Stories About Freeing the Body and Heart

September 12, 2017

 

 

As I walked to the yoga shala, barefoot, in the midst of rice fields I could feel the hot humid day on my skin, surrounded by lush greens and a volcano in the background, on a late balinese afternoon. I was about to take a private dancing healing session and felt a bit nervous not knowing exactly what to expect. I had taken dance classes in the past- african and salsa mainly or dancing in clubs during my twenties. This time, I was alone with this wonderful intuitive dance teacher about to experience something quite different and powerful, that would change my perception of my body.

 

I didn’t quite realise the full power of my own body until this moment. Not so much in its strength, but in the capacity of holding and releasing my stories.

 

I had booked a private session with her as I could feel strong emotions coming to the surface while dancing with the group the previous day- in between yoga classes and anatomy lessons, we were offered a dancing movement class. Using movement as therapy. In that moment, I realised how much emotions and past stories are stored inside the body. We’re so used to hold on to feelings of discomfort, sadness, hurt, anger, worries, unspoken words. Trapped energy. We store them so well, deep down that we manage to live without too much attention. Not being fully present within our bodies. Not always listening to our bodies.

 

Through the dancing and meditation that day, I released parts of me that were scared to be expressed. I took space. I realised some of my blockages. I shed tears. Freeing my body so I could let my heart expand.

 

I was letting my body flow and move freely.

 

In a world where so much attention is put on our brains, thoughts, we tend to forget the power our bodies hold. The subtle parts of our bodies.

 

Sometimes all the heart crave is movement and restoring this deep connection within ourselves.

 

To come back home. To sensations. To feelings. To find our wild. This deep feeling of expansion where we get to experience a special kind of freedom. To celebrate life.

It happened again this summer as I experienced a moving meditation while in Portugal. Shaking my body, dancing to the music, eyes closed. Feeling this expansion within my chest, taking up space, tuning inwards. After some time, I was in my own bubble. Tuning in to all my senses. The openess of my body, the peace, the connection between my body, heart and soul. When you prepare your body, by moving, losing yourself with movements, it opens up this energy that allows a sort of high vibe, prana- life force energy. When you open up to receive; messages, thoughts, images, visions, sensations, a strong knowing or intuition can flow through you.

 

 

What you can experience though dancing and meditation:

+ Acceptance
+ Creativity
+ Free expression through movement
+ Releasing tension and stress
+ A sense of joy, relief, calm, peace, freedom, aliveness, connection
+ Increase energy
+ So much more

 

 

If you want to experience a deeper connection with your body and soul, I am hosting a wild-hearted dancing session on Saturday 16th, at 10.30am, at Cabinet 22, in old town Geneva.

Still some spots left, sign up by email: marisa@wildhappyheart.com or FB message.

Bringing Your heart Into Your Business and Life

August 4, 2017

Photos by Hayley Richardson

Three months ago, I hopped on a flight to London town. Excited and eager to learn all things business, but not your usual business entrepreneurs workshop on how to make 6 figures type. This 2-day workshop was everything aligned with the way I do and want to grow my business.
Connected. Aligned. Creative. Flow.
Back in February, when I first heard about Vienda Maria & Claire Baker coming together in London to create this little magic, I felt this intuitive and heart fluttering sensation that was very distinct and clear. I had to be there.
 
Throughout the years I learned to connect and recognise those little intuitive signs that always lead me to some kind of magic and unique life moments.
 
As a yoga teacher, writer and wellness coach who had to learn and is still learning about how to create a business from scratch, that is aligned with me and thriving, I find it so essential to be surrounded by people- and mainly women- who inspire and live the same lifestyle that I do. The connection, support and inspiration I receive from my local and online business mavens has been essential for my growth. Starting and running your own biz is overwhelming, intense, freeing and amazing all at the same time. Having to find your way and take steps towards your big vision and usually learning along the way is no easy task but so rewarding. And The Heartful Biz online workshop that is coming soon is covering all the essentials to create and run a business that comes from the heart.
 
I’ve been following, learning and admiring Vienda and Claire for years as they built their businesses in a way that embody their lifestyles. I think that’s why I’ve been drawn to them in the first place. They are free spirited, connected, heart aligned and not afraid to create a life on their own terms while being in tuned with their own rhythms -let it be in connection with the moon or the menstrual cycle.
 
The Heartful Biz was definitely one of my highlight so far this year- you can read the stories I wrote during the workshop over here and here. All the content and connection with badasses women living life aligned with their heart with freedom and purpose at the center stage.
 
