In my quest to make some changes to my life this year, it was not a coincidence that I was gifted A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. This book was an invitation to connect to my authentic self, and reminds readers to put their ego in check. I couldn’t believe how relevant and how much I could relate to the idea or concept of this uncertain“ new earth” quickly evolving in front of us. The idea and interest of meditation, yoga and mindfulness as I have written about in other posts, has become so popular it has become accessible to…


The holidays are a festive time to celebrate with friends and loved ones, but we also know it can be a difficult season for many bringing out feelings of loneliness, depression and overall holiday anxiety. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time and withdrawing often makes symptoms of depression worse for people otherwise happy during the rest of the year. As someone who has battled Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) all my life, I know how tough these coming weeks can be.

Undoubtedly this year has been tough on everyone, and spending too much time…


Our emotions often reside in the heart center and with the stress of our modern way of life, particularly this year, it can be extra difficult to find the time or get into the routine of clearing this sacred space within us that needs our attention and care.

Our hearts hold onto the energy of past traumas and with time we unconsciously or consciously build walls to protect it. Emotional pain usually caused by bad memories, old programming, emotions, and/or overthinking — can block your heart chakra, and make it difficult for you to form and hold onto healthy relationships…


Soul Work, Purification and Regeneration

Passionate, perceptive, determined, powerful and intuitive. Scorpios make loyal and intense friends. Very emotional, but deep Scorpios have a highly developed sense of sensuality. “Scorpio is an idealistic personality in an imperfect world, which may lead to a dissatisfaction regarding life and its often underlying motivation for its Scorpionic world” (Beyerl, Paul).

Scorpios move into the depths of their own unconscious mind, analyzing their ego, weeding out the aspects of self that must be purified. They are open to being vulnerable and open with their heart and because only realness is accepted, no- games, no…


What We Need To Know About Adaptogens

Adaptogens are a type of herbs that have the ability to help the body adapt to stress by regulating cortisol levels. Cortisol is our body’s “stress” hormone — it essentially puts us into survival mode when we encounter a “fight or flight” situation. But in doing so, it shuts down or suppresses functions it deems unnecessary for encountering a threat: things like the digestive system. But when stressed, our cortisol levels are perpetually higher negatively affecting our mind and body and can result in having issues with acne, weight gain, insomnia, menstrual problems…


Tony Eli Kanaan is a Lebanese director, screenwriter and actor. Raised in Beirut, watching movies as a child was his obsession. While children his age counted the times they traveled, he counted the times he entered the movie theatre. In high school, he acted in every school play and musical and later on went to the AUB to earn his BA in Psychology, Creative writing and English literature. After graduating with honors, he cowrote Omé, a short film which garnered numerous festival awards and nominations across the globe. Tony later starred in numerous short films, music videos and commercials locally…


“ The New World Is Already Here”-
Anne de Carbuccia is a French American environmental artist and filmmaker, who travels to the world’s most remote locations to document human-caused threats to the planet and preserve the memory of endangered environments, species and cultures.

Her images have been exhibited in museums and public institutions throughout Europe and the United States; and they are also part of several important private collections internationally. Her debut short film, One Ocean, was presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in 2018 and at other film festivals around the world in 2019. Anne hopes her…


What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies- Aristotle

Leila Antakly Beastie Boys Archive Beastie Boys Story Documentary
Beastie Boys Story Photo Archive

So here I am going on my 7th week of strict lockdown in quarantine with my mother and dog, and have only left the house once for a quick stroll, which I am only sharing to explain my current state of mind. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting, reading, art projects, work, journaling, online yoga and meditation courses, and of course like everyone else binge watching plenty of Netflix.

A few days ago, I watched The Beastie Boys Story, a documentary, I’ve been really looking forward to…


Photo by Tobias Wenning

Konstantin is a gong master based in Ibiza who goes by the artistic name Kosma Solarius. He was born in 1972 in the Bavarian Forest, and is a mix of German and Greek roots. I interview this legend on Ninu Nina, and we discuss in great detail his background, how he grew up with music and later on as a teen ager how he became more and more interested in how to create and produce sound. We discuss his inspirations and life in Ibiza and the turning point in his life in the late 80’s when he booked the Star…


Movies have always had an influence on my life, particularly in my creativity and career path. It was my love for films that I chose to study Visual Media and Film. Then my passion for magazine editorials as a teenager growing up in the era of the Super Model in the 90’s and an obsession with The Face Magazine that helped me get my first job in production at Italian Vogue in New York City after graduation. Growing up I always had this ‘thing’ for Photo Booths and ever since the French film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain came out…

Leila Antakly

I interview some of the most inspiring creative people in the world on Ninu Nina a creative platform I began in 2008.

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