Friday, March 23, 2018

How To Ask Your Guardian Angel For Help And Get Results

In part 1 of my blog series about guardian angels, I talked about how we all have at least one guardian angel and how to tell if they're with you. This blog post will tell you how to ask your heavenly friend for help.

Now that you've found out about your guardian angel, he or she wants nothing more than to help you in life. After all, that was their goal when they were first assigned to you! Often, when they see you struggling with anything at all, your angel wishes you would just let it go so they could help you. But they can't, so long as you do not ask.

This is because, before you came to this planet, your guardian angel and you made certain agreements. Your angel swore to you not to break your free will. This means that they promised never to interfere in the events of your life, unless you explicitly asked them to.

If you've had a tough life so far, you might wonder: "why would I have made a stupid agreement like that?" Well, the reason our souls leave heaven to come to planet earth is because we want to experience what it's like to have a completely free will, even when this has terrible consequences. In heaven, such freedom is simply not imaginable! To our souls, this is exciting and our angels do not wish to take this opportunity away from us.

Our souls also want to grow and learn. That's why we often go through challenging experiences at the start of our lives. These experiences might be truly horrible, but sometimes they also bring us valuable knowledge. Often, these challenging times are also a preparation for our purpose in life. Each of us comes to this planet for a specific reason, to do something great that will really help humanity. Our challenges give us the strength and wisdom needed to complete this special mission.

However, at some point there is no need for us to struggle anymore. At some point, our souls are ready for a change, a brighter life. When this is the case, your guardian angel will really step forward and try to get your attention. They could, for example, lead you to articles about guardian angels such as this one. Then, little by little, you will learn how to make your life gentler and more fulfilling.

Having said that, there is an exception to the rule that angels can't help you unless you ask. The only time they can help you without your permission, is when your life's in danger, but you haven't completed your life mission yet. Your life mission is important for the entire planet, so when you haven't fulfilled it your guardian angel wants to prevent you from leaving the earth. Apart from those times, your permission is necessary.

So, next time you struggle with anything in your life, please remember to ask for help! Your guardian angel was assigned to you specifically and their only purpose is to assist you. "I always have time for you!" is what he or she wants to say to you. Seeing you happy is their greatest joy. Never forget to ask! You're never bothering them: rather, it bothers them to see you suffer because of a problem they could easily help you solve.

All kinds of new doors opened

What kind of things can your guardian angel help you with? Really, you can ask for anything at all. But a common thing people ask their angel for, is physical protection. You can ask your angels to keep you safe from harm and to surround you with protective, white light. Ask them to guide you towards positive and loving situations and people. You can do this every day.

You can also ask them to shield your aura from negative energy. Sometimes, when we're really sensitive, other people's emotional energy can affect us. Ask your angels to surround you in a bubble of white light. That way, it's easier to keep your energy positive and you will be less tired by the end of the day.

The above requests are things you can ask every day. In fact, your guardian angel would really encourage you to do so, because it will greatly improve your life. Here is an example of a prayer to ask for protection:

However, even just thinking "Guardian Angel!" is enough to immediately call in their protection. Why does the above prayer say thank you, instead of actually asking? It's because this statement of gratitude will help you feel that it's already so. You'll feel that you're already safe. That way, your energy field will shift to a feeling of safety. This will help attract positive experiences to you and keep negative ones at bay.

Sometimes there are also big requests we want to make from our angel. This could be about a dream, or about a huge problem we have. Our angel is always willing to help us with this: they are just as exited or concerned about it as we are, perhaps even more!

Ask and it is given

Have you stumbled upon a bothersome problem, or is there a wish you want to make from the bottom of your heart? Then go ahead and tell your angel what it is that you want. Don't worry too much about how you word your request: there is no right or wrong way to ask. You can use a formal prayer, or you can just tell them exactly how you feel. The most important thing is that your request is genuine and sincere.

Your angel is always listening. Every prayer of yours is precious to them. They hold every one of your wishes and take them up to heaven, like a rising star. Once it's in heaven, it is fulfilled immediately in spiritual form. Then your angel will plan how to make this spiritual form appear as a real thing in your life. And you can help with this.

Your wish will be fulfilled sooner when you have a pro-active attitude. That way, you can help your angels make your wish come true, rather than blocking them. It will boost the speed of your prayers. Here are some ways to help your angel make your wish come true:

Just daydream

Your thoughts are very powerful. They are like tiny magnets, attracting things to them. So when you think about something a lot, it will show up in your reality somehow. Maybe just try it out. Keep an eye on your thoughts for a while and observe your environment for the next few days. 

Do things show up that match? Maybe you were worried about your car and then stumbled upon many news stories about car accidents, or you were thinking about butterflies and now you see pictures of them everywhere. This effect is called the Law of Attraction. 

You can use this effect in your favor. In fact, when you do that while calling upon your guardian angel, your request will really boost in speed! How?

The key is to imagine your wish as if it were already fulfilled. See it in your mind's eye, like a daydream. Try to feel what it would be like if your dream came true. Would you be happy? What would it look like? Just relax and have fun imagining your ideal situation. 

