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Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and a long steady breath out. Then ask yourself without judgement, simply with curiosity and an open mind;
“When was the last time I approached Christmas in a mindful conscious way?”

Take another deep round of breath, and ask yourself;

How can I make December & Christmas more mindful and conscious?


Most of us are wanting more peace and mindfulness in our lives, more time with people we care about and more joy, but often we still get caught up in the traditional christmas chaos of expectations, more gifts, more parties, new dresses and more unhealthy and unethical food. I believe if we focus less on what the mainstream December usually looks like, and take a few simple steps towards a more mindful approach; you will find more peace, mindfulness quality time with loved one´s and joy.

 

SELF CARE
I cant say this enough, make sure you have time to look after yourself and do things for yourself and being kind and gentle towards yourself. Practise yoga, get time alone, take a bath anything that feels good for you.

QUALITY TIME VS ENDLESS CHRISTMAS PARTIES
We all get invited to all these parties, and for some reason we always feel guilty if we dont go, so we feel like we have to go to please everyone else. Start taking control over your own wants and needs, and simply say NO, if you dont want  to go. In my opinion I rather spend quality time with the people I really wanna spend time with than sit around a table and have conversations that give me nothing.

THE GIFTS…
Skip the bullshit gifts, if you really wanna give something, give with meaning and love: Homemade food, skin care, candles etc. Experiences for yours loved one´s, maybe even for you to join with them; theatre, cinema, home-cooked dinner and wine night, spa package, baby sitting, only your imagination can stop you there.

GIVE TIME TO THOSE IN NEED
Give your time to people who really need it, or donate blankets, buy a cup of coffee to a homeless person, go to a animal shelter and give your time there, maybe even let the man who is offering to polish your shoes on the street polish your shoes. All life matter so we need to look after each other.

FOOD CONSCIOUSNESS 
Eat healthier, more plants and maybe its time to start your own new christmas food traditions, because sometimes it is completely ok to ditch old and approach new. If you do chose to have a vegan christmas I can guarantee you that your mind and your body will feel much more fulfilled and happy.


Most important dont follow the rules and do christmas a certain way just because other people are doing it, do what is right for you.


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Winter is here and we need to look after ourselves. We need to nourish and take care of ourselves more than the other seasons, as our immune system is being challenged more and need more love and care, we should take some measures to keep our energy level up and also boost our system before we start feeling a bit sick or down. If we dont boost our system before we do feel sick, then the recovery process will take longer, so my approach is to boost your system everyday even though if you feel energised and well, and think you dont need it.

My favourite routine for looking after my immune system and health, is my homemade ginger, turmeric, chilli shots. It is so simple and easy to make and it is packed with goodies for your body.


YOU NEED

Fresh ginger

Fresh turmeric &/or  grounded

Fresh chilli

Pepper

Orange or clementine peel – I add this during the winter period.


Everything is chopped into pieces, the size is not important.
Pepper can be crushed or whole peppercorns.
Fill up a pot with water.
Add the ingredients to the pot.
Making sure you wash the orange or clementine peel first before adding it to the brew.
Let it simmer for a few hours, almost at boiling point.
If you have the time, put a lid on and allow it to cool down for a few hours or even overnight.

Then strain the brew into bottles. You can put all the little pieces into a blender / juicer and add the remaining liquid you get from that into the bottles you have filled up.

Store the brew in bottles in a cool place, it keeps for several months as long as its stored cold. However most likely you´ll finish it in a month or so because its so yummy.

 


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We are moving into the darkest time of year here in the northern hemisphere, days are becoming shorter and the dark is sneaking up on us. Most of us will feel less motivated and need more sleep and rest than usual. all of us who have lived through these long winters know that the winter depression can be very difficult and hard to tackle. I experienced my absolute worst winter last year, therefore this season I´m preparing for it so I´m very mindful of how I´m approaching this season, making sure it will be much better at looking after myself and listen to my body.

