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Clean beauty and skin care – what it means for us

 

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Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it has several roles, one of them being a protective barrier between our internal body and the external world.

 

I find it fascinating that dermatologists are more accepting of “psychodermatology” field investigating the role of stress and other psychological issues in skin problems. They treat social anxiety, depression and other psychological issues that can arise when people have skin conditions.

Our body, mind, and spirit are indeed fully connected.
How we are is a result of the collaboration of at least three superintelligences within us, and we have a role to play in it. Our choice has a direct impact on them, which results in our wellbeing or disease.

 

This upcoming episode is my conversation with Ale Franco about helping our skin from the outside in.

Clean beauty is a terminology that has been discussed for a few years, and we’ll talk about what it means here; what the “dirty ingredients” are and where and how to find the information. Ale also shares some recipes for home-made healthy skincare products that you can make using essential oils. Essential oils are highly beneficial for all of our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.

Our intention for this episode is to provide you with some information to raise your awareness about skincare so that you can make healthier and better choices for you and your family.

You may remember Ale from her episode about essential oil (episode 29).
Educated as an industrial engineer, Ale has been learning about the regulations and labelling policy around personal care and household products for years that she felt she must share it. Her mission is to help herself and others to make healthier choices for lives.

A Corporate Senior Executive for a retail business based in Mexico City by day, Ale is also a Young Living Independent Distributor. She turned her passion into an alternate professional path a few years ago.

Happy listening and sharing it with others.

 

With love,
Astuti

 

Some reading recommendations:

EWG Skin deep directory

Dirty Ingredients App

Aromatherapy Handbook Beauty, Hair, and Skincare by Erich Keller
Saving Face: The Scent-able Way to Wrinkle-Free Skin by Sabina DeVita

DIY: Beauty – Star Moree and Kari McDermott

www.mywellnesslife.org

 

Timestamp:

00:00    Opening

00:40    Why it is essential to take care of our skin. What clean beauty means. How to find the “dirty ingredients” list.

11:26    Key highlights to regulations within the personal care industry and what it means for us as consumers.

21:00    What to watch out for when selecting Fragrances.

31:00    The importance of knowing how your skin care’s ingredients were sourced.

34:58    What to be careful of when you are using clean beauty products.

36:41    A handful of easy recipes to make your skincare products.

47:57    Books references, summary, and closing. How to get connected with Ale Franco.

 

I’d love to hear from you. Please write to me at astuti@upliftmylife.today for input, feedback and suggestions. Thank you!

 

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The root causes of achievement addiction

 

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It’s been five years since I started my path as a Subconscious Mind Reprogrammer. Five enriching years of self-growth and growing as a supporter of others.

It’s also been twelve years since the burnout experience that I had.

 

Throughout all these years, I have been diving into the depth of human psyche to understand what the subconscious mind is and how it works.
This underworld is a vast universe, yet as a Piscean, I love it. I accept that I will always be learning about this until my time to leave this earth comes.

 

I started doing this for me, and in the last five years, I started sharing what I’ve learnt along the way through my work with my clients.

Having me as my main stakeholder, I wanted to explain to myself clearly what got me into burnout.
I’ve been gathering many puzzle pieces of answers since 2009. In 2018, another big puzzle piece became clear. I concluded that I had behaviours resembling being addicted to achieve and grow for years before the burnout, obviously at self-care cost.

 

It was a big stamp – addiction, one that I felt very uncomfortable with. Yet, in my heart, I felt there was truth in it.

So, I continued to dive deeper. Shame and guilt were there with me for a while. Mindfully, as I dig deeper, I also continued with my healing journey. The two were inseparable. Over time, the shame and guilt dissipate, self-compassion grew, and I could articulate better what I discovered.

 

In April 2019, I released a podcast episode about achievement addiction.
Many people responded to this. Conversations happened, healing journeys commenced, and state of being transformed.

I’ve learnt a great deal facilitating processes for others, so it is time to share one specific aspect of achievement addiction: the root causes.

 

My friend, Julie Grauel, kindly welcome my invitation to facilitate this reflection. Similarly, we both love to explore the subconscious mind universe.

 

I hope to provide you with a perspective that can help you start your healing journey through self-healing or getting support from others.

 

After we recorded this episode, I continued reading a book by Gabor Maté, MD- In the Realm of HUNGRY GHOSTS – Close encounters with Addiction – and I landed in the following paragraph:

Any passion can become an addiction, but then how to distinguish between the two? The central question is: who’s in charge, the individual or their behaviour? 

