self-development

Time

It’s a strange thing. What is it that determines the rhythm to our routine. What is it that tells us to wake up and go to bed. What is it that tells us we ought to eat, study or take time for our family dinner?
It’s the constant ticking of a clock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

There are days when it feels like time doesn’t go by and where we want everything to be faster. More consumption, more excitement, more, more, more.
There are days when we feel like we’re running out of time. Like time was sand and it gushes through our hands, no matter how tight we try to hold it together.
And there are moments when time stands still when the clock stops to tick for a bit, while we watch the most beautiful sunset, or kiss the person we love.

Time is a strange thing.
But the question is never about the clock, the question is always about our perception. We can not influence time going by, we can just try to be in the exact moment and appreciate it for it will never come back. The only thing that stays with us forever is the memory of the past, often romanticized, often misty-eyed.
So lets all just take a moment of silence, a moment of pure being, a moment of perfection, where we worship ourselves, our surrounding and the exact situation we’re in. Feel which emotions are arising, when you’re really there, without any goal or attempt to be anywhere else. Don’t wait for the perfect moment to catch that freedom of simply being by accident, create that moment for yourself and manifest that feeling of peace and love deep down in your heart.

self-development

Changing of the seasons

As summer comes to an end and autumn slowly takes over the ship of natures life, so changes my personal life. The leafes slowly turn from green to red and brown and also the shades of my life shine in different colours than a few months, weeks, days or hours ago.
It’s a constant flow of “good” and “bad” changes, if one wants to label it. As life is a play of balance, there is always good in the bad and bad in the good.
Latley I had a lot of ups and downs and it felt like I started to lose control over the decisions made and someone else chose for me.
I decided to sit with myself and dive deep into myself and figuring out what I will make happen in the future and as I sat there solely, a deep freedom took me over and brought me back to my essence – which is pure light and lies in simply being. And there, every question I was asking, was already answered, inside myself. It lies all within us, but sometimes we need a little reminder, that we already have it all. 🙂

So I went away from my own insecurity and stepped into my goddess-power again. I got back my energy and saw the things clearly again. I choose to take action instead of letting someone else make the decisions for me.
And even if its a rough sea that I’m sailing through at the moment, I know that I and my surrounding will eventually change again, as winter is coming.
For me life always gets harder when I clinge to things, situations or people that are a part of my life at some point. Real freedom lies in letting go, in non-attachment and in knowing that there are so many more things to come in life.

Hopefully, when I’m mentally “walking through a dark and dusty valley” agian, I will remember those lines I wrote, when I was present in my strong and authentic self and I will read them and remember who and what I really am – pure light and love.

plastic, Safe the planet

Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me.

That’s the refrain of a song from the American Breed and it’s actually about love, but it could as well be about plastic – the most versatile material in the world. We can form it anyway needed.
So what exactly is plastic?
It’s a syntetic material, made by humans and consists of polymers (long molecules built around chains of carbon atoms, typically with oxygen, sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen filling in the spaces). There also exists natural plastic, like Cellulose, but since the beginning of the industrial age the use of syntetic plastic increased drastically since it’s easy to process and cheap in production. Nowadays we mainly use those syntetics, which has a huge impact on our environment, as we produce and throw away an awful amount of it.

As it still is a relatively new technology, the environment and the animals didn’t have a chance to evolve with it and can’t process or break it down. This waste of plastic causes problems like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant patch of floating plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean made from plastic bottles and packaging.
A platic bottel for example Needs About 500 years until it is rotten and you can imagine, when the trash slowly breaks down in the ocean, it turns into small particles, called micro plastic. (smaller than 5mm). As those small particles have almost the same density as water particles, the inhabitants of the oceans (or animals in general) have no chance to distinguish between things they can eat and poisoning plastic particles.
And as most people eat meat, they also eat the plastic particles the animals ate. So a part of our bodies is already poisoned with plastic. (there are also particles found in honey).

