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Why David Bowie and Iman inspired me to be an Interfaith Minister?

An open love poem of condolence to Iman and David for an inspirational love at a time of loss

I cannot know how great your love or your loss

It wasn't just your music or your collective talents

Or infinite breathless beauty that shone for me but

The Stella quality of your Union In a world where so called mixed marriage Is still taboo

The two of you Created a model for forbidden love

That had never been seen so publicly or successfully demonstrated before

A divine Union of equals In a world that assumes inequality or imbalance

You embody the yin yang Taijitu

The divine masculine and feminine

And now the paradox of life and death In eternal oneness

May the pain of your separation be eased by knowing you created perfection

Thank you

May all love surround you and your family now and forever

This poem was inspired by a deep love that arose with the death of David Bowie.  Iman and David were one of the inspirations for me in becoming an Interfaith Minister - to provide ceremonies and spiritual guidance for rebellious souls who shine fully like this beautiful couple.   Please like and share if this touches you too. Maybe, just maybe, we can weave a net of love to soothe the grief of all those who mourn the loss of this great rebellious soul.

Rebel Rev. Monica x ‪#‎RebelRebel‬ @TheNJourney

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Rebel Rev. Monica Douglas-Clark is a Transformational Guide, Nurturing Yoga Teacher Trainer and Sacred Business Rebel.  She works Online and In-person with individuals, couples and groups. She loves inspiring rebellious souls around the world to live life more fully, creatively and joyfully through the revolutionary businesses that she runs.  She's on a mission to support at least a million rebellious souls to love life in all it's seasons, cycles and appearances before she dies.  There is nothing she likes more than snuggling up with Mr DC, their cat Laskshmi and the dog Anubis that's on it's way.

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I look forward to travelling with you on The Nurturing Journey soon.  Until then, travel well.

Rebel Rev. Monica Douglas-Clark

Transformational Guide, Nurturing Yoga Teacher Trainer and Sacred Business Rebel

www.rebelrev.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rebelrevmonica

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How to say No with Love

Ever been shocked when someone has said no to you?

Over the last few weeks I have shocked several people by saying ‘no’ to situations that I normally would have said nothing about or carried on with reluctantly. The situations have always been where something in my mind, heart and/or body has not felt, sounded or looked right.

I know that people have been shocked because they have told me.  They have expressed shock that I am not being my “normal” all encompassing “I’ll do it all” self.  They have told me that they expected me say yes because I “would have normally said yes to that’; they have assumed that I would have given them more time, more leeway, more guidance, more rope, more, more… They have expressed sadness that my behaviour has not been as “nurturing” as they have expected from someone who runs a business called The Nurturing Journey.

I’m writing this post to celebrate the clarity that I have about when to say no.  I am celebrating my realization that in order to live a life that feels like a yes in my body, sounds like a yes in my heart and looks like a yes in my mind I sometimes have to say no. When I say no it means I’m saying no with the intention of nurturing others and myself.

Nurturing doesn’t mean molly coddling or being a doormat for others.  My definition of nurturing is to help (something or someone) to grow, develop, or succeed and that can be through saying yes to something or no depending on what is the right action to take. For me it means being in integrity, acting authentically and having clear boundaries that you are willing to expand or uphold as necessary.

I believe that life is a series of nurturing journeys with inevitable ups, downs, transitions, endings and new beginnings. I also feel that when we step fully into our bodies, listen to the call of our heart, have clarity of mind and connect to our soul that we can find ways to navigate the Nurturing Journey of our life in all it’s twists and turns.

This is why I call my sacred business The Nurturing Journey.  I’m no longer rescuing people or nurturing people in the old smothering ways that encourage dependency.  I’m helping people to grow their own internal support and connection to Spirit so that they can shine their own unique light in the world. I can walk alongside you for a while on your Nurturing Journey and sometimes that means saying “No, I’m not willing to do that”.  I also encourage you to do the same when you are walking The Nurturing Journey with me.

I believe that the most compassionate, loving thing you can do for the world is be fully you.  When you’re being truly you by looking after your body, listening to your heart and watching your mind you can connect to Spirit - the unconditional source of love and abundance that flows through you.  You can then choose to give and act from that place generously knowing that this is the right action for you to take right now.   This sometimes means doing less, letting go of things that are no longer in alignment and saying no. When you truly do this you can be grateful for all that you have, give and be of service.

So if I say no to you, know that it’s for a bigger, higher purpose and I hope you’ll not be shocked by it.  If you say no to me because something doesn’t have integrity for you I will honour and accept it in the same way.