It’s possible to rule a passion, but an obsessive passion that a person is unable to rule is an addiction. 

And the addiction is the repeated behaviour that a person keeps engaging in, even though he knows it harms himself or others. How it looks externally is irrelevant. The key issue is a person’s internal relationship to the passion and its related behaviours.

 

I know exactly what he means, and I know now how achievement addiction and passion look and feel differently in my body. When I am in the passion zone, I am at ease with all – growing, achieving, and caring for myself.

 

Take time to listen to this episode. Do it multiple times. There is a lot of reflection here. 
Please share it with others too.

And when you feel you want support transforming your achievement addiction to move into the passion zone, have a chat with me.

 

With love,
Astuti

 

Some reading recommendations:

In the Realm of HUNGRY GHOSTS – Close encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté, MD.
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle. by Mark Wolynn.
The Biology of Beliefs by Bruce H. Lipton PhD.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD.
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Emilia Nagoski DMA.

 

 

Timestamp:

00:00:00         Opening

00:01:30          The behaviours of an Achievement addict.

00:08:25          How one becomes an achievement addict. What addiction is and what causes addictive behaviours.

00:17:00          When disconnections that lead to addiction can happen and what they can do to our psyche development.

00:38:30          Why it is difficult to let go of achievement addiction and what needs to happen to help the journey of transforming achievement addiction.

00:42:30          Key steps to get to the roots of achievement addiction.

00:47:30          How ancestral trauma contributes to achievement addiction. Support to consider to let go of the achievement addiction on the subconscious mind level

00:58:20          What feeds achievement addiction.

01:00:00          Fundamental steps to transform achievement addiction, including how Astuti helps her achievement addict clients.

01:08:00          Summary and closing.

 

I’d love to hear from you. Please write to me at astuti@upliftmylife.today for input, feedback and suggestions. Thank you!

 

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May your Zoom calls be merry and stylish!

 

Need a warmer and more stylish start into 2021?
Julahas capes may well be what you want.

 

Designed in Amsterdam and handmade produced in the Himalayan region, the purchase of this cape allows you to participate in keeping an old method alive, helping artisans in a small village in the Himalayan region to do what they know so well and to share it with the rest of the world while being kind to its environment and empowering women through the creation of this environment. 

Not only that, with every purchase made, Kanak Hirani, the founder, is planting 1 tree in rural Southern India in your name. You’ll get a digital certificate with a number that allows you to know where it’s planted. This is a life long campaign.

 

If you want to get to know Kanak and Julahas, listen to this podcast episode where I interviewed her in December 2019. 

Head on over to Julahas and add in “UPLIFT” as a discount code for EUR10 discount. Free shipping worldwide.

And, no, I don’t receive anything from Julahas in return of profiling them here. I LOVE their mission and their products (mine are Cape Daria Amazon and Cape Daria Zanskar while my sister, Buntari, is wearing Cape Daria Zambezi).

 

 

 

Enjoy!

Astuti

It’s a wrap!

Around this time every year, I often feel like I am on a  path of crossing a bridge. December always feels like a transition period, filled with hibernating energy all around. 

As I am writing this, I am tuning in to a word I’d use to describe my 2020 journey: “Surrender”.

This word is the closest label I can find to describe the state of being fully present and engaged in life while at the same time being completely unattached to a specific expectation.

Since my mother passed away in spring of 2017, I have been setting up a life where I can work from anywhere I want to while securing enough time to move between continents with ease to spend time with my loved ones – family and close friends.

Whilst every year, I made great progress in doing so, never could I have predicted what has been happening this year. The opposite of movement with ease is what we’ve been experiencing, not only between continent but within my own local environment. Most things that I’ve planned changed. 

For most of this year, I’ve gone through the grief for the loss of opportunity to physically reconnect with my loved ones. This physical connection has been essential for me to support my grieving process for the passing of my beloved mother. It was challenging not to have it. Instead, compounded grief was what I experienced, and this was intense.

By the summer, these compounded griefs created quite an anxiety of the fears to be homeless and dying alone out there. Fears got triggered by actually harmless things. So exhausting as this stayed for almost 2 weeks.

I decided to stop asking myself why things were happening the way it has been. This question didn’t help. The fact is, what happened, happened.
The situation that we’re all in right now will remain for who knows how long.

“The quality of your life correlates with the quality of your questions”, someone said to me once, and she was right.

