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Sharing from the heart and removing creative blocks

Bloggers, podcasters, writers, composers and all creative artists and peeps. You know the feeling when the deadline is sneaking up on you, and you're still staring at that blank screen or untouched piece of white paper. By finding a more heart centred approach, we can quickly find our way back into the flow.    Right attitude As I started writing this blog post I thought “how do I find something to say that would be new and interesting, so that it would give me the best social media exposure”. This kind of attitude won’t bring me very far, because the starting point is...

Stay peaceful, well and happy—not matter what

Peace is like a never ending project. However, the more we pay attention to our overall wellbeing, the easier it gets to continuously choose peace as a way of living. Actually, peace is who we truly are. The peaceful self, is unconditional love embodied in this world. We can work on our own peace, and simultaneously contribute to make this world a more loving place. As I’m writing this, I just finished teaching a meditation class for a digital service design and development studio in downtown Helsinki. The employees are a group of sweethearts that put a lot of mental...

Syyskukan pieni runo

Kauneuden kukka kiiltää, kutsuu. Voinko olla Sinun? Ottaisitko hellästi kämmenelle? Näetkö vuosien työ? Hengityksesi pitää minut elossa, lempeä katseesi herättää, lämmittää.   Onko nyt kevät? Saanko jälleen kukkia, tai tallaatko maahan, kerrot etten kelpaa. Hauras varsi katkennut, mutta kukkia tuotan kuitenkin, et voi sitä estää. Halusit poimia minut kansioon, litistää ja kuivattaa. Pölyksi olisin muuttunut, kirjahyllyyn unohdettu.   Katsot minua hymyillen ja hellästi. Erikoinen kukka, mietit. Kukkii syksyllä ja loistaa keskiyön valossa.   Voisinko olla Sinun, kuiskaan silmilläni sanomatta sanaakaan. Kuuletko kutsuni tai tallaatko maahan? Voisimmeko yhdessä antaa toisillemme niin paljon, että hengittäisimme jälleen omilla keuhkoillamme? Voisimmeko nousta korkeuksiin, muistaen kauneutemme?   Katse sanoo: "Ota minut syliin. Näen sinut rakkaani. Rakastan juonteita silmiesi ympärillä. Kuulen itkemättömät...

Syyskukan pieni runo

Kauneuden kukka kiiltää, kutsuu. Voinko olla Sinun? Ottaisitko hellästi kämmenelle? Näetkö vuosien työ? Hengityksesi pitää minut elossa, lempeä katseesi herättää, lämmittää.   Onko nyt kevät? Saanko jälleen kukkia, tai tallaatko maahan, kerrot etten kelpaa. Hauras varsi katkennut, mutta kukkia tuotan kuitenkin, et voi sitä estää. Haulsit poimia minut kansioon, litistää ja kuivattaa. Pölyksi olisin muuttunut, kirjahyllyyn unohdettu.   Katsot minua hymyillen ja hellästi. Erikoinen kukka, mietit. Kukkii syksyllä ja loistaa keskiyön valossa. Voisinko olla Sinun, kuiskaan silmilläni sanomatta sanaakaan. Kuuletko kutsuni tai tallaatko maahan? Voisimmeko yhdessä antaa toisillemme niin paljon, että hengittäisimme jälleen omilla keuhkoillamme?   Voisimmeko nousta korkeuksiin, muistaen kauneutemme, yhdellä katseella, joka sanoo: Ota minut syliin. Näen sinut rakkaani. Rakastan juonteita silmiesi...

Stress Release and Lasting Peace

Release your stress and connect with your lasting peace within I'm happy to announce my new online course for stress release and lasting peace. This course will help you tap into the peace you have inside of you already. Nothing needs to be added, you already have it inside of you. It's more about making space for you to feel your peace, to feel who you truly are. You know, sometimes I hear people say that being peaceful is boring. People fear that we somehow would loose the amazing "wow" -feelings and become like robots without any emotions if we become peaceful....

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Consciousness release

The headline for today "consciousness release" might seem a bit over the edge, but bare with me. It will start making sense when you read on. However, I'd like to ask you to also read with your "inner eyes", meaning your inner knowing, the silent voice that speaks to your heart. Today I was delighted to instruct a stretching and conscious breath moment for the participants of a seminar, about responsibility towards young employees in work life. What a beautiful moment, when this 100 people big group of Finland's biggest companies' HR directors, joyfully do the practices in their high heels or...

Harmony and healing with the help of nature

Today Sunday April 22 we celebrate Earth Day. I see this day, and the rest of the days of the year, as a possibility to find a deeper gratitude for Mother Earth! Nature heals us into our inherent harmony and balance! Love and gratitude Some years back, I used to practice buddhist meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh's direct student, Sister Thieu, here in Helsinki. I recall especially one practice that she guided for us, even if I don’t remember the words we were supposed to use. However, it was a walking meditation where we felt every single foot step on the floor....

How to listen to your inner guidance & step into your power

"Reach for your inner guidance".  “All the answers you ever need are found within”. Hah! Haven’t we all heard that before! I’ve been preaching that same message many times myself, "look within" and "step into your power", but I’ve only understood it on a superficial level. I’ve travelled wide and far around this globe, searching for–something. I’ve participated in yoga retreats, learned from gurus in India and Bali and studied books on yoga and spirituality. I’ve trekked the paths in Nepalese Himalayas, became vegetarian by accident and stopped drinking booze. Quit my 9-5 insurance job, sold my home, bought an one way ticket...

Life’s happy reminders to live from the heart

Life gives us joyful events as happy reminders to stay in trust and keep on living from the heart! Life itself brings us continously happy events, through which we may find more softness and return back to living from the heart. However, it’s up to us wether we notice these events as reminders of the possibility to live with lightfulness end easiness. In our role as alchemists, where we transform our struggles into an elixir of growth, we might sometimes forget that life just as much gives us happy moments to find back to our true Self. Your vibe attracts your tribe You’ve...

Soul knows no language

Soul knows no language - poem Who said the Finnish language couldn't be beautiful ;) Listen to this poem with your heart, and you will understand, even if you don't speak Finnish. I received it as a gift from our souls' Source of light. It's called "Loista, Luo ja Ota vastaan" in Finnish and it means: "Shine, Create and Receive". The poem starts at 0:33. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsDGf1kXimA   You'll find more poems (in English) on my Youtube channels as well as other inspiring videos, meditations and yoga classes! All FREE :) Go here and click Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG4sTE1hYKA7q_HHxfhn4HA. Thanks! Let your soul shine dear one! Don't be afraid of the light that comes...