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Amanda’s incredible Camino Journey – Practical inspiration you can enjoy in your life now.

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Amanda’s incredible Camino Journey – Practical inspiration you can enjoy in your life now.

Finally I feel it’s time to share one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. The Camino (Spain) was a dream I was inspired to create for myself.

It is an ancient pilgrim path known as The Way of St James, to Santiago de Compostela. I walked over 202km, through incredibly beautiful landscapes over 11 days. (10th September- 20th September 2018)

It was a sacred inner journey and on day 1, I was inspired to capturing the essence of each day in a video and share my energy and experiences with you.

My wish is to share the beauty, love, challenges and ‘aha’ moments of each day so that it creates even more love, joy and ease for you.

Day 1 Cacabelos to Villafranca del Bierzo 9.5km

Reflections –Leap of faith. Feel the fear and follow your heart.

Story –The moment I took my very first step on The Camino I was overcome with an intensity and outpouring of emotions all at the same time. I felt relieved, excited, sad, happy, fear, love, doubt, trust, overwhelm and faith. It was so curious and unexpected. I thought and felt all of my loved ones right there by my side, past and present. I was proud that I had overcome my personal fears and doubts and the fears others had for me. Would I be fit enough? Can I walk that far back to Santiago? Would my family be ok without me? Would I be safe going on my own? Will I get lost?
I felt excited and content that here I was taking my very first step on my journey. I had followed my heart and here I was enjoying the beauty of The Way.

Practical Inspiration –Feel and honour all of your emotions. Let them bubble up and out. Allowing even more space for love and light. ❤️😊✨

Day 2 Villafranca de Biero to Ambasmestas – via Pena Roldan the scenic route. 16.7km.

Reflections –Listen to my body. I move forward in life with ease and joy at every age. I am balanced and free. Surrender, trust and go with the flow.
Story –Today was a physical day of walking up beautiful mountains with stunning views. I had pain in my right hip on the way up the mountain. The message was move forward with ease and joy.
After arriving at Ambasmestas I found the most beautiful church and sat quietly on my own. Even though I am not overly religious I started praying. I prayed for me to move forward with joy,ease,freedom,balance and love. Then out came the tears and my mutterings “I’m scared, I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know where I’m going, I haven’t got a clue.
Please help me to accept what is, to enjoy and find love in everyday, to have the courage to move forward into the unknown trusting and having faith that more joy, love and how I can be of service will unfold. Please help me to see the messages and take inspired action. “
The relief and peace just washed over me in that moment. It was a relief to admit I didn’t have a clue about what my future held and that was OK.

Practical Inspiration –All that really matters is to notice the ease, love and joy that surrounds you wherever you are in this moment – home, work, family, friends.

Day 3 Ambasmestas to O Cebreiro

Reflections –Easing into the walking, enjoying the spectacular views and receiving messages, love and connection.

Story –The walking was so beautiful today and I started thinking about an email I had received that morning. I am always amazed at how quickly messages arrive, literally. It was from a lovely women who had been to Kerala and the Spirit of the Land Retreat with me. She had randomly (or not) sent an email to say how much she appreciated both retreats. Then she said that she hopes we encourage other beautiful people to find the stillness of their spirit. It was very clear to me that only yesterday I was asking, How can I best be of service and use my gifts. Thanks for the message I heard it loud and clear. Since returning we have planned 4 new retreats.

Practical Inspiration – Find the magic and joy in the messages that seem to be random. That book that 3 different people have mentioned, your intuition guiding you in an unexpected way (follow that before your head creates reasons to say no), trust yourself when it feels great, do it.

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6 Simple Ideas to Support Women who Struggle to Meditate Daily

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6 Simple Ideas to Support Women who struggle to Meditate Daily.

Yesterday a client told me that she doesn’t meditate because she tried and found it too hard.
I have lost count of the number of women who have told me this over the years. So this morning I emailed her some ideas to support her meditation practise.

My beautiful herbal garden, where I sit to meditate.

