How to Hold Sacred Healing Space for a Loved One?

Let’s face it, most people are uncomfortable with strong emotion- be it anger, sadness, negativity, fear, passion and even love often scares people. As a result, many will go to great lengths to avoid being confronted with emotion in themselves, or in others. They are then surprised when they witness violent outbreaks, pandemics of depression, suicide, drug abuse, mystery illnesses or even homelessness.

Emotions are catalysts for growth and change so a potent healing tool is not being used each time an emotion is suppressed.  In fact, I believe we are each being invited to learn to honour our emotions for the gifts they truly are. What can you do to allow your emotions to guide you and your loved ones into deeper levels of health and wellness?

Choice to wound or to heal 

You each have the capacity to heal or to wound with every word you utter, action you take and thought that goes through your head. (Of course, the recipient also has to make the choice to be healed or hurt). When children are forced to swallow tears, anger, criticism, or sadness for example,  feelings of shame are perpetuated  where it’s not ok for them to get their needs met by the outside world. When needs are met, children learn to trust and when they trust they can grow into adults that learn to meet their own needs. The reality is that many children, despite well meaning parents,  do not learn this lesson in the safety of the family nucleus so they need to learn it as a grown up. It’s never too late to learn this skill.

So how to learn to navigate strong emotions?

The first step is to give yourself permission to feel. Ignoring an emotion or using your will to push it away does not teach you to navigate the emotion, it simply strengthens the wound. When you skillfully navigate an emotion you allow the emotion to lead you to the healing you need. Growth happens when you heal and decay happens when you avoid.

For many, this is no easy task so you may need a loved one to be there to support you through the process- This is where learning to hold sacred space can be very handy. The trick is to become a compassionate, silent witness to whatever emotion is being expressed without allowing yourself to be triggered. If you are holding space for yourself you do this by separating yourself from the emotion. You are not the emotion after all, you are simply experiencing it at this time.  You then can become your own personal witness to the emotion you are feeling.  By the same token, if you are holding the space for someone else, all you need to do is  to compassionately witness their emotion without reacting in any way. You become the mirror that validates their experience. So, for instance if your child is crying inconsolably you can just hold them lovingly in your arms until the crying stops. If your partner is raging you can lovingly hold your ground and let them vent as much as they need to. The key is to not try to stop the flow of emotion, try to fix, argue back or give advice in any way.

Watch out! you may become triggered yourself 

What often happens here is that the pain you are trying to hold space for triggers your own pain, and you suddenly find yourself overcome with emotion. When this happens, unless you learn to hold space for your own pain, this emotion will be directed to the person you are trying to support and negate any support (and possibly even deepen their wound).

If you become triggered by your loved ones pain, you can hold the space for yourself by noticing what you are feeling- sadness, anger, frustration or whatever is surfacing for you. Get curious “Ummm, interesting- I wonder why these feelings are coming up for me as I show support for this person.” Accept the feelings without judging them, breathe and allow them to wash over you until the charge is gone.

What I appreciate most about this process is how we can each heal each other – Teacher/ student, parent/child, therapist/patient…. The limiting belief that certain people, by virtue of the role they play, are more entitled than others to heal or to teach is just not correct.

Notice the shaming statements you perhaps experienced by a teacher or a family member when you were growing up and probably even used yourself at some point: “Stop crying! Don’t be a baby! Crying is for sissies! Stop manipulating me! Stop making me feel guilty! “You may have some others to add here. As you bring your awareness to these memories,  hold space for yourself and enjoy some gentle healing.

Visualize your sacred healing space

When I hold space for others or myself, I like to visualize a bubble that fills up with the emotion and then when the emotion has been fully expressed and the charge is gone the bubble vanishes. You could also visualize a mirror, a container, a body of water or anything that makes sense to you. Simply setting an intention does the job too if visualization is not your thing. There is no right or wrong way to do this. A genuine desire to support a loved one in pain is all it takes to get the ball rolling. When you “hold space” for someone the space suddenly turns into a healing space and you become a healer.  This healing space then becomes a “sacred healing space” when this space moves you one step closer to remembering the wholeness you are, have always been and will always be.

