Requiem for the United States

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : Requiem pour les États-Unis

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We can all agree that 2020 is a crazy year. No matter where you look at or where you look from. Many lives have been changed this year.

It is one of the reasons I decided to open this website. I did it right before the pandemic and I already wanted to uplift you by showing you what the world has to offer.

In my last article, I said this week’s article would be about our series on the mind-body connection and specifically about our scientifically proven bodies’ healing powers.

Considering some recent events, I decided to change my plans and to write an article I had on my heart to write for many months now. 

Today, we will take an imaginary plane together to one of the best trips I had in my life. This trip happened on July 2019 where life led me to the state of Oregon, United States of America.

This will be our way of sending love, hope and rainy vibrations to this country, that is suffering from severe wildfires as you read this. As a matter of fact, 3 states in the country are currently burning

A requiem is originally a religious tradition, we’re taking it today to remember all the lives and lands that have been destroyed. All the pictures you’ll see in this article come from my trip to the States. Some of you might even recognise some of them from previous article of mine.

4 million acres have been burnt according to the New York Times that entitled their article « ‘It Is Apocalyptic’: Fear and Destruction Grip the West Coast ». For further informations, I invite you to look at their article or find the information available online as this article will only be centered on positive facts.

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, United States

Let’s remember today what makes Oregon a magical state

Wishes

The story begins 25 years ago when I first dreamt about travelling to the states. I always had this idea that it would be an amazing country to visit and that is welcoming anyone who step foot in their home.

Since then, I grasped every opportunities I could find for knowing more about the states, seeing if this country would be a good fit for me and asking all the questions I could think of.

Every time someone told me about the States, believe me when I say that my eyes were glowing in hope for a trip that would send me to this dream world. 

« You won’t believe what I just heard about the States » would I say to a friend on the phone after having one of those amazing conversations. They were enough for me to believe that a trip to the states would change my entire view of the world.

I had to wait but I didn’t know how much I was right by then.

Of course, some people would say to me that it is a great country but that it is not original to go there and certainly not safe since « everyone has gun there ».

I don’t like prejudices. I didn’t then and I don’t like them now.

I actually believe that those people are the ones that would benefit the most from travelling. Especially since they don’t like opening their eyes and mind.

The Cove Palisades State Park, Oregon, United States

The chance of a lifetime

For 25 years I wanted to visit the United States of America. I never stopped dreaming about it. I never stopped hoping that one day I would have the perfect opportunity to go there, especially since I never found the money to go visit the country properly.

One day, as I was working in a middle school, I received a call from a friend of mine. I remember that day perfectly. She called me thrice in a row and even if I was at work I took time to understand why.

« Oh good, you called me back Ben! You won’t believe what I just found for you!! You can have the opportunity to travel to the States, all expenses paid ; your only job will be to take care of 16 teenagers during their flight! During your stay, you will be hosted by a host family and the children will too, you’ll just have to call them twice a week to be sure everyone is doing well, otherwise you’ll be free to enjoy your stay! »

1 week later, I was flying to Portland, Oregon for the first time in my life.

Greenland seen from the plane

Entering the dream

When I say that I have been wanting to go to the States for a long time, I mean it. So much that I decided to learn English by myself – I explain how in my article Tips for Learning a Language – to know more about the American culture, I even organised many Thanksgiving dinner at home and another one at church with 110 people!

When I stepped foot in the States, even when I entered the plane, I couldn’t realise that I was actually flying there.

Indeed I was, and that is when I understood fully what “all things come to the ones who wait” mean.

Because I believed it for so many years and because I never stopped believing in it, I was finally able to enter my dream. Furthermore, I didn’t have the money to go but life just decided to answer my prayer.

Here I was, landing in Portland and spending one night in a hotel with 16 teenagers that were looking up to me for guidance.

On our way to our host families, we were all amazed by the landscapes we had in front of us. The 3 hour bus ride felt like minutes. That time allowed us all to realise exactly where we were.

Somewhere on the way from Portland to Bend, Oregon

I realised the chance I had to be there. And I wasn’t finished to be grateful.

