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Freedom and the Power of Letting Go

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Freedom by Colleen Valles

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Simply Being

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Everlane

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The Bare Feet Project

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Tiny Houses

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I N T E R V I E W Vanniyama

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Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Minimalism

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Overcoming the Emotional Barriers

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Emotional Ginecology

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Freedom from Postpartum Depression

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C A T A L O G U E Back to School

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I N T E R V I E W Mãe Guru

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When our body asks forFreedom

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To Write is to be Free

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Free your Mind and Grow your Business

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Freedom for Those Who Think and Act Outside the Box

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Humanology explains Personal Freedom

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FÁT IM A T EI X EIR A

JAMIE WEINHAUER

ROISIN ABBOT T

Founder of MOS Magazine, pianist, conductor and teacher. Minimalist mother.

Coach de direções positivas. Mestre de Reiki certificada

Irish, living in Canada. Linguist and freelance translator. Fascinated by travel and all things new.

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Contributors

in this edition

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ANA SOFIA MARTINS

AVERY KLEIN

BRITNEY GUTZWILLER

Training and experience in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Founder and Director of Natura Market

Photographer creating visuals that elicit a feeling of calm transcendence

CEO of Be Bold Be Brave, Author, Mom of 2.

www.mercadonatura.pt

www.averyjklein.com

http://Boldbrave.biz/home

CLÁUDIA ANTUNES

COLLEEN VA LLE S

ISABEL ALBORNOZ

Transformation and Meditation Mentor, Feng Shui Consultant, Eternal apprentice

Freelance writer and storyteller. Mama. Lover of books, doughnuts, exploring.

Co-founder of Bare Feet Project and Consultant at Tiny Houses Brazil

www.freelifeflow.com

www.colleenvalles.com

www.pesdescalcos.com.br

JESSICA J. LOCKHART

J U L I A N A PR ATA

LOU L AGGAN

Humanologist, ideologist, author and international speaker

Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), writing coach and author of the blog Sua Vida Acadêmica

Transformational Mindset & Business Coach, Cake Baker and Arctophile

www.jessicajlockhart.com

www.suavidaacademica.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/groups/freeyourmindgrowyourbusiness

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L Í D I A TAVA R E S D I A S

MANUEL MANERO

MARGARIDA MARTINS

Writer, mother, compulsive reader, and not necessarily in that order!

Author. Passionate about life and behavior. Specialist in digital marketing strategy.

Doula and Feminine health therapist. Passionate about conscious pre-conception.

www.linkedin.com/in/lidia-tavares-dias

www.manuelmanero.pt

www.margaridamartins.com

MARIA CARDOSO

MELISSA S. LORD

MÓNICA SOFIA GALO

Virtual Assistent, Entrepreneur, Student for life

Labor and Delivery RN, Health and Wellness Coach

Pharmaceutical, Trainer and Foundress of Medita: Meditation · Compassion · Everyday Life

www.mariacardoso.pt

www.instagram.com/mellord1

www.medita.pt

R I TA N O B R E LUZ

R I TA ROS A

ROBSON LUNARDI

Ex-oncological patient. Psychologist and promoter of the concept ‘Health and Creativity’

Natural Health Therapist in Female. Founder of Rebento and of Escola Natural.

Consultant at Tiny Houses Brazil and Co-founder of Bare Feet Project

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www.rebento.pt

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SUSANA MACHADO

VIVIANA DI LEO

Founder of Organiza Sim, Environmental Management, Interior Design, Personal Organizer, Instructor

Geographer, teacher, specialist in sustainability. Writes for a better world.

Peacefulness Fulfilment Coach, Mom, Passionate about bringing peace to people

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It is often said, “new home, new life”, but here, it is “new magazine, new life!

P H O T O G R A P H Y : Kupono Kuwamura


Editor's Note

In this edition “I took the liberty” of giving wings

sequently we try to convince ourselves daily that

to the project: we launched a new logo, a new

one day it will change…one day it will get better…

image, and a new website! We touch on freedom

one day…

and liberty from various perspectives. After all,

Paulo Coelho says in one of his books: “today I am

minimalism is not experienced solely in a material

convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one

way. Indeed, all of the editions have considerable

owns anyone. This is the true experience of being

content from me, and this was no exception.

free: having the most important thing in the world

For a while I have said that to be truly minimalist

without owning it.” Interestingly, I read somewhere

I just had to detach myself from a few toxic rela-

that freedom means “absence of need”. It means

tionships. It’s not easy, especially when we are very

being able to be ourselves and curiously, through

emotionally attached. However, the idea of attract-

minimalism, we obtain this self-knowledge in a

ing more positive energy into my days resounded

very purposeful way.

with me constantly.

In my opinion, freedom is finding a life with

I asked myself many times about this issue. And I

meaning, with satisfaction. It is not always what we

always responded quickly, without detours. But

wished for, because the universe always seems to

there are decisions with enormous impact which,

show us better options later on, but with awareness

because of fear, we don’t take. We allow ourselves

of every moment. Jay Shetty says that “we should

to remain prisoners. We accommodate ourselves.

be building life and not just building CVs”.

We want to change, yet we choose to stay on this

What are you waiting for?

tightrope.

Life your life to the maximum!

The truth is that continuing as you are means not

Happy reading!

making changes and, for the most part, simply allowing the situation to slowly get worse. Con-

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Cover Photo by

Avery Klein

PHOTOGR APHY CASEY KLEIN

Designer, Photographer, and Innovator. Lover of minimalism. Finds adventure in living life with a balance of taking on big opportunities and watching mindless television. Finds a penny everyday.

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What does freedom mean to you? I believe that we hold us ourselves back from doing what we are born to do. There is the saying, “You are your own worst enemy,” We tend to speak of our fears before we even know the possibilities. I think once you realize that you are and will always be okay no matter your situation, keeping your focus on what you truly want, living for the moments that make you feel most alive, and embracing the incredible sensation of joy, that to me is true and honest freedom.

PHOTO BY AVERY KLEIN PHOTO BY AVERY KLEIN

What is the message you want to share with our readers through the cover photo? This photograph is about selfworth. Of course, it masters simplicity, but it’s pulling in to tell you something more. She’s bare. She is honest with herself and her body. And to add, her tattoo is a true and powerful statement. We fail to recognize that we are all worthy. I think there are many doors that open us up to freedom, and it is my opinion that self-worth is one of them.

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Freedom and the power of

o g g el ttin

Freedom can take different connotations or intensities depending on the individual, their life history and their (pre)concepts. For me, freedom is inseparable from "letting go". Freedom (considering my life path) is to exert the power to liberate ourselves from moorings and to live the full experience of happiness that is destined for each one of us. I believe that every human being is destined for success, happiness and W O R D S : Claudia Antunes P H O T O G R A P H Y : Sarah Dorweiler

deep personal fulfilment. I know that because I lived the opposite, because I dived in the most deep and dark place within my being and it was in that moment that I realized that in order to get back up, to live the lightness that was destined for me, I had to let go of all the weight I’d accumulated throu-

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ghout life.


thoughts, emotions, people, objects, blocks, patterns and beliefs that only add us pain. And then, we begin our climb, little by little, like a bird that is releasing the stones tied to its claws, ascending progressively until the height of the existence that we deserve. Up there, together with other brave souls, we will wish that all beings have the courage to do the same and take a leap to live the freedom they deserve. TO FREE FROM MOORINGS

And when we become aware of the power we have to let go of what isn’t lacking and is preventing us from flying and gliding over what we once saw as problems, life becomes a wonderful and thrilling adventure. We accumulate things throughout our lives, most of them unconsciously, which we carry more and more and push us to the bottom.

