Food for the Soul on Yuen Long Streets

Yesterday was a random fun day wandering, exploring Yuen Long in the new territories in HK. I started the day tired. One of those days when you just wanna stay in bed the whole day… (Nothing wrong with that). But it just amazes me how my mood and energy shifted by going with the flow. Staying immersed in the present moment and letting things flow spontaneusly is so energising! No planning for a day and not feeling bad about it. Simply staying present. Staying totally present – engaging fully when looking around, when shopping, when talking -
I ended up eating delicious street food -veggies with salty fish- yummie! And while savouring it I thought “this is really food for the soul” I am eating it so consciously, so present. Enjoying every bite.
The result of this immersion day: “Today I feel positive, motivated and extremely energised. Ready to do anything” Living in the present moment is a meditation in itself, a cleaning, a reset. A way to set you FREE to do what you are meant to do.

Street Veggies in Yuen Long, Hong Kong

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Saturday Chronicles with Katie

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If you are as inspired as we are with this amazing wanderer, you can follow her, check what she’s up to looking at the links below. And, of course, feel free to connect with her!
  • Transform U  – A learning community…designed with our adult learning needs in mind.
  • Annie the Reading Dog - Reading tutoring for all age levels
  • Blog – Her blog about wandering the world the past three years.

Saturday Chronicles with Katie

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 If you are as inspired as we are with this amazing wanderer, you can follow her, check what she’s up to looking at the links below. And, of course, feel free to connect with her!
  • Transform U  – A learning community…designed with our adult learning needs in mind.
  • Annie the Reading Dog - Reading tutoring for all age levels
  • Blog – Her blog about wandering the world the past three years.

The Nearly Empty Backpack

While living in Bali I realized how well life can be treating me and how much more time I have for me. Before I came here, it felt as if I was metaphorically loading all this shit-loads of luggage into this backpack and it was getting way too heavy to carry it around. It wasn’t only the work, it was all these negative energy-sucking stuff and it was definitely time for me to empty it and move on. To take out all this negativity and move on.

And here I am with a nearly empty back pack, still filled with the awesome experience, my knowledge, awesome friends back home that love me and not to forget heaps of space to start filling the backpack with only good stuff.

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Translating Yoga into Daily Actions

I realised I have been practising yoga for a long time… It’s only 3 years ago I started my “phyisical practice”, and 2 since I became a teacher. But yoga is a lifestyle. It’s about how you treat yourself and others. How you eat, how open you are, how honest you are, how giving, how loving, how determined, how patient, how disciplined, how compassionate, how honest. Yoga is the path of truth. It’s making an effort to look inwards, embracing who you are and how you feel, choosing love and no fear, trying to be the best you can be at each moment.
Today I went to a drop-class at a new studio. Right after, still in the studio, I engaged in a conversation with some people from the group. They spoke about how good or bad they were at yoga in terms of flexibility and strength. Like if it was a sort of workout. And that inspired me to share some of the yoga concepts, and how they are applied in our lives…

Oneness: A recognition that everything is universally connected, with a deep regard for how you impact yourself and others, using your thoughts, feelings and actions.

Truth: Not only the ability to know, evaluate and say what you really think, but also living your life in alignment with your truest, highest ideals for yourself.

Alignment: The understanding that wherever you’re holding yourself back from being honest, you’re suffering the results of that misalignment. And when you’re truly living your dream, you’re aligned, open, capable of fearless communication and ready for anything.

Love: Truly loving yourself and others means coming from a place of balance, in which you can regard your own truth — and that of another — with equal weight and respond from your heart in any moment.

The way you treat yourself and others shapes your life. Living yoga makes your life a truthful reflection of who you are.

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The Existence of Altruism

The other day, I discussed the concept of the existence of altruism with a friend. It is an interesting one as being completely selfless, is something that I do not necessarily believe in. We both agreed that there is probably no such thing as being 100% altruistic. For example: I am teaching English to some kids in Bali to help out a friend who had to go back to Australia. My passion is not teaching, I like kids and love to hang out with them, but in general I only committed myself to help out this friend. But now I learn that this experience is helping me to create more structure in my life, that it is really fun to have these kids welcome you with open arms every week and that they are super happy to see you. So where I might have said yes to this commitment out of altruistic reasons, I actually am getting a lot out of it myself.

My conclusion would be that it doesn’t really matter whether altruism really exists; it is about your intention. If you want to help out others in a selfless way, it does not matter that you might get something out of it in the end. That is actually a really good thing.

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Full Moon: We Are Always Home

Winding down. Looking at the skyscrappers. And there it is, the moon. Full moon is special. The moon’s energy is felt everyday all over the planet, but today is felt even more.

Skyscrapper Central Hong Kong

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About 18 months ago, in May 2013, I got my first tattoo. It happened right after a huge and powerful full moon in Bali. That evening I was blessed to be surrounded by amazing people. It was one of those moments when you go deep, and touch fear… I only knew them for a couple of days. But they were close. Their presence and energy was enough. I felt home, I felt safe, I felt connected. It was an incredible experience that speaks about banding and real connection heart to heart. There is no much time needed to connect when you “speak from the heart”. And even now, when I haven’t seen them for months, I feel shivers and inmense joy just by thinking about it.
Today the full moon is back. A beautiful reminder. Telling us we are home, we are always home.
I carry this energy with me everyday. Looking at my left wrist I see the earth, the sun, the moon… Meaning wherever I go I am always home.

On my way home, ferry to Mui Wo, Lantau, HK

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