Ancient Science

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In the continuity of my article Why I Stopped Eating Corpses, let’s now talk about a parallel subject, Ayurveda.

Do you also feel the need for more simplicity? New methods for “eating better” and “feeling better” are beyond you?

Ayurveda is a science sister to yoga – my article about Yoga as a Path to Transformation is also available – that wants to equilibrate our mind and body so we can live in harmony with our mental, physical and emotional health.

A lot of people are used to running to the doctor once they are hurting somewhere in their body. Do they think about the fact that pain is a way for our body to bring to our awareness that there is a problem that can be fixed without any drugs?

My body is hurting, so I go see a doctor, I get a prescription, I pay for all this and then my heart is hurting. It’s a vicious circle when we think about it. And even if sometimes, drugs are necessary, we must think twice about what we are making our body ingest. I talk a more about this in my article 4 Ways Our Body Ingest Energy.

Didn’t you ever tell yourself that your doctor was only treating symptoms and not the cause of your problems? A very wise woman once told me that if my knee was hurting it might be because my relationships were as well. As a matter of fact, she explained the French word to me – knee in French is genoux – and told me that she was writing it JE and NOUS – I and WE. I even went back to her some other time and she had another explanation for the same word, she told me that we could also write it differently, JE NOUE – literally I tie – meaning I tie problems with myself, so my relationship with myself was bad.

In our run for knowledge and always going faster and longer, we want our body to go faster and so we highjack our own body and its own way to function.

Ayurvedic medicine was born in ancient Vedic times, about – 1 000 BC. It is based on a set of Vedas – knowledge in sanskrit-, it is literally a science – or knowledgeof life. This ancient medicine is going to take care of our whole body to lead us to a balance of the being of the person in need.

Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.

Deepak Chopra

According to this science, by taking care of our mind and body, and so our spirit, we attain an inner balance. A balance I talk about in my article about meditation, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.

Ayurveda assumes that all that is present in nature is also present in ou body. We are made of the different elements, fire represented by ambition, joy of living, air with incessant thoughts for example, water with creativity or even earth by anchoring. 

According to the World Health Organization, Ayurveda is known to be a “a traditional medicine including different practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs and health matter, using herbal and/or mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual technical exercises, with the aim of maintaining well-being, as well as treat, diagnose or prevent the disease.”

We’ll talk about this more in a future article but to keep things simple, according to Ayurveda, we can rank ourselves in 3 différent doshas, that are bio-physical energies by which we are all formed.

VATA, refering to air element and space. Vata means “to move” and people in this category like to move particularly.

PITTA, energy of fire and water. Pittas are always in need of transformation and like to sacrifice in their work.

KAPHA, earth and water. Kaphas are stables, and have a tranquility of mind, they are calm and home-loving.

By knowing your type, you will be more inclined to know when and where you are out of balance in your body and mind. Thanks to Ayurveda, we can be taught to choose certain type of food, or even meditation and yoga poses that fits our type and that balance our doshas so we will feel better.

When we feel better, it is more easy to step further into life. I would even say that life give us the tools necessary to go forward by ourselves, by listening to us and let us be guided by our instinct.

For instance, I have a tendency to run everywhere and to overload myself with work, that’s my Vita side. But, if I make sure I eat enough vegetables that are good for grounding and so that I balance my Kapha side, I will feel better and more balanced.

If you want to know your type, I invite you to take the quizz on this website.

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Silent Retreat

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Have you ever felt the need to be alone? Did you ever feel the need to step back and take time by yourself in nature?

I knew about someone who was one of those people who needed to please its friends and family to feel accepted. I saw that he was completely forgetting himself just because he thought that he needed to do as many things as possible to finally be accepted by someone and therefore to be whole.

Maybe if by then I had known about what was a silent retreat, I could have had told him about it and it would have been a life saver for him. Because after all those empty attempts he never found anyone that had the same convictions and therefore he felt rejected and even rejected himself from his country..

Maybe you too are feeling overwhelmed by some people or just maybe by social medias. Maybe you also need to step back from the news and the situation happening in the world with the virus. And I know that it is overwhelming, you can get easily anxious with the situation and that’s partly why I decided to experience this silent retreat.

Hridaya Yoga, a mediation – yoga school based in France organised a 3 and 10 day silent meditation retreat – in French and English. The rules were simple, we had to be alone for the duration of the retreat and we couldn’t do anything more than what the program was offering. Except eating of course and writing on a journal ; no music, no reading, no talking.

Thanks to the quarantine – if I can say it like that – Hridaya Yoga organised this online silent retreat based on a conscious donation. Anyone who was interested could join and take part in all the courses offered. We were guided through four hours of meditation, two hours of yoga and three hours of teachings each days from 8 am to 9 pm.

Of course if you’ve read my articles, you know that I’m familiar with mediation but I was never bold enough – because it takes courage – to meditate for one full hour. My girlfriend joined the French group and I joined the English one. The French group was guided by Deborah Blin and the English group was guided by the founder of the school, Sahajananda. 

Sahajananda stayed in silence for 17 years. Yes, you heard well, 17 years. And when you follow his mediations, it’s wonderful to see how, even through a camera, his peace can touch you. All the teachings given in this school are the product of 17 years of silence.

I’m not going to lie, staying in silence for 3 days was really hard, especially when you know that I planned to do the 10 day retreat. But this is also part of the process, yes, all in good time

Moreover, as I said I was doing it with my girlfriend, but in a little flat so we had to organise our three days in order for us to not even see or eat with each other. We weren’t even supposed to sleep next to each other, we couldn’t do that so we agreed that we wouldn’t look nor touch. It might seem harsh but since we wanted to have the full experience, we had to play along.