And how do we break free? First, we begin with the simple exercise of becoming aware of what weighs us down. Then we initiate the magical transformation of letting go

A N D TO B E R E A L LY H A P P Y


In my 20's, freedom meant the ability to travel around the world.

In my 30's, it meant being able to make my own decisions and to be free of the fear that kept me from demanding respect.

In my 40's, it first meant being free from financial burdens by trying to live in a tiny house.

Now, it means being free to set my schedule and be in command of my time.

All through these decades, freedom has meant the ability to live a life true to myself. It has required sacrifices and trade-offs, but they have been worth it to obtain and retain the freedom I desire. I'm sure my definition will change as my life changes, but it always will entail being my most authentic self and living life on my own terms.

W O R D S : Colleen Valles

P H O T O G R A P H Y : Ryan Christodoulou


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PHOTOGR APHY: VEE TER Z Y

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Simply

Being

W O R D S : MĂłnica Galo

We arrived early enough to get a good spot, in the

without realizing, there is a wave of heat and irrita-

middle of the concert hall, after carefully examin-

tion starting to rise ...

ing how the speakers had been placed.

I take a long deep breath, and let the breathing help

In between some chatting, it's time to get started

to calm my body and bring the mind back to the in-

and all eyes have been eagerly turned to the stage.

tention of why am I here. Kindly I turn my attention

But it doesn’t take long before my gaze to ramble,

to the colors of the scene, blue and green, to the

watching the screens that frantically fire in all di-

smoky white spotlights and the shadows forming,

rections. I notice my heartbeat speeding and some

to the sound of each instrument, to these voices

anxiety coming up. Even though the performance

and the melody sway, to the comfort of the hand

is right in front of us, many watch the concert

that has been here, holding mine, since the begin-

through a screen, making videos they’ll probably

ning of the concert. I feel grateful. I love music! Live

never watch again.

music even more.

I realize my mind is rambling, between thoughts

I know the mind will wander, even during delightful

of how disconnected we are, from ourselves and

moments, and I trust meditation training will brings

others. I was no longer listening and seeing the

more awareness and more choices. I choose simply

show that brought me here. The flashes bother me,

to breathe ... to let myself be carried by the melody,

the noise of the conversations of others, too, and

the sounds, the breathing, and the brief silences..


Some moments are too important to be postponed. The best moment to meditate is when you do it! W H A T I F. . . ...moment by moment, we knew where our atten-

Mindfulness practice trains redirecting the atten-

tion really was?

tion in an intentional way, stopping automatic pilot.

What would be our ruminating thoughts, of the

When we have more choice, on where to focus

emotion we’ve been trying to block?

our attention, we can prefer more authentic and

How could we understand what happens with the clear lenses of tranquility and wisdom?

useful thoughts, emotions, believes and behaviors, bringing a sense of fulfillment and wellbeing.

And how would impact it our wellbeing and happiness?

We can meditate with our eyes closed or opened, while siting, standing or lying down, and during our daily live activities, even at a music concert.

In the rush of our busy lives, we handle stress, tension, and demanding conflict situations... Mindfulness meditation can help us to recognize our internal emotional, mental and physical

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states, and to respond with intention, reflecting

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before talking, instead of reacting in a non-help-

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It changes the brain, widening possibilities, building new highways of thinking, changing limiting believes and behaviors. We tend to become more creative and confidant.

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More information: info@medita.pt


PHOTOGR APHY: ANNA SULLIVAN

Minimalism has brought me the true freedom of choice. LEILA MIR ANDA

! m s i l a im

Minimalism reminds

n i M

me of the feeling of being a child again, contemplating the little things, without the worry of so much to take care of.

OLIVEIRA

PHOTOGR APHY DILLON MANGUM

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The Bare Feet Project

for a freer and simpler life W O R D S & P H O T O G R A P H Y : Isabel Albornoz & Robson Lunardi

From childhood we have been taught that success

and experiences of many, those who have decided

and happiness are based on the size of the house

to eliminate excesses and seek more free time and

we live, the career we choose and the amount of

a simplified life.

goods we possess.

The project aims to show that it is possible to live

During our lifetime we realize that the big house,

with less, to have time for what really matters, and

the fancy car and all our belongings have a high

that a life change begins with self-knowledge. With

cost. In order to pay for all of that we ended up

planning and a support network, this change is

working long hours, assuming more challenges

possible for everyone.

and goals to fulfill, suffocating us with the life we

The expression‘bare feet’means respect, simplici-

chose. We have no time to spend with friends and

ty and contact with nature and it is in line with the

family, and to do the things we enjoy.

project values – minimalism, balance, family and

Diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome - extreme

kindness.

stress related to work - the couple Isabel Albornoz

The family spent a month in the United States last

and Robson Lunardi adopted minimalism as a life

year, learning to build tiny houses, visiting builders

style, sold the big house in Sao Paulo, left their jobs

and spending time with owners. They now live in a

and in 2016 created the Bare Feet Project to bring

small farm close to Sao Paulo city, where they are

the Tiny House Movement to Brazil and advocate

building their tiny house on wheels and spreading

the benefits of living in a tiny house on wheels. Bare

the Movement knowledge around the country in

Feet Project wants to inspire, through the stories

talks, events and media.

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MORE THAN A HOUSE, A LIFE ST YLE

Tiny

Houses How much space do you need to live in? A frequent question among people of any age nowadays, who do not want to invest in overvalued homes or sign in for long term property loans. Tiny Houses come as a new housing option.

WORDS & PHOTOGR APH Y: PER A TINY HOUSE IN WA SHINGTON,DC

Isabel Albornoz & Robson Lunardi


TINY HOUSE IN THE LAKE

The concept emerged in the United States in the late 1990s, and had its biggest growth since the Country’s economic crisis in 2007. As an alternative to the high cost of properties, especially in large urban centers, the tiny house movement grows due to the need to simplify life, reduce costs, settle debts and lower the environmental footprint. With an area up to 38m2, they can be built on wheels for more freedom and tax reductions.

of spaces, with multifunction and customized furniture, such as the

The building method follows the traditional North American ones, the structure is made of Steel Frame or Wood Frame. The internal and external finishing’s are made of wood, has windows and doors with high thermal insulation capacity.

famous staircases cabinets. The space reduction makes residents more aware of what is really essential, and to practice conscious consumption. They can be equipped with solar energy, make reuse of rainwater and have a composting

The aim is to have an organized and

toilet, which brings them closer to

functional home, making clever usage

the sustainable home concept.

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CONSTRUÇÃO DA NOSSA TINY HOUSE


According to residents and enthusiasts the main benefits of living tiny are:

LOW COST

the space reduced and built efficiently makes basic bills such as water and light become 90% smaller than in a house of traditional size;

MORE FREE TIME

it can take only 30 minutes per week to clean and organize the entire house;

MORE OUTDOORS AND LOCAL COMMUNIT Y MOMENTS

it stimulates contact with its surroundings, and science has already proven that an outdoors and rich social life can relieve stress, improve memory, recover mental energy and increase creativity.

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Although the footage is reduced,

OUR

the building costs of a tiny house may be higher than we think, con-

TINY HOUSE I N TA M PA

sidering the number of windows and the need for tailor made furniture, the value paid for it is diluted over time, since the basic housing costs are drastically reduced. Living in a tiny house also has its inconveniences, for example on rainy or very cold days it is quite difficult to have many people over, making the bed can be a difficult task due to the low lofts/rooms ceiling height, and it does not offer


TINY HOUSES COMMUNIT Y IN ORL ANDO L AKEFRONT

much flexibility when it comes to

full-time in a house on wheels,

renovations.

in Brazil it’s quite different. Only

Nowadays tiny houses can be seen all over Canada, Australia,

private houses complexes have specifications on house sizes, and

New Zealand and also in Europe.

the Country laws allow citizens to

They began to emerge in South

live full-time on houses on wheels.

