Motivating Mondays

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Wow it has been too long!

Although a few Mondays have passed since I last wrote I want you all to know I have still been finding my Monday Motivation in other aspects of my life, and I hope you all have too! When I look out my window today I don’t see spring just yet, there is still snow, a heavy fog has settled down and nestled in. But in my life I have begun to clear, move forward and leave behind the state of hibernation. This week is jam packed and filled with what I like to think of as soultentions. Intentions  crafted from how I want to feel and where I want to be.

+ On Meditation

I backed this wonderful project a few weeks ago and there are only 4 days left until their goal is to be reached! Watch the trailer, feel the presence of each teacher, the gifts that are going into this film to be created and support the wonderful movement of spreading meditation to all corners of our earth. Elena Brower and Gabrielle Bernstein are just two of the many who are interviewed.

http://onmeditation.com/

+ Sexy Baby

This documentary was an eye opener to what teens are being exposed to today. To think that just a mere 7 years ago I didn’t even have a Facebook account and had no idea the power or influence of the internet. The environment that teens are in today is vulnerable, exposed and has no boundaries. The entire 50 min left me in shock and a bit worried about our future, and only fueled my desire to reach out to girls and women that we are not here to be a prop,  but rather a tool to change and heal. It is time that women and men step up to the plate and empower women and young girls in a positive and transformative way.  The last 7 years has been a blessing with the internet, but I want to be apart of movement that continues to use this tool as a means to create a supportive and loving community. Let’s not use the internet to fuel judgment, criticism or fear. If you live in Norway you can watch this on NRK direct.

+ Spiritual Teachings

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Yoga and spirituality are still relatively small here compared to the United States or Western Europe, however it is starting to creep its way into the Oslo scene, which I am very grateful for. Starting Thursday I’ll be filling my evening with a yoga class by Venerable Lobsang Nyingpo. Friday will be with Kadam Bridget Heyes and Saturday evening I will be at 8Treasures with Geshe Michael Roach. If you live in Oslo come join and be inspired. I would love to say hi to you as well : )

+ Monday Mantra: Witness. Witness where you feel fear, anxiety, love and support. Just be a witness this week and see where it takes you.

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Motivating Mondays

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Monday Monday Monday! I was lucky enough this weekend to head up into the mountains and enjoy the warmish winter temperatures but a rather large storm decided to join us as well. Luckily I love storms as much as I do sunny days so I curled up next to a fire and indulged in naps, books, juices, and thought provoking shows. Hope you did something similar : )

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+ Bliss Energy Balls

Soak 2 cups of dried fruit (I love to use a combination of dates, figs, goji berries, golden raisins, and prunes) in a bowl of lukewarm water for 10 min. In the meantime place 2 cups of  nuts (I love to use a combination of walnuts, almonds and pecans), 1 cup raw cacao powder, pinch of salt and pinch of cinnamon in the food processor and blend until finely ground. Add soaked fruit until combined. The mixture may resemble bread crumbs but once you start to press them into the shape you wish they will easily stick together! Store in a glass jar or plastic container. Enjoy!

+ Makers

I stumbled upon this show last week and decided I would watch the first episode and see what it was all about. Well I ended up watching all 3. These women were the pioneers in the feminist movement that started after WWII, women who knew there was more to their lives, and who believed in nothing else but their dreams and the collective spirit of women who come together. I only wish these women had graced my history books in High school, hearing all their stories about change, the challenges women faced and how they overcame it all truly had me thinking about what my cause would be.

+ Yoga Causes

Speaking of causes I have this huge urge to go out and volunteer my time as a Yoga Teacher. I have been to both Kenya and South Africa and volunteered in the townships for two different non-profits. However I have this pull towards Africa and have always wanted to able to connect on a different level, be able to give my time, my passion with connecting to others and to be able to lend a hand in a healing process. Yoga is empowering and transforming, and all though  I don’t believe it will fix, or transform what is present in the townships today I would hope it could help someone for one moment in their day to step out of their mind and into their hearts. There are many organizations out there however I find these two very inspiring Mandala House and Africa Yoga.

 

+Monday Mantra : Breathe. Connect with the earth below you and show up for yourself. Breathe

 

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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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?

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?