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Holistic & Spiritual living Inspiration

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

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

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.

Books Inspiration

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – MONEY & THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

I’ve gotten really into reading tons of books lately, and I’m already on book 5 out of my goal of 20 books for the year, which just feels so great! I feel like I’m learning and evolving all the time! This time I want to recommend you the book ‘Money & The Law of Attraction‘ by Esther & Jerry Hicks. If you are into Law of Attraction and Manifestation, then this is a book for you!

If you haven’t heard about the concept ‘The Law of Attraction‘ before, then I definitely recommend to start out with reading the book ‘The Magic‘ by Rhonda Byrne first. This is a very good beginner book to get a grasp around the concept. This concept has changed my entire life view, and I’m beyond grateful for having discovered this way of looking at life.

This book, ‘Money & The Law of Attraction‘ is the next level. It’s so good and it has many practical advices, and many repetitions as well to really make you to understand the fundamental principles of Manifestation and Law of Attraction.

Even though the book is titled ‘Money & The Law of Attraction‘, it’s not just about money, it’s about how to Attract all things in life, in all areas of your life – career, relationships, health – it is about how to get an Abundant life.

I will definitely recommend this book to everyone who is into this topic, and if you have never heard about all of this before but want to learn about it, start out by reading ‘The Magic‘, and read this later on.

Quotes

“You are the Creator of Your Own Experience”

“Whenever I feel abundant, abundance finds me”

“You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or how it is”

“Direct your thoughts towards what you want”

“Looking for problems is a powerful catalyst for attracting them”

“Spend every day visualising your life as you want it to be. Spend 15 minutes every day”


Holistic & Spiritual living Inspiration

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.

Holistic & Spiritual living

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. 

 














Books

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – RISE SISTER RISE

It’s time for another book recommendation, this time it’s the book “Rise Sister Rise” by Rebecca Campbell.

I gotta say, I saw this booked last year and was drawn to it and ended up buying it. But when I received it and started reading it I wasn’t feeling it at that point in time.

Then I have without a doubt had a lot of changes in my life during the past year and I feel like I’ve grown a lot, so when I was reading Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ a little time back I wasn’t really feeling that book as much at that time and something just kept saying to me to begin reading “Rise Sister Rise” again. And I have learned, that following your intuition can lead to wonderful things, so I put down ‘Becoming’ and reached for ‘Rise Sister Rise’ and I read it within 2 days, I was completely consumed by it. It resonated so well with me.


I have to say, it’s a very spiritual book and it’s all about finding your life’s purpose, connecting with women and ‘rising’ for the higher good of the Planet and humanity. So, feel those words, if they call you, then go grab this book right away and read it. If they doesn’t, maybe you should read this book later in your life.

I truly loved it, and I’m feeling the ‘rise’ of people all over the planet rising to take better care of each other and the planet, and it just feels amazing knowing that there are so many people out in this world who want to change the current state of situation for the better.

Quotes from the book:

“When a great ship is in harbour and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But… that is not what great ships are built for”

“We must remember that the way to heal this Planet is first by healing ourselves”

Read also: Book Recommendation – Earth is Hiring


Personal

ALLOWING THE EMOTIONS AND FEELING THEM

Something has happened, something quiet life changing, and it is very sad right now. It’s probably the saddest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life, and it is heartbreaking. But, for the first time in my life I also feel ready to accept what I’m feeling and allow myself to feel it 100 % – not to suppress the emotions, but to let them come and be okay with that. To talk about them, to open up.

For far too many years my response to any kind of discomfort has been to suppress the feelings, maybe hide in the bathroom if I felt the need to cry, but most of all just to put a lid on everything and hide my feelings inside of me. That has without a doubt not been a healthy way to deal with things, and I’m sure that these surpressed emotions has caused troubles inside of me (because I do believe that feelings sit in the body and can eventually cause disease and sickness).

