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The MAGIC of KINDNESS ……
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The MAGIC of KINDNESS ……

13497558_1653732211618649_4058488115813568463_oKindness is the capacity of an individual to act from a place of genuine concern for oneself and others. Qualities of kindness include empathy, compassion, generosity and consideration. In our home, my children and I discuss the importance of acting kindly with the intention of making a positive difference in our world. We believe that being ‘kind’ is a choice made from the belief that every one of our actions ~ influences others.

On a recent holiday I witnessed this sentiment of ‘kindness’ demonstrated by my daughters and it literally took my breathe away. Away from their learning environment, their home with absence of family faces and friends they offered kindness from pure intention, unprompted by myself.

Our daily routine of meandering the shoreline was habitually followed by a stop at a bustling cafe. The first morning a waiter connected to my children’s unease, as they eyed the queue of busy professionals shuffling side to side impatiently waiting to order their coffees. The waiter instantly calmed them with a loud cheery, ‘Good morning lovely girls. Once we take these orders, I’m going to ask you what you would like. Won’t be long’. His excitement was almost frowned upon as people restlessly shuffled and continued to speak on phones. Too busy for morning chatter! Two patrons were even rude enough to dismiss this waiter’s energy and direct their orders to the co-waitress.

Mark, as he introduced himself, recommended a colossal world of flavours to my girls and they were thrilled. Mark’s speech was slurred and his hand jerked back and forth as he wrote a name on their order. Genuinely transfixed by the joy in Mark’s eyes and his enthusiasm for the store’s products, my daughters didn’t seem to notice any of the waiter’s impediments. Our shakes were soon after hand-delivered to our table, by Mark. The delivery was a little awkward in movement, but again unnoticed. My girls whooped with delight. Mark’s face was alight with such purity, that I fought back tears. I was overwhelmed by a total feeling of oneness.

Everyday we stopped at this cafe. And everyday my girls waited to be served by this special person ~ who not only paid an earnest interest in them and what they were doing, but who remembered what drinks they liked and excitedly told them about what they should try. There was a day when Mark was absent, the girls remarked that their shakes did not taste the same. They lacked ‘connectedness’.

On our final day the girls took extra long with their order. We sat at our table by the window and flicked through photos we’d taken. We laughed. We chatted. We reminisced over our days together. We all savoured the taste of our delicious shakes. Standing to leave we saw Mark sitting at a table enjoying a work break. I stopped by his table to shake his hand in gratitude for the last nine days of excellent service. My youngest daughter then said ‘Thank you for bringing sunshine to our every morning’. My middle daughter said ‘your shakes are the BEST’, and my eldest daughter looked at Mark and said to him ‘I love that you are brave in a world that judges. That you are YOU – I am going to take that back home with me’. Mark stood up and bowed his head and in his broken speech said ‘thank you angels for gracing me with your kindness and love. You have had my days very happy’.

I think of all the learning opportunities we enable our children. The options. The advantages. The education. And then I witness this. This play of kindness. A true sense of authenticity. The demonstration of connecting. Individuals each shining their light. The pure intention of making a difference ~ and it is these moments that are above everything else.

With Love Sarah xx

Our book Little Angels’ is available to buy via my website: here

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Heart Matters
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Heart Matters

My Circle of Love,

I have connected with some incredible people along my journey ~ souls who have welcomed me with embracing arms. People who have simply believed in me and held my hand as I’ve changed my life to be a better person. You have been shining beacons ~ lighting my way. Allowing me and encouraging me to shine my authentic light brightly. I’ve connected with individuals and exchanged energies that have influenced my life path; choices, lessons, exploration, imbalances that needed to be realigned and love ~ pure love. My heart is overflowing with love and gratitude. We are all connected at the core and I’m thankful for everyone that has given me ‘heart’ ❤️

With Love Sarah xx


HEALING POWER OF KINDNESS
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HEALING POWER OF KINDNESS

Kindness of spirit ~ comes from a genuine & sensitive place. Being kind may be perceived as a weakness by others, but the way in which we treat, regard, consider and speak to others, is one of our strongest influences. I believe there is no greater quality ~ than the act of kindness. Being kind creates a true sense of happiness and satisfaction.

Share your kindness. Just a small act of kindness can impact our world. Our actions shape the way we are living. Different actions create different results; acts of anger and aggression will bring hatred and fighting, acts of genuine kindness will evoke love and compassion.

Performing acts of kindness encourages others to be kind, producing a ripple effect ~ a circle of kindness. Kindness can spread. Be kind.

