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LEARN TO READ YOUR BODY’S SIGNALS

By learning to tune more into our own body and pay attention to it, you can learn to read your body’s signals. Then you know what your body is trying to tell you, then you can figure out what to give it to get better.

Learning to read your body’s signals can help you immensely. Because when you know what your body is trying to tell you, you can start to figure out what to do about it to get better. There can be a lot of trial and error in terms of finding out what your body is trying to tell you, but overall there are some major things that can easily be read.

Headache

If you are experiencing a headache, perhaps you either have not drunk enough water during the day, so try to reach out and drink some water and hydrate your body. It might also be that you have been doing too much and need some relaxing. If you have been sitting at the computer all day, get away from it a bit. Look outside, or close your eyes, and take some deep breaths and relax.

Stomach ache

If you are feeling stomach ache, perhaps you have eaten something that doesn’t work for your body. For some people this is fx dairy, wheat, coffee. Try to pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods. Then over time you can try to cut out a specific food, and see if this makes you feel better.

Dry skin

If you are experiencing dry skin, your body might try to tell you that it needs more healthy fats. Try to add more healthy fats into your diet; avocados, nuts, seeds etc.

These were just a few examples, but our bodies are telling us things all the time. We just need to slow down and listen to it. If you need a break, take a break. If you feel like using your body, go for a run or do a yoga session. Tune into yourself and read your body’s signals – and then do what it tells you to do.

Read also: Simple Healthy Habits

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INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE HEMMER

Nicole Hemmer is a teacher, inspirational speaker and a writer with passion for spirituality and soul work. I met Nicole through Instagram, and she was just such a ray of positive light and inspiration right from the beginning, and such a kind and inspirering soul. Nicole has been travelling around the world, doing soul work, and has worked with many people from all over the world mentoring them and guiding them. Nicole also just released her very first book, Soul on Fire, which you can read much more about in this interview. Please welcome, Nicole.

Dear Nicole, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do?

I am originally from Canada, lived in Europe the past 3 years and am currently based in Bali, Indonesia. I also traveled to 50 countries by the time I was 25 years old, and have had a strong fire in my heart for freedom and global transformation from a young age.

I am a teacher, inspirational speaker, writer, women’s empowerment mentor, and author. I’ve led international workshops, classes, sacred circle’s and retreats with hundreds of women around the world and did my Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology (the study of psychology, spirituality and consciousness). My passion and expertise is in inspiring women to step into their power, unleashing their soul’s voice in the world, soul embodiment and Divine Feminine Soul Leadership.

How did you first become interested in spirituality?

I first became interested in spirituality when I was 14 years old. I felt a strong hunger in my heart for spirituality and knew that my reason for being on this Earth was connected to this, and was a core component of my purpose. I also started to do yoga and meditation at this age, and was reading books on healing, the chakra’s, intuition, psychic abilities, eastern philosophy and consciousness. My mother was also open to spirituality and introduced me to crystals, colour baths, hands on healing, and personal development.

Which events in your life has completely changed your life?

Moving to Berlin when I was 25 years old changed my life, and was the catalyst for me to start doing the work with women that I was initiated and called to do. Living in Japan when I was 22 years old also changed my life, and brought me back to my soul’s essence and taught me what it means to be a woman in her feminine essence.

A paramount moment for me on my path was when my parents separated when I was 19 years old, and I entered a dark night of the soul period. During this time, I made the commitment to myself and vow that I would never allow any situation or circumstance to close my heart. I promised myself I would stay open no matter what throughout this lifetime, and always keep my heart open. To allow challenging and painful experiences to crack my heart open even wider, and allow pain and suffering to be the gateway to going deeper within myself….

Which books have changed your life?

Initiation by Elizabeth Haich

The Seven Wisdoms of Life by Shai Tubali

What do you feel the world needs more of?