American countries like Brazil,

Although the concept of a tiny

a country with large housing

house is still mistaken with the

deficit and high housing costs,

Trailers and Motorhomes, or even

even though it is all very new, the

Container Houses concepts, the

number of enthusiasts has been

media and projects in Brazil have

growing. Unlike the US where the zoning codes specifies the minimum size of houses and where citizens are not allowed to reside

been spreading the movement that emerges as a housing option and as a new opportunity for those who want to invest in the area.

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a m a y i n n a V INTERVIEW

"I like to go to sleep after the sunset and waking up before the sunrise. One of the best feelings, is waking up and watching life waking up and feeling another day rising"

Vanniyama, or Vanessa, is Portu-

a crystal child, who is remembe-

guese and is 27 years old. She is a

ring that everything we are looking

yoga teacher and holistic therapist,

for is within us, that love and joy is

she feeds on fruits and loves being

who we are and is our natural state

in constant connection to Mother

of being. I follow my heart, trusting

Earth.

the Universe. Living each moment with gratitude and acceptance. Every single day is a blessing, an opportu-

Who is Vanessa? Vanessa means butterfly. And I feel

nity to experiment with new things in this magical world.

this has everything to do with me and my process. A butterfly that was in a cocoon for a few years, getting

What does freedom mean to you?

ready to fly. Always transforming.

There are different types of freedom,

I´m a multidimensional being having

and also everyone feels free in diffe-

an amazing experience on earth,

rent ways.

I walk barefoot, I like to feel the earth.


My biggest freedom was knowing myself

I feel free walking barefoot, feeling the earth on

internal work. Realizing I am not my mind, I am

my feet, swimming naked in nature, ocean or wa-

not my thoughts, I am not the beliefs imposed by

terfall, being a minimalist and owning just what I

society. I am not the perceptions of others in me,

use, not having attachments, living in the present

their opinions are just mirroring themselves, I’m

moment, being able to be, to live a happy life doing

only reflecting what they need to see. I am not ju-

the things I love, whenever I want. Being able to go

dgments or my story. I am not the daughter, the

where I want to go whenever I feel like it. Freedom

student or the teacher. I am not my past or what I

is living in the moment without thinking about what

told myself I was. I am not the stories of my mind. I

to do next. Feeling home anywhere I go.

am always transforming. I am everything and I am

All of this makes me feel free, but my biggest freedom was knowing myself. Self-discovery and

nothing. I am a free being, responsible, a multidimensional being, having an amazing experience on


this planet, on this plane. And for me this was the

were a part of my life). Step by step my body

biggest freedom. I feel that everything is perfect

was asking for more fruits and raw foods and

as it is, with contentment and acceptance, flowing

less cooked foods. Salads with raw vegeta-

with what the Universe is offering me, because

bles never tasted as good as fruits, but I didn’t

my happiness, the love I feel, doesn’t depend on

knew about fruitarianism back then, and in raw

anyone or anything but me..

veganism there is a strong belief that we need the raw vegetables.

What made you choose to eat exclusively fruit? This was something that happened. When I started my internal journey, meditation, yoga and raw foods came to me. I felt right away that this was the direction I wanted to go, it made so much sense at that time. The Universe brings to us what we need to see and know at the perfect time. I started to eat more fruits and letting go of processed foods (I was already vegan and alcohol, coffee, tobacco never

It was in December last year that I found fruitarianism, let go completely the little cooked food I still ate. In April of this year, I let go of raw vegetables. My body naturally just asked for sweet fruits, and raw vegetables started to taste not as good to me as before, even the digestion felt different. I cannot impose something in me, it has to be a natural process. I don’t like labels or to identify with something as I am always changing and transforming. Eating fruit is what makes me feel the best and what my body asks for. When eating fruit, instead of ending a life, we are creating one. With the seed we can plant another tree. I felt that this was so beautiful. I don’t produce waste, and the fact that this is the most sustainable lifestyle for the planet, it makes sense that is the best lifestyle for me. I feel healthier, prettier, with more energy, happier, more myself. I can’t remember last time I was sick.

When and how did you become minimalist? I grew up in a family that lives to work and has a focus on material belongings. I had everything I wanted; expect what I really wanted, the presence and attention of my parents,

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Knowing how to say no when we don’t want something and saying yes when we really mean it.


whose lives pass, just working to be able to give me

don’t want to keep belongings here. I am feeling

a “good life” and what I “needed”. I am so grateful

so light and free. Even pictures and songs from

for them, I know they did the best they could, and

my computer, I am deleting now. We take so may

still do, and that was their way to show me that they

pictures now a days, we want to keep the moments

loved me.

we have, get attached to them, and in the end we

As a child I never really wanted things, but growing up I had a phase where I started to buy more things,

end up never looking or even enjoying while they are happening.

after all, it is what everyone does. I accumulate a

When we down size what we have, especially

lot of things that I didn’t really need it, especially

clothes, it makes everything so simple. Having so

clothes and shoes that I ended up not wearing at

much choice we end up spending so much time

all. When my internal journey started, I also started

and energy just for choosing what we want to wear,

to let go a big part of what I didn’t need it. I started

and still end up wearing the same clothes anyways,

to realize that it was dead energy, that I didn’t need

and having clothes and other things we don’t use

these things and that my energy was stuck by

we are taking from others that might want or need.

having them.

Having less clothes makes you also appreciate

Before travelling, I sold a lot of things that helped

having the ones you actually really love and feel

me to make money. The last couple of days, I´ve

comfortable and good in. And if we need some-

been selling even more and giving away what I

thing we can just buy it, if we get tired of something

don’t use. I am going to travel with a one way ticket.

we can just switch for something else. It´s so simple

I am taking with me only a 20 liter backpack and

and it feels so good to live with detachment.

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Three words that identify you: Love, Magic, Trust

Regarding all your trips around the world, which places touched you the most? Oahu, Hawaii. I always wanted to go to Hawaii, always felt a strong connection. In India I met a

Your idea of happiness:

Hawaiian friend, who guided me to Oahu, and I am

Living with acceptance with what we have, being

so grateful to him. Usually I am really detached,

grateful with everything that comes without

and I stay in one place till I feel I am ready to leave

judgments

and go to the next place for new adventures, but, for some reason, I felt a strong connection with this Island. For the first time I felt sad the day I was

Your greatest adventure:

leaving, and at the airport I felt the Island pulling

Every day I live a new adventure, the biggest

me back, like she didn’t want me to leave. Never

one, being life

felt something like that before. I heard about this about Hawaii. Either you belong there or the Island pulls you back. It’s such a special place. I will for

Something you'd like to change:

sure go back at one point

Nothing. I feel that everything has a purpose, a why and a divine timing What is the greatest learning from your trip to India? Making decisions. It was the first time I travelled alone, Things you'll be remembered by:

out of Europe during two moths and two weeks. So

always following my heart, my dreams and my

I needed to decide where I wanted to go, when. For

truth, facing my fears

myself. Deciding with whom I want to spent my time with, whom to trust. Knowing what I want and trust in my intuitions. It’s something so important, making de-

Things that inspire you:

cisions based on what we really want and not just to

Nature. The sunset, the smell of a flower, feeling

please someone else. Knowing how to say no when

the warmth of the sun on my skin, the cold water

we don’t want something and saying yes when we

of the sea or waterfall

really mean it. It’s something that helps us to protect our energy and makes us stronger.

