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GLOBAL MASS MEDITATION

In these times, sending out loving and good thoughts can do more than we are even aware of. Take part in the Global Mass Meditation on April 4/5, 2020. Let’s spread the light 🙏✨

I got aware of this event through Jill on Instagram (which I btw will highly recommend following if you’re into spirituality, growth, meditation etc.), and I thought it was such a beautiful initiative, that I highly want to support and take part in myself.

The event is a Global Mass Meditation that will happen on April 4/5, 2020. The idea is to heal the world from the current virus we’re affected by. Whether you believe in the concept of healing or not, I still find the concept of sending all the love and health out into this world, to be a beautiful thing.

What we focus on grows. I’ve said it many times, and I completely believe this. What we give our attention to is what will grow.

I will for sure take part in this, and meditate during this weekend with a focus on sending love, health and healing out into this world. I hope you will take part in this as well. Send me a message on Instagram, or comment below, if you want to join this beautiful event as well – let’s light up this world 🙏✨

Ps, if you find it hard to meditate in complete silence, I recommend searching for ‘Binaural Beats’ on Youtube and you can find the most beautiful pieces of music to listen to while meditating, which can also help to elevate your frequency ✨

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WHAT WE FOCUS ON GROWS

What we focus on grows. Let’s focus on what we want more of, not what we worry about. Let’s spread more love and kindness, and use this time to slow down, and rest and relax 🙏✨

I completely believe this. What we focus on grows. Within the last few weeks the world has been taken by storm of the corona virus. It has gone so quickly. But with the amount of attention that it gets, of course it spreads even faster.

By worrying and stressing about the situation, you’re lowering your immune system, and are thereby also more vulnerable of getting the virus. Instead, we need to change our focus.

I already think many have, yesterday I felt fear and worry, but today I feel more and more love and support for others. It is beautiful to watch people stick together and show love and support.

Let’s focus on that. Let’s focus on how we can help and support each other. Let’s focus on showing and giving love. Let’s take the time off to rest and relax.

Focus on what you want to grow.

5 Ways to Grow More Love Instead of Fear

  1. Meditate
    Meditation helps you to slow down, and focus on your breathing. Put on some calming music or a guided meditation, and take time to slow down.
  2. Breathe
    Breathing is what we need to do. Breath in fresh oxygen, this is vital for your entire system and well-being. It also relaxes the body.
  3. Show Love & Be Supportive
    Offer your help and support to those who need it. Buy groceries for your grandma, ask your neighbour if they need help with anything etc. Let’s show all the love and support that we can – what we send out, we get back, always remember that.
  4. Practice Self-Care
    Perhaps you’ve been told to stay at home for the next 2 weeks, and you’re a person who always go-go-go from one thing to the next, and have a hard time taking care of yourself? Now is the time. Slow down & take time for some self-care.
  5. Take time to Rest & Relax
    Again, our society is so used to this go-go-go mentality. So look at this time as a change to get down in gear. Slow down. Relax. Rest.
    When was the last time you had no plans? When was the last time you were fully in the moment? Use this time to slow down and take care of yourself, and others.
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WHERE MY INTEREST FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH COMES FROM

I want to share with you, where my interest for Holistic Health comes from. This journey has involved all from digestive issues, to a weak immune system to skin issues. But it has all led me to where I am today 🌿✨

What I personally love about following people who shares about fx how to fix health problems, is to follow people who have been through it themselves. Because then you really know that they have been through the same struggles as you, and that they have really done the work and experimented themselves with what works and what doesn’t.

My Personal Health Story

Growing up I had lots of digestive problems and stomach aches during my childhood. And it was for sure something that was interrupting my life, as it was both painful, but also very frustrating that I never really knew when and why these stomach problems was happening.

Read also: 5 Ways to Improve your Gut Health

Read also: Tips for Stomach Issues

Weak Immune System

Fast forward into my teenage years, where my immune system was so weak. I kept getting sick throughout high school, and at every bigger event (study trip, dance competition etc. I ALWAYS got sick). At this point I still didn’t know what was wrong, and it was frustrating, because in your teenage years FOMO (fear of missing out) is so big, at least it was for me at that time, so laying sick in hotel rooms at study trips while my classmates was out having fun and exploring new cities was for sure something I could have lived without.

