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Are you a peaceful warrior?

Are you peaceful? Are you also a warrior?  Apparantly the two words can sit together despite seeming contradictory. Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher and college professor, and he is author of 17 books published in 29 languages and shared across generations to millions of readers. His classic work, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to film in 2006. its been a bestseller for over 36 years, sold more than 3 million copies. Dan speaks worldwide to people from all walks of life.  I was lucky enough to interview Dan for Hay House Radio and was struck by his down to earth approach and ‘easy to implement’suggestions  He is passionate about helping people move towards accelerating change, transcending the daily news, feeling less anxious and re-aligning through the ever constant present.  Dan believes we are all peaceful warriors – striving to live with a peaceful heart.  He believes we should look to peace, but we also need a warriors spirit to live as our wisest selves.

Dan’s book isn’t a memoir, he rather uniquely blends fiction and autobiography.

Dan’s new book The Hidden School reveals a book within a book, a quest within a quest and a bridge between worlds. Dan Millman takes readers on an epic spiritual quest across the world as he searches for the link between everyday life and transcendent possibility.

Continuing his journey from Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan moves from Honolulu to the Mojave Desert, and from a bustling Asian city to a secluded forest, until he uncovers the mystery of The Hidden School.  While traversing continents, he uncovers lessons of life hidden in plain sight – insights pointing the way to an inspired life in the eternal present.

Along the way, you encounter remarkable characters and brushes with mortality as you explore the nature of reality, the self, death and finally, a secret as ancient as the roots of this world.  Awaken to the hidden powers of paradox, humour and change.  You may discover a vision that may forever change your perspectives about life’s promise and potential.  Dan is very realistic, he makes a rather controversial statement saying that he doesn’t believe we should be grateful, courageous, happy…  he believes that we should just ‘behave’ that way, he points out that its not possible to determine if we have courage unless we have to face fear, it’s not so much about ‘trying’ to be grateful et al, it’s just getting on with it.  I shared with him my fave phrase ‘You don’t have to get it right, you DO have to get it going and he loved that.

I asked Dan about his relationship with meditation, it can feel so difficult in our busy lives.to find time for stillness, to properly still the mind.  Dan made me howl with laughter when he said, ‘People ask me about my meditation practice and I tell them, I absolutely meditate every day….for at least 4 seconds!   What he means is its not essential to sit cross-legged for thirty minutes, those moments of ‘thinking nothing’ can be valuable,

With The Hidden School you can go on a spiritual quest, along with Dan, and look at how we can live our most rewarding enriching life.

 www.peacefulwarrior.com

 

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AuthorCraft – Join Me At The Professional Network for Authors – March 28th Event

AuthorCraft is the Professional Network for Authors, writers, public speakers, experts and trainers. I’m delighted to be speaking in their line up of great authors at the upcoming event on March 28th in London.

You are invited to join us and all new authors are welcome, first time visitors are offered free admission.

 

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Admission is  ticket only, go here for all details and to secure your ticket NOW>>

 

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The Things You Can See Only When you Slow Down

I am so lucky to work on BBC Radio 2, we get to interview some amazing people and its so varied, in recent weeks we have interviewed top Hollywood celebs, pop stars, sports pundits, leading authors …oh and one of my faves..a Zen Buddhist monk.

monk-img_0033Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in South Korea, where his books have sold more than three million copies and are popular as guides not only to mediation but also to overcoming the challenges of everyday life. The book came about because he was often asked for advice on dealing with the challenges of life, he started to share his wisdom with a wider audience using social media (he has 1.2 million Twitter followers) and embracing his nickname The Healing Mentor he has produced this beautifully illustrated, guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, offering spiritual advice on everything from handling setbacks at work to dealing with love and relationships.

Speaking directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life, Haemin Sunim’s simple, compassionate teachings transcend religion, borders and ages, and serve as a calming reminder of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.  The chapters are Rest, Mindfulness, Passion, Relationships, Spirituality, Love, Life and the Future.  The illustrations, often simple but striking are by korean artist Youngcheol Lee

‘The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to’ is the key message and when we asked him ..What about someone who has lots of commitments, is rushing around and doesn’t have the time to stop, to meditate et al, his answer was “Have you got 10 seconds?”  (yes) ” Then just smile”

Its great advice written simply and with gentle humour, I love the fact that the book is very dipp-inable

As I was writing an article in connection with my book You are The Brand, I opened up a page in the Love chapter where it said

You are Beautiful

not because you are better than others

but because there is only you who can smile like that

may you fall in love with your unique self

…..I couldn’t have put it better myself.