With Love Sarah xx


Treating each child as a unique individual
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Treating each child as a unique individual

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We were all created as completely unique and special in our own way. We are all equal in the very fact that we are each different.  This is crucially fundamental in raising our children.

Each and every child is special, with unique combinations of abilities and needs. Parenting requires that we treat each child as a unique individual. Respecting a child’s individuality means displaying a genuine acceptance of that child as a unique creation ~ who has unlimited potential within them to fulfil their true life’s purpose.
A child who is embraced for their exclusive attributes, accepted for their differences, welcomed for the way they see our world, applauded for dancing to the beat of their own drum; is a child who flourishes in their uniqueness. These children develop a greater sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Discovering our children, what makes them tick and what excites them, without any comparison to their siblings or others, I believe is true magic. What a magnificent contribution parents can make to humanity, through consciously raising wholesome children that we don’t simply regard as an extension of ourselves.

With love Sarah xx

Illustrations taken from my children’s book ‘Little Angels’ available for sale on my website here

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WORDS That Empower Our Children
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WORDS That Empower Our Children

WORDS are powerful. At times, we can speak without thinking. A rushed moment, or we maybe tired from a long day of work, perhaps guilty of doing too many things at once or quite simply we’re grumpy. A reaction pops out. Or in my case ‘explodes’ out. Believe me ~ it happens to the best of us! Words can have long-lasting effects, especially on our children. A thoughtless word can shatter a child’s confidence, self-esteem and sense of worth. I’ve spent much of my adulthood, healing from the consequences of growing up with abusive and hurtful words. Some words have power beyond our years, beyond whatever changes we may make to ourselves and to our lives.

I made a conscious decision when my children were much younger to empower them in every way that I possibly could. I wished for my children to grow up healthy, loved, self-reliant and confident ~ in both themselves and their natural abilities. Words and actions have been the two platforms in which I’ve created effective empowerment.

Words & actions from a place of LOVE.

I have become aware of words as I say them. Thinking before I speak. I always try to speak from a place of love. True power should not hurt anyone; it should help them to see their own greatness and potential. I am conscious of the effect my words have ~ our words resonate within the very core of our children. Our words act as barometer, for how our children will speak to others and how they expect to be treated in return.

These are some of our WORDS that we use within our home to encourage, empower and reassure our children ……..

 

  1. I LOVE you
  2. You are beautiful
  3. Be YOU
  4. Expect great things
  5. Find your UNIQUE gift & share it
  6. BREATHE
  7. Relax
  8. What was your favourite thing today
  9. I TRUST you
  10. You are my teacher
  11. You don’t have to be good at everything
  12. You are KIND
  13. Live from heart
  14. Always stand in truth
  15. I BELIEVE in you
  16. Dance to the beat of your own drum
  17. Trust your INTUITION
  18. I am so proud of you
  19. You are MAGNIFICENT
  20. Do what makes you happy
  21. I’m listening
  22. Mistakes are lessons
  23. Let’s read
  24. It’s ok to say NO
  25. You are my SUNSHINE

It is a JOY, a privilege and a huge responsibility to parent a child. We don’t always get it right, but each day we have a new chance in shaping the lives of our children, their confidence and their self-esteem. There is still a place for words of discipline and disapproval of poor behaviour, but finding the right words to address the action is more appropriate than labelling or hurting a child.

Our words and conversations with our children create our reality, our future and our relationships. Remember ‘our voice becomes their inner voice’.

Check out Little Angels ~ a book I wrote with my three young daughters, offering a section of empowering messages & illustrations, designed to help curb fear and anxiety in other children. More information is available at www.sarahfiggins.com

With Love Sarah xx

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Anything & Everything is Possible with the New Full Moon in Virgo
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Anything & Everything is Possible with the New Full Moon in Virgo

 

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Today Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 (22 Feb in Europe & America) marks the New Full Moon in Virgo. The actual days of the Full Moon are generally the liveliest, revelatory, and emotionally charged periods of the moon cycle. Exactly how I’m presently feeling!

 

Full Moons are a time when we can feel extremely sensitive to the pushing and pulling energy of two opposing signs, in this case it is the polarity of Virgo and Pisces. During this process we facilitate changes within our lives and we release what no longer serves us. Under Virgo we learn to perfect our natural talents in our service to the world. I read today that the Virgo brings practice and discipline into everyday, and she keeps her body pure, as she regards it as her holy temple. Hence, we can anticipate greater faith and practice during this lunar sequence.

