Nature is the Dreamscape

It was a flurry of a snowstorm.

Most people wouldn’t go out in that kind of weather, but I enjoy extremes, they always bring me insights.

I walked through the snow, creating fresh tracks. The satisfaction of being the first to walk the path, to create the trail. The wind was blowing the white specks of mother natures frozen perspiration- one by one they would land on my cheek and instantly melt and flow down my face.

Everything was white, except my cheeks which were rosy from the cold- and my 1980’s neon coloured ski jacket that had been handed down from my mom.

The trail, the trees, the sky, the fields, all matte in white. The birch trees looked so magical with their white bark and the white snow layered on top. It was all so dreamy.

In shamanism, we travel to the upper, lower and the parallel middle world. Everything is different there except one thing. Nature is the constant. No matter what world I have travelled to, nature is always there. For the first recognizable time, I saw the dream within the dream. I felt myself in my journey. Powerful.

I am the dreamer and I am the dream. I am the dreamer that dreamed the dream.

Nature gives us the unique ability to access differently levels of consciousness in this dimension. The dreamscape is accessible through nature. I believe that is why human beings love being in nature, it reawakens that magic within us, the mysterious is alive in nature. Even if we live in big cities and forget about the sacredness of nature or don’t have a strong relationship developed with nature, we still feel it when we go into a forest, walk along the ocean or dive into a lake.

The other world is right there, waiting for us to awaken to it.

The next time you have the chance to walk in nature, put your phone away. Embrace the silence and see the wonder unfolding before you. Maybe, just maybe she will open herself to you and you will see into the other world, into the dream that you are dreaming.

Maybe just maybe, you will see the magic that is right there with you.


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Don’t Follow the Trends, Find Out Who You Are.

Fab diets, a certain type of yoga, a different meditation, it changes every week. What is popular is based on what is trending, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that what is popular will be good for you or even work for you. We are all very different and what may work for one person may not work for another person. It is about finding what works for you, this can change based on what period of your life you are in and what your lifestyle is.

It is for this reason I love Ayurveda. Because it helps to find out who you are (your unique body/mind composition) and from that place find things that work for you! How awesome is that! No more guessing.

Because we are all different and because we have different imbalances based on how we are living we all need different techniques, modalities, diets and lifestyle changes. We are all different. What works for one person, probably won’t work for a different person. This applies not only to food, but to yoga and meditation.

For example nuts may be great for a Vata, which will help ground them and give them the oil they desire because they are so dry. For a Pitta nuts will make them break out, or have too much oil. For a Kapha nuts will slow their digestion down and cause congestion. Food can be medicine for some, and poison for others.

A certain type of yoga practice for instance may be very beneficial for one person, but then when they get their friend to try it, they may find their friend doesn’t have the same reaction. Perhaps they may even feel agitated or irritated. This applies to meditation as well. Perhaps a meditation was really working for you at some point in your life. You were able to relax and let go and felt at peace, but then life changes and things become very chaotic and you have a very hard time focusing with the mediation you are doing. After some time you give up the practice because you are not able to keep up with it because you have too much going on and your mind is way to active, in that case switching to another form that helps to calm the rajasic mind would be more necessary.

Oftentimes we think, I am meditating, I am doing yoga, I am eating lots of vegetables etc, I should feel better. However, what you may be doing may not be right for YOU exactly. Just because it is mainstream or popular or because it worked for your neighbour doesn’t mean it will work for you.

I think knowing this is it important, otherwise we can get caught up in guilt or shame. Thinking we aren’t doing it right, or hard enough. That there must be something wrong with us because even though we think we are doing it all right, we aren’t getting positive results.

What is healthy for a person is based on a person and where they are in their life. We have to honour our differences, embrace them and then we can thrive in body, mind and spirit!

I am currently offering a body, mind and soul package which includes an Ayurvedic consultation (to let you know what your dosha is and your imbalance as well as advice to bring your mind, mind back into balance through food, vitamins and herbs). I offer one shamanic coaching session where we find your power animal, the animal that is most like you soul. This animal serves as a helper for you in your life. 3rd, I design a meditation practice that suits your lifestyle and what you currently need to have more mental peace in your life. Regulary 300$, I am offering it for an amazing price of 180$. Email me at thalita.angelika@gmail.com if you are interested. 

