posts and I’m drawn to anything Goddess, yoga, meditation and healing. You may have seen her in ads on TV here and there – I recently saw her beautiful face on a Chemist Warehouse commercial. I’ll let her tell more about her impressive life experiences:

Tell us a bit about yourself and what your life currently looks like?
Waking up by the beach. Lighting my incense, setting up my morning ritual of yoga and meditation and then getting into my day. I run Yoga Retreats around the world so I’m always thinking about that and working towards making these amazing. This year too I run weekly Modern Goddess Circles and have a book coming out called The Modern Goddess. This group inspires women to work together in a collective. Each week we gather at my Urban Home Studio in St Kilda and work on our goals, dreams and inner sense of peace, We cover each week a different topic, from Law of Attraction to Nutrition to Meditation to finding your soul mate love. The Modern Goddesses each week connect via a Facebook page and inspire one another and keep each other reaching their goals and staying happy and aligned.

What do you feel your mission is?
To empower women to realise their true selves.

What led you to the path you are on now?
I was an Actress and 6th Grade classical pianist and the stress of this and working in corporate forced me to look within and find ways to manage the perfectionist I had become. Also I am a country girl and when I moved here for boarding school I found the city environment to be very stressful so I began as a 16 year old finding ways to cope in the busy urban world we live in today.

What has been your biggest challenge or rock bottom moment?
Have so many but each of them I see as my brightest moment too. When I was 16, I received a high B in a Grade 6 piano exam. I wanted an A grade. This sent me into a cycle of depression and anxiety. I couldn’t get out of bed and yes you can imagine the rest. My body became sick because my determined mind decided I didn’t want to be happy. It was at this ripe age I identified the strong connection between the thoughts we think, the emotions these thoughts create and then how this adversely or positively affects your body. You are what you think! I’ve seen it firsthand. You can take all the pills in the world and eat all the right foods but if your mindset is not right then your body will reflect that. This is my solid belief.

How did you use that difficult period as a catalyst for positive change in your life?
Well I feel I’m living that now in my career. I teach people how to lead the happiest of lives using their mindset and the path of yoga, mindfulness and many other tools I’ve personally picked up along the way from great leaders in the field like Anthony Robbins, Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay.

What has been the highest point in your life so far?
Performing in the Opera at the Sydney Opera house and seeing my parents watch me on stage. Also I was top 3 in Miss Universe and that was pretty special. But in my healing career there are too many wonderful moments – having a homeless lady I teach tell me the pain had left her body after regular yoga made me smile. Life high points I believe are just a series of special moments.

What positive impact do you want to make in the world?
I relieve people of their pain – be it physical or emotional and show them tools to live life in our natural state of joy. Whether it’s a CEO or a single mum I’ve taught many people over the years how to live happily and how to improve their health.

What is most important to you?
Living life in love. Being kind. Not letting the stress of reaching my goals effect my everyday relationships. Helping others is the key in my life to my happiness. Of course one day I’d love to bring my own family into the world.

How do you handle low days?
Affirmations, meditations, soaking in the sea baths and with a good deal of acceptance. I don’t tend to have many low days as I have mastered the art of being happy mostly and know how to shift my mood now. life too short to sweat the small stuff and so much of what we worry about doesn’t happen and doesn’t even matter to us being happy in the now.

What do you do stay in the flow and inspired?
Yoga, nature, baths, meditations and serving others. Realising by helping others you help yourself and also realising we are so lucky to be alive. Every day is truly a gift. When you stay in the now you realise that its most often your fear projections or day dreams about a past that has long gone that is blocking you from your natural state of joy. We don’t actually need to buy into all the fear from society we can choose to be happy and relaxed each day. Oh and gratitude. That’s a massive part of my everyday practice.

Who or what are the people, blogs, podcasts, music or books that have helped you the most?
Gosh don’t know where to being. When I was 16 someone gave me Louise Hay You can Heal your life. I think read Carl Jung, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and yes even prayers. My favourite prophet is Kahil Gibrahn and his book The Proper. Also Paulo Cohelo The Alchemist.

