Why These 4 Woo-Woo Phrases Are Causing Confusion

This article was inspired by a conversation with a friend of mine who recently commented on a situation by saying “Well Tom, everything is perfect”. I stopped to contemplate this for a moment noticing a misalignment with that comment of his. It was such a simple statement and one we see daily on Instagram posts but I couldn’t let this one pass. No, everything isn’t perfect! Then I started to think about all the other ‘spiritual, woo-woo’ comments that have started seeping into our mainstream language and felt it might be time to clear some things up about them.

A lot of what we say and do gets programmed into us and quite often we find ourselves being molded by a collective movement of thinking, speaking and acting in a particular way. Before long we just naturally use phrases and terms without even thinking about them as they become part of our psychology. Off-the-cuff phrases and terms start to get deeply embedded into our society without us really contemplating the meaning of them at a deeper level. Some of these phrases can cause conflict or confusion in people and for this reason, I thought it important to share with you four phrases that I’ve noticed seeping into our society that need to be cleared up and possibly even removed from our daily language.

1. There is only the now.
I was once approached by a company wanting me to promote a watch they made that just had ‘NOW’ written across it, with no time. Very cute yeh, but I’m not sure how this would work when needing to schedule my meetings and workshops 🙂 Yes in each and every moment there is the present, however, we also have the past and the future which are an integral part of the evolutionary process. When the universe exploded from the ball of energy the size of an acorn, in that instant, time, space and matter were all created. Time is an essential part of that because it allowed a sequence to unfold and the game of life could then be played. The past plays an integral role in the process of evolution. For instance, if I put my hand on the hotplate on the stove and burn it, my ability to remember the pain of that experience guides me and reminds me not to do it again. Thank goodness for the past and our ability to remember! We also have a future, and I have the ability in this moment to create intentions, plans, and a roadmap for me to manifest in that future space. Our future is molded by our present thoughts and actions and therefore is also part of our reality. All three, past, present and future, need to be integrated into life and play a relevant role in our existence.

2. Everything is perfect.
Once upon a time there was only perfection in the form of an acorn size ball of pure energy. However, the perfection sought an experience other than itself and broke the symmetry to create imperfection and the Universe was born. Everything within the Universe became the antithesis of that perfection. Everything had the quality of imperfection. The oceans are imperfect as fish consume huge amounts of plastic, there are children starving in the world right now, there are women being abused, there are child sex slaves being trafficked, there are tribes going to war and yes, my car is imperfect, (there is a rattle in the right-hand door). All of this is imperfect. To say that everything is perfect is a loose statement that ignores the fundamental nature of the universe being manifest in its imperfect state. And although we will never get it to perfection we’re in the process of ironing out those creases. This is the sequence of evolution.

3. You are limitless/You have limitless potential.
Although this is a beautiful and inspiring statement, and at the subtlest level yes, beyond all forms there is the limitlessness of Being, yet this gets confusing for many people because it’s conflicting with what really is true. As a human being, we aren’t limitless and we don’t have limitless potential. I see many conventions and coaches talk about ‘your limitless potential’. This can lead many people to become disheartened as they continuously get let down by the limitations of life. If I ask you to jump 10 feet in the air you won’t be able to do that, if I ask you to manifest $500,000 in front of me you also won’t be able to do that and if your parents get terminally sick, you won’t be able to heal them. What’s important is we get very clear on what this statement means. There is an aspect of limitlessness within the universe which you are a part of and it is beyond form and beyond phenomenon. However, within our mind and body dimensions, we are contained and face many limits. Learning how to function within those limits, and embrace those limits will help us to be more accepting of life.

4. It happened for a reason.
When certain challenging events happen in our lives I often hear people going into deep philosophical questioning as to why that experience happened. And although we can learn something from every experience, there are some events that happened randomly and by sheer accident, and how we deal with that event is up to us. Floating around in the universe are trillions of objects like suns, planets, meteorites, moons, cars, humans, animals, ants etc. Some of these will collide by accident. Every now and then while you’re walking on the footpath or driving your car, there’s a good chance you’ve have hit a moth or trodden on an ant, causing a cataclysmic event in that insect’s life. Most likely the family members of that insect won’t be dissecting the experience going into the deep discussion as to why this happened. It just happened. We’ve started to make life very complex by having to have a deep spiritual understanding as to why every event has occurred when we can simplify things by just simply looking at the event and going yes it happened.