I strongly feel that the world needs more love, presence and consciousness now more than ever. I feel that heart and soul aligned leadership in women is paramount in a time when the feminine has been denigrated and severely suppressed on the earth. Women need to step into their power and reclaim their voice. The earth is screaming for our help and support, and I feel it is my mission to be a beacon of expression for the Divine Feminine consciousness—to activate, ignite and initiate women into their soul and burning truth.

“I strongly feel that the world needs more love, presence and consciousness now more than ever”

What is your best advice for people dealing with self-doubt?

Self doubt is derived from the small self—and is not our true nature. When we connect to our Higher Self, that is rooted in Divine Confidence, Divine Knowing and Divine Trust—we live in unshakable confidence true to our soul. When we embody and connect to our soul, it is rooted in love and truth. Our small self is controlled by fear, lack and self doubt.

Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?

Everyday I place my hands on my heart when I wake up and when I go to sleep. I pray for people that come into my awareness everyday. I stay in an open state where I feel my inspiration and then take inspired action based on what I feel called to do. I love to spend time in nature. I love being in silence—for in silence I can feel and attune myself deeper to the wisdom and knowing of my heart.

What are your favourite practices to raise your vibration?

Some of my favourite practices to strengthen my energetic field is time in nature, time in water, and meditation.
I also love aromatherapy oils and rose water spray. Living here in Bali, I love to go to sacred water temples for purification and cleansing..

Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life?

Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth Haich, and Powerful Women Leaders of Light on this Earth that are fierce and true.

You have just released your first book, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Over the last year, I’ve been creating and birthing my first book entitled Soul On Fire: Divine Reminders on the Path of Awakening. This book is a sacred jewel of inspiration for any woman looking to deepen into her humanity—and her divinity. This project reflects my sacred work in the world and I am thrilled to be stepping forward with sharing it with the world…

The book contains transmissions and evolutionary adventures from my own journey, plus self-portraits captured during my travels around the world. My vision is by reading this book, you’ll receive an activation into your deepest truth and soul’s knowing. Whether you receive the words and images in this book as a meditation, or simply as sparkling soul musings, Soul On Fire will awaken, ignite and strengthen your remembrance and connection with the Divine in your own life.

Some of the chapters included in the book are: Authenticity, A New Earth and Feeling the Future, Living the Extraordinary, Beyond Fear, Pain, Warrior of Light, Natural Wild Beauty, Sisterhood, Divine Feminine, Divine Masculine, Money and Abundance, Clarity, Mystical Knowing, The Higher Self, Inspiration…etc.

If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?

They can connect with me on Facebook, or check out my website and subscribe to my – Soul Inspiration – newsletter that I send to sisters and women of light around the world. Or follow me on Instagram which is actually how Camilla and I connected! 😉

www.nicolehemmer.com
https://www.facebook.com/nicole.hemmer
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Thank you so much dear for answering my questions, and for being such a beautiful soul sharing all your lovely wisdom and for bringing a higher vibration to this world!

Thank you so much Camila for this interview and sharing this inspiration, light and positivity with the world. You are an earth angel. 😇

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GIVE & RECEIVE

To be able to receive anything in life, you must be willing to give the same thing. It’s all connected. This concept, is also known as the concept of ‘Karma’ and has been around for thousand of years.

The concept of giving and receiving has been around for thousand of years. It is also known as the concept ‘Karma‘ in some Eastern religions. Karma is the cycle of cause and effect – each action a person takes will affect him or her at some time in the future. This also applies to a person’s thoughts and words, and the actions other people take under that individual’s instructions.

For me, it makes perfect sense. If you are kind to others, it is far more likely that others want to be kind to you as well. If you, on the other hand, treat others badly, odds are that this will come back to you at some point.

Give what you want to receive.

By giving what you want to receive, you send out the vibration of whatever that is and then you become on the same vibrational level and will be ready to receive that.

