The human heart is never completely born

Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the human heart is never completely born. It is being birthed in every experience of your life. Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you. It brings to birth within you new territories of the heart.

What incredibly beautiful words from the Irish poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue, acknowledging the infinite potential and intelligence of the heart.

Why on earth would we limit ourselves or cut off short the depths of such potential? Is it fear, education, not wanting or just not knowing how to feel so much?

We fear what we long for the most. We are inspired by those who dare and we know ourselves better through their expression. Yet alone it can seem insurmountable to go to such depths of the human heart.

Somehow, this incredible human heart keeps knocking on the door of our consciousness, usually through the body, yearning for more and letting us know when we are off course, abandoning our truth. We are guided again and again back home. Thank goodness for that!

Are you listening? Are you ready to unlock your heart intelligence? Are you ready for fierce love?

Listen deeply - Live courageously - Love fiercely. Georgina Peard

Listen deeply – Live courageously – Love fiercely. Georgina Peard


UNLOCK YOUR HEART INTELLIGENCE

4-week Introduction to Heart Circle and Conscious Relating
starting Monday 19th September 2016

When we sit together in circle and drop into our hearts, with no other intention but to meet ourselves and each other, something amazing happens. We experience the relief of finally being ourselves with others. This relief unlocks potential, frees up energy and releases innate joy.

Join an experiential group training programme that will introduce you to the key skills of Heart Intelligence – the art of living with meaningful, heartfelt and authentic connection with yourself and others.

3 live online video meetings and one full day event in Rolle, Switzerland.

Learn to:

  • effectively tune in to what you are feeling,
  • get clear on what you want,
  • communicate your needs,
  • build authentic connection with others, and
  • navigate the resistance that holds you back.

An uplifting and powerful human experience focusing on your joy and full potential.

Contact me to join a group: georgina.peard@gmail.com

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FIERCE LOVE RETREAT

Transforming fear into empowered and embodied love
with Georgina Peard and Niels Madsen
13 – 16 October 2016 (French Jura, near Geneva)

Folks, this is the most powerful and transformative retreat I have proposed yet. Are you ready? The time is now! We desperately need more fierce love in the world!
This is a 3.5-day retreat for men and women who are ready to step into their power and access their own wholehearted truth. It’s for those who refuse to close their hearts or numb out their sensitivity, but rather open up with more courage and compassion to bring their gifts to the world.

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Interested but got questions? Contact me: georgina.peard@gmail.com

 

Fierce Love – from fear to empowered love

Fierce Love is believing that everyone, including you, is worthy of love, at all times.

Everyone… is worthy of love… at all times.

In any moment we are either choosing fear or love. Very often it’s an unconscious reaction to life circumstances, based on conditioning, past experiences and wounds.

Fear tends to put us into fight, flight or freeze mode. It creates contraction and tension in the body. There can be resistance, protection, defensiveness, righteousness, projection and judgement. It can be turned inward on yourself or outward onto others or life itself. Fear creates separation and difference.

Love feels open, expansive and spacious in the body. Energy flows freely. There is complete ownership and responsibility for yourself. There’s a sense of “live and let live”, giving others the space to be themselves. There’s a welcoming of life. Love heals through connection, understanding and compassion. It flows through vulnerability and honesty.

Everyone has their own story, their own path and their own challenges. They are doing what they can with what they’ve got, including their inner resources, their pain, their ignorance and their confusion. Even if their actions and words may seem wrong or inflict pain on you or others, can you still hold a place in your heart to love them?

This is Fierce Love.

Fierce Love is staying open in a state of love even when you’re not receiving love back or being give any good reason to love. 

I believe it’s possible to express anger from a place of love. It’s possible to not agree with someone’s actions or perspective, and still hold them in love. It’s possible to be in a state of empowered self-love even when you feel guilt or shame or fear.

I don’t believe it’s easy! But I believe it’s possible.

Fierce Love is a conscious, empowered and embodied state of being, whereby love is unconditional, human and universal. 

Fierce Love means expanding into a full expression of your aliveness. Georgina Peard.

Fierce Love means expanding into a full expression of your aliveness. Georgina Peard.

When I drop deeply into meditation with myself and with life, when everything else is removed, all I find is love. That’s all that remains. That’s all that I am and that we all are. Love.

Love is what we are made of. It’s our true nature. 

I want to know then how to make that real in every day life. If in my deepest core and in my heart of heart’s I know that I am love, and that we are all that, how do we make that our experience of life and each other? How do we hold true to that when it seems that it’s more common to meet fear, our own and others?

I don’t have the perfect answer. I often get it wrong.