Let's give an example. Say you would like to visit Paris. Then close your eyes and imagine yourself standing under the Eiffel Tower and looking up at its beauty. Admire the lights as they shine in the night sky. Feel the breeze in the air and the magic of the moment. Then look around you as you mentally walk on the boulevard and smell all the sweet macarons in the cafe's. 

Doesn't this sound easy and fun? Yet it works so well. As long as you just enjoy the daydreaming. Don't worry about how it will happen: trust that your guardian angel will take care of it. Do this little daydreaming while asking your angel for help and it will come to you. 

Being thankful that it's already done

Do you remember when I said: as soon as your prayer has reached heaven, it's immediately fulfilled in spiritual form? That's because in heaven, time doesn't exist. Therefore, when your angel wants to make something happen for you, they can immediately create it in spiritual form, which makes it exists as an energy version!

Then why don't you immediately see the results in your real life? That's because in this material world that we live in, everything is delayed by time. So even when your prayer has already been fulfilled in spiritual form, it simply takes some time for it to show up in this world.

Always remember: Your request has come true. You just haven't gotten to that point in time yet. 

Your angel has already figured out how to make it come true. He or she's got a plan. They know where you need to go to talk to that one helpful person you need, how long it takes to make certain things fall into place, what steps you need to take... It's just that it can't all happen in one day! I mean, if it did, that would be weird, right?

As soon as you have made a wish, thank your angel for making it come true. Know that they have already figured it out. Know that they've already fulfilled it in spiritual form. Thank them for helping you to make it come true.

When you feel strong gratitude knowing that your wish is already fulfilled, it will appear in your physical world faster than you can imagine. Remember how powerful your thoughts are. And gratitude is one of the most powerful energies of them all!

Follow the steps 

Once you have prayed for help, your guardian angel will put together an action plan to make it happen. What so many people forget is that most of the time this will include some steps that have to be taken by you.

Your guardian angel will communicate these steps to you. If you relax and let go, you'll effortlessly receive these steps through your intuition. You'll get repeated thoughts, ideas and nudges to do certain things. You might also get signs from your angel. Sometimes the steps your angel requires from you are obvious. For example, if your wish is to write a successful book, then it makes sense that an important step would be to write regularly.

However, a lot of the time your intuitive nudges will seem completely unrelated to your prayer. For example, your guardian angel might guide you to go to the gym, and you'll be like: "what?!" But maybe you'll meet someone there who can help you get in touch with a publisher for your book!

Or maybe getting some exercise will help you relax more, so you have more inspiration to write a good book. If you feel a strong nudge to do something and it feels like it could come from your heavenly friend, just try it out and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Don't worry that you'll miss the guidance that your angel sends you, though! Your angel will make sure you're at the right place at the right time. And if not, from their higher perspective they can see so many possibilities that they already have a plan B. And a plan C, D, E, F, G...

Keep on trusting 

If your wish is pure and comes from your heart, there's a much bigger chance it will come true than you think. After all, your winged companion desperately wants you to be happy and will do everything for it to happen.

There's only one thing that can block your prayers and slow them down. That is: your own beliefs. Like I said before, your thoughts are very powerful. While positive thoughts are the most powerful of them all, negative thoughts can also have an effect.

When you think a negative thought often, it becomes a belief. For example, when you think: "I'm so broke, it's so hard to get money" many times, you start to believe that making money is hard. However, this belief will work like an obstacle that blocks the flow of money to you!

It's the same with any other thing you want. Your guardian angel tries to deliver it to you, but it's simply blocked.  Your energy pushes the blessings away. If blessings fell down from the sky like  rain, then thinking negative thoughts would be like holding up an umbrella! Your fulfilled wishes fall on the umbrella and ricochet away from you. 

So if your prayers don't come true, put that umbrella down. Try to take a look at your thoughts and beliefs around the subject. Do they mostly feel positive, or negative? If they're negative, you don't need to push them away. That usually just makes them worse.

Rather, gently try to discover where these negative thoughts came from. Are they from something that happened in your childhood? Or did you pick up this negative view from social media? Try to notice how these beliefs make you feel. If you need to cry or yell, don't be afraid to do so. It will help you to let the belief go.

Then make an effort to create new, positive beliefs. There are many ways to do this. One popular way is by using positive affirmations, which are like positive statements. For example, if you want to have more money, you could say: "I am abundant. I can freely spend money on things that I like."

You can find a lot of these affirmations on sites like Pinterest, by searching "affirmations + your topic". You can write them on sticky notes and put them in spots in your house where you'll often see them. Or you can create a memo in your phone that reminds you to say the affirmation. 

Maybe you never even questioned your beliefs before, they were simply taught to you. But know that it's safe to let them go. Everyone has a different perspective on life and none of them are really the truth. It all depends on what you were taught and how you look at things. But your beliefs affect your reality, so only choose to keep beliefs in your mind that you actually want to be true.

If you choose to hold on to your negative beliefs, your guardian angel will have a harder time delivering your prayers to you. However, even the intention to question your beliefs already clears some of the blocks. So please be patient with yourself, since reprogramming your mind is a constant process that can take some time.