My special place to do yoga and lie down for meditation after.

 

Here are some of the struggles that women have had to meditate daily:

  • Not being able to find the time in their day to fit it in.
  • Unable to stop thinking about all the things they still need to do.
  • They don’t like sitting.
  • Feeling irritated at being still.
  • They can’t sit crossed legged in silence for an hour. (The great news is that you don’t have to) 

So here are a few ideas that have helped me meditate daily:

  • Create some special time to meditate daily –  Think about a good time for you and create an appointment with yourself in your calendar. I find early morning is my favourite time.
  • Create a special space to meditate. I sit in my herb garden, being in nature brings a lovely peace even before I get started. For those that prefer to lie down I suggest under a tree on the grass, if possible. It is perfectly fine to sit or lie down, as long as your spine is straight.
  • It is very common for those of us who are busy, stressed or overthink to feel irritated at being still and stop thinking. Which is exactly why meditation is perfect to help us calm our body and bring peace to our minds. The best news is YOU WILL HAVE THOUGHTS and that is completely NORMAL . The trick is to OBSERVE your thoughts without judgement and allow them to be, bring your focus back to your breath. As that thought floats away and another arrives observe it and bring your focus back to your breath.
  • The great news is that many studies have shown that you only need 20 minutes a day for a few weeks to start to see the benefits. So start slowly even 1 minute a day and increase to 5 minutes over time and before you know it 20 minutes a day will be a breeze.
  • Be kind and gentle with yourself as you are learning a new skill of being in the moment. Keep practising daily. Before you know it it will become a daily habit with sooooo many amazing benefits.
  • Meditation is a loving gift to yourself, may you grow to enjoy every moment.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

With love Amanda xx

Talk & Tapas – The Camino

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Talk & Tapas

Eighteen months ago a friend of mine completed the Camino in Spain. When she returned, she told me of the simplicity and joy of each day, opportunities for self-reflection, the people she met and her inner sacred journey.

“All I had to do was put my shoes on, walk from A to B, have an incredible day in stunning nature, get to my beautiful inn, have a delicious homemade meal with local wine & a restful sleep. I would wake up the next day & continue my heavenly journey.
The gift of spaciousness & time for myself was precious.”

  

Her story and the energy she shared sent shivers down my spine and I was inspired to create my own experience and share it with others.

Come and hear of the amazing Camino experiences of two incredible women and how their journey continues to enrich their lives back home.

Thursday 8th March
at 6pm, Myaree

Join us for some delicious tapas, Spanish wine, lively conversation….
for a fun hour or so !

Limited spaces available.
Contact Julie on 0427 766 716, email spirit@iinet.net.au
or myself on 0405 344 149

Buen Camino !

Amanda

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Heart Centred Process to Reduce Anxiety

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Heart Centred Process

This process is very simple and takes less than a minute. It is a terrific way to keep centred throughout your day.

It shifts you from the wired, anxious over thinking mind into the heart centre which is a place of  harmony, peace, love and calm. It switches your body from fight flight into a sense of calmness. It is very effective at bringing you back into the moment and into connection with yourself. Have fun and play with this process, follow your intuition.

Breathe in and out a few times.
Scan your Physical body – what does it feel like? Heavy, tense, pain anywhere, contracted expanded, light, calm, or relaxed? Just observe without judgement. Breathe
Now Scan your emotional body – How are you feeling? Grief, peaceful, angry, joy, sad, fear, bored, anxious, worry. Observe without judgement or blame. Breathe
Finally scan your mind – What are thoughts are you thinking? What am I having for dinner tonight? I have got so much to do today? How am I going to find time to do it all. Breathe
Place a hand on your heart and think of something that makes you smile, something that you love. It could be a baby, animal, a beautiful place that fills you with peace, or even of something funny that makes you laugh.
Breathe in and out, enjoy that feeling and imagine it expanding from your heart into every cell in your body.
Now just become aware of your body, feelings and thoughts. Do you notice any shifts?
Enjoy this simple yet powerful process that can shift you from your head into your heart within seconds.

