How do you want to Come out of the Pandemic?

Ah, I can smell freedom already!

Freedom is what I’d like to call it. For someone who loves and lives by traveling, this sure is freedom! For months and months now, my entire body is aching to be out and about, observe life, laugh with people and be in places again.

My family, too, has been too excited! (Shout out to parents out there who have kids and teenagers who simply cannot and should not be contained in a ‘box’ that is our homes!)

But as I plan my next holiday, I realized something from somewhere deeper.

This—what I’m feeling—is not all about the excitement for the breath of fresh air, for the warmth of the sun shining on my face, for the campfire stories I’ve been hoping yet again to share with people. 

It’s so much more.

This opening up into a new normal is an opportunity to change gears and plans. Point is—no one is watching. Or more so, whenever there was a crisis or a new world, we have used this to liberate ourselves from our past self to move forward into a future self that is more along where we see ourselves now.

As I’ve said in my previous blog, this period is an expedition of discovering who I will be the day after tomorrow.

So ask, are you looking to be flushed out and just wait on the next travel plan? Or are you using this flush to recreate yourself?

This is your chance to start new. We always say that whether you are in a better place or not yesterday, tomorrow always presents an opportunity to be in a better place than where you are today.

That’s true, of course.

But this one that we have right here is a lot bigger: it only comes around once in a blue moon. Cause it’s not just you. It’s the whole world that’s starting anew.

So before you say, ‘yes, yes I want!’, ask: do you know what will come your way? What is pulling you back into your old behavior, role, place? Where do you stop believing in the new you? What is empowering you? What is holding you back?

I am curious are you afraid to run into challenges and what might they look like—let me know your answers in my survey below.

Personally, to trigger the NEW ME, I have been daily journaling on my next 10 goals (the sky is the limit) every day. The way it works is simple. Write down 10 goals (not so easy to come up with – think of financial, career, emotions, partnerships, health) and leave it be. Then turn the page and do it again the next day.

Also, I support this future self-thinking by meditating daily around the new exciting change (morning and evening). 

And as everything is still in slow gear take time to spend being idle—allowing myself to just get bored and step into an empty space and spaciousness.

But really, I want to see and understand what you are missing around recreating routines and habits that support your new goals. That way, we continue to be valuable travel partners in this new journey. The roads are opening. Where do we want to go?

healthy habits & empowering routines survey
healthy habits & empowering routines survey

Wandering The Forgotten Path – Jolanda Todt

Traveling never ends, when you are wandering the forgotten path. It’s the curiosity and bewilderment that propels us forward, not the one thing that we want to solve. But as we go into our inner sanctuary, we realize there is nothing to resolve. It’s just all a play of life. After all, life is so hard to fit into a shoe.

This week’s guest – a fellow traveler – wandered to the forgotten spaces wanting to learn more about life and the life that exists beyond her experience.

Jolanda Todt, an artist, designer, cultural educator, went around getting away from and, eventually, wanting to reconnect to her memory of her father. Jolanda became a spiritual researcher, a truth-seeker in her own right.

Losing her father to suicide as a result of his long-running mental health situation, Jolanda realized how difficult situations in our lives make us reach out and reach deeper. And these experiences are what sailed her through life and brought her to immerse in the indigenous community and culture of shamans—something her father wouldn’t have thought she will do but she certainly has grown to love doing. She learned that psychological illnesses have complementary spiritual counterparts.

But the ceremonies in these communities forged a strong connection to Jolanda and her experiential understanding of life. The two women singing, praying, and chanting for hours left a strong impact on Jolanda. In her culture, women are fighting for their space and place. But in these indigenous cultures, women have such a beautiful space, expressing their spirituality, in such a very authentic way.

Being part of this community gave Jolanda invaluable nuggets of wisdom – the like that doesn’t resolve questions but moves you through the unending quest for learning. The like that she proudly brings in her journey from sorrow to understanding the life that her father had.

