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"Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted."
~ Albert Einstein.
With religion set aside, Easter is about chocolate ~ giving, receiving and eating it. Yummo!
Or is it? In our busy and noisy world, the gift of Easter... I believe... is connection with the things we most desire.
Wrapped in a public holiday or two, Easter allows us to leave work and slow down for long enough to feel the sunshine on our face, the love in our heart and connection with Self, friends and family.
It's about enjoying the simple pleasures ~ a hug, a laugh, a walk outdoors or a hearty pat on the back.
In our busy and noisy world, it's most often our need to work, our pursuit of material wealth and first worldly pleasure that pulls us away from the stuff that we really desire. Wouldn't you agree?
But what if these same simple pleasures ~ love, connection and even the time, space and freedom to stop and experience the sunshine on our faces more often ~ could be built in to our working week?
There is a growing number of very talented, successful and inspiring people out in the world that say this is not only possible, but this is the stuff that is defining of the "new paradigm of business." They also say this shift is a necessary for those wanting to thrive and experience future success.
Just some of these great minds include:
1) Raj Sisodia, author of Firms of Endearment
2) Kevin Roberts, CEO of one of the worlds largest ad agencies, Saatchi and Saatchi
3) Paul Dunn, chairman of B1G1 (Buy1 Give1)
Their message and how to apply it in our world of work and business is just some of what we are exploring at our Soul Sessions on Sunday event, April 27.
Our Early Bird Tickets at $67 expire today. Tomorrow the price will rise to $97 so if you're thinking to join us CLICK HERE to book your seat today and join us.
What is that you most desire?
I woke up this morning, flicked a light switch on the kitchen wall and nothing happened.... Huh?
What do you mean the lights don't work? Why is the electricity not flowing in. What about our toast? Our internet connection? Our life?
That incredible thing that we expect to have available to me 24/7, every day, literally at our finger tips with the flick of a switch, was not there.
Not long after, I found this clip on our Soul Goal Mentoring Group private facebook page, posted by Soul Goal Mentor Justine Ruszczyk, aka Ms Awesome.
It spoke to me about the incredible gifts that civilisation provides, that we never stop to be grateful for... like light.
It spoke to me about the incredible gift that each and every day is. And I am certain it will speak to you and your friends too so please 'like' and share any inspirations, thoughts or emotions it stirs up in the comment section below so we can keep the love flowing on.
"You think this is just another day in your life?
It's not just another day, it's the one day that is given to you, today. It's given to you. It's a gift. Its the only gift that you have right now... and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.
If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response, to the great gift that this unique day is... If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.
Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open. That incredible array of colours at is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment.
Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment, with clouds coming and going. We just think of the weather, and not the many nuances of the weather. Just good and bad weather.
This day, right now… this unique weather... maybe a kind that will never form and come again. The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same as it is right now. Open your eyes. Look at that.
Look at the faces of people you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face… a story that you could never fully fathom. Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far and in this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet and all that life from generations and so many places from all over the world flows together and meets you here, like a life giving water if you only can open your heart and drink.
Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilisation gives to us. You flip a switch and there's electric light. You turn a fawcett and theres cold water and warm water and drinkable water. It's a gift that millions in the world will never experience.
These are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart.
And so I wish you can open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you… and that everyone you meet will, on this day, be blessed by you.
Just by your own eyes, by your smile, by your touch… just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. Then, it will really be a good day."
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By Soul Sessions Business Swami, Kat Kinnie
Clarity, clarity, clarity.
Sounds so simple, doesn't it? You wouldn't believe how many people go into business without this though, especially when it comes to their brand.
In my opinion, getting clear on your brand, what you do and why you do it is the single most important thing you can do when creating or developing your business.
You brand is at the heart of what you do. It is your essence. Without clarity and certainty about your brand you will be sending mixed messages out into the world.... ...READ MORE
By Soul Sessions Swami, Justine Ruszczyk
My family has owned a bookshop for over 27 years and I have seen every personal and business development book under the sun come and go (and read a lot of them).
But Napolean Hill's best-seller was always a stayer. It just looked so boring and old fashioned. 'How could anything printed in 1937 be relevant to business today?' I always wondered.
Running the Soul Goal Mentoring Group program at Soul Sessions and working as a business and organisational consultant with internationally renowned neuroscientist Dr Joe Dispenza, I have a particular passion for understanding the way the brain functions in order to apply this precious knowledge to transform ourselves, our lives and our community.