The Things You Can See Only When you Slow Down by Haemin Sunim is out now published by Penguin in hardback

 

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Behind the Brand – Meet Susan from TMC Ventures Europe

Behind the Brand

It’s the turn of Susan Warris-Liepa from TMC Ventures Europe, along with her husband Arnie Liepa, they have built an international distribution and marketing company and they are the exclusive distributors of the Enzymedica Digestive Enzyme brand in the UK and Ireland.

Tell us about yourself and your company…

Like many family owned businesses, my husband and I started our boutique distribution and marketing company because we couldn’t find “good-enough” health product for our needs.

We moved to the States about 20 years ago, and got introduced to a very talented integrative doctor, who used plant-based supplements, particularly digestive enzymes, as part of the repair and healing process for the body. I’ve always been a healthy eater and a fan of natural and organic products, yet had no idea back then as to the wide range of health benefits that digestive enzymes can bring.

As I was in my early 30’s and began to have more digestive issues when eating my favourite foods such as bread, pastry and pasta.  After a pancake brunch, I would need to lie down and take a morning nap. I began to bloat around the belly whenever I had eaten, and found myself drawn to elastic waists and lycra leggings!  It became clear that I was sensitive to wheat and I already knew from a younger age that I had a sensitivity to cheese and milk. The introduction to digestive enzyme supplements was very timely.

When I realized what a difference it made to me personally, to take an enzyme supplement with each meal, I also learnt to cut back on foods that contained gluten or dairy.  I was feeling happier and my belly was much happier. My husband also started to take supplemental enzymes and we saw positive changes in his digestive health – no more acid reflux and not as much bloating after a big meal.

Having experienced the benefits of digestive enzymes first hand we started to research and learn more about them. It was fascinating to learn how vital enzymes are for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body, and as we only have a finite amount of digestive enzymes, it is really important to supplement them to support our health as we age

You may remember from school biology lessons that proteases, amylases and lipases are all forms of digestive enzymes and help the body digest food and assimilate nutrients from proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and plant fibres. Our body needs enzymes to function properly. Not only do we need them for healthy digestion, but we also need them to live as without them we wouldn’t be able to breathe, swallow, drink, eat and digest our food.  Enzymes truly are “the spark of life”.

What had also begun to happen at the same time, was that on my visits home to England I was packing different supplements and increasing amounts of enzyme products to help our family members with various health issues.  Living in the States back then we had access to so many great products that the family couldn’t buy in the UK.

The family used to joke that my suitcase was like a travelling health food store!  As well as helping our own family members with health issues we started getting requests from friends and their family members for nutritional help.  The most common requests were for “something natural to help with my indigestion” and “one of your products that makes me feel better after I’ve eaten”. The more we read and researched the more drawn we were to digestive and therapeutic enzymes as a very natural way to help the body with many different health issues.

What exactly are digestive enzymes?

 Enzymes are complex protein molecules that are manufactured by all plant and animal cells.

Enzymes are some of the most valuable “tools” within our body. We like to refer to digestive enzymes as being like “a pair of scissors” that cut the protein chains of all foods we eat, enabling the nutritional elements to become small enough to be absorbed effectively by the cells of the body.

According to Dr. Edward Howell, pioneer of Enzyme Therapy, “Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. Without enzymes, no activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, minerals, nor hormones can do any work without enzymes”.

We know that good health starts with proper digestion and good digestion relies on the right enzymes in the right amounts being at the right place and time.  As we age we become more challenged by various forms of stress, environmental pollution, chemicals, and our emotional issues. These deplete our body’s natural ability to make enough enzymes to meet the demands of daily life.

In addition, enzymes assist in all chemical reactions taking place in our body; including the regeneration of cells/tissues and the elimination of waste products/toxins as well as supporting our immune system. In short, enzymes make things happen!