Around this time, I started to find out that my connection to my digestive problems was very much connected to whenever I had dairy of any kind. I started reading and learning more about this, and found out that many people are lactose intolerant. Hereafter I started experimenting myself, and started to cut out dairy products. This was a game changer. I started noticing how every time I was at a family birthday and had some dairy again that my stomach would react, and I got confirmed in that this food group was not a well-fit for me. I was feeling way better without eating dairy, and I started to search for alternatives.

At this point, my digestive problems had become so much better, but now my immune system was a wreck.
Couldn’t I just get to a point where I could feel healthy and thriving?

Funnily enough, today I can see the connection so clearly between my digestive issues and my weak immune system. Because I have later learned that around 2/3 of your immune system is located in your gut. By eating plenty of processed foods, sugar and keep eating and drinking dairy products as a child, this has certainly damaged my gut flora, and thereby also my digestive system later on.

Read also: 5 Natural Tips to Prevent Getting a Cold

Skin Issues

Like most other teenagers I also experienced skin problems, which does absolutely no good to an already insecure teenager. When my skin was breaking out there were days where I just wanted to stay at home and not go out. If you have had skin problems yourself, you can probably recognise this feeling.

Again, today I can completely see why my skin was breaking out at the time.

First of all, my gut flora was already so damaged, so there have been a bacterial overgrowth of the bad bacteria in my gut.
Second, my stress levels was quiet high in High School due to school assignments, exams and just normal high school pressure – and when you’re stressed this easily affects your skin. Because the ‘beauty’ of your skin really isn’t necessary for your overall survival, so when you’re stressed, your body takes nutrients from your skin cells to other, more important functions in your body. This is of course a good thing, but as a teenager, those breakouts was for sure not fun, and out of desperation I have probably tried all the harsh cleansers, creams etc. on the market (which of course didn’t work).

Out of complete desperation I decided to get on the vitamin A prescription through my doctor. This is such a harsh treatment, with very high dosages of vitamin A. It is actually so high, that you have to get blood test results every month while on the treatment. The treatment did work – for a while, but it also completely dried out my skin. And half a year later, the breakouts started happening again.

At this time, I had started to learn more and more about how the food we eat affect our health, and I was really into fuelling myself with healthy food. For many years, I saw the ‘solution’ to my problems as being: eating healthy food and moving my body.

Read also: Skincare is about Way more than just what you Put on Your Skin

Read also: 4 Tips for Dry Skin

Read also: 3 Herbal Teas for Clear Skin

Your Mindset

I have later learned the more holistic approach to health. Being healthy is not just about what you eat and how much you exercise. It’s just as much about how you’re feeling mentally.

Do you love yourself? Do you speak kindly to yourself? Do you have a job that you love? Do you take time to relax and do the things that makes you happy?

Emotions and your mental well-being affects your health so much, I’m positive that in the next few years we’ll learn even more about the powerful connection between our emotions and their effects on our health. I love how the whole body is connected, and I keep learning new things about different connection. I find this to be the most fascinating thing!

And this is why I’m so passionated about Holistic Health. It’s NOT just about what you eat (even though whole foods can do wonders for your health, for sure), but being healthy is just as much about your mindset and your well-being 🌿✨

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LAW OF ATTRACTION

The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of. Learn this, and use this to create your best life! ✨

I first came across the concept of ‘The Law of Attraction’ back in 2012 when I first read “The Secret”.

It changed my life.

I know that is such a cliché thing to say about that book. But it’s very true. Up until that point I never thought I had much control over my life.

But after reading that book, I realised how much power we have over our own lives. But it also meant that I had to get brutally honest with myself, and recognising that I, up until that point, had created and attracted everything – both good and bad in my life – all by myself. That was a hard thing to swallow.

But knowing that from then on I could choose what to focus on and what I wanted in life, was just so powerful and magical.



The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of.

If you constantly focus on your problems and worries, then they will come true and you’ll get more of these.

