Life – The Energy That Sourrounds Us

Life is the greatest gift of all, we all know it, deep inside us. But how would we explain it, is it just an energy, destiny or a path that we need to follow?

It could be all of the above, couldn’t it!? But there is a powerful meaning behind this word – ‘Life’. To me, it translates into energy, power, love! It’s how they say, life is where love is. It all starts there, with a sparkle of movement, emotion, feeling…

When a song is sang, life is given to that moment. Who sings something that he/she doesn’t like, right? That moment of singing comes from passion, love for a being or a thing. Therefore the sparkle created by one, grows into something that becomes alive and forms memories and emotions in the hearts of others. This is a privilege, to be able to create and receive such gift.

We consider ‘life’ our journey from birth to death. But is that all, is there something more, before or after that? This truth is within ourselves, as everybody has his own belief and vision. What I feel for myself is that life is everywhere, it surrounds our thoughts and our souls. And it is a supreme joy to embrace it. Once we do it, we begin to radiate energy that helps us growing at a spiritual and emotional level.

I like to think that the more we connect our body, mind and soul, the more we can connect to each other. And the more we connect to each other, the more we are able to create positive vibes. In other words, all we need is to be consciuos of what surrounds us and select the best. Now, what is good for me, is not particularily good for you, so the ideea is to select the people who we interract with and things that we create or buy. This could lead to a better vibe arround us, therefore to a better life as we understand it. Let’s celebrate it, every day, in the most beautiful way 🙂

Should Crying Be An Embarrassment For Adults?

Cry baby, cry…if you feel like you want to express your feelings. Although tears are so innocent, we all have different opinions as to when is acceptable or not to cry.

So, tears or emotions – which one of these are the cause of crying? But what if the tears are fake? Sometimes we are able to identify the difference between fake or real tears, but if not…those may be actually coming from an intense (positive or negative) emotion.

The truth is people cry – babies, adults and old people. All of us cried at some point in our lives. And is that embarrassing? My opinion is – not at all. I don’t think that crying is an act of weakness. It is an emotion that reflects some of our feelings.

Society accepts tears of people who experience emotional happy moments: weddings, birth of their babies, a huge achievement. Or, on the other hand, people accept (or tolerate) when someone is crying because they’ve experienced loss of a dear person (or animal), of big material goods such as house. And babies cry…this is one of the most painful cry for parents. You never know what a true reason for your baby’s cry is (of course, after offering all the comfort such as feeding or/and change of nappies).

What about moments when everybody disagree with expressing this emotion? These are plenty too.

Even since babies become toddlers, we often hear from parents:

  • ‘You are a big boy/girl. You shouldn’t cry.’ Or…’look at the other baby, she/he is not crying.’

Unfortunately, this can affect the child. As he/she grows up, he/she keeps that in mind, thinking: ‘Oh, if I accidentally hurt myself, I shouldn’t cry, as everybody will be staring at me, thinking that I am a weak person’. Is this actually a weakness? Or some people are just more emotional than others!?

Men and women are emotional. Yet why do we often hear the expression ‘men don’t cry’? I don’t think that differences of sexes reflect the presence or absence of feelings.

Therefore, humans have emotions and these can be expressed by tears.

“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”
― Lemony SnicketThe Bad Beginning

Pilates – My New Pleasure, Unexploited Ground

Why didn’t I regularly do Pilates, every day of my life by now? This is my rhetorical question at the moment.

I have recently discovered that the amazing Pilates helps my mind to relax, my body to stretch and my soul to nourish. Sounds idyllic. However, all good things come with a price. In this case means hard work and determination. But even so, I must say – Pilates is a reward for the body and soul.

It is my new physical challenge and it put me off at first, but actually, lots of moves can easily be done at a basic level. So I told myself: ‘Take it easy and start with easy moves’. And it works. It inspires me and refreshes my mind…. and I need it  (but who doesn’t, right 😉 ).

