A Midwinter Night’s Dream

It was one night in the middle of December when he came in from the dark totally unexpectedly, he walked towards the mountain without any plan, asking for simple things and the mountain was able to answer and provide.

He seemed to be another passerby but something about him was different, he did not plan to be there in the first place and I certainly did not plan to meet him, yet we were both in the same remote mountain north of the island at the exact same time.

I had been doing pretty well staying quiet and planned to keep it that way, but funny enough, the universe had other plans.

As time passed I noticed how almost conceidedly he revealed hints of his secret mission, after his interactions with the people around, he always came back to this subtle space where his focus and vibration were deeper, in line with something certainly important.

There was a halo of mystery around him and no one really seemed to be able to read him thoroughly, he was good at passing unnoticed, even though he was not hiding his powers, a warm heart and sincere smile were his trademark and he would always have them available for everyone. Who was this unordinary man?

As much as I developed the idea to not find out who he was, there seemed to be no place I could run to, for some reason and without any intention we often found each other time and time again. At this point I understood it was time to accept whatever it was this new lesson would be about.

So I watched him standing on the top of the mountain one evening as the sun went down and the sky played a song of intense purple, blue and golden lights in tune with the cold air that caressed my skin. He was looking over the island and the valley, the sea, even the snowed giant peak were looking back at him; suddenly the image revealed before me, the intuition was right, in thruth he was more than just a passerby, he was what the world longed for…he was a superhero…and he brought with him the firm purpose to create a better world for all of us.

I felt grateful for the opportunity to see beyond the surface and discover how transformation and courage really are all around us, we just have to take a moment to learn how to see.

The thought came to me about how human beings want to be happy and avoid suffering. Everywhere people want to experience a good life and live in peace, how little do we understand about the power to create this reality for ourselves and others! But superheroes understand it and they do even more than that, they use this power to create a different reality, they are the daring.

The power of giving is inside each person, yet it is very rare to fnd the one that with full ownership of this power decides to dedicate his time and energy to the benefit of the world and all other living beings in a concrete and practical way that impacts humanity in real time.

That is why superheroes must keep the mystery and preserve their energy, they can’t give it away to just anyone because it’s precious and can’t be wasted, even if they want to shout it out, the world has proven not to always be ready to embrace this way of being.

The life of a superhero is a lonely journey, they are often misunderstood and taken for fools, humans are eager to not believe in them and enjoy scrutinizing them, they give them nicknames like romantics and idealists and they secretly fear them. But a superhero is strong, with undermined will to carry on and change the world.

The superhero lives from pure intention, through great effort and focus his power grows, he doesn’t know how to give up, he will keep going and because of this, he will succeed.

The one I met had a strong and magnetic presence, he was fearless and so was I, inevitably we were drawn to share the same time and space for a lapse of time that seemed only like a short dream, during this time I discovered that for him being a superhero came effortlessly, his nature shined through him, he couldn’t help it and he didn’t intend to, nevertheless he stayed alert and open to learn, eager to discover more and more, he experienced the world with purity and remained committed to the understanding that we are not in this wolrd to take anything, we are here  to give and to create something bigger than ourselves.

He’s got the power of great insight, of understanding meanings beyond appearance and the power to let go and flow like the river into the ocean, he practices kindness all the time and remains authentic, expressing his true feelings and recognizing what he needs when he needs it. He has got the power of vision to build upon what is not yet there and to trust when everyone else doubts.

His courage inspires me to take bigger risks and be guided not only by my heart but by my purpose.

He vibrates in a different frequency and after giving this energy to the world he is ready to continue his journey, he takes pleasure in walking along the road sliently with all this attributes and skills packed inside a bag, out of sight, he watches over the island with longing and the firm purpose to never stop moving.

He will change the world…and I will always remember that midwinter night’s dream.

Taking control of your life at any age

“Mens sana in corpore sano”- Thales 

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Healthy mind in a healthy body, such a simple statement that has a very deep philosophical background.

Being healthy is something we normally aspire to, those of us who are blessed enough to have a “normal” health and don’t battle with any mayor diseases or body functions and even body parts…we still find the time to damage our bodies, slowly and passively through our habits.

It is really amazing how when you slow down for a bit and take the time to reflect upon it, you realize of the strong connection a healthy mind has with a healthy body.

In my opinion many of our toxic habits like sedentarism, poor dietary choices, stress, rage, over eating, not eating…etc, they all have to do with our inner state, with our mind and our soul.

We often wish for a healthier lifestyle, a healthier body…BUT here comes the unhealthy mind making up excuses and justifications for the lack of better habits. Some of the top excuses our mind can come up with, I don’t have time to cook, I have to eat outside and whatever comes in my way. I don’t have time to exercise, I can’t afford a gym or a trainer or a machine. I don’t like the taste of _______. I am happy with myself I accept how I am and the way I look. I am too old to start exercising.

What really happens is that we are so used to “domestication”- indoctrination in so many levels that we easily forget to realize our own potential. Everybody is capable of making a transition into whatever they want, at any stage of their lives, but the thing is that it’s not easy to break with old habits.

In example, a year ago my mother was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, her family has a history of diabetes so we are all prone to develop it.

Before she was diagnosed she lived a regular 59 year old woman’s life (work-go home-work) Her blood sugar levels were dangerously high although her household is not the kind of home where we worship junk food. I mean we ate vegetables, wasn’t that being healthy?

In order to prevent an irreversible disease like that, she had to go through some major changes in her lifestyle (not just her eating choices), she had to start exercising, something she had never done before, and she had to start eating several portioned meals a day (she used to procrastinate eating a lot, she would go for hours doing something, cleaning or working before having a bite for breakfast), she had to start measuring her temper, and following proper food choices for her condition (so long sugary fatty  frozen apple tarts), she also enrolled in a program to learn about what Diabetes really is, and the whole family has undergone a learning process about it.

By sheer will power, I am proud to say that every mont when my mother goes to her check up she has low sugar levels in her blood in a normal range, she has lost weight and she looks amazing!

Her workout: Every day she wakes up at normal human hours and she goes out for a bike ride approx, 1.5 km, then she gets to a park where she runs around the whole thing twice 1 km, after that she sits on a bench and does strength arm exercises no weights and streching. The she rides her bike back home 1.5 km and she does jumprope for 2 minutes.

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Way to go mom! From not exercising ever to beating all the neighbors on their bikes! yay!

If she has to go to work earlier she adapts her routine, she plugs in her iPod and dances away for 30 min non-stop.

After exercising some water and a nice fresh meal that includes all the food groups, that means protein, carbs, vegetables, fruit and fat.

For me my mother is an example of taking care of your health, and taking control of your life. Doing so has no age limit, no money restriction, no season or condition.

It all starts in the mind and the body follows, a healthy mind with healthier thoughts and emotions gives way to a body that will adapt to anything wether it’s a routine for fun or a formal sport.

It is a fun process too because our bodies already like being healthy and actually that is their natural tendency, it is us who choose to become ill. Listen to your body, even if you have no “diseases” 40 years from now,  it might be too late.