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Declutter & Lean In

Katrina Hahling

It's Sunday morning and I wake up around 8am. I've forced myself not to look at my phone until after yoga, meditation and journaling. So by 930 I sit down with a cup of tea to look at my emails. 

Mind you, my personal inbox always has at least 200 unread emails. But they're way back in the 500 odd emails that rest in my inbox. So I check my emails - flight agencies, random newsletters I've signed up to, people selling me courses, business coaches giving advice, journaling instructor courses.

I delete all the newest emails.

Not a single one of actual importance. 

Later that day, I'm chatting with a friend of mine, Sarah. I mentioned something about a woman who is particularly successful in the online world. After  a moment, Sarah responded; 'I don't follow or listen to any one anymore. Not business people, not yoga teachers. It's all distraction. I just do my own thing.'  (she was referring to her own yoga/oils business).

That advice struck me. Because, being a curious woman, I tend to Google a lot, sign for a lot of newsletters, follow a lot of people on Facebook. As someone who tends to think other people know better, I can be swayed to watching videos and reading other people's  work. 

TO THE DETRIMENT OF MY OWN WORK. 

So, today I implore you to do what I did and spend some time de-cluttering. This could be your physical environment - we've all seen those clutter shows on TV and read about the importance of decluttering. 

“Cluttered home, cluttered mind.” 

 

What I'm actually inspiring you to do  today is to declutter your online world. Go through your inbox and delete all the newsletters you receive but never  read, go through Facebook and cull or unfollow all the people who are distracting you. 

Here's what really stuck with me after chatting with Sarah and being super-inspired by her comment; 

//How much time & energy do we waste in reading those emails or even just the fact that we have to delete them? 

//How much do we give our power away when we read a lot of magazines, articles and advice from other people instead of turning inwards? 

Once you've decluttered, spend some time in meditation & then journaling - SPEND SOME TIME LEANING INWARDS.

What does this decluttering experience mean for you? 

What does it mean to trust yourself more and turn inwards for advice? 

Write your way home,

Katrina  

#LTFI (lean the F in)

Photo by Kara Michelle on Unsplash

What Intuition Sounds Like

Katrina Hahling

Years ago, in the midst of feeling completely lost, utterly useless and down in the dumps, I went researching (it's what I do). 

Into the Google Search bar I typed; 

'How to tell the voice of fear from intuition'?

See, when you are so caught up in your head and you've let all your voices have free range for two decades - well, there's a whole lot of warring going on up in your head. 

At this confused and complicated time of my life, the voice of Intuition was not apparent to me. 

Want to know why ?

Want to know what I learned from my research? 

(and I sincerely wish I could link that very blog but I can no longer find it)

I found a beautiful blog and one sentence struck my core and remains part of my biggest message today; 

Fear is the loud voice shouting while Discernment (Intuition) is a hand on your back gently guiding you, 'this is the way.'

Intuition speaks softly, in gestures, in symbols. Intuition requires your attention, your silence in order for it to be heard. 

Intuition requires practice. Like a muscle it must be built. If you are now, like I was then, so caught up in the voices of your mind, you have trained your Rational thinking mind to be strong. You have flexed that muscle. 

Now you must learn to flex your intuition. 

How? 

1. Daily card. Pick a card in the morning (Oracle Card) - choose just one and Journal on what you think/feel it means. 

At the end of the day journal on what actually happened. 

2. Guessing games - play with fast games where you don't think too much about it first. What colour is the car that's about to come around the corner ?Who's the next person who will call you. 

3. Take yourself on an intuitive trip. Could be a 20 minute walk or a half day drive... or longer... simply go where you feel drawn. At every intersection take the turn that feels best for you. Play with this. Enjoy the process. Trust that you are heading in exactly the right direction. 

4. Trust yourself.  I know this can be hard and the best piece of advice I've ever read about this is --- don't beat yourself up if you're Intuition is wrong, if you get it wrong. Practice Self-Compassion here. 

Write your way home, 

Trin

How to LEAN IN to your EMOTIONS

Katrina Hahling

// Feel It //

Lean IN.

We have to feel what’s coming up for us.

We distract ourselves by “doing” in myriad ways;

// social media (raising my hand here!! I’m scrolling for something unknown... because what needs to be made known is within me)

// TV

// surfing

// hiking

// working

//cleaning

// seeking out friends

// generally being busy

// what’s your distraction method of choice ???

But, but, but

When we suppress thoughts or emotions they come back with a vengeance. Scientists have studied this. The results are in. This is Fact.

We have to feel what we’re feeling; allow it time to shine so it can fall away gracefully.

Lean into what you’re feeling.

Explore it.

Feel it.

Then watch as it miraculously dissipates along with its control on you. 
 

So -- here's some tips on leaning in; 
 

1. As you go through out your day, pay attention to what you are feeling and acknowledge. 'I am feeling Angry'. Keep in mind you are a human having an emotion. You do not become your emotion. Eg. I am Angry - as often as you can focus on shifting your thinking away from being an emotion to being a human having an emotion. Note what this shift brings up for you. 

2. Find a comfortable, quiet place where you can be alone and undisturbed, sit with your eyes closed. Focus on your breath. Ask yourself, 'What am I feeling,' allowing whatever comes up to arise - even if it is tears. Begin to label or name what you are feeling. Sit here. With all of these feelings. 

3. Write to your emotions - engage, for example, anger in a discussion on the page. What does Anger need to say? How can you work with Anger? What does Anger need? Promise Anger you'll be a better listener from now on, rather than hiding from it or suppressing it. 

Write your way,

Katrina