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Awesome Aussies – Jia Ni Teo

By Rhiannon Griffiths

I am utterly thrilled to share another one of my “Awesome Aussies” with you today… she is another beautiful health-focused soul that I met during my trip to Australia in March. The second person in my Awesome Aussies blog series is the fabulous Jia Ni Teo.

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Who is Jia Ni? She is an intuitive life coach, the creator of the “Happy, Healthy, Abundant in 6 Weeks” online program, and is now looking to work with energy blocks within her clients.

In Australia we met up: in Sydney, and went to the Conscious Club.

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I also met Jia Ni online during Connie Chapman’s 90 Day Transformation Project last year, as I did with so many of the women I will be featuring in this blog series… hear in this video below about our time together in that group, and all about why my favourite subject – ENERGY – is sooooo important for holistic health, and what great things Jia Ni is now doing by working with energy as well as nutrition.

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Visit jianiteo.com for more information and to get tons of free goodies that give you just a TASTE of the fabulous things this girl has to offer!

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6 Ways to Activate The Wood Element Now

By Rhiannon Griffiths

I was recently asked over on my Facebook page, how we can bring more of the Wood Element into our lives? Well, ask and you shall receive! This time last year I wrote about Spring being the season of the Wood Element, in a post called Woody Springtime, but here is a short post on how we can activate the Wood Element, right now, at it’s most potent time… well, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere that is!

1. Activate the Wood Element Taste

Each of the Five Elements has a “taste” associated with it. Fire is bitter, Water is salty, Earth is sweet, Metal is pungent and Wood is sour. Drink warm lemon water, or apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. It will go to the Wood Element’s organs of the Liver and Gall Bladder, helping to activate their function of detoxification and movement of the Qi.

2. Move the Qi Physically

Part of the Liver’s (Wood organ) function is to move the Qi (energy) in the body smoothly to all areas of the body. It is when this movement is impaired that we get stagnation and pain – including stress, irritable bowel syndrome, tight shoulders, painful necks, headaches, migraines and so on… To help the Wood Element out, we should MOVE our bodies regularly to help move the Qi, and keep the flow nice and smooth. This could include running and going to the gym, but it doesn’t have to be as energetic as that, walking, dancing to your favourite song, or doing something slower like pilates or yoga ALL move the Qi physically!

3. Put those Plans into Action

The Wood Element is all about organising, planning, making decisions and acting on those plans. You might find that until you start properly coming out of the hibernation and slowing down of Winter (the Water Element), and into the active season of Spring that you feel stuck, stagnant and a bit low or depressed. This might be MORE of the case this year as we have had a LONG and hard Winter this year, and only NOW are things starting to bloom and blossom and move FORWARD. If you have had something in mind, get that Wood energy flowing and actually START putting them into action! You and your Wood Element will feel MUCH better for it!

4. Move the Qi with Food Energetics

As we have seen above, moving the Qi physically is important in helping the Wood Element and Liver function correctly, but we can also do this with food and drink via Chinese Food Energetics. Green tea is a great Qi mover, which makes it a very good stress-busting drink, perfect to have in your desk at work! Choose this over coffee, which only serves to put additional strain on the Liver. Additionally, it is not surprising to find that many seasonal foods such as new carrots being pulled up at this time, also help to move the Qi – nature does tend to provide EXACTLY what is needed at the RIGHT time! Take a look at how to make my green tea & carrot cake, perfect for activating and supporting the Wood Element in it’s season of Spring.

5. Assert Your Boundaries Appropriately

Another great way to activate the Wood energy at any time of the year, and bring more of the Wood Element into our lives is to assert our boundaries. This can be a tricky one for some of us, and this is where the word “appropriately” comes in. If you think about the way a willow bends and sways in the wind, it is TOO flexible, and if we use that anaolgy with our boundaries, that is not helpful for us, nor those around us – if we take on too many projects, we don’t end up doing ANY of them very well. Conversely, an old oak might not bend in the wind at all, until an almighty gust cracks it in half because it is so rigid and brittle. If our boundaries are too rigid, we cannot grow upwards and outwards as a tree ought to, we cannot change and develop. Check in with how flexible or rigid you are with your rules and boundaries, could you bring more BALANCE to your Wood Element right now?

6. Have Acupuncture

We have a couple of ways in which we can help bring more of the Wood Element into a patient’s life during the Spring. We can use what we call the horary points (Wood acupuncture points on the Wood energy channels) during the season, to ACTIVATE all the virtues of the Wood element, and help a patient embrace the energy and move forward with all the planning, organising etc that they may need to do.

We can also needle the Wood points on the channels of the Element that the patient is… this might sound more complicated, but it isn’t. For me, being a Water CF, I tend to have more points needled on the Water channels (Kidney & Bladder channels because they are the Water organs)… so during the Spring, I wouldn’t necessarily have the Wood horary points, I might have the Wood points on my Water Channels done. This then activates the Wood energy within the context of my Water Element; for example, encouraging action on plans made, might help my Water to not have such a BIG fear of the future, because there is movement going forward, my Water is no longer “frozen”.

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Don’t forget each of us has ALL of the Five Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water – within us, we just tend to have ONE of the Elements that we resonate most with, or is like our default setting… so although this post is PARTICULARLY relevant to those Wood CFs (constitutional factors or constitutional Elements) amongst us, during the Spring we can ALL benefit from activating and connecting in with the Wood Element.

