An Energizing Move – A Change Is As Good As A Holiday
Moving house is never easy, but I have to say that my move was just about as good as it gets, and yes, it was energizing in many ways. Why?
Because I had wonderful help from my friends – in helping me pack boxes, move my gear to the new place, clean my previous home, and even unpack once I had moved. What had I done to deserve all this wonderful help?
I was worried – just a little because I don’t worry much about anything these days – about the thought of carrying heavy boxes up stairs, but my prayers were answered with some strong men (and women) who happily helped me.
After a few days of to-ing and fro-ing, packing, cleaning, carrying, walking up stairs my poor body was aching. Each night I fell into bed wondering whether I could do the same again the next day, but each morning my aches had almost gone away and I was able to arise feeling fresh.
The removalists were efficient and cheerful too, and nothing was damaged in the move. Sue, my housemate, shared everything with me, and that made it easier also.
Now I am settled into my new home – the beautiful ‘Castles in the Sky’ – light and airy, spacious with a view and surrounded by easy care garden.
I am truly blessed – and yes, you guessed it – energized by being here. I am living in the moment with much to look forward to.
Already I have had visitors and clients come to share my home. I am feeling very lucky.
Live with Energy
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Moving House with Energy and Moving On with Anticipation
Moving House with Energy
Recently I received the news that I would have to move out of my lovely home. Although I was expecting it for some time it was still a shock.
I have lived here for 3½ years and have treated it as my own. Many friends and family have visited and stayed, I hosted a book launch, held workshops and a ‘Celebration Party’ here where 50 of us shared what we were celebrating. Many contributed to the entertainment so it was a celebration of the talents and abilities of those present also – singing, poetry, acting and more.
I love the house, and I have beautiful memories to carry with me as I go through the process of moving.
Although Moving House is only # 32 in the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale it can still be stressful.
First there is the de-energizing effect of facing up to the impending change.
Second is the challenge of having to find somewhere else just as nice to live.
Thank goodness for the internet and realestate.com.au which allowed me to ‘shop online’ first. I looked at several houses and nothing inspired me, then I checked out the area where I used to live and ‘Lo and Behold’ the ideal house turned up.
Apart from being the size and style I liked, the view and the garden there were several extra bonuses; in the complex are two swimming pools (one is heated) so I can keep fit by swimming all year round. Then there is the gym and tennis court. I might even take up playing again. How does it get better than this?
The Third Stress Factor: organizing all the changes, redirections, re-connections, and notifying friends and relations, etc etc.
A long long list to get through.
Fourth: Cleaning, lawn mowing etc at the house I am leaving to make sure I hand it over in pristine condition.
Fifth: Pacing myself physically, emotionally and mentally so that I maintain my energy throughout the time.
I am so lucky and energized that I have wonderful friends (and my brother) who are helping me in so many ways with this move.
It looks like there will have to be another party coming up – a House Warming one.
Castles in the Sky
The name of the complex I am moving into is ‘Castles in the Sky’ – and that is what it feels like – Somewhere Over the Rainbow – where I will be living with my friend Sue. How does it get better than this.
So – Moving House and Moving On can be energizing.
This is where the ‘anticipation’ comes in. I am so looking forward to this new beginning, and even the challenges it throws up. We don’t grow unless we move through new challenges with ease and joy. So far it has been easy and joyful for me, and I anticipate it will open up new opportunities and adventures. I do hope some of you can share them with me.
I am trusting that it will energize me to be more regular and consistent with my blog posts too.
A Poem – Moving House and Moving On
Sometimes we require a shove or a push to get us to move right along
A move that is physical brings on a change that can be a dirge or a song.
By leaving this place where I’ve known fun and love I’m facing some challenges new,
But the house that I’ve found that will soon be my home is one with some height and a view.
I’ll be up ‘In the Sky’ in a ‘Castle’ it seems, as the name says that’s where it’s located.
Good fortune with follow me there I am sure for the ‘Place’ is ‘Fortuna’ – so stated.
Facilities many, a garden around, where the birds can join in with my song.
I’ll move there with energy, share lots of love and invite all my friends – come along.
It’s symbolic I’m sure of the change in my life, where I’ve done it at times rather tough.
My belief is that life should be easy and smooth, of roughness I’ve had quite enough.
