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Winter Solstice Blessings

June 21, 2022

Winter is the end of the season cycle – the pause before the birth of a whole new cycle.  It is the time of metaphoric death and renewal – the stillness (yin) just before expression (yang).  Everything in nature appears to be lifeless & to have stopped growing.  Today’s Winter Solstice (in the Southern Hemisphere), signifies the shortest day and the longest, darkest night.  This day and this season signify a time to turn inward to the stillness and darkness as a path to find the spark of light that leads us on the path back to the light and warmth as the sun’s warmth starts to grow again.  Surrendering to the stillness on the winter months allows for the potent gestation of the seeds of renewal & to new beginnings. 

To be in tune with the winter months we must become more introspective and storage-oriented; one cools the surface of the body and warms the inner core.  It is time to rest, to meditate deeply, refine our spiritual essence, and store physical energy – in the form of a little added weight for the cold season.  But we must also remember to stay active enough to keep the spine and joints flexible….

Gentle stretching

Our energy tends to become stagnant in the colder weather. Gentle stretching can help to keep the energy moving through our bodies and is a key element of staying balanced and boosting our immunity during the winter months.  Perhaps join a yoga or pilates class or indulge in a few gentle stretches before bed and first thing in the morning.

Energy conservation

Snuggle under the quilt (even if it is on the couch) and indulge in some fabulous guilt-free rest!  Like the bears in their caves, take a tip from nature and take some time out to hibernate.  Conserving our energy when it’s cold outside helps our body to rest & repair and build energy for the warmer months.

Warm, nourishing foods

During winter it is important to keep the chest and lungs warm and relatively dry.  Vegetables that resemble the shape of the lungs are particularly nourishing for them – such as cauliflower, broccoli & broccolini.  Warm hearty soups, whole grains, roasted nuts and steamed wintergreens are also great for boosting your immune system.

Listening to inner wisdom

Flowing on from the slowing of Autumn, the stillness of the coldest months gives us a chance to turn inward and reflect on our wants and needs.  Take regular moments to embrace the silence and listen to your inner wisdom.  Ask yourself where are you heading?  Does your course need correction?  What do you need?  What can you give?  

WINTER PATTERNS

With Winter comes the season for rest & deep meditation….

Element:  Water
Organs: Bladder/Kidney
Emotion:  Fear
Colour:  Blue
Sense-organ:  Ears
Taste:  Salty
Sound:  Groaning
Cultivation:  Store

Common problems

lumbar pain, hearing difficulties, fluid retention, urinary infections, exhaustion, joint ache/pain

Recommended

warming spices (cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, mustard seed), vegetables that resemble the structure of the lungs – cauliflower, broccoli, broccolini.  Grounding vegetables like carrot, radish, fennel and beetroot.

Avoid

ice cream, yoghurt, cream, potatoes, bananas, chicken

I invite you to turn inward this Winter Solstice – to surrender to deep contemplation and travel deeply inward, listen to the whispers from the silence within.

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What I learned about life when my partner was diagnosed with cancer

March 9, 2022

Life is asking a lot of us right now, isn’t it.  So much change, so much questioning of our old ways, so much renewal.  In numerology, the number 2 is associated with peace – not the surface level peace that makes everything seem OK, but the deep authentic peace that comes from unearthing and cleansing anything that comes between us and our deepest truth and highest good.  And here we are in 2022….deep upheaval in pursuit of authentic peace.

I’ve been reflecting recently on times of deep unearthing and cleansing in my life and what I have learned most profoundly from such times. My partner’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer several years ago was, without a doubt, one of those times. I’ll share a little of my story here…

My partner’s diagnosis and treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) was enormously life changing for me.  It was potentially the highest level of stress I recall ever having experienced.  It was as though we were travelling along one path (with its own little challenges) and in an instant, we were knocked completely into a whole new journey.

For me, and indeed both of us in very different ways, I was forced to face life beyond death.  The acceptance of and surrender to a heartbreak I hadn’t been sure I could survive.  

It taught me so much about the different ways people deal with trauma and grief.  It also taught me the vital importance of connection to Spirit – to something greater than me – not only in times of deep stress but also in daily life.

I experienced, with glaring clarity, that which seems to be present when pushed to the edge of our own capacity – the stillness, the peace, the silence that comes when there is nothing left to do but surrender.

It taught me about severe anxiety, PTSD and the impact of full body freeze – and the strategies that can help us return to peace in the face of despair.  It brought me humility, confronted me with my fears, and made me accept and acknowledge the inevitability of challenge in our lives.

It revealed to me my tendency to ‘be a good person’ and to ‘do the right thing’ as an attempt to stave off the truly difficult parts of life – to keep me safe.  What I learned is that difficult times will come and go and they always teach us something profound.  Up level us.  Break us open again so as not to get too stagnant and safe.