The first day was the harder one, my mind even tried to spoil me by checking my bank account. This too could wait. It is difficult to talk about an experience like this since everything is happening in your mind and especially in your heart. My girlfriend explains her experience here :

“I apprehended a lot before the retreat because of all the things we couldn’t do, like not interact with anyone and especially not having any information coming in or out if I can say it like that, no books, no tv… But despite those apprehensions, it made me feel a lot better, like an introspection, something I wasn’t used to do. It did lift things to the surface of my being but it help me sort things out and soothed me. It was like an exploration of the self. »

As for myself, I know that there is a Ben before the retreat and a Ben after ; it’s a crazy experience and we don’t realise how our mind are busy and how we really have to calm them. Now I’m taking things less seriously and I’m learning to listen to myself even more. Since then, my meditations and yoga sessions are a lot more easier and I go through life more serenely. The retreat wasn’t easy at first but we do have to fall before flying.

I advise you to look for a retreat like this. Another one I heard about is Vipassana. But I’m sure you can find one of your own that suit you best and that you can benefit from. Life can be scary sometimes but remember those moments where you stepped out of your comfort zone, wasn’t it worth it? The fledgling is scared as well when it has to leave the nest and fly but when it does fly, it is finally free.

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Pause – Silence

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Welcome back! Today’s post will be a short one.

Only because I’m actually doing a silent mediation retreat and I pre-wrote this post so you would keep being posted and know what is coming up in the blog.

Here are the next articles that will be posting in the blog.

We will talk about what is a silent retreat and what I gained from it.

I’ll explain how having a vegetarian/vegan diet is better for our mental and physical health as well as for our planet.

Then, it will give me space to talk to you about Ayurveda.

And because we already talked about many vast subject, we will take time to dive into them more specifically. What can we gain from all those? How can mediation, yoga, Ayurveda, veganism, travels, and even the corona virus, can benefit to us?

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4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy

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Of course you know how much it is important to watch what comes into your mouth. Everybody knows that eating fast-food everyday is bad and that we need particularly a certain amount of oligo elements to go out through our days. But more than that, we are influenced by anything that comes in contact with us, not only about the food we eat but also the things we watch or listen to. Look at how it feels to be outside those days, you start to feel anxious when you have to leave home even if you’re not used to feeling like everyone else.

Didn’t you know that as soon as your body – or being – comes into contact with something – anything – , it starts to mirror it a little more ? That something you were watching or listening ; or even that person you’ve spent time with is making you look a little more like them. It’s just as if that something or someone was glowing power into you so as so you would become a little more of them?

We are what we eat. 

You might have heard that saying so many times. But it doesn’t keep away the fact that it is true. And we are going to uncover it more today. It is true in at least 4 different ways : (1) I eat what (2) I watch in order to (3) listen to what (4) I feel.

<p class="has-primary-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>1 – In order to be healthy you need to eat good food</strong>1 – In order to be healthy you need to eat good food

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">That one is the most understood I think. But did you know why? A study about the <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30041-8/fulltext&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017</a>  reveals that <em>“findings show that suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking”.</em>That one is the most understood I think. But did you know why? A study about the Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017  reveals that “findings show that suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking”.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">If I should say one thing about this, try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables as you can, and choose as much organic foods as you can. Just because they’re better for you than foods soaked in pesticides. They’re more expensive, that is true, but sometimes you just have to put more money in order to be well and live at the fullest of your capacities. Even the plastic wrapping some of your foods can be harmful to you.If I should say one thing about this, try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables as you can, and choose as much organic foods as you can. Just because they’re better for you than foods soaked in pesticides. They’re more expensive, that is true, but sometimes you just have to put more money in order to be well and live at the fullest of your capacities. Even the plastic wrapping some of your foods can be harmful to you.

It’s the same for GMOs, if you just take time to look at what you put into your mouth, you might realise that some labels specify that what you are eating is bad and is created artificially – thankfully the law still says that companies have to be transparent. It’s exactly what it is, we eat things created from chemical products, therefore something artificial. How can we think that it could be at least good for us? It’s proven that pesticides change our DNA! Look for those label showing something that you don’t know, there’s a chance it’s just because it doesn’t exist. Such as E385, E200, soy lecithin and so on.

The US NEWS tells more : “Paying attention to what you eat isn’t only about controlling weight; the need for certain vitamins and minerals increases with age. One is calcium, necessary to protect bones. Another is B12, since some older adults make less of the stomach acid required to absorb the vitamin. More vitamin D also is required. « The skin gets less efficient at converting sunlight into this vitamin, so more is needed from other sources, » Lichtenstein says. Fewer than 7 percent of Americans between ages 50 and 70 get enough vitamin D from the foods they eat, and fewer than 26 percent get enough calcium.”

And this meat you’re eating everyday also contains drugs that the animal took… I’m just saying it’s really important to know where your food comes from.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">And for the ones who smoke, some might even say that the plant you smoke even take control of your own body. You’re not the same when you do smoke. And believe me when I say this. I stopped smoking recently and I realised what it took from me. Stopping actually brought me back to my “real self”, or at least it gave me back my energy and fuel for life I so much needed. But since I was smoking cigarettes every day I didn’t even realise it since it was always the case. And for the ones who smoke, some might even say that the plant you smoke even take control of your own body. You’re not the same when you do smoke. And believe me when I say this. I stopped smoking recently and I realised what it took from me. Stopping actually brought me back to my “real self”, or at least it gave me back my energy and fuel for life I so much needed. But since I was smoking cigarettes every day I didn’t even realise it since it was always the case. 

It’s the same for the things you eat or anything you drink, sometimes we don’t even realise how bad it can hurt us because we ingest it everyday and we don’t know how we are feeling when we’re out of it. Choosing good food is a way to showing your body that you worth more than cheap.

I could go on and on about this but we’ll come back later with an article about Ayurveda and about how and why I became vegetarian.

What can we remember about all this today? This article might give us an idea :“Rich in vegetables, fruit, cereals, nuts, regular ‘splash’ of olive oil, and occasional glass of wine, the Mediterranean diet has multiple beneficial health effects, such as decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and cognitive disorders. The effect seemed to be clear-cut in Mediterranean populations, but it wasn’t so consistent for the non-Mediterranean regions, probably because of the use of different Mediterranean diet scores.”

