I have to admit that after all the convincing words (and even more convincing images) of a parade of well-being warriors and coaches (which I admit I follow and trust without doubt) I gave in into the whole coconut(s) craze. Not only do I put coconut oil on anything I cook, but it has become my all-time favourite moisturiser. I love the smell of coconut and the light soft feeling on my skin. It is also great for split hair ends post shower (but make sure you shower afterwards!) The only down effect – it makes me want to eat myself!
Are you ready to fall... fall in love with fall again? To fall in love with nature and the change of seasons, the change of one stage on to the next. This never ending cycle can be really a great way to move forward. Many view spring as the beginning of a new journey and awakening of the spirit from the letargic winter. But autumn could be no less inspirational, even more. The scholar year starts in the fall, we feel refreshed and energised from the long summer days. If you want to start clean this season, start by clearing the clutter of your house, desk, computer, closet...and welcome all that the new season has to offer. That way, when the new year comes you will feel more positive and ready to embrace the ongoing cycle of the good old new.
♥ Move your body – our bodies
were designed to move, they thrive on change and can only suffer if we lock
them 24/7 in an office or in front of the TV. There are so many different ways
we can incorporate exercise. If really does not have to be the boring treadmill…
I myself am a huge fan of hiking, dancing (often on my own), morning
stretching, yoga, pilates or my all-time favourite - playing with my dog
♥ Eat more plants – now is
the season of warm veg soups, stews and always a morning smoothie to keep me
energies and full of vital energy
♥ Get your rest – I try
to switch out technology at least a few hours before I go to bed and also not
to look at my phone first thing in the morning. My favorite relaxing routines
are lighting a candle, taking a bath or doing my tummy-breathing exercise
♥ Drink plenty of water
and herbal teas; hot water with lemon and ginger first thing in the morning;
also the perfect Ayurvedic tea made of turmeric and cinnamon
♥ Body brushing and
flossing daily; I like to spoil myself with foot and body massages and
♥ Being present – no matter
what I try to always be in my body, my sensations, emotions; acknowledge always
how I feel and simply be with it
♥ Being myself, being
kind and positive with myself and then with everyone else
♥ True beauty comes from
the inside – look after my organs, my health, my vitality. If I have a rash or
a breakout I know that my skin is trying to signal out that something inside my
body is not working properly. I try to expose myself to as little toxins,
chemicals and pollution as possible
♥ Nurturing my
relationships – I truly appreciate the people who make me laugh, take my mind
away when I have been stuck in my head space, the ones who are truly (sometimes
even brutally) honest and just get me (it could be scary sometimes how well
someone knows you, but it is a good thing)
the life you want, visualize, daydream
♥ Being grateful to
myself and to others
♥ Being confident –
knowing yourself and loving yourself would lead the way to confidence. The ‘mistakes’
are part of our evolution. There are only a few things that are fatal…everything
else in life is a process, a cycle, a journey filled with BOTH good and bad
experiences. The way we live it depends on us!
♥ Being creative –
create anything that makes you happy! There are so many ways to channel your
potential, individuality, vision. Sometimes, when the outer world does not let
us be our true selves (and we seem unable to let go of the preconception that somehow
we have to wear an all-pleasing mask), we seek ways to express our true
personality. Having a journal, drawing, taking images are all great forms of
art that can help you put your mind away, switch off the outer buzz and help
you to get to know yourself better!
Forgiveness is essential for a happy, open heart chakra!
Have you felt how the anger, unsaid pain or a traumatic experience have built a wall that does not let your heart truly feel joy?
Have you felt like you cling onto an emotion even though it happened so long ago and on the outside you put the whole I-am-so-over-it look? Guess what? You can mask it, you can pretend in front of others, but you cannot lie to yourself! Never...
Your consciousness cannot be put to sleep. It can only be in piece once you've dealt with whatever you had to go through.
Once you let it go.
Once you forgive.
I promise you, once you do it, it's like a rebirth experience. New horizons open, all the things that were holding you back in the past disappear...
Accepting and releasing old pain could be a challenging experience, but in the end you would feel like a whole load of baggage (rubbish) has gone, you would broaden your perspective, your vision. Nothing more powerful than letting the process of healing happen.
I thought that if I was to hold onto the old pain I would not let myself get hurt again. But only recently I was blessed to feel the power of forgiveness. So yeah, I am talking from my own experience!
Even if you don't get the chance to forgive the actual physical person/ people - you can still let it happen on paper or in your mind. Visualise it! It is such a powerful way to let it ACTUALLY happen.
Now I know that the pain would not come back. Could not come back! Why? Because now when I think of this past moment, I get only the nice emotions of what happened. A beautiful experience, which lead me to see new places, experience great things. What is there to feel negative about??
So, let it go! Say it, whisper it to yourself, digest the unsaid and all the stuff you are sooo afraid to admit. Take your time, take few breathes, take one step at a time. In the end, these would be the building blocks leading you on YOUR WAY TO YOUR HAPPINESS!
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
Being grateful is such a major part of
happiness. While we might reach and hope for happiness each day, being grateful
is always within our reach. In fact it is something we can learn, we can practice
(through meditation), it is a conscious choice we have each day.
There are many uncertainties in life. In
fact (as harsh as it might sound), the only certain thing in life is that at
one point you would be hurt or disappointed in the people you love. So, what
would there be left? The answer would come naturally. You intuition would tell
you. If we just let this inner voice speak up more often we will awaken for all
that there is to be grateful for. Faith and inner confidence are ALWAYS there
within us! For me, my family (or more like being away from my family) made me
realize how much I care for them. There is not a day I don’t give a blessing
for the people in my life who support me unconditionally and believe in me.
The abundance of the universe would
guarantee that you would never remain alone or lacking anything. The inner
believe would never let you lost or scared, because all there is inside you!
But first, and foremost, look around you and give a blessing for what you
already have! Never take anything for granted (including your health, the fact
that every single organ of your body is working, so you could feel healthy and
in tune, the fact that you have a family or a friend or a pet or another loving
being next to you)! Being grateful would help you make the most of every
moment, to embrace every opportunity and be present.
With time, you would be able to let your
inner light shine more often and this would not remain unnoticed. How to start?
Instead of being frustrated for whatever there is you are angry about, just say
thank you for this event to happen. Make a (mental) list or look back at every
single ‘misfortune’ that happened in your life, which actually turned out to be
a blessing in disguise!