The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life. (Iyengar)
For me, body, mind and soul are interconnected with each other and I cannot see these three areas of my life separately. For that reason I love the quote by Iyengar, which expresses the connection of body, mind and soul and how this creates the symphony of your life. This to me shows that we need to take care of all areas of our life. We need to design our life in a way that we see results in all areas of our life. The minimum requirements however in order to live a successful life for full happiness are for me:
Healing myself holistically whilst integrating my soul.
This is a holistic approach that works perfectly for me and I’d love for you to make your own experiences, so why don’t you just what worked for me? Let me guide you.
After having explored how to feel your body and understand your mind, you’ve now made it to part 3 of my holistic approach ‘Heal your soul’. When you’ve already been following my work as Life & Business Strategist, then you’ll know that I love the healing power of natural essential oils from dōTERRA . For me, it’s all about integrating them into my daily life to benefit from its health promoting properties, on a physical, mental and emotional level.
What do you think is yet again the most important requirement to heal your soul? Yes, that’s right. It’s self-love. In my opinion, self-love is key to your life, as it forms the base to your wellbeing. Because how can you feel your body, if you don’t start talking to yourselfnicely? How can you understand your mind and observe your thoughts, if you are running away from yourself? How can you heal your soul, if you don’t love yourself for everything that you are?
Do I have bad days? Yes. Do I have days where I’m too hard on myself? Yes, I do. Do I have days where I don’t understand myself? Sure. And do I face days where tuning into my body is coming too short? Of course. You know why? Because I am a human being and so are you. It is part of life to go through cycles, up and down. Better days and worse. At the same time, I do notice my behaviours, as I’m continuously developing my mind and I observe my thoughts and behaviours.
To facilitate your self-love journey as well as supporting you with tuning into your body, understanding your mind and healing your soul, I’ve pulled together a powerful three-step oil routine for you that works perfectly holistically. Following this routine on a daily basis supports you in accepting and loving yourself more; it helps you let go of untruths and limiting beliefs which in return means you have the power to reconnect and reveal your true self; and it encourages you to express yourself and speak your truth so that you can come back to who you really are.
Are you just as excited about this as I am?Then follow this simple, yet powerful routine:
OIL OF SELF LOVE: Put one drop of Bergamot oil into your palm, rub gently, then inhale and exhale deeply for three times with your eyes closed. Relax and enjoy the uplifting properties of this oil.
OIL OF TRUTH: Put one drop of Frankincense oil into your palm, rub gently, then inhale and exhale deeply for three times with your eyes closed. Relax and enjoy the spiritually connecting properties of this oil.
OIL OF COMMUNICATION & CALM: Put one drop of Lavender oil into your palm, rub gently, then inhale and exhale deeply for three times with your eyes closed. Relax and enjoy the calming, expressive properties of this oil.
Oil classes this weekend in Munich: When you want to know more about my essential oils and their benefits, then visit me in Munich at the beautiful event Agape & Zoe, where I will be holding oil classes for you to learn and indulge.
Speaking: Do you want to know more about me and my journey? Do you want to get inspired on how you can design your life, too? Do you want to understand how to choose happiness? Then come to my talk ‘Happiness by Choice’ at Agape & Zoein Munich on Sunday, 14th October at 4.30pm.
eBook to learn more: Also, for full details on the body and mind work as well as healing your soul along with practical and powerful exercises, download my eBook on Amazon.
Workshop #3: For all of you who are ready to dive deeper into exploring yourself and rising up to your full potential, then come to my 3 hour workshop ‘Feel Understand Heal’ in Munich on 13th December.
I am writing this blog for you, to inspire you and to help you design your life for results. I wish for you to be truly happy and fulfilled from the inside out. Be yourself and take one step at a time. Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram too.
What is central to this blog post is self-love. Self-love is the most important ingredient for you to live a successful, healthy and happy life.
Briefly think about Indian curry. Would you ever consider cooking that dish without curry? I don’t think so. So, really think about self-love as the single most important thing that you can’t live without. Because believe me, you really shouldn’t.
With this blog post I want to encourage you to become aware of your thoughts and emotions. Afterwards it’s important to express these in order to let them go. Lastly, it’s essential to bring your thoughts and emotions into movement (emotion = energy in motion), so that everything that you are can flow again. We are meant to flow, our energies are meant to flow, our whole life is meant to be in flow.
You have to understand that you can train your mind to be a successful mind.
If I speak about ‘success’, I don’t relate to ‘success’ in classic terms, I mean success on your terms, in whatever area of your life, for example work, relationships, partner, health, free-time etc.
So, whichever areas in your life you consider important, please be in the knowing that you have the power to train your mind to be successful.
You are the creator of your dream life.
Once your mind is trained to success, once you are ready to see the positive, yet handle the challenging, your successful mind will give you findings, insights and inspirations.
Make your mind your best friend – with awareness and through findings. Because then you will be able to use your mind instead of only possessing it.
Use your mind, don’t only possess it.
