365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy

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“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”

Day 119Are you making a difference “and helping your friends get by” with your expertise and knowledge?

Being a novice can many times feel a bit shaky. When we expose ourselves to any new territory, we have to face our fears and courageously explore them before we can relax into feeling adjusted and comfortable. New terrain forces us to learn new skills; and sometimes we might not even know where to begin. A project that for some of us feels exciting because it is second nature, can for a novice be loaded with fear. If the project we are about to embark on feels scary and uncomfortable we cannot relax, and therefore it is not as enjoyable. But with a little bit of help from a friend, the experience can all of a sudden be transformed into both fun and exciting.

We can truly make a difference to each other by extending a helping hand, and I have had the fortune in the past week to meet with several such good friends that have been totally engaged and willing to sit with me for hours to support me in the new cabin-building project I may soon embark on. I have done a couple of renovations in the past, but a building project where we begin from scratch is a whole new ballgame for me.

I take on this job seriously, since I am mainly responsible to design and create this meeting place and home where our girls and family can retrieve to and love for years to come. It feels exciting to design and create a cabin that will outlast my own life and that possibly future generations will also come to enjoy.

With the kind willingness of my experienced friends to help and assist me, I feel so much more at ease. Their new eyes, good questions, and advice have completely turned my confidence around. I am forever grateful.

So now in the shower I am singing, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….” And looking forward to the next time I get the chance help a friend get by!


Self-healing really works

Day 85Trust your own healing abilities

I am amazed at how quickly my body responds and heals itself naturally – from pure rest. This afternoon while in various meetings, the glands in my throat began to swell, my head felt heavy and stuffy and my energy dropped. (My body got seriously cold a couple of mornings ago while I was skiing the ‘Haut Route’, due to blasting chilly wind – which weakened my immune system). Towards the end of the day I realized that unless I stop these symptoms quickly from developing further, I could catch a cold or flu.

There was no time to relax at the time I felt the symptoms, but I took C-vitamins and Echinaforce, which I always have handy. By the end of the day, I laid down on the floor and covered up with a warm blanket and a scarf over my eyes. After just a few minutes of relaxing fully, my throat and head instantly felt better. After 20 minutes, I got up and was symptom free.

How magic isn’t that!

Our body is a wonderful organism with a self-repair mechanism installed. It is designed to establish optimal health. Through various complex interactions within our body, it attempts to maintain balance and stability and manages to bring imbalances back to a normal range – also referred to as homeostasis. In other words, we have all the help we need in order to heal, if we just give our body a chance – by giving it some rest.

P.S. I mentioned in an earlier blog post, Day 70, about the reasons why we catch a cold; the combination of exposure to bacteria or virus –and our immune system weakening due to lack of sleep, necessary vitamins, exposure to daylight as well as cold body temperature. What I did not mention was that our digestive system and intestines also plays a very important part for our immune system. Our digestive system will receive it’s own blog post at a later stage, as it is another passionate subject of mine.


Living our cultural heritage

Day 67My body and mind is a bit fried as I sit down to write today. I have been skiing for the first time the Engadina Ski Marathon, 42km ‘classic style,’ (not skating).

The marathon today reminded me of how much cross-country skiing is part of my cultural heritage, and something I can feel the cells of my body have missed. It was thrilling to be back on skis and amongst so many others who love the sport.

I grew up in Norway where cross-country skiing is a national sport. During my childhood our family cross-country skied quite often, but only leisurely. I was not passionate about skiing as a child and racing was for sure not my thing. However, the older I got the more I came to enjoy the tranquility of the sport particularly because I was mostly skiing in the mountains above the tree line.

It was while cross-country skiing in the Norwegian mountains I came to learn about peace of mind. Skiing in this wide-open, untouched landscape, above the treetops, with no or few people in sight, with the diagonal movement of cross-country skiing, harmonized my brain and touched my soul.

It is thirty years ago since I left Norway. I have missed my old love of being out in the wild and cross-country skiing.

I am grateful that my husband and friends encouraged me to participate in this ski Marathon. It was a thrilling experience to be skiing amongst 25,000 participants (some doing the half marathon and others doing the full distance). It felt like I had come back to my element.

Somewhere along our life journey we may give up part of our cultural heritage and who we used to be. If we meet a partner who does not share the same heritage or if we move abroad, many of us let go of cultural heritage and values we love.

If we reclaim the old ‘parts’ of us, these can bring loads of joy and energy to our lives.