Living life as an American

What they say is true. Americans aren’t that easy to be close to. But trust me, once they open their door to you, they also open their heart.

Waiting for us with balloons and welcoming signs with our name on it, it was heartwarming to see them welcoming us like this and jumping on the arms of some students of mine made me realised that some must have been coming for several years in the same family.

Imagining all those people having to stay indoor right now because of all the smoke due to the fires just breaks my heart.

My dream didn’t stop there! It was only the beginning. I couldn’t have wished for a better family than the one I had. I will never be able to thank them enough for the way they welcomed me and how they cared for me. They were a perfect fit, vegan, loving yoga and meditation, out of the box and open to new adventures. They opened their home, their heart and family to me. I can now say without a doubt that I am part of their family and that they are part of mine.

They knew I loved going to festivals and organised a visit to a near festival the day after my arrival. That’s when I realised once more that what they say is true. Americans are “full of themselves” (in a good way), you come as you are and you’re free to enjoy your time wherever you are.

Festival in Bend, Oregon

And since the life there is quite similar from the life in the movies. (in some extent), it’s not that much difficult to  acclimate yourself to the country. 

Visiting Central Oregon

When I was living in Paris, I loved talking to every American I could meet. My favourite question to ask them was “What do you think about Paris?” They often answer “We loved it! But everything is tiny here, the streets, the roads, the hotel rooms!…”

Now I understand why they said that. Everything in the States is big. The way they fully embrace who they are, their view of the world, their trust in you when they adopted you, their shops, their roads, their landscapes, the dangers they can face (we won’t be face to face with a puma or a bear if we walk by ourselves in the countryside in France but they will if they do it in Oregon or California).

Smith Rock State Park

When you’re an European, you’re not really aware of all that the United States can offer you. You mostly know of New York City, California, Las Vegas, Miami and let’s say, Texas. Oregon wasn’t on my list because I didn’t really know about it. I’m grateful that life led me there.

Central Oregon is the perfect place for discovering the countryside. Be sure to have about a month to visit everything.

You can be driving from a warm place in Bend where you can Kayak to a cold place next the 3 sisters and maybe hike on them since they are volcanos.

When you take the road, you’re able to visit many things and encounter many different beautiful places.

Such as water falls.

McKenzie Bridge, Central Oregon, United States

Beautiful people.

Drake Park, Bend, Oregon, United States

And amazing events.

Outdoor event in Smith Rocks, Oregon

This one was actually a classical music concert, Hunter Noack had this amazing idea to bring people outdoor and play them music. I like classical music since this day and thanks to him. It was a precious moment. And I thank you again my family from another country for giving me the opportunity to attend.

I advise anyone who’d love to visit the courntyside, anyone who wants to get off the beaten track or want to be breathless by what they see to try and visit Oregon. If you like hiking and wandering in nature as well as visiting some beautiful cities, this is the place to be.

And again, people will be warmly welcoming you.

Somewhere in Central Oregon

Of course not everyone will be welcoming. I remember taking this picture telling myself « even this dog can see I’m French » because you can see some old republicans (mostly) not being really happy you’re stepping foot in their little town. But apart from that, you have so much to discover, share and receive that it is truly a part of this country I’m going to visit again soon.

And you can be sure of that, United States of America, once this crazy pandemic is over, once you have recovered from the worst fire season you have faced and once you have reopened your frontiers ; I’ll be ready to come back and live as an American once again.

I’d like to thank everyone who welcomed me there again. All those memories – be sure that I didn’t have enough space to share them all with you here – will stay in my heart forever, you changed my view of the world.

Thanks to everyone of you, I finally decided to step into my power and to be an example for everyone around me and for myself as well. They will recognize themselves when they read this. Thank you for your trust, love and kindness.

I hope this article gave you a clear idea of what Oregon has to offer. Let me know in the comments if you already have visited or what you would do there if you go.

Next week we will continue our series on the mind-body connection so be sure to stay tune and if you haven’t alreay, register to the newsletter at the end of the article to receive all the news from the website on your mailbox.

