I am writing this blog post while sat in my front room with a glass of wine and the patio doors wide open. The wind is blowing softly and I feel this great energy and peace around me. I must be under the influence of the awesome event I attended this weekend 🙂 Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival, at London Olympia.
Not only was this event up my street but I was over the moon to be invited to write about my experience there. I want to say a huge thank you to the Health Bloggers Community and the organisers of the festival for having me!
You may know me as a foodie. But guess what? I literally have no photos or stories about food today.
Ah, where do I begin? Stranger things have happened at this event, in the most beautiful and heart-opening way. I was chosen by a crystal, hugged by strangers, smiled at with positive energy, I danced, I sang, I learned about the power of creating your own reality, I had my chakras read and discovered so much about my past lives. Yes, boys and girls, this is an event like no other. Spirituality, wellbeing, cleansing, healing, letting go. This and more is to be expected if you decide to visit this event next year!
After having a little tour of the venue with the founder of the event and meeting some fellow bloggers, like Romy and Ally, I went on my merry way to explore. First stop: a green smoothie. Ok, there was some food involved.
I then wondered around with my delicious drink and one particular jewellery stall caught my eye. Beautiful handmade charms, bracelets and crystals. They were all by Michelle Tuck ,whose jewellery focuses on the magical and enchanting natural world, creating delicate and earthy pieces.
I didn’t know anything about crystals. And I asked her how they work. She just said: ‘I don’t want to tell you exactly what they do, but if you tell me which one you’re drawn to, then that will tell you a lot. The crystals choose you.’ You may not know this, but I love a bit of a magical twist on a story. I didn’t think much about it, I just went with my intuition and looked around for just a few seconds until I said: This one!
Turned out it was a beautiful rose quarts, the heart chakra crystal. My heart sunk. Ha! Pun intended. Because it was true. It chose me because I do find it quite difficult (after a few failed relationships) to open up my heart and trust people.
Here’s a little more info about the rose quarts. What a coincidence, ‘ey?
‘The fair Rose Quartz is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love it allows one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.’
I immediately bought it and put it around my neck. It is so beautiful and I will wear it until my stubborn heart softens again.
Happy with my purchase I continued to explore the event and saw a little dancing and chanting going on at the main stage. And so I joined in. I did the Dance of the Leopard Worrier. And I LOVED it! By this point I started to let loose and really do things I’d never do in normal scenarios.
I kept noticing people smile at me. And I put it all down to my new crystal. Ok, I may have also had a big smile on my face too, because I was having such a good time.
My next stop was David Hamilton’s workshop about ‘Creating your own reality’. David gave some concrete examples of times when the law of attraction worked in the most surprising ways and encouraged us to be focused and specific with what we send out into the universe. Careful with the language we use, with our desires and goals. Because you can absolutely have it all! And you can absolutely change your reality if you teach your brain new tricks. Here are the three takeaways I will start using myself as often as possible:
- Create new patterns for your brain.
We are conditioned by our experiences to associate certain feelings or emotions to particular aspects of our lives. For example, you could have had a really harsh math teacher who scolded you and made you feel scared. Now you may feel the same fear when you deal with numbers.
The good news is you can change this correlation. And there’s quite a fun way to do so! Put on your favourite, happiest music and think about that thing or topic that scares you or you have limiting beliefs about (relationships, maths, new job, etc). Now start dancing and singing along and let those positive emotions create a small connection (initially) with the painful topic. It may be unnoticeable at first, but the more you do it, the more you strengthen the positive connection. And in time you can change your initially negative pattern to a new one. It works folks, it’s neuroscience!
2. Imagine you are made of light
This is a calming meditation technique that will alleviate fears, anxiety, negativity and will give you peace and clarity. The trick is to spend 5-10 minutes imagining how you slowly turn into a being of white light. Then slowly turn everything around you into light. The suggestion here is that when everything turns to light and you are light too, you feel part of everything around you and you acknowledge the fact that everything is intrinsically connected. You will feel at peace. You will no longer feel limited by your thoughts, your beliefs, your body. You’ll just… be.
3. What you focus on grows
Imagine a bucket of water and some food colouring. Think about how a drop of colour in the bucket will create a small colourful patch, and how with each drop the water becomes more and more intensely coloured. Depending on how often you drop the colour in, the faster it will colour. This is a metaphor for focusing your efforts on one thing at a time. See, the way the law of attraction works, the more you focus on one goal at a time and put in the energy and effort, the faster you will get there. No matter how small the colour drop, as long as you put the work in, you’ll have results.
The problem is when we get distracted, confused, insecure and we either start to pour some colour in and stop as we can’t see the results right away OR we start dropping in new colours depending on new ideas, new goals or distractions. That way the water becomes murky and we will lose track of the initial goal and intention.
So take one thing at a time, be patient and put the work in. Results will follow!
Inspired by the workshop I went back to the exhibition to find my next adventure. I decided a quick yoga session is just what I needed to sediment the learnings. Little did I know it was a yoga and silent disco session too. I ended up stretching, dancing, laughing and having an amazing time with the guys from Nine Lives Yoga.
Finally, after a quick refreshing strawberry and rose non-alcoholic mojito from Cordial Mixologist, I made my way back to Elke Rosenburg to have my chakras reading.
What are chakras? Here’s the first definition I found while Googling:
‘Chakras, by definition, are energy centres within the human body that help to regulate all its processes, from organ function to to the immune system and emotions. Seven chakras are positioned throughout your body, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency, colour, and governs specific functions that help make you, well, human.’ (http://www.chakras.info/what-is-chakra/)
Now, this experience was quite personal, but I can tell you this much: everything she said was true, she felt the good energies about me, she noticed the areas which are ‘blocked’ and gave me a lot of things to think about and work on. I was really lifted by the experience, the feelings I had during that process and the accuracy of her readings. I know it may sound a bit strange to some of you, I was a skeptic too, but if you ever want to learn a little more about your inner or shall I say outer colours, here are her contact details.
And that concludes my amazing day at the Mind Body Spirit Festival! An incredible experience and showcase of connection, positivity, love and humanity at its essence.
Hope you are inspired to bookmark this festival for next year, you can find more information about it here .