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Bali Cacao Ceremony

Recently I travelled to Bali on a mission to increase my health through fasting, massage and the healing properties of the sun.  I travelled to the centre of transformational healing, Ubud.

Ubud never disappoints.  Not only did my physical body get reinvigorated and reset to it’s factory settings, my mind and heart got transformation too with a new experience for me – a Cacao Ceremony.

I hadn’t heard of such a thing before.  I was fully engrossed, mesmerised and transformed by the music, the cacao brew, the community and the energy they created.

For years, dating back to Aztec and Mayan cultures, cacao was a ritualistic medicine signifying both life and fertility, it was ingested by Royalty in ceremonial God worship and in sacrificial ritual.

For me the emotional impact was profound. Everything felt heightened in my physical and emotional body, including my awareness to my deepest sense of self and to my heart. It literally felt as if my heart opened like a flower.

People dancing, singing and sharing themselves freely without alcohol or drugs.  As a non-drinker I can handle more of these types of parties!

It has been said that cacao facilitates a deep sense of self-love, tears are always followed by smiles of deep gratitude. In other moments, the sheer ecstasy felt from the cacao can be described as nothing other than a divine experience.

In the right place, with the right people a cacao ceremony will surely bring about transformation, connectedness and love for all.

Give it a go when you get a chance.

My first order of pure cacao (imported into Australia by a friend situated in the Blue Mountains) will be delivered to me shortly.  I’m excited to prepare my first ceremonial brew following an ancient recipe.

I can’t wait for the magic to unfold.

In health, Angie. x

My life is a whirlwind now. Every day I make decisions and if I get hung up on the fear that they may be the wrong choices… I’m going to blow a gasket!

So, today I prepare for next week where more decisions are coming right for me. Bring them on I say.

Here are 5 tips to balance out any decision-making process. They may help you find a bit of balance to…

1. The 2 minute rule

The idea behind this tip is to force action through a self-imposed deadline. It’s simple enough to incorporate: any time you have to make a decision, just set the timer and begin the process. The time limit forces you to quickly assess the pros and cons while quickly coming to a decision. The simplicity behind this tip makes it very accessible. If you’re simply slow at making decisions, then this tip is a life saver. It doesn’t have to be 2 minutes either; anything from 1-5 minutes should work fine as well.

2. Think black and white 

There are times when we have more choices then we need. Excess of anything can overwhelm and lead to analysis paralysis, so in this case, try judging your options simply as good or bad, which will simplify and quicken the process of weeding out the less optimal decisions. This limited approach is ideal for the over-analyzers who insist on questioning every variable to death.

3. Put it in a hat

If all options seem to have roughly equal value, write down your best ones on separate pieces of paper and place them in a hat/bag. Your decision will be the one you pull out at random. This also works if you have a bunch of tasks you don’t want to do; these you could pair with a reward hat. Do a task, then when its done pull out your random reward from the other hat. This will help make the process be more tolerable.

4. Focus on the present

We can often become overwhelmed with the big picture, trying to see how our decisions will affect the future. The process is mentally draining, because you’re trying to see every step along with its every outcome. It’s better to save that energy for the task at hand, and simply try and make the best decision possible. Live in the moment, make a decision based on what will make the next step the easiest instead. Doing this for every step is a great choice for the chronic non-decision maker.

5. Embrace the idea of failure

Probably the biggest fear for us slow decision makers is that our decisions will lead to bad results. Compensation is then made by over-thinking the situation, causing us to question every aspect involved in the decision. Ultimately we run the risk of making no decision at all because we waste time and energy on useless questioning—this line of thinking must be rewired.

Instead, we should see delaying the decision as worse then making a bad decision. Bad decisions can be recovered from and learned from, but not making a decision at all means we don’t get to determine how our lives unfold. A fear of failure means that some thing or someone will make that decision for you.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you feel like you want to back away from a decision, because you don’t want your life to be decided for you.

BRING IT ON!

I was thinking about how powerless I feel today. I am a little cold, procrastinating to do anything productive and not inspired by the work I usually love doing. In this mood, I asked myself “How did I give my personal power away and how do I get it back?”

So, a bit of searching had to be done to relocate my personal power!

I discovered I was giving my personal power away purely through negative self-talk (there other avenues I will share on another blog). I couldn’t find a way to get out of my own head. I recognised I was saying many of the statements below. How about you?

·        They are doing it, so I couldn’t…

·        I don’t know how to…

·        I never get to do what I want to do…

·        I’m not smart enough…

·        I’m not pretty enough…

·        I can’t do it because it’s too hard…

I had to stop myself and ask, “Is it really true?” Then I asked myself how I would know if it was true. In most cases I haven’t done anything (or everything) to combat my self-talk.  I could wash my hair… then I will feel prettier for example.

There is much that we can control and impact with our own personal power. Change our thinking and we will start to see what we can do rather than what we can’t do.

I got up, put on an hour affirmation YouTube clip, wrote this blog and now I’m ready to get going.

The social media strategic business plan I promised to complete this week for a client… its complete in my head already. Winning!

Good vibes, Good love, Good day.

Angie. x