From my own experience I´m very certain that most people can avoid being very negatively influenced by the winter and the darkness, the problem is that most of us are not listing to our bodies. We keep pushing ourselves, and keep working just as hard and just as much so we neglect that our bodies actually need more attention during this season.


MY MINDFUL TIPS TO HAVE A BETTER WINTER SEASON


Sleep more 
Allow yourself to sleep more if you feel that you actually need it.

Take vitamins & super foods
Specially vitamin D, making sure you start before its midwinter so it starts working before its to late. I also take spirulina, maca and one pill that has the things that I might not get enough off on a vegan diet, B12 and iodine. I also make my own healthy turmeric, chilli and ginger brew and take at least one shot every day.

Sauna & fjord swimming
If I knew about this last winter, omg it would have made such a difference to my health. Try to go to the sauna every week or at least twice a month. Using the fjord sauna here in Oslo is an amazing relaxing and warming experience, and swimming into the ice cold fjord makes the whole experience thrilling, not to forget how great it is for your health to sauna and ice bath.

Spend time with people who gives you positive energy
Spending our time wisely is something I´ve really worked on this past year. Truly listening to myself and what I feel after being around different people. Honestly, just be selfish and start spending time with the people who actually gives you the glow and positive energy you need. Specially during the winter months, but also the rest of the year. This life is so short waisting our time with people who dont give you what you need.

Eat healthy warming foods
Eating warming foods during winter is really important for your health and your body. Making sure you are giving your body a lot of nutrition and specially eating warming foods, like stews, soups and curries. For many of us our digestive system is slower in the winter and its harder to digest food, specially raw uncooked food.

Work less and spend more time outside
To most people this is a hard one, because we are actually expected to work just as much during the winter months, even though we are getting way less energy, because the sun is one of the most important sources to energy. I personally choose to work less, earn less but feel so much greater, be happier and find more peace in my life. This way I can be outside in the middle of the day some days, and actually get some natural light and on good days sunlight. I do really recommend this lifestyle, but it needs to be your choice.  

Go away to a sunny place
Lets be honest with ourselves, 5 months of winter is just a bit to long, so make sure you manage to go away, at least for two weeks, soak some sun, relax and recharge your batteries.
Me personally choose to work less, earn a bit less money but go travel for longer periods at a time, because you dont need to go on an expensive holiday.


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Are you comfortable in your own skin? Are you comfortable with yourself when you are naked?

We are all born naked, and we all play naked on the beach as children. Then we reach a certain age and our parents no longer feel comfortable with us running around naked. As young adults we are taught that females have to cover up their breasts and that female nipples is associated with something sexual. We are also starting to question the shape and size of our breasts, and our waistline, bum, six-packs and toned visible muscles. Our bodies become so important that we become in need of constant confirmation from others, specially the opposite sex.

We all find flaws with our own bodies, we compare our features to others, it is almost as being happy with your body is shameful, because society is constantly chasing for something better. Body shaming is a thing that has to stop, we need to reconnect with our bodies and start appreciating all different sizes and shapes. Stop sexualising female breasts, the are beautiful indeed, but so are many other body parts too, that we are showing off to the world with no problem. If I dont wanna wear a bra I should not wear one. If I dont wanna wear a bikini top to the beach, why should I? It is my body, my breast. We all have them, shivas and shaktis.

Being happy with our bodies is not about having to have the perfect body, because there is no such thing as perfect. It is about embracing what you have and are. Become comfortable in your own skin, completely naked. Touch and sense all the curves and lines of your body, it is perfect as it is. As long as you are looking after your physical and emotional health, what matter the most is a healthy internal body and mind, a glowing inside will reflect on your external body and make your outside shine.


“Growing up I went through body shaming from other people, and also my own judgement towards myself. I was to skinny, which I would always receive comments on from others, which made me believe it myself. I was to skinny. I would try to eat unhealthy to gain weight. I loved running and exercise, but I would barely allow myself, as I was so worried I would look even more skinny & lose weight. I would wear a bra that was to big with paddings, so it actually looked like I had some curves. I got so used to people thinking that I had eating disorders, it almost did not bother me anymore.