How did you get started as the exclusive UK and Irish distributor for Enzymedica?

Digestive enzymes are probably one of the least understood yet most beneficial health food supplements available.  They can make such a positive health change in so many people’s lives, whether adults or children.  It was an irresistible opportunity to be able to bring the highest quality digestive enzyme supplements to the UK.

 We’d been introduced to the Enzymedica brand of digestive enzymes after listening to a presentation by Tom Bohager, the founder of Enzymedica.  Once we tried this brand ourselves (and with our family members in England) we knew this was a far better product than others we had used.  The Enzymedica brand simply wasn’t available in the UK, so my husband picked up the phone and connected with their International Sales Director.  The rest is history………

What were you doing in a previous life?

I studied Food Marketing Sciences at university, and my first corporate role was in the Head Office of one of the UK’s largest supermarkets. My role was product and brand marketing in the food division, so I learnt a wealth of business skills that help me today.  After relocating with my husband’s company to America, I decided to leave the corporate world and follow my passion –  to help people with their health and wellness – initially training to become a clinical reflexologist.

Overtime I opened my own health studio and brought together a team of practitioners, providing a range of integrative health services. This, combined with learning from doctors and health practitioners in the integrative health field led me to an increasing awareness and understanding of using natural, healthy supplements to support my own health.  As I became healthier myself I started to share my knowledge with my friends, family and clients.

My husband has a wealth of business experience in international sales and operations, working with manufacturers, distributors and re-sellers worldwide. So, together our skill sets are very complimentary for our work today.

Why natural?

I come from a family of keen gardeners.  My parents and grandparents both owned allotment plots when I was a child, so I grew up with the taste of fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. So as far as I’m concerned working with natural products is the only way to go. I’m very interested in health and nutrition, and as a clinical reflexologist I’ve been working with natural health treatments for a long time. There are far too many chemicals and pollutants in today’s world, and so many health problems that are created by eating unhealthy, processed foods.  If I can bring natural, healthy supplements to the UK market place, that help people with their health, then I feel that I’m doing something extremely worthwhile.

What’s your USP? What sets you apart from your competitors?

From a TMC Ventures company perspective I believe that we have four key elements that sets us apart:

Our Partners – our supplier partners are carefully selected using our key quality/ efficacy/ trust/relationship criteria that we have developed over the years of working closely with American manufacturers.  We become the exclusive distributor to the brands that we choose to work with, providing them with a unique UK/European presence.  The name TMC Ventures is not known by the consumer, as they just see Enzymedica UK.

Enzyme Education – Enzymedica, as a company, places a high value on education, which fits very well with our belief that education is key and knowledge has the power to change lives.

Our goal of educating people about the importance of enzymes in overall health keeps us motivated every day.

Our Product Portfolio – we only supply “Best in Class” nutritional products, that are differentiated from anything else in the UK market place.  There is nothing else available in the UK like the Enzymedica digestive enzyme supplements. The Enzymedica products are anywhere from 5 to 20 times higher in efficacy than any other enzyme supplement available on the retail shelf. This makes Enzymedica supplements by far the best value in terms of price per capsule. Enzymedica has won over 50 awards in the last decade (awards from both retailers and consumers alike). Enzymedica continues to be the best selling digestive enzyme brand in the USA (as measured by SPINS a 3rd party market research company)

Our Customer Service – we are a family owned/run company and we work hard at doing our very best in caring for our customers.  We treat our customers like we want to be treated and have built some wonderful relationships & friendships. We stand behind the Enzymedica brand and offer a 100% money back guarantee.

From an Enzymedica perspective they have many great points that set them apart from other enzyme supplement companies:

Enzymedica are known as The Enzyme Experts. Creating proprietary blends of high quality enzymes – nothing else out there like these enzyme products.  Highest potency products, 5 – 20 times the effectiveness of any other enzyme brands.

Unique technology called Therablend™ – multiple blends of enzymes that work at all Ph’s and all temperatures in the body.

