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SOUL TALK with Maria Christina Gabriel - Spiritual Mentor, Plant Mystic and Birth Doula.

Nicole Dechow

Soul Talk is a 5 question interview with inspiring people from all over the world that I met on my path.  And I couldn't be any happier to introduce you to Maria Christina Gabriel today.
Christina, who is living most of the time in New York,  is a spiritual mentor that to me is very intuitive and on point.

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THE LAW OF LOVE - a poem by Yogi Bhajan

Nicole Dechow

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Here is one of my favorite poems about Love, that inspired me in many ways over years.

The Law of Love
Love gives you power to merge,

From finite to Infinity.

Love gives you power to trust,

From nothing to everything.

Love gives you power, the most powerful.

Prayer between you and your Creator.

Love gives you vastness,

As vast as there can be.

Love gives you the hold, the experience,

And the touch with your own Infinity,

As beautiful as there can be.

Love is that surrender.

When you surrender at the lotus feet

Of the master, you become the master.

When you become the master,

You surrender your universe to the Universe.

Then you become divine.

When you surrender your divinity

To the Infinity, you become Infinite.

That is the Law of Love.

I found this poem back in 2009  in a teachers manual, when I just finished my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.
If you want to find more about the transforming teachings Yogi Bhajan  gave us you can visit the Kundalini Research Institute here.

Love always, Nicole.

Soul Talk with Lauren Lee, international yoga teacher and founder of raiseyourbeat.com

Nicole Dechow

Lauren Lee, international yoga teacher and founder of community platform raiseyourbeat.com

Lauren Lee, international yoga teacher and founder of community platform raiseyourbeat.com

Soul Talk is a short 3 question interview with inspiring people from the yoga and mindfulness community all over world.
Today answered by international yoga teacher and longtime friend of mine Lauren Lee, 28, from Boston, USA. 
She has a  passion for exploring herself and the wild, beautiful world in which we she lives in. 
I met Lauren 6 years ago in Goa, India and since then we stayed in touch being on different parts of this beautiful earth, connecting through yoga and our spiritual path.  Read what Lauren answered to our 3 soulful question.

What l love:

  • My daily meditation practice — I always try to incorporate 3 things I am grateful for to start my day with abundance and joy.
  •  Sacred Goddess’s within traditions — the Divine Feminine energy is bold, creative, wild, fierce, nurturing, intuitive and unconditionally loving. These are all traits I aim to embody in my own life. 
  • Tropical islands…the sunshine, fresh fruit, slower pace of life and cleansing Ocean water always makes me feel completely present and alive! 

What Yoga means to me:

To me, yoga is a way of life and cannot be defined in one way. I believe yoga is all encompassing and a state of integration of body/mind/heart awareness. Yoga is represented in so many different forms and practices, yet the ultimate yoga is one which invites consciousness, celebration, collaboration and union within our diverse inner and outer landscapes. 

I truly believe that yoga will heal the world and the true teachings of yoga can always be practiced at anytime, by anyone. 

My Health Secret:

Taking time for myself to rest, reflect and integrate. The more I teach and travel, the more time I need to spend with myself — I do this through my own Sadhana, lots of sleep, yoga nidra (especially when I can't sleep!), nourishing foods and being ‘okay’ with not over committing myself with social obligations.  

Lauren teaches, loves and learns around the globe. 
Find out more about Lauren and the wonderful community she created here:
www.raiseyourbeat.com

The best 5 tips on how to start meditating

Nicole Dechow

Some years ago meditation was just an addition to my yoga practice. But during the 3 years I lived in India I discovered meditation on a deeper level. I spent a lot of time in the Osho Meditation Center in Pune, where meditation became something so natural and so effortless to me. These days my mediation practice has become something I don't want to miss. It connects me to myself and my purpose. 

Most of us  live a busy lifestle with a schedule that is filled for weeks, sometimes months and I know it can feel that you just don’t have enough time to sit still and “do nothing”. But the truth is meditation is not taking time away from you infact  it is giving you more valuable quality time.
There are many benefits of meditation such as overcoming stress-symptoms in the body, being more focused and productive but also meditation is a journey to understand yourself and life. You will make better decisions, you will feel better and be more aligned with your outside and inside world.  If you want to set your day right start to implement meditation in your morning routine or how Russell Simmons says it in his own open words “ I ain’t do shit before I aint meditate.”

Here are my 5 tips to start your meditation practice at home

1.     Meditation journal
Keep a meditation journal. Just write whatever comes up in whichever form it suits you. I sometimes write a whole page, sometimes just one word. It i really your own personal experience.

2.    Meditation space
Have a committed space – so you know exactly where to go in the morning. If it’s a meditation pillow keep it in there. Maybe create a small altar or decorate it with small things that mean something to you.
My friend Christina from Happy Mind Magazine makes amazing travel altars. Check them out.

3.    Schedule it
Set an alarm in your phone, ipad, or your calendar to meditate. Everyday.

4.     Meditation Technique
Find the meditation technique that works for you. A simple technique often referred to as breath awareness is wachting your own breath at the tip of your nose.When you become aware of your breath with each inhalation and exhalation slowly the mind relaxes and the thoughts stop. They will return but you can slowly train your mind to come back and become aware of your breath.

5.    Be patient and compassionate with yourself
Always and just keep showing up in your meditation space. One day will be amazing, one day you will bet thinking about all the things you don't want to think of. That is normal and we all experience that. Just keep going.

I wish you the most beautiful meditation journey …oh and if i can give you one advice I learned from one of the greatest meditation masters and a great teacher for me :
don't mistake meditation with concentration – it’s the opposite .
Meditation is relaxation.

Love and Peace,

Nicole