2 – What we watch is digested in the same way as food 

You know how Facebook is taking time out of you. We are in quarantine so we’re all more on our screens but don’t you realise that all the notifications you’re getting are made to take time out of you? I know you do. They actually want you to spend more time on your phone so you’re able to see their adds and so they get your money. Again, it’s all about money.

Furthermore, as I told you in my article about the benefits of coronavirus, we need to concentrate on the good things happening around us and I don’t think concentrating on the news every single day won’t help us to feel good. And if one doesn’t feel good, one is not happy.

As a matter of fact, mainstream medias don’t always tell the truth, they are known for arranging the truth. Especially right now, where it’s easy to feel overwhelmed ; they shouldn’t lie to us but they do. We heard in France that all the hospitals were full and that it was hard. I get that it is hard but then I hear from one of my friend who is working as a nurse in hospitals in the south of France that there hospitals are not full at all and even that some nurses need to take vacation because they’re too much people working…

“Repeat a lie strong enough and long enough and people will believe it.” Adolf Hitler

I won’t go into asking why they do that but it’s still interesting to realise it. When we watch the news, we are soaking up the fear that they want to give us. We should therefore be aware of what we watch as much as what we listen.

Watching is the same as playing. Many years ago not far from my hometown, we all heard about that teenager who killed his parents after playing too long at video games that were not supposed to be played by someone his age. There’s also children going mad after playing “Slender Man ». A women even killed his 3 month old baby just because he was too much crying while she was playing “Farmville”. I don’t know about you but it’s enough for me to try to not play too long. 

Therefore, we can naturally see that what we are watching is ingested by our body and has an effect on our wellbeing. Of course change doesn’t happen overnight but by becoming aware and conscious of the situation, we all can start to change our habits into good ones.

3 – You soak up what you listen to

We all had that experience where music just changed our mood. We listened to that one music we liked because we were just feeling down and wanting some alone time. That music sheered us up and made us rock the end of the day. I know I love to play a mantra in the morning (read my article about mantras here if you didn’t already) to wake up gently and then I put some loud music to start my day energised.

Listening to a podcast might be a good thing to do as well. I also talked about this in my article about what to do during lock down, you can read it here.

Moreover, we all experienced a lie that affected us. My sister for instance, she still remembers me saying that we were on our mother’s womb at the same, except we’re 10 years apart… Joke aside, it’s the same for secrets, they might be hard to keep or even bear and it can affect our wellbeing and even the way we think.

For instance I will always remember those pictures or clips I watched and heard when I was a teenager and decided to do like the others and watch what everyone was watching. Even though you knew you shouldn’t have had watched it, you did and it became part of your life for quite some time.

It is the same for the radio shows you used to listen to. Why don’t the good things tend to stick to ourselves more than the bad things? It is much easier for something bad to get remembered later. It is how life works and how we are made to function. Our brain follows patterns he knows. In meditation, we learn the cycles of life. Which are “Action – Desire – Memory”. Even if we think we have a free will, most of the time we are following the same patterns over and over. And that’s not just me saying it, scientists too. If we want to think about good memories, we first need to concentrate on creating good action so our desires change and we keep living in an energy of love more than an energy of fear. For this, believe me when I say that mediation is going to help you come across those different feelings, you can read my article about meditation, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.

4 – I feel good

My feelings start to go up as long as I keep doing what is making me feel good. The more I eat things that are good for me, the more that I watch interesting things and the more I listen to things that uplift me, the more I will feel happy.

Let’s take a look at Hawkins Scale of Consciousness. It tell us that in order to live Enlightenment, we need to be « logged » in the higher ranks of the scale. If I’m showing off and therefore live Pride, I’m feeling Scorn and I vibrate at 175 on the scale, and we also get the emotion to help us recognise where we are, here is Demanding. Hawkins is a psychologist and Nobel Price, his worldly estimate of humanity’s evolution is « courage ».

I find this scale really interesting. If we transpose what I’m saying into it, we see that if I watch something frightening, I get feelings of anxiety and therefore live at only 20 on the scale of consciousness. I told you in previous articles that life is made of vibration and that we all vibrate something. That scale represents the energy we are vibrating and therefore attracting to us.

Don’t we all want to live at the highest of our potential and attract good things to us? We therefore should try to vibrate at a certain energy, at least control the most of it that we can. What we can control is what we eat, what we watch and what we listen to.

I know that it is easier said than done ; don’t worry, everything take time and change doesn’t happen overnight. Be gentle with yourself and start being aware of your life.

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Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman

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Welcome back! I hope everyone is feeling great and holding tight during these weird times. Today we are going deeper into the meditation series.

I see a lot of people trying to meditate, trying to be more aware of themselves and what they do or just trying to listen to something that makes them go deeper into relaxation. But they only try, they don’t seem to be able to sit and actually meditate. The thing is, in meditation you don’t even have to do anything to do it. You juste have to Be.

Sometimes I just don’t feel like meditating but still I know it could help me. And trust me, it is during those moments, when you don’t feel like it that mediation is going to be the most beneficial to you. It’s like when you go to the gym, you don’t want to go but you’re glad you did when you come out of the place. And it is something I could also say about yoga. Check out my article about yoga Yoga as a Path to Transformation.

But I know things aren’t always safe and sound, and you have a lot on your mind. This is why we are going to talk about meditative musics, and more specifically about mantras. And today we have the great privilege to welcome Carrie Grossman in the blog. Carrie Grossman is a singer and meditation teacher on the Insight Timer app. You know, the app I told you about in my article about meditation, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself. Carrie has a 10-day course on the app called Awaken the Heart through Chanting and Mantras. A course I advised you to take if you have a profile on the app! Carrie has a really beautiful voice and talks about mantras like I never heard better before, simply, truthfully and from the heart. She is going to be our host today and will be answering some questions I asked her specifically for this article. Carrie will be talking all along this article, when the text is put on italic. You’ll find links to her music and website at the end of this article.

