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Declutter Your Mind With Journaling

One of my favourite quotes is by Anne Frank “Paper is more patient than man”. This is especially true for people who try journaling as a way to declutter the mind. Journaling means picking up paper and a biro, and writing out whatever problem is cluttering up your mind.

Many people find that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them. When the mind is cluttered up, writing out or brain-dumping thoughts on paper helps to gain clarity. This helps us to know ourselves better, reducing stress and solving problems more effectively. Through your writing you’ll discover that your journal is an all-accepting, non-judgmental friend. This may provide the cheapest therapy you will ever get.

There are many different journaling techniques and topics. The technique I use the most is brain-dumping. This means writing out your thoughts as they come to you, forgetting about spelling and punctuation. Nobody is going to see this but you. Many people burn their journaling after so no one can read it. Write quickly, as this frees your brain from “shoulds” and other blocks to successful journaling. The most important rule of all is that there are no rules. Start with the first words to enter your mind – such as I’m tired, or I feel funny writing in a journal! Let your train of thought take you on a journey on paper!

To find out more about journaling, meditation and yoga classes visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph on 29 Nov 2016

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Reflections On My Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

This weekend I completed the eight month Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in Westport.  I’m a big personal development fan, and of everything I have ever done, this course topped it. Today’s blog is a brief reflection on the course. Many of the wonderful effects of the course will be discovered over the weeks and months ahead!

Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, my life has been transformed since I started the course in April 2016. Through the kriyas (postures and meditations) and chanting mantras, I have dealt with old and recent issues that were blocking me from the life I wanted to create.

Some of the things I’ve healed and cleared are inner anger, overcoming challenges, prosperity issues, self love, self confidence, becoming comfortable with being myself, as well as a host of other benefits. I’ve learned how to put a daily practice together and I don’t miss a day now. My life is very different now and not only is that OK, it’s amazing! I amazed myself over the last few months.

It’s so hard to describe what the course was like. Yoga is about the experience. Throughout the course, our teachers Guru Sahai and Jai Kartar led us to a deeper awareness and understanding ourselves. It was challenging and liberating at the same time. 

Then there was the wonderful experience of sharing the journey with other students. Doing the course in Westport was amazing, it allowed for our group to really connect and work together, as we cooked and ate, learned and supported each other.

If you’d like to teach yoga, or if you’re sick of your own story, if you want to change it and change in a highly dynamic and effective way, then I highly recommend you check out the upcoming course beginning in Westport in March 2017.  More details can be found from Joanna Moran, aka, Guru Sahai Kaur, at her website: https://gurusahaiyoga.com/kundalini-yoga/kundalini-yoga-teacher-training/

Sat Nam!

Tracy Fitzgerald aka Saraswati Preet Kaur

http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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Using The Breath To Calm The Mind

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit proverb

One of the biggest surprises clients get is how actively slowing down their breathing can calm them down. Consciously taking a slow, long, and deep belly breath does wonders for actively calming and quietening the mind.

When we feel stressed or anxious, it can feel like we are short of breath or shallow breathing from the chest and not the lower lungs. This is the body preparing for fight or flight, an in-built and ancient stress response system in the body. This can happen from the busyness of life on a normal day when you’re trying to get the kids to school on time and get yourself to work. When we’re rushing daily from pillar to post, the body doesn’t understand the it’s not a life-threatening situation and responds the same way it would in a dangerous situation.

With deep breathing, we counteract the stress response with the relaxation response.
By engaging the abdominal muscles and diaphragm through deep breathing instead of the muscles in the upper chest and neck, the body starts relaxing. This is turn helps the mind to become calm and focused.

To calm your mind, simply close your eyes and spend a minute actively breathing into your belly, slow, long and deep. Simply notice the difference it makes.

To find out more about meditation and yoga classes, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph Newspaper on 22 Nov 2016

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Creating A New Normal After Change

Do you ever feel like life picks you up, shakes you around and drops you somewhere else? This new place might look like home, but something has changed.

Every week in my practice, I meet people who are going through change and they’re trying to go back to normal. Change is tough, whether it’s good or bad. It happens through bereavement, relationships breakdown, job loss and financial difficulties. Change happens when we start romantic or friend relationships, have kids, start new jobs and experience financial security after struggling for so long.

Whether the change is good or bad, one thing is certain…there’s no going back. Even if everything outside us returns to exactly how it was in the past, you’ve changed! Inside you have become stronger, you’ve grown.

When change happens, we need to create a new normal. We need to take baby steps each day getting to know our new lives, and our new selves. Change is scary and how well we cope boils down to our attitude. It’s easier to cope when we look for the joy in each day.