From now I resolve to put out what I want – and what I am wanting for me
Is the same as for you – to receive as you give, that beautiful life energy.
Only five more sleeps until we leave for Hawaii, and I am as excited as a child looking forward to Christmas. I am beginning to anticipate what might be, because of some synchronicities that have occurred this week.
I say ‘anticipate’ rather than ‘expect’ because expectations can lead to disappointment, and I want to be open to whatever is offered to me on this brand new holiday. Anticipation is energizing, because it is like ‘creating possibilities’ that may occur.
Another Joan – and a Surprise
On Wednesday I went to Yoga with my friend Bev – a fantastic Yoga teacher, and I always feel energized by it. Afterwards we have coffee and talk about all manner of things. This time it was about Hawaii, and she told me of Joan Ocean, ‘The dolphin lady of Hawaii’ who lives on the big island where we are spending most of our time, and how you can swim with the dolphins there. Bev said she would lend me Joan’s book to read.
When I came home, I looked up Joan Ocean on the Internet. What I discovered first, was not all about dolphins. It was instead about the Sasquatch – America’s Big Foot, and her encounters.
You could have knocked me down with a feather. I had just finished writing Maggie’s and my book about Australia’s ‘bigfoot’, the Gooligah, and here I was, reading what this other Joan has written about the Sasquatch!!
When I went to the main part of her website, which was about the dolphins, I found she is conducting two dolphin and whale seminars at the exact time we will be in Hawaii. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, but the wonderful dolphin energy will be all around, and I will put it out there that I can swim with dolphins somehow.
I have written to Joan Ocean, and hope to receive a reply from her before I go.
The Book – The Day of the Gooligah
It’s been an exciting week. My friend Maggie Meyer, with whom I am collaberating to write this book, came to visit on Wednesday to have a celebratory meeting on finishing writing ‘The Day of the Gooligah’. She brought me gifts – beautiful coffee mugs and a plate with the Blue Wren and Fairy Wren on them. (I love pretty coffee mugs and plates). She didn’t know that the town where I was born – Bridgetown in Western Australia) has the Blue Wren as its bird emblem. More Synchronicity!
Then yesterday, I received word that The Day of the Gooligah had been shortlisted in the competition we’d entered with Morris Publishing, and so is one of eleven books on the shortlist from which five will be selected to be published. Maggie and I are over the moon.
What an energizing week it has been, and I anticipate more to come.
Anticipation – What an Amazing and Energizing Word. I invite you to use it, and bring ‘anticipation and imagination of good to come’ into your life to energize you.
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I woke up this morning with happy toes! Some of you will know I went for a cropper last week, and at the time I thought my knees were the worst problem, but when that pain subsided I realised it was my toes causing the most pain – the two smallest toes on my right foot.
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You would think toes didn’t matter that much, especially the little ones, but it is surprising how pain and injury in these small bodily parts can be limiting.
This morning I awoke without toe pain – Happy Toes meant a happy and energized me.
Louise Hay, my wellness guru, says in ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ toes represent the minor details of the future. Her affirmation is ‘All details take care of themselves’.
Had I been worrying about the minor details of my Hawaii trip? Certainly, the past week has been one of re-scheduling because of the collapse of Air Australia, and we have only just received our new flight details, so at last I can truly relax and get excited about the holiday. We are now travelling on Hawaiian Airlines, which means we are going ‘The Hawaiian Way’ – and the bonus is we get an extra night in Honolulu paid for by the travel agent.
So my toes can heal now – the details of the future are taken care of. With happy toes I will be able to learn to dance the hula. What can be more energizing than that?
Band Aids and a Kiss
On a physical level I did very little to help heal my toes. I wrapped them in bandaids.
How comforting the good old bandaid is! It reminds me of my childhood, and also reminds me of when I lovingly applied bandaids to my children’s minor injuries.
People talk about ‘the bandaid treatment’ but let’s not knock it. It works! Just as the ‘kiss it better’ treatment works for small children. There is something magical about this. Is it because the child believes it will get better that the bandaid and the kiss take away the pain?
What We Believe Becomes Real – The Energizing (or de-energizing) Power of Belief
Last night I watched a movie called ‘The Invention of Lying’, with Ricky Gervais, about a town where nobody lied about anything. Then the lead character, Mark Bellison, discovered he could lie.
Of course I am not advocating lying, but what this movie illustrates is the power of the mind and belief. When we are told something with enough autority we will believe it.