Start this process a few times a day, you will feel the shifts.
It can be done in the shower, on the toilet, on the bus and any time when you have a spare minute. Be gentle and kind with yourself and mostly have fun slowing down you body and mind, it can be such a welcome relief.
Be patient with yourself especially if you already have a monkey mind, it may take a little more time to feel the shifts, but it is definitely worth it. Have fun and play with this process, follow your intuition.

With love and light Amanda

I would like to thank Wendy Kennedy for kindly allowing me to share her Heart Centred Process with you.

New Clinical Trial – Lifestyle and Herbal Medicine effective in treatment of PCOS

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PCOS

During September 2017 I attended a Mediherb Seminar called “Women’s Health and Hormones – The delicate balance”. Angela gave an overview of the balance of female hormones, hormonal testing, common reproductive conditions, PCOS, ovulation, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Specifically how herbal medicine and lifestyle can help support that very delicate hormonal balance.

The highlight of the day for me was the results of A new clinical trial which showed that lifestyle and herbal medicine is effective in the treatment of PCOS.

“We conducted a randomised controlled trial over three months to determine the clinical effectiveness of combining a herbal medicine treatment with a lifestyle intervention, compared with lifestyle alone for improved menstrual regularity in overweight women with PCOS,” said Dr Arentz.

PCOS symptoms include menstural irregularity, high levels of testosterone, difficulties with fertility, weight gain, metabolic disorders and polycystic ovaries.

Here is a brief summary of the outcomes from the Clinical trial

Compared to controls ( lifestyle intervention only) the treatment group had improvements in:

  • Bodyweight,BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure.
  • Quality of life
  • Depression, anxiety and stress scores
  • LH, insulin
  • Reduction in oligomenorrhoea of 32.9% ( that meant regular periods for 1/3)
  • Pregnancy rates were significantly higher ( 11 fell pregnant compared to 3 in control group)

So it is wonderful to share the latest clinical trial with you and know that herbal medicine and lifestyle can support that delicate hormonal balance and so much more.

 

If you would like to find out more, feel free to call me on 0405 344 149 or contact me to find out what is possible for you

Lifestyle and herbal medicine effective in treatment of PCOS   Arentz S, Smith CA, Abbott JA et al. Phytother Res. 2017 Jul 7.dol:10.1002/ptr.5858.(Epub ahead of print)

Reflections on our Kerala Health Retreat | Love, Connection and Rejuvenation

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I recently returned from our Health Retreat to Kerala and have come home inspired to create even more opportunities for Women to enjoy some time in a safe space to restore, reconnect and nurture Body & Soul.

The Health Retreat in Kerala is set in a lush tropical garden overlooking the Arabian Sea and is on a sacred feminine site. Magic happens in the most unexpected ways and for me this journey had me soaking in the love of this sacred place and the precious souls that joined me for this retreat.

 

I felt I was love, we are all love, it flows through me, us and is in everything. LOVE equals universal life force energy. The pure joy, beauty and peacefulness of being completely present in the moment, to the Love that connects us all.
These pictures represent the LOVE I experienced.
Wrapped in the gift of love from the precious women sharing this health retreat with me.

Amanda Hobley | Health Retreat Kerala | Naturopath Perth | Women's Health

Sacred feminine healing space and meditation, sharing love, support, grounding and connection with an incredible group of Women. Beautiful vivid colourful flowers.

Amanda Hobley | Health Retreat Kerala | Naturopath Perth | Women's Health
Love is found everywhere in nature – bright green love heart leaves.

Amanda Hobley | Health Retreat Kerala | Naturopath Perth | Women's Health

Feeling the powerful energy from the waves rolling into my heart from the Arabian
sea. Nourishing my body with delicious fresh fruit.

Amanda Hobley | Health Retreat Kerala | Naturopath Perth | Women's Health

A special message and visit from a Chameleon. Beautiful vivid yellow happy flower
Another blessing.