I’ve learned that holding a bigger picture, opening to new possibilities, allowing life to do its work always leads us to a better place, and that there is always something to be grateful for, even in the darkest of days.

I’ve learned that I have the capacity to do this.  I have felt my relentlessly positive spirit surge to rise again.  I know this in my bones now.  I will always find a way to rise up again…and so will you.

In peace

Sharna xo

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Reflections, New Offerings and Finding Your Why

December 21, 2021

Dear Ones

How are you in these transformational times? Really…how are you?

These past few years have been hard times and have brought wake up calls for many of us in what matters and how we want to live and feel. We need each other now more than ever, I think. I saw a quote recently that said “Alone is hard. Together is better”. That feels good to me. Let’s do that – let’s stick together and support each other in any way we can.

My 2021…

2021 has been both challenging and liberating for me personally. Less so in the external world as in previous years, but very much so in my inner world. I have struggled, and wrestled, and transformed and released. I have pushed myself to grow and extend – to take risks and to let go of old patterns.

Transformation Workshop Series

This year I launched my beautiful and well received Transformation Workshop Series which was a culmination of lessons I have learned over the years for how to live a love-infused life. The three workshops delved into three topics dear to my heart: Creating Sacred Space (daily), Creating Inner Peace (understanding and working with stress and anxiety), and Creating Values for Life (understanding and embracing what we value most). I was humbled and inspired by the love and authenticity that was present in each of the groups that came together for these workshops. I am excited to have created this workshop series and have definite plans for the second round in 2022!

New offerings

2022 is a year of expansion for me and my beloved work through Love Infused Living. I am keen to explore new ways to inspire you to heal and expand into your own truth and potency. My curiosity this year has led me to two powerful threads in my future work – (1) practical ways for finding our purpose; and (2) embodied processing and trauma-informed practices. These interests and training will weave their way into my offerings in 2022, creating new workshops and collaborations. Look out for updates and releases as they come to form over the next few months…

Finding your Why – Program Launch

February 2022 – Introductory Special
Individual session (150 – 180 mins) $185 (gst inc)
Optional Follow up (60 mins) $95 (gst inc)

I am delighted to launch a brand new program – ‘Finding Your Why’. Developed in collaboration with Wellbeing Practitioner and dear friend, Sally Jamieson (Sally Jamieson Wellbeing), this program will offer both group workshops and individual sessions. Our introductory sessions (February 2022) are offered ahead of an inspiring collaborative workshop we will run together in March 2022.

Based on the work of well known entrepreneur and optimist, Simon Sinek, this beautiful process provides a safe and softly structured way to explore what holds most meaning for us through the stories of our lives so far. Your ‘Why’ is your deepest focus and purpose. It is the golden nugget that brings meaning to every choice and action of your life – in business, in relationships, in lifestyle and in love.

My ‘Why’ is what brings me to deliver these programs to you. My ‘Why’ is …
to inspire others to know their own potency so that, together, we can build a world of wholeness and authenticity’

Revealing my ‘Why’ has led me to understand myself more fully, to embrace what has meaning for me and to thread together each aspect of my life with deeper passion and commitment.

Keen to explore your ‘Why’ or my other offerings? I’d love to chat with you more. Comment below or email me at hello@loveinfused.com.au to book a 15 minute clarity call.

Wishing you many blessings for peace and deep presence as this year comes to a close.
Let’s unite in 2022 for a year of clarity and love-infused living.

From my heart to yours,

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Summer Solstice Blessings

December 22, 2018

This year of 2018 has been intense!  An ’11’ year (2+0+1+8) – it has been a year of shaking things up, deep transformation and bringing us back to what is truly important in this life.  Many of us have been deeply challenged this year, broken apart and reconstructed in a very different form.   For me, and many others I know, this has been a year of navigating deep challenges, honouring the lessons learned and valuing the moments of peace in between.  We are all changed from the events of 2018 – personally and globally.

Tomorrow’s Summer Solstice (in the Southern Hemisphere) signifies the longest day and the shortest night of the year.  It is mid-summer.  Summer is a time of high energy & activity – there is a buzz around us as we delight in the long & warm summer nights.  It is the yang expression of the seasons when we tend to being social, open & active.   We celebrate, we dance, we laugh!

To be in tune with the summer months we open our hearts, minds and bodies to the warmth and freedom that surrounds us.  Showing & feeling gratitude for the lessons we’ve learned in this cycle and letting go of anything that no longer serves us.  Burning the remnance to nourish & unburden us. 