Until then,

« Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before »

Dalaï – Lama

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Thank You

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : MERCI

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We all have a reason to be grateful for something.

I believe it is a duty we have. We have to remember who life offered to us. Moreover, it is an act that encourages it to do it again. The more you are grateful for something that happened in your life, the more you tell the Universe that you want more.

Today I am grateful.

I opened this blog 8 months ago, at the beginning of 2020 and it’s been a wonderful adventure since then.

« Life without liberty is a body without spirit »

Kahlil Gibran

Of course, it is never easy when one starts on the path to building its own independence. Last week I decided to start to run a brand awareness marketing campaign so that people would get to know the blog even more.

Communication by Gerd Altmann 

The principle is simple, invest some money – not a lot since I’m not earning anything from the blog – to boost a post and invite people to connect with me, Ben Gananda.

Everyone who already follow me know this but I do have profiles on various social media networks. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – the links are below the article. 

Since I didn’t have a lot of money to invest and that Facebook and Instagram are from the same company now, I decided to run a 3 day campaign on Facebook that would also be shown on Instagram.

I am thrilled to announce that the post that boosted my last article Togetherness was seen more that 15 000 times and liked more that 4 500 times both on Facebook and Instagram at the same time.

Screenshot of the result of campaign on Instagram

To everyone that follow me, to everyone that liked that post and that started to follow me right after that, I say THANK YOU.

Thank you for being here and for believing in my message.

Having so much feed back makes me want to go on.

I had to dedicated an article to thanking YOU.

Now that this is done, I can properly tell you that I am currently working on different projects that will come to life in a month or two. I cannot say more already but be sure to stay tuned.

I believe in the power of each and everyone of us and I want to be here for anyone who is in search of truth and purpose.

I will be able to show you more about the movie project I told you about in two of my articles, the first one is called Docu-Project : The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us and the second one is On Being Childlike and I will also have 2 other secret products that will be launched soon.

The website will be updated soon as well.

And of course I will always be writing a weekly article.

So, for all those reasons, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter below the article to receive all the latest news.

Again, thank you.

See you in the next article.

Namaste by Artem

Until then, be sure to stay grateful for each presents life has to offer you. Remember, it can also take the form of a smile.

Love,

Ben

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On Being Childlike

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : AVOIR UNE ÂME D’ENFANT

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Do you always try to keep a childlike eye to what happen in your life? Are your constantly trying to see the good parts of life? Or do you just start worrying every time adversity arise?

According to many teachings, religions or even philosophies such as Taoism for instance, we must all have a childlike spirit.

Stay childlike and be one with Heaven

Lao Tzu

I remember once, I was able to teach my little sister to ride a bike. She’s 10 years younger than me and when she finally decided to take the training wheels off her, I was here to help her. I actually gave a her what I called a potion so that she would be able to ride her bike by herself.

I believe, by focusing on what children have to say about the world, that we can learn a lot. This is why the documentary project The Internal Change I told you about can finally say publicly that it will make a difference in the world during its filming by helping children in need in South-Asia.

Remember about the project I told you about, you can read the first article about it here : Docu-project : The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us. To say it shortly, my team and I are currently preparing the filming of a documentary from Australia to India that will criticize our consumer society and take example on the children.

Our society is based on possessions, having a lot means succeeding ; which leads to imbalances. But, when we look at ancient civilisations and knowledge, we see that simplicity and sustainability are two words that go hand in hand. In short, focus on the past to understand how to move forward in the future.

As adults, we have a tendency to see the glass half empty, to worry about tomorrow and to always ensure our health and safety. What if, by simply taking inspiration from children’s  temperament, we could grow and blossom again?

One of the secrets to a healthier life is then a simpler life. Or, to use a term known by some, a life that goes toward minimalism. Without saying that we should all live in a minimalist way, it is a way of living more conscious developed by more and more festivals of all kinds that are part of a sustainable approach and from which it is possible to draw inspiration to change little by little our habits and strive towards inner balance.

