Prendre le temps de prendre le temps !

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Bonjour mes chers créateurs de vie.

J’espère que vous allez bien et que la vie est bonne et douce pour vous en ce moment.

Je souhaite vous parler aujourd’hui d’une notion de vie tellement importante et pourtant parfois si délicate à réaliser. Je veux aborder avec vous l’importance de prendre le temps de prendre le temps tout simplement.

Personnellement je suis une personne qui fonce tout le temps, qui a dix milliards de projets en même temps, qui s’active chaque seconde et c’est vrai que moi même j’oublie très souvent de prendre le temps de prendre mon temps. Si j’écrit cet article c’est aussi comme une alarme à moi même pour me souvenir de l’importance de cette ode à la vie. Même si j’ai fait beaucoup d’efforts sur ce sujet par rapport à il y a quelques années, j’ai encore beaucoup à faire pour trouver cet équilibre.

Dans ce tourbillon de la vie, nous devons faire face à tellement de choses en même temps et constamment que s’autoriser à prendre le temps reste souvent difficile. Pourtant, sans cet adage, de réelles crises de nerfs ou pire le « Burn-Out «  nous guettent ! Evidemment ce n’est pas vraiment ce que l’on recherche en ces temps-ci.

Nous avons des obligations de tout les jours auquel nous devons faire face sans baisser les bras : Travail, factures, enfants, relations amicales, relations amoureuses, familles, sport, maison… Mais où est ce temps juste pour nous, pour faire juste ce que l’on aime sans objectif, sans but ?

Pour vous donner un exemple, je suis en train décrire cet article en écoutant en même temps plein de nouvelles musiques que je souhaitais découvrir depuis trop longtemps.

Cependant, vu que ce n’est pas une priorité pour mes projets hé bien je remets mes écoutes toujours au lendemain depuis des semaines.

Pourtant si ca me fait du bien, si ca m’apporte du plaisir, de la joie et de la légèreté dans ma vie, pourquoi n’ai je pas réussi à prendre ce temps là avant !

Le temps file si vite, pouvons nous attendre demain pour faire ce que nous voulons vraiment en notre for intérieur ? Pouvons nous attendre de ne plus avoir assez d’air pour respirer ? Pouvons nous attendre d’être à la retraite avant de vivre ? Pouvons nous passer notre vie à coté de nous même ? Le pouvons nous ? Le pouvons nous ? Le pouvons nous ?…

Nous ne savons pas de quoi demain sera fait! Personne ne peut savoir quelles seront les opportunités, les changements ou les embuches que nous aurons à traverser…

Alors je vous en prie faites tout pour prendre le temps de prendre votre temps peu importe pourquoi, peu importe comment, peu importe pendant combien de temps mais respectez vous. Respectez cet être si divin que vous êtes ! Et par la même occasion, respectez la matrice qui vous a mis sur terre dans votre plus simple appareil et dans votre plus bel appareil…

 

Trouvons ce flow plus doux en adéquation avec nous mêmes…

 

MUCH LOVE

 

 

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Galettes de légumes

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Hello les créateurs de vie !

Comment allez vous aujourd’hui ?

Moi super bien ! Alors figurez vous qu’en ce moment, je ne sais pas pourquoi mais en terme d’alimentation je raffole du fenouil… Je pourrai ne manger que ça, c’est dingue !

Du coup voici une petite recette de Steak végétal protéiné ainsi que deux accompagnements tout simple mais délicieux !

MUCH LOVE

 

INGREDIENTS (Galettes pour 4 personnes):

* Environ 150 grammes de QUINOA
* 1 Courgette
* 1 Carotte
* 1 gousse d’Ail
* 1 Échalote
* De la fleur de sel
* Une pincée de Piment de Cayenne
* Un peu d’huile d’olive
* 1 poignée de graines de Tournesol
* 1 poignée de graines de Courges
* Environ 40 grammes de Farine de riz
* Environ 30 grammes de fécule.

PREPARATION

• Premièrement faites cuire votre Quinoa!

• Ensuite, coupez grossièrement en cubes votre carotte ainsi qu’une demi courgette et une petite échalote.

• Faite revenir le tout dans de l’huile d’olive en ajoutant sur le tout une gousse d’ail hachée, vos graines de Tournesol et vos graines de Courge.

• Dans un bol, mélangez votre Quinoa, votre mixture de légumes, aromates et graines, du Sel, du piment, votre farine et votre fécule.

• Moulez vos galettes et faites griller!

