Our summer issue is out now. Our regular contributor Amanda Sophia shares how we access our intuition to find connection to self and source
Our Spring issue is out now! Our Feng-Shui expert and regular contributor Amanda Sophia shares her thoughts on practicing self-compassion – Dive on in!
We March On: Hello, Positive Lifers! We hope you are staying well at this time. If you haven’t seen our Spring 2020 magazine, we highly recommend taking a look. Our main feature is an interview with the incredible Dr. Gabor Maté. We also featured some wise guidance on building up confidence from Judith McAdam, a look at how gentle playtime can help you connect with your kids, by our parenting expert Anna Cole, and an exclusive interview with Julia Cannon, daughter of the legendary mystic Dolores Cannon.
Feng Shui expert and inspirational speaker Amanda Sophia (formerly known as Amanda Collins) is one of our amazing regular writers, and we love to read her wisdom in every issue. Check out her Spring 2020 article below!
We are excited to announce that Patricia Lohan – speaker, Feng Shui expert and author of The Happy Home: Your Guide to Creating a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life – will be joining us from Bali for this special event on Thursday May 23rd, from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
On Thursday September 6th, inspirational Feng Shui and self-love coach (and our very own Feng Shui writer) Amanda Collins will be joining us in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. She will share how we can learn to grow in self-love with the help of Feng Shui. Read on to learn more!
Amanda Collins is an inspirational speaker, self-love guide and Feng Shui Master. She founded the International Feng Shui School and training program, which offers in-person and on-line certification courses. Amanda created the Inner Circle of Wisdom as a source of support, inspiration and friendship to help you find your own joy, invite miracles and live your greatest self. You can access her latest videos, webinars, podcasts, meditations and on-line community anywhere in the world. Amanda also leads sacred journeys around Ireland, tapping into ancient ritual with an uncanny ability to make modern-day magic.
Notable clients such as Bloomingdales, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Dreamworks have reported breakthroughs with her Feng Shui consulting. She is frequently interviewed in the media, and has appeared in Vogue, Yoga Journal, Spirit and Destiny, Irish Examiner, RTE Television in Ireland, Fox News and KSWB-TV. If you are a reader of the Positive Life print magazine, you will also recognise her as our regular Feng Shui columnist!
During this evening, Amanda will share how we can dive deeper into Self love, and from that place, see all of our relationships transform. Healthy relationships, just like areas in your home, depend on positive energy flow. During our time with Amanda, she will reveal the Feng Shui principles necessary to create relationship harmony with self, your love, family members and friends.
Join us from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. on Thursday September 6th in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, to learn how you can move deeper into love with the help of Feng Shui. Doors open at 7.00 p.m. Tickets are available via this Eventbrite link.
To join Amanda’s upcoming Feng Shui Master Certification in Wexford during October 2018, click here.
If you’re looking for a lift to your home, make sure you check out up-and-coming Irish company, The Cosy Nook Feng Shui. The business is the brainchild of Feng Shui consultant Rachelle Hicks, who is passionate about helping people to maximise the potential of their homes, which can in turn help them to find abundance, joy and serenity.
When you book a session with Rachelle, you are taught how to understand the energy of your home or workplace using the ancient science of Feng Shui. She will help you to nurture your space so that it, in turn, can support you.
A number of consultation options are available through Cosy Nook Feng Shui. The One Nook option consists of a one-room or one-hour chat, covering basic Feng Shui principles and how you can begin to live clutter-free. The Two Nook option covers two rooms or a two-hour chat, which includes basic Feng Shui principles, how to live clutter free, and an energetic space clearing. Super Nook includes a ‘Feng Shui check up’ of your home or business, plus all of the above perks.
The Cosy Nook Detox is a consultation in which you get to explore Feng Shui concepts in great depth, create an energetic chart of your home, and discover which elements you can bring in to balance your space. This package is a combination of astrology, acupuncture and Reiki – for your home. It includes everything available in the Super Nook option, plus much more. To view all options, click here.
Rachelle says, ‘home is savouring simple pleasures. It’s finding intimate, magical moments in the every day. Taking the time to make a cup of coffee; saying thank you to your clothes as you fold your laundry; enjoying the look of well-stacked blankets, and even more the unravelling of them as you cuddle up with your favourite person on the bed.’
‘My greatest happiness with The Cosy Nook is helping people become aware of how their home or workspace is a reflection of their inner world,’ she explains. ‘With this awareness, anyone can transform their environment into a space that supports their own greatest happiness in life.’
We wanted to share this powerful article by Amanda Collins from our Winter 2017/18 issue, in which she urges us to stop looking to unknown future events for our happiness, and to live for today instead. She says, “You can choose and claim happiness by living, breathing, and doing everything, every day, from a place of self-love.” The time for us to step into our power and choose our birthright of happiness is NOW.
You are love, pure and simple. Happiness is your birthright. All you have to do is choose it and claim it. “How?” you may wonder. You can choose and claim happiness by living, breathing, and doing everything, every day, from a place of self-love. If that sounds impossible to you, it’s time to begin listening to your self-talk, to look for signs and symptoms of denying the love and self-love that resides at the core of your being.
Do you say things to yourself such as “I’ll be happy when…” and then add an event in the future? When I lose more weight, when I find a boyfriend, when I make more money, when I quit my job: all of these thoughts deny you the happiness you might be feeling in the here and now. You are postponing your happiness when you could be inhaling joy and self-love with every breath instead.
Do you say other things to yourself such as “I wish I were as successful in my love life as I am at my job,” or “If only I were as good a parent as I am a friend”? Such thoughts again deny your ability to bring happiness into every area of your life. Instead of wishing, reframe your thoughts with the belief that you can bring the same ease, flow, and energy to your “weak” areas as to your “strong” ones.
