“A thousand miles begins with one step…” Lao Tzu
So, where did I leave off? I was in studying drawing and painting in Florence, Italy for 3- weeks, as well as traveling around a bit throughout Italy, and visiting friends on a beautiful island called Sardinia. The beauty of this stage of Eat, like I mentioned in last month’s entry, is that it is sooo easy to accomplish that in the land of great espresso, vino, pizza, and gelato! But, I am not simply talking about food and libations per se, nor consuming it all at once or personally ingesting it all. What I am referring to by Eat, is to partake of all that life on earth has to offer with a refined, patient, and conscious awareness. This may sound cliché, but I am in essence speaking of living this one and precious life fully, without fear, without trepidation, in FULL living color, sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes…
My month in Italy showed me just how luscious, how sensual, how aesthetically beautiful each detail and moment can be. The sheer volume and plethora of (as a friend calls it) “bright, shiny, objects” is truly remarkable, in addition to the architectural, artistic, and culinary environment that Italy provides. As I moved through each days of endless “NOW” moments, I was in a constant state of awe and reverence for all of this beauty that I speak of. To breathe in and be fully satisfied in the NOW and the next NOW, is where I feel the meaning of my life is taking me.
What I want to emphasize here, is that it was enough to look at and experience through the senses, but not imperative for me to “own” through the compulsive consumption that being enculturated in the states has instilled in so many of us unconsciously and yet leaves us dissatisfied and always wanting more, bigger, better! So, as an experiment, I relied on my mantra, “just looking” and chose to keep this strong muscle in check and staying as present in the NOW as possible. No easy feat in a place like that! However, I chose instead, especially during the Drawing and Painting intensive class in Florence, to sketch, take “creative” pictures, and simply keep paying attention to the knee-jerk reflex to “consume”. Part of this self-control was by default, as I had to keep my luggage under 15kg, as I was moving around so much! ( I highly recommend doing this as a safe guard against unconscious “collecting”!)
So, where did I move around to so much and what did I see… Venice, Florence, Assisi, Verona and Alghero, Sardinia… All sublime and offering so much natural and genius-inspired beauty.
These pics are just a few of the highlights of the eye candy and musings that I speak of…
Chapter 1 is complete and now I step into Chapter 2. And, as I segue into this new chapter of the book that is my life, I leave you with a quote and a practice that I have found to be both beautiful and practical.
“Transformation can be difficult to see, as we mourn a release of our past, to allow the birth of something new to arrive. We cannot always see what is really happening with our eyes, but we can Know with our Hearts that a new beginning is about to take place.”
~Carolyn M Greenleaf
Breath of your Heart
“Taking time to create a deep connection within you is paramount right now. For many, having a physical action that can be repeated will provide a connection that transcends mind, body and spirit. When the mind is frantic, bringing your hands to your heart and breathing into the warmth of your palms can begin a process known in physics as entrainment.
Spiritually you are attuning your entire being to the beat of your heart, which connects you deeply to God’s Love. As you slow your breaths, you begin to balance your heartbeats and your breath. This rhythmic breathing pattern will begin to calm your mind, and bring a sense of harmony to your body in a short amount of time when it becomes a familiar ritual.”
~Archangel Gabriel via Shanta Gabriel
Until Next time
To be continued…