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How to Let Go and Move Forward

How to Let Go and Move Forward

As miserable as it sounds, sometimes our problems give us comfort, our dramas fill in gaps and our negative self-talk becomes like a familiar old mate. Worry and stress can become the norm. While none of this serves any positive purpose in our lives it can feel hard to let go of a sensation or ongoing habit that gives us energy and power.

The merry go round of mind chatter and the heavy weight of stress does little more than hold us back, cause blockages and ultimately disease in our lives. So how do we let go and move forward?

 

Here are some actions to unwind the tangle and dance forward with freedom:

 

Doodle. Yes pick up a pencil and scribble out your frustrations, let out your stress and bring in calm with each stroke of the pen. Call it art therapy if you will but the next time you find stressful or painful thoughts overcoming you try picking up your favourite colour.

Change something. Anything. Change the flowers in your office, the nasty thought you just had about yourself, the Feng shui of your bedroom, your phone number (if need be), the amount of money you spend on pizza each week, how you get to work, where you go on weekends, who you hang out with, how you speak to your partner, the expectations that you put on yourself and others…. oh this list could go on and on and on. You get the picture.

Back up your bucket. Create a reverse bucket list, write down all the things you have accomplished or good vibes your have felt in the last hour/today/this week/month/lifetime. Instead of fixating on the future and any potential obstacles in your way why not celebrate the past and feel good about your achievements. You have come so far and done so much, this is only the beginning.

Dance. Go on, really get your Footloose on. Play radio roulette (or Spotify if you are feeling fancy), whatever song comes on, turn it up and burn it up…the dance floor that is. Bonus points if a hula hoop, a costume piece or lip synching is involved in some way.

Act it out. That thought that you are playing over and over, the imaginary encounter, the way your self talk just put you down, the worry that you have about that thing in the future that hasn’t even occurred yet; role play it. Say it out loud. Set it free outside of your body and thoughts. Give it a voice that brings it to the present and makes you more conscious of the words and feelings you say to yourself. If you wouldn’t say them to someone else, then why say them to yourself?

Burn it. Write down your problems and causes of stress on small pieces of paper, then burn them. Carefully. This may not make all the darkness disappear but it with bring ritual to releasing the emotions built up around the problems.

Pinkie promise. Make a decision to release, a commitment to let go. It is you that is carrying the heaviness and you that can make the call to be responsible for the letting go.

Strike a pose. There’s nothing to it. Try some effective Kundalini yoga poses to sweep out the old and in with the vibrant, new energy.

Something new. Dive into a new skill or hobby to bring all the wonders of being a beginner into your life.

Channel. Take the power of the negative feelings, worry and doubt that you are churning in your body and use it for the forces of good. Funnel the energy into a focussed intention on goodness, light, miracles and fun.

Sparkle vision. Visualise an empowered, activated, joyous, content, balanced, stress-free YOU. Do this often, daily in fact. Make it your mission to outweigh the negative imaginings with the positive ones. this takes practice. Commit now

Get real. Try catching your emotions as they arise and replace them with the cold hard facts of your life. The next time you catch yourself feeling “I can never get that job promotion, I am not good enough” replace that emotion with something factual in your life that is happening right now “I met three new people today and caught the new train home” The facts represent living in the present and they don’t have negative emotions attached to them. Recalling the facts shifts your perspective to NOW – the only moment there is.

Make a mantra. Spend some time writing and remembering a mantra or song you can sing to yourself when the stress takes over. Keep it positive and high vibes, it could be a poem or a prayer. Store it in your memory bank and hit play every time thoughts get heavy.

Sweat it out. Let the darkness drip from your skin. Sounds kind of evil but will create heavenly outcomes. When we active the body and move it into detox mode we are wringing out more than just the extra chocolate bar we ate. Getting sweaty releases endorphins and those chemicals naturally numb the pain.

Delete button. It is not always possible to simply erase problems and stress; if only that button existed. But it is essential to remember you have options. Change it, accept it or erase it.

 

How do you let go of heaviness, habits or anything that is holding you back?

As important preparation for the 40 Days of Flow starting June 1, make a mental or physical list of the hooks in your life that you are ready to let go of.

 

Too Busy to Play? 3 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Playtime

Too Busy to Play? 3 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Playtime

Has time sped up? Surely that is the reason. It seems like everyone these days is “busy”. And if we are not busy there is something lacking; potentially sliding down the scale on the cool-o-meter.

As I rushed through an office equipment superstore today looking for extra storage, more paper and of course cute notepads and pencils (that I likely did not need) I was stopped by the extraordinary amount of fashionable productivity props. Glossy posters of perfectly designed desk accessories, stylish to-do lists, quirky post-it notes, sleek organisers etc. Thinking to myself “productivity sells!”  Are we in an age where we are so busy getting busy that we are tying ourselves in unproductive knots?

I get bitten by the busy bug all too often. I am a Capricorn it is my birth right! “Work” takes precedence over absolutely everything in my life.

But what about balance? The work hard/play hard theory can exist and productivity is completely accessible with or without the colourful stationary and funky diaries.

Here are my three steps to a productive day and making sure that hoop/play time is left wide open.

Morning Brain Dump. Get it out and onto paper/iPad. There is nothing worse than a head cluttered with spiralling to-do-lists. Just like that first caffeine hit gives you a spring in your step, writing a list of things you are focusing on for the day will make space in your brain for creativity.

