If I could talk to my younger self, these are the 7 things I would tell her…

When I was younger, I lived in so much worry and fear. I worried about everything. What other people thought of me, whether I said the right thing or whether I presented myself the right way. Other people’s opinions were so important to me that they were controlling my life in a great way.

When we are very young we have a completely different outlook on life. This outlook can be somehow overwhelming. This was certainly the case for me. But, if I ever had the opportunity to talk to my younger self, there are so many things I would tell her. I would give her so much love, support and reassurance that there is nothing to worry about, only things to experience and lessons to learn from.

If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell him or tell her? What words would you use to encourage them and make them feel better when they feel scared? What would you say to them to calm them down? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. You never know who may read them and they can even save someone’s life.

I believe this is a very important topic to talk about. The younger generation can sometimes feel so overwhelmed about life in general, and can definitely benefit and learn from our mistakes when we take the time to talk about them. Listed below are a few of the things I would definitely say to that scared young girl I used to be if I had the opportunity.

1) Don’t worry what other people think of you

Others are so busy thinking about themselves and not about you. When we are younger, we think the opposite. The most important thing is what you think about you.

2) Be yourself

You are unique. There has never been anybody like you and there is never going to be. Embrace all that is you and celebrate your beautiful individuality.

3) Your past mistakes are powerful lessons

When I used to make mistakes, I would beat myself up for them for ages. Look at your mistakes as powerful lessons which needed to be learnt to help you become the person you want to become.

4) Put yourself first, always

Always follow your dreams. Don’t postpone, don’t procrastinate, don’t get influenced by other’s opinions. When I was younger, I was always searching for romantic love. When I was in a relationship, that other person would become my priority. I would put all my dreams and needs aside, on hold and made them, only them, very special. There was a huge price to pay for that. I was never happy because I stopped focusing on me and my dreams. Later, I realised, I am the most important person in my own life and I will always be. I started putting myself first. This wasn’t selfish, but an act of self-love and respect towards my self. Put yourself first, always.

5) Listen to your intuition

When I was a child, my intuition was very strong and I fully trusted it. As I got older I stopped listening to it and began thinking that what it was telling me was only a coincidence or a random chance. How wrong was I at the time?  Always listen to your inner wisdom, it will never fail you.

6) Don’t take life so seriously

When we are young, we take everything so seriously, including the things that don’t really matter. Life doesn’t have to be that serious. The same way seasons of the year change, the seasons of life change too. Go through them gracefully. When something doesn’t work out the way you planned it, trust and know that there is something way better on its way to you.

7) You are good enough, just as you are

You are good enough and you have nothing to prove to anybody. You don’t need to compare yourself to others, dress like others, act like others to be accepted by this society. You are good enough, just as you are. Work on yourself, keep improving, educate yourself, but at the same time know that you are good enough and wonderful as you are.


What has living with anxiety taught me & could help you too

What many of you don’t know about me, is that I used to suffer from severe anxiety. My anxiety was so bad that it was controlling my life in a great way. It was happening during my early to almost late twenties, where my friend’s lives were mostly filled with adventures, parties, holidays and the joys of being carefree young adults. I couldn’t join them. My daily life was filled with dark thoughts, panic attacks, thinking about death and being so frightened, whether and how I would survive another day. Everything was a challenge, even the smallest of tasks. Queuing in a supermarket, going to a library, practically being at any public place was putting me into the states of panic and discomfort. My life was filled with severe stress, depression and perceiving the world with a constant foggy sensation on my mind. Was that a living? Not really. But, now I look at it differently. I look at this experience from a higher perspective. Living with anxiety for more than a while taught me so much about myself, my life and most importantly, because of it, I found my life’s purpose, which is being of service to others.

***Before you read further***

Please note, that this isn’t a medical advice. Always seek a health care professional, who will be happy to assist you with any concerns. However, I always like to share what I have learned from my difficult experiences, and how I shifted my life from darkness to light, with a belief that reading about them will help someone.

