For any of you that have not worked with me / online before, here’s a little on how to prepare / what to expect
Please try and create a conducive environment for yourself before the call. Personally I like to take the laptop to my bedroom (where I will be uninterrupted). Maybe light a candle or some incense – much the same as you would have if you were about to have a nice relaxing treatment. I would encourage you to lie down for the meditation.
If you are unable to listen uninterrupted, I would ask that you do not listen to the call live, but take the space that you need at a time suitable to you and listen to the replay. An energetic field is created around us all during the session which can be disturbed if we are not all focused on the call (much like if someone was chatting next to you in a meditation class). The energetics of the replay are just as strong as listening live.
Your video will be off for the call and there is no obligation to speak on the live call unless you would like to. Questions and comments can also be sent to me during the call via the Zoom chat option.
Please get in contact if you are unsure about anything or would like to bring anyone else to the group.
Just over a week into the official extended lockdown here in Goa, it is so incredible to see the many acts of generosity and kindness, along with the sense of community strengthening and growing.
After last weeks beautiful healing and meditation, we will once again be coming together on Thursday to bring our systems into a place of love and connection, that will calm the nervous system, help us to think more clearly and boost our immunity. Connection with ourselves, connection with each other, connection with the soothing vibrations of mother earth / spirit / god / whatever your belief system may be.
Similar to last week, the on- line healing and meditation will combine healing, meditation and sound. Anyone is welcome to join and the event will take place via zoom conferencing (an app that is very easy to use for those that are new to it). The event will be recorded and will be available on replay for anyone unable to attend live.
Please contact me directly with your email / add your details to the blog post / follow me if you would like to join. And please pass this on to anyone you think might benefit.
As I am sure many of you know, the more people we have the stronger and deeper the energetic field we can create!
Looking forward to another magical connection between us all. Sending endless love and blessings xx
At a time when everyone is concerned about money and the future economy it seems only right to offer this free of charge. If anyone does feelthe desire to donate your contributions will be most welcome. Please contact me directly if you would like to know how.
It does not matter who we are or how practiced we may be at dealing with life, as we know, the current unprecedented situation is triggering a huge amount of fear. One way to genuinely help us through, is to bring our systems into a place of love and connection that will calm the nervous system, help us to think more clearly and boost our immunity. Connection with ourselves, connection with each other, connection with the soothing vibrations of mother earth / spirit / god / whatever your belief system may be.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 24th March at 4.30pm – 6pm India time / 11am GMT, I will be offering an on- line healing and meditation that will combine healing, meditation and sound, along with an honoring of the new moon energy. Anyone is welcome to join and the event will take place via zoom conferencing (an app that is very easy to use for those that are new to it). The event will be recorded and will be available on replay for anyone unable to attend live. Please contact me directly with your email if you would like to join.
At a time when everyone is concerned about money and the future economy it seems only right to offer this free of charge. If anyone does feelthe desire to donate your contributions will be most welcome. Again, please contact me directly if you would like to know how.
Sending love and blessings to you all and please pass this on to anyone you think might benefit x x
The second in a series of articles by Thriive Talks (an organisation that supports personal transformation across India and Asia). Natalie gives her input to the question ‘Are you suppressing your inner Masculine or Feminine side? Balance them today and benefit!’
To strengthen your masculine energy: – Indulge in mathematical or analytical activities and complete them in an orderly, linear fashion, for example by working your way through a task list.
– Construct something, engage in physically strong activities, or carry some weights or heavy items
-Light a fire. Watch it burn, be involved in stoking the fire and keeping it alight.
To strengthen your feminine energy:
– Consider how you are feeling and express your emotions. Engage in creative activities including writing, music, painting, cooking, sewing
-Allow yourself to complete your day / tasks in a non linear fashion. Drop the need to fully complete one task before starting another and just allow yourself to do things as they come into your head.
‘Sound meditation has been an absolute revelation for me. As a newcomer to meditation, I have struggled in prior attempts with keeping my mind focused on the practice. I found Natalie’s guided meditation with sound/music effectively held my hand (or mind) through the practice and allowed me to truly experience the meditative state.’ Akash, 45years, Finance
Very happy to be back in Goa after spending the last few months in the US and Colombia. I will be starting a new weekly sound meditation class on Friday’s in Porvorim at Mozaic Design Centre, 4.00 – 5.30 pm. Open to everyone, this is a real opportunity to experience a place of deep relaxation and inner calm, encouraging you to rejuvenate and let go of any stress and stress related ailments. Come and experience your first session for free.