If you're having a particularly hard time dealing with negative thoughts, maybe take a look at my previous blog post: Honoring Your Feelings VS Positivity: How To Find A Balance. It describes how to deal with negative emotions in a healthy way.

The power of gratitude 

Gratitude is one of the most powerful positive energies in the universe. And remember, you attract what you send out. Therefore, sending out thoughts of gratitude will attract more things to be grateful for. The angels will be able to send you more and more blessings.

Maybe there are a lot of negative things going on in your life right now. Quite understandably, this makes being thankful seem impossible. However, complaining only adds more negative energy, which attracts more negative situations. Thankfully, there is something you can do about this cycle.

No matter how hard your situation is, there's always at least one thing to be thankful for, and 99% of the time there's much more than one. There's so much stuff that we take for granted on a daily basis , while other people are praying for it.

For example, in the morning you can give thanks to God or Mother Earth for your breakfast. There are thousands of people who are not lucky enough to have a decent meal on their plate. Really take the time to taste the food and realize how good it is. Enjoy it!

Maybe there have been people in your life who treated you badly, but you can still be thankful if there's at least one person who is kind to you. Many people are completely alone. Be thankful for the sunshine on your face, or for the rain that allows the plants to grow.

Be thankful for those comfortable jeans that make your day just a little better. Be thankful for that wonderful song in your playlist. Maybe keep a gratitude journal and write down three things you are thankful for every day. You'll notice your mood starts to improve just by doing that.

It's not about ignoring the bad things, not at all. Rather, it's about acknowledging that, while there may be a lot of darkness in your life and in the world, there are also points of light that help you make it through. And these things are really worth being thankful for.  

The key is to really pay attention to the good things in your life and to take the time to intensely enjoy them. The more you do it, the more automatic it gets. Then it's very easy for your angels to match you up with even more good stuff. You will soon see the blessings in your life grow.

What is your wish?

Lastly, before you ask something "big", just make sure your request really comes from your soul. Is it something that will really make you happy? Moreover, is it something that will allow you to make this planet a better place?

Sometimes we ask for things because we think it will make us happy, but the angels know that it's an illusion. To take an obvious example, maybe someone has a dream of instantly becoming rich and famous, thinking it will make them happy. Yet their guardian angel sees everything from a higher perspective and knows that if their wish came true, it would not bring them true happiness.

But it could also be other, less obvious stuff. Maybe that career path you had in mind will actually make your life feel dull and meaningless. Or maybe all you want is getting your ex back, but your angel knows that your relationship will just be a cycle of frustration and unnecessary drama.

If that is the case, the guardian angel will protect you from your dream and will not put much effort into fulfilling it. Instead, it will guide you away from this dream and show you other opportunities, just to protect you from taking a direction that will disappoint you. So if your dream takes a long time to come true, this could be the reason.

To prevent this, it's important to make sure your requests are pure and come from the soul. Ask your angel: "is this the right path for me? Will it really make me happy?" Then just pay attention to how you feel. Does it feel "right"? Or does something just feel off?

The most inspiring and uplifting dreams are born from the intention to serve others, to do it for the highest good of all. Therefore, the key to making sure that your request comes from your soul and not your ego is if it will allow you to make a contribution to our planet, if it will help other people in some way.

This is the type of request the angels love to fulfill, not least because they know that helping others brings us true happiness. They will guide you towards meaningful occupations that allow you to use your talents to bring light into other people's lives.

Having said that, of course you can ask for abundance, because your angel wants you to feel prosperous. But do you really need a million dollars for that? Can't you feel abundant from enjoying a wonderful meal, spending time with friends or walking in the sun?

Of course you are heartbroken and want your ex back, but don't you know that your angel has already found someone else for you, who will feel like your "soulmate"? When your angel asks you to let go, it's always because they have something much better in mind for you.

What is your wish? Have you ever asked your guardian angel for help with it? And have you ever been through something so coincidental, that it couldn't possibly be a coincidence anymore?

Wishing you a magical and joyful week,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

Friday, March 2, 2018

Guardian Angels Part 1: Do You Have A Guardian Angel? + How To Connect

A few weeks ago I was on the road, sitting in the passenger's seat while my mom was driving the car. As we stopped in front of a traffic light, I suddenly got a strong urge to ask my guardian angel for protection. I didn't know why, but I knew it was important and I'd better do it.

Some time after we started driving again, I was rudely awakened from my daydreaming by my mom's agitation over the recklessness of another driver. The car that passed us by swayed dangerously from side to side. The driver was clearly drunk, but passed us by without any harm. Immediately I understood that this is why I had the urge to pray. I thanked my guardian angel, knowing that I had been protected by them yet again.

Each of us has a guardian angel. You have one, too, though you might never have noticed them. They have been by your side since you were born, through the good times and the bad. For all your life, they have been trying to guide you to the best of their ability, patiently waiting for you to notice them.

You guardian angel has been assigned to you before you came this planet, to watch over your soul. They hover around you, softly whispering guidance in your ear to improve your life. They love you unconditionally, more than you can even imagine. No matter how badly you may mess up, they will never stop loving you.

