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  1. 'Connections'... a massive positive from this year.
     
    In a world where we are currently being forced to disconnect from other people through the form of touch, hugging and just general togetherness, my heart has seem to become even more open to allowing people and friendships in.
     
    I’m one of the huggiest people I know ;-) all my friends will tell you this, in fact not just friends... but anyone and everyone I meet!  I just want to reach out and hug people, this year obviously I’ve had to change that.
    What I have noticed is how many more close friends I have made this year.   I don’t mean just general friendships but people who really get me (and me them), people I can be 100% myself with but for some reason I haven’t always allowed this to happen prior.

    I’m not a person to have hundreds of friends, although social media might give you a different impression.  I’m incredibly happy in my own company and for that reason I think I’ve kept my heart quite closed to new and close friendships.
     
    I can count on one hand the people that I feel love me inside and out and  who I can be fully myself – the funny me, tired me, slightly drunk me, emotional me, party animal me, introverted, broken, spiritual me, – accepting no matter what part of me they are hanging out with.
     
    In the past 9 months those core people have still been there more than ever but I have also found even more of those special souls, I didn’t actually realise I’d closed myself off to close friendships until now – I think it’s got a lot to do with growth in myself but also the need for support here in Oxford.   I’ve let those people in and I am so happy I have, I feel very loved, accepted and cared for and all I needed to do was to open my heart.
     
    I’m sharing this with you for a couple of reasons.  Firstly to confirm to you that the journey of discovering ourselves is never ending and secondly PLEASE keep your heart wide open in a world where we are being encouraged to disconnect.
     
    Allow others to support you as you don’t need to do life alone, no-one wants you to be perfect, people just want realism and authenticity.
  2. I've been thinking this week; when I wake up tomorrow, how do I change my mood from blah to not so blah……. ?

    At the moment it feels like I learn something new about myself each week and what I need to do to live happily and at ease in the current times.
     
    I can often find myself in a low state, lonely, anxious, fighting and battling on the inside.
     
    I am learning each week new things and what I need to do to change this state of mind so I don’t remain in that 'blah' feeling.

     
    I wanted to share them with you in case they can help you in any way:

    #1  I wake up in the morning and I meditate whilst the coffee is brewing ;-) I often listen to a guided meditation at this time as I find my mind is extra crazy busy in the mornings so it gives me a focus.

    #2  I do something to move my body it could be a short 20 minute workout or a yoga practice or often both depending on my energy, time and mindset.

    #3  I’ve started doing daily 20 minute silent meditations with my good friend Sara, we video call each other have a short catch up and a giggle then sit in silence for 20 minutes – it makes us do it as we both know how powerful silent meditation is.

    #4  I get outside for a walk – sometimes a jog/walk, some days a walk with a friend – I’ve realised how important it is for me to do this in the afternoon as this is the time I can get that slump.

    #5  Watching something on TV/YouTube that makes me belly laugh – if you haven’t watched Michael McIntyres new one off show on Netflix then trust me, it's hilarious!

    I'd be interested to hear what you've been doing to keep yourself going during this time......


    FREE MORNING MEDITATION

    I'm running a special FREE 30 minute meditation session through my Lisa Cuerden Yoga FREE Facebook group 

    Morning Energising Breathwork and Meditation
    Tuesday 24th November 2020 at 07.00am
     
    Begin your day with me by connecting inwards, manifesting the day ahead and bringing some inner fire into your mind, body and soul using breath, focus and a positive uplifting mindset.

    JOIN the event here:  https://fb.me/e/3eL4mMQNA and click as 'going'.  You will see me pop up in the group.

     

    I hope you can join me, wether you are new to mediation or not. 
    It will be a wonderful start to your day I promise.