We have the freedom to make our own meaning in life. For example, today is March 11th. For some, that means it is 311 day, where people who love the band 311 come together and celebrate. For me, 311 was the number of the last apartment my grandmother lived in, so every time I see or hear 311, I think of her.
I'm began writing this post in Mexico on the last morning of the Qoya and The Goddess Process retreat. I would sit each morning around 6am on a wicker lounge chair between the salt water infinity pool and a cliff overlooking the ocean. Around that time, before sunrise, it's still dark, so I can't see the view, but I can feel it. And, I can hear it.
Happy Valentine's Day. From my heart to yours. When I was eighteen years old I read the book the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and heard the message, “If you follow your heart, the world will conspire on your behalf.” I decided I would live my life as an experiment to see if that was true and if it worked out, I imagined a life I would love. If not, I would simply reassess and try something else.
Nora Ephron, author and screenwriter of movies like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, was part of a project by Smith magazine to write a six word memoir. Her wise words were, “Secret to life, marry an Italian.” I’m writing to you from Tuscany on the first of what I hope to be many Qoya and Dolce Yoga Retreats in Italy and I see what she means. (We loved it so much, we actually already booked our dates for next year- June 21-28, 2014.) If marrying an Italian isn’t doable right now, just being in this country is really something special. We rented a villa up in the hills and have been exploring a renaissance way of life with poetry salons, learning to speak Italian, cooking lessons and doing Qoya classes outside dancing barefoot among the olive trees and doing yoga by the fireplace after the sun goes down. To enjoy your life, and live la dolce vita (the sweet life), requires an expansion of space in your mind and heart to believe that it’s possible, believe that you deserve it and believe that reveling in the sweetness of life is worthwhile on your to-do list. Intellectually, most of us “know” that the practices of gratitude, honoring, celebration and authentic happiness are important, but we still may not take the time to cultivate the conditions for them to emerge.