Most manufacturers use just single strains of enzymes, i.e. a single strain of protease, or a single strain of lipase. Each enzyme strain only works at a very specific pH and temperature. Enzymedica uses their unique Therablend™ technology, to include enzyme strains that work at every pH and temperature in the human body. This allows them to works 3 x stronger and 6 x faster than other enzyme products. So, due to this blending technology Enzymedica is always the best value for money (amount of enzyme activity per capsule).

Vegetarian, Vegan and Kosher ingredients – no fillers, flow agents or excipients.

Award winning company –  In the past decade, Enzymedica has received more than 50 industy awards including multiple Better Nutrition Magazine’s People’s Choice Awards, many Best of Supplements Awards and numerous VITY and Nexty Awards.

Green initiatives at point of manufacture – As responsible members of the business community, we desire to leave the environment better than we found it. At Enzymedica, we understand that there is an emissions footprint associated with our business operations. We partnered with Green Mountain Energy Company to take a leadership role in calculating and offsetting 100% of the total calculated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with our annual electricity, corporate owned vehicles and corporate air travel. Through this process, Enzymedica is taking responsibility for its share of CO2 emissions and has committed to being part of the solution to global warming.  By means of these initiatives, Enzymedica’s business operations since 2009 have been “carbon neutral.”

  • Corporate Facility Improvements and Responsible Commitments in Day-to-Day Operation:
  • 113 solar panels to reduce C02 emissions and conserve thousands of kilowatts of energy each month
  • “Carbon Neutral” Certified by Green Mountain Energy, with continual offset of carbon footprint including facility, vehicle and air travel emissions
  • Solar block shades installed in all office windows
  • Low energy fluorescent lights throughout the facility
  • Facility built using all recycled steel
  • Volatile organic chemical (VOC) -free paints, drywall and carpet
  • Motion detection lights throughout the building hallways, offices and restrooms
  • Virtual IT servers to save in electric usage
  • Recycled paper used for packing and shipping
  • Green Seal Certified® and environmentally friendly cleaning agents used

Community Support and Educational Outreach – In 2009, the Enzymedica Founder, Tom Bohager, founded The Autism Hope Alliance (AHA).  See http://autismhopealliance.org/

The Autism Hope Alliance embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and volunteerism.

  • The Autism Hope Alliance is the first non-profit foundation for Autism to emerge from the natural foods industry.
  • Providing Hope and Help for Autism Families

Annual sponsor of several other noted non-profits within the autism community, including Generation Rescue, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), and AutismOne. Enzymedica also donates to Vitamin Angels, which provides vital nutrition to individuals and families in need.

(Scientific research has discovered beneficial links in using digestive enzymes to help re-balance the gut-brain connection.)

What kind of feedback have you received from customers?

We have a rather unique situation in that choosing to create an international Distribution & Marketing company we have two sets of customers; our wholesalers and retailers (mainly independent health food stores) and a growing base of end-user customers, who purchase direct from our web-site

Customers love the Enzymedica products. Once they try them and get a positive health benefit we get plenty of repeat purchases and customer referrals.

We get to hear customer stories on a regular basis, and to know that the Enzymedica supplements are making a positive difference in someone’s health is extremely rewarding.

It’s not just the adults with their digestive health problems; indigestion, acid reflux, wind and stomach cramping; it’s hearing about a child’s health that has improved dramatically after taking an Enzymedica product.  Those customer stories are so heart-warming.

What’s the next big launch / project coming up for you?

At the beginning of April, we’re introducing two new Enzymedica products, BeanAssist™ and LypoGold™, at the Natural and Organic Products Expo.  This show is the UK’s biggest trade show for buyers from health food stores. We also get to meet nutritionists, dieticians and pharmacists – it’s a great event for the British natural health industry.

What’s your big dream?

To have digestive enzymes as well-known as vitamins and minerals. Through education, to help the British public gain awareness and understanding about the critical importance of digestive enzymes. Increasing the understanding that enzymes are essential for the long- term health of everyone that eats cooked and processed foods, and how Enzymedica is a truly best-in-class product, that makes a real difference to our digestive health.