A recent report was published by Gallop that revealed that we are becoming angrier, sadder and more anxious and some of this might be caused by our incredibly high expectations that we are putting on ourselves to be spiritually perfect and reach a level of affluence that is way beyond our capacity. Yes we do have potential, yes we do have the capacity to make a comfortable life for ourselves, but let’s also be grounded and grateful for the current experience and accepting of the limitations of life.

You might know of some other woo-woo phrases that have seeped into our daily language that are causing confusion in people. Please feel free to share them below as I’m sure there are heaps more out there!

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Tom is the producer and co-writer of the film and book THE PORTAL, which is an experiential documentary created as part of a bold, global vision to shift humanity out of a state of crisis. To watch the trailer and find out more about this project click here.

 

 

7 Pillars For Optimal Health

healthyIt’s not long now until I turn 50. Seems strange to think of that number when I feel so young. Not only do I feel young, but I also feel the healthiest I’ve ever been. How is that so? Health is a process. It’s not a goal. Goals are something you reach, and then it’s done. Health is never done. It’s a daily process that I’m dedicated to and conscious of, where as lack of health more often than not is due to no dedication and unconscious decisions.

I want to clarify that fitness and health are two very different things. My friend is fit! He runs marathons all the time. But if he’s not running and training he’s battling flus and sleeping. Professional athletes are fit. I read an article on the weekend about Lauren Jackson the basketballer. She was fit! She was a professional athlete and paid lots of money to shoot hoops. But she was addicted to pain killers and sleeping tablets! Healthy? Or fit? You decide.

Of course, the body is fallible. It has limitations. And over time it will show signs of wear and tear. I have a tear in my meniscus in my left knee, some rotator cuff issues in my right shoulder, minor pain in my left wrist when I do downward dog and push ups and I now need glasses to read! Yep, the creaky old thing is showing the effects of age. But beyond that there is health. Health is vitality, zest, strength, aliveness, stamina, immunity, potency, lightness and energy.

To be healthy I have a 7-pillar program. It’s simple and I believe if you follow this 7-pillar program you will reach optimal health in no time.

1. Sweat. 2-3 times a week I will have big sweat. Either through training or in a sauna. I believe sweating is a great way to cleanse the body. I will sauna 1 hour at a time to really cleanse deep in the body with intermittent swims at 20-minute intervals. Be sure to drink lots of water. (See Step 4)

2. Strengthen. 3 times a week I like to lift heavy weights. There is something grounding, strengthening and empowering about lifting heavy metal to the point of exhaustion. Deepak Chopra says that lifting weights increases bone density and obviously develops muscle tissue and if great for longevity.

3. Stretching. Be it yoga or just stretching before bed at night or first thing in the morning is something I like to do every day. It could be as little as 5 minutes or up to 2 hours for a yoga class. Stretching opens up the tension points in the body allows the energy to flow more freely increasing immunity and vitality.

4. Hydration. 2 litres of clean filtered water to hydrate the body a day. Many people are suffering from dehydration, which will affect your adrenals, your immune system and kidneys and liver. I have a 2-litre BPA free bottle that I fill up in the morning and make sure I finish by the end of day. Take into account caffeine and alcohol do not hydrate the body, they dehydrate it.

5. Nutrition. Hippocrates nailed it when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” There is more than enough information in the world today to know that clean organic fresh foods are good for you. Processed foods, sugary foods and trans fats aren’t. I will have 1-2 cold pressed organic vegetable juices a day and eat as much natural food as possible. Whether you are paleo, vegan, Ayurvedic, pescetarian or whatever, that’s up to you and I think everyone has to find what’s right for them. But under all that the same simple principles apply. Eat for health.

6. Sleep. There are not many people I meet in my coaching and training sessions that aren’t tired. I think the biggest imbalance we have on the planet today is fatigue. We simply don’t rest enough. (Guilty here!) Ideally I’d like to be in bed asleep by 9-9.30pm, but that rarely happens. I wake regardless around 5-5.30am, which is my body clock that wakes with the sun. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I can take breaks and nap in the afternoon. (Those Spanish were on to something!) Making sure we are rested and our battery cells are charged is key to being healthy.

7. Mental clarity and calm. Ok let’s cut straight to the chase, I’m talking about meditation here. Meditation has been a priority in my day for 20 years now and I won’t let a day go by without sitting in meditation. It’s like eating food, going to the toilet and sleeping. I don’t question it. It’s a non-negotiable. The body is a print out of the mind and if the mind is busy and filed with negative thoughts then this will transfer through into the body.

It’s not complicated. Following these steps has had a huge impact on my life. Of course there are times when I deviate from this and it shows when I do. Life isn’t rigid and you cant always fit everything into a day or week. But if health becomes a priority then you will probably find ways to fit most of these pillars into your week in some way shape or form. Have you got any other pillars that I might have missed out? Please let me know below, I’d love to hear them!

