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

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Healing….. what we are doing isn’t working

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I am a trained pharmacist, if you have found my webpage this may surprise you. I am raised and bred in science. I excelled in school at all the languages, sciences and mathematical subjects. I was told I could do anything; so I decided on the medical field because I wanted to make a difference. Science solves problems and cures people after all, medicine and research seeks a cure? Doesn’t it?

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And off I went, I studied hard to gain maximum points, I went to university, and then out I popped all educated into the work force. I thought I had made the decision that would give me the education to fix people’s health problems. The day I graduated as a pharmacist was the day I felt convinced that I could make a difference and I set about being the best…

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WHAT MATTERS?

If what you are fussing about right now was taken away from you would you miss it tomorrow?

The items that complicate your life as much as the things that you covet in life? the fancy car? perfect house? desired job title? the idiot that upset or insulted you? the fancy handbag? the watch, the brand labelled clothes? your status? whether the goddamn sandwich is keto, paleo or banting? even Donald trump given the mass hysteria of late….would you miss is if it was gone?

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NO...

So why give it all your energy? Why do you make these things matter so much and care so much about what others think? Or give an argument so much energy when others don’t agree with you?

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Trust me it is the simple things that matter most. Telling someone you love them, feeling safe and loved, the morning sky that greets you when you open the curtains, sunsets, spring turning life awake again, the feeling of freedom, the people who count, warm clothes and a pair of shoes, food, and well for me today I am really missing getting my feet into the energy of life on a run. Yep…. a small thing that shows me that it is important to me in my life that I feel the world and her beauty on a simple run.

There is always something to remind you what truly matters in life; it is the stuff that you cannot buy, that you take for granted, and is the substance of memories and being alive……

Fill your life with what truly matters

Love,
Andrea

 

There is a lesson and an opportunity in everything….

Preamble – I wrote this short piece for athletes that I work with as a reminder to them to work with their bodies and see the positives even in the most negative of injury situations. I guess that my own little ankle sprain and road roasties from a running fall in South Africa prompted me to some inner thinking time and a reflection on the journey for those with injuries across the spectrum of minor to serious. I was overwhelmed by the level of fatigue noted in my body, and also the degree of healing once I allowed the rest to happen and the additional calorie intake as prompted by appetite. Your body is always working with you, when you let it.

xx Andrea

There is a lesson and an opportunity in everything; especially in the events that don’t turn out as expected.

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WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT THIS WEEK?

Doesn’t it feel like a never-ending roller coaster some-days? One that you are more than capable of rising to? and over-coming? and growing from? Life doesn’t throw it at you if you cannot handle it you always get through – but it requires having your eyes open. There is a skill in being able to shift your mindset to what opportunity and growth is here rather than feeling a victim to our circumstances.

This morning I feel frustrated. I ONLY have a sprained ankle and roasties – not much in the greater context of life – but I am feeling fed up of feeling sore, of sleep being sore and of feeling tired. SO – I have a choice here to effectively ruin my Saturday holding it all in, or to just express it and then get on with it.

It is ok to feel emotions, but most of us only sort of feel them and they fester away in a less than good mood for most of the day. We also tend to spill these feelings out in reactions against other people (which isn’t fair on them).

What if you can actually allow the emotions?

If you express the emotions they will have less of a hold on you. It is good to feel and express emotions like anger, sadness, fear, overwhelm, and all across the ‘feelings’ spectrum…. just chose when and how wisely! It is not good to hold them in, they come out in other ways, most often as an attack on others, an attack on ourselves, or through the body in an illness, or niggle like a headache, pain, eating problems, depression, etc.

Start to develop an awareness of how the mind, emotions, and the body interconnect. Then as you master this skill you will be able to unfold things in the other direction; that being when a symptom can be unravelled back to the source. The true source. It is always fascinating to me how when I really dig deep health issues can often be complicated and triggered by deeply held emotions; I see it in clients all the time. We hold the emotions more often than not when we are strong; it is not a weakness.

So lessons learnt? I’ll share a few of mine if you please go and take this example as an increased awareness in your own life.

1. when the body is injured, just as when it is ill, it goes into sickness mode. Inflammation leaves you feeling lethargic, hungry, fed up and unmotivated. Long term injury I would assume leaves the athlete at greater risk of depression so be mindful to place things in your day to keep you positive.

Learning to shift you focus to the good things in life is an acquired skill. You must practice. Feeling a victim doesn’t lead to fast healing. You have to work with and believe in your body. I mean REALLY WORK WITH YOUR BODY TO THE EXTENT OF USING VISUALISATION AS A STRATEGY AND GRATITUDE AS A RESPONSE TO ALL THAT YOUR BODY IS DOING.

2. When injured the natural reaction of the athlete is to eat less…. NO….. your body is working super hard to heal itself and to do this it needs nutrition IE FOOD… the construction material to regenerate and the co-workers to assist.

