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Body and Soul

A variety of health orientated blogs and bloggers

  1. Self Care Sunday



    Iím suggesting to clients that self care is as important as brushing your teeth and we include a strategy as part of any business, career, relationship or parenting program. Donít let yourself get to burn out before you make the choice to look after yourself. The quality of your work and ability to be present mindfully in life will greatly increase if you are gentle, kind and loving with yourself.

    Here are some tips to help you begin a self care Sunday ritual or ceremony:

    1. Lie on your back and watch the clouds go by.
    2. Goof around for a bit, make time for play several times throughout
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  2. The art of change

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    utumn has arrived, and weíre at the beginning of a transition. It is still warm in Melbourne, but soon weíll see the changes in colour, falling of leaves, night-time coming earlier and the temperature getting notably cooler.

    With all this natural change that sets in every year itís a wise time to reflect if there are some things you might like to shed so you can grow in other ways.

    The art of holding on and letting go is very personal but we all experience some form of this birth and death cycle regularly, some of us mindfully.

    If youíre in doubt what to
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  3. Whatís love got to do with it?


    Love is what we all seek in some form or another, the desire of love makes us strive to go forth and the giving of it to ourselves and others is what makes us feel fulfilled. In love we feel whole and content. It is the hope and promise of love in your life that you are seeking and also have available within. In mindfulness practice we can access this wellspring of love we all have, now.

    In love youíre nourished, you are home.

    In mindfulness we call this loving state compassion and it begins with cultivating it for ones self, if you can foster compassion for yourself you begin to feel a gentle and genuine sense of belonging
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  4. 5 Mindful Hacks for the next 24 hours

    Mindfulness like all new skills needs to be practiced to achieve the benefits, with 5 Mindful Hacks for the next 24 hours you have no excuses not to try.

    I began meditating in my early 20s and at different stages of my life I have dedicated more time, but the more commitment I give to my practice the greater my experiences and overall life. The practice is the teacher.



    To start your practice you might want to try to integrate these 5 coaching Mindfulness hacks over the next 24 hours to help you sustain your choice to practice mindfulness more. Trust me when I say mindfulness can be life changing,
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  5. Seeing the best in yourself.



    Seeing the best in yourself requires you to be authentic. Being a good leader begins with the relationship you have with yourself. Holding yourself accountable to an honourable character and making the conscious choice to do better.

    A leader looks for the good in people and shines light on them, building them up and good leadership begins with leading yourself. The only way to do that is to take a good within yourself and accept who you are, flaws and all.

    No one is perfect, we all have a dark side and done things we might not be proud of, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes purposefully out of anger but
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  6. Mindful brains



    Mindfulness is a type of psychology that changes your brain when practiced long term. Despite also being associated with ancient contemplative practice is now based on scientifically researched techniques that have been proven to boost your performance and literally alter your brain structure and function.

    Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to understand how practicing mindfulness affects the brain. More about that published in HBR here.

    Through mindfulness practice the research found increases in brain activity
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  7. Pondering life


    Have you taken the time to ponder on your virtues and faults, to look at your thoughts and feelings and those of others around you also. Doing so will help you asses the decisions you have made in life and how they impact you and those you share life with. Reflecting gives you an opportunity to make profound and constructive change in your life and align your goals with values. Change usually means letting go of some things you previously identified with and keeping others, sometimes even people. The outcome and quality of your reflective period will determine the accuracy of your intuition moving forward.

    Tips for
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  8. Mindful of Mental Health

    Itís Mental health awareness week and the theme is Act, Belong, Commit. There is now evidence that conditions like depression and anxiety are prevalent in our society and often people experiencing it can feel isolated and alone, even when they are not. The purpose of this campaign is to get people talking and sharing and provide information about wellbeing and support. New evidence in psychology research shows connection is the key.


    I personally have been affected by mental illness, I lost my mother to mental ill health in 1999 after a long battle and ironically doing her masters research on the topic that broke
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  9. Personal Brand Connection

    Personal brand connection is the ability to intentionally communicate, what makes you YOU. Consciously crafting your personal brand to represent exactly who you are is a good idea but either way itís going to exist. You already have a digital footprint that spans years, this is part of your personal brand building blocks and one of the most significant ways you can connect with others.



    There are some ways to start building your amazing personal brand, perhaps reinvent yourself and if you are in business it is important to make sure your personal brand is recognisable and congruent with your personal values
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  10. Mindful over Matter Melbourne

    Mindful over Matter Melbourne workshop happened last Saturday and a lovely group of people gathered with me to participate in a coaching workshop on Mindfulness. We explored the meaning of mindfulness, looked at the ways we think and process information and how we approach life in very different modes. The participants all connected with the content and found valuable learning points and insights during the workshop.

    One of the exercises involved mindfulness awareness of sensory perception and during the 20 minute meditation experience we travelled through each bodily sense to switch one off and focus on the next, this exercise is both empowering and enlightening when you begin to have awareness around how focus can expand your
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  11. Empowered women

    Being an empowered woman means you are in control of your life, mindful of your actions and the results you are getting and able to move yourself and life in the direction you choose to manifest your dreams and achieve your goals.

    What makes a woman empowered? It is not always that easy when in society the default gender conditioning position of control has been given to men because of superior physical strength but the tides are changing and womenís strengths are now valued more than ever and we are standing up for our selves and taking responsibility for controlling our own lives with HEART.



    Four important
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  12. Self Coaching Sunday

    Self Coaching Sunday is a blog about a few easy tools you can do for yourself at home or work.

    In between coaching sessions I encourage clients to use tools that supports the coaching process, and provide ongoing opportunities for development, reflection and clarity.

    Three of these tools are called art journalling, vision boards and a thought diary, they are fun, creative and really useful in providing insight to your thoughts, behaviours and ideas.



    1. Art Journal: A scrap book for creative expression, sometimes words canít capture a feeling or thought so having a visual diary is
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  13. Sunday Sleep Ins

    Sunday Sleep Ins are a luxury in urban life!

    Why? I often hear people are sleep deprived and the usual reason ĎI have too much on my mind.í

    Once you get inside your bed, warm, cosy and comfortable if you tune into the present moment it should be a place where you feel like SLEEPING not thinking! But as we know brains are extremely persistent muscles that insist on chattering away sometimes well into the night. Here is the good news with a few bedtime habits you will be sleeping the whole night through in no time.


    • Switch off all electronics at least 20 minutes before sleep to allow the end of distractions. Donít check them, if youíre feeling compelled to check your phone overnight and it is distributing
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  14. Overcoming self doubt

    Overcoming self doubt, the title of todays blog was inspired by my clients, everyone who comes to coaching or in any position of success has to rise above their own fears. It is untrue to think that people who have made it doing a job they love have perfect confidence and free of self doubt. Doing what you love in life means removing the control of fear not itís existence. Like an equation, love Ė fear= purpose. Everyone at some point has to face their demons, their negative self talk and doubts. And good news is you donít have to do it alone. Thatís why I am here!



    Where does self doubt come from? Often it will ...
  15. Keep the Body in Mind

    Do you ever feel like your brain is trying to control you? Have you ever noticed sometimes you have absolutely no control over you brain?



    Its true, we donít. The mind will rattle off chatter continuously until the day you die and some of the content is just universal human condition, some of the noise you wonít even identify with, some you pick up during your day and quite often other voices can become yours if you donít pay attention. How many time have you hear a winger talk negatively and before long you have that voice in your hear repeating the same crap over and over and taking you
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