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Rebel Rev. Monica Douglas-Clark is a Transformational Guide, Nurturing Yoga Teacher Trainer and Sacred Business Rebel.  She works Online and In-person with individuals, couples and groups. She loves inspiring rebellious souls around the world to live life more fully, creatively and joyfully through the businesses that she runs.  She's on a mission to support at least a million rebellious souls to love life in all it's seasons, cycles and appearances before she dies.  There is nothing she likes more than snuggling up in bed with Mr DC, their cat Laskshmi and the dog Anubis that's on it's way.
For more inspiration to turn fear of change into a love of life in all it's seasons, cycles and appearances join Rebel Rev.  Monica DC and the other rebellious souls at The Nurturing Journey by visiting this link: www.monicadc.com
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I look forward to travelling with you on The Nurturing Journey soon.  Until then, travel well.
Rebel Rev. Monica Douglas-Clark
Transformational Guide, Nurturing Yoga Teacher Trainer and Sacred Business Rebel
www.monicadc.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thenjourney

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How I Healed my Womb and Unleashed My Inner Goddess

In 2000, I was working in a Local Authority, earning good money, and on track to be a Council Chief Executive within 5 years.  I was practicing and training in yoga, as an escape from the mundaneness and stress, when I had a realization that something wasn’t right. I had irregular, heavy, and painful periods. I was bloated, snappy and unhappy for half of the month, and knew I had to do something. For years, I was able to manage how I was feeling. I made progress by giving up my regular job and training to be a yoga teacher, NLP Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and more. (It’s a huge list).I changed what I ate, and I took initiations and trainings galore.  Many of these trainings and practices worked, yet at some level I still didn’t feel whole and complete as a woman. At this time, I was guided by various teachers, all of them male, on how to make personal and spiritual progress. They all advised me to look within.  I’m incredibly grateful for that advice because this is what I did. I looked at my life in all its aspects.I committed to thousands of hours of yoga practice, teaching, and meditation. I reviewed my partnership with my now husband, and I looked at my relationships with my family and friends. I transformed what I was doing with my work, and started going for my dreams.I met some amazing people. I grew my wellbeing business, and also supported my husband in growing our family business.

Then I got pregnant. It was a year where all of the women of childbearing age in my family fell pregnant. My father said something very telling, “at last you’ll be a woman now”. It was as though the route of mother was the only valid way to be a woman. I felt somewhat aggrieved by this. I wasn’t even trying to get pregnant. Then I had a miscarriage. As a result of the scans, I discovered that I had fibroids. It was clear that I was completely detached from my feminine body, its creativity, and potential. I met my maternal needs by training in pregnancy yoga, and by teaching hundreds of women to nurture their unborn babies and themselves, during pregnancy and labour. I tried conventional and unconventional methods to reduce the fibroids. I took medicinal herbs, had Mayan abdominal massages, and further refined my food and exercise. I even had a uterine embolisation to shrink them. (It didn’t work and it was a painful and damaging decision for me).

I became a-symptomatic – no pain, discomfort, or heavy periods, but despite all of the work the fibroids kept growing. They grew to the size of a 24 week gestation womb – 3 large grapefruits and small pineapple. I remembered that what I needed to do was go inside of myself.  So I did. I wrote in my journal, I meditated, and I prayed. The message that I received was that my fibroids were my womb telling me about my unfulfilled creative potential, and I needed to step into my truth.  I decided to have deeply healing surgery where I’d keep my womb, but have my fibroids removed and acknowledge the gift that they had bought me.

I renewed my commitment to fulfilling my potential. Yet, I still didn’t feel whole. I took myself on a fertility journey in a quest to get pregnant, and become a woman in the eyes of my family. I had 4 rounds of IVF before I realised that I could be a woman without being a physical mother.  I knew I had to recognise the validity of the parts of me that meant I could be a multifaceted woman in my own right, on my own terms, mother or not. Although I knew it, I didn’t know how to do it.  I remembered again that all I needed to do was take time to go inside to connect with my inner wisdom.

And I did.

This time, I took a sabbatical with my husband in Barbados.  A period of deep reflection, relaxation, and discovery. I did The Artist Way – a 12 step process for discovering and recovering your creative self. I uncovered my creative potential. I practiced daily mantra, yoga, affirmations, and journaling to take me deep within.  I made the commitment to be fearless in the realization of my authentic self. Then I had a breakthrough, a breakdown, a healing transformation, or enlightenment experience. (It doesn’t matter what you call it). I had an irrefutable, unforgettable experience of being one with everything, of being part of the divine feminine and masculine, of being whole – ONE. It was the most scary, joyful, and expansive experience of my life. I knew that I needed to live my life in a way that could connect the divine feminine and masculine within me in a permanent way. So, I sought out female guidance and support as a balance to the masculine paradigm that I had been living in.

