Inspiration

Monika Mäkitalo / Inspiration

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...

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Why is Forgiveness so hard?

Easter time might give us lots of chocolate eggs, but what else?  You might have heard of that J.C. guy, who was a carpenter, and lived about 2000 years ago. I’ve heard he did some remarkable stuff.  Maybe this Easter time also is a chance to remember what gives us lasting peace inside? Forgiveness is worth diving deeper into. Last year I had the privilege to attend a Hay House writers workshop hosted by Doreen Virtue & Co, on the paradise island of Maui. Before the third workshop day started, I had some spare time. I was strolling around Kaanapali Beach when I heard an absolutely amazing live song that got goosebumps on my skin. I headed closer, and noticed the music came from a Sunday morning Service at the beach....