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Reconnect to your Essential Self

Is your life moving so fast that you ignore physical pain or your general well-being in order to simply get through the day?

Perhaps you are trying to live up to the expectations of others, or perhaps you are just hard on yourself.  And maybe you don’t have enough time in your day to really give that any thought!

If this sounds like you, then there has never been a better time to STOP than right now!

I’d like to invite you to take one day out of your busy schedule for a much-needed reset.  This retreat-style workshop is all about reconnecting to your essential self.  

What is ‘the Essential Self’?

Our essential selves are those integral parts of us that we can hear when we are still and quiet enough.  Our intuition, our inner compass, and all of our passions, goals and those things that make us…well, US!

The trouble is that our increasingly fast-paced world is getting louder and faster all the time, making it harder for us to stay connected to our essential self.  We end up getting swept along with the crowd, following the expectations of our family and society, while our essential selves get left behind.

So I want to help you find your way back.  By reconnecting you can get back what you have been missing; that purpose, inner guidance and direction for your life.  Learn to trust your own instinct again, and start feeling at home in yourself.

The Workshop

In this 1 day workshop you will learn to:

– Create a connection between mind & body
– Overcome feelings of self-doubt
– Quieten the overactive mind
– Get back in touch with what’s important to you
– Create ‘ME’ time
– Re-connect with your Passion

We will be using a variety of techniques; including breathing exercises, guided meditations, mindfulness, and lots of fun group activities.  The group size is limited to 18 places, so this will be an intimate and relaxing setting.

When, Where and How to Book

Hosted by: Natasha Harris & Angela Allen 
When: Saturday, 21st October 2017, 10.30am-5pm
Where: Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms, 2 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP
Price: Early Bird Tickets from £65
Book herehttp://bit.ly/Re-Connect ***spaces limited to 18 people***
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I hope you are able to join us for this very special day!

 

Are you, like most of us, attached to your phone? Do you constantly check your messages even when you don’t need to? Are you constantly distracted by notifications for FaceBook, emails, texts, WhatsApp, FaceBook messenger, Skype? Do you grab for your phone in a restaurant or cafe when the other person momentarily leaves you on your own?

Sometimes there’s barely a minute that goes by without our phones distracting us.

Recently, I started getting completely overwhelmed with receiving messages via loads of different apps. If I didn’t have time to respond straight away I’d then spend ages trying to find the message they’d sent me because I couldn’t remember how they’d contacted me! It was really frustrating and I realised how much time I was wasting!

Now, I allocated time to respond to certain messages and work my way through them slowly. It’s made my life so much easier. And less stressful, because I don’t feel I need to respond immediately!

Also, were you aware that every time you are distracted from what you are doing, it can take you up to 15 minutes to get back into the flow of what you were doing? Yes 15 minutes! So the next time your phone vibrates with an alert, and your attention is drawn away from what you are doing, you just lost yourself some very precious minutes.

Can you imagine what you might get done now you know this?! We can stop being constantly pulled in lots of directions with these distractions, we can feel calmer, and we can feel more in control and ultimately be more productive. We become more in tune with what we are doing and allow ourselves to be more in the present moment.

Here are 4 more tips to help:

1. Turn off all your notifications. Go into each of your apps and turn off all the notifications. Or at least turn off the sound and vibrate, so that you’re attention is not drawn to your phone every time you get one.

2. Allocate time to turn off your phone completely. Next time you have a something important to get done, or have a deadline to meet turn off your phone completely or pop it onto airplane mode for 30 minutes. Close emails on your laptop too. You can get back to people when you are done. This way your task will get your full attention and you’ll get it done much quicker, I promise!

3. Be comfortable in moments when you are on your own. We are no longer comfortable to sit on our own for short periods. Be that on the bus, walking or in a cafe. Next time you’re in this situation, avoid the phone for 5 minutes, and know that you’re ok in your own company for a short time. Notice what’s going on around you and what you might be missing had you been distracted by technology.

4. Don’t sleep with your phone! When you go to bed leave the phone in another room. The temptation to check it is great, even when you wake momentarily in the night to check the time. Even if you think the vibration doesn’t wake you up it does interrupt the quality of your sleep. Treat yourself to an alarm clock 🙂

Try one of these out today, and see if you get more done, or sleep better! I’m curious to know. It’s got to be worth a try, hasn’t it?

Remember: Start small… you don’t have to turn your phone off for the whole day! If 30 minutes seems too much, just try out 10 minutes where you are completely focused on the task in hand.

Much love
Natasha x

P.S. When or how do you get most distracted? If you’re not easily distracted by your phone, then what does distract you? Be open to noticing when your focus is being pulled in a different direction, and see how you can avoid it the next time. I’d love to hear how you are getting on…… Drop me an email or let me know if you’re struggling and need a little inspiration to make a start! Natasha@MindBodySoulEnergy.co.uk

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Wonderful Reiki and healing benefits

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As a Reiki Master I love receiving Reiki. Not only is it an important part of my Reiki journey to deepen my connection with the universal energies and increase my own vibration, but it also reminds me how I experience every session differently. As I’ve mentioned in some of my other posts, Reiki energies do not stop working as soon as the treatment ends, they stay with us for days or sometimes weeks afterwards. So it’s always fascinating for me to spend some time reflecting on what’s been going on for me a week or so after a treatment.

