Meet Sara, my Italian soul sister and owner of Agriturismo Alberelli (where I will run Journey to the heart retreat.) The pictures that I am sharing in this post are from this summer. On that day, Sara and her husband took us on a 1-hour hike to the beach. Sara and I connected right away, we could be our true selves, no need to impress anyone or to pretend to be someone we are not. We chatted non stop, the conversation flowed so organically, I felt I had known her forever.
For most of my life, I have tried really hard to fit in groups of people I didn't naturally belong to, and that can be a very exhausting endeavour. Most of the time, I was feeling tired and exhausted, but I knew I would find my tribe. Some time ago, I put the intention and asked the Universe for like-minded souls to appear in my life, and the beautiful souls that have shown up are beyond this world, and all from different countries! I am beyond grateful for each one of them. A smile comes to my face when I think of them, as they are like a torch of light in my life.
We all have our tribes, and we all should be able to shine our light out, we deserve the best of the best! If you feel lost, that is ok too! There was a time when I felt lost also and lonely, and it is all part of the process until the right people show up. For the new crowd to show up, maybe you need to let go of some people, perhaps you need to put the intention out in the Universe of what you would like to manifest. What has worked for me too is being my authentic self, that works like a magnet! And will bring the right people next to you.
Going back to the day that these pictures were taken; I really enjoyed the walk through the woods to get to the beach, we even had to climb a tall fence! If you are coming on the retreat, do not worry, the gate will be open! Or we will take another path ;) When we got to the shore, we went swimming and then we enjoyed a lovely dinner in a local restaurant that offered home-cooked meals. Can't wait to take that walk again! And to spend some time with Sara! Who by the way, is a fantastic cook herself!
Stop shrinking to fit places you've outgrown. When you have outgrown a place, a situation, you have two choices: shrink yourself and remain or be yourself and move on with grace. It is fascinating to me how we outgrow what we once thought we couldn't live without, and then we fall in love with something that was not part of our plans at all. Sometimes what we think we need is not what is best for us, so life surprises us with gifts here and there, giving us clues to which direction to go. Don't be afraid, take the leap of faith and keep walking. Let life lead you. Taking a leap of faith and throwing yourself into the unknown can be very rewarding. This past year has been like this for me, and what I can confirm is that when you let go of what doesn't serve your purpose anymore, life rewards you with the most beautiful gifts. I feel like a carterpillar, going through the process to become a butterfly.
I used to think that I was not creative; I used to think only a few were fortunate to receive the gift of creativity. How wrong I was. We are all born with it; we shall create the right environment, so it all comes out. First, we need to find what brings a smile to our faces, what inspires us, what fulfils our lives, what ignites the fire within us. Then we need to make sure that we keep the light going, by surrounding ourselves by people who will support our life journey. As the fire keeps burning, the transformation happens, ideas flow, and we blossom.
It is inevitable, and part of the process, that sometimes we feel stuck. And not always when we want it, the ideas come, only when the soil is ready.
In the past, I used to plan when to sit and prepare a workshop; now I know that it doesn't work this way. When an idea comes, no matter where I am or what time it is, I take a pen, and I start writing. Sometimes I am already in bed; sometimes, I am outside on a walk, sometimes I am driving and need to pull over and start writing notes.
Creative ideas come whenever I find stillness within me, when I disconnect from the mind dialogue, and not necessarily when I am sitting at my desk.
May you find what inspires and brings you bliss so you can share your beautiful creations with the world.
“Like a wild flower; she spent her days, allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all; knew of her light." - Nikki Rowe
Wild flowers grow everywhere, can emerge under a rock, or in places you least expect it. If you plant seeds they grow and spread very fast, taking over any surface.
We need to learn so much from wild flowers, learn to be like them. To grow under any circumstance, even in detrimental soil or rocks. To shine brightly and show our beautiful colors no matter the circumstances. Every adversity we face, it is an opportunity to blossom into a better version of ourselves. Bloom with ferocity and light!