My longing, however, is to learn. I want to live my life through love not fear.
I commit myself entirely to learning what it takes to keep choosing love. The conscious ‘want’, I believe, is at least the first step.

It hurts to experience anything else other than love. Whether I create that myself, or experience it in relationship to another person, or witness it in life, it’s painful.

It feels painful and destructive to hold anything else in my body and in my heart. And yet I have done. And yet I do. But my longing is to move away from that. To bring consciousness and awareness to what I am choosing. To work out what is fierce love, to work out what it takes to love fiercely in life.

There’s a part of me that wants to hide away and make my life really safe and comfortable, so that I can’t be hurt. It serves me well quite often to create my own world where I can ride my rainbow unicorn!! And sometimes that place is the only place from which I can continue to fill up on love and bring it out into the world. Yet I realise that at times the hiding away from life’s messiness is fear not love.

It takes fierce perseverance, determination, courage and self-worthiness to keep facing fear and choosing love. This is why I call it fierce love.

Fierce Love is making decisions, speaking the truth, and taking inspired and courageous action that honours your own divinity, your heart, and your goodness.

Can you have your heart broken and yet not close down in fear and protection, not become bitter or vengeful, and not blame or judge? It’s not about accepting or being ok with wrong-doing or any act that is not of love toward you. Rather, it is loving yourself so much that you choose to speak your truth and walk away. You choose to close that door in order to be able to stay in a state of love – open, spacious and free in yourself. You move away while at the same time holding the other person with love and wishing them well.

Life kindly gives us opportunities and situations where it seems difficult to love and where we are tested to dig deeper into the well of love to discover that it is in fact infinite.

Love is the one thing that has no limit.

It can be difficult to love ourselves at times. But not loving yourself is simply a continuation of the fear and violence outside, and therefore allowing it to continue within gives it reason to exist outside.

If we want more love in the world outside we must first start with more love within.

A sensitive heart, like mine, longs for nothing more that to love and be loved. The sensitive heart feels the world deeply. And so those of us who feel deeply are often the first to learn, at a young age, to protect and shut out the tremendous pain and discomfort of this confused reality that has lost touch with love.

Yet we need more sensitive hearts. More wholehearted people, willing to speak out and act from love and for love.

Let’s not allow the fear defeat and kill the love and compassion. Rather, let’s get together to acknowledge and feel stronger in love. Let’s use the messiness and intensity of life, not to build up walls of protection and separation, but rather to bring us together to learn love, grace, adaptability, humility, curiosity, and humour.

I call us to come together to learn what it means to love fiercely. 

So I call together those of us who want this; those of us who have the courage to try and to seek; those of us who know in our hearts that we are good, that we are love and we have a longing to make that manifest in our actions, words, thoughts, in how we live our lives, and in how we relate to others.

I call us together to sit together to learn and practice this together. This is a vulnerable and courageous path for it opens us up. It sheds light on the shadow, the ego and the monkey mind. It sheds light on what’s not working, as well as on the truth that unites us and that pulls us together.

This is a path that is honest, authentic, messy, beautiful, exhilarating. It’s not the easy one. It’s beyond the comfort zone.

For many of us there is no choice, because the only way for us to live in our truth is to live in love, fierce love.


ARE YOU READY TO EXPERIENCE FIERCE LOVE?

Join me and Niels Madsen at the upcoming Fierce Love Retreat. 

Book your place: georgina.peard@gmail.com

 

10 tips for official Wipe Out Days

There are some days that, no matter what I do to get off to a good start, motivate and empower myself, I am just wiped out. Does this happen to you? I find my mind is dull, my body heavy, and my heart lacking enthusiasm. My to-do list is usually overflowing and I have deadlines looming, but I eventually realise that none of it can be done in this state and I must succumb to the wipe out.

I officially declare a WOD – Wipe Out Day! 

I give Wipe Out Days full reverence and space. Meaning that when this happens, it’s my body calling out for rest and I really need to listen. I make it a sacred practice! It usually means I’ve been pushing too hard for too long.

Letting go to be held. www.georginapeard.com

Letting go to be held. Georgina Peard© http://www.georginapeard.com

So, rather than push myself even more, this is what I do:

1. Do the absolute Must-Do-Today things.
I check on what really has to be done today or the world will end, and I do that. If necessary, I make the phone calls to cancel appointments and delay some things or reduce what can be done. Sometimes this requires courage to request the space and put myself first. Nearly always it works out that the other people involved appreciate the space too! Then I totally let go of everything else that I had thought was essential.

2. Turn everything off
Computers, phones, music – all off. I close curtains and any windows to outside noise. I tune out of the world to tune in to myself. Instant relief and spaciousness arises.