Doctors have a tremendous amount of authority and respect, and many people believe what they say. This can be a recovery or cure, but is more often a ‘sentence’ to lifelong dis-ease and dosing up on more and more drugs.
How Does Belief Help Healing and Energy?
Most of us believe that the external body heals itself. We see new skin grow where grazes have turned to scabs: we even take it for granted that broken bones, once set in place, will knit together without medication. Hence it was natural and normal for me to believe that my little toes would recover over time.
Time is a Great Healer
We often use the saying, ‘Time is a great healer’. So how come many of us don’t believe that the internal organs will heal over time?
Don’t we know that the best thing we can do for the body is build up the immune system and then ‘get out of the body’s way’ so it can do what it is designed to do – heal itself.
This means not focussing on the illness. Like Makia, in the Hawaiian Way says: ‘Energy flows where attention goes’, and ‘ focus on what you do want, not on what you don’t want.’
Natural and Normal
On Dr Oz this week he was talking about how to reduce bad cholesterol. He has some great blog posts on the subject of using natural means to change cholesterol levels.
Me, I don’t buy into all the attention to the numbers relating to cholesterol – to me it is focussing on what I don’t want. But I have to admit Dr Oz’s diagramatic explanation of how cholesterol is made and what its purpose is was very interesting. With the focus on cholesterol we get the idea it is all bad, but in fact it is a natural, normal and necessary building block for our cells.
Give it No Thought
Staying healthy is easy – just as ‘Life is meant to be easy’ – and energizing. All we have to do is follow some simple basic principles and then get out of our own way so that the automatic healing system that comes naturally to our bodies and minds can work.
I’ve mentioned my friend Richard Grant before, with his book ‘Give it No Thought’. If you can give no thought to illness and focus on wellness – ease rather than dis-ease – you will find you are happier, healthier and more energized every day.
So this week I am looking forward to ‘all the details taking care of themselves’, having an energizing time as my toes get happier, and focussing on all the exciting energizing things coming up.
I hope you can do the same.
Sickness Or Health All around me every day
The world is sick. These people say
‘I’ve got the flu, my knees are sore,
My heart is weak. I’m feeling poor.
‘Unknown syndromes, doctors named them.
On the health scheme, pills, I’ve claimed them.
Two I’m taking when I rise,
Another two, the docs advise,
And ere I sleep there’s three or four.
I cannot guess how many more.
‘I wake up feeling good and bright,
Then take my pills. Oh what a fright.
I fall asleep, I’m feeling sick.
Is this the cure? I need help quick’.
These medications make no sense.
Try good nutrition, good thoughts. Hence
The cure’s within me, body, mind.
True ‘wellness’ every day I’ll find.
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The Tummy Tuck System – Energize Your Body Naturally
In my last post (yesterday) I talked about the ‘Interim’ – the period over the holidays, and how it has enabled me to re-focus and get started back into life with New Energy. But relaxing for this amount of time had a downside.
Letting the Body Go
The biggest shock for me was to discover the way I had let my body go. However my latest activity, my Yoga Class, has led me to an energizing breakthrough, and I am excited to share it with you.
The Breakthrough – Yoga and Lightbulb Moments
My friend Bev conducts the Yoga Class and she is an excellent teacher. Afterwards we have coffee and a chat, and last week I mentioned to her how disgusted I was to see a photo which showed my very fat tummy. Her casual response was, ‘You know, a flat stomach is the natural state for the body’.
This was Lightbulb Moment #1
It hit me like a ton of bricks. ‘What a great affirmation’, I thought. A flat stomach is the natural state for the body.
What I had been doing was looking at myself in the mirror and and in photographs and telling myself how much I didn’t like my fat tummy. I was doing this despite the fact that I know about ‘what you focus on you create’, and my thoughtw were simply exacerbating the problem.
It was time to change my focus.
Lightbulb Moment #2 occurred when I thought about what I had been doing. For about 2 years I have been focussing on breathing into my stomach to fill my lungs with air, and then pushing the air out by pulling my stomach in. This has helped me to relax and be more calm, and it has kept my body healthy. However, I have been focussed on the wrong part of the cycle – the in breath.
