A few years back I got assaulted, a trauma that was hard to recover from. For months I was in a state of mind where I did’t recognize myself. I all the sudden was afraid of people, couldn’t sleep at night and had panic attacks. Within that time I found a video of a man named Wim Hof who said “Try my method to be happy healthy and strong”. Without thinking much of it I started doing breathing techniques and cold exposure and never thought that it would bring me so much.
Within the cold, it was the first time in months that my mind shut off. That I wasn’t thinking about the assault, things I did or didn’t do. There was a space between thoughts. The brute forces of nature thought me to be present. To experience discomfort and learn how to deal with it.
Over time, and a lot of cold plunges I learned that within the cold I could be kind to myself. I had compassion for myself that was harder to find outside this environment. Then it hit me, sometimes our life is an Icebath and the only way we can survive is breath through the situation. To deal with ourselves in a compassionate way and most important to forgive ourselves. To let go of what we call mistakes and embrace the lessons life thought us.
Because we are responsible for our own mind and should always aim to stretch our belief systems and expand our possibilities. But we also need to find comfort when we are not feeling our best, to lend a hand and give a shoulder to cry on for those in need of and create space for ourselves to do the same.
Live life boldly,courageous & be true to yourself.
I believe in living your own authentic life. It is not always easy to follow your own windy road instead of the highway.
But keep the following quote in mind;
“If the path is beautiful why would you ask where it leads.”
So often we are entirely focussed on achieving something, getting that promotion, better job, or whatever your desired destination is. But we need to remember to enjoy the path we are following, enjoy the little things along the way.
To me, nutrition goes far beyond the food we eat, it is the thoughts we have, feelings we cherish, connection to earth and others around us. I am a firm believer in a plant-based lifestyle because, for me, this way of living contributes to all of the above. By not eating animals and their products I feel lighter, better. That being said I do believe in compassion before any of this, holding space for other belief systems, cultures and ways of living. I firmly stand behind the quote; “Compassion for all animals, human and non-human”.
Never force your beliefs on others but rather show them alternative ways of living by living them yourself. Hold space for every person that you meet, animal you encounter and respect the soil you walk on.
Something we often fail to acknowledge is that our minds are truly magical. We are capable of learning, creating, thinking and so much more. Often these skills are believed to have boundaries and borders. When we tap into our own mind we realize how many of those borders we have created ourselves. As good as we are in creating them, it can be hard breaking them down. Sometimes, letting go of these assumptions can create space for more awareness and allows our minds to thrive as they were meant to.
Through shifting my mindset and holding space for learning I accomplished things I never thought possible. I learned to remember a deck of cards just within a week, I Learned to endure freezing water for more than 30 minutes and hiked up mountains in my shorts and ran half a marathon for 10 days consecutively. These are just a few personal examples of the power of the mind. Through my page, events, coaching I hope to inspire others to challenge their belief systems and mind in the best way possible.