What’s the best advice you would give in regards to your experiences?
Having seen numerous clients and friends survive cancer and other big challenges I always say to people in class, are you breathing, do you have two legs and two arms, can you smile? If the answer is yes then there is nothing stopping you from happiness in The Now. Change the way you see the world and the world will change in front of you. If I could teach anyone anything it’s how to meditate and how to use the law of attraction to manifest their desires. You attract what you think about every day. I strongly believe that.

How can people find you/ get in touch with you?
Come and join in a Tuesday night Goddess Circle via: www.themoderngodess.com.au
or a retreat or reiki via www.sacredplacesyoga.com

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Healthy soft serve with ice magic 🍌

This is the quickest, healthiest, no fuss ice cream that ever was!

Peel, chop and freeze bananas in advance. When I feel like a cooling soft serve on a hot day, just grab a handful of frozen banana, add a dash of nut milk/ coconut water/ water and wizz up with a stick blender until smooth. If you want an extra creamy ice cream, add tahini.

To make the ice magic put some melted coconut oil, liquid stevia and raw cacao into a little jar and shake then pour over your nicecream. YUMSKI 😋

Raw, vegan and refined sugar free.

13 Questions with Anna Grace Taylor 👼🏼

I met the very angelic and beautiful Anna when I was living in England and went to a live talk by Doreen Virtue. Anna was invited up on stage to share how her life had been touched by angels. I found Anna very inspiring and I could feel such a pure and gentle energy emanating from her – she looked like a living angel to me! Anna is a gifted singer and inspirational healer.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what your life currently looks like?
I am 37 years old, I live in England and I feel very grateful to do work I love with people all over the world. I am also a very proud Aunty of two boys and a girl. They are the absolute loves of my life and I feel very grateful to be reminded of what’s most important through them. You cannot be in a bad mood around them. Even when they are not so happy. They remind me to stay present, to see the magic in the small (that aren’t actually small!) things and to be the best person I can be.

What do you feel your mission is?
Love. I think it’s the same for all of us, really. We just choose to express it in different ways. But for me, my motivation has always been love. They say we teach what we need to learn and my life has always given me plenty of opportunity to learn to accept myself as I am. So I love to help others do the same by helping them remember the Divine truth of who they are. We don’t need to be perfect as human beings because as Divine beings we already are.

What led you to the path you are on now?
I was born 11 weeks prematurely with my twin sister and at 18 months old I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy: brain damage affecting my legs. That meant that I didn’t walk until I was six years old and then as a teenager I had major surgery to help my mobility. It did help but I also became very ill. My immune system crashed and I was exhausted and in pain every day. It was then that I discovered alternative therapies and started to discover – or reconnect with my innate spirituality. While my sister and friends were at Uni, I was having deep conversations about energy and synchronicity and miracles. Things I had never discussed with family but somehow ‘knew’ about as healed from the inside out. In 2003, I discovered Doreen Virtue’s Angel Therapy Practitioner Course which changed my life so much and set me on the path I am now. That’s how I met you (Jacqui); how I learned so many skills but more importantly realised my huge sensitivity was actually a gift as long as I took care of myself.

What has been your biggest challenge or rock bottom moment?
See above! But more than that, I think the emotional implications of being chronically ill for so long was the hardest. At 20, after being so unwell for so long, as well as dealing with the breakdown of my parents’ marriage, I found myself dealing with huge anxiety and OCD. I honestly thought I wouldn’t survive that, at one point if someone had told me I could die I would’ve said yes. I was in a bad way then.

How did you use that difficult period as a catalyst for positive change in your life?
I realised the huge power of the mind. It gave me huge compassion for people whose struggles are more ‘invisible’ than my previous struggles had been. That has helped me a lot in my work with others now. And at the time, it meant I received extra help. It was actually around that time that I saw my first Angel. It was such a profound experience and I wanted to learn more. So when I found Doreen’s course I just knew I had to be there. I’m so glad I did because I wouldn’t be here today or have the life I do without that.