Then I became an adult. Suddenly I started getting all these compliments on how amazing my body look. How lucky I am to be so tiny. How fit I look, perfect toned muscles. Telling me how lucky I am.
How lucky….

Suddenly this little girl went from being imperfect to perfect in the eyes of society?” 


I´m not perfect, and I dont want to be perfect. But I do feel perfect just as I am. Ive come to love my body, just as it is. It deserves to be appreciated just as it is. Your body deserves to be appreciated by you, just as it is.  Embrace every inch of it, be one with your naked body & start accepting.
We are all born naked. We all have bodies of flesh, bones, muscles, fat, hair and curves. Our bodies is a very important part of the human experience. Embrace your bodily experience. Become one with it and if you, just like I do feel; oppressed by society? Start going against the stream, yes it will put you in an uncomfortable situation, but if nobody is willing to fight for equality and challenge the rules of society, nothing will change.


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This might sound self-centred and self-obsessive, which is not the intention. Being your own biggest fan, I simply mean that you should cheer for yourself and stop telling yourself that you are not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough or strong enough. We all know very well how to talk ourselves down, but we do not manage cheering ourselves up the same way. We all have our stronger sides and weaker sides, but that does not mean you should talk yourself down, rather tell yourself how good you are, and tell yourself that you can do it. If we keep telling ourselves and others how bad we are at something, we will be bad at it. I´m an living example myself. Not feeling confident enough and telling myself that I´m much weaker than I actually am. If someone told me a year ago that I would feel comfortable with having a yoga class for 25 people, I would laugh at them and say absolutely no way. I thought about this last night after leading a class, feeling amazingly energised and really confident in myself. I simply just had to jump into it, facing my fears.
On the journey I discovered that most things that I fear are less scary than what I imagined. I also discover that I still have much to learn, but I already know so much more than what I think I do.

If you feel that this is hitting a sensitive spot in yourself,  maybe you know that you are doing this to yourself way more often than you should? Start today. Stop bringing yourself down. Start writing down the things you are good at. Keep repeating it to yourself, tell yourself that you are good. Then instead of putting negative energy into things you feel less confident about, start on a journey of learning and discovering why these things are hard, and what you can do to make them less difficult. Face your fears, one fear at a time. Give yourself time to overcome and concur.
Become your own biggest fan.


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DISCONNECTING TO CONNECT?

Sometimes we truly need to disconnect to connect. Connect to ourselves, connect to our partners, friends or to our surroundings. We need to disconnect from technology that is consuming so much of our energy even when we are not realising it, the technology is draining us for energy. We need to disconnect from our work and our daily life.

Last weekend I went into the mountains staying in a Teepee at an eco farm up in the hills. We barely have internet connection there which gave us time to disconnect from technology and connect with each other, with nature and with ourselves. The concept of staying at the farm is that everyone provides to create community and togetherness. Sharing meals with meaningful and present conversations without the disturbance of modern technology,  which is a rare experience in our society today. A weekend of disconnecting from technology is opening up for connecting with real conversations with yourself and the people your sharing the experience with.

When was the last time you just sat and watched a river or a waterfall ?


Transcending into a new season I find it important to cleanse my space and my surroundings, create clarity and cultivate new energy. Specially going into winter, your energy levels will most likely decrease. It will be very important to be aware of what drains your energy and what gives you energy. I find disconnecting from modern technology is cultivating energy. I´m taking the energy that would usually be put into my phone or pc; into something more meaningful, managing to be more present and connected in the moment.

Give yourself time off from your technology and be present, cultivate that energy and use it to create positive change in your life.

 


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lovely humans out there, hope you are sharing good vibes and energies with everyone around you. I´m currently in the mountains, filling my lungs with fresh oxygen and healing my soul with nature and the smell of purity. Experiencing the first snow for this season and loving the cold air on my cheeks.

