Tag Archives: Journey

The Universe’s Advice

6 Jun

Walk gently but strongly,
Like you’d wade through the sea.
Listen to your breathing
And spare a thought for Me.

Walk gently but strongly,
And let the people pass,
You are not the only one
Grazing on this grass.

Walk gently but firmly,
You know the path to take.
Don’t let them distract you,
Live for your Truth’s sake.

Walk gently but surely,
The way a Love would walk;
You are the flower,
The root, the leaf, the stalk.

Walk gently but wisely,
Believe in every move,
And it shall be worth it,
Your journey shall be smooth.

 © Love Out Loud

Keep Your Love Afloat

14 Feb

On Valentine’s Day, I would like to share with you the most beautiful metaphor of a relationship that I have heard, with all quote credits going to my partner:

“We are a team. We are not two people rowing down one river side by side in separate boats; we are in one boat. And we have to work together to keep the boat afloat. We have to communicate clearly and regularly to give each other advice and instructions, we have to understand and accept the other’s weaknesses and work with them, we both have to make a little more effort in turbulent parts of the river, and we have to offer help when the other is struggling.
Only continual effort from both sides will create the balance and movement to keep our boat afloat.”

I wish you all a calm and beautiful ride down the river in your boats with your loved ones. If you do not yet have a rowing partner, I hope you find one with whom the journey will be peaceful and the scenery will be breathtaking.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Believe Me, You’ll Like This Journey

18 Oct

I don’t want to. I’m tired.

You have to. At least twenty minutes.

I want to watch T.V. or draw.

When will you practise, then?

I don’t know. I don’t have any ideas.

Ideas don’t always fall from the sky. Ideas need time, patience and perseverance.

Maybe I’m on the wrong track.

You’re on the right track. You just need to keep at it.

It’s hard keeping at it on my own, with no one to guide me or help me. I feel stuck.

You’re not stuck; you’re scared. You need to take that first step, the hardest one.

Yes, I’m scared.

Of what?

Scared that I’m no good; scared that it won’t be how I imagine it to be; scared of sacrifice; scared of rejection; scared that I won’t have enough strength, determination, courage, hope, faith, patience, understanding, or love to make my dream come true.

Perhaps you need to look at your dream in a different way, to modify it slightly. Perhaps you are focusing on an aspect of your dream that doesn’t evoke positive emotions in you.

Well, I already feel guilty for trying to work on my dream. I feel selfish; I feel like I’m lucky or privileged, but in a bad way, because other people are unhappy and accepting things as they are.

Is that the only thing bringing up negative emotions in relation to your dream?

My dream is a creative project and creativity has never been taught, understood or considered as important in my family or my native country. It is only acceptable if the creator is perceived as talented or a genius. Otherwise, the respectable thing is to be productive.

So you feel ashamed of trying to realise your dream because a) other people aren’t doing so and are unhappy, and b) your family will disapprove of you ‘wasting your time’?

Yes.

Any other reasons for which you don’t want to give your dream a go?

I’m scared that my partner will be upset by the fact that I spend more time on my dream and less time on him.

If you start your days earlier, this won’t be the case.

I lack the will-power and desire to wake up earlier. I feel like it will make no difference, I feel like things will go on without me just the same.

You’re stuck in a bland routine. You need a new activity that will give you energy, drive and inspiration.

I’ll call about those volunteering positions tomorrow.

First thing?

At 10 am, when the offices open.

You need to realise that this is the opportunity you have been waiting for: a calm life, a flexible job and free time. With the plans you have for next year, this set-up isn’t going to last for long.

I’m just having difficulties in making that first step.

You have the idea, you have the desire, you have the time. You will also have support, love and understanding. Stop making excuses, stop putting it off.

As for ‘what others may think’, you learnt a difficult, but important, lesson about that several years ago. Are you going to let ‘others’ stop you in the pursuit of your dream, again?

You’re right. It’s like I’ve come full circle. I promised to myself that I wouldn’t let other people’s opinions make me abandon my dreams. Now I need to show that I truly meant it!

I think you don’t realise how much happiness fulfilling your dream will bring.

It’s never as hard as we think it is, right?

Exactly. It’s only the act of putting it off that makes it harder.

I have learnt that many times, including today.

I think I understand why I’m having trouble making the first step.

Why?

I want to make my dream come true for all the wrong reasons. I want approval, praise, attention, money, recognition, prestige and even revenge. I want to make my dream come true for what I will get from other people once the dream is realised.

But what I really need is to make my dream come true for myself; for the fun, for the pleasure…for the journey.

After all, it’s the journey that we remember, not the destination.

Please believe me when I say that you’ll like this journey.

I believe it. I know it. It will be a blast.

That’s the spirit! Still wanna watch T.V.?

Are you kidding? I’ve got a dream to realise!

First Solo Yoga Practice

28 Feb

I attended my first yoga class ten years ago, yet had never, during all these years, practised yoga alone, without a teacher. Until today. Inspired by John Archer’s post Thoughts On Yoga, I had my first solo yoga practice at home this evening. The experience was truly amazing.

I fell into the practice very naturally; my body told me exactly what it wanted me to do. I flowed from posture to posture, without thinking about what should come next, letting myself be guided by what my body was drawn towards. It was great to have the possibility to stay in postures for as long as my body needed it, rather than following the rhythm of a class, which we do not always coincide with. Being able to listen to my body and do postures in my own rhythm and my own order made me get exactly what I wanted/needed from the practice. Not having any external guidance in a teacher made me tune in and pay more attention to what was going on inside me.

After the practice, I felt rejuvenated; I regained energy and was in a positive mood. I felt healthier and my mind was very calm. I am extremely grateful to have discovered this new way of practising yoga, and I look forward to continuing this profound ‘solo’ journey.