Covid-19 is raving and there is a lot of frustration, fear and uncertainty around all of us, which is understandable. I am an actor and voiceover artist and most of my industry is shut down. I don’t know when anything will start filming again etc. It’s a physical job with, most of the time, a lot of people around.
So how do I stay grounded? I meditate and I go to The Mind Gym everyday. That’s right The Mind Gym. For years the health trend has been focused on the body, on how we need a healthy body. That is all good and I have a big focus on that myself. But. There is a “but”. You got to keep your mind fit to. Fear, negative thoughts and emotions are all part of the human experience, but we can’t let it take over. I am a big believer that, when the emotions come up, they have to go through us, but you can’t hold on to them. Suppressed emotions are not healthy and can create all sorts of conditions we don’t want. So let them work their way though you. Often I believe, they are there to tell us something.
I invite you to noodle, on why they are there.
So, back to The Mind Gym. What do you do everyday to stay centered and aligned? Do you meditate? Do you journal? Do you go for meditative walks? Do you have affirmations? These are all exercises in the mind gym. Just like squad’s pushups and bicep curls. What ever you do, I highly encourage you to find a practice that works for you and stick to it, to keep your mind fit so it is more equipped to sustain conditions like these, we are in. Just like working out and getting a fit body, it wasn’t done in a day. So be patient with your self. Be disciplined and see what happens.
This can all be done in the comfort of your home while washing your hands LOL.
For years now we have been wasting away and I am not talking about the midriff.
I was literally sitting on the toilet the other day about to take some toilet paper and I thought to my self do I really need that many sheets? So I cut down.
My acting career started in London. When I moved there, I was on a very tight budget, when I say tight, I mean barely making it every month. Living in a studio where I could open the oven with my toes laying in bed, no joke! It has always been my highest priority to eat healthy, so I had to find a way to do so. That meant making loads of soups and stews choosing beans/ lentils over meat or maybe substituting half the meat.
I did not suffer. I made delicious food that way. My point is I found a way. Now I am not on a tight budget, but I still live that way. I am always mindful of food waste, waste in general and would never through food out unless it has mold on it and it still breaks my heart doing so.
We all have to tighten the belt during these times. Get creative. Get our of your comfort zone. Back then during tough times and we are talking a couple of years I got excited when I found a new way to improve my life style within my budget. I invite you to investigate “Where do I waste unnecessarily”? Not just limited to food waste. Waste in general. Clothes, plastic, etc.
Now is the time.
Budget or no budget don’t loose hope, surprise yourself, how you can eliminate waste and save money and create new and healthier habits for yourself and the next generation. You are at the same time also giving Mother Earth a well-deserved break from all the waste and over consumerism.
And just preaching to the choir. Stay home. Wash your hands.
Covid-19 who would have thought jumping into this new decade 2020 just months ago.
Well here we are and it is real. I wanted to share some thoughts. I specifically choose this photo. The new normal grocery shopping or running errands for necessities. It looks dramatic. The streets are empty. People are on edge. There is a deep collective fear happening. Being an Empath I feel the above intensely and must take measures not to take much on, but that is another story for another time. Now back to the “The New Normal”.
The reason for posting this photo is, when you look at it it can create fear. It looks scary. Thoughts of, is this how we are going live? Are we all going to get ill? Are we all going to die? Is the world coming to an end? The answer is no. This is a time for deep transformation to a setup that no longer works. But then why all this suffering? In my opinion and its just mine. We as a collective have been sleeping. We didn´t pay attention to the endless clues handed to us every day. To a system that does not work.
So how do we move forward? Now take a look behind the photo, the mask. Try to find a time everyday where you intentionally connect with the knowing, that you will be fine. Yes you will. Does that mean that, that comes without challenges. Probably not. But I do strongly believe that the more you discipline your self connecting with the knowing, that it will get better everyday you will come out on the other side stronger. Do you meditate? Maybe now is the time. Do you find something everyday big or small that you are grateful for? How can you use this time to grow mentally, emotionally and creatively?