Some people can see guardian angels. Angels don’t have a material body like ours, but they are just like beautiful, strong energy beings. Therefore, they choose to appear to humans who can see them in any way they can understand.

Sometimes they appear to have wings, other times they don’t. Sometimes they look human, sometimes they look like a very bright light. There is, however, something that is always the same: when seeing their guardian angel, humans feel completely safe and loved.

Your smile is the most beautiful sight in the universe to your guardian angel. Therefore, they always want to make you happy and help you. However, they are only allowed to help you when you ask. Before you went to the earth, they made a promise to you: they would always stay by your side to guide you, but they would never break your free will.

This means that they can never make any big changes to your life unless you ask them to. In other words: no matter how much they want to help you, if you don’t ask them, they just can’t!

However, when you invite them into your life, they will not let you down. They will guide you in every decision you make and present you with opportunities to improve your life. All you need to do is open your heart and ask.

The fact that you are reading this blog post and did not click away might be an indication that the timing is right for you to start connecting with your guardian angel now. In fact, it’s highly possible that your guardian angel guided you to read this!

Maybe you do not believe everything I have written so far. Maybe you don’t really believe that there is an angel with you. That is completely okay. To be honest, when I first read about angels, I didn’t believe in them either. It just sounded too beautiful to be true! But let me tell you, I have been proven wrong.

Having said that, there’s a way to test this for yourself. All you need to do is ask. Just ask your guardian angel for a sign. Don’t worry too much about what this sign should be. If you want, you can use the following prayer:

You don’t necessarily need a formal prayer though, just asking in any way is enough. Then just let it go. Just stop thinking about it. I promise you that your angel is overjoyed that you’re finally allowing them to help, and they will definitely send you a sign. Don’t worry about how it will happen.

When I first started reading a book about angels, like I said, it seemed to good to be true. Yet one evening, as I was reading the book, a double rainbow appeared in the sky. It was really beautiful and it stayed in the sky for at least 15 minutes. It seemed unusual, but nothing special.

Yet the next day, exactly when I was reading the angel book, a double rainbow appeared yet again! It stayed in the sky just as long. At that moment, though I didn't yet know that rainbows were a sign of angels, I was ready to pay attention.

After that, I started finding feathers EVERYWHERE. When I went to the garden feathers would lie in front of the door. On the streets I walked there would be more feathers than usual. When I parked my bike somewhere, there would be a feather next to it when I came back. After those few weeks, I've never found this many feathers again all at once. It was a magical time for me.

When asking for a sign, you can choose something specific, like an animal that you love or a song, or you can leave it to your angel. They are very inventive: they will make sure it’s something out of the ordinary that will blow your mind. Below is a list of signs that angels will often send.

Once you have opened up to the possibility of having a guardian angel, you can ask them to guide you through all your days. Just ask them in the morning, or any time at all, to send you guidance that will improve your life. They’ll be more than happy to do so.

Then, during the rest of the day, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. This is generally how a guardian angel sends you information. It’s sometimes also called your intuition. To tap into your intuition, when you make a decision, ask yourself how you feel about it.

Do you get a peaceful, happy feeling? Then your guardian angel is most likely letting you know it’s a good decision. Do you get feel a weird feeling in your stomach, or you mentally feel like you’re being pushed away from something? Often this will be your guardian angel warning you for something, or telling you to stay away from it.

Your guardian angel will also start sending you ideas. They will appear in your mind like a normal thought, but feel slightly different. They will feel calmer, more beautiful, and more peaceful. Often, these angelic ideas will come back time and time again. You will know that it comes from your guardian angel, when it’s something that you can help other people with, for in the end that is what brings true happiness.

It might take some time to distinguish angelic guidance from your normal thoughts. But the more often you pay attention to it, the easier it will get. The most important part is that you’re willing to listen: then you will surely start receiving some messages! It is your guardian angel’s deepest wish to connect with you.

To prevent this post about guardian angels from getting too long, I have made it part of a series. Part 2 will discuss ways to ask your guardian angel for help. Part 3 will go into more detail about how to hear your guardian angel: how can you tell if your guardian angel’s telling you something, or it’s just your own mind?

If you have any questions about guardian angels right now, please look forward to the next blog posts in the series. It is very likely that I will answer your questions there. Until that time, you are of course completely free to ask your question in a comment!

I really enjoyed writing this post, because learning about my guardian angel has improved my life so much. I sincerely hope that this post has opened your mind to the existence of your very own guardian angel, if even just a little.

Do you believe in angels? And have you received the sign you asked for?

Wishing you a magical and joyful week,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

Friday, January 26, 2018

Honoring Your Feelings VS Positivity: How To Find A Balance

During the past few years, positive thinking has become a hype. And there are some very good reasons for that. Positive thinking makes you more cheerful, helps you to appreciate the good things in your life and makes you more likely to take new opportunities.

However, I believe there's also a downside to society's new obsession with positivity. You'll know what I'm talking about if you've ever been through a really difficult time and someone told you: “Why don't you just think positive?” or worse, “Just get over it.” Of course such comments aren't helpful at all. Rather, their underlying message is that your emotions are inconvenient and should just be ignored.

