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Greatest Lessons In Life I Learnt Over The Summer

Bless you dear friends and how are you and your loved ones ?

Today’s post is to give you a quick update about the greatest lessons in life I learnt over the summer.

Basically, life hit me a curve ball and once again, I realised how vulnerable I am, how precious life is and how important it is for me to listen to my body.

For the longest while I have been ignoring a gnawing back pain. I have “too much to do” and just disregard the stiffness and pain in my lower back.

This denial ended on Sunday 20 September 2015.

I woke and couldn’t move. My back had had enough and screamed out STOP.  Read more…?

Daily Prayer to Reduce Stress

Blessings and hugs dear friends, and how are you today?

Each and every day, I allow my soul space to breathe and nourish the goddess within.

Over here, I am in an “interesting phrase.”

Over the weekend, after weeks of ignoring this “niggly pain in my lower back”, my back finally decided “enough is enough.”  I woke up on Monday, with a gasp and, with a slow, disbelieving head shake realised I couldn’t move my back.

Yep. My back felt like it was on fire. Every time I tried to move to find a source of relief, I let out a slight moan.

So there I was, Monday morning, 5.30am lying in bed, pondering how do I get up and go to work…

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Hurricane Ivan – A Prayer for Calm from the Storm

Waking up this morning I had a rush of energy.

I said my prayers and instead of doing my normal morning routine, I strode over to my bookcase and glanced at the pile of papers and books hanging precariously by their spine on the shelves.

As I sorted the wheat from the shaft, I came across a selection of poems, prayers and blessings I wrote many moons ago.

So many of them, sitting there waiting to be read and serve their purpose.

Sooo, I thought, instead of cluttering up my bookshelf, why not copy them out and publish them on my blog? One a week, and allow the magic to unfold!

So, over the next few weeks, every week, around Wednesday, I’ll publish a spiritual poem or prayer from the archives of papers in my bookcase, to inspire, heal and nurture your soul :-)

And here is this week’s offering, a prayer for calm and harmony in our world.

I was moved to write this poem, following the destruction caused to Grenada, the island where my parent’s hailed from, by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Hurricane Ivan, is recorded as the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.

And as news of the hurricane became public, like most people with friends and family living in the wake of Hurricane Ivan, I watched the unfolding destruction with a trembling chin and lips.

Time stood still. I remember the fear and anxiety in mum’s voice when she finally managed to get through and let us know they were ok.

Times like this, when Mother Earth reminds us of her power, it is easy to feel dis-empowered and stuck. My remedy is to write. To pick up my pen, tune in and write. And here is the prayer I wrote whilst taking deep breaths in an effort to calm myself.

Hurricane Ivan – A Prayer for Calm from the Storms

Oh, Great Spirit,

Cover the Earth and all who dwell within;

May all souls see the power of your grace to give life, to restore and destroy.

May all souls feel the depth of your love and knowledge of the cycles of life.

Let those who are able to give their time, love, energy in re-creating an honourable society, where truth, justice and trust reign supreme turning this tragedy into a victorious purging of past wrongs and injustices, inflicted on self and by others.

Let us remember the birds, the bees, adversely effected by the roaring winds of change, let us pray for calm to the seas as the fragmented waves seek union with the shores.

As Oya rises and Kali wipes away, so may Sri Rama and Maha Vishnu restore peace and prosperity to our beautiful land and souls residing there.

May all beings reading this prayer feel the peace and calm nestling within the eye of the storm.

Thank you.


Closing Words

Well, Hurricane Ivan, Prayer for Calm from the Storms, kicks off this mini-series of Wednesday Words, a prayer, poem or blessing from the bundle of papers I found this morning whilst decluttering my bookcase! offered to inspire, nurture and heal your soul.

I’d love to know what you think of this idea of publishing a weekly inspirational prayer or healing poem.

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Till next week, take special care and be gentle.



PS. If you are into inspirational quotes, then follow me over on Instagram where I share daily motivational quotes and affirmations.



How To Love Yourself First – The Power of Self-Care

What do you do to “love yourself first?”

How do you know when you are “loving yourself?”

And, how often do you show love to yourself?

Is self-love something you buy? Something you are born with or a gadget or app you can buy and download via Google play store?

I believe, self-love is core to your existence. The more you learn to take responsibility for your personal care and well-being, the easier it becomes to nurture yourself and therefore others.

I don’t have all the answers, but invite you to watch the video below where I share a few words about the power of self-love, loving yourself first and taking time to nurture your soul.


Love Yourself First

So, as you can see, taking time, every day to do something you enjoy, which nurtures your soul, is the perfect way to enjoy loving yourself more!

Closing Words

And if you thought the video was useful and have a friend who is going through a tough time “loving herself”, please forward this video to her and make her day.

And as usual, what tips and inspirations do you have to share with our readers, which you use to boost and strengthen your “self-love” muscle.

Feel free to share your suggestions in the comment box below

Thank you.

All the love


PS: If you are interested in finding more self-care, well-being and yoga tips to nurture yourself, check out my popular ebook The Busy Woman’s Guide To Easy Yoga Poses To Relieve Stress At Work And Find peace And Quiet At Home. You can buy your The Busy Woman’s Guide To Easy Yoga Poses To Relieve Stress At Work and Find Peace & Quiet At Home and  discover more self-care yoga poses today!


