We are the Champions!

I have to mark the occasion, I’ve written before in Sacred Rituals about spending Sunday’s following our county team Limerick around Ireland as they played hurling. After 45years, they won the All Ireland hurling final, it was magic for us Limerick supporters, my cousin Vera was like do we ‘dare to dream’.  The guys on the field are amateurs as in they don’t get paid to play, it’s the GAA tradition that’s unique and strong in its stance to date. It’s outstanding the effort both physical and emotionally they put into the game.  Commitment, determination, belief!

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Captain Declan Hannon

The self-belief that’s been evident all year, the coaching team around them believed, the team believed and we believed for the first time in years that we may win an All-Ireland.

Where does self-belief come from, how do you cultivate it and keep that inner strength alive even in the eye of the storm. Its trust, trust in ourselves number one to be able to do the task at hand, say how we feel, trust in our abilities and capabilities.

 

 

Being realistic and optimistic – how you choose your words to describe the situation you’re in. How it’s been framed in your mind, in your emotions will have an impact on the result.  It’s healthy to have self-belief and self-confidence.  When you step forward to make that presentation, take that free in a game, show up for an interview you tell yourself the narrative beforehand. It’s your story!

I like this from Henry Ford “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

How do you recognise that self-belief and build on it? Everyone has doubts and disappointments in life, it’s how you deal with it and tell the story. You can choose the narrative.

Here’s a quick exercise, grab a sheet of paper and write down what you enjoy, why and what you’ve achieved – keep it in a place you can see it daily.  If you’re having a block and can only think of what you haven’t achieved, see if you can reframe that thought into something that you have overcome or changed.  You have made an impact, it may be a smile to someone when needed, offered support, listened to a friend in need.  Now see if you can recall your strengths, what your friends and family admire about you.

Now recall three things that happened today that you’re grateful for it may be a phone call, a cup of coffee and a ray of sunshine. Notice how you feel, as in your body,  is it calm and relaxed? It enjoys basking in this moment.

Gratitude builds self-belief and trust.  Want to trust the decisions you make are from the heart, be in your centre, and stay strong and grounded. Practice gratitude daily.

With lots of love, if you want support in the process of cultivating gratitude in your life, follow my blog or facebook as I share the beautiful Buddhist tradition of Loving Kindness.

In tribute to Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries whose song is the anthem of the year in Limerick ‘Dreams’ RIP x

 

Vive La France

Long live France!

I love France, I remember a school tour to Paris gazing up at the Eiffel Tower in total awe and wonderment.  Years of appreciation for their cuisine, wine and art.  I learnt to snowboard while living in the French Alps, my grasp of the French language hasn’t improved all that much, I can get from A to B, read a menu and ask C’est Combien (How much?) most important as the market culture is amazing!

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3HO Europe – Healthy Happy Holy

Why am I talking about France, I headed off two weeks ago to my first overseas yoga festival it was the biggest immersion of yoga since my training in Nepal. I got up each morning at 4am for seva, my seva for the festival was vegetable chopping with a team of people from all over Europe. We chopped for 3,000 people. My hands didn’t know what hit them!

What is seva? Seva is selfless service to others, the community, and the globe.  The Sanskrit word comes from the meaning to serve or to honour.  What we term in our culture as ‘Giving Back’ similar to the work I have done serving as a board trustee of VSO Ireland.  You may serve your community, school, local sport team by volunteering.  This is one of the highest forms of yoga.  Giving back has such powerful emotion behind it, you are honouring your true self.  Find a community or charity that resonates with you, provide support with the gifts and talents that you have to give. Time is one of the biggest gifts you have to give.

Suzanne my roomie from Sweden was on the same seva so that helped, if we didn’t have seva we went to Sadhana, the moon used to shine brightly our path to the Sadhana field where hundreds of people gathered to practice yoga, chanting and meditation.  A complete practice first thing in the morning led by wonderful teachers, live musicians on stage chanting as the sun rose in the sky!

Sadhana is a disciplined practice that you commit to yourself each morning, it’s a time of great connection to you.  No ego, no mind getting in the way, well of course it tries but with constant commitment and discipline you will find moments of inner peace and calm that make you feel so GOOD! True connection to the nature within you.  It’s truly beautiful.

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Sadhana

We know that the early riser catches the worm! Whether your practice is religious, spiritual, physical movement, reading sacred script.  What works for you, what makes your heart sing, takes you out of your head, within 21days you will have a habit, within 40days you’ll see numerous benefits. Do it!

Want to feel calm, trust the decisions you make are from the heart, be in your centre, and stay strong and grounded. This is for you.

With lots of love, if you want support for the process of cultivating sadhana in your life, follow my blog or Facebook.

Sacred Rituals

I’ve always been a fan of rituals, each summer my mother would bring us to the Novena in the Redemptorist Church, Limerick.  They have a great tradition of getting the congregation to sing and be part of the celebration of mass.  Christmas was spent at my grandparents, on Christmas night and St Stephens Day the ‘Wren Boys’ came round to sing, dance and play traditional Irish music.  Another one, my Dad is an ardent supporter of hurling and camogie, and it’s in every pore of my being.  Our Sunday’s were spent on the road wearing our local club or county colours!  Fun times.. These rituals with family and friends created memories, influenced my beliefs and built strong understanding of community.

Preparing for my first day as Reiki Teacher took months of daily rituals, daily routine, daily ceremonies.  Rituals are like weddings, rites of passage, presenting a cup to the winning captain after a game, your cup of tea or coffee in the morning before the day starts.  These rituals give us time to celebrate the successful moments, creating memories and feelings in our being that we recall and share afterwards.

Building a daily routine takes practice and preparation, it’s like having your shorts and trainers at the front door ready for the next run.  Also been kind when you miss a practice, recognise why and get back to it the day after.  Sometimes you need to have a sleep in or in my case my puppy needed an extra walk to shake off her high energy!  The rituals allow us to release those thoughts and feelings that no longer support our way of living, calling in new ways of being at ease with life.

Honouring the Reiki traditions of my masters kept me focused and clear on what I wanted to achieve each day.  Connecting daily to the universe life force, letting the energy flow through me and allow my clients to receive the healing best for them.  Reiki is an incredible discipline that can cleanse your body and further your spiritual understanding of yourself and the world around you.

What daily rituals support you to keep you focused and connected to those around?  Do you sit in meditation in the morning? Maybe a walk in the park or a swim in the sea. We all have a ritual that sustains our mind and body.  Giving yourself a boost of energy with a Reiki treatment is like the clouds parting on a stormy day.