Happy health!

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How To Have Your Own Easter Resurrection

Jesus-Resurrection-Walking-out-of-Tomb-900It’s a pretty remarkable story isn’t it? That someone was killed by being nailed to wood and stabbed in the heart then three days later he was seen again walking around the streets? I mean seriously, this is some pretty out there stuff! Really, without the ‘seen again walking around the streets’ part to the story after his death, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be celebrating 4 days holiday and a bunch of chocolate eggs would we? It would be just some guy that said things that the Roman Government didn’t like, they decided to quieten this troublemaker, and then no one would have heard of him again.

Although I was always curious as to why we didn’t hear much more about this person three days later while he was walking around after his death? Like what happened to him 2 weeks, a month, or years later after he resurrected from the dead? Didn’t the Romans want to kill him again? How did he die again after that, or where did he go? If he appeared to the disciples why did he not appear to the Romans? Was he ascended as a soul and no longer physical at all? So many questions…

But in essence, do we need to answer them or can we simply take what valuable insights there are from this Easter story and apply it to our own lives in a way that will add immense value not only to us but those around us? The gist of the story is that there was a resurrection, a return to life from a seemingly dead position. What if we can go through our own metaphoric resurrection when we transform from a dark space of tragedy to a realm of light and love? Can this be our own resurrection of sorts? Perhaps you have already had one, where you had been in a dark tragic circumstance then rose out of the darkness and rebuilt your life with a new awareness and way of living, one based on compassion and love, one on empowerment and vision.

Recently I have met many people who are suffering. I know many of you are facing challenging times. What lies beyond this moment of that dark night of the soul for you? What can you do to have your own resurrection? I always see a big shift in my coaching clients when they shift their awareness from the past of being a victim to the future, where they are empowered with their own choices and change how they feel. It’s often easier to keep looking back at what was, and be influenced by those past circumstances. These situations are very affecting on us, leaving what is called in Sanskrit samscaras. These are deep wounds that leave an imprint that binds and can continue to affect us for many years, if not our entire life when they go unchecked.

Samscaras don’t have to be for life though. Each day our body is replacing cells and our mind is a malleable software that is upgradable. Which means our software and hardware, (ie, our mind and body)  is changeable. We are adaptable and where we are today doesn’t have to be where we will be tomorrow. Something amazing happens when we redirect our attention to what will be. Ask yourself deeply, what would you like to feel? Then take the progressive steps to make this become your new reality. Are you choosing health? Are you choosing love? Are you choosing kindness? Are you choosing compassion?

Beyond our stories and busy mind is a deep sweet serenity of stillness. A calm that heals and nurtures our body. It’s restorative. Of course, the ego doesn’t enjoy this, it’s like a death of sorts for the ego when the mind enters the silent void. And the ego will fight for its existence, it will throw everything at you to stop this silence occurring. “Don’t dare ignore me” it will scream at you in various ways. Yet when you dive into the bliss of Being, the ego surrenders and you are left with your Unbounded Glory of Divine Self. It takes time, have patience, and this Easter, pause, take time out and let go. We have a four day celebration, not for religion, but to celebrate life, rebirth, and transformation. Make this one yours. To me, that is a resurrection worth talking about.

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5 Tips To Help You Get More Balance With Work And Life

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At a certain stage in life, you might find yourself struggling to manage your professional and personal life. Once you’ve settled into a routine, it can be easy to neglect one or more aspects of your holistic wellness and to feel ‘caught up’ in life without feeling like you ever get a break. Indeed, you need to give attention to every aspect of yourself in order to strike the perfect work life balance. Focusing on only one thing (i.e. your career) and neglecting another (i.e. your relationships) will leave you feeling dissatisfied with your life. The following work life balance tips can help you if you feel like you’re suffering in one area or another.

1. Schedule time to relax.
Your own downtime is often the first thing to be dropped when you’re busy. Your job might demand results that others rely on, so spending time on yourself (which produces a result that you rely on) is easily sacrificed. But your ‘me-time’ isn’t selfish. In fact, it will improve your mood and your subsequent actions with others.

Think about the things you enjoy and make a point of incorporating them into your weekly schedule. For instance, plan on spending some one-on-one time with your spouse or doing a fun activity with your friends. It’s easier to incorporate these kinds of activities when they’re scheduled, because you can finish your work around them. The most important thing is to make time for something that will help you to unwind and relieve stress.