What has been the highest point in your life so far?
Some of the Divine experiences I’ve had have been so powerful I can’t describe them in words. I also loved making my album back in 2009 because it had been a dream of mine to record my own songs and to hear them come to life in the studio was so moving and rewarding. More recently though, becoming an Aunty was incredibly special and life-changing. I didn’t realise I could feel that kind of instant, deep love for another little being.

What positive impact do you want to make in the world?
I want to share in so many ways. I want to remind people of their truth. I want to re-define perfection. I want to love as much as I can. I would love to have a TV show so that I can share and talk with amazing people. I’ve always wanted to be a fairy-godmother and I hope I can do that in my own way.

What is most important to you?
Love

How do you handle low days?
By staying as present as possible. When I am in the past or future, thinking about what was, or worrying about what might be I am stressed. I compare myself with others. I get fearful of what could happen or won’t happen. When I am truly present in the moment, all is well.

What do you do stay in the flow and inspired?
Call on my Angels, speak to my inspiring friends, get outside in the sunshine, listen to my favourite music, sing, focus on what I am grateful for. Sometimes I remember those things and sometimes I forget haha hence the low days!

Who or what are the people, blogs, podcasts, music or books that have helped you the most?
Wow so many. Doreen Virtue was a great teacher and catalyst for me. I’ll always be grateful to her. As well as my family and the amazing therapists and healers I know locally who helped me so much and still do when I need a boost. I have just listened to an incredible interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on Marie TV (Marie Forleo). They both inspire me greatly as creative, authentic women. But my best friends help and inspire me all the time. I’m very blessed like that. And as for music, too many to count! I love so much, but the artists I consistently feel uplifted and comforted by include James Taylor, Robbie Williams, Lucinda Drayton, Adele, India Arie…

What’s the best advice you would give in regards to your experiences?
Stop comparing yourself to others. It’s the biggest joy-squasher ever and is absolutely pointless as there is only one you!

How can people find you/ get in touch with you?
To sign up to receive my Weekly Inspiration newsletter, and for details about my music, private sessions and events, please visit www.annagracetaylor.com

I am also very active on Instagram Facebook and You Tube

Raw Pad Thai 🍜

I love making this ahead for a delicious lunch or dinner in summer. It’s a very healthy, filling, vegan, grain free, keto, unicorn of a dish! The noodles develop a better texture if left to marinate in the sauce for a while.

Base:

1 carrot grated or julienned

2 spring onions thinly sliced

1 stick celery thinly diced

1/4 of a small purple cabbage very thinly sliced (I use a mandolin slicer)

Red capsicum thinly diced

Chopped coriander (unless you’re one of those people who hate it)

(You can really add any veg you like such as raw zucchini)

1 packet of Kelp Noodles

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Sauce:

1/4 cup of almond butter

1/4 Sriracha sauce

Juice of 2 limes (you can use water instead but I 💚 lime!)

Sweet chilli sauce to taste

Toasted sesame seed oil to taste

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Before serving:

Top with roasted cashews and toasted sesame seed oil to taste (I like heaps!)


Raw, vegan and dang tasty!

This song is the bomb diggity and I can’t get enough of it – Finesse by Bruno Mars & Cardi B

13 Questions with Juan Roncallo 🚲

Juan is a personal trainer and life coach. I met him through PT and we got to talking about all things spiritual. He and his beautiful wife Raquel have 2 young children and run Warrenbayne Bike Park.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what your life currently looks like?
I am originally from Colombia and have been living in Australia since 2000. At the moment life is very exciting – I am getting better at understanding how life works. I work with what I had created so I am very pleased. I have a beautiful family. At the same time life is a constant challenge.

What do you feel your mission is?
I feel that my mission is to connect the best I can with my essence, my soul, my higher self. That’s the only way to live life… I believe.

What led you to the path you are on now?
The universe really! May sounds weird but is the truth. I am very aware of the signs from the universe and I do my best to listen to it.