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Podcast Highlights

  • Difficult situations in our lives make us reach out and reach deeper at the best times. – Alexandra Kreis
  • Trauma can be passed on to generations. – Jolanda Todt
  •  In our culture, women are fighting for their space and place. But in this culture, these women have such a beautiful space; they are expressing their spirituality, in such a very authentic way. – Jolanda Todt
  •  The bigger the questions are, the bigger answers required. – Jolanda Todt
  • Life is so hard to fit into a shoe. Travelling never ends. It’s the curiosity and bewilderment that propels us forward, not the one thing that we want to solve. But as we go into the inner sanctuary, we realize there is really nothing to resolve. It’s just all a play of life. – Alexandra Kreis

Guest Bio

ForgottenJolanda Todt, an artist, designer, and cultural educator from Berlin. She studied communication design and has done exhibitions, performances, and lectures in Germany, Iceland, and London

Natasha Nandini – Finding your Path through your Voice and Sound

Like many of us, Natasha didn’t expect what would be her life-long passion at first. She didn’t know she would be into singing, much more into Indian classical music and singing, until she felt it in her body.

In this podcast, I am very proud to share a conversation with an esteemed music and yoga teacher and a friend, Natasha Nandini, about how she found and continues to find herself in the realm of what the universe brought her to do– TO SING.

Natasha fondly recalls in our conversation how oddly she first came across the power of Indian classical singing. She used to smoke about 20 Marlboro reds at the time as she found herself in a workshop singing for 4 hours. When she came home, the cigarette suddenly tasted disgusting. This was the beginning of her shift into a new journey that led her to study and follow this new passion. From raga to yoga, which somehow complemented each other and made her practice stronger and more meaningful. She shares with us that music is not so much about how good a singer you are because it’s not a performance, but about how much you can let go of your identification of how you sound and merge into the frequency that is bigger than us.

This conversation brought up tools and insights we can get on this long path of teaching: the evolution and essence of learning. Natasha bravely shares her thoughts about teaching yoga as a business now. She explains that a reality we have to face is that many want to be certified to make a living out of it, especially in a society where it is tough to make a living when something takes a long time to learn. It puts a lot of pressure on so many us and perhaps created it the way we see science now. Gracefully she raises these points and reminds teachers to remember that everyone is on a personal path. And as people who help others, we can only help and lead the way to a certain extend – to show the way we have walked ourselves.

 

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Podcast Highlights

  • I know that sound is vibration. So sound penetrates the tissues. Like water or sand moving in geometrical patterns just from a vibration of sound. In the same way, creating a sound in the body can push things through. That’s how powerful sound is! Also in the same way that when you speak of truth, the truth starts to be very powerful. – Natasha Nandini
  • Raga, as a form of singing, is the term given to a melodic structure that has a deeper meaning. Each raga has an entity, an entirely different character from the other. But the essence these sounds wake up seems like they are meant to be brought up, like the sun touching the horizon. – Natasha Nandini
  • We don’t do enough stuff for fun. Look at children. They learn so quickly because it’s fun for them. Let it penetrate you rather than you trying to trespass on its space before your time. It’s a process of getting to know ourselves and doing the things that make us feel good. – Natasha Nandini
  • I feel this is a time in the world and in my life when things are asking me to break open and out of lineage, out of all these regimented, rigid forms that have evolved even though their origins weren’t thinking that way. – Alexandra Kreis
  • First of all, there has to be a spark. It’s always good to follow whatever is sparkling for you. The things that are right for you will always shine a bit brighter, but it will only be noticeable when we don’t want things. When you see that spark, follow that spark deeper and deeper. But one has to gel with the teacher, someone you resonate with. – Natasha Nandini

 

Guest BIO

Natasha Nandini - Finding your Path through your Voice and SoundNatasha Nandini has been studying yoga, Indian classical vocal, and Indian classical dance as methods to cultivate the self since 1997. She is now living and teaching in London (and online) but she has been traveling to India for the last 20 years to deepen her studies and to host sacred tours. The tour is a window into the lives of the local people and their practices. Her yoga focuses on building strength and postural corrections by working through from the feet up.

 

 

Filipa Ekroth – Challenges To Be Brought Up Between Two Cultures

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In this podcast, I am sitting down with Filipa Ekeroth who has walked and lived the difficult path of growing up as a ‘stranger’ in another country after losing her dad at the age of thirteen. Listen to how this marriage of different cultures and the early traumatic experience lead her into finding herself through inner and outer travel and self-expression.
Filipa lives and works in Berlin -Germany as a free Lance film director.

 

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