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Mates For The Soul by Suzannah Galland

We’ve all heard about soul mates—the ultimate, mind-blowing, undeniably meant-to-be relationship, the one and only partnership we were destined for. If you’ve found your soul mate, consider yourself blessed. If the effort you’ve been putting into finding the “perfect” mate, the one who will nourish your soul on the deepest level, is exhausting and futile, why not give the term soul mate a rest then and instead seek what the world is so abundantly ready to offer us: mates for the soul?  They are all around us. We don’t have to go looking for them.

When we look for the soul in a mate we must first explore what the word means to us. This can be perplexing. We can’t see the soul. We can’t separate it from our essential being. How do we define it?

I believe the soul is defined in action, just as love is. We make our soul felt by trusting that it’s there – not just within ourselves but in the person we are seeking to love. Each of us has this enormous part in each of our beings that is sometimes unknown to us, and we assume it’s invisible to others.

We experience an enormous expansion when we recognise the soul in someone else. We know it ‘s a moment of recognition, because our hearts are open. We are suddenly sensing more and speaking less. These moments are always silent. If we can look at this other person and grasp that there is an extraordinarily deep place in each of us, then we can trust, give reverence, and touch that deepest part of them and ourselves. This gives us a glimpse of the truest meaning of love. Likewise, if we can trust the unknown in ourselves, then in that conscious, momentary embrace, we move farther away from the pain of being hurt.

We so often get in our own way when we focus on finding a single soul mate, rather than on the many mates for the soul that are out there. There are 7 billion souls on this planet. Certainly we would benefit by connecting on a soul level with at least a handful of them.
We thoroughly nourish our soul when we are grateful for the infinite possibilities before us. So here I offer you a partial list of mates for the soul. This is by no means the only list, but a great deal of conversation, reflection, and life experience went into the compilation of these types below. Think them over, and let the people you love know how special they are. Have fun!

The LOVE Mate
This is that one in a million soul whom we love to mythologize as our soul mate, our one-and-only. We are not here to be gratified by a single great love, as urgently as we might desire one. We are here to reveal our souls to one another as freely and deeply and as often as we truthfully can. Even more important, we are here to serve and receive the efforts of others to reveal their souls to us. The truth is that there are many in this world with which we can make a deep and true love mate connection.

The WORK Mate
We all have to get along in the workplace, but who is that rare soul who becomes our deep ally? These too are mates for our soul because, apart from love, it is work that most fulfils us in life. We are what we do, in the mirrors of our souls. To reach our goals at optimal strength, we need to have mates, companions who share not only our aims but the spiritual needs that drive us to succeed.

The INSPIRATION Mate
This is a mentor. This person is generally a leader or teacher – though in rare and beautiful cases it is the exceptional student who inspires the teacher, owing to a soul connection. It might be a preacher, a counsellor, a great poet or novelist, painter or dancer or choreographer who inspires us.

The BODY Mate
Also known as “Friendship with Benefits.” This is a sex partner with whom the attraction is or seems entirely physical, and your affair light-heartedly free of long-term expectation. Sex is an opening of the primal life force. Everything that is most private and essential in a person’s being is revealed in the act and in the afterglow. The reason we cherish these so-called purely physical relations is linked with a familiar adage of physical healing: The body never lies. In the act of physical love, we are restored to a bedrock truth that feeds our souls. We are learning about love from lust paradoxically and risk enormous confusion. This is a pleasurable risk, but we are wise to remember that we are courting the soul even when we think we’re just coupling our bodies.

The FAMILIAR Mate
This is the animal in your life! We inevitably feel a soul connection to these creatures, some more than others, but when we bond, we make memories and attain heights of feeling that can nourish us for a lifetime.

The FRIEND-FOR-LIFE Mate
This is the childhood pal, the college roommate who should have been a childhood pal, or the chance friend with whom we bond at an improbable depth later in life but to whom we hang on lovingly through thick and thin.

The SHADOW Mate
This is our enemy, we think. We simply cannot abide this person, right from the first instant of meeting them. This is especially true if in every outer way we are supposed to be allied with them. The people who’ve introduced us were dead certain we would get on. Yet we shun them, oppose them at the top of our voices, work to undermine them, and suffer their efforts to undermine us.