So, here is what I’ve learned:

1) Acceptance

When we are trying to push something away and don’t want it in our lives, a great amount of resistance can be felt. It feels overwhelming and can take over our lives, so we are unable to see any kind of light. This is how I dealt with my anxiety. I was resisting it. I didn’t want to be feeling anxious. I was fighting my unpleasant emotions every minute of every day. But one day, after about 4 years of daily struggle to be exact, I experienced a beautiful shift which changed my life forever. I came to a realisation to accept my feelings. It felt like finally seeing a beautiful sunrise after a long, dark winter. Ever since I accepted my feelings my life began to shift. Of course, on a very small scale, but there was an improvement. I realised it was okay to feel how I was feeling at that particular moment in time. I decided to stop obsessing about my physical symptoms, instead, I’ve decided to accept them as part of me. As they were part of me, they didn’t need my judgement, rather my nourishment and my compassion. I began feeling liberated.

2) To find something beautiful in every day

I began noticing the small things in life, the things that we often take for granted. I started being grateful for all the wonderful blessings that surrounded me and decided to find something beautiful in every day. Then, something magical happened. I would be very grateful when something made me happy, even if it was just for 5 minutes. Slowly, minutes turn into hours and hours into days. I remember so clearly when I could say, today was a good day. I will treasure that moment forever and still remember it very clearly.

3) To breathe properly

My breathing used to be shallow, short, panicky and it felt like a difficult task. Living with anxiety taught me to slow down, tune inward and learn how to breathe properly. It taught me to pause several times a day, notice my breathing and how it affected my posture, my energy levels and my overall wellbeing. Daily moments of stillness and meditation also deepened the connection to my breath.

4) To love myself

I learnt to love myself fully. I learnt to love and appreciate myself for who I am. I stopped pretending and trying to accepted by others, instead I fully accepted myself and began to finally love myself. I realised, I am the most important person in my own life, who deserves to be looked after and given a priority too. I learnt that this is not selfish, but it’s an act of self-love and respect I was craving for many years. Now, I love myself fully, even the ‘flaws’ I used to dislike. They are part of me and they make me who I am. I feel free and so much happier.

‘There is no shame in living with anxiety, in fact, let’s talk more about it. Let’s let the other struggling souls out there know that they are not alone, and there is always hope to get through this.’

~Jana Prackova 


3 ways to keep your day on a positive frequency

Are you currently feeling stressed, de-motivated or worked-up? Is there something going on in your life, which may be making you feel anxious or uneasy? If so, you are in the right place. This week’s blog post is a little follow-up to my last week’s blog, where I shared with you some tips that can assist you when you go through tough times.

You can read it here:

http://www.mysticbutterfly.co.uk/going-through-some-tough-times-right-now-read-this/  

Today, I’m going to give you 3 ways how to stay on a positive frequency (as much as possible) when things don’t go according to plan or life gets a little stressful and hard.

1) Positive self-talk

The way you talk to yourself has a huge impact on how you feel. So, how do you talk to yourself on a daily basis? Is your internal dialogue positive or negative? If it’s negative, don’t judge yourself, just notice it, and become aware of it. Then, make a decision, that from now on, you are going to talk to yourself nicely. Always choose to compliment yourself for what you do well, and stop putting yourself down when you make a mistake. Be gentle with yourself and watch your energy shift.

2) Pausing and breathing

I can’t stress enough how important this is. I talk a lot about breathing slowly and deeply and there is a great reason for that. Most people are very stressed and anxious, even about things which don’t really matter or deserve so much of our energy. This brings tension and pain to one’s life on many levels (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual). Do yourself a favour and pause several times a day by taking a few, deep, cleansing breaths. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it. Calm and deep breathing will create space in your physical body and the blocked channels of energy will start opening up again, so everything can flow freely and beautifully once again.

3) Do at least one thing a day for your future

Ask yourself: What can I do today to get me closer to my dream? What step can I take today to start creating a life that I desire? You know the answer to these questions. If it’s only 15 minutes you can find today, that’s absolutely fine. Invest it to your future by taking an active choice to focus on what you desire and what you are trying to create.

A thought to keep

“Focus on the positive and positive results will show up in your life.” 


Going through some tough times right now? Read this

We all go through ups and downs, highs and lows in life. It is part of our physical experience here on Earth. When we go through a bad patch, we often want to reject how we feel and what we experience. This is understandable. But what we don’t always realise, there are often great lessons and miracles hidden in those challenging seasons of life. Please know, that as a cosmic being having a temporary human experience, you are never alone, and you are always being guided and protected. You have a guardian angel, spirit guides and many seen and unseen forces which are always working on your behalf. And of course, the physical world also offers you so much love, protection and guidance. There so many amazing people here, who are happy to help. All you have to do is ask. There is no shame in asking for help. We all need it sometimes, we can’t always do everything on our own. Read on, and find out some of my favourite tips that can assist you when you are going through tough times in life.

