5 key self-care steps to health and healing

Hello all,
Here is a short video that I have put together detailing some of what I believe are important steps to self-care; they are crucial for my own well being and for me to continue my work caring for people in my own full health.

In order to be there for others, we must be there for ourselves and to do this we must set time aside to re-balance our energy, re-ground our energy and gift ourselves breathing time to remember what matters most and to keep perspective (and sometimes sanity!).

To give to others, we must first give to self….
To give to others with no expectation, we must come from a place of peace, calm and well-being.

Love,
Andrea

This is my play-ground for recharging.

PS. If you know of anyone suffering from stress and overwhelm please do share this and furthermore, if you have any tips please do share in the comments.

 

“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!”
― Charlie Chaplin

 

 

 

 

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Balance, boundaries and emotional sanity

Do not do what doesn’t sit right with your personal and financial boundaries this Christmas – people are losing all form of balance and perspective and putting themselves under immense pressure.

This comes at a cost to our emotional wellbeing and to our relationships.

Love, connection, time resting and spent making happy memories…. that is what it is all about.

Spend a moment and look at how you shining a positive message can make a difference for others. Give something from your heart this festive season.

Update, what are you hungry for? and Grounding techniques for you to try

Hello everyone,

Here are a few recent video blogs for you to listen to that I urge you to spend some time with if you have been “feeling it” lately.

Also I went on to discuss various grounding techniques that you may find helpful. Not all will resonate; the point is to try things and see what works for us. For me nature, movement and spending time with my dog Trinity all work. I also meditate most days and keep crystals everywhere in my life! This article written previously may also provide ideas to play with: https://andrea-cullen.com/2014/11/28/how-to-get-into-your-zen/

 

I am feeling, my body screams.
My stomach is in knots and my head is flying into space.

My chest feels pressed on;
I cannot think straight.

Everything is buzzing in an energy moving at me,
Waves and waves of energy and information in an invisible thread pulling me into the centre of your universe.
And you don’t even know that I feel you.

I feel your heart and its burden,
Your pain and its fear.
Your beauty and your kindness and your still silent soul waiting to be heard.
Your story invades my body;
and all I want is for you to hear it too.

I feel both hungry, empty, full and nauseous.
So many feeling crammed into a small tiny body.
I feel huge, yet invisible;
I don’t even feel like I am fully here.

 

And then I slow it all down once more.

Just stop and listen the universe reminds me.
And I do; I embrace all that is surrounding me in guidance and support.
An infinite flow of love, energy, healing and something more that no one can accurately label because it means something different for us all.

The birds sing of strength,
The trees dance with an energy that lifts my heart,
The river flows through my being with life force.
My feet feel the buzz of life underneath me.
All is well; I am strong. As strong as honesty can be.

 

I have answers, but no one wants to ask.
I love big; yet I am surrounded by an angry world.

People want you to help; but they push you away.
People are tired, but they wont reach out for my energy.

I am here, I will show up…. I will be there…

 

Sending you lots of love,

Please reach out if you are finding it tough; the answers will come if you create the space,

Love,
Andrea

You must back yourself

Don’t be complacent in the pursuit of your goals and dreams just because at times it may be inconvenient,
or feel uncomfortable.

The path is not always clear,
not everyone will be in agreement with your beliefs,
sometimes you will feel uncertain about the next steps.

But if the desire is in your heart,
and a sense of purpose infuses your whole being,
then DON’T GIVE UP,
keep moving forwards………

PERSIST

Love,
Andrea

Spring Winds

The Spring winds announces themselves
with whispers, groans, and creaks through the tall trees.
Shaking out the last dead leaves of Winter;
making way for rebirth.

Stand outside a moment, in the dark night.
The wind is calling.
Ushering urgent messages into your core,
as quickly as she blasts winter cobwebs away.

Allow yourself to be shaken out,
for the roots always hold firm in the spring.
Allow her bitter cold gusts pierce the very core of your heart,
like jump leads – a call to action.

Spring is here she bellows across the fields.
Her force sees no obstacle too great,
as she urges waves to rise high and topple,
A great power carrying endless potential.

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The wind announces her formless self through every thing of form.
Her invisible path leaves a trail of dancing trees.
She is birthed from difference, yet she sees none.
Stand outside in the wind she calls…..

“Stand outside in the wind,
I bring the message of hope.
I carry the promise of sunbeams and longer days,
And I whisper in your ear come out and play“.

“Winter is done.”

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Love,
Andrea

Spring

In the midst of bleak grey stormy skies new life announces itself.

Beautiful, inspiring; the perpetual cycle of life.

Life returns to the landscape, the light returns to the skies, the birdsong is vibrant as the new day starts and with it the Irish wake from their hibernation and the weary dredge through winter.

Spring infuses even the heaviest heart if you open your eyes to the rebirth everywhere.

