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Day 1 and 2 Kyoto – the old days and a major achievement

Yesterday I took the Shinkansen to Kyoto and I love riding trains especially the super express trains here in  Japan. Since there was promised heavy rain I took a cap and was surprised in the good way just under 700 yen for a 10 minutes drive. Amazing.

I got installed in my studio with my own kitchen and a top modern place with my own washer and the shower is also a tub and a dryer.

Since I only have 4 whole days here I went to the Gion district just 10 minutes walk from here and walked the streets with the old houses and a huge amount of shrines. A lot of the locals wore the traditional kimonos and that made the whole experience so authentic.

Back at the guesthouse I enjoyed to have my own kitchen and afterwards I made my own onsen with the tub, epsom salt and essential oils.

Today I went to take a Kyoto walk but I’d forgotten to read the whole brochure and therefore I didn’t know that the tour only was on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. OK that shouldn’t ruin my day so I took the train to Inari and hiked to the top of Fushimi with all the orange gates. It was 37 degrees Celsius and still I walked in a good pace all the way up and down with no short cuts. My legs was shaking on most of the way down but I walked and I did it. For me this was  a major achievement since I couldn’t sit and walk back in 2011.

After I found a cat cafe in Inari where I’d go. I just had to try it. The cats wasn’t that social but I found one that wasn’t sleeping. It was fund though.

Back in Kyoto I went up in the Kyoto tower to see the city from above and it was amazing because several places the sun broke though the sky as huge beams.

After that it was grocery shopping and back to my studio.

 

Let me present: Pierre Black

IMG_6690This unique fellow (the guy in the picture with the hat) has in just a few weeks made a major impact on my life.

I’d now idea about who Pierre Black was before I arrived at the Zen Retreat at the temple near Kozaki. Pierre is a naturapath specialised in diet, CST (cranial sacral therapy) and energy work. This guy is interested in the scientific researched angle. Nutrition wise he uses a mix of ayurvetic and Chinese medicin combined with genetics so he makes a diet that is realistic to follow and which takes you native habits in consideration.
He has a very direct approach which I appreciate because beating around the bushes doesn’t change things.

For the first time my reactions to food has become logic and it has been such a relief. A lot of the problems I’ve, which danish doctors have denied exist or just made mental is now connected to problems with my immune system and digestion and by eating the right diet and supplements it’s already changing.

Beside that for the first time I’ve been taught how to train my body after my body constitution and it makes so much sense and it’s a huge relief to hearing a person telling me what I’ve sensed on many areas but was told was just because I had to get into the habit and ignore the signal.

The first he did was making some adjustments to my diet and putting me on two supplements which strengthens the immune system and digestion.

Then he helped me get more grounded. The life I’ve had since 2011 has been one big crock pot of stressful experiences so when I arrived to the temple I was exhausted and I had a hard time relaxing and getting a good night sleep. I started using theta-wave music and experimenting with different kinds of meditation. Until a racoon took our pet duck, I had the responsibility for taking care of the duck both according to take time petting her and feeding her and that was major quality time for me.

A bit into my stay Pierre also started speeding up the healing of my nerve lanes in the body (got damaged after a flue in 2011) with CST and DIY ayurvetic oil massage with an oil blend added frankincense and st. johns wort. I got so surprised because when he practice his cranio sakral therapy og energy work this huge man gets so gentle and kind that I felt safe putting my head in his hand and I don’t trust easy.

In the “few” weeks I was on the temple it made a huge difference f.ex. I’ve no more heat flashes going on, I feel more grounded. Beside that I know a lot now and I can handle a lot on my own before I need help and that is so amazing. Pierre has given me new hope that I can get a really good life.

I can highly recommend Pierre Black as a practitioner.

Since I lived at the temple for 45 days I also got to know Pierre in private and as a person I’ve experienced him as direct but also very kind, caring and ready to help people. While I was at the temple I’d a rock to lean on and that was a huge gift to just being able to let go of the usual life for 45 days and being able to concentrate on getting the foundation for my life started in a good way.

Thank you for all your help.

Living at a temple

This has been an amazing and life changing experience, which I haven’t been close to another place.

This Zen retreat is one of the few, where foreigners are accepted and allows long-term stay. You also become a part of the place and are expected to participate actively in the temple life.

Our basic daily schedule looked like this:
My alarm went of at 5:00 – yes together with the chickens 😉
5:30 the monk start chanting and this half our is the best time of the day for me.
6:00 Meditation
7:00 Tea time and private time (bath time etc.)
8:00 Yoga
9:00 Work started (all from domestic work, preparing rooms for new arrivals, chopping wood, weeding, collection vegetables from the garden, projects like building shelters that are “typhoon” safe, gathering bamboo from the forest)
11:00 Cooking, lunch and dishes
13:00 Private time – but most of the time we went on excursions, napped, had activities at the temple, did private stuff etc..
17:00 cooking, dinner and dishes
19:00 2 hours of social/private time – and also the time where treatments were done
21:00 Quiet time – most of the time we went to sleep if we wasn’t sleeping already.

2-3 times a week we went to the local onsen (hot spring) at 16:00.
1-3 times a week we went on longer excursions so we skip yoga and start working early and leave early to f.ex. Yufuin, Usuki or Beppu.