Namaste,

Nicole

Nicole Rolland

Nicole Rolland is the author of  “Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance”  and the owner of Nicole Rolland Yoga & Meditation (NRYM)

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Is Colluding With the Patriarchy the Only Way?

You most probably collude with the patriarchy to some degree and who can blame you? The patriarchy has been running the show for a long time  and appears to provide a strong foundation to an affluent and secure life. I believe it is now time to let it go and replace it with some thing else.  There are certainly benefits to buying into the patriarchal way of life hook line and sinker, but there are pitfalls as well. Lets take a closer look…

First of all, let me clarify what I mean by patriarchy. I am referring to structures that are hierarchical, competitive, controlling and divisive in nature. I am not referring to any version of the “me too” movement, or women controlling the world in any way shape or form. For the purposes of this article I am discussing alternatives to the patriarchy (which include both men and women) controlling the patriarchal systems that were  established  thousands of years ago  with  the fall of the Pagan earth ways. These structures have served us well in many ways. Though we are beginning to see new structures take root, the old patriarchal systems do continue to govern how we live, how we love, how we raise our children, how we worship, how we learn, how we punish, how we are entertained and how we interact with friend, foe and neighbour. Perhaps they do their job, but do they do it as well as they could and at what cost?

The problem with these systems , as I see it, is that they have created too much separation between people and have disconnected us from our true nature. People are stressed, depressed and living in fear. Eventually, this fear burns a hole in the soul and pushes people to act against personal principles of integrity. Sure, many people know the difference between so-called notions of “right” and “wrong” and have some form of moral compass but to what extent do they live by this compass.  What do you do to stand up against what you believe to be an injustice? Society teaches us at a young age to stand down and to shut up. The patriarchy teaches us to value status, money, appearance and public recognition above all else. But, what about its impact on heart and soul…

Furthermore, we need to examine whether the patriarchy truly offers us the affluence and security we believe it does. Every day we read about hard working, educated people that have followed the “success” rules of the patriarchy and are suddenly made redundant, lose their jobs, see their pensions wiped out, fortunes stolen, families broken up or possessions destroyed. And yet we continue to believe that this system is the only way – a system that enslaves us to money, status, possessions, where nothing is ever enough. And then, for those who have managed to hang on to money, status and possessions well into their old age what have they lost in so doing? health, family, love….

Mother nature is sending out a cry for help and she has had enough. She is tired of being abused and seeing many of her children suffer while others look away. You can take a stand by doing your bit to let go of the hold the patriarchy has on the world. I am pretty sure this will happen soon enough in any event (the signs are obvious)  so you can chose to dig in your heels, erect higher walls around your personal  kingdom, refuse to accept that the current situation is not sustainable and needs to evolve or you can chose to be a leader and help the process along. If you chose the latter, here are some tips you may find helpful:

  1. Notice the role that money, status, possessions play in your life. Just notice without judging yourself in anyway.
  2. Notice choices you make to attract more money, increase your status and acquire more possessions.
  3. Ask yourself who you would be if you lost your money, your status and/or your possessions and conversely if you suddenly acquired any/all of these.
  4. Take a risk, a small risk perhaps, but a risk all the same to stand up for something you believe in.
  5. Imagine a world where people were loved for no reason at all, just for being who they came into this world to be- Imagine and dream….

Imagine and dream a world into being where it is possible, safe and actually encouraged to be loving, kind and compassionate to everyone you come into contact with and in all you do. Imagine a  world where you not only tend to your garden but to your neighbour’s as well, a world where everyone matters, a world where  you look to serve and to support. Imagine if everyone did this…..Let your imagination soar.

Namaste,

Nicole

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Top 10 Ways to Love – Angel Style

Angels love differently. As an earth angel or an aspiring one, you may find my top 10 ways to love- angel style  useful to help you ride the angelic wave of love. When you learn to love like an angel you can easily pick yourself up when you trip and fall. It is my opinion that angels, like everyone, have accidents.  In fact, they often do because the very qualities that make them angels are the ones that make them accident prone. The important thing is to know when you have fallen and to get yourself back up again as fast as you can.

Connect to your angelic nature and step into the earth angel you are and have always been.

