Monday, August 20, 2012

The Power of Presence

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”

~Anne Morrow Lindberg~

Being in a new environment could be a scary experience at times; new faces, attitudes, beliefs, and lifestyles. We wonder if we would fit in, if we would be accepted. It is like traveling to a foreign country. Even when we are eager to explore, there is that tiny little voice saying “what if”. What if they don’t like you? What if you mess up and do something wrong?  You know that tendency we sometimes have to overthink and cross the river before getting there! That’s when the ability of being present in any situation comes as a lifeguard, holding us tight when doubts and why not, fears appear.

As I entered that new space this weekend, I realized the importance of living in the moment; embracing and savoring each experience for what is; expecting nothing and embracing everything. I also realized the relevance of some practices that have proven to be very useful to me when seizing the everlasting now.

1.       Daily communion with the Divine in any way.

2.       Getting rid of any negativity of thought, action, and word

3.       Acceptance of myself and others for who we are

4.       Cultivating a grateful attitude no matter the circumstances

5.       Seeing the good in everything and everyone; seeing from the heart

Not every day will be a good day. Life would lose its excitement if that was the case, right? We do like to be challenged at times. We grow and feel empower every time we overcome an obstacle. However, every day brings the opportunity to live fully, here and now. Every day we are granted another chance to change the script and write a new and better one. It is about being open to all the good in our lives claiming it as ours in the present moment. We have always had the power to do so by simply living in the now, which is all that is.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Spirit of Gainesville

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living
~Rudolf Steiner~

In 1936 a terrible tornado destroyed the city of Gainesville, GA.  Two years after the tragic event, the President at that time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, visited the town and praised the citizens “for their remarkable achievement in rebuilding the city better than it was before the storm, and suggested that this excellent example of local good citizenship could also be usefully applied in a national setting.” 

Today I am here; close the mountains and the lake. I am back where I belong, in the classroom. I haven’t met my students yet but I know already it will be an amazing and rewarding experience. This is one of my greatest passions. I was born to teach and there is something different, almost magical about this town. I was trying to figure it out. The former President gave me the answer. It is about its people, about the sense of camaraderie and community. It is about the nature that surrounds the place or maybe the spirits of long lost ancestors still wondering and making sure that the new generations are keeping their traditions and values. It is about a strong family working hand in hand, to create a great place capable of overcoming any obstacle…together. 

I know my presence here has a reason and I can’t wait to become part of the spirit of this town first known as Mule Camp Springs. I am here and it feels great!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Welcoming You and Me

‘” I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Hospitality is defined as a friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests and visitors. As good hosts, we like to walk that extra mile to provide a warm and cordial environment; a place where ours guests feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy. I have always loved to gather with friends making them feel totally accepted; at home. This act of warm welcoming also extends to us. This I realized some time ago. How graciously do we welcome ourselves, accepting our strengths and weaknesses? Are we our best friend? 

You know that there are times when, for some inexplicable reason, we feel uncomfortable in the presence of certain people; plainly we don’t like them even if we don’t know them that well. Is that “something” we can’t point out; a feeling. Sometimes those people are like a mirror of precisely the things we don’t like about ourselves. Still, as friendly hosts, we treat them well. How well are you treating yourself even when those unlikeable traits come out? Are you a good host to yourself or are you constantly punishing those personal aspects you don’t like? 

I’ve learned that we should first and foremost treat ourselves kindly in order to give that same kindness and compassion to others. After all we are human beings struggling in the big life lab. Our main purpose is to become better and better. Every act of kindness and forgiveness begins with us. The more we embrace who we are the more we would be able to welcome others to our lives.  Welcoming yourself with all your flaws and strengths is the greatest act of gratefulness!  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Arms Wide Open: Learning to Receive

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
~ Maya Angelou~

I have been busy like a bumble bee, getting ready for the move; excited about writing a new chapter in my life. It has been the story of my life. With every new beginning there have been lessons to learn. Yes, I admit it. Over the course of my years I have been attracting some experiences that have led me to become a very independent woman. Sometimes, like in my case, we feel the greatest satisfaction by sharing and giving. However, it is difficult for us to receive. Call it pride or a false sense of “I can do it on my own.” Situations keep repeating over and over until we finally get it. 

In the rush of these hectic days I’ve had to learn to let go and let others do for me. A very wise woman, who I consider a great friend, an angel in my life told me these words; “giving is an amazing feeling, a way to re attribute life for all our blessings. When you block the possibility of receiving you are stopping both your and that person’s opportunity to live in grace.”  I never saw it like that. 

Throughout all my struggles, I had the firm belief that it was all up to me, that everything was my sole responsibility; that it was my purpose to give but not to receive from others.  It is different now and I feel good about it. There is something magical and sacred about giving and receiving; a mix of love, compassion, closeness, cheerful gratitude, and the realization that indeed we all need each other, we are meant to be intertwined, connected. We are here to serve each other! I have learned my lesson.


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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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