Motivating Mondays

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Even though spring has not yet arrived in Norway, I feel the season is just around the corner. Maybe it’s the warmer temperature (+1 this weekend!!) Or maybe it’s the mere fact that since February 1st we have a whole 2 hours extra of sunlight today. It makes all the difference. And to me this is a sign of spring, longer days, warmer weather and cooler foods. But until all our snow has melted and I pack away my boots I am going to enjoy these last weeks of winter, enjoy my warm soups and lighting candles to burn through the night. This weeks inspiration is a mix between yoga, meditation, granola and to be willing.

+Granola

pageHomemade granola makes my heart sing. And with either homemade almond milk or Greek yogurt I can happily say I am one grateful morning person. This recipe is fun and simple. You really can add whatever you wish to your own granola. I have been experimenting lately but I’ve enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Mix :

1 Cup gluten free oats. 1/2 cup quinoa. 1/2 cup almond pulp (This was left over from making almond milk). 1/2 cup mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. 1 1/2 cup mix of walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, almonds. 1 cup mix of dried fruit. 1/4 cup coconut shavings. 2 Tbs of chia seeds

Heat:

1/4 cup coconut oil + 1/4 cup raw honey on the stove. Stir continuously until it has all melted together.

Combine:

Coconut/honey mixture with dry granola ingredients and stir.

Bake :

At 170 C until golden, stir every 20 min. Let cool and store in sealed container, Enjoy!

+ No Fear

This is a wonderful clip on fear, and how “People may be just socially accepted levels of insanity”. It’s genius, he explains this concept of our fear in such a concrete and effective manner. And how do we stay away from insanity? Awareness, being present and mindful. You can also call this meditation. Meditation is not sitting on a cushion and saying “OM” for 20 min. Meditation is being aware of the words that you speak in the present moment, being aware of the conversation you are having with a loved one and the conversations you have with yourself, whether that is of love or doubt. Meditation helps to quite that fear based constant chatter and brings your more peace. Here are a couple great places to start. Headspace is for those who are practical and want structure yet change in their perceptions. They do a wonderful job for beginners in bringing this concept of mindfulness into your life in a very simple and effective manner. Smiling Mind has the same concept for the young and Deepak Chopra adds in more spiritulity for those who want that aspect.

+ Inspiring Conversations

“Why We Breathe” is a wonderful exploration of yoga and the impact it has on our lives. The way I feel and think about yoga was beautifully presented in this short documentary. These are the words I wish to use to explain my passion for yoga and the way it has not only impacted my life but how it impacts everyone. I will be watching this again.

“The Conversation” with Amanda de Cadenet. I had never heard of these episodes before Friday and I am so grateful that I have now discovered it. Powerful women with a voice and a message to share. Honest, raw and inspiring. Some of my favorite were Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria and Diane von Furstenberg. I don’t usually follow celebrities at all, I am never up to date but seeing them all in this setting and speaking about life brought them down to earth and let me see them for who they really are.

+ Monday Mantra: Be Willing. Be open. Be present. phonto(3)

What is inspiring you this week?

Motivating Mondays

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I spent the last 3 days on the couch swimming in tissues, popping Echinacea and drinking my body’s weight in veggie juice. At first this annoyed me. I had grand plans for a weekend with a house all to myself and was hoping to attend a new Jivamukti yoga class, have lunch with old friends, and a movie night with a dear friend. But as life would have it, I locked myself away and watched TV shows I’m embarrassed to say I indulged in and spent hours upon hours of sleeping. However I decided this cold would be different, rather then wallowing away I chose to enjoy it, go with the flow, not worry about missed fun opportunities and enjoy 2 days all to myself with no guilt or personal judgement. And that is just what I did. I read, I juiced, I ate, I laughed a whole bunch, and I healed my body. These are a couple of the things that got me through the weekend : )

+The Lady

Watch this. This is what real dedication, love, and following your gift looks like. And probably feels like. This woman is amazing, a true spirit and humble soul. I found wisdom and power in this movie and it not only portrayed her personal and long journey to where she is today but also the journey her family was on.  A movie that illustrates true sacrifice and courage.

+ Donation Yoga

After 3 days on the couch I am craving my mat. And what better way to get this week going then with donation based yoga! Shibumi Om is a new Wellness Center in Frogner, Oslo and this week only will be offering donation based yoga. Take advantage of this beautiful new center and indulge in some fabulous new classes. Eight Treasures Yoga is a gem of a place. Everytime I have gone the classes are full, the teachers are wonderful and the energy is electric.