But I won’t do that anymore. It’s time to come out with them, all of them, talk things through, cry when I need to, just be with the feelings and accept them.

I’m okay, I’m just going through a hard time at the moment, but everything is going to be okay, I know that. If anyone else out there is battling with something similar, or haven’t dealt with old stored emotions, take this as a sign to accept your feelings and your needs. Cry, write, talk to someone, go for a walk, just sit – whatever you need, but really try to deal with your emotions rather than just push through and do all kind of other stuff just to try to ‘put a lid on it’, because that will not make the feelings go away. The only way to make things feel better is to go through the feelings, and let them come up.

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Health

THE POWER OF BREATHING

Today I want to talk about the Power of Breathing. Breathing, it is usually something we tend to just take for granted. However, there truly is power in breathing. Not only have the power of breathing, ‘pranayama’, been well-known for thousands of years through yoga, meditation and Chinese Medicine, but the Western medicine has also done studies now proving the benefits of deep breathing.

 

Have you ever paid attention to your breath during different times of your life?

Perhaps before doing something you are nervous about, fx a performance or before an exam. You feel those small, quick breaths and it can almost come to the point where you feel like you’re going to choke because of your own unsteady breath. If you have ever been in an exam situation, you might have felt the power of breathing. Have you ever tried to put your focus on your breath and tried to breathe more slowly, and then you started to feel more relaxed? I know I have certainly done this several times, and it always seems to help and calm me down.

If you feel stressed, it might be because you are not taking the time to really breath deep. If you are feeling stressed, try to take just a few seconds, perhaps just 10 breaths, and really deep breath and slow. Take a really deep breath and fill your lungs with air, and take 10 of these breaths – and feel the change in your body and mind.

 

Remember to breathe. It is after all the secret to life” – Gregory Maguire

 

When you breath shallow breaths, the lowest portion of the lungs never gets fully filled with air. This can make you feel short of breath and make you feel anxious. However, deep abdominal breathing fill your lungs up with oxygen – and this type of breathing slows your heartbeat and can lower or stabilise blood pressure (Harvard Health Publishing).

Deep breathing can

  • help lower blood pressure
  • help lower stress
  • help with digestive problems
  • help with insomnia
  • calm you down

 

Breathing right is unquestionably the single most important thing you can do to improve your life. It will help you to live a longer more energetic and stress-free life” – Dr. Sheldon Helder

 

How to do it?

You can fx try to every night before you go to bed, to take 10 deep breaths. You can also try to add meditation or yoga to your life, or just some conscious breathing every single day.
It seems like such a simple thing, yet we often forget about it. I know I do, I tend to not breathe really deep, but rather small breaths, or sometimes I just discover that I’m almost holding my breath, especially if I’m working on something. So I find it so important to get a more mindful practice, and really consciously make an effort to take some full, deep breaths for my own health.

 

So hereby, a little reminder – the next time you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or you just want to do something good for your health, slow down – sit still and take a couple of deep breaths. Fill your lungs up with fresh air, and focus on your breathing – it really does wonders!

References

TED Talk: Pranayama: Extend Your Life by Extending Your Breath – Jim Kambeitz
Take a Deep Breath – Harvard Health Publishing
The Power of Deep Breathing – Mindbodygreen
TED Talk: The Hidden Power in a Breath of Gratitude – Rory Ledbetter

Inspiration

BREAK DOWN BIGGER PROJECTS INTO SMALLER TASKS

I was asked the other day about what to do when you start to feel overwhelmed in regard to school. I for sure feel overwhelmed from time to time as well, and whenever that happen I try to break down bigger projects into smaller tasks.

Break down big things into smaller, more concrete things

It’s really a simple thing to do, yet something we can often tend to forget about. You start with your big goal or project, fx I’m soon going to write my Master thesis, which for sure can seem a bit overwhelming since we’re going to write 120 pages in total, and that can seem very overwhelming when you haven’t begun yet.