To spread the educational word about the benefits and value of taking digestive enzymes on a daily basis. To have Enzymedica enzymes be a first-choice purchase, when people are looking for a natural alternative for health issues like indigestion, bloating after meals, digestive health problems and food intolerance issues. To know that even more people are finding digestive comfort by using the Enzymedica products.

 Where can we find your products?  Independent Health food stores, all Revital Health Food stores and select Whole Foods Stores stock the retail range of Enzymedica supplements.  Other Enzymedica supplements can be found at www.enzymedica.co.uk

 

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Award entry guidelines for Therapists & Coaches

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We are excited that it’s AWARDS time of year again.  We are pleased that Medichecks are our premier sponsor this year as we believe it is so important to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.

Here’s where you can see our judges line-up and some general info

We introduced the Therapist and Coaches category because we so wanted to recognise the work of the great holistic therapists and coaches in the UK.

Of course our judges can’t visit everyone for a treatment or a session (sadly) so we will be relying on what we see from your marketing and importantly your testimonials, if you are entering this category, please provide us with as much detailed information about the work you do, and also some recent testimonials, case studies for your work.

We had a great response in this category last year and look forward to this year’s entries!

We encourage you to get your fans and clients voting for you – readers votes go into the mix too!

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R.I.P George Michael

RIP George Michael

Some of you may know I worked with George Michael and Wham! in the eighties.  He made such a difference to my professional life and I was devastated to hear of his death.  Even though it made me really sad, it was good to be able to pay tribute and share some memories on BBC Radio 2, in The Guardian and on ABC News….I thought I’d share some here too

Early eighties…oh the leg warmers!

It was 1981 and I was a session backing singer in my very first job working with Mari Wilson and the Wilsations.  When Wham’s first single was such a big hit they were suddenly wanted on the road for a tour, I heard that they were auditioning for backing singers but  the tour manager told me it was unlikely we would have a look in, as they were auditioning Kokomo (big time US vocal section)  I rang a friend Janet Mooney who was a singer and Gee Belo (from Light of the World) we had done some sessions together.  Nothing to lose we said so we rehearsed a few Wham harmonies and rocked up, the MD was Tommy Eyre, George heard us jamming with the band, and chose us for the gig, we were young, fresh and super ambitious, even then George knew exactly what he wanted!

janey-lee-grace-wham-in-china-georgeI had the most awesome few years touring with the band, it was literally like Beatlemania and they guys had to be ferried out of the gigs in Black Maria’s while the audience waited for the encore that never came, I remember we played Whitley Bay Ice Rink, and while we were sound checking the crew found a couple of literally frozen fans who had stowed themselves away from the night before to get close to the front!

This pic of me with George was taken backstage on one of the first tours,  I remember that amongst the merchandise were dolls of George and Andy, the guys would have a little competition at each gig to see whose doll sold the most, George used to get quite miffed if Andrew Ridgeley’s sold more!  The first trip to the US was amazing, we played the Apollo Harlem, (wow the history) and the Limelight club, just two years later we went back and did a stadium tour, I remember playing and open air stadium in Dallas Texas, on stage at about 11pm in blistering heat – we were supported by Chaka Kahn and The Pointer Sisters, I remember Elton John  came to that gig – I mean why wouldn’t you!

George was always a perfectionist, when we played China – we were the first Western band to go there, it was a bizarre experience, before any changes, tickets to the gig cost the equivalent of several months wages out there, we gave some freebies to the cleaners in the hotel.  Wham’s management were making a feature film and we had a huge film crew, after the first few scenes were shot, George and Andy looked at the rushes of the film and George was seriously unhappy with his hair, so he flew his sister out to sort it, (the lovely Melanie – a hairdresser)  he knew exactly how he wanted to look and how he wanted his music to sound   The feature film eventually came out on video Wham in China.  Check it out – great fun!

Factoid Even though my colleagues and I were the backing singers on all the live gigs and the live videos, he rarely used session singers in the studio ? why ? because he was SO brilliant he did all his own ‘BV’s – infuriating for us, but what a star!

Factoid  The awesome  ‘Wake me up before you go go’ came about because Andrew left a note on the door for his mum one morning, he wrote…’wake me up before you go go’…  and the rest is history…

Last Christmas..