If you want more love in your life, then it does not help to be angry/sad about the lack of love you have, that will only give you more of that – lack of love. But by choosing to send out more love, you will also be receiving more love.

So find out what it is you want more of in life – Love? Fun? Kindness? Generosity? And then think about how you can give those things to others. It is the flow of life – the circle of life – what you give, you will receive.
If you want to dive deeper into this concept, I can recommend reading “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra, it is a beautiful little book, which explains this concept very well.

Read also: The Energy You Bring Into Your Life

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3 PRACTICES TO HELP YOU RELAX & TUNE INTO YOURSELF

Sometimes we can become very overwhelmed and feeling stressed by having too many things going on. At these points in time, it can be very helpful to have some practices to help you relax & tune into yourself, which can help calm your mind and nervous system. So today I want to share 3 of these practices with you, which I personally use to help to tune into myself, relax and calm my mind.

Yoga

Yoga is an amazing way to help you to tune into yourself. Sometimes we spend too much time in our head, worrying, stressing, overthinking etc. And then it can be so helpful to come from our heads and into our bodies instead. Yoga is a form of practice which can definitely help you to connect your mind and body, and to help you calm down and help you to tune more into yourself.

If you want to calm down I can recommend some more restorative yoga, or Yin Yoga, which are very calming practices. However, sometimes moving your body some more can be exactly what you need, and when that is the case, you can look into trying some Hatha or Vinyasa yoga.

Meditation

One of the easiest ways to tune into yourself is to meditate. You can literally meditate wherever you are. All you need to do is to close your eyes and breathe and just let your thoughts come and go. Just focus on your breath, tune into yourself and relax. You can also practice mindfulness, which is being present wherever you are – whether that be doing the dishes, cleaning the house, driving in train or anything else. Just be present, breathe and be where you are.

Be in Nature

Sometimes, one of the best ways to relax and tune into yourself, is to go for a walk, or just be, in nature. Just feeling the sun on your skin, feeling the fresh air in your hair, listening to the birds sing, feeling the ground beneath you. Just getting grounded and being present in the now.

Do you have any practices that always help you to relax & tune into yourself? Feel free to share them in the comments, and let us all inspire each other.

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THE ENERGY YOU BRING INTO YOUR LIFE

Everything you bring into your life has energy and that will affect you and your life. Therefore, it is so important to become aware about what we surround ourselves with – who do we spend our time with? What job do we have? What food do we eat? I will share some of the ways in which what you bring into your life can affect you, and I hope this will make you see how much of an affect it can have upon your life – and how you can change it, if you want to live a different life from what you are currently living.

Food

The food you eat can either be fresh and whole, like lots of vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, which contributes to fuel your body, your skin and your energy level. But, it can also be sugary, highly processed food with no nutritional value which actually does the opposite and drains you for energy. Become aware of what you eat. Of course, everything in life is about balance, and you should definitely treat yourself if you want a cake once in a while, but look at what you eat for the majority of the day. If you feel sluggish and tired all the time, try eating more vegetables and drink more water, and see what a difference that does to your body.

Job

We spend most of our lives on our jobs, so just think about if you go to your job almost every single day with the thought “oh no… not another day“, then you fill yourself up with negative energy for most of the week.

I know that it might not always be possible to find a job that you love right away, so while you are on the hunt for a job that will excite you, try to use some gratitude and positive thoughts for the job you DO have at the moment. Because we can only get more, by being grateful for what we already have. Be grateful for the income you are getting, for your kind colleagues, etc. Find small things to be grateful for, and your days will become a lot better.

Relationships

Relationships are probably one of THE MOST important areas to look at in terms of what energy you bring into your life. Because if you have relationships (not only romantic ones, just as well friendships and family relations) where you spend the majority of your time together fighting, spending time with people who are always negative, criticising etc. then this will drain your energy. Figure out if you want this in your life, or start to search for other friendships/relationships.