The only solution to solving this issue is a quick change in our education, thinking and behaving. #educationiskey
If we want to keep our living standards, we can not just get rid of plastic. Actually plastic is a pretty stunning material, that allowed the invention of a Million things. We would not have cars, artificial replacement for body parts or water pipes if it was not for plastic, but we need to change the handling of it – how we make it, use it and recycle it in the end.

You can already recognise that a shift in thinking is happening as plastic straws and bags are banned or forbidden in many European countries. In December 193 countries all over the world signed a UN contract to stop plastic waste to enter our oceans and society in general changes the consuming behaviour and this is where everyone can start, buying unwrapped veggies (especially at the local farmers market, at the bio store or if you have the chance at a package-free-store). Stop using earbuds, get packagefree shampoo and look into the constituent parts of the things you use and go for the micro plastic free version.

Together we can make a change.

#safetheplanet

 

self-development

Of beginnings and endings

When was your last time, doing something for the first time?
And when was your first time, doing something for the last time?

The thing with beginnings and endings is that often we don’t even recognise our first times and most certainly we don’t know that our last times are for good. Usually this is not our decision to make, which is why we often miss out on those Special moments.
Of course there are those big milestones in life, one experiences with full awareness, like walking to school for the last time as a student, or having the first ever ride with the car you payed out-of-pocket, but after a few years even those breath taking moments slowly, but surely fade away from our memory. What remains is the sensation of the moment, the emotions we link to it. Those moments are unique and they shall never come back to us, what’s left for us is the sentiment.

The point is that we only have a certain amount of first times in our life and as the years go by, so do the first times. Suddenly we realise that we’ve already experienced most of our first times, without even noticing. We went past that point and didn’t embrace those special events enough that interrupt our day-to-day routine. So there is just that big stone of definite endings ahead of us and we can’t do anything to stop it from rolling towards us.

The good news is, it is in our hands how many more first times there will be in our life and how we will experience them. Let’s start by cherishing every moment a little more, all the first and last times and all in-betweens. Now is the perfect time to start with a more conscious life, where we’re not missing out on any of those special moment, where we give them more meaning and soul and fill them with as much life as possible.

bees, Environmental issues

Bee prepared

Imagine a life with veggies and fruits as luxury goods, because you can’t grow them in your garden anymore. You have to eat corn and rice everyday. The dystopia of living a movie-like life (Interstellar) could become our reality. Maybe even sooner than later.
But what could cause the situation that I’m describing here? Maybe an atomic war or aliens putting a hex on our plants? I’m talking about none of that, I talk about the dying of the bees.

Maybe that causes a little laughter, or you have never actually thought About these little machines at all, then you should now! And yes, I call them machines! They are responsible for 80% of plant pollination all over the world. That means, they are the most productive workers in the entire farm-working-chain (not in Sechuan/China anymore, because they are already gone there). Bees are responsible for 200 BILLION € profit per year in the farming sector. If bees, including all kinds of wildbees and bumblebees as well, are gone, so is 1/3 of the Worlds comestibles.
Agriculture would suffer a lot from what farmers and government are responsible for in the first place. It’s like a dog biting its own tail. It’s a dead end.

Number one cause for the mass mortality of our little busy friends is the use of PESTIZIDES. Especially GLYPHOSAT makes bees suffer a lot, it takes away their sense of orientation and when they can’t find the way back to their beehive, they will just die from exhaustion at some point.
Little sidefact: The permission of the use of GLYPHOSAT in agriculture got prolonged by the EU in Spring 2018, even as there are studies that confirm that this particular pestizite is responsible for cancer in human beings.
Especially the wild- and bumblebees suffer from building development, forest clearance and Asphalt coating. Their natural habitat gets smaller and smaller and makes them starve to dead.
Besides those two main facts, there is the impact of monocultures which affects their life a lot and the struggle with the varroa mite, which is a natural enemy of the honey bee, but this is something the apiarist knows how to handle (of course there are natural and chemical ways to treat that mite. both are effective, so why choosing the chemicals? Because it’s cheaper? Well, congrats!)

