Learning about the Aviva method and your body

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Have you ever had that moment in your life where you said: “that’s it, I need to do something about it”? “It” being anything that holds you back mentally, physically and spiritually.

Then you start researching, asking, contacting various people on the subject, until you get satisfied, feel secure and safe with what you have discovered.

Back in January, I blogged about the Aviva method although the post was a general one on the topic. Now I am back to it with more energy, as I have my “that’s it” moment.Having pcos is not rare, but it is something that teaches you to stay in tune with your body, reminding you that a little extra attention goes a long way. There are days that I am angry at my body for not functioning “properly” or wonder how to get out of the pcos rat-hole.

Recently, I discovered Mindfulness meditation to add to my “support” kit in dealing with or better balancing my pcos. A clear state of mind can go far beyond any set or “programmed” expectations we might feel we have to achieve. So today, here and now, I choose to see pcos as a gift. It’s a way to feel “special”, if I can say that, it’s a way to honestly and clearly make peace with my body, mind and spirit.

In the past few days, the Aviva method has SO been on my mind. Since I had the exercise booklet, I thought to give it a go. Which I did, 5.30am when I could not feel at ease from too much thinking.

I did most of the 18 exercises of the “Simple Method” and before I knew it it was 7.00 am, I was feeling happy,  sweaty, but happy and what do you know…..two days later I got a reminder that my body got the message too.

Unfortunately, Aviva instructors in Switzerland are down to zero, so I got in touch with lovely Kat over Skype. I was surprised to hear so many interesting things about the exercises and how they can help you regulate your cycle, tame your PMS and cramping, and even help you ovulate. She’s a wonderful Aviva instructor, willing to do distant teaching of the basics with me.

Ayurveda also taught me that medicine is food and food is medicine, which is an unmistakenably true fact.

Turn your “problems” to your “gifts” and see what follows…the shift is a wonderful process to see who we really are.

I’d love to get comments and tips from anyone who has tried the Aviva method or has found through nutrition happiness, joy and health!

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Mindfulness Meditation

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I’ve been wanting to get back to mediation and feel its benefits for a while now, but I’ve also been a major procrastinator. Work, feeling tired and hungry after work, cold weather were good reasons enough to choose my sofa over meditation.

But I guess, we all reach that point when stagnation is unbearable, something needs to be done and then voilà, we make that step towards goodness (whatever that maybe for everyone).

Yesterday, consciously, I chose to be active on my day off: spend the whole day outside. A good trick to keep me motivated for long walks, fresh air and some much needed sun rays. I met a friend for lunch at the other side of the city and I actually enjoyed the long ride with the 2 buses that I had to take to reach her place. A brisk walk close to the lake with my friend, then back to the city and getting ready for the meditation class. I was amazed to notice that as a child I used to spend so much time outdoors and that made me happy….I need to do that more often….

About Mindfulness Meditation: as Ela, our wonderful instructor said, it is “training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking. Mindfulness meditation is a skill training to build fit minds and to learn how to use our inner resources.”

The class started by sharing inspirational quotes. Mine was “become who you really are” no more pretending, self-punishing, trying to fit socially, professionally and feel more rejected than accepted, embrace being different. Other quotes that were mentioned that evening contributed to one universal truth, long forgotten by me, at least: we, human beings, are social beings, so why do we isolate ourselves from others?

I’m in a country that I don’t speak fluently the language (Swiss German) and for the first time, in that group, I was part of a small community, synchronizing my breath, my full intention to be one with myself again. Breathing, is an essential part of meditation. I had also forgotten how to breathe….As I now say, breathing is movement, movement is change, change is necessary….

I am so grateful for last evening, wonderful people, amazing insights, sharing of energy…..

I’d love to know what makes or keeps you happy these days, and if you have tried meditation.

Don’t hold back, share.

It’s been a while….

IMG_2615 IMG_2595 IMG_2857 It’s been a while since I last blogged here. Many reasons why I didn’t do so. Tired from work, a very long, cold and dark winter and a long break after that to recharge my batteries.

Now back, feeling lucky to have made new friends in countries far away from mine (Japan, Singapore, Bangkok, Bali), lucky to have witnessed how people there live, work, eat and go about their day, in general.

This trip was such an inspiration and a homage to friendship, the sense of adventure and life. Refreshing to know that I have been to places I once was merely dreaming  that ‘I’ll go one day’ and made it actually there.

Funny enough, that had an impact to my feminine side, my psyche and the words fertility, woman, beautiful, green/lush are a few that spring into mind these days.

So happy to be back, summer is here and I can’t wait to see how it will unfold.