India, Los Angeles, Italia! I may not have written the book by a similar title, but my personal journey certainly has similarities in universal themes expressed in the book. I am excited to share with you a new series of blogs that shine light on the insights into my life as an austere yogi, turned self-love junkie, and sensuous lover of life!
My aim and objective is to share key themes and life lessons from my story, but in a concise manner. So, I will start with the current life choices that I have made of late and weave in the past with the present and future. Right now, I am currently immersed in an intensive drawing and painting course in Firenze, Italia for the summer. This study abroad program is on the curtails of starting my voluntary sabbatical from teaching art full time in the public education system in Los Angeles for the past ten years.
These decisions were not made overnight, noooooooo. These decisions were grounded in a cycle of meditations, musings, supportive coaching, creative processes, and love from my community. Many days and hours have been spent planning, ditching plans, deciding to stay, deciding to go, and around again. I am happy to say that at this date and time of publishing, I have said goodbye to the familiar shores of a life that I knew so well, almost too well. The daily ritual of the morning commute on the 10 Freeway East to downtown LA (yikes!), the daily bike rides that I loved so much on the Pacific coastline bike path (to balance out the AM commute!), and the well-worn track of my life in LA, are all a part of my past and my story. I am grateful for every moment, but the pull of my heart has won and I am now in between the trapeze bars, flying in mid air and feeling free and like I’m a child again, trusting all steps on the journey… It’s a joy and intense and beautiful and amazing.
So, I guess that you could say that I am EATing now. The days of fasting and purification in this cycle are behind me for now and I am allowing myself to partake, to indulge, and to experience the diverse, robust flavors and sensuous textures that a new chapter of life offers.
To be continued…