Can this possibly be a mate for the soul?

Yes. As the Chinese sages teach us, this person is our “dragon,” our spiritual challenge, our deepest teacher if we can be large enough to rise to the opportunity. The main thing is to recognise that this is a soul connection.
Perhaps we’re looking at it backward. Perhaps, the one who got away was our soul mate, even though it didn’t work out. We were right for them, they were right for us but one of us just wasn’t ready. Perhaps neither of us was: Life is timing after all; we’re all free to make choices, but none of us is ultimately in control of these things.

You never know. On a rare occasion, your shadow mate so completely accompanies your journey in life, that if you can both hang in there, you each receive a catharsis and heal a core wound. It’s possible, then, that this person will turn into your Love Mate. And so our list comes full circle!

Suzannah Galland

www.suzannahgalland.com

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What is a Spoonk Mat?!

“The little spikes stimulate circulation and help me feel reenergized throughout the day…It’s such an easy way for me to release muscle tension and reduce stress, making me feel better both mentally and physically. It feels like a mini meditation!” – Miranda Kerr

Miranda recently shared one of her little relaxation secrets with us – Spoonk Acupressure mats! They look deceiving but work wonders – from easing stress and muscle tension to improving the quality of sleep. We love them so much at KORA Organics that we wanted to share more information about them with you.

Spoonk Acupressure mats are a great, natural alternative to help ease tension – especially where most people hold stress the most, in their back, neck and shoulders.

The mat has 6200 points (spikes) that stimulate the body’s acupressure points, which helps ease stress by releasing endorphins into the body. The mat also increases circulation – when circulation is slow, our energy gets blocked and affects the way we feel and think, the mat helps to break up blocked energy and allows your muscles to return to their natural relaxed state.

How to use your Spoonk Mat

They are incredibly versatile and can be used day or night, at home, in the office or in the air!

  • Wake up in the morning and stand on it (with or without socks on) to give yourself a caffeine free boost to the day
  • Take it to work and use it during the day for a short period of time (10-20 minutes) to help you feel energized, alert and focused
  • Lie on it while reading, meditating or catching up on TV, it will help in letting go of the daily stress
  • Rest your back and shoulder area on it for about 25-35 minutes before bedtime to improve quality of sleep
  • Perfect for long haul flights for a little energy boost and to increase circulation

Combining organic materials and techniques with a feel-good product that boosts energy, relieves stress, and ultimately optimises your lifestyle, you have to try it yourself!

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Miranda’s 15 Minute Workout

Miranda's 15 Minute Workout

Like most busy working women and mothers, I can find it difficult to fit everything into the day, and more often than not exercise can get relegated to the bottom of the list. When I don’t exercise I don’t feel my best, so for me it’s important to capture a minimum of at least 15 minutes of focused exercise a day.

Generally when exercising I like to mix it up, with everything from resistance training to yoga, hiking to going for a bike ride with my son. But when I’m short on time, working long hours or travelling, I’ve developed a 15-minute workout routine that targets all areas, needs no equipment and can be easily done at home or in a hotel room. Not only does it give you a great workout, but it also increases your energy levels and improves concentration!

I start with a spritz of KORA Organics Energising Citrus Mist, and take three deep breaths setting my intention, followed by a 1-minute stretch (legs, arms and neck).

Recovery – remember to rest for 10 seconds in between exercise.

  • 1 minute of push ups
  • 1 minute plank (or 2 x 30 second holds for beginners)
  • 1 minute of squats
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (cardio burst)
  • 1 minute of left leg raises
  • 1 minute of bicycle crunches
  • 1 minute of right leg raises
  • 1 minute bridge (hold 30 seconds, pulse 30 seconds)
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (cardio burst)
  • 1 minute of alternating lunges
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 1 minute of mountain climbers
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (cardio burst)

Stretch it out and remember to rehydrate. You’ll find even though this is a quick routine, it will work out your arms, abs, legs and butt and will also strengthen your core.

Enjoy!
Miranda xxx

P.S. This can be quite an intense workout, so remember to consult your healthcare professional before trying any new exercise regimes.

