I’m back! And I have a challenge for you.

Date: July 19, 2015

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Ohhh it’s been so long! I’ve missed writing. I’ve missed connecting and sharing things with you.

I’m so happy to be back! I really took time to become still during the holy month of Ramadan. While the rest of the city escaped the ever-increasing summer temperatures, I took the opportunity to enjoy some peace and quiet. Honouring Ramadan this year gave me the opportunity to turn within and give back to myself and give back to others in a much deeper way.

I reconnected to a lot of the positive and spiritual practices that I had let slide, because of, well, life and busy-ness.

I talk about one of these practices in today’s podcast, and I challenge you to join me in doing it for twenty-four hours. If that doesn’t seem like a long time, then wait until you hear what it is. Doing this practice for twenty-four hours is a huge challenge! But so worth it.

Find out what it is by listening to the podcast below.

As I said, I would love to hear from you.

On a scale of 1-10 how challenging did you find implementing this practice for twenty-four hours to be?

How can this practice be helpful to you in your life? What would it change?

Thank you for listening and I’ll catch you again soon for Kira in the Middle.

With lots of love,

Kira x x

Three Key Ways to Build Your Spiritual Muscles.

Date: June 4, 2015

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As it is with anything, living and leading from within requires continuous commitment and dedication, followed by taking daily steps to stay connected to your internal world. And in a world that is so much about the ‘external’ stuff, this can be a huge challenge.

 

There are three key ways to commit to living and leading from within and to help you build your spiritual muscles.

These are:

 

  • Contemplation
  • Meditation, and
  • Prayer

 

These three actions are what you can use to ‘tone up’ and ‘show up’, and create an external world that reflects a more aligned and stress-free internal world.

All three steps help you unite your mind, body, and soul, to relieve fear and suffering, and guide you towards freedom, fulfilment, and even, fun!

 

Why should you build your spiritual muscles?

Well, because you want to be happy right?

You want to feel energised, supported, and loved?

Because you know there’s more to life than just working 9-5, fighting your way through traffic, and putting up with toxic people in your life.

 

Really, it comes down to knowing there’s more.

There’s so much more than this. You can feel it.

You’re sensitive to it.

You’re sensitive to the world, to what’s happening to the people around you, and to what’s happening within you.

 

There’s no doubt about it, you need spiritual stamina to live in the light and lead from within.

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Feel good about yourself and stop the trash-talking!

Date: May 25, 2015

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I want you to feel good about yourself.

I want you to accept a compliment with grace and gratitude.

I want you to know how brilliant you really are.

I want you to know how beautiful you really are.

I want you to own it.

Own it all.

Everything single thing about you!

And I want that for me too.

Listen to this podcast to hear about the new commitment I’ve made to myself.

I am sure you will feel motivated to make the same commitment too.

 

Please get in touch with me at kira@kirajean.com, I would love to support you in your commitment towards self-love.

As I mentioned in the podcast below are the links I recommend you check out:

The Body Image Movement Video

Trash-talking an apple

Onwards and upwards my friend.

Let’s work on this together.

Self-love.

Not the wishy-washy kind.

The “I’m freakin’ over feeling crap about myself, my life, and everything else in between!” kind.

I’ve committed to practicing self-love even more.

And to loving my life – totally.

Are you in?

Lots of love, Kira x x

I’m being called to make this simple change…

Date: April 23, 2015

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Even as a writer I try not  to get too attached to words. For me, I focus on the intention behind them as I believe that is what has the greater impact.

In University I studied linguistics as part of my psychology degree, and later as a child therapist I had to throw out everything I thought I knew and learn how to communicate non-verbally with many of the children I worked with.

This is when I realised how powerful intention and energy are in terms of how we relate to and connect with others.

As a result I’ve become more and more aware of the intention behind my words (a brilliant practice in mindfulness and being present in the moment) and the impact that my words have.

In this video I talk about a simple experiment I created to reduce the struggle I felt when faced with challenges. It’s so simple, but it has had a profound affect on my perception and therefore how I respond to the situation.

It has also affected how I communicate with others, particularly when offering support and advice. This new approach allows them to reach within themselves to find an answer that provides them with more comfort, clarity, and confidence.

Click the video below to join me in making this simple change.

 

 

 

As I mentioned in the video, I would love to hear from you.

Comment below or send me an email at kira@kirajean.com, and sign up for my mailing list so we can stay in touch. I will continue to support you on your journey towards leading from within.

With love,

Kira x x

5 Ways Leading From Within Will Change Your Life.

Date: March 22, 2015

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My friend,

You were born to lead.

You were born to lead millions of people, hundreds, or a lucky few.

Or… perhaps you were born to lead one person – a very lucky one.

Or maybe, just maybe, you were born to lead yourself.  You were born to follow the wisdom of your own heart and mind, and blaze a trail that reveals itself only as you courageously walk along it.

This is what I call leading from within, and it is what I deeply believe in, consistently commit to, and teach others how to do.

Leading from within empowers you to make wise decisions and act based on a deeper understanding and knowing.

This kind of leadership, once you’re tuned into it, flows easily. It’s not forced, aggressive or controlling. It produces positive results, and can help you balance your relationships, both personally and professionally. You become a magnet, and easily attract the people and resources you need in order to lead and live a fun and fulfilling life.

