A personal note on Soul-Mates

For those of you who don’t know him, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐡, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞! 💞⁣⁣⁣⁣


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I absolutely adore this soul, this human, this man, my best friend, best life partner, best adventure buddy, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever known… ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨 We got together what seems like countless moons ago while I was completing my university studies in Missoula Montana, a time of much uncertainty and darkness in my life. Everything started at a friend’s pirate themed birthday party 🏴‍☠️ After that we started to hang out and get to know each other, although I barely even knew myself back then. 𝘈𝘯 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 in a young body as he was, Seth was there holding a loving-kindness and compassion torch for me shinning bright to navigate my shadows, endlessly patient and loving until I was ready to fully welcome him into my life. ⁣⁣⁣


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🦋 Years have passed seemingly quickly while we continue to grow together, mentally and spiritually, continuously stepping into more evolved versions of ourselves. 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 continues over 10 years strong and I am endlessly grateful to be waking up daily next to the love of my life. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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👣Together we have traveled the world, moved across the country multiple times, experienced some of the most epic transformational events, and continue to show up daily with curiosity of 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳!⁣⁣⁣⁣
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☯️ Seth is the grounding Earth beneath my feet when my fiery wings take me so high that I get lost in the clouds. Literally, his double Capricorn-ness compliments my double Sagittarius-ness so perfectly, and I bring in the fire and adventure as needed. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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♾ As opposites as we seem to be in our personalities, backgrounds and upbringings, I feel that that 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨. Our souls made the contract long ago. And now here we are on this lifetime we’ve chosen to spend together, 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮, going beyond the mind and melting our hearts back into one. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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💗 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐚 𝐬𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Who I Be

𝐇𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠! I thought I’d share a bit about me, as I’ve never actually introduced myself on this blog aside from my brief bio on the home page. I hope you find some resonance and inspiration along th
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🤗 My name is 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐚 and I am 33 years old. I was born in the small country of Albania and lived in Greece during my teen years. I moved across the globe to U.S. at 18 to attend university, and have explored all over the country since then. I currently call home the colorful and hip city of Austin Texas. I love to travel quite often.⁣⁣
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🔮 I love connecting with open minded people, getting past small talk and discussing existential topics and matters of the heart and soul. I can listen to Alan Watts and Ram Dass lectures for hours! ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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🌏 I also love exploring indigenous cultures and learning from ancient wisdom. I’ve done quite a bit of world travel and each time I get enchanted by the beauty of this planet and the hearts of the people on it.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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🧘🏻‍♀️ Yoga and Meditation tune me straight into my heart, and have helped me heal tremendously in my body and mind. I’ve made it my current life mission to share the wisdom and healing potential of Yoga as a holistic approach with those who are ready to heal, grow, and connect to greater levels of awareness.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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💓 I love designing my lifestyle in a way that encourages playfulness and lightheartedness to guide the way of the heart. I also love expressing myself through art in various mediums – dancing, flow arts, music, photography, painting, writing, etc. When I forget how important play is, I look at nature and children and remember again.⁣⁣
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🌎 I feel most at home when I’m immersed in Nature: forest, ocean, mountains, etc. I’m a lifetime treehugger and animal lover. I can connect quickly with animals and tune in into their instinctual wisdom. I find a teacher in every creature as well as circumstance. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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🙏🏼 If you have read so far, thank you! I honor you for being here in this human experience.

Heart Open

When this world seems like it’s falling apart, ⁣⁣
when you don’t really know what to believe, ⁣⁣
when the hero and villain alternate like an unpredictable chess game, ⁣⁣
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There is one thing I’m unshakably confident in: ⁣⁣
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We’ve never needed to open our hearts more, ⁣⁣
than when we feel like closing them to protect ourselves…⁣⁣
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I know it hurts, I’ve been hurt and I’ve hurt others, too…⁣
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We all have, knowingly or not. Some seemingly more than others. That’s beyond my human understanding to bestow meaning or justice upon. ⁣
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And with all the pains and sorrows, ⁣
with all the fear and uncertainty,⁣
with all the hope seemingly gone…⁣
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I choose to crack my heart a little more open!⁣
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One of the biggest lessons this year has been⁣⁣
trusting in the darkness of the unknown…⁣⁣
Like an unborn child in the mother’s womb, ⁣
floating in a sea of darkness, being, trusting, ⁣
that same darkness nourishes them until birth….⁣
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I choose to trust and I choose hope!⁣
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Remembering love, amidst all the hatred and fear…⁣⁣
Choosing hope, during that darkest night of the soul…⁣⁣
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Coming back to Love, over and over again!⁣⁣
Countless times, again and again.⁣
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Here is my favorite heart-opening prayer, by Beautiful Choir:⁣⁣
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I Believe Only in Love.⁣⁣
Everything else on earth lacks meaning.⁣⁣
Even if this world is leveled to the ground;⁣⁣
Even if the seas dry up and the mountains wear down;⁣⁣

