Life’s Treasures

Gratitude

Gratitude Affirmation

Good Monday Morning to you.  I’m going to share with you today a Gratitude Affirmation from my eBook, It’s All About Gratitude.  Say this affirmation every morning when you wake up for the next week and you will really feel the benefits from it…..believe that.

Life’s Treasures

“I am so very grateful to be present amongst the beauty of life’s treasures:  to love, to live, to learn and to feel so alive in this moment now.”

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week.

Love Clarabelle

“Don’t die with the music still inside you”.

 

 

Walk of Gratitude

Daily Gratitude

Gratitude is in my heart, it is part of my me and is such an important core value to me.  I want to share with you today an extract from my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”, this is one of the daily gratitude exercises that you can practice in your life today.

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“Walk of Gratitude

Take a walk outside and bask in the beauty of nature around you.  For every bird that you see, I want you to say “thank you” with every part of your heart and soul.  Feel deep gratitude for being alive in this very moment and for being part of this beautiful Universe.  You are a living witness to the magic and the wonders of the world around you.  Feel blessed in this moment, feel gratitude for it all, right now.  Feel at one with yourself and feel the peace in your heart as you do so, the magic of gratitude is breathing beautiful energy into you. ” (extract from It’s All About Gratitude, page 58)

Try this exercise out today and please let me know how it makes you feel…..I am positive it will do wonders for your wellbeing and inner happiness.

Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle

When the heart is happy….

“When the heart is happy, miracles happen.” (Clarabelle)

When the heart is happy

Photo and Quote by Clarabelle.  🙂

 

Take a walk in nature…

“Take a walk in nature and be grateful for the natural beauty that surrounds you.” 

Take a walk in nature

Photo and Quote by Clarabelle. 

The Health of your Heart

Clarabelle Quotes

Be kind to yourself, be loving with your heart, keep it healthy and it will feel truly alive at all times.  This next poem is inspired by just that.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

 

The Health of your Heart

The health of your heart,
is an important one.
Treat it so special,
relish in some fun.

Know it is precious,
loving and true.
Remember it’s happy,
always for you.

Give it fresh air,
it will blossom in the breeze.
Let its beat fill your body,
it will melt away the freeze.

Trust your intuition
let it flow in the sunshine,
Your healthy heart is so sacred
It’s quite simply sublime.

By Clarabelle, 10 October 2013

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The Heart

Your mind may be jam-packed with worries today but I want you to know that you can always be happy because there is always a happy place in your heart.  The heart will always win over a busy mind, if you let it.  So relax the mind today, even if it’s just for 15 minutes and take yourself to the core of your happiness…..I’ll meet you there 🙂 .  Love Clarabelle

A Happy Place

There’s a happy place, in your heart
It’s off the scale, off the chart

No one can see it, only you can feel
Feel its magic, it is so real

It’s always there, wanting to play
Wanting to smile and laugh each day

Wanting to give, and show kindness too
Bringing joy and great treasures to you

This happy place, has no door
It’s breathing true life, into your core

It keeps you well, it keeps you strong
This happy place, is your winning song

So close your eyes, relax to the sound
Your happy heartbeat, is truly profound

Poetry Created by Clarabelle, 7 October 2013

Loch Ness Marathon Coming Soon…..

Training Plan

The last 4 months I have been training vigorously for the Loch Ness Marathon to be held this Sunday, 29 September 2013.  This is my final week of training and I am pleased to say that it has all gone reasonably well with only some minor injuries and a few cuts and bruises.  This is my third marathon, I did the New York Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in 2010, both really challenging but amazing experiences.   Below is a photo of the training plan I have been following for the Loch Ness Marathon 2013:

Loch Ness Marathon Training Plan

I am excited about the Marathon run this Sunday, it can be a very exhilarating and highly emotional experience as you push your body past the realms of capability.  I am not sure if I will commit to doing another Marathon, I may look for a new fitness challenge, so this Sunday I am going to embrace the whole experience fully and be so thankful for my health, energy and fitness levels to take me past the finish line.  Below is a photograph of my running medals since I started road running in 2007:

Marathon Medals

I have learned a lot about myself whilst setting myself these running challenges or any challenge for that matter.  I know when I fully commit to a goal that I want to do, my determination and tunnel-vision focus will always see me achieve it.  It is like I have this inner dial in my subconscious mind switched to whatever the goal is and I know I am going to do it, I have absolute faith and belief that I will achieve that goal…..but it has to be a goal that I am passionate about doing!!

inner dial

Of course, just like any goal you want to achieve in life, you have to have a plan and you have to introduce new daily rituals which will support you and move you towards that goal. Just like my Marathon Training Plan above, then all I have to do is follow it…..simple!! Hahaha, well sometimes not so simple but I know you get my drift.  🙂

So there you have it, this Sunday, 29 September 2013,  I will be running 26.2 miles in an around Inverness, Scotland and I look forward to sharing the success story in a future blog post.

