Stay True and Inspired

The New Year is here. We all get excited about new things- they hold a promise for new opportunities, renewal and thrilling surprises.

But sometimes reality doesn`t materialize according to our expectations and the grass is not so much greener on the other side. So how do we keep the energy up in rough times?

For me the key is two-fold. On the first place it is about staying connected to universal truths that matter to us and not getting carried away by external forces pulling us away from our true selves. And of course- stay inspired. Inspiration animates our souls, and gives us a healthy boost; it is through inspiration that we get all those great ideas that ignite the spark to act and change our lives. And trust me- inspiration is everywhere- you can find it a book, in a beautiful picture, inspiring act or even in silence. It is all about paying attention and being opened.

This is exactly the idea of the “Stay True and Inspired” series – to share pieces of inspiration that make us remember/ smile/think and uplift us. So we can all have a year that inspires us to live our life in a way that makes us feel truly alive.

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Feb 8 – About love, patience and determination


I found the palm on the picture about 4 years ago in the garbage area of my apartment building. It had one tiny leaf and a dry branch sticking from its base. At first sight it wasn`t clear whether it is going to survive; the green tints of the tiny leaf were the only indication that it might stay alive and grow.

So I decided to give it a try, took it at home, replanted it and watered it diligently. In the course of the next few months nothing changed. I moved the pot to a different spot. Still nothing. I then decided to examine the leaves. The small one was still green, but not growing. And the dry branch was also there. I gave it a closer look and noticed that there was a top layer that could be peeled off. I did that –a green leaf appeared underneath! I later discovered that this palm formed leaves that initially look like branches and later on unfold into leaf-like forms. It seemed that because of the initial drought the growing leaf had formed a hard top layer which somehow blocked the development of the plant.

Ever since the palm has been growing at a constant pace. Soon it will be big enough to sit underneath and turn it into my special meditation place!  Every time that I look at it is a beautiful reminder of the transforming power of love, care and patience. But also of determination and creativity.  And  a reminder to apply these qualities in other aspects of my life and save more palms 😉

Yesterday`s portion of inspiration can be found here.

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March 31 – Stay positive

The day started as a typical working day with no major signs of inspiration on the way. But as usual, it came just in time in the form of beautiful blossomed trees in Westerpark!

Earlier I`ve shared more about the Bulgarian tradition celebrated on the 1st of March ( you can read more about it here ). Well, the time has come to take off my Martenitsas according to the tradition. And there she is, surrounded by blossoms, a hand made evidence of our Bulgarian culture, identity and a never-ending reminder of the power of tradition! What bigger inspiration than that do we need? 🙂

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Jan 21 – Celebrate your health

A few years ago I had a serious health problem, and was lucky to I recover. It is difficult to describe the amount of gratefulness that I felt afterwards every time I was walking on the street and I could feel that everything was back to normal.

Of course, this gratefulness still exists now; however as time passed it got more difficult to feel it spontaneously as often there  seem to be too many “important” things like work and daily chores which take over our attention,

Wishing health for Christmas and on someone’s birthday is the most trivial thing. But we all have a tendency to be forgetful and think about certain things only if and when they actually happen. Health is one of these things. The interesting part is that it is also the most valuable thing.

Today I am going to remind myself that I am here, I am alive and have the great privilege to be able to see, walk and do freely everything that I want to do. And that`s a super big deal. Can you feel it too? 

The “Stay true and inspired” moment from yesterday can be found here.


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Jan 10 – Let go of what you can`t control


When starting the “Stay true and inspired” series I was energized to build momentum and also to discipline myself to post every day. My frustration with the server crash that has made the webpage inaccessible for the last few days was beyond words – “Nothing like this has happened since I started the blog. Why now!?”

Well. It happens. And experiencing it made me realize something very important- it just doesn’t make any sense to brag about it and to let it stop me from following my plan. What makes sense is to think of solutions. And here it is – sharing my posts in Facebook works perfectly fine for the time being.

There are things to worry about and things to let go. The ones which we can`t control belong to the second category. It`s like a mental garbage bin where you through your mental trash. My lesson and inspiration for today is to practice throwing the wasteful worried thoughts in the bin and focus on the solutions.

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Jan 5 – Have trust

The idea for the “Stay True and Inspired” series came up super spontaneously and my intention is to also be spontaneous with the writing of the daily posts. I am not planning to do pre-work, but would rather like to share the stories as they unfold. Because I believe the “right here and now” are what truly matters.

My spontaneous approach seemed to work over the last few days, but today I`ve been experiencing a sort of a writers` block which discouraged me and made me question if I can really pull this idea off…

And then it happened. I looked outside the window and saw the snow! The long awaited, white, soft beautiful snow covering the earth like a soft woolen blanket!! The same snow that you see on the picture. What more does anyone need than to make a cup of tea and enjoy the view?

If only I had trusted the way events would have unfolded today, my day so far would have been a lot lighter. This is what I will practice today – trust. I remembered John Lennon`s quite just in time to turn it into the perfect ending:

“Everything will be OK in the end.

And if it’s not OK, then this is not the end.”

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March 18 – The power of silence

Focusing on yourself is an art and a form of a self-care. One of the practical ways to do this is to explore the power of silence.

The conventional ways to perceive silence is as absence of external noise. But in its essence, it is much more than this- it transcends beyond the external to reach our core and to manifest itself into silence of the mind and a feeling of piece.

Spending time in silence is therefore not so much about staying in a noise-free place, but about keeping your mind silent.

Silence allows you to connect to yourself and to hear yourself. Silence also helps you to unleash your creativity and to generate new ideas.

It gives you the space to observe your thoughts, to take distance from them and to change the ones that are taking energy away from you, such as worry, fear and anger.

Spending time in silence is one of the most challenging endeavors- there never seems to be time, it makes us sleepy, and it is something that we need to do alone. Indeed, nobody can do it for us.

The power of practice is in your hands and it is also one of the best investments that we can make. Give it a try!

More about my experience with a ten-day silent meditation called Vipassana – here.

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March 9 – About Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Buddhist master who has introduced the concept of mindfulness to the Western world. He is also one of my biggest inspirations ( more about him and the wise little book ” The miracle of mindfulness can be found here). It is of no surprise the movie about him that was released last year is something that is topping my “To watch” list 😉

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March 1 – Spring is behind the corner ;)


On the 1st of March one of the most beautiful Bulgarian traditional holidays is celebrated. Its name is Baba Marta and it signifies the ending of the winter. 

According to the legend, on that day grandmother March (‘Baba Marta’ in Bulgarian) scolds her brothers -January and February and commands them to put an end to the harsh winter times.The legend also says that she is a quite short tempered lady and it’s important to improve her mood, because it determines whether the spring will be good or bad.

On that day, we wear and also gift each a thread in red and white – Martenitsa, with the wish to be healthy and happy. The thread is worn until we see a stork (symbolizing the upcoming spring) and is then put on a blossomed tree so it grows healthy and fruitful. We give each other red and white threads called Martenitsa with the wish to be healthy and happy 🙂 It is a really nice activity to make your own Martenitsas and make good wishes for the recipients while making them.

This tradition is a great example of the uniqueness of the Bulgarian culture and holidays and also brings back happy childhood memories. 

Happy first of March!

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Feb 22- The soothing power of music

It has been scientifically proven that music has stress reducing properties and can have incredibly relaxing effects on our minds and bodies. Especially when it is soothing and calm. This is the type of music is exactly my discovery of today –  the name is of the artist is Shatam Kaur and she performs new age Indian devotional music. 

For more musical inspiration have a look here.

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