 

Moi j’adore accompagner mes galettes avec un peu de sucrine et une petite salade de fenouil! Un peu d’huile d’olive sur le tout, du poivre, du sel, un filet de citron et le tour est joué!

 

 

 

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Une renaissance n’arrive jamais pour rien !

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Hello tout le monde, c’est avec beaucoup d’émotion que je commence à écrire les quelques lignes de ce nouvel article et surtout de cette nouvelle page de vie. J’ai l’impression que cela fait une éternité que je n’ai pas pu écrire un article et enfin la vie me redonne cette occasion et j’en suis très touchée et honorée.

Je vais tout reprendre à zéro et vous expliquer un peu ce qu’il en est pour les anciens lecteurs (et aussi je l’espère tous les nouveaux qui me rejoindront 😉

J’ai donc créé ECHOVIVANT il y a quelques années maintenant lors de mon périple de vie au Canada, l’ascension s’est super bien déroulée ! Mon site a battu des records, j’ai donc pu écrire pour plein de magasines, apprendre des tas de choses, vivre des expériences super chouettes etc, etc.… Franchement j’étais ravie de toute cette situation, de tous les projets qui allaient avec et de ces dix milliards d’envies et d’idées qui fusaient dans ma tête !

 

Cependant il y’avait quand même quelques bémols pour moi ! Evidemment, ca ne peux pas être toujours simple sinon ce ne serait, pas drôle n’est-ce-pas!

– Le premier, tellement évident, était ce besoin viscéral de faire de la musique et malheureusement je ne réussissais pas à en faire comme je le voulais par manque de temps, de rencontres, de connexions etc.

– Le second était un manque de vie extérieure car ce projet m’a pris un temps monstre et m’a clairement coupé de la vie réelle.

Alors c’est bien beau le travail acharné et la vie virtuelle mais l’équilibre doit primer.

– Pour finir, moi qui adore voyager hé bien malheureusement cette option s’est vite vue désenchantée aussi pour tout un tas de raisons. (Argent, papiers, temps…)

 

C’est alors que j’ai reçu un coup de pouce de l’Univers. Bon au début je n’ai pas bien compris le concept et pour être tout à fait franche ca n’a pas été super simple, mais bon il faut » laisser le temps au temps »!

Alors premièrement mon site Internet n’a pas cessé de tomber en panne sans explication jusqu’à son extinction totale pendant des mois, une galère sans nom. Je l’ai vraiment mal vécu en pensant que tout ce que j’avais fais n’avait servi à rien et que tout était perdu.

J’ai tout de même décidé de laisser la vie faire en me disant qu’il y a toujours des raisons à tout.

Heureusement mon ami Jordan a réussi après un nombre incalculable d’essais à venir à bout de cette machine infernale la semaine dernière, c’est donc pour cela que vous pouvez enfin lire cet article et j’espère de nombreux par la suite.

Finalement là ou je veux en venir c’est que peut importe ce qu’il se passe, rien n’est grave et tout arrive pour un mieux , quelque chose de positif et de constructif. Le temps que j’ai perdu à ne pas pouvoir travailler sur mon site m’a servi à autre chose et c’est bien l’univers qui en a décidé ainsi.

C’est donc pendant toute cette période d’absence, ayant plus de temps pour tout un tas d’autres choses qu’il y’a eu du remu ménage! Il y a eu énormément de changements pas toujours simples tel que des déménagements, une séparation, la perte d’êtres chers… La vie!

S’en suivirent des rebondissements qui font qu’aujourd’hui je me retrouve à vivre sur Paris dans un super petit cocon (Ce que je voulais depuis pas mal de temps) et que j’ai minutieusement apprêté pour ces nouvelles pages d’écriture.

Évidemment comme tout est bien fait, j’ai retrouvé mes amis d’avant, me suis fait plein de nouveaux amis ce qui me ravie car j’ai donc à nouveau une vraie vie sociale. (Je ne suis plus toute seule devant mon ordi)(MDR)

De plus qui dit Paris, dis Europe, dit accessibilité au voyage ! Du coup je n’arrête pas de faire des expériences un peu partout… (Portugal, Espagne, Italie) et ca si vous saviez comme cela me manquait !

Enfin, pour couronner le tout, ma vie est presque entièrement remplie de musique ! Et oui, cette traversée du désert savait ou je devais aller. C’est donc tout naturellement que j’ai retrouvé un ancien collaborateur avec qui je bosse aujourd’hui comme une malade sur tout un tas de projets. WOOT WOOT ! Une belle équipe de travail a donc vu le jour, on fait donc des tas de chansons et c’est vraiment canon !!!

