Kurere means to heal or cure in danish.
During my healing journey I learned about hygge and the danish culture. I became fascinated with hygge because it was a feeling I was not familiar with but I strongly desired. I wanted to feel cozy…. cozy in my own skin, in my surroundings, in all my words and actions, in my being.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary and cozy, charming or special.
It requires aspects of what we need to heal too.
It literally only requires consciousness, a slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but to recognize and enjoy the present.
That is why so many people distill ‘hygge’ down to being a ‘feeling’ – because if you don’t feel hygge, you probably aren’t using the word right.
Healing (becoming whole) requires us to be deeply present.
We need to recognize the present moment and notice if we are aligning with our true self values. If we are not feeling hygge in the present moment we are most likely not living in alignment with our truths. In the moment we can feel the contraction of being out of alignment with our truths and the expansion of being in alignment with our truths.
The Danes love ritual!
The fill their life with daily rituals that make them feel hygge. They do this to get through the dark cold seasons. They make an enjoyable ritual out of making coffee in the morning and out of sitting by the window curled up in a cozy blanket while sipping the coffee. This leaves them feeling warm and cozy inside.
They create ritual out of inviting friends over for dinner for an extraordinary yet ordinary meal and conversation.
We also need ritual to heal.
When we are deep present and consciously flowing from one healing ritual to the next on a daily basis we calm our nervous system, align with our truths, notice the magic and miracles in our daily life, feel the release of good chemicals from real intimate connection and more. All of this is where true healing comes from.
Cultivating white space is a daily ritual. In this white space we notice and listen and follow the guidance we receive.
Letting go of anything that does not allow us to feel hygge is healing.
I often talk about letting go of all that does not serve our highest good. Well the feeling of hygge can be a way for you to notice if something or someone is serving your highest good or not.
The danish culture just has it right in so many ways.
Their way of living just makes sense. They get loads of time off when they have a baby. They have free childcare for all kids. Women get a year of maternity leave and men get six months. Healthcare is universal and not job dependent. Most women return to work after having a baby because it is just easy, the system takes care of them and they crave their work. University is free. They can easily change jobs as again their healthcare is not linked to the job.
People also don’t stay in unhappy marriages because of money or healthcare because again the system takes care of them. This makes divorce easy.
I fell in love with a different way of living, compared to the standard American way, when I studied abroad my junior in college.
I lived in London and traveled almost every week around Europe. I realized other places had a better daily living experience. A lifestyle that focused on joy and laughter and purpose and not on working hard, making money and being successful.
It was only during and after my healing journey that I took this lifestyle even more serious.
I realized a lifestyle where the focus is joy, hygge, connection, laughter etc was a “healing” lifestyle.
When we live a healing lifestyle we are focused on becoming more and more aware of who we are, our true life purposes, our values, our joys, our desires. Every day we wake with the intention of being aware of life lessons and learning. We wake and choose to radically live our truth every moment.
When we do this we naturally heal.
Hence, Kurere Living was born.
It is not one thing that can heal us. It is within our selves to wake up and choose a whole lifestyle that naturally allows us to heal – to become whole.
This is a commitment. I use the work “radical” because to be your true self you need to be obsessed and be radical with the idea and actions you take daily. In time it just becomes you.
Kurere means to heal in danish. It is the healing lifestyle of the Danes that has inspired my healing, my way of being and my work.
When we heal we feel the feeling of hygge more and more and more knowing that we are living in alignment with our true selves, fulfilling our purposes and loving up the moments of our lives.
Love, kelly- Your Healing Life Design Coach1