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Creative Life Emotional Revolution

Do you think your brain is only logic and reason…?

If you do, you must perhaps turn around and have a look at your actions, at what you do and how you react to different situations. You are up for a surprise. For the brain is much more than that (or as I like to think, we – body, mind, heart and soul – are much more than that)

Have a look at his video:

…and for entertaining reading you have this great book by Daniel Pink:

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Network World

The Shalit Paradigm


If you have followed the international news lately, you may know that Israel in an agreement with Hamas has accepted to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the release of the soldier Gilad Shalit. This morning Hamas, Egypt – the mediator – and Israel have confirmed that Shalit is in Egypt.

So 1,000 prisoners for one soldier? At first, it seems that Hamas has won this one. If we count it in numbers. But actually they have lost it. With this agreement they have reinforced the idea that one Israeli soldier, that is, one Israeli life, is worth at least 1,000 Palestinian lives. It is this kind of statements that are at the base of the conflict between both countries/people. This time Israel has done the right thing and ultimately its government is showing that they care for one life of theirs, much worth it, in their eyes, than 1,000 of the others. In the meantime, besides the joy of the families of the released and that the freedom of one human being is always good news, politically this agreement may be just one step more in no direction.

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me Yoga

Asana

‘Asana’ in sanskrit means ‘sitting down’. In yoga it refers to the positions a yogi takes in the practice. In life, it can refer to all things we do or are done to us, our ‘life positions’.

An Asana can be more or less difficult for one person according to the state of her body, mind, heart and soul. We all have positions, asanas, we don’t like. In life, we have things we don’t like doing or we don’t like that are done to us.

This is the state where I was when I decided to stop for a while this blog and go away from Facebook. There were things I was doing and things done to me that I didn’t like. So I decided to try to stop them…

In yoga, it is normally the asanas we don’t like doing that are the ones that hide the most powerful potential of transformation. One important reason why we don’t like them is because they touch on emotions we have buried for a long time. In life, actions we don’t like touch on emotions we don’t want to feel, including those we have repressed to protects ourselves in fear.

Someone I hold very dear to me said to me once: “Life is too short to be in asanas we don’t like”.

These words were paraphrasing others from cat, one of my great yoga teachers, which in turn came from the teacher of teachers of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon: “Life is too short to be with people you don’t like”.

These words can be interpreted as what they mean literally, that is, “don’t waste your time with people you don’t like.” Or with a much deeper meaning, a more “yogic meaning”. This second meaning changes the perspective from the external to the internal. Instead of looking at the external world as the cause of our dislikes, it points to our inside as its real origin. It would then mean “don’t waste your time disliking people”, make an effort to find the greatness of all around yourself, so you don’t have to be with people you don’t like. It means that the cause of our likes and dislikes is within us and, therefore, we can change it.

With this new perspective is how I am looking at the things I was doing or were done to me that I didn’t like. I now see how the origin of this malaise is within me and, therefore, I am making an effort to find what in me is causing it. Not by stopping my personal expression on Facebook or my blog I will find it, that’s the external world. I like to share my ideas and my experiences and both are really good platforms to do so…my malaise comes from inside, thus, I will find it but turning around and looking at myself. Not by blaming the world, be it things or people.

An ‘asana’ in yoga is very often quite challenging for the mind, body and heart of the yogi. It is by practice that it becomes more ‘comfortable’ or, in better words, more part of the yogi, more internalised in her being as part of her transcendental knowledge of her being. The path to that point is hard and painful, but also very rewarding. With the same spirit I am taking my ‘practice of life’, my ‘life asanas’. I know I will fall many times, as I do in yoga class, but the real practice comes when one gets back again into position, the ‘return to the asana’ is the real practice. Places, people, actions I don’t like have become my practice to know myself better, because the cause of the disliking is within me.

‘Asana’ also refers to our sitting in the earth, that is, our connection to it which root us. It is by practicing the yoga positions that the yogi becomes more ‘sitted on the earth’, more connected, more balance. Equally it is by practicing  the ‘life asanas’ with the same attitude as those performed on the mat that our life may become more connected, more rooted, more balance…and that is my wish.

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Going dark…


No, it is not that I am going to the dark side, or I am changing colors. This blog goes darks. I’ve been writing a blog since 2004. My audience is not huge, so this won’t affect many people, if it really affects anyone at all! Just felt like taking a break. For how long? I don’t know…Hope you enjoyed my ever-changing posts!

Namaste..

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Yoga

Impermanence paradox

“If you want to find the truths of the universe, look for paradoxes…”

Impermanence. Everything changes. Nothing is never the same. All flows. From moment to moment. Breathing in and breathing out we live all these moments, it is our life. Despite this simple truth we keep thinking (I underline, ‘thinking’) in permanents. And then when change is so great that we cannot ignore it, we are surprised. Because we haven’t seen that actually change is all, for all is impermanent.