Bref je chante, j’aime, j’écris, je compose, je vis, je voyage…! Elle est pas belle la vie sérieusement ! Mais il me manquait encore une chose à mon bonheur et qui vient enfin de me réjouir, et bien oui je parle de vous, je voulais vous retrouver comme avant, partager avec vous afin de grandir ensemble et, cerise sur le gâteau, le site est réparé et nous pouvons reprendre notre route ensemble et j’en suis plus que ravie.

Alors reprenons le chemin la ou il s’est arrêté ou en tout cas reprenons MAINTENANT ICI, sans fioriture, sans chichi, et dans l’équilibre évidemment…

 

« ECHOVIVANT » veut dire réapprendre à entendre l’écho de tout ce qui vibre, de tout ce qui est vivant… Je crois que c’est encore une fois un bon exemple de ce pourquoi j’ai fais cette plateforme.

 

Merci la vie!

 

MUCH LOVE

 

 

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Living in Abundance

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As some of you know, I have a very big love for living food, which we also call Raw Foodism. This way of eating is not only a specific kind of diet, but rather a lifestyle, a delectable way of being conscious of the world, nature, our own body, our mind, creation, beauty, health, invisible, the living… The list would be much longer if I didn’t limit myself, because this way of eating that was completely unknown to me has completely changed my life!

It’s true that when people ask me today if I’m a vegetarian, vegan or if I follow a raw food diet, I don’t feel so comfortable giving them an answer. The idea of having a label stuck to my forehead to categorize me doesn’t really suit me and in my case, I would say that it’s pretty global: I’m not just my job, I don’t necessarily reflect my first name, I don’t like just one thing, my emotions are different, my preferences and choices evolve. In other words, I am change and variety, just as we all are!

So why always try to fit inside a mold when we know how vast the world can be, how huge opportunities can be, how varied the scenery can be and how rich the earth can be?

Don’t you think that by thinking this way, we simply keep ourselves from living? Let’s be clear-headed: there are still big chances that we only know an infinitely small part of what the earth has to offer, and by restraining ourselves this way and reducing ourselves to a checkbox, how will we ever continue learning, discovering, testing, feeling and be exciting by something else?

Do you believe that all our incredible philosophers and wise men limited themselves to what they had been taught to go beyond their hopes and knowledge?

That’s why personally, I don’t classify myself into any category, and I consider myself more like a curious explorer of life and of the living to inhale Mother Nature’s gifts by trusting my instincts and the work of time.

The more time passes, and the more I feel spoiled by life that I can function this way and that I’ve discovered this remarkable practice, which offers me a slew of daily rewards:

*The first and most important reward to me is “ABUNDANCE”.

Because I’m always thirsty for adventure and novelty, I was never satisfied with what the earth could offer me on a golden platter; I always feel like I have what I need at the right moment, because I feel connected to the main essences of life. All I need to do is open my arms and a sensational lot of wonders fall upon me if I’m ready to believe in them.

*The second reward is called “GRATITUDE”.

For a long time, I forgot to give thanks for what I have, but today, I can definitely no longer ignore life’s constant acknowledgments and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.

*The third gift is “RESPECT, UNDERSTANDING AND FORGIVENESS”.

Every day, I become more and more respectful of myself, of my body, of others, of the environment and of life. More and more, I am capable of empathizing with others to understand and forgive them when they make mistakes.

*The fourth present is “CREATION”.

I’ve never stopped creating, but today, I realize even more of how lucky I am and I try to use it for the right purpose.

*The fifth is the “JOY OF LIVING”.

I’ve always been pretty jovial and lively, but now, there is not much that can cause me to be miserable, in a bad mood, or unpleasant. Life is good, and we owe it to smile, and breathe happiness.

*The sixth point is “BALANCE”.

This way of functioning has taught me to feel balance to be in complete harmony with my convictions, my desires, my needs and my pleasures. Knowing how to control myself and keep in mind that the scales should never tip to one side or the other has brought me peace and satisfaction

*The seventh is “AN OPEN MIND”.

I’ve learned that nothing is fixed, that everything is shifting and that the only thing limiting our spirit is us, and our own fears. Obviously, there are still many proofs and satisfactions that I’ve received since adhering to this lifestyle, but once again, the list is very long, and the result is different for each person.

I’d like to end this article with a comparison that calls out to me!