Keeping a daily joy list is a fantastic way to notice all the little and big things in life to be joyful about.
Noticing the joy, even if it’s as simple as the perfect cup of tea, gradually helps to create a new normal after change.

To find out more about meditation classes and other ways to manage change, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph Newspaper on 15 Nov 2016

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8 Weeks To 2017

Dare I say it…8 weeks to 2017. This is always an interesting time of year. I find that I’m in a reflective, winding down energy. I start reviewing 2016 in preparation for 2017.

2016 was a year of busy and persistent change for so many people. This change hasn’t always been gentle. Now people are learning to find their new normal, a foundation from where they can live their lives.

At this time of year, I like to reflect on how far I’m come since January. What have I learned? What have been the blessings? What would I like to keep in 2017? What no longer serves me and I need to change?

Here’s a few ideas on how to manage yourself over the next 8 weeks:

  1. Be gentle with yourself as you do this. Try not to judge. You did the best with the knowledge and understanding you had at the time. If you had known better, you would have done better. 
  2. Feel gratitude and for the things that’s went right, all the wonderful blessings over the year.
  3. Feel gratitude as well for the lessons, because through them, you experienced real growth.
  4. Be compassionate with yourself as you set intentions for 2017. These are year long dreams and aspirations that you want to work on. They might be new or the same as last years.  Or with new experience gained this year, they are a variation of last years intentions. 
  5. What would you like to achieve in the final 8 weeks of 2016?

Enjoy the process! Make it fun!

Beat wishes

Tracy Fitzgerald

http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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Creating A New Normal

Do you ever feel like life picks you up, shakes you around and drops you somewhere else? This new place might look like home, but something has changed.

Every week in my practice, I meet people who are going through change and they’re trying to go back to normal. Change is tough. It happens when loved ones pass away, relationships breakdown, loved ones go through tough times, or when jobs are lost and times are financially tough. Change also happens when we fall in love, start romantic or friend relationships, get married, have kids, start new jobs and experience financial security after struggling for so long.

Whether the change is good or bad, one thing is certain…there’s no going back. Even if everything outside us returns to exactly how it was in the past, you’ve changed! Inside you have become stronger, you’ve grown. You’ve learned new ways to adapt and live and love. 

So when change happens, we need to create a new normal. We need to take baby steps each day getting to know our new lives, and our new selves. Change is scary and how well we cope boils down to our attitude. It’s easier to cope when we look for the good, the joyful, and the love in each day.

Maybe you made a cup of tea or coffee that was just perfect and you really enjoyed it and really loved it!

Maybe you went for a walk, and felt really connected to nature or bumped into someone you hadn’t seen in ages,and you really enjoyed it and really loved it.

Maybe you were able to pay your electricity bill or put diesel in the car and were able to really enjoy and really love that you could do that this week.

Keeping a gratitude journal or list is a great way to keep track of and notice the good in your life. 

Keeping a joy journal or list is a fantastic way to notice all the little and big things in life to be joyful about.
Noticing the joy, even if it’s one thing every day, helps to create a new normal after change.

Best wishes,

Tracy Fitzgerald

http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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Grief Reiki

Over the last couple of months, more people have been coming for a Reiki session to help with grief. Clients have experienced grief after a loved one passing away, after losing a job, or often women whose children are growing up and leaving home often need help coping with the change.

Grief happens when there’s a change in circumstances. Sometimes those circumstances are unhappy, and sometimes they’re happy, like a child leaving home. However, grief brings up feelings of loss, and people wonder, “What do I do now?”

That’s where a Reiki session with me comes in. I work with clients to create a safe space for them to go on their own voyage of discovery. Starting with a chat and a consultation, they then lie on the massage plinth, snuggled under a warm blanket, while I work on directing healing energy into their physical, mental and emotional bodies. That is the space I create.

Clients allow themselves to receive the energy, and use that time to connect with themselves. Some people sleep, others just have time to themselves to figure out what they’re going to do now. Often women have children or they’re back to work quickly after the change that caused grief. They need someone to look after them, so they can look after their family. This might be an hour a week, an hour a month, or an hour every six months.

There’s a myth out there that we are like Duracell bunnies, who can go on and on and on. We’re not. When grief doesn’t find an outlet to flow out of, it affects our health, our relationships, our lives.

Sometimes, we just need someone to witness our own grief. We just need someone to hold space for us while we grieve. Allow yourself to be cared for, allow yourself to be minded as you grieve.

Best wishes,

Tracy Fitzgerald
http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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