Because we were told that we should stay happy all the time, many of us started seeing negative emotions as “bad.” As a result, we ignore our sadness or fear, getting lost in all kinds of distractions so we don't have to deal with our deeper issues.

Yet feeling sad, tired or scared is just a normal part of human life. There's no need to be afraid of these completely natural emotions. For us humans, it's almost impossible to always be happy. And when you feel guilty for not being positive all the time, you just make yourself feel worse!

On the other hand, when you always let your negative feelings run free, they'll pull you down and make harder to be happy. That's why it's important to find a balance.

That means being as positive as possible when you can. But at the same time it means noticing when you feel miserable, so you can honor your feelings, heal them and release them.

Here are some steps that can help you create more balance between positivity and honoring your darker feelings. Of course everyone has a different journey, so this is not the only way to go about it. But these tips can inspire you to to find a routine that works for you.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

What Was Your Year Like? 33 Journaling Prompts

Dear reader ♡

There are only a few weeks left in 2017, which means you're probably already looking forward to the new year! Maybe you're already making plans, setting intentions, thinking of New Year's Resolutions...

But wait! Believe it or not, but 2017 might still have some gifts left for you. Did you already sit down and reflect about how this year went? Please don't start the New Year without properly ending this one!

I think it's important to think about the past year, just because there's so much to learn from it. And how can you create a good future if you haven't even learned from the past yet?

In addition to that, you probably made so many good memories of this year, maybe even without realizing it! Being thankful for those awesome moments will help you to shine positive vibes out into the Universe, which might just bring you even more good things next year.

You might find out that you were stronger than you thought. Or more positive than you thought. Or that really, not everything was bad - there were some good parts, too. And that will help you let go of the old year and start the new year with a clear mind and a fresh slate.

If you have no idea how to start, journaling might be a good idea! Here are some questions to help you write about and reflect on the past year. You definitely don't need to do all of them! Just choose one or more that you like and write about whatever comes up. Or you could also make a collage or drawing about them!

1. What's the most amazing thing you've learned?
This could just be a cool science fact or a major life lesson. Either one is completely valuable! :)

2. How did you surprise yourself this year?
Did you discover a talent you didn't yet know about? Or could it be that you're much stronger than you imagined yourself to be?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Why Do We Celebrate World Animal Day?

Did you know it's World Animal Day today? Do you celebrate it?

When I was in elementary school, the 4th of October was considered a very special day. It was the international day of the animals, which meant that the children in my class were allowed to take their pets to school. That was so much more fun than just doing math exercises! I wonder, though, if it was more fun for the children than for the poor animals, who were suddenly the center of all the attention...

World Animal Day is also the day on which people pamper their pets just a little bit more. Maybe you've given your dog special cookies, or you bought a new toy for your cat. And people who don't have pets themselves, sometimes donate money to animal protection organizations.

But is World Animal Day really that traditional? Where does it come from and why do we celebrate it?

The initiative for creating a World Animal Day was started around 1930, so almost 90 years back. The origin of the idea traces back to several different people, but they had one thing in common: they all wanted to raise attention for abused and endangered animals. So while it's still a relatively new holiday, it has a very important reason for existing.

The reason why the 4th of October was chosen, is because it's the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. (random fun fact: that's the same Francis that the current pope named himself after) Still, the day is meant for everyone who loves animals, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or political viewpoint.

Why was the day of Saint Francis of Assisi chosen, then? It's because he's the patron saint of animals. And there are some pretty good reasons for that. In my opinion, he is a very interesting saint, so I would like to tell you a bit more about his life, even if there are different versions of the story.

Saint Francis was born in Italy in the 12th century, to very wealthy and successful parents. Growing up in such riches made him develop a wild lifestyle, not very different from some modern day celebrities. His father named him Francis because he wanted him to love France and become a successful businessman like himself. He went to parties all the time with his friends, in the fanciest clothes. His hobbies were drinking and chasing the most beautiful girls.

Now you might wonder: how did a guy like this become a Catholic saint? Well, it took a while for him to change. When Assisi declared war to a nearby city, Francis started to fight in the army to fulfill his dream of being a knight. However, during this war he was imprisoned for a year by the enemy troops in a dark dungeon. Yet even after this awful experience, he remained a party animal and he still wanted to be a knight like those in the French stories.

Yet one day when he was riding his horse to fight in the Fourth Crusade, he was ordered to return home by God in a dream. After that he became more and more devoted to religion, spending a lot of time in prayer. He even used his father's money to repair a church. However, when his angry father demanded it back, Francis did not only gave him the money, but also all the clothes he was wearing! Then he went to the forest, naked, after saying: "Pietro Bernardone is no longer my father. From now on I can say with complete freedom, 'Our Father who art in heaven.'" 

After that he became a preacher for the poor. He also started preaching to the birds in the forest. That's why he became famous for his strong bond with animals. One of my favorite legends about him shows another reason why:

There was a wealthy town in Italy, named Gubbio. And this town had a huge problem. Every now and then, a ferocious wolf would sneak out from the woods at night and devour the livestock of the farmers. Sometimes, if it could get its paws on one of the villagers, he would attack them and rip them to shreds.