Tips to Not Hate Winter but to Actually Enjoy It

It’s getting colder…

The days are getting darker.

‘oh… noo…’ I know what your thinking.

Autumn is over and the winter equinox is upon us.

Winter doesn’t have to be all that bad, it can be beautiful. I know, it can be unbearable at times cause where I am it can be 6 months long but there are ways to make it not just bearable but wonderful!

Here are some health inspired tips to not only bear it but enjoy it! 🙂 * From experience!

  1. Drink GINGER tea every morning! I swear by this. I have been doing this for 4 months now and I feel great. It gives you an inspiring jump of energy and your circulation improves, no more cold hands and feet. Your digestion gets better and you feel warmer. How to do it? Chop up a two-inch piece of FRESH ginger and boil it in water, simmer once at boiling point (2 cups about) for 20 mins. Enjoy! (I make mine quite strong, try different amounts to get the perfect taste for you). Tip- it has to be fresh to get the benefits and not to imbalance any of the doshas, ayurvedically speaking.
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  2. Wake up to watch the sunrise. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘are you crazy, all I want to do is sleep’. ‘Well yes…’ But if you wake up just before the sun rises and then find a window in your house where you can see it rise and get those sun rays I bet your mood will improve, you will have more energy during the day and a brighter outlook. Vitamin D the natural way is always great. If you totally can’t see yourself doing this.. then please take Vitamin D.
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  3. Enjoy more warming foods/herbs in the winter like cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves etc. Have soups, stews and lean protein sources to give you the energy to stay warm. Avoid and stay clear of anything cold or raw during the winter, your digestion and circulation will thank you.
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  4. Get outside. I know its cold, but your body still needs to move and I truly believe exercise is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. Go skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding or even biking! If you really can’t bear it then do yoga.. inside… or some kind of YMCA class.
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  5. Take care of yourself. Cold hands and feet – drink ginger tea, if still cold or you didn’t listen to me or you need immediate effect, put cayenne pepper powder in your socks (make sure no open cuts). Cover your neck and back and make sure to protect your core. Best to be warm and avoid drafts/cold on your hardworking organs. Keep the core warm always. It’s an eastern secret. 
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  6. Socialize, don’t hide away. I know most of us just want to stay as a hermit away from civilization during those cold days. But it is so important for your mental and emotional health to go out of your house and actually talk to a human, not just a computer. Like I mean not typing, like real one on one human interaction where you can actually touch a human being… which leads me to my next point!
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  7. Do as the Danish do, create ‘hygge’! What is that? Well, it’s creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. Lighting candles, playing soft music and making yourself comfortable. Better yet, create it and invite someone else to enjoy it with you 😉 If you catch my drift… (side note: that is another indoor activity you can do to exercise).
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  8. Take care of your immune system. If you do get sick or before you feel you are getting ill. Because prevention is key! Take vitamin C at 1000mg, follow directions on the bottle. For herbs-  elderberry is used traditionally to combat viruses and the flu. It works wonders. Ginger, as mentioned above, is also great for colds, add some lemon and honey to increase its effectiveness. If you want to learn more holistic flu remedies click here.
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Elderberry Juice – Makes a great syrup too! 

Well, that’s it for now.

I hope you enjoy these winter wonderland – fun land tips. Please comment below and let me know if they improve your winter and make you enjoy it any better?

Much love to you,

Thalita Angelika

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Spring Equinox Health Tips

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The flowers are blooming, the earth is moist and the air has a fresh scent that inspires you to create. But to create, we first have to create space and to do that we need to let go of what is old and outdated- what we wish to release once and for all. We want to move into the summer season with lightness and health, but this begins by investing in our health in the Spring. Spring is the time of the liver in Chinese Medicine and it is, for this reason, the best time to cleanse the liver. The liver also governs our vision and if we can’t see what we want, then we won’t be able to create what we want.

