Day 19/30 Mindful Eating Quest!
You don’t wear socks 🧦 with holes in them do you? (Unless they’re your lucky 🍀 socks!) Unintentional rips in your jeans 👖.... Desire in your heart ❤️ for a better way?
Dieting offers you holes in your socks. You try it on. But it’s just not right. Your toe sticks out awkwardly. It’s uncomfortable. It’s just not right for you.
Mindful Eating is about finding the pair of socks that work for you. Not you work for them. That would be silly? You working for a pair of socks?
So let’s fill that desire with happy socks 🧦😊
MEDITATION - A warm fragrance of golden woody embers. Sandalwood and cedar brings together a gentle floral hue of rose, geranium and aromatic lavender, with earthy patchouli and rich spices of clove, cinnamon and tonka bean. 🧘
In this interview, we sit down with Aaron.
He offers a rare insight into living a life with anxiety.
This is a subject that hits particularly close to home to me and one of the interviews that has moved me the most simply because I can understand his sentiment when he expressed where it came from, how it feels, how his mind works when he is suffering from it most.
Please enjoy this rare glimpse into a silent burden many people carry.
I commend Aaron for his strength in sharing his life with anxiety, it's something I never had the strength to do.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. “- James Baldwin
When I read this quote it was one of them ‘aha’ moments for me. You see why?! If we have to deal with the pain, we become so very vulnerable. Suddenly all the layers of perfection and protection are no longer of service to us. This puts us into the unknown at first, cause all them structures and systems surrounding us have made us believe that showing “weakness” will get us nowhere. On the contrary, I believe that it’s our inability to be vulnerable that makes us weak!
Through embracing our pain we experience true nearness to one another. Only then do we generate empathy and truly love.
For years and years I tried everything in my power to NOT be vulnerable, whenever feeling down, I’d either party it away, sex it away, drink it away or work it away. Yeah, after all the failed attempts of “getting rid of it” by all that the outside worlds got to offer, I took Goethe’s advice and I turned inwards.
Don’t get me wrong, I STILL find it extremely hard to show my vulnerable side, I work at this every damn day tho. I know it is absolutely vital for growth, I know my relationships depend on it and that my 90 year old self is very grateful for this.
I’m writing all of this to encourage you to surrender to your vulnerable side, it is the birthplace of all creativity and change. To embrace your imperfections with all you have and be so very proud cause as Rumi notes: “The wound is the place where light enters you.” Happy Sunday 🙏🏼
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🇸🇪Utveckla varje dag och gå ända in i detalj vad du vill förbättra. Varje individ har ett mål framför sig. Vad gör dig lycklig här i livet. Alla har olika saker dem älskar att göra och ha i sitt liv. 🇺🇸 Develop each day and go into detail what you want to improve. Each individual has a goal in front of him. What makes you happy here in life. Everyone has different things they love to do and have in their lives.
This is really the story of my life.
When I was younger I didn't have an idea what to do with my life and it really stressed me out that I didn't have a plan . Even though I graduated my senior classes and went to business school I always knew that this would never make me happy. But I didn't listen to my inner voice and worked a lot and I was pretty good at my job. But when I started a further training to become a systems analyst about nine years ago it just felt so wrong that I had to drop out. This was pretty hard for me because I felt like I had failed and that was something that I didn't experience before. So for the next couple of years I decided to stay with my old job and just work and not try anything new because I was too afraid to choose the wrong path again.
It wasn't a bad time at all because now I had a lot of time to experience life outside of my career and I made a lot of experiences in this time. I had relationships, really tough breakups, I traveled a lot and had a lot of fun with my friends. But when I met my boyfriend and the future baby daddy I started to think about my own situation again. Because he is such a hard working and driven human being. He's working all the time and really fights to achieve his goals and that really inspired me to make more of my own life too.
Over the last years yoga and meditation became a big part of my life and I always had this picture in my mind of me being a yoga or meditation teacher. But you know the problem with these pictures or ideas of ourselves is that often they are created by our ego and not by our soul. So I started to become a yoga and meditation teacher but I wasn't in it with all of my heart and passion and so I failed again.
That was the moment when I decided to let go of all this pictures and ideas and just listen to my soul and the universe and that was also the moment when Energy Healing found me. I started this profound journey of self-development and started to listening to my soul and even though I still don't know where I am going exactly I now feel fulfilled, happy and at peace. So I think maybe Konfuzius was right when he said that the journey is more important than the goal.
Probably to most extra place I’ve done yoga hahahah 🧘♀️ I love keeping myself busy, but often that means I’ve had to sacrifice time I could use for more slow, mindful moments. 😴Recently though I’ve been making a real effort to have a quiet mindful moment every day, whether that’s reading, yoga, meditating - even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes. 🙏🏼 It honestly has the biggest effect on my mood and how I feel about my body, and there are so many benefits to it as oppose to just scrolling through Facebook or Instagram feeds. So just a little reminder to give yourself a bit of down time, and ‘me’ time, every day if you can ✨ (ft. my fave @vivobarefoot shoes - discount code in my bio! 👆🏻)
How could one know what is taking place during meditation just by observing the person in the meditative state?
The same goes for a tea ceremony. Tourists and outsiders can watch, even take part in such ritual without learning anything of its inner, esoteric message.
Join us this Tuesday at 7pm @themandrakehotel to learn more and to experience Gong Bath followed by a beautiful Tea Ceremony with @withtlovers 🍵
We keep such events small and intimate therefore please book your ticket in advance.
I woke up this morning and my muscles were aching and I felt a bit sick. I thought - “I know I will have a nice hot shower and pamper myself”....
I got in the shower and all of a sudden I caught my inner critic go off on one. “Your muscles are aching. You might have a seizure. You’re all alone. There’s no one to save you. You remember the last time you felt like this you had a seizure in public! You felt scared, helpless and weak. You should just give up. You are never going to cope by yourself!....” Then all of a sudden another voice deep inside me whispered gently, “She’s here to protect you - send her love.’” So I sat down in the shower, hugged myself tight and said, “Thank you for protecting me and caring about me - I love you. That’s all in the past now. It’s lady time and we’ve worked hard this week - no wonder we are aching. You need rest. Let’s put the past to rest now. You must be exhausted from all those negative thoughts. We are stronger than we use to be. We have all the love and support inside us and around us we need. Thank you for the lessons you have taught me. I’m good now. No more playing small.”
I put a towel on. Sat comfortably on the sofa. I closed by eyes. Put my hand over my heart. I breathed in and out softly and said to myself:
“May I be safe.
May I be happy
May I be healthy
May I live with ease.”
I had met my past self with compassion - the suffering I had held in my body for over 3 years eased and I felt at peace with myself. I now have the energy and courage to move forward in the pursuit of real love and joy.