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The art of living in the present

How many percent of your mind space are you spending on the past? How much time is spent trying to look into, or plan for, the future? How often are you fully engaged in the present? 

When I did this exercise for myself, by observing my thoughts a bit more diligently, I realised that I spend far too much time in the future and not enough in the right now. It’s was a sad realisation but I know I’m not alone in this.

When I’ve finished my workday, and gotten the kids to bed, then I will relax. When we’ve finally checked in to that hotel on our vacation, then we’ll be happy. When I’ve finished my studies, and gotten my first real job, then I will start enjoying life. When I have that partner that truly gets me, then I’ll feel satisfied.

But we all know this; there is no there there.

As soon as we get there we’ll surely find something else to strive for, something in the distant future to long for that keeps us from living in the moment.

So, how do we do it? Move the there to here? Well, I practice being in the presence by noticing the small details in my every day; the taste of the coffee, the way my body feels when it moves, that smile from someone I care for. I also practice gratitude daily. By focusing on the things I appreciate in my life today I help myself staying present with whatever is, without wishing it were different or that I was somewhere else.

Awareness is a skill that we can improve. Meditation helps immensely in getting better at observing what is and noticing our thoughts and feelings so that we can make conscious choices of where we want them to go.

Tomorrow is granted to no one, so how would you live bearing that in mind? What can you do today to feel fully alive? How can you engage more in your current life, feeling the way you want to feel, today? When you do this, you’ll act in ways that will attract what you want also in the future. But that’s not the end goal, the end goal is not in the end at all, it’s in the now.


By: Helena Önneby.  Download the free guide: 5 steps to finding your authentic power.

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A beginners guide to meditation

Meditation can feel intimidating to those who haven’t tried it before! The great thing about meditation is that it is something that anyone can do, almost anywhere.

There are a ton of different ways to meditate — there are even apps that walk you through it. One I’m trying at the moment is Headspace. Not only that, but there are a ton of health benefits to meditation;

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Lower heart rate
  • Less anxiety
  • Less stress

At the beginning of each morning, or at the same time every day, try just sitting still for two to five minutes.  Sit wherever you’re most comfortable and practice deep breathing. There are a lot of mantras available to read to see if one resonates with you.

It’s also fine to practice staying present, count your breaths, and try to remain aware of how your body is feeling. If you sense an area feels more tense, try to release the tension and relax the muscles. Zenhabits also has a great guide on different ways to start meditation that I highly recommend taking a look at if you’d like to learn more.

For now, I hope that meditation is something that you’re excited to try! If you meditate already, what’s your advice for beginners? Let us know in the comments below!


By: Samantha Thayer / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis /Location: rebirth 

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Vulnerability: driving force or nemesis?

Vulnerability is defined as the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. 

Tempting right? We think not. Who would you want to be put in a position where you could potentially get hurt? Isn’t human nature to survive no matter what?

But then we ponder on Brené Brown’s quote:

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

One can argue that by building walls around you will protect the person you are today, but prevents you from becoming the person you could be tomorrow. By building walls you’re building your own prison. A golden one maybe, but a prison nonetheless. It’s only by letting people in, trying and experiencing that you will learn about who you truly are, tune in with yourself and develop.

But where is the limit? When does vulnerability get in the way of growth, of innovation and creativity?

When focus is lost. When in the scheme of it all you lose your purpose in all the physical and emotional stimulations. When you lose yourself in the whirlpool of the new and the exciting whether it is a project or people.

Like everything else in life, balance is in order.


By: Morgane Oléron 

 

 

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Feeling stuck? Me too

Feeling stuck, with writing or anything in life? Well, me too. 

Why is it that sometimes even the simplest things require such effort? Like writing, for example. It usually goes very naturally for me, like all these ideas forming in my head just need to get out on paper. It is all smooth sailing, until one day, I start feeling like the muses have left me and I can no longer write even a single sentence that I feel satisfied with. I’m experiencing a writer’s block – a nightmare that happens to everyone who writes and is simply inevitable.

Writing is just one thing in life that can feel blocked. We all experience being stuck in different areas of our lives. Sometimes, like with writing, it’s just a phase that you have to go through. However, other times in life, it can be a sign that bigger changes need to be made. As I’ve been struggling with my creative block lately, I realised that I’ve been too hard on myself.