What has been your biggest challenge or rock bottom moment?
I have had so many that it is hard to say… I find I constantly push my boundaries and with this comes success and failure. Failure is a beautiful thing if you understand it.

How did you use that difficult period as a catalyst for positive change in your life?
Trust and faith! When you are connected with universe you understand that everything happens for a reason. The universe will destroy all your plans because it knows what is best for you. Love it!

What has been the highest point in your life so far?
The highest point in my life was when I did Ayahuasca! It changed my life because it opened my eyes, heart and mind to be the best I can be. Profound.

What positive impact do you want to make in the world?
I would love to be able to give people some awareness about awakening, about living from your higher self, is so exiting! Love and compassion.

What is most important to you?
To live my truth.

How do you handle low days?
When you trust the universe system the low days are very rare… but the way I keep going is living above the line! Being the best I can be every minute – I believe we must make that our focus. Constantly striving to be my best increases my vibration/ frequency. I can feel when I am on or off track.

What do you do stay in the flow and inspired? Who or what are the people, blogs, podcasts, music or books that have helped you the most?
I read a lot about life, universe, frequency, energy etc. I watch thousands of hours of motivational videos. Nanice Ellis comes to mind. I question everything!

What’s the best advice you would give in regards to your experiences?
Go and do Ayahuasca! It changed my life forever!

How can people find or get in touch with you?

Vida Total

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13 Questions with Magda Trojak 👩‍👧‍👦

I met Magda 14 years ago in strange and memorable circumstances… I was living in London with another girl who had been really getting on my nerves. She moved out without telling me while I was away travelling and moved Magda in without my knowledge. I had just got back from Australia that day when I woke up after hearing someone open my front door. I looked at this stranger standing in my hallway with all her belongings and wondered how on earth she had got in and who the hell she was! Thankfully it worked out great and was the best thing that could have happened at the time. We ended up becoming great friends and had some very fun times together! We both live in Melbourne now so we catch up when we can. I’m really happy to see Magda doing so well and being such a wonderful Mum to her 2 gorgeous kids who are very lucky to have her!

Tell us a bit about yourself and what your life currently looks like?
I am an independent Mumma of 2 beautiful children – Leo and Olivia. I work part time for a freight forwarding company whilst building my own online business from home as a Wellness Coach. I teach and coach mainly mums how to inspire healthy living around the world and earn an income from home. I look after Leo and Olivia full time and although it can be challenging at times, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Since coming across the opportunity to be a Wellness Coach it has changed my life – the health of my family improved and so did my outlook on life. It has opened up a world of positivity, gratitude, self-belief, self-love and personal growth. I have come to realise that anyone can achieve anything, they just have to believe in themselves and not let fear rule their life. Fear kills dreams.

What do you feel your mission is?
To show mums that there is a better way. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle and you don’t have to work the 9-5 grind to get by. You can be a present mum, have your independence and create an amazing income from home. I love helping families to have more choices in life and be able to do mum care instead of day care. I love inspiring healthy living around the world and helping people improve their health and showing them that being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. You can reach your goals without calorie counting or deprivation. Educating children on the importance of good nutrition and helping kids around the world improve their food choices. I love inspiring and empowering women, teaching them the importance of self-love and self-belief. Showing them that anyone can achieve anything they want.

What led you to the path you are on now?
I think it was fate. I have always had a passion in helping people and then I came across this opportunity by chance. It saved me from a dark hole I was in, not sure where I would be if I hadn’t come across this business.

What has been your biggest challenge or rock bottom moment?
My biggest challenge has been my confidence, my self-belief, fear of failure and trying to overcome my limiting beliefs. I walked away from a very toxic relationship and although it was the best decision, I was so scared of how I was going to be the strong mum I needed to be for my children and how I was going to be able to support them without missing out on all of those magic moments. You only get one chance at it and before you know it you children are all grown up. If I hadn’t come across this opportunity and the community of people who inspired me, believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and raised me up, than I am not sure where I would be today. I think I have come a long way in the last 18 months but I still have a lot of things I want to improve on.

