Un article dans lequel je vous partage ma vision de cette pandémie. Un moyen pour moi de vous montrer qu’il y a toujours un moyen de voir les choses d’une façon positive.
La magie de la méditation
Si vous me lisez, vous le savez déjà, je chérie la méditation. Elle fait partie de ma vie quotidienne tout comme elle fait partie des cours que je donne. Le deuxième article le plus lu de 2020 est à ce propos, il s’agit du premier article que j’ai écris à ce sujet.
Nous sommes tous – moi aussi – rattrapés par la vie. Laissez-moi vous montrer une pratique qui peut vous aider à vous sentir plus vivant et moins stressé. Un moyen aussi pour vous aider à faire ressortir la meilleure version de vous-même et réaliser le but de votre vie.
L’honneur d’avoir un invité
Bien entendu, le troisième article le plus lu est également un article sur la méditation. Il s’agit d’une interview de Carrie Grossman, une chanteuse qui possède une voix magique.
Elle est connue pour ses magnifiques interprétations des mantras. Elle les rend accessibles au plus grand nombre et nous a offert généreusement de son temps pour nous expliquer clairement ce qu’ils sont et ce qu’ils peuvent nous apporter au quotidien.
La magie de la vie
J’aime voir la magie de la vie. Et j’aime aussi regarder ce que le commun des mortels ignore. Le quatrième article le plus lu est à propos de l’influence à laquelle notre corps peut être exposé.
Nous ne nous rendons pas compte du potentiel de nos corps. Tout comme nous ne réalisons pas à quel point toutes les intéractions que nous avons, voulues ou non, peuvent avoir une influence sur nous. Dans cet article, je vous montre la façon dont notre corps utilise tout ce qui se trouve à son contact, pas seulement la nourriture mais aussi les relations, et bien plus.
Les voyages sont essentiels
Le dernier article de cette compilation est un article que j’ai écris pendant le dernier voyage que j’ai pu vivre avant cette pandémie.
J’ai eu la chance de visiter cette ville magnifique, pleine de charme, d’histoires et de mystères. J’espère de tout coeur pouvoir y retourner bientôt. D’ici là, je vous propose ma façon d’y vivre et les endroits qui pour moi sont incontournables pendant une visite dans cette ville des Pays-Bas.
J’espère que vous avez aimé ce top 5. N’hésitez pas à partager votre article préféré, qu’il soit sur le blog ou non.
Laissez-moi finir en vous souhaitant de merveilleuses, magiques et reposantes fêtes de fin d’année. Profitez du temps que vous pouvez passer avec vos proches, prenez soin de vous et restez en bonne santé.
Je ferai de même et je vous retrouverai ici au début de l’année 2021.
Encore un joyeux Noël et un joyeux réveillon du nouvel an (puisque mes voeux pour la nouvelle année viendront dans un article spécial, bien évidemment). Que ces fêtes marquent la fin de cette année et vous apporte tout l’amour et la joie dont vous avez besoin et que vous méritez amplement.
Avec toute mon affection
« Profitez des petites choses. Elle vous aideront à profiter grandement du reste. »
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.
Let’s remember today what makes Oregon a magical state.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 monthto 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.
And amazing events.
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.
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.
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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 »
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.
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.
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.
Learning a language takes time, you have to learn everything by heart so you don’t forget anything, it’s not fun …
Learning a language might be a great journey you can enjoy. It can be fun and you don’t necessarily have to spend all your time learning everything by heart.
In fact, if you know how to do it, you can learn without even feeling like you are.
I actually learnt English by myself. Well, I had all the teachings from school obviously but that wasn’t enough for me to really speak the language. Today, I have the CAE -Cambridge Advanced English – which says that I have a C1 English level.
I didn’t live in an English country, I didn’t take spare classes to learn it, my accent is not the best one and I can sometimes do some mistakes I know. But still, I’ve been writing articles in English AND French since January now and I think you guys can get what I write.
I really appreciate all who’ve been liking and commenting on my articles. Thank you, really much.
I learnt English simply because I chose to. I come from a Spanish family and I used to speak English with my grandmother – may she rests in peace – so maybe I was used to being comfortable with languages.
When I was living in Paris, I decided that I needed to learn English in order that I would be able to travel easily. And since I didn’t have enough money to go live in an English country, I decided to bring English to me. I started to watch movies in English, turn the language of my phone and computer into English, tried to read English books and so on… I even tried to think in English.
Imagine when I had my first dream in English, it was an apotheosis for me!
And today I try to give that taste of freedom to anyone I can. Because learning English opened many doors for me. Truly. Now I can learn about a subject in two – sometimes three with Spanish – different languages and this is really helping me to go deeper into my researches and I can write even better articles.
You might not understand the necessity you have to learn a new language, but it can absolutely help you grow stronger in your business as well as in your personal life.
Knowing different languages is like having multiple souls. Teaching languages is actually one of my specialities.
I also had the chance to spend time with English speaking people in Paris, which helped so much in my learning. For them, for my grandmother, for the time I spent learning … thank you.
Today I’d like to give you a little tip if you want to learn a language. If you really want to, it is something you won’t be spending a lot of time on. You just need to have a directory with you at all times.
It’s an easy tip, that everyone can do and that can teach you a lot of words, that you will remember just by yourself, for the price of a directory – 2$.
Throughout your day, make the effort to listen to podcasts, radio shows, news, read articles or books or even watch movies or tv programs in the language you want to learn. You might start with adding the subtitles of your language, then you will want to replace them by the language you’re learning – which will help you see the words you hear – and then you won’t even need to have subtitles.
By doing that, you will learn new words everyday and as soon as you learn a new word, write it in your directory, choose a colour for your language and another one for the new one. This might be blue for English and red for French for example if you want to learn French.
You will see that the more you do that, the more you will learn words and the more you will want to learn. It’s fun and you will want to continue working on that. Many times, our brain doesn’t have to be forced to do something, if we do it just out of fun, we remember it and that makes us want to learn even more.
For those who follow me, please excuse me for not being here for the past week, I had some issues to work on. Fortunately they are solved now and I can write again.
As a matter of fact, I will be coming with new ideas and the website will soon be updated to offer you a lot more tools!