Of course we all have downtimes and I’m not saying just ‘cut off’ someone because they have a bad day, or are going through a rough time, but I think we all know the difference between people who are dealing with something for a while, and people who are negative all the time.

Have you ever heard the saying: “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with“? Look at who you are spending most of your time with. Are they people who you love, who inspire you, uplift you, who you genuinely enjoy spending time with?

Read also: How to Find Your Soulsisters

Music

Music is another way to bring energy into your life. Whenever you listen to music, do you then listen to sad songs all the time? Or, do you listen to uplifting, positive soundtracks? This is such an easy switch to make to instantly lift your mood.

Fx does Spotify have several different playlists for specific moods, try to choose a more uplifting and positive one in your daily life and see what a difference this makes to your mood.

Home

Life is simply too short to surround yourself with things that doesn’t make you happy. Seriously, do you sit at home and just feel like “eh..” over your room, apartment or house? There is really no need to. Start clearing up and throw out all of the things that doesn’t make you happy (for this little project I can recommend Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up“). Hereafter, everytime you bring something new into your life really think about if this is something that makes you happy and excited. Create a home and a create a feeling that inspires you and which makes you feel happy and at home.

Mindset

Mindset, another huge one, which is so important. If you have been following me for a while either here or on my Instagram, you know that I truly believe that if you“change your mind you can change your life“, and that you create your own reality.

The thoughts you think, and the feelings you have are of such importance to the life you are living. No matter what happens to you, know that it is your choice how you want to respond to that situation. It’s all up to you!

If you want to start working on changing your mindset, I recommend starting with working on:

1. Write Gratitude lists
2. Use Positive Affirmations

I hope this blogpost can help you see that there are SO many ways in which we bring energies into our lives, and that we can truly change our life by choosing what we led into our lives, whether that be people we spend time with, music we listen to, food we eat or the thoughts we think.

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CONNECT WITH NATURE

Sometimes all we need is just to step outside and be one and connect with nature. So today I don’t want to write a lot, but I will rather post some lovely pictures I took on a wonderful walk in nature a little while ago. 

 

“Nature itself is the best physician” – Hippocrates 

Sometimes we tend to get too stuck inside our heads, and it’s all bubbled up with all the things we have to do, be etc. Whenever you start to feel like this, take a break and just get outside in nature and just BE. 

Sit under the sun. Feel the fresh air on your skin. Feel the rain on your head. Sit under a giant tree. Feel the Earth beneath you. Listen to the birds sing. Just be there. 

 














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POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

I use positive affirmations to change my life, and it has definitely improved my life in various aspects. By choosing to look  at the positive things in life and feeling it, your life completely changes in the contrary to if you focus on the negative things in life and the things that you ‘lack’.

 

What is positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations, are words and sentences you can repeat to yourself, which can essentially change how you view life and thereby change your life for the better.

If you haven’t heard about the ‘Law of Attraction’, then I will definitely recommend looking into that. In all its essence, it is that ‘like attract like’, and by focusing on what we want – that is what we get more of. If you focus on the things you don’t want – then that is what you’ll get more of. Hereby, you can use positive affirmations as a way to enhance your focus on the positive things and the things you want more of in life.

 

“What you focus on grows”

 

How to use them?

If you saw my blogpost about my ‘morning routine’, you will have noticed that I’m doing a small meditation/positive affirmation exercise each morning. I do it short after wakening, and in that way I start my day with some positive thoughts and feelings right away, which makes me feel amazing!

I personally use the ‘I can!’ book my Louise Hay, which is filled with affirmations for all kind of areas in your life, whether that be health, relationships, wealth, selflove. I choose some random site each morning, set my timer on my phone for 5 minutes and breathe and focus on these affirmations.