Write A Love Letter To Yourself And Say Everything You Love About Yourself

When was the last time you wrote a love letter?

You know, a love letter to your sweet heart, the person who make your heart sing and eyes sparkle when they walk into the room.

Write A Love Letter To Yourself

Write A Love Letter To Yourself

And, if you received a love letter, how did it make you feel?

Did your insides glow and flutter and the waves of light fill your soul?

Now, imagine, writing a love letter to yourself and say everything you love about yourself.

If you have already written one…congratulations, you are definitely top of the Self-Love Class!

However, if you are like me, and haven’t written a love letter to yourself, read on and discover how I wrote my first selfie-love letter!

As you already know, I love writing and enjoy sending poems to friends, yet it never occurred to me to write a love letter to myself. I don’t know why, it just never occurred to me.

However, whilst filling out my daily entry in The Five Minute Journal, the weekly challenge, was to write a love letter to yourself and say everything you love about yourself.

I must admit, that particular challenge took me by surprise and I chose to ignore the Weekly Challenge and carry on with filling in the rest of my daily challenge.

However, you know what it’s like, the things we ignore are the exact thing we need to address.

What was I ignoring? Why was I so resistant to writing a love letter to myself?

Meditation to the Rescue

As per usual, anytime I feel anxious and not sure what to do, I breathe and turn to my daily meditation practice for counsel.

So, I sat and meditated.

After my practice, I took up my pen wrote the title “write a love letter to yourself and say everything you love about yourself”… and here is what I wrote.

Write A Love Letter To Yourself And Say Everything You Love About Yourself

Dear Ntathu

I love the way you express yourself, the way you care about others and desire to always step out of your way to help others.

I love your smile, the way your eyes crinkle up when you laugh and the way you rock backwards and forwards and clap your hands when something makes you laugh.

I love you more than you will ever know.

Your gentle way of being in the world, creating, spreading warmth and light wherever you go; like a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night.

I love your determination to shed layers of past hurt to rise above the forest and find a tree to hug; the way you inch forward, peak around the bushes and take a friend along their next step.

I love the way you walk, head held high, eyes on the prize and feet gently caressing the Earth.

I love you more and more each day and want to wake up with you by my side; to share our last meal together before you leave this world and keep you safe and warm.

I love you.

Thank you for caring about me and giving me your best.

I love you.

Well, what are you thoughts about my love letter to myself?

I have read it a couple of times and each time I feel proud to love me and hope it inspires you to write a love letter to yourself.

What Next?

Now that I’ve taken the first step and shared my love letter to myself with you, will you do the same?

Will, you sit quietly one day and write yourself a love letter. Serenade and romance your soul and tell yourself how loving and great you are? I really hope you do.
And when you have done that, I’d love you to send me a copy of your love letter. Who knows, if we get enough love letters I could compile them into a book as part of my kindle publishing empire!

Till, next time, have a beautiful loving day.

I love you


PS. And if you enjoy reading Love Poems, check out my Kindle Book, Love Your Life – 26 Poems That Nurture Your Soul Through Hard Times. You can get your copy of Love Your Life, when you click Love Your Life Book of Poems

Walking Meditation Instructions- How To Be Calm, Walk And Meditate For Instant Relaxation

When you think about meditation, what comes to mind?

Do you have images of someone sitting peacefully in a calm environment, blissfully meditating?

Or maybe you think of the Budhha, the Dalai Lama or other spiritual teachers sitting serenely in a sacred meditation space.

If you have never meditated or are new to meditation, maybe the idea of meditation still feels a bit difficult and unfamiliar to you. That it is time consuming and something only “other people” do.

Or, do you think that it is even if that was doable and practical; you couldn’t do it, especially as your daily schedule is already packed and you have no time to squeeze in a meditation practice!?

Well, whatever your views, rest assured, even if you have the most demanding schedule and have never meditated before; it is possible, if you wish, to meditate in the middle of your lunch hour, at home or at work!
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Morning Prayer To Jump-Start Your Day

Have you ever woken up jaded, tired and exhausted?

Maybe dreading the start of a new day, yet, know there is no way out.

You HAVE to get up, maybe get your children ready for school, face the morning commute and find a way to send that report to your supervisor by 5.00pm.

What Do You Do Next?

When you wake up, tired and achy from lack of sleep, how do you shift your energy and get ready for your day?

What do you do, to shake the gremlins and focus your mind to wake up and snap into gear?

Are you an early morning coffee drinker? A smoothie babe or rush-out-of-the-house-grab-a-coffee-at-the-station type of person!?

Here’s What My Friend Does

One of my close work friends, Flora, has three children whom she home-schools. I take my hat of to Flora and admire her resilience and organisational skills to run her household, take part in numerous community events and home-school her children.

Flora’s Secret Get-Up-And-Go-Weapon

Prayer and meditation.

That’s it. Prayer and meditation. She swears by it.