By focusing particularly on the habits of the children of the countries we will visit, we will be able to realize more clearly where humanity tends towards. We will see that poverty often makes a country rich in its humanity and that children of poor countries will fill the gaps of our western societies.

My sister I told you about earlier in this post, she drank my potion. Guess what, that’s how she learnt to ride a bike! Do not worry, the potion was only water, but I simply told her that this was a potion that would give her enough self-confidence so that she would ride perfectly. And that’s what happened, that day was the day she was able to take the training-wheels off.

Thanks to this movie we will show how, simply by deciding to stop being guided by society and by changing gradually our habits, one can be affected by the problems of the world less and less. One person at a time, it is possible to go toward a sustainable future. It will help raise the vibration of the earth and awaken consciousness.

More explanations on the page of the project on GlobeDreamers.com

In each country visited by the movie, we will engage in an associative and volunteer way. We will visit big cities to witness this consumer society and poorer towns for their wisdom. We will focus on those smaller towns, which at first glance might not be so attractive but that can teach a lot more than touristic places. We will visit monasteries and learn about customs and traditions so that we would open our horizons and always go forward into more understanding of our world and ourselves.

Problem is, the miracle solution doesn’t exist, everything takes time. I would therefore like, with this project, to show to the public how much it is so necessary to start to take care of oneself, bit by bit.

1 – Lines of work 

After two years of research in this field, it is necessary to go on the ground to clearly realize the situation. This is why we will ask 3 questions in each countries we’ll visit :

  • What impact does the consumer society have on the environment and the well-being of the population?
  • What are the customs of this country and in what measures can they be beneficial to us?
  • Does the wealth of this country make its greatness? (or does its poverty make room for the richness of relationships?)
Image by Sasin Tipchai 

2 – Associative work

To do so, the team of this movie is currently preparing it and looking for one project for each country visited. In fact, in order to be sufficiently imbued with countries, to leave our mark and to touch a maximum of subjects specific to the values of the film, the project is still under construction and we will be back soon with a clearer idea of which project will motivate our stays.

And because the children are a major point of the evolution of everyone and of humanity, and that is the subject of our film, we are looking for an association helping children in need in one or more countries we will cross. We are already in contact with an association which teaches English to children and teenagers in Laos and fights for the preservation of the environment there.

We will also stop in monasteries to better understand the minimalist philosophy of life conveyed by the serenity of their residents.

We will also stay with locals, mostly in exchange for lodging to enter into their daily lives and understand precisely what are the impacts of over consumption on their everyday lives. We are already in contact with locals in Bali, Thailand and Cambodia.

3 – The children’s cause

Image by shekharchopra85

According to ILO (International Labour Organization), at least 250 million children would be working in the world, of which 61% would be in Asia.

However, a law dating from 2006 prohibits the work of children under the age of 14 in India. But with few controls and very few laws enforced, an estimated 12.5 million children are working in this country.

UNICEF is also sounding the alarm in a new report released recently. The Covid-19 pandemic, says the organization, « is destroying decades of progress in health, education and other areas for children in South Asia. » Projections show that over the next six months, an additional 120 million children could fall into poverty and food insecurity, adding to the more than 240 million children already in poverty.

India had to order a new lockdown a few days ago. Imagine the damage this could be for so many people there.

Unfortunately, child labour is not the only violation of children’s rights in South Asian countries. India, after Bangladesh in child marriages, still celebrates 40% of child marriages worldwide. The sound girls, promised in marriage at their birth are given to a man older than her around the age of 11 years. Young girls and boys are therefore deprived of normal development and even of proper education, their mental and physical health are hindered and therefore their future. Although child marriage is prohibited by India Law, 47% of girls are married before the age of 18.

The story of my sister tells us about the power of children’s imagination. They just have to believe in something to make it happen. Many more reasons to take care of them and take their point of view into account.

Together with this movie, we’ll go through the biggest megalopolis of the world, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Chitagong, Dhaka, New Delhi, focusing on humbler towns on our way.