Therefore, when I have trouble being still and keeping my mind steady, I think it helps to put on some music. I like listening to loud music but it is also refreshing to listen to something that talks to your soul. I sometimes like to listen to meditative music when I’m working or just cleaning my place. A YouTube channel I like for that is Meditative Mind. They’re sharing musics like this one. And I also listen to mantras. 

For those who don’t know, Carrie Grossman explains what they are : mantras are sacred sound formulas. They are ancient sonic tools that can help to quiet our mind and open our heart. The word mantra comes from two Sanskrit words: “man”, which means “mind” and “tra”, which means “to cross over” or “to protect”. So a mantra is something that helps our mind go beyond thought, and it also helps to protect our mind from itself. 

Carrie also specify that mantras were not created by anyone, but it’s said that they exist in nature. The Rishis, or great seers of India, heard the sounds in the depths of their meditations, and they articulated them. Then, these sounds were passed on in an oral tradition for thousands of years. Today, we’re blessed to have access to them. 

This subject is really large and it is difficult to talk about it in just one article but basically, I advise you to use mantra in your daily life, or just even during your meditations for a start. It’s only when you tried one and made the effort to feel its vibration that you can truly understand. I asked Carrie the best way to use them and this is her response :

There are many different ways to use mantras. They can be spoken, chanted, sung, whispered, or repeated silently in the mind. One popular mantra practice is known as Kirtan. This is a call-and-response singing practice that can be done in a group. It’s a very joyful way to experience the power of mantras and chanting. This kind of devotional music is widely available by different artists, and it’s a wonderful aid to meditation. 

And believe me, she truly has a gift for singing them. I love listening to some of her interpretations and I really think she has a way of demystifying this ancient spiritual technique. You don’t have to be religious to sing them but sometimes it can feel like it and I advise you to go check Carrie’s music. As I said, she has a gift for modernising mantras, I think her way of doing it is more accessible than the traditional way.

Carrie talks about it like a sonic tool. Actually, scientist know that all that is present on earth has a vibration correspondant. We are indeed made of vibration, we can feel it when we are connected to others emotionally, we tend to feel their love, fear, joy, excitement … this all has to do with vibration. We also know that the earth itself has a vibration (we can think of the schumann resonance). You might have heard people chanting “Om” when they meditate or do yoga for instance. This sound is simply the vibration of the crown chakra (the one on top of the head), dedicated to our connection to the universe. Therefore, when I chant “Om” I am re-aligning myself (my chakra) with the universe. It is the same for mantras, as Carrie put it, they are sacred sound formulas, they are a succession of sanskrit words and “magic” sounds. Or as she put it : Everything in this world is made up of vibrations—including our thoughts and emotions. Since mantras are the purest sound vibrations, they can help to shift our vibration and uplift our mind and heart. Mantras can also purify the atmosphere.

So it’s not necessary to chant them, you can just listen to them and their magic will happen anyway. Since they are vibrations, playing them will make the vibration live and do its work on your being, on the planet and on your home.

However, this can be considered as a religious practice because of the repetition of the sounds. It is said, as in other religions as well that one has to chant a mantra / say a prayer enough time for it to make it work. So what happen for people who don’t really believe in that kind of things? The good thing about mantra is that you don’t really have to believe in them, neither do you have to count the number of time you’re chanting them. As a matter of fact, you don’t necessarily even understand what you are saying when you do sing them. Carrie answers this as well :

When chanting or listening to a mantra, it’s not necessary to believe anything—the power lies in the vibration of the sounds. While it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of what the mantras mean, ultimately they’re beyond any conceptual understanding. 

Necessary during this times of need, help has to come from many places and I think dedicating some time of our quarantine to help others during this big “war” against the virus should be beneficial and a priority to everyone of us. The more we do it, the more vibrations are working for us and therefore the battle will be won way easily! Carrie also addresses this :

One very important mantra that can be chanted anytime is Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, which means “May all beings everywhere be peaceful and happy.” You can chant this every day, or find a recording to listen to or sing along. This is a beautiful way to send prayers and healing thoughts to all of creation. 

Here is Carrie’s song dedicated to this particular mantra. Believe me, you can feel the benefits of the mantra within the first minute.

Here’s another one of her mantras that I love, Ang Sang Wahe Guru. It is a mantra for oneness that means “the lovely energy of the universe vibrates in every cell of my being”. When I first listened to it, I could basically feel my being coming back to itself and in alignment, a very powerful tool. And with Carrie’s voice, it is felt like sweet, trust me.

Of course, you can find many artists singing mantras, here are two of them I chose for you. Bhagavan Das, you can listen to one of his tracks here ; and Craig Pruess, enjoy his music here

We are only talking about thoughts, songs and time dedicated to this. You don’t have to pay anything and you don’t have to do a big ritual to make it work so why not give it a try?

I think this was a lot to take in already. I’ll let you digest everything and we might come back to this subject in the future. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you like.

If you want to know more about Carrie’s music, please go check her website. You’ll find out more about her work and her music here : carriegmusic.com. You can also find some of her music on her YouTube channel here.

I hope this article gave you a clear idea of what mantras are and made you want to listen to them – even more. 

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Killing Time Locking Down

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I am a little late this week but there is an explanation. Mr President Macron here in France announced on Monday that we would have to stay locked down for another month. Actually I think it’s pretty much the same in every countries but the information we get don’t make sense if you ask me and there is plenty of things to be confused about. We hear one thing and then we hear another, we don’t know who to listen to and it’s pretty frustrating. 

So it was difficult to find something to write about. I thought I would share things I’m doing during this lock down and in particular share websites that have been helpful to me. And this should be my last article about the corona virus, because I think we all need to hear something else than what fire our anxiety. Expect if you want me to write more about it.

I know I said that we have to take advantage of this time alone and work into things we didn’t have the opportunity before. And it is true, I’m still saying this. But this time, I advise you to scream when you feel the need to, to cry if you want to and to have a walk and enjoy a bit of sun. Sometimes one have to listen to its needs. I know we’re supposed to be locked down but we still have the right to live. And when you live in a little flat with no balcony or garden believe me you have to go outside sometimes.

