Inspiration

Monika Mäkitalo / Inspiration

Supportive tools for peculiar times – understanding and allowing

Appreciation and understanding of all and everything is what will uplift this world, and us tiny little human beings. The full range of emotions I was pretty shocked the other day, seeing on social media the amount of anger and hate directed towards them, who see the world through different eyes, than what mass media and the mainstream news tells us is the "right" way. I felt I had to block one account on social media, belonging to a Finnish public person. I just don’t want to live in the presence of that kind of hate and ridicule, but it was enough for me to understand, that people truly are suffering within. It's easy to fall into judgement, when someone is expressing hate, but we can perhaps train ourselves not to judge the person behind the hate. What can I do? The world around me will change, as I change the way I look at things. What can I do? I allow everyone to process their emotions the best way they can, and I literally send my prayers and blessings to them. Literally, I sit down and pray and use the energetical healing methods that I’ve learned. I wish them well, I wish for them to find back to their hearts, to soften the ice built around the heart, to feel at peace and to feel love. I don't need to "correct" anyone. I'm not saying anyone is thinking the wrong way. We are just thinking differently, but when we blame each other for thinking the "wrong" way, and demanding others to open their eyes to see in the "right way", how can we reach peace and harmony on Earth? Ever always evolving A year ago I was the one questioning: “Why on earth are people acting the way they do, what is wrong with them?” And I was the one judging, unable to accept them for who they were. I could not understand. But in making the effort to understand, we can make this world more loving. And as we try to understand we ALLOW others to experience this life, just the way they do. Now a year later, I’ve processed my own internal sh*t. I believe we need to take responsibility for how we feel, to think about if my thoughts, words and actions are contributing to a more loving world. And if not, then how can I change that. The world around me doesn't need to change,...

Rest and renew in your cocoon

We are all energetical beings. I think it has over the years become quite obvious. How many times has it  not occurred, for instance, when you contact someone, they say: "Oh, I was just thinking about you". When I started more openly share about my personal spiritual awakening, I faced ridicule and opposition. And I still do, but I've learned to take it with either humour or I simply do not give it too much energy, because everyone is on their own path. It's not my job to convince anyone about anything. And I must live my life with integrity, honouring my soul agreement. If I can sprinkle a little bit stardust of hope and joy with my presence, then my job is done. Beyond what is visible I always knew, as a kid, that there is more to life than what we see with physical eyes. Perhaps we have all had some encounter with our guardian angels, but the wise adult tell us that there is no such thing in reality. Many of us forgot we have this ability, to sense beyond what is possible with the physical senses, but now it is opening up again. The key is to actually trust your sixth sense. We all have it, but the problem is, we are conditioned to think it's not real. We've been conditioned by society to think that intuition, sixth sense, divine connection with light beings, and so forth, is just woo woo. So it's not always easy to trust what you can not scientifically explain. There's also a lot of opposition to it, actually this last year more than ever. And if you ask me, science is just as much a religion and dogma as any other religion or dogma. Science has it place, of course, but it is not the only thing that defines this world we live in. What is reality? Reality is what we want it to be. Through which coloured glasses do you view yourself and the world? As for many, also for me, the reality has changed so much over this last year. Last Spring 2020 my eyes opened to the weird pressure we are being put through as a humanity right now. You might have felt that too. A kind of pressure that makes you shrink. Yet, no one wants to shrink. Instead, we are alchemists, we turn the harshness around into an opportunity. We can utilize the time for rest and renewal....

Ego or heart in the driver’s seat of your life?

The ego mind will fight until the end for it’s existence. It wants to be the driver of your life. However, if you let your heart be the driver - you'll surely experience more peace and joy in your life.   This morning I woke up slowly and sweetly. I hadn't even opened my eyes yet, but my mind started to form sentences, that felt very comforting and meaningful. So I grabbed a pen and some paper and wrote them down. Let me share these morning thoughts with you. How do we recognise the ego mind? The ego mind gets it’s fuel and nourishment from your fear, anxiety, worry and judgement. When you feel shame and guilt, it is also your ego mind running the show. It also wants you to hoard material possessions for it to feel safe and it is happy when you give it a great job related "status" or a “respectable” position in society. It wants you to feel superior and more important than an other human being. To have the ego in charge is not a harmonious way of living. (We’re not trying to remove the ego mind altogether either, we just want to become AWARE and remove it from the driver's seat of our lives. I use the term "ego mind" in a broader perspective, not from a psychological point of view.) Ego driven societal structures Likewise, we have structures, governments and economical systems, that are build on the forces of the ego mind.  In these structures, the greed for power, money and fame is the driving force. As well as is the need to be right, the need to be in control. The ego mind and the fascistic patriarchal structures in this world will do everything they can, to not get caught for what they are. Just like the ego mind does! It want's to keep it's power. These structures are build on everything else, than what your heart and soul stands for. We also see an increase in attempts to silence those for whom these ego driven structures are already revealed. People who speak from a higher inner vision about a new world order based on love and harmony, as well as criticising the ego driven structures,  is censored and banned on social media such as Fb, IG and YouTube. Freedom of speech is altered. The main tool these structures use, to stay in power, is fear. Fear usually keeps us attached...

Humanity raising into Love and Trust (WATCH VIDEO)

We are living crazy times. The whole world seems to be upside down. What higher lesson is there hidden - for all of us as a humanity? How can we transform, transmute fear into love? We need to understand, that everything is always in order in the Universe. As a humanity, we are invited to higher levels of consciousness, into a new reality of love, hope and trust. Enjoy the stories in the video! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I love you. Kindly, Monika   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRv5s9w4Uvw&t=1s...

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...

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...