Every morning, no matter how tired or exhausted my friend feels, she finds a way to fit in at least two minutes of quiet time, where she is able to breathe and tell herself, I’ll easily get through the day! And believe it or, whenever we catch up over the phone, she does. We laugh and joke and share our ups and downs and I marvel at my friend’s tenacity, optimism and good humour.

And here is one of Flora’s Fav Morning Prayer’s – Prayer of Grace

I was well touched when Flora shared that one of her most “grounding morning prayers” is one she saw in one of my books! This touched her heart.

So, in the spirit of friendship, here is Flora’s favourite Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer – Prayer of Grace

Dear Mother Earth, as I walk through your world, through the cracks and valleys of life, I pray for love, love of self and others.

I pray that I remain true to myself.

That I honour, care and protect myself.

Dear Mother Earth, it is through your guidance, your constant commitment to life that I’m here. Ready to serve. To live. Create and be. A divine soul, a budding flower, which blossoms and overflows with joy, peace and grace.

I thank you, oh divine creative spirit of mine for the gifts bestowed within and pray that your beauty will shine through my being.

Your love radiate through my eyes, your essence of truth, justice and honour through my heart.
Mother Earth, I thank you for the gift of life.

May I always remain close to you and show love and appreciation to your glorious creation.


Everyday, Flora says this short prayer and finds it gives her the strength and energy to do all she has to do, in calm and more focused way.

And, given her workload and family committments, you can see how important it is for Flora to have optimum energy and reserves to keep going!

What’s Your Early Morning Secret?

What do you do, to get up and start your day in a more positive way, especially on the days, when you feel drained and exhausted when you wake up?

Do you prayer?

Or have some sort of morning routine to get you going in the morning?

If so, what difference does it make to how you feel when you get up?

Drop me an email, or share your thoughts in the comment box below because your tip might help someone else have a happy day!


If are looking for a more nurturing way to start your day take a tip from Flora and say Prayer of Grace, quietly to yourself tomorrow morning when you wake up.

I really hope you find Flora’s favourite Morning Prayer helps you have a happy day.

Thank you.
Stay blessed


Ten Positive Affirmations To Help You Have An Awesome Day!

One of the best ways to have an awesome day is to wake up in a happy mood.

As you well know, waking up in a happy mood, sets the tone for the rest of your day.

I’m sure like most busy women, you have so much to do, waking up in a good positive mood helps you get more done during your day.

10 Positive Affirmations

Having A Happy Day

However, I’m certain you have had days when you woke up feeling tired, low on energy and struggle to get out of bed and out the house on time.

I know I have!

When you have a “bad start” to your day, have you noticed that everything you do seems to take longer and requires more energy? It’s like you are holding a string and it drags you through the day and you struggle to get back on your feet.

Would you agree the more you can do to help yourself stay in good mood, life looks easier and you have more energy to get things done?

Waking up and starting your day in a positive frame of mind helps you to plan and prepare what you have to do in a calm and focused way

So, following along with our theme to help you have a peaceful and positive start to your day, I’d like to share with you, Ten Positive Affirmations you can say to yourself when you wake up. Read more…?

Morning Prayer for the Absolutely Best Start to Your Day

Bless you gentle reader, how are you today? I pray today’s post “Morning Prayer For The Absolutely Best Start To Your Day” finds you well and in radiant health. Thank you for your continued love, strength and support as we travel through this circle of life together.

“Every day and in every way I grow richer, stronger, and clearer in divine insight and love.” ~ Self-Love Affirmation.

I often receive emails from potential clients and messages from friends asking me for tips on how to wake up early and meditate. Like you, they want to wake up feeling refreshed, energised and alive, yet, all too often, the day starts off with a head full of to-do lists, stress in your body and anxieties and concerns about the day ahead.

Most people recognise the value and importance of meditation, prayer and having a daily powerful morning routine yet putting that into practice, making time for that space, seems near impossible.

Soooo, to help you with your desire for a more positive and peaceful start to your day, I am going to Read more…?

Prayer For Peace In The World

Bless you, dear friends, I pray you are well and in vibrant health. Thanks for visiting Yoga Inspires and reading today’s post, A Prayer For Peace In The World.

We are all born with gifts to offer, gifts to help ourselves, our families’, our communities. Let us use our skills, gifts talents and abilities for world unity, peace and prosperity. – Ntathu Allen

I was doing a spot of de-cluttering over the weekend and came across a prayer I wrote,A Prayer For Peace In The World. I remember writing it, after the sense of devastation, horror and shock I felt following the events surrounding 9/11. Although 9/11 occurred in 2001, the aftermath of this war and other wars continue to effect lives today.

How Does “War” Make You Feel?

I often feel frail and wither at the complexities of human emotions and the lengths  we will go to inflict pain upon each other in the name of religion, freedom of speech and justice. Why we can’t all live in peace and harmony is beyond me!

As Ghandi says, “be the change you wish to see in the world” and as writing is my thing, in the spirit of peace and reconciliation, I’d like to share Prayer for Peace In The World again today with you.

Maybe between us, as we pray, we can lift the hearts and minds of those actively engaged in wars and offer a helping hand, ray of hope to all families torn apart by war. Read more…?

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