It’s okay to have a drink sometimes. It is okay to play games and have fun more than usual. The thing is, you just can’t loose your goal and give up on you. That’s why I keep saying that we have to take advantage of this lock down.

To do so, I have prepared a list of all the things we could do that I think aren’t boring and still keep us going. It is a fact, if we stay active and continue to work and have a healthy lifestyle, it is going to be easier to go back to “normal” – I’m not expecting things we’ll be the way we used to know – when lock down is finished. 

I’m sorry to say it but we should continue to have weeks and weekends, try to stay active and focused during weekdays and more relaxed during weekends. At least that’s the easiest way to tell you’re body you’re still in the race.

I don’t need to tell you what is good or isn’t for you. You’re grown up enough to realise that you spend way too much time in front of screens – same for me – for instance …

In order to stay in the race, I think taking time – because you do have it – to read a book would be really good for everyone of us. Even if the book you’re reading is considered simple, it’s still a good place to start. For instance, my girlfriend advised me to read the 8th tome of Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter and I loved reading the play, unfortunately it’s really easy and quick to read but it gave me the urge to read again. And if you don’t have a lot of books, you can still go online, there is plenty of free ebooks. You can find them here : https://www.free-ebooks.net (give your email address to have 5 free ebooks per month, I tried it).

Why don’t you try to cook?? Just type the ingredients you have home on you search engine and you’ll find a recipe with it! Or just let you’re imagination go and create something of your own. Look, the homemade ravioles I cooked, I’m not a cook and I guarantee you this took me some time to realise!

And since you cook, or maybe when you just clean your place or have a walk, why don’t you try listening to a podcast? I think they’re great for cheering you up and make you learn great things. I could share a lot of them but if I’d have to choose two I would suggest one if you’re curious about spirituality the Highest Self Podcast (the link is to Soundcloud but you can also download any podcast app on smartphone or computer) is quite resourceful and easy to listen to. Simplexity with Alyson Stoner (link to YouTube playlist) is another one that I like to listen to on various subjects.

And I do love Ted Talks, they’re really great and have loads of inspirational subjects, here’s their website. Try The Fringe Benefit of Failure by JK Rowling on their platform!

You like watching movies? Then why don’t you open your horizons and try watching something new? I would definitely suggest The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, Dark Tourist or Explained on Netflix, all really great series I loved watching. Or maybe an old movie, like City of Angels with Nicolas Cage or The Matrix.

You even have the possibility of watching plays from Shakespeare’s Globe!

You can even find a free online course about something you’re interested in! There is Coursera, iTunes U or even Iversity.

I guarantee you doing those things will make you want to take more time and take care of yourself. Personally, I take time to meditate, I share it on this article and to do yoga, I share it on this one. I’m not saying you should do the same but maybe find that one workout you like to do to keep you going. And workout CAN be meditation!

And finally make love, do yourself – and your partner – some good and have a little fun. It’s okay, you have time and this will make you feel better.

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Love

Ben

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The Benefits of Corona Virus

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Let’s continue our exploration of what the world has to offer us. And what is the world offering us all today? 

Time.

We all asked for some spare time to continue the work we were doing, we all had a voice asking for vacation or even just asking to be left alone. There we are.

This time offered to us is as an answer to all those “prayers”. When you ask or wish for something, it can be considered as a prayer. And since we do have the time to think, the earth might be trying to tell us something it has been trying to say for a long period of time.

What if someone or something was trying to show us things from a different perspective? What if the world was just trying to show us the way things have to be done? If we think about it, we can learn a lot with Corona Virus apparition. It can teach us a lot of things, besides all the death it has cost.

And what is death but the start of something new? It gives room for something new, for an evolution. We should honour it, and yet also consider it as a part of life.

First of all, we should all think of all the people dying right now from Covid 19 and pay tribute to them. They didn’t ask for anything and yet it happened suddenly, no one was even ready for it.

And then again, it gives us the opportunity as a member of the earth to connect to one another and to remember that we are all connected and living on the same planet. Frontiers do not have the power to take that away from us, we the people are more than powerful when it comes to working together.

Connectedness is what is going to make us stronger after this crisis has passed. 

We will learn how to work independently as well as with the other, realise that it is possible to work on our own, from our own house. And if difficulty appears, it’s also an opportunity for us to be humble and ask for help, when it is needed. We have to work together and ask for help and I believe it’s also a benefit we can gain from this crisis.

We will always know crisis in our lives. As individuals, where we will need to work on ourselves and learn from it. But this one is the same for everyone in the world, we will therefore still have to ask for help and work on ourselves as a community. A community composed of all the people in the world. It’s an opportunity for us to remember that we are all connected and living on the same earth.

Therefore, if we want to live happily and peacefully, we need to concentrate on the good things happening around us. It doesn’t take apart the fact that horrible things are still happening. But if you are like me, you might tend to be really anxious with the situation. I must say it, I’m kind of scared when I have to go shopping and I can’t stand to watch the news everyday, if I do so, I know I’m going to feel, sleep and think bad. Television only brings us fear. Fear is the opposite of love. And if we want to be happy in our body and soul we do have to be full of love.

In order to take care of one body and mind, one need to be focused on the good things. Because life is still going on for a lot of us and we should be ready and powerful enough to face what is coming for us and also as a way of paying tribute to everyone that has died ; for us.

We’re in this together, all of us. 

And even if some people might tell you that economy is bad, that people are using this historical event to gain from the pain of others and that we will never be the same ; I believe we will indeed be different when everything has passed but in a good way.

I know it is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, but this feeling doesn’t have to take all part of your being. You can start to work and listen to yourself in order to feel good. 

If I am well, my neighbour will be well, we are talking about energy here, even if we are all confined we still can elevate the vibration of the world, by helping others in one way and by helping ourselves. And this is the subject of the movie project I’m working on at the moment, you can find out more about it here on my last article.

We still are an example for the people around us, but not in the same way we used to be for the moment.

You have to feel good, because if you don’t, you’ll die. Feeling good is like your way of saying to your body that it is strong and healthy.