I started teaching yoga from a nurturing, loving perspective that blended the masculine and feminine aspects.   I re-read “Women Who Run with the Wolves”, and all of the new and old classics. I sought out female company. I made friends with women who had been on a journey of discovering their sacred femininity of becoming whole.  I practiced and discovered sacred sexuality with Tantric approaches and Taoist practices, including the Jade Egg. During that time I fell back into the trap of needing to be a superhero - The Nurturer.

I found myself repeating old patterns of trying to save and mother others all of the time. I needed to find a path that would remind me that the mother archetype was a valuable aspect, but not the only way to be a woman.  That was when I came across Miranda’s work with Red Moon and The Optimised woman. In these books, Miranda opened up the possibility that I could live my life as a multifaceted woman. I could integrate and work with the four phases of energy that I felt - the Reflective, Dynamic, Expressive and Creative, in powerful and useful ways. I recognised that I had the four archetypes of woman within me – the Maiden, Mother, Enchantress, and Crone. I could use these archetypes to live a whole, complete, and fulfilled life that celebrated all of me.

Through this work, I have discovered a gentle path for integrating my feminine energies, completing the healing of my body, and have now trained to support other women to do the same.Over the last 2 years, I have stepped into a whole new way of being me, of nurturing myself to wholeness. I gained the courage to set up my retreat space in Barbados, and I have made radical changes in the way that I live and work. My work and home life are now set up in a way that honours the wisdom of my womb, and works with the power of my female energy cycles.I’ve practiced and experimented with various paths over the last 15 years, but I have found the Womb Blessing path with Miranda Gray to be one of the most universal and open paths for me to connect to the sacred feminine power within me. Women around the world are reconnecting with the power of their feminine energies. I know that this work can help, and I want to share this work with more women as an act of gratitude and appreciation for all that it has done for me

Throughout my own journey, I have practiced techniques and carried out training to heal myself and my womb, and reclaim the power of my female energy cycles. One of the training paths that I have carried out was Womb Blessing Training with Miranda Gray, Author and Founder of The World Wide Womb Blessing, to become a Moon Mother. Since then I have deepened my understanding and learning and have become an Advanced Moon Mother. As an Advanced Moon Mother, I have been asked many questions about this type of work and the training. I have created this talk so that you have a clear idea of the support and training available on this Womb Blessing path.

This blog is purely my own experience of energy cycles, and following the Womb Blessing and Moon Mother path. It is not intended to teach you practices or techniques, but to be used as an informational tool to find out more…

Contact me at monica@monicadc.com if you:

  • Want to learn how to connect to their feminine nature and female energy cycles in a practical way
  • Want support with the healing of their womb (whether you have a physical womb or not) from pain, disease, chronic conditions, post-operative disconnection, and negative association
  • Are drawn to the work of Monica Douglas-Clark, Miranda Gray, The Worldwide Womb Blessing and/or Moon Mothers
  • Are considering attending Red Moon and/or Womb Blessing Training to become initiated as a Moon Mother
  • Want to know more about what it means to be a Moon Mother or an Advanced Moon Mother
  • Want to clarify how to learn more about this Womb Blessing path

You may:

  • Be completely new to this type of work
  • Have participated in the World Wide Womb Blessing or been to a Red Tent or Women’s Gathering
  • Have read “Red Moon” or “The Optimized Woman” and feel the need to put this knowledge of your cycle into practice
  • Be experienced in this work already through working with women with their menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, and/or fertility
  • Feel drawn to be part of this global movement, dedicated to serving women all over the world to heal their wombs, be whole, and happy

“I feel that we, women, are being called to reclaim our sacred female power, our feminine energies and cyclical nature. I know from my story that we need help and support to do it. “

- Monica Douglas-Clark

 

 

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From a Fear or Scarcity to an Abundance of Love

I have had the word 'scarcity' running through my head all weekend, since the events in Paris. For me, the events are not just about Paris. They are a stark and scary reminder about our whole world and the destruction, fear, and terror that is being inflicted all over our planet, under our noses, and on our watch.

I feel that a mindset of scarcity is at the centre of the tragedy that we are living in. If we have the courage to change our mindset, we can create a more abundant view of the world.

