Tuesday, December 6, 2016

10 Steps to Happiness

I found this on Facebook. I thought that maybe you'd love these 10 steps as much as I do!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Spiritual Quest

What does being on a spiritual quest imply?
Do I need to spend some time in an Indian Ashram?
Practice yoga?
Meet with other spiritually minded people?

I, for instance, have been on a spiritual journey since my twenties. I have never been to an Ashram and have taken up yoga only a couple of years ago. My spiritual quest so far has been more about getting to know myself better. As I am a person "who needs to understand", it has been about what's going on in my head and in my heart. I added my body to the whole equation when I took up yoga classes.
It has been a wonderful journey so far!

Recently though I started understanding that a spiritial quest is even more faceted.
I realized that my spiritual journey should, at some point, be reflected in how I live my everyday life. How I go on about the little things in my everyday life.
How do I treat my friends/my parents/my brother/my neighbors/strangers on the train etc.
How do I talk to strangers? Am I polite and do I smile?
Am I patient and gentle with elderly people (when they don't do things as quick as I want them to do?).
Same goes for kids. Animals. Nature.
Do I respect and accept other's opinions? Other ways of being?

It's good and needful to get to know yourself better. To have a strong body and mind.
It's the way I behave on the outside though that reflects my real inner (spiritual) being.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Advent Season

As much as I love summer time and as much as I dread the beginning of winter each year, there is one month of this (dark) part of the year that pleases me.
Yes, I love December.
Not because it's cold outside or because it gets dark at 5 pm. And I certainly do not like the Christmas shopping madness! Those I could do without, easily.
What I like about December it's the Christmas decoration all over the city, the houses, the streets.
Makes this darkest period of the year so bright and so calm!

I look outside of my window and see the fir tree that gets decorated with plenty of lights by our city.
I come home at night to the illuminated (wooden) elk that my landlady puts in the frontyard.
To look at these decorations makes me feel good. Calm and bright.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Control and Power

Honestly speaking? These days, when I read the news or think about what's going on in our world (the injustices, the pollution of our world/oceans/air, the wars, the refugees - just to name a few of them) I feel overwhelmed. In despair. Powerless. Sad.
Then I came upon the above words.

What wonderful words. They made me realize that I can not only control "things" that seemed so big, so uncontrollable, so "far away" but I can also change them.
How do I do this?
Every one of us knows for what or whom his heart beats. Like:
Our planet.
People who live on the margins of our society, like prostitutes, homeless people etc.
You name it and then I go for it.

But then come the doubts, I can hear them loud and clear: What do you mean "go for it"? How can my little self change animal cruelty? Or pollution? Or solve the refugees situation?
You can.
You can decide not to buy a product. To boycott consumerism by not buying useless stuff. To donate money to support an association or an NGO. You can demonstrate. You can volonteer. The list is endless! Think about it and got for it! It's time to speak up. Not only. It's time to stand for what you love and what you believe in. There lies the power.
It needs to come from the bottom of your heart though. Every action that comes from the bottom of your heart is stronger than fear or hate or stupidity. So much stronger.

Doing nothing is no longer an option.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Let Go and Have Faith

That's it. The trees have lost all their leaves (at least where I live).
It's the perfect time, in my opinion, to do the same. To let go of everything that is bad for you. To settle issues. To look at things/problems closely and to solve them. To clean up your closet. (Add to this list whatever is important for you.)
We shouldn't be afraid of letting old stuff or people who are not good for us go. Or do you know of a tree that desperately tries to hold on to its leaves? A tree that glues the "old" leaves back to their branches? LOL Obviously not.
They let go.
What it's wonderful with nature though is that they let go knowing that in spring the leaves will come back. They accept what is and have faith on what will be.
Even though I am not a huge fan of winter (you know that!), I love this notion of letting go and having faith in what will come!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thinking Back: Madrid

It has been a short trip - just a couple of days. It felt good to go away - sometimes I just need to go away for a couple of days ... to think other thoughts, to change my routine. Does me good :-)

I liked Madrid ... but I didn't lose my heart to it. If I would have to describe the city in one word then it would be grand. This word kept popping up in my head while I was wandering around the city. Grand. The buildings. The monuments. The streets. The museums.
Oh, I particularly liked the museums. The Prado? Amazing. The Guernica painting in the "Centro de Arte Reina Sofia"? Breathtaking and upsetting at the same time. The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum? My favorite!
I also walked the streets a lot, enjoying the blue skies and the warm temperatures. But my heart? Brought it back with me. Didn't leave, not even a single piece of it, there. But then, I can't go on leaving pieces of my heart all over the world, right?
Here some pictures

Plaza Major

View from the Palacio Real: the city is huge ... and look how flat the land is!

CaixaForum and the "Jardin vertical"