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.
December.
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.

HAPPY ADVENT SEASON

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.
I CAN CONTROL THE WAY I RESPOND TO WHAT'S HAPPENING.
THAT'S WHERE MY POWER IS.


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.
Animals.
Refugees.
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"

Monday, November 14, 2016

Souvenirs

Wandering around Madrid

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Love is Stronger than Fear


I usually don't talk about politics or what's going on in the world in this blog. 
Then yesterday morning happened (US presidential election) and it added to the feelings I have accumulated in my heart ever since this summer when waking up to the outcome of the Brexit election.



WHY ARE PEOPLE SO AFRAID? WHY? OF WHAT? OF WHOM?
WILL OUR WORLD BE A PLACE WHERE FEAR AND HATE REIGN?

I don't want to live in a world where fear is the compass. Where hate is the normal.
I want a world where we can live together, thrive together, evolve together. Respect each other.
A healthy planet. Where the water and the air are clean.
A world where having a different skin color (or style or dress size), having other ideas, a different nationality or view of life is looked at as something to learn from not something to be afraid of.

Does this sound like some Yogi-BS to you? Not to me. At least, not any longer.
Living or trying to live a conscious life made me realize that ALL change starts with ourselves. Therefore, the question to ask myself is:
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?


We talk about this during Yoga practice all the time but I actually didn't really get it until yesterday morning (there, something positive came out of it!). We talk about not getting angry or mad at others or about what others do. There may be a reason for them to be the way they are. To act the way they do. Or maybe not. It's not important.
Love is important.
To love ourselves for who and what we are.
To love the others for who and what they are. 
I get it now. Love really is the first step to change! 
Then we can start working on respect, on getting a healthy planet, on learning from others.
Only then.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Last Supper

Everybody (may) know Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" but seeing it in person yesterday in Milan? Took my breath away!
It was a perfect moment.
We had to get our tickets for our 15 minutes slot (yes, you've seen right: 15 as in fifteen minutes) weeks in advance but it was totally worth it.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

What to Do When Overthinking Takes Over

The other day, at the end of our numerology class, I was complaining about the fact that these last couple of days/weeks I have been kind of overthinking everything and that my head was just so full of thoughts and ideas that I felt overwhelmed by them.

My teacher was not surprised by my words (apparently it's something that is written in my numbers, the overthinking part, I mean). She suggested that I start writing down my thoughts.

Writing down my thoughts? I was puzzled. How the hell was I supposed to write down ALL of my thoughts? There are (at least these days) too many of them. I wouldn't know where to start.

She suggested to start with asking myself a precise question concerning my overthinking, kind of putting the reason of my overthinking into one question.
Funnily enough, the question came to me almost immediately (interesting, don't you think?).
Then during 40 days, every day, I would have to write down every single answer that would cross my mind when asking myself this question.
And most importantly: to write down every single thought WITHOUT ANY CONSTRAINTS.
Act like EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

I decided to give it a try. It couldn't be worse than the actual confusion in my head.

First surprise: Who would have guessed that my own mind would actually censor its own thoughts?
I noticed that, while writing down one of my thoughts, another one followed. The one that said "no, why write it down, it's not feasable. It's not this or that." (emphasis on the "no" part, you got that, right?).
Do you believe it? My own mind censoring its thoughts? UNACCEPTABLE.

Second surprise: It really helps putting my thoughts in writing. Some thoughts, once written on a paper, don't come back to me. Others though keep coming back again and again.
I feel relieved. LIBERATED. Lighter.
My mind is much quieter since I started this experiment (I'm into day 12) and I can't wait to find out where this is going and what other suprises will await me!