Do you want to befriend your mind? Do you want to get guidance from me on how to train your mind? Then get my eBook FEEL UNDERSTAND HEAL #1 on Amazon. Just click here to receive guidance and practical exercises from me on how to get started with understanding your mind. Also, attend my next workshop FEEL UNDERSTAND HEAL #3 in Munich to dive (deeper) into your personal growth journey and to start your shift. Click here to save one of the last spots.
The central thought for this article is self-love. Awake to the knowing that a successful body gives you energy and lightness.
Be aware and know that your body is there for your wellbeing. Treat your body accordingly. See your body as your friend, your best friend.
Observe how you talk to your body. Would you talk like this, if it was your best friend’s body?
Observe how you look at your body. Would you look at it like this, if it was your best friend’s body?
Observe how you feel in your body. Would you like it, if your best friend felt like this in her* body?
*Solely for the ease of writing, I will refer to she/her without any discrimination.
I know not only from myself, but also from family and friends and even acquaintances how hard we are on ourselves when it comes to our body, be it height, weight or size. However, when our best friend complains about being too small, too tall, too thin or too big, we immediately tell that person how beautiful she is just the way she is.
Sounds familiar? Doesn’t that feel strange to you? Don’t you feel disconnected when reading this?
Now, I want you to feel amazing in your body. I want you to look in the mirror thinking ‘Wow’. I want you to look down on yourself thinking ‘Wow’. I want you to walk through life feeling connected with yourself, because you think ‘Wow’, because you love yourself. Self-love is not only key, it is the base to your wellbeing.
In order to feel your body, it is essential to tune into it. Feel, observe, and perceive any tensions that you might hold. Consciously or not. Be aware, be present, be curious. And especially, be kind to yourself. Do not fight your body, befriend it.
Do you want to befriend your body? Do you want to get guidance from me on how to tune into your body and feel your body? Then get my eBook FEEL UNDERSTAND HEAL #1 on Amazon. Just click here to receive guidance and practical exercises from me on how to get started with connecting and feeling your body. Also, attend my workshop FEEL UNDERSTAND HEAL #3 in Munich to go deeper in your personal growth journey and to take your body consciousness to the next level. Click here to save one of the last spots.
Inspired by the magic yoga retreat in Italy with Elena Brower and Ally Bogard. Thank you for all that you are and bring into this world.
Are you feeling stuck? Do you feel out of balance? Does life appear extreme to you at times? Does that exhaust you?
Then it’s time to change the metaphor!
Our life and how we live it, is based on our culture, education and interpretations which over time develops a certain belief system, a thinking pattern, eventually our reality of life.
This reality of life, however, is not generally valid. Your reality is not mine, just like my reality is not the same as anyone else’s. We all perceive life through a certain lens, subject to the stage of life we are in or moving through at the moment. The good news is the lens is changing and adaptable, and you can change and are adaptable. So, at all times in your life, you have the power to look through a different lens. You hold the power to experience life differently, i.e. not stuck, but in flow. Not out of balance, but balanced. Not in extremes, but on the middle lane. Not exhausting, but empowering.
Isn’t it incredibly powerful to know that you hold this power within you?
Do you want this power back?
Then follow this 3-step-programme.
5 4 3 2 1, GO!
Step 1: CLEAR OUT
The first step of clearing it all out is so critical. Imagine a full glass of water. When it is full, no more water can be added. It runs over. It is the same with our body, mind and soul. When it is too much, it’s simply too much and we cannot absorb nor process anything else. This is because we hold on to things, that we don’t need anymore. Our energy that should ideally be running through our body and mind freely, stagnates. We’ve stored (disruptive) energy that we don’t need any more in the body, we’ve stored thoughts that we don’t think any more in our mind, and we’ve stored things that we don’t feel any more in our heart. This is all taking up space in your water glass. So, clear out the energy that you don’t want or need anymore, clear out the tensions in your body. Let it go. Make some space in your water glass.
Examples: Negative energies from others. I am not loveable. Tense money mindset.
WRITE IT DOWN.
Step 2: NOURISH
The second step is equally important. When it comes to personal growth, you might want to think about your growth and how you can become the best version of yourself. So, after clearing it all out, my question to you is:
What are you nourishing?
What is it that you want for yourself in life? How do you want your life to look like? How do you want to feel? What do you want to invite into your life? Which energy do you want to feel?
Examples: I deserve success. I am loveable no matter what I achieve. I always do my best in every given situation.
WRITE IT DOWN.
Step 3: HARMONISE
After defining the things for your clear out and your nourishment, it’s time to harmonize. This third step is all about inviting it in. Invite the new energy that you want to be on. Invite the feelings that you want to feel. Invite the new frequency that you want to feel. Harmonize your new energy and frequency in your body, in your mind and in your heart. Introduce the new pattern into your life, no matter what. Vibe your own freedom by inviting it all in. You deserve this. You deserve to be happy.
Examples: I’m loveable no matter what. I am successful with my business. I let difficult situations run through me.
WRITE IT DOWN.
