MBSR week 6: Accepting and Letting Go

This week has been about letting go. I cannot imagine that soon this 8-week MBSR program will be over. Time has gone quickly, but now I also realize how much I have learnt about mindfulness as well as about myself during these weeks. Even though the program will come to an end, mindfulness will definitely…

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Challenge Yourself – Mindful Yoga

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Here, I give you some effective mindfulness based practices that you can start doing already today! All you need is an open mind and you’re good to go. This week I challenge you to try out mindful yoga. If you have practiced yoga before, this one might be an…

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MBSR week 5: Communication Styles

This week in the MBSR program we focused on different communication styles. Until now, the focus has been in observing ourselves from within, but now we added the interaction with others into the scope of observation. During the week, I have closely observed my communication styles with different people, especially with the closest ones. When…

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Challenge Yourself – Mindfulness At Work

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Here, I give you some effective mindfulness based practices that you can start doing already today! All you need is an open mind and you’re good to go. This week’s challenge is about mindfulness at work. When thinking about mindfulness, we might easily associate it as a thing to…

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MBSR week 4: Stress Reactions

This week is about stress reactions. The meaning of MBSR is mindfulness based stress reduction, so this week I want to talk about stress. Today I don’t want to go much into the stress reduction itself, but I dedicate this post for describing different triggers and reactions to stress. During this course, I have started…

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Challenge Yourself – Self Reflection Journal

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Here, I give you some effective mindfulness based practices that you can start doing already today! All you need is an open mind and you’re good to go. This week’s challenge is about writing a self reflection journal. You might already be familiar with gratitude journals, for example. Therefore…

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MBSR week 3: Observing Thoughts, Sensations and Emotions

The third week of MBSR is now completed. How is it going? During this week’s Zoom session, on top of the body scan and sitting practice, we were introduced to mindful yoga. The purpose was to add mindful yoga to the daily practices on top of the sitting practice and body scan exercise. First this…

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Challenge Yourself – Active Listening

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Here, I give you some effective mindfulness based practices that you can start doing already today! All you need is an open mind and you’re good to go. This week I challenge you – and myself – to practice active listening. You can do this wherever you want, at…

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MBSR week 2: Find Your Way

This second week of MBSR program has made it all more real. During this week, I’ve already noticed that the daily meditation practice has become a routine. For this second week, we have added 10-15min sitting practices in addition to the daily body scan practices. Even though these practices are in my daily “to do”…

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Challenge Yourself – Mindful Daily Routines

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Here, I give you some effective mindfulness based practices that you can start doing already today! All you need is an open mind and you’re good to go. Mindful daily routines The challenge of this week is about mindful daily routines. Have you ever thought about how much on…

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MBSR week 1: Beginner’s Mind

Hi you! The first week of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) course is now completed, and I will let you know what are my thoughts, learnings and challenges so far. I will not go too much – or at all – into analyzing or saying what went “wrong”, because that’s not the point of this…

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Discovering mindfulness – follow my journey

Hi all, Here it comes. The shift from travel posts to something very different. This is what I’ve wanted to write about for quite some time now, so I intentionally will shift to other topics for a while now. I have been now back in Finland for the whole summer after Portugal, with a lot…

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Remote working abroad – pros and cons

Hi you! Here it finally comes, the last post related to my Algarve trip. This time I will write from the perspective of remote working abroad. After spending three months working from Portugal, I got to see both the positive and “negative” (I wouldn’t like to use the word negative, because those negatives for me…

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Portugal – expectations vs. reality

Hi all! Finally it is time to review our Portugal trip and see, whether my expectations were met or not. Before our trip, I wrote this post about my expectations towards this trip. In case you missed the post, go ahead and read it now! I had visited Portugal once before, and I mainly formed…

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What to see in the Algarve? – part 3

Hi all, Long time no post! Again, a lot has happened after my latest post. I posted the second part of my Algarve recommendations already 2 months ago, and I need to say that my initial plan of posting on a bi-weekly basis turned out to be really unrealistic and I just couldn’t do it…

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What to see in the Algarve? – part 2

Hi there! As promised, I am back with the second part of my Algarve recommendations. Today I’m going to take you to Loulé, Olhão, Vale do Lobo and Carvoeiro. Hope you enjoy! PS. As I am writing this, there is a thunderstorm outside. We were lucky and had an exceptional January and February, as it…

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What to see in the Algarve? – part 1

Hi there! Weeks have passed by, and I noticed I haven’t written any posts during February. My initial plan was to write on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis, but honestly I have had very busy times at work, staring the laptop screen around 9 hours a day, and as you might guess, I wanted…

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Portugal – expectations

Hi there! In this post I am going to write about my expectations towards our stay in Portugal. I thought it would be nice to write down some expectations now, as it will be interesting to see how these expectations will match the reality. We will be staying in Portugal for three months, therefore my…

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Winter getaway

Hello there, One of the main reasons to start this blog was to have a channel where to collect and share memories about my winter getaway in Portugal beginning of 2022. In this post, I am going to explain my relationship with Portugal, the background about the trip and the reasons behind choosing Portugal among…

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This is Mari Susanna Life

Welcome to my blog. In this first post I am going to introduce myself and start this journey together with you. My first name is Mari and second name Susanna, which is how I ended up with this name. Ok, let’s stop right there.. To be honest, I am not the kind of person who…

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