  1. Take a time out- Love is not conditional                                                               Angels do not set conditions to their love. They just love you the way you are. They may chose not to spend time with you and that’s ok because angels have a special responsibility to manage their energy. Angels understand that everyone vibrates at a special speed that is right for them. It is exhausting to keep up with the faster ones and it is frustrating to wait around for the slower ones.  You may even notice that some days you vibrate at a certain speed and other days you vibrate quite differently. You cannot force others to fly at your speed. Just take a time out and then see what happens.
  2. Release Expectations Love is not transactional                                                       Angels do not transact in love but focus on sharing instead (for more on this, read my blog ” A quick tip to recharge your battery so you don’t get depressed”). Though they respect the causal nature of the Universe and understand that karma is always at play they do not feed energy into this exchange. You know when to rest, play, work- each activity seamlessly flows into the next. You always have what you need when you need it so there is no need to expect anything at all.                                                                                                                                                          
  3. Embrace Abundance – Love does not have a price tag                                                    Angels live in abundance and appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Many are gifts from Mother Nature and are available to everyone- a glowing sunset, a vibrant rainbow, a blooming flower, a frozen pond, towering mountains or the golden foliage of fall. You may also appreciate your shiny new car or dress and that’s fine too because you live in a place of gratitude. Fortunes come and go, abundance is always available.
  4. Accept Perfection- Love is not judgmental                                                                        Angels practice non judgmental  awareness. They do not judge in the binary paradigm of right/wrong, worthy/unworthy, good/bad, crazy/wise but rather expand their awareness to accept all that is. They do not see mistakes but see learning opportunities. They do not see enemies but see teachers instead. You, too, no doubt are on a learning path where you are learning what you need to learn.  There is no judgment either way because nothing is better or worse than anything else- there is no duality in the angelic realm on earth. Everything originates from the same divine source so how can anything be anything other than perfect just the way it is.
  5. Speak your truth- Love speaks truth                                                                                   Angels try their best to be honest and sincere. They speak their truth and listen to the truth of others. When you are upset by someone’s political opinion, personal value or belief system you take responsibility for being triggered and tend to the healing you need. You see all truth as valid as they all originate from the same place. The one great Truth that we are Truth never changes, truth does. ( For more on this- ch 6. in my book “Stepping into Consciousness- a Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning and Abundance).
  6. Let go of any agenda – Love does not manipulate                                                       Angels do not hide behind false platitudes, nor do they pretend to be “phoney nice”. This phoney niceness is done to manipulate a situation or person to be who or what they want. Angels feel and angels have emotions- they are not robots. You accept your  emotions and do not use emotions to manipulate others. You try to align your actions, words and thoughts to the best of your ability. You practice discernment to protect yourself but not to manipulate others or a situation.
  7. Listen to your inner wisdom – Love knows what and who it is                                Angels manage their ego and do not let it run the show. Angels understand that external constructs such as wealth, possessions, titles can all disappear from one moment to another and these do not define them. You may see these as tools to being an angel on earth. Naturally you need food, shelter and relationships. You connect to your inner wisdom and keep your ego in check so you can balance your material and spiritual responsibilities.
  8. Be of service and show support – Love cares                                                                    Angels are sensitive beings because they feel and they feel because they are sensitive. When you feel you naturally care. On a macro level you may be concerned about being of service to humanity in whatever way you can and on a micro one you may be thinking what you can do to support a loved one. Angels always have time for this important task. As your ego is in check you are not consumed by being too busy or too stressed. There is always time to do something- whether big or small, any gesture can be done to show caring.
  9. Take nothing personally- Love forgives and stands up for itself                              Angels do not shame, punish or reproach but on occasion they do need to take a stand when their energy is compromised. They try to bring together rather than separate to the best of their ability. When you fall off your path, you forgive yourself without saying sorry but rather by making amends. When you feel hurt, you feel the hurt. When the hurt turns into suffering you ask why you are choosing to suffer and make another choice instead.
  10. See love in everyone and everything- Love turns poison into nectar                     Angels trust and believe in the intrinsic loving nature of humans. Whatever is being expressed, be it anger, fear, sadness, the root is always love.  Whatever is dished out can be turned into a healing balm. You are an alchemist, a magician, an angel and can heal the world.

Remember my tips on loving- angel style and you too can be an earth angel. Spread your angels wings and ride the angelic wave of love. When you trip and fall just get yourself back up. I will be waiting for you.