My realisation was that I must focus on the out breath – tighten those tummy muscles and push all the CO2 out. Only when all the air has been pushed out can I then take a deep breath in (letting the stomach out) to fill up my lungs with fresh new air and oxygen. The outbreath is much longer than the inbreath. This means that the tummy muscles are being contracted for much longer than they are being relaxed.
Lightbulb Moment #3 was the understanding that toxins are being released from the body with the outbreath, and this also aids health and helps to decrease the swelling in the belly. (My Meditation guru – Chris Dorje Walker – and Bev were both saying the same thing.)
Left: Before - 12th Jan 2012 Right: Feb 4th 2012 After 10 days of tummy tuck breathing
Look at the photos at right to see the result in just one week of practising this new breathing technique – tightening my stomach muscles with the outbreath. I am amazed. My clothes are looser around the waist and stomach area, and I am standing and sitting taller and straighter.
Why don’t you try it too?
I told one of my friends about this, and she said, ‘I wonder what I have been telling my body? She picked up on the affirmation part of it and is changing her thoughts.
I am looking for people to give it a try, because I am keen to see if it will work for others as well as it works for me.
It is not easy to do, because it is essential that you maintain a relaxed state in your shoulders and arms (so that the body is not getting the message to send adrenalin through the systems), and all you are contracting is your stomach. It takes practice, but is worth the effort.
This is what you do:
Say the affirmation A flat stomach is the natural state for the body as often as you remember. I have also added The body’s natural state is at ease, healthy and toned.
Drop your shoulders down and relax your shoulders and arms
Contract your stomach muscles as you breathe out, pushing all the air out of your lungs until you feel there is none left (eliminate what the body doesn’t need to create a vacuum)
Then allow your stomach to relax and the incoming breath to fill up your stomach and lungs. This should take less time than the outward breath and should feel wonderful – all that beautiful fresh air expanding your lungs.
As you again push the air out by contracting your stomach, imagine the toxins leaving your system.
Get into the habit of breathing this way all the time – practice while driving the car, sitting in front of TV, at your computer etc.
You will find that you are energizing your body by allowing the waste to be expelled and the life-giving breath to fill your lungs.
You automatically sit and stand straighter and taller.
If you are like me, you will find that your cravings for food are reduced. You are receiving the energy from the oxygenated air, and by contracting your stomach you are giving it the signal that it doesn’t need that ‘full feeling’.
I would love to hear about your experience with the Natural Tummy Tuck system.
To see a video with Narelle Stratford on how to do the breathingClick Here
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2012 started off with a bang with fireworks shooting to the sky everywhere. What a symbol of energy that is, although it’s not exactly ‘clean’ energy.
It’s ironic that so much is said about polluting the atmosphere and yet millions of dollars goes up in smoke to herald each New Year – but I won’t go there!!
As the 7th Principle in ‘The Hawaiian Way’ says, ‘There is always a better way of doing things’, and my better way of looking at the fireworks is to marvel at their beauty.
New Year’s Eve Party
On New Years Eve I partied with friends at their unit in Southport where, from the roof of the building, we could see fireworks from Paradise Point to Broadbeach, not to mention the beautiful lights of the Gold Coast. The images from my camera were disappointing though, so when I came home I watched the recording of the Sydney fireworks display and took these photos of the television.
Watch this Beautiful Video Here
The images, music and message are superb, and will certainly energize and uplift you.
A Christmas Party to Energize
At Christmas and New Year there is so much to celebrate, and this in itself is energizing. I was fortunate in celebrating with my son and his beautiful family in Darwin. My daughter-in-law and her Chinese relations have a big family gathering in a hall.
A Cyclone that didn’t happen in Darwin
Cyclone Grant was hovering off the north coast of Australia, and the weather bureau was issuing warnings, but I was confident it was not going to spoil our Christmas, and it didn’t. In fact the weather was so dry that my grandsons and their friends were able to try out their new power wings outside.
What a wonderful loving environment it was, and they were very accepting of me, despite my very Aussie/European background. Most of them have been in Darwin for several generations, so we had traditional Christmas dinner, and I felt quite at home. There was not one disagreement or cross word, and no children cried. The energy, friendship and cameraderie was amazing.
The party started at midday and ended late at night, and during the afternoon while the children played computer games some of the adults played Mahjong.
‘Resolve’ for the New Year
I came home energized and enthused to start the New Year with some resolutions, or what I prefer to call ‘Resolves’.
