We have always believed in celebrating inspirational women and spreading the passion and influence they have on the world. Women are strong, nurturing and powerful beings, from educating others to bringing new life into the world, women compose themselves in a gentle and calming manner. We all have women in our lives who we look up too and who give us strength every day, we have spent time getting to know our hero’s and have gained an insight into how they work, what inspires them and their contribution to their community. We are so happy to share with you the stories of the women we love, starting with the incredible Celina Jade.
Catherine Deane is a dear friend of actress Celina Jade, here are her heat felt words on their time spent together…
‘’Discovering Celina has been an absolute joy. Our paths crossed a couple of years ago under a set of seemingly ‘random’ circumstances, although I smile knowing that when we follow our heart, then life moves us in the most beautiful directions where we connect with amazing people and have extraordinary experiences.
Celina is an outwardly beautiful woman, but it is her inner beauty that I find most enchanting. Our conversations feel like a meditation, as we flow from one inspirational and heart -centred subject to the next, all the while maintaining, what feels like a beautiful connection to the present moment and the flow of energy that dances around us.
This is the magic of Celina, her presence in the moment, her humility, her kind and loving disposition and her deep gratitude but non-attachment to all she has achieved and lost in her life.
I am honoured to present Celina as our first woman, in the series of interviews on “Women we love”
I hope that in sharing these amazing women’s stories and ideas, that you will feel deep joy, inspiration and connection to your own heart and soul’s purpose.
With love CD X’’
Our interview with Celina:
A book that you read that positively shaped you?
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Best children's book for any child or adult. Another book that I love is "My Lord Loves a Pure Heart - The Yoga of Divine Virtues" by Swami Chidvilasananda
What is your life moto?
"Do not rejoice unduly if by good fortune you successfully accomplish something.And if for any reason you are prevented from completing an action, you should not be disappointed. If it meets with success, well and good. If it cannot be completed, even so regard it as good. If you offer to God every action that you undertake, know that it will surely be accomplished. Your right is to action alone; never to its fruits at any time. Never should the fruits of action be your motive; never let there be attachment to inaction in you. " - As taken from the Jnaneshwar's Gita by Swami Kripinanda
What inspires you and gives you strength?
When I put my ego aside and surrender to each moment, to the higher Self that exists within me and everyone else. When I think of one of my mom's last words to me before she passed where she said, "Whenever you see another being, be it human or animal or plant, love them as you love me and I will be there." I find strength.
How does martial arts help you find inner peace?
You see... Thoughts ---> Emotions -----> Actions ------> More thoughts. Martial arts is the discipline of the mind. Control the monkey mind and peace is inevitable.
Pilates or yoga?
Why not both?
What is the best way to de-stress?
Meditate. Chant. Do something, give to someone... take your focus and move it towards others and not yourself. Breathe. All of these work wonders.
If you had one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I frickin' loveeeee traveling minus the commute.
What advice would you give to women in 2017?
Women should embrace their femininity. It's not because we are absolutely entitled to the same equal opportunities as man that we should start acting like one. There is nothing more beautiful and graceful than being a woman and having the power of giving life, the power of gentility, the natural tendency towards empathy and compassion.
What does ‘living a meaningful life’ mean to you? And how do you achieve this?
Living a meaningful life to me is learning to be consistently PRESENT. Not allowing the mind to be stuck in the past or the future. Allowing each moment to fully unfold itself to your attention. The best way to achieve this is to bring the focus to the breath...put aside your mobile phone, tune in with your senses to the sounds, the tastes, the smells, the feel of each action/ inaction. Tuning into your thoughts and observing them. I learned this the hard way. I remember when my mom first got Pancreatic Cancer 2 years ago, it was so easy for my mind to jump to the future, thinking that I could "prep myself" for what would come. It was so easy for me to obsess and spend my time in doing "research" to an effort to extend her time on this planet. But ultimately, I was not being fully present with her while she was still breathing and alive! When I stopped this monkey mind of mine and fully engrossed myself with her in the present. I experienced an opening of a spiritual door and a tremendous love poured into me that I carry with me every day. When she left, nothing was left unsaid, nothing was left undone or unexperienced because I was fully present. She left us in happy spirits and we danced and sung and celebrated her departure. Of course the nurses and doctors looked at us weirdly. Who says death has to be a tragedy...
What is the perfect way to start and end your day
I recently began charging my phone in the living room when I sleep. If you need an alarm, go buy one. It's $8 for one or I'll go buy you one. ;) I've found that by doing this, I can fully be present for myself as well as my partner. We actually talk now and connect! I wake up with my thoughts and a kind of reflective feeling which is so beautiful to start the day with. Spiritually, I try to start each day with an act of surrender to the higher Self and asking it to lead my day for me and I end my day with gratitude for all the perceived good and bad that happened.