One of my fave memories is doing a series of nights at Wembley arena when Last Christmas was a hit, – I thought it was magical, fake snow et al

In more recent years..

I was invited to his Cowboys and Angels birthday party,  (must have been 1998) we had to go in fancy dress, I was eight and half month pregnant so couldn’t really go as an angel,.(though there were some incredible wing-spans in sight that night!)  but managed a cowboy outfit,  it was all just after the ‘shannigans’ had gone on  (George being arrested in the public loos) …The invitations said…Please note there will be no public conveniences so please go before you come…he had a fabulous sense of humour, that’s why he was so beloved..

 George was very much a family guy, his dad ran a restaurant in North London and would often invite the whole band there (I remember being introduced to fried zucchini)  they were a close family and I’m not sure he ever got over the death of his mother, she was the most lovely woman, so proud of her son and we had several long discussions about the horror of losing someone to cancer so young.  (I had just lost my mother in law around the same age as George’s mum)

In recent years I’ve come across Family Constellations –read my article on it here http://www.familyconstellationsherts.co.uk/#!articles  and I can see how George’s experiences shaped who he was, I SO wish I could have taken him along to a session, he could have found some peace.  the last time I saw him was a few years ago when he came into Steve Wright in the Afternoon to be interviewed.  RIP George…. you were such a hugely important  part of my life

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Cut and Paste a Fabulous Year

I’ve been suggesting for a good while now that standard new year resolutions don’t really work, if you’ve already written your list and promised yourself you will lose weight, go to the gym, give up chocolate and alcohol and learn a new skill I wish you well but I’d love to recommend you take time out to visualise what you really want this year.

I was thrilled to see the article in You magazine by Lydia Slater. She says ‘Forget new years resolutions and to-do lists, the smart way to realise your dreams in 2016 is with a vision board. And if its good enough for Oprah..

A vision board (or it can be a scrapbook) is a combination of a mind-map and a collage, the idea is that you focus on what you want and allow your creative sub conscious mind to wander through images and phrases in magazines and newspapers, you can add your own photographs, postcards, drawings, anything that visually represents what you want to attract into your life.

Alongside business leaders, celebs love vision boards it seems, Lydia writes…’when Jim Carrey was at his lowest professional ebb, he reportedly used a vision board to jump-start his acting career, attaching to it a cheque made out to himself for $10 million for ‘acting services’.   Oprah Winfrey made a vision board showing a picture of Barack Obama as president’  

What’s fascinating is how we seem to attract what we focus on, often we don’t really know what we want till we see a visual representation of it, our subconscious mind draws our attention to an image which makes us realise that is our deepest desire and by taking the action of cutting that picture out and sticking it onto a board we are setting the intention. It’s as if we are allowing an image of what we hope for to come to the forefront of our mind and then it’s much easier to attract that to us. It gives us clarity of what our goals and dreams are, the images, and words that we are attracted too are usually already somewhere deep down in our thoughts.

Don’t make the mistake of spending ten minutes on this though, my suggestion is that you switch off your phone, put on some relaxing music and give yourself at least 90 minutes uninterrupted time, gather all your bits and bobs before you start, a large piece of paper of card, lots of mags, newspapers, photos, plus scissors, glue, photos, pens and crayons, even glitter and fabric if you want to get really creative. Don’t think for too long about each image, pick out what you are attracted too, you can then position the pictures however feels right, it may be totally random or ordered and colour coded. You can of course create a vision board (sometimes called a moodboard) on the computer too, but I think there’s something quite cathartic about cutting out images.

It can be quite magical what happens next. I have a colleague who wanted a complete change of direction, living in another country and working with her passion which was being a Tarot card reader.   She had no idea how she would get her dream but she started creating a vision book and literally stuck any images that appealed. One image was of a coastline, it was beautiful and an unusual shape, she had no idea where in the world it was, another image was a photograph of her with her cards. Months later she got a call from an acquaintance suggesting she offer her services as a PA to a businesswoman in London, the entrepreneur wanted someone to live and work with her temporarily, she was then offered the position of moving to Spain to run the retreats the entrepreneur hosted, she jumped at the chance and arrived at her new home only to see her room overlooked the exact coastline she had ‘visioned’ It was in Deia Majorca. Some time later the entrepreneur decided to add Tarot readings to the list of extras for guests and my colleague was called upon to do her dream job!