Scarcity is defined firstly as an 'inadequate supply; dearth; paucity of something'. In the gym, at the shops, walking along the street, and in other places that I have been this weekend, I have heard various conversations that focussed on scarcity and lack.

I have heard conversations about there being inadequate supply of security, protection, government action against terrorists, money, land, food, and infrastructure. I have heard people say "there is nothing we can do".

The recurring message that I have been hearing is that we are powerless. There is not enough 'x', you are not enough 'x', and I am not enough 'x' to resolve this problem.

I know for myself that whenever I get into this mindset of scarcity and lack, I paralyse myself from acting to move towards a resolution. I have seen how this operates in my family, with my friends, my teachers, my business, and in institutions that I support and am a part of.

A scarcity mindset restricts the flow of love that wants to pour from my heart and mind.

So, I choose to believe in abundance. A state where there is more than enough love, land, food, money, infrastructure, compassion, and care to change our world for the better.

Just to be clear, I am not talking about the wasteful overconsumption and hoarding that is being peddled as abundance. I am talking about a recognition that amongst all living creatures on this planet, there is more than enough for us all.

Providing that is, that we choose to protect life, our environment, and communities from destruction, and exploitation, and we choose to live in harmony and cooperation with each other.

When we cultivate a mindset of abundance, we recognise that we have more than enough people on this planet who are committed to action and changes in our individual behaviour and consciousness, to bring a counter balance to the fear and terror.

We are powerful beyond measure in our bodies, hearts, and minds.

I have been heartened by the people who are praying, sending love, supporting one another, and saying "What can I do to change this?".

What can we do?

We can step out of the media indoctrinated responses. We can choose to remind ourselves of the abundance that we have all around us and share it with others. We can make the effort to live in a way that has integrity. If we choose to do this, we will start to believe in the power of small changes and individual action to influence the wider world.

Scarcity is also secondly defined as a 'rarity or infrequent occurrence'. Our media want to keep us in a state of fear, so they have us believe that nothing good ever happens in the world.

Think of the ratio of doom and gloom in the news, to the one 'and finally' bit of light at the end of the broadcast. Let us also remember that although tragic and devastating, bombings such as those in Paris this weekend are thankfully an infrequent occurrence.

There are wars all over the world, yet the majority of people do live in relative peace.

The majority of people live in harmony with their neighbours, and some even act as genuine caretakers for the land, animals, and people that they live with.

Let us remember to tell those stories too.

Let us remember that we have a choice whether to be paralysed by scarcity, or act towards bringing an abundance of love back into the world.

I am going to invite us to share stories of abundance to bring some balance into the messages of scarcity we are seeing and hearing on social media. I have decided that over the next 10 days, I am going to share personal stories of when I personally have experienced an abundance of love, and I challenge you to do the same?

Share your story with the hashtag #abundanceoflove and tag @thenjourney so that we can share your stories to bring some balance into the world.

If nothing else, it will help us to feel less sad... as though we can bring a little light back into the world.

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Full Moon - Half Moon - Total Eclipse

Are you starting to think that maybe there might be something to all of this talk about the affect of the moon on human behaviour?

Yesterday, I stayed up to observe the supermoon 'blood moon' and total eclipse along with hundreds of thousands of other people around the world. I am still struggling to put into words how I feel about it all.

Over the last few years, I've been observing whether my energy levels are affected by what is happening with the moon and the seasons. It's been fascinating for me to see how the moon affects my moods, my energy and my menstrual cycle.  Its been fascinating to work with others too and see how it affects their behaviour differently or in similar ways.

I'm more interested in felt experience than the cognitive process and scholarly articles. I'm no astrologer, astonomer or scientist but I am a keen observer of behaviour and a long time energy worker.

I know in my bones that we are part of the cycles of nature including the rhythms of the moon.  I have seen how tracking energy cycles and circadian rhythms can be insightful and useful for women with or without a menstrual cycle and also men who notice large fluctuations in their energy levels.  My own experience with this work has taken me from erratic energy, pain, disease and disconnection to balanced cyclical energy, healing and deep connection (that story is for another blog).

For me personally,  this supermoon marks the beginning of a new phase. I feel energised and renewed. It marks the start of me talking to people about my experience of working deeply with ceremony and rituals around the phases of the moon and making myself more available as a Transformational Guide for people in midst of transition, transformation and growth.

