Saturday, March 27, 2010

Barefoot and bedless.....

I was sitting in my room the other day thinking "Something isn't right here...."

I had been having a feeling for some time that I needed to reorganise my living space to create more space and more 'flow'. From time to time I seek to improve the Feng Shui of my bedroom, and whilst I'm no expert on that topic, I've certainly found that it helps my mental space to have a de-cluttered physical space.

I had shifted my bed - the largest piece of furniture in my room and was trying to arrange other items in a way that was more conducive to both physical and energetic flow when it suddenly hit me! I don't need a bed!

I realised that I had this big ol' bed in the middle of my room and if I got rid of it there would be a heck of a lot more space...and a lot more 'flow'!

The bed I have cost me an arm and a leg....but it is also WAY too soft for me (long story - bought for the benefit of a former bed mate more than for me!)
I have always preferred harder mattresses and so figured that there could be a valuable experiment in sleeping on the there's not much harder than that. I also do believe that we probably attenuate to sleeping on harder surfaces over time, and given enough time to adapt long term it may be more beneficial for our posture. My neck has certainly suffered as a result of sleeping on a soft mattress for the last few years.

And so in a typically 'Cliff' fashion I took the bed (with the help of my wonderful friend Dale) into the basement without further ado - prepared to give this next 'experiment in unconventional living' a fair shot!

Over the next few nights I noticed that I slept better. It was cooler on the floor (I get really hot at night usually) and my neck felt far less strain. The only negative was that my hip dug into the floor when I rolled over - but this was dealt with by putting a couple of additional blankets on the floor. I also noticed that I slept for a shorter period of time but had better quality of sleep. The shortened sleep I can only think is because of the increased quality, less heat and less neck and back strain.

I now have a thin bed roll made up of some think blankets and sheets on the floor which I roll out at night and roll away in the morning.
It gives me a) a better night's sleep, b) more space to work, meditate and do yoga in my room, and c) a less cluttered feel to my perhaps if I find myself couch surfing, sleeping rough or otherwise bedless I'll be attenuated to sleeping bedless!

It's been several weeks now and thus far I can only see positives from being 'barefoot and bedless' - however as some of my friends and colleagues have pointed out; potential bedmates may prefer to sleep in a bed...and the antics of 'floor action' only seem appealing to the fairer sex when it is an option...not an ulitmatum!

Oh well - such are the choices for vagabonds and raconteurs who choose to live a life of adventuring in the unconventional!

~ Cliff

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Intentions - By Melissa Lawrence

"Intentions are the energy of your soul coming into contact with your physical reality"

Dr. Wayne Dyer ~ Everyday Wisdom

Intentions play such a huge role in our everyday lives. It is one of the ways we connect our soul to the physical world, as Dr. Wayne points out. How about starting your morning with a daily morning ritual and make a list of positive intentions for the day. It will take you no more than 3 mins, grab your journal or piece of paper and write or just silently recite in your head, the wonderful intentions you tend to create in your life today!

General Excerpt from my morning Intentions;
From this moment on perfect health is mine. Beauty, love peace and abundance are in my life today and always. I will be the center of cheer and good will to all those around me, infecting them with my good spirits and cheerful mood. My intention is to be guided by my higher-self, listening for it's questions and answers to direct me to where I need to be, who I need to talk to and what I am to do today and everyday. I choose love and happiness in every moment no matter the situation presented.

I also use specific intentions through out the day, or at night before I go to bed. Setting intentions before bed is a wonderful idea, as your subconscious will take these 'commands' and focus on them while your sleeping, to put into right action for when you awake the next day.

Excerpt from a nightly Intention:
It is my Intention to have a calm , relaxing, productive meeting tomorrow. I intend to end the meeting with success, leaving with exactly what I came for! I will remember everything I need to talk about in the meeting, I will speak slowly and clearly and with great intelligence. I will remember I am always safe and secure where ever I go and I only attract kind, loving, open, giving, understanding people into my business life.
~ Melissa Amber

[Cliff's Note]
Great piece by my friend and associate Melissa Lawrence.
Check out Melissa's Blog

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health and Lifestyle Counseling with Cliff

“If you believe you can or if you believe you can’t – you’re right.”
~ Henry Ford

Quantum theory suggests that your life is a reflection of your beliefs. If these statements are true it would obviously benefit us greatly to possess positive beliefs.

The catch however, is that the majority of what we hold to be true is held below the level of our awareness in the more powerful subconscious mind. Many of these beliefs are negative and sabotage our goals.

I use PSYCH-K® and other mind-body methods in my health and life coaching practice to identify these beliefs and help to liberate my clients from them by transforming them into positive empowering beliefs that enhance our health and help us achieve our goals.

I also utilise practices with my clients, that I have been involved with since a young child - meditation, mindfulness exercises and goal setting along with a liberal sprinkling of energetic healing, natural modalities (herbal medicine, homeobotanicals) and of course always supporting the body-mind with great, whole food based natural nutrition.