Amanda Hobley | Health Retreat Kerala | Naturopath Perth | Women's Health

The beautiful therapists lovingly massaged, bathed and nourished and energised every
inch of my body and calmed my mind. I felt such love for their magic hands and
hearts.

Amanda Hobley | Health Retreat Kerala | Naturopath Perth | Women's Health

Some insights and wisdom gained while on retreat.

• I had to have the courage to sit in the pain, move through the fear to feel the love.
• We are all totally loved, love and loving. My heart opened and received a flood of love that had always been there.
• LOVE FEARLESSLY.
• Focus my intention and energy on the feeling of what I want.
• Each experience has value, even the ones that are challenging. It may even be showing us the things we don’t want, allowing us to focus on the things we do want.
• Life purpose – Allow the process to unfold without an agenda, follow your heart and soul. Listen carefully; you will not miss the messages and what is for you. When you feel enthusiastic, take action, one step at a time and go with the flow.

Much more has unfolded since my return and I am having lots of fun creating and following the next exciting stages of life.
Thank you for another amazing life changing experience Kerala and for sharing that with me Cate, Kerri, Julianne and Gina.

With love Amanda xxxx
Click here to find out more about my next retreats

 

Amanda’s 3 top insights to cleanse and reset the body and mind.

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I spent four weeks in March getting back to basics, cleansing, resetting and shifting old habits. Allowing my natural balance so it was easier to listen to the subtle messages of my body. The whole process was fantastic, my eyes where sparkling and my skin glowing. I lost a few kilos and I felt completely balanced, calm and clearly able to listen to what my body really wanted.

I included plenty of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, protein and filtered water.

I also allowed myself 2-4 pieces of 70% dark chocolate, turmeric and herbal teas.

I removed all of my crutches including sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

The aim was to balance my blood sugar, reduce inflammation, remove all habits, cleanse and reconnect with my natural balance.

It was a fabulous experience that I plan to enjoy at least twice a year.

These are the 3 top insights I gained:

1. Allow at least 2- 3 weeks to shift old habits.

I found that the first week was easy to remove the habit. Then one day during the second week I was surprised when I was driving to the cafe for a coffee. My thoughts went like this,” Oh I will go to the cafe and get a coffee, oh I am not drinking coffee. Oh Ok, I will go home and have a turmeric drink instead.” So allow at least  two to three weeks to rewire the old thought patterns. Great news is that you can easily replace that old habit. It was interesting becoming aware of my thoughts and patterns.

2. The association between, stress, emotions and my crutches.

I noticed that I reached for sugar, caffeine and alcohol more when I was busy, stressed, tired, emotional or purely a habit.Everyone is unique. The morning coffee was definitely a habit and if I was busy and had a low in the afternoon I might also get a second coffee. I also noticed I would drink when I was with friends and family on the weekends and occasionally through the week if I had a busy and stressful time. I would also reach for chocolate when I was emotional and hormonal a day before my period. The best part is that it really is possible to cleanse, reset and get back you balance so that the crutches are no longer needed. It is very rewarding to feel so balanced.

 3. It was important to have plenty of nutritional food and have replacements for the the old habits. 

It really helps to have snacks ready and prepared so you can reach for it when you would normally reach for the caffeine or sugar snacks. My favourite snack was a mix of blueberries, strawberries, almonds and 2 pieces of 70% dark chocolate. I would also have a sparkling water with lemon instead of a glass of wine. Turmeric drink or herbal tea instead of coffee. Baked vegetables are great through salad for lunch or just snacks. Plus a jug full of filtered water on hand.  I also noticed that the quality and quantity of  nutritional food increased. That a coffee would have previously replaced some fruit, nuts and water. I was also pleasantly surprised at how great my diet was in general. I was a lot harder on myself and gained a clear perspective on my diet.

Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss this four week cleanse and reset.

It is important to check with a health professional and your doctor before making any changes to your diet and lifestyle.