Four years ago, I quit my job due to pressure and stress. The constant demands and schedule were draining me and I was collapsing. Taking a step back and observing my levels of anxiety was the stepping-stone for me to choose to change.

I decided to take some time to balance and evaluate what was actually important. It was so obvious for me at the time that wellbeing should be a priority, not just for a person, but for a corporation as well, no matter how big or how small it was. Why wasn’t our overall precept based upon that…


3 things that will save you time and money

Spiritual therapies and holistic healing are areas that promise to take your miseries away. Sometimes instead of giving comfort, they unleash more and more questions stirring unwanted emotions. The whole purpose of healing suggests that there is something wrong in the first place as if one needs fixing. The way we approach this subject may be crucial for building or breaking our connection with ourselves.

It may be easy to fall into an addiction, chasing one therapy after the other in an attempt to seek answers or reach a resolution. The…


Always look at the bright side

As a species, mankind tends to focus on the negative. Just watching the news or reading a newspaper is a clear indicator of that. The main reason why this happens is that our neurological system is wired to be addicted in emotional states and we are trained to be connected to the so-called “fight or flight” modes, like fear or anger. These survival emotions carry a huge energy and it’s that intensity that completely takes our attention. We may choose not to indulge with it, by placing our attention in things that bring us…


Norway in 3 motion pictures

Picture of the original movie poster for The Stepford Wives (2004).

Norway is a very peculiar country with a strictly defined culture. In the years I was living there, several situations I experienced or testified made some movies popped into my head from time to time. So if I had to summarise this mysterious culture in three pictures, they would be:

The Stepford Wives

You know that movie where everything appears to be perfect when seen from the outside? Well, that’s how Norway looks like at first sight. Seen from the distance, it looks like the portrait of perfection! Everybody is beautiful and pleasant, things seem to run smoothly…


Why Portugal successively falls behind

After travelling the world and living in other countries for many years, it’s hard to understand how come Portugal successively falls behind in most of the European subjects. It’s like it tries to keep up and move forward, but somehow it ends up being an example of the worst. The current situation that Portugal is facing is just a reflection of what systematically happens to this nation.

Why is it that such a small place with conditions to be one of the greatest nations in Europe keeps showing mediocrity? Why is it that when you place Portuguese people anywhere in…


The 3 Steps to make it through

Heartache: who hasn’t been through it? Either in the form of a personal relationship that ends or in the form of someone loved dying, heartache is inevitable for life on Earth. It is part of the human experience.

When a relationship ends, the heart seeks endless comfort and questions such as “How am I ever going to make it through this?” naturally arise. The mind needs to control and it can’t control what it can’t understand. Rather than continuously trying to understand things that are beyond your current state, the path of accepting…


6 ways to clear your connection with food

Many of us struggle with food and it is often a love-hate relationship. From a very young age, we associate food with emotional nourishment. Indeed food is not just the fuel we use to go about our day it is also a source of emotional comfort. We often indulge in it as a means to handle stress, sadness, irritation, nervousness or any emotional upset that we don’t really want to face. Distracting ourselves mentally with the act of eating and physically with the energy of digestion is a way to cope with…


Does your life feel like the same day over and over again? Keep reading!

One of the scenes of the movie where Phil kidnaps the Groundhog.

Groundhog Day is a classic! It is amongst one of my favourite films. The joyful way it shows us how our perspective towards life is the changing point for the way we experience it, is a delight! It’s like the metaphor of the glass of water: is it half full or half empty? When you are forced to choose your brain gets stuck. …


Much has been said about people, colors, genders and all the other gap differences we seem to find as human beings. How can we create a cooperative society rather than a competitive one when it comes to whatever difference we may find amongst us? What is the underlying cause of all the hate we perpetuate towards each other?

Parents have the leading role when it comes to racism, sexism or any other form of discrimination of a human being just because that person is different than what we are. Whatever the child experiences at home, the child tends to take…


Much has been said about men and women, about gender rights and equality. But as we strive for equality are we honouring the inherent diversity of each gender? How can we actually create a cooperative society rather than a competitive one when it comes to gender difference?

Parents and Emotional Awakening

Parents have the leading role when it comes to this subject, for whatever the child experiences at home, the child tends to take further into his/her adult life. Beliefs and behaviours are inherited from families in the course of everyday life throughout years and years of growing up. As we are currently awakening…

Natalia Costa

Energy by design, human by choice — Life on Earth: the art of letting go and enjoying the process — www.skinatheart.cominstagram.com/energy_ambassador

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