Namaste,

Nicole

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A Quick Tip To Recharge Your Battery So You Don’t Get Depressed

Imagine if you never needed to recharge your battery? Imagine if everything you did filled up your tea cup so you were never left feeling exhausted, sad or empty in any way? Your friends and family nourished you, your work inspired you, your mate complemented you, your surroundings uplifted you and your chores relaxed you. Would this be possible? Take a few moments, breathe and look at your life…

In my last blog, I spoke about balancing the activities you do with what you receive so you don’t get depressed. In other words, I  was talking about balancing feminine and masculine energies- the energies that allow you to receive with the energies that allow you to do. Chinese philosophy speaks of the yin and the yang where seemingly opposite forces are actually complementary and interconnected. In yoga, the cosmic sound of the Universe “Aum” connects these masculine and feminine energies. The Tao speaks of the action of effortless action- non doing or Wu Wei. In this article, I would like to look at these energies differently.

By replacing the words “Doing” and “Receiving” with the word “Sharing” you may gain a new inclusive and loving perspective to your interactions.  How would your relationships look if you viewed them in the context of each party sharing what they can rather than exchanging something in order to receive something back? Sharing time and resources in a spirit of everyone getting what they need. Perhaps, this would make your relationships appear less transactional and would help you move to that place of unconditional love you may be looking for. There is of course, always an exchange of sorts but the point is to become motivated by something other than getting your needs met. This may be a more conscious replacement to the “what’s in it for me” line that sadly so many live by.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if life would all be about sharing- What would you share?

Under this scenario, you would naturally do your “share” and receive your “share” and no one would be measuring. When you live in a spirit of generosity and love you are not comparing your free time to another person’s or the size of your home to that of your neighbour’s, but you trust that your true needs are always met. It may very well be that focusing more on simply “sharing”  rather than “giving” and “receiving” may alleviate some of the heaviness you may experience from time to time and keep your battery from running on empty.

Namaste,

Nicole

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3 Steps to Manage Emotional Ups and Downs Without Getting Depressed

People are suffering. They love the ups of life but don’t love the downs. Those with busy careers are “depressed” as they fight burn out and juggle too many demands. Those retired or unemployed  are equally “depressed” as they feel useless in a culture that values youth, enthusiasm and energy. Those with lavish lifestyles are “depressed” because they always want more and then those with less are “depressed” because they feel left behind. The list goes on and on. The point is depression is today’s pandemic.                                                                                                                                                                                         Of course, I am not talking about severe cases that require medication and the expertise of a health professional but rather this general malaise so many are feeling that brings about feelings of numbness, despair and hopelessness that noone wants to talk about.

So let’s get started tackling this vast, complex and important topic. In the first blog of this series  I will share 3 steps to manage these emotional ups and downs.

1. Embrace your ups and your downs. Stop viewing the “ups” as better than the “downs” and view them both as equally important to your health and wellness. Why label the “downs” as “depression” when in fact they are just part of the natural ebb and flow of life. So embrace the “ups” when they happen and then embrace the “downs” when they happen as well. Create space for them, welcome them into your life and feel grateful for being able to feel your emotions. So many people can’t feel anything so the fact that you can feel is a true gift.

2. Redefine how you define your “up” and how  you define your “down”. Already the word “up” sounds more appealing than the word “down”.  Let’s use the analogy of a battery and look at “up” as running the battery and then “down” as recharging the battery. In other words “up” is being active, doing, giving and “down” is resting, replenishing, receiving. Both activity and rest are equally important. If you do too much you will burn out and feel resentment and on the flip side if you receive too much you will feel uninspired, bored and useless.