 

Examples of some good positive affirmations:

“I am worthy of an abundant life”

“I am happy and healthy”

“I give what I want to receive”

“Love is all around me”

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MY MORNING ROUTINE

Having a morning routine is a great way to start the day on a more calm and positive note, which can mean that the rest of your day turns out a lot better, than if you just jump out of bed and go straight to work. I’ve finally found a morning routine that is simple and easy, but also makes me feel so much better after I’ve done it, so today I want to share my morning routine with you.

If you are into self development, which you probably are if you are following along in here, then you might already know this, you will quiet possibly have discovered that many ‘successful people’ (read: successful in terms of reaching the goals they had sat for themselves, because we should not define success on X amount of money or anything like that, but rather on succeeding in reaching your own dreams) have morning routines. A morning routine sets you up for a great start to the day, and that great start has an amazing influence on how the rest of your day turns out – because if you start of well, you’ll fell happier and more at peace, and you’ll be ready for whatever the day brings you!

I’ve been trying for years to create a morning routine that I could stick to, but as a ‘vata’ person (read my blogposts about ayurveda if you don’t know what I’m talking about), I have a hard time sticking to routines – but, routines are actually what is really good for people like me, because it helps to keep me grounded and make sure that I actually get things done. And now I’ve finally found a morning routine which is simple, easy and manageable, and which makes me extremely happy and calm – it’s the perfect way to start the day!

My morning routine

Wake up

First thing first, I gotta wake up. During the week it’s usually around 6.30/7

Tongue scraping

Then as the first thing I go to the bathroom and I scrape my tongue with a tongue scraper. I scrape my tongue around 10 times.

Wash face & lotion

Then I wash my face with water and moisturise my face with some oil/lotion.

Tea & Affirmation Meditation

Afterwards I go to the kitchen and make myself a cup of green tea. I take the tea with me into the living room, get myself cozy under a blanket and find a random page in my book “You can!” by Louise Hay, which is a book filled with affirmations. I set my phone on the timer for 5 minutes and read through some of the affirmations and do some meditations with focus on these lovely affirmations – it’s an amazing way to start the day, and it really just warms and lights me up!

Here are some of my favourite affirmations:

“There are possibilities everywhere. I have an abundance of choices”

“I know I can create miracles in my life”

“My potential is unlimited”

“Life ensures that all my needs are met with abundance. I trust in life”

“When I forgive myself it becomes easier to forgive others”

“When I change my thoughts, the world around me changes”

“I am grateful for my healthy body. I love life”

Gratitude list

After meditation I bring out my journal and write around a page of all kind of things I’m grateful for, from the smallest to the biggest things. The most important thing is that I take time to really feel gratitude after having written the things down.

(Yoga)

Around 3-4 times a week I also do some yoga after the above little morning routine, to stretch and connect with my body.

Then I make myself some breakfast, and finish off with brushing my teeth. It’s a really simple morning routine, and without the yoga it only takes around 20 minutes or so, but it really ensures that I start my day on a much better note than if I just went straight out of bed and onto what the day held.

That was my morning routine. Do you have a morning routine? Or would you like to implement one? Then try to start with just one thing you want to do each morning, and then you can always add more things on later.

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PODCAST RECOMMENDATION – THE HIGHEST SELF PODCAST

I’ve discovered a new podcast that I really like, and I want to share it with you today! It’s all about Ayurveda, health and self-development and it’s called “The Highest Self Podcast” – created by Sahara Rose.

 

Hi everyone and welcome back here in 2019! 

It has been lovely with a little break off from blogging and Instagram, but now I’m back again with plenty of inspiration and I plan to post 2 blogposts every week. As always, just let me know if there is anything you want to read about. 
I want to start of with a new podcast I’ve discovered, which is really good and inspirering, so let’s get right into it! 

If you’re into Ayurveda or just health and self-development, then the ‘The Highest Self Podcast” by Sahara Rose is definitely a podcast I can recommend. Sahara Rose is a new upcoming leader in the Ayurvedic world and has even been named a “leading voice speaking to the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra himself (author of the book ‘Perfect Health‘). Sahara Rose is also the author behind the books ‘Idiot’s Guides to Ayurveda‘ and ‘Eat Right For Your Mind-Body Type Program’ , and her podcast is really great.