2. Make small changes to your routine.
You don’t have to make huge changes in your life in order to achieve balance. In fact, you’ll be less likely to follow through with your goals if you make them extreme. Instead, take small steps when it comes to incorporating relaxing activities into your routine.

Even on your busiest days, taking out a few minutes in the morning or at night can really make a difference when it comes to helping you de-stress and unwind. Relaxation activities such as meditation are highly effective and don’t require a huge time commitment. As an example, the Stillness Movement is a shift towards a meditation-centered lifestyle that only requires twenty minutes worth of practise twice per day.

3. Get regular exercise.
If you see exercise as just another thing to check off on your list of things to do, you should change your perspective. Yes, it takes a huge amount of motivation to stay active when you have a busy work and home life, but ultimately it can help you to accomplish more by increasing the amount of energy you have and helping you to concentrate. When you make time to exercise, you feel better throughout the day and it will be easier to maintain your focus and complete all of the tasks you have to do. Of course, that’s in addition to all of the other benefits of exercise, from improved health, to increased longevity and improved confidence.

4. Do away with activities that stress you out, take up your time, or suck your energy.
It’s easy to waste time on things that are counterproductive, or that wear on you unnecessarily. For instance, you might spend an hour time listening to your mother-in-law complaining about her arthritis flare-ups over the phone. While it’s good to devote time to the people in your life that matter, it’s not good to spend too much time indulging others when it comes to activities that aren’t getting you anywhere.

Being unproductive at work is a major problem for many people. Some people even find that if they cut down on the amount of time they spend on social networking sites, news websites, and sifting through emails they get a lot more done. If you can identify sources of wasted time in your life you can work on minimizing them.

5. Know your goals.
If you feel like you’re life is in a constant state of chaos, it might be because you’re lacking direction. You need to take some time to identify what you would like to accomplish over both the short- and long-term. You might want to create a list of things you would like to do in your life, so that you can choose one or two things now and start working towards them. If you write down what you want to do without giving yourself a time limit, you’ll feel directed without feeling stressed about achieving your goals within a specific time frame.

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This Buddhist Saying Changed My Life!

No doubt you are, or have been, through some difficult times in your life. Often when we pass through these times a common question is “Why me??” and we slip into a deep malaise and heaviness in life.

Well I can certainly relate. However when I came across a Buddhist saying all of that changed. I started to see my difficult times in a different light. I could see a  pattern forming where I would be in a difficult period of my life and I would seek more answers, I would go deeper with my meditation (in fact it was a difficult time that even lead me to meditation!), I would read more spiritual and self-help books, and I would seek guidance from teachers. Once I was able to recognise this pattern and see how it aligned to this Buddhist saying I related to those challenges very differently. Watch this video and I’ll explain it further…

 

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See What Happens When This Woman Takes Off Her Clothes In New York…

Through my entire high school experience I had body issues. I was a skinny, freckly, pasty kid in an all boys agricultural college that specialised in rugby league. Needless to say, the majority of the students were big strapping farmhands or huge footballers built like sides of buses.

I would get teased about how skinny I was with comments like:
“Cronin, you look like a matchstick with the wood carved off it!”
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“Cronin, do you run around in the shower to get wet?”

Tapeworm was one that also stuck.

I did everything I could to put on weight, and probably ate twice as much as most kids but all to no avail. And so, I had to live with being the skinny, freckly, pasty kid at school. It was a struggle I dealt with for most of my youth. It’s ok now, Im over that issue and moved on 🙂

Body image is a HUGE issue in our world today. Studies reveal that 10% of teenagers suffer from some form of eating disorder and a study done at the Council of Size and Weight found that 90% of teenagers want a different shaped body.

We struggle so much to accept this amazing vehicle we have been given. For 70, 80, 90 or even 100 years your soul will be carrying around this human space suit so that you can exist here on this planet. It’s a remarkable piece of equipment. It digests food, has a heart that beats, has blood pulsing through it, lungs that pump air, eyes that can see, fingers that can feel, ears that can hear. It can scream, and laugh, and cry and orgasm…wow! Isn’t it amazing? And there is not one of them in all the 7 billion of them on this planet that is exactly the same…amazing right?

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How To Bring The ‘F’ Word Back Into Your Life

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I live in Bondi Beach. It’s an affluent beachside suburb of Sydney, Australia for those that don’t know it. When I say affluent, I mean pretty much everyone here has nice accommodation, good jobs, nice cars, overseas holidays, smartphones, we get to eat out in cafes and restaurants every week and we have a very comfortable lifestyle. To be honest, it’s not dissimilar from most suburbs across Australia right now.

