Not my format!

I am attending the Innate Health conference in the northern outskirts of London at the moment and today is the last day out of three in total. And I had a realization yesterday right before the conference ended, having noticed something in myself both day one and day two: The standard conference format just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Sitting down from morning til late afternoon, just doing intake – listening to this interesting person, these riveting talks, this panel…. with short breaks and lunch, it’s too much for me. My head get’s filled up already by lunchtime. SImply because it’s all too good! And I’m to stingy to leave – I mean, I’ve paid my ticket, I want to get the most out of it…. That last part is of course something I could learn to drop, but still. I wrote in my note book yesterday that I should avoid conferences and go to retreats instead. 

Doodling during the conference – with the occasional message to myself.

I’ve never been on a retreat as such, but there are several that I’ve considered going to. In beautiful surroundings, with a few intake sessions/day, and plenty of space inbetween those sessions, to make sure there’s time to listen to what happens within during the retreat. It’s in the space between where the magic happens, rather than during a seminar, or a plenary panel, or a full day conference. 

My old self had no such issue with full day conferences. Possibly because I didn’t know that something else existed, or perhaps rather because I wasn’t aware of the magic of the space inbetween. I have learnt to reflect, to sit with myself and whatever wants to show up, these past few years, and these last days have given me the realization that I’ve changed. 

I like that. I love it actually. I love noticing the progression within myself, how what I do/feel/think today differs from yesterday, the year before or decades ago. It’s absolutely amazing, and I am so grateful for noticing it. It points to the limitless possibilities of life, of living on this earth, on having this human experience. As I write this I sit here with a silly grin on my face, feeling extremely happy. 

So. I’ve progressed. Full-day traditional conferences no longer do the trick for me, I have different preferences. Now I just need to remember this, the next time an opportunity pops up. And a few already have popped up I just realized. Hm. Time to act according to my understanding, and drop the ”Well just this one time”-attitude that is so easy to fall into when changes are to be made. What’s your best trick for following your wisdom rather than your old habits, in a situation like this?

Three things I know to be true

Michael Neill shared a TED Talk in his newsletter the other day, and it’s a TED Talk to watch. More than once. It’s rich.

It inspired Michael to share three things he know’s to be true in his newsletter. I was inspired to share the newsletter with a friend, asking for his three true things, and whaddayaknow, I got the question back:

What are three things you know to be true?

It sat in my email inbox for a few days, but at this very minute (which was at 10 pm Thursday evening of March 19th, 2015, when I replied to the email), this is what I know to be true:

1) That the shortcomings of human beings is our greatest gift, because when paired with awareness and consciousness, the shortcomings carry a message, a loving message.
2) That I absolutely love the silence that occurs during deep connection, the silence that is so rich it can be touched. It can occur when I meet myself, and when I meet others. In any instance, it’s like touching wonder and magic.
3) Spring is on it’s way, my face is still tingling from the heat of the spring sun, which I spent a marvelous four hours in, earlier today.
What are three things you know to be true?
This blog post, number 20 of 100, is a part of the #blogg100 challenge currently running in Sweden

Icy magic!

IMG_5841Write this sitting on the flight from Zürich to Los Angeles, and after having watched two movies and had lunch (or dinner? Who knows aboard an airplane!?), I am getting a bit restless. With seven hours to go, I opened the window blinds by my window seat (all blinds are turned down to make people sleep), looked out and was instantly wowed!IMG_5838

The beauty of Greenland underneath us is amazing. Untouched snow for as far as I could see, cold Atlantic water speckled with ice sheaths, the setting sun (coming from the other side of the plane though) making the sky turn into a fiery pink, purple and blue canvas.

Greenland - at winterHow many years until Greenland becomes, yearlong, what it’s name indicate?