Having recovered from a car accident at 19, which left Natasha in a coma, suffering a Subarachnoid Brain Haemhorrage and jaw injuries, memory loss and many other effects, ‘Awareness’ reflects her to return to balance. Months and years after, having defied the surgeons’ predictions for her future, she wishes to share her story and remind us how anything is possible if you have faith, hope and belief in your own strength. Of course, always leaving room for humour. Natasha believes we all have our own special talent(s) that we must honour and we must truly cherish our health and each day. That equality and respect for all is a must and that everything you wish for you can create for yourself, when in balance.
Throughout her book, through her graphics and text, she shares a life's guide of living each day in balance, with 'Awareness' of yourself and the world around you. Covering an array of topics such as; the self-healing practice of Metamorphosis, energy healing, communications, creativity, family, music, strength, success, physical exercise, sport, food, languages, technology, relationships, love, light and many more. Along with many activities to assist you in creating your own balance which will allow you to enjoy each day.
Natasha includes worldwide interviews of people, both known and unknown, including her parents John Devine, football coach and ex-Arsenal F.C. and Ireland footballer and her mother, Michelle Rocca Morrison, Former TV Broadcaster and writer. With 'Awareness' she hopes you will realise the positive effect that you alone, when in balance can make on the world. With Awareness you will fight your fears and live each day and moment in balance, with happiness and light, as you deserve.
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About the Author
Natasha Rocca Devine is an Irish-Italian Lighting Designer and Communications Specialist. She has both a Masters in Journalism and Media Communications and Interior Architecture. She has taken courses in Light engineering and design, Fashion design and through practice, taught herself Graphic Design. Natasha owned an online production company and wrote, produced and presented her own online documentaries. Meanwhile, she worked in front and behind camera for various small and large films, documentaries and online productions. Each day, she practices Metamorphosis, designing and journaling her skills. Her passion for exercise is innate and remains a daily ritual. Natasha adores her family, friends, health, sport, music, travel, lighting, art, architecture and photography. She believes that living in the moment in balance, happiness and creativity is possible for all. Currently, she is living in Europe while visiting Boston, her American 'Home from home'.
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Awareness:Creating your own balance in life
By Natasha Rocca Devine
Balboa PressCopyright © 2012 Natasha Rocca Devine
All right reserved.
Typography and Graphics: NRD
If you take note of all that is around you and all the people in your life, you will see that there is limitless abundance available.
"Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods but from a contented mind." Mohammed
"Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance." Epicurus
ACCEPT YOU. ACCEPT OTHERS. ACCEPT NOW.
Please acknowledge yourself and others; even a simple smile could lighten up someone's day.
"Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth." Ambrose Bierce
"Some of the most devastating things that happen to you will teach you the most." Ellen DeGeneres
ACTING AND HEALING
Having studied and practiced in acting both on stage and camera, I experienced the healing qualities that it encompasses. Not only is acting creative as it embodies the idea of living in the moment, but also it broadened my Awareness of others.
Yet, each day, I see people all around the world showing Oscar-worthy performances. In order to protect themselves in life, people embody a role pending on which environment they are placed in.
*NEW IDEA: STOP ACTING IN LIFE.
Take a class in ACTING and performance but keep DRAMA for the stage or Film Set. BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF in every moment is the key to happiness. NRD
"I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can't imagine eschewing one for the other." Meryl Streep
"The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand." Sir Laurence Olivier
"True actors don't just want to act: you are compelled to this life. It is a life vocation that breathes through your veins and no other life will do. I am blessed to know what I want to do for the rest of my life, not everyone is that lucky. Acting lives in the imagination and is self-healing! It inspires me every day to be the best person I can be.
You experience roles that are wonderful and some that are tormenting and sad and that has left me with empathy and compassion for all that I experience in my own life.
Whatever I may be going through in my own life on any given day - when I walk into a rehearsal room, or on stage or on set, that gets left behind at the door and I play - I play with truth, honesty and integrity and the dream is that my dedication gives someone watching the escapism and inspiration they are seeking." Irish Actress Vanessa Mathias Fahy
I agree with Robert St John (Metamorphosis) that 'the mind behind the action is the beginning of everything'. Action is necessary to gain results. Yet, in order for things to be creative, it must begin from a place of balance. IF YOU WISH FOR CREATIVE RESULTS ... BE HONEST AND ACT ONLY ON YOUR INSTINCTS. nrd
"One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try." Aristotle
"Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." Sir Isaac Newton
I have tried Acupuncture various times, which I felt helped my circulation and grounded me after each treatment. In this treatment it deals with the symptom of your imbalance.