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WHY WE SHOULD BE HAPPIER WITH LESS

Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

and Minimalism

W O R D S : Lídia Tavares Dias

I read Anne Frank’s Diary when I was 13. I remember the questions that came to me when I finished. How was it possible that this had really happened? How was it possible that a girl of my age had gone through that entire nightmare? How do you explain hate, uncertainty, war to a child? My parents did the best they could and now that I am a mother, I know I could not do any better. Even so, the doubts persisted. Many, until today. During the Second World War, the United States held, for the most part, a neutral position. Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd American president, made a notable speech which went against the American desire to keep the country separate from the terror that Europe was experiencing. In an address PHOTOGR APHY ROBIN SPIELMANN

to the members of the Senate, Franklin spoke of his vision of a just world and the Four Freedoms that would sustain it: the freedom of religion, the freedom from want, the freedom of speech and expression and the freedom from fear. I will not try to tell the rest of the story: we all know


that Nazi Germany was defeated, despite

and lifestyles arising like minimalism. The

having taken the lives of many innocent

books are sold in their thousands and people

people with it. Men, women, elderly people,

who have accumulated belongings for years,

children, the sick and the well. People with

many working a job that doesn’t motivate

fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, with

them, doesn’t fulfill them, now practice de-

hopes and dreams, with fears and expecta-

tachment and quit this world that they once

tions. People like you or I, or Anne Frank

belonged to. And, at first glance, it can seem that minimalism is a whim of the first world, a theory which is only logical when applied to a

So, what stuck from FDR’s speech?? Roosevelt’s

Four

Freedoms

comfortable life, in a (more or less) democraremain

embedded in history and later gave rise to what we now know as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that registers, in articles, the bases of respect for life – as if a piece of paper had the power to dispel hatred. It doesn’t.

tic, just and developed country. I prefer not to look at things like this. I can see the necessity of freeing ourselves of things to make room for feelings. And I try to apply the bases of minimalism, above all, in the emotional sphere. Cleaning out home and mind to focus on that which is really impor-

We continue to see, passively, situations of

tant: family, friends, love. It is only natural that,

extreme violence and persecution against

having security and quality of life, our priori-

minorities, we continue to silence voices

ties become different.

that rise up against injustices, we continue to close our eyes to poverty, we continue to feed a culture of fear. And, in our little corner, in the comfort of our home, watching these injustices on the TV, we continue to close our eyes, to change the channel, to choose Facebook. Because it is more comfortable, because we convince ourselves that there is nothing we can do, because those are realities that do not touch us.

But we must never forget that seventy-seven years ago, the date of Roosevelt’s speech, millions of people had lost this security which we take for granted.

The world is an extremely volatile place

Whilst, on the other side of the world, families

And, in this fantasy of having security for

fight to stay together and bring with them

certain, we place importance on so many

their few belongings as they flee from injus-

other things that come between ourselves

tices, we see, in the western world, trends

and happiness.

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Overcoming

Emotional Barriers W O R D S : Fátima Teixeira

At a certain point in our minimalist lifestyle, the

quently, the victim ends up withdrawing from their

detachment from objects becomes natural...

closest friends… but still they don’t recognize, or

...and the challenges begin to emerge in more emo-

tional areas… such as freeing yourself from toxic re-

make the decision to flee this negative environment.

lationships, or knowing how to cope with uncomIt’s easy to judge looking at the situation from an

fortable situations.

outside perspective, Nowadays

emotional

abuse

is

carried

out

anywhere, be it at home, at work, or even in a random situation in the street. Those who experience it do

but internally there are many challenges occurring. Have you ever heard of cognitive dissonance? Or the term ‘gaslighting’? ‘Word Salad’? ‘Love bombing’? ‘Stockholm Syndrome’?

not always identify the abuse. Depression and loss

Take a look opposite at the meanings of these and

of self-esteem emerge, and fears grow. Conse-

other concepts associated with emotional abuse.


COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

Associated with the incompatibility between

Is the psychological phenomenon in which

two different cognitions, relating to attitudes,

the victim, exposed to a prolonged period

emotions, beliefs and behaviors, between

of intimidation, begins to feel sympathy and

which the abuser alternates (one good and the other bad), leaving the victim very

empathy, or even feelings of love or friendship, before their aggressor.

confused.

G R AY RO CK GASLIGHTING

A means of protection and defense for victims of emotional abuse, in which they themselves

A form of manipulative emotional abuse, whereby the self-esteem and confidence of the victim is eroded, slowly twisting their

react without emotions, in a boring manner, to stop being a source of drama and attention for the abuser.

reality, questioning their memory and undermining their emotions, to the point of invalidat-

S IL EN T T R E AT M EN T

ing them and bringing them to question their real perceptions and experiences.

This is when a person ignores another, refusing to recognize them verbally or in any other way. It can be used as a form of manipulative

LOVE BOMBING Is the practice of trying to influence the victim through signals of adoration or at-

punishment, especially after an argument, or when the silent partner is angry and the victim does not know why.

traction, in an extremely intense way. Large amounts of text messages or surprise appearances, for example, can themselves be

WORD SAL AD From a psychological point of view, it refers to

engineered to manipulate the victim into

an extremely disorganized and unintelligible

spending more time with the abuser – and,

speech, in which the abuser always tries to turn

not by coincidence, less time with others or

the argument against the victim, even when ini-

alone.

tially they had no link whatsoever.


Minimalism in terms of a lifestyle is a drive for a mental exercise capable of clarifying many situations in the middle of chaos. What do I want for myself? How do I really want to be loved? Who would I like to live with?

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What do I want to do? and listen to ourselves more than to external Where would I like to work? What type of people would I like to be surrounded by? It’s clear that guidance is the first step, and an

voices. We convert suffering into a precise intuition, and become authentic and stronger when faced with these delicate moments.

enormous one, for the action itself which brings the freedom.

Minimalism itself doesn’t change anything: it doesn’t alter the victim’s situation,

Minimalism also encourages the detachment

it doesn’t make the world a better place,

from limiting beliefs and preconceptions that

it doesn’t perform miracles…

eventually impede certain attitudes. Once you might have thought, “my husband

What changes all of this are our attitudes!

abuses me but I can’t divorce him because society

Therefore, the clarity and level of detachment

says it’s wrong or because my family won’t accept

that are practiced through minimalism provide

it,” or, “my boss is a manipulator and treats me

magical and priceless ingredients that can, in a

badly, but there is nothing I can do, I’ve been

milder way, drive you towards freedom.

taught that my job as an employee is to stay quiet and to obey.” However, through adopting a life with

On questioning different victims of abuse

more purpose, we begin to believe in our essence

about this concept, it was easy to confirm that:

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Freedom is the chance to love yourself, to allow yourself to ‘be you’, in your truest essence. It is not being afraid, nor depending on anything or anyone. It is making decisions without doubting yourself. It is opening the doors to a relationship of true love. It is spending more than one day in peace, without aggressiveness and feelings of disdain or devaluation. It is respect. It is finding yourself. It is having a peaceful mind

If these words are reverberating with you, stop and reflect. Or if you feel that someone should read this text, share it. It is necessary to free yourself…from relationships that continue to let you down, from promises that suck and from a job that frustrates you. And it is essential to search for that which makes you feel good.


“Um dia esqueceremos a mágoa, a razão pela qual chorámos e quem causou a dor. Finalmente perceberemos que o segredo de sermos livres não está na vingança, mas sim em deixar as coisas desenrolarem-se à sua maneira e ao seu próprio ritmo.

Afinal, o que importa não é o primeiro, mas o último capítulo da nossa vida, o qual mostra quão bem corremos a corrida.

Então sorria, ria, perdoe, acredite e ame de novo.

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Emotional gynecology unites ancient female wisdom with knowledge of medicinal plants and establishes a connection with the body.