 

Significantly, this Full Moon February 2016 is the final moon phase in an eclipse chain, which began in September 2015. We have literally come full circle. It is a period in which all projects that we’ve started come to completion. The Virgo Full Moon is a time of relinquishing old, stagnant energy. It is essential that we set an intention to let go of the ‘old’ and move forward into the ‘new’. Cutting free from any chords that no longer serve our purpose. The theme of completion fits perfectly with the final moon cycle. Sigh!

 

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The planet of Jupiter aligns closely to Virgo during this phase bringing new opportunities, either in matters of love or financial. A leap of faith will serve us well. It also indicates the healing of a broken heart. It may be a love relationship, friendship or parent relationship that has been a source of inner pain. Whether it be a separation or a continuing toxic relationship, it is the moment for us to take back our power. A time to set healthy boundaries and release all old patterns of expired relationships. Outstanding emotional issues need to be discharged so we can start our new journey with no baggage (or as least as possible!).

Honour yourself and stand in the light of your BEAUTIFUL LOVING BEING. Embrace all that is coming with this New Full Moon in Virgo.

 

With Love Sarah xx

 

 


TEACHING OUR CHILDREN “INTUITION” ….
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TEACHING OUR CHILDREN “INTUITION” ….

 

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Carl Jung said: “Intuition is a function by which you see round corners” and it was Albert Einstein who once said that intuition is our most valuable asset, and one of our most unused senses. My youngest daughter in my book, Little Angels, describes intuition as a voice deep inside her tummy that tells her when she should or shouldn’t do something. She claims that this voice inside is always right. Page 6 of my book, depicts this very daughter contemplating climbing a bookcase to fetch a ball, that we had purposely placed up high. In reality she did climb the shelves, lost her balance and created a disarray of books, photo frames and cushions. When I walked into the room she said, ‘Mamma, my tummy was telling me not to climb, but I didn’t listen to it’. I smiled as I realised the importance of her acknowledging her own ability to judge between what was right and what was wrong. We have always encouraged our children to listen to this inner voice, their gut-feeling, their judgment connected to their feelings rather than their analytical mind – to rely on their inner voice that ‘just knows’.

 

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How many times have you had a random thought, response or impression that you should do or shouldn’t do something, only to later find out that your sensitivity was completely accurate? For some married couples, it took just one look to recognise their soul mate. Have you ever had a gut instinct about a situation and not listened to yourself but later reflected you wish you had? These flashes are familiar to everyone. Intuition is natural, a part of all of us. Intuition will tell you intimate and important things nobody else will—and it will also tell you things your own mind will argue with.

 

Intuition is a vital life skill set and I’m passionate about educating our children to rely upon this inner wisdom. For each of us, as our life story unfolds, with its plots and twists, highs and lows, times of difficulties and choices – simply going with our ‘gut’ can be the make or break of our navigation. Teaching our children from a young age to instinctively consult their inner wisdom prepares them for the wide world beyond. During their challenging teenage years of vulnerability, confusion, self-consciousness, fast-pace; intuition can be the key skillset that averts potentially damaging choices.

 

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to teach them to trust their intuition. This gift will be one of their strongest protections, empowering them through life’s crises and curve balls. Intuition will be what gets our children through.

 

With Love Sarah xx


WHERE Do I Pick-Up My Special Copy of Little Angels?
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WHERE Do I Pick-Up My Special Copy of Little Angels?

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Little Angels by Sarah Figgins

Little Angels spreads its sparkling wings, colourful & bright, spreading love anywhere you like! This is a beautiful book that empowers our kids and shows them how to share their love & kindness. Order your special copy today via my website: http://sarahfiggins.com Postage included on all orders within Australia. Have it signed by me & maybe a ‘little angel’ or two or three! Be a part of our sparkling magic.

With love Sarah xx

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No Time for Meditation?
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No Time for Meditation?

_10751Meditation quite literally changed my life! To be honest, five years ago, the very concept of sitting in a lotus position, ‘zenned out’ in a serene state, chanting “OM” mystified me. In that previous life, I was conditioned into a state of ‘hurry’. Squeezing an early morning exercise regime, organising children for school, work, shopping, dinner, homework, folding washing all into a daily routine. How could I possibly entertain the notion of sitting for a period of time, empting my mind of the endless ‘to do’ lists and take mindful deep breathes? No way!

A close girlfriend invited me to join a local meditation group. She promised me that I’d love it, so I tagged along. I remember walking into the hall and being struck instantly by the light energy. There were gentle whispers, people shuffling to get comfortable, welcoming nods and then I saw our teacher sitting framed in her beautiful, glowing aura. The guided class transported me. I entered a state of blissful calm. From that very first experience I was hooked. I read everything I could on ‘meditation’ and all the different practises. I attended classes and workshops. The real change for me came from my own dedication to my daily practise.

