Your Power Switch – Turn it on TODAY!

2013-04-19 12.58.06The past two weeks has left me amazed and in awe. Why? I have been surrounded by powerful women at every turn and the lessons they have taught me, the  A-Ha moments I have experienced and the overwhelming unconditional love I have felt, have filled me with gratitude and inspiration.

This morning, I had to take a minute, and just breath it all in. I wanted to figure out exactly what I had experienced as the ‘power’ that each of these women possessed. They are all so different. They come from different backgrounds, different cultures, they have different careers and are all in different stages of their lives. But they all share one thing, and that is POWER.

Powerful Women

I met women who are in business together, working with each other to strengthen their own individual businesses by spreading the word about clean, pure, healthy products which do not damage our bodies and the environment. What made them shine was their passion for health, their passion for the empowerment of women and their passion for life itself!

I spent time with gorgeous women, learning about energy and how we are able to heal our lives, our bodies and our very Being with the beautiful energy the Universe/God bestows on us abundantly. What I experienced here was a gentle power filled with love and compassion and a longing and willingness, to love ourselves unconditionally and to live our purpose to the fullest.

I met women who’s yearning to make a difference is so powerful, that I’m super excited to watch their journeys unfold and their passion take form.

What I have come to realise is that the world is ready for our message. We are all born with a message for this world and the world is ready for your voice! We are not all comfortable with teaching and speaking in front of thousands of people. You might be more comfortable sharing your message one on one by being a comfort to a friend who needs you, teaching your daughter to love herself more than anything or anyone and honour her journey here on Earth by living her passion, or you might be destined for the world stage. Whatever your comfort level is, know that you have an incredible message to share.

Their Power

2013-04-13 08.56.20So, what was it that make these different women shine?

The answer I came up with was that they are all joyfully living in gratitude. It really does come down to that. Gratitude raises your vibration, it attracts more of what you are grateful for and it fuels your passion for life. Most often it is gratitude that leads us to uncover our life’s purpose and brings joy and abundance.

So here’s what you can do to strengthen your awesome power:

  1. Say thank-you for EVERYTHING in your life. Write it down, say it out loud, sing your thank-yous, whatever it takes, be thankful.
  2. Figure out what brings you joy and allow yourself time to do those things. The world and your family needs you to live joyfully, so doing those things that bring you joy, are by no means selfish acts. Not allowing yourself the time to engage in activities that bring you joy, will keep joy and passion from your life and from those you love, and that would be selfish.
  3. Make peace with yourself and your body. If you find it difficult, then change the aspects you don’t like, BUT start living as if you are perfect in your own eyes, today. You will be amazed at the miracles that will show up in your life when you do.
  4. Smile. A smile can break down any negative situation, it can show love, it can show commitment, it can show passion, it can bring comfort, it can start or sustain a friendship, it shows you are living purposefully and it can be switched on by YOU at any time, anywhere and in any situation. It costs nothing and it can change everything.

To all the wonderful, powerful women I have met these past few weeks, the powerful women of my past and the powerful women that I will still get to meet, this quote by Wilfred Peterson sums up my experience with and of you:

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”

I have walked with you and you have inspired me and I am grateful for it.

Powerful women live with passion, with purpose, with love for themselves and they smile!

Love, Always

Laurene

I am fat….

Isn’t it strange that we never say, “I am a cold”, instead of “I have a cold”, or “I am a headache”, instead of “I have a headache”?

Joel Osteen said: “Whatever follows I am, is going to come looking for you.”  Good thing then, that we don’t say “I am a cold”, right? Except, how often do we say “I am so fat”…..and then we wonder why no diet out there is working for us, giving us results or bringing about lasting change.  Maybe the answer lies in changing our self dialogue with immediate effect!  But that’s not all…

Only two emotions exist.  That’s it!  That’s all there is. Just two: Love and Fear.

It’s quite a relief really, because as humans we love to overcomplicate our lives.  For me, only having to evaluate how I feel in terms of Love or Fear, brings clarity and fast!

Behind every action we take, there is a driving emotion.  I have seen this so many times when it comes to practical issues like….the ever popular, losing weight 🙂

Why is it that some people are able to chose a diet, follow the diet AND achieve and maintain results?  Instead of wondering whether they have a unique ‘successful diet gene’ that others obviously don’t, we might find the answer in their intention and their self talk.

Most often, when we embark on a weight loss journey, and we really question our emotions and self talk, this might be what you’ve been telling yourself:

  • If I don’t lose weight, no one will love me (Fear) because I’m fat.
  • If I don’t lose weight, people will see me as the failure I’m afraid I might be (Fear) because I’m fat.
  • If I don’t lose weight, this war I’m waging with my body every day, will never end (Fear) because I’m fat.
  • If I don’t lose weight I can’t imagine that I’ll ever get the job I really want, because my weight is all they’ll be able to see (Fear) because I’m fat.

