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Thought of the Day

I learned the hard way that thinking on oneself is not the same as being selfish. It is not easy to be true to oneself without disappointing others, but you have to make sure that the only person you don’t disappoint is yourself. With time, the conscious decisions you make might not be less painful, but certainly they will give you the necessary strength, and will keep the shine of your life force.

Good vibe and energy to you all

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Thought of the day

“Trying to make things remain the same is useless as well as impossible. Our task is to contribute the best of our energy to every situation with the understanding that we influence, but do not control, what we will experience tomorrow.”

From: “Anatomy of the Spirit”, Caroline Myss

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After talking to a friend yesterday, the mom of a 7-year old girl, I couldn’t feel other thing but huge respect and admiration, and to certain extent jealousy of her joy at describing how fulfilling and beautiful has been for her to be a mom. It is a huge responsibility, it is hard work, but only a mother/father can describe the immense joy that seeing a child growing means.

I wouldn’t make justice by comparing the responsibility to being true to oneself as it is the responsibility of raising a child. However, in a way, I think it is a beautiful analogy: the responsibility to listen, nurture and develop your true self with giving birth, nurture and help develop a human being. If you have read a previous post about Life Coaching, you will know who Petula is. She suggested the idea of thinking of major changes in life as a baby…I don’t know how this baby is going to look like or will be doing in some years from now, but at the moment she needs attention, it is my responsibility. My heart was telling me to let her come to my life, and I let her. In a figurative way I didn’t plan this baby, but I knew clearly that I wanted to keep her, having the baby felt in alignment with myself and now is my responsibility to raise a healthy, strong, confident, and most of all joyous person.  She doesn’t have to be a prominent figure, maybe she will, who knows, for now, I just know that I need to take care of her every day. I still have to discover what her preferences are, she is hungry everyday; today she wanted to be fed with words, and that’s what I gave her. I accept this responsibility with joy and optimism, I won’t let you down, I won’t let you go; the universe, your friends, and I will be with you to help you expand through horizons and to wherever you were born to go.

With admiration to those brave people who make the commitment to live in alignment with their true self through life, even when that means making the difficult decision of not bringing some babies to life.

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Thought of the Day

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

Virginia Woolf

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A life coach is not someone who will save you the effort to think and make a decision for you, but rather help you identify, unite, shape, and color the disperse rays of light, ideas, emotions, and dreams, that together reflect your true self. I can say that with the support of my dear friends, family, and an amazingly sensitive and sharp life coach, I have become better at listening to myself…every time a situation doesn’t feel good I have a better idea of what questions to ask, and pay attention to the “icky” parts…it is not an easy exercise, but the more I do it the better I feel with my decisions, and this somehow shortens the periods of “suffering”…doesn’t that sound fantastic? The responsibility is in my hands, the answers are within myself, as Petula (fearlesspetula.wordpress.com) put it: she is helping to carry the mirror in front of me, but I have the answers…I would add that she also makes sure to swipe out others’ expectations, social conventions, unfounded fears, and most important, those “guys” in everyone’s mind that keep bombarding you with negative messages. Consequently, the decisions made are consistent with my true self, and in turn make me more content, which at the same time puts me in a better position to serve and support the people I care for.

Although this transition is also bringing me some tears, I can’t express with words how grateful I am for the inner transformation in which you have been instrumental Petula. Whatever the outcome will be in this journey, I am already a much better person, and a person better equipped to deal with the “blues” to bring up the “jazz”.

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Thought of the Day

As much as you can, plan your work around your life, not your life around your work…

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What I found…

“While the needs of human survival do trump all other human concerns, this is a very low threshold and we should strive for something higher whenever possible. Scrabbling for one’s existence isn’t the experience of a truly human life. “Truly human,” both intuitively and in the work of ethical analyses, establishes a higher threshold where concepts such as human dignity, universal moral equality, aesthetic experience, imagination, altruism, nurturing and intimacy all have a place. While precisely defining that threshold is challenging, most of us know what it means to feel like a dignified, valued human being. It is true that relief workers often must focus on survival, but development practitioners and policymakers are able to aim higher—at the “truly human” threshold—by facilitating the attainment of sustainable, peaceful and prosperous societies.”

Chloe Schwenke, “Reclaiming Value in International Development, The Moral Dimensions of Development Policy and Practice in Poor Countries” Chapter: Crossing the Humanity Threshold

In an attempt to find the link between the work in international development and the development of inner peace and true joy.

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Finally I got the article about Yoga…take a look at the Yoga section when you have a chance.

Sending good vibe to all of you,

Clery

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Hello all!

Well, from now on, there are no more excuses for not keeping the blog updated frequently, my goal is to feed it with new articles and/or my own notes on a weekly basis. As of today I started my new schedule at work (at least I will try to work as little as possible from home) and the first thing I did was to drive to the “Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center” in Burbank, and as expected, it is a beautiful brand new place. They provide integrative medicine services not only to cancer patients but also to the general public. For anyone who is interested, they have Meditation classes at $8 (group) on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Yoga at $8/class every day in the mornings (if you guys want more details of the schedule I will scan the brochure I got-the info is not in their website), and also QiGong and Tai Chi at $8/class. Individual services as Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reiki, and Massage are provided at $40/session which is a very reasonable price for this type of services. I signed up for volunteering, so I am waiting for the call of the Volunteer Coordinator to see how I can get involved.

I don’t forget that I have pending the post on Yoga…coming this weekend…promise :-).

Sending you all good vibe and energy!!!

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Thank you!!!

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for your supportive messages and comments, God knows that every single word from you gives me strenght and reafirms that this is the right thing to do. I am taking more radical actions, like cutting back in hours of work to explore this new path…as of June 15 I will be working part-time at my current job…yes, financial sacrifices or rather “investment” on my health, my relationships with friends and family, and the continuation of my life purpose’s exploration…as romantic as it might sound I believe it is one of the most sane and sensible decisions I made in my life. A bit scared but excited and confident that I will learn and gain tons from this period.  Every day since I am feeling this call, I have been finding more and more initiatives that search for alternatives beyond the traditional methods. One example is the Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, it provides not only the conventional medical services for cancer patients, but also yoga, integrative medicine, spiritual care, a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer. Here the link if you are interested in getting more information: http://www.triumphovercancer.org.

I want to share the power that yoga is having in me right now, that to come in the next few days ;-).

Good energy to all of you!

Clery

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