We’ll see that simplicity does help happiness to come through.

More explanations on the page of the project on Globedreamers.com

If you too want to be part of something greater, that you want to show up for the world and more specifically for the children of the world, I invite you to take a look on the project. It is supported by a platform for sustainable travel projects called GlobeDreamers.

You can click on the image below to be redirected to the project on their website.

Image by Ben Gananda

Or simply click on this link : https://globedreamers.com/en/crowdfunding/travel/6717-le-changement-interieur-qui-sopere-en-nous-et-tout-autour-de-nous

One way you could start helping the project would be to like and share it on your favorite social media, this will help A LOT the project to be heard!

If you are interested, I will also be interviewed on a live with GlobeDreamers on their Instagram page (in French) on Sunday 19th at 7 pm (GMT +1).

Stay tuned, as said in my previous article, we will dive deeper into the mind-body connection in the next article. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter below!

In the meantime, take time for yourself and your loved ones.

Love,

Ben

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Interested by India’s philosophy ? Have a look on my article about Ayurveda : Ancient Science

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Why I Stopped Eating Corpses

Cliquez ici pour le français : Pourquoi J’ai Arrêté de Manger des Cadavres

4 min read

Have you ever tried to eat a piece of wood? Or maybe a leaf on the ground or a stone? According to a cook I follow, eating meat might just be the same as eating those.

I used to eat fast-foods every two days or so, I was raised to eat meat at every meal, except for breakfast. And I used to love to eat meat. I come from a Spanish family so you can guess which kind of meat we like to eat, that one that is really fat.

That cook and naturopath who I follow is Irene Grosjean and I think she’s one of the wisest people I’ve heard talking about food in the past decade. Actually, since I heard her talking on a video on YouTube called “La Vie en Abondance” – Life in Abundance – my way of seeing food has totally changed.

And I must say that since the pandemic happened, we should all start to take responsibility for the part we all have to take in the wellness of the world. Don’t you think the planet has been calling out to us? We all can take a little step towards more awareness considering what is good or bad for it.

More and more people seem to decide to stop eating meat. Why so? There are different views on the subject, some people might stop for environmental reason, others ones could lessen their consumption because of health issues ; some even take that step just to live better.

1 – The planet has tried to tell us to eat less meat

Not enough people realise it yet but when we talk about climate change this isn’t only about our cars, planes and private consumption of gas. 

The fact that a majority of people eat meat make some other people want to product a lot to sell more and have loads of money. And when you produce a lot of meat, you produce too much greenhouse gas only by feeding the animals, so just imagine what it takes to medicate them, to make them drink, or just to let them live outdoors – for the least that can.

The production of meat leads to the pollution of our oceans. Do you really think that nitrogen, phosphorus, antibiotics and pesticides are good for our water, aquatic or even human life? I’ve never heard anyone tell me that we should eat those everyday in order to be healthy.

More than 25 billion animals are killed by the meat industry each year. Every second, one football field of rainforest is destroyed in order to produce 257 hamburgers.

Do you realise that 70% of all agricultural land is used for rearing farmed animals? Don’t you find that crazy? I’m not saying that we should all stop eating meat but if we could all lessen our consumption, it would do a lot of good to the planet, I’m sure of it.

We live in a consumer society and the more we eat meat, the more we contribute to it. We have meat in every meal. I has become an illness for us. Actually I’m working on a film project that criticise our consumer society, you can see it on my article Docu-Project :The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us.

I’ll come back another day on this point, but you can still go to this website if you’re interested.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Gandhi

2 – My body needs healthy food

As I said earlier on my article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy, we’re not supposed to eat chemicals. When an animal you’re eating has had antibiotics for its entire life, be sure to eat them at the same time.

It is easy to lecture someone who has decided to become vegetarian/vegan and tell them that we have to eat meat for our own good. But have you ever consider the fact that you are eating meat only because you were taught to? What if that was just a matter of tradition?