Beside the fact that science has proven that our minds will create what we focus on and spend time thinking about, the fact that we hope to change something about ourselves from a place of Fear, means that we will be disappointed time and time again.  The powerful combination of a  Fear based intention and the ‘I am fat’ self dialogue is a guaranteed path to a negative outcome.

What do we do then?  We keep it as simple as possible and change the intention to Love.  We act from a place of Love AND we only ever allow the words “I am”.. to be followed with that which we would like to see more of manifest in our lives.

Let’s give it a try:

  • I lose weight, because I am so thankful for this body that has been my vessel here on earth and I wish to keep it as pure and powerful as the day it was handed to me (Love) because I am powerful.
  • I love myself enough to believe that I deserve the body of my dreams.  With the body I love I am able to make all my dreams come true (Love) because I am abundant.
  • I lose weight easily because I love myself and family so much, that I want to engage in every moment of life, instead of obsessing about my weight (Love) because I am healthy
  • I respect and love myself enough to turn away from ANYTHING that does not serve me or make me happy (Love) because I am blessed
  • I respect and love myself enough to eat healthy foods, to exercise my body by doing activities I love and embracing myself, body, mind and soul as the perfect creation and co-creator of my life, that I was always meant to be (Love) because I am wise.

So, next time you think of changing anything, be it your weight, your job, your home, remember to only act from a position of LOVE.  Never again say, ‘I am fat’.  The truth is, YOU are not fat.  Just like YOU are not a cold when you are sick.  You HAVE a cold.  A cold does not define you.  Fat does not define you either!

So, this week, whenever your mind goes ‘there’ and it says ‘I am fat’, be aware of the thought, but follow it up with an immediate and intentional ‘I am powerful and I deserve only the best’.  Say that many times, because you have the power to neutralise your subconscious negative thoughts.  That’s all! Just that.  Replace Fear with Love and you’ll be amazed at the power that is your mind.  Success and abundance resides in Love, and nowhere else. Now be the ‘I am’ you want to be!

Laurene Picture

Laurene at a recent photo shoot

Now these principles apply to any intentional change you want to make in you life.  Weight loss is an example I chose, because it saddens me to see that so many people, especially women, seem to deny themselves their dream lives, because they are stuck in struggles with their body issues. I know this, because I was there.  I was stuck, hating my body and living my life trying to hide as much as possible.  My ‘I am’ statements were exactly what I described above, but I changed that.  If I could, anyone can.  Starting the process of co-creating your life from a place of Love and Power is the most precious gift of freedom and both the Love and the Power resides in you.

Let Love be your guide this week and watch miracles take place.

Love, always

Laurene

How big is your slice of the pie?

When I was pregnant with my second baby (many years ago!) I was the doting mommy to the most perfect little 2 year old.  He was obviously the smartest, cutest, most gorgeous baby ever made 😉 and I remember feeling the most overwhelming feeling of love for this little creature that was so intense, it physically hurt at times.

I was so excited to have another baby, but  I remember a big old jumble of emotions as the time to deliver my second son grew ever closer.  I remember thinking: “How would it be possible to love another child with the same intensity of love I felt for my first.”  I could not fathom where I would find enough love for both of them if my first baby was filling my heart completely.

See, I was expecting to have to divide my love between my two children, but as I held my second son, who by the way,  miraculously was ALSO the smartest, cutest, most gorgeous baby ever made, I realised a phenomenal thing.  Mother’s love does not divide at all.  It multiplies.  Your heart just doubles in size and all the love is there.  I never had to take love away from my first to give to my second.  I was so relieved and over the moon to be head over heals in love with 2 beautiful children.  Of course when my daughter was born, I knew what to expect and couldn’t wait for more love to flood my being and make my heart grow another size.

I’m telling you this story, because I made a similar observation when it comes to the abundance of the Universe, the Love and Grace of God.  There was a time when I held a belief that there was just enough abundance to go around.  One big pie, and we each were dealt a slice of the pie and that was that.  Some people were given a large slice, some were given just enough to keep them comfortable, but not quite satisfied and others received very very little or none at all.

The truth is that abundance is a never ending flow.  You don’t just get a slice, you get your very own pie AND you get to decide how large this pie will be and with whom you will share your pie.  Also, if you should loose your pie in some way or another, you can rest assured that there is another pie waiting for you to claim.

