Seeing The World With Childlike Curiosity

Seeing The World With Childlike Curiosity

As I get older, it can be so easy to forget the simple bliss that comes from experiencing the world through a childlike lens - full of gentle curiosity and wide open wonder.

When I reflect back on my childhood, I remember tea parties under lemon trees and darting through sprinklers in bursts of giggles and excitement. I remember endless summer days spent foraging for insects amongst tropical ferns. And I remember building fortresses made of sheets and pillows that became temporary hiding spots. 

Within these memories, I am reminded of this younger part of me that I have left behind. Somewhere along the way, I have learned to turn down the volume. And over time, her voice, her desires and her dreams have gradually faded away. 

And in the last few months, after a session with my kinesiologist, I felt pulled towards reconnecting with her, my inner child, again. Connecting with our inner child can be such a healing, mindful and cathartic experience, awakening a sense of playfulness within.

Elizabeth Gilbert encourages us to “be childlike in our pursuit of life”. In doing so we will refuse to let our to-do lists, our jobs, our bitterness or cynicism shut down the joy of our experience in the moment. However, she does make a good point in that bringing out our childlike selves does not mean that we should be childish, acting without maturity.

Read More

One Essential Ritual For A Mindful Morning

One Essential Ritual For A Mindful Morning

Today, I wish to share one essential ritual that I have been exploring recently to create a more mindful morning. I hope that it gives you something to try tomorrow morning to bring a little more connectedness, calm and mindfulness into your day. 

What do you do as soon as you wake up in the morning, as soon as your eyes blink open? Do you reach for your mobile, switch off the alarm and then proceed to check your emails? Do you find yourself on Facebook or instagram, eyes squinting to focus on the screen, amidst the darkness of the room? 

Or...Do you take a few moments to reflect and sit in stillness with yourself before you begin your day?

Read More

4 Mindful Lessons For Letting Things Go

4 Mindful Lessons For Letting Things Go

In reflection of the last 12 months, 2014 was one hell of a challenging year for me. It was a year where I was called to let go of all the things that I had been holding onto; emotionally, physically and mentally so that I could grow and emerge a stronger person on the other side.

I started off 2014, on the 1st of January with a relationship breakup. I was shattered by this at the time. Not only was I deeply shocked and hurt, but I was also disappointed that I was to start my year in such a way.

In hindsight, this was the catalyst for me to re-evaluate various aspects of my life that I had been holding on to and trying to control.

And so for the majority of 2014, I spent my energy releasing this control and desire for things to always go my way.

At first, I started with letting go of habits that no longer brought out the joy and lightness in me. Things like multi-tasking, starting too many projects, saying yes to things I felt obligated to etc. I started to detach my emotional hold on physical things and disposed or gave away items that were not really adding value to my life. And finally I tackled the big stuff like moving on from friendships and relationships that were no longer bringing out the best in me. I also started to change the stories around money and relationships that I been telling myself.

So in review of my year of letting things go, here are 4 mindful lessons that I encountered along the way.

PS. Whilst most of these lessons came about as I was moving through my relationship break up, I feel they are still relevant for letting go, releasing, detaching and decluttering in all areas of life!

Read More

3 Steps To End Negative Self Talk

3 Steps To End Negative Self Talk

In my mid 20s, I spent a lot of my time inside my head, with my thoughts. And at the worst of times, I had a consistent case of negative self talk. 

As a result, I was easily stressed from the expectations that I had put upon myself in regards to study, career and meeting society's definition of success. I was emotionally reactive, especially when it came to relationships, repeating familiar patterns. At that time, I guess I didn't really know who I was. I wished that I could somehow put a stop to this negative self talk that had wedged its way into my head and taken over my self esteem. 

However, I knew how I wanted to feel. I wanted to experience and appreciate life fully, seeing things in technicolor rather than through a greyscale lens. I wanted clarity around my identity so that I could live my life authentically. I wanted to live in flow rather than feeling the need to control a situation or hold onto expectations. And, I wanted to feel peace so that I could go about my day without stress or fear.

For the last 2 years, I have been working towards this. For me, the journey started with developing a greater sense of awareness and acceptance. 

It can be so easy for us to live life in autopilot, with a blurred vision of each moment and future projecting to the next thing. By simply bringing awareness to the flow of our thoughts, emotions and reactions, it can help us gain a deeper understanding around who we are, reduce the tendency for us to propagate negative self talk, and offer lightness and clarity.

Read More