How did you use that difficult period as a catalyst for positive change in your life?
It helped me shape the person I am today. It made me stronger and made me realise that anything is possible as long as you have a positive mind set, work hard and believe in yourself. Life wasn’t designed to be miserable, to feel like crap, to be sick all the time and unhappy. It opened up an opportunity for me to help and inspire others.

What has been the highest point in your life so far?
Definitely giving birth to my 2 beautiful kids. Having the opportunity to help other mums around the world with their health (especially single mums) and to have more choices in life.

What positive impact do you want to make in the world?
I want to help create a healthier society where less people are sick, especially kids. For people to have more time with their families and have more choices in life.

What is most important to you?
My children

How do you handle low days?
I try and listen to something uplifting or inspiring. I find that I don’t have that many low days anymore. I try and look at the positive of anything that has gone wrong. Don’t get me wrong – I definitely get stressed! Let’s face it, being a mum is not easy. I do tend to lose my shit sometimes and then feel guilty and be really hard on myself. In those situations I walk away, breath and try again!

What do you do stay in the flow and inspired? Who or what are the people, blogs, podcasts, music or books that have helped you the most?
I surround myself with positive people, try to mediate before bed, find time for myself doing something I love (even if it’s 5 minutes). I listen to people like Tony Robbins, MJB seminars, Joe Dispenza and attend personal development courses. I read books like The Universe Has Your Back, The Magic, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey.

What’s the best advice you would give in regards to your experiences?
Don’t let fear get in the way of your dreams. We all have choices in life and every one of us was put on this earth to live a happy and healthy life, it just depends what path we decide to take. You can achieve anything – it’s just the BS excuses we keep telling ourselves that get in the way.

How can people find you/ get in touch with you?
https://www.instagram.com/bossmumswholefoodmovement/

13 Questions with me, Jacqui 😉

Tell us a bit about yourself and what your life currently looks like?
I work full time in an office, but I moonlight as a healer/intuitive/life coach/kinesiologist. I’m very passionate about health, nature, learning more about myself and I love podcasts, running, trying new things (seldom finishing them…), writing, creating healthy but delicious food, being with my adorable niece and beloved cat.

What do you feel your mission is?
Helping people understand themselves better through healing and releasing patterns and beliefs that are holding them back. Inspiring a healthier lifestyle which creates a more balanced and content baseline. Peeling back layers of what we are told to be, to realise who we truly are and what our unique gifts are.

What led you to the path you are on now?
I was always brought up on healthy food. My Mum supported my interests in all things spiritual, but I went badly off the track with that and health many times. Each time I veered off course, there was always some sort of inner compass that lead me back. What has kept me on the right path this time with no wrong turns is really listening to my intuition – it never fails me! Developing that is really a constant act of trusting it and also creating space and stillness to allow it to be heard.

What has been your biggest challenge or rock bottom moment?
There have been many, but the one that stands out the most is bulging a disc in my spine 6 years ago at the peak of my fitness and not being able to sit, stand or walk for 5 solid weeks. I relied on my Mum to do everything – I couldn’t even get a glass of water. I wasn’t listening to my body on a physical level, but on an emotional level back issues are about feeling a lack of support (I felt this at home and work – the 2 places I spent all of my time!). I had a lot of work to do to unravel all of this, but it definitely showed me things about myself that I needed to see and taught me a lot of deep lessons. Lots of big realisations! I certainly don’t ever want to go through it again, but I see it now as a very big positive for all that I gained. To me it was very much a rebirthing process. It was also in my return of Saturn years which were pretty big for me – my Dad died, my dog and cat died, I hurt my back and many other things that I’ll write about in future.

