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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

Why Gabrielle Bernstein wrote a book on judgement

Katrina Hahling

Judgement, judgement, judgement.....



I'd be lying if I said I didn't judge others and myself and so would you.

We all engage in judgemental behaviour. It's a  pain-inducing habit that reinforces our separation. Gabrielle Bernstein recently released a book, 'The Judgement Detox' because she saw what Judgement was doing not only to her but to others. 

In an interview with Lewis Howes, Gabby speaks about how judgement impacts our lives; 

// blocks your power

// blocks your connection to relationship to higher power, to intuition, capacity to attract

// impacts our relationships

// keeps us small

// keeps us stuck in a low vibe

Judgement comes from the moment of separation.
— Gabrielle Bernstein



Separation from who really are - the oneness, the light, the connectedness. When someone makes you feel inadequate, when someone makes you feel "less than", when you feel different, alone, better than, worse than. All of these are moments of separation that become thoughts that we keep thinking and we develop that separation by thinking over and over again. 

"The wound from this separation is something that we run from all our lives," says Bernstein. Judgement is how we run (one of the ways we run, like addiction). Avoid feeling our deep rooted feelings and we use judgement in the same way. Seemingly we feel better for a moment in time. 

We project out what we do not want to feel within and that becomes an addictive cycle. Putting it out that we want to feel it and then we unconsciously feel guilty. 

Overcoming judgment

As always, in the moment, I advise you to take three deep breaths and observe. Witness the thoughts and processes.

When you have time, ask yourself some questions, get your pen out and analyse; 

1.What or whom am I judging?

2. How does it make me feel?

3. Am i justified in that judgement?

4. Is there a situation in your past that has triggered this judgement? 

5. Is this true? 

6. Can you release this now? What will you need to do in order to release this trigger/feeling/judgement? 

7. Who do you need to forgive to let this go? 

8. What do you need to let go?

Write your way,

Katrina

Ps. For more information and full process, get your hands on Gabby's book.