“Neuroscience” and the tag word “neuro” are buzz words everywhere and concepts of “neuro-business development”, “neuro-leadership” and “neuro-consulting” are all the rage.
But unlike most fashions and fads that come and go, this is one you don’t want to miss. After all, everyone has a brain, right? You may as well learn to use it properly! ... ...READ MORE
Napolean Hill's success principle videos on YouTube, are all in black and white and his delivery is very… well… of the time and proper. They are a fantastic resource... if you can stop yourself from falling asleep.
So, to bring all of his incredible wisdom and rigorously researched knowledge to life, Soul Sessions Swami Justine Ruszczyk and I have been studying and exploring Napoleon Hill's success principles so we can share them with the SS community in a way that is fun, accessible and easy to digest.
I've listed them all below and on March 23 we are running a live Soul Sessions event in Sydney to honour, celebrate and explore both the brilliance of this work, its relevance today, and also the new science that has now emerged in support of his foundational work... because... it's entirely possible that there is a missing piece of your dream life puzzle in the mix of Hill's formula for personal or business success.
"Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement," Napolean says. "Without a definite purpose and a plan, people drift aimlessly through life." And ain't that the truth!
If there's an area of your life that your always feeling a bit ba-humph about ~ perhaps your finances, your health or your relationship (or lack of) ~ ask yourself these two questions:
i) What is my definite chief aim? This is an outcome that is measurable and, once achieved, will confirm to you bend any doubt that you have been successful
ii) What is your plan to make it happen? Do you have one? ... ...READ MORE
Getting out the door on time to make your train, bus or work space on time each day can occaisionally be a struggle.
Missing breakfast, however, does you no good at all.
So today we're sharing with you a recipe that is perfect for those days when you don't have time to even think about what to make. And it's yum!
Preparation Time: 4 minutes
Makes: 2 servings
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (or skim milk)
1 cup frozen blueberries
* Optional: add stevia for sweetness
Method: Blend all ingredients in the blender and serve! It is that quick!
Never leave home without having your brekky - remember it's the most important meal of the day.
Let us know how you go and enjoy your day!
Every now and again I meet an evolved soul who tells me 'there is nothing we have to do, nowhere we have to go, nothing we have to be'. Ummm... huh?
Conversations With God author Neale Donald Walsche said these exact words to me in Hyde Park last time he was in Sydney… surfing royalty and film director Albe Falzon said the same thing to me last month as we talked about life while relaxing in a butterfly farm on the north coast of NSW. Many others have offered similar utterances in between.
I've always looked at them as though they're a little bit bonkers.
I mean, as far as I can tell, we live in a money economy and there are things that we definitely have to do if we are going to be able to pay the rent and buy the nourishing foods for Self and our loved one's little bellies. Right?
Breathing is probably the most familiar expression of the pulse of life.
For most of us, breathing is something that just happens in the background, with very little awareness on our part as it is innate and instinctual.
We don't have to learn how to breathe. We come into the world already doing it. But did you know that controlling the breath is one of the most effective ways of controlling how we feel?
When we practice conscious breathing, it becomes a powerful source of healing, with many positive effects on our body and on our energy levels.
The rhythm and the depth of your breath directly affects the state of your mind and the health of your body.
The Muladhara chakra (aka Root Chakra) is said to be located near the basal end of the spinal column and is tied to our feelings of physical awareness and comfort in many situations.
If healthy and open, you should feel emotionally well-balanced, sensible, stable and secure. You trust people around you for no reason, you feel present in what is happening right now, and connected to your physical body. If under-active, you will be fearful or nervous and experience unwelcoming feelings. If it's over-active, you may be materialistic, greedy and resentful of change. ... ...READ MORE
Headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons, some of which including tension in your neck, tight shoulders, and/or back pain.
Yoga can be a beneficial therapeutic tool for relieving headaches brought on by muscle tension and stress.
These yoga poses are designed to gently stretch and open those areas, while circulating blood to your head. So, Instead of reaching for pain relieving tablets next time you have a headache, try these yoga poses first to see if you can beat it naturally.
Sit in a comfortable position, place your right hand on the left side of your head and gently tilt your head to the right. Hold for a few breaths and then switch sides. Repeat on both sides one more time.
