Home Self Care Luxuries

And every now and then, a bit of home luxury.

We deserve to spoil ourselves sometimes and no need for major money spending.

Just use your imagination on what can you do to truly treat yourself (or others) using whatever you have at hand.

It’s so simple, a small gesture can go a long way.

Relax, breath in and breath out.

Take your time.

Show every bit of love in you through the simple things. 💙

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Ripple Effect

“Every word we speak and every action we perform affects our future. But where do words and actions come from? They all start from our mind. And when we indulge in resentment or obsession or self-righteous thinking, we create several problems for ourselves. First we suffer the immediate pain of those thoughts and emotions, then we act in ways that cause ourselves and others harm. Finally, we reinforce a habit we’d be better without”
Pema Chondron – Welcoming the Unwelcome


How do we relate to failure?

How do we relate to our unwanted surroundings?

Feeling not ok is ok, it’s part of the process of Life, it’s part of who we are.

Embracing the frustration and acknowledging it’s not ok, is part of the emerging awareness.

And that awareness will trigger you to bring out your best self.

Victimization and self-commiseration will not serve us on the long run of our life journey.

Give yourself time to cry and feel destroyed.

It will feel like annihilation around you.

But let’s give ourselves the right to react and slowly stand up.

We can learn from it, become stronger with with, be better prepared.

So let’s not delve in it forever.

Let’s not reinforce those habits.

Let’s mind how we speak to ourselves and others knowing the impact it will have at a later stage in ripple effect.

Let’s be aware of what we can make indestructible in ourselves.

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Awaken my Mind, awaken my Body

Make no mistake… it’s the soul.

He may have the looks, the body, the smile… but when you grow out of the illusion state, you understand it’s a whole different league.

We feel frustrated that other people can’t understand how we see the world.

But how often are we interested in understanding the world of those around us?

And when you decide to check what that world looks like… you discover the soul.

And that… that’s what has the power to ignite the fire, to raise the storm and the thunder and to quiet it down.

It’s the magic, it’s the peace.

It’s knowing the Heart is the key and nothing else.

It’s the hidden guidance you were secretly looking for.

It awakens your mind.

And as I deeply believe… awaken my mind, my spirit, my soul, and you’ll awaken my body.

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Grateful for my own thoughts

We hear everyone giving us advise on how to make the most of this quarantine period.

Exercise, eat healthy, meditate, learn a new skill, keep a routine… as much as I value other people’s advise, I also like to use my own thinking.

And I think we all should think for ourselves… think and think a lot on what YOU feel is the best way to spend this time at home.

Take the time to think on what you’d like to get done after this.

Identify what’s really important to you.

Plan it out.

How can you achieve it?

What first few steps can you take?

What’s the benefit it will bring to you?

How will you feel once you reach it?

Can you see it?

Good… that means you’re Alive.

And nowadays, with restricted movements, we know freedom was the taken for granted gift.

Can we not take it for granted ever again?

Can we not take Health – physical, mental and spiritual – for granted?

Think for yourself to come to your own conclusions.

Wether it’s a bright or a dark place in your mind right now, it’s still your place.

Be mindful of healthy advise but never give up on improving your own path.

Your own beliefs.

Your own learnings.

And be grateful for them.

Value them.

They will make you grow if you allow it to be.

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Life taking care of life.

Always one decision away… we all know there are key moments in our lives that will set the pace for the years to come.

Or not… in that moment of yes or no, it’s just a possibility.

It’s either a possibility of success or regret.

And in that moment nothing is certain.

And yet, whatever you decide will affect you.

Even if it’s just a Maybe.

Even if you don’t know.

Not knowing in itself may be a win or a loss… it’s all so uncertain.

It brings you a sense of perspective: uncertainty is how certain you are everything around you is beyond your control.

Yes, decisions will make your life.

Even if we don’t know what the outcome will be.

You take the chance.

And that chance can be painted with happiness or disappointment.

Both will teach you.

The hard part is the learning.

We get caught up in the noise of our own thoughts, we can’t really listen to the learnings.

In a world where we’re told how to live, it’s difficult to truly listen to our own voice.

How do you know what to do?

What if even after so many wrong decisions you still don’t know how to make the right ones?

What if you’re stuck and can’t move forward?

Understand that no one will decide for you.

No one knows the right way.

So sometimes, life takes its course.

And it decides for you.

It gives and it takes at its own discretion.

The decision is how to handle it.

When you don’t know how, just do your best.

Be your best self.

And the answers will come.

In their time.

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The Year of the Lockdown

Human nature is never content.

Many of the ones who are in lockdown with their families wish they were alone.

Many of the ones who are alone through the lockdown wish they had a family to be with.