Oita was where we go to do our shopping which couldn’t be done in the local area and to get massages when the body is to beaten up. They have amazing shops.

I stayed 45 days and now I miss sleeping on futons, sitting on the floor and having access to squat toilets 😀 funny how fast habits can change or rather how fast my body realized that this was really good for me.

During my stay I learned a lot both about nutrition according to body constitutions, different types of meditation, which types of exercise that suits my body constitution, posture and mental training over to the more basics like chopping bamboo in the forest, caring for a duck, cooking Japanese food, Zen gardening, Wabi sabi (seeing the perfection in the imperfect), healthy lifestyle, Japanese lifestyle and mentality (no wonder they can be tough cookies but also is amazingly helpful and caring), unity in society etc.

All this has made me look at a lot of things in different ways and I’ve already made changes or rather major changes in my life that I are going to stick to. When I get my own place I’ll have futon’s instead of beds if possible, use the practice of sitting on the floor etc. (I saw people in their 90’s squatting with the heals in the ground – guys we so limit our bodies and lives big time by the way we live).

Right now I’m sitting in the common area on the hostel on a chair with cross legged because it strengthen my core, is more healthy and I actually prefer to do this now by reflex 😀

The best part has been seeing the wabi sabi practiced in the home, garden, lifestyle yes a lot of places. Things doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful which a lot of Western people has been taught by society.

At the same time I got 45 days where I could relax and I had people that cared about me and I had a network which was so nurturing for my heart and soul to experience. I’ve got in contact with some amazing people and I’ve got some new friends and a network to take with me and I so appreciate that.

I hope I can return sometime or in time maybe work on a retreat like this.

Part time mermaid

snubadiving captain cookI’ve been traveling around the States and Hawaii. Being a animal lover like me snorkeling is a must and yes I knew I couldn’t expect being treated like a princess all over even though the company I used 2 of the times on Hawai’i (The Big Island) was absolutely amazing.

If you don’t know my story, then very short I’ve motor sensoric dyspraxia and one of my hurdles is that I get sea legs when I’ve been weightless in water. On a good day I look a bit drunk back on shore and on a really bad day I can hardly waddle around. I then sit down and just wait a while. If I’m on a rocking boat I sit and just shove myself around with my arms to be safe.

Going on snorkeling tours often gives me a lot of questions, which I  understand but it somehow takes a bit of the fun. Therefore I now have found the magic answer 😀 when people ask I just say I’m part time mermaid with a giggle and people just smiles at me like it’s the most natural thing in the world !!! – Ok case closed and I love it.

 

Climbing to new heights

While being in London I started on of the big points on my 101-list – abseiling which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Combination with that I found a climbing center where I could go and exercise.

Back in the good old 2007’es I wall climbed and unfortunately had to stop because of a work accident where my hip was damaged. Fortunately I managed to take security class level 1 and 2. Therefore I decided that it’s time to go on the wall and reach new heights and I did it (14 meters) and proudly I’m on a 4,5-5 on the European climbing scale. Considering I couldn’t walk back in the 2011 and have been through a major rehab I’m so happy 😀

I worked with an instructor and have had a blast, so Friday we went into the tower of the castle where the center is and I actually abseiled almost 30 meters twice and not just normal abseiling but free abseiling. That was so much fun, even if I was so nervous the first time that I couldn’t remember to tie my own knots 😀

I hope to continue climbing because I learned that I don’t trust my body even if I’m really strong now thanks to my awesome PT in Norway. Therefore, if I continue, I’ll learn to coordinate my body better and I’ll learn to trust my body again.

Research found the missing link

ScienceDaily released an article in 2015 about research has found a missing link between the brain and immune system. This can be a major break through and it will be a step in the right direction to help a lot of people with disorders/illness’ where the brain/immune system are implicated.

Therefore it’s also really good news for “us” living with dyspraxia. This new knowledge can help or at least explain why a lot of people with dyspraxia also fights with immune system disorders. If we’re lucky it might lead to a way where there is help to get else at least there is a logical explanation and knowledge is gold 😉

Read the article here

 

I did it – goal reached and bar raised

Holmekollen, Oslo at Color Me Rad
I actually did it in spite of obstacles 🙂 I ran my first official 5K – Color Me Rad (Oslo) last weekend and I loved it.

My time was 29 minutes and I’m proud because I started in the back a field of almost 2000 people, so I had to worm my way though the walking crowd. Then halfway we got a cup of water to drink and it was really cold so my stomach felt like it should explode but I ran. The only times I didn’t run were on the very steep hills so I’m very happy 🙂

I started running in the spring and if I can do it with challenges like dyspraxia you can do it 🙂 You just need to find the things that motivates you. For me it was the thought of being on the SUP board again on Bondi Beach with my surf trainer and learning to ride the waves without taking a bath 😉 Who know I might even get strong enough to surf a real wave.

Another thing is to find the right race to be the first one and in my opinion Color Me Rad is a really good race to start in because I didn’t just watch a lot of bags in front of me. Beside that it’s really funny to participate.

One goal reached and one thing more on my bucket list done 🙂 Now I’ve raised the bars and going to run for a serious 5K and later a 10K 🙂

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