PHOTOGR APHY MARGARIDA MARTINS


Emocional

Ginecology W O R D S : Margarida Martins

The uterus plays the role of receptor of feelings, emotions and sensations. It is much more than just a female sex organ. It is a sacred vase. Considered one of the main centers of feminine energy, where emotions, thoughts and ancestral memories are

Emotional gynecology gives freedom to the female intuition.

filed away. MARGARIDA MARTINS

Fear, anger, sadness, shame and guilt are some of the emotions that are present in the life of a woman. These emotions are like a compass that guides us towards our true needs. They should be welcomed and honored rather than being seen as a painful burden or grievance, they affect us on

PHOTOGR APHY: MICHAEL HELD

a cellular level, manifesting themselves, subsequently, through physical symptoms in order to call our attention to the imbalance or disorder of the affected region

your uterus, ovaries and vagina, becoming a specialist in yourself. For example, menstrual pains and other symptoms of PMT are not only a physical cleansing, but also emotional, energetic and spiri-

Health professionals can help interpret the symptoms and physical imbalances.

tual. If a woman doesn’t have a month where she respects herself, doesn’t look after or take care of

Yet, a deeper and more courageous approach

herself, her body is going to need to do a deeper

is necessary that is not limited to observing

cleansing at every level.

symptoms. True female wisdom that exists within women will help this process of curing, overcoming, victory and success.

It is essential to teach adolescents and young woman early to observe themselves as much physically as emotionally so that they have a perception

More and more, women have tried to connect with

of their fertility and in this way, they will manage to

their bodies, with their power, with their intuitive

identify the gynecological upsets and begin a con-

and curing abilities. Look, observe, pay attention to

scious pre-conception.

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PHOTOGR APHY PICSEA

What do you do if the happiest time in your life doesn’t feel so happy?


Freedom from

Postpartum Depression W O R D S : Britney Gutzwiller

If you were to ask me three years ago how to

So, what do you do if the happiest time in your life

overcome Postpartum Depression, I probably

doesn’t feel so happy? How do you overcome and

would have shrugged my shoulders are said so-

free yourself?

mething like “Babies are the greatest gift. How

Everything begins and ends in the mind. So often

could anyone become depressed after having a

anxiety and depression are treated with meds for

baby?!”

the physical symptoms one is feeling in the body.

Back then, I had no idea what postpartum depression was or how it could impact a mother’s life. That is until 2016 after the birth of my own daughter, when what I thought would be the happiest time in my life, just wasn’t. The anxiety and depression I had experienced was downright grueling.

However, anxiety and depression start in the mind, which is the first thing that should be addressed. Learning what to do with all the scary, intrusive thoughts, positive affirmations to retrain the mind, proper nutrition, a consistent exercise and sleep regimen, lots of self-care and self-love are just a few things I teach my clients to begin their journey

I received very little help from the medical field

to freedom from PPD, and how to do that with a

and that became my fuel to change mental health

holistic approach. I have found in myself and with

forever, to free myself and find a way to help as

so many others, self- love is the key that unlocks

many women going through PPD to do the same.

the door to all healing and freedom within..

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INTERVIEW

u r u G Mãe "Freedom is to be able to live in alignment with our purpose."

Maria Couto is the author of the blog

itation sessions, gives plant based

Mãe Guru (Mom Guru), on which she

workshops all over the country and

shares information about mindful

shares recipes from her daily life on

education and a vegan diet, includ-

social media, where she also touches

ing her baby’s, Zoá Naya. She is also

on subjects such as sustainable con-

a yoga instructor and passionate

sumption and mindful education.

about life! She is currently living in Portugal and is going to talk about her remarkable journey to Brazil.

She attempts to bring all of these subjects to a growing number of people, in a more accessible and uncomplicated way.

Who is Mãe Guru? She is someone who follows her

In what way does being a mother

heart. Woman, mother, professional,

bring your freedom?

who is on her journey to self-knowledge. She shares yoga classes, med-

Through being a mother, I am able to reaffirm the values already present

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PHOTOGR APHY: TERESA PAMPLONA

Deliver, trust, accept and thank! within myself in a very assertive way.

When was it that you became min-

Being both a mother and father I have

imalist?

a double responsibility in the education of my daughter. It is as if my ideas have to be aligned with my actions so that I can pass on a consistent education to her and be an example for

The journey to minimalism began with my trip to Brazil, when I returned I donated almost all of my clothes, shoes, accessories, etc…

her. This heightened responsibility

I wanted to literally pull this weight

forces me to follow my Truth, and in

from on top of me and it is one of the

this way I see that I have freedom, as

best feelings that you can experi-

I am aligned with my purpose.

ence.

MÃE GURU IS AN ENLIGHTENED WOMAN WITH AN ENDLESS INNER STRENGTH. FÁTIM A TEIXEIR A


"THROUGH BEING A MOTHER, I AM ABLE TO REAFFIRM THE VA LUE S A LR E A DY PRESENT"

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Three words that describe you: Positive, Brave and Observer

Your idea of happiness: Appreciating the present moment

Your biggest adventure: Following my heart

Something that you would like to change: To implement yoga and meditation in every school, home and prison

Something for which you will be remembered: Simplicity

Things that inspire you: Nature inspires me to create. Creating inspires me to be.

Simplicity is: BEING

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Freedom and

Minimalism

Whenever I moved house I nearly had 3 car loads of stuff... after this process I was left with all my belongings fitting in just two suitcases, I sold my car and travelled light to Brazil. I confess that when I became pregnant with Noá, I was shocked by the amount of things the industry make us believe that we need. But time showed me that it is exactly the opposite of what they keep telling us... more cuddles and fewer things! And like everything, it has been a process, as whenever we move house we leave many things behind and make space for the new.

Even the smallest

I think there is a super important question within

transformations brought me to

minimalism these days, in the times of “fast-fash-

where I am today. MARIA COUTO

ion” where labor is often cruel, very pollutant and of very bad quality, and therefore doesn’t last long. Massively deducted prices give us the opportunity to fill our wardrobes every season with more “in”, clothes, however... with a great cost behind them... Now I try and go with national brands which are at


times a little costlier yes, but in the long term they make up for it without a doubt. PHOTOGR APHY: TERESA PAMPLONA

What was the biggest lesson from your journey to Brazil? More than a journey alone at the age of 20 to the other side of the world... it was an internal journey that changed me forever. It would be impossible to choose the biggest, as even the smallest transformations brought me to where I am today. I had very remarkable experiences, I slept in the streets, I walked dozens of kms whilst fasting…but without a doubt a great lesson which I took away,

Yoga gives me the freedom to be who I am but also teaches me, from the mat to life, to always educate myself. We are always a “work in progress” and the beauty of freedom is within that.

I know and respect myself more and more

was to always follow my heart!

In what way does yoga make you feel free? Through my yoga and meditation practice these

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past years, I know and respect myself more and more. Knowing myself, makes me more aligned with my purpose, with my truth, and this is my freedom.

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PHOTOGR APHY: MARCOS SEMEDO

“Health, health is essential! The rest will fall into place...” How many times have we heard this?


When our body asks for

Freedom

It is implicit in life that having good health is the basis for everything else. It is also implicit in the human condition that we value something only when it is lost, not when we have it. W O R D S : Rita Nobre Luz

They didn’t just pull out the rug from under me

birds singing, dancing, sleeping without machines

from one day to the next, because in my case, I was

beeping, breathing, dreaming, being and trusting.

getting sicker, but, on the day of the diagnosis, they

When we say that a specific time is sacred, it’s

took the floor, the roof and the walls and, during the

because it is. When we say that a specific thing in

treatments, my life as I knew it.

our lives is sacred, it is because it is. And nothing

Not every cancer is the same, nor is cancer any worse than other chronic debilitating illness.

compares to the feeling of having a whole life in front of you!

