Unlimited Belief

Let nothing hold you back from reaching your true potential

If you watch nature, you’ll find it doesn’t believe in limits. plants grow in cracks in the footpath, trees grow around power lines and through perceived limits.

It’s easy to see a cage as a cage and assume that there is no way out of it. That cage is only ever self imposed if you view it as a cage with no door nor key. If there was a way in, then there is a way out.

Beyond looking at it as something to be conquered, perhaps we need to look at things from another perspective. Is it really a limit? or is it guideline? Is it an absolute? or is it a advisory sign? Is it a boundary or is it an opportunity for an adventure obstacle course?

Don’t let anything hold you back or stop you for aiming, for trying, for growing toward your goals, your dreams or your potential.

 

Self Development Not for the Faint Hearted

Self Development Quote Dana Atkin

Working on yourself can be HARD work. Especially when you’re fighting your ego the entire way and dragging yourself kicking and screaming towards change like a stubborn toddler throwing a tantrum. 

It is not easy. It was never meant to be. We’re re-wiring our brain, our beliefs and our attitudes and that’s hard stuff sometimes. We’re wried for survival and survival is all about keeping the status quo. So when we try to change things, we become that stubborn toddler who wants just 5 more minutes at the park. Who wants an ice-cream and who refuses to eat his dinner because he doesn’t want the potato on the plate (even though we know full well we don’t have to eat it just because it’s there).

We’re in routine. But routine can be mundane and routine is never changing and ultimately, we as humans actually like variety and change. We just don’t like the process it takes to get there because it’s not an easy transition.

Knowing it’s worth it can help. So too does having faith that it will all come together, despite the evidence to the contrary. Self development is not for the faint hearted but it certainly is for those who seek change and are willing to do the real work to get there. Tantrums and all.

 

 

Monday Mantra:: I Choose A Better Feeling Thought

Monday Mantra I choose a better feeling thought   Put simply, when you find yourself thinking not so nice things, feeling not so nice, choose a better feeling thought. The more you choose a better feeling thought, the more you give your mind, body and spirit and a chance to not only feel better, but to attract situations and reasons to feel even better. One naturally feeds into the other. Today, when you find yourself thinking something that doesn’t feel great, choose a better feeling thought. As always, download and save this Monday Mantra Image to your desktop or phone or print it and pin it somewhere you’ll see it. When you see it, say it. And if you know someone who would also benefit from this mantra, please share it.

Dream Chaser or Dream Catcher?

Dream Catcher

The answer of course is both.

I have had Dream Chasers (see image below) in my mind as a series of gift cards with a very unique application for months and months on end. Then dream catchers were jumping out at me like signs from the universe.

When I mentioned this to my beloved, he said to me “is it a sign or is it just an extension of yourself?”.

Initially, I was annoyed. I LOVE signs. insert exasperated:Why was he dismissing my signs?

Today though, those words have provided inspiration. Not just from an artistic perspective but from a business perspective. It is an extension of myself. This is what I help all my clients with too. We find their passion, they come to awarenesses of how this might be a great business idea and we work together to eliminate anything that might be holding them back consciously and subconsciously from achieving their dream. I am a dream chaser myself. I help people chase and catch their dreams.

Dream Chaser AND Dream Catcher! (watch this space for snazzy new business tag line soon).

Question for you: What words have you heard lately that initially were less than easy to hear but when you reflect on them, they have a bigger meaning?

Dream Chaser by Dana Atkin

Sleep Well

3000MelbMag Sleep Well Dana Atkin April 2014

Frustrating isn’t it? When you can’t sleep. You’ve had a big day, you’re tired and you can’t wait to get to bed. You snuggle in at 9:30pm; take a few deep breaths and think “Ahhh…yes. Sleep time.” That is until you roll over (for what feels like the one hundredth time) and check the clock. 1:00am – eek!