3. Look at the proportion of time spent expending energy and then time spent building it up                                                                                                                     Is your rest time giving you what you need to recharge your battery? If you are doing a job you hate, surrounding yourself with people who exhaust you or even rob your energy chances are the rest you are getting is not enough. This lack of energy will deplete you to the point of exhaustion. Over time this burnout turns into “depression”.  Perhaps you need to look at shortening your work week or working from home a few days a week, set some new boundaries, hire some help, book a regular weekly massage or go on a holiday retreat….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Is your activity time using up your energy? If you are sitting at home bored and feeling useless chances are you are not engaged in enough activity. This excess energy will be turned inwards, making you stressed as you regret the past or anxious as you worry about the future. Over time, this too will bring up feelings of depression. Perhaps you need to do some volunteer work, learn a new skill or take up a hobby, do some babysitting  for a friend, become a mentor to someone struggling in your family or community.                                                                                                                                                                         Naturally you have your own unique rhythm and cannot look to your neighbour to see how much rest and how much activity you need to feel balanced. Giving and receiving is a very personal thing and cannot be measured. Time spent doing physical labour or studying for an exam will deplete your energy just as much as a parent emotionally caring for a child or a friend being there for another. You alone have the answer. Go within and connect to the wisdom of your heart that always knows exactly what you need to bring balance and harmony into your life. Take a few minutes today to connect to who you truly are and find that balance you need to ride the waves of life.

Namaste,

Nicole

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The Fall of Feminine Power and the Rise of the Feminine

I have been thinking a lot about feminism recently. Certainly the movement has come a long way since the Suffragettes of the late 1800’s century, Rosa Parks in the 1950’s, the rise of the career woman in the 1970’s, the stay-at-home dad in the 1990’s and then the recent US presidential loss of Hilary Clinton of course. What does this notion of being a “feminist” mean today and how does this help us connect to who we truly are and to what really matters on a deeper level?

I am concerned that, with the current fashion of feminism, rather than gender inequality lessoning it is simply moving from one power base to another. When we speak of feminine power, we risk falling into the trap where women simply usurp the traditional role of the man and abuses of power remain. Perhaps this is not the initial aim, but over time, the same tactics used to compete and manipulate continue to create the same result and nothing really changes.

Until we stop competing over scarce resources, wasting what we have and yearning for what we don’t, and as long as we continue to focus on materialism at the expense of kindness, compassion and love we will not see an equality in how genders are treated and nor will we see the gap between the haves and the haves-not lessen.

I believe a truly egalitarian  society (and please do not get sidetracked  by communist and socialist idealism here)  will happen with the rise of the feminine rather than the use of feminine power. The feminine is feminine energy that is within each of us. This energy represents the gentle, receptive, allowing, intuitive, non competitive, wisdom heart- centered part of each of us. The masculine, also within each of us, represents the opposing qualities of domination, hierarchical structures, competition, reason and ego head-centered energy. This latter energy has served us well in the past and continues to do so to some extent, and it must be respected. It has however, moved us to a place where we are invited to go “home” 🙂

So close your eyes, connect to your breath and connect to the feminine and to the masculine energies that live within you.

  • Are they in harmony with one another or is one trying to overtake the other?
  • How are they affecting your relationship outside of yourself? at home, work and in your community.
  • Notice any patterns with the way your parents treated each other when you were a child and how you perhaps treated your own children in turn.

Just notice without judging and then let your feminine intuition take over and see what happens….

Namaste,

Nicole

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Stick to Your Guns and Share Your Truth

Foreword: Please note that sometimes I preface my opinion with “I believe” and sometimes I do not. Whatever I write or say constitutes part of my world view. My aim is not to convince, merely to share in the hope this may help you formulate your own life view.
All truths lead to the One Great Truth, that we are all Truth.
(Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance).

I get it, it’s not easy to share your truth especially when it goes against popular opinion. When people lack awareness (or consciousness) they are basically living in darkness or what I refer to as the proverbial “hell”. In darkness, one easily gets triggered when contradicted or surprised. Departing from the herd’s group think mentality can make people very uncomfortable.
Think for yourself…
Even if it gets you into trouble, start exploring differing points of view. As parents, we need to let our children do this. When they can do this in the safety of childhood they are given free reign to grow into strong adults.
One only realizes one was living in darkness when one moves into lightness. I can’t help think back to the old me and to my old life. If someone were to have told me that I was living in hell I would have thought them crazy- I had all the obvious constructs of an outwardly “successful” life without the solid foundation of a rich inner connection.
The more easily we share our truth, the more able we are to listen to the truth of others without feeling triggered in anyway. People who lack awareness are living in a right/wrong space. When they hear something that makes them uncomfortable they get angry.
Why get angry?
Why did people get so angry with Jesus’ message? He was killed for it after all…

In Richard Hopper’s book Jesus, Buddha, Krishna & Lao Tsu- parallel sayings, he notes, with a charming sense of humour, the difference in environments in which Jesus and the Buddha were born into.