It takes the pressure off your hands and wrists by having you rest on your forearms. Take deep breaths while in this pose, and just let your head hang between your shoulders. ... ...READ MORE
In January 2014, 11 beautiful members from the Soul Sessions community joined us for a 12 week journey into the heart of their soul goals and the true nature of how to call them in.
They all knew "something" in their reality needed to change, that there was a hole somewhere in their soul that needed their love and attention, and that a life filled with more love, connection, freedom and good life abundance had to be available to them, somehow.
All they needed was the right understanding of how the Universe actually works, and the right loving mentoring to support them in the behavioural changes necessary for the desired shifts to occur.
Read on below to get a sense of the results they achieved and their experience from week to week at Soul Sessions. Alternatively you can go straight to the register page by CLICKING HERE.
"Soul Goal Mentoring Group is so personally touching that I almost have a problem labeling it a course.
There are no timelines to reach your goal. There is no competition. No wrong answers. I set my own path. It is an exploration of my own consciousness through the introduction of techniques and evidence that have made me aware of the ability I have to rewire my own brain and reprogram my habits.
It has taught me that with consistency I am more than capable.
It has shown me the importance of putting myself into a elevated state to achieve my goals, create, and most importantly connect… and connected I have with the world around me and my gorgeous Soul Goalers.
The sharing and support of the group is hugely uplifting! I'm pushing through 'just surviving' to 'creating everyday magic'. It's a much nicer way to live. Oh... and I also quit smoking (and we still have 5 weeks to go).
Thank you Soul Goal!
"After attending my first Soul Session a couple of weeks before I knew that anything that Eloise was running would be AMAZING and I wanted in!
Soul Goal group sessions are my absolute favourite time of the week! A time to listen, learn, share, love and expand. Each week I wait expectantly for the home-play to come through as I can't wait for the next piece of the puzzle in this exciting jigsaw of a journey.
I feel as if this is what I have been searching for, for such a long time and finally things are starting to fall into place and make sense to me. Do not miss the opportunity to take part in the Soul Goal Mentoring Group, it will change your life! :)
Words are on their way.
I've known Eloise for a good few years now and have loved her and Soul Sessions, so when I saw she was venturing into mentoring, I jumped at the chance.
My soul goal? It resonated with me as a deep longing, but it felt far away and separate, obscured by doubt and misadventure and the daily distractions of life.
What hooked me was the combining of cutting edge science and spirituality, and Justine's amazingly engaging style with profound and far-reaching information. She knows it, she lives it and she communicates it with skill and sensitivity. And she's funny too, a wickedly winning combination.
Despite all the courses I've done, the groups attended, the techniques tried and soon abandoned, the books read, this was a new way of synthesising things for me. Each week I have found myself amazed at the dots connecting.
It's not been easy for me, don't get me wrong. I'm head-centred and I think, think, think, my way around things. It's been challenging to have that deeply entrenched habit challenged. But, I find myself, week nine into the process, fully immersed, free to own all my doubts and difficulties, uplifted and supported by the beautiful group, and I know I'm making real progress. And it's not my head telling me that!
It's been a wonderful experience and I know my Soul Goal will be met, and my life changed. Hooray!
"Anytime spent with Eloise and her divine wisdom lifts my game, and getting to hang out with people who vibrate at a higher level hoping some of it may rub off on me.
I love Joe Dispenza's work the next best thing to spending time with the man himself is spending time with his friend and colleague, so I was really looking forward to meeting Justine too. Juzzy is the real deal and I am so grateful to her for all the very hard work she puts into preparation.
She facilitates the group beautifully too. There have been a couple of emotive moments she diffused where egos could have had a 'field day'. Not everyone can do that so seamlessly. Just brilliant Justine.
Both Eloise and Justine's responses are always carefully considered and insightful too.
I learn a lot. I have done lots of courses and am very familiar with many of the concepts. The group is a lovely synthesis and reminder of so much. I love the challenge of the home play and am always curious about its content. It is a beautiful gift every week. I'll miss that the most.
Each Soul in the group is a precious reflection of something profound I love the honesty and rawness of each journey and have to smile at the very strong overlaps in the challenges. Such beautiful courageous women. It is challenging, dignified, loving and gentle.
With Love and gratitude Debbie xx
The Soul Goal Mentoring Group was offering me the chance to really make some significant changes in my life and I would have the support and encouragement to see me through the challenges. I didn’t hesitate, in fact I became adamant that this would be it for me.
