Between the years I participated for the first time in the “Woman Unleashed Online Retreat” by the wonderful Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici. It is a free retreat where you can watch lots of amazing lessons ranging from Art via cooking classes to beautiful meditations.
Woman Unleashed Retreat
One of these lessons war hosted by the inspiring Alena Hennessey whose art classes are always brillant. The picture which evolved after that lesson is the one you can see above: The oak tree.
After I finished that picture I drew some more trees, the willow, the birch, the maple, and then I thought I should turn them into a series of affirmation cards which represent the chakras.
So here they are:
These are now available as greeting cards in my redbubble store
Namaste! May the new year 2017 bring you lots of happiness and prosperity!
Last week I did a little Wellness trip to Dinklage/ Northern Germany. It is not far away from where I live, and I was lucky as my lovely daughter took me there on her back home.
The hotel is a 5 star facility and well-known in the area. It was very quiet with lovely surroundings, delicious vegan meals, and an exquisite wellness area.
I enjoyed the adjacent wild park where animals could roam around freely.
Vegan breakfast looked like this
.. and that was for me alone!
In the evening I got a 3 course dinner which consisted of soup, main course, and dessert.
Here you will find some impressions (and patterns) of the wellness area.
It was very relaxing to stay there for two night and I can recommend it very much. The only critique I have is the typical German behaviour of the cook on the first evening.
I was having my main course a paprika filled with couscous and around the vegetable there was rice with a hot chilli sauce. Suddenly I came across a very hot bit of sauce which for me was only red thai curry paste, it just wasn´t mixed thoroughly. I told the waitress about it, because for one I was about to get a heart attack from the heat it gave me – and I thought it would be nice for the other guests if the cook could just give it another stir. But the cook wasn´t amused. At first he kindly sent out some lychees for me to absorb the heat which worked well. But then he came out and said that I would have been wrong (hello, I am the guest) and that vegans normally wouldn´t be such softies. Why couldn´t he just say: I am sorry, even if he thought he didn´t do anything wrong, I mean the customer is king, isn´t he/she?
Otherwise all was fine and I can imagine holding some yoga workshops at the hotel as it is so peaceful and quiet around there.
Yesterday I did a nice shooting with an adorable little dog called Dunty and his proud owners. Though it was raining during our stroll through the park I was able to get a few good shots. Dunty didn´ t have a good life when he was young, his former owners did not treat him well and he ended up in an animal shelter. One of his legs is stiff but he can still run around pretty fast despite his disability. His new owners care for him in the best way and love the cute little fellow to bits!
So think about it before you buy a dog: Do you have enough money and time to spend on and with a dog? Could you perhaps adopt a dog from a shelter? There might just be an adorable little creature waiting for you behind the bars.
Every Christian holiday has derived from a pagan origin, and so has Ash Wednesday which is known as the beginning of Lent, a time of fasting or doing without something that you usually do.
I found this article by Craig Portwood very interesting:
“The practice of putting ashes on one’s forehead has been known from ancient times. In the Nordic pagan religion, placing ashes above one’s brow was believed to ensure the protection of the Norse god, Odin. This practice spread to Europe during the Vikings conquests. This laying on of ashes was done on Wednesday, the day named for Odin, Odin’s Day. Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, one of Odin’s names is Ygg. The same is Norse for the World Ash. This name Ygg, closely resembles the Vedic name Agni in pronunciation.
The Norse practice which has become known as Ash Wednesday was itself, drawn from the Vedic Indian religion. Ashes were believed to be the seed Agni , the Indian fire god. It is from this name that the Latins used for fire, ignis. It is from this root word that the English language got the words, ignite, igneous and ignition. Agni was said to have the authority to forgive sins. Ashes were also believed to be symbolic for the purifying blood of the Vedic god Shiva, which it is said had the power to cleanse sins.”
For the past week I have been thinking about what I should deprive myself of ( I mean I am already a vegan, do not smoke, drink moderately, buy organic, etc) and my conclusion was I should try and get rid of the negative. Negative thoughts, negative comments about others, negative people who try to rob your energy, you get the picture. Instead I will focus on positivity and encouragement. I will try to praise the kids more often and shed more light on my positive sides.
What are your plans for the next 40 days?
Hi, my name is Susi!
I am a translator, a yoga instructor, a mum of four kids, a hobby photographer, a hobby watercolour artist, a vegan, etc.
In my blog I would like to share with you my thought on Yoga, meditation, education, and lots of other interesting themes. I hope you´ll like it.
I live in Oldenburg, a very nice town in the North of Germany. And for a start I would like to show you some of my photos of my beautiful hometown. Enjoy!