Slice of the pieAbundance, like mother’s love, does not divide, it too multiplies.  Abundance creates abundance.  This to me is such a relief.  Firstly, it is exhausting to go through life envious of what others have, wondering how you could get your paws on some of their pie.  Now, when I see someone succeed, make loads of money or live in their dream home, it excites me and I’m so thankful for them and what they have, because they are a living testimony to how much there is.  Their abundance attracts more into our world, which of course means we can expect to receive as much as we are brave enough to envision for ourselves.

My next dilemma regarding my belief that there was only one pie, was that I would feel guilty for earning a good salary.  With the old belief, I was convinced that I had just taken from someone else’s piece of the pie to make my piece larger and being the over emotional person I am, that really made me uncomfortable. Now, I welcome abundance on all levels into my life. Love, health, wealth and joy.  The more I have, the more  have to share with the world.  The more I’m attracting abundance on all levels, the more I’m doing my bit to raise the positive vibration on this planet.

So, are you happy to settle for an old belief that you were given your slice of the pie, or will you join me in attracting abundance beyond measure for the sake of the world?

I wish you a blessed, prosperous, joyful day and may your abundance multiply many fold and in all areas of your life.

Love, always

Laurene

Gratitude

SpringIt’s a lovely crisp Spring morning, and it’s Monday. I am grateful for a brand new week filled with new miracles and phenomenal opportunities. But what I’m most excited about is that I made it through the weekend and still have my sanity and sense of humour in tact. I know this because I got up at 5:30 am to hit the gym and I made it through.

Let’s rewind a little and revisit the past weekend in the life and times of Laurene. It was a challenge to say the least. I have been on a remarkable journey of new discoveries and rediscoveries and these have most certainly seen me through. Revisiting and implementing the old trusted technique of Gratitude has carried me through and opened my eyes yet again to the beauty and power of the everyday and the now.

I have been so blessed to get well acquainted with the lovely Debra Poneman through her ‘Yes to Success’ series and I’m so excited to have her as a friend (she may not know me, but our souls have most certainly met). I have focussed my mind on being completely thankful for everything, and I mean EVERYTHING! The good, the (seemingly) bad and the (seemingly) ugly and what a blessing it has been. From writing a long specific list of things and people I am grateful for, to just saying random thank you’s during the day, to even crying my thank-you’s when I needed to, has been the nourishment for my soul. I can not tell you the difference it has made!

Here is the wonderful science behind this fabulous spiritual phenomena. When negative thoughts abound, a chemical reaction in the brain is triggered, which ‘feeds’ the psyche and like a very clever drug, it gets you addicted to its very short lived ‘high’. Soon, you are craving that feeling again and your mind shifts to seeing, saying or noticing something negative in or around you. Your brain reacts by giving you your fix of brain chemical and the ‘high’ is there, but just for a short while. We’ve all experienced this many times! Sitting with some friends and having a good old gossip about someone. In the moment, it feels pretty powerful and fun and usually comes with some laughs at their expense and a sense of bonding and a little exhilaration to boot. It could even just come from hating and reacting to your fellow drivers in rush hour traffic. A good old rant brings relief and makes us feel better, or so we think. What is actually happening is that we are feeding our addiction of negativism with brain chemicals that give us a short lived little ‘high’, but then makes us crash and feel completely disempowered, depressed and deflated.

Thankfully, that can be reversed!! With gratitude and I mean a conscious decision to be grateful for EVERYTHING, good and bad, you literally reprogram your brain to release happy chemicals like Serotonin, that don’t give you a false ‘high’, they empower you to live your reality with joy, happiness and power! Gratitude hands you back your POWER! The rush hour will still be the rush hour, you’ll still get together with friends, but the stories change…drastically. Your vibration is instantly lifted which in turn attracts high vibrations into your life and the cycle of dependence on the negative, is broken! In fact a new dependence is formed, a dependence on feeling the effects of being positive, which I’ll succumb to any day.

Yesterday, I still felt lonely and sad and I cried, but by ‘crying’ my gratitude an amazing thing happened. My sad tears turned to tears of thankfulness. My focus shifted from myself to others and I started wishing blessings on them and feeling thankful for being able to bless others. It made me feel GOOD! My vibration lifted, I felt it! I spent the rest of the day falling easily into thankfulness and I reclaimed my POWER over the stuff in my life and my True Being was able to shine through and hold my hand through the rest of my day. Consciously celebrate your life, from the taste of your coffee this morning, to the miracle of Spring having sprung and the love that surrounds you that we take for granted so very easily.

Today I am grateful for what is, what will be and my POWER to create my dream life. I am most thankful for not being a slave to negativity. I commit to breaking my addiction to the negative and the false ‘high’ it brings. ‘Everything happens for me, not to me’ is what Byron Katie says. It will be my motto for today and always!

Live the POWER that IS YOU and watch your True Being come to life!!!

Love always
Laurene