I have participated in many Self-development courses and studies throughout my life, from Landmark to meditation programs, and none have resonated more than the philosophy behind Soul Goal. The promise of a deep understanding of the theories and principles that will lay the right foundation for my soul goal manifestation, coupled with coaching in the creation of new habits, and scientifically proven strategies and support for instilling new subconscious programs to help me realise my soul goal…. Bring it on I thought!!
The stress of a fractured family, work pressure and my own emotional struggles had taken their toll over the last 12 months and I was fully ready to turn that all on its head. And that’s exactly what happened after the very first night, when I met these eleven amazing women who I was to share the next twelve weeks learning and creating with.
From day 1, mentor Justine Ruszczyk and Eloise delivered on their promises, and I walked away with an immediate and significant shift in my life. And each subsequent week has delivered more tools, techniques and theories for me to practice and implement into a life that is every day becoming more filled with joy, love and optimism.
I feel as though I am now truly beginning my life. No longer am I driving on auto pilot. I’m steering with a precise and intimate knowledge of exactly where I am going, and exactly the gears, acceleration and modifications that I need. I feel divinely empowered to fully accept where I have come from, take full responsibility for where I am going, and pursue it all with passion and joy.
My intentions for my relationships are now clear, and the responses I am receiving match those intentions. My children, my ex-husband, the people I work with, my friends and family. I am travelling positively with all the significant people in my life.
I am now fully aware of my innate ability and power to be kind to myself, my body and my mind. I love who I am now and who I have always been, regardless of what has happened in the past, regardless of how I look physically and regardless of the worry I once had about how I think others see me. I intimately understand how amazing it can feel to be working towards my soul goal. I am in charge now!!
However, don’t be fooled – the Soul Goal Mentoring Group is not a walk in the park – there is hard work and lots of practice, and it takes balls to really look at yourself and decide to be vulnerable and ultimately powerful. To stop being a victim and start being the creator of your own destiny.
But nothing could be more worth it. I can't recommend the Soul Goal Mentoring Group enough. It's worth it and it's AWESOME!!"
My goodness, we had a good time at Soul Sessions on Sunday, connecting and sharing wisdoms about life, John Lennon, Buddhism and more with special guests Jenny Kee and ex-monk of Buddhist awesomeness Dorje Walker.
There was so much awesome connectedness around... some planned... some spontaneous... including a very special pop up performance by the enchanting chanter Nadav Khan. I can't recommend his album OM enough if you're looking for some calming and conscious tunes to float around in your home or office. It's been on repeat at Soul Sessions HQ all week as I work.
Humble as pie, however, Nadav was keenest to introduce us all to a different album he has been collaborating on with Sydney based songwriter APPLEONIA, aka his wife Jessica Chapnik Kahn. It's called ‘OH’ (OM & OH... so cute!) and was an experiment that Ben Lee and Appleonia began recording in Lee’s home in Los Angeles. ... ...READ MORE
Oh my goodness. I've said it.
Along with the true loves and beautiful relationships that she has had (and lost tragically) throughout her life, Jenny Kee bedded John Lennon, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Whoa! It's true!
In preparation for my interview with Jenny at this Sunday's Soul Session, invited for her later life experience as a dedicated practitioner of Tibetan Buddhist, I've been reading her autobiography, aptly titled A Big Life.
And boy, has she had a big life.
She is perhaps best-known for designing the koala jumper that Princess Di wore when she as pregnant (pic right). But that is only part of it.
The young Jenny was a wild, creative member of Sydney's avant garde collective. She was snapped by the paps for the social pages of newspapers, invited to party privately with the world's biggest bands, she hitch hiked to Darwin on a whim at 3am, ended up at an after dinner party orgy, and set off for London to get away from it all and advance her creative career in fashion. Such was life. ... ...READ MORE
This is the third of a 3 part post about my battle with Buddha. If you missed part 1 and 2 of the story, catch up here first:
Part 3 starts here:
By this stage, the nun had me completely and utterly captivated with her non-judgement, understanding, love and supportive wisdom.
“Darling girl. Replace that big Buddha image with God if that is true and good for you. Or with love. Worship love. Chant to love. Just give your words and actions over to a force that is good and pure.”
