As so many in these times in which we live, I have been in major transition -- in all the essential areas of life: health/lifestyle, finances/work/career, relationship/environment. Here is the synopsis:
It all began in 2007 with a major surgery, followed by another major surgery in 2010. In 2008 I committed to an overhaul of my lifestyle with yoga, salsa & latin dance, and meditation practices as well as international travel. In 2010 after I also committed to sobriety to be able to deepen my meditation practice after I lost my job with Lincoln Center due to the economic downturn. I continued to travel nationally and internationally. I reconnected with lost family ties in the Sough and the expanse of the West in California. I delved deeply into life in Costa Rica and Brasil as influenced by India learning about indigenous culture, music and spiritual traditions.
After a second trip to Brazil in 2011 I began to feel it might be time to leave my Beloved Brooklyn. In order to contact the deepest wisdom and knowledge within myself, I sublet my beautiful Brooklyn home and went to live at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas from January 22 to June 1, 2012.
At the ashram l lived in a tent on the beach right next to some the most beautiful ocean views in the Caribbean. I turned inward, doing daily yoga practices including: meditation (yoga of the mind), asana (the physical aspect of yoga), philosophical and spiritual study and work as service (known as karma yoga). While in this daily routine and life I decided to sell my Brooklyn home.
Fast forward, I sold my Brooklyn home, moved to Austin Texas, bought another home and now just sold my Austin TX home. I stayed with friends until I head the next call.
I have never been happier, felt more daily gratitude, had more presence and clarity, been more flexible in my circumstances and in all my relationships or been or felt healthier.
I do not even know what to say about life right now except I have never felt more alive, more in touch with each moment and more able to transition with whatever appears, inside and outside and to live each experience with the least amount of resistance and the greatest amount of honesty. Believe me when I say, once you truly surrender to What Is, which is so far beyond what we can conceive/understand/analyze, once you intend to open fully to the very essence of life as manifest through you, life is unspeakably beautiful and precious no matter what.
Om Namah Sivaya
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you
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