“What impresses me the most about Jesus as a person who “woke up’ is that he tried to explain his mystical insights to people who didn’t have the slightest idea what he was talking about. The Buddha was fortunate enough to “wake up”in India- the most mystically oriented culture on Earth. When people met him after his enlightenment they would say “Congratulations, we knew you could do it!” When Jesus woke up in first century Palestine, he must have looked around at his situation and thought Uh-oh!”
Luckily this did not deter Jesus from spreading his message of love, compassion and forgiveness.
Hopper continues -“certainly Jesus could have kept his new mystical understanding of reality to himself. Had he done so-had he just enjoyed his private bliss in the Kingdom of God- he might have lived to a ripe old age, and died a peaceful death like the historical Buddha. But Jesus was passionate and felt compelled to share his wisdom with as many other people he could reach. This meant that he had no choice but to try to explain himself within the doctrinal and social confines of a religious culture that was completely unfamiliar with, and most antagonistic to, mystical insights about reality.”
What if Jesus or others like him did not share their mystical insights with the world? What if YOU keep your insights bottled inside?
Hopper on community support-
“While Siddartha Gautama was supported by a community of mystics, many of those who Jesus talked to thought he was crazy, or blasphemous or both. His own family rejected him and thought him demented. Most of Jesus’ disciples while obviously charmed by his charisma, often didn’t understand what he was talking about. In the end, one of them betrayed him, another denied him, and the rest deserted him in his greatest hour of need. “
Was Jesus’ message “wrong” because others did not understand him and felt compelled to prosecute him? Did Jesus make a mistake by teaching about love and freedom?
Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch and Allow….transformation within and around you!
Namaste,
Nicole

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40 Ways Yoga Heals

According to Yoga as Medicine- The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, MD there are 40 good reasons to do yoga:

YOGA

  1. Increases Flexibility
  2. Strengthens Muscles
  3. Improves Balance
  4. Improves Immune Function
  5. Improves Posture
  6. Improves Lung Function
  7. Leads to Slower and Deeper Breathing
  8. Discourages Mouth Breathing
  9. Increases Oxygenation of Tissues
  10. Improves Joint Health
  11. Nourishes Intervertebral disks
  12. Improves Return of Venous Blood
  13. Increases Circulation of Lymph
  14. Improves Function of the Feet
  15. Improves Proprioception
  16. Increases Control of Bodily Functions
  17. Strengthens Bones
  18. Conditions the Cardiovascular System
  19. Promotes Weight Loss
  20. Relaxes the Nervous System
  21. Improves the Function of the Nervous System
  22. Improves Brain Function
  23. Activates Left Prefrontal Cortex
  24. Changes Neurotransmitter Levels
  25. Lowers Level of Stress Hormone Cortisol
  26. Lowers Blood Sugar
  27. Lowers Blood Pressure
  28. Improves Level of Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  29. Thins the Blood
  30. Improves Bowel Function
  31. Releases Unconscious Muscle Gripping
  32. Uses Imagery to Effect Change in the Body
  33. Relieves Pain
  34. Lowers Need for Medication
  35. Fosters Healing Relationships
  36. Improves Psychological Health
  37. Leads to Healthier Habits
  38. Fosters Spiritual Growth
  39. Elicits The Placebo Effect
  40. Encourages Involvement in Your Own Healing                                                                                                                                                                 These are all fantastic reasons to do yoga. You may not find the perfect class or the perfect teacher for you the first time around but don’t give up. There is such a huge variety of types of yoga, types of teachers and places that offer yoga that it won’t be very difficult for you to find the right match to suit your style.                                                                                                                                                                            Namaste,

Nicole

Nicole Rolland is the author of  “Stepping into Consciousness- A Guide to Living a Life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance”  and the owner of Nicole Rolland Yoga & Meditation (NRYM) 

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Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y7, Canada

Spiritual Self Awareness Tool to Move Out of Chaos and Stress

If you are feeling chaos and stress you are not alone. The good news is- this is temporary. Many people suggest it has to do with the consciousness movement that is sweeping the planet today which is basically all about remembering the love that you are, have always been, and will always be. This movement is causing us to look at ourselves and examine our lives differently. However, This shift in awareness, rather than creating more unity in the world appears to be creating an ever widening schism. As the awakening souls begin to outnumber those still asleep- chaos and stress seem to be taking root and disrupting lives.

