Intuitive eating

Dear food,

You have been so instrumental along this journey back home to myself. Your textures, colors, shapes and flavours are utterly divine and I can not imagine not having found you - touched you, smelt you and devoured you!

Food, you have brought me life, radiance, and better digestion. This topic is such an expansive and important one for me, that I don’t know where to even begin. You have been there through the most transformation in my life, you have brought me closer to friends and family, made me feel full when I felt empty. I truly can’t thank you enough for your generosity. I am eternally grateful.

Yours truly,

Marika.

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The ritual of bath

The benefits you receive from immersing your body into water is by far one of the truest forms of healing you can experience.

It has a way of cleansing us from the outside in. Energetically healing wounds and releasing physical tensions we may gather and carry with us throughout our day.

Creating space for the ritual of bath has saved me and I believe it can do the same for you.

This practice holds a source of power you can turn to when you are feeling low, in need of balance or simply to relax after a long day and have moments to yourself.

It is here answers may arise, clarity is invited into the well of your heart and balance is restored.

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Choosing the right path (for you)

Discerning the path ahead can easily become a feeling of overwhelm. Which option do I choose? Which path do I take? What will people think?

A suggestion for taking your power back when life presents you with multiple paths to take at once — shift your mindset.

It’s easy to freeze, feel stuck and overwhelmed by your options. I know, because, I’ve been there. All of a sudden life is wide open or I’m deciding between two paths (aren’t we always though?).

Sit back, breathe and get clear on what each of these paths are presenting.

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Sober dating and honoring boundaries

I have been thinking a lot about the role that alcohol plays in my life.

Are you someone who only feels at ease among a group of people once you’ve had a drink? Do you drink merely to ‘fit in’ in social settings with friends? Would they judge you if you didn’t order that glass of wine? Or are you OK saying “no thanks”.

What about going on that first date with someone new? Sober Dating - what a concept. Something I have been exploring. I had no idea how refreshing this would be. I had no idea it was exactly what I wanted and needed.

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A New Chapter

As I sit here this month I can’t help but to reflect on all of life’s intersections along my journey so far.

Leading into my twenties was like a haze of reckless abandon, having no freaking clue how to navigate life and what lay ahead.

Hopping over to my mid-twenties I found love, I discovered self worth, gratitude and a deeper reason for being alive through healthy relationships. I experienced loss and depth. It was not easy and there were a lot of lessons but the best one of all was cultivating a community.

It was an immense time of shedding and self recognition.

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Meditation takes bravery and here’s why

Why do we meditate? There seems to be a large uprising in meditation these days which is kind of a wonderful thing. There are so many types of meditation, how do you know where to start? What is your why for doing this?

We meditate because it reduces stress, it brings us out of our heads and into our bodies and allows us to connect with our life force - the breath. As I sat in on a two hour zen meditation class I was reminded that it is a brave thing to sit with ourselves. It takes courage and bravery to look deep within at what we so skillfully ignore about ourselves on a daily basis.

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The answers you seek are within

Are you someone who’s always looking outside of yourself to find the answers?

It’s kind of a funny thing how we look outside of ourselves, even to other people to find answers to our questions. As if someone else can provide the clarity we so deeply desire at times. I’m all for working with healers (that you trust), to help bring clarity to light that you may not be able to yet see for yourself, truths that re-direct where you are meant to go.

However, to find the answers you desire, the clarity you so desperately seek and resolutions to your problems is simple. You need to get quiet

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Creating space for empathy around mental illness

What is empathy and how can we allow our self to operate from this space?

Now, it is not possible to know entirely how another person experiences reality. I do know that we are able, if even only for a moment, to put ourselves in the shoes of another. We can open ourselves up to the possibility of what it is like to live from their perspective and frame of reality. For example, if someone close to you or someone that you love is experiencing a hard time, you are able to feel their hurt and really come from a place of compassion and understanding - this is empathy.

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What is jealousy?

We all know the feeling, that feeling when your significant other does something to make us feel less worthy, upset or rejected. That time you flew off the handle, (most likely at nothing), or when you created a story in your mind about something happening that wasn’t. Or maybe something did happen. Maybe you were betrayed and ever since that moment you felt like you may never trust again. I think we’ve all been there. I was thinking about jealously recently, what does jealousy actually equal? What is it and why do we feel it sometimes? Is it rational?

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Out yourself

One of the biggest inspirations behind sharing my experiences and being transparent is to shine light on my shadows. You know those bits you keep buried deep down for no one to see, not even you? Yeah those bits. I think what we do not own, owns us and it is often what we keep hidden from the world that pains us. It is this pain, these shadows of our existence that are actually the key to freeing our self from the confines of our mind and subconscious.

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3 ways to start your gratitude practice today

Incorporating a gratitude practice into your day might sound kind of tedious or repetitive but I promise you that it has the ability to transform your life. To take time out of your busy day to give gratitude for what you have and for your incredible self, (because, yes you are incredible) will uplift you and shift your perspectives.

How can you really integrate this practice into your life?

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What yoga has taught me

About five years ago yoga found me. I have practiced on and off since - yoga is a practice and tool that continues to change my life and perspectives. When I made yoga a regular part of my life, I found myself shocked and heartbroken that this wasn’t something we all grew up with, that it wasn’t a class in school but so grateful to have found it no matter what age.

WHAT HAS YOGA TAUGHT ME ABOUT THIS LIFE?

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Do we choose our parents?

I believe that we decide to incarnate exactly where we do. With the parents that we have. We made a decision to be birthed by our mothers, or to be adopted by our chosen mother and fathers. We are here to learn from them just as they are here to learn from us. There is nothing we will experience in our lifetime that we can not handle and was not meant for us. We chose this. We chose them.

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