If you are stuck, change the metaphor. Change the question you ask and you’ll see a new answer. Change perspective. Look through a different lens. If you don’t know what is right (yet), switch into ‘Let’s see’ mode and gift yourself time. Go through life from moment to moment and adapt the lens whenever necessary.
You’ll notice just how colorful life is. Enjoy the ride!
PS: If the above is speaking to you and you are in Munich on Wednesday, 19thSeptember, then sign up for my workshop FEEL UNDERSTANDHEAL #2 now.
This month’s guest is Nina Sadlowsky, blogger, yoga teacher, intuitive coach and Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA. Nina and I were colleagues at ADA, a company that partners with beautiful brands to provide beauty products to luxury hotels. We bonded over a shared love of dancing, exploring London and generally saying yes to things. Since then Nina has moved back to her hometown Munich, but we’ve kept in touch and continued to share our passions, travels and discoveries.
1. Hi Nina, thank you for being my Insider Q&A guest this month. Tell me about your transition from beauty marketeer to wellness guru.
I graduated in business administration and directly landed my first marketing job at L’Oréal Germany after completing an internship. Three years later I was looking for a change in industry, but only 6 months into the new job I realised that my desire to change went deeper. What I was looking for was a lifestyle change, personal growth as well as living a happy, healthy and abundant life. Following a change in my personal life at the end of 2014, I got into yoga and meditation and ever since, I’ve started to actively design my life. I strongly felt an itch to make my passion my work whilst satisfying my travel lust.
As a result, I’m now a yoga teacher, training as a coach, and as a wellness advocate for dōTERRA my passion for natural health and beauty is now reflected in my work. I’ve been using essential oils for a long time, but when I recognized the amazing physical and emotional benefits of essential oils, I was completely sold on incorporating them into my practice to help others live a healthy, happy life. Hence, I wouldn’t call myself a guru, I see myself more as a facilitator, supporter and inspirer.
2. What does your role Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA entail?
It’s a very versatile role, that’s for sure. Being a wellness advocate means educating myself about essential oils, understanding their physical and emotional benefits and knowing their different ways of usage and application. It also includes educating others about the essential oils and sharing my knowledge and experiences in the oil classes that I hold or in one-on-one chats. It means connecting, coaching and networking with other people, through all available media, online and offline. And of course, it entails marketing, which brings me back to my roots, haha. Overall, I see my role as bringing more natural health to as many people as I can.
3. How do you incorporate oils into your yoga practice and yoga classes?
In my own yoga practice, I diffuse them, there are so many different combinations, ranging from calming lavender, invigorating lemongrass, cleansing lemon to peppermint for more clarity. In my yoga classes, I love using the oils for a massage whilst my students enjoy the end relaxation Savasana. My favourite oil for that is Lavender or Balance, an oil blend by dōTERRA. And, when mixed with distilled water, the oils are great to spray onto your yoga mat, too.
4. What oils would you recommend for dry/sensitive skin, oily skin and anti-aging?
Lavender is great for dry and sensitive skin, it soothes irritations, dry spots and has a calming effect on stressed skin. Basil is also nice for sensitive skin and soothes insect bites. Frankincense is a very popular anti-aging oil, as it regenerates skin cells, tones, tightens and can help with pigmentation. Tea tree/Melaleuca, Lemongrass and Ylang Ylang help with oily and acne prone skin. I’ve just mixed my own eye serum with 1 drop Frankincense and 1 drop Lavender diluted with coconut oil. Apply morning and evening and the fine lines around the eyes will fade.
5. What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually get up at 6.30am and open the windows in my flat for at least 5 minutes to let some fresh air in. I prepare my morning water with 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of grapefruit oil and then meditate for 15 minutes followed by my yoga morning practice which takes me about 30 minutes. I take a shower finishing on cold and have breakfast (I love porridge with fresh fruit and peanut butter). Only then do I switch on my phone and run through any social media notifications. At 9am I open my laptop and start ‘working’ which can be anything from scheduling meetings, writing emails, and writing a blog article. Then in the afternoon I might prepare a yoga or oil class and do some studying on oils and coaching techniques. Plus, I teach yoga several evenings per week. I usually plan out my days or time slots during the day, so that I know for example Monday will be all about coaching, Tuesday is my day off, Wednesday I’m creating, Thursday I do admin and so on…
6. What exciting projects do you have coming up in the next few months?
I’m going to teach more yoga classes and tonight I’ll hold a three-hour workshop named FEEL UNDERSTAND HEAL in Munich combining yoga, mindset coaching and essential oils which is something new. My coaching training runs until September and as part of this I’m sharing my learnings and experiences with others on my Facebook page ninaspinknotes. My page and work is suitable for action takers, keen to drive their personal growth and committed taking that extra step to get closer to their true self. I also really want to get into public speaking, so I’m connecting with like-minded people who are already a step ahead of me. And very soon I will start my own podcast, which has been part of my vision for a while now. Stay tuned!
If you have any burning questions you’d like to ask me why not leave a comment below? Or you can get in touch with me directly by messaging me here, on Instagram and Facebook.