I write this piece to urge you too to find the time from your extremely busy, time-poor lives to invest 10 minutes a day or every second or third day, to yourself. I have been in this space. I get it, but the self-transformation is worth every dedicated minute.

Regular practise embraces a plethora of benefits, such as:

  • Stress management
  • Boosts our immune system
  • Combats illness
  • Slows our rate of ageing

Meditation invites mindfulness into our daily life, where we can cease monitoring the content of our daily thoughts. Flicking off our ‘auto-pilot’ button and being present in the HERE and NOW. Meditation provides time for reflection and planning. Meditation is a powerful and life changing tool.

So here is the simple practise I adopted into my own busy schedule:

  • Find a place. Quiet. Uncluttered without distractions.
  • Mornings are best straight from sleep. Your body in this state is far easier to discipline (but choose a time that works best in your day).
  • Start with 10 minutes (you can build this over time, 10 mins is perfect when starting).
  • Sit crossed legged on a cushion with your hands resting gently in your lap. Keep your back straight. Sit in a chair if you cannot comfortably sit on the floor.
  • Gently close your eyes and concentrate on the tip of your nose.
  • Have a statement prepared. An affirmation that brings meaning to your practise. It could simply be ‘I am happy’ or ‘my day today will flow effortlessly’ or ‘I am grateful’.
  • Breathe in gently through your nose. A long, unrushed inhalation. Draw your breathe as far into your belly as you can. Hold it.
  • Exhale, slowly with purpose (conscious breathing slows down your metabolic rate). As you exhale count ‘1’.
  • Then ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ all the way to ‘22’. I chose ‘22’ as my number; you can choose ‘10’ if that works better. If I was distracted by mind chatter and lost my focused count, I would start over from ‘1’.
  • Thoughts will come in and out of your mind. This is part of the process. Let the thoughts enter and leave. Constantly bring your attention back to the breath and the count. Over time this simple practise will become easier and easier.
  • You will find the practise profoundly calming. Start to deepen your awareness. Notice the pause between breathes. Embrace the stillness.
  • Finish your practise by repeating your intention or affirmation.

I challenge you to try it. Take just 10 minutes each day for YOU. Find that inner peace that we are all seeking. Once you’ve started, the changes in your life will become abundant.

With love Sarah xx


MY 11YR OLD’S SPEECH TO HER SCHOOL FOR A CHANGE IN OUR WORLD
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MY 11YR OLD’S SPEECH TO HER SCHOOL FOR A CHANGE IN OUR WORLD

 

My daughter invested much of her time last weekend writing a speech to present to her school in an application for junior school captain 2016. We chatted together about leadership and what strengths she could offer the school in this leadership role. She contemplated writing with humour and tossed around different ideas that could attract potential votes. She showed me this final draft and said, ‘Mamma, you teach us to live from our heart, so I wrote this from my heart. The younger kids may think its boring and it’s not funny or flashy, but its who I am’. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this 11 year old who has taken to her stage this morning with kindness and compassion. No matter what the outcome, in my eyes she’s a leader in making a world change in her community.

With Love, Sarah xx

 

HI, if you don’t already know me, I’m Sienna. I’m here today to let you know why I would make a GREAT CHOICE for your junior school captain 2016.

This term, we’ve been studying the qualities of good leaders. We each researched leaders of our choice and their qualities and presented it to our class. Two of my leaders that really stood out to me, were Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Mother Teresa devoted her entire life to helping the poor, homeless and sick. Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence through peace. Both of these leaders were very HUMBLE, KIND, COMPASSIONATE, and everything they did was for the best of their people.

In our current world, there is much hatred, religious warfare, prejudice and fighting. During these times, I believe WE CAN learn a lot from the great leaders; Ghandi, Mother Teresa & Nelson Mandela and bring PEACE.

If I were your school captain, I would lead with FAIRNESS, KINDNESS, COMPASSION and consider everyone. I will listen to each student, teacher, and even the smallest voice will be heard. In my leadership role I would hope to create happiness and harmony in the school community. By setting a good example in our school we can start to make the change the entire world needs. Imagine what 7 BILLION people could achieve if we all respected each other and showed kindness? The world can be changed by our example. Let me part of that change. Vote for FAIRNESS, vote for KINDNESS. Vote for me.

Image taken from my book Little Angels, available at all leading online book stores and my website soon.


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