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That is what many of my friends, fans and followers have been asking and until now I have been quiet. Quiet because I believe that thought creates reality and I did not want a million TV viewers or a flock of twitter followers thinking of me as sick. I did not want to place sadness in your mind or light a match to fear. It has been months and many still message me, ask about me and tell me they miss me. How beautiful you are to keep a space for me in your hearts. Here is what I know. On February 14 after months of discomfort the very skilled team at St Josephs Hospital removed my uterus in order to rid me of a very large fibroid. The recovery was tough but every day I grew stronger and felt better. Weeks later the pathology report came in and that’s when I had to face some life altering news. The fibroid was a rare aggressive cancer and it could spread. Of course I was afraid and heartbroken. I never thought this would be my story. I wanted to be a healer not broken. But here I was staring down scary words and feeling hunted by something I can not see. I won’t go through all the moments of panic or fears I allowed to plague my mind- you can imagine I’m sure. I dedicated myself this past month to every healing practice modality and food that would nourish my body and lift my spirit. I know God loves me because everything I needed was carefully placed in my path…I just followed the breadcrumbs and soaked in the kindness and love that flowed to me. Every day I have placed myself in the hands of God and asked to be filled with divine love. And so I was. Today as I lay in the Jurivinski awaiting a CT scan to determine why my tummy is swelling and causing me pain I am prompted to break my silence and reach out to you- my next Healers. It is time for me to ask you for light . Every day when I was on CHCH ‘a Morning Live I would drive to work at 4am in the dark and bless all of you. I truly love each of you more than I can express. Every show I asked God to let the light shine through me and lift you up. It was never about the forecast or being on TV, it was always about bringing the light. I held love in my heart for you through -40 and on my most tired days because I wanted so much to lift you and make you feel happy. I still do. We are all connected. When you suffer I suffer , when I  faulter you do and when  one of us is healed we all feel the healing. We are amidst a great shift, life is pulling at us demanding we wake up or we will suffer. Let’s hold hands and do it together. As I write this on my iPhone from a hospital bed I am aware of both the beauty and urgency of this experience. I don’t plan on dying right now- I choose to live and now I ask for your help. We are going to start a Love Revolution. Once you read this would you please immediately share it and then set a daily reminder in your phone or calendar. Every day see me wrapped in Gods Divine Love and fully healed and then ask for the same love for yourself knowing that you are worthy – Remembering you already have my love . This is our birthright and we must act from love now and always. Don’t learn the hard way like me. I always gave my love away and never felt worthy to receive it. Now I know I must in order to heal myself and all of us. Please don’t be sad for me just know that this experience I am in is just a messenger- to us all. Make my lesson matter – share this, send love and know that all is well. blessings always – I love you. Nicola

Oak trees

“Today’s Oak is just yesterday’s nut that had the courage to hold his ground”

I saw this quote on the site of Adam McLeod- “The Dreamhealer” and I felt how bang-on it was for me and all of us really. Adam has very unique story. Born with unfathomable healing gifts, Adam is known the world over for his ability to see disease and yes- heal people. What is also unique about Adam is be believes: ” In the future being able to heal by thought will be the norm”. Things are rapidly changing and we are opening up to new (old ) ideas of healing thanks to the support of quantum physics and a few nuts who stood their ground.

Right now we are entering a very unique time energetically and a lot of people are feeling the pull. You may even be feeling a little bit crazy at times. Right now everything we think, feel and do has a greater impact than ever before. I won’t give you examples- look for them in your own life and see what you notice. Is there more suffering?  More drama? More love? This acceleration is part of something greater at work but you do possess all you need to push through it with the strength and stillness of the Mighty Oak.

I have been addressing a health issue for the past few months and it has taught me so much. Suffering or confusion or pain are often the greatest teachers. Here is how to turn pain into the path:

1) Stillness

Remember  the joke about the man who goes to the doctor and says :”Every time I turn my ankle like this is hurts.” and the doc responds:”Don’t do that then.”? Sometimes physical pain is a means to get our attention and force us to stop. In our culture we continually applaud people who “Push beyond pain”. Strength, endurance and the will to survive all have their place, but a moment of stillness can redirect your energy in the most surprising and powerful ways. I spent 3 months trying to force my way through a healing process that really needed me to just be still- wish I had listened sooner.

2) Silence

There is way to much chatter on blogs, social media and mainstream media these days. The next time you are feeling frazzled- instead of numbing out or filling it with mental dribble…try sopping up the noise with silence. Stop talking and listen to what is waiting to be heard.

3) Spaciousness

Wide open spaces can do wonders to soothe the spirit and nature is a tonic. Try also cultivating spaciousness within. Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation, Tai Chi are all great tools to help you achieve this connection.

Life can make you feel a little crazy at times, what you do with that crazy and how you respond to the chaos is what will determine how you experience this great shift. This is not a time to let go of all we have known, it is the time to fuse that knowledge with what we are about to discover- together.

