Listening to Oprah’s podcast again, this time with Tim Storey, I’m struck by his phrase, “a vessel of honour”. Those who know me will know my love of words. I love how words sound together, how they conjure up images and feelings, and how the right words at the right time can elevate us to lighter moods and higher outlooks.
So, today I’m being a vessel of honour. And it feels great. To me it means that I set aside my doubts and concerns, my self-pity and my fears, and I fill myself with optimism and possibility. I ask, “What if today was going to be a great day? What if I could let things be easy? What if I could shine like the star I am from now til dusk? What if this blog could pretty much write itself as I allow myself to rise above the fear of judgement and the risk of failure?
Being a vessel of honour asks me to stand a little taller and breathe a little deeper. But it’s not just that. Being a vessel of honour calls me to awaken within and let my heart fully open into the moment. Connecting with my honour stirs my courage. Connecting with my honour reminds me that I have gifts to share and help to offer.
It’s with this openhearted courage that I invite you to the next stop on the Tribe of Thrive train.
If you want to get on with living and thriving; If you need to get unstuck; If anxiety’s holding you back; this 4 week evening class is for you.
A neuroscience-driven, fun and transformative way to get inspired, get focused, get confident and get on. You just need to get booked in. Full details are on my website.
All vessels of honour are welcome. And I’m excited to share this time, this learning and this opportunity with you. Contact me to reserve your place.
I feel humbled several times a day.
Today, as I ran through Horfield Common, listening to Malala Yousafzai talk to Oprah (on SuperSoul Conversations podcast), I was brought to tears.
Malala ignites in me a magnificent sense of awe and wonder at the strength, courage and potential that lies within us as humans. The power of intention. The majesty and the ministry of love.
Every good act on the planet is an expression of love. To be of service to others, and therefore to the world, is to make love manifest.
Malala’s path is to bring education to every girl. Mine feels twofold… to inspire fellow practitioners towards effortless excellence and to ease everyone towards wellness.
I want to live in a Tribe of Thrive. Do you want to join?
After a solid spell of kneehab, rest and recuperation, I’m delighted to be returning to work in January 2017.
Initially I will be available for massage sessions and hypnotherapy treatment on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10th Jan, at The Healing Rooms, Gloucester Road. Please get in touch if you would like to book in.
Sessions will be in limited supply while I build my stamina again, so I will be operating an active cancellation list – perfect if you are unable to get booked in, but available at short notice if a slot becomes free. Do ask about this when you get in touch via 07976 710 368 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to working with you soon.
Happy New Year,
Following a recent knee injury I’m having an operation* on 21st September. As a result I will be out of action for a good few weeks while I recover and get nicely mobile again. I will keep you updated as things progress and let you know when I can start taking bookings again.
Best wishes all,
* anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
When my brother said he’d like world peace for Christmas, I instantly replied, “I’m working on it… one treatment at a time.” I was only half-joking! You’d be surprised how much peaceful positive feeling can be generated by good massage. And you might also be surprised how much hypnotherapy can help change old patterns of anger, rage and frustration.
Anger is one of the three default emotional states we naturally go into when we encounter stress. When we encounter stress, we naturally either feel anxious, angry or depressed, or some combination of all three. But how often we go into these states, and how long we stay there, is more under our control than you might imagine.
Taking the time to deeply relax on the massage / hypnotherapy couch enables us to switch from our sympathetic nervous system’s stress response of “fight, flight or freeze” into our parasympathetic nervous system’s relaxation response “rest, digest and heal” . This naturally takes us out of the emotional states of anxiety, anger and depression and into a more peaceful positive state of mind.
From this more positive state of mind, anything is possible… even World Peace!
If you think you know someone who might benefit, please share this post with them.
It was so exciting to be invited to Bristol’s award winning ShoutOut Radio this week. You can hear the interview here, where I talk about life since I quit my regular 9-5 job and moved into the worlds of massage and hypnotherapy. You can listen to the whole hour long show, or press play and move the pink dial to about “twenty five past” to catch my ten minute chat. Please tell me what you think of it 🙂
Wouldn’t it be great if you had more control over your happiness, and could be more happy more of the time?
I can help!
Book your place now on this fun, enjoyable 8 week course, meeting Tuesday mornings 9.30am – midday at the delightful Bristol College of Massage & Bodywork in Clifton. Look out for flyers, posters and more social media…
Why wait til Autumn? Learn proven techniques from hypnotherapy, mindfulness, positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy starting May 12th.
Numbers are limited, contact me for more details and to reserve your place.
The week of 2nd – 8th March 2015 not only includes my 43rd birthday, but is also Sleep Awareness Week 2015!
America’s National Sleep Foundation has just released its latest poll, finding, “pain joins two related concerns – stress and poor health – as key correlates of shorter sleep durations and worse sleep quality. But there are paths to resolving the problem: The sleep gap narrows sharply among those who make sleep a priority.”
Not Sleeping Like A Log?
Are you someone who finds it difficult to get off to sleep at night? Minutes become hours and the clock just stares back at you. Or perhaps you get off to sleep just fine, but wake around 3 – 4am and struggle to get back to sleep again. Insomnia is both a growing problem, and a lonely experience. Author Poppy Z Brite sums it up for a lot of people, “the night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.”
What To Do About It?
It’s one thing to take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. It’s another to do something constructive about it. Jane took a chance and you can read about her experience with me when insomnia led her to try hypnotherapy here.
If you need more motivation, have a listen to neuroscientist Jeff Iliff’s fascinating TED Talk highlighting new research giving “one more reason to get a good night’s sleep”
It was hypnotherapy that turned my sleeping around too, and it’s what motivated me to train as a hypnotherapist and help others, like you. You can check out my story here.
Do contact me if you’d like to turn things around for yourself. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hope you enjoyed a nice Valentine’s Day. Would you believe me if I said that on 14th Feb 2014 I was being awarded my professional hypnotherapy diploma?! Not the most romantic way to spend the day, I agree, but in the year that’s past since then clients have benefitted by becoming able to sleep better, deal more effectively with work stress, improve their sports performance, manage their anger and remain calm, gain confidence and so much more. Not necessarily romantic, but definitely helping people love their life more.
What would make your life better? How can I help you make those changes between now and next Valentine’s Day?