When I exercise, ideas pop into my head… I might actually share one of those ideas 🙂

For someone who thinks about a new challenging move, try my exercise in three steps:

  • lay down on a comfortable mat;
  • imagine (or put) some marbles on your stomach and hold them on for about five minutes;
  • while doing the above, concentrate and breathe 🙂

Now imagine this kind of concentration on every muscle of your body, followed by a very good stretch. The key is to breathe through the exercises.

The result of all this is the inner reward. It feels like after a hiking, the final view it’s worth the challenge!

I’m a beginner and this article comes with first impressions and thoughts about Pilates.

A few inspirational quotes:

 

‘Change happens through movement and movement heals.’ Joseph Pilates

‘You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.’ Joseph Pilates

‘It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.’ Joseph Pilates

The teachings of ‘The Alchemist’ (by Paulo Coelho)

 

The Alchemist – an inspiring, easy to read book! It’s about listening to the heart and following the ‘destiny road’, which is not always sweet and soft. However, it is important how we choose to live and look at it. We have the possibility to go back from where it all started or keep going towards achieving the dream.

‘It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are and whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the Universe. It’s your mission on earth.’ (The Alchemist)

 

We have to find the motivation to go forward and the power is within us.

 

‘When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.’ (The Alchemist)

 

The idea is to never stop dreaming. Our dreams lead us to some well-deserved destinations, if we keep working hard and build the ‘house of our desires’, brick by brick, every day. However, as the book says: ‘You must always know what it is that you want’. And if this is unclear, we must follow our intuition and the Universe will show us what we should try, learn or achieve.

 

All we have to do is listen to our heart.

 

Other inspiring quotes from The Alchemist:

 

‘When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.’

 

‘When you want something with all our heart, that’s when you are the closest to the soul of the world. It’s always a positive force.’

 

‘The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.’

 

‘To die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day’

 

‘It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil; It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.’

 

‘You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t pure love’

 

‘The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself’

 

‘People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them’

 

‘Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place’

 

‘…before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it’s evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up’

 

‘The darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn’

 

‘When you possess great treasures within you and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed’

 

 ‘Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.’

 

‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure’

 

‘There is no need for iron to be the same as copper or copper the same as gold. Each performs its own exact function as a unique being’

 

‘each thing has to transform itself into something better, and to acquire a new destiny, until, someday, the soul of the world becomes one thing only’

 

‘when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too’

 

‘everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen the third time.’

 

‘No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.’

 

‘No project is completed until its objective has been achieved’

 

Fear – Detect And Dispose It Off

Fear is an emotion and we are not born with it. Well, then how come we are all drawn into its arms at some point in our lives!?

As kids we used to love trying new things and we had no fear whatsoever in drawing a house or learning how to ride a bike. Nobody expected us to do things perfectly and this gave us the courage to try again and again. We were then seeking the power of freedom. The thing is, as adult we still do. We want to explore new horizons and learn new things, but somehow before we do that, we have to think a lot about details and put everything into perspective and sometimes we find so many reasons to delay the start of something new.

Do any of these sound familiar to you:

  • ‘I don’t have enough time to go to the gym or do some jogging’;
  • ‘The traffic is too bad and I don’t have money to buy a new car anyway, so why to bother learning how to drive’;
  • ‘That salsa class… I could do it, but everyone comes with his/her partner, and because I don’t have one, I better stay at home and watch TV’ and so on…

In fact, in many cases, these will translate into:

  • ‘What will people think of me when I go into that gym? – they will all stare at me and judge my body’;
  • ‘what if I pass my test and then…boom, an accident happens’
  • ‘everybody at salsa is so good, I will never be able to learn those moves’

Do you recognize the main emotion here? Yep – fear of the unknown, fear of being judged by others or fear of failure… and if we don’t pay attention or change something in our lives, this emotion grows as we get older and this can make it hard to achieve our goals or dreams.

The idea is to HAVE FUN with everything we do! Listening to our intuition and understanding what it is that our souls would like to learn or achieve at the moment and go for it. Every start is a first step into the unknown and… how would we know if something suits us if we don’t try it on!?