I think of our bodies as having the same role as a car, both having the same function, which is to drive us from point A to point B. Both of these means of transport need fuel, and if you give your vehicle the wrong one, you’ll sometimes move forward very slowly or even backwards, and inevitably clog up the system until it eventually leads to its destruction.

So that’s why raw foodism has changed my life in its entirety! I suddenly decided to change types of fuel and today, I am driving at full speed, without stress or little aches and pains, with consciousness, a clear mind, concentration, and improving both the physical and divine aspects of my being. So take the risk of changing your habits and trying the unimaginable and unthinkable despite its colour, texture or message…

Only idiots never change! 😉

 

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The Appointment is Booked!

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A New Year!

It’s time to say “goodbye” to last year once and for all, to the memories, the past and make way for the present moment and get into the heart of the matter.

This moment of salvation gives us the feeling of being regenerated, like we’re undergoing a renewal, feeling re-energized, with the idea that we are getting a new chance at life. So we take advantage of it to start anew.

So we write down our dreams, our desires, and our hopes for the year to come on paper!

The first week of January is the most active for citizens of the world who are trying to keep their promises, but it doesn’t take much for this sacred path to become but a mere memory and for everything to be put away in a drawer and labeled under “Procrastination and Disappointment”, “I can’t do it”, “A little later”, “Maybe tomorrow”…

So this year why not try to do things differently?

First of all, why wouldn’t we trade in our personal resolutions for thanks and appointments with ourselves?

Why wouldn’t we simply start living in gratitude, being more present, more connected, respecting others more and all the living things around us, to be comfortable with our bodies, feeding ourselves with more ethics and consideration and especially, re-learning how to listen to our inner voice and be one with ourselves?

We shouldn’t necessarily let ourselves be governed by traditions if they don’t resonate with us!

Isn’t it lying to hope for health when our lifestyle isn’t respected or to hope for tranquility when we are responsible for acts that don’t reflect us, that stress us out and don’t make us happy?

We must absolutely ground ourselves anew to feel anchored to the earth and in harmony with this whole!

This grounding always brings us back to the present moment and to gratitude!

We must never forget that it’s not the goal we are aiming for, but the path that leads to it. Or else, we could run after unachieved dreams for a long time, as well as desires that are constantly growing…

Let’s re-harmonize ourselves to become free spirits, personalities, humans who are awake and have something to say, authentic people; let’s be the true stockholders of our lives!

It’s actually easy; it’s simply a question of making a decision! It’s a little bit like in the movie The Matrix: you just need to choose your path, red or green! Make the right decision.

A lifestyle that is harmonious with who we really are and what is best for us will naturally bring on a more positive and constructive sequence of events in our lives and all of that, with immense happiness.

So let’s breathe and center ourselves!

Secondly, I’d also like to suggest a trip to gift heaven!

Let me explain myself: I’m sure you wish to be more creative, more manual, more considerate, more engaged and more willful, so I dare you to create “Greeting cards”, a type of resolution for others or a reminder to live in the present moment.

Have fun writing little cards decorated a string and a bow for example, which you could leave anywhere for anyone with the intention you want, whenever you want!

When the occasion presents itself, all you need to do is take out your collection of cards and give the appropriate card with the right message to the right person! You’ll then work on your instinct to be able to tell what people need in order to bring them comfort or help them find the right path again.

Personally, I prefer to do it discreetly when the person doesn’t know whom the message is from, it’s even more constructive as a sign from heaven! But you can also show yourself if you prefer.

So go back to being an innocent child who shares without expecting anything in return… That’s also what it means to live in the present moment!

Have fun and spread love and life…

I wish you a wonderful new year filled with beautiful appointments with yourself and your loved ones…

L.O.V.E.

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My 30 Master Keys of Happiness

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I’m often told that I look really happy, that I’m always in a good mood and that my energy is always overflowing with vitality.

It’s true that I feel that life has been good to me, and because of this, I try to live my life to the fullest, and especially with both feet grounded in the present moment in order to not missing anything. I wanted to share a small list of things that help me to keep a smile on my face even when the going gets tough!

1: Eating as much raw food as possible: loads of fruits and veggies in abundance, without restraint.

2: Sleeping enough, at the right time, and getting a deep rest.

3: Being physically active every day by doing different activities: yoga, walking, swimming, weights.

4: Always staying hydrated! It’s important to drink a lot of water, constantly.

5: Trying to go outside every day to take in some sun, some fresh air, and benefit from the power of nature.