My own experience was not quite so dramatic but highly amusing, I did a general vision board (I often recommend that my clients do one specifically for a business project) and amongst the usual offerings, pictures of our family on holiday, lovely beaches, some fabulous glittery images that represented success. I found myself unconsciously cutting out and sticking a picture of a scruffy black dog.   When I showed the vision board to my kids they said ‘finally!!!) They had wanted a dog for a long time but we have said no, it just doesn’t fit with our lives.   Don’t get excited I told them, I don’t know why I was attracted to that image, we are NOT getting a dog, I found myself in the bizarre situation of wishing that what I had wished for wouldn’t materialise!

A few weeks later a neighbour appeared at the door with a dog on a lead, yes you’ve guessed it, the exact dog in the pic, meet my puppy she said, just wondered if the kids would like to take him for walks sometimes?   Result! All the benefits of a pet with none of the responsibility.

They do say be careful what you wish for because your dreams just may come true!  Take some time and map out your dreams – I wish you a magical 2016

If you want help getting clarity on your USP for your brand or work get in touch with me janey@imperfectlynatural.com

 

 

 

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Introducing the ‘New for 2016’ Awards

We’re excited to be launching entries for our ‘New for 2016’ awards. For new flagship products launched between July 2015 and March 2016 and you can enter up to three individual products.
Please complete your entries and fill in the form asap!
Products must arrive with us before January 10th 2016.

We look forward to receiving your entries soon!

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The Heart of The Matter

In my work helping experts, coaches and authors to get clarity on their uniqueness and their key message I realised that I need to offer clarity on my own USP which is that I work with heart centred businesses or entrepreneurs.

A very practical colleague who prides himself on not having any of that hippy dippy woo woo stuff asked me – what’s a heart centred business? Don’t you just mean someone who enjoys running their business, doesn’t everyone, especially if it’s successful and they earn money?

I had to think about it, I realised I couldn’t help anyone who didn’t love their work, I wouldn’t be able to help anyone to stand in the spotlight and share their key messages if they weren’t passionate about it, I asked myself If someone enjoyed earning a good pay packet from running online gambling websites would that tick the heart centred businesses box?

Not for me, unless time stood still for them when they were absorbed in their work and they felt called to do it on some level, (and it was genuinely for the greater good), I’d question whether they had found their purpose, whether they were doing the work they were really born to do.

For me being heart centred when it links to your work means being connected to who you are and why you are here to share your message, whether that’s by way of your product, service or talent.

I attended a wonderful matrix re-imprinting course – yes the room was full of heart centred practitioners – and the founder of the work Karl Dawson told us about the importance of the heart, not just our emotions, the physical organ. He pointed us to extensive research on its powers reminding us that scientists say it picks up on thoughts, events, actions, even before they happen, it operates in quantum time.

To begin with this can seem far-fetched, surely when we think of a heart we just see lovely cute Valentine’s day images, it signifies romantic love or love for a child or an animal, but there are negative images attached too, we also know that a high proportion of people have heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, we worry about cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and stress and when its linked to our emotional state, we talk of a broken heart, we recognise that our heart can expand to an even great capacity than we thought possible (enough to love subsequent children as much as the firstborn)

Heart Moniter

Most of us acknowledge the importance of our brain but sometimes don’t recognise that the heart is Emperor within the mind / body system, it’s the first port if call to receive the ‘energy’ of anything, it communicates this to the brain, the brain signals to the body to tell it what to do, and then we have a conscious realisation – oh I’m feeling scared…need to run, I’m feeling upset, my ears will fill with tears, I will cry.

Of course all of this all happens automatically but as we all well know it’s going on constantly and the more negative the emotions the more stressed we become. Many people live in a constant state of stress, the adrenaline is high, they are ready to fight or flee – but there isn’t really a tiger there – it’s just that the bus is late, or the delivery hasn’t been despatched, or we didn’t get chosen to participate in something we had worked hard for, but we don’t fight, and we don’t run either (interestingly that’s why if we do physical exercise it can be brilliant for relieving stress) usually the stress is internalised.