This article by Adam Winson brought my attention to the writings of George Orwell: Spring is here, and they can’t stop you enjoying it

“Spring is here, even in London, and they can’t stop you enjoying it. This is a satisfying reflection. How many a time have I stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn, and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. But luckily they can’t. So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, Spring is still Spring. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.”  George Orwell 1946

Let the universe speak; let peace into your heart

The universe is always knocking on the door to your heart; she speaks with words that convey a hidden and symbolic message to only you. The universe speaks your language in nature, animals, birds and bees, the lyrics of music, signposts, numbers, through strangers and in our deepest dreams and intuitions.

There is always something more out there trying to reach you and in the busyness of life we often miss this.

YET, we pay for classes, read books, follow gurus, listen to videos and pay exorbitant amounts to others for what we already have within.

To find peace, you must let it in.
To have wisdom, you must first listen.
To know your answers, you must be still.
To grow you must simply be here in the now; aware and open to the universes lessons.

To find that place; you must simply open your senses.

The truth comes to those who seek, in the most beautiful, fantastical and amazing of ways. All you must do is allow……….
It’s not always quite that simple because we tend to give up a fight. Our minds don’t believe in simple.

I pondered many of these thoughts as I ran today. I ran up the steep hills from Kona seashore onto the highways. No people, just a hill in my face and my legs doing the work. This always takes me to the place of listening. When you are working up a hill your head shuts up rather promptly.

I noticed the breeze, the stillness, the morning sun above Hualalai as she broke through the clouds and with it brought her searing heat; I noticed the flowers, the birds, the trees and their massive Hawaiin leaves, the insects and all that spoke.

I thought about what peace means:

Peace.
In the letting go we expect peace to be where there is nothing; a place of calm empty still.

But peace is where there is everything. It is the space where we see and notice all things within and without.

It’s like life slows down into slow motion in this space and we notice our breath and being alive; the ground and our connection with it; the wind, flowers, trees, people and their presence; every detail of our surroundings and our fleeting thoughts.

In this space we see the symbolism and understand the meaning in everything; our present here and now.

Peace is where we are connected to all – it is not a place of nothing but a space of heightened awareness and everything……..

I found peace this morning on my run; and in my space the universe invited herself in with the biggest bumble bee I have ever seen and he just stayed a foot in front of my face for about ten minutes buzzing about trying to get my attention as I sat on the beach after my run. And soon after this a busy ant carrying the equivalent of a house or something large across the sands; it looked like hard work made appear effortlessly simple.

For many of you these symbols may seem mad; to me they speak volumes. You will know your symbols.

Open your eyes and allow the universe speak to your heart…

Much love,
Andrea

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Write the next chapter…

 

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Do you want your story to stop with the hardship and the excuses and the ‘poor me story’ or to move forward into the chapters detailing the triumph of taking action, the story of trying and then doing, achieving and then succeeding?

We all carry the potential for success, in every part of our lives: work, love, health, relationships, sport, finances, and our own silent personal journey.
Everyone of us has the potential for success….

Life at every corner will present you will opportunities to take a new direction and create something better or will show you the old direction that if you choose, will validate where you wish to stay stuck. For example a change in direction may provide you with the opportunity to eat better and start exercising OR to stay stuck in your illness telling everyone why you cannot eat better or start moving more.

Do you want to live a story explaining why you didn’t?
Or how you did?

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You have a choice every day to leave pain behind, to grow through hardship, to expand past negativity and to breathe through fears into a new way of living and being. One where fears no longer bully you into being less than you know deep down you can be.

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Breathe in the NOW and let go

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Hi Folks,

I wanted to reach out today and say hello with a short message from Hawaii. I sat on Honl’s beach off Ali’i drive this morning for as many hours as it took me to start to let go; and feel my way back into the subtle energies of the world. Here was my beautiful view, stunning eh?

I hope that in my words, there are a many loving nudges for you to accept into your heart space.

Breathe in the Now and let go.

 

We all control things in life. No matter how far we think we may have journeyed along the path; there is always some more letting go to be done. Maybe allow it to be a fascinating journey into yourself; one with many ah-ha and amusing moments, as well as tears of release mingled into wanting to fight or resist what is for us.

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Change is always for the better…..

What do you see when presented with change?

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Loss or opportunity?
Do you fear or flow?
Resist or surrender?
Freeze or play your cards?

Life isn’t supposed to stay the same.
The rivers of time alter their course often;
And the greater our ability to rise to the opportunities of change, then the richer our life experience becomes.

It is human nature to feel more comfortable in certainty.
But certainty will eventually feel boring, stuck, and lacking.
Deep down we crave growth, excitement, challenge and yes CHANGE.

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Let go and trust that there is a greater force filling your sails through these cross-winds of change.

Trust and it may just be the greatest adventure!

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When changes presents and it feels like a cloud of fear paralyzing your heart; take a moment to sit back, take some distance and a new perspective and find the silver lining.

Love,
Andrea