6: Meditating at least 10 minutes every day, and clearing your head completely. Don’t think of anything, and breathe deeply.

7: Thinking of how lucky you are every day, and being grateful! Be thankful for being alive, of having the chance to experience meaningless things, to meet people, to encounter smiles and actions. We never say “thank you” enough, and the same goes for “I love you”.

8: Moving away from the TV, the telephone and social media as often as possible.

9: Not hesitating to say “NO” to requests, activities, or meetings if you are not interested.

10: Listening to your heart and trusting it to make decisions, make choices and feel guided.

11: Surrounding yourself with inspiring, positive people by eliminating people who pollute your space, are negative, or suck your energy.

12: Keeping your hope alive by believing in your dreams, your potential and nature’s intelligence.

13: Focusing on every task you want to accomplish 100% in order to complete it without wasting any time.

14: Not hesitating to spend some time alone getting to know yourself, understanding yourself, discovering yourself, and taking time to recover (on the contrary!).

15: NEVER hurting others (humans, animals).

16: Getting rid of your fears! Confront them, integrate them, get over them and transform them. “Fear does not avoid danger!”

17: Being balanced! In other words, try to never do to “much” or “not enough”. It’s important to find a balance in all our desires and needs: food, outings, fun.

18: Being disciplined: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

19: Helping others without expecting anything in return, just for the pleasure of giving and sharing.

20: Accepting change and not giving into routine by accepting to leave your comfort zone.

21: Finding a job that you like.

22: Giving yourself goals, challenges and push yourself.

23: Keeping a learning mindset, and being receptive to wisdom: read, stay informed, be curious and don’t stay stuck on one fixed point of view.

24: Not wasting time with anything superficial or superfluous.

25: Being creative and ready to use your imagination, tap into your emotions and use your talents.

26: Keeping a child’s heart and staying in the present moment. Be contemplative, be filled with wonderment.

27: Not making judgments.

28: Never saying “NEVER”.

29: Avoiding procrastination.

30: LOVING, LOVING, LOVING.

L.O.V.E

 

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Know How to Spoil Yourself

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To our delight, spring has decided to grace us with its presence after all! With it, comes the soft and savoury promise of summer, which warms our heart and soul, as it should, after such a long and particularly intense winter! So how does one avoid the urge to melt prematurely before these tropical months? We all want to take advantage of every second of delicious sun, green parks, enchanting smells and sublime flora and fauna that are slowly coming back to life. It’s a delicious problem, wouldn’t you say?

However, it is true that within this context, we are often confronted with certain temptations. What to do?

*Resist and feel lonely in the midst of the “party” around you?

OR

*Give in and forget about the deep yogi within you, throwing your resolutions and healthy habits that do you so much good to the wind?

Well, for me, it’s neither. I refuse to sacrifice my health and habits because the summer is so short, but I also refuse to not spoil myself, because that, too, is so important…

For me, the notion of pleasure is of capital importance for anyone to be happy!

We simply can’t hold back our need to feel satisfaction and happiness because they could potentially steer us further from our path. It’s not natural to do things this way. We must always give ourselves happiness and what feels right, no matter what the cost!

That’s why I think that the most important thing is to find balance in order to satisfy our cravings and needs while staying in harmony with our essence and our voice, and allow ourselves to combine quality, pleasure, listening, complicity, friendship, fun, and self-respect.

But how is it possible to achieve this balance?

Well, I think there are several ways that are personal to each individual depending on your demons and race horses. But nevertheless, here is an exhaustive list of alternatives and tricks to not lose your way while taking advantage of this delicate spring and the upcoming summer, which looks like it will be more than delicious:

 

*Create a wall of visions, desires and urges: the power of visual images is incredible, and those who have tried it are mad for it, simply because it works! Being able to clearly see what you want takes a lot more mind space than even a very focused thought. Of course, associating both is a very good way to help us concentrate on our true aspirations and achieve the desired result.

Don’t hesitate to really think about what makes your heart beat, what motivates you, makes you want to move forward, what you want to obtain, do, or change, with the help of images, photos, drawings, words, quotes or anything else you can think of. Create a wall whose roll will be to help you find your way when you’re stuck, tired, or need to let go. It will be your number 1 MOTIVATION to always keep moving forward!