So, here are a few of the wonderful benefits I’ve received from other practitioners. Thank you! Would you like to share some of your own experiences and benefits? I’d love to hear from you.

1. Increased energy

I sometimes bound out of a session, bright eyed and busy tailed! I feel that something has shifted in me straight away and given me the space to move more freely and effortlessly. There’s a spring in my step and everything outside seems somehow brighter and more alive. It’s almost as though my vision was slightly blurry beforehand. My senses are heightened and I’m more aware of everything going on around me.

Move through your days feeling truly alive.

2. Slowing down

In a busy world, life seems to move at an ever increasing pace. This fast pace can be tiring and often exhausting. Sometimes after a session you might feel like you need to rest. This is Reiki’s gentle way of saying “Please stop and slow down. It’s ok to rest.” This doesn’t always feel natural to me. But i also recognise that when I reach that state of balance between doing and being, I am calmer, more centred and I actually achieve more! That’s why I always listen when the energies encourage me to slow down. It’s as though the healing can then take place on a much deeper level. Trust that what needs to be done will still get done.

Relish moving at a slightly slower pace

3. Healing for our highest good.

Reiki works with intention. It’s often helpful to spend a little time before a session contemplating what you’d like from the session. Would you like to gain some clarity, let go of something, resolve a conflict, or just have some quiet relaxation? I always like to give my clients a little time for this before we begin with the Reiki. It helps you arrive into the space, start to connect with how you are feeling and allow the mind to quieten. When we set an intention, the universe listens and energy starts to organise so that outcome can materialise.

But watch out, sometimes the universe has other ideas of what is best for you! What we think we need is not always what we need in that moment! Reiki energies always know what needs to happen in your highest interest. And this can sometimes be the complete opposite to what you expected or intended. It’s almost like the energies are playing, but it’s always gentle, loving and supportive.

Whatever happens it’s always in your best interest!

4. Balancing

Do you know when to work hard, and then when to go home and spend time with friends and family relaxing? Do you know when to rest your body because you are in pain, or when your body can handle the physical challenge? D you know when to leave an unhealthy relationship or when to stay and work through something together to make the relationship stronger? Reiki can give you an insight into which aspect of your life might be off-balance and with this awareness you then have the ability to make rational and balanced decisions. You just know what to do.

Do you remember a time when you had a moment of utter clarity? You just knew what to do, and you didn’t question it. My guess is you did it regardless of the doubts that might have crept in. It’s my belief in these moments our hearts, minds and souls are  in perfect balance and it becomes very clear what action is needed in order to move forward.

From a place of balance everything can change.

5. Letting go

When we work with Reiki energies they will help us loosen any attachments to things or people that are holding us back. This can literally feel like a connecting string (or cord), which is continually tugging at you and preventing you from moving forward. The healing then feels, to me, a little like someone loosening a tight knot that has appeared in those cords. It might take a few sessions for the knot to loosen and untie itself before the string can start to dissolve, allowing you to let go completely. You can suddenly move more freely, no longer being held to your past experiences.

Let go of the past and create a different future!

6. Connection to universal energies

We are never truly alone, spirit is always guiding us. There are moments in the session where I feel it’s not just me and the practitioner (or the client) in the room. I sense the presence of something bigger, an additional and supportive hand contributing to the healing session.

This feeling can stay with me long after the session, and I know I’m not alone. Our guardian angels, spirit guides, universal energies – or whatever you feel most comfortable calling them – are always present. Because we are not always aware of them, it doesn’t mean they are not there looking out for us. But the more you notice and connect to them the more they will be willing to show you.

Be curious about what’s right in front of you and the answers become clearer!

7. Something more subtle

You can’t quite put your finger on what’s changed, but you know something has. It’s strange, sometimes I wonder after a session what the benefit has been. Sometimes it is days, if not weeks, before I realise that something has definitely changed in me. It’s something subtle, something I cannot quite put my finger on, and something I cannot quite put into words. It’s times like these that I get my journal out and try to write about what ‘feels’ different. It’s in these moments of expression that this learning and realisation embeds itself deeper within me. Clarity can be amazingly powerful!

Change is not always obvious and immediate – Be patient!

 

Of course, your experience might be completely different to what I’ve shared above. But whatever Reiki is trying to show us – be it healing, letting go, relaxing or something else – it’s sometimes so dramatically different from the state we usually operate from that it might feel uncomfortable. It’s especially in these moments of discomfort that we learn the most. And when we face it head on, rather than try to turn away from the discomfort, the most amazing changes can start to appear in our lives!