How did you use that difficult period as a catalyst for positive change in your life?
I had an aerobics/ gym addiction for 15 years that could easily get obsessive and detrimental to my health. After I hurt my back and rehabbed myself with walking, I started running and have never gone back to the gym since. I love running or walking out in nature in any weather, you will never catch me holed up in a gym again when I can be out in the elements! I also started working on myself to stand up for myself more and not allow key people in my life to treat me in such a way that I felt very unsupported. I built strong boundaries – it’s an evolving process, but it definitely started from that wake up call.

What has been the highest point in your life so far?
Ohh that isn’t easy to answer, because I have travelled to so many stunning places in this beautiful world of ours (Mossman Gorge in FNQ was a very big standout), but I would probably say when my niece entered the world 3 years ago. I was high as a kite for a week after she was born, and I can never ever spend enough time with her – I love her more than any other human I have ever known. She doesn’t live close to me so I only see her once a month (sometimes more if I’m lucky) so I really miss her the rest of the time (I’ve never been the type to miss people). She well and truly has Aunty wrapped around her cute little fingers!

What positive impact do you want to make in the world?
Whilst I love helping people, I care mostly about the voiceless and vulnerable animals. I don’t eat them for a start (though that is not why I stopped, I genuinely have never liked meat since I was a kid). I have no desire to force my way of life onto others, I believe we need to be the change we wish to see in the world. I would much rather inspire by cooking up and sharing yummy plant based food and share what I have learned about how our choices affect animals and nature.

What is most important to you?
At this moment in time after a 7 day vegetable juice fast – FOOD!! I would say feeling good emotionally, physically and mentally are most important to me and I do everything I can to maintain that balance.

How do you handle low days?
I don’t have many these days because of my daily practices that keep me feeling great, but when I do feel a bit average I go outside and do some barefoot grounding in the earth and let Mother Nature heal me. I rest, cuddle my cat, have a big salt bath and get quiet and ask my body what is going on. There is always a reason for feeling off and understanding myself helps to allow it to move through me and let it pass. I know it is only temporary. The moon can also really affect me at times so it helps to know what’s going on with her.

What do you do stay in the flow and inspired?
Blogs, podcasts, books, cooking new recipes, nature (my intuition flows best in nature), being PRESENT. Eating mindfully, nourishing my body and listening to what it needs. Also talking with like minded friends and getting our creativity flowing by bouncing off each other.

Who/what are the people, blogs, podcasts, or books that have helped you the most?
Oh She Glows blog is the first one I ever got really into followed by The Wellness Warrior – Jess Ainscough was an inspiration to myself and many in her short time here on earth. My amazing Reiki teacher Sara Brooke from The Space In Between. The fasting guru Tyler Tolman. Sarah Wilson – she’s the supremely interesting and intelligent woman who created I Quit Sugar, but her minimalistic life and blog is highly inspiring! Kinesiology has helped me more than anything else – I have been going since I was 14. I don’t think I could pick one book or podcast – there are just way too many I love and I find new ones all the time. Off the top of my head some of the podcasts I love include Connie Chapman, Soul Doctor, Hay House and The Spiritual Tradie. A book I refer to often is Your Body is the Barometer of your Soul by Annette Noontill. In terms of music, Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars always get me in a great mood!

What’s the best advice you would give in regards to your experiences?
Get to REALLY know yourself. I mean all of yourself. It’s not easy and it takes a lot of time and money working on yourself, but a deep commitment to unravelling who you truly are will give you soooo many gifts – you are so worth it.

How can people find you/ get in touch with you?

https://www.instagram.com/caduceushealing/
https://www.facebook.com/555caduceushealing

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Life After Drugs and Alcohol