 

*Those famous barbecues: We all know it: summer is barbecue season and it’s often difficult to enjoy them if like me, you don’t eat meat or fish (which doesn’t mean you necessarily judge your friends for eating those things, though). No, what we want to do is inspire them; to do so, why not create colourful fruit and veggie skewers, living and vibrant with sauces that will make them fall head over heels with jealousy? HAHAHA!

You can do them cooked or raw: there are so many delicious possibilities. Pepper-onion-mushroom; three melons; peach-date-apricot; cherry tomato-cucumber-yellow tomato; raspberry-cherry-blackberry-blueberry; zucchini-orange pepper-kohirabi-sweet potato; pineapple-banana-mango…

Also don’t hesitate to play on the visual aspect, which always attracts curious people, and pair everything with savoury sauces made with thyme, coriander, cajun spices and for people with a sweet tooth, chocolat, Maca, vanilla… Everyone will love them, I promise, and you won’t be tempted to reach for something you don’t actually want and that isn’t good for you!

 

*Our frozen friends: to me, summer rimes with frozen treats, but not just any treat, of course! Always have a few sweet treats on hand by filling your freezer with frozen fruit: bananas, mangoes, pineapple, red berries…

There are also many ways to create healthy frozen treats without added sugar, additives, preservatives, or cream. And everyone will love them, young and old! Use your imagination to create wonders for all tastes and in all shapes. You’ll see: it’s super easy!

 

*Hydration: During the hotter periods, it’s important to be more vigilant than usual and be sure to drink enough water. A body can quickly become dehydrated without even giving any warning signs beforehand. You won’t be doing your body any good and it will be easier to succumb to useless outside temptations. Ensure you always have a water bottle in your bag and prepare all kinds of flavoured water: lemon water, berry water, mint water, ginger water. These are a tasty way of enjoying a fruitier or more refreshing version of our favourite life nectar!

 

*Working out: Let’s be clear: “summer” doesn’t mean you should be lounging around doing nothing. I’d even go as far as saying that on the contrary, we should be working twice as hard to do our workouts as scheduled, and add outdoor activities to the routine, too.

Simply because everything is simpler and furthermore, it will help us fight the potential obstacles on our path!

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, to try acroYoga in parks, to take a swim, go out dancing, go bicycling, organizing volleyball meets… Everything should become an excuse to get moving with friends, family, or by joining different workout groups that are simply waiting for you to participate and create new relationships. Spoil yourself by spoiling your body, heart, and mind. Push yourself forward…

 

*Alcohol: This is a taboo subject but that needs to be addressed, I think. A personal choice for each individual, for some, the decision will be irrevocable: “Never, never! I don’t touch alcohol.” For others, who have the urge to drink, there are options for being good and not hurting your body so much by choosing liquids that are easier to digest.

Obviously, everything lies in moderation, so challenge yourself with a limited quota for the evening, that you will not exceed under any circumstance.

Also, don’t hesitate to go for softer alcoholic beverages like homemade sangria that contains real juice, spritzer with carbonated water, bubbly, wine (pinot noir is the best because of the amounts of resveratrol it contains), cider and gluten-free beer.

There is also the possibility of going for fermented drinks that contain a minuscule quantity of alcohol and are delicious, like kombucha.

Tell yourself that every drink you take will have to be sweated out the next day, or think of the number of kilometres you’ll have to run the next day to compensate. You definitely won’t drink as much!

 

*Wellness: Especially, don’t hesitate to take some time to yourself and spoil yourself by taking in a bit of sun, reading under a tree, putting your bare feet on the ground, going out to take in the soft floral fragrances, meditating to the sound of bird songs, breathing deeply, walking, contemplating the world…

Be grateful for these simple moments which are sublime gifts of life that surround us! This appreciation will bring you such great content that you won’t need much to stay serene, peaceful, happy, satisfied, and free of needs other than that to BE!

LIFE IS A UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL PLAYGROUND; KNOW HOW TO HEAR ITS MUSIC, LISTEN TO ITS HEART BEAT, GO WITH THE SAME ENERGY WITH LOVE, RESPECT, FUN, AND CURIOSITY, AND THE UNIVERSE WILL NEVER CEASE TO SURPRISE YOU AND OFFER YOU THE BEST!

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What Is Love?

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We constantly talk about love, using the term in any which way regardless of the situation. It’s come to a point where without even realizing it, we’ve lost all sense of truth and depth with this word and feeling. However, we should all be able to see, understand and admit that the word has an incomparable power, that its role is a major one and that its potential is unique.

Love is certainly the most noble feeling, and especially, the one that is capable of the most wonders and the most amazing miracles.

