Every Monday and Tuesday morning I take a 60 minutes walk with my students. In nature. Young people age 18-30, soft and sensitive sometimes feeling blue and low. We climb, hang out and do trunk-medicine. After 10 minutes: Mood gone, high vibration!
The Japanese have a word for this: “Shinrin-yoku” meaning “forest bathing” – a mindfull bath in the forest´s healing oils.
Did you know that trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system’s way of fighting illness? Scientific studies demonstrate these healing effects:
* Increased energy level
* Boosted immune system functioning with an increase in the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells
* Reduced blood pressure
* Reduced stress
* Improved mood
* Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
* Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
* Improved sleep
Go enjoy your forest walk and let me know how it works.
Goal driven? I always realise the trance of setting one goal after the other when the scenery changes. You know that feeling?
Cure? Attitude of gratitude. Take time each day to devote your attention to what is already thriving in your life.
It works wonders – your breath suddenly calms down, your perspecitve widens and your sense of flow, beingness and grounding grows. So much to be gratefull for; relationships, friends, difficulties that get solved, stuck feelings that are transformed…
Easy to say, I know, when the office temporarily has moved to heavenly conditions. But hey – it´s only temporary as all around us is. After that a new scenery emerges, and another and… all to be grateful for.
Let Tao proceed to do nothing and yet leave nothing undone.
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Last week I completed a six months long education with 16 hours examination. Lots of feedback from co-students and teachers (yoga). 26 students, all felt the so familiar nervousness also called fear. Being exposed bodily and mentally on stage is in itself a stretch. Receiving feedback//critics on top – is really a teeth shaker and mouth drier.
The group decided silently not to fall into the well known trap of pointing fingers but share from an honest, loving, open heart. The good stuff and the stuff to work on.
Healing fear together is such a liberating experience. Friends, colleagues, lovers, family members. Maybe The Most important job of all. Dive under the surface together and face whatever tightens us up and breathe through it. Expose ourselves to it and accept that we sometimes don´t know what lies behind. But we trust the opening that awaits on the other side. Just Like the yoga-asanas teach us. Open up to our true authenticity, love and compassion.
The World needs our healed hearts.
Best place ever to prepare Yoga Teacher examination. Due late this month.
I feel so grateful for this proces. A full circle is completed. Yoga came into my life as a saviour in my early 30-ies, body full of stress and tension. Couldn’t work, think straight or breathe fully… Racer-Mind and body. Three weeks on the mat daily – symptoms gone! Thanks to wonderful teachers whom I to this day feel deeply grateful for.
Now its my turn – to stand on the teacher-mat. Guiding 26 wonderful fellow-students through a sequence building on Garland pose. Nervous? Yes, but also full of joy, happiness and a sense of Mission Completed.
If you deal with stress I always recommend to start with the grounding effects of movement. Almost any movement, I would say. Pick the one that fits you the best and that brings your attention to your breath, your limbs, your inner sensations. And yes, it can take some time to get there where you at all feel these things. But you know what; it also took us some time to get to where we are now.
So slowly get yourself back to yourself, your body, your life… begins, in my eyes, with movement. Let me guide you, if that feels most comfortable. We do it in a nice studio or over Skype. Your choise. I´m here to fascilitate your coming-back with all my passion for the work and your well being.
My favourite quote, Yogi Bhajan: “Yoga is not going to make you great. Yoga is going to make you you!”
Nourishing the Inner Child floating on Ragusa surrounded by pastel dollhouses – is one way to make the daily practice of reconciling.
In Buddhism reconciling the Wounded Inner Child is when we become aware that we´ve forgotten the child in ourselves and feel great compassion for it.
The seeds of awakened understanding and happiness is handed down to us from our ancestors. We just have to use them. With our mindful breath and mindful steps, we can produce the energy of mindfulness and return to the awakened wisdom lying in each cell of our body. That energy will embrace us and heal us, and will heal the wounded child in us.
So much healing in parenting your inner child. Treat it with kindness and respect. Remembering that healing happens in different ways and time-frames. What works one month might change categorically the next. According to the child’s needs being met.
How do you heal your inner child? In nature? Visiting old favourite places? Play? Laugh?…
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In 1978 this handsome guy – my Dad – took a long, deserved holiday on Rhodes with my Mum. He was a very successful designer, had a great career and a lot of accomplishments. But he also had a lot of hard times visiting his soul. Being a bi-polar spirit he knew all the dark nights and also the very very light ones.
But one thing he mastered to perfection and tought us children was embracing the totality of being – shadow and light. The not-so-sexy moments when we realise our own so called shadow side because we have invested a lot of energy in hiding it and only showing the flashy bright side.
Somehow in his darker moments he reached the wisdom modern psychology today knows as a fact: That not until we embrace both sides – the not-so sexy shadow and OWN it alongside with the brighter appealing side – will our lives flow. It is in the hiding, striving and editing of ourselves that we hide the light, the spirit, the very thing people around us fall in love with.
Mindfulness is certainly one solid way of gaining this insight. Embracing all sides of your personality and…first and foremost: With Loving Kindness. Observing when the so called Dragon shows it´s face – mostly when we are stressed out and over-loaded in the brain and just stay present with the sensations.
How do you own all sides of you? How do you fall in love with that hidden side in you? Life is too short for the in-liner life.
‘Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.’ Kinky Friedman
In my experience, the more I look toward my own moments of spontaneous change, the more those moments seem to occur. Like first time I dared to teach without a manuscript – and found my students surprisingly awake after class 😉 And followed that path ever since (10 years ago). Where did the advice come from? From a silent whisper inside almost not heard in the noise of education, advice and traditional teaching.
Or the day I decided to slow my pace to the almost unbelievable and realised.. I achieved the double. Again the inspiration came from a deep down knowledge reached by peeling off layers of habitual thinking.
How often have we not all been taught to copy and learn from successful people. But not two persons are alike – so what to copy..? We all have the golden answers inside. Do listen – deep.
How do you love your dog? How do you dig into your OWN spontaneous changes advised by inner wisdom? My way is to allow the thoughts to flow by and simply let the inner wisdom pop up spontanously with all its beauty. And along the way embrase the rational mind as it feels insecure not being center stage. Embrace it with mindfull loving kindness?
Do you feel curious finding back to your own inner guidance? Book a session on Skype and I´ll love to coach you on the way.
What most people fall in love with in Mindfulness is becoming the observer of our own thoughts. Witnessing the ongoing mindset and become more present and grounded is a relief for most of my students.
When I was around 29, I hit a mental wall of fatigue that most people call stress. I mastered three jobs in line, studied at the university and left a not so healthy relationship – all in one year. One day I couldn’t find that happy smile; everything was aching – joints, soul and bloodstream. The way back went through daily yoga, mindfull meditation, change of lifestyle in food, habits, thinking and values. A turnaround that felt vital but also a lot more than just 180* – rather 360*Plus.
But it also became the start of my life long relationship with Mindfulness and a whole new way of experiencing thinking. That it´s habitual, constant and repetitious. And by mere naming the thoughts – “planning”, “worrying” or “speculating” …we put a healthy space around them that brings a deep relaxation into our nervous system.
Do you have a mindfull praxis around your thoughts? I really wish that for all of us- because it brings relief into our buissy, lovely lives.
If you are curious about learning how to observe your own thoughts and find rest in your own nervous system – I offer one-to-on sessions on Skype. Book in booking system on this page.