Trust and know that it will pass

Nothing lasts forever and that includes challenging times. Do the best you can at any given moment and have full faith that you will get through this. Sometimes you are blooming, another time you may go through some challenging lessons. Whatever the season, embrace it, and trust and know that all is well and life is unfolding as it should. You will get through it and a blessing will always be found in that lesson.

Breathe

Many of us forget to breathe properly. Especially when you go through tough times, you may feel stressed and your breathing gets shallow. This creates even more stress on our body and can bring anxiety into your life. I always say: When in doubt, take a deep breath. Pause several times a day and breathe deeply. Not only when you are going through challenges. Breath is a force of life, it’s a very powerful force. Use that force to your advantage and breathe slowly and deeply as much as possible. It is always possible.

Talk to someone

Being an introvert I really had to learn (the hard way) how to share my feelings with others. I had to learn how to ask for help when I needed it, not keeping everything to myself. When you share how you feel and what’s bothering you with others, a great weight will come off your shoulders. This is such a liberating feeling and the one that gives you so much freedom. And if you have no one to talk to, email me, I’ll be happy to help, if I can: jana@mysticbutterfly.co.uk 

All the seen and unseen forces

There is so much guidance around you. There are many seen and unseen forces which are always guiding you and protecting you. There are the ones which lead us to notice signs, showing us synchronicities and bring miracles into our existence. There are angels and spirit guides which are helping you and leading you as you walk the Earth. Be open to their beautiful guidance and ask them for help when you need it. You, as a cosmic being, came to this planet with a free will, so you need to give your spiritual helpers the permission to help you. Say a prayer to them (in your own words), either silently or aloud, and trust that a sign will soon appear and it will guide you to your next step.

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.” 


Mystic Butterfly ~a guide to your true self (my new book)

Do you ever feel lost, and not know which way to go? Do you ever wonder: Why am I here? What is the meaning of this journey? Do you ever feel there should be more to life than there is right now? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

All of us want lives that are happy and fulfilled, but achieving that can sometimes seem like a major task. Why do some people find it easy, while others struggle? In Mystic Butterfly ~a guide to your true self, which is my new book, I share with you my own story, struggles and realisations on the journey to my true self.

Using real life examples and step-by-step exercises, I invite you on a journey of self-discovery. You’ll be shown how to nurture the non-physical part of your being, your soul, so you can shift your perception of the world.

I will show you how to see yourself in a new way, as a powerful universal being with incredible potential, and the ability to achieve great things.

Book launch

I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time and I’m very excited that the book is officially coming out on Friday 18th January 2019.

The book will be available in the paperback, hardback and an eBook format, and you would be able to get it very soon. It’s already available for pre-order on some of the major sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and many more.

I am also holding a little book launch party on the 18th of January at the Evolve Wellness Centre in London, South Kensington, and if you would like to attend, you can register here: http://www.mysticbutterfly.co.uk/classes/ 

Looking forward to seeing you, and I hope if you decide to read the book it will serve you in a magical way.


Ready for some new adventures? Let’s go!

Happy New Year my dears. I hope you’ve had lovely holidays and are ready to begin this new, exciting adventure that is about to unfold. To be honest, I’m very excited about 2019. Last year has been great, but a bit challenging for me. I had lots of ups and downs, highs and lows, tears and joys, but they all belong to life, aren’t they?

Please know, that this is not a post about new year’s resolutions. However, I’m going to encourage you to start your year the right way. I’m going to give you some tips, how to approach the new year with a powerful mindset, love, grace and your beautiful truth.

And here is my promise to you: Mystic Butterfly will continue to be inspiring, motivating and helping you align more and more to your truth, so you can be confident to share it with those around you. To fulfil this promise, I will stick to the following format, which I hope can inspire you too:

Preparation:

Plan what you would like to accomplish/manifest this year. Write down where would you like to go, what adventures you would like to experience and what steps you need to take to bring it into your physical reality.

Instant action:

Begin today. Don’t postpone, don’t procrastinate. Decide, that this year’s going to be different. Don’t be one of those people who always leave things for tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Act now and don’t procrastinate on your dreams.