Whereas, if you instead focus on all the things you’re grateful for and what you want more of in your life – then THAT is what you’re going to attract into your life.

I have lived by this concept for the past 8 years – and of course, with ups and downs in both my belief in this concept, as well as me falling back into old limiting beliefs systems from time to time. But overall I have lived by this over the past 8 years, and I have attracted so many wonderful things into my life.

What you send out comes back to you. What you focus on grows.

How you can actively use this in your life to create more of what you want

Challenge for you: Try this 30 Day Gratitude Challenge and watch how your perspective of life starts to change! ✨

Read also: Books that Changed my Life

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Being healthy is about way more than just what you eat & how much you exercise. Your mental health is just as important. Here I share a few tips on how to take care of your mental health 🙏✨

Being healthy is about way more than just getting enough vegetables, drinking water and exercising. From a holistic standpoint, which I’m all about, you look at the individual as a whole – and everything is connected and affects other parts. Emotions can affect your health. Being stressed or feeling sad, angry – it all affects your health.

Therefore, it’s so important, not only to take care of your physical health, but also your mental health.

So today I want to share a few tips on how to take care of your mental health

How to Take Care of your Mental Health

  • Take Deep Breaths
    Sometimes we’ve gone through a whole day without breathing properly. Take some time to take some deep breaths all the way down to your belly and take in fresh air, and use a couple of minutes to just be present and not do anything
  • Meditate
    Just like it’s important to take deep breaths, you can do this alongside with meditating. Just sitting still, breathing and being. Not doing anything. Just being in the moment, and take a pause
  • Spend time in Nature
    Getting out in nature is such a great way to relax and disconnect. Listen to some beautiful music, or just go for a walk and listen to the sounds in nature. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the sunshine
  • Journal
    Sometimes we have so many worries, things we need to remember, things we want to do etc. etc. Get all of these things out of your head. If you are scared of forgetting them, use a journal, or a planner, and write it all out. Just get things out of your head, so they don’t build up. If you are feeling overwhelmed, angry or sad, writing about it and getting it off your chest can also be very helpful
  • Talk with Someone
    Just like writing about things can help, so can talking with someone about your worries, problems or just your everyday ups and downs. Talk with a friend, your parents, your partner, a therapist. Just the simple act of saying things out loud can sometimes help tremendously
  • Practice Setting Boundaries & Saying No
    What’s not good for your mental health, is taking too much on your plate or doing things you actually don’t want to. Practice setting boundaries and saying no to things. Even though you might want to do XY&Z, also remember that you need time to just rest & relax
  • Focus on what you’re Grateful for
    Focusing on what you’re grateful for, will help you notice more things to be grateful for, which makes such a difference on your mental health. I’ve already written a ton about the practice of gratitude in here, but if you want to get started on it, then try to write down at least 3 things everyday, big or small, that you’re grateful for
  • Minimise your To-Do List
    Just like you should practice setting boundaries and saying no to others, this also applies to yourself. You can do many things in life, but try not to overwhelm yourself with writing an endless to-do list every single day which you’ll never get done. Practice only writing 3 bigger things for each on your list. Anything else you get done besides that is just a win! But remember not to overwhelm yourself, and make time for just relaxing as well

Question for you: How do you take care of your mental health? ✨

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GET READY FOR 2020

Do you want to get ready for 2020? Grab your journal and a blanket, light a candle and make yourself a warm cup of tea and get ready to do some reflections for the past year, and visualise your 2020 🙌✨

2020 is approaching soon, and I can feel it’s going to be a BIG year! Last year I began the year with reflecting on the past year, sat goals for the upcoming year and sat some minor goals for each quarter in the year to help me reach my goals.

I’ve reached almost ALL of my goals I sat for myself for 2019. So I’m going to do the exact same thing this year! This year I’ve started doing accountability coaching together with my dad, where we set goals in different areas of our lives and create small tasks for ourselves to do in order to accomplish our goals. Then we meet up, write to each other and keep each others accountable and help each other reach our goals. As we are already doing this, we decided to sit down together this year and do this little reflection exercise and set goals for 2020, so we can help each other reach those goals.