Signs of a liver that is in need of cleansing is:  acne, skin issues, inflammation in the eyes, sluggishness, foggy head, poor elimination, digestive issues, anger, frustration, hormone imbalances, fatigue, pain on the right upper portion of your abdomen, malabsorption of nutrients, chemical sensitivities and the list goes on. The liver is a very important member of your body and when it’s not functioning optimally, the rest of our body suffers.

We need to do some ‘Spring Cleaning’! Cleaning the external and the internal. We must let go of old clothes, clutter, dysfunctional relationships, unhealthy lifestyle patterns, whatever is dead.  Reflecting on what is outdated and dead in my life? What am I carrying around that is done and doesn’t nourish me anymore? This applies to everything in our life, as well as our health. This is the time to do cleanses, detoxification of the body, to shed old skin like a snake and welcome rebirth.

There are some simple changes you can make that can have a positive effect on your health. They are:

  • Eating lots of fresh greens and veggies- if your digestion is sensitive or you feel cold often, steam them.
  • Eating more foods that have a bitter taste like bitter melon, kale, dandelion leaves etc
  • Drinking warm water with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in the morning
  • Incorporating herbs into your diet that help your liver like Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock etc (Please check with a qualified health practitioner or a Medical Doctor if you have any health concerns or issues before taking any herbs. A qualified herbalist will be able to tell you if a specific herb is a good choice for you).
  • Camomile Tea is gentle and effective in assisting the liver and is calming
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate refined sugar and wheat
  • Cut back on red meat and dairy
  • Decrease consumption of fried, oily foods
  • Exercise daily to break a sweat

Have full integrating these tips into your life and feel revived and revitalized after winter. Spring is a time of creating a vision for the coming year and with a healthy liver, you will be ready to do it!

 

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The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

How To Release Fear ( False Evidence Appearing Real)

Overcoming Fear- Shifting into Fearlessness

“Love is what we are born with, Fear is what we learn here”

 Fear is the partner of the Ego. Fear is an exaggerated form of reality that tilts toward the negative, separate and isolated. There is no trust or connection. Fear is reliant on ego-centrism and keeps one in patterns which fuel the false self (ego).

The underlying emotion of all negative emotions is fear. It is the foundation of all emotions that leave us feeling separate from Source energy. To reconnect with love, one must stop focusing on self and focus on service.

The Voice of the Ego Versus the Soul

  • The ego is logical, mind-oriented energy, it lives in the past or the future. Soul is creative, based on the present moment and it lives in communion with the divine and lives with the pull of the soul rather than the push of the ego.
  • The ego is fear based. The ego always questions and doubts. It wonders will I survive, will I be accepted etc. Soul is based in love, it is trust, surrender and faith. The more one opens to faith the more miracles occur in life. Guidance from the soul is given one step at a time.
  • The ego sounds harsh. It is critical, judgmental and there are many “should” in its language. Intuition/love/soul is neutral. It receives messages on a steady and consistent basis without judgment.
  • The ego is self-serving. Whereas, the soul feels the need to serve others.

 

“The moment you have no fear, when you are fearless and revenge less, you are the living God.” – Yogi Bhajan

 

To Overcome Fear Writing Exercise:

  • Expose the fear, write it down, tell someone about it.
  • Face the discomfort, feel it and allow yourself to be vulnerable (the ego wants to hide- expose it) .
  • Witness what is happening, observe the sensations
  • Embrace the fear, and make a commitment to move past it
  • See all of the possibilities (what other options there are) and see the insanity of the fear.
  • Call in love- Forgive yourself and express gratitude and compassion.

Techniques to Manage Fear:

  • Pranayama: strengthen the Pranic body to keep the energy balance in the body so that one is not overcome with stress, anxiety and fear.
  • Focusing on service rather than on ones own gains. (help’s to release feelings of pressure and self importance)
  • Observe the sensations in the body and maintaining a neutral state of mind through meditation. Accept whatever arises. As well, noticing where fear is being held in the body and use the breath to release it.
  • Practice mindfulness and awareness to become aware of what fears are causing disruption in your life and what your triggers are.
  • When fear grips the body, practice long deep breathing to release the anxiety.
  • Do something everyday that scares you and brings you out of your comfort zone.

Here is a 3 minute meditation you can do whenever you want to help release fear: