Friday, 28 April 2017

The Art of Being Your True Self (beyond job titles & other roles in society)...

It doesn't matter if we're talking about being an employee of your own business or part of a popular multi-national organisation. Job titles, professions and occupations tend to define our lifestyle and social status. Modern society defines you for so many superficial aspects. Of course, your innate skills and talents form part of your essence as a human being, but do they really define you? or only distract you from recognising the presence of your true self when nobody is interacting with you?

I've spent the past 4 years freelancing and went through a period of anxiety because I didn't find a permanent position as a marketer in Ireland. I worked as an aupair at the beginning and I enjoyed the experience, but the permanent job (40 hours a week and salary based) didn't seem to become a reality for me. I've continued applying to positions that I like, going to interviews, etc. But I no longer depend on their answer to feel good or bad about my life (golden star for me!).

This type of situations challenge you and can make you go through an identity crisis. Only now I realise that I needed a crisis like this one in my life. Even though not having a permanent job and don't actually need it to survive seems like a good life, it really challenges you! It can become a cause of depression or a brilliant opportunity to connect with your true self. The decision is yours. 

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I have worked as a marketing specialist and as an online fundraising coordinator in the past. I know lots of things about online advertising and I'm still learning about them because I feel that the internet is an amazing tool to communicate ideas. I started freelancing for small businesses here in Ireland since 2013.

This freelancing path has its ups and downs (like everything in life). But you know what? It's fine. It has given me the time to explore other areas, like volunteering for charities and learning new skills and ways of communication, but it has also helped me to confront my own identity state without the distraction of a full-time job and the social status that comes with it. This doesn't mean that I will never assume a role like that in the future, but if I do, I will be more clear about who I really I'm beyond my job title.
  
I've always like to write stories and read books about spiritual growth and mindfulness... but this doesn't seem to give you a permanent employment like many people would expect you to have because is the "normal" thing to look for. Right? Well, this might change. I'm about to finish my yoga teacher training and this occupation might become my new full/part time job (or not). At this point of my life, I finally learned that nobody needs an employment or job role to define themselves. Of course, you can play with your skills or build new ones, but they don't have to define your true self.

The good news is: You can be whomever you want to be. You build your reality day by day using your thoughts and determination to act and achieve those things you want in your life. You can listen to your inner-self in silence. Follow those things that make you smile from inside using your creativity, even if that doesn't give you a job title, it doesn't matter. Just focus on your breath and ask for divine help. Practice yoga (on and off the mat) or any other activity that connects you with your inner-self. The answer will come in form of intuition, wisdom and even as a crisis like the one I went through. But don't worry. It will be fine. You have the potential within you! Keep looking inward and you will find it in all the aspects of your life at some point :)

Namaste

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Owning Your Right to be Happy

We're always looking for ways to be happy or at least to feel at ease. I believe we just want to achieve wellness in all aspects of our life, we have just forgotten how to do that. How did this happen? Don't ask me... there are many conspiracy theories, but that's not the point, is it? Maybe our brains have being programmed by society to feel fear instead of peace. Our beliefs about who we are can affect us profoundly. We're exploring what's like to be human beings (happy ones, preferably). That's my case anyway, and I believe others are pursuing the same goal.

The problem, to me, starts when you let your beliefs guide you without questioning them. Where are these beliefs really coming from? Can you trust them blindly? I don't know for certain, but I chose to believe something now: Your beliefs create your own reality. Every perception you have is based on what you believe, whether because someone told you or simply for lack of knowledge. (Took me a while to understand that it's our responsibility to pay attention to what we think and what we feel, otherwise we could lose control over our own life). Then emotions rise to the surface and your body/mind become a mess. Sounds familiar?


Thoughts are brilliant, they build our system of beliefs and model our society and communities. They can help us but also hurts us. What do you choose to believe? I ask myself all the time... I like to defend my truth, but every truth can be debated, at least on the level of consciousness that we are right now. That's why I think our human truths are not so important after all. Especially when you compare them to the wisdom of the universe and its magic presence all around us (and within us). How could we forget about it so easily? I wonder... The universe provided us with an amazing set to play our human life. We create personal stories to learn and evolve as cosmic particles of this galaxy (even without realising it).

Some of us have forgotten who we really are, but we're finding our way back home. We're questioning ourselves. experiencing the distractions of daily life with more awareness and sympathy than before. We're interested in improving our diet. Wellness, mindfulness and meditation are becoming more popular nowadays.

Yoga has become one of the paths to achieve this level of consciousness and spiritual growth. It's not just about exercising to look good but to feel good from inside out. It's a matter of knowing ourselves, experiencing our own body and range of motion before going deeper. To me, yoga became that reminder to experience the force of life within me, to explore how does it feel to be in this body that nature provided for me. Am I taking good care of it? Am I honouring who I am from inside out? I wasn't doing it for a long time. Now I can see it a little bit more clear. Whatever nature gives us is a gift - even if it's just the fact that we can breathe effortlessly. We can choose to believe so or not. I believe so, and I feel it with all my heart (because that belief brings me the wellness that I've always pursued, and I want to let others know they can find it too). Each day more people decide to believe this, and at some point, this truth will become our global reality.

Life happens in mysterious ways. At this moment of my life, I feel the power of creation within me, even if I don't know how does it work. I believe that life it's amazing, even when it hurts... because it's the only way to show us how amazing is to feel good and to become better and stronger beings. That's how we own our right to be happy. Doing what we love and helping others to find their own way. That's why I decided to become a yoga teacher. Doing exercise and applying relaxation techniques are just doors to a bigger experience about the meaning of life. You can choose your own doors, you can choose your own beliefs (witnessing happiness and sadness pass by while you breathe consciously - so easy and complicated at the same time). I just like to make you think about it... if you let me. We're all in this together :)

Friday, 17 March 2017

3 Stages Behind The Practice of Yoga

Many people are curious about what yoga means and what are its true benefits. Others like it because is becoming a fashion trend, because yoga leggings and mats look cool, etc.

However, I have classified the practice of yoga in 3 stages:

1- Superficial: It's the type of yoga we all start practicing. Even though the teacher might be trying to show you the essence of yoga, you would only see it as a physical practice. You will focus on getting more strong or achieving more flexibility, etc. At this point, you work really hard on reaching your yoga goals, and aim to look perfect on your asana or posture (This might even have a fitness focus or physical health aim). Even if you don't see the essence of yoga at this point, the medial and deep stages will have some sort of effect in you. So, congratulations! You're entering a beautiful and liberating path <3

2- Medial: In this stage, you start realising that yoga really affects your mind and emotions. You see this as a direct response of your physical practice, but you probably don't understand much about the energy world behind yoga (its essence). So you keep breathing and noticing the effect that your breath has under difficult poses (or certain circumstances in life). At this point there's something else about your yoga practice that really keeps you engaging beyond your previous yoga goals. You want to practice more and more, and not because you only want to perfect your poses, but because you know something else is happening on a deeper level but you are not sure what it is. Don't worry! You're very close to find out more :)

3- Deep: After a while, you recognise the value that yoga brings to your life on a deeper level (your yoga poses look much better but you don't care too much about this perfection as you did before). Here you can see how yoga helps you connect with your higher self. This happens not only when you meditate on your mat, but also off your mat, in your daily life. There's an inner state about yourself that becomes more present throughout your yoga practice and guides you in every moment of your life. It's the divine spark within you. It's your Higher-Self, who is experiencing the world from a perspective far away from your Ego. At this stage, you become more interested in the Philosophy of yoga and the evolution of your soul. You incorporate the philosophy of yoga (The 8 Limbs of Yoga and the Path of Yoga you choose) to your own religion or believes (even if you consider yourself atheist). Spiritual teachings go beyond any type of religion in the world, and that's what makes it so powerful. As many teachers say: Yoga can make you a better Catholic, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist... In summary, the philosophy of Yoga can make you a better person (without using any labels). Congratulations! The Deep stage is actually the beginning of many changes in your life. When you are here you can't go back. You have changed. Your soul wants you to keep studying and progressing towards a peaceful life of FREEDOM. Well done!

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My point of view about Yoga Asanas and its benefits (in general):

When you practice asanas or postures, which are only one of the limbs of the path of yoga (in the yogic philosophy), the benefits are many, but I like to mention some of the basics:

- You can cultivate inner peace through the movement of the body and the way you focus your mind during each practice.

- When you are fully aware during your yoga practice, you can connect better with your breath and this allows you relax your mind and calm down your emotions getting rid of all the tension your body might be accumulating.

- You get to know better your body capacities and limits, thus you learn how to go beyond those limits and leave any judgments behind. Your self-esteem increases.

- You connect with your higher self and learn how to get rid of your Ego, thus improving your relationships and quality of life. You become the owner of your thoughts and emotions. Not the other way around.

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The information above is only my opinion and perspective about yoga according to my own experience in the yoga world for about 8 years. This is also part of what I have understood from many yoga teachers, books and articles. Take only what helps you in your personal path and your journey to find inner peace.

Namaste

Monday, 2 January 2017

The Flow of Life

Sometimes I think people like to be busy and even worried... Of course, we don't do this on purpose, but I've realised that we (humans) tend to find problems in everything around us (to keep us busy in a weird way). Sometimes they are real obstacles, sometimes they have been exaggerated by our own minds. These challenges made our lives, and we should be used to them! On the contrary, it seems normal to complain about things, sometimes even a sad hope is part of the drama.

However, I believe this is normal, we're learning how life works; why are we here; what's our real life purpose. All these questions are overwhelming, so we stick to worry about the things we plan at home or at work (to begin with something). The funny thing is, these worries don't help at all, but they're part of our emotional responses as human beings, so we got to observe them and learn how to deal with them every day.



Constructing perfect relationships is a struggle, controlling our emotions too, and contacting our inner-self seems too abstract for almost every one of us. People find distractions to these personal and spiritual problems by drinking a lot of alcohol, watching too many movies, eating too much, and "being too busy". Once again, I think this is normal. However, only when we find silence within ourselves and pause these distractions for a while, we can start seeing the big picture. Yoga has taught me that, but this is something people explore through different paths, all leading to the same: Understanding the flow of life within us.

Yoga is one of those paths. It's a path that invites you to connect with your breathing, your thoughts and emotions while you're on a mat exploring the WHO of who you are.

This year, my inner yoga teacher feels ready to guide people on this path, and show them the way I use yoga to connect to my inner-self; to work out my physical body; and also, to observe the flow of life during this marvellous practice.

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See you on the mat!

Dublin, Ireland