In order to reach what you want – you need to evaluate your current life. What do you like about where you are at? What don’t you like? Reflect back on the past year, as well as visualise your future – 1 year from now, 5 years from now. Where do you want to be? 

Remember, once you have set your bigger goals for 2020, then it’s important to break them down into smaller actionable steps. You can write “finish this project” on your bigger goal list for the year, but to make it more manageable and easy to get started on, you need to break it down into smaller steps that you can easily start on. Fx if your goal for 2020 is to write a book, then your smaller steps could be:
– brainstorm content for the book
– do research for XYZ
– write paragraph 1 in chapter 1
– write paragraph 2 in chapter 1
– read through and edit
By breaking your big goal down into smaller steps, it feels much easier to begin the projects.

Here are some reflection questions to prepare you for 2020

– What were the best things about this year?

– What has life taught your this year?

– What don’t you want to take with you into 2020?

– What do you want to take with you into 2020?

– Where do you see yourself in 1 year?

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

– What do you want to accomplish in 2020?

– What will it take for you to reach those goals? What do you have to do to get there?

Question for you: Are you ready for 2020? What are some of your goals? I would love to know! Let’s root on each other, support each other and help and encourage each other to reach our dreams! 🙌✨

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WHAT YOU AFFIRM GROWS

What you affirm grows. What you pay attention to grows. Become aware of this, and start to pay attention to the things you want more of in your life ✨

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life so far, is that what you affirm grows and what you pay attention to grows. This goes for both good and bad things. If you pay attention to how much love you have in your life, and how kind, generous, inspirational people are – you will get more and see more of this. On the other hand, if you pay attention to how irritating, angry and frustrated people are – you will see more of this.

If you keep telling yourself that you are not good enough, you are ugly, you don’t deserve certain things – you will keep getting more of the things that affirms that this is true for you. However, if you start shifting your perception and tell yourself that you ARE good enough, that you are beautiful and that you deserve all the best in the world – your belief in yourself will grow, and you will start to recognise more and more things that will affirm you in your beliefs.

“What you pay attention to grows. If your attention is attracted to negative situations and emotions, then they will grow in your awareness”
– Deepak Chopra

This means that YOU have the power over your life. You, and only you, can decide what you give your attention to. So what do you want in your life? Start to pay more attention to the things you want more of, and you will start to see how these show up more and more ✨

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THE DAY YOU PLANT THE SEED IS NOT THE DAY YOU EAT THE FRUIT

You might have seen this quote on Instagram before; “The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit“. This is so true, and such an important reminder to keep in mind. This applies to all things in life. Things do take time, and a continuous effort.

You might want to grow a business. This doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and effort. You can start to plant the seed for it, by starting a website or a blog – but that is not enough for you to have a business. You need to continuously water and nurture it, in order to make it grow.

The same goes for many other things in life. If you want a good relationship, you need to continuously water & nurture it. Put in the effort, plan dates, communicate also when things gets hard, do loving things for each other.

Whatever you want to see grow in your life – you need to give attention to, and water and nurture it, otherwise the seed will die out. But if you keep watering it and giving it love and attention, I promise you, one day the seed will have grown big and beautiful and you will be able to reap all the rewards from all the love, attention and dedication you put into it ✨

But remember, in order to grow anything, you also first need to plant the seed. If you want anything in life, you need to plant the intention of it, start it and then you can start to water it.

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SELF-CARE ON MULTIPLE LEVELS

Self-care is not just pampering yourself with a bath and a face-mask, self-care is about way more than that. There is self-care on multiple levels. It’s all about nurturing & refuelling yourself ✨

When we hear the word ‘self-care’ we often tend to think about baths, saunas, wearing a facial mask etc. All the physical stuffs we can do to take care of ourselves. While I still think that that is important, there are self-care on multiple levels, and they are all really important to pay attention to.

Taking care of yourself is not just about pampering yourself on the outside. But doing this is good, because it can also make you feel good on the inside as well. But self-care is about waaaay more than just that. Self-care is taking care of your emotional and mental state, your spiritual beliefs, your relationship to others, your work.

A definition of self-care that I just learned through my school is this; Self-care is any activity that nurtures & refuels you on a deep level.