The urban dictionary gives the following definition for wildflower: A free spirit. Uncultivated by the mainstream. Independent thinker. Bravely growing wild and free in a world plagued by conformity.
I want to grow like a wildflower.
We love wild flowers so much that, some years back, we started spreading seeds of different varieties in our yard. It is so beautiful to see them grow, spread and bloom! Each one is unique, each one is a precious gift from mother earth. Some people see them as weeds, spreading without control. We let them blossom. We let them be. You can only love them. Wild and free.
On Saturday, I was sitting outside, working on my newsletter when all of a sudden all the beads from my blessed sandalwood bracelet spilled out everywhere; some landed on the floor, some on the table. In the past, I would have been very upset and sad. That is how I felt the first time a mala broke, as I didn't know what I will share with you now.
In the yogic tradition, a broken mala is said to symbolize the breaking of a cycle of suffering, a spiritual breakthrough, and a release of karma or other negative traits. It is viewed as a good sign of progression along one's yogic path and the perfect time to reflect on your blessings and your inner journey. It is time to move on and let the beads go because you have learned something. New lessons are ready to come your way in this university of life.
When a mala breaks you are not supposed to fix it. You are supposed to gather its broken pieces and you can place the beads on your altar or you can bury them under a tree.
The ego is so attached to material things, that is why we have so much trouble letting go. Yet all is transient. This is another reminder that all that we perceive is transient. Without the intrusiveness of the personal mind, life is observed to be unfolding in a harmonious way, as it is supposed to. Next time a mala breaks, celebrate it! And of course, you can always get a new one. Many blessings. Judit.
A time when the trees have no leaves,
A time when nothing grows,
It seems as time has stopped.
Living in tune with the cycles of life,
Means looking at nature and noticing what is happening.
It is a time to remind ourselves, we busy people,
That we are human beings, not human doings.
It is a time to stop, reflect, and go inward.
Rejoice in your own silence,
Recharge in your own stillness,
Reflect on the question: who am I?
Joy, Peace and Love is your nature
Stop, listen and recognize what you truly are
In the "Now",
In the place where neither past nor future exists.
When we are happy within we attract a certain type of energy, situations and people, same when we are feeling miserable...we attract a similar type of energy. It is really fascinating to see how much it is in our power. Yet, at the same time, all might have been already set for us, to the detail such as me writing this and you reading it. The wonders of life! Everything is presented to us so we learn a lesson...and until we learn it we will be stuck in that situation. Fascinating and intriguing.
We spend so many years of our life studying in school yet we forget of the importance to dive within to find the divinity that resides there and discovering truly "WHO AM I?" - Judit
Fear first knocks at your door; if you engage with it, it gets louder and finally creeps in. Some people get paralyzed by it, others just ignore it as they see it just as a fleeting emotion that comes and goes.
When we embody fear that is what we transmit and attract; consequently it takes longer to accomplish what we want to achieve. We block ourselves. What to do?
Mooji says: "Don't interpret it. There is no problem at all with the feeling itself, the problem is the interpretation we make of it. Just be the awareness, the space where it appears. Fear, anxiety, nervousness appears in all of us, just do not identify with it. If we keep interpreting the feeling then there is the problem. If we hide it we can never overcome it neither. Let it come out. Voice it out and know that is ok to feel like this, but DO NOT INTERPRET IT." This has helped me tremendously lately, whenever fear has knocked at my door.
Fear has always showed up before major shifts in my life but has not held me back. - Judi
All is well. all is well as it is. Everything shall unfold as it is supposed to, at its due time. Gracefully...very gracefully.
Love is everywhere, do you ever stop to notice it?
Sometimes it is covered by layers and layers of conditioning,
but it is there.
Sometimes is behind pain and grief,
but it is there.
Love is the force behind all.
Embrace it, receive it, give it,
You are it!