What goal have you always wanted to achieve and why?  Maybe, today is the day you decide to commit to it fully, set the inner dial on your subconscious mind to whatever it is and just you go for it.

Much love to you today,  Clarabelle

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Love is a force…..

“Love is a force more formidable than any other.  It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” Barbara de Angelis

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Where are you inspiration?
I searched and searched you know, looking for that one piece of inspiration, that one trigger, that sentiment of hope that would help me to turn my life around.  I searched long and hard, night and day……..I struggled to find it.  Where are you inspiration, when I need you the most, where are you to help me get back up again?  And the search continued…….


So, where do you go from here?

Now, I know the answer, but at that difficult time, there was no way I was going to find it, because there was too much noise, too much desperation, too much struggle, not enough head space, not enough belief, not enough faith, focus on pain and negativity….how was I going to find inspiration amongst all that? Just like finding a needle in a haystack, I was unaware at the time, but I had given myself such a mammoth task.  So where do you go from here?  When you feel you’ve hit rock bottom and the punches keep coming, the waves get bigger and bigger and you forget how to swim….what happens next?

Yes, it does have a happy ending.

I’ll tell you what happens next, you sleep, long deep sleeps, it helps you to forget, it allows you to avoid your own perception of reality when you sleep, and when you wake up, you want to sleep again.  To be alone is your saving grace, or at least that’s what you think….but being alone too long can be dangerous, because you get swamped in the quicksand of fear.  I have stopped writing right now, because it is making me cry, taking me back to those dreadful feelings…but only for a short, sharp moment, because I am better now and I am telling the survival story – yes, it does have a happy endingYes, yes, YES.

Miss Positivity
Would you believe me if I said, going into this downward spiral, that my mind was strong and my attitude was positive….I honestly believe it was, but even for Miss Positivity the cracks did show.  Up, down, up, down, down, down, up, up, down, up…..I was a seesaw of emotions in action…sometimes good, often not so good.   For every positive thought I tried to focus on, in flowed a river of negative thoughts……I knew it wasn’t good, I knew I had to do something, anything as I cried out for help at night…. my pillow drenched with tears.


Explorer of the courageous soul

Let me fast forward for a moment, today I am in such a good place, the best I have ever felt for such a long time, even when I thought I was at my happiest, possibly in 2007, I am aware now that it was all external happiness, this time it’s different, this time it is internal,  my happiness is coming from within………….and the irony is, that I would never have discovered that place, if I had given up at the toughest of times.  You see I am a fighter, ‘never die’ kind of person, if there was a glimmer of hope, I was surely going to find it.  This to me was the ‘battle of the brave’, ‘the explorer of the courageous soul’, ‘the underdog who discovered paradise’, ‘the barefooted soldier coming out from the trenches’, ‘the white flag surrendering my heart to the universe’, ‘the first baby step of a journey that never ends’…..there is no destination… just creative imagination and infinite expression of the true self.  And so the story continues…..

This is only temporary

To combat the bruises of stress, there were many things that helped me on my way, daily gratitude, forcing myself to spend time with family and friends, daily exercise, daily meditation, daily prayer for self and for others, good nutrition, acceptance of the situation, learning to face up to my fears, letting go of the emotions that were not serving me well, continuously asking myself questions until the right ones connected with me, painting a picture of my future dreams in alignment with my core values, nurturing my inner belief and self confidence, being honest with myself, allowing myself to be vulnerable,  giving myself permission to forgive, believing that I could change the current situation, telling myself “this is only temporary”, building up trust in myself and regaining the faith that I knew was always there, identifying my strengths, surrounding myself with anything and everything inspirational, telling myself “keep going, keep going”…….