Do you say things to yourself such as “Oh, it’s just my usual bad luck!” or “This kind of thing always happens to me”? Such statements deny your freedom of choice. They make you subject to some past negative idea of fate or destiny controlling your life. Be aware of the ways you criticise yourself or expect the worst. These are strong signs that you do not love yourself unconditionally. At some level you may feel (or have been told) that you do not deserve happiness. If so, you can begin the process of rooting out such self-denying attitudes.
Once you have developed the capacity to hear the negative messages in your self-talk, begin affirming the positive in yourself. Meditate to quiet the chatter so you can hear the deeper voice that knows you are love and that feeling self-love is the first step on the path to feeling deserving of happiness. Then you may choose to be happy. NOW.
Affirmations are a key method of reprogramming your mind— which has the quality of neuroplasticity—by replacing negative thoughts, doubts, fears and expectations with positive ones. State positively, as if it has already happened, your intentions and gratitude for whatever will bring greater positive energy and happiness into your life. Repeat each with full conviction five times in the morning and five in the evening. Here are a few examples to help you create your own:
- I give thanks for my lovely children who bring joy and pleasure to my life.
- I deserve to be respected, valued, loved and honoured.
- I am a magnet of success, grateful that limitless opportunities open for me now.
- I give thanks for my busy career and the clarity to use my time wisely.
- Radiant, vibrant good health is mine in every cell and atom of my being.
- I love myself unconditionally and shine that love into the world.
Examine your morning ritual. When you wake up in the morning, do you immediately reach for your phone or computer? Do you look for distraction or affirmation in the outside world? Change that habit. Tap in first. Tap into your heart and higher self. Ask yourself what you are grateful for. Breathe in and fill yourself with gratitude and the possibilities of abundance that each new day brings. From that place of strength, listen to the gremlins of negative self talk and banish them. Go for a run in nature. Stand in the sun or let the rain bathe you so you can connect yourself with the earth.
Find practices that are really nurturing and nourishing to you: whether it’s reading inspiring books, joining webinars and classes, or perhaps getting the therapy you may need for greater support and healing. If you notice you are depressed or low on energy a lot of the time, that’s a good sign you may need some expert help to heal and grow. I believe that getting expert help is a way of loving ourselves. Know that you deserve that time and that support. Give yourself permission to do what is self-loving by practicing self care each and every day.
Listening to yourself, affirming your strengths, examining your habits, practicing self care: these observances will help you cultivate self-love. Stop looking for happiness outside of yourself. Happiness is an inside job. Self-love is an inside job. Choose happiness, claim it as your birthright. Now!
For more information on Amanda’s work, go to www.AmandaCollins.com or www.InternationalFengShuiSchool.com
Date: 16th – 24th October, 2017
Amber Spring Hotel, Gorey, Wexford, Ireland.
Start a New Career that will Love and transform your own live and the lives of others. Learn this powerful knowledge and experience the magic in your life. Join Amanda Collins for the Feng Shui Master Certification in Ireland her homeland for 6 days going deep into the knowledge of this amazing practice.
The training includes the Feng Shui manual, compass, 4 laminated charts and on completion becoming a certified Feng Shui Consultant at a Gold Level standard through the International Feng Shui School. Accommodation is not included.
By Elva Carri
I have always been a somewhat chaotic, messy person. If I’m really honest, I enjoy a little bit of that. During the times in my life when I’ve been super organised and tidy and routine, I’m pretty sure I’ve self-sabotaged very quickly just for a little injection of excitement! Sadly, just a dash of chaos has always been hard for me to manage. It usually feels more like the lid fell off the hot sauce, and instead of a little bit of spice, the entire meal is ruined. I’ve tried to change. I’ve tried Feng Shui, I’ve tried really detailed diaries, I’ve tried making lists, focusing on things that make me happy, focusing on urgent tasks, focusing on relaxation, and I’ve tried to balance all of the above. Nothing worked in the long term, and often left me feeling even worse. A few months ago, while tidying my mess of a room, I listened to Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. I listened to it with zero expectations that I would enjoy it or stick to it. Months later, my socks are still neatly folded and put away within a day or two of doing laundry, and I have more time and focus for things I love. What’s so different about this method? I’m honestly not sure, but I can tell you some of the things that resonated with me.
Written with Love
Some people will no doubt find the book a little cheesy or over the top in parts. I felt it was sweet and authentic and filled to the brim with love. It really does contain a little bit of magic if you’re open to it.
Letting Go of More
When you begin to only keep items that ‘spark joy’, you really start to take that approach with everything around you. I’m already an avid de-clutterer, but it gave me the boost I needed to bin things like notebooks from various projects that I’ve thought I would come back to, but never did. I only keep things that I truly want to focus on now. I feel like I have literally binned guilt!
Kondo has special techniques for folding everything, from socks to sweaters. She promises you’ll end up finding it ‘fun’. I laughed at that. I don’t find it ‘fun’, but I was surprised to find pleasure in it. Thanking your clothes feels like a little exercise in gratitude. I find it to be meditative, even though it is a task I need to do anyway! It’s the perfect meditation practice for the ever-distracted fidgeter.
Because I find Kondo’s approach so thorough and loving, I’ve also found it easy to sustain. It brings me joy to get dressed in the mornings because it’s so easy to see what I have, and what I love. It’s easy to find documents I need because I’ve gotten rid of so many that really weren’t necessary. And sometimes, what sparks joy is making a mess. But thanks to the KonMari method, I’ve found I can add that little injection of chaos, without it taking over anymore.
Elva Carri is the founder of GirlCrew. GirlCrew.com. Twitter: @elvacarri