Love will Live Forever in the Infinite Universe,⁣⁣
Forever in the Infinite Universe,⁣⁣
Forever in the Infinite Universe.⁣⁣
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SHE who dances

SHE who dances in dirt knows the joy of being clean.⁣
SHE who dances in first eats a slice of darkness alongside her cup of sunlight.⁣
SHE who dances in dirt can smell the stench and survive, ⁣
won’t hesitate to cry when she feels pain.⁣
She screens until her anguish breeds laughter and her laughter breeds movement.⁣
She proclaims her boundaries loud, proud, with conviction, ⁣
and believes fervently that her input it valuable⁣
SHE who dances in dirt breathes fully, breathes freely.⁣
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SHE who dances in dirt has also flirted with fire, swam in sadness, tasted tragedy, felt the forceful flames or fury rise within her soul then bubble up, out, and over into a salty sea.⁣
She has been there. She has gone deep.⁣
She knows the meaning of suffering, ⁣
and has risen from her pain alive and clean—ruggedly scarred—but shinning clean.⁣
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SHE who dances in dirt does so because ⁣
she knows her dancing will cause he wounds to heal.⁣
Her dancing will connect her with the pulse of the great mother.⁣
Her joy atop a mass of confusion ⁣
will help others learn⁣
to trust the dirt, befriend the pain, know⁣
its watery depths⁣
and in them find power to rise from the black hole.⁣
Her dancing with spread until ⁣
SHE who dances in dirt ⁣
will not dance alone.⁣
SHE who dances in dirt is one of many⁣
who move their bare feet ⁣
across and into the land⁣
dancing, dancing, dancing . . . ⁣
joyfully, confusedly, wildly, in the dirt.⁣
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– Anna Ruth Hall

Feel it to heal it!

This photo was taken by my beloved in the outskirts of Austin TX the one time we chose to break our quarantine of over a month so we can take a ride out in the country side for our mental wellbeing. The Universe had other plans for us that evening. The car broke down on us and we had to reach out for help, having to come in contact with our helpers. One of them was a dear friend who I was very happy to see and very sad to not be able to hug, as we still maintained physical distance the best we could. Oh, the cosmic joke!

IN ORDER TO HEAL WE GET TO FEEL

(words by Adam Roa)

These words are ringing truer right now than ever before.
How beautiful that we get to feel what it’s like being ALIVE!
And even when it is so painful, sometimes. Often times, lately.
All the sadness, all the sorrow, all the anguish, all the pain…

Maybe your experience is completely different; maybe it’s filled with joy and pleasure, and that’s completely valid, also.
Each journey is unique, and each psyche gets to unfold in its own due time. Plenty of ebbs and flows for all flavors.

It took millennia of ancestry to bring us to where we are. The timing of what’s unfolding, in comparison, is a blink of an eye.

What’s going on out there is a reflection of what’s unfolding within each of us.
With all its shadows and light, each gives meaning to the other, all coming from the same Source.

AND, we can no longer afford to haul our past, our pain, and our trauma along where we are headed; it is time to compost it all!
It all serves its purpose, until it no longer does. It is time to let go…
This is a one way journey to Oneness.

And while on this journey…
May you see the beauty that is your existence, with all the shadows, for they give meaning to light.
May you choose love over fear, as you feel and heal within and without.
May you remember the ephemeral nature of it all, joy and sorrow, sadness and pleasure, and everything in between.
And may you finally realize the Oneness that we all are, unconditionally, eternally.