You can even break up your Morning Brain Dump into priority groups. Absolutely, positively must get done by 1pm. Will get to in the afternoon. Want to work on today. Something like that.

Schedule it in. Make joy a priority in your day and schedule in “feel good time” In these 10/30/60 minute time slots schedule in something you love to do. HOOP, have a cup of tea and read, stretch, draw, garden, sing, create a vision board etc Allowing these essential moments in your day will not only boost your emotions they will add to your clarity.

Cut the crap. Part of our “busy”ness is also responding to the constant alarms of distractions that are all around. Cell phones, social media updates, magazine covers, text messages, Google! These distractions trick us into thinking we are fabulous multi-tasking robots but really all they are doing is killing productivity, damaging focus and cutting into precious play time.

Solid chunks of work time without any distractions can be far more productive than a whole day of being dragged all over by interfering Facebook feeds.

Do a distraction detox and feel the cleansing benefits.

Now with all of the extra time on your hands you can go hoop.

How do you make time in your day for the things you love and ned the most?

The Cumulative Effect of Hooping

The Cumulative Effect of Hooping

I believe that hooping has a magical cumulative effect. Have you felt it?

Like every time you hoop you feel a little stronger, a little more joyous, balanced, confident, centred. Every time you get in your circle you feel a little more awesome, a little more cool, special, sacred, glittery, badass and ready to take on the world.

So whether you hoop for 2 minutes or 2 hours it all adds to your super hooper powers.

Hooping has certainly given me powers that have built up over time and continue to grow.

– Physically hooping has built my muscle strength so that I could realign my posture, heal old injures and keep my body in shape.

– Emotionally hooping has given me confidence to express myself and share that with others.

– Creatively hooping has given me connection with movement as a way to voice my individual style, my range of emotions and my connection with music.

– Hooping has connected me to the raddest people around the globe.

– Hooping has given me a platform to share my strengths.

– Hooping has allowed me to live a lifestyle I adore and provided a delicious career.

– Hooping has opened doors, given opportunities.

– Hooping has shown me that when I do my best, when I try without giving up I will achieve my goals.

Every time I pick up my hoop and gift myself with play and practice these powers multiply.

What super powers has hooping given you? Share yours in the comments below.

Setting Soulful Goals that Feel Good

Setting Soulful Goals that Feel Good

On January 1, 2007 I sat down in a raw food restaurant in Tokyo, Japan and set 65 goals for myself; for the first time ever in my life.

Manageable and measurable goals.

They flowed onto the paper like I was open to some source of pure creativity, as I wrote I could clearly visualize (most of) them manifesting, in action. With heart and soul I let my dreams pour onto the page. When the writing naturally stopped, the reading, reviewing and believing began. I kept the pile of paper with my heartfelt goals close by me daily, I carried them around, put them on my desk at work, scanned them while I was riding the train. I don’t think I really had any clue what I was getting myself into or how powerful that beautiful New Years Day writing meditation would prove to be.

Still a full time primary school teacher at the time of goal creation I was ferociously learning step by step in my tiny Tokyo apartment. The name Hoop Lovers was not even a thought nor had I fully realized the community and company that it would become. The goals never said anything about the miraculous body and soul revival, the global travel and connections or the financial and spiritual abundance that would manifest. They were clear and simple goals that would work as the foundational underbelly of a life filled with hoops, creativity, healing, movement and expansion.

They were big wishes.

While my dreams and hopes poured into the goal writing they were also very methodical and practical. I wanted to measure my achievement and score my success. I wrote concise goals like “I will be a certified hoop dance instructor by April, 2007” “I will learn how to make hula hoops by April, 2007” I will start a weekly hoop jam in Yoyogi Park by May, 2007” “I will purchase a monthly yoga pass at Yogajaya and practice Ashtanga at least 3 times a week by February 2007” “I will hand in my resignation at work by September 2007”

By September of the same year I had crossed off over three quarters of those goals as achieved, some of them were pretty lofty.

Before this journey back in 2007 I thought goal setting and creating plans was reserved for boring business men. The magical manifestations taught me that setting goals with soul was a powerful way to map out and create a whole new reality. My life has completely changed for the better because of it.

The process of creation is a simple one but it requires your love and attention.

So I have created a little map for you, a template for manifestation of newness and creativity. You can view your worksheet here and download/print if you wish.

 Create My Hooping Goals

This worksheet is a printable one you can use to craft a fabulous plan. Or you can simply use the 4 steps outlined to map out a gorgeous strategy of your own.

  1. FEEL : Hooping makes me feel…
  2. RELEASE : I am ready to release….
  3. FOCUS  : I am committing to…
  4. ACTION  : My goals for 2014 are…

Take some time to craft your own measurable goals. Clear and specific, allow them to flow. There is no need to write 65, often one clear statement of intention and purpose can be the most powerful.

What is your heartfelt purpose for 2014? What are your goals?

My one and only goal in 2013 was to be consistent, to share hoop love weekly and stick to that plan. I feel really excited to have stayed with it for the whole year and ecstatic about the friends I have made and expansiveness of all things as a consequence. Thank you for supporting me to stick to my goal.

To get your gold star for doing your holiday homework let me know below;

  • How does hooping make you feel? How do you want to feel?
  • What are you ready to let go of?
  • What are you committing to?
  • What are your goals or goal for 2014? (hooping or other)

Here is some more juice to help you whip up a fabulous 2014 reality filled with wonder; written by ladies I adore of course.

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