Now over to Karina:
My whole life I’ve been searching for meaning, depth and connection. As a child I spent a lot of time connecting with nature and the wild forests that surrounded my home. Growing up in a pretty remote part of Sweden gave me the natural setting to create a deeper connection with All That Is. The powerful energies of ancient forests filled with old trees, rocks and nature spirits gave me that deep sense of belonging in this world that I needed. When my life was chaotic spending my days outside climbing trees, listening to the birds and just BEing anchored me in this physical world.
When I grew older I started connecting more with people and although I didn’t realize it at the time I was often listening deeply to the people who surrounded me. Early on I opened my heart and listened to everything that wasn’t being said. I often spent time with people who were having a difficult time and tuned
in to their pain and loss. I also spent a lot of time with older people and loved listening to the wisdom they had to share.
My dad died when I was 7 and since then I’ve always felt older than my real age. As if I was young and very old at the same time. This made it difficult for me to play and be innocent but I always found a deeper connection with my soul.
Living a soulful life for me is all about living in the present moment and at the same time having a bigger perspective on my life. I know who I am and I know what I am here to do.
I’ve always been passionate about living my life. I love how everything is truly possible and how life can shift and transform in a split second. I love my life – my work, my home, my family, the place where I live – but if one day I dream of a different life I will change it.
Being confronted by death so early in life has helped me not to get caught up in the details. I don’t let my life become a series of comfortable steps to avoid risk-taking but I always connect with my soul and ask myself what I really want. When I know what my soul longs for I start mapping out how this can become
reality. I brainstorm, make vision boards and when it’s clear inside me I surrender. Yes, surrendering is a BIG part of living a soulful life.
I can think and plan my life as much as I want but the (not so) secret ingredient is to let go of exactly how things will happen. I have noticed that when my head and ego start running the show my soul’s voice becomes quieter. And if I don’t slow down and come back inside I lose our connection and become
obsessed with doing.
Now doing can be great at times but I have found that when I find a good balance between an inspired thought and surrendering to the Universe, the Big Plan for this takes on a life of its own. This is when I feel creative, excited and filled with a higher sense of purpose. I have fun and everything flows. And
the moment I start overthinking and lose my inner connection the Big Plan becomes complicated and I feel like I am pushing, striving and making things happen.
So if you long for a deeper connection with your soul and to live a life you truly love, I invite you to stop what you’re doing, get really quiet and listen. What is your soul telling you? What is your heart calling you to do? Start there. Don’t let your mind stop your dreams before you even start. Let you heart and soul speak and really listen. Then make room for whatever comes up and don’t let your thoughts discourage you. They are only thoughts and you are not your thoughts.
Come back to who you are and open up to the magic that is already there. Everything you have ever dreamt of is already there, waiting for you to be ready to embrace it.
So, what are you waiting for? What is one thing you can do today to take you one step closer to your Dream?
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