Your sensitivity is your superpower

Sometimes what we want the most is also what we will be cursing when we get it. Like your sensitivity. It can be both your superpower as well as your biggest reasons for anxiety and stress.   Yoga stuff A few years into my yoga practice, already now some 12 years ago since I started, I got more and more curious about the crazy stuff.  You know, levitating, out of body experiences and reading peoples' mind and all that crazy stuff. How cool would that be, hah! ;) Well, my yoga practice became pretty much just a physical practice. Thought it was fun to push my limits and get the ankle behind my neck. Thought I was somehow advanced and good at what I was doing. Yet, I don't think I had pretty much any idea about what I was doing, or why. Except, I now see clearly, that I so badly wanted to have my yoga teacher's approval, and that's why I pushed my body for more and more. And I trusted my yoga teacher. I thought that surely he knows what he's doing, to bring me closer to the goals of yoga. Just to make it clear, we can all have different goals with yoga. Be clear on what you want from your yoga practice and make sure to tell your teacher about your goals. Otherwise you just become a puppet on a string, dancing according to your teachers wishes and desires. Your teacher isn't God, always keep that in mind. Your teacher is just as much a human being as you are. Your biggest teacher is always the one that is within, your heart.   Empathy About 5-10 years back not many were talking about sensitive empaths, it wasn't a "thing" that it is now. In my first year at school, at age 7, I was voted to be the most empathic person in the class. We were learning about the meaning of different words and empathy was one of the words. Sure, I knew I wanted everyone to be happy and silently suffered when others were bullied, but I also thought that this is how everyone else feels too. Just very recently I've come to realise not everyone experience this world in the same way. Sounds a bit funny when I spell it out like this, of course we all experience this world in our unique way, but for some reason I thought that other...

Allow yourself to be happy

Mind always seems to think that things needs to be different, in order to be happy. What if it's all about that you "Allow yourself to be happy"?   "I need more money. My partner makes my life difficult. I hate my job. Other people disappoint me continuously. This world is against me...

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 “what’s in it for me?”. If I do something just to gain name and fame, you and everyone else will feel it’s not authentic. Perhaps you’d find it amusing or entertaining, but simultaneously after reading such a post, you’d might feel you're walking away empty handed. Regardless what we do, we should always start from the point that we want to share something, in order to help others and in order to give, just for the sake of giving. This is also the check point for the creative entrepreneur, to know you're staying in the heart, and not just in the head. Mrs Frustration and Mr Inner Critic When we produce new blogs, podcasts, compositions or other creative products, maybe we try out some ideas, but find that nothing seems to work. Eventually two uninvited guests joins the party—Mrs Frustration and Mr Inner Critic. These guests arrived while I started to write this post and I noticed I had a battle going on in my head: “What’s wrong with me?” “Everyone else is so talented, I’m just a freaking beginner.” “I don’t seem have anything to say or give, and if I do, it’s not good enough and my language is crap". I was undervaluing myself, as usual. However, these very few past days and weeks, a shift has started to take place within me. I have started to pay attention when the inner critic arrives. And the awareness of this not so pretty voice within makes it so much more easy to do something about it. It’s pretty impossible to change something if you aren’t aware of something, right?! The shift So in this shift towards more self appreciation, I've started to acknowledge my own ability to share from the heart, to speak with openness and vulnerability. I have started to see, that yes, I...

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 effort into the work they do. A work that requires them to stay tuned to their creativity in order to succeed. The door to creativity is opened by connecting with the peace we all have inside.   How to stay peaceful? We chatted after the class and all agreed, that when life gets super busy, it all comes down to very basic ways to keep yourself in balance—sufficient sleep, excercise and proper nutrition. In addition, add in some relaxation and meditation practices and we can usually stay balanced.  Body, mind and spirit are closely interlinked. Body starts to have aches and pains if we don’t treat it properly and the mind easily get restless when the body isn’t functioning well. When you loose touch with your heart’s intelligence, such as compassion and understanding, you’ll feel restless and the restlessness is very much present in your body too. Relaxation and exercise helps you reduce especially the restlessness in your body, but indirectly you will feel more calm in your mind, and as you feel an overall calmness, you are automatically connected to your spirit, your heart.   Exercise When I studied to become a yoga therapist one of our beloved teachers was a german orthopedic, who had changed his surgery knife to the tools of yoga, because he had experienced the benefits of yoga himself. Above all, this German man taught us women how to be gentle with ourselves. I found this quite extraordinary, as it's usually us women talking about gentleness and self-love. Yoga is an easy way to connect body, mind and spirit, and to find patience and acceptance with yourself and others. Even if I teach yoga, I don’t think it’s the only way to stay physically fit. Actually, yoga is more a “work in” than a “work out”. Yoga is to work on your inner...