3. Give myself full permission for a WOD
I make sure every thought is positive, spacious and self-loving. There is no guilt or self-doubt. My rest is 100% priority and only this will allow me to get back in full power and motivation mode, and to be useful to anyone else.

A Wipe Out Day is an official self-empowered declaration of self-love.

4. Practice Yoga Nidra
I get myself super comfortable, warm and cosy, with my eyes covered, and I press play on a guided Yoga Nidra recording. On WODs I usually pass out, totally asleep, for most of the recording!! And that is totally ok! This is the quickest way to letting go of the mind and tension, and dropping into deep deep rest. Find my free Yoga Nidra recordings here.

5. Don’t move until I’m ready
I don’t rush the transition out of Nidra at all. I might be dozing in and out of sleep for another hour even, if necessary. I allow myself to be cradled in the comfort of this state of deep rest and ease, still giving myself full permission to be there. I let myself lie there until there is something in me that makes me want to get up. Nothing is more important.

6. Let the mind wander
This is the most important time – the dozing after yoga nidra, in a deep state of rest – as various thoughts and awarenesses come to mind, like a processing of all the mumble jumble of the mind and emotions, in order to make space for clarity. There’s no intention to solve any problems, but often things come clear and creativity arises. I make sure not to allow any self-doubt or depressing thoughts, and keep myself in a space of loving support.

7. Drink lots of water – I usually find I’m dehydrated when I am so tired, and I feel the need to guzzle loads of fresh, clear water.

8. Get into nature
When ready, I go out for an easy stroll in nature. Again no focus on exercise or any particular objective – just wandering and enjoying the sights and sounds and smells. Ideally in a really natural place and barefoot, to reconnect to the earth’s energy. Taking time to just be and receive her loving guidance.

9. Eat really healthy
I make sure I feed myself fresh vegetables and perhaps I make some yummy green juice. My body needs nourishment but not too much food. I keep it light so that digestion is easy. I go for healthy comfort food so that it feels good in every way.

10. Do a happy thing
I offer myself the tender loving care I really need. I do something that nourishes my soul and lifts my spirit. So I might take a bath or call a friend, or read a great book or watch an uplifting film, or lie back with my hips on a cushion and my legs up on a couch, anything that makes me happy and that I might not always take the time for.

11. Set an intention for tomorrow
Finally, I get myself tucked up in bed for a super early night. Before sleeping I focus on my gratitude for this awesome WOD. I then formulate an intention to wake up the next day fully energised and motivated and ready to be super effective.

I find that my WODs give me such a boost and are the most self-empowered and uplifting response possible to my in-the-moment need for rest, love and care. They help me listen deeply to my needs, call back my power, get clear on what is essential, and allow my natural creativity, life force and joy bubble up once again.

Everyone needs a WOD every so often.
So please don’t be afraid to declare a WOD next time you really need it. Consider what you need to do to have an official WOD. Let the family know. Sort out the kids and pets. Do what you need to do and make it happen. Maybe it is just for a few hours but no matter how long it is, give yourself total permission and make it priority. You won’t regret it.

When you let go of what you think is critically important you might just discover what is really essential.

Remember to:
Listen Deeply

Live Courageously
Love Fiercely
with love, Georgina 

 

The no. 1 priority for being happy & 6 tips for conscious wanting

This is going to seem blatantly obvious when I say it but it’s just amazing how often most of us don’t make this the number 1 priority.

The number 1 priority for being happy is to WANT to be happy. 

The same goes for everything else:

The number 1 priority for love is to want to love and be loved.
The number 1 priority for being healthy is to want to be healthy.
The number 1 priority for __________ is to want to ____________. You fill in the blanks.

It is as simple as that, really!

You’ve gotta choose to be happy. And to do that you have to KNOW that you want it!
You do NOT need to know HOW to get or have or be it.

We love to be complex. (I know I do anyway!) If we want X then we think we need to focus on Y and Z. No, No, No. If you want X then you want X and you focus on X.

Happiness is available when you choose it. Photo: Georgina Peard by Carlos Gonzalez photographie

Happiness is available when you choose it. Photo: Georgina Peard by Carlos Gonzalez photographie

Let’s unpack it a little.

1. First, KNOW what you want. 
Now this does not mean needing to do an in-depth process of your strengths and personality traits and asking others how they see you, and considering your childhood passions, and what you’d do even if your weren’t paid for it  etc. etc. etc. It’s not about finding one life purpose.

I’m talking about a higher (or deeper) level than all that. Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be a great parent? Do you want to be healthy? Do you want to feel wild and free? Do you want to enjoy life?