According to the Acupuncture Council of Ireland: "The traditional Chinese theory holds that the body's life energy called Qi (pronounced Chee) travels around the body in pathways called meridians. The acupuncturist views illness as an energetic imbalance and is able to influence this imbalance by inserting very fine needles at certain points along these channels called Acupoints.
The acupuncturist may also use heat treatment (called Moxibustion) or Cupping in the treatment."
NOTE: CUPPING IS USED AS A MEANS OF DETOXIFYING THE BODY. PREPARE FOR IMMEDIATE BRUSING. SO, PLEASE DO NOT PLAN ANY BEACH TRIPS POST-CUPPING!
Acupressure is suggested for those who are fearful of needles and can be used during and after treatments. It applies the same fundamentals as Acupuncture.
Acupressure stimulates the same points along the meridians as acupuncture without the use of needles. This can be performed by the patient at home and is often used on very young children both at home and in a clinic setting.
Affection is part of life. EMBRACE AFFECTION.
"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection." Dalai Lama
*EXERCISE: FIND AN ACTIVITY THAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE and IN THE MOMENT.
"Don't worry about what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and do that. What the world needs is people who have come alive." Dr. Howard Thurman
"THERE'S A FIRE STARTING IN MY HEART ... REACHING A FEVER PITCH AND ITS BRINGING ME OUT OF THE DARK." ADELE
ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE YOU-IN EACH MOMENT
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE. EACH MOMENT YOU SHOULD AND DESERVE TO SHINE. Nrd
"Your soul's purpose is to participate in wholeness: to express love, delight, joy, creativity and all of those qualities that emerge from Source, from wholeness." HIRO BOGA
We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" Marianne Williamson
ANGER = INNER FREEDOM CHALLENGED *PLEASE RELEASE THIS AS WITH ANGER ONLY YOU LOSE. NRD
"Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love." Mahatma Gandhi
Animals are natural healers as they are representative and connected to growth and nature.
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." Albert Einstein
Whether you believe in angels or not, I embrace their concept, which is of seeing creation and light in life. Like Michelangelo says; "I saw an Angel in the marble and carved until I set it free."
ART AND HEALING
In my opinion art and healing are symbiotic. I disagree with the idea that creating drama or pain to create art is necessary. Also, disagreeing with the concept that artists should be stereotyped as victims. True artists are messengers recording a moment in time in a creative way.
Hence, Art must be created in a moment of creativity. It then allows people to channel their passion and pain into something creative. Therefore, art is a way to heal, whilst creating something beautiful.
*Q and A: We all have artistic qualities, what are yours?
"Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art." Konstantin Stanislavsky
"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness." Eckhart Tolle
"Artists are visionaries. We routinely practice a form of faith, seeing clearly and moving toward a creative goal that shimmers in the distance- often visible to us but invisible to those around us." Julia Cameron
Your attitude in each day is reflective of your state of mind. People who have respect and pride for their job, life and others have the right attitude. IF YOU HAVE A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE THEN PLEASE WORK ON IT NOW! REMEMBER, IT IS DOWN TO YOU TO CHANGE IT. EVERYONE AROUND YOU DESERVES TO BE HAPPY. YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY.
"If you can do something about a bad situation, why be angry about it? Just do it! If you can't do anything about it, why hurt yourself more by getting angry about it?
Frustration is the fuel of bitterness and anger. Remain cheerful and you stay free, no matter what happens, life or death." Shantidera, great Indian Buddhist sage
Aromatherapy is where Essential oils from plants are used and massaged onto the skin. The oils are noted to stimulate the brain and therefore have a relaxing effect to calm you in that moment.
THERE IS ASTROLOGY AND CHINESE ASTROLOGY. BOTH INDICATING THAT THE MOMENT THAT YOU ARE BORN; (THE MONTH AND YEAR) CAN TYPIFY CERTAIN TRAITS IN YOUR PERSONALITY. IN ASTROLOGICAL TERMS, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT EACH MONTH AND YEAR HAD UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF WHERE THE PLANETS ETC. WERE ALIGNED. SO, PEOPLE BORN IN THE SAME MONTH ARE SAID TO SHARE THE SAME STARSIGN AND VARIOUS TRAITS.