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© Rhiannon Griffiths 2013

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Awesome Aussies – Connie Chapman

By Rhiannon Griffiths

As I mentioned in my earlier post, my new blog series “Awesome Aussies” came about after returning home after a month long stay in Australia, during which I met up with tons of amazing and inspirational health-focused women. I wanted to keep some of the magic of my trip alive once back in the UK, but I also wanted these incredible voices to be heard and to spread their healthy messages… and the blog series was born! The first of my Awesome Aussies is the gorgeous Connie Chapman.

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Who is Connie? She is a transformational coach & dream life designer, and the creator of the “90 Day Transformation Project”.

In Australia we met up: in Sydney, and went to the Conscious Club.

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There is BIG reason why this beauty is my first interview – I basically would not have even considered traveling to Australia without the HUGE inner work I did during the first round of her 90 Day Transformation Project last year… my phobia of flying was paralysing. And the majority of the women I met with in Australia, whom will form most of this blog series, I first met online in the Facebook group for the project – huge connections were made in this group. Hear more about my experiences on the video below, and hear how you can join the second round of the project starting 22nd April.

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Visit conniechapman.com for more information and to sign up for the project – it TRULY is TRANSFORMATIONAL, or it certainly has been for me, and I will be forever grateful that Connie arrived into my life! <3

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Announcing Awesome Aussies!

By Rhiannon Griffiths

I am SO excited to announce my new blog series called “Awesome Aussies”, chronicling the powerful health messages of all the beautiful creatures I met on my travels in Australia.

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Many of these women, that I met in real life for the first time in March, initially crossed my path in cyberspace during Connie Chapman’s 90 Day Transformation Project at the end of 2012. During our 3 months together, working on our fears and limiting beliefs, amplifying our dreams, ambitions and magic, we became incredibly close & it was a very natural extension of those friendships to meet up face-to-face on my trip. Many people asked if it was weird, or if I was apprehensive about it – my answer, a resounding no – it was just as though we had seen each other for a green smoothie, a veggie juice or a cup of tea last week! Every meeting was joyous, and each one brought something beautiful, unique and memorable to my travels.

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These women are so kindred to me, we are on the same wavelength, and are stepping along the same path… it is amazing to be talking to them all again on Skype! I’m keeping the Aussie magic alive, even though I am now back in the UK!

Here are some of the fabulous sparkling diamonds I will be chatting to:

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+ Connie Chapman – a Life of Perfect Days & conniechapman.com

+ Krys Hansen – Practise Wellness

+ Shakti Grace – The Holistic Chef Australia

+ Jia Ni Teo – Happy, Healthy, Abundant

+ Alison Morgan – Relauncher

+ Sammy Armstrong – Happy Family, Healthy Family

+ Fehreen Ali – Ayurvedic Teaologist at Tea Coup

+ Bridget Jane Thompson – New Leaf Nutrition

+ Kimberly Smith – Inspired to Sing & Dream, Delight, Inspire

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And a whole host of other gorgeous women that I sadly didn’t have a chance to catch up with in person due to clashes in diaries, work commitments, the fact I was only in Aus for a month, and so on…

First video coming THIS WEEK – check out my online spaces (via the links below) to make sure you don’t miss out on all the holistic health wisdom!

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Self Love Day

By Rhiannon Griffiths

For me, Valentine’s Day has always been about checking in with myself, ensuring I am maintaing a positive, healthy, compassionate relationship with myself. This includes cutting myself some slack, not being so perfectionist, embracing my “weirdness”, being proud of my sensitivity, celebrating my MAGIC, and making time for self-care.

This hasn’t always been the case, as a teenager I didn’t like myself at ALL. I struggled with being different, and couldn’t understand why I felt things so deeply and so acutely, then when Valentine’s Day came around it just accentuated the absence of a special someone, and the obligatory chocolates, flowers and cupid’s vomit of heart-shaped everything pretty much everywhere. Now that last sentence makes it sounds as though I hate Valentine’s Day, and I REALLY don’t, it’s just I KNOW love has to start with the SELF, bucket-loads of it, and that’s what the day should be about.

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So with this in mind, you can imagine my excitement and glee when I was emailed by the gorgeous Michelle from Sacred Self to say that I had won her latest giveaway, and that my prize was an eBook from Julie Parker over at Beautiful You! The timing could not have been better! Today has been the perfect day to sit down with a cup of Pukka LOVE tea (my favourite, and yearly Valentine’s gift to myself!) and read through the inspiring, uplifting and affirming quotations.

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My goodness, so so beautiful!! It is a veritable feast of self-love, and the stunning illustrations that accompany each page, just highlight the amazing gorgeousness of it all! You cannot help but take in the compliments that are sent straight in to your heart as you scroll down each page… it’s good for today, but it would be GREAT for ANY day of the year – love is not just for Valentine’s, it’s for life! (Even better, at the moment, Julie has a “pay what you want” offer on the eBook over at her site!)…

We ARE beautiful, we ARE worthy, we ARE good enough, we ARE loveable, we ARE pretty damn amazing, incredible and gorgeous creatures – each and every one of us, remember THAT on Valentine’s Day and you won’t go far wrong!

Sending YOU tons of goodness and LOVE

R xx

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