The results of this integrated approach to health are at times mind blowing!
Here are some comments from clients: [Names withheld]

"I have been feeling so much better physically & mentally and it keeps improving everyday"

"Cliff helped me with a deep rooted self-esteem issue. One that I have worked on for over four years with Psychologists and Psychiatrists with no improvement. After just one session of Psych-K I have noticed and felt an increase to my self-esteem and confidence. The energy...was running through me! It showed me links with my mind and body that I wasn't even aware of, but it now makes sense. If you feel a bit skeptical before heading into this session you will be a true believer of his work after. Cliff is very professional and very open. I can't wait to work on more things with Cliff."

"Cliff - After our session I feel lighter, I feel happy, I feel more open to things. Just overall better...."It doesn't feel like there is anything hidden or deep that is bothering me now from it. I also feel like I actually have the abililty to have the laser focus that I want. Before I kept thinking that I just didn't have it and I couldn't do it but my perception has really changed with that and I definitely feel more confident knowing that I can have that laser focus as long as I prioritize what I have to do. Thank you!"

Dr Bruce Lipton (renowned cell biologist and author of 'Biology of Belief') says; "The secret of life is BELIEF. Rather than genes, it is our beliefs that control our lives. PSYCH-K is a set of simple, self-empowering techniques to change your beliefs and perceptions that impact your life at a cellular level."

Email to find out how YOU can benefit from a customised natural therapy and life coaching session with Cliff.

Cliff is the Author of "Choosing You! - How you can choose to live the life of your dreams...Right Now!" which has helped thousands around the world to live happier, more fulfilled lives.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Interesting article entitled: "How Ad Men Tickle Your Taste Buds"

More interesting (and nice to hear!) for me was the comment from one of my long term and dear clients:
"This is interesting, because under your influence I look at all packaging as representing poor food choice - I avoid processed anything out of habit now. I see how the packaging presents something that fails to add up on opening the package. I even have to look at packs of round beans on the reverse side, because the front side of the plastic bag has subtle green lines that make the beans appear greener than they actually are!"

Thanks my friend!

~ Cliff

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Monday, March 15, 2010

A fool..and foolish experience - By Dale Joyal

A fool is one who goes on trusting; a fool is one who goes on trusting against all his experience. You deceive him, and he trusts you; and you deceive him again, and he trusts you; and you deceive him again, and he trusts you. Then you will say that he is a fool, he does not learn. His trust is tremendous; his trust is so pure that nobody can corrupt it.

Be a fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zen sense. Don´t try to create a wall of knowledge around you. Whatsoever experience comes to you, let it happen, and then go on dropping it. Go on cleaning your mind continuously; go on dying to the past so you remain in the present, herenow, as if just born, just a babe.

In the beginning it is going to be very difficult. The world will start taking advantage of you...let them. They are poor fellows. Even if you are cheated and deceived and robbed, let it happen, because that which is really yours cannot be robbed from you, that which is really yours nobody can steal from you.

And each time you don´t allow situations to corrupt you, that opportunity will become an integration inside. Your soul will become more crystallized.

~ Osho

The idea of being the fool is a very liberating one to me. It means letting go of the past and being in the present as Osho mentions and also for me it means not worrying what others think about me. This has had a very liberating effect on me. I feel like I have spent most of my life avoiding rejection so I have had to be ordinary so not to draw attention to myself.

This was before I cleared this emotional and mental baggage from my subconscious through the power of Transformational Breathing.

A clear marker for me around my own personal growth happened for me last summer when I was about to leave my house to walk to the beach for a swim. I had the idea that all I really wanted to do was throw my bath robe on over my bathing suit and put on my bright red crocs and that would be the most comfortable for me.
Ordinarily I was putting on pants and a shirt to appear as normal.

I chose to act on my inspiration and was prepared for people to point and laugh at me walking down the street in my bath robe. I was totally surprised that no one really paid much attention.
What a revelation!

Now I am looking for opportunities to challenge my conditioning that I need to act and look a certain way and I am watching my false beliefs disintegrate at lightening speed.

Please liberate yourself by being yourself. You being yourself may mean being willing to be the Fool and this will make you Extraordinary.

Use anything you are afraid of as a clear sign of territory worth exploring and as one of my teachers says "The only way out is through" and the way through is to BREATHE!

I invite you to support yourself and Teen Journeys by joining us for our next Transformational Breath Event on March 22.

Find out more about Dale and Transformational Breathing at:

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Roots entwined - By Cliff Harvey

Roots, from tundra grown,
stretch and strain through frozen earth.
Un' reddened night skies of painted lights.

Through rocky earth and back,
to cool night.

Far away, locked close of heart,
where southern cross lights the dark.
A prodigal son is born
not so prodigal.

And in his heart
lies that tundra,
and those roots stretch
to anchor with fealty.

To his brother, my brother...
hearts locked like fists,
roots entwined.

From earth to sky,
holding me tight, yet letting me soar

And with time passing, so often away
and never so close.

With roots entwined. Brother
My brother.

[Written circa 2008 for my best friend]

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