THESE SIGNS ARE SUGGESTED TO HELP DESCRIBE YOU AND ALLOW YOU TO UNDERSTAND YOUR PERSONAL TRAITS. AND FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS PERSONALITIES THROUGH THEIR ASTROLOGICAL OR CHINESE SIGNS ...
"We are born at a given moment in a given place and like vintage years of wine we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything else." Carl G. Jung
In Aura Soma treatments, you chose an Aura Soma bottle, of a variety of colours in every visit. The one you chose represents the area or block that you need to re-balance at that point in time. From this, you work through this block through colour, scents and vibrational methods of healing.
According to www.thecolourrose.com, as a universal language, color expresses part of the universe's underlying order and rhythm. Aura-Soma uses the visual and non visual energy of color, the energies of herbs from essential oils and herbal extracts and the energies of crystals and gems. It helps develop greater awareness of our life purpose, gifts, talents and challenges.
Awareness is an abstract idea. Some see it as ENLIGHTENMENT, AWAKENING ... etc. which is exciting as each person shares a unique idea on this. Through Metamorphosis and life experience I have broadened my Awareness on a deeper level, which also allows me to understand the idea on a practical level. I believe it must begin within to understand Awareness outside of yourself. Living in the moment and in balance allows awareness and balance to happen each day.
The New Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus defines aware as: "conscious, informed."
"3 things are absolute and cannot be destroyed: awareness, being and love." Deepak Chopra
Balance is the closest definition to 'perfection' in my eyes. It is down to you and I to base our decisions on balance in each day. Even if you go off balance, which is part of life. With 'Awareness' it is easier to get back on track. NO ONE IS PERFECT. WE ALL GO OFF BALANCE. EMBRACE IT. BALANCE IS ABOUT FINDING YOUR HAPPY MEDIUM IN EACH DAY.
"An arch is two weaknesses which together make a strength." Leonardo da Vinci
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." Francis Bacon
"Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit" Jennifer Lopez
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart." Helen Keller (1880-1968)
"There is nothind beautiful about creating the 'image of beauty'. Being happy in yourself in every moment, that is true beauty."
Natasha Rocca Devine
BE YOU. YOU=BEAUTY. BEAUTY=YOUR UNIQUENESS.NRD
"Deep within us is a center, a nucleus, from which we have the potential of complete and absolute intelligence and functional ability. This nucleus is the individual consciousness. The principle of Metamorphosis is the ability to be able to "tune in" to this center in the ordinary practice of life. We don't use much of it because we are a mass of diversionary blocks." Robert St. John, Metamorphosis
BODY A healthy mind=healthy body + A balanced mind=balanced body.
Yet, we are all built of different shapes and sizes. Embrace yours. Eat well. Eat balanced. Eat what your body desires in the moment.
*Always treat yourself and NEVER be scared to eat dessert first! NRD
WITH TECHNOLOGY, THE WORLD HAS NEVER BEEN SO CONNECTED. COMMUNICATION IS SO EASY. AT ANY MOMENT, PEOPLE CAN INTERACT WITH FRIENDS ACROSS THE WORLD, WITH A PARTNER WHO WORKS OR LIVES ABROAD AND EVEN WITH CLIENTS. TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS PEOPLE TO CONTINUE CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS, MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND EVEN BUILD A COMPANY FROM THEIR HOME.
*IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS, IF MISUSED TECHNOLOGY CAN MAKE RELATIONS DISCONNECTED.
EACH DAY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY MANY ARE KEEPING SECRETS OR DISCONNECTING FROM THEIR RELATIONSHIPS BY SHARING THEIR ENERGY TO/WITH OTHERS (OTHER THAN THEIR PARTNER).
MOST WITHOUT REALISING.
ENERGY EXCHANGED IS VERY POWERFUL.
SO, IN A MOMENT OF TRUTH:
Q. WOULD YOU BE OPEN FOR YOUR PARTNER TO HEAR WHAT YOU SAY TO OTHERS?
Q. TO SEE HOW YOU ACT WITH OTHERS?
Q. TO READ TEXTS OR EMAILS YOU SEND TO/AND FROM THE OPPOSITE
(OR SAME SEX-WHATEVER YOUR PREFERENCE)?
Q. VIEW WHAT YOU VIEW ONLINE? LET'S SEE...
Q. IF THE ROLES WERE REVERSED AND IT WAS YOUR PARTNER KEEPING SECRETS OR SHARING ENERGY WITH SOMEONE (S) OTHER THAN YOU,
WOULD YOU BE HAPPY?
