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

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The best medicine for our mind

Day 98

Allow your mind to get flooded by the beauty of nature

The beautiful Alps take my breath away. It is especially magical right now in the beginning of April; the sun is higher, and the warmer climate in combination with the position of the sun creates a particularly deep blue sky. The sun also floods the Alp-villages into the evening, which after several dark winter months creates a joyous energy and atmosphere amongst everyone.

The contrast between the white, snow covered, dramatic peaks – as far as the eye can see – and the lucid blue sky, creates a massive impression and keeps stopping me in my tracks again and again, year after year; the view makes me bring out my camera trying to save some memory of the gorgeous views. My wish to capture the breathtaking scenery in a photograph is however impossible, which is why I wish for everyone to experience the Alps at least once.

To spend time in breathtaking nature is one of the most energy boosting activities possible. We should all seek to invest more time in the nature if we long for more energy and happiness.

Beautiful nature nurtures and is one of the best medicines for the mind.


The power of cleaning up!

Day 97And the day came when it became too difficult to continue to live in chaos.

I have had an amazingly productive day and it feels just great.

What has particularly given me an energy boost has been the massive spring-cleaning/organization I did. I’m amazed at all the things that I have been holding on to until today. I cleaned out not only half the cellar, but several cabinets as well – and now I feel so light.

I love having it neat around me and I am seeing myself becoming increasingly more organized. To be organized and neat has not been one of my natural talents. I’ve been too busy doing things and found huge resistance to taking time to organize and get rid of things. I’m therefore super happy that I am now taking time to do this work and do it with pleasure.

One of the reasons that I have been holding on to things and don’t get rid of unnecessary stuff right away is that I dislike waste. Somehow I have hoped that I will be able to reuse it all.

I also do not like to throw away what could benefit others. It is therefore hugely gratifying to put things outside by the curb of the road (that’s how it is done in Switzerland and it is such a great system) for anyone to drive by and pick up what they want.

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Let’s never lose our party spirit!

Day 74There are certain nightclubs that carry a unique spirit, where people ‘dare’ to party. Where people transcend their minds and completely let go of their inhibitions, giving themselves the joy and freedom of being their wild selves.

Last night I partied with friends in such a place; one of the most legendary nightclubs in the Alps ; Farm Club, in Verbier, Switzerland.

It was jammed packed with people of all ages, which add to the fun. You find parents and children between 18 and 70+ partying together.

Many nightclub owners are dreaming of having a reputation like Farm Club, which draws people from everywhere. Farm Club has been the place to party in Verbier and the Alps since it opened by the Berardis; two Italian brothers who have been running the club for forty years (until last year).

What differentiates Farm Club, is the easy going positive spirit of all the guests, the many ages, and that the club has kept its original lay out, so people feel a sense of familiarity when they return year after year. It has the best DJ’s, who play very good music, and are sensitive to the audience and understand what music to play and mix depending on the age of the majority of its customers for each night. The sound system and lighting is all ‘top notch,’ and it is hard not to want to move, let lose and have fun in a place like that, (especially when you party with lots of people you know.)

I had such great fun dancing last night, being surrounded by people with spirits so high. It became a wild and crazy night and as one of my friends said, “it felt like we were at an animal farm.”

“You can’t be old and wise if you were never young and crazy.” So set yourself free and party from time to time!

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Stress-free travel

DAy 68“Do you know the real reason behind why I wanted to move to Switzerland…?” my husband asked me this morning. “Because of the well-developed train system,” he claims (jokingly) – which the Swiss have been the most clever country in the world at developing. (My husband loves to travel by train, partly because of his experience of traveling all over Europe by train during his childhood as his father was in the railway business.) I have also come to love traveling by train and the reasons are many.

The Swiss have over the past 100 years built the most outstanding railway system in the world that traverse and penetrate the mountains just like in a Swiss cheese. In addition to being efficient, comfortable and clean, the trains are also reliable and on time – to the extent that you almost can set your clock/watch after them.

Traveling by train is in our opinion (my husband and I) the most comfortable and stress-free way to travel by far. Considering how long time it takes to go through security these days, it might not take much longer than to fly (shorter distances). It generally takes about the same amount of time as going by car – and what an added pleasure it is to have the freedom to move, talk, work, read and see the view, which is unbeatable from a train. It is also a wonderful way to spend time together.

In a world that is moving faster and faster, where we rush from place to place and compete against the clock, taking the train instead of a car or a plane can add a peaceful dimension to our travel. I never get the same “monkey feeling” boarding a train as when boarding a plane, and not the same hysteria upon arrival – when most people go a bit manic to get off the plane.

We traveled by train this morning from St Moritz towards Zurich in a panorama wagon/car with spectacular views of the mountains, ancient castles and villages, waterfalls and ice-covered cliffs. This particular train ride is listed in the UNESCO world heritage.

In Switzerland you can buy a half-price card for a year that cost 175CHF which pays off very quickly, making taking the train more affordable.

There are numerous particular scenic train rides in Europe and around the world that I am looking forward to exploring in the future.

Peaceful travel!


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.