You have to keep dreaming, if you don’t, you’ll die. A bicycle will never be up by being still, it’s because it’s moving that it is able to stay up. So keep moving, even if you can’t move outside of your house.

This virus is giving space for us but above all, for the planet. 

Look at it, almost the whole world is on pause right now. Which gives space for nature to take back its rights. There is less pollution than ever, animals come back to some cities, wars are stopping in some parts of the world … Moreover, it helps us reconnect with our loved ones and refocus and essentials, this virus doesn’t care how rich you are …

Scientists even tell us that our post corona virus lives will be even better. Here’s a quote from an interesting French article (link here) :

“The impact of the epidemic will force us to slow down, to not take planes, to work from home, to only go out with our close ones and to learn to be auto-sufficient and conscious. All of a sudden, fashion shows seems weird and out of context, commercials for travel agencies entering ou web pages appear intrusive and ridiculous, the idea of futur project is vague and indecisive : but does this really matter? Everyday, we question systems that we know since we were born and have to think to its eventual disappearance.”

It’s not because we are confined that we have to let our body down. On the contrary, it’s an opportunity to show ourselves that we can do better and take care of ourselves.

I wanted to tell you about how I keep myself going during this time but it seems like I had to tell you other things before. 

What about you? Can you share about one thing this confinement brought you? Don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section below. 

If there is one thing that helps me keep growing indoor besides my loved ones, it is yoga. I learnt a lot from this simple activity and I really want to share how it is beneficial to me. And since you’ve been reading for quite some time now, let’s keep this subject for another article.

In the meantime, remember to listen to yourself, you own intuition only wants what is good for you and that will be the better way for you to be healthy and strong.

In everything, breathe.

Love, 

Ben

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Docu-project : The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us

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Today’s article is about a project I’ve had for some time now and that holds ideas coming from this website. Actually, beginning to write here gave me the tools to articulate this film project I’m going to talk to you about.

I’ve been saying that we all have to be an example for the people we love and that are able to learn from us. So what better way to try to be one myself and work upon what I can offer to this world.

We will have people looking upon us, wether we want it or not. It’s like the desire you had to look upon that someone who gave (is giving) you strength, someone else is going to have that desire about you. Even if you don’t believe it yet, there will be some time where a childlike/curious person will want to learn what you can teach.

I believe that we can do anything, just by having faith in it.

We might have not all the tools to get to where we want to go. But we can work our own way into making it happen.

Sometimes you just have to offer your skills in order to help others and see your dreams come true. And that is exactly what I’m doing with this project.

The film I’m about to tell you about is supported by globedreamers.com . GlobeDreamers is a communication and crowdfunding platform for committed, humanitarian, environmental, professional, athletic or even artistic travel projects.

The work I’ve been doing here is supported by one main idea : report every positive thing happening in our world, show what lies beneath the everyday routine.

No wonder why I subtitled my website : « discovering everyday what life has to offer ».

So I created this film-doc project from Australia to India designed to criticize our consumer society. And more widely, to open our horizons.

Title of the project

The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us

Countries crossed

Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodge, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.

Goals of the trip

The goal of this project is to make a movie which will criticize our consumer society by comparing it to different cultures, more conscious and sustainable for our planet and others.

Gradually and during the filming of the movie, I will enter other people’s everyday routine. Consider their habits and concentrate on things that destroy our planet as we know it but also our bodies.

Thanks to this movie we will show how, simply by deciding to stop being guided by society and by changing gradually our habits, one can be affected by the problems of the world less and less. One person at a time, it I possible to go toward a sustainable future.

Everything we can note today comes from an inward imbalance of everyone of us composing the planet.

My wish is that I would open the eyes of a large number of individuals, show them that it is possible to go towards a healthier and simpler life philosophy, one which goes back to the basics for us as individuals and as a collectivity.

A way of living available for everyone who is curious enough to see it.

Reasons and motivations

By dint of travel, I came across many people who taught me so much. Especially about new ways of seeing life, of taking care of us, accept ourselves and apprehend the world around us.

I start from a simple observation : we are in an over-consumer society. Everybody knows this already but we don’t realise all the impacts our everyday choices can have yet. It’s one thing to know it, the next step is taking action upon it. If one is curious enough, one finds an alternative solution to every bad habit one can have. Plastic can be replaced, meat as well (see my article Why I Stopped Eating Corpses), we can lessen waste, our objects and everyday clothes can be used more than once and so on … In short, it is possible to live more serenely and more simply, by being content with what we have.

The movie hopes to impact its audience, just by showing them that it is possible, because other people are doing it. It is possible for every one of us to be that example that will encourage the people we care for to take a step forward to a healthier life.

The countries that have been chosen are expanding and swing from « modern living » to their existing culture. In some ways, their megalopolis take us as an example and their poorer towns keep the veracity of previous generations.

Asia is the cradle of the oldest religions. But beyond those religions, we can find a life philosophy, a serenity brought by habits we don’t own yet. Some of our populations slowly awaken. But if we want a real change, that same part of the population should share its discoveries, show how this new habits are beneficial. Thanks to meditation and yoga for instance, it is possible to do good to oneself and therefore to do good to one body and spirit. And consequently, to do good to the world around us.

How to realise this project

If the movie is to show new ways of living consciously, travel choices will also have to be considered. We will start in Australia through India by taking the plane only to leave Europe, to have a limited carbon footprint. We will go through 2 continents and 13 countries during 1 year. At the rate of one month per country, we will develop a different project in each country to collect as many images as possible.

In each country visited we will engage in an associative and volunteer way. We will visit big cities to witness this consumer society and poorer towns for their wisdom. We will focus on those smaller towns, which at first glance might not be so attractive but that can teach a lot more than touristic places. We will visit monasteries and learn about customs and traditions so that we would open our horizons and always go forward into more understanding of our world and ourselves.

We will meet people to be as precise as possible in the restitution. Thanks to a team of experts, the help of a camera, a microphone and a computer and in a documentary format, we will explore the customs of this world to accompany our personal and collective evolution.