What about you? Did you stay up to watch the eclipse?  How are you feeling today? What are your thoughts and experiences of energy fluctuations and the moon?  Would love you to comment below... Or send me a personal email and I'll get back to you...

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Miranda Gray: Thank you for inviting us to embrace our cyclical nature.

Around the world, women and men struggle to connect with their own essential nature. We are taught to deny our true selves and fit into concepts of a very unbalanced world. This affects our relationships with ourselves, our loves ones and the world.

I'd like to give gratitude to Miranda Gray, the founder of the Worldwide Womb Blessing which connects over 100,000 women and supportive men, five times a year in a blessing bringing greater healing worldwide. I've experienced first hand my own awakening of my own divine energy through her work.

I am so grateful to Miranda Gray for sharing the womb blessing and womb healing practices with me over the last few years. It's been such a healing, joyful, and powerful experience to train as an Advanced Moon Mother and to reclaim all aspects of being a woman; I embrace my dynamism, my openness, my fierceness and my inner wisdom. I am also grateful to myself, for saying yes to the training, and doing the work of a Moon Mother. You can find out more about what it means to be a Moon Mother by clicking here.

It has been such an honor to give Womb Blessings, Womb Healings, Female Soul Pattern Healings and The Gift for Men.

Last week, I was in The New Forest preparing to join the ceremonies at Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circle, with women from all over the world preparing for the Worldwide Womb Blessing, Moon Mother Training and associated healing rituals. I have been relatively quiet about this until now, but seeing the commitment of the women who have travelled for days to come together last week from Argentina, Colombia, Canada, US, UK, Germany, Thailand, and many other places to be part of this, I feel that it's my duty to start shouting about it too.

I know from personal experience of fibroids, miscarriage, fertility treatment, major abdominal surgery, and from working intensively with this process, how deeply healing and empowering it can be. It was an amazing experience to spend a whole week with women from all around the world in training, celebrations, and ceremonies, leading up to the full moon ceremonies at Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle, and Glastonbury Tor. The energy was AMAZING !!!

The purpose of the blessing at the heart of these ceremonies is to enable more women to be healthy, comfortable, whole, and well at the level of their body, heart, mind and spirit. This changes everything in the way we relate to ourselves and each other as women, in our partnerships, family, and work.

Do you know someone who has fibroids, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis or pelvic pain? Or perhaps who has had abdominal surgery, caesarian, sexual abuse, miscarriage, abortion, difficulties with menstruation or fertility, or is menopausal, and who isn't acting like herself fully?

I want to share this post with you because there is a free and powerful process that I know has the power to help them move towards recovery and wholeness.

The starting point of this process is a meditation and 20 minute distance group healing called the “Worldwide Womb Blessing” that happens 5 times a year. The next one is happening on Tuesday, 27th October, with around 100,000 people attending. www.wombblessing.com

You can register now to to receive the blessing on in October, and you can receive the blessing wherever you are, at the times listed on the website. Men are also welcome to support this process too, and there are specific meditations for men.

Email me at hello@monicadc.com if you’d like more info, and I'll let you know how you can access this path to wholeness and wellness.

If you know someone who could do with this kind of support, please share this post with them, and encourage them to check out the page www.wombblessing.com or put them in touch with me.

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Anyone else wondering - How did we get to February so quickly?

So, I’ve had the most inspiring, challenging and heart expanding beginning of the year. I had big plans for January 2015. I had written them down in my Shining Year 2015 workbook and everything! Did any of it happen? Well... What I’d planned to do was to ace my Interfaith Ministry ceremonies and assignments; build amazing, relationships with my husband and family; run an excellent and transformative retreat at my retreat space Zion House; set up for the global launch of The Nurturing Journey, recruit to my six month Study and Sadhana Course, prepare for the moon wisdom ceremonies and support my Assistant and Apprentice Jordan to step fully into her role. I’d planned to do this all while remaining serene, calm and contented, of course! Ha ha!

What I experienced was a full on mix of the known and unexpected, which stretched me physically, mentally and emotionally and made me chuck many of my control freak plans out of the window. I pulled the card Surrender from my soul journey pack and that’s just what I had to do. It started with shock and grief and a deep need to support my darling husband with the unexpected death of his father including repatriation from Europe, family reunions and funeral; The delivery of an awe-inspiring 10 day retreat for world-changing women in Barbados then dealing with the aftermath of the burglary of my home on my return to the UK.