I ask myself more frequently another question: who can I be and what can I do to make the most of this situation?

2020 was my accelerated path of surrender.

I am doing my best to accept what is, to grief for both my mother and for the loss of my original plan and the opportunities that could not be repeated nor regained (my nephew, Leo, will continue growing and one day he would not be so keen for me to squeeze and cuddle him), to let go of the beliefs I have against surrendering with grace, as well as to learn new life skills better.

I went through a full year of healing and self-discovery, a mindful journey going deeper into my inner world. To facilitate it, I have been using an approach that I was not open to doing until this year: Art.

 

The Diamond Bridge by Astuti Martosudirdjo

 

My art teacher, Anni Doré, supported me in channelling how I see and feel about who I am and my life through this collage that you see here; through geometrical shapes, patterns, colours and composition. I worked on this piece for weeks and finally completed it 2 weeks ago.  I call it “The Diamond Bridge”.

 

Through my heart, I see that my life consists of many bridges, small bridges, big bridges, long and short ones, old and new. Some bridges are going inwards, and some are outwards. The bridges offer opportunities to connect me with myself and the rest of the world.
As I cross each of the bridge, I get to experience a different facet of who I am and my life. There are many facets, just like the facets of a glorious diamond, strong and resilient.

 

I want to share this with you because you all have been a part of my journey, in your own unique way. THANK YOU.

Thank you for the connections. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for trusting me to support you. THANK YOU.

 

As I am coming closer to the end of the current bridge, I feel a deep sense of contentment and a voice deep down saying lovingly – “I’m alright.” 

 

With an open heart, I am sending you my wishes for the holiday season.
May your 2020 conclude and your 2021 start with peaceful and loving energy, connected to your loved ones.
 

 

With love,
Astuti

Letting go heartaches

Soon after I prayed for an angel to help through some ongoing heartache feelings, Astuti showed up in my life through a random Instagram scroll.

As soon as I saw her face on video, I could have cried because she gave me an instant feeling of hope and maternal care.

Even though I have done my own healing work and have had the help of many healers, Astuti was able to pinpoint a moment years back that immediately brought me to tears with a huge release.

I am so grateful. Her style is so divine and welcoming. She makes you feel so strong in your vulnerability. I’d recommend her to all! Thank you, Astuti! You are a gift from God!

Tara S.
USA

Being real – healing jiwa dan raga untuk kebahagian hakiki – Tya dan Aji

 


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Go-Getter!

Seberapa komitkah kamu untuk mencintai dan menyayangi dirimu sendiri?

Listya (berdomisili di Paris, Perancis) dan Aji Wibowo (berdomisili di Jakarta Indonesia) adalah dua orang Go-Getters yang berani bermimpi dan berdedikasi juga berdisiplin untuk mencapai cita-cita masing-masing.

Listya dan Aji juga adalah individu yang memutuskan untuk mencintai dan menyayangi diri sebagai bagian dari kehidupan mereka sehingga lebih sehat dalam menghadapi hidup.

Di tahun 2019 keduanya, di jalur hidup masing-masing, beritikad untuk menghadapi tantangan yang dihadapinya melalui perjalan ke dalam diri melalu Subconscious mind healing.  Semua apa yang kita rasakan, hadapi, dan alami bermula di dalam diri. Semakin dalam healing-nya, semakin powerful impactnya.

Apakah subconscious mind healing itu?

Cara paling mudah untuk mengerti tentang topik ini adalah dengan mendengarkan pengalaman pribadi orang-orang yang sudah melakukannya.

Hasilnya? Kebahagian hakiki yang nyata, yang terasa kuat di dalam diri mereka berdua.

 

Mari bergabung dalam refleksi perjalanan subconscious healing mereka, masalahnya apa, kendalanya apa, benefitnya apa, dan juga bagaimana mereka bisa merasakan kebahagian yang hakiki. Mereka juga berbagi apa-apa saja yang mesti dipertimbangkan jika ingin memulai Subconscious Mind Healing.

 

Love,
Astuti

 

Informasi tentang Body Code: http://upliftmylife.today/body-code/

Informasi tentang Hypnosis (Rapid Transformational Therapy): http://upliftmylife.today/rtt/

Informasi tentang Uplift My Life Today: https//upliftmylife.today

 

Timestamp:

00:00:00     Pembukaan

00:01:03      Perkenalan dengan Listya dan Aji Wibowo

00:04:33     Mengapa Tya dan Aji butuh Subconscious Mind healing

00:13:20      Perjalanan unik Tya dalam Subconscious Mind healing, yang bermula dari masalah emosi dan apa bedanya dengan pengalamannya dengan dibantu oleh seorang Psikolog di Paris, Perancis.

