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Why Passion Is the Only Requirement

Why Connection to Your Passion Is the Only Requirement!

December 12, 2018 |

…Even When That’s Staying in Bed!

In this moment, it is midday on the second to last Wednesday before Christmas. I’m in bed, with a cup of hot water with lemon and mint, I’ll admit to having had a square (or two) of dark mint chocolate, and I’ve been watching a Christmas film! Of course, most ‘normal’ humans are at work, but I work from home – or wherever I happen to be, as I’m a bit of a free spirit at times! You might hear the odd joke about people who work from home hosting meetings in their PJ’s, and I can tell you that (most of the time!) this isn’t true. However, this morning I awoke feeling a little out-of-sorts and I wouldn’t be being authentic in my truth if I didn’t just follow what my body was asking for right now. So, why am I writing about passion, you ask – when I’m lying in bed with what could be perceived as very little ‘purpose’ for my day? Well, give me a minute or two and I’ll explain!

Firstly, please don’t be fooled – my day doesn’t always look like this – in fact most of my days are entirely different and unstructured, often busy with beautiful conversations and an eclectic mix of wonderment for life! People often ask me what I do and, in that respect I find it kind of hard to explain to them! I often go with “I try to help people remember how to be happier” – but somehow this gets lost and I have to go with the longer version, which often goes a little like this:

“I try to help people understand any challenges they might have (anxiety, depression, creative blocks, relationship issues – anything!), by remembering the simple truth of who they really are, underneath all the thought about who they think they are. I mean, they know it already, really, in their wisdom, but I help them reconnect to the feeling of it, not by intellectually understanding it, but through embodied experience of it. And it is simple, really, yet profound. And at the same time, the feeling isn’t created by me, but by themselves, but I help them get to it.”

Yep – you can see why it can be a challenge to help people understand what I do at times! In fact, a lot of the time, recently, I find myself caught in thought about how to speak to people about this because I don’t like to speak to people’s perceived ‘problems’ – until I remember that I don’t need to because whoever needs to hear something deeper, will hear! It isn’t about what we do so much as who we are and the connection we exchange. Anyway – I digress!

My point is, I woke up today feeling demotivated, and I listened to my body and let myself ‘off the hook’ of any expectations I had created for myself (I was meant to be filming my online Self-Inquiry course which is coming very soon!).

Remembering Your Passion


Anyway, no sooner had I let myself off the hook and watched half my Christmas movie, did I find myself unravelling a beautifully branded package from Birch and Wilde, which included 3 different supplements. I’ll write about these another time, but for the purposes of today’s blog, let me just explain to you the joy that I felt about these products.
Firstly, the packaging was so stunning, that you could see that a lot of love had gone into this product. I had been exchanging emails with the Founder, Tara, and we had shared a beautiful connection already – but this shone through in the products. And then, it struck me:

Passion, from connection to whatever it is we love, shines through in everything we do.

Whatever we love – in this moment! I felt a renewed sense of passion for whatever I loved, in this realisation – and I decided to write this (because, you know – I love writing)!


There’s Nothing to Do

What I realised was that there is really nothing we ever ‘need’ to do. Outside of following our passion, there is absolutely nothing we have to do. As long as we are connected to our own truth, this will come through in our message to the world – no matter how we push that out into the world! The passion in these products shone through, and reminded me that as long as we have passion, or connection, to whatever we are doing in the moment, all is well with the world!

I also experienced this yesterday, with a dear friend – Ian Watson – who I enjoyed playing in nature in Hampstead Heath with! When we connect to nature, to what we love, in each moment, we simply remember the truth that all we have and all we need is within, and that every moment is already perfect. There is nothing to do but stay conscious of our own truth; to look for those little miracles that remind us we are always connected, even when we think we aren’t.

You see, I felt a little bit like I had no connection to any passion this morning. The thing I realise now, is, that this wasn’t true at all – it is just that my passion turned out to be watching Christmas movies in bed, instead of working on what I had expected to want to work on! I woke up and judged myself for watching films in bed, when this was simply my passion for life in that moment! I wasn’t passionless, I just had a different passion to that I expected! Don’t get me wrong, I can absolutely still feel excitement for my filming project on another day, but right now, films are good! And, my insight is – that this is absolutely okay! Today, life gifted me the insight of a rest! It gifted me a passion for relaxation! Oh, and it gifted me some space to write, too – because this blog evolved in that space for creation!


Follow Your Magical Little Sparkles

So, my message is this: allow yourself to be in the moment, in whatever way it presents itself to you. There’s no need to judge what you passion is right in this moment. Just realise that lying in bed and taking it easy can be a passion too, rather than seeing is negatively (which is probably based on someone else’s judgement!). Allow yourself to be passionate about the little things in life. The things that aren’t perhaps within your expectation, but which allow you to reconnect to more of who you really are.

There is really nothing ‘to do’ – there only ‘is’ – and my ‘right now’, there only ‘is’ writing this, taking some beautiful supplements, watching some Christmas movies and enjoying the moment. This is the only moment we have, so why not live from our passion right now? Who knows what comes next, other than a lot of beautiful space to follow the connection I notice in the feeling of my magical little sparkles!  So much gratitude for this!

Happy Wednesday lovelies!



Nicole Barton

Life Mentor, Nicole Barton, is something of a unicorn within the self-help industry for her candid notion that nobody needs self-help. She is a breath of fresh air in her admission that while anything that leads us into soul-led expression is useful to shift us from our heads and into our hearts, none of these practices are prerequisites to peace, as long as people reconnect to the simple truth of who they are. Nicole supports people in finding freedom from suffering through workshops, global retreats and one-to-ones, and is working on her first book. Visit her at and

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