Nothing in life is constant rainbows and unicorns.

My creativity is no exception. I can’t expect to constantly feel inspired and have new ideas. Those need time and are often a part of a process that requires one going through uninspired periods. Like the nature has its seasons, everything in life goes in similar circles.

Sometimes the leaves fall down and you have to endure some darkness before the warm sun comes back again. In writing, you have to put the pen down and give your mind some time before you can get back at it. I am learning not to fight it, but to accept these blocks as a part of life that I should embrace. After all, it’s important to learn not to stress about something you can’t really change. After I’ve embraced it, it seems like the muses have returned. My writer’s block lost its powers over me and I feel free. That’s the trick with life, sometimes it gets better when we stop fighting and give in.

How do you overcome your feeling of being stuck? Do you have any tricks that work for you, both regarding creativity and life? I would be happy to hear.


By: Ivona Josipovic 

Events Previous Events

Ride the wheel

What an afternoon! Saturday 11th of November we got our sweat on and released tons of endorphins together with Urban Ride and Bodywheel. We started off with a 30 minutes Bodywheel session; a fresh approach on Pilates and functional fitness followed by 30 minutes’ state-of-the art indoor cycling experience. We´re talking 60 minutes of engaging our core muscles, getting our heat rate up and having lots of fun.

A big thank you to everyone who came and to our sponsors; Rivia Sports, Casall, Vitamin Well, Barebells and Oh No, for helping us create some awesome goodie bags. And lastly, the amazing ladies behind Bodywheel and Urban Ride.










Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis

Upcoming Events

Slow living yoga retreat in Portugal

We are doing it again. Put your yoga pants on, pack your swim suits and get ready for surfer’s salty hair and home cooked meals. Slow living in all its glory!

Our Yoga teacher Mo is teaming up once again with Dietitian guru and Yoga pro Natalie for a yoga retreat that will bring an end to your 2018 winter.

In a beautiful family house overlooking the bay in the tiny village of Sao Lorenco, just a stone throw away from beautiful jewel and surfers’ paradise Ericeira, Mo and Natalie will take the best care of you with morning and evening yoga classes, yoga and personal development workshops, raw food baking classes, homemade healthy and tasty breakfast and meals, runs on the beach and visits to the nearest attractions such as Sintra or Lisbon.

With only six guests at a time Natalie and Mo like to get to know their guests and adapt their practices to everyone’s need and level.

Practical information
When:
 March 25th to March 31st and April 1st to April 7th
Where: Villa dos Irmãos, Sao Lourenço (about 1h away from Lisbon)
Price: From 472 Euros  (not including flights, personal insurance or Visa costs)
Registration: contact@bestofyou.se
Additional information: Our classes are in English suitable to both beginners and intermediate practitioners.

For more information contact Best of You at contact@bestofyou.se. Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You


By: Morgane Oléron 

Events Previous Events

Healthy Happy Hour

Friday 20th of October, we kick-started the weekend the best way possible: with good music, sweat and fun with a bunch of lovely ladies.

We had teamed up with Personal Trainer Marie Emré, behind The Workout Plan, who guided us through a circuit training, where we got to activate our muscles and got our bodies moving.

After the class, everyone got a NOA Relax & Focus to cool down and a The Healthy Box to bring home! So much endorphins and so much girl power. Best way to start the weekend for sure.

Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.

Marie will continue with her Healthy Happy Hours every Friday over at Studio Levels, so if you´re ever interested in joining, reach out to: info@theworkoutplan.se. The class is for all ages and perfect for beginners and those of you who want to get started again after a while away. And for those of you who are more experienced, you are more than welcome too, since you can regulate and choose the intensity yourself.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis

Baking Recipes

Cookies are always a good idea

On these especially bleak Mondays of winter, we suggest whipping up a batch of cookies for yourself, or someone you love.

We all love cookies, right? So why not start the week with something you love? And cookies don’t necessarily mean tons of sugar, there are other options out there, made in no time! Like these ones, that we came across on Deliciously Ella´s blog.