00:27:34     Perjalan unik Aji Wibowo dalam Subconscious mind healing, yang bermulai dari masalah fisik (insomnia, cedera pinggang, lutut, etc) setelah kurang berhasil menuntaskan healing dengan bantuan dari para dokter maupun alternative healers lainnya. Pengalaman apa yang mengejutkan yang dialami dalam proses ini di mana Subconscious Mind healing yang berasal dari masalah fisik bisa healing hati Aji sehingga menjadi siap untuk menjalin hubungan kasih dengan calon pendamping hidup yang sangat compatible dengan tidak ngoyo.

00:42:21      Pengalaman yang mengejutkan yang Lista alami ketika menjalankan subconscious mind healing untuk memproses tiga trauma yang dialaminya ketika masih kecil yang membuatnya jatuh cinta kepada dirinya sendiri dan juga membukakan kesempatan untuk menjalin hubungan dengan orang yang satu frekuensi dengannya.

01:03:54      Pointers dari Listya dan Aji bagi kalian yang ingin memulai Subconscious Mind healing.

01:12:40       Closing

 

Untuk feedback dan input, silakan hubungi saya di astuti@upliftmylife.today. Terima kasih.

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Up close and Personal: Go-Getter’s Self love and Self care


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Go-Getters!

What do you think when you hear “self-love” and “self-care”?

Have you figured out how to integrate them into your life?

 

My journey to get to know and integrate these started after the burnout I had at the end of 2008.

I wish I can tell you that it was easy. It’s not. 
It takes some fundamental inner work to do that, and it is still an ongoing journey for me.

If loving and caring yourself more is on your top priority list right now, let these podcast episodes accompany your journey.

 

I am hosting five wonderful Go-Getters in reflecting on the difficulties and the wisdom in implementing this huge concept of self-love and self-care. 

I hosted them in two separate episodes, in which one is in the Indonesian language.

The first episode captured a reflection of four long term friends who are Go-Getters, operating in different fields, about what self-love and self-care mean for us.

I’ve known Anna Mattsson, Deo Onyango and Hugo Diaz since we’re all at university.

Throughout the past two decades or so, we’ve grown into different directions, doing different things, built up different lives. We’ve been taking on leadership positions, taking big risks and follow-through in various ways yet one of some common things that connect us throughout all these years is our strong commitment and desire to grow and to achieve. It is not an exaggeration to say that such commitment and desire is second nature to us.

Grew up in different parts of the world, worked and lived in many countries, and well into our 40s, we are now faced with the same questions – how do we love and care for ourselves, what are the costs of not doing it so far, why this has been so difficult to do, what have we discovered along the way and how our wellbeing impacts the world?

 

The second episode is in the Indonesian language. I am hosting two Go-Getters in their 30s who have chosen to embark on their subconscious mind healing and reprogramming as their commitment to self-love and self-care.

Both Listya Kusumawati and Aji Wibowo are sharing and reflecting their experiences in diving deep within themselves to heal their core wounds and the surprises they discovered and uncovered throughout the journeys. Hence, they feel more whole in themselves that the journey of achieving and growing become more uplifting. 

 

Needless to say, I feel grateful and humbled by the courage of my guest speakers who vulnerably yet so powerfully sharing each of their unique journeys.

Please join us in these conversations. These reflections may provide you with inputs.

 

Love,
Astuti

 

Inputs, feedback or suggestion for topics – write to me at astuti@upliftmylife.today. Thanks!

#upliftmylifetoday #risefromburnout #intentionallife #selflove #selfcare #subconsciousmindreprogramming  #rttworks #bodycode #emotioncode

 

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Music used in this Episode: “On My Way” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

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Demystifying Essential Oil with Ale Franco

 


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You see them around, essential oils, in small dark-coloured bottles.

I even bought some from Body Shop back in the days as they sold a spray that came in a bottle and a blend of oils to be put on a candle diffuser to help me sleep. It’s called Deep Sleep, I think. They may sell these with a different name these days.

I had sleeping problems around the time of the burnout in 2008. This spray and blend of oils worked wonders for me. Yet, I never really understood what these were. All I knew was they helped me.