Of course this wolf caused tremendous fear in the town, so in their despair the villagers had already sent a few hunters into the woods. But the disturbing truth was that every single person who tried to kill the wolf, would fall victim to its sharp teeth and die.

Back then, Francis already had a reputation of being a friend of the animals, like a kind of animal whisperer. So as a last resort, the villagers decided to send two messengers to Francis in Assisi, who asked him for help. When Francis arrived in Gubbio, the townspeople asked him if he could kill the wolf or sent it to their enemy town, Spoletto. Being moved by the heartbreaking story of the villagers, Francis prayed for wisdom and then went to sleep.

The next morning he looked for the wolf in the forest. When the wolf noticed him, it approached Francis with a threatening look in his eyes, as if planning for an attack. Yet Francis did not run. Instead, he prayed and said: “Come Brother Wolf, I will not hurt you. Let us talk in peace.”

The wolf sensed that Francis' intention was very different from that of the previous visitors. Little by little, the atmosphere grew less hostile and he started to trust Francis more. Knowing that this kind stranger would listen, he decided to tell him why he attacked all those people.

He lifted his paw and showed it to Francis. It was wounded. Francis understood that this wound prevented the wolf from running fast enough to hunt animals in the wild. That's why he was left with no other choice but to eat the cattle in the town to survive.

However, when the townspeople noticed him eating their livestock, some of them started to attack him. The wolf only fought back to defend itself. It was a depressing situation for him too and he wished he didn't have to do it, but he had to survive in some way.

When Francis discovered this, he felt deep compassion for Brother Wolf, knowing that he felt sorry for his actions. He found a solution that would benefit both parties. And so he brought the wolf to the town. When the villagers saw this, at first they were shocked and enraged. But trusting Francis' wisdom, they let him speak.

He told them the story of the wolf and then offered a peaceful solution: "If you feed Brother Wolf, he promises not to eat your livestock anymore. He will swear never to kill any of your people again." This solution was hard for people to agree with at first. Of course the loss of their friends and family members still hurt. Yet Francis reminded them that it would be safer. The wolf could even protect them from their enemy town.

Though it was hard for the family of the victims at first, they noticed that forgiveness felt very liberating. Knowing that Brother Wolf had been suffering from hunger, they started to feed him everyday. The town became the wolf's second home and the people even started to love him. They felt happy and safe now, knowing that the wolf had become their ally and best friend.

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In today's world, we could still learn a lot from St. Francis and show a bit more compassion for the animals. An alarming amount of species are endangered now because of hunters and most of all, because of climate change. Maybe on this October 4th we can all try to do something small to help them. Here's a list of small things each of us can try. Choose one in the list to make your contribution, or invent your own idea!

❀ Have a meat free day, which would help save the rainforest for the monkeys. It will also put less CO2 in the air.
❀ Donate some money to an animal protection charity. It could just be $1 - literally any amount helps.
❀ Take the public transport for one day instead of the car, so that there's less CO2 in the air. This will help stop the ice from melting for the polar bears.
❀ Refill your plastic water bottle for one day, instead of buying a new one. This will create less waste in the sea, so we can save the sea animals.

Do you have more tips? Please let us know in the comments so we can help the animals ♡ 

Wishing you a fantastic World Animal Day,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

Friday, September 29, 2017

Travel Diary: Sanctuary of Fátima

Do you believe in miracles? Do you like stories about the supernatural?

This summer I went on a study trip to Portugal. This summer school was part of a course about religion. That's why we visited Fátima. Though I don't go to church, I've always been really interested in Catholic saints, angels and mysticism. So I was super excited to visit Fátima!

But wait a minute, what is Fátima? Fátima is a place in Portugal near a tiny village. During the First World War, three little shepherd children who lived in this area said they had seen visions. First they were visited by an angel, who taught them a prayer. Later they were also visited by a radiant lady, who told them to pray the Rosary, in order to bring peace and end the bitter war. According to the children this lady was Mother Mary, the Holy Virgin. She revealed three secrets to the children, which were only shared with the world much later. Now Fátima has become a place of pilgrimage.

This story really fascinated me, so before I went to the Summerschool I decided to read the letters written by one of the shepherd children, Lucia, years later. They were put together in a book, Fátima in Lucia's Own Words. It made me sad how much these poor little children had to suffer because of their visions. Reading the book made this place even more special to me. Now I would like to share with you some pictures I took, so you can get a sense of the atmosphere in this extraordinary place!

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary 

The first place we visited on our journey was the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. This place was crowded, because it was the 13th day of the month. Whenever the shepherd children were visited by Our Lady, it would almost always be on the 13th day (except for August 19th). When we arrived there, a mass was taking place.

Those in our group who had been in the Catholic church said it was a very recognizable mass, with the same structure as always. But for me, it was a new experience. It was also in Portuguese, which unfortunately I can't understand.

