Posts Tagged ‘Spirituality’

Are you living by default? A guided contemplation

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Where in your life are you living by default?


I pose this question in the audio above as a means of inviting self-reflection and contemplation. I personally LOVE becoming more and more aware of where I am deliberately creating my life, and where I am still acting from old and unhelpful beliefs and patterns of thought.

Contemplation, as opposed to meditation which encourages you to quiet and detach from thinking, is the act of engaging in deep, reflective thought as a means of gaining insight.

I invite you to go somewhere quiet, relax your body, maybe have a journal handy to write any guidance or ideas you receive, and enjoy allowing your mind to meander and explore this topic.

The audio is under 4 minutes long but you may like to spend longer than this mulling over the ideas that come to mind. And be open to receiving more insight and inspired ideas over the next few days as the mental seeds planted by this contemplation come to fruition.

I hope you enjoy it.

Much love,

Hannah May.

When it’s no good being grateful

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I had a conversation with a friend today and she was describing how something in her life wasn’t going well and people would say to her;

But at least you are healthy.

Or

You can be thankful that you live in such a great house.

And those things are true. And wonderful. And ARE something to appreciate.

But when you are feeling afraid or helpless or worried or powerless,

Having someone tell you that you ought to be be grateful,

can feel dam well annoying.

That goes for trying to appreciate on your own too.

It can make you feel WORSE because a now you feel bad for not being thankful enough.

Or you end up putting a fake happy mask over the dread and anxiety you are ACTUALLY feeling.

In those situations,
trying to be grateful is doing no good.

The whole point of being thankful is to elicit within you a FEELING of appreciation.

If the opposite is happening, you are better off not writing your ‘3 things for which you are grateful’ list.

Sure, when you are feeling more neutral or in a more positive mind space, appreciation is awesome! And I can’t recommend it highly enough.

That’s because when you are in a more positive mood, it’s not such a big jump to CREATE the feeling of appreciation .

But going from powerlessness and worry… is too large a leap.

What to do instead?

Aim for feeling SLIGHTLY better.

Not all the way in love with life and brimming with gratitude.

Just slightly shift your focus onto a thought that feels a little more calming. A bit more broad. A touch more gentle.

‘I am doing OK. Not great, but OK’

‘This is tough but tough can get easier in time’

‘Breathe. Take in a breath. That’s all I need to do right now’

‘I don’t need to fix this all at once.’

You will know you have found a more helpful thought when thinking about it makes want to breathe a little sigh of relief. When you feel your shoulder relax a little. When you feel the worry lines on your forehead soften a smidgen.

Then keep doing that.

Choose a slightly improved thought.

Let yourself notice and acknowledge that you were able to every so gently shift the feeling within you.

Do that, and you are on your way to effortless, great-feeling, overflowing states of appreciation.

And that ALWAYS feels good.

Are YOU one of the 99%?

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I have been thinking about what most people generally believe about achieving goals and happiness.

We are told that the end justifies the means.

That you should work hard. Sacrifice for a while in order to get what you really want.

Put in the effort.

Focus on the end goal.

Keep motivated.

Pay your dues now so you can reap the rewards in the future.

This shows up in our lives in a number of ways;

– Stop eating that food you love so you can slim down and be happy.

– Put in your 8 hours a day doing stuff you mostly don’t like, for x number of years to finally get the position in that company and you will make you feel so fulfilled and satisfied.

– Stick to a confining budget and forgo the little luxuries that you adore in order to get that thing or take that trip that will make you feel amazing or be so much fun.

I know you have had the experience before of reaching a certain goal (that is, if you even REACH your goal) but having the elated feeling of reaching it, be over all too soon.

The holiday went by too fast.

Or you aren’t as excited anymore about your new phone.

Or the new job was fun for a while but that excitement factor is
really dwindling now.

Or you aren’t still LOVING what you see in the mirror day after day despite toning up somewhat.

That got me thinking.

How much of your time do you spend NOT feeling happy/fulfilled/excited/amazing, in order to achieve your goals, compared with how long you feel good AFTER reaching the goal?

(Knowing that feeling great about you goal is only temporary.)

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Figuring it out is NOT your job

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You are being guided

Dear One

It’s not your job to “Figure it out”

It’s not your job to work out the How.

It’s not your JOB to come up with the ideas.

Ideas don’t come from your mind (any idea worth following anyway)

Ideas come TO you.

THROUGH you.

From your higher self.

From source.

From universal consciousness.

The ideas and the hows and the steps are being give to you ALL the time.

You are guided and are being sent inspiration each and EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of every single day.

YOUR job is to let it in.

YOUR job is to let go of what’s blocking it.

YOUR job is to do that by relaxing and allowing it in.

Your JOB is, as best you can, in as many moments as you are able, get as close to the feeling of what your highest-self is feeling.

Joy. Abundance. Clarity. Freedom. Love. Peace. Ease. Fun. Excitement. Knowing.

And don’t worry, you don’t have to get all the way there.

There are no performance appraisals or report cards for this job (your ONLY job)

YOUR JOB is to take a step closer to those positive emotions (and a few more steps as you can) that represent the real you.

The infinite you.

YOUR JOB is to feel as good as you can. Then follow what you are guided to do.

Because you are always guided.

THAT is your job.

(and what a brilliant job it is!)

Now…

DO YOUR JOB.

The rest will be taken care of.

Much love,

Hannah May x

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5 Tips for a Powerful Gratitude Practice

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We have all heard about the power of gratitude.

It makes you happier.

It makes you healthier.

It makes our lives more satisfying and fulfilling.

And because what you focus on expands, being grateful for the good in your life brings more to be grateful for.

So, if you want to start a gratitude practice that WORKS

Or if you have done gratitude exercises before and found that it didn’t do all that much for you or they felt a bit forced or fake,

Then these 5 tips to creating a powerful, effective and gratifying gratitude practice are for you: (more…)

Let go to move forward.

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When you try to change something in your life, do you go straight into action mode?

Looking at what you need to DO to eat better or get a better job or find a partner.

What you need to START in order to get what you want.

Googling what the right action steps are so you can achieve what you have decided you need in order to be happy.

As helpful as taking those steps may seem

If you are holding on to what’s not serving you, what you want can not come into your life.

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Spiritual Reminders from a Pre-Schooler

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I was in a lingerie shop the other day and while trying on lacy undergarments, I heard this conversation from the next changing room;

4 (ish) year old girl: “Mum, you are soooooo beautiful”

Mum: “Awww I will be when I lose some weight”

Girl: “But Mum, you are beautiful now”

Mum: “I think mummy needs to go back to the gym”

Girl (pleading): “But you’re beautiful now!”

Mum: “Do you think so? I am beautiful sometimes I think”

It broke my heart. (more…)

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