The mojo is always in there, you just have to wake it up. Cold water is a wonderful way to do just that and I continue to embrace wild swimming in Edinburgh. I am delighted we can now venture across Scotland and I have lots of places on my list, the çairngorms National Park being one of them. I enjoyed my first trip out to East Lothian over the weekend which was magic. I couldn’t get in that sea quick enough. I literally ran as fast as I could. It was wonderful and, despite a little light rain, the sea water felt amazing. It was super calm and clear.
I had an amazing conversation on time for a mojo injection, with the fabulous Edward Reid earlier and he said:
Success to me means going to sleep peacefully and waking up feeling joy.
Well a big AMEN to that. Despite being an amazing performer and going viral on Britain’s Got Talent, he came to life with me as we spent most of our time speaking of the many mindfulness tools and the wonder of finding the simple, daily joys.
I’m feeling the benefit from having a fun packed Easter break with plenty of moments of calm, some craziness and lots of mojo injections. Apart from some work with BBC Radio and delivering a mojo workshop, I switched off and recharged. Well, as much as I could with two young kids. Despite hosting lots of play dates, feeding and entertaining, I ensured I had some boundaries in place so I could slow down. For me that involves exercise followed by a cold shower, reading, cold water swimming, a bit of art therapy and time being still. Wireless headphones are also super useful when the house gets really noisy. I recently put on a trance music playlist when I was in the garage lifting weights and found it acted as a great meditation session. I properly zoned out which was bliss. Trance is needed from time to time and there are tools to get us there when the mind is noisy.
I have had some amazing cold water swimming experiences in Edinburgh, which has brought so much joy. I love this manta which is inspired from Wim Hof.
The cold forces me to generate heat. It makes me feel alive. I see the heat as a warm friend whom I call upon to provide balance.
Jojo Fraser is an award winning author, coach, podcaster and motivational/TEDX speaker. She has been a mental and spiritual health researcher for the past 7 years and helps to empower, motivate and uplift the leaders she works with. She is known for her straight talking and bold approach. Her mission is simple – to normalise what many see as ‘the hard’ conversations and in breaking the stigma, save many lives.
She is a regular speaker on BBC Radio, a keen foodie, lover of trail running, wild swimming, spa days and she loves to sing. Jojo writes about all things mindfulness, relationships, positive psychology and lifestyle.
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