It was then, with the help of this beautiful Buddhist nun, that I realised that we’re all just trying to align ourselves with a force that is good. A force that is bigger than us, more powerful than us, more knowing and wiser than us, more pure than us as an extension of the karmic forces that have been before us.
A force that is also within us, because ... ...READ MORE
Part 2 starts here:
Waking in the pitch black, to the clang of brass bells swinging under the steady hands of the Buddhist nuns in the hallway the next morning, was a new experience.
4am was time to rise, robe up and shuffle along to the temple’s altar for two hours of chanting… in Chinese.
The day before I’d had to make a big decision about whether to shave off my long locks in a Buddhist act of non-attachment.
Decidedly happy to be a novice in the enlightenment game, I bypassed the clipper’s chair, taking my vow of silence for the week instead to become one with my fellow wisdom seekers.
Entering the temple for chanting each morning, it was clear we were now in sacred territory. Staring right back at us as we lined up obediently in pews, was the most gigantic golden Buddha statue I had ever seen. It was majestic, ornate and beautiful.
Beauty aside, the Chinese words we were invited to chant on loop were awkward and meaningless to me. But I persisted... like a good Buddhist in training.
Our days then opened up to sitting and walking meditations, karma yoga practices of sweeping paths, scrubbing floors, pulling weeds etc to better the beautiful temple grounds, and our group meal gatherings in silence.
As a seeker of wisdom and knowledge, my favourite part of the day came each afternoon, when we would settle in for dharma classes with the Buddhist nuns under a big whispering gum tree. It was there we were allowed to break our silence to ask questions about Buddha and his teachings.
Buddha became enlightened after meditating for 49 days under a Bodhi tree, which is a large and sacred fig tree. I wondered whether... ...READ MORE
Like a bride getting cold feet on her wedding day, I was freaking out about my relationship with Buddha just one day before I was to be ordained as a Buddhist monkess.
It was more than 15 years ago now, but I remember the experience as if it were only yesterday. I had travelled south from Sydney to study Buddhism at the Nan Tien Temple, the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.
"Nan Tien" in Chinese, literally means "Paradise of the South". It is a branch temple of Fo Guang Shan, a Buddhism rooted in the Mahayana tradition which emphasises that Buddhahood is within everyone's potential reach.
Soon to be twenty years of age, I was still kinda fresh out of the Catholic girls school education system. I’d worked hard to get the best possible TER score in my final year. I wanted to achieve in life, to tick all the right boxes, but was struggling on the inside as I tried to figure out who I was, what my place in the world “should” be and how to be happy in general... ...READ MORE
Somewhere along the journey the air had turned to tropical thick, the vegetation had become lush and beautiful, eleven shades of green. Heavy grey clouds were hanging overhead that threatened to crack open above the 18,000+ campers in Woodford's tent city, with little warning. There was a moodiness about.
A road trip is as much about good tunes as it is good scenery, and for most of the trip we'd been listening to the much anticipated and soon-to-be released soundtrack to surf movie 'Spirit of Akasha - A Celebration of Morning of the Earth'.
We'd been looping between track 1 and 5 a lot... 5 being Matt Corby's 'What the devil has made' and suddenly, I was met by the feeling that I’d like to interview him for the Soul Sessions tribe.
He seems like a guy with lots of heart and emotional depth and he was headlining the first night of the festival.... ...READ MORE
We're on a bit of a road trip this weekend - it's so full of awesome music and I'm feeling the need to take a moment to share a little piece of it!
Due to the coding of this acoustic clip (directly above), it is only viewable on certain tablets, so, I've included the youtube version above as well that everyone will be able to see, no probs :)
The three of us left Sydney yesterday and travelled north for a few hours in the afternoon sun. It was a Ben Harper Fest. So, sooo nice.
Then, this morning I woke up to this awesome acoustic version of Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes… I have no idea where they performed it but Charlie found it at Nova FM online. What a treat!
Later today, we're moving on into the Hunter for an evening of Alicia Keys and John Legend in the wineries with fabulous friends.
Hope you're weekend is filled with special moments too… whether that be through music, good friends, good foods, magic meditations, or any other expression of love that is floating around in your world right now.
During a recent interview, Cosmic Guru Deepak Chopra invited me to turn every story in my life into a love story. I listened (click here to view) and gave birth to this blog. A Grand Love Story tracks our adventures from head to heart. Join us if you dare.