+Juicing

I slipped last week with only one juice.  I don’t know why, probably out of laziness and it’s still cold here, but I clearly need a vitamin boost. So here are a couple of my favorite recipes i’ll be fixing myself this week:

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“Cold Remedy”: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. This brings wonderful relief from cold and flu symptoms. Need I say more?

One Apple, two celery stalks, 1/4 lemon, 1/3 cucumber, one carrot, pinch of cayenne pepper

“Green Machine”: Spinach improves eyesight and builds healthy bones, limes are a skin booster and celery is an anti-inflammatory. That’s one power packed punch of goodies.

One pear, two handfuls of spinach, 1/2 cucumber, one celery stalk, 1/2 lime

“Beet it”:  This is a great juice for your lymphatic system. If you have frequent colds, hold on to water, get rashes, have sore throats, allergies, painful menstruation or thyroid issues, this is a sign of a congested lymph system. Get it moving!

One small beet, 1/2 bell pepper, one apple, one handful of spinach, 1/2 lemon, one inch of fresh ginger

+Monday Mantra: “Don’t Worry”

The Universe has your back, allow life to flow, forgive, and love.

What’s motivating you this week?

Motivating Mondays

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Monday again! Wow does time fly. This week is all about Love. Valentines day is this Thursday and what better way to celebrate then supporting a worthy cause, baking your sweetie/friend a treat and forgiving. Enjoy!

+ Empowering Women

This is an important topic. And 1 Billion Rising is raising the bar on spreading this message on V-Day. A global message to strike, demonstrate compassion and stand up against rape and domestic violence for women.  Miss Representation is a film that “Explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence”. Girl Rising is a powerful movie and movement about educating girls all around the world. Let these causes inspire and motivate you this week to make a difference whether it’s in your community or on a larger scale.

+Valentine Treat

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I’ll be making these. Magic ingredient? Black Beans! This is happening. And I can’t wait.

+Forgiveness

I read Shantaram 5 years ago and loved it. It inspired me to go to India and kept me searching for more beautifully written literature. My intention this week is set on Forgiveness and after watching Elena Brower on “Mindful Smack” I too found this quote fitting.

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while i was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized somehow through the screaming in my mind that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness I was still free, free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn’t sound like much, I know, but in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it’s all you’ve got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.” -Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

So why not start this week off with forgiving. Forgive everything and everyone. You have a choice, it’s healing, and it can change the way you perceive your thoughts.

+ Monday Mantra:  “Forgive”

How will you be celebrating this Monday? What is motivating you this week?

Everything Happens for a Reason

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A couple days ago was my 3 year anniversary of being bitten by a puff adder, and I posted this picture on facebook as a reminder to myself that I STILL have a leg and how grateful I am to be living the life I have now. Well I got numerous responses on the photo and people asking me how/what/when/why. So I thought I would repost this article I wrote for the ROAR in the Winter 2011 issue that answers all those questions and more : )

“My sneakers are looking sad and with a full nine months of use they are looking worn and shabby but nonetheless loved. No longer a shade of pink but rather a heather grey and dirty brown, I have worn these shoes like no other. But you’re probably wondering why on earth I would write about this. Well those shoes have been through a lot. And I feel a blog post is what I owe them. Nine months ago I bought them, excited about my trip to South Africa and the runs I would get out of them to the beaches, the safari animals I would walk with them in and the backpacking that it would travel with me for. But instead of doing all that it took me on a journey like no other. A journey where I was wearing the sneakers on the day I was bitten by a snake, the day I took my first step, the day I went back to school, the day I graduated (well half the day) the day I moved to Hawaii, the day I started my first job and recently the day I ran for the first time in nine months.  And it might be because of all those ‘first’ days of momentous occasions that I was having such a hard time buying myself a new pair. But I did. So the sneakers are now retiring but before they do that I will let you in on the day they became my better half.

