What I Learned from Italy

Italy taught me the importance of beauty in human life. Beauty has the power to calm the mind and connect us to the present moment. We are less likely to feel agitated and violent in a calming, beautiful environment.
However, our idea of beauty has become corrupt overtime. Beauty is not what pageants and some businesses feed us. True beauty has little to do with comparison. There is a more beautiful side to beauty.
True beauty is grounded in love and care. It’s role in human life is to bring healing and harmony. This is why it is very impactful when we take care of the space around us.
As with the individuals in our lives, our space needs the same authentic connection when we clean it. A space cared for from a place of comparison will not have the same energy as a space cared for out of love.

As the designer, Nate Berkus once said that your home should rise up to greet you, it should ground you in a sense of peace.

That’s Life

there is no them

there is no us

it’s time to turn all our fear

and anger into trust

send it to each part of our bodies

send it to every part we don’t love

send it to our planet

send it up above

for what we call our own

is borrowed

it might live to see another sunlight

or it might just turn to dust

our stories of gains and fails

mattered not to the test

all that mattered was if we recognized ourselves instead of losing our sight in vain

Shooting Star

This is one of the meditations that I’ve been incorporating into my yoga classes lately. It’s amazing how the presence in a room changes as soon as I say these words. There is a silence that arises, a sense of peace, and a feeling of deep connection with each other.

Often, I say them when the students are resting at the end of the class or during a restorative yoga class. I’ve said it in a class of 7 students and I’ve said it in a class of 27. The intensity is stronger in a larger group but the shift in energy is the same. These classes have women and men, of all different ages, different backgrounds, yet each person can relate. The little spark in the eyes as they leave the room is the same.

Because of all of our cultural programming, we just don’t allow ourselves to be – without conditions. There always has to be some justification for us to take up space in this world. Some of us are waiting to be successful or happy before allowing ourselves to be here, and might spend the rest of our lives waiting.

Chasing goals, we lose ourselves in the rat race trying to build our worth. As if we could actually ever be worthless. We’ve been doing this for so long that most of us don’t even know that we are doing it. We size each other up as soon as we enter a room to figure out where we stand in the rank.

When we allow ourselves to be without conditions, our presence relaxes and allows others to be without conditions. When we stop looking for justification and feel welcome unconditionally in this world, the chatter in the mind dies down for just long enough to catch a glimpse of our own presence. It’s like seeing a shooting star- you know you saw something amazing but you couldn’t quite put a finger on it. Abd I think that that’s the shift in energy that we experience during this meditation.

Opinions

opinions

we give so much importance to opinions

they change minds

slip through hands

from one to another

fleeting thoughts

opinions

unknown to themselves

how they formed

they don’t know

with simple whispers

soft blows

they betray their own mothers

to be swallowed by bottomless holes

still our hearts are heavily burdened

by opinions weighed in gold