These are harsh circumstances… attending to work needs, house hold needs, kids needs, playing, home schooling…. where are your needs?

There’s no release.

For some it’s been about freedom of the mind and spirit, for some it’s been a prison not only of the body but mostly of the mind, where there’s no truce, no peace.

So many are going through this losing their job, losing their income… but the bills will still be there.

So many may be at the verge of depression and mental illness, even if they are living comfortably.

So many living in poverty with nothing they can consider a gift, except life itself and the act of breathing on their own.

The human brain, emotion and behavior is so unpredictable, especially in times like these.

So yes, let’s acknowledge, accept and respect all that’s going around, understanding it will pass.

And life will resume again.

For most of us.

Let’s not ignore the ones who passed away with no one holding their hands.

The ones who lost a loved one and cannot mourn in that last goodbye.

The ones who can’t go home due to their high risk activity.

And the ones who lose a loved one because they are trying to save the world, by saving one life at the time.

It will be a different world. It will be a different way of life.

Broken economies, broken businesses, broken spirits, broken households.

People more solidary, more conscious, more engaged and brought together with a purpose, with a voice.

The world will transform… colapse always brings rebirth, renewal, rebuild, reinvention, restart, restructure.

No one knows what this new world, this new way of living will look like.

But it will not be the same.

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Love will teach you

Like the sweet breeze of the wind whispering “It will all be alright”, you know deep in your heart you are enough to push through every single night.

Silence the mind.

Go with the tide and make sure to do your part.

You know there will be the better day when the right one will just stay.

And without any kind of deceive, he will know how to just receive.

Until then, live your fullest, find out what really makes you who you are.

And you are Love.

Find what makes you happy.

And do it.

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Freedom is a Gift

The challenges of this quarantine… obviously the feeling of being “locked up”… of feeling stuck… realizing the freedom we take for granted isn’t that free after all.

Realizing everything we do (and don’t do) can impact someone’s health, including our own.

Health we also take for granted.

Seeing ourselves deprived of social contact… we’re social animals.

Online gatherings help. It’s not the same but it helps a lot!

The miracle of social media allowing us to actually stay connected and engage into virtual communities.

We are deprived of seeing our family and loved ones, our friends… deprived of stepping out for a coffee, to go to the beach, to the movies, for dinner and drinks… everything we take for granted.

It can be nerve recking.

Suddenly it’s all taken from us… for our higher good.

It can trigger a whole world of uneasy emotions.

And suddenly you need to learn to relax.

In an active or passive way. Or both.

And suddenly you can see what’s always been in front of you but you’ve never really seen it because you were always too busy doing something else and going somewhere else.

And now you can just sit still.

And See.

And Listen.

To the quiet.

To the peace.

Stop.

Look around.

Appreciate it for what it is.

We can actually allow it to linger and take our time.

It won’t happen again that soon once daily life resumes its regular pace, its regular needs.

These are tiny things… but big moments.

The ones that save you in times of crisis.

Find your refuge.

Take care of it and let it take care of you.

PS – it’s the moon, not the sun.💙🌕

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What are we learning?

In the past few days I have seen more people running and biking outdoors as never before… it makes me think we really don’t have enough time at home to do these little things.

The little time we have available on weekends is often taken to run errands and do things we don’t get to do during the week.

So these simple pleasures get left behind.

And these are the valuable things.

These are the true breaks that indefinite down Time allows for… which always reminds me that Time (and Health above all) is Life’s most precious gift.

The time to connect to yourself and your surroundings.

The time to appreciate in depth what you have created around you.

The time to improve yourself.

If you are aware of it and if you wish to do so, as no one else can do it for you.

Yes, there are many concerns and consequences we may not fully be able to foresee and measure yet.

And it can take a heavy toll on everyone.

Not knowing.

Uncertainty facing our hard work to build certainty.

To know what to expect.

To control… Going outside for a run may be a reflection of both inner peace or inner restlessness.

You may want to appreciate the outdoors desperately or you may want to escape the indoors desperately…

The need for freedom runs deep within the human soul.

Depending on what you believe freedom is, how you feel it and how you manifest it.

Freedom can be silent or it can be loud.

It can be body, it can be soul, it can be both… To each its own truth.

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Buckle Up

Anyone can relate?

Why do we just buckle up?

Why do we need to go on random adventure knowing it will just be a crazy rollercoaster that’s gonna give us a massive rush but in the end you wonder why you did it.

Because you knew what to expect.

You knew you were gonna scream and shout and almost pee your pants because you hate rollercoasters as they add absolutely no value to your life.

But you still jump to buckle up immediately.

Maybe one day you’ll learn to pass. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Buckle Up