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 itkut sydämessäsi. Jokainen sydämen lyönti täynnä kauneutta. Näen sinut rakkaani. Olet ihmeellisen sinnikäs lajitoveri. Noustaan yhdessä rauhaan. Ravitaan toisiamme ymmärryksellä, ilolla, rakkaudella. Rauhan tila on rakkauden tila. Tila joka vahvistuu kun olemme vierekkäin."   Hellästi hymyilen ja ihmettelen, onko nyt kevät, saanko jälleen kukkia?   *** Hei :) Herkkyydessä on sekä hyviä että huonoja puolia. Herkkyys ja luovuus kulkee usein käsi kädessä. Lisäksi herkkyys pitää meidät lähellä sydäntämme, lähellä lempeyttä, elämäniloa ja rauhaa. Toisaalta herkkyys voi joskus tuntua raskaalta, kun oma sydän aistii ja sykkii niin kovin voimakkaasti, esim. jos oman kehonsa kautta tuntee myös muiden ihmisten tunteet. En kuitenkaan vaihtaisi päivääkään pois, herkkyys on osa minua, se on portti intuitioon, kykyyn nähdä syvemmälle toisen ihmisen sisäiseen maailmaan. Mikä on sinun kokemuksesi herkkyydestä? Kommentoi tähän postaukseen tai lähetä minulle s-postia info (at) monikamakitalo.com. *** Stressin poisto on yksi tapa tulla lähemmäs omaa sisäistä rauhaa ja herkkyyttä. Uusimmassa online kurssissani (englanninkielinen) jaan ideoita ja vinkkejä miten löytää takaisin omaan rauhan tilaan. Lue lisää kurssista tästä https://monika-makitalo.teachable.com/p/stressreleseandpeace   Iloa ja rauhaa päivääsi! Monika ...

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 ympärillä. Kuulen itkemättömät itkut sydämessäsi. Jokainen sydämen lyönti täynnä kauneutta. Näen sinut rakkaani. Olet ihmeellisen sinnikäs lajitoveri. Noustaan yhdessä rauhaan. Ravitaan toisiamme ymmärryksellä, ilolla, rakkaudella. Rauhan tila on rakkauden tila. Tila joka vahvistuu kun olemme vierekkäin.   Hellästi hymyilen ja ihmettelen, onko nyt kevät, saanko jälleen kukkia?...

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. But that just could not be further from the truth. Because, when we are peaceful we are super clear in the mind and we can hear the voice of the heart, our intuition. Becoming peaceful actually makes us more sensitive, so that we can feel the amazing and love-filled "wow" -feelings even deeper. Our lives become richer and more fulfilling. Check out the course page here: https://monika-makitalo.teachable.com/p/stressreleseandpeace It is like we are aligning ourselves with the Universe, our lives flows easier and we feel that we are carried and supported in this life, by Life itself. Returning to the inherent peace allows us to hear the voice of the heart, and to start living a more intuitively guided life, content and happy. Sometimes we even get outrageously stunned with the miracles that life will offer to us, when we learn to connect to the peace within. I strongly believe, that if you are reading this, it is not a coincidence. You are ready to connect to the peace you carry within. You are ready to demand what is rightfully yours, a peaceful life with arms open to the miracles life has to offer! The course contains handy tools for your self-reflection work, to assist you to make a lasting transformation in your life. HERE IS AN INTRODUCTION VIDEO FOR THE COURSE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWZK3QulBXA IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL: Release your stress and tension and connect with your inherent peace within. This course aims to give you instant stress release, as well as tools to make a real transformation with long-lasting effects in your life: Recognise the benefits of stress release. This first step will give you clarity to understand the immense potential you carry within. Release your stress immeadiately. Sharing with you some of my best tools of yoga. This life happens through our bodies, and we need to take the best possible...

