Expansion

It all started with a vision in Shavasana at my local Yoga class.

This guy appeared in my mind, the clearest image I’ve ever seen, as though I had seen him before and the name Tom came to me.

 

It all started with a vision in Shavasana at my local Yoga class.

This guy appeared in my mind, the clearest image I’ve ever seen, as though I had seen him before and the name Tom came to me.

My shavasanas, meditations rarely give me images, or signs, usually there is just calm and back then it was usually creating a to-do list, reminiscing about stupid crap, ready to move onto to the next thing.

The class ended, I walked out and grabbed the latest copy of Holistic Bliss magazine. When I got home I looked at the cover, there looking back at me was Tom Cronin, founder of the Stillness Project and the man hanging out in my vision. This moment was when life as I’d been floating along with changed. I knew I had to, that I would, meet him.

6 months later I saw him speak at an event, another 6 months later I was on his retreat.

In fact exactly 12 months since I had the vision, I was on the retreat.

By that stage I had enrolled with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, completed my first year at University, change was happening fairly unconsciously.

So many things changed within me on that retreat, at the end of 2016. These things began the catalyst for my 2017 – a year of Expansion.

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us”

– Joseph Campbell

This year I completed my training with Beautiful You Coaching Academy (Read more about that here), continued my university studies for a Bachelor of Counselling and began my business with doTERRA. I felt deep hurt when one of my closest friends crossed a line very important to me, I felt the uncomfortable growing pains that comes with being in a network marketing business, and I put myself in situations that are way outside of the comfort zone of this little introverted empath.

I discovered how important boundaries are for survival. I learnt how much beauty there is in a desire to serve. I learnt that flicking your mindset has the power to change your trajectory in an instant.

I learnt I am not alone, I am loved and supported and when you think you are alone and no one gets you, all it takes is a leap of faith and the universe will throw you head first into a crowd of souls that are YOUR people.

2017 hasn’t been all roses, but being able to see the beauty in the pains, the stretching and having the ability to look behind and be grateful is priceless.

I am no longer the same person I was on 30th December, 2016. And I am just so so excited to see who I am on 30th December 2018.

Much love,

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My First Retreat

 

Byron Bay Stillness Project Retreat November 2016

I’d never been on a retreat before. I’d dreamed about it, put it on my vision board and said “one day”. Earlier this year I gifted myself and booked in to the November Stillness Project Byron Bay retreat and I feel amazing!

I am back in my body, conscious of choosing foods that align with fuelling my body for wellness and vitality. Previous to the retreat I was making choices with food that was not supportive for my body or overall health, I was stuck on the treadmill of life unable to break from the clutches of my own limiting beliefs, laziness and lack of motivation.

The retreat re-set me. Four days of stillness- well sort of. Lots of yoga and meditation, and some workshops with the inspiring Tom Cronin, beautiful vegan food prepared morning, lunch and evening by Veet’s Cuisine, which meant my laziness could run free… I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat nor did I need to feel guilty for making less than great choices- there was no option!

I had the break I required to stop, contemplate and incorporate change

The retreat led by Tom and his colleague Fiorella Kis-Major encompassed a supportive atmosphere that allowed you to let go, immerse yourself in the uncomfortable and look at your belief systems, what was holding you back and where did you want to go from here. The process was life-changing. Every person left a new and improved version of themselves.

I met gorgeous people– 23 in fact, that are all on a similar path to me, and that really made my soul sing! In my life there are very few people who understand me, but at this retreat there were lots. Every person had an inspiring story and all are on the path of self-discovery for living their soul purpose, just like me! It has inspired me to seek out more souls like this on the Sunshine Coast to create connections to ensure I stay connected to my purpose.

Since returning home, I have mostly maintained the momentum.

  • Meditation first thing is not negotiable- even my boyfriend is joining with me- previous to the retreat I used him as an excuse (without even consulting him). I told myself I couldn’t meditate first thing because I wanted to savour the few minutes in the morning with him before he left for work and he wouldn’t want to do it with me. SO NOT TRUE. Just another excuse SMASHED. He’s loving it! And I’m loving being able to share this time with him.
  • I’m conscious. It’s not like I was a walking zombie pre-retreat, but I was excuse making, lethargic and cloudy. My ego and mean girl were in control. The retreat has gifted me with tools to follow through and lean on at home.
  • I’m aware of my thoughts. Man, my limiting beliefs are rife! But now I’m prepared to recognise and let them go. I have a vision for how I want my life to be and there isn’t any stupid little thought going to get in my way.

What I learned is we make so many excuses every day for not showing up for ourselves

The little voice inside whispering for us to connect gets pushed away because we are too busy, too tired, too hungry, too broke, too whatever. We go through our day on auto-pilot doing just enough to get by. When really all it takes is sometimes just 1 minute a few times throughout the day to take a deep breath, close your eyes and ask,

“Spirit what would you like me to know/do now?”

Much love,

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