‘Resolve’ is not a should, or must-do word. It puts the power and decision back to where it belongs, to ‘me, myself and I’.
Resolve, used as a verb, means ‘To make up ones mind, determine, decide.’ Another meaning is ‘to clear up, dispel, or to answer, solve, explain.’ The word is derived from the Latin ‘re’, meaning ‘back’, and ‘solvere’, to ‘loosen’. It has all the elements in it that I am putting forward – loosening up, letting go, having a clear purpose, listening to the inner voice, and determining or deciding what you wish to do, then going ahead and doing it when the time is right.
Cartoon by Robin Small
There is no right and wrong with the word ‘resolve’ because it means that you decide. What I know is that if you resolve to do something it means an intention. ‘Intention is cause’ if put out into the Universe with enough resolve.
Commitment – A Promise to Yourself
The word resolve contains within it an element of commitment. Once you have made up your mind, or ‘resolved’ to do something, you have committed to it. As a noun it means ‘firmness in carrying out a purpose, determination.’
Jim Rohn once asked some children for a definition of the word resolve. His favourite one was, ‘A promise to myself that I will never give up.’
I offer the word ‘resolve’ as a gift to you and invite you to use it as often as you wish, especially as we go into the New Year.
What promise will you make to yourself that you will never give up on?
I have already started on my promises to myself. Tomorrow I will submit ‘The Hawaiian Way – Live the Principles’ by Dean Callaway for printing. I am proud of the fact that I have captured Dean’s words and workshops into print, and this will be an amazing book to change lives.
Dean’s book will be available at the Broadbeach , Gold Coast Qld Health, Harmony & Soul Expo from 20th January 2012. Put it in your diaries now if you live in SE Queensland.
I also have two new books I am writing for myself, so watch this space.
New Year’s Resolve
A New Year’s beginning to make resolutions. For all of your problems come up with solutions. But do you resolve to really take action? Get focussed on change, put away all distractions? The simple solution is always the best. So give it a go, and put it to test. (c) Joan Small
I would love to hear about your ‘promises to yourself’ – your ‘Resolves’ for 2012.
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Have You Seen ‘Validation’ the video Yet?
Energize your life with Validation
6,127,609 people have watched this movie on Youtube. It says it all. Validation is what so many of us have missed out on, and what many people crave. (See the movie below)
Who have you validated lately?
To validate means: to give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to. The movie begins with using the word validation as in ‘official sanction’ but Hugh Newman twists it to the last meaning ‘to give approval to’. He takes it even further, showing how validation can be more that just approval – it can be a sincere, genuine and authentic compliment that brings out the best in people.
I had my own personal experience of validation last year when I had my professional photos taken.
Sure, I was dressed up and had the makeover makeup to make me look as attractive as possible, but without the smile and the inner glow the photos would have been just the same as snaps I could take with my own camera.
Jess was the magic ingredient. The whole time she was taking photos she was complimenting and validating me, just as the Hugh does in this video.
‘Show me that beautiful smile, Joan. Let me see those lovely eyes. That’s the way, you look absolutely gorgeous.
When people compliment me on the photos, I often say, ‘After that photo shoot I felt like I had experienced an uplifting meditation and a full body massage. I floated out as if on air, and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face’.
Even the photo Jess took with my own small digital camera showed a ‘me’ that I had not seen in photos before. My happiness shone through.
This is what happens when people genuinely validate us. Jess’s compliments and validation made me feel beautiful, and the photos are clear proof of the value of validation.
Christmas time is the perfect time to validate people.
Who do you have in your life that you can validate straight away.
You can even validate people you meet for the first time, just as Hugh Newman does.
Watch ‘Validation’ and ‘catch’ the technique for validating others. Don’t forget also to genuinely smile and accept the compliment when someone validates you.
The Flip Side
On the Flip Side, getting angry or putting another person down has the opposite effect. Note how Hugh loses his smile when he gets knocked down and starved of validation.
Who have you put down or become irritated or angry with lately?
If you find yourself doing this, think of the Validation movie, or go watch it again.
The movie is 16 minutes long, and well worth watching.
See how many people you can validate this Christmas and during the holiday period.
The man who told me about this movie is Richard Grant, author of the book ‘Give It No Thought’. Check it out – a most interesting read.
Do you have a Validation story? I would love to hear of it.
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