'I have sacrificed so much'.
At my lowest points since being a mother and helping care for my grandmother I have said this. Felt deep frustration. And if i am being honest, at times in certain scenarios, a feeling of injustice.
Sacrifice had felt like something I had done for love but it had cost me in many energetic and practical ways. Repeatedly.
This is a collection of some of my favourite (if I included them all this playlist would play for days!) mantras and relaxing yoga music.
During the Covid lockdown whenever I get the chance I just put these on in the background, I have a a similar playlist on my ipod for the car and yoga practice (when Henry isnt here creating a very different soundtrack...) Just having them on in the background changes the vibration of myself and the environment I am in. I feel better. More relaxed and at ease. Literally everything feels better.
Give it a go. It couldn't be more easy. Just pop it on in the background and go about your business!
This video walks you through a combination of two breahing practices. Together they help create balance in our energy channels (nadis) and our sun (active) and moon (introspective) energy flows. They help maintain lung health and boost vitality and immunity. They can also help you find mental and emotional clarity. All of which have been hugly benificial to me over the last few months! I hope you find them useful too.
So, find a safe and comfortable spot, give yourself a full 20 minutes and relax and focus on bringing lightness back into your being and your day.
This is a Mudra Meditation. One of the surprising side effects of lockdown is lethargy right?! Most of the people I talk to, like me, have good days and bad days and I have found this little mudra very helpful as a pick me up on those days where my energy is low and I am feeling down before my breakfast has even had time to digest!
So find a safe and comfortable spot, give yourself a full 15 minutes and relax and focus on bringing lightness back into your being and your day.
Like many people 'lockdown', Covid Quarantine, has been challenging for me. I have found myself coming back to practices picked up over 11 years of self-nurturing, yoga, meditation and coaching practices. I am not looking for new, rather reliable and tried and tested! Things I know I can do and will work. In this series I share with you the ones I have found the most useful during this difficult time.
It is my hope that you find them useful. Please share these with anyone else you think might! Do you have any tips or practices you can share? Let me know! They might work for someone else too.
With love Charlotte
This is a guided meditation called Loving Kindness. It's as old as the hills and as healing and calming! So find a safe and comfortable spot, give yourself a full 20 minutes and relax.
This is honestly one of the most useful guided meditations I have ever practiced and shared. I hope it works for you too.
This is the intro for my new series of simple practices to help you feel brighter, lighter, happier and better able to cope with the strange and challenging time we find ourselves in.
Like many people 'lockdown', Covid Quarantine, has been challenging for me. I have found myself coming back to practices picked up over 11 years of self-nurturing, yoga, meditation and coaching practices. I am not looking for new, rather reliable and tried and tested! Things I know I can do and will work.
In this series I share with you the ones I have found the most useful during this difficult time. It is my hope that you find them useful. Please share these with anyone else you think might!
Do you have any tips or practices you can share? Let me know! They might work for someone else too.
Take a look at the follow up blog posts for the full selection of the Lockdown Toolkit practices.
With love Charlotte xx
Not sure where to start with the last couple of months. So here goes...
Somewhere between single mother lockdown with my 5 year old, my dear grandmother dying of covid in her care home, and the total non existence of any personal time to work i have found myself present here this weekend...
Henry is at his dads and i am going to tesco in a face mask...its a strange new world. Obviously i am exhausted so have spent most of my time on the sofa or in bed. But i have also done a little bit of work. For the first time in weeks.
I am still here. Somewhere. I know many of you feel the same. As we explore this present time together and what it means for us, our families, communities and lifestyles we find ourselves 'somewhere'. The in-between. A few weeks ago i realised this is where the adventure is. Not waiting for things to end so we can move on. We are moving on now.
Hello Dear Friend
Thank you for stopping by. If you are feeling fatigued, ready to let go of all the old ‘stuff’ so you can truely welcome the oncoming promise of Spring and new energy and growth then please take a look at my video below. I have posted the Nadi Shodina video i refer to from before Christmas as well.
If you have any questions or feedback I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
The hanged man reminds us that we may be stuck where we are for good reasons, but that we may be choosing to be there. It might be right for us now. It could also be that we are resisting the change being already offered, or we need to make something happen.
This is spot on for me. 2019 was a very difficult year. One where the care and worry over an elderly relitive had to come first. Dementia. We have struggled for the last few years and this really came to a head last year. We finally managed to get the right care in place in the summer and as grateful as I was I was also totally spent. Exhausted. Frustrated. And angry.
For this years Self-Care Advent Calendar I decided to make some DIY beauty bits like I used to, before Henry came along and I found 101 other things to do with the spare bits of time in a day.
These are so easy though. And I realise that now he is a little older I make the odd excuse about being short on time when really I am just tired or quick to find something to distract me.
So, I found 5 mins, gathered my goodies and got mixing. Honestly, these take no time at all and with only 2 and 3 natural ingredients in each they are great for those with sensitive skin like me.
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