As a matter of fact, as Irene Grosjean says it in La Vie en Abondance -with English subtitles-, our body can’t make life happen by eating dead things. If we must eat meat, we therefore have to have a body that can digest it. However, we do not have a carnivorous digestive system but an herbivorous one. Our intestines are long and could even be ones of a frugivore.

We are indeed eating corpses. When I realised what Irene was saying, it hit me. Of course you can argue that you won’t find all the nutriments you need in a plant-based diet ; are you really sure? I’ve heard that B12 vitamin for instance is only found in red meat. Guess what, I get mine in malted yeast, which by the way also replaces cheese since it has the same smell and taste. What about the proteins? Look for red beans, chickpeas, lentils.

I have a friend who’s been sick and that is feeling better and has less medications to take thanks to her plant-based diet ; she hasn’t eaten any animal product for 12 years. I’m far behind and I’ve stopped eating meat for 2 years now. We are both incredibly healthy!

This website put it in another way :

“Deprived of veterinary care, exercise, sunlight, and even the feel of grass beneath their feet, these living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings, whose senses are so much like our own, suffer and die at the rate of millions per day just so that we can have burgers, patties, nuggets, and wieners. Deciding what we will eat means choosing between the horrors of factory farming and respect for animals.”

Some people, like myself, have to stop eating meat for health issues. I know I get really really sick if I come to eat something made with cow milk, which narrows down what I can eat and subsequently led me to stop eating meat, because I realised that it is far from good for us. My physiologist advised me to stop eating meat because I had back problems and guess what? They’ve disappeared now..

When you start becoming a vegetarian, you start by looking at all the label of the things you used to buy and realise that there is meat – or lactose for people with my case – everywhere, even in candies. And then you think about all the animals that must have died to produce that food.

We see in this article that the vegetarian diet is better for us, no matter your health issue and even if you don’t have one.

“A plant-based vegetarian diet is healthier and can prevent diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, colon cancer, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, gout, gallstones, kidney stones, lung cancer, and breast cancer. A low fat vegetarian diet, combined with regular exercise, helps reduce blood pressure and can control, or even eliminate, non-insulin dependent diabetes.”

May your food be your medicine 

Hippocrate

3 – I am curious

It might be a shock for some people but eating vegetarian helped me to discover new kinds of food and I’m not eating the same things everyday, not at all.

The start is difficult, like anything else, because you need to know and look for some recipes. But as soon as you do, you start getting what you need and have everything in your house. You do have to cook – in the same way as meat – but trust me, it’s really good.

You don’t know what to do? Start cooking some vegetables, add rice, let simmer for a minute or two, water that, add some spices that you like and you get a home-made “paella”.

You like to have a kebab or something fat? Trust me, you can have that as well. And I’m deploring the fact that we don’t have a lot of vegan option in France because in the US they do.

But it is still important to eat well. It’s not because you’re going vegetarian that you can eat whatever you want because you’re just eating vegetables. Eating pizzas and veggie burgers everyday is still considered not eating well. But eating vegetables is a good start towards a healthier life.

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.

Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.

I hope you liked this article and that it made you think more about that subject. If you did like it, you can subscribe to the newsletter to receive an email every week with a new article. The next one is going to be about Ayurveda.

Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting and liking my article.

Be well.

Love

Ben

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Stop running and listen to yourself

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As promised, we’ll continue on the subject we began talking about. And I chose specifically those  ones because I used to find myself getting anxious for nothing. Always trying to just do the work I had to do and then get to the next thing without even taking time for myself. And since most of us try to think about others before, where do you find that time when you just sit with yourself? And actually be ok just by yourself, without using anything to help you out.

Some years ago, I realised I just couldn’t be by myself, in my own apartment without having something to do, to watch or to listen. I had to have something going on in order for me to feel good. I was then advised to learn to be good on my own, with the TV and music off, even if that was for just 5 minutes a day.

And that was the starting point of my mediation journey. Little by little, I tried and checked how I was feeling in those moments of nothingness. At first yes, I’m not gonna lie, that was hard but trust me, I know that now, this time is the most valuable of my day. Of course it’s gonna feel weird, your body needs to acclimate to the new things you’re trying to teach him.