This means energy, protein (amino acids), vitamins, minerals (these are structural and functional), plant antioxidants, healthy fats like omega 3 to regulate the inflammation process and any specifics that are related to the injury. For example I have a ligament sprain so soft tissue nutrients like gelatin and vitamin C are helpful for me.

3. Work intuitively with your body. You need to honour the nudges for rest or movement, strapping or to allow some movement stimulate strength, inflammation modulation, hot and cold to encourage circulation, manipulation such as osteopathic or chiropractic, physiotherapy or massage, sleep and rest versus get up off your ass and move. etc. What does your intuition say? This is something that no coach or therapist can have as profoundly as your own; so share your thoughts and work together on healing your body. DON’T EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT ALL FOR YOU.

4. Healing modalities such as energy remedies (I make my own range of plant and tree remedies for clients and mixed up a blend of oak, scots pine and rose to assist healing), pulsed electromagnetic frequency fields (IMRS 2000 or Bemer etc), aromatherapy (powerful for healing I use Young Living Panaway), herbs (both topical and taken internally), reiki, kinesiology, and so on; use what draws your attention.

5. That there is a difference between an athlete injury and an accident injury – think about it.

6. Belief…… if you are going through a significant injury healing process a little part of you will believe in the power of your body to heal far beyond that of any surgeon or expert. If your body says it is possible, and your mind believes it, then make it happen and don’t give up.

Find the silver linings today and if you are fit and healthy then take a moment and say thanks; not to the powers out there but to the powers within you. That little body and all the things it does every day is a miracle. One that science in truth knows so little about.

I mean think about it; each little cell and molecule knows what to do, how to regenerate and how to respond… simply WOW.

Andrea

Some silver linings are detailed in my photos.

After my little fall we had some free time and used this to visit Chintsa East soup kitchen; click here to read the story

Anxiety in the Christmas frenzy

Anxious?

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Our world is a very “feeling it big” place right now. Every time I get into the car or go to a shop or anywhere there are people I can barely breathe with the anxiety I’m feeling. Try as I might even I am struggling to ground myself when I sense the anxiety of the world; my head is exploding, I am on edge and I cannot sleep that well.

There is no doubt a lot going on between Christmas shopping mayhem, Syria, assassinations, plane hijackings, and terrorism attacks. It feels wrong to write them all in the same sentence but the truth is we feel them all, and it is impossible to untangle what we sense when we are bombarded by them all.

I do enough in my day to manage these moments; my me time, my time with my love, getting outdoors for a run or getting a good swim or bike session in, taking a long bath, allowing myself to take a moment of peace in the shower, being totally present with my clients, writing my journal or making my tree and flower essence is sufficient in my day to make the more uncomfortable moments manageable.

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Years ago I would have really struggled with this. Anxiety feels awful. My brain is scatty, my heart is racing, I cannot ground myself. I completely empathize with you if you are feeling anxious.

Sleep is off for many of you, it’s like the world is spinning on its pillow worrying. Little things like financial pressure or worry about the presents and things to do fills people’s heads – we are all connected and the more sensitive of you will feel it.

Anger, frustration, and fatigue are all taken out on others and the roads are like the battle ground. Even driving where normally I find peace and quiet in a silent commute is now thick with anxiety as I drive towards places where there are people.

Firstly…these are first world problems.

Get a bit of perspective. It’s not all about us. How lucky we are to have these problems!

Secondly consider that the anxiety may not be yours.

You may be feeling the frenzy, the pressures or simply the volumes of people.

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Similarly things the other side of our reality like Syria, Germany, Russia and more are hitting our senses somehow in the invisible ( we can just feel it) and via the media outlets. Fear, anger, separation….and devastation fill our world.

What to do? Own it. Take responsibility for the anxiety. Shift your perspective, have compassion for people, avoid the peak rush hours, take breaks, get into a quiet space, ask what’s urgent and what’s not. Don’t lash out and pass your anxiety onto others especially family, eat well and don’t miss meals, watch your coffee and alcohol intake. Magnesium can help, a bath or shower also. I make plant and tree essences to provide support. Many other strategies like aromatherapy and music help too.

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Lastly create balance….where can you do good? Or infuse a smile and happiness into the world. If you are feeling it, it’s because you can somewhat change it.

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Know that you are in charge of this.

Breathe.

Be grateful. Look outside yourself…

Love you all. Here to chat if you need.

Andrea

XX

PS this is the beautiful tree overlooking the stone circles at Grange

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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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The most beautifully written piece about the peace of healing

This article is one of the most beautiful pieces that I have yet read detailing the healing voyage. I don’t need to clutter this with any words that detract from its perfection.

Enjoy how these words feel, and integrate them into your being: The Midwives of Integration written by MATT LICATA

“Never, ever give up on love. It will never, ever give up on you.”

Much love,

Andrea

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