PLEASE BRING A MAT TO LIE ON AND A CUSHION FOR YOUR HEAD
‘Feel the power that comes from focusing on something that excites you.’ Oprah Winfrey
When I came back to India at the start of this season, I was all guns a blazing, looking forward to the next phase of the album – the Goa launch and India tour. The band was back together and I was feeling really excited about the next few months.
Meetings, planning, marketing, PR, ideas flowing, potential collaborations in place.
Only thing was, that I was feeling really tired. In fact I had got to the point of being tired of hearing myself say how tired I was!
With that in mind, I decided to take advantage of one of the main delights of living in Goa. The opportunity to take a hut on the beach, spend time with nature and myself and re-charge my batteries.
As so often happens when I take the time to connect and listen to myself, one of ‘Life’s Surprises’ occurred and I discovered that what I was feeling underneath all the excitement was actually something very different.
‘Let music lead the way’ has been my motto for the last however many years. However, I realized I was no longer letting music lead the way, I was letting a preconceived idea of what I am supposed to do with my music lead the way.
Is ‘marketing’ music? Is ’PR’ music? Is ‘planning and management’ music? Whilst all necessary, my motto had subconsciously become ‘Let business lead the way’!
Being in the creative world has (in some ways) turned out to be harder than anything else I have ever done. Law, business planning, the corporate world of consultancy, although hard, had a structure that included other professionals to help you do your job. Musicians in the current market, often find themselves needing to do everything, with little or no resources. Luckily (due to my work background) I have the ability to do most, however something was going amiss.
Doing it all in the preconceived way I thought was necessary to be successful was causing a tiredness and a tension in me. A ‘disconnectedness’ in myself that was the direct opposite to what my music first brought me – A common theme amongst anyone trying to make a living from their passion, I am sure.
What if I were to bring the focus back to the creative and drop the idea of what I was supposed to do?
What if creativity, whilst bringing us back to our souls and our roots, also links us in with the magic of life?
If (as I believe) when we honor ourselves and our passions, things do work out for us, I needed to take the leap of faith in relation to my musical ‘success’ and create the right space for some ‘magic’ to happen.
The first thing I did to honor my re-found wisdom was postpone the album launch from November 2016 to January 2017. As it turned out, the weekend that was planned for the November launch was the weekend the Indian government decided to de-monetise. What a disaster that would have been! Our actual album launch (held in January at the Museum of Goa) turned out to be such a great event, I really couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Since my ‘return to heart’, every time we have played our performances seem to have got better, our crowds have got bigger, our appreciation stronger, and for the first time my phone kept ringing asking us if we were available to play. What a nice turn around that has been. What’s even greater is that it feels like it is only the beginning!
One of the beautiful things I learned when I first came to India was to let go of trying to control the outcomes. ‘Success’ as we know it is out of our hands. All we can do is honor our needs and trust that when we do that things work out.
When my body is tense my voice is tense, when my body is tired my music is tired, when the music is tired how can an audience be drawn to me? I am sure this is the same for everyone in every type of work that we do, just particularly obvious when it comes to me and my music.
So I (yet again) end this blog in a similar way to before:
Maybe our creative passions are there to teach us and help us in everyday life, as much as they are for us to gain joy? Maybe they need to be seen as a critical part of who we are as opposed to a luxury for the talented few? How would life be if we all managed to get over our fears and follow the yearning of our hearts and our passions?
Friday 20th January, MOG – museum of goa 7.30pm, very happy to announce that we will be having the Goa launch of our new album eXhale.
We will be giving our first full band performance of the album. Line up includes:
Natalie Matos: acoustic guitar and voice
Vivek Philip: drums and backing vocals
Anna Shabalina: cello and musical saw
Karan Sajnani: lead guitar and didgeridoo
Linar Rizatdinov: bass
Derek Julien: lead electric guitar
Ali Cat: congas
Yummy food and drinks are all available at the museum.
A bus is also being organised from Anjuna, so please get in contact if transport is a problem.
As many of you know, the album was funded through the support of a crowd funding campaign, so looking forward to celebrating with those that have supported us as well as new people we have met along the way.
I would be so grateful if you could help by spreading the word. If there is one thing I have learn”t through the making of this album, it is that good hings happen with a little help from everyone!