Be well,

I enjoy my hosting gig on CHCH Morning Live  mainly because more than giving the weather forecast… I am trying to spread peace and joy to our viewers. At 4:00am on my drive in to work each day, I bless each and  every viewer. We have such a great community of generous, caring people and I want them to know how much they matter. I want them to start off their day smiling and knowing that this day- is gonna be great.

I believe we need to live with intention and that is exactly what I teach in “Renovate My Life”- my most attended and workshop. By aligning our inner intention with our outer intention we can achieve a purposeful and peaceful life. There are so many interpretations of this- but lets pick one: your environment.

This is my view right now…

Peaceful Hearth

 

It is so easy to create peaceful spaces and moments…here are some of my EASY tricks for designing rooms that soothe the soul:

1) Make use of candles- light them and choose soft lamp lighting instead of the glare of overhead pot lights. We know lighting has an immediate effect on mood. Light a bunch of candles at dinner time and watch how soft the conversation becomes! Create peaceful moments: enjoy a peaceful life.

2)  Bring on the bling. Reflect back on your childhood… remember how attracted you were to shiny objects? What objects or accessories make you feel celebratory or “lighter”. Move them out of the cabinet and in to view.

3) Make magic with Music. Take some time on a weekend to assemble the ultimate soothing playlist. Set your stereo timer for your arrival home or use it on long drives. Music is an immediate energy booster and an easy “go-to” when you are feeling down. Nothing will shift your state faster than your favourite ambient tunes.

Be well, live a well-desinged life!

Nicola

 

truth crystal

I don’t need to convince or persuade you – I would rather you watch this video and decide for yourself. This is what negative talk does to our children, our families, our bodies -our world…WATCH THIS.

Remember…

You ARE enough

You ARE enough

You can meditate anywhere with no tools, tunes or atmospheric aids. You only need to be still to start. I love to engage my senses in everything- my home, work and yes my Meditation practices. People are always asking me for my recommendations and these are my favourite tools to help me get the most out of my experience.

1) You can use a mat or cushion, you can lay down on the floor…but take  a look at this incredible seagrass and mango wood chair…maybe you might sit still a little longer with the help of this cozy piece!

Best Meditation Chair

Best Meditation Chair

2) I like to practice Meditation by candle light and this is my favourite candle. The Dayna Decker Candle is my treat to myself. I love the smell of the botanical oils. They burn forever and you will love the sound of the crackling wood wick. They are not cheap- but I would rather have one fabulous, healthy candle than a bunch of chemical-laden cheapies any day.

The candle everyone asks me about

The candle everyone asks me about

3) Of course we don’t need music to Meditate but there are numerous benefits to Guided Meditation and when I choose that method this is my favourite CD. It is so well done and Deepak Chopra is so in tune with how to direct the body to heal.

Sometimes we need a little guidance

Sometimes we need a little guidance

4) You may not know this but your body temperature does fluctuate during Meditation. To avoid the distraction, I like to keep a wrap around my shoulders. I love cashmere, it really maintains a comfortable body temperature no matter what weather I am out in on the show. I often wear Canadian designed Black Goat Cashmere and this pashmina is just perfect as a meditation wrap or throw.

Cashmere comfort

Cashmere comfort

Would making a soothing space make you more likely to practice?

Love to hear from you as always,

Be well,

Nicola Jones

5 days of style…that is all I am going for. Not always easy for me as I can be a lazy dresser. I am just as happy in jeans and a t-shirt as I am my new Smythe blazer. I love comfort but sometimes- we need to step it up a notch. Ya know? That is really what this dressing room is all about- making use of what I have in a more effective way.

I Just snapped this quick pic to show ya’ll my closet and shelf are in!

Prooo-gresssss.

I am keeping it open like that cause I like to see it everything – it helps me make sure I wear it all  and mix it up. Still replacing my hangers with grey velvet ones and tons more sorting to do- but I already love it.

 

The closet is in!

The closet is in!

 

We Morning Show hosts see more of the moon than the sun some days so anything I can do to free up a little daylight- I am up for. Laying my outfit out the night before is a must but I thought- why not do the week? That is when I decided I needed a 5 day rack. My latest project is a simple solution to make my dress-stress a thing of the past.

First I painted this simple board the same colour as my wall and then applied an easy shabby chic effect using a stencil.

The basic 5 day wall rack

Shabby Chic Stencil for Stupids

Next we screwed in some drawer knobs and mounted it securely to the wall.

Nicola's DIY 5 Day Style Rack

Nicola’s DIY 5 Day Style Rack

I find it so much easier to get ready and if the weather changes- so do I, into another option! I am committed to a peaceful, practical life and this little project made a big difference!

Simple, Peaceful Solutions

Simple, Peaceful Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of us are up before the dawn these days and like a lot of you:  I get dressed in the dark 5 days a week. It is a small miracle I leave fully clothed some days…actually sometimes I don’t. As the Weather Presenter on Morning Live, I’m outside in all kinds of weather and the odd time: I’m just not prepared.

Not because I lack common sense- simply because I lack time and organization.

A word on organization: I am pretty good at it… really… I do think so. But when it comes to my tight morning routine- I need a Renovation Rescue.

