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What is stress?

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Stress

Everyone knows what we mean when we say we are „stressed”. But what happens really when we experience stress? And how can we counteract it? This article offers answers to both questions and a little more.

Bringing joy and ease (back) to meditation

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Why I write this article In conversations with others, I have noticed that many people seem to have some kind of exaggerated respect for meditation. This is more of a hindrance than a help. Many seem to see meditation as something, one „should do” in order to lead a better life. Something that is „good for you”, but requires strict discipline. It is associated with asceticism, not pleasure, and...

My top 20 of little things you can do for your well-being

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The Internet is full of good advice on how to make your life more beautiful and better. Everybody’s talking about self-love and well-being, which can be quite overwhelming from time to time. I am well aware of that. And yet, I would like to share with you a list of little tips and tricks which really help me to feel good, strong, grounded and connected to myself. Because apart from all the hype...

Work as Meditation: a daily rendezvous with my ego and its fellow monsters

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What reasons can you imagine that would motivate someone to volunteer as an unpaid worker in a commune and to face their inner abysses? I know a few good reasons for this step and I did it. I was driven by the desire to explore myself and to dare what you could call a lifestyle-experiment. I wanted to see what would happen if I – a pretty autonomous single, living in my own apartment – were to...

Leading the way with a loving heart: about facilitating active meditations and how I got there.

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A few days ago, I joined a Whatsapp-group to take part in the 21 Days to abundance-Challenge of Deepak Chopra, along with friends of friends and many people I have never even met. The challenge is about inviting abundance into our lives and relies on the assumption that we can create our own reality: if we believe that we deserve what we want, it will come into our lives. If we don’t...

Asana Love Explosion – A yoga workshop combining head and heart

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When I heard that Silvia Stojanovic was planning a workshop tour across Germany and asked her facebook followers which cities she should visit, I was among the first ones to shout out loud: Berlin! I’m a huge fan of Silvia since I got to know her and her teaching at the Portugal Spirit Festival, where she was teaching the final closing class called „Love Explosion“. I will always remember this...

8 weeks of MBSR, Part 1: All is new

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8 weeks of MBSR, Part 1: All is new MBSR. These four letters are not the abbreviation for mind blowing sex reaction. Instead, they stand for „mindfulness based stress reduction“. And that’s at least as beneficial for your body, mind and soul … This method, which is about meditating and connecting with your breath in order to anchor yourself in the present moment, was developed in the 1970ies by...

Portugal Spirit Festival: Love, healing, connection – On the unifying effect of yoga, deep breathing and tears

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The Portugal Spirit Festival that took place in mid-September in Cascais near Lisbon, was the first European edition of the well-established Bali Spirit Festival, which is attracting fans of yoga, dance and music with a spiritual approach from all over the world since 2008 already. And now Portugal. I had the chance to be invited as a blogger and participant and am truly happy and grateful for...

And then I see a darkness – On meditating in the dark

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Today I’d like to introduce you to one of my all-time favourite meditations: the „Darkness Meditation“. This form of meditation consists of sitting and meditating in the darkness with our eyes open. For this, go find a room you can darken as much as possible. If you don’t have curtains, cover your windows with cardboard or a blanket or sit in a room with no windows. I have found the right spot in...