 

The ceremonies and assignments for my Interfaith Ministry have not been the ones on the syllabus but I have been doing the work. Actually, I have been living the work. I spontaneously created a baby blessing but not a usual one. Inspired by my own experience and the experience of friends of mine a blessing ceremony was created for those soul babies who only come into our lives briefly and whose lives we experience fleetingly through the experiences of fertility treatment, miscarriage, abortion, or still birth. And then, I was asked to plan the funeral, prepare and deliver the eulogy for my father-in-law. It’s been an honour, blessing and privilege to be called to do this work and it’s all been a bit much really.

 

Well yes, the retreat was awesome and so was the feedback. I thank the women involved for their wholehearted acceptance and embracing of The Nurturing Journey process and their trust in me to hold a safe space for their transformation. I was completely blown away by the experience and the radiance of the women at the end of the retreat.

 

My husband and our family have been truly amazing. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such love and support. The funeral also brought our family closer. The Douglas side of the family all turned up to support the Clarks in their time of grief and the Clarks were inspiring in their growth and use of the funeral to heal old wounds and reconnect. We are definitely the Douglas-Clarks - two families now one.

 

On the work front, we have had to relax our pace on plans for The Nurturing Journey and Jones and Clark. I thought I would be supporting my apprentice, Jordan. Turns out she was ready to step up and support me! What a star! I am in awe of her ability learn, her growth and developing maturity. I am truly grateful for all that she has done this month to support me personally and professionally. Something tells me she’ll be soon ready to shine very brightly in the world. I am honoured to have her on my team.

 

February has started well. Today, I had a wonderful core group for the Nurturing Yoga Study and Sadhana Course Introductory day. I have attracted people who are committed to developing a personal practice, integrating yoga into their daily life, sharing what they know with others and perhaps even becoming yoga teachers. It feels relaxed, inspiring and right. I feel that we will have a excellent group of students when the course starts on 1 March 2015.

 

I have to admit I haven’t managed to be consistently serene, calm and contented. I think that would be too much to ask. I have managed to maintain a sense of being “alright” amongst the exhilaration, tears, the fears and overwhelm. I’ve been taking my “Impatiens” flower remedy, thanks to Deborah Lovell, but I have also been eating quite a lot of cake! Hmmmm.

 

Let’s see what the rest of February brings and who else is called to step up on The Nurturing Journey. I’m determined to stay in a place of gratitude and to have the courage to let the universe do it’s best with me. I’m letting the full moon shine a light on it all this Tuesday. It all begins with the  FREE worldwide womb blessing on 3 February 2014.  There is still time to register.

Let me know how your January has been.  I'd love some more company on this unpredictable path. Bring it on…

 

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As Darkness turns to Light

On Sunday 21 December we experience the Solstice, the longest night of the year.  It's a beautiful time which marks the beginning of the winter, Christmas and New Year festivities for me.  

We feel the warm, silky darkness of the night and know that we are about to allow the light and growth back in. It's a time for connecting to mother earth and her cosmic, deep, abundant giving through her womb.  It's the perfect time to recognise how far we have nourished ourself over the year, weed out anything that we no longer wish to grow and plant new seeds of intention for the year ahead.

Here at The Nurturing Journey we are preparing for a Solstice ceremony and setting the intentions for our Transformation Retreat which starts on 1 January here in Barbados.

As part of my gratitude practice, I want to say thank you for your love and support over the last year during my transformation. So I offer you this impromptu Solstice Meditation recorded in the early hours today on the deck.  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR SOLSTICE MEDITATION

Use the noises of nature to keep you present... ;) <3

One Love, One Heart

Monica x

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Planting seed intentions in the darkness of new moon

This week I have been asking myself "Are you ready to welcome something new and beautiful into your life?". I think part of me is ready to go and another part of me is a little reluctant to say yes to the bounty that is on it's way. I am working with this and I am going to be planting seed intentions in the darkness of the new moon tonight and over the next couple of nights...http://www.buzzsprout.com/…/191740-new-moon-ritual-planting…. You can join me if you like... I have been working with fellow travellers on my 28 Day Nurturing Journey to do this too... I wonder what will happen this month?