Love is by far the only reason we need to live, that makes our hearts beat in all the ways possible and that gives us the huge urge to cooperate with this life, with this physical world in which we are currently living and this invisible empire with which we also live.

Love can upset us, turn us upside down, make us feel compassion, make us feel empathy, make us drunk, overwhelm us. It helps us be satisfied, comforts us, makes us smile, even makes us laugh or cry. It allows us to breathe, help others, move forward, completely let go, always believe more, not give up and even pushes us to cooperate with the unknown.

Love is the richest and most complete of treasures, but to experience it, one must first be able to understand it in order to respect it as one should, and finally integrate it and cherish it with all one’s might.

Unfortunately, we cannot deny that the word “love” has been completely tarnished with time and has lost all its true functions and values, which originally were basically to bring us together, and help us move forward, while keeping us united.

So what is love today?

Is it exchanging intimacy because we feel too alone? Is it loving by controlling the other person and being jealous and abusive? Is it giving love by limiting? Is it giving something to get something in return? Is it trying to live through someone else? Is it constantly seeking attention? Is it fighting against loneliness? Is it filling voids through a presence? Is it asking over and over for justifications? Is it losing one’s true identity in the eyes of someone or other? Is it wanting to possess what one cannot?

How do we really consider love today, in a society that pretends not to know that we all have a heart inside us and a wonderful inner world to explore and cross in order to evolve? How do we experience love nowadays in a world in only appearances and materialistic objects are important?

Personally, I’ve always considered love to be way to big and important to deserve pettiness and pseudo-comfort in the way too many people end up falling prey to.

Don’t you think we should all be able to overcome our fears and unease before looking to someone else to find this balance, which is necessary and vital? We cannot continuously ask others to satisfy needs that we alone can fill! We can’t constantly throw stones at others or to the outside world and believe that the solution or solutions can be found elsewhere.

To me, the only and true love that is important to experience is unconditional love!

This love is the only one that can allow us to reunite with our own inner being, but also positively and humanly promote all kinds of connections with different external elements that we encounter throughout our lives.

This type of love is the only one able to transcend us and push us to give without ever expecting anything in return. It’s a love deeply rooted in the heart that stimulates us in the present and in every moment that life offers us.

Unconditional love is the only love we should fully experience, because it’s the only one that is healthy on all fronts.

It is completely balanced because it is authentic, fun, sincere and entirely respectful…

Of course, this type of love requires work every day and every minute, because the society in which we have evolved and the education we have been given mostly goes against this luminous path.

Wanting to experience this way of loving is letting light into one’s life, and choosing to be happy regardless of the situation. It’s learning to constantly become better and more altruistic; it’s abandoning fear, moving away from possession, detachment, needing to belong…

Loving unconditionally is moving further and further away from judgement; it’s accepting differences, considering the micro, macro, physical and invisible on the same level. It’s never imposing anything, not limiting oneself, not feeling guilty, not blackmailing, not waiting to be considered and especially, never dominating regardless of the status that someone has given you or that you’ve given yourself.

It can be difficult to imagine being able to love this way, and I’m not saying that it’s always an easy path that is without obstacles; but what I am sure and entirely convinced of is that wanting and trying to experience this deep love in one’s life and one’s daily existence means changing one’s life forever by embracing beauty, joie de vivre and positivity.

LOVE

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How to Start Eating Healthier

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Nowadays, people have really become aware of how important it is to care for your health, and that eating healthy is the number one remedy and the best way to prevent illness. However, sometimes you just don’t know where to start, and our education doesn’t always help us or inspire us as to what we are supposed to do… what is good for us!

Many people are under the impression that “eating healthy” means depriving oneself of pleasure on a daily basis. Of course, this is not the case. On the contrary, it is very possible to eat a lot, while combining health and pleasure.

Here is a summary of products to avoid for optimal health, and a list of alternatives to replace them.

Let’s start with sugar!

Yes, we must and can eat sugar: it’s how we give our body energy. However, beware: refined sugar is a true poison whose only effect will be to block your arteries with time.

The sugar that it’s important to consume comes from fruit (the best) or coconut sugar, which is very beneficial to your health. Stevia, maple syrup, agave syrup, honey (for non-vegans), yacon syrup or date, raisin or other dried fruit purées also all taste like sugar.

Cow’s milk

Drinking cow’s milk is also dangerous for your health, and if you don’t know why, a quick Google search can help fill you in.

