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Just after swimming...

...i sit there, just a few moments. I eat an apple, I drink water, a few almonds.  I've been weightless, I've used important muscles to support the increasingly heavy front, I've taken a hot steamy shower and I'm dressed and ready for the day.  It's such a nice moment. The body and mind feels so clean, fresh, strong, focused.  Our bodies and minds were made to be used, stretched, challenged. I have no doubt about that. How else would we evolve? Expansion is the keyword of this body and mind that we have available for this short little lifetime.  On another note, I follow a swedish yoga teacher on her instagram account and sometimes her blog as she is not only a famous lady and yogini, but she lives on our big sister island, Mallorca. Today she announced in the great Malou von Sivers TV-morning-show that she's moving back to Stockholm, Sweden. The father of two of her children died recently- he was also living on the island- and she now feels she needs to be united …

Cuteness Overdose and Catching up with Life

Today I feel slightly more "back to life". I got some blood test results back though, and I'm severely anaemic. Not so good when you're gonna give birth in a few weeks- quite risky business. So now I need to go on a mission to nourish myself with iron. Been there before, so not worried! But it's always nice to understand why the hell I'm sooo tired. 
And it wasn't the flu I had- it was bronchitis. They don't give antibiotics for flu. Doh. I was under the impression that that's what it was but the doctor today told me it was bronchitis that I had. No wonder I'm coughing and coughing and coughing, then. It was all locate dint he lungs, which was what I felt also for three days before collapsing into "i give up!"-mode that day when I went to the emergency. Being sick in the lungs is so draining. All the life force is just collapsed out of you. I've had pneumonia a few times in my life and there's nothing harder on the body, I thi…

Spiritual Super Health

Back on the yogamat after what feels like absolutely forever. Since I got back to Ibiza I've only been swimming which feels much better for the body than yoga in this time of already stretching the body to its limits, but I don't feel ready just yet to take that plunge. So after dropping Pi at the kindergarden (early today!) I was back home early, and had a shanti practice by the fireplace in the kitchen. Well- as shanti as can be when you're coughing, hacking your way through it. I can't really take a deep breath- partly due to the pregnancy but mostly due to the bronchitis and the cough. Oh well- it's a start, and the slow way back to recovery. Still feeling very lightheaded and ungrounded though and I know I need to eat very nourishing food now. 
Last night I was googling "spiritual meanings of disease" and came across a lot of stuff on the internet. There's a whole lot of people who seem to know what they're talking about when they say what the…

10 days of being so, so sick

It's hard to believe now, in retrospect. 10 days.. Just GONE. And I'm still weak like crazy, I need to remember to not overdo it, and to go slowly now on the rocky road to recovery. Having the flu when you're pregnant in the third trimester proved to be very, very hard; I feel like I was wiped out completely by something so violent and fierce that I didn't stand a chance in its bulldozing of my body. On the 7th day with violent coughing and excruciating pain in the lungs and high fever I went to the emergency and I was given antibiotics. It has taken another few days for them to work and now I'm left feeling dry, lightheaded, ungrounded. But I'm thankful that these drugs do exist because on that day when I started them, I has lost ALL my mental power and I was giving up. It reminded me of when I had malaria in India in 2005; when you're so, so sick that you get to a point when you just give up and all you want to do is sleep. That's a dangerous place to…

Chiaseed pudding: my new addiction

Chiaseedpudding. I read a lot about it before trying it and saw all those health freaks and yoga nuts posting their perfect breakfast chia puddings topped with fresh berries. Once I went to Sweden before Christmas it became inevitable: it was so ready available in the normal supermarket- the seeds, I mean- so I just had to try it. And I got hooked immediately! It just feels healthy when you eat it. And it's absolutely creamily delicious! Today I made one with a beautiful tasting Brazilian organic almond milk, and a lot of it, and less seeds. This makes for a creamy dessert-style pudding. Yummy!! 

Trying to convince myself to rest

Yes, I know I mentioned I'm happy to be home. Very happy. Just look at this pretty place... Full of blossoms and fruits and greenery... dogs and cats and freedom...
I have some more complaints now regarding my pregnancy, though. Last night some pain set in. Like period pain, but gravitating towards labour-like pain. All the way around the abdomen and to the lower back, and it came and went very regularly, and it kept on all night. I googled it and of course it said it could be a sign of premature labour- exactly what a woman 30 weeks pregnant is worried about. So naturally, I didn't get much sleep in the night. It also said it could be a sign of dehydration and that I need to rest. I googled fluid intake, water calculator something, and according to my current weight and state, I should be drinking a crazy 3.5 litres a day- which I'm so not. 
This morning the pain was still there so I decided to call the hospital. They had no appointments and advised me to go to the emerg…

Very Pregnant: Mints and Petrol

This is a few weeks ago in Sinai, Egypt. I was uncomfortable, cold, tired, annoyed with the dirt, the smoke, the wind, the flies... I had incredible pain in my back and suffered from insomnia, from moving around from place to place (travelling) and sleeping in different beds and places that were far from warm and clean and comfortable. I was coughing and had a cold that just would not go away.

Through my adult life, I have loved travelling, and I used to love the challenges of the discomfort. I used to stay in the cheapest places possible, and appreciate simplicity. The mental laundering you go through when travelling basic for a long time is amazing. It washes you free from addictions, and it makes you appreciate life so much. Life takes on a different value, after a few months of living rough and simple.
But I learnt my lesson- don't travel around while pregnant. It's just too much- unless maybe you are having an amazingly easy pregnancy and can sleep anywhere under any con…