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As deep as you feel it

Some days I lay face down on the grass, feeling caressed by the Mother, feeling her heartbeat, as she soothes my pain and drinks my tears. While I hurt feeling the collective suffering, I feel her heal.⁣⁣⁣
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Other times I stare at the sky, the marvelous vastness and beauty of the mystery beyond my human mind’s understanding of all that’s out there. I bathe in the sunlight, healing my deepest crevices. I reach for the clouds and stars with my voice and prayers, as I cry a little inside… ⁣⁣⁣
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The Moon is my witness and my nightly companion. As she ebbs and flows dancing with shadow and light, my heart does, too.⁣⁣⁣
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I cry, I sing, I dance, I laugh and weep, for all those who can’t. ⁣⁣⁣
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I feel the pain for all those in suffering, physical and mental. The root is all the same.⁣⁣⁣
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I bow to all the angels who are holding us through these times; ethereal ones and the human ones in the frontlines and hospitals. ⁣⁣⁣
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I practice compassion for all those who continue on the path of shadows. For all those who choose to repeat rather than evolve. You can’t rush healing or learning. That I’m coming to understand the hard way. ⁣⁣⁣
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The times, they are changing, and my heart remains open, as I gather her pieces and remember the dance, once again… ⁣⁣⁣
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“…go as deep as you feel it, ⁣⁣⁣
the deeper you mean it, ⁣⁣⁣
the more the stars can hear it. ⁣⁣⁣
The deeper you mean it, ⁣⁣⁣
the more healing can happen, ⁣⁣⁣
the Earth heart opens, ⁣⁣⁣
connects to your own…”⁣⁣⁣
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Beautiful music 🎶 by Ayla Nereo

Entering the 33rd Portal

2019 has been the most profound year so far in my inner journey of awaking since I made that conscious choice in 2012. And there have been many outstanding moments during these last 7 years filled with lessons and experiences I could have not imagined. I have watched my life unfold and transform multiple times taking unpredictable turns that have stretched me way beyond my comfort zone over and over again.

This year I was taught to trust in surrendering, in the unknown, in the non-sense, in the darkness, to trust my shadows, to allow my mind to not make any sense as the heart took the lead. I have witnessed my ego die over and over again, remembering my true identity as an eternal soul. Some of these micro deaths have been surrounded by a dance of fear, acceptance, and love that by letting go, I might have let go of this reality as the human experience that I’ve been on, let go of all the suffering, release any contracts, transcend all dimensions, with the promise of the ultimate self-realization. As I watched this dance, realizing there was another play of my ego, my human body persevered as my heart reminded me of a bigger purpose that is still unfolding, my soul’s journey.

I have been working with the healing powers of the Earth, her sacred medicine in many forms. I have undergone some of the most beautiful out-of-this-world experiences that as a human being I can only dream of. I have lost and found myself over and over again across realms, deep in meditative states, down under in the depths of my own shadows, and highest up heights in the source of it all, returning to my soul’s Earthly home. Yet, here I am, still attempting to put into words the non-sense of the soul’s journey, witnessing through the lens of this human experience.

This is not a linear journey; that I have come to inner-stand. I continue to explore, discover, and experience what I came here for. I continue to connect, touch and be touched by fellow souls, seeing my reflection all around, as the mirror for the Divine to experience BEing. This is not writing for the mind. Only heart can decipher this manuscript. Welcome hOMe, Sacred ONE! May you love your way through this process of unBEing.

Life lessons from 32 laps around the Sun

At the beginning of December I celebrated my 32nd birthday. The last three years I have arranged to celebrate my birthday traveling in a new country and saying yes to a new experience. On my 30th I was in Bali  scuba diving for the first time and absolutely loved every second of it, followed by traveling around India on my 31st. This new tradition of celebrating the day I came into this world has been absolutely amazing and I do wish to continue it hopefully inspiring others to say yes to life, fully.

This year, since my partner and I will be traveling to a new country over the winter holidays – Guatemala, here I come – and my birthday is on December 6, I celebrated it in U.S. at home while still saying yes to a new experience – floating. I will soon create a dedicated post about that experience, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, while spending this birthday at home and taking time to reflect, I wrote a list of life-lessons from these 32 years in this world which feel like the highlight messages from all that I have experienced so far in life. So, here they are, may they inspire you in some way:

  1. To live, truly live, you must leap, even when you can’t see the other side. That’s how you got here anyways. Crying was just your way of announcing your arrival.
  2. Love and affection are vital. You learned this as a newborn. As an adult, that love and affection must come from you, first, then reflect it to others.
  3. Curiosity keeps creativity alive. Life herself stems from creativity. If you can imagine it, it can be done.
  4. It takes courage to be alive, truly alive by choice. Courage is the most important muscle that you get to work on your entire life. It’s never finished.
  5. Cherish family and be grateful that you have one even with all its flaws and complications. You choose them for this life time. Honor your soul’s choice by loving them unconditionally. And let them teach you whatever it is that you need to learn from them.
  6. Play like no one is watching. Especially when you grow up. Sing, dance, move, make up your own world and rules. This is essential to keeping your heart and mind young and healthy.
  7. Animals are your best friends and can be your most loyal companions. Don’t be afraid of them no matter their shape, form or sounds. They can be your wisest teachers, too. Listen and observe them.
  8. Anyone can be your teacher, if you pay close attention; humans from all walks of life, animals, situations especially ones that challenge you, environment as well. And above all, Nature teaches you the most important lessons of them all: how to be.
  9. Nature is your sanctuary. Make time to honor her by being with her. You can commune with her anywhere, for you are part of her through the air that you breathe. Fill your cup with her essence.
  10. You can always start over. No matter the timing. Not matter how many times. Remember courage. You don’t need to know how, yet. Just be willing.
  11. When you fall, feel first, and then get up. Only once you learn to embrace the mud, you will learn to fully appreciate the beauty of the lotus.
  12. Express yourself. Others cannot read a closed book. Speak your truth and stand by it. Give others the opportunity to truly see you in your light of truth.
  13. Love and appreciate this body, every inch of it, just as it is, every moment of every day. It is as beautiful as the starry night, for it is made of those stars.
  14. To honor your feelings, you first need to fully feel them. Feel them before you label them. Then you can process them and release. Give yourself time.
  15. When in a sea, ocean, river, lake, waterfall or any other natural body of water, let your inner mermaid play wild. Embrace the depth and the beauty of the unknown. Remember courage.
  16. Embrace heart aches, even if there have been many, and there will likely be more to come. Each one grows your heart stronger for it teaches you how to heal.
  17. Even though you think you know so much, there is always so much more to learn. Always be open to your path and your journey. (thank you Nahko!)
  18. You are unique and sacred, so honor yourself as such. Love will always show you the way.
  19. Trust the unknown, explore your edges and always stay curious.
  20.  Learn to say no, and mean it. It will create space and get you closer to your true yes.
  21. You can only help someone else if they want to be helped. Otherwise you are doing both a dishonor.
  22. When someone or something is sucking your life force out of you, summon the courage to walk away, even if you are scared of any consequences. Set yourself free.
  23. The biggest gift your can give yourself is time and space to heal. Appreciate silence.
  24.  Allow others to cherish you, appreciate you, and love you. Even when you are having a hard time to do all these things for yourself. You deserve it.
  25.  Get out of your own way. Step back and allow things to take their course. Take your time to shift prospective, rather than take action from a skewed one.
  26.  Dream and seek your own dreams. Don’t spend your life trying to live out other people’s dreams for you, or their unrealized dreams. You are your own person.
  27. Plan, but also leave room for creativity and serendipity to play out. You never know how amazing the unknown can turn out, until you trust.
  28.  It’s ok to not know, even if you feel like you should or it would make you look bad to admit it. Always embrace the opportunity to learn.
  29.  The only effective way to teach someone else is to lead by example. Talk the walk, but also walk that talk.
  30.  Leap. Leap again. Trust, trust again. Courage always. Enjoy the ride, with all the ups and downs, as well as the blind corners. It’s all part of this journey called life.
  31.  Adventure keeps you young. Never let go of the opportunity for one. And if no opportunity shows up, create it.
  32.  Honor what has come before so you can love what is, and appreciate what is ahead. Every breath is a new beginning.

I had many more revelations of life lessons from my years in this world so far, but I chose to narrow the list to these 32 points, as they felt the most prominent ones. Which ones resonate with you the most? Do you have any other ones you would add? I would love to hear from you. Reach out and share with me on Instagram.  Meanwhile, I hope this has inspired you to reflect on your own life-lessons and say yes to life more.

With love and gratitude,

~ Erinda

Simple Tips to a Healthier and Happier You

Here are a few simple tips to help you reach a healthier happier level in your everyday life.

Utilize your Breath
– Pause and take three deep breaths, anytime, anywhere. You will immediately feel a little more calm, present, and grounded.
– Give yourself at least one full minute of slow breathing whenever you feel a challenge coming, triggered or emotionally hurt. While you help your nervous system calm down through breathing, you can then choose to respond if you wish to, rather than react as if you had to.
– Gift yourself time before making any big decisions, and initiate that time with breath. No bad decisions are made by waiting for an extra breath or a few. Initiate that wait time with slow calm breathing and you will soon know when the time is right to act and what is the best decision to make.
– There are multiple styles of breathing techniques out there serving various purposes. If you want to learn more about this, start to research various Yogic breathing techniques in the category of Pranayama, which have been used for many centuries in ancient India by Yogis and householders alike. I will be sharing a post soon with some of the main styles that can be used by everyone in everyday life.