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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 neatly tied ties. What can I say, there's always time to care for your body and breath! If you company is interested to learn more about mindful movement and breathing exercises for corporate customers, send me an e-mail to info(at)monikamakitalo.com and I'll tell you more. After the event I felt I needed a bit of me -time so decided to enjoy a cup of tea in one of my favourite cafés in Helsinki to just chill for a moment and to write. I'd figured that as I had just been talking about the importance of self care, I needed to stand behind my words and pause for a moment ;-) When I do intuitive or free flow -writing, I have no idea about the words that will come out. I love this kind of boundless writing, and do recommend you to try it too! It's very relaxing. Here's the words that came out today:   There's a force, higher than you and me, guiding your every step, if you allow it to.  It has a feeling inside of you. We give this feeling many names:  Voice of the heart // Intuition // Inner knowledge  We give the Source of this feeling many names:  Heart consciousness // Pure Consciousness // Higher Self // True Self // the Divine // Source energy // the Light within // ...

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. Around half way through the practice, a spontaneous feeling of deep gratitude towards the Eearth flooded over me. I felt I needed to apologize to Mother Earth, for not taking her better into consideration. A deep love and compassion for nature started to develop. Perhaps this might sound a bit weird, but I truly love every little expression of life itself. I talk to the plants and the animals, hug the trees and feel a mutual exchange of support and love between myself and nature. All we need to do, is to spend time outdoors in nature, to receive all the healing that we need. Nature gives us all that we need, in any given moment. Our innate peace and harmony is restored, just by taking a walk in nature or the forest. How amazing isn’t that! [caption id="attachment_5882" align="alignnone" width="249"] Spotted this beautiful spring green flower this week as I was out for a walk in nature![/caption] Forrest Therapy A friend of mine send me this link to www.daskranzbach.de/en/forest-therapy-in-kranzbach.html, and I'd like to quote what was written there: “It has been scientifically proven, that spending time in nature – and especially in the forest – is essentially for relaxation and recuperation. As well as oxygen the trees dispense a scent and ethereal oils (Terpene). As you move through the forest your body interacts with the terpene in the highest constitutional way. Breathing in specific Terpene produces so-called, ‘killer cells’ (a form of leukocyte). Our immune system is therefore strengthened and we are better protected against infection. After spending one day in the forest, the number of these natural killer cells in the blood has risen by almost 40%.The effect lasts seven days. After a stay of three days in a forestry area this effect lasts up to 30 days.*” *Clemens G. Arvay, Der Biophilia Effekt...

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 to Borneo, took a leap of faith, and started teaching yoga and meditation full time… Sincerely, I've been living my life to the fullest, yet, something was still missing. I wouldn’t stop and listen to the little voice within. It’s so easy to trust other people’s guidance for us and to forget about our own inner wisdom. Now, of course, it’s great to have trust in other people and to be open to hear what other’s have to say. However, we should never neglect our own inner power and wisdom. No one else will know better how to live your own life, than you. Gurus and teachers come and go in our lives, but there’s only one that will stay forever in your life, and that’s your own heart. It started already late last year, this nagging feeling, that I really should take more silent time for myself. I felt that there was something I didn’t want to see or hear. Something that was just under the surface, but I didn’t want to allow it into my conscious mind. So I kept pushing forward without listening to this nagging feeling, which was my heart trying to get my attention. However, just a few weeks ago there was a sudden change. My eyes a kind of spontaneously started to open. I could see more clearly than in many months before. I realised what my heart had known it already for a long time. I had done the same thing again, as I’ve done before! I had put my teacher up on the piedestal, without questioning anything this person said. Now the time had come to start trusting myself, fully and completely.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have a mentor to walk beside you! Yet, how could someone, who doesn’t know...