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The Space In-between

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Before I left Canada in January I was gifted a set of the May You Know Joy Meditation cards, created by Adrienne Enns Edgar. I only opened them when I presented my first Write to Know Joy class in March, simply because they were about joy! Well, we’ve been using them as a homework writing prompt ever since!

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This month, the card — May You Know Space — really got me thinking about the space in-between so many things.

The space in-between my pauses for breath

The space in-between my thoughts

Today, I took a stroll to the beach and more spaces appeared, in-between the steps that led to the sand, and between the sparkles on the water…


In-between the seagulls and the sand as they soared on the air currents.

In-between the clouds and the clear blue sky.

Then there was the space in-between the waves crashing onto the shoreline and between the beads of foam…


I realised there was space all around me, for at one point I had the whole beach to myself. Why? I’ve no idea because it was a glorious sunny day!

Nature is full of wondrous spaces to explore. Equally wondrous, are the spaces within us.

To know space is to be present in the moment, and to be aware of how I feel. I love my sacred space for it where I am at peace with self, to ponder, explore, expand and create. I love sharing my space too, being in the company of like-minded people feels satisfying, rewarding, enriching.

What does knowing space mean to you?

Adrienne, Chief Joy Curator at May You Know Joy, will be a guest speaker at Write to Know Self, via Skype, in June… you can read all about it here.

Write to Heal and make your mark!


Leanda ♥

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Bring Balance to Your Life

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On many an occasion I’ve either been asked how I keep thin or how I seem to maintain a positive attitude when things aren’t flowing well! No, I don’t have a thyroid problem, and I don’t pop pills 😉

For me, keeping slim and being happy are achieved from attempting to live a balanced life.

So how might you bring balance to your life?

I believe the key areas of balance are to—

maintain our health… mental, emotional, physical, spiritual

honour our relationships… partner, family, friends, acquaintances

appreciate our career… the part we play in the world is an important piece of the whole

embrace our sense of adventure… travel and explore things we’ve not done before

Breaking these points down further we benefit from—

eating healthy foods

exercising daily

taking the time to relax, meditate or be mindful in any given task

breathing deeply

laughing often

nurturing our intuition

balancing our energy centres (chakras) daily

being grateful

talking to our inner child that wants to play

immersing self in nature

writing a daily journal / being creative

sharing compassion, love and kindness in all we do

living for now

The above assists you to Be You and to Love You

How do you bring balance to your life? Can you recall the last moment that took your breath away? Please share in the comments below.

Write to Heal and make your mark!


Leanda Michelle 



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2016 Year of the Monkey

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3 Wise Monkeys

Speaking from experience… yes, I am a “monkey”… 2016 Year of the Monkey is set to rock the foundations of our world with new adventures and fresh opportunities for positive change and transformation. I say this because, 2016 is red fire monkey year… which means it’s all about passion, energy and taking action.

Again speaking from experience, we can be lit with an abundance of passion and energy, yet unless we take action the fuse won’t stay alight 😉

2016 is also a 9 global year in numerology… it’s a year of completion as it’s the end of a 9-year cycle. What do you have to let go of? What projects do you plan to finish? What requires de-cluttering from your life? 9 also represents wisdom, so seeking guidance from your higher self, God, the Divine Source (what you believe in) will assist you to gain the knowledge and understanding you desire.

If you’re a monkey like me, you know you can do anything, right? So, a few words of advice… don’t do what I once did and be a Monkey See Monkey Do type of person!


If you don’t know how to “be you” or how to “love you” then be willing to find out. This can be done in a myriad of ways… of course, you knew I was going to suggest you WRITE! Start a daily journal about how you feel. If you’re not feeling so great, begin a gratitude journal as well. Writing doesn’t cost you anything… not even time… and it’s your best option because there is no third-party-person involved. Other options include a variety of healing modalities. Be willing to seek and have-a-go at a variety of healing options because they all serve to address different areas of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. And all healing happens in layers.

Then there’s the Monkey Mind!

Life is much smoother when we address quietening the monkey mind. If you’ve not given meditation a go, do so. It doesn’t have to be done at the same time every day. I doesn’t have to be a regular habit. Take it outside in nature. Do it inside when inclement weather days arise. Have your eyes open, or shut. The purpose is to still the monkey mind and become more aware of your thoughts. If there are negative thoughts where do these come from… what is the underscoring belief?

My rule of thumb is what empowers and leaves you feeling good is good for you. There will always be the not-so-fabulous experiences, yet these serve to teach us to keep moving… forward, with a deeper understanding and having attained wisdom.

Remember the three wise monkeys?

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil… this translates to…

  1. choose not to listen to fear, in your mind or externally
  2. see the good in others because beneath every person’s layers of behaviour there is good
  3. speak your truth

And to add a little monkey magic to your year, imagine what you wish to create in the clouds…


Are you a monkey like me? If not, what Chinese New Year were you born in? Can you relate to monkey see monkey do, the monkey mind, or the three wise monkeys? And what monkey magic would you like to create this year?

May 2016 sparkle bright and ignite your passion to live a fulfilling year!