If you feel called to lead in some way, it’s important your leadership comes not from ego, but from sharing your gifts and story with the world. It needs to come from the soul, from a deep place of wanting to empower others and affect positive change.

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Kira in the Middle of a MELTDOWN.

Date: March 10, 2015

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I have no idea if this podcast will be useful for you.

I simply felt guided to record myself in the middle of a semi-meltdown.

I was totally trying to control everything, to the point of really working myself up  into a highly stressed state.

The situation itself wasn’t stressful at all, rather my attachments and need to control EVERYTHING were getting in the way of me being present and calm in the moment.

Through this experience I gained huge insight into what was really important to me.  You’ll hear me talk about my journey from a girl with a backpack to know having a wonderful home that I adore.

Challenges are one of our greatest teachers.

As you listen to this recording you will notice how I was able to witness my reaction to the situation and turn it around with a simple prayer and by being compassionate towards myself.

I recorded this podcast while in the middle of this high stress, controlling, fear-based emotional state, so I ramble on for awhile until I reach a point of understanding, compassion, and finally release from the fear and need to control. Read More

The Final 5.  Why You Just Can’t Go All the Way.

Date: March 2, 2015

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Hey gorgeous.

Today’s topic came out of my own struggle the last couple of weeks.  I’ve been falling into old habits, sabotaging my own growth and success, and applying what I know to overcome it.  I’ve been able to move through the struggle and step into my power to choose.

So let’s talk about this Final 5.

5 pounds.

5 more tasks to complete.

5 more things to do that will totally transform your life and deeply fulfil you.

5% more “stuff” to move through, and you’ll be there.  In it.  Your dream life.

BUT YOU WON’T DO THEM.  IT DOESN’T HAPPEN.  YOU CAN’T SHIFT IT.

You’re taking action and moving towards living a happier, healthier life.

You’re ahead of the game in many ways and a lot further along the path than most.

You know you’ve got what it takes.

You know you can beat this thing.  You CAN change.  You ARE already, and you’ve already done so well.

And there it is.

You’ve already done so well… and what usually follows is… loosen up honey… take it easy honey… it’s enough now.

But is it?

Have you really stepped up into your full blown capacity and given it your best shot?

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Stretching into Stillness.

Date: February 13, 2015

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Stillness is both one of our most desired and most feared things in the world.

We crave stillness.

We crave it like crazy.

We just want a break, a chance to take a breath and sit still for a second.

BUT… when we have the chance to, we run from it and get busy doing, well, anything.

Why? Because we’re not used to it. It feels really uncomfortable and awkward.

For me, I know I just feel guilty sometimes. I know it sounds crazy, but I feel like I’m being selfish if I rest, like there’s too many other things I should be doing.

For the past decade I have journeyed towards stretching into stillness. And by stretching, I mean it’s literally been a stretch for me.

It’s been a huge challenge, and required a lot of un-learning, a deep commitment, and a strong willingness to explore my own discomfort and fear.

What I’ve come to realise is stillness of the mind is what is needed more than anything. We know when we’re physically moving and expending energy, but most of us are unaware of how much mental movement is going on. We’re always thinking. Judging. Questioning. Analysing. And this is using up so much of our energy.

The first step however, is to physically stretch into stillness. I personally love to practice yoga. I stretch, bend, and twist my body, and expel a lot of the energy I have that would otherwise be scattered around during my day on a never-ending to-do list and a lot of unfinished tasks. Read More

Stretch girl, stretch.

Date: January 13, 2015

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Hey gorgeous!

This week has been a crazy one for me!

My husband and I have moved into our new home and while I love building a life within it’s walls I’ve been struggling to keep all my balls in the air, so to speak.  I’ve got so many things on the go.

I’ve been working on my book Soul in the City for what feels like forever now, and I finally feel like it’s almost ready to go out into the world.

This has been a massive stretch for me.

I’ve fought off a lot of resistance and had to dig deep to bring this book to life.

My perfectionist streak has reared it’s head one too many times, and I’ve had to be mindful of self-sabotage throughout the whole process.  It’s been a massive stretch, but one that I needed.

Speaking of being stretched, it’s the topic of this week’s v-log.  I really feel 2015 for both of us, is going to be a year of stretching ourselves.

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What’s Your Big Fear? The one that has a hold on you.

Date: January 3, 2015

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What’s your BIG fear? I mean really. What is it that scares the life out of you? It stops you in your tracks, you freeze up, close up, or run for cover.

What is it?

What is that fear?

The one that has a hold on you.

 

You probably don’t even know what it is. You have a lot of small fears, and those you could reel off to me without a problem. Those fears you can face. Because it’s easier. It’s easier to face those fears than face your really BIG fear.

You cover up your big fear in a bunch of small fears, to validate having a fear, but to avoid looking at the real fear too closely.

What is it about it that shakes you to your core?

What is it about that fear that makes you feel small, powerless, helpless?

What is your BIG fear?

What is it deep down that has a hold on you?

It makes you sick from the inside to even acknowledge it’s there.

You pipe up with all that resistance and defiance, and you probably want to scream at me right now, or simply dismiss me as someone who’s trying to stir up sh*t, stir up all that unnecessary stuff.

You know there’s no point in waking up the sleeping monster. What good will it do? Read More