One more Spanish Fairy :)
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Sad place, but necessary, lest we forget!
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Why Am I Not Progressing on my Yogic Path?
by Vikky Santana
This has been a week of the results from my yoga practice coming back to me through the people I have been engaged with for years. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’m “doing it right and fast enough.” The path creates such incremental changes that at times, we can’t even see them. This morning my daughter helped me realize there are times on the path that we are not supposed to be changing but standing still enough so that others can latch on to the light within us. If you ever feel that you’re not progressing fast or well enough look around you. There may be someone around you needing you that has a completely different opinion of your progress. Here’s an exchange this morning between Bailey and I…
During our 30 minute commute to Bailey’s school, she blurted out, I have to change schools!!! A lot of responses flooded my mind but I detached from the moment and observed. She listed five reasons why she needed to leave all of which added up to her feeling of being overwhelmed. I took another deep breath but stayed silent. Then I asked, these are emotions and they are temporary even though they FEEL VERY REAL. Why do you “think” you feel these emotions? Because I’m dumb and can’t keep up. Really? Well your GPA says differently so let’s go deeper. You’re thinking of running away from a situation that is stressing you out. Do you believe that this will fix the feeling of being overwhelmed long term? No she said but I don’t know what to do. I could see her face all scrunched up with tension.
I asked her if she was frightened to tell me this? Yes but you always help me figure stuff out so I decided to ignore the fear and tell you. Your energy makes me happy. I’m happiest when I am with you and we are talking, singing, laughing and yes even when you are nagging me about stuff I haven’t done or mistakes I’ve made. I want to learn to be and stay happy. (This broke my heart that at this young age someone can actually be feeling pain and wanting to make happiness a priority. More silence. More detachment and dispassion from MY emotions because I knew that would cloud this moment)…Mom I think I need to get back into yoga. (Never expected this one) And why do you think you need to deepen your practice because you never really left, you just pulled back and found more interest in other things which is normal. Well, I’ve been watching you. (Yikes) You’ve been through some REALLY hard times over the last few years. Through all of it, the tears, yelling (yes I yell at times), money issues, frustration, roadblocks, a broken heart and physical pain, you kept coming back to yoga. Even though you hurt, I could tell that deep down you were happy and just dealing with things without those things dragging you down deep inside. (WTH????? I never knew she was looking at me THAT closely. Suddenly I felt like a science experiment. Lol.)
Well, you’re always welcome to come with me when I teach. I don’t force you because your practice has to come from inside of you and no amount of pressure from me will make it stick. Besides sometimes we have to hurt to want a change. I felt a little relief from her as her eyes softened, her shoulders relaxed a bit. As she looked out the window she said OK I’ll go where you teach and I’ll use that as my practice place. I have to get better before I can go to Anuttara Yoga Shala. I laughed and said no one is judging you. They recognize that you showed up and then they focus on their own practice. I know but I have to be better before Philip sees me practice. (Another individual that has left a lasting yogic impression on her. Feeling so blessed and appreciative of the path I took and who I learned it from.) I let it go and figured enough lessons for someone so young this early in the morning.
I closed it up with Bail, the physical practice starts us but the real changes happen inside little by little. We change the way we behave, move, breathe, what we focus on and listen to. All of this brings about different choices and internal peace regardless of what’s going on outside of us. She hopped out of the car and I thought she had tuned me out as she focused on collecting her things. Before she closed the door she said, thank you for agreeing to be my guru again. My dispeller of darkness. Namaste mama…
Shit just got real for me…and now another level of depth begins as it always does once the lesson is learned.
Thank you for reading this. I hope it brings you peace, healing and inner awareness. For me it has brought a new level of compassion, commitment, rawness and humility.
All my love,
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Not much can beat the fun in the days leading to Easter like playing and having fun on a beach and for Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge Sydney’s Manly Beach in Australia was it! Happy Easter everyone!
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“Spiral Staircase – Inglesia de la Merced in Granada, Nicaragua”
These are the steep, and narrow stairs one must climb to reach this view:
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These little toes are just a week old today!
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The big news of that day was the Queen’s birthday, but the rickshaw driver did not seem to care…
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Taking a cruise to Asia is far more than a cruise, the Far East is a land of intrigue and enchanted secrets. Home to some of the most incredible sights in the world, the magical continent of Asia boasts different cultures, exotic cuisine and rule-breaking architecture. With so much to do and see, shore excursions are a great way you for you to explore more and more!
Check out the Top 10 Asian Shore Excursions here!
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Once upon a time, when I was 18, I was in an improv troupe. We had a performance on the day that Danny Kaye died and I asked our director (a college student) if we could dedicate that night’s performance to him, you know because he was a classic comedian and all. The director said, “Who’s that?” I said, “Nevermind,” and walked off.
To put it mildly and succinctly, Danny Kaye was a comic genius. His specialty was making silly faces while singing silly songs very quickly. If you needed that, he was your man. If you didn’t need that, well, he could do whatever you wanted him to.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a James Thurber story about a man who is a henpecked husband and escapes into an imaginary dreamworld whenever he gets the chance. For the movie, they added a thrilling storyline to his reality. I could say more but I won’t. You really do need to trust me on these things. I promise if I were standing behind you for a trust fall, I would definitely try to catch you.
The feel of this movie is very similar to “My Favorite Brunette”, which is another film I will recommend to you when the time is right. It also shares the theme of accidental intrigue.
The wonderful Virginia Mayo plays opposite Kaye and is definitely able to hold up her side of every scene she is in. You can tell she was a smart, insightful woman. She has really cool costumes too.
And now I feel it is my duty to explain a little about the director, Norman Z. McLeod. He directed a lot of comedies which are considered classics today, though his name isn’t as well known as say, Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, or Preston Sturges. He’s famous, but not that famous. Here’s a short list of some of his most famous films before he made Mitty: Horse Feathers, Topper (!), and Merrily We Live. After Mitty, he went on to direct many Bob Hope films like Road to Rio, The Paleface, My Favorite Spy, and Casanova’s Big Night (one of my favorite Hope movies). FYI, the best Bob Hope movie is The Ghostbreakers. You need to know that or else you may not get into heaven.
So let me sum this up. You have a great cast, a great director, a great story and a little time on your hands. Obviously you need to watch the movie.
Classic film for sure, haven’t seen the remake yet. :)
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One of my resolutions for this year is to put plans into action. So, I guess I did a good job when I booked a flight to this place which I promised myself four years ago to return with friends when that time comes! And, finally, one month and 27 days from now, me and two of my best friends (in the whole wide world) are confirmed to fly to Boracay! The next part to arrange is our accommodation. I wish we could also stay to Boracay Gardens - first resort I stayed-in to Boracay in 2010 as I can guarantee the superb services and facilities, but the rates were also superb for us, newbie workers. However, I am currently eye-ing on La Carmela which I have heard both negative and positive comments but I believe it’s worth a try. So, we’ll see!
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My family came to Japan this week for the first time for a holiday during my year abroad. I was lucky enough to join them for a few days in between my university classes. One of the first places we visited was Kawaguchiko, where I managed to take this beautiful shot.
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Shot with the Samsung HZ-35W on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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