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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War and *Peace* What have we learned?

Excerpt from the “Discussions of The Dhammapada, Vol8″

Question – Beloved Master, You told us the story of Krishna and Arjuna. But is there no value in resisting war in a time where a handful of madmen play with atomic bombs?

Osho – Peter Bohm, how can you resist these few madmen who are playing with atom bombs? What will be your strategy of resistance? In fact, your resistance may bring the war sooner than otherwise; your resistance is not going to prevent it.

The only thing that can prevent the world war is that you start a totally new consciousness, that you start a new kind of humanity… a man who is capable of love, a man who is capable of meditation. Let love and meditation spread far and wide. Let meditation reach to as many people as possible. Except that, all your efforts at resistance are impotent.

You can protest and you can go on a long march, but have you ever watched the protesters, the people who are against war, the pacifists? Have you watched their processions? They look so aggressive, they themselves look mad! If they had the atom bombs, just to protect peace they would be the first to drop the atom bombs. They are as mad as the other party; there is no difference at all. Their minds are as political as the people who are in power; the only difference is that they are not in power. And their anger, their pent-up anger, you can see on their faces, in their slogans.

Every peace protest ends in a fight with the police, with the military. It ends in burning buses, post offices, police stations, cars. What kind of love is this and what kind of resistance is this? It is impotent! But they are feeling they are doing something great. It is an ego trip and nothing else.

What can you do? Yes, you can shout and you can go for a long march with great posters, and it will give you a certain satisfaction because your pent-up energies will be released. It is a kind of catharsis. Unknowingly, you are doing Dynamic Meditation — but it would be better if you do it knowingly.

Yes, war has come to a point where it can destroy the whole humanity, and not only humanity but the whole earth. Life as such can be destroyed. What can we do? Continue reading

Heaven in the Present Moment

You and Me vs. You or Me: Heaven in the Present Moment

Guest blogged from IYYUN:  Center for Jewish Spirituality.

Once in a small town in Poland, there lived a wealthy learned and pious man by the name of Reb Yankel. In this town, other than Reb Yankel all the townsmen were poor. One day, this Reb Yankel send out a proclamation inviting all the leaders of the community to a feast, promising to be a feast worthy of paradise. That evening as the leaders arrived they were escorted into the living room where they saw the table set delightfully with magnificent cutlery set for each guest. The butler than showed the quests to their seats. Sitting anxiously in their place at the table, the butler enters the room and hands Reb Yankel a bowl of hot soup. Strangely, he offers no soup for the guest. Eating his soup, Reb Yankel lifts his head and says ‘Oh, what a delicious soup, I am sure my friends, you have never tasted such a tasty soup. When he finished his soup he was brought a full course meal. Once again the guest weren’t served, and once again as he was eating he kept on remarking on how delicious the food was. Finally one of the guest could contain himself no longer, and he burst out ‘Reb Yankel have you invited us here to mock us.’ The invitation, he continued, promised a feast worthy of Paradise, and here, not only did we not get to partake in the feast but worse of, we have to suffer through watching you eat. Reb Yankel smiled, indeed, he said, this is meal is truly worthy of paradise. Do you know what paradise is, do you think that it is a restaurant where you come to eat. Paradise is a place / a state, where people love each other enough so that they can take pleasure in another persons’ happiness. In paradise, we are content watching our fellow mans’ success. There, not only are we not envious, what’s more we even feel happy for them. Now that you have all understood the paradise part of the feast, dinner can be served, enjoy. Continue reading