The Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude

These days, I truly believe that I’ve only got one job: to live at my highest possible vibrational frequency. In other words, my job is to be happy for no obvious reason. My happiness flows from a desire to be, what God created me to be: of service to others. “God, fill me first with love – and then show me how I can add value to anyone’s life I touch.” That is my prayer. Many mothers do the second part of the deal, the being a servant. The service extends to every single person before it reaches their own needs. At that time, the tank is empty, and you know it is when you hear yourself screaming at your kids, feeling resentment toward your husband for not helping, loving or supporting you enough. I believe that my own happiness is an inside job, and if I fail to do whatever it takes to fill my life with joy, nobody can be blamed for neglecting to make me happy.

Maybe you believe or have been told that you should be grateful only when you have a good reason to be. Maybe you even believe that you are being grateful when you say “thank you” for receiving a gift, a complement, or a treat. Every time that gratitude is a reaction or a response to another person or circumstance, it ties in with a condition, a consequence, or a coincidence. I am talking about creation without condition. Placing yourself beyond the reaction to life shows self- responsibility. Cultivating true gratitude is not an act of response, but an act of creation. Similar to our expectation of feeling happy when everything in our lives goes well, gratitude without a cause is like happiness for no reason: bliss.

Can your happiness or transformation start with the gratitude exercise every morning and having you wrap up the day in a state of awe by looking at the gifts that the day has brought? By writing it down, you will start to pay attention to new possibilities, which will ultimately change your perception and, therefore, your reality. More wonderful things will compete for your attitude of gratitude.

One useful or desirable outcome lies in a shift of consciousness, when your body is no longer a match for negative experiences or patterns of discomfort or illness.

”Beyond your ideas of right- and wrong-doing, there is a field. I meet you there!” – Rumi

Gratitude is a useful tool to toil the soil of being non-judgemental.

(from ’90 Shades of Gratitude’ by B. Hoi)


Finding your authentic power

soar like an eagle

Tap into your Authentic Power and Learn to Soar!

The workshop for you is coming up mid September (Friday 12/9  to Sunday 14/9)…and it will most likely be the last one this year!

I had many people wanting to attend – as this workshop is normally offered at $ 1,500 pp, by the amazing Charmaine – now it’s time to put your name down and I will forward the booking form to firm your commitment.

To check out details and see the low cost and great value for money, click on the SPECIAL WEEKEND BLOG below.

to book:


mob: 0402 686 327

Special Weekend – September 12 – 14, 2014

Personal Power Through Awareness

Spend two days in luxury with warm, friendly people, delicious food and a beautiful, playful, supportive environment where you can
· Increase your energy and awareness

· Tap into your authentic power

· Express the Power of You!

Your journey begins by exploring, experimenting and expressing these three areas:

Power vs. Force (Friday evening)
· Are you living life in power or force?

· What is energy and can you monitor its effect on your mind & body?

· What are the strong attractors that establish your power?

Mindful Awareness (Saturday morning)
· Sensual and fun exploration of awareness

· Mindlessness vs. mindfulness

· Achieving present moment awareness for clarity, relief and richness in life

· Using powerful attractors to create your authentic life – The Power of You

The Power of You (Saturday evening)
· Express your authentic, powerful Self with fun, like-minded souls

· $ 400 per room (for a couple)

· $ 300 per room (single person wanting their own room)

· $ 200 single mattress upstairs.

· Delicious Dinner – Friday and Saturday

· Scrumptious Breakfast – Saturday and Sunday

· Divine bed linen and towel

· Personal Power Through Awareness Experience

What to bring:
· Lunch supplies for both days. Or you can visit the local cafes

· Dress-up clothing and articles that express the you you’d really love to be

· Swimmers, beach towel and hat



Following my last post about the Raw Chocolate Mousse, my dear friend Marie supplied this yummy recipe. I have tried and loved it:




2 cups of dates, pitted

1 cup walnut pieces, chopped

1 cup almond meal

2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil (melted)

½ cup cacao powder

¼ cup raw cacao nibs

2 tbsp desiccated coconut


Put dates, walnuts, almond meal, coconut oil and cacao powder in blender. Moisture should be a bit crumbly, not too dry. If it is dry, add more oil.

Stir in cacao nibs but don’t blend.

Spoon mixture onto a lined tray, press firmly and top with coconut.

Put in fridge for 2 hours to set.

Chop and eat!

Personal Power through Awareness

An exciting NEW WEEKEND coming up in September:


Friday, 12/9 – 4pm to Sunday, 14/9 


10 and 11/9-13 Hutton Road, The Entrance North


“Personal Power Through Awareness” – with Charmaine Burke and Barbara Hoi


“No matter what happens, I feel I can handle it” – mixed with fun, healthy good food and laughs.


Details to follow

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Thank you to a very quirky and healthy website:, this turned out to be a fantastic find, loved by the kids and adults alike:

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

{Serves 6}

1. Grind up the raw cashews in the Thermomix on speed 9 for 10 seconds:
– 150g raw cashews

2. Add ice and grind on speed 9 for 20 seconds:
– 350g ice cubes

3. Scrape down bowl with spatula; add vanilla, cacao and dates, and grind on speed 9 for 30 seconds:
– 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
– 30g raw cacao powder (I used Loving Earth cacao powder & it’s very strong – if not using Loving Earth brand, you may need 35g)
– 100g dates (or to taste)

(I used regular dates which were semi-frozen, and I think the texture of these contributed to the thickness of the mousse. If you use fresh dates, it may turn out a bit softer, but you can add more ice to thicken it if you need to.)

4. The mixture will be a bit lumpy at this stage, especially if you are using dried dates instead of fresh dates. Scrape down the bowl and lid with the spatula, and keep blending on speed 9 until you get a smooth, creamy mixture. It will take at least another minute.


Chocolate mixture after blending, and before adding the avocado

5. Scrape down bowl again, and add avocado. This is actually optional – without the avocado, you’ll still have a lovely, thick, chocolate cashew cream as in the photo above. The avocado does make it thicker and creamier though, so don’t be afraid to try it!
– flesh of 1 ripe avocado (make sure the avocado is a nice one – no bad spots, or it’ll have a slightly bitter taste)

Note: If you find your mousse is not thick enough (it won’t stay swirled up into a peak), add another handful of ice and reblend on speed 9 for 1 minute, until smooth.

6. Spoon into small dessert bowls and enjoy! You can freeze this for later – half frozen it tastes like the most divine soft serve ice-cream ever… If you freeze it until it’s solid, you’ll need to thaw it a bit before using again.


Why Work doesn’t Work


Jason Fried has a good way to describe why our offices are the last place people go to if they want to get productive, uninterrupted work done. He reckons the involuntary distractions, which he sums up as the M&Ms (Managers and Meetings) are mainly to blame for the lack of productivity while we work, or ought to work.

When he asked people where they go for longer stretches of problem solving work, they give him three answers:

Locations (the patio, a shed, the attic…)

Moving Objects (trains, planes…)

Certain Times (before everyone is up, after everyone has left the office…)