One of my favourite episode’s so far is the ‘How to Preserve Passion in a long-term relationship‘. That episode is really relatable for me, since I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend for almost 6 years, and from time to time it can get very everyday-ish, which is both really comfortable and lovely, but the lack of passion can certainly also be there. The podcast episode is a really good episode and it’s filled with so many good advice, for how to preserve passion in a long-term relationship.

 

Here are a few of the gold-quotes from the episode, that really resonated with me and inspired me:

“You need to communicate. Women often want men to read between the lines, but the man just see that the woman is angry, and if that continues over time without proper communication, the love and passion will disappear. We need to be brave enough to communicate, and express our wants, needs and desires

Only change that comes from yourself can last”

“When we dim our lights we are doing a disservice to others

 

I can for sure recommend listening to Sahara’s wise words, I’m sure you will find some inspiration from her. I’ve also just gotten her book ‘Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda‘ in Christmas present, and I cannot wait to dive into it and learn a lot more about Ayurveda, because that is truly something I find so fascinating.

Other podcast recommendations

My favourite podcasts about health and spirituality

 

If you have any great podcast recommendations, please share them with me and everyone else below, and let’s all inspire each other!

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HOW TO FIND YOUR SOUL SISTERS

Finding people that are like yourself and have the same interests and passions as you is absolutely wonderful – but, how do you find them?

 

Today I want to talk about how to find people that are interested in the same thing as you are and have the same passions, more accurately said, how to find your soul sisters.

 

1. Get to know yourself first

Before you can attract any of the right kind of people into your life, you first of all need to know yourself. You need to know what you like, what you don’t like, what you are really passionated about etc.

Do some soul searching; read books, try new hobbies, journal. Find your own interests first.

If you don’t do this, then you are likely to just follow what everyone around you does, and that might not be something which is aligned with who you really are as a person. So a very good first step is to first of all get to know yourself.

2. Share your passions

How should people be able to find you, if you do not show your real interests and passions? You might have an Instagram account showing all the parties yo go to, even though you most of all just enjoy drinking tea at home, having great talks, journalling and watching documentaries.

But, if you portray yourself as someone who does the opposite just because you think that is what society wants of you, then how on Earth are the people who have the same interests as you, going to find you? Good question, they aren’t, because what you share and show is not who you really are.

Once you start sharing your real interests, thoughts, ideas, passions – others with the same interests can find you and you can connect. This can be a hard one, because what are other people going to think about you liking ‘yoga, Chinese medicine, herbal teas, crystals etc.’? This is where you need to step outside your comfort zone, and not care so much about what other people might think of you. Be true to yourself, and to who you are as person, and what your interests are – and eventually, the right people will find you.

Start going to events which are exactly in alignment with your interests, whether that be starting a yoga practice, going for a sustainable event, or going to hear an inspirational talk from a person you admire!

 

3. Take action and reach out

Finding new soul sisters is not something that just happens. However, I gotta say Instagram is such a great platform to find people with similar interests, just use relevant hashtags and then you can very easily find new people.

But, how do you go from being ‘Instagram friends’ to ‘in real life friends’?

You gotta take action.

I have gotten 2 of my amazing friends through Instagram. The first one reached out to me and asked if we should get a cup of something together, and so we did, now we have been friends for over a year. The other I reached out to, and now we have also been friends for a long time – and now all 3 of us hang out together as well, because we share the same interests.

Really, just try to reach out to people – the worst thing that can happen is that they say no thank you, but the best thing that can happen is that you get a new friend for life!

 

Have you tried meeting people through Instagram or other kinds of social media? Or, have you considered reaching out to someone?

Read also: 3 Practices that will Change Your Life