Chaos and Stress

The world is moving to a higher frequency and as a result time appears to be flying by. For many, there seems to be no “time” to socialize, relax, read a book or even call a loved one. Others, suddenly have too much time, yet find their lives equally stressful. People are scared.

There is a polarizing parting of the ways between people clinging to their “stuff” like a life line and those able to let go of what no longer serves them. This separation is fundamentally between those who have found their freedom and those who are still trapped in slavery.

It’s not what you have or don’t have, it’s the value you place on having them and how you use them to define your identity. When you have a clear sense of who you are and what matters you understand you are not these things.

Take a few minutes, breathe… and notice what you are clinging on to?  your job, partner, home, possessions, friends, children, family, job, money, status, roles, reputation, lifestyle….and let it go….

Choosing what to let go of

  • Let go of what is holding you back in the old consciousness.
  • Let go of what no longer vibrates at the higher frequency state you are now vibrating in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 To manage your stress levels and reduce chaos in and around you, you need to calibrate your vibration to the vibration of everything in your life: your home, possessions, you friends, your partner, your family, your work, your thoughts….as long as there is a dissonance between these you will be trapped in chaos and stress.

You cannot enjoy the new energy until you let go of what you need to let go of. This is different for everyone. It’s always what is bringing you out of balance with your true nature and it’s probably what you think you could never live without.

Anything/anyone that makes you angry, sad, resentful, stressed, anxious needs to go. It need not be done dramatically but it can be done gently, compassionately and without judgement. It may come back and then again it may not…It does not really matter.

Take a few minutes, breathe… and notice what is moving you away from feeling the unconditional love that you are?  your job,  partner, home, possessions, friends, children, family, job, money, status, roles, reputation, lifestyle…. and let it go….

Yoga and meditation are the best tools to assist you as you let go, embrace the new and raise your vibration.

Namaste,

Nicole

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Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y7, Canada

What Do You Hunger For?

“Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in the crisis-afflicted countries of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen” and most Americans (85%) are oblivious to the starvation crisis overseas, reads the Huffington Post this week. With today’s global network of information dissemination how is it possible that so many people are unaware of such a disaster?

It is true that relief often comes in the form of copious amounts of money and time being thrown to a problem. Luckily we have many organizations whose mission it is to offer assistance to people and countries in distress. However, this comes at a price when it releases us of responsibility. We easily refer to any crisis that happens outside of our front door as a  “Someone else will take care of this” type of problem. This kind of thinking simply fuels future crisis to take root and to be ignored.

People who are consumed by greed are so focused on their need for “more” that they cannot process distress that does not directly affect them.

What can you, as a spiritually aware and mature person, do?

You need to care and this means you need to feel. If you can’t feel, you probably don’t care and you most certainly need to heal on some level.   Everyone is responsible for their life and is being called to take responsibility for the life they create for themselves. In todays world, the need for others to play “rescuer”, “victim” or “saboteur” is increasingly being replaced by the need for others to “care and hold space”.

Bottom line is you cannot do the “work” for someone else but you can care and hold sacred space for people and countries who are learning. Caring is not feeling pity, because that suggests condescension. Caring is not trying to solve problems for others because that is disempowering. Caring is not trying to teach anything because that suggests inequality and caring is certainly not blaming others for the situation they may find themselves in- no matter how dire. Caring is really a state of offering love and sharing in the trust that a solution will be found in due course.

Satisfy your hunger

So connect to your breath, breathe deeply and send prayers to the people in Africa now in distress, to the suffering countries and to their governments. While you’re at it send blessings and prayers to every soul on this planet who is suffering from their own personal brand of starvation and then connect to what you hunger for….and know that with love and trust you will no longer hunger for anything.

Namaste,

Nicole

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Nicole Rolland Yoga & Meditation
T (1) 514 824 8510
​info@nicolerolland.com
Nicole Rolland- Yoga & Meditation 
au Club Universitaire de Montreal-  4ieme etage 
2047 Mansfield, 4th Floor
Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y7, Canada