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Cultivating Presence

When we’re challenged by life, there’s nothing like a When-Then Fest:

 

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“When this project finishes… When I go on holiday … When Gemma exits her teens … When the mortgage is lower …Then I’ll be happy”.

When-Then scenarios create that irksome feeling of straining to reach a far-away place, don’t they.

Take a moment right now to linger in the Present.

When we realise that in this moment, everything is ok – you’re safe, warm, well fed, a roof over your head, you have eyes that see, legs that walk – and set free gnawing thoughts of future “what-if” and past “I-wish-had” scenarios, those feelings dissipate.   It can be a mighty weight lifted when you suspend yourself in Present time.

Allow the next 5 minutes to unfold in front of you as though each task and person were before you for the very first time; especially the thing that most tries your patience! It’s why early childhood is such a wonder-full time. Children understand the joys of being Present.

You’ve heard it before: the definition of Peace is accepting Life as it is, not as we wish it to be. Presence and Peace are true friends.  May you cultivate them with ease.

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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Pain: The Body Speaks!

Before slab heating, when folks carried firewood on their backs to heat earthen dens, and pregnant women birthed squatting in fields, there wasn’t an osteopath or pre-natal yoga class in sight. People became bent, twisted and core-floppy, and learned to live with it. Today, drug companies inject analgesia by the billions of dollars into a pain-killer familiar culture. The moment the body grunts, we pop a pill. What would happen if we stopped drugging our bodies for speaking up, and started listening instead?               read more…

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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You Want Me to Be Myself?

Ever noticed how whoyou are changes depending on who you’re with? Why can’t we just be ourselves all the time? Why does Fear take over when someone more beautiful/smart/wealthy/talented shows up? read more…

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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