It reignited my fire to bring more soul into my work, to show up and not being afraid to be seen.  To create and launch my first online program, making yoga videos, to show up on insta stories, and not holding back from bringing my true nature into my business even if it’s different than others in the field. It showed me ways to bring structure and organisation to my work while still being in flow with my feminine side.  I had resistance for a long time around structure thinking it would take away my freedom, but I’ve witnessed and experienced the opposite effect. From creative ways to use social media, to building a community and listening to our own internal rhythms as well as bringing our hearts and unique touch to our projects, these two women brings a new approach to business and life. It confirmed that creating a business that is aligned with who I am and on my own terms is possible and just at my finger tips if I’m willing to show up whole-heartedly.
 
I know some of you were curious about this workshop and all the things I learned, and with the huge demand for an online version of this live workshop, they created an online 2-day workshop of the London event so everyone gets to join, connect and grow their business, the heartful way. Another example of how they connect with their tribe and get into action to create something that is valuable and enriching for so many of us.
 
It’s happening August 12th and 13th. If you’ll be surfing waves (like me! ) or on summer adventures at this time don’t worry as it’s a do-it-at-your-own-pace course so you can join in at anytime.
 
If you’re a yoga teacher, a coach or a self-employed superwoman, I can only recommend this a thousand times as it’s been life-changing for me. As I’ve been part of the first London live workshop, I get to participate and join again (I can’t wait!) and I also became an affiliate as I truly stand behind these two women and their content, creative work as they are a true and living example of having a heart-driven business.
 
Have a look here, if this speaks to you.
 
Close your eyes, breathe in and out, how does it make you feel- the thought of taking your business to the next level, connecting with a tribe of women who share the same passion of freedom, connection and purpose. Women who gets it. When women come together, they can accomplish amazing things. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the fierce and bold women in my life who supported, encouraged, inspired, showed me the way in some way or another.

 

Follow Your Curiosity

February 9, 2017

“Just play and see where it takes you!”

A friend tells me in the middle of a conversation about music and my desire to get familiar with the guitar. He encouraged me to start playing the guitar as I mentioned I always loved it and was something that would float in the back of my mind for years. So I borrowed my brother’s guitar and started to put my fingers on the strings. Just for fun. A week later, I told my friend, ” It’s fun and I love it, but I need to be able to play a song by this time…” And then I realized that was not really what I was looking for initially -setting goals around my very first guitar days. I don’t need to achieve anything with my guitar. I’m after the feelings it’s creating.

Peace. Stillness. Pleasure. Presence. Curiosity. Fun. Experience.

We’re so brainwashed by our society to achieve goals and do things that will get us somewhere.

Even though I’d love to be able to play Ben Howard’s songs one day by the fire on a snowy day, (yeah I’m a dreamer!) I’m not chasing a goal to check it off my goal’s list. I’m letting my curiosity guide me. Maybe my guitar days will be over in a few weeks or maybe it will take me somewhere. Who knows?! It’s been a month and I still pick up the guitar everyday- to my surprise. Not that I’m getting much better at it but I enjoy it and it relaxes me and I’m learning the chords in the process.

Adulting kills curiosity and creativity. We stop playing, exploring, creating, discovering, the minute we’re out of school. Imagination wears off. We think it’s a waste of time, that it won’t get us anywhere or that we lack talent.

I follow my curiosity with different things. Painting. Crafting. Interior design. Writing. Reading. Dancing. Movies and documentaries.

Curiosity lead me to study nutrition and become a health coach. It lead me to yoga and exploring the world and my own mind.

There is so much to explore, experience and create.

Create.

To bring into existence.

Creativity leads to more freedom. It opens your mind to other worlds. It deepens your connection to yourself. It brings joy.

Think of when we were kids. Care free. Wild. Being creative was part of our every day life. Creating stories, games, choreographies and so much more. We could spend days creating and exploring, being lead by our curiosity. How happy and in the moment were we?

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

Mae Jemison

Where is curiosity leading you at the moment?

Did your curiosity lead you to a passion, a lover, career or simply more joy in your daily life?

Possibilities are endless. How exciting is that?!

Winter Energy

February 2, 2017

 

I love the connection with the seasons. Every season, I realize a bit more the meaning and goodness of each one and its impact on my body and soul.

Winter has a purpose.

For me winter is filled with gezellig- hygge vibes. That warmth and cosiness contrasting with the temperatures outside. You get to flow between the two worlds.

I haven’t felt that big high of new year energy in January. Usually September “back to school vibe” does it more for me. Feeling recharged and fired up after summer. I’ve been trying to map out the year and plan and I just haven’t felt connected to this energy of getting things done and moving forward in a more masculine energy.