Problem is, the miracle solution doesn’t exist, everything takes time. I would therefore like, with this project, to show to the public how much it is so necessary to start to take care of ourselves, bit by bit.

In the world, we’ll see that in the documentary, we’re all inter-connected. More and more scientists say this now, we live in a magnetic field that connects us all. So if I’m well, my neighbor will be well. And in psychology also but no need to study to know it. If I smile, my neighbor will want to smile as well. I can make a baby cry if I show him a mad face. We have to be our own example, and by being this example to show the way to the people in need.

By trusting this project, you’ll be a part of an active change operating in the world. An awakening necessary to the growth of all.

Together, we’ll go through the richest cities of the world, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Chitagong, Dhaka, New Delhi, soaking up humbler towns on our way. We’ll see that simplicity does help happiness to come through.

No one is supposed to go through life alone. So let’s walk together to an even brighter future.

If you’re interested in my project and you want to support it, I invite you to click on the picture below to be redirected to GlobeDreamers website. You will be able to choose between different counterparts depending on how much you can offer. For instance, you can choose to receive a calendar with photos of my trip, I will film myself yelling your name on top of a mountain or even have your name on the film credits and many more.

Of course I know that not everyone will be able to help and take part of this project but I call upon your help for sharing it, whether by sharing this article on your favourite social media or by sharing the page of my project. Click on the the picture below to be redirected to my project on Globedreamers website :

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Here’s the direct link : https://globedreamers.com/crowdfunding/voyage/6717-le-changement-interieur-qui-sopere-en-nous-et-tout-autour-de-nous

The English version of the project is available on globedreamers website.

Thank you for taking time to read about my project.

Be sure to stay tuned, as my next article about yoga is coming out soon !

I wish you all well in these weird times. Remember that you can choose to be positive, in any case, giving into fear will only make the problem grow stronger. What about using that time home to work on your last project you had on your mind ?

Love

Ben

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I AMSTERDAM

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Today I’m writing from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The end of another lucky travel for me. Quick but so much fun. Days felt like minutes here! There’s always something going on at any hour of the day. It’s a city like no other where you feel transported in the past at the same time as pushed forward into the future.

For me, travels forge intelligence. By seeing what others do, one is more able to make your choices and therefore to see if your country does things according to your own value. In short, to see who’s right. But not right according to something the society might be saying but right according to your own view of the system you’re in. We’re all in a system, we live in our little worlds connected to one another.

We have to be thankful for the place we live in but then again, as we say : “Grass is always greener next door”. We will always want to see what others do and that curiosity is actually what makes us grow. Always wanting to learn new things, never do the same thing in a row. Curiosity can be a good thing if you try to play with it.

We usually hear that we should all go to a new place, meet new people, do something new and so on every months. And by being always curious, you certainly can be thankful for what you have, it’s more easier. Sometimes you have to make it your own way to make it work and that’s exactly how it’s going to work. If one is curious enough, one dare listen to its heart and let it drive.

It’s crazy to see how things are different here. I’m vegetarian and being vegetarian in France can be quite difficult, sometimes I even have to take the food I can’t eat off my meals. In the last countries I went to, things were so easy for a vegan, just like in Amsterdam, there’s a vegan option in almost every place you go. More convenient when you’re not necessarily eating with vegan people.

Furthermore, I always wondered why we hear that there is too much plastic in our oceans and then see a single cookie packed in another box full of other single packed cookies. That’s just an example but it’s crazy sometimes. Even in our organic main shops in France we see those things. They tell you to eat well for the planet and then make you buy a little more plastic to let spread into the oceans. In other countries, here in the Netherlands for instance, you can find the first plastic free shop! Which is saying a lot. You’re advised not to buy plastic and always have another option, wood, cardboard, reusable plastic etc… Even on our way here, we had coffees served with compostable cups in the flight! I wonder why we don’t choose the right solution when there is one, we know there’s plenty of things available if we really want to change things quickly. That is actually an idea I’m going to develop in a few articles, how we should always be aware of what comes into our bodies.

You can find a lot of structures built for people working on their own, where they can come and work in an open space with other workers. A good way to share idea and connect, therefore, expand. It feels like everything is thought differently here.

The mood isn’t the same, as many of you know, you can smell weed anywhere so it might explain what I’m saying…

Joke aside, the city is really quiet, everyone drives a bike or take the public transports so you can’t hear a multitude of cars. But I have to say it, there’s A LOT of bikes! Too many, I heard there’s more bikes than there is Amsterdamers. I sure know there’s too many, I almost got hit by a bike and a tram ! But I think part of this respectful mood comes from the fact that you can have a €90 fine if you drink alcohol outside and a €140 one in case of littering, another good I idea if you ask me.

Everyone is welcomed, everyone cohabit. Even though we hear about all the crazy things that happen here, they also have a lot religious people from very different background. In front of Centraal Station, one of the buildings that welcomes you has « JESUS LOVES YOU » written on its wall. You might even find an Hindu temple near you.

And also guys, it might come has a shock for you but you can’t actually smoke weed in Amsterdam. Well at least it’s not legal to, it’s just tolerated. It’s crazy to see what happens when the people decide and not the government. Coffee shops have a right to sell coffee yes but for the rest, “it’s not declared”. The people are respectful and mature enough to decide on their own so that the government make it « tolerated ». It might actually be declared and everyone gets a little something. And that’s why this society works, at the beginning the city was built for its canals, anyone could pass by to sell things in the commercial port. So I’m here in a place where everyone gets its part on the deal ; as long as everyone is happy, things go well. 

Nevertheless, everything here is expensive. Coffee is €3, a metro ticket is €3,20 (in Paris it’s still €1,90 to compare). But if you’re curious enough to look online why so, you find that the Netherlands have one of Europe’s highest minimum wage. That should explain why so many people want to come live here.