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The Magic of Laughter

The Magic of Laughter

Humor is infectious. The sound of laughter is far more contagious than any cough or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness. Laughter also triggers healthy changes in the bodymndash;it can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy levels and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, it’s free!

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Balance

Balance

When I’m asked what area in my life is a continual focus it often circles back to balance.

Balance is the equilibrium between the body, mind and spirit, family, relationships, work and play… maintaining balance in all areas of your life is essential for your wellbeing, happiness and productivity.

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in the demands and chaos of everyday life, but there are simple steps you can take (and you can control), to regain greater balance so you’re functioning at your optimum and at the same time living in a more synchronised and harmonious manner. You’re also then more able to focus your attention and energy on attaining your goals, and moving forward in a meaningful way.

These are some of the adjustments you can make to bring balance back to your life.

Say no

I often felt compelled to take on all that was thrown at me even when my schedule was crazy and out of control, but now I’ve realised it’s just not possible to do everything and maintain a healthy balance, so unless it’s essential or adds value, I pass on it. People end up respecting you more for setting boundaries and being true to yourself, so don’t feel compelled to always say yes. It may even leave a door open for a more fulfilling opportunity!

Disconnect

Turn your TV and computer off, put down your phone and be present when you finish work for the day. Give yourself and your mind a rest and spend quality time connecting with family and friends. It’s amazing how free you can feel when you release yourself from technology.

Laughter

As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Allow yourself moments to indulge in your inner child… I love nothing more than a belly laugh with my family and friends, it’s incredibly reenergising.

Health is wealth

If you can’t find an hour, set aside 15 minutes for some form of exercise each day – even if it’s just a brisk walk in the fresh air. Your body will release endorphins that naturally help manage stress and clear your mind.

Sleep

Your body needs to rest and recover. Sleep is a time when your body repairs itself on a cellular level. Each evening I spray my pillow with Calming Lavender Mist, put on an eye mask and listen to an evening meditation… this little ritual helps me unwind and drift into a deep beneficial sleep.

Mindfulness

The benefits of meditation and deep belly breathing are endless, even 5 – 10 minutes is enough to recentre and refocus, and it can transform a challenging day into a rewarding one. I try to meditate at different intervals throughout the day, and I also start my day with the practice of positive affirmation and prayer.

Reward yourself

Treat yourself often. It may be as simple as a glass of wine after a long day, a cup of your favourite tea, buying yourself a bunch of flowers, lighting a scented candle and taking a bath, applying a facemask, or a pedicure or massage on your day off. It’s important to reward yourself and acknowledge your achievements.

Remove toxins, clutter and negativity

This goes for everything from people to products. Remove toxic influences… try to avoid negative people (if you can) and surround yourself with those who have positive, upbeat attitudes. Choose organic when and where possible including household products, skincare and food. Minimise the clutter around you, I often find if my environment is organised, my mind is naturally more organised.

Plan and prioritise

Try to plan and prepare for your day as much as possible, this will allow you to ensure you aren’t over committing yourself and you can prioritize anything that is essential or important. I like to look at my weekly schedule on the Friday morning before so I can make any necessary changes, this allows me to more fully enjoy the weekend, as I know my week ahead is achievable.

I’d love to hear what you do to maintain balance.

Much love,
Miranda xxx

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Be Productive

Be Productive

Introducing a few activities into your working week will assist with managing stress and may also help you be more productive.

Here are a few ideas…

Start the day nutritiously – this helps keeps your energy levels up and assists concentration. See Nourish Your Body From The Inside for Miranda’s vitamin packed super smoothie.

Walking and fresh air – try to fit in a 20 minute brisk walk, or walk to work if you can… good for you and the environment.

Take a break – download a meditation practice on your iPhone or smartphone, there’s so many wonderful apps that are free and cater for short work breaks and stress relief.

Get a good nights sleep – so important as it’s when your body is best equipped to repair and restore.

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

I keep a KORA Organics Calming Lavender Mist bedside and mist my face and pillow with it to help me drift off to sleep. Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, reducing tension, stress and promoting a restful nights sleep.

Sweet dreams… Miranda xxx

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