Unquestionable belief:

Always believe in yourself. It doesn’t matter what someone else may say, whether is a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. You have your own mind and most importantly your own soul. Trust it and listen to it. When you believe in yourself, you can make anything happen. No one can stop you. You are always in charge.

So, what’s your adventure?

What would you like to accomplish this year? I know it is something amazing, somehing which will make you happy and allow you to enjoy your life even more. Please know, that you can bring it into this physical reality, absolutely. Begin today and don’t let anyone or anything stop you.

“This is a new beginning. Get ready for new adventures. Get ready for some magic. Get ready for love. And remember, you are the creator of your own reality, a divine soul full of infinite power and so much guidance working on your behalf.” ~Jana Prackova 


Always do your best & don’t worry about the rest

I recently came across this great quote: Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit’ ~Unknown It really made me think about the world we currently live in. Many of us seek approval and validation from others. We want to look good in the eyes of others and are working very hard for it. When we get that approval, we feel good and we have a reason to keep going. But sometimes, when we don’t get that approval we get disappointed. Le’ts say you are building a business on the side of your full-time job. You’re working hard, but nobody is giving you any acknowledgement. At first, it doesn’t matter, because you believe in yourself and you are excited about your vision. Six months have passed and you keep going, even though you still don’t see any financial results. People start expressing their opinions and keep wondering why you even bother as you haven’t made any money yet? Despite all, you keep going. Some more time may pass and you, yourself may start questioning whether you should carry on. You’ve reached a crossroads.

What’s next….

Never question your vision. Don’t question it for a second. Keep doing your best and forget about the rest. It doesn’t matter that someone doesn’t give you credit. It doesn’t matter it hasn’t been acknowledged yet or that someone says you can’t succeed. To tell you the truth, the people who say that, are not your kind of people. When something seems impossible to them, doesn’t mean it must be impossible for you too? When you do what you love, the right people will be drawn to you. This may take a little while, but eventually, they will come and they will appreciate your efforts, and they will let you know that they do. Believe in yourself.

Here is one of my personal examples

I love writing. I blog every week and there are people who love what I have to share. But even though they do, I don’t get many likes or comments on these blogs. What I get however, are private messages or emails that the blogs are helping them. I certainly don’t define my work by the ‘likes’ I get on social media. I keep writing because I love it and by doing so, I can serve many people. And the rest? I don’t worry about it anymore. I used to did and it was controlling my life. One day I said to myself: ‘Enough.’ Even though it’s nice to get acknowledged by others, I won’t rely on it and I stopped expecting it. I continue doing what I love and the right kind of people will always find it at the right time. This is just one simple example to illustrate that if you have a passion for something, the noise of the world but also its quietness becomes irrelevant. Carry on doing what you love.

Keep up the great work

So my friends, please don’t give up and don’t worry about receiving any credit from others. Many people are watching, even though they pretend they don’t, trust me. So keep up the great work and one day, we will celebrate all your wonderful creations and we will all be very proud of you. Don’t give up. Your wonderful work is needed in this world.


No, I’m not always positive, inspiring & happy

Many people who don’t really know me, think I’m always about positive vibes, happiness, rainbows and butterflies. Even though I love that idea, life is somehow different in a reality. I have my own struggles, bad days, negative thoughts and upsets. Of course, I wouldn’t share those things on the internet in full details, but what I do instead, is talk about what I’m learning from those experiences so they can inspire and help others. Not everything is as we perceive it, not everyone is who we may think they are.

…and this is one of the reasons not to compare yourself to other people

On the outside, we may think, that others have it ‘all together’ while the truth may lie somewhere else. My own life is an example of that. The last two years have been quite tough for me emotionally, however, there have been fleeting moments of light and happiness that always keep me going. Most people who you follow online may not be exactly as you perceive them. The work colleague who is always smiling may be going through something you know nothing about. Behind those false masks may be a person who is very unhappy, hurt and struggling deeply. The trouble is, we have been taught to be strong, to hide our emotions, without being honest with ourselves and others how we really feel. I’m getting a bit tired of that game. Therefore, I want to share with you more and more of my truth, at least through these blog posts, and by doing so, perhaps give others permission to do the same.