I am sending my deepest thought to everybody who are effected we are all in this together and will get through this together. Now stay home and wash your hands.
I came across this quote today on Instagram posted by P. Diddy. For me it was such a wonderful reminder and it made me think. We are raised to believe and to take pride in that friendships are forever. There is absolutely beauty in long friendships. I have quite a few and I love them. The reason why we are still friends are because we have grown together.
What often happens, the same comes to relationships, jobs, where you live, how you dress, what you eat, your opinions on the world as you see it etc., is that sometimes you grow apart. And that is OK. The trick is to accept it and know that you will meet new people, new relationships, get a new job etc., where you will be on the same wave length and then the growth can continue.
It can be challenging and scary at times to let go and accept. But try it and know that the wonderful memories you have shared will always be there in your heart. Life is constantly evolving and changing.
Jump on the train of change with an open heart and my belief is, you will get closer and closer to who you are and you will find the confidence to stand strong in your version of what´s called life.
There is only half a day left of 2017. Most of Europe have already jumped into 2018. In Denmark we actually get up on chairs and sofas and jump into the New Year. A tradition I love and have done ever since moving away. There is something about physically jumping into the new year. Jumping into the new leaving the old behind. We can all talk about all the lessons learned in 2017 the good, the bad and the ugly. I am all for reflecting, accessing and making goals. But this year I have decided to just leave 2017 behind and step into the new year step by step one moment at the time. I know what I want and what my goals are. I am gonna walk towards them confidently whilst still being in the moment. I think sometimes we can miss out a lot by either being to much in the past of to much in the future. Take a breath enjoy the now and walk with your head high into your day. You are unique. There is only one of you.
On that note I just want to wish you a happy New Year. May it be surprising, magical, loving and prosperous.
Here´s to a magical 2018
December is always a very reflective time for me. We are coming to the end of the year and I always like to look back at my year and just reflect.
I think we can all agree on ( or maybe not) its been one hell of a crazy 2017.
Elections, Natural disasters, conflicts, harassment and the list goes on.
How do we make the world a better place? Yes that is a huge question, that I don’t have the answer to. Yesterday I was so lucky to be invited to a screening of Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike (probably the best performances I have seen them do) and it’s written and directed beautifully by Scoot Cooper. It touches on forgiveness. Which of course started me thinking. I remember asking a person who had a really hard time forgiving someone, what does forgiveness mean to you? She said: “That is a good question I don’t know but, I can’t forgive this person” etc.
To me forgiveness is many things. It’s having the heart to forgive and let go. But to me a big part of the forgiveness process is actually setting yourself free . You go to your happiness and I go to mine. No matter how big or small. I have had both in my life and some have not been easy, but it is possible. Think about how it would make you feel if you didn’t have this person/situation in your life that you need to forgive or let go of. Doesn’t that feel great? So coming back to making the world a better place I think forgiveness could be a place to start.
As my mission is not to tell you what to do, but to inspire thought. Who do you need to forgive? Who or what do you want to leave in 2017 while you move forward with an open heart and free?
And PS go see this movie. It’s amazing on so many levels.
We were born to breathe. We can´t live without breathing. Yet I am amazed how often we forget to breathe probably. When was the last time you took a deep mindful breath? Think about it. Feeling the air filling your longs, your abdomen, lower back… your whole body. Probably not very often. Our lives today are getting more and more demanding and taking a moment to one self can almost bring on the guilt. So silly!
I always tell my friends to breathe when they are going through stuff. Now they send me picture of places they see it written which is kind of funny.
One of my hobbies is that I teach Barre Method, which is a fantastic workout not only for toning but also for centering your self. I am a broken record through out class telling my student to breathe. I can almost feel the room holding its breath. When breathing, not only are you feeding your body, energizing it so you are able to go deeper into your workout you are also touching base with your self and centering your self.
Maybe just sit down, close your eyes and breathe. Get familiar with that sensation of being fully in your body and you might be surprised how some of your daily stresses and anxiety will become less and less. Or maybe you just need it before a big meeting, interview etc.
So in doubt…….. BREATHE