A. TO ANSWER: IF YOU WALKED INTO A BAR/RESTAURANT TO SEE YOUR PARTNER WITH SOMEONE ELSE, WOULD YOU ACCEPT THIS?
A. NO WAY.
SO, WHY WOULD YOU SHARE THEM OR THINK ITS FAIR TO SHARE YOUR ENERGY WITH OTHERS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY?
EACH ACTION HAS A REACTION.
NEGATIVE REACTION=EVERYONE LOSES!
IF YOU NEED ATTENTION, EVEN NEGATIVE, THEN ASK YOURSELF WHY?
PERHAPS THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
TRY CHANNELING IT INTO SOMETHING CREATIVE AND YOU WILL SEE POSITIVE RESULTS.
EVEN WHEN APART OR ONLINE; IN TEXTS, EMAILS, AND IN ACTION, HOW YOU ACT, REPRESENTS BOTH YOU AND THEM ALIKE.
SO, BE A STRONG TEAM!
PLEASE BE CONFIDENT AND STRONG ENOUGH IN YOURSELF AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FOCUS ON THAT AND ENJOYING IT.
INSTEAD, USE YOUR ENERGY FOR EACH OTHER AND TO CREATE HAPPINESS EACH DAY OR FOR YOURSELF.
BE YOU. BE HONEST.
-EVEN EARLY ON IN RELATIONSHIPS, IF YOUR PARTNER DOESN'T ACCEPT YOUR BOUNDARIES PLEASE LET THEM GO!-
REMEMBER, YOU MUST DECIDE ...
TO BE HAPPY IN YOUR LIFE.
TO BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND PROTECT THIS.
TO RESPECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP.
THAT RELATIONSHIPS COUNT ALL DAY/ EVERY DAY-
YOU ARE ON THE SAME TEAM.
NOT JUST AT A DINNER ONCE A WEEK!
THAT YOU DESERVE AND WILL BE NUMBER 1 IN SOMEONES LIFE! EQUALLY, THEY DESERVE TO BE YOUR NUMBER 1! NEVER SETTLE!
PLEASE ONLY CREATE A RELATIONSHIP THAT WILL ENHANCE YOUR LIFE– NOT LIMIT. THEY ARE MEANT TO BE FUN! RESPECT OTHERS RELATIONSHIPS TOO.
MOST OF ALL, REPSECT YOURSELF–N.R.D.
TASK: BE YOUR OWN 'SUPERHERO'; EACH DAY, EXPECT AND GIVE RESPECT. HAVE RESPECT FOR YOURSELF. HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS. CREATE BOUNDARIES. RESPECT BOUNDARIES.
BOUNDARIES=RESPECT=BALANCE= POSITIVITY=CREATIVITY=HAPPINESS= MORE TIME TO ENJOY LIFE! NATASHA RD
REMEMBERING HOW TO BREATH IS ESSENTIAL. THERE ARE MANY PRACTICES AROUND THE WORLD TO SHOW YOU THIS; YOGA, MEDITATION ETC. IN STRESSFUL SITUATIONS PEOPLE LOSE THIS NATURAL ACTION AND MOVE INTO PANIC. TASK: IN STRESSFUL MOMENTS, TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS, FIND BALANCE AND GET BACK INTO THE MOMENT... YOU ARE STRONG. BREATH AND LET GO... BE PRESENT.
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." Oprah Winfrey
"If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance." Andrea Boydston
"Things done well and with care, exempt themselves from fear." William Shakespeare
Challenges are part of daily life. For each person it differs. Whether it is remaining calm in traffic, overcoming obstacles in work or finding a balance between work and life outside. For you, a challenge may seem big, but not to others.
SO, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO FEEL CHALLENGED.
YET, All you must remember is: YOU CAN AND WILL OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES:
PRACTICE A METAMORPHOSIS HAND SYMBOL.
WRITE IT DOWN.
RUN IT OUT.
SPEAK IT OUT.
REMEMBER YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR STRENGTH.
BELIEVE IN YOUR BALANCE.
BELIEVE IN LIVING FOR TODAY. NRD
CHANGE IS INEVITABLE. It must begin with a decision to allow for changes in yourself each day. Allow your ideas, yourself and others to evolve and change in each moment. You will see magic come to life... NRD
"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends." Japanese proverb
Character is a French word- 'caractere' meaning imprint on the soul. "Character is revealed when our mask is removed."
"CHERISH YOUR HEALTH." NRD
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