The truth about Jana

Yes, I want to keep inspiring you guys. Yes, I’m excited about so many things in life. And yes, there are great things unfolding in front of me right now, but the truth is: I also feel scared, tired, demotivated, angry, unhappy and unbalanced sometimes. I cry a lot to relieve my emotional pain, but I also cry tears of joy when something works out beautifully for me. The passing of one of my best friends earlier this year really affected me. I miss my friend deeply, but I’m grateful that our paths have crossed and I’m keeping the happy moments we shared in my heart forever. A couple of years ago, two people, I considered great friends and who have been in my life for over a decade betrayed me. But as difficult as this situation was, it made me more grateful for the real friends I have and I can fully rely on. So many things I worked so hard for didn’t work out for me, but I am grateful for the fantastic opportunities these redirections brought into my life.

So, as you can see my friends, life is not always about rainbows, sunshine and butterflies, but doing our best in any given moment despite the challenges we face is what helps us rise again and again.


When you are forced to slow down

I’m writing this post a little ‘last minute’ on Monday afternoon. I wasn’t planning to post a blog this week, because I haven’t been feeling very well since last Thursday, but in the end, decided to say a few words. I’m pleased to say I’m feeling much better today and planning to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday with my sister’s children.

So, what happened…

I came to Slovakia last Sunday, straight after a work trip I took to Los Angeles. When I finally arrived here, I realised I haven’t slept properly for about 38 hours. I knew I needed to finally relax and forget about working altogether. However, I’m the kind of person who is always looking to do something productive and being creative.

For a few days beside enjoying the time with my family, I’ve been fitting in some work until Thursday, when I began feeling a bit tired. By the evening I wasn’t feeling very well at all. The following morning I woke up with a bad headache, blocked sinuses and a sore throat. That headache with the blocked sinuses lasted a few days and I was feeling very weak. I couldn’t even stand on my own two feet. I don’t remember last time I felt this bad. My family has been fantastic, as always, and looked after me very well. Although I am still not 100%, I’m feeling so much better.

I was certainly forced to rest. I slept a lot and have been doing absolutely nothing, which I’m lately not very familiar with. This allowed me to gain the energy I was lacking. Sometimes, we might be forced to slow down by catching a cold or flu, so we finally pay attention to the universal signs to look after ourselves. Another time, something may not work out, because the Universe is trying to protect us from something that is not meant for us.

What did I learn from this experience? To listen to my body when it’s tired and rest more. To listen to my intuition and pay attention to the sings that are always around me. To look after myself more: physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

“In all the chaos and hurry, do not forget to notice the beauty and miracle of this world. Slow down. Notice. Observe. Be aware. Allow presence and awe to come back into your life.” ~Brendon Burchard 


Can’t stop that negative mind chatter? Try this…

We all have that voice in our head which talks to us all day, every day. Sometimes, the voice shares beautiful and inspiring messages, another time, it can bring us down and take us to places we don’t want to go. This voice can convince us that something terrible is going to happen, even when there is no physical evidence of it. This is the voice of fear and worry. The good news is, we can always choose, whether we want to listen to it or not. But how do we do that? I have a few suggestions I believe can help.

Thank you for sharing

When I used to struggle with anxiety, the voice of fear (that negative chatter) was with me almost all the time. Some days it was louder than others. For many years I was trying to push it away and by doing so it became even louder and was making my life very difficult. It was making me upset and exhausted. I was not motivated or excited about life at all at the time. After a while, I decided to take a different approach. Every time I could feel this negative voice lurking in, I started talking back to it. The talk went something like this: There you are again. I’ve been expecting you. I presume you have nothing new to say to me, only the usual I’ve already heard before. So, please say it fast, as I have things to do right now. If you want to stay, stay then, but remember that I make the decisions whether I want to listen to you or not.” This approach helped me enormously. Try it and see how you get on.

Stay centred ~ Stay grounded

What do I mean by this? I mean to be in control. Don’t let that negative chatter in your mind control your life. Every time you worry about something, ask yourself: What evidence do I have this may happen? If you can’t find at least 3 healthy reasons, let it go and re-focus your attention to the present moment. This also means no future-tripping or past-travelling. Your power lies in the present moment, always.

You are the only thinker in your mind

When you are a natural worrier, I know it may not be as easy to let go of that negative chatter. But, by reminding yourself several times a day that you are the only thinker in your mind and you are choosing these thoughts, nobody is choosing them for you, you can make a change. Start small and regain back the power that has always been yours.