Align your schedule with the Sun
The days are much longer in summer giving us an opportunity to either stay up later or wake up earlier. Ayurveda advocates going to sleep later in the evening (around 10 or 11pm) to take advantage of the extended daylight and to allow the temperature to cool off for more comfortable sleeping conditions. On the other hand, if you decide to rise with the sun, you may choose to go to sleep earlier (around 9 or so) so you can wake up earlier and start your yoga practice.

Take an afternoon rest 
The idea of the “Spanish siesta” – a midday rest or nap that’s typically taken during the heat of the day – makes plenty of sense in our warmer months. As the heat continues to build up past the noon hour, the hottest time of the day usually hits around 3pm which a perfect time to give our bodies a rest.  By squeezing in an afternoon nap, you are recognising and honouring the power of the sun at its daily peak.

Practice simple sun salutations at dawn (or dusk)
If you choose to rise with the sun, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start your day with several yoga sun salutations since they are best done in the early morning hours on an empty stomach. The sequence of poses that make up the sun salutation are meant to be practiced in the direction of the sun while cultivating gratitude, awe, and respect for it. Start your practice with 8 to 12 sun salutations in the morning at sunrise (or even at dusk during the sunset)

Dance, sing & celebrate
In the warmth of summer we often find postivity and hope flow more easily.  Finding ways to move our body & to share with others helps to nourish our souls and celebrate our triumphs and achievements throughout the year.  If the year has been tough and taken all your inner resources – lay out in the sun and let it restore and heal you.   Ask yourself what are you grateful for?  What have you learned?  How have you grown?  


I hope you allow yourself the freedom to dance and be free this Summer Solstice – let go of control, celebrate, release.

With love & blessings,

Sharna 
xo.

SUMMER PATTERNS

With Summer comes the season for action & energy …

Element:  Fire Organs: Heart/Small Intestine/Pericardium/Triple Heater (metabolism)
Emotion:  Joy
Colour:  Red
Sense-organ: Mouth 
Taste:  Bitter
Sound:  Laughing
Cultivation:  Growth

Common problems: fever, profuse sweating, vomiting, weakness, shortness of breath, wheezing, diarrhea, bloating, irritability, inflammation, headaches

Recommended: watermelon, lemon, apple, pineapple, summer squash, zucchini, alfalfa, spinach & cucumber

Avoid hot, spicy, greasy or overly oily foods, also avoid over consumption of stimulants like coffee, alcohol or sugars (not that easy at Christmas: time!)

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Stress Less

January 8, 2018

Just take a moment right now and tune in to the level of tension in your body – are you gripping your muscles in places you’d never even noticed before?  Stress in our modern lives has become a chronic and reliable presence in our lives.  Did you know that our stress response – increased heart rate, a rush of blood to our muscles, less blood to the brain and digestive organs – is an automatic response to getting us out of physical danger.  In a short, intense period, we run from the lion that is chasing us until we clamber up a tree to safety and then we rest, for long periods, until the next short and intense incident.  Our bodies had time to recover, our digestion once again became top priority and life returned to normal pace.

In modern times, however, we have a continuous flow of stress hormones in our system – work stress, home stress, relationship stress, parenting stress – with little muscle movement (exercise) to diffuse the stress and no time to rest and repair. 

Stress profoundly impacts the way we function physical, mentally and emotionally and frequently prevents us from functioning at our optimum.   With less stress onboard the body is able to heal itself.

Practical ways to stress a little less

Taking stock of our lives may not be a practice we engage in often, but experiencing the benefits of doing just that can be a truly enlightening experience. The transition into the slower months of autumn and winter is the perfect time for reflecting on where we are at, and whether it is perhaps time to stress a little less.

Spend time in nature
Breathing beautiful, clean air draws us back to the 
simple things. Spend some time walking or sitting in the natural environment and listen to the birds and the stillness. Why not try the botanic gardens, somewhere in the country or a beautiful national park.

Write a journal
Start keeping a diary of your everyday thoughts and feelings. Bringing our attention to how we feel about areas of our life is a powerful way to reshape our lives for the better. It can also help to remind us how much we already enjoy about our lives.

Meditate
Sounds tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Meditation is really all about being completely present in our bodies. In a quiet place, close your eyes and focus on your heart – feel the rhythm as it beats. Now move through your body from head to toe (or whichever sequence you like) and really feel every part of your body. It’s a subtle and peaceful feeling.

Draw a mind map
Brainstorm all the key areas of your life and how they are working (or not) for you. Draw a circle in the centre of the page and label it “My Life”. Then branch out from the centre to other circles containing the major elements of your life (eg. work, family, health, relaxation/hobbies, etc.) and daydream about how you would ideally like these areas to be. It’s a great way to get focussed on what we really want out of life.

Embrace the stillness…