Forever Inspiring

But most of all, MOST of all, the turning point….the tipping point….the true trigger point…. was believing that I am truly loved, knowing that I was on the path to love, knowing that I was and am love and ultimately the giver of love.  Love redeems all, there is nothing more powerful than love, nothing else will reach that sweet spot like genuine love for self and others.  Love was the answer, love is the answer, love was and is the ultimate trigger of transformation and transcendence into who I am today, me with no role, no identity, no ego, just me…that is the place, that is forever inspiring, that is paradise and me.

Be Happy

Happy Friday everyone, here is a sweet little beautiful, uplifting poem that I created this morning just for YOU.  I am very happy and I want you to be too.  Lots of love Clarabelle

Happy Clarabelle
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Be Happy

I am so happy, life is so good
Spirits high, upbeat mood
All is well, all seems right
Stars shine, on me each night
My life is amazing, wonderful and true
My life is abundant, I want this for you
I want you to know, you have the power
To achieve your wishes, in this very hour
Start with your thoughts, keep a positive mind
Marry them with great feelings,treasures you’ll find
Like attracts like, remember this today
Be happy, stay strong, your happy life’s on its way.

poemsbyclarabelle, 16 August 2013

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Space, what is it?

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Sometimes you just need to give yourself a little space.  Space to be free of thinking, give space the space it needs to nourish your soul and help you grow.

Space, what is it?  Space is everything, let me explain in the following poem:

Space

Space is love and light from within,
Space is the Angels, letting you in.
Space is the nothingness, the gap of life,
Space is tranquility from trouble and strife.
Space is our heart, and all we desire,
Space is the oxygen, fueling the fire.
Space is empty, magic in the air,
Space is forever, lifting you there.
Space is the truth, feel it flow,
Space is special, this I know,
Space creates dreams, inside and out,
Space connects souls, walking about.
Create the space, to breathe in time,
Create the space, to feel divine.
Sometimes space, is all you need,
Space is the light, taking the lead.

poemsbyclarabelle, Created on 26 June 2013

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Take on the Impossible!!

A little bit of inspiration goes a long long way.  I came across this YouTube video a few weeks back, you may already have seen it but I feel I just had to share it on here, it is very empowering indeed.  Arthur in the video is such a true inspiration to each and everyone of us, may his story inspire you to take on what others see as the “impossible”.

Much love to you in this very moment, we all need a little bit of love to come our way, Clarabelle.

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How Did I Get Here?

Destiny

How Did I Get Here?

I feel light today, free from unnecessary pressures and unwanted stress.  I feel at one with myself, I feel like I am floating in the goodness of the Universe.   I feel as light as the air I breathe in, I feel calmness and full of gratitude.  How did I get here, to this magical place, to this beautiful feeling of oneness and wellbeing?  I do believe I unlocked my heart, let go of the ego and brought myself back to me.  It has taken a while, almost 40 years but I got there, not in the end but in the beginning, for I have arrived, once again!!  This next poem poured out of my soul this morning, may it bring you a touch of what you need in your life right now.  Lots of love Clarabelle

Destiny

My heart moves, slowly towards the light;

Into the unknown, it’s shining bright.

Destiny decided, this is where you’ll be;

A dance step forward, I’m feeling free.

I take pleasure in this ride, it just feels right;

My soul is blessed, beneath the stars and moonlight.

I thank you Universe, you’ve did me good;

My spirits are high, I have deep gratitude.

To enter the unknown, and all its mystery

Keeps me alive in this moment, without the history.

So I treasure this day, the time is NOW;

Sunsets and butterflies, make me feel WOW!!

poemsbyclarabelle, 25 May 2013

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Mental Health and Poetry

Mental Health and Poetry

As of yesterday (02.4.13), I am now a fully Certified Mental Health First Aider, so what does that mean?

Mental Health First Aid, like any other type of first aid, is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.  First aid of any type has the following aims:

1.  To preserve life
2.  To prevent deterioration of any injury or illness
3.  To promote healing
4.  To provide comfort to the person who is ill, injured or distressed.

Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before other help can be accessed.  A MHFA is not a therapist, however, people are trained in:

  • How to ask about suicide.
  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress.
  • How to provide initial help.
  • How to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

First Aid for Mental Health problems such as:

Alcohol and Mental Health;
Cannabis and Mental Health;
Stimulants and Mental Health;
First Aid for Suicide – using the ALGEE method of approach;
First Aid for Self-harm;
First Aid for Depression;
Alcohol and Depression;
Illegal or Recreational Drugs and Depression;
First Aid for Anxiety;
First Aid for Psychosis;
Schizophrenia;
Bipolar Disorder (manic depression).
(The above is an extract from Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider Manual)

Davina’s Poem

One of the reasons I am sharing this with you today, is that at the start of the training we were given a poem to read written by someone who used poetry as a method of communication whilst going through some challenging self harming mental health issues.  I want to share that poem with you today, it is given with kind permission from Davina Smith and it has been included in the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider Training Manual.  Here is Davina’s poem:

Who Me?