Leanda Michelle ♥

PS: If you want to write a book in 2016 and have your words flow with grace and ease, get the Write to Heal Signature Pulse Point blend or essential oil blend.

PSS: Red Fire Monkey Year begins February 8th.

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Spring Writing Prompts

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Grevillea Morning Dew ~ LM

‘Spring’ was the theme for the Write to Know Self regular gathering this month. It was a magical day seemingly sprinkled with fairy dust. Set against a backdrop of duo-toned blue sea and sky the creative juices flowed.

The Write to Heal Essential Oil Blend filled our senses with confidence and inspiration, while the spring writing prompts stretched our minds to connect, create and communicate.

We began with a series of journaling prompts from Rachel Naomi Remen MD—taken from a TED talk I watched several years ago. I loved her suggestion, to rewind the days events and bring more meaning to our everyday world.

The first writing prompt was to write about, ‘What surprised you’ on the first day of spring?

The second writing prompt asked, ‘What touched your heart’ on the first day of spring?

The third writing prompt invited us to explore, ‘What inspired you’ on the first day of spring?

While each was able to express a surprise and something that touched their heart, not all felt inspired. I admired the raw honesty of their shared truth. For inspiration is not something we can demand and often appears when we least expect it.

Rosemary Fresh Shoots ~ LM

We contemplated some famous quotes:

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~ Robin Williams

You can cut all the flower but you cannot keep spring from coming ~ Pablo Neruda

And this one from Richard Dawkins gave us all pause for thought…

Isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?

And thanks to Marg Thomas from my previous Ridge Writers group Mirboo North, Victoria we were blessed to imagine her ‘Trilogy of Haikus for Spring’…

Spring’s Contrast…

Harsh gales bite faces,

Newly warm sun splits clouds;

Everywhere shoots sprout.

Spring’s Surprise…

Weeds tall as Triffids,

Nestled in tight, a bud lives,

A new day’s promise.

Spring’s Work…

Sore back, dirty nails,

Fragrant loam trickles in shoes,

Small plants, new colours.

~ ©Marg Thomas 2011

We wrote prose about the word ‘freedom’… for some this represented transport, for others it was about escape.

Today I feel content to simply be

the freedom is in the choice to be free

a state of mind devoid of all difficulty ~ LM

To complete the spring-theme session we were guided on a visualisation to enter our mind and discover what may wish to spring forth from it’s dormancy.

Have you ever written a Haiku? What would you like to spring forth in your world?

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Leanda Michelle ♥

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Cultivate Compassion

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Photo Credit: M.K.

In essence we all have the ability to be compassionate, yet often we are so entwined in our daily lives, doing all the things we ‘think’ are important, that we don’t see what’s going on around us.

We don’t see the child with no shoes, her toes the colour of a bruised aubergine.

We don’t see the elderly man who struggles to keep his balance while juggling his walking stick and bag full of groceries, and trying to open his car door.

We see a friend share their difficult situation in a Facebook post, feel for them and continue scrolling down.

It’s true, we can’t be there for everyone in every instance and all of the time, yet every little bit of caring counts. Each of us can make a marked difference… always… and it starts with our thoughts which filters through to our actions.

How do we cultivate compassion?

While we may not have the surplus funds to assist that young girl with a new pair of shoes, we may have enough to purchase socks. Failing this, a simple smile from our heart to the mother to let her know we care will encourage her to reciprocate. Smiling makes us feel good.

We may not think we have the time to assist that elderly man into his car and believe someone else will come to his rescue. Yet, what if no one did and he fell? Offering assistance to another human being, animal, or plant, is in effect a reflection of how much we love self.

A friend in need is probably the trickiest of all. We understand it is their journey and their quip with the world around them. While we may care we don’t wish to be drawn into their drama, yet we can still make a difference by sending them our loving thoughts… closing our eyes and seeing them laughing or smiling, appearing healthy and at peace.

It’s always helpful to put self in another persons shoes. Once done, ask, ‘How would I wish to be treated?’

It’s not all about being there for others.

“If we are to make a difference in this world we must first be present to self” ~ TWEET THIS!

Cultivating compassion is about feeling into our heart and allowing the love that resides here to expand, so that all around us—people, places and things feel and receive the flow-on effect.

One way we can learn more about being compassionate is to join in Deepak Chopra’s 2nd Annual Global Meditation for Compassion July 11th 2015 – that’s 2am EST for us in Australia on the 12th July. Click here to join.

How does one meditate?

Sit in a comfortable position where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you are warm and hydrated. Then simply close your eyes and focus on your natural breath. If you find your mind is busy, imagine the thoughts coming in via a conveyer belt and continuing on out again.

What’s in it for you and me?

Can you imagine the impact this shared collective energy will have? As we are all connected and come from the same source, it will be felt worldwide and have a multitude of positive effects, for example, feeling more peaceful.

“Be world-wise and share your compassion world-wide” ~ TWEET THIS!

I’m taking a stand for compassion. Will you?

For my Australian friends, set your own time to cultivate compassion if 2am doesn’t suit.

Once you’ve done it write about anything that you may have seen or felt. I’d love to read about your experience here in the comments below.

Write to Heal and make your mark!


Leanda Michelle ♥