Then you start to break down this big project into all the small components that the project consists of, fx:
– find a case
– read relevant literature
– take notes
– make surveys and interviews
– make a structure
– find relevant literature, answers etc. for each section
– write each section
– make references
etc.

Suddenly, instead of just thinking “I need to write this big project and I really don’t know where to start“, it gets much more manageable, and you can start to take 1 thing at a time, which seems less overwhelming.

Just remember to break things down int0 very small and manageable tasks and not too abstract things. Fx if you are in school and you are making a to-do list, don’t just write “read homeworks” on your daily to-do list – write “read chapter 5 in book X”. This makes your task way more simple and easy, and ready to work on.

 

This tip doesn’t only work for school projects or homeworks, it can also work for fx working out, planning a birthday, writing a book etc. Just sit down and figure out all the smaller steps you need to take in order to get to your bigger goal. Write them all down, and then take one step at a time. Once you have finished one step, then go on to the next and so forth. Eventually you will have finished the entire project/reached your goal!

 

Read also: How to set Goals and Achieve Them

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

VATA SKINCARE TIPS

If you have been following along in here, you might know that my predominant dosha according to Ayurveda is ‘vata’.
I have written a longer blogpost before about what ayurveda and doshas are, and what the characteristics are for each dosha. But, today, I want to share some vata skincare tips with you.

 

Characteristics for vatas

You are most likely thin and have a delicate body type. You are prone to dryness, flakiness, dark sports, and premature fine lines and wrinkles (Hello me! Whenever it gets just a bit colder in, my skin are very prone to become dry).

Your skin type is normal to dry.

 

There are plenty of things you can do to ‘balance’ an imbalance. Here are some tips I’ve found, which can help your skin if you are predominantly vata.

TIPS FOR VATAS

Create routines

Try to create some routines and stick to them. Vatas are known for their creativity and tons of ideas, but they have a hard time sticking to things, even though they would benefit highly from this. Try to create some routines for yourself to get more grounded.

Get regular sleep

In connection with routines, getting a regular sleep is also so important. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and you can also try to create a before-bed-time routine, something that relaxes you, calms you down and prepares you for sleep. That could be making a little evening skincare routine, with candles, slow music, followed by reading a book in bed with low lights.

 

Keep warm

Vatas freeze very easily (my boyfriend can vouch for this, I almost always have cold hands or feet). To balance vata it is therefore very important to keep your body warm. Wear warm clothes, gloves, scarfs. Eat warm food (soups, sautéed veggies). Drink herbal teas.

 

Gentle movement

Don’t over-exercise, but strive for more grounding activities. This could be yoga, walking, pilates, swimming, dancing, or shorter hikes.

Eat healthy fats

Healthy fats are so good for you and your skin, since these really moisturise your skin from the inside and out, and really keeps the skin hydrated. Healthy fats includes nuts, seeds and avocados.

 

Use gentle and moisturising skincare products

Use very gentle cleansers, so you don’t over-dry your skin. If you are a vata, you might know that feeling of very sensitive and irritated skin after having cleansed your face with a very ‘harsh’ cleanser – I do. For many years, when I was younger, I believed all those magazines telling me to buy this and that product to get rid of pimples etc., and all of the products were very harsh, so my skin for sure didn’t like that. After cleansing your face, you should moisturise it immediately after, to keep your skin hydrated. Look for warming and very moisturising products to use on your skin fx sesame, olive oil, shea butter and honey.

 

Cooked vegetables

Vatas need more warm, cooked vegetables. They do not do as well with raw vegetables, since this can help contribute to dryness and slow down digestion. Vatas usually already have slow digestion, so eating raw vegetables does not work that well for them. Try lightly cooking or steaming your veggies instead. Eating warm veggies is very grounding for vatas, which is exactly what they need. Warm veggies will also help warm them up from the inside and out.

 

Read also: The 3 Ayurvedic Doshas