So I decided to let go of what I thought I should be doing and instead listen to my intuition and heart’s desires. My soul knows better. I love embracing winter and it’s yin energy. So lots of cosy times filled with self care, creative projects, reading books, and just a general sense of living in the now. Being more in tuned with my heart than my brain. Sometimes, you need to give yourself time to retreat so you can bloom later on. Making memories and filling my heart with joy. Because in the end, that’s what we’ll remember. Play time and adventures taking the front seat. Sitting in front of my laptop trying to be creative and inspired wasn’t really working for me the past few weeks. So I started looking for the spark of inspiration and creativity in other places- the ones that come with more ease and exploring new ones.

So I filled my days with lots of yin and some yang energy, finding a balance that works for me.

Snow adventures bring me exactly what I need from a more active energy. Meetings with the sun and blue skies after days under the clouds. It’s never really a question of grey days – but just being at the wrong altitude. So whenever I can, I take steps to hit the road for the wild snow capped mountains. Such a magical moment when you suddenly find yourself out of the heavy fog and into a winter wonderland of blue and white on the horizon. Breathing the wild air and that feeling of immensity surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. It’s my zone of bliss and inspiration. It’s how I recharge. I’ve given myself permission for just that. For play and gathering experiences. Embracing winter.

Sometimes you have to slow down, stand still to listen and receive the guidance, flow and vibrations. When you get to that place, you’ll be surprised at how things come your way because your energy shifted big time. I’ve been noticing the positive change.

Let yourself be lead by your soul. Treasure the seasons and experiences.

What is one thing that hasn’t been working for you?

How can you embrace winter and it’s energy?

Are you feeling aligned with your heart?

 

 

Rock Your Own Company

September 9, 2016

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Part of living a wild-hearted life includes rocking your own company. It’s always been something close to my heart. Feeling that no matter what would happen in my life, through family, friends, partners, I would always be happy on my own.

 

As a teenager, I hated depending on friends to fill my days with joy and adventures as everyone would want to do different things, so I learned to do the things that brought me joy. And even more so as a 30-something girl. Waiting on other people to bring me what is missing from my life is not an option for a wild-hearted girl like me. So I just create it.

 

Everyone has a life and can’t always be around to wander the world or hang out. So from time to time, I find myself flying solo on adventures. From wandering the streets of Ubud or Sydney to enjoying a Ben Howard concert or simply a lazy Sunday afternoon at the park reading a book.
I do love soulful connections, spending quality time with loved ones, stargazing and talking about life and all the magic around it, sharing about our struggles, emotions and dreams we have. Humans need connection for sure. I love my tribe and sometimes I do feel like it would be nice to be sharing moments with them because there’s nothing quite like sharing your happiness with other lovely humans, but the idea of staying home instead of doing something that makes my heart sing and that my soul want is just not an option. So I fly off and enjoy the little adventures in my own company. And I usually feel high on life in those moments. There’s a bit of magic to feel every time you follow your heart and lead your decisions based on your soul’s desires.

 

Embracing the free spirited life.

 

Being your own best friend may sound cheesy but is essential. To fully accept yourself as you are- with your quirks and flaws, your desires and dreams, and learning to find little joys by spending time on your own.

 

 

We often have no clue of who we are and what we truly desire and how to listen to the signs of our heart and soul. By spending time alone- from meditating, journaling or traveling, we learn to connect with our true self- and this will shift the way you feel about spending time in your own company. Becoming more conscious and aware of our emotions, feelings and what goes on inside our mind will not only transform the relationship with yourself but with others too.

 

What makes your heart sing?

What makes you feel alive, free and kindhearted?

 

 

In retrospective, my solo travels and time alone were the catalyst for my own transformation, to find my purpose and connect to my wild heart. When I allowed myself to get outside my comfort zone, to trust and believe in me and listen to that inner voice, the shift started to happen, which guided me to who I am today.

 

We have everything we need inside of us. What you look up to in someone else is just inside of you- it might be a little hidden, but all it want is to come out so finding a way to bring these traits that you admire in others right to you.

 

So go on big or little adventures, rocking your own company. Take a step outside that comfortable life and fly solo once in a while to see the world with new eyes. When we travel on our own we’re much more open to meet other people, to experience something new, to be spontaneous and present. You could also try a new class, go salsa dancing or enjoy a little picnic to watch the sunset. Whatever it is that your heart is desiring. Go for it. It will transform your relationships, the way you live your life.

It’s a journey through acceptance, discovery, exploration, surrender and courage.

You will create a unique connection with yourself that no one or situation could change. You’re giving yourself the gift of being wild-hearted, the gift of unconditional love, of enjoying the lovely human that you are. We are worthy with or without the partner by our side or the tribe surrounding us. We’re enough just by being us. We are whole. And once we pause to see what’s hidden behind the layers of fears, we find a treasure.