On my way here I was thinking about role models, and what makes a adequate role model. A person whom teach and educate their peers in a honest, interesting and transparent way, not making you follow her or him because they pursue your will, but because their points and behaviour inspires you to make good choices. They inspire you to be a better version of yourself and to change because you desire it, not someone else.

 

If you want to  be a good role model to others, be a good role model to yourself. 


A good role model should be a good role model to them selves, if you want to inspire and teach others you need to be true to yourself and truly believe in you. We all go true periods in life when we feel less confident and unsure of ourself. Then we have periods when we we thrive and feel like we can master anything and we also believe in our own capability of being great. The greatness you feel and your confident about yourself is what you want to share and give to others. This way they can take your energy onto themselves and become a better version of themselves. You also have to be honest and humble and live after high moral standards, asking yourself; Would I dare to share this with other people and also stand for what I believe and the choices I make?

Be Confident
Be Transparent
Be Honest
Be Humble


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Good morning soulmates, a new day is here to grant us new opportunities for more wisdom, building relationships & taking steps towards our goals.

My journey to higher consciousness and working on my goals include many different approaches. One is listing to podcasts that I find relevant to the many things that I have an interest in or podcasts that add value to my journey of self-growth and improvement.

 

A podcast that I´ve listened to lately is by Shaman Durek, who share stories himself or he has interesting people on the pod sharing stories with us, ancient wisdom and inspirational knowledge to higher consciousness and improved living.

CURRENT EPISODE RECOMMONDATION 

Conscious Sex: Healing, Empowerment & Love. with Alexandra Roxo 

Intimacy + Influence + Impact with Serah D´Laine

 



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Good morning divine souls of the universe, love and compassion to you all from my heart and my soul on this amazing day. A new day of new opportunities and life. I´ve previous spoken about if you truly want to embark on a journey of yoga you need to practise everyday, even if it is only for 7 minutes. The 7 minutes of yoga is the physical yoga, the movement of asana. However yoga should not be about the movement alone, it is a lifestyle, a life choice. The lifestyle of yoga is a constant practise, a philosophy of how to live, the 8 limbs of yoga which will / can lead you to eternal bliss.

The world we live in today is a challenge for the true practise of yoga, as there are so many influences around us that is not aligning with the yoga practise and the moral philosophy of yoga. Society today might not align with the yogi lifestyle, but if you truly believe in the philosophy and see the benefit, you will manage to find a balance of living in this modern world while practising yoga. Aligning your yogi path with the modern lifestyle.

My personal experience with my yoga practise is balancing the practise of yoga while I have or go on holiday. In my day to day life I´ve managed to find a really good balance of living in this time and age integrating the yoga to all aspects of it. I´m still not succeeding 100% at all times, but I´m constantly working on improving.  Holiday ´s can be more tricky, depending on the type of holiday I often find it harder to eat as clean and healthy as I should, and give myself enough alone time to work on my meditation practise and my journey inward. I believe the issue lies with my fear of missing out, so when I´m going on holiday I want to do and see as much as possible vs when I´m travelling for longer periods I can really give myself time to relax and dive deeper into my yogi lifestyle. Longer trips and journeys are much more beneficial for my practise than so called “normal” holidays, so my solution to this is having more long travels than holidays.

Less holiday – more travel – more connected – less fluctuations of the mind

 


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Being in nature is one of the key elements to happy and healthy life, so go out and spend more time in your organic surroundings. I´m spending time outside wherever I go and when I can choose I usually choose destinations away from main cities. I´m a nature traveller at heart not a city traveller. We have been surrounded by much amazing nature and lovely small towns here in Spain. So much character, use of natural elements on all structures. A range of different flowers, trees and cactuses, especially all the olive trees in the hillside, its stunning. Cliffs surrounding the little port towns, meeting the crystal blue ocean.
Connecting  air to earth to water.

 Pollenca & Port of Pollenca

Valldemossa

Soller & Port De Soller

The biggest mountain area

Petra

Porto Cristo area 


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