Karl also made us aware of the work of the US Heartmath organisation. HeartMath was founded by Doc Childre in 1991 to help individuals, organizations and the global community incorporate the heart’s intelligence into their day-to-day experience of life. They connect heart and science in ways that empower people to greatly reduce stress, build resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.

Surgeons have reported that they have given heart transplants to patients who when recovered, take on the characteristics of the donor.

 

The film Heartless portrays Angus Deayton as a straight laced divorce lawyer who has a heart transplant after a sudden heart attack, acting on a new impulse he gets an urge to buy a leather jacket and motorbike and takes off to the wilds of Scotland, there he decides to stay in a B&B, sees a photo on the mantelpiece of a guy on a motorbike, it transpires it’s the owners husband who died in an accident and donated his heart – to Angus’ character – its fictitious – yet according to some surgeons plausible.

What can we do with this kind of information? Well quite a lot it seems, Heartmath have made popular a simple breathing technique that could transform our lives, from the school room to the workplace to our personal relationships and could probably massively reduce the burden on the NHS with anxiety and stress related illnesses.

We watched Karl via the internet link up his heartrate to a monitor on the Heartmath site, we saw his starting heart rate graph, fluctuating between 90 and 50 bpm, the graph showed a chaotic jagged line, then he did the simple Heartmath exercise, with his hand on his heart he took 6 slow breaths in and out, then he consciously thought of something positive, a time when he felt great, a place where he wanted to be, someone he loved deeply, within seconds his heart rate had stabilised and the graph become a gently flowing wave – no more jagged rises or dips – it was extraordinary.

This is what athletes call being ‘in the zone’ – others call this state being in flow…it’s a state of high coherence bringing the brain in sync with the heart. In Ireland it’s used widely in schools, some forward thinking teachers are using it in UK schools too, can you begin to imagine how different everyone’s day might look if it became standardised?

Ask yourself – are you heart centred? You may decide to spin the word around and feel centred at your heart space, try the simple Heartmath technique before the next potentially stressful thing you know you need to do…and check in with it to ensure that you are on course with the decisions you make for your work and your business …..Let me know how you get on.

www.heartmath.com
www.matrixreimprinting.com

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Your life in 7 days

I’ve written lots of articles and blogs around procrastination and recently I’ve had to take note of my own issues around stopping short of doing something just because I know I can’t make it as perfect as I’d like, sometimes good enough really is good enough!

I’ve also written recently about the death of Wayne Dyer and how that amazing man with his legacy has inspired so many people to follow their dreams – his phrase ‘Don’t die with the music still in you’ is something I trot out regularly especially to clients who tell me they know they want to write  a book, start their business, become the founder of a charity…

Nothing brings this home more than the analogy of ‘Your Life in 7 days’  Years ago a normal lifespan would be seen as ‘3 score years and 10 – meaning we will hopefully make it till the age of 70 – (of course most of us hope to live a lot longer but bear with me!)

So if each decade represents a day, and we are born on a Monday, most people reading this will be over twenty so onto Wednesday already, some of us are into Thursday or even (ahem) Friday or into the weekend ….

It really focuses your mind as to how you are spending your time, if there’s something you know you want to do, when will you start it ?  If not now – when ?  Having explained this to my hubby he sometimes says to me (especially if I’m asking him to do something for me rather than himself)…’.darling I’m on the Friday of my life, I need to do XXX’    Of course he is right, we all must prioritize what it is we are really here to do, define your purpose and get cracking.

By the way if you are on ‘Sunday’ I wouldn’t worry about that one bit, the great Louise Hay is 89 (way past the sell-by 70) and she is rocking (and recently learnt a new skill of playing the piano)    Heres hoping we will all make it to that ripe age and beyond, still feeling young, still feeling energized by living our purpose and passion, but why wait to see what age you make it to ?  If you know what you are meant to do, start right away.  remember you don’t have to get it right, you DO have to get it going.

If you want help getting clarity on your passion purpose, and USP (unique selling point) and your YOU-nique brilliance get in touch I offer a one hour clarity call.