Research says that getting adequate sleep is good for you for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons are:

  1. Your nervous system: It improves concentration, mood and memory
  2. Your Immune System: When your immune system is well rested, it can defend your body easier and more effectively
  3. Your Cardio Vascular System: Getting adequate sleep may help to reduce heart rate variability and
  4. It’s good for over all body rest & rejuvenation

So, as you can tell from this simple overview, Sleep is pretty important for your health and wellbeing. Here are my top five sleep well (or get back to sleep) tips:

  1. Routine
    Creating a routine around bedtime for yourself teaches your body when you’re nearing sleep time. The best way to do this is to think about children and the way we teach them with a routine that it’s almost bedtime. Find a series of things to do that works for you as a bedtime routine and stick with it.
  2. Deep Breathing
    This one is obvious and we hear it all the time. That’s because it works. Try taking a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this a number of times to calm your nervous system.
  3. Aromatherapy
    Lavender is a lovely essential oil to use for this exact purpose. Be careful with this one though because too much lavender can actually have the opposite effect. Remember: a little to calm, a lot toenergise.Here’s where I get most of my essences and essential oils from: http://www.spiritoflightessences.com
  4. Meditation
    This one is important because often the reason we are unable to get back to sleep is that we have all these thoughts running through our mind. Meditation can help us to control our thoughts rather than letting them run away with us and the right ones can also teach us to simply let those thoughts come and go rather than lingering in the first place.try this one: getsomeheadspace.com
  5. No Electricals
    Yep. That’s no phone, no T.V. and no computer games in the bedroom. This feeds into the routine factor. If your body is used to watching TV in bed, then you cannot expect that it will want to sleep there if you’ve spent all evening teaching it that it’s actually for being wide awake not sleeping.If you must have your phone in the bedroom at night (many people use it as an alarm clock) then put it on to airplane mode to stop the electrical signals from interfering with the electrical signals going on in your body.

The long-term effects of a lack of sleep can have dramatic effects on the body so if you’re not sleeping as well as you would like to be, then give one of the above tips a try – your body will thank you for it.

Let’s get (Meta)Physical

Let's Get Metaphysical

In my sessions, I often explain things to my clients in terms of metaphysics. That is, the emotional reasons behind their physical symptoms. So many people come to me as a last resort and often they have neglected to look at the emotional component of what their body is telling them. Symptoms are your body’s way of talking to you. It’s always telling you something if you’re willing to listen.

I thought I’d share a few with you here today based on some of the most common one’s I’ve come across over the last few weeks. Please note that these are often different for everyone so try thinking outside the box, beyond these interpretations.

Stomach:

Who or what are you unable to stomach at the moment?
What is going on that you are unable to digest?
(New Information, study, emotionally charged situations)
Are you biting off more than you can chew?

Skin:

Fungal – what are you holding onto that is festering?
Pimples – anger, irritation, eruption of emotion
Who or what is getting under your skin?

Bladder:

Who are you pissed off at?
What are you releasing too quickly?
What are you holding on to too?

Knees:

How flexible are you being?
Who or what have you not forgiven?

Left Side of The Body: Yin / Internal (self, family, feelings, night-time etc)
Right Side of The Body: Yang / External (others, work, men, external influences, day time etc)
There are some great books out there about the metaphysical components to physical complaints. I can recommend:

Louise L Hay (You Can Heal Your Body)
Annette Noontil (Your Body is A Barometer of Your Soul)
Christiane Beerlandt (The Keys to Self Liberation)

Each has some interesting insights about specific ailments and their psychological origins. Remember that every person is different so you might find that one feels closer to the “real” explanation for you than the others.

I’ll post some more of my metaphysical awareness here over the next few weeks too.

When you’ve exhausted all other avenues to correct your health, it might be time to Get (meta)Physical.

Monday Mantra:: Silence Is Golden

I struggled to decide to put up as today’s Monday Mantra. To be honest, I had a few ideas but none o them really felt right today. I think that’s because sometimes, no words are better. We’ve gotten use to constantly listening to music, watching video’s, the TV and talking on the phone and that’s just in the commute, let alone at home or at work.

When you think about it, a comfortable silence between friends or lovers can be quite comforting. Sometimes that wave from across the street can feel better than a five-minute conversation and do you remember that feeling when you lock eyes with someone from across the room, you get that zing of attraction and it’s like the entire world around you fades into the background? So much better than words, right?!

So, this week, choose to see silence as golden. Take in the sights, aromas and feelings instead. See and feel how rich life can be without words. Immerse yourself in the silence – Silence is golden.

As always, save the full image to your phone home screen, your desktop or print it and pin it somewhere you’ll see it often. When you see it, say it. And if you think someone else would benefit from this mantra, share it.

