Of Dance and Dreams Come True

Thanks for a truly inspiration piece, I had no idea ballet wears down the body as much as it does. On stage, the dancers appear ephemerally light and angelic. Now I understand the dedication, love and sacrifice that goes into every performance. No wonder it looks effortless, like a graceful ballerina should. ♥

Nasuh

Some time ago there was a man named Nasuh
He made his living shampooing women in a bathhouse
He had a face like a woman, but he was not effeminate,
though he disguised his virility, so as to keep his job,

He loved touching the women as he washed their hair
He stayed sexually alert at full strength,
all the time, massaging the beautiful women,
especially the Princess and her ladies-in-waiting.

Sometimes he thought of changing jobs,
of doing something
where he couldn’t be so constantly lustful,
but he couldn’t quit.

He went to a mystic saint and said,
“Please remember me in a prayer.”

That holy man was spiritually free,
and totally opened to God. He knew Nasuh’s secret,
but with God’s gentleness he didn’t speak of it. Continue reading

Leave it to ♥ Rio ♥

While on a job assignment last month, I felt grateful for so many things in my life. Reflecting back upon my experiences in Rio I’ve regained health, vitality, and a new perspective of the role I am to play in the world.

I’m fortunate to have caring friends who selflessly contribute to the well being of our planet, energetically, spiritually, and actively participating to make our world a better place to be.

For this post, I give thanks to heartflow2013 for providing the inspiration and framework for this springtime rejuvenation and makeover. According to Tomas’ post, we should address various aspects of ourselves to experience a harmonious life. These key components are very important for our development and growth. Today I will be incorporating Key#4: Nourishment, and Key #5: Grounding.

As for physical nourishment, Key #4, Tomas recommends drinking an adequate amount of purified water to function optimally. “Water acts as a conduit or conductor. It keeps your system open and flowing.”  I couldn’t agree more, and would like to share my experience with juice fasting!

Rio de Janeiro has absolutely perfect weather year round, so I decided to detoxify and do a spring cleanse. I have done 3 day water fasts in the past with great results. In order to assist the body with the process, ideally the temperature should be warm (avg. 30C/ 85F), plenty of sunshine for sunbathing, fresh organic fruit juices, and some organic vegetable juice toward the end of the fast. I’ve also incorporated early morning yoga and meditation to get in the right “mode”.

According to Tomas, Key #5 Grounding is very necessary. “A good way to ground yourself is to go outside and sit on the ground. So go outside and be in nature. Stand or sit next to a tree for a while. Put your chair in the sun and read a book with the sun shining on you. Or go swimming, or put your feet in water. These are the elements. They make up Earth, so you can feel them.” I felt calm, collected and happy while on the beach all day so I highly recommend it if you live near water.

While the initial reason was to lose a few pounds and tone up for a photo shoot, I’ve decided to commit to a 3 week program because the conditions were just perfect. In Rio, they have organic young coconuts for sale everywhere, even right on the beach! The sweet delicious coconut water was like pure nectar to my lips. I felt so light and clean drinking 10 to 12 coconuts a day, (approx. 1 gallon). My energy levels were high and most importantly I didn’t experience the nasty effects of detox like I had while on the water fast.

Prior to my trip, I was exhausted from work, travel and poor diet. My adrenals were shot from excessive coffee, smokes, drinks, drugs and sugar fixes. Basically I felt like crap and had to change my life. I’ve researched juice fasting and found it to be the ideal solution for rebuilding my system naturally. Initially I did have cravings but did not experience withdrawal symptoms. I was pleasantly surprised that it was so easy, painless and I wasn’t even hungry. Basically, there was nothing to prepare, juice bars/ stands/ vendors were everywhere.  I would order up a “green coconut drink”, or what the locals called “Agua de Coco”  and enjoy!

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Flights of Fancy, finding perspective…

“I’m not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life, not in this life; but in this life I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human.”

“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved.”

“You will manage to keep a woman in love with you, only for as long as you can keep her in love with the person she becomes when she is with you.”

“You only need one man to love you. But him to love you free like a wildfire, crazy like the moon, always like tomorrow, sudden like an inhale and overcoming like the tides. Only one man and all of this.”

“I don’t know why people are afraid of lust. Then I can imagine that they are very afraid of me, for I have a great lust for everything. A lust for life, a lust for how the summer-heated street feels beneath my feet, a lust for the touch of another’s skin on my skin…a lust for everything. I even lust after cake. Yes, I am very lusty and very scary.”

“I don’t understand dating.. and the other things that people do.. all I know is that you ought to find the one you recognize. The one who gives you four arms, four legs, four eyes, and has the other half of your heart. There’s only one of those, so what are all the other things for? Like dating?”