Still the experience moved me. Especially when I walked out onto the square, it was very intense. It was extremely hot because of the blazing sun and the singing was really loud because of the stereo installations. But I thought the singing was very beautiful.

I didn't have the chance to look inside of the Basilica, since we were given assignments to fulfill for the summer school. But if you have the chance, it's probably worth it! You can find the graves of the little shepherd children there, as well as beautiful images on the walls.

Before I visited Fátima, I thought this was all there is to it. Just a square with a church. Well... I was wrong!

Way of the Cross

Turns out that the place where the shepherds lived is still a long walk! You have to walk the Way of the Cross, but before you even get there, you have to walk the long "way of the tourist souvenirs shops, restaurants and hotels". But don't worry, in my opinion it was worth it.

When we reached the Way of the Cross, it felt like we landed in an oasis of peace. It was so different from the crowded and loud square. The path was surrounded by trees and we heard cicadas. Along the path, there are 14 Stations of the Cross, like the one in the picture. They each portray an episode in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

At the end of the way, there was a chapel. We could not enter it, for it was closed. However, on top of this chapel stood a Calvary, a crucifixion scene. It was life-sized and a beautiful ending to the way of the cross.

From this place, you could go in several directions. I wanted to go visit the statue of the angel first. I just really love angels, which you can of course tell from my blog name.

These statues were not that big or colorful, but that actually made it more moving to me. The visions of this angel marked the start of something that would change the lives of these little children, and also of many people in Portugal (whether it's in a good or a bad way). Yet it is captured in such a small and serene scene in the middle of nature. To me, such a peaceful scene is perfect for the "Angel of Peace". It looks so sweet and pure.

In addition to that, I think the angel is so beautiful. It has such a calm and sweet expression on his face, and his hair seems to be flowing in the wind. Somehow, it also reminds me of Tom Hiddleston. I wouldn't be surprised if he's actually an angel, too, though! ;)

While exploring Fátima, we also had to work on our study project. We were asked to try and interview people. There were not many people along the Way of the Cross, but near the above statue of Mother Mary we walked passed a nun. We gathered the courage to talk to her and she was very sweet.

She told us a lot about what Fátima meant to her. It was beautiful to me how devoted she was to Mary. She said Mary was her spiritual mother and that holding the rosary was like holding her hand. I thought it was inspiring how peaceful and full of love she looked. After meeting her we immediately felt happier! She really seemed to wish this happiness to us, too. 

After talking for a bit and taking a photo together, we went to the village together with her and the lady who was friendly enough to take the photo for us. She was in Fátima because her son would be singing in the choir.

Village of Aljustrel

In the village, you could find the two houses of the shepherd children. The two youngest of these children, Francisco and Jacinta have become saints now, and Lucia is currently in the process of becoming one. They're so important that their houses were kept more or less the same way as when they were alive. It is a very strange feeling to walk into their homes.

When you walk in, it's as if the homes are still inhabited. All of the furniture of the families are still standing there. In the above picture, for example, you can see their beds. Though it felt a little strange, I still loved being able to see their homes like this. In the letters by Lucia I read about their houses a lot. How cool is it when you've read a book, that you can actually visit the places where things happened?

All in all, my trip to Fátima was one of the most interesting experiences in my life. The atmosphere in this place is so amazing. Near the church it's extremely holy and powerful. On the other hand, in the village and the Way of the Cross it is so peaceful, because you're surrounded by nature and there are butterflies flying around. No wonder that Mother Mary chose such a beautiful place to appear. :)

What about you? Have you ever been to a pilgrimage site? Or is there another travel experience that left a huge impression on you?

Wishing you a magical day,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why You're Not Losing Weight - 5 Unexpected Weight Loss Tips

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Please don't get me wrong, I'm not here to tell you that you SHOULD lose weight. I think society's standards are ridiculous. People just have different body types, and there's nothing wrong with that.

But sometimes it just doesn't feel like your body is as healthy as it could be. I know what it's like, I used to feel that way, too. I was never that interested in losing weight, but I did want to have more energy and make sure that my body was in its healthiest shape.

Now that I've reached my ideal weight, I would like to show you a few tips to help you take better care of your body, too. Always do this for your health and from a place of love, not a place of self-hatred. Make sure to also eliminate any negativity and toxic feelings towards yourself or your body from your diet! That is healthier than any type of diet change. Which takes me to the first advice...

1 Try softer, more calming methods of exercise

Usually the first thing that overweight people will hear from others is: EXERCISE! In theory this is very good advice. The problem is that so many of us who want to lose weight get the idea that we have to struggle as hard as possible. We try to stay at the gym for as long as possible and look for the most intense workouts we can handle. Yet despite all this effort, we still feel disappointed when we step on the scale, since nothing seems to have changed.

Most of us don't realize that pushing yourself too much when exercising is actually counterproductive. You see, when your exercise routine is very hard and intense, you usually feel stressed out. You also burn many calories all at once. That's why your body starts to think you're actually on the run for some predator animal or something and goes into survival mode!

When your body goes into survival mode, it produces the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone is meant to keep you alive in times of scarcity. That's why cortisol actually causes your body to store fat! Do you see the problem here?