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Monday Mantra:: I Allow Myself to Receive

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Today’s mantra comes from an awareness that I came into this last week which has since become integral for a lot of my clients.

I Allow Myself to Receive

I came across an interview on the Super Soul Sunday with Debbie Ford. There were two lines in particular that piqued that awareness twinge. These two lines went something like:

  1. When I got your call, it wasn’t just a call, it was a higher call, you know?
  2. The greatest gift from this phase in my life is that I learnt how to receive love. For the first time, I really felt loved. I was afraid of being vulnerable. I was so busy giving, giving, giving and not receiving

Ordinarily these lines probably wouldn’t have had that same intensity of resonating with me but lately, I have been sensing that I have a bigger calling. I have also been doing a bit of work with the Law of Attraction. And I couldn’t work out what was holding me back with seeing results. That’s where the second line got me.

In the Law of Attraction, there is a law of allowing. That was my missing piece. I was creating, creating,creating and giving, giving, giving and not allowing myself to receive the results.

So my mantra since has been that I Allow Myself to Receive.

Last week, every single client I saw had this very same underlying key that was either holding them back, underpinning a pattern in their life or the turning point in their particular concern. It was key in areas of Money, Relationships and Weight Loss and Health (I’ll cover each them in more detail later in the week of how these patterns were playing out). Yes, there were other elements at play too however, this one line of allowing yourself to receive was present in each area.

Have a think about these in this order:

  1. Where in your life you do you not allow yourself to receive?
    (where do you say “no” to an offer of help?, Where do you hold back in relationships?, Where do you feel comfortable? think about how well you receive compliments too – this is something that I am personally working on).
  2. What is the result of not allowing yourself to receive? How do you feel? What do you not have? What do you not see?
  3. What are all the benefits that would come about if you allowed yourself to receive?

Now, repeat, repeat, repeat: I Allow Myself to Receive

Repeat this over and over for a few weeks and start to notice how your interactions start to change, how opportunities start coming your way and how mostly how you start to feel like there’s more give than take in your world.

As always, save the image to your phone lock screen, desktop or print it and pin it somewhere you’ll see it. When you see it, say it and if you think that someone else you know could really use this mantra, share it.

 

 

 

Kinesiology Is Not A Magic Bullet

Apple Healthy Low ResKinesiology is not a magic bullet. Kinesiology requires you to look at yourself, your patterns, your thoughts, behaviours and your emotions. It’s not always easy but it is always worth it.

I have the benefit of working in both a specialist kinesiology centre as well as a multidisciplinary clinic. Here’s what I have noticed.

People are typically looking for a quick fix so when they’re presented with a quick fix versus a you need to do a lot of work to get what you want approach, more often than not, the quick fix wins. Can’t blame them there, really – It would be great if these worked all the time with permanent results.

There are remarkably more cancellations at the multidisciplinary clinic. I believe that this is two-fold.

  1. The quick fix is usually a quick appointment time (15-20 minutes) so the perceived value of that practitioners time is typically diminished and
  2. People tend to not value the quick fix in quite the same way as they do the long steady progress (sometimes this is conscious, sometimes subconsciously)

In the specialist clinic, people who come to see me make and keep their appointments, show up early for their sessions and are genuinely upset if they have to cancel. In fact, I once had a client offer to pay me double if I could stay behind and see them out of usual business hours. While that was not a service I could offer, it certainly was a clear sign of someone who knows the value of Kinesiology!

Now, think about how old you are.

It took you that many years to learn some of your habits, your ways of doing things, your ways of survival.

How long do you think it takes to re-wire those learnings? Certainly not 20 minutes!

It’s not going to be a quick fix. And if it is, it won’t always be a lasting one.

That’s not to say that a quick fix won’t ever fix the concern at hand. Not at all. In fact, sometimes this is just what the body needs. I’m simply saying that sometimes your body and wellbeing deserve more than just a quick fix. It deserves to have you really think about the best approach to help it in the long-term, not just the short-term.

So next time you’re looking for a practitioner for a recurring injury, concern or issue think about how long you’ve had that concern for and then think about how long it will realistically take to rectify the situation and make an informed choice on how best to approach your wellbeing. It’s also important to remember that It’s absolutely okay too to blend approaches for the best benefit of your body. Use a mix of two or three different modalities to get the best results for you.