So many people are looking for their purpose. But in our world, we have to do the work, do the gym, do the housing, do, do, do, do, do…. So much that we then don’t take the time to just sit and know what is happening inside of us and therefore where our hearts, our purpose is. We won’t be able to figure it out until we just ask ourselves what it is we want, what it is that make our heart sparkle.

This non-stopping mindset is a distraction from us being able to slow down long enough to actually get all the answers we’re waiting for.

Meditation can be used as a tool to open your channel. We all have a divine channel, that inner knowing, like a cosmic inner voice that connects us to the divine inside us. A divine that isn’t necessarily God but maybe your own God, the one that you go to when you need guidance. Because we all need guidance in this world. Some might even call it consciousness.

And that is all the purpose of mediation, being able to be conscious of what you want and what you feel so you can hear that inner voice that wants to guide you.

There are steps that need to happen in order for you to be the container for the love, for the abundance, and for the inner knowing you so deeply need. You need to learn how to hold the space, which will make you able to facilitate other people.

So many people want to skip doing that inner work. Because yes, it might be considered as working on yourself but I’m sorry to say it, nothing will ever happen to you if you haven’t worked for it. In every areas in life. We all have to work on ourselves, we all have an inner child work to do, we all have to forgive, we all have to face what triggers us to go on in life. But people just want to get to the purpose and then enjoy it and then the end. But there will is something else and your purpose will never be fulfilling if you haven’t done the inner work. You won’t hear the divine whispers of the soul if you have a lot of noise. 

But people are so busy and consumed, and in such a state of avoidance that they can’t hear this inner voice. You have to make the space to hear, you have to know your soul assignment. You’ll never gonna figure it out until you slow down. It’s often too loud to get clarity on your purpose. You’re not present. You’re running around trying to see what you can get from everyone instead of trying to see what you can give.

So learn to be still, to live with yourself, to understand that beautiful person that you are. Learn to look for the things that make you feel good instead of the things that consume you. It’s too easy to let yourself burn in the everyday noise. It’s less easy to take time and work for yourself but so much more fulfilling and self realising.

Nobody will do that work but you. Nobody will take care of yourself better than you can. Deep down you know what is better for you, trust that voice and be bold enough to follow it.

Self love – acceptance – is the key to living your purpose. 

There is never gonna be enough money, enough time or just enough of what you’re trying to get everyday. You’re just going to continue to get more and more and more and still won’t be satisfied because you haven’t stopped.

But why do you have that anxiety? Why are you stressed out all the time? What are you running from? 

I’m talking about meditation because it has become a tool for me so I can be present with myself. It has shown me how to wait and be aware of my surroundings and of what I’m actually doing. It has become that time of the day where I just sit and dedicate time for myself, usually at the beginning of the day. After that time, my batteries are finally recharged and I can be present for everyone around me. Of course I’m not saying that it has changed me right away, again everything takes time, but it is changing me and I’m learning everyday how to be still. For someone like me who was and is always running around it is a big step. My next step is to learn to be still even longer.

As for you, you should just try out what works for you. There is multiple kind of meditations which can be really useful. There is more than 20 different types of meditation (this website shows you the difference between all of them), one where you sit, another one where you have breathing exercices which will help your body relax, and also another one where you can lie down and even fall asleep if you need to (that one is called yoga nidra). I advise you to check the Insight Timer app, which has been a great tool for the past 3 years for my meditations, they offer free guided meditations, courses, talks, musics…

The more you meditate, the less likely you are to make a mistake. Truly. So I encourage you to start meditating for at least 5 minutes a day. What is 5 minutes? We all can find that time.

In my meditation journey, I also came across Yoga, which has really been a game changer for me. Be sure to stay tuned to know more, it will be the subject of my next article. I will also share how our body are connected and always changing, on a cellular level.

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Love

Ben

Inspiration : The Highest Self Podcast episode “You’re not crazy, you’re awakening with Amber Valdez”