One important thing to remember is to stay open. Every session will be different to the last. Whatever I experience (or not), I trust it’s a perfect reflection of exactly what I need in that very moment. I will turn up to every session in a slightly different emotional, physical or spiritual state and I allow Reiki to heal me in the perfect way I need. Sometimes, that is the only intention that we need to turn up to a session with. Stay open to what shows itself – it is always relevant! Enjoy.

Are these some of the benefits you’ve noticed from receiving energy healing? Would you like to experience some of these and more? Then get in touch with me for a treatment – Natasha@mindbodysoulenergy.co.uk

Fashion Fix Fundraiser raises nearly £500

The Fashion Fix fundraising event in Kensal Rise on Friday 9th March was a great success. Nearly £500 was raised on the night and the money will go towards a much needed maker-over of the community hall of St Marks Church, Kensal Rise.

I really enjoyed the evening and it was great to be part of this local community event. There was a great atmosphere throughout the night with stalls offering  makeovers and manicures, as well as a clothes swap and a bar.

Treatments were being giving inside the church which provided a beautiful, serene, candle lit atmosphere. I was giving 15 minute Reiki taster sessions throughout the evening and was delighted to see so many wanting a taster. Sorry to anyone that I didn’t manage to get to see for a session.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to raising so much money and making the evening such a great success.  I look forward in taking part next time.

If you attended the event I’m offering £10 off a full session if booked before the 30th April 2012. Don’t worry if you no longer have your voucher, just drop me an email or give me a call and I’ll happily book your session.

See you soon!

Come and join me for an evening of Fundraising in Kensal Rise

There will be a number of things going on through out the evening:

 – A local Fashion Editor, Torri Mundell, will be giving an overview of this seasons catwalk
 – Gorgeous Hair Salon in Kensal Rise
 – A clothes swaps (bring 3 items of clothes you don’t wear & swap them)
 – Stalls offering make-overs, reiki healing, reflexology & manicures
 – A bar serving beer and wine.
 

I, Natasha Harris, will be offering short Reiki Healing Taster Treatments on the night – Come along to try it out!!

The event has been run a couple of times over the last few years & it has been a great success. The hall is used for toddler groups, dance classes, OAP groups etc & is in need of maintenance works.

Please come along and support the Kensal Rise Community Centre. See you there!

Location: Community hall, next to St Marks Church on Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, NW10. 
Date: Friday 9th March 2012
Time:
7.30pm
Cost: £5 entrance on the door
(All proceeds raised are donated to the community hall)

Chakras Explained

There are 7 major chakras (ch-ok-ra) in the body. They are situated along the spine and are referred to as wheels or gateways that allow the energy to flow both upward to the crown and downward to the feet.

Each chakra is associated with one of our senses (smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing,), an element (earth, water, fire, air and space) a colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

Each chakra can also be stimulated by a number of yoga poses (asanas); breathing exercises (pranayama); or sounds (mantras). There are number of other ways to stimulate, balance or calm the chakras such as meditations and the use of flower essenses which I sometimes also use in my sessions.

The 7 Chakras:

  1. Root chakra (Muladhara)
  2. Sacral chakra (Swadhisthana)
  3. Solar Plexus chakra (Manipura)
  4. Heart chakra (Anahata)
  5. Throat chakra (Vishuddha)
  6. Brow or Third Eye chakra (Ajna)
  7. Crown chakra (Sahasrara)

Bringing these 7 seven Chakras into balance can create a sense of clarity and well-being within us. I have seen how my clients have experienced amazing shifts and changes in their lives through using a combination of methods in my Reiki sessions.

Anatomy of the Chakras Course

 

I have just completed a 5 day intensive course on the Anatomy of the Chakras with Tias Little (http://www.prajnayoga.net/tias-little/).

WOW! What a great course! Tias is a mindful and thoughtful teacher who brings about an awareness of how yoga can maintain a balance of  the emotional, subtle and physical bodies.

It really helped me to tie together my love of practicing yoga with the physical benefits of movement and stretching. Not only has this course deepened my own yoga practice but it has also offered me relief from my ongoing and nagging back complaint. Thank you!

Movement and yoga is an important part of healing our energy systems, and during the course we were given an array of tools to ensure that yoga remains a mindful practice that enhances our wellbeing for the good of all things. Tias also emphasisis the importance of meditation, breathing and something that is a challenge to me – chanting!

I will be writing a series of posts on each of the chakras. I will explain them in turn, highlighting common physical and emotional issues associated with each and the yoga poses that can help to breathe the energy back into those areas.

I hope that you find these useful and helpful, but if you have any questions please get in touch via my contact form or email me at info@mindbodysoulenergy.co.uk

Namaste
Natasha

Happiness is what it’s all about!

Happiness is what it’s all about!

Do you want to actively participate in your life and be HAPPY?

Rapidly, more focus is being made on what makes us happy rather than on everything that makes us unhappy and the things we need to fix. In looking at the negative we can only see what we don’t want or have. What about the positive stuff we do want or have?

What do you love to do? What are you passionate about? Are you doing these things? If not, isn’t it time to start?

See what Action for Happiness are doing and how you can get involved to spread the word!

Have a look at their website