August… what does it mean to you?
For me August is usually family holiday month. Cath, the kids and I escape to somewhere tropical, with great surf in a super remote location, but not this year. Like millions of others we have decided to play it safe and stay close to home, it got me to thinking… what does August symbolise throughout history? Maybe that would help guide me to a new perspective for this slightly ‘lost’ month.
What is the origin of August? In 8 B.C. the name was changed to honour the emperor Augustus. A Senatus consultum states that Augustus chose this month because several of his great triumphs occurred then, including his conquest of Egypt. I learn something new every day!
August’s energy synchronizes well with the symbol of completion, giving you the opportunity to weed out the things in your life that are holding you back and to make sure your house is in order. This month also encourages you to battle negative thoughts and lean towards the positive ones, so take time to check in on your spiritual life. Meditation can really give you strength to meet your goals. Daily, I use the WakingUp app from Sam Harris.
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”
I often quote this Chinese proverb to my clients. It's all about taking action to change something, rather than complain about it. Something I stand by. I am shining the light of education, taking control of health, taking responsibility for relationships, empowering oneself with knowledge rather than fear.
With that in mind I want to talk a little about NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming. This collection of models, techniques and strategies can help us better understand how our thought processes, behaviours and language influence the way we think and the results we get. These techniques can bring about a really positive change in ourselves and others.
So what does 'Neuro Linguistic Programming' mean? NLP empowers, enables and teaches us to better understand the way our brain works (neuro) the words we use (linguistic) and how that impacts on our past, present and future (programming). It gives us strategies for observing human behaviour and learning from the best (and worst) of that!
Simply put, change is possible – all you need is a desire and a willingness to learn. NLP has been defined as the “users manual for your mind” because studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can affect every aspect of our lives.
Here are a few things you could try:
- Practice powerful affirmations – they increase your self awareness and new positive thoughts replace the old negative ones.
- Visualisation – the more positive the visualisations we have, the more positive thoughts we have, which then leads to positive behaviours and positive results.
- Content reframing – it’s natural to worry or stress when you hit a challenge in life, but this only creates more emotional turmoil. By shifting your focus and changing your perspective, you can be more at peace. Not always easy but the more you practice, the more habitual it becomes.
I'm frustrated by…
…by the lack of useful and valid information on any media channels about how people can strengthen their own immunity in their daily lives. Has anyone else felt that they are not getting useful day to day tips on how to boost their immunity? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
I'm filling the void…
…building our online 30-day Immunity Super Boost courses so that people have the access to the tools they need to be as immune powerful as possible for this winter season. Watch our social media channels for exciting updates and early bird registration!
I'm all about biohacking…
…my way to perfect health and my tool of the month is my Oura ring. Every single patient of mine wears one for the duration their programme with me and the stories I could tell you about how this software has helped guide my patients safely to optimal health… Do you know about Oura? Check out their predictive stats for illness in this article.
I was gifted…
…Alex Grey’s Sacred Mirrors cards for my birthday by my wonderful team at the clinic – I’m a charismatic, passionate, brave and dynamic Leo ;-) and I’ve been using the cards for some guided meditations, reflections and poetry and I’ve been loving it! Check them out.