“I have learned that you can go anywhere you want to go and do anything you want to do and buy all the things that you want to buy and meet all the people that you want to meet and learn all the things that you desire to learn and if you do all these things but are not madly in love: you have still not begun to live.”

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.” Continue reading

ME = UV = My Life Purpose

Your message is brilliant Alia, you’ve cracked the code for one’s own life purpose, this is HUGE! I

couldn’t have expressed it any better, it requires full consciousness to grasp this subtle insight.

Now we can all put our “Universal Value” to practice, to serve and benefit all of humanity. I too

have recently come to question my career choices, thinking what I’m doing isn’t “meaningful” or

“purposeful” enough, according to my egoic standards. I realize that subconsciously, my self

judgement is based upon fear of what others think, and not upon my true BEingness. Like you,

I’ve understood the mental concept of “My BEingness IS my value”, but now it’s my own

experience which I can apply to everyday life. What a blessing to finally grasp the practical

implications of this real-ization. On a positive note, I’m starting to enjoy what I do and appreciate

the benefits- traveling, meeting new people, plenty of time to learn & explore other cultures, belief

systems, job opportunities that align with my joy & fulfilment to share with others. Now I see new

paths and direction opening, it’s fun to entertain the possiblities; I have addressed my weaknesses

and dropped everything which no longer serves my being (esp. mental limitations, self doubt etc).

Once we become aware of how important and valuable our own UV is, the greater we can share

our joy and live with timeless purpose. Awesome post, I’m so happy you are sharing this with us.

Can you feel this energy? We can grow and evolve together as one love, as it was meant to be. ♥ I assure you it will be FUN! 😀

New Earth Paradigm

Searching for SomethingFor decades I chased “My Life Purpose.” I searched every corner and crevice; I looked under every rock and behind every tree. No luck! This idea in my head that there was some overarching purpose to my life and that I could find it by searching diligently, eluded my grasp at every turn. Most of the people in my family seemed to find their Life Purpose without much trouble. My sister knew she wanted to be a teacher by the time she was five! She grew up, went to college, got her credential and has been teaching happily for 30+ years. My cousin found his Purpose early on also — he became a State Parks Ranger and served in that capacity for over 30 years as well.  I went from one promising career to another but nothing seemed to hold my interest for long. Why not? What about me? Where…

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About Self-Nature

A woman once asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, “Do you believe in God?”

“Of course!”

She became perplexed. “You are a Buddhist monk, and a Zen master, at that. How can you possibly believe in God?”

“I can believe my hands. I believe in my eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. Why not believe in God? If you believe in your true self completely, then you can believe that the sky is blue, the tree is green, the dog is barking ‘Woof! Woof!’ It’s very simple, yah?”
The woman was silent for a moment.

Zen Master Seung Sahn continued, “Buddhism teaches, ‘One by one, each thing is complete.’ That means that your mind is complete. How is your mind complete? (Hits the floor with his Zen stick.) Just this point. Did you hear that? (Hits the floor.) That point is already complete. If you’re thinking, it’s not complete. But in this moment (hits the floor), just hear that sound. At that moment, this sound and you (hits the floor) already become one, which means you and the universe already become one. This means there’s no subject, no object; no inside, no outside. Inside and outside already become one. The name for that is absolute, or truth.

“So if you keep this mind (hits the floor), your mind is already complete. The sun, the moon, the stars, and everything are already complete. Your sound and my sound are the same. This sound (hits the floor) is your substance: this sound’s substance and your substance already become one; my substance and this sound’s substance already become one. It’s the same substance as the sun, the moon, and the stars—any substance is the same substance. So Buddhism teaches, ‘Each thing has it. It and dust interpenetrate.’ This means that sound’s substance, and name and form, already become one. Let us consider ice, water, and steam. The names and forms are different, but fundamentally it is all still H2O. Water is H2O. Ice is H2O. Steam is also H2O. Name and form are different, and constantly change according to conditions, but the substance is the same.”

“But this seems so difficult, and not related at all to the question of God,” the woman said.

“Put it all down, OK? If you’re thinking, this seems very difficult. If you’re not thinking, it’s no problem. If you’re thinking, you make ‘I’,’my,’ and ‘me.’ Descartes said, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ Thinking makes I; thinking makes everything. But if you are not thinking, then what? When you are thinking, you make this whole universe, you make everything. And then ‘I’ and ‘God’ and ‘Buddha’ and everything are separate. But if you keep this point (hits the floor)—this moment—then you and God are never separate. It’s very easy, yah?”

Additional metaphor:  “cover the world with leather…”