New Year is a time for many to refresh, start over or begin something new. A chance for us to put into action and implement the many things that we want to do, see and achieve in our lives. It can also be an incredibly testing and tough time for many, as we transition out of holiday mode, Christmas and New year celebrations, the post festive splurge and often, lots of alcohol and sugary foods which can leave us feeling less than our best. Holiday celebrations and the start of a New Year can leave us feeling depleted, down and even questioning our life choices.
Our minds and bodies are interconnected. The condition of one invariably affects the condition of the other. Just as we store and hold onto emotions in the mind, we do too, in the body.
When our mind is clear we give clear signals to the body, but when our minds are heavy and unfocused, that ripples throughout the body. We create confusion, shallow breathing and tension in the body which can leave us feeling disconnected, often without knowing why.
Destination happiness is constantly thinking about happiness in a state anywhere other than right here, now in the present.
Thoughts such as:
“Once I fit into that pair of jeans or get that 6 pack…”
“Once I meet that guy or girl…”
“Once I land that killer job…”
“Once I move here or buy a house there…”
“Once we have a baby…”
What’s all this fascination with meditation? Meditation has arguably become a trendy buzzword in recent years, and is part and parcel of our avo toast, lulu pants + yoga sweating culture.
BUT WHAT EVEN IS MEDITATING?
Meditation can be described as focusing one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
Synonyms: contemplate, think about, consider, ponder, cogitate, muse.
I've been on quite the gut and hormone health journey over the last decade, so I'm always looking for techniques, tools and practices that might aid happy digestive and hormonal health, so when I heard about the Maya massage (The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM) I was really intrigued to learn more and have a chance at experiencing the massage myself.
Imagine 60 minutes devoted solely to releasing any tension, emotional blocks, stimulating lymphatic drainage, restoring chi and bringing balance and harmony within digestive and endocrine systems. Sounds lush, right?!
IT’S ALL A BIT OVERWHELMING ISN’T IT?
Sometimes we know we need help with something, perhaps we feel stuck in a rut or have a particular idea in mind that we want to achieve but it can be hard to know where, or who, to turn to.
Coaches + mentors are professionally trained (or should be :)) to use and teach techniques that can - quite simply - change the direction of people’s lives. Tools that help you to look at things in a new way, help you to move through something which was causing you pain, frustration or upset and to help you learn to look at yourself and your life with a newfound respect, love and appreciation.
DO YOU FIND YOURSELF STRUGGLING TO BUILD MUSCLE, AN INABILITY TO CONTROL YOUR MOOD, SUFFERING DIGESTIVE ISSUES AND NOT PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN SEX?
It could actually be related to your contraceptive pill…
I've been taking the oral contraceptive pill for around 15 years now, give or take a few months. I seem to have the debate about stopping the pill every single month and I always reject the idea because needing the contraception outweighs the side effects, but does it? I’m in a long term relationship that is nowhere near approaching baby talks, but as I very quickly come up on 31 and with my upcoming operation and cervical cancer treatment imminent, it has thrown the age old debate back into focus.
We're a group of hard working, goal smashing, well warriors through and through, right?! But, do you ever just feel like you could quite literally sleep for a week and it still wouldn’t be enough? Do you sometimes feel that no matter what you do, it's not enough?