I’ve been watching the refugee situation in Europe unfold and notice how many of those people literally walked out of their homes, cities and country with nothing but some water and clothes on their back.

It makes you want to say one ‘F’ word, but the one that I’m talking about is another ‘F’ word.

Frugality.

Frugality is a word we rarely hear in today’s western world. If you’re not entirely sure of what this word means, just to clarify it’s not an Italian pasta. It means to be economical, thrifty and not wasteful.

Personally I feel the hugely affluent lifestyles we have created in the last 30 years is a result of a massive debt bubble that at some point in time will come undone. (Just look at the chart on the US stock market…Uh Oh!) What will this de-leveraging of lifestyle look like when it does?

Well if we look at societies or times throughout history where they HAVEN’T been able to borrow huge sums of money, you will notice that they lived quite ‘frugally’. They were very conscious of how they used their existing resources so they could maximise what they had. Simple things like capturing rainwater and storing it, eating parts of plants or animals that we consider waste, using clothing as a means to warmth and protection rather than fashion statements and spending money they had earnt, rather than borrowed.

Ok, I’m a long way from being there, but the concept of frugality does fascinate me. It makes me wonder what would the planet look like if we consciously embraced a more frugal existence. What if we re-allocated our huge resources that go into the 80% of the food in the supermarket that has no nutritional value, (you think I’m joking…walk down the aisles of chips, ice-creams, cookies, lollies and soft drinks) to food that was improving our health? What if we re-allocated the huge sums of money that go into clothes that we wear 5 or 6 times before they are out of fashion, to something like sustainable energy sources? What if we re-allocated the billions of dollar spent on alcohol every day into global health initiatives?

By now you’re probably thinking being frugal sounds very boring. Well when I was studying in India I met a beautiful man called Swami Narayana. He lived in a tiny cave carved out of the side of a mountain by the edge of The Ganges. In his cave he had a few Vedic texts, a brass bowl for eating, a brass jug for water, a mat that he slept on and a little wooden box for things like a toothbrush. This was frugality to the max! Yet he was the happiest person I have ever met. He wasn’t bored because he experienced so much inner bliss. Is this the solution to the world’s environmental and economic issues?

If we became more conscious and happier inside would we still be allocating large sums of our money on food that deteriorates our health, clothes we rarely wear, and alcohol that depletes our brain functioning?

Does the solution to the planet’s environmental issues lie in a consciousness revolution?

Frugality might be something we can make a choice over today, or possibly it might be something we are forced into in the future. Either way, I might start the process now and prepare for it if it comes.

Are you in with me?

What would you do to live a more frugal existence?

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These Women Had A Choice To Make…What Would You Choose?

If someone asked you whether you were average or beautiful what would you say?

Well in this short video clip a group of women were asked this question and you might be surprised by their response.

After you watch this you might start to rethink how you feel about yourself.

Many of us are waiting for someone else to ‘make’ us feel beautiful. We want others to say things or act in a certain way to improve the way we feel about ourselves. Is this really someone else responsibility? Do they really have the power to do this or perhaps it’s a choice we all have the power to make ourselves?

How can you NOT be beautiful??? Every aspect of you is sheer beauty. Your eyes, your skin, your hair, your breath, your nails, your beating heart, and yes, your soul. You are an exquisite expression of beauty.

If you could put aside 4 minutes today to watch this clip it will elevate the way you see yourself.

Then after you’ve watched this please share with us below what choice would you make? One word – Average or Beautiful?

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How A Mother Of 4 Changed Thousands Of Lives In Africa With One Thought

It never ceases to amaze me the power of the mind and manifestation!

Today I share with you a beautiful story of a good friend of mine, Cassandra Treadwell, a mother of 4 children, who with one single thought, decided one sunny day here in Sydney Australia, that she would like to go to Africa and help relieve the situation of poverty there.

From that fleeting impulse of intelligence that travelled across her brain, the lives of thousands of children and families in Kenya are changed for the better!

Click the video to be inspired by this woman and realise the power of our thoughts and actions that can change the world.

Please, feel free to share with us any other amazing stories of inspiration below…we’d love to hear more of these stories! One thing about Cassandra is her huge open heart of compassion. She exudes love and light from her heart space as you will see in this video. Our heart space becomes very closed off in today’s world which is why I created this Golden Heart Meditation for you.

This meditation will help you re-connect to your heart space and open you up to unconditional loving. After listening to this meditation a few times you’ll feel a flow of love inside you that is warm and ever present. Find out more by clicking here.

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