You smoke each day
Puff your life away
You clearly know it’ll kill you

You drink with the moon
Drown your liver and soon
There’s a chance it just may kill you

You drive too fast
And what if you crash?
You know it might just kill you

You smoke your dope
Take drug, others hope
This time that they won’t kill you

You over-eat
Can’t see your feet
One day it’ll certainly kill you

You look down on me
And all you can see
Are my cuts and scratches and scars

I’m having my life
While you’re taking your life
Now tell me, who’s the self-harmer?

by Davina Smith (with kind permission) 

This led onto further stories being shared by participants of the training of how young adults experiencing mental health issues used poetry to communicate their feelings with their key workers – I found this fascinating.

There is indeed a special power in poetry, I have always believed that, creative self-expression can be the breakthrough that we need to move on in life, I know I have certainly experienced that for myself.

This was a very tough training course for me, maybe because I connected so much with it.  I learned a lot and share some of this learning with you today.

May you continue to express your heart through your creative soul, because I believe that there are real people out there, who truly value and connect with your words, you just might be ultimately and positively changing a life too.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

3 April 2013

How Do You Know?

How do you know when you are happy, I mean really really happy?  This next poem is inspired by some thoughts around that question.  I do hope you are feeling happy today, even if you just get in touch with your own inner happiness for a moment, right now, it will give you an instant boost.  Much love and smiles to you today.  Clarabelle

How do you know?
How do you know?

How Do You Know?

How do you know, when a heart speaks with truth?

What does it tell you, in the telephone booth?

Open the secret, share it with your soul,

It’s the ultimate path, to make you feel whole.

Happiness is here, happiness is now,

Applaud each moment, take a bow.

No matter if sunshine, no matter if rain,

Break down the barriers, to feel at one again.

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 March 2013

Love Stirs Your Soul

The beauty of love is all around us, sometimes we don’t see it, sometimes we forget it is always there, deep inside of us, blooming like a flower in springtime.  Every time you smile, love was there first, just remember that, I know you are smiling now.  This next inspirational quote is for you…feel the love, Clarabelle.

Love stirs your soul
Love stirs your soul

“Love stirs your soul

and makes your heart smile inside.”

(Clarabelle)

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Today I Was Stuck

Moving from ‘Stuck’ to ‘Unstuck’

We’ve all had days when we feel a little bit ‘stuck’ and I include myself here, after all we are only human.  It is possible for you to go from stuck to unstuck within moments and I believe the process for this is different for every person.  When I created the poem below I was feeling in a ‘stuck’ place, but by the time I had finished the poem, I had moved to unstuck…the answer came from within and when I was in ‘creative flow’. What will you do today to help you move from a feeling of being ‘stuck’ to ‘unstuck’? There is a way, there is always a way, silence your mind, open your heart and let the answers flow.  Much love to you, Clarabelle.

Today I Was Stuck
Moving from Stuck to Unstuck

Today I Was Stuck

It’s nearly midnight, and I’m lying in bed;

I think of my inaction, before I rest my head.

Today I was stuck, I didn’t play the game;

Life got the better of me, unleash this chain.

Many brick walls, are in my way;

Built up by me, getting higher each day.

I kick and I punch, the battle is in me;

I’m fighting myself, this I can see.

So what do I do, to turn this around?

Inside is the answer, this I have always found.

Let go of the fight, it’s not a war anymore;

Staring at these four walls, will not open the door.

Step outside, breathe in the air;

Replenish your spirit, feel the wind in your hair.

Dust yourself down, and put a smile on your face;

Slowly walk down the path, and gradually pick up the pace.

To master the mind, it not about control;

Release that desire, and you’ll discover your soul.

Silence is golden, connect to the now;

The answers will come, and then you’ll know how.

poemsbyclarabelle, 17 April 2012

 

There’s a Champion in YOU!!