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How The Nurturing Journey Helped me Heal My Relationship with My Mother

Thank you to my marvellous mother Jean Douglas for bringing me into the world. Let's celebrate the qualities of the mother that are within us all whether we are a physical mothers to our own children, a heart mother to the children of others or the creative mother to life gifts, projects and creations that we nurture for the good of all. Through our time in the womb we imbibe the elements of our Earth Mother and Divine Mother within us. We carry those imprints from the day we are conceived to the day we leave and it is important that we see those imprints so that we are at choice about how we live. I've just had four weeks in Barbados with my mother, big sister and three nieces. During this time, we have had the opportunity to laugh, cry, dance and heal together. I had a vision of us all dancing to Pharrell's "Happy" and having good solid belly laughs. It's been that and more including yoga on the deck, frolicking in the sea, eating good and naughty food, hosting a deep and joyful Red Tent get together, New Moon Star Gazing on the deck, dancing to Soca and Harry Belafonte having our own little carnival in the living room. So many of our habits, patterns and ways of being were revealed through our mirroring of each other. This reflection has all been possible because of my commitment to The Nurturing Journey process and particularly the element of water. How can you use the nurturing journey to clear, heal or enhance your relationship with your mother earthly and divine? Bathing in the spring - clearing away the past from our mother line…

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The joy in a month of gratitude…

I started this blog a month ago and have hardly put anything on it.  Why?  Because I haven't felt like it. I have been focussing on living life and expressing gratitude for all I have.  It's been wonderful.  I have spent less time on the computer than I have for ages.  I have been using my natural rhythm and cycle for doing and not doing things.  Allowing myself to be.  I really am fortunate to recognise that I am able to do this work in this way. Living in alignment.  Living my yes, yes, yes life of inspired action through body, heart mind.  In this way my Spirit is free to flow through.  xxx

 

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Gratitude in Grenada

http://youtu.be/PZfC00CZlOs My goodness I am so excited and happy. This first week has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It it has all been about gratitude for all that has brought me to this moment into this year. So the ground work is laid. Look at how happy and cocoa drunk I am in this video. I know what I need to do... follow through...Take time to nurture myself and feel the gratitude of being able to spend a week in Grenada for the start of my new year...

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A helping hand - Cou de Mere

Today we explored Grenada. We had a practical experience of what it means to give a helping hand.  Firstly, Kenrick Riffin showed us the way to a lovely natural waterfall.  We had a fabulous time and would have completely missed it if it was not for him.  He is actively working to encourage the next generation to come back to agriculture, herbalism and natural living.  So inspiring. So we went to lunch together. We were eating in a restaurant and Kenrick recognised his school teacher of over 45 years ago.  It was a lovely reunion. Kenrick's ex-teacher lives in New York now but was in Grenada to building a tennis court to support the development of young talent in the country - a helping hand.  We also talked about the old tradition to work together to dig each others fields so that more work could be done that way. Then Simon and I got lost in the bush and spent hours trying to get back on track.  It wasn't until we met Frankie that we got back on track.  He helped us by showing us the right road and we helped him by giving him a lift to where he was going.  I am adding this to my list for this year... How do I actively give a helping hand at least once a day in daily  life. Imagelife...

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Review, Rest, Recuperation and a spot of Caribbean Bingo

How amazing has it been today to have a proper lie in and breakfast in bed. Feeling truly pampered and loved. Last night felt great after all of the gratitude work truly fertile soil for our new year intentions beautifully planted on the new moon.  Seed word 'inspired'. And now for some Grenadian bingo. It's mobbed it's joIy filled and not what I'd normally do.  Thanks Lucille from Grenada Gold Apartments for the house swop and the fantastic hospitality. Xxx

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The Big Gratitude Week

The first stage of the process for working towards my Inspired, Abundant and Love-filled 4th Decade is to celebrate and give thanks for the 39 years that I have already had.  Big gratitude to all who have supported me in the journey so far God, The universal spirit, Ancestors, Guardians, Angels, family, friends, colleagues, silent supporters and all who have crossed my path. I give particular thanks for the following beings and events  that have supported and inspired me during the year that has just passed:

My marvellous body for remaining healthy and well, all family including Mum, Dad, my amazing supportive husband Simon, super siblings Barbara, Caroline, Ivan, Garry and the extended tribe of wonderful nieces and nephews, Mummy 2 Patricia, Daddy 2 Brian; The big extended Clark family; All who attended our 10th Anniversary Celebration and Vows Renewal; final round of assisted fertility treatment followed by grief, peace and contentment; Uncle Elstone's Life; Uncle David's Life; Friends old and new especially Deborah Lovell, Tracy Currie, Blue, Ana and Dave, Ralina, Claire, Jane Savitri, Louise; Sylwia and Naran; Evie, Zia, Cathryn, Predencia,  Teachers and Trainers and fellow students including Marie Forleo's B-school and all of the amazing folks that I have met through this, One Spirit Interfaith Ministry Training; Zion House Barbados; One Love House Camden Street; Jones and Clark for being a fantastic 7-figure business with an amazing team; Sw. Satyaprakash; Sw. Nischalananda; All of the team at Mandala Yoga Ashram and the Yoga Teacher Training students; Francoise Barbiro Freedman for teaching me Aqua Yoga; Caroline Shola Arewa for teaching me Energy 4 Life in York and all of my fellow coaches; Art of Nurturing Retreat Participants, Shakti Women in particular Siobhan Harper-Nunes, Art of Nurturing Relationships Retreat Participants, 28 Day Nurturing Journey Participants Feb and April; Couple time w. Adinatha and Ananda in Copenhagen; Sister time in Sweden,  Growth Accelerator and Dragon's Den success for Jones and Clark;  Nurturing Yoga at Ramada Leisure and all of those lovely students;  Elizabeth Duckworth and all the wonderful students and babies that I have taught Pregnancy and Postnatal yoga to since 2008 through our completed circle with Mother Love Yoga; Nurturer Tv and interviews;  Maggy Whitehouse; Jason Chan; Jo Westwood - Spirit DJ; Tabitha; Noreen Au, Jay Johnson; Carly Hope; Robin Chellis; Magdalena Marsden; Alexei Sarah and Miro and Bristol joy; Miranda Gray and the Moon Mother Training and Sisterhood; Lisa Lister; Michelle Holmes;  Carly Hope; Yes!Yes!Yes!Living book draft; Christmas appreciations; Spa Day with Amy; Visiting Jordan in London and International Hall after 20 years;  Taking Ethan to the reservoir; Andy Stone and Eleanor for hospitality; Seeing Uncles Johnny, Alex and Leyland and the extended family at Uncle D's funeral; Seeing Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse with Hannah and Jason, Claire, Jessica and Emily T; Arriving in Grenada on my birthday; Love Home Swop for Copenhagen and Grenada; Dancing on my Deck; Teaching 20 plus University of Seattle students on my deck; Recruiting new people; having the courage to let people go; NLP Training and planning with Kumlaish Kumari; Astrology Reading with Maggie Whitehouse and Lion; 30 Day Video Challenge; Paddle Boarding and catching my first wave; Unexpected trips to Dorset, Devon and Bristol; Dancing to the Brand New Heavies;  Watching Nile Rodgers at Glastonbury; Couple time in York; Visiting Eric and Ethan in Scarborough; All students and teachers in my yoga classes; all coaching clients; all who I have interacted with. Everyone I could have mentioned by name but haven't... Big love and blessings to you all...

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Welcome to 39

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwOVKy1UYb8 Today I celebrate my 39th Birthday.  I have had a fantastic day filled with love and laughter including dancing on the deck in the rain and flying to Grenada...  This is going to be a brilliant year.  I can feel it in my waters... xxx

 

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10 things to do on the day before your 39th birthday

Posted at 23.30 Barbados Time on 27 April 2014

  1. Check out your body and weigh yourself - I have no scales so just decided to check out the body...  Hmmm will comment on that later
  2. Look in the mirror and tell yourself what a miracle it is to get to this day
  3. Make a pledge to review your year or use your joy jar to pull out all of your high points
  4. Make a note to call or email all your peeps and tell them that you love them
  5. Finish a full on retreat
  6. Pack your bags for your flight to Grenada
  7. Write your 100 things to do during the year list
  8. Give thanks for all the amazing things that your nearly 40 years have brought you
  9. Cuddle your hubby
  10. Get some sleep...

 

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Why the Next Year of my Nurturing Journey will transform the last 39?

Yesterday at New Moon I posted a picture of me looking happy in the sea in my swimming costume as my cover picture on FB. I did it as a statement of my intention to live my "yes, yes, yes' life - an integrated, inspired life in tune with my body, heart, mind and spirit. My cousin/sister/soulstar Sue, made me promise and make a spiritual commitment to live my life fully (to live my dreams) as she was dying of cancer when we were both 32. I rededicate myself to this commitment on my countdown to 40 this year. I thank her fully for spurring me on to live this way. I recommit: to continuing to embrace and love my body as she is and connect to my essential nature; to showing how grateful I am for the blessings that I have in my life; to loving my family, friends and those around me with openness and compassion; to recognising how all that has happened to me so far has been part of my nurturing journey, even the crap that has had to be transformed into fuel for my growth; to helping people who also want to do the same through my work and play... And so The Nurturing Journey continues and that's why this next year will transform the last 39… What do you recommit to right now? Post below…

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