What do YOU really and honestly believe in?… Here’s my “what”…

IMG-20131102-WA0020Someone asked me a few weeks ago what I ultimately believe in… it took me a while to honestly articulate and put in words. I took my time to figure it out. I could not voice it clearly. And this is because what I believe in for some may not even seem real, or they may regard it as beautiful bullshittery.

So here goes: I believe in everything that inspires me, that moves me, in life lived with passion and intensity – I believe in these because whatever makes me tick, it is real and fills me with adrenaline for life and living. I believe in both beauty and knowledge about the world and people. What I believe in sometimes disappoints me, but I guess this is to remind me that I constantly have things to learn about the world. I cannot be satisfied with things done or felt half way. I die slowly if I do. I believe in feeling it all, having it all (and this is not material ownership! – I refer to all that puts a smile on my face, gratitude in my heart).

I ultimately believe in everything that gives me wings to fly: be it love, be it a moment, be it the sun in the morning. I do not believe in anything that is common, ordinary, or in simply breathing without meaning…These things do not exist for me!

I realized there is a certain importance to articulate what you believe in, to clarify that for yourself, to understand whether you are on the right track with your actions, your mood, with what you are doing on a daily basis. Because, if you are not aligned with these, you need to change something…and stay true, get closer to what you really believe in. It will positively reflect in your life…And you only have ONE! So you better make the most of it and live it the way you really want! 🙂

There are 6 billion souls in the world…and all we need is ONE to feel complete…

photo (10)Once there were two lovers that had equal hearts.
One would pursue one,
the other would pursue the other.
Then the angels looked down and said:
“What a waste,” and made them perceive each other.
Their hearts melted into ONE.
They had no use for the outside world
so they leaped into their dream world.
Here, their “one” heart was always restless
and the only place where it had any rest at all was in each other’s arms.
And then, even then and there, one said:
“I wish we’d never stay apart again.”
When they were apart, they yearned for each other.
The angels were stumped.
There’s one thing that God is not able to endure –
a suffering heart, broken in two.
He saw one half on one side of the world and one on the other side.
God knew what to do then,
So He brought them together.
And it was not easy for them to see this blessing
As they stumbled into each other’s egos and fears,
But their ONE heart whispered much love
And their inner bodies slowly understood:
They realized they cannot live apart
They belong to each other, they crazily function,
So they started blessing
Life’s gift together and immersed into much love and understanding.

Ever since, they count the blessings every morning
When opening their eyes and meeting each other’s touch and face.
As now they know they are
Forever blessed together, forever One.

Summer is over? Work Out mode still ON! Here’s why…

photo 3Summer may be over, but that does not mean that we should lay low on the sport, get comfy and built on small body fat. Exercising is way more that just keeping yourself fit. It is more about the “mind fitness” than you think and making it regularly will help you keep a positive mood in the rainy cloudy grey days to come.

Below, I put down a small list of why working out is so important, besides the obvious result of a better shaped body.

1. Improves self-confidence
Regular workouts and the physical practice of yoga develop strength of body, mind and spirit. Additionally, reflection while running for example and meditation or breathing techniques developed in yoga or any other sport activity help clear your mind and sometimes establish certainty about your inherent value.

2. Keeps energy levels high
A sweaty, strong workout releases feel-good hormones called endorphins. Endorphins naturally boost vitality and mood and induce relaxation so you can remain engaged and calm. These chemicals can also help keep spirits high.

3. Enhances focus
Working out, practicing yoga or pillates, learning to breathe properly and meditating can all help strengthen concentration. Scheduling regular meditation and sweat sessions builds tenacity so that you can stay more focused.

4. Develops self-awareness
Knowing yourself enables you to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Yoga, in particular, is geared toward self-study. Any sport usually helps you understand your limits but also push them. It can be motivating and can help you learn how to push yourself and never give up to reach your goals. Training your mind in sports can reverberate on other areas of your life once you learn “never giving-up” thinking and motivation.

5. Builds endurance
There’s nothing like stamina—both literal and figurative—to win a race. Physical challenges, like exercise, help build emotional endurance and mental toughness. You’ve got to stay in it to win it, and you must be able to endure also the hardship in life. Conquering physical challenges will help you realize that you’re able to overcome any obstacle.

6. Provides structure
Lack of structure in day-to-day life can be a major source of stress. Waking up late, not knowing what to do with your time are all productivity setbacks. Establish a routine by beginning each day with exercise.

7. Establishes hormonal balance
Being healthy and fit helps to stave off stress-induced hormonal fluctuations, which can manifest as depression, anxiety or weight gain. The moment we get stressed, our brains and bodies produce cortisol and adrenaline. In the right amounts, these hormones are essential for well-being. However when overproduced, they can be counter-productive—causing slow digestion, unnecessary hunger and unhealthy behaviors around food. Exercise can help keep “fight or flight” hormones in check so that you can productively run your life and activities.

8. Fosters commitment
Being healthy and fit requires consistency, discipline and loyalty to yourself—all of which are qualities that suggest you will be a committed member of any team: family, work, friends. I rest my case!

9. Improves decision making
The inability to make your mind up can be extremely stressful, especially when it comes to big decisions in life. Focused exercise can help establish clarity of mind when confronted with decision-making paralysis. When you don’t know what to do, try exercising or running outdoors. Chatter of the mind clouds thinking and must be quieted before you can draw thoughtful conclusions. When you operate from a place of clarity, you will make stronger decisions and have a better sense of the action steps necessary to go after the right opportunities.

10. Builds creativity
Even just a simple walk can stimulate our creativity centers, so imagine the effect of a real work-out. “Evrika moments” do wonders to alleviate stress and give us new insights into how to pursue any dilemma or activities in life.

I hope the above points shed a light of motivation to keep working-out beyond the end of summer. I know they work on me. Enjoy a healthy body & mind Autumn! 🙂