I wouldn’t though.. cause this place is too cold for me. I stayed for 5 days and I didn’t see ANY sun – maybe a little bit of blue sky – and I am one of those who need to actually feel the sun. Maybe going there on the winter wasn’t helpful I know. What could make me live here though is that this city is cosmopolitan. I met wonderful Brazileros and Australian people for instance. 

And it’s also a romantic place where you can wonder on a cruise on the canals, loose yourself in the narrow streets, even loose yourself in the past by going in an old movie place or in the museums (Anne Frank’s home or Van Gogh museum to cite only two). Maybe you want to watch a play in the City Theatre or enjoy a nice pubcrawl … Almost too many choices don’t you think?

I’m happy that I was able to visit this wonderful city. Even though I wouldn’t go everywhere in the city with my children – no need to explain what is happening in Amsterdam Red Quarter – we can find many things to take as an example, a lot of them are working there and some of the ideas are worth considering.

If you’re looking for a quiet place where you can enjoy yourself, have a good time, discover the culture and come back home rested, then Amsterdam is definitely a place you should visit, you’ll be more than welcomed almost everywhere… But don’t forget to have some cash on you, in case you need to go to the toilets, you might have to spend €0,50 every time. And they won’t let you even if you show them you don’t have any cash left trust me! But it’s ok, you’ll find an ATM hidden in the next corner shop, you will spend that money.

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Stop running and listen to yourself

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As promised, we’ll continue on the subject we began talking about. And I chose specifically those  ones because I used to find myself getting anxious for nothing. Always trying to just do the work I had to do and then get to the next thing without even taking time for myself. And since most of us try to think about others before, where do you find that time when you just sit with yourself? And actually be ok just by yourself, without using anything to help you out.

Some years ago, I realised I just couldn’t be by myself, in my own apartment without having something to do, to watch or to listen. I had to have something going on in order for me to feel good. I was then advised to learn to be good on my own, with the TV and music off, even if that was for just 5 minutes a day.

And that was the starting point of my mediation journey. Little by little, I tried and checked how I was feeling in those moments of nothingness. At first yes, I’m not gonna lie, that was hard but trust me, I know that now, this time is the most valuable of my day. Of course it’s gonna feel weird, your body needs to acclimate to the new things you’re trying to teach him.

So many people are looking for their purpose. But in our world, we have to do the work, do the gym, do the housing, do, do, do, do, do…. So much that we then don’t take the time to just sit and know what is happening inside of us and therefore where our hearts, our purpose is. We won’t be able to figure it out until we just ask ourselves what it is we want, what it is that make our heart sparkle.

This non-stopping mindset is a distraction from us being able to slow down long enough to actually get all the answers we’re waiting for.

Meditation can be used as a tool to open your channel. We all have a divine channel, that inner knowing, like a cosmic inner voice that connects us to the divine inside us. A divine that isn’t necessarily God but maybe your own God, the one that you go to when you need guidance. Because we all need guidance in this world. Some might even call it consciousness.

And that is all the purpose of mediation, being able to be conscious of what you want and what you feel so you can hear that inner voice that wants to guide you.

There are steps that need to happen in order for you to be the container for the love, for the abundance, and for the inner knowing you so deeply need. You need to learn how to hold the space, which will make you able to facilitate other people.

So many people want to skip doing that inner work. Because yes, it might be considered as working on yourself but I’m sorry to say it, nothing will ever happen to you if you haven’t worked for it. In every areas in life. We all have to work on ourselves, we all have an inner child work to do, we all have to forgive, we all have to face what triggers us to go on in life. But people just want to get to the purpose and then enjoy it and then the end. But there will is something else and your purpose will never be fulfilling if you haven’t done the inner work. You won’t hear the divine whispers of the soul if you have a lot of noise. 

But people are so busy and consumed, and in such a state of avoidance that they can’t hear this inner voice. You have to make the space to hear, you have to know your soul assignment. You’ll never gonna figure it out until you slow down. It’s often too loud to get clarity on your purpose. You’re not present. You’re running around trying to see what you can get from everyone instead of trying to see what you can give.

So learn to be still, to live with yourself, to understand that beautiful person that you are. Learn to look for the things that make you feel good instead of the things that consume you. It’s too easy to let yourself burn in the everyday noise. It’s less easy to take time and work for yourself but so much more fulfilling and self realising.

Nobody will do that work but you. Nobody will take care of yourself better than you can. Deep down you know what is better for you, trust that voice and be bold enough to follow it.

Self love – acceptance – is the key to living your purpose. 

There is never gonna be enough money, enough time or just enough of what you’re trying to get everyday. You’re just going to continue to get more and more and more and still won’t be satisfied because you haven’t stopped.

But why do you have that anxiety? Why are you stressed out all the time? What are you running from? 

I’m talking about meditation because it has become a tool for me so I can be present with myself. It has shown me how to wait and be aware of my surroundings and of what I’m actually doing. It has become that time of the day where I just sit and dedicate time for myself, usually at the beginning of the day. After that time, my batteries are finally recharged and I can be present for everyone around me. Of course I’m not saying that it has changed me right away, again everything takes time, but it is changing me and I’m learning everyday how to be still. For someone like me who was and is always running around it is a big step. My next step is to learn to be still even longer.

As for you, you should just try out what works for you. There is multiple kind of meditations which can be really useful. There is more than 20 different types of meditation (this website shows you the difference between all of them), one where you sit, another one where you have breathing exercices which will help your body relax, and also another one where you can lie down and even fall asleep if you need to (that one is called yoga nidra). I advise you to check the Insight Timer app, which has been a great tool for the past 3 years for my meditations, they offer free guided meditations, courses, talks, musics…

The more you meditate, the less likely you are to make a mistake. Truly. So I encourage you to start meditating for at least 5 minutes a day. What is 5 minutes? We all can find that time.

In my meditation journey, I also came across Yoga, which has really been a game changer for me. Be sure to stay tuned to know more, it will be the subject of my next article. I will also share how our body are connected and always changing, on a cellular level.

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Love

Ben

Inspiration : The Highest Self Podcast episode “You’re not crazy, you’re awakening with Amber Valdez”