Friday, September 21, 2012

It Only Takes Five!

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.
-Bryant H. McGill-

As conditioned adults, sometimes we diminish the potential of our young people. Being a teacher has shown me that there are many lessons we can learn from them, lessons that sometimes not even adults understand and much less are open to. So the class began and this boy approached me with this comment: “You look like the kind of person who likes to meditate.” Lesson number one, young people have powerful observation skills. I replied with an affirmation and he continued by requesting a five minutes meditation before beginning our daily language lesson. I guess used to too much structure and by the book routines, they looked at me expecting a sound no. Out of curiosity, I consented with the only condition for him to lead it.

In total awe, I witnessed a natural; a sixteen year old with the voice of a guru, the inspiration of a Zen master, and a soft and melodic voice that transported us all to a distant dimension. What surprised me more was the seriousness and commitment of the rest of the group. They were following, listening; they were in the now. We were all in the here. I was speechless! Our class ran smoothly as never before and I couldn’t help but to think about all the times we deny these young people the opportunity to simply be, expressing who they are in their own way.

Our five minutes meditation before or after the class has become part of who we are inside and outside the classroom. It connects us with each other, clears our minds, and makes us unveil an unknown creativity. I let him be and he has taught us that in life we must be flexible, we must believe and give chances, and we must trust each other working together to create something better. I listened and I am thankful! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Simple Happiness

Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~Howard Trumman~
I’ve spent most of my day on the deck, even in the morning when I had to run back inside to grab a light sweater after the cool 60’s took over the previous day 90 degrees. It is said that, if we listen, nature finds the way to talk to us; if we listen. As children we are skilled in listening to the unseen. As adults, we tend to forget, in the midst of this sometimes chaotic life. I thought about all the recipes for happiness out there, the do’s and don’ts, the exercise daily, and eat healthy, and the surround yourself with likeminded people. All of these help. However, at this point, I have discovered that to attain that happy for no reason state of mind, we must feel comfortable with ourselves and be grateful for what we have and what we don’t.

It’s the first time ever I live by myself. Long gone are the voices and noises of my children always demanding my attention, love, and care. Yes, I miss those days from time to time. Women are women and once a mother always a mother but as women we also crave for that solitude that has nothing to do with loneliness; the time and space where we can simply be. That same solitude could be feared if we lack self-awareness, if we don’t take time to create that room that speaks all about us and who we really are besides the roles society has imposed on us.

So nature spoke. I saw the many faces of this woman, how the present looks so different from the past and how I am totally enjoying this time, this body, and the many blessings I received every day like the deck, with the cool breeze, the dancing trees, and the cotton ball clouds greeting a shining sun. My morning coffee tastes a lot better now and, at the risk of been portrayed as an idealist or romantic, this is what happiness is. No need to look any further. Feeling comfortable in our own skin, enjoying every minute of our days, and being grateful for every chance we are given. Happiness in my world has finally been unveiled. I hope you find your way, if you haven’t yet, to your own private happy deck, listen like a child and then, come alive!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Guided by the Stones

What we see is mainly what we look for...
Sometimes we just need to let go and be guided. I am truly enjoying my new surroundings; mountains and fresh air. Changes could be scary at times but one of the best things in life is precisely its constant change. Not every day is the same. Amazing right? Now that I am here, I am doing just that, witnessing life at it continuously changes.

The Georgia Guide Stones have been erected since 1980 in the town of Elberton, Georgia. The previous year, an unknown character, still unknown to these days, hired the Elberton Granite Company to build the structure.  Ever since I heard about it in the History Channel I had wanted to visit this mysterious place. The distance back then and my bad driving habits had prevented it. Now, in the mountains everything is different and I was finally able to set foot on the guide stones ground.

The visitors can see them from the road, a miniature resemblance to Stonehenge. People gather to read the Ten Commandments in eight different languages, to look through the channel hole where the North Star can be seen regardless of the time; a short highway to the celestial pole. People change directions following the winds of the North, East, South, and West. Everyone has its own opinion. No one seems to understand the meaning or purpose of the monument.  I heard someone saying… why a little town in the middle of nowhere? Yes. Why? No one knows if the guide stones have a real purpose or if they were the masterpiece of an artist with a very personal vision. I guess one day, like it always happens, the mystery will be revealed.

In the meantime, I keep living closer to the sky, where the green is always greener and the air fresher. I keep reminding myself every day that, through time, allowing guidance from what I haven’t quiet understood has brought me some of the most rewarding experiences. In the end, that’s how we truly live out loud.


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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

AdulteryAdultery by Paulo Coelho
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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