The first time I decided to get drunk was at the ripe old age of 13. I was at my best friends party, her parents had gone on holidays. I hated the taste but everyone was doing it and I had to admit I was curious to see what being drunk felt like. I didn’t drink enough that night to get drunk, I was too scared in the end but the curiosity didn’t go away – it wasn’t long before I gave into what I now know as peer pressure.
I never liked the feeling of being out of control, but that certainly didn’t stop me. Before long my friends and I were getting cheap bottles of bourbon every weekend to drink straight and ending up in situations my adult self is now horrified by… I thought I was so grown up. I started smoking cigarettes at 12 and had my first joint at 13. I liked marijuana much more than alcohol, I never got paranoid like some people do. We smoked it most weekends from the ages of 14 – 17. My parents weren’t that liberal and brought me up very well, but they had never done it themselves so they had no idea what the signs were. After getting so drunk when I was 16 that I vomited blood while my eyes rolled back in my head, I stayed away from alcohol and preferred the green stuff.
At 20 I started a relationship with a friend’s older brother. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was not only taking ecstasy and speed – he was dealing it too. I was dead against it at first, but he eventually wore me down and again I let peer pressure get the better of me. I honestly felt like the only person my age who WASN’T doing drugs. For the next 2 years, I was out every weekend doing all kinds of drugs until I moved to London. The friends I made there weren’t into drugs but drinking was massive. So I was back on the turps every weekend for the next 4 years with the occasional party drug thrown into the mix. During this time I very much into health and fitness during the week and a total hedonist on the weekend. I had one foot on the brake and one on the accelerator. I was always sick, tired and moody but I was also skinny so in my head I was winning!
It wasn’t until I started to put more emphasis on health and fitness that I slowly realised drinking made me depressed and got me into many dangerous situations. One night I arrived home so blind drunk (and an iPhone down) that the taxi driver had to get my Mum to help him walk me to my front door. I looked up at my own mother and said “who are you?!” I stopped binge drinking not long after that… I’m about to turn 37 and I can’t even have one drink now without getting a terrible headache. The more I kept away from it the more sensitive I became – let’s be honest, alcohol is a poisonous toxin!
Most of my friends don’t drink and we still have a lot of fun. We are all secure enough in ourselves not to rely on alcohol to boost our self-esteem or lower our inhibitions (is that even a good thing?). If you need alcohol to enjoy yourself then you may have an addiction or a serious lack of self-love. Are you scared you won’t have fun without alcohol or that you aren’t fun without alcohol? Have you ever been the only sober one at a party? Drunk people are like overgrown toddlers except without any of the cuteness.
Easing up on the drinking isn’t easy in a society that heavily encourages it – I get alcohol as a Christmas present from my employer (even though they know I don’t drink). I’m not saying give it up for good, but if you find yourself using alcohol to escape from reality then rather than self-medicating, face up to it and work on making a better life for yourself. It doesn’t take long to see things from a clearer perspective, plus you’ll look and feel better – winning!

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Alternate Nostril Breathing

I have been doing this daily ever since I received an email from the beautiful Kerry Rowett of Awaken Kinesiology a year ago. I do it every morning while I’m walking to wake up my mind into clear thinking for the day. If ever I can’t seem to fall asleep, I do this for a few rounds and I’m out like a light – works every single time 👌🏼

At this busy time of year it’s especially helpful if you are feeling tired and need a pep up or over stimulated and need to calm down – it works for both!

This is the email in which Kerry explains more about this ancient breathing technique.

Have you ever found yourself awake at night with an over-active mind? Do you ever find it hard to wind down and stop thinking about what you’ve got to do tomorrow? It’s hard to be stuck in your head AND experience inner calm. How’d you like to enter a blissful sleep and enter your day calm and energised? (Even if you’ve got a million things on your plate right now.) Today, I am sharing with you an incredible technique that will turn your mind chatter way down while transforming your brain into a Zen temple (really!). It’s called Alternate Nostril Breathing. This ancient breathing technique will literally turn on your parasympathetic nervous system so you get out of fight-or-flight mode and instead flow into your day OR flow into dream-land. Whatever you need, it only takes a few minutes and is extremely powerful. Alternate Nostril Breathing is one great way to prevent and gently heal symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. Press play and let me show you how easy it is. I highly recommend you incorporate Alternate Nostril Breathing into your morning and evening routines. But even if you only use it in emergencies only, you’ll find it has a profound influence on your consciousness and overall calm.

By Kerry Rowett of Awaken Kinesiology

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