Everyone has their story and their journey, with di-

It is implicit in life that having good health is the

fferent losses and gains. Many people out there are

basis for everything else. I argue that everything

in good health and do not feel free and many people

else is also a basis for good health. Cancer stripped

with chronic illness live fully. But, today, I’m going to

me down, in the end, leaving me with only the es-

talk about: ‘and-deliver-us-from-evil-Amen’.

sential, who I was and who I would never cease to

I was a butterfly, still fragile, but I was a butterfly. I had come out of a difficult process with a (always temporary) happy ending, I had the opportunity that I had yearned for, I could feel all of space, all

be. An illness is not always, on the whole, all bad, but nothing compares with a life that allows us to show all of our potential, in freedom and responsibility.

of time, and every experience as divine. Because

Our most precious belonging? Our most precious

this is what happened: valuing things lifts and

belonging is love. In sickness and in health. And I

lifts us. The sea, the frost, the air on our skin, the

hope that even death will not separate us...

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To write is to be

Free

W O R D S : Juliana Prata

SINCE I WA S A CHILD I WANTED TO BE A WRITER but I didn't know what to write about. For me, studying and writing have always meant freedom. I´ve united these two passions and created, in 2015, a study tips blog about how to write better, called Your Academic Life (www.suavidaacademica.blogspot.com). I understood that in that way I could be myself and many people identified with me. I was a writer and I had something to talk about

BET WEEN MANY TITLES WOMEN RECEIVE IN LIFE, I ALSO BEC AME PH OTO G R A PH Y A N A TAVA R E S

A WRITER. SYes! Mothers can do that too. Even mothers of children with disabilities, which is my case. My son is autistic and most of my efforts are for his happiness, therapies and routines. For a brief moment I thought his diagnose would drive me away of my dream, but it didn´t!


WRITING IS FREEDOM, IS A RELEASE. Freedom and planning never were antagonistic for me. On the other side. Planning would open more space in my routine for a better use of my time. I decided planning would mean liberty to me: the way to become a writer with a son, with housework, my job in College and many other demands.

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So I have decided I would use my blog as a system to improve my writing skills. In this platform I created a personal style and understood that the more I wrote, the more I could get better at this. And then I realized that to construct a structure that organizes a way to write raise clarity and consistency when we express. We put focus on essentials and we get less distracted.

My planning for freedom goes ahead. Even though freedom means other things to different people, for me it means joy for the journey, my son´s laughter, the happiness to know I´m helping some other people, the movement I´m on, and the fact that life is happening. To write is to be free. Some ideas have to be out there.

T H I S WAY I DECIDED TO WRITE A BOOK:

Today my project is bigger that I imagined someday. I developed workshops about pro-

Sua Vida Acadêmica: escreva mais e melhor

ductivity and academic write, blog, book and

(Your Academic life: write more and better). I used

other books projects. The idea gained wings.

the most famous articles of my blog and some

It is flying and I´m following it.

unpublished ones, and before the book release I already have sold 300 units. The book subject is about what is essential in the studying processes

W R I T I N G I S A R I G H T.

in graduate, post-graduate and academic writing

E M P O W E R Y O U R S E L F.

pieces. The preface is assigned to Fátima Teixeira and the art cover by Vinicius Monção, a Brazi-

My favourite phrase says "To write is to share yourself" (Bartolomeu Campos de Queirós).

lian visual artist. The art cover shows a bird and a calendar, that represent freedom and planning. Yes, the planning can help one to be more free, even in academic life.

And I think that, besides dividing you, it gives you power. To write is to be free. Fly.

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Organization sets

you free W O R D S : Rosangela Aggio

There are those who think that being free is being independent, but independence has nothing to do with freedom. You can be independent, but a prisoner of your emotions, of your work and of all of that which pulls you away from your right to live freely. Not everyone knows it, but organiza-

An organized person is a free person, they have time to do what they want, the way they want. They don’t stress out when they need something, they always know where to find it. They

PHOTOGR APHY: ALE X ANDER ACE A

tion is directly linked to living freely.

are not worried about time; they know how to manage it, living well and having good relationships with people. They don’t live in bad humor,

What pulls you away from your freedom?

they manage to socialize, look after their business and always have time for fun. They live in physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.

Take another look at your priorities and free yourself for what is imprisoning you! Organization is essential!

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e r o f e B The home of someone living imprisoned in disorganization. She could not manage her time or her work, nor enjoy the family. She no longer remembered what freedom was, she was held hostage by the mess and the daily quarrels.

tion, psychiatrist consultations, and therapy. She did not know what to do or how to start. But she did not give up. She decided to organize her house and restructure her family.. Outcome: She returned to being free, to live with joy, to enjoy the family and to work with pleasure.

PHOTOGR APHY ROSANGEL A AGGIO

She lived on the basis of medica-


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The Survivor A short tale from Susana Machado


PHOTOGR APHY PIXPOETRY

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He put down his old photo album. He repeated the same old question present in His mind: "Will this ever stop?!" The answer did not come. He left home and walked with no destination, no purpose and no peace. Old memories were now more frequent and vivid. He felt stuck. Stuck in a marriage that no longer had magic, in routine, in social conventions that did not let him breathe or be himself. Who was he anyway? He had never understood it, never been truly free. He lived his life for others and never for himself. He turned off down a busy street and felt that the weight on his shoulders lightens a little. Never before had he allowed himself to drift, to walk only because he wanted. He walked around until nightfall and only returned home when in his mind he had found a path to his pain. He entered home in silence. - Where have you been? I was very worried! - I'll leave home! - It was his short answer. He went to the closet, picked up a backpack, and started packing. - What do you mean, you're leaving?! What has happened?! - I have to leave! If I don´t, I'll blow, I'll die! He noticed the shock and hurt in his wife´s sea-green eyes.


- But why? That question that stubbornly hammered his mind broke his heart coming out of that sweet voice. - It's something I need to do. . -Don't do that, please... - If he needs to go, leave him! - It was their son Raul who spoke - if dad is not happy with us, we must free him, so that he can be ... because we love him...

He left. The days passed. Everything was still meaningless. Only one thing had changed: that sense of being stuck in life. He had cut the ties and now he was completely free to be himself. Whatever that meant. For the first time he began to understand the meaning of the word freedom. He had always heard people discussing the meaning of it, had fought for it, but had never really felt it. First he belong to his parents, then his wife, later his children ... when had he belong to his own?! Never! He felt like he never had room in his own life. He took a deep breath, realized that it had begun to drizzle, but did not care. Nor would the rain catch his will. He stood there, soaked, until he saw him. The son who had once been his, but who had been robbed of him ... by life? Fate?? Freedom?

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- They told me you´re living here. Why didn’t you call us? What are you doing here? - Sit down, sit down! - He said excited, ignoring the questions. The young man closed his eyes, took a deep breath and waited, the minutes passed slowly and painfully until he turned to his son. - It's here, I'll show you! You'll see ... you'll see... He carefully removed the old photo album, perfectly cherished and preserved, despite the pitiful state of the backpack that kept it. He began to review it, gently caressing each of the photos. One by one he began to describe them. His breathing began to accelerate. He clenched his hands in an effort, trying to free himself from the secret he had carried with him for decades. "It was killing or dying ... I killed and he died ..." Raul tried to restrain his shock. - I killed a man! He came forward to me, with his gun in his hand, feeling just as scared as I was, but I fired first ... he fell right there ... it was killing or dying... I killed ... I did not die ... I was the only one who did not die ... I was the only one who came back ... I came back... Tears rolled down his face in a way he had never experienced before. - Come home with me!


