One of my fav life ingredients


Hey there 🌟!


Morning hour in Berlin city. In casual I'm hanging on my sister's balcony looking over the skyline. 🌇


My eyes are catching skyscrapers, the "Potsdamer Platz", where the former East and West Berlin meet, the famous "Gedächtniskirche" and about five cranes while I'm curing my hangover with water and herbal tea.


Though I just had ONE glass of champagne at last night's inauguration of my friend's surgery clinic in Berlin-Mitte. Her name's Astrid, and we were bf during our university times. Longtimeago. Galp!


At this party, I met Astrid's friends I hadn't seen in ten years. The conversations circled about the classic - work, kids, and house.


Now and then my chats got crashed when somebody I didn't know, said goodbye. As an uncomfortable observant, I was patiently waiting until they'd finished the goodbye ritual. Know this icky feeling?


Fair enough. I'm not a social geek.


I decided I want to do it differently.


Taping Astrid on her shoulder about to say Good Bye, my sister got into a talk with her. And me, well I shyly glanced at the man Astrid was talking to. I smiled, looked away. Then we smiled at each other, looked away; until I took a deep breath of courage and said Hi.


We stayed for another two hours. 🥂


With Sören, that's his name; I had this conversation that totally fires me up. 


After an emotional burn-out, that's how he described it; he took turns on his life. He began the journey into his inner world, he marveled with absolute conviction. He seemed so inspired, and I just loved this vibrant energy.


Sören pointed out that he started his change with just 50. Saying he's at the beginning and yet feels super content.


And guess what, his dream is to get a surfboard in his hands and come over to Portugal.


Two takeaways I took out of this conversation: 

  1. It's never too late to unravel and take another shift in life

  2. Contentment's THE place to grow from. You need to know what you've got to allow yourself to want and desire. Anything else's greed; it seems to me.


Contentment is one of my favorite behaviors suggested in the yoga scripts.


Provided you've set the best intention for yourself, with a regular and consistent Ashtanga Yoga practice this behavior embodies within you and almost becomes a natural act in your life.


It's a sweet, quiet, fulfilled yet sturdy sensation regardless of the daily ups and downs.


That's what I call to rock a "balanced" life. To remain peaceful inside when changes and challenges in life are inevitable on the way to achieve your endeavors.


How do you think about contentment, and what role does it play in your life?


Leave a comment, because it's so worth to think about that.


Enjoy your life!


Always with love.

Your Stef.


❤️


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