If society thinks of pollination, we think of honey bees, but they are actually not the most productive workers of their species. Especially bumblebees are diligent and dedicated workers. They work at any weather, they can stand the cold better than their thinner family members, and they are not as picky as honey bees. Bumblebees go for nectar and pollen and honey bees are only happy with pollen. Bumblebees also have a better sense of orientation and especially in Europe there are more and more breeders that deliver bumblebees to greenhouses all over the world. Of Course there are black sheep in the industry that just kill the bumble bees, when they start to get lazy and are ready for reproduction. Bred bumble bees are also susceptible for different diseases and it’s critical if they get out of the greenhouse and mix with the wild bumblebees, but I think that we are on a good way to #safethebees and therefore ourselves.

So what can you, as a simple Person, do to help the species survive?
Plant flowers with nectar and pollen, which have different blooming seasons, so that there is enough nectar and pollen all over the year and buy them a little winter house (you get that in most building supply stores) and let those houses face to the south, so that they have it cosy and warm inside.

Most important though is, that you watch out where you buy your food and if GLYPHOSAT is used as a treatment and refuse to buy it, if the answer is yes!

#safethebees
#safetheplanet
#glyphosatboycott

Health, Yoga

What Yoga is and why we all should start..

Translated from the Sanskrit, Yoga means union.
When practicing Yoga we unify our mind and body.

Yoga reduces stress by decreasing our Cortisol Level in the Body!
Especially in combination with meditation and breathing techniques, it affects the body and mind positively!
And as having a relaxed body and mind helps you to relax in general, also the quality of your sleep might very likely increase. So if you struggle from sleeping issues, then do 15 minutes of gentle Yoga just before going to bed.

Of course developing a Yoga routine will make your muscles and joints more flexible, while building strength, but it also helps you to find more balance (inside and outside). That’s the reason why most top athletes have started to add Yoga to their exercise routine. When you’re stuck at a certain level in your Sports routine, Yoga might be the complementary part of the puzzle, that has been missing – try it out!

Pranayama (the yogic breath) which is practiced while moving on the mat, will help you to reconnect to your breath. That might sound strange, but if you really think of it – how often do you bring awareness to your breath? That barely happens! Focusing and reconnecting to your breath will help you increase your vital capacity, which is especially beneficial for people with asthma or lung diseases.

Those are just some of the benefits, that our body can profit from by doing Yoga, so just grab a mat, and start practicing 🙂

(I’ll do another article, focusing on the mental benefits)

 

Health

Chemistry on my skin

Would you take a bath in a chemical solution? Well, I also wouldn’t! But you are totally fine with pouring chemical parfumes over your body and using other cosmetic products that contain plastisisers? I would recommend taking a second guess about what’s wrong here.

An overall study made by the federal Ministry for Environment and Nature Germany tested over 60.000 beauty products, and over 30% contained hormonal active ingredients, which are not forbidden in Germany and Austria (and so many other countries around the world – check out the law for your country!). The fatal thing about it is that those ingredients trouble our hormonal balance. The chemicals get into our blood-circulation-system via skin contact, because our body can not distinguish between our own hormones and the external hormones and in the end they all mix up.

Why are those ingredients even part of so many beauty products?
It’s the easiest way to create a UV-filter, which can be the cause cancer. So it is quite obvious that e.g. not natural-based sunscreens (especially the 50+ sunscreens) are chemical maces. But what could you use instead? Most natural oils have a sunprotector in them. I personally love to use coconut oil for my day-to-day routine, but it washes off easily, when going for a swim. For “sunbathing” I always go for sesameoil – it keeps away about 30% of all the UV strips.
Our second enemy are  the preservatives, called PARABENES. They also get you out of hormonal balance. Of course it is great to have long-lasting products, but is it really worth harming your health? I don’t think so!

So make time, get informed about the products you use and check the ingredients! The good thing is, that you can either make your own beauty products  (just check out Youtube), use essential oils instead of dangerous fragrances, or get yourself some plant-based products. The companies I can recommend out of personal experience are Ringana and Be my friend.

So don’t look for excuses for staying with the products you are used to  just because it’s comfortable, but do yourself a favor and walk the healthy road.