- "But ... but ... I'm not happy ... I'm not free ..."

- "Dad, you already fought in a war that was not yours ... fight now for yourself ..."

He looked around the wide garden, with no walls, no strings or restrictions, but the only thing he saw was a garden without warmth, love or any kind of freedom.

Raul looked deep into his father's eyes, dirty, tired, and marked by time and pain.

- You are not alone. Look! - He took a picture of his family from his pocket. - "This is the woman who loves you, with all the pains and memories. And these are the children who have always admired you...

The man, tired and weak, did not even try to contain the sobs of compulsive tears. He hugged his son.

Raul held his father in a tight, but firm, embrace as he walked beside him, carrying the old and esteemed album that for decades had symbolized his prison. He held him now, unconcernedly. He had finally found the key to his imprisonment, the path of his freedom.

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Free your Mind Free it of those negative thoughts that come from your inner critic, or monkey mind. The voice that says, ‘You will fail’, ‘You don’t deserve success’, ‘You aren’t good at this and you will be found out soon’.

W O R D S : Lou Laggan


SECTION TITLE

and Grow

your business Sound familiar?

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Now these thoughts may not matter too much when they jump in as you try to build a Wendy House in the back garden but what if they jump in every time you try to do something to

NEG AT I V E T H O U G H T S CR E AT E PAT T E R N S O F S E L F-S A B OTA G E

grow your business? Deep in the core of your being you hold a Self-limiting beliefs are the key block to growing your business; not skill, time or even money. It’s the beliefs that you hold about yourself. This inner critic is particularly dominant in the early stages of your business or at those crucial times when you are trying to grow your business.

belief that you’re a failure and that means you don’t deserve success. However, you desperately long for this success and you throw your entire being at it to achieve success. All your energy, every last drop of it goes into your business; all your time is dedicated towards your business to the exclusion of everything else and you end up working 100-hour weeks as the norm.

It’s not that you lack the knowledge or skill to move to the next stage; it’s those negative thoughts that run rampant and free that are killing your chances of success.

You invest all your resources into the business to the point of depletion. You continue like this until you are completely and utterly exhausted; yet no matter what you do, the

How do they do it?

business fails to grow.

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If your heart and mind are aligned with the right energy for you, then you will be able to move mountains WHY?

NEG AT I V E T H O U G H T S C AUSE YO U TO AIM LOW

You make critical errors that wipe out all the hard work and effort that you’ve invested. This means

If you feel deep down you don’t believe that you

that you’re now stretched too thin and the quality

will achieve your goal, then you aim for lower

of your work or product or both, drops. You can’t

dreams, hopes, aspirations and goals.

convert conversations to sales. This is more than doubt. It’s a deep-rooted belief. All of this reinforces your belief that you are a failure and don’t deserve success. The result? Procrastination runs riot, you become lethargic and it’s easy to put off important tasks when you don’t believe that they will lead to success. You then become trapped in that “what’s the point?” mindset. You then find that it’s becomes a lot easier to avoid doing all the work necessary to build your business because deep down you believe you

Consequently, you set your aim lower. As a result, you fail to stand out. Your offering is enveloped in mediocrity and you limit your own potential as well as that of your business. You maintain a product that is common-place and you are swallowed up by all the other prosaic offerings. I’m reminded of this quote by Michelangelo:

won’t win. The easy option is to fill your time with Facebook, falling down rabbit holes on YouTube or

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our

bingeing on Netflix box-sets; all your energy and

aim is too high, and we miss it, but that it is too low,

drive has gone.

and we reach it.”


"O maior perigo para a maioria de nós não está em definir o nosso objectivo muito alto e ficarmos aquém, está na definição do nosso objetivo muito baixo, e alcançarmos a meta." MICHELANGELO

PHOTOGR APHY PETE BELLIS

NEG AT I V E T H O U G H T S D R A IN

your business and your product. If not, there is a

YOUR ENERGY

massive risk that you will damage the quality of

You know that feeling of conflict when your heart says one thing and your mind says another? The battle that then ensues between the two of them is draining and irrespective of which one ‘wins’ you become the loser; your energy is completely depleted and the energy that you create around you in this state can be so toxic.

your work which in turn damages your business and reputation. Yet, when your heart and mind are united in flow, when they are congruent with your aims, they become aligned to an incredible energy that is just right for you and your business. This energy is then something that your clients

As a business woman it’s paramount that you

react to so positively and you and your business

create the best possible energy around you,

begin to soar.

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W H AT NE X T ? This is what self-limiting beliefs do, but how do you get rid of them? Do you need to get rid of them? After all they are part of you and each part of you has a truly positive intention behind it’s behavior. We may not consciously know what it is; but it’s there.

W H AT D O YO U D O TO M OV E AWAY F RO M T H E N EG AT I V E BEHAVIOR S? Due to my own experience and training, I’ve developed a process that supports clients in being compassionate to their negative thought whilst developing and embedding a more positive thought response which enables them to grow their business and thrive.

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MANUEL MANERO

Freedom for those who

think and act outside the box W O R D S : Manuel Manero

First and foremost I want to express here publically my deepest and most sincere gratitude to Fátima, not only for inviting me to share a little of my life’s philosophy in a magazine who’s theme is my ultimate “beacon”, but also for the courage that she had to bring a project of this scale to life, and the boldness to think differently – congratulations for this my friend! Let’s get back to the theme which, by coincidence, is my life’s guide – Freedom.


I always looked for a rare, unusual and uncommon but very special kind of freedom Those who know me and follow my publications closely know that I always looked for a rare, unusual and uncommon but very special kind of freedom - for being unique!

level of depth of this “freedom”? My greatest objective in this brief exchange is to wake up your consciousness to the importance of defining to yourself your own concept of freedom. Because in the case that

I believe that we only live life to the fullest

you don’t do this, you run the risk of being part

when we have the courage to write our own

of someone else’s definition of freedom.

definition of freedom, just as I have described to you above.

So you have to be fearless – think differently

Whenever I have the opportunity to share

from the majority –

my definition of freedom with others, I get as feedback faces of astonishment, admiration and at the same time, enthusiasm. As if I was talking about something utopian, surreal, and simultaneously, as good as you imagine. I argue within this context that we will never be completely free if we can’t manage to bring together this “freedom” in its 3 phases – financial, geographic and temporal. It is like me saying that I am rich but I don’t have time

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just as Fátima has done in designing this magazine. And have the courage to put onto paper that which guides you from within - as if it were a design. In this exercise you must remove all of the obstacles that stop you from dreaming from your mind. As if everything in life were a “bed of roses” and easy to achieve – all of us know that, in reality, things are a little more complex.

to enjoy my money. Or as if I had a big and

Allow yourself, even if just for fleeting

beautiful family but I can’t manage to give

moments, to put into practice that which I am

them a trip to Disneyland to spend quality

sharing with you. I’m not guaranteeing you

time, at least once a year. Can you see the

anything (I can’t). But one thing I am certain

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of, you will take the first of my steps for a life with more sense, meaning and other results – a free life!

Never in the history of humanity did there exist so many resources to help you live a life designed in your own style, as the times we now live in. We consume more information in 5 minutes than someone from the XVII century did in their whole lives! All of this simply and quickly - at the speed of a click. The secret lies in the direction which we give to our research – the information that we collect. In this context it is essential that you have a clear awareness

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Think and Act

out of the box

of the place where you find yourself and the

Success in life is an option.

place you wish to be. Because as you must

This book is a manual of behaviors, attitudes and

have already realized, you are the master of

procedures that you must develop if you want to

your own actions- of your choices.

have a success full life. All that you are going to drink serves a single purpose: to live a more gratifying life with whom you love.