Fast forward to 2016 – I found myself in a very stressful and challenging situation. I took six months off to take care of my mother, who was really ill while of building a new business (the one that I do now). My head was barely above water. Both my mother and I needed “something” to support each of us. The worse thing to happen when taking care of others is to fall ill. I was emotionally and physically exhausted despite having a carer that supported me in taking care of my mother.

My best friend had led me to experience essential oils two years prior. We both were in New York City during the thick of winter of 2014, and it was so cold. My body didn’t respond too well to such temperature so I was worried that I might get ill during this trip. She advised me to apply two drops of peppermint, lemon and a blend called Thieves on to my feet every day. Without even understanding what’s going on, that week, I felt well regardless of the harsh weather.

 

With this in mind, I connected with a lady in Singapore, who is a seasoned user of Young Living Essential Oil and started my journey with these oils.

 

I came back to Indonesia with different oils – some for my mother and some for me. I could not explain to my mother what I had for her; however, she agreed to give these oil a go.

Going into day three, my mother was asking for her oils. She felt strongly that these helped her. My mother had had 35 years of diabetes at the time. Her organs were in the process of stopping, and dementia kicked in 2014. She was not so keen on adding in more medication into her body. She felt that these more like a burden to her body than helping. So, when she asked for these oils, I knew for sure these helped her.

I also started using some for myself, and these were to help my immune system to stay robust. That year (and the year after, when I took another leave to take care of my mother until she passed away in 2017), with the support of these essential oils, I remained healthy. Since then, the essential oil is a part of my lifestyle.

 

COVID 19 pandemic is a long journey, my friends. I am continuously searching for ways to support us during this challenging period. Essential Oil may be something that you can explore.

So, what is an essential oil? Why is it so helpful for us?

To demystify it all, I am joined by Ale Franco, who has done her personal exploration and research to understand what these wonderful oils are.

Since 2014, with the mind of an industrial engineer, she attended several training and congresses in the subject to help her understand the underlying science behind essential oils. She also learned about the regulations and labelling policy around the household and personal care products that she felt it is necessary to share all the accumulative knowledge that she has gathered and also tested with others so we all can make healthier choices for our lives.

A Corporate Senior Executive for a retail business based in Mexico City by day, Ale is also a Young Living Independent Distributor. She turned her passion into an alternate professional path a few years ago.

 

In this podcast episode, Ale is sharing what essential oil is, why it helps us emotionally and physically, what to watch out for when you would like to start using it and some tips on what to use these days mainly, especially because we are working from home, wearing masks and regularly need to clean our hands and our space.

She’ll share which oils could help us to stay focused throughout the day, unwind at the end of the day, manage our anxiety and to sleep better. We can do these more healthily and comfortably.

Come along, join us in this conversation. Bring your friends too. Let’s help one another to stay healthy!

Love,
Astuti

 

Timestamp:

00:00 Welcome and introduction of Ale Franco of www.mywellnesslife.org and her personal endeavour with essential oils for the past 20 years.

10:00 What essential oil is, how they are produced to get the best quality, and the existing regulations on it. Why essential oil has powerful healing properties.

25:40 How we can use essential oil daily to replace potentially toxic chemicals in our cleaning products

40:00 What essential oils that can help to support us in managing stress, keeping focused throughout the day, to wind down and to sleep better

52:15 What you can do to start getting and using essential oils. How to get in touch with Ale Franco to start your journey with Essential Oils.

 

To contact Ale Franco for Essential Oil Guidance and to start your journey with Essential Oil, contact her www.mywellnesslife.org

Inputs, feedback or suggestion for topics – write to me at astuti@upliftmylife.today. Thanks!

#upliftmylifetoday #risefromburnout #intentionallife #essentialoil #rttworks #bodycode #emotioncode

 

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Music used in this Episode: “On My Way” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

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Dismantling Claustrophobia

Hello!

 

My name is Zori, and I am a portrait photographer, specializing in Magazine-style photoshoots for everyday women, where I take them on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. And this is how I met Astuti for the first time.

She came to my studio in Vevey to be part of my photography campaign “21 Days of Real Women”. We spent the morning chatting, laughing mostly and of course photographing her beautiful soul. I felt blessed that she crossed my path and graced me with her beautiful inner light. We don’t meet people like this every day, but when we do, it’s memorable.

 

I have been suffering from a light form of Claustrophobia for as long as I can remember. I try to control my panic attacks as much as I can, but as you can imagine, it is a big handicap, when you are taking public transportation, a flight, or worse – a car that has no back doors or the elevator. I am continually looking for the escaping exit, and if there is no one nearby, I freak out and a feeling of “I can’t breathe” overpowers me.

