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5 Dinge, die ich von meinem Life-Coach Ashley Paquin gelernt habe

Nicole Dechow

Kennst du das auch? Du fragst dich, was jetzt der nächste Schritt ist und wie du all das, was vor dir liegt überhaupt schaffen sollst?
Genauso erging es mir. Ich war nicht am Boden zerstört und alles lief ganz ok in meinem Leben und in meinem Job aber irgendwie hörte ich immer diese Stimme “ Das kann nicht alles sei” und "Da muss noch mehr sein”. Ich habe mehr als einmal daran gedacht, einfach alles hinzuschmeissen und was ganz anderes zu machen. Oder am besten nochmal auswandern. Nur leider

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3 Last Minute Weihnachts-Geschenke mit viel Herz

Nicole Dechow

Der Adventskalender meines Sohnes sieht schon so richtig leer aus, die allererste Adventskerze ist auch schon fast runter gebrannt und in jedem Coffeeshop oder Laden den man betritt läuft “Last Christmas” von Wham. So langsam kommt doch ein Weihnachtsgefühl oder einfach auch nur die Aussicht auf ein paar ruhige Tage auf.
Falls du noch ein schönes Geschenk

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Neumond - Kurzanleitung für dein Power-Ritual

Nicole Dechow

Der Neumond - Zeit für neue Intentionen und Herzenswünsche

Ganz egal ob du an Astrologie glaubst oder dich schon mit der Wirkung des Mondes auf uns Menschen auseinandergesetzt hast, ist der Neumond ein spezielles Ereignis. Und genauso wie die Mondphasen z.B. Auswirkungen auf die Gezeiten haben (Ebbe und Flut.. ) haben die Mondphasen Auswirkungen auf unser Leben. Früher lebten wir …

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Audible - warum ich in letzter Zeit viele Hörbücher höre + meine Top 3 Hörbücher

Nicole Dechow

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Ja, ich höre viele Hörbücher. Ich nutze gerne die Zeit im Auto, auf einer langen Bahnfahrt oder auch beim Kochen um in ein Hörbuch hinein zu hören. Und ich gebe zu, ich bin da irgendwie ein kleiner Nerd und bleibe vor allem bei den Personal Development Sachen hängen. Gerade im Alttag mit Kind, Job und Kegel geniesse ich diese kleinen Auszeiten und die Zeit des Zuhörend. Das ist irgendwie auch eine Art von" Me-Time" für mich geworden.
 

So nutze ich Audible:
Ich habe Audible als App bei mir auf dem Smartphone und verbinde es entweder im Auto über Bluetooth oder mit den Kopfhörern.
Das beste Feature ist für mich der Sleeptimer - manchmal höre vor dem Schlafen noch in ein Buch wie "A Course in Miracles" hinein und stelle vorher den Sleeptimer an. Irgendwie haben Hörbücher eine sehr beruhigende Wirkung auf mich und manchmal schlafe ich dabei ein. Sorry.. aber es ist beruhigend zu wissen, dass das Hörbuch nicht noch stundenlang weiterläuft.
Für alle Mamas hier noch ein kleiner Tipp: die Hörbücher für Kinder sind auch ganz wunderbar. Ich lade immer die englische Version für meinen Sohn runter und meistens die sehr einfachen 1-2 Altersklassen darunter. Es ist unglaublich wie gut die Kleinen Wörter und Redewendungen aufschnappen und umsetzen. 

Meine 3 derzeitigen Lieblingshörbucher:

1. A Course in Miracles / Dr. Helen Schucman
Der Klassiker, zeitlos und so voller Wissen, Liebe und Transformation. Kann ich absolut jedem empfehlen. Manchmal suche ich einfach per Zufallsprinzip eine Stelle aus und meistens ist es immer genau das was ich in diesem Moment gebraucht habe.

2. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind / Vishen Lakhani
Der Gründer von Mindvalley liest sein neustes Buch selbst. 

3. Magic Cleaning / Marie Kondo
Die Kondo Methode ist mittlerweile sehr bekannt wenn es um langfristiges Aufräumen geht. Und irgendwie geht es auch nicht nur um den Kleiderschrank sondern auch ums Leben. Habe ich schon vielen meiner Freunde empfohlen und geschenkt. 

Empfehlung: Angebot - Prime Day von Amazon:
Schaut mal rein, das Probeabot ist kostenlos für den ersten Monat und ihr bekommt 1 Hörbuch gratis. In den nächsten 2 Tagen ist Primeday, das heisst wenn ihr euch dann anmeldet gibt es das Abo für die Hälfte - EUR 4,95 pro Monat anstatt EUR 9,95 (gültig am 11. und 12. Juli 2017).
 

Habt ihr auch schon Erfahrungen mit Hörbüchern gemacht? Und wenn ja welche sind eure Lieblingshörbücher? 

xx, Nicole

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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.

5 Secrets of Happy People

Nicole Dechow

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You can ask almost anyone in this world what they want to do with their life and their answer will most likely be that they want to be happy and they want others to be happy too. 
While I am not a big fan of pretended happiness, fake smiles or covering up your unhappiness and topics to be worked on, I encourage you and everyone to go after what makes  you happy and cultivate happiness in your life.
Live the life that makes you most happy on your own terms. It does not have to be the "perfect" lifethat you see in movies, social media or any media. Happiness is an inside job and your life should make YOU feel alive and fill your unique being with happiness.
I love quoting Yogi Bhajan with "Happiness is your birthright", because it is. You are an extension of source energy and you are allowed to be happy. It simply means that you do not have to do anything, be someone or act or behave in a certain way to deserve happiness. You are you and that is enough , you deserve to be happy and you can claim your happiness.
Only if you are happy you can contribute to the state of happiness of others.  And the good news is you do not ave to be happy all the time to do so, I am also not sure if that is even possible, but you can simply carry a sense of gratefulness and contentment, in yoga we call this state "Santosha", with you. Be grateful for this life and all the opportunities life brings to you. You truly deserve it.
So here are 5 habits I commonly discovered with people who seem to live a happy lifestyle:

1. Happy People don't compare and practice gratitude
We all are so unique and carry different gifts and blessings within us. Do not focus on others. Focus on you, be grateful for the blessings which are already in your life. Discover more and more of them everyday.
I highly recommend starting a gratitude list, a very powerful tool to cultivate daily gratitude in your life. 
Read my post about "How to start a gratitude list" here.

2. Happy People live in the moment
You cannot be truly happy if you think about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. True happiness can only be experienced in the Now. Breathe deeply, ground yourself, connect with nature and become totally present in the moment.

3. Happy People have a smaller but stronger inner circle and friendships
We are very influenced by the people around us. There is a study that we are slowly turning into the 5 people we spend most of  our time with. Our brains and cells are connecting with each other. Nourish the friendships and people in your life you love fully

4. Happy People forgive others and themselves easily and quick
Let's face it we are not perfect and so is none. We make mistakes and that is ok, as long as we learn from our mistakes. Forgive yourself and forgive others. It does not mean that you are ok with everything that has happened or a certain situation, but it does mean that you don not have to carry the weight of anger, sadness etc. around with you anymore. 

5. Happy People take selfcare seriously and make it a priority
You can only fill from a full jar, not from an empty one. When you yourself feel drained and unhappy you can't expect to make others happy or help them. Taking care of yourself is not only a selfish act but also an act of love for others. Also you deserve to take care of yourself, give yourself permission. 

love and follow your bliss,
Nicole <3 

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What makes your soul truly happy? 

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