2. Then, OWN what you want. 
The weird thing is that we might work out what we want but then we deny ourselves that want. We don’t think its realistic, or possible, or that we are worthy of it or perhaps even that it is “allowed”. Crikey!! Watch out for the almost instantaneous backlash of “Yes but…..” and “I can’t…..” type thoughts which result in you hiding away the want.

How about just enjoying the fact that you know what you want? Let it be a dream and enjoy daydreaming about it. When you are really connected to something you want, it will feel good as you think about it. If not, then it’s not really what you want and might just be conditioning and someone else’s want.

3. SAY OUT LOUD what you want.
Say it out loud so that you can hear yourself owning this want. Write it down, sing about it in the shower, paint it in colours, make a vision board of it. Dare to share it with someone who wants the best for you. This ain’t about holding you accountable to something. It’s so that you start creating new neural pathways, like new voices in your head that are actually positive and helpful. Make this want so obvious and present in your psyche that it can no longer get stashed under a whole bunch of other daily pressures, habits and to do lists.

4. LET THE UNIVERSE KNOW what you want.
The more energy you put into feeling and dreaming up this want, the more energy gets sent out into the universe to manifest that want. That will start the whole universe in motion to help you out. It’s like some magic fairy kingdom in the sky receiving in a new command, sending them into high alert to shift destiny and deliver you with opportunities where you can keep selecting and focusing on your want. Well, however it might happen, maybe you send it out on a heart’s prayer, with a wink of an eye, on a pebble in a stream or sending the written wish up in flames. And do it regularly. Be conscious of your want daily.

5. BELIEVE you can have what you want
Ok, so this is a biggie. We could get into in-depth psychology here but that’s not the objective. We are staying simple. So if you can, or rather if you DARE, just believe that you can have or be what you want. Now this is simple actually. Because you need to use the same process again. Priority no.1 for believing in what you want is to WANT to believe in what you want. Only you can do it for yourself. Believe also that you having what you want is a good thing for everyone and serves a higher purpose. What you desire in your heart is guiding you wisely to live our your purpose actually.

6. Notice I WANT becomes I AM 
At this point notice how it feels in your body, in your mind, in your heart. The very cool and funny thing is that just this knowing and choosing and dreaming up of what you want is more important than ever succeeding in having it. In fact, it’s most often the case that just knowing it and bringing it to clear conscious attention in the now, means you already have it or are experiencing it. It is already here, right now. Or perhaps it helps you suddenly get really clear on what you need to do or say to reach for what you want.

I want to be happy. Oh actually, I am happy because I choose to be happy right here and now.

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Be content today with bringing into full consciousness to what it is that you really want, above and beyond everything else. Be content and gleeful in making the WANT a NUMBER 1 PRIORITY in your life and finding ways to anchor it in your mind and heart.

There is of course a fundamental next step, and that is to make every choice from now on based on that which you want. Perhaps we’ll explore that more another day. You may notice anyway, that this just naturally happens because you are clear on the want.

So what is your fundamental want? Are you prepared to share?

 

Passing through crazy to come home to wholesome and wholehearted

In my classes and retreats, I often speak to ‘coming home’ to yourself. This is the first essential step in experiencing joy and freedom. To truly live from that place of ‘home’, however, deeply rooted in your authentic self, means to fully embrace all of you, to be wholesome and wholehearted.

We all know the phrase, “Home is where the heart is”. It can certainly mean the time or place where, or the people with whom, we feel a deep, heartfelt connection. It can also mean literally wherever we currently find ourselves, alive and heart beating, conscious and present to all that we are feeling and experiencing. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “Wherever you go, there you are”.

But have you ever found yourself feeling torn between two or more possibilities, two decisions, two points of view? If I walk out this door right now my life will be completely different than if I stay put.

Every moment, with every thought, word and action, we are influencing and creating our reality.

We all have the capacity to imagine and experience multiple realities. We can ‘put ourselves in their shoes’ as we say, to get a sense of someone else’s perspective. Even beyond sharing life experiences with another, we have the capacity to empathise with any other human or even animal. That’s awesome (and a bit more of it is generally needed!)

We are many things all at once. In me is child, mother, priestess, seductress, warrior, human, animal, goddess. I am masculine and feminine. I am witch and bitch. I am a lover and hater. I am physical muscles, bones and organs, and I hold the elements of the entire universe within me. I am forty years old and I have lived many lifetimes. I am ignorant and I am wise beyond all knowledge.

To be wholesome, we must remain truthful to our vulnerable complexity. In order to keep our balance, we need to hold the interior and exterior, visible and invisible, known and unknown, temporal and eternal, ancient and new, together. No-one else can undertake this task for you. You are the one and only threshold of an inner world. This wholesomeness is holiness. To be holy is to be natural; to befriend the worlds that come to balance in you.