Be with Nature
– Immerse yourself in nature whenever you can. I call this ‘Nature Bathing’ and it has been one of the best self-induced therapies I have discovered. This is a common practice in Japan called ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ or ‘Forest Bathing’. If you live somewhere in the countryside, that’s great. Look no further than those trees, that mountain, the jungle, the river, or whatever natural element you’re surrounded by. If you live in the city, you can look for a park or just a patch of trees. Get yourself close to the natural elements. Lay on Earth. Put your feet in that river. Feel the grass and those leaves with your bare feet and hands. Hug a tree. Yes, hug a tree and release your forehead to the tree trunk. Close the eyes and listen to the sound of Nature soothing your soul. There is a reason why they’ve created Nature sound therapy machines. They can be deeply calming and healing.
– If you can’t access a park, a forest, or trees, you can have this communion with Nature through house plants. Be with them, breathe into their leaves. They love the carbon dioxide you will release and they will love you back as they purify the air you breathe.

Optimize Sleep
– Create a simple wind-down routine to start at least an hour before the time you’d like to be asleep. Mine includes lowering all the lights to minimum or using candle lights, changing music to soft instrumental and acoustic tunes, shutting off any screen, computer and phone, drinking a small cup or warm chamomile tea, and some evenings it also includes journaling. While I lay down I also apply Lavender essential oil on my chest so I can smell it as I fall asleep. I will soon share a blog post entirely dedicated to essential oils and how to utilize them to optimize your health and well-being. Stay tuned!
– Try to keep your phone outside the bedroom. I have acquired a simple alarm clock so I no longer keep my phone in the bedroom. However, if you have to keep yours there, set night-time hours in the privacy settings so both sound and screen brightness lower after a specific time in the evening and come back up in the morning. Overall, avoid any screen time, TV, computer, tablet, at least one hour before bedtime. Give your brain time to decompress before falling asleep.
– If you journal – even if you don’t usually – it helps to write down any thoughts from the day and any thought for the next day, any to-do lists etc. so you don’t think of them as you’re falling asleep.
– Drink some warm sleep-time tea helps to calm the nervous system preparing for rest. Avoid taking in much liquids in order to avoid waking up at night to use the bathroom. Keep a glass of water by the bed for the morning but only take small sips if you feel thirsty.
– Take a quick hot shower to relax the muscles. Utilize calming essential oils under the hot water to help keep open breathing pathways while you sleep.
– Keep the bedroom temperature moderate, not too warm nor cold. Air out the bedroom before sleep and if you use essential oils, spray some lavender or rose water on the pillow and sheets.
– If there are sounds or light coming from outside even with closed windows and curtains or shades, utilize earplugs and eye mask. Another option is also to use white noise machines.

This blog post was inspired by a recent Facebook live I did with my friend Sheila Janan, AKA Health Tip Girl. You can watch the video here. Let me know on Instagram if you find these tips helpful and if you have any other tips to share that have helped you become a healthier happier version of you.

With love and gratitude,

~ Erinda

The Purest Form of Love

This is an anthem to LOVE. All kinds of love, starting with self-love. Self being i, I, you, You, we, We, and everything before, after, and in between. Because in order to truly love anything or anyone, we must first learn and experience loving our own existence. At the end we realize that, just as at the beginning in the womb, we emerge from one, live to remember love, and to oneness we return.

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from love i came into existence

and into love i shall return

for i am made of love

and with love i am created

i channel love

so i can create love

i make love to feel love

and to breathe love

i emanate love

to share love

i give love freely

and in love i live

for the sake of love

i take each and every breath

breathing in, out and through love

because love is what i am

and in love i recognize you

and in you i see me

through the purest love

you and i become we

as at the beginning

so at the end

there is no you

there is no me

love is all that has ever been

and all that will ever be

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This love anthem-mantra-affirmation-poem was channeled through me in a state of profound meditation, inspired by the beautiful song ‘Bliss’ sang by Sirgun Kaur. Listen and enjoy it below.

With deep gratitude,

~ Erinda