Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bonds that Tie


 "May your home always be too small to hold all your friends"
Irish Blessing

It is true that life chooses our blood family. There is a specific reason why we must carry certain surname, called so and so daughter or son. This biological family serves a purpose. It is also true that some people we meet along the way also become family, sometimes creating stronger bonds that those of blood. Those are the ones life brings to us; the ones we choose to be our partners and companions. They take us in, accepting the good and bad without judgment. They welcome the whole of us, the way we are. They listen, support, lend a helping hand, and in many ways guide us towards the light.
This weekend I was blessed with their presence as a reminder that love among true friends has no boundaries and that real bonds among people have nothing to do with DNA or blood type but with the feelings we plant on each other’s heart.

This week let’s celebrate these people who have become part of our lives making it better. May you be blessed with the gift of heavenly friendship!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Have You Entered the Spiral?




Don’t let the past hold you back; you’re missing the good stuff.
~Unknown~

One of the questions I am asked often is if I regret anything I’ve done in my life. My immediate answer is a sincere no. Why should I be regretting any decision taken if that’s what I wanted at that moment? Yes, not every decision was the best but I did learn from them. I think that is precisely the wisdom of a past that doesn’t hurt but one that makes us better and, viewing it from this perspective, we can all say we have lived with no regrets; in perfect harmony with what is.

Are you still holding a self-accusing attitude for what you have done or have you made peace with yourself and all your yesterdays? If you are still the main character of your blames, do it no more and think instead of all the opportunities you have found, the people you’ve met, the places you have gone, the lessons you have learned that have helped you improving your life and that of those around you. Welcome the past as a friend and rejoice on the things you are living now. It is all part of the amazing spiral life is and you can’t miss not one swirl!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Having Problems is not a Problem




“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
~Theodore Rubin~

Life is a fork, a path, an exciting labyrinth. One of the main purposes of being here is to accept the task of hiking the steep roads, daring to walk the unknown, and developing an internal GPS system that would help us in finding the way out of the maze. If we allow alleged problems to absorb our living moments we are destined to live stressed; unable to see the possibilities. Think about it. What would life be without a good challenge from time to time? Yes, challenge is the right word. Problem is the one we create; the one that makes our lives miserable.

A challenge is like lose soil. It is up to you to decide what to do with it. Will you be planting good seeds to harvest the best crops or let it dry not taking advantage of the gift of a healthy product? In the end it is all up to you, your attitude, and how you view the challenges presented. Instead of thinking about the challenging situations as the end of your world, always look around you. My grandfather would always say: “Every time you think you have a problem, look around you. You will always find someone whose challenge is worst.” My trip to India was the awakening moment when I finally understood the meaning of his words.  If you think you have it bad and there is no solution for your problems, think again. Imagine hundreds of children begging in the streets or a family of eight living in the dirt under a cardboard ceiling living in constant uncertainty of what the next hours would bring. 

Problems are not problems unless we think about them as such. Next time you are faced with inconvenience just think…

1.       It makes no sense to worry about the things you can’t control.

2.       Every challenge presents you with a teaching. When you look back you’ll realize how the dark shadows have helped you to bring out your light.

3.       When you develop inner peace and a gratitude attitude, no challenge would be big enough to knock you down. 

4.       How you act and feel towards the challenges presented will determine the outcome. 

5.       Again, look around. Is your problem truly a problem or are you creating it? 

Like a skillful pilgrim, don’t let the strange roads stop you; keep walking undeterred until you follow your place in this world. Every challenge takes you a step closer!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Flushing Out



It is still Friday on this side of the world; a day one if you follow numerology. This week I had to travel twice up north, where the green is greener, the traffic light, and the air fresh. The mountains have some kind of magic spell that makes us remember simple things that we know but tend to forget amidst the hustle and flow of the city. I admit I have never been a city girl although I do enjoy a historic walking city filled with memories of time past. This is not the case of the city here, overcrowded with tall buildings, bridges, glass windows, and people going from one corner to the other, rushing to their destinations without even paying attention to the views surrounding them. Well, I had a break and it felt so good I wasn’t even bothered by the almost an hour and a half drive. Yes, driving is not one of my favorites either. 

Back to the journey, this day one in the mountains reminded me of the importance of detoxifying my body, mind, and soul from time to time. Probably it was the air. We are so into the artificial that tend to forget that it is healthy to give our system some time out of the bad bringing the good. I was reminded that spring is one of the best seasons to treat our body to a flush out, bring in since we have plenty of fruits and vegetables available. I was also reminded how quick we are to forget what is best for us, maybe because we don’t have many choices or because we run through life instead of walking at a normal pace. So I am taking some few days to give my 5’2” body a well-deserved break.  Probably you can join me or share some suggestions.

In the meantime, if you have never done it before, I wanted to share with you some of my proven tips.

1.       Do it quick. Two or three days would do the magic and always make sure you are fit to go through the process.

2.       Begin with what you like. I am not big in vegetables but fruits always make a broccoli taste like mango. Treat yourself with the fruits and vegetables you truly enjoy! 

3.       Stay away from sugar. Why add what fruits can give you.

4.       Feed your mind as well. Take these days to calm down, go for a nature walk, listen to some nice music, or simply bring rhythm to your breath. Breathing is one of those things we certainly take for granted. 

5.       Remember water, lots of it, is the fountain of youth.

6.       Do it with love. Love yourself during the process. Show gratitude for the food you are ingesting. Everything done with love and appreciation feels better!

Isn’t it wonderful what a trip back to nature could do? Enjoy a fresh and natural weekend taking care of the most important person, your fabulous you.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How Well Are You Shuffling Your Life Story?




 “Life is an adventure to be lived and experienced, not an intellectual dogma to be embraced.”
~Toltec Teaching~ 


I love to travel; to explore new places, engaging in down to earth as well as weird conversations with total strangers. A friend of mine used to call me “butterfly” because of my habit of smiling and interacting with everybody regardless of my connection to them.  It’s part of the fun of life. That “butterflying” way of life is what has helped me in weaving my life stories. Each trip, along with the people I’ve met, has represented a different stage. Coming to the United States carried the change story, when I was leaving everything behind to start fresh and from scratch. It was the now or never, the risk it all era. Spain was the welcome back home, the love story, and the forecasting of shadows time. Germany represented a joyful season of accomplishments, the rewarding myself for all the hard work. India embodied an inner search; the unknown. I am a colored blend of these places, the moments I have savored, and the people who have touched me and whom I’ve touched. 

In general, there are some basic life rules. For example: 1) You will always be presented with a lesson and this will repeat until you learn it. (2) There is no better place like here; here is all you have. (3) No one is responsible for your life; what you make of it is up to you. I could add another one: LIFE IS A GAME. YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO PLAY IT WELL AND ENJOY EACH SHUFFLE! Each one of my traveling experiences was a lesson on how to move those cards, finding the best way to deal, and deciding how and when to risk a play. Each place contributed to my life story, the one lived at that moment and the one I have re-written in my present. 

Revisiting your life stories and re-writing it into the present has proven to be a great healing and empowering process. It helps you in seeing your path, how much you have done and accomplished, how many lessons you have been exposed to, and how many have you learned along the way. Most of all it helps you in establishing a relationship of trust with yourself. 

If you look at all your life’s experiences, how would you re-write your life story today? How many lessons have you learned contributing to your present wonderful YOU? 

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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great story by Paulo Coehlo. Real life down to earth characters struggling to find the meaning of life; a mirror of what we all go through day by day. The amazing story of Linda makes us ponder and question. What's life's ultimate purpose? What force moves us? What is it that we should all strive for?

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