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

John O’Donohue continues to write, “Each one of us is doomed and privileged to be an inner artist who carries and shapes a unique world“.

Our ability to shape-shift and imagine and create is extraordinary, confusing and terrifying at the same time. Perhaps it is this that creates so much stress, fear, neurotic behaviour, and, dare I say it, willingness to be strongly conditioned by societal norms. We struggle to make sense and peace with our own complexity. We are terrified that some of that inner madness might make us unloveable or do something bad that would have us rejected.

So when we sit with ourselves and notice and hear and feel our inner world, that can feel kind of crazy at first! As we sit more and more, it can feel even more crazy!

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Taking to time to sit and contemplate the inner landscape. Georgina Peard by CarlosGonzalez Photographie

So I am here to say, it’s ok. It’s even ‘normal’.

Alongside the downright crazy is the imaginative potential to create a new paradigm on earth.

Many of us skim the surface or simply avoid this inner space though. Many of us nourish the parts that we like, and attempt to diminish other parts that appear a bit dark and ugly.

Brené Brown refers to the whole messy process of being human, and that it takes a whole lot of vulnerability and courage and compassion to own all that we are, to show up and be seen, and to live life wholeheartedly.

Wholehearted living, as Brené calls it, is about loving ourselves and embracing all that we are. It’s a process and a choice in each moment.

So first we must dare to come home to ourselves and embrace the magnificent, wild and wonderful inner world with honesty, curiosity and love, as well as a certain lighthearted sense of humour.

Gradually then, we begin to truly rest within ourselves, to feel deeply rooted in our own being, at home in our own soul essence.

From this wholesome and wholehearted place, we may then be truly surprised and delighted by the unique and authentic expression that is born, again and again.

Let’s not fear or shy away from ALL that we are, but rather, as O’Donohue explains it from the Celtic understanding of inner friendship, let’s embrace our “nature, divinity, underworld and human world as one”.

Allow the child in you to delight in such fanciful imagination and limitless possibility.

From a place of wholeness, enjoy creating yourself anew in each moment.

“When we rediscover our childlike nature, we enter into a world of gentle possibility. Consequently, we will find ourselves more frequently at the place of ease, delight and celebration”

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

Toes in the Grass gentle sunrise yoga (Video)

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Start your day as nature planned it…. rising with the sun; honouring and saluting the sun and this brand new day.

The sun that is reflecting back to you the life force within you; the energy that moves you; the light in your heart; the fire in your belly.

This new day that brings in new opportunity, new awareness, new life.

Honouring your body and in gratitude for this life that you get to experience through it.

Remembering your god-(ess)-ness. Raising your vibrations. Expanding your joy.

Here is a gentle 5-minute sunrise yoga practice I filmed for you to help you create a sacred moment and get into the flow of the new day.

Get earthing friends – toes, nose, body in the grass – and soak in the good energy! Mmmmmmm. Enjoy!

Let me know how it feels and if you enjoy it please share with friends.

Love

 

In honour of the Sacred Feminine

There is a place, not far from here
Sign-posted from all directions
Visited by many, enjoyed by many

But I wonder, do they really see
Do they really feel
Do they allow themselves to be touched deeply

This place is sacred
This is where SHE resides
This is where SHE expresses all her creative power and love

But I wonder, do they really see HER
Do they really feel HER
Do they allow themselves to be touched deeply by HER

For in truth, one must ask permission
And one must wait to receive the invitation
To enter this Sacred Temple of the divine Goddess

Though many may enter, few truly enter
Since to go beyond the surface requires humility, sensitivity, surrender
SHE must be acknowledged, honoured, worshipped

For those willing, respectful and truly humble
Be ready to get completely lost in HER magnificence
Be willing to die to HER vast limitless love

Know that you will be ravaged by HER power
You will be overwhelmed by HER abundance
You  will have no choice but to be opened and transformed

You will fall in love, SHE will open you to love
But do not try to own HER, Do not try to tame HER
Do not claim you understand HER

Be aware of what SHE awakens in you
For SHE has many sacred faces, SHE has many voices
SHE is calling you into greater presence to experience HER all

For SHE is loving you, all of you, deeply
SHE is guiding you every step, through whispers and cries
SHE is in you. SHE is you.

May we remember, acknowledge and honour
HER abundant love, creative force and transforming power

May we listen carefully, may we feel deeply, may we act consciously
For SHE is awakening, SHE is calling

The Sacred Feminine in all her forms

In benevolent gratitude,
Georgina

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Photo: Georgina Peard