 

In March this year, during the covid19 confinement at home, my Claustrophobia just got worse. I shared this with Astuti, and she offered that we try the “Body Code” technique. It was much needed and very convenient as we did the sessions over Zoom, so no matter where you are in the world, you can do this.

 

Having those therapeutic calls was so helpful. I need to mention that Astuti’s voice is so soothing and I loved her guided talks with closed eyes :).

When I agreed to go on this healing journey with her, I thought that I don’t have significant burdens in my past and I couldn’t explain to myself where this Claustrophobia is coming from.

Once we started, I knew that I was wrong. I guess we all have old wounds that need to be healed. I cried several times when we were talking and revisiting old memories from my childhood. They were very liberating cries, and I felt great after each one.

 

The most important lesson I learned from my journey with Astuti is that we all carry “baggage” from our parents or previous generations, that isn’t ours. It helps you free yourself from that weight that doesn’t belong to you. That all that fear has been passed to me by my mother during birth because she went through the massive trauma of losing her first child. And also, that the origin of my Claustrophobia lied deep down in the lack of parental presence and emotional support in my young years.

 

Astuti helped me to forgive my parents for never meeting my expectations and understand that sometimes we come to this world to teach them something. I grew up and healed in the process. I felt that now the power is in my own hands.

 

As you can imagine, this therapy has dramatically improved my life. The Claustrophobia hasn’t magically disappeared. There is still work to be done there. Yet Astuti gave me the right tools and techniques to control my panic attacks if they happen again, and I learned things about myself and about life that is priceless, no matter the problem you have.

 

The therapy will unlock your healing process, and Astuti is the right person for you.

 

Sincerely,

Zori Ivanova

www.zoariart.com

Vevey, Switzerland

Dissecting Conscious Friendship

 

 


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Peace. Happiness. Health.

To feel them, a journey inwards is the way to go.

I also realise, for many of us, the journey inward is daunting. There is a niggling sense of unsafeness in doing so. 
“What if I can’t find my way back out?”

Understandable.

 

In the “Returning to ourselves – The wisdom of trauma” retreat that I participated in, I learnt from Dr Gabor Maté that “Safety is the presence of connection. It is not a lack of threat”.

That was a big aha moment for me. It explains to me why the quality of my relationships, over quantity, is essential.

Moreover, COVID 19 has made it even more clear to us that to survive and even to thrive this prolonged unpredictable time where everyone in the world is impacted by, connections with others are crucial to lean on.

 

Friendship, adult friendship, grown-up friendship, conscious friendship is a massive asset for us. Are you in it, or several of it?

Let me share something with you.
Out of nowhere a few weeks ago, I experienced a sense of leakage in my energy system. I woke up tired; I ran out of energy during the afternoon and had intense dreams nightly for almost a week.

A string of baseless fear crept up. The thought of “I’m going to be out there homeless, on my own”, swirled around my mind often then. It stressed me out.

Do I have any reason to think that it is going to happen that way? NO!
There is no fact, and there has never been a fact to support that idea, EVER.

Yet, that fear was there. Loud and alive.

A few days sitting with this fear, breathing in and out calmly when it acted out, I realised that this fear is triggered by an elusive threat towards my connections with my family because of prolonged lockdown. The idea of not knowing when I can see my family again (as they are in the US and Australia) brought to the surface a sense of unsafeness that rooted in a deep fear that I have of being out there all alone. It acted out in a big way.

 

It was a call to action. I confided my fear to a couple of close friends. 
Being held with love as I shared, I felt the permission to acknowledge this crippling fear. I could breathe better after, and the anxiety started to move upwards and onwards. My friends didn’t try to fix the situation. They just listened and offered some more time for us to connect until this fear completely dissipates on its own.

I value a strong friendship. Yet, this doesn’t happen by itself. It requires an investment of all kinds to grow it.

 

This podcast episode is dedicated for us to reflect on a conscious friendship – what it is about, what it is not, how it helps us and what we need to invest in to grow it, within ourselves and in the relationship itself.

Sharing their reflections are Julie Grauel, Jourdan Hussein and Constantine Karampatsos.

Through their life journeys, they all realised how valuable friendships are for them and what they learnt how to nurture one.
Enjoy and feel free to share with others.

 

 

Love,

Astuti

 

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Music used in this Episode: “On My Way” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

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