I had the day off from work on February 3rd 2010. I remember exactly what I did. I woke up and told David we needed to do something different. By noon I had just finished making brownies, cookies and BLTs for lunch. Around 3 o’clock we decided to do something before I was going to come home and cook the whole house a family dinner. I wanted to go to the beach, David proposed a hike, we compromised and decided to do both. We were getting good at this whole relationship thing. It was warm, and I felt hiking in South Africa made it appropriate to wear shorts and sneakers. Big mistake. One because the snake bit me right above the sneakers and two because I wore those shorts for two weeks.  We parked the car at the bottom of Chapman’s peak and started our way up an unpaved trail, and four meters into the hike it bit me. I thought it was a bee sting, it was sharp, stung and felt small….but heavy. As I tried to move my ankle I looked down to swat what was hurting me and what I saw changed my life. A puff adder was hooked onto my leg; it pulled it self out and what I thought felt like 10 minutes was a mere second. I can’t decide if it was out of shock, disgust or if it really was the venom but my eyesight got blurry, I felt sick and mad that I had to go to the doctor again. (I had been a few times already for being sick that first month) I looked at David and I saw anxiety, he told me not to move and that he would carry me. Being a damsel in distress at times I felt like this would be the best opportunity to get away with getting carried down a mountain. As soon as he picked me up I began to go in and out of consciousness. I recall feeling sick, nauseous and that was it. I was out. What I thought was 1 hour was actually 16 hours and as I woke up in Intensive Care it hit me just how nasty of a snake it really truly was. What happened in the next 10 days was a series of events that consisted of lots of tears, a bucket of joy, a dollop of anxiety, a splash of honesty and a whole heap of hope.

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My mother flew down from Norway to help David and I deal with our sticky situation. I guess being bitten by a snake is rare but loosing a limb and dying from it isn’t. My mother being the optimist she was told me everyday to look on the bright side. David being the realist took the burden of asking a million questions a day to the doctors. The questions I didn’t want answers too, and let’s be the honest the questions my mother was avoiding. With the support and love of my family and friends I was able to leave that hospital in high spirits. And with the help of a button and an on call nurse and surgeon I was able to leave the hospital with a leg and a bag full of vitamins and pain killers. But what was the magic to this scenario? Well it was patience. Patience from my doctors deciding that we should wait 5 days rather than amputate it then and there, patience from my mother to not call my father to come down, and patience from David to wanting me home.

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Intensive Care was a dream. I had three course meals, massages, daily baths, and endless people to talk too. What was challenging was coming home. Realizing that I had no strength and pain in my left leg and the inability to walk was a struggle. In the next 7 weeks I challenged not only myself but everyone in that house. I was lucky enough to go to physical therapy three times a week, and have wonderful housemates who carried me from the bed to the dinner table so I could still enjoy a meal with the family I had there.

And as my trip came to an end, I put on my sneakers and walked on to the plane. Devastated to be leaving what I had in Cape Town but excited to see where these sneakers would take me. I went home, graduated from college, moved to a new state and started my first job. And along that long path I wore those unfashionable shoes to every function, class, errand and even some parties so that I could heal my leg. And it’s healing every single day.

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 …So in honor of all those who supported me and who wrote me words of encouragement I will now go on a run. Because the feelings I get from running now are more powerful and deep than before. I now know that the small pain in my leg is not true pain but true love to remind me of how lucky I am to be here.”

Although I wrote this 2 years ago it’s still how I live my life. Patient, aware and grateful.

Thanks for all the love everyone : )

Motivating Mondays

907c13476414cb693a0cee347ae141e3I do love Mondays. Which I know sounds crazy. And I cant decide if it’s because I treat it as a clean slate for the coming week with new tasks and goals or if  it is because I can look back on last week and see where I need to revamp and renew my motivation. Either way I love a bit of motivation to get me going so why not start the week off fresh with some inspiration, some space to grow and a bit of love for this gorgeous new day!

+ Handstands with YogaUnião

I love headstands. I fell in love with them while in Bali and I’m planning on falling in Love with handstands too. I’m thinking this fresh snow we are getting this morning will be a perfect opportunity for trial and error.

+ “Are You a Servant to Your Best Self or a Slave to Your Worst?”

Elena Brower wrote this beautiful article a few years ago. However it still contains the same amount of truth and importance today.

“Conscious service is not about giving away your power; to consciously serve by being attentive in any context actually magnifies your power and magnetizes abundance in your direction.”

+ February is all about Navigating the Unexpected

I love Mystic Mamma, she compiles some of the best inspiration out there. She brings such gems to her site.

“The key will be flexibility and presence and being able to see those open doors emerge when others close because you are paying attention…Be present, be playful, be flexible, pay attention, be spontaneous, expect the unexpected, be inspired by the surprises, allow love, allow change, allow growth, and allow deep healing!”

+ Monday Mantra:  “Allow”

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What’s your Monday Motivation?