There are many alternatives to cow’s milk, such as rice, nut, hemp seed, millet, coconut, cashew, or even banana milk! Of course, the best option is to make your own, which is less expensive and much healthier, I promise!

Wheat flour

Now let’s move on to wheat flower, which is also a devil from the food industry, but don’t worry: you’ll still be able to eat pasta, bread, pizza… thanks to other healthier types of flour like almond, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, rice, chickpea, and tapioca flour, or the remnants of your nut milks. There is a wide array of flours out there to try and delight your tastebuds.

You can easily replace regular pasta by making your own with the previously mentioned kinds of flour. There are also many types of gluten-free pasta on the market! For example, there are kelp noodles, wild rice pasta, or pasta made with quinoa, seaweed, etc. There are so many out there… or why not try to whip up your own recipes? You could also go another route, which might lead you to the world of raw eating, and you might enjoy pasta made from zucchini, beets, squash, or sweet potato. Of course, you’ll need a Spiralizer, but it’s relatively inexpensive and well worth the investment.

But what about cheese?

There are also ways to avoid eating cheese by opting for vegan cheeses made from fermented nuts like cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts. If you live in Quebec, I highly recommend Byrdsheese: https://www.facebook.com/byrdfauxmages?fref=ts. These vegan cheeses can be made at home and are very easy to whip up. You can also use nutritional yeast, which helps give a cheesy taste. Absolutely delicious! You’ll also find several vegan cheeses in grocery stores, but maybe a little less natural. But once in a while, why not?

Now, let’s move on to butter!

Ah yes, of course, our bodies need fat. But it’s easy to replace with oils like olive or coconut oil, which are magical. There are also oils that are more fragrant, like sesame, avocado, or nut oils. There is even nut butters such as coconut or cocoa butter which are simply to die for, really! And what if I told you avocado can often replace butter in recipes? I’m crazy for it!

And now, what about animal products?

They contain protein, which we need for our muscles, but animals have a heart, emotions and a soul…

So as far as proteins go, did you know that plant-based proteins are often complete (including all the necessary amino acids) and easier to digest than animal protein? You can eat kale, sprouts, soaked nuts and seeds, which are great for you, filled with life, enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Quinoa, sunflower seed sprouts are great for you, for example, because they are complete sources of protein that will satisfy you.

Mushrooms are also a great source of protein, as well as legumes and nut loaves. And for those who wish to vary their diet even more, it’s easy to find tempeh, tofu, seitan, and imitation meats in stores. I’m personally not a big fan of imitation meats, which often contain many additives and preservatives, but once again, anything is possible. And once in a while, why not?

Eggs

As far as eggs are concerned, it seems impossible for many of us to imagine ditching them from our diets, but bananas are a great substitute, as well as ground flaxseed with water, or chia seeds. There is nothing you can’t make with these wonders of nature.

Of course, some people are intolerant or allergic to nuts, and that can make things a little more complicated. But there are also alternatives like millet, quinoa, oats, flaxseed, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, amaranth, and delicious buckwheat.

Soft drinks

In another category which is just as important, there are canned soft drinks of all kinds, which have literally taken over the world, and are bottled weapons of destruction, filled with everything that is bad for your health: sugar, additives, preservatives, chemicals, artificial colours… No further comment.

If you love the gas contained in these drinks, there are some made with mushrooms, which are fermented and will help your digestive system, like kombucha, for example, or kefir. These drinks can also be made at home; it may seem complicated at first, but after a while it’s only a question of organization. There is also fresh fruit juice or mixes of fresh juice and carbonated water, for example.

Alcohol

And of course, there is alcohol, which might be a little harder to replace. Of course, some people can easily give it up, others not at all, and other will say “yes” to a glass once in a while. It’s up to you to decide: you are free to do as you wish, but moderation is a good thing, of course! I went to a conference given by David Wolf, where he said that two glasses a day of a true pinot noir could even be good for you…

That pretty much wraps things up, but if you have any other suggestions, don’t hesitate to share them!

If I had one more comment to make, it would be to ask you to listen to yourself and trust your common sense, your inner voice that knows what is good for you in the end. Your body is your best friend and it doesn’t react in certain ways to hinder you, but rather to teach you something and show you the right path.

Don’t forget that everything is connected and if you wish to lead a life filled with magic, love, humanity, consciousness, awakenings, and sharing, if you want to reach your dreams, and be happy until your last day and even beyond, you have no other choice but to follow the universe’s prescription, and eat magic food that will help you make your dreams a reality…

LOVE

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