My desire for you is that you live a full life.

And for that to happen, you have to transform yourself into that person, that leader, that idol that

Don’t allow events to pass you by as if you

everyone admires and will want to follow. Aware

were a spectator or supporting actor. Make

that much more is needed than reading a simple

things happen. Design your life. Write your de-

work to live a great life,

finition of Freedom!

I want with these pages to light the flame of belief

Thank you for the time (our most precious gift) that you have dedicated to this text. I wish you a Free life !

that each of us has inside, so that the process of transformation occurs of course, and that all growing pains be accepted as part of our program for a life of accomplishment.

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PHOTOGR APHY AVERIE WOODARD

Every human being is made up of four basic constituting elements that result in our uniqueness and singularity and impact our understanding and handling of everything in life, including freedom.


Humanology Explains

Personal Freedom W O R D S : Jessica J. Lockhart

Personal essence is the first of the four

that place in which we all treasure our in-

and reflects out innermost nature and

tangible assets; everything that belongs

the basic characteristics of the being

only to us and nobody else can reach.

that we are from birth until death. Hu-

Personal Spheres are unbreakable and

manology uses concepts to reflect a

everything in them, from thoughts to

person’s essence. If a person’s essence

feelings, from memories to fears, is placed

happens to be “lion”, for example, that

inside by us at some point in time. They

human being will always require a lot of

also contain our five basic needs: security,

freedom and will suffer from a lack of it.

adventure, love, contribution and growth.

Beliefs constitute the second basic

Although all human beings need all five,

element. All human beings develop

their depth and intensity fluctuate in life. If

and establish different ones in their

a person’s most important need is security,

lives, depending on their essence and

their interpretation of freedom and how

accumulated experience. They serve

to pursue it might differ from somebo-

as guiding principles for taking deci-

dy’s whose main need at that moment is

sions and living life and have a great

growth. Gaging our needs will clearly con-

impact on a person’s interpretation of

tribute to our understanding and handling

all concepts, including freedom.

of freedom.

Each human being also develops their

Humanology offers us the keys to discover,

own unique worldview that gives them their singular outlook upon reality. Personal sphere, the last element, is

understand and handle our four elements and like that ourselves and our experience of reality, including freedom.

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life

Soulpreneurs is a joint project of three inspirational souls who want to share their knowledge and tools with the rest of human beings, to help them thrive, be happy and recover their balance in life. Combining their different strengths and fields of work, the Soulpreneurs offer you a collection of 6 unique and extremely powerful

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Optimism Coach Each of the webinars focuses on one set of Absolute Forgiveness tools related to a specific type of issue or topic. Reiki

All of them, together, constitute a complete

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The launch will be held this summer.

More Hours in your Day

Stay tuned to the pages of each of the authors of this inspiring project!

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FĂ T IM A T EI X EIR A w w w.masterofsimplicity.com Founder and director of Master of Simplicity Magazine, minimalist mom, pianist and entrepreneur. \She is from Portugal and already lived in Canada and Brazil.

JAMIE WEINHAUER w w w.positivedirectionsaz.com Coach of positive directions to show people that they have the power to change their lives in a positive way. Certified Reiki Master

JESSICA J. LOCKHART w w w.jessicajlockhar t.com Creator and developer of Humanology, Optimism Coaching, Personal Essence and Absolute Forgiveness. Author of four books, host in two live shows and renowed international speaker.

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Financial

What does this mean?

Freedom

Is it paying off credit card debt? Is it paying off your car? Is it paying off your home?

W O R D S : Melissa S. Lord

Maybe for some.

First, let’s look at the definition of FREEDOM as puIs it having $1.02 left in your bank account two days before payday?

blished by Mr. Webster, “the absence of constraint in choice or action” .

Is it having the money to be able to tithe 10%? Is it not having to say “no that’s too expensive” when you are back to school shopping with your kids? Maybe for some.

Constraint. “the state of being checked, restricted, or compelled to avoid or perform some action” Restricted. “Limited”


Constraint. Restricted. Limited... Now that we know what freedom is NOT how do we avoid financial restriction or being financially limited?

coaches. Find people that have walked the walk. Reid Hoffman the co-founder of LinkedIn stated, “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

FIND YOUR PA SSION. You know the saying, “if you love what you do

FIND YOU.

you will never work another day in your life.”

This is your life. ONE. You get ONE LIFE. Maybe

It’s bullshit. If you love what you do you will still

you’ve been knocked down in the past. Maybe

work. You will probably work harder than you

it takes all of your strength just to get out of

ever have before. That is because when you

bed in the morning. This is your life. No one

love what you do, you have a sense of purpose.

else’s. The chances of some inheritance check

When you have a sense of purpose you will work

coming in the mail to save you is pretty slim. So,

to make sure that purpose is fulfilled. When

stand tall. Brush yourself off and get to work.

you change your focus from making money to

Those dreams placed on your heart when you

serving people more money will come!

were a child, they were there for a reason. Do you even remember what it’s like to dream?

FIND YOUR TRIBE.

Before you heard the word “no” or the world laughed at you for your dreams, do you really

Find those that will hold you accountable. You will let yourself down before you will ever let someone else down. Find those that strive for the similar goals. Those that push you out of your comfort zone. That is where you will

remember what it is like to dream? Find that inner child again, learn from her, learn to dream again before the world told you those dreams were too big.

start to accomplish more, in the uncomfor-

This world needs you. Once you find your

table. Don’t surround yourself with people

purpose, your tribe and your dreams it all falls

that tell you what you want to hear. You don’t

into place. Is it easy??? Oh, heck no. Is it worth

need cheerleaders to make money, you need

it?? Absolutely!!!

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PHOTOGR APHY LILI KOVAC

Are you still looking for

Freedom? W O R D S : Viviana di Leo

We look for freedom on the next

What if instead we decided to live

holiday, the next job, the next move,

freedom, to embody it every day? To un-

the next career change. I hear a lot

derstand what freedom truly is for you

of times I will feel free when XY or Z

and live by it.

happens or even phrases like I felt so

Many people feel freedom comes from

much freedom when, so what do we

more money, others from working from

see here? We are either on the future

home, others from being employed and

or the past, shocking right because we

having their pay check. It is really im-

project our freedom onto something

portant to sit with yourself and see what

but ourselves.

freedom feels to you, and why you want


this in your life, otherwise you will not feel free when you have all the money or when you are working from home. This is where your stop looking for or searching for freedom and instead start connecting

Exercise

1- Get a pen and white paper no lines!

with what it is to embody this feeling. 2- Generate a calm and relaxing atmosphere: Music, Candles, Incense, tea Freedom is linked to how you feel in the moment. So knowing this, why you should wait

3- Write down the word freedom in the middle of the page

to feel freedom if you can do it today, in your everyday! Wherever you are!

4- On one side write all the things that made you feel free in the past

Inspire yourself to live a better life and be present by embodying how you want to feel in your day. Knowing how you

5- On the other side write all the things you think that you feel will make you feel freedom

want to feel will give you clarity and will become a powerful tool for you. It takes time yes, mastering your life is an art that only you can enjoy. Freedom to me means living a peaceful

6- Ask yourself to do they look alike? Let’s say you wrote “I felt freedom walking on a sandy beach”. And then “holidays on the beach every 6 months”.

life, and I get to choose to live it every day, connecting with my sense of peace.

7- Ask yourself how did you feel while walking

This might be by following a morning

on the beach? Example joy, calm, relaxed,

ritual, lighting a candle, being crystal

peaceful, connect to those feeling, what

clear on what peace is to me!

happens in your body, do you smile, does your

If after reading these your mind is still

shoulder relax.

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