Thankfully, the solution is simple. Look for gentle and calming exercise regimes rather than the super intense ones and see if it helps. I would recommend Yoga With Adriene's Youtube channel for this. Her yoga practices are so much fun and you can do them by yourself at home. Yoga is very calming, so it will stop you from producing stress hormones. But at the same time, your body does get enough exercise.

If you want to read more about what I just explained, I would recommend reading Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle by Doreen Virtue. Next to healthy exercise, it also discusses dealing with drama addiction and negativity.

2 Switch soft drinks and fruit juice with fruit water

This might sound hard at first if you really love soft drinks, but trust me, you'll definitely get used to it. You don't need to go cold turkey on Coca Cola or Sprite altogether. But you can simply drink these things once or twice a week instead of every day.

Also, fruit juice might look healthy, but it's not nearly as healthy as eating an entire banana or apple. In fact, most fruit juice contains just as much sugar as soft drinks! That's because juice companies add lots of sugar to it and since you drink it instead of chewing, it's hard for your body to process.

To be honest I hardly ever drink soft drinks or juice anymore, because I'm no longer used to how sweet these drinks are! Before I didn't even notice the flavor that much, but when you only drink water the sweetness becomes really apparent and you may not even like it anymore. Water is very good for your health and weight, because it cleanses the body of stuff it doesn't need.

If you get bored with water though, don't worry, there's a simple solution: just put some pieces of fruit in the jug! If you leave a piece of lemon or strawberry in the water for a while, the flavor of the fruit will make it sweeter in a natural way. You can also use herbs, if you want. Here are some recipes.

3 Use Aloe Vera to cleanse your body 

Sometimes our diet changes just don't seem to have an effect. That's because our body has been storing unhealthy toxins for so long. It takes a long time for your body to cleanse these toxins on the inside, before you can see any effect on the outside. There is a natural superhero plant for this, though! Gel removed from the Aloe Vera plant is full of antioxidants and cleanses the toxins in your intestines. At the same time, it contains about 200 wholesome nutrients for your body.

Because the excess toxins are cleansed from your body, many people lose weight very quickly when they drink Aloe Vera gel daily. This effect is even stronger because Aloe Vera also speeds up your metabolism.  In addition to that, most people report getting this huge energy boost! That's because of all the nutrients that Aloe Vera contains. The layer in your intestines that blocks all the healthy stuff you eat is cleansed, so all the nutrients can be absorbed by your body properly.

I can help you follow a safe and healthy Aloe Vera program, the C9 cleansing program. If you are interested, just send me an email in the "Contact" section or go to this website (then click on "Shop" and then on "Forever F.I.T"). I will guide you over email or in real life to help you get the best results.

If you want to take care of your digestive system and get more energy, you could also try a bottle of stabilised aloe vera gel. Since I started drinking this, I no longer have a problem waking up at 6 in the morning! You can try it here, by clicking on "Shop" and then "Forever Aloe Drinks".

4 Reduce meat and dairy products 

Over the past year, I've slowly eliminated meat and dairy products from my diet. My original reasons for doing so were my love for animals, helping the environment and reducing my acne. But I was surprised to find that after a few months of changing my diet one product at a time, my body also looked a lot thinner!

Again, you don't need to eliminate every piece of meat or glass of milk from your diet. You can simply replace your hamburger with a veggie burger once or twice a week. Instead of eating real yoghurt, you can try to eat soy based yoghurt sometimes. First, please make sure you are not allergic or intolerant to soy, however! Be careful with yourself.

Many people think that I have very limited food options, since I don't eat anything with meat or dairy in it. The truth is, sometimes I hardly notice that I made this change at all. These days there's a huge variety of meat replacements that are just as good as the real thing, so I rarely feel like I'm missing something. And I love my soy milk and coconut yoghurt.

Only on birthdays, when other people eat cake, it can be a problem, but then they just give me a bag of chips instead, which is good, too ;)

5 Stay positive

Again I want to emphasize how important self love is. I couldn't stress this enough! Your brains and your body are directly connected with each other. Time after time, the medical world has shown how influential your beliefs, or the placebo effect, are on your body.

So maybe the reason why your body won't change no matter what you do, is all the hate you send it. Do you perform well on tests or other tasks when you're constantly being criticized? No, probably not, because hate never does any good. Hate only hurts you and your body. Only love can heal.

Like I said before, stress can make your body believe it is in danger and take measures to survive. This includes storing more fat. Stress is also super unhealthy. What more excuses do you need to take more baths with lavender or Lush bath bombs? ;)

And think about it. If you can learn to love yourself now, in the body that you're in right now... Then do you even need to lose weight at all? No, because your self worth and mood no longer depend on what your body looks like! Then you will truly be free, because you love yourself unconditionally.

Of course self love is a journey, so don't feel bad if you're not quite there yet. Just take small steps every day, with things like journalling, meditation and positive affirmations. If you need support, feel free to send me a message on my social media anytime, you don't need to do this alone.

This was my little list of tips to help you with your body weight and health! Do you have any more advice?

Wishing you a fantastic week,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*