Ingredients
1,5 cups of almonds
1 cup of dates (about 12 dates)
1 tbsp. chia seeds
3 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
Dark chocolate (vegan if preferred) and/or raisins

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. While the oven is heated, simply add all the ingredients in a blender and mix. Then mix in pieces of dark chocolate and/or raisins. When ready roll small balls and add them to baking sheet and squish them down to cookies. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Happy Monday!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Illustrative photo: Pinterest / Recipe: Deliciouslyella.com 

Previous Events

Tapping into that inner smile

Saturday 14th of October, Best of You and Blissfullyliving, teamed up with the inspirational personal trainer and blogger Camilla Lorentzen!

We had a morning filled with training and fun, where Camilla took everyone through a 45 minutes’ body weight session, getting everyone’s pulse up. On site was myactivestyle, showing off their newest collection and sponsoring everyone with a pair of their amazing tights.

Afterwards, we refuelled on some fresh salads and yummy juices by Essentially, before heading home with a goodiebag from Supernature and Celsius Norge.

Thank you to our sponsors and Camilla for making this happen, and a huge thanks to everyone who came and spent the morning with us. It was wonderful to see everyone leave with a smile on their face, and worry not, we WILL be back!

Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Helena Krekling – Krekling Photo

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Never stop learning

I love to say that I learn from every place I go to and everyone I meet. And I mean it. The past couple of years I have been to more places and met more people than ever. And every time I thought I was in a rut I realised I could learn something new, get curious again, gain a new skill, a new interest, maybe a new passion. Maybe not, but in every fail attempt, in every activity that eventually bored me, I learnt something.  

So today I want to share with just a couple of things I put into practice and platforms I use to never stop learning:

  • Network! That might sound boring, and for all of us shy and socially awkward people, even dreadful, but networking doesn’t have to be! It basically means, talk to people! Share you interests, get out there, join events, there are tones around you just check your Facebook! Join a friend to his/her art show even if you’re not into art! Who knows who you might end up meeting there, and if no one, you’ll make your friend happy and get free appetizers. Win win.
  • Say YES (or NO depending of the way the question is formulated). There are two or three key moments in my life where I said YES when I would normally have said no and that turned out to be life changing experiences. Keeping everything in proportions of course, (I’m not saying say yes to cocaine!) if people offer you a chance to try something new, get out of your comfort zone, say yes. It will take you places.
  • Read and discuss. We are exposed to so much information every day, but knowledge of any kind is like learning a new language, you can be great in theory but if you lack practice you will never enrich your vocabulary and eventually forget everything. Use what you know!
  • Give “new” a chance. We sometimes are so stuck in our comfortable routines or just master at procrastinating that we are struggling to truly give something new a chance. Whether you registered for an online course and given up after the first class because “the teacher was a snooze” or ruled out Pilates because ” I don’t have abs“, we are quick to dismiss things that we find difficult, things we are not really good at and don’t immediately make us feel good. Give it a real chance. Try to commit for at least a few weeks before you decide it’s not for you.
  • Check out Coursera. It is an online platform on which Universities from all over the world share full study programs on endless topics with written and video contents. Pick the free option for personal awakening, and if you need that diploma you can purchase the course. I am now following three classes : Unravelling Solutions for Future Food problems from Utrecht University, Understanding Obesity from the University of Edinburgh and Cities are back in Town: Urban sociology for a globalizing urban world from Sciences Po. And I am super excited. Those are subjects I never even glanced over back at Uni, because it was not my interest then or not available and I find it so amazing to be able to take on new courses as my personality and interests evolve!
  • I am no designer and probably never will be but thanks to Canva I can feel like one and save myself time and money when it comes to designing some simple banners, posters, flyers and so forth. Once again, there is a free and paid option to explore further.
  • Yoga enthusiasts, but not ready to go out and take a class yet? Check out Do Yoga With Me.It’s free, it’s Canadian (not sure how that is relevant), it’s full of online classes for all levels and styles! I love it!
  • A bit of a geek or just curious about stuff and start-ups? Check The Hub for events in the Nordic start-up world as well as job and internship opportunities!

That is it for today, don’t hesitate to share your own “go to” platforms and tips to grow and learn more in the comments or on our Facebook page!


By: Mo Oléron