I purge my stuff regularly but my crowded closet is cramping my style. So I plan to take this empty basement room:

Blank canvas

Before…

That I have now painted to look like this:

Paint is Up!

Paint is Up!

And turn it into something like this:

 

Wardrobe heaven

Wardrobe heaven

Or this:

Stylish and artsy

Chic Boutique Closet

 

Or THIS:

Rock star Wardrobe

Rock Star Wardrobe

 

I have recruited my CHCH buddy Jaclyn Colville to help …and every week I will DIY and Up-cycle my way to a wicked wardrobe that works! Connect with me on Pinterest to see my idea boards and share some of yours! I am always looking for inspiration.

If you want a Peaceful Life you have to design it that way, with creativity and vision. We all know how you start your day- changes your day…I believe I can do better! So I am going to follow the advice of my smart and insightful Nana:

“Start off as you mean to go on”

WITH PEACE.

Nicola

 

 

 

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Am I Quitting?

Look at what we are missing!

Look at what we are missing!

So I just returned from a week-long retreat to Maine where I lived every minute unscheduled and outside. It was easy and silent. I read a book not social media pages, devoured great food and took a drama diet- it was bliss.

A few readers and friends have asked me where I have been lately- if I am quitting this blog, my workshops, my TV gig… I wanted to give an honest answer to all of those questions.

Back at the beginning of this year I made a decision to concentrate on making the best use of my greatest commodity: time.

I went part- time on the Morning Show shortening my shift so I could try to improve my energy and health-  that worked almost instantly. I also decided to cut back on public workshops so I could better manage all the corporate requests and speaking engagements I had committed to- that helped!

And the blog? Well…

Here is the thing about the Blog. I have decided to only write when I feel compelled to share something valuable and never allow it to become a chore or duty. I am aware there are many passionate bloggers out there who do this sort of thing for a living and do it quite well. But:

Here is the BUT…

I don’t want to check my stats, obsess about numbers or spend my days hunched over my laptop. I want to live- and just as much- I want you to LIVE too.

We need to enjoy our breathing moments out there in the air and offline as much as possible. This is a tool, not an excuse for living. By all means I believe you can use it to enhance your life experience, however social media and blogging are weak substitutes for living, I want a full vibrant life- don’t you? We need to stop treating time like it is disposable, wasting it on senseless dribble. There is plenty out there to divert your attention and cause you to drift from your true desires. Let this be YOUR nudge. Start by limiting your time online and increasing your time out in the real world. Here is how:

List 5 pleasures you will do this week offline, that you have been meaning to prioritize for ages. No more excuses, no more mindless diversions- GO LIVE BIG. I am doing it too.

I will be here when you get back (like it or not) to nudge you again when I feel the moment is right.

For those interested in my next public Meditation workshop I will formally announce it soon but it will be the last Sunday in September, 8pm- Moksha Hamilton.

Be well- live better!

Nicola Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicola Jones- dolphin retreat

Swimming with my soul-sister and our Pod

“One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely. Love is whimsical and temperamental. Its nature is ephemeral, and transitory. It comes when it pleases,and goes away without warning. Accept and enjoy it while it remains, but spend no time worrying about its departure. Worry will never bring it back.”

-Napoleon Hill

 

I love this quote. I remember a time when I could not find love no matter where I looked.  Looking back, I now see I was already in love. My love affair was with my life in the city, my art, my friends and most importantly my freedom. Romance is a choice, it does not happen to you- it meets you where you are. It waits for you to engage in the dance in whatever form it appears in. It is up to you to notice it has entered the room.

As a gift to myself- this May I took a retreat to Bimini, a tiny island off the coast of Florida in the Bahamas. I went to play with wild dolphins, connect with like-minded seekers and to be with myself- my real self.

It was a miraculous trip, filled with revelations and contrast. I learned so much by just being aware and connected to whatever unfolded. The island has changed me in ways I could never explain to you other than by saying- GO.

Go make space to romance yourself, watch closely what happens when you do. Pay as much attention to what rattles you as what soothes and ignites you. Allow yourself to love yourself at least as much as you have loved others and watch- watch what happens with great awareness. Take in every “coincidence”, accept every sign, nudge or nod. See that life is reaching out for you and waiting for you to return it’s embrace. You are loved, deeply and more widely than you may have noticed. All of nature supports you and waits for your respect and reciprocation.

Make time to look deeper into what isn’t so you can see what is. I can not do this for you, you must claim it for yourself. I can however tell you this: Love comes to you in the most surprising ways, In a long-held gaze from a spotted dolphin, a friend who accepts you, a group that does not judge you or an island that heals you in every way you will let it.

Choose today to Love yourself with gentle devotion, so that others who love you will know how to show you their love.

I am returning to Bimini this Fall -because as a good friend said a few days ago… “It seems like you belong there” -and I do.

Thank you to my pod, the warm and loving Bimini people and my host Joe- The Dolphin Whisperer

Light and love,

Nicola Jones

 

 

 

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