Life can be really really tough sometimes, it can throw you curve ball after curve ball, whilst you’re climbing up the highest mountain, in the toughest terrain and then just when you think you’re getting somewhere, down comes the avalanche!!  You may not realise it, but this is where the lighting strikes, this is where the miracle happens….saturated in doubts and drenched in tears, your heart and soul gets to work and creates a special magic inside of you, which reaches out and touches the stars.  When you feel the deepest pain, believe me, it’s the start of your healing. How do I know?……I’ve been there.  The New Year is just around the corner, there is life after 2012, I see it is so very special for you, full of love and abundance. My inner calling told me to share this with you today…….sometimes we all need a helping hand – listen to the whispers of your heart, for they only speak truth to you.  Much love to you today, Clarabelle.

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New Year 2013

There’s a Champion in YOU!!

Your light shines brighter, in the dark,

Your heart beats stronger, but leaves no mark.

The soul reconnects, to all of you,

The mountain climb, is in full view.

Pause for a second, feel the calmness in the air,

Your inner being, has much love to share.

The battle ain’t over, but YOU will win,

Believe it and see it, hold up that chin.

Because sometimes we fall, and keep on falling,

Tumbling down the hill, away from our calling.

***

But where you land, is the start of your healing,

Disguised in your tears, and in the pain you are feeling.

Nothing feels worse, but please trust, in what I say,

As you freeze in the moment, in the heat of the day.

You are a miracle, you are the one,

That can move any mountain, your journey has begun.

For inside your being, a bright flame does glow,

The tougher life gets, the more it does grow.

The eyes cannot see it, as the mind struggles on,

But it’s burning down the virus, until it’s all gone.

Don’t shut out these whispers, have faith, they are true,

Keep going, my friend, there’s a champion in YOU!!

poemsbyclarabelle, 26 December 2012

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The Water’s Edge

Yesterday I had this inner calling to go close to the water, so I did.  When I got there, I instantly felt at peace, surrounded by nature which was indeed nurturing my soul.  I then got my notepad out and I wrote the following poem. Today, listen to your calling, inner silence is when it’s at its loudest.  Clarabelle

The water's edge

The Water’s Edge

The water’s edge, sets my soul free,

Nature’s hands, are holding me.

Open space, silence in the lake,

This is real here, nothing seems fake.

A treasure island, where tranquility prevails,

A rower in the distance, sets his own sails.

***

The rain may be falling, but it is a beautiful sight,

Soft cloudy skies, birds beneath, in full flight.

The ripples on the water, come out to where I stand,

I take a deep breath in, and reach out my hand.

I feel no coldness, for love shares this place,

Its beauty is inside me, and puts a smile upon my face.

poemsbyclarabelle, 31 August 2012

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Inspirational Quotes

I don’t know about you, but I really do love reading inspirational quotes, there are some truly wonderful quotes that really do make a special connection with my heart and soul.  I decided to create some of my own inspirational quotes and have added some of them here on a new page here on this blog, named ‘inspiration‘.  What’s your most favourite inspirational quote? This next poem is inspired by just that, may you rise and smile with each beautiful word.  Lots of love Clarabelle

Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes, make a special connection

Touching the soul, pure beauty at its perfection

Here in my heart, the words linger on

Drifting me in time, worries gone

They fill up my senses, like a dreamy delight

Capturing my soul, uplifting and bright

They change my thinking, the impact is so strong

Meaningful quotes, in my mind you belong

poemsbyclarabelle, 19 July 2012

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Health Works

I have been on a major health kick for a little while now and I am most definitely seeing and feeling the benefits.  What changed for me, was that I educated myself on getting the right nutrition into my body and introducing regular exercise into my lifestyle.  I feel I have ‘cracked’ it this year, mainly because now I fully understand the importance of this balance.  The ebook ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ by Tom Venuto was a massive learning curve for me in terms of nutrition and body types, I would fully recommend this ebook if you want to know more.  Simple but effective techniques I have introduced are such things as, calorie counting, using food weighing scales, setting myself mini health goals, reading food labels – it’s shocking how much sugar and salt can be in foods that you might think are healthy for you.  This next poem is inspired by my health goals and I hope it has a positive impact on your own healthy living too.  What do you do to stay healthy?

Health Works

Health works you know, just like that,

By feeding the muscle and burning the fat,

You’ll feel better, inside and out,

Read food labels, so you have no doubt.

Measure your portions and your calorie intake,

If you do this right, a fine healthy body you will make.

Get on your bike, or go a walk in the sun,

Look and feel fabulous, let your health be priority number one.

 poemsbyclarabelle, 15 July 2012

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