So tune into yourself and consider these areas of your life, do you feel good in these, or is there anything you can do to take better care of yourself in a specific area?

Physical Body
– how do you feel about your body? Do you feel good? Energised? Calm?
– think about what you can do to take better care of your body; go for a walk, stretch it, drink some more water, eat some veggies
– take a bath, nourish your skin with a good oil and give yourself a face massage

Emotional & Mental State
– your emotional & mental state is SO important. How are you? Have you allowed yourself to feel the emotions coming up?
– feel free to cry if you need to
– journal about your feelings, just write whatever is on your mind
– talk to a good friend

Relationship to others
– how is your relationships? To your partner (if you have one)? To your family? To your friends?
– is there anything you want to work on? is there a relationship that no longer feels right for you? Tune into yourself, and feel. Relationships are one of the things that can really either give us SO much, or drain us

Work
– how is your work/school situation? Are you happy doing what you do? Do you feel engaged & enthusiastic about it? Or does the thought of going there drag you down? Write down your thoughts and feelings about this. You don’t have to take any action towards changing things right now if you are not happy with it, just be honest with yourself and get your thoughts out

Question for you: Which area of your life needs some self-care? Share it, or write it down in a for yourself in a journal. Then think about how you can take better care of yourself within that area of your life

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INTERVIEW WITH IVY LEE

Ivy Lee is an acupuncturist, herbalist and energy healer. I found Ivy through Instagram where I have been following her for a while. She just continues to inspire me with her wisdom and all that she shares. You can learn more about her in this interview. Please welcome, Ivy.

Dear Ivy, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do? I’m an acupuncturist, herbalist, and energy healer. I draw upon an expertise in Chinese Medicine from my ancestral roots and infuse other therapeutic modalities to create a multi-sensory healing experience. My specialty is in women’s health and I love to help women feel empowered in their body and in life.  

Why did you start to work with acupuncture / Chinese medicine? 
I grew up with Chinese Medicine from my family in Taiwan. Since I was young, I was very interested in learning about a variety of traditional healing practices. But being from an immigrant family, I felt the pressure of financial security and I went to work in corporate for many years. Then after a series of experiences I realized that I had a lot of knowledge and a unique gift for healing, and I felt a responsibility to share it with the world. That’s when I quit my corporate job and shifted to my path to doing acupuncture and healing work.


Can you tell what acupuncture is, and how it works? 
Chinese Medicine is based on a framework which sees that the body is intelligent and has an ability to heal itself. Symptoms and conditions are caused by imbalances in the body, so when the body is brought back into balance, the symptoms and conditions resolve. Acupuncture is one of the modalities within Chinese Medicine and it has been practiced for over 2,000 years. The insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body influences the physiological functioning of the body and promotes balanced flow of energy. 

Which experiences in your life have had a big impact on your own self-development?  
I had lived and traveled to over 30 countries by the age of 30. This had a significant impact on my self-development because it opened my mind. It offered me different perspectives in viewing the world and in viewing myself. It gave me an understanding of the many ways of being and the commonalities in human experience. It empowered me with the belief that I can create myself and create my life. 

Which books have changed your life?
I read a lot of books on Buddhism when I was young and that has influenced the way I navigate life.  “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron. “The Practice of Lojong” by Traleg Kyabgon. “Loving Kindness” by Sharon Salzberg. “The Sacred Path of the Warrior” by Chögyam Trungpa. And so many more. 

What do you feel the world needs more of?
Forgiveness. This is needed to break the cycle of anger, hurt, and suffering. 

Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?
Sitting with tea, quieting the mind and coming to stillness.

Which people have inspired you most in your life?
My mother inspires me in many ways, she embodies so much resilience and strength. She raised me with the values of integrity and honesty, to be true to others and most importantly to yourself.

If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?
I am the founder of Luminae Wellness in Oakland, California. I offer acupuncture treatments in-person at my healing space and I also offer virtual healing sessions. Reach out to me through my website www.luminaewellness.com or Instagram @luminaewellness

Thank you so much for answering my questions, and for being such a beautiful soul and sharing all your wisdom and for bringing a higher vibration to this world!