In impermanence we are, all is. That’s the impermanence paradox. Like the river that flows and is never the same river, but it is the river – it was not or it won’t be, it just is the river. We are never the same, but we are ‘we’, I am ‘I’, you are ‘you’… We are impermanent doesn’t meant that we are not, it is in that continuous change that we are in the moment. Therefore, we can only ‘be’ in the moment. When the river flows. Being is impermanent outside the moment, in the moment is just ‘be’. It is by feeling the now, the moment that we truly find our being, thy being.

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Poems

All forgotten


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Network World

From ‘I-want-a-big-house’ to live in community


Free thoughts in a sunny London day. I see all those office skyscrapers (for banks and big corporations?), all those apartment building, I read on Facebook that a friend just bought a family house, and consider the wish of many young people being to have a house, their own private space. I must admit, I’m myself lucky, for I spend my time in quite decent private spaces in Barcelona and London. But I think, is it the best way for us to live? Before the advanced stages of industralization, before the bourgeoisation (?) of life, and the creation of the capitalist welfare state, people used to live in shared, not very comfortable spaces. So indeed there is a material improvement in having our own space, for our families, but there is also a social, environmental and emotional cost in it: we build walls around our extended protected selfs (i.e. I and my family), separating us from other people (the community) and nature (Earth). We have grown to belief in this system as the natural order of things: ‘who doesn’t want to have a place to live? A place to be intimate and keep our own privacy?’ equals to ‘who doesn’t want to have a big house?’. Well I don’t. And I presume many don’t either.

Can we then take another step to find new living-space alternatives that on the one hand let us keep our privacy and intimacy (essential for the development of the individual), keeping a good quality of life, but on the other create connections, facilitate relationships, and develop communities between us, allowing real sharing of goods, values, emotions, ideas, etc. At this moment the model is have ‘the flat’ and develop sharing in the neighbourhood. But can we think of another type of living space different than the flat, one that reflects the values of a sharing society?

Let’s say, for example, that the living room becomes a common room, that books, records or whatever is not stored anymore in our houses but in common spaces, that kitchens become community kitchens, where people can cook together. This will create more community spaces. We can also think of different degrees of ‘communitarisation’ of private spaces e.g. keep a small kitchen, for when we want to cook alone, a small library, etc. But surely, this solution will probably not satisfy everybody. Not everybody wants the same – many would still want to have their private space, that’s it -, thus they probably won’t look for the same. Perhaps diversity is the word. So if diversity is the way, let’s allow diverse models to emerge. Now governments, financial institutions (i.e. banks) and society keep encouraging the ‘private flat model’ (to satisfy the I-want-a-big-house feeling), in detriment of other alternatives in which many people will have greater satisfaction developing aspect of their lives now they can’t even envisage. We should then develop new financial, legal, social structures and technology that allow for this diversity in housing to emerge (just recently a friend of mine (@indy_johar) has launched wikihouse.cc, making easy house DIY design). Do not impose one solution, allow for the many to emerge.

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Emotional Revolution Network World

The awareness of love

One week ago I was saying goodbye to people that just a week before I haven’t even met, though it felt like I was saying farewell to people I knew for years. For a week (18-24 July) I was in what my eyes and my heart saw and felt as paradise. It was the Ängsbacka’s Yoga Festival 2011 in Sweden. If you would have asked me about it before December 2010, I would have looked at you with open eyes in surprise and remain silent trying to guess what you were saying. Thanks to someone who helped me open a big crack more my door of awareness I now can say that this was the best week of my life.

There, together with 300 more people, I practiced yoga from 7 am, discovered new spiritual paths, made friends I can call brothers and sisters, ate amazing food, sung beautiful bhajans, danced like crazy, I had a collective tantric orgasm, and felt the energy we all share and that connects us all, love. Then in the middle of all this, a person in Norway full of hate killed dozens of people, many of them children and teenagers. At the same time I became aware of the power of love, of what we can build together, I felt how destructive hate can be. Then there is cynicism. That feeling that tells you that change is not possible, that thinking of love as a positive force that can make change real is naive, that the real thing is violence and hate, that we need to be prepared for the worse.

I stopped being cynic, for I became aware of things that changed my way of looking. I became aware that together we can make our world better. I became aware that the connection between all human beings, all life on Earth and the Earth itself is so strong and powerful, so beautiful that there is hope for a better future, not a one which we are slaves of a hierarchic machine of domination, addicted to technology that’s distracting from our feelings we don’t want to have because they may be painful. I became aware of love, the energy that connects us, brings us together, bind us as one. I really felt it all around my body. Our world needs a change, but it won’t come with domination, imposition or convincing. It will come from those that change as persons capable of be the change. As my teacher of teachers said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. In my case, the first step was to become aware of love, start loving myself to be able to love others dearly.

I would like to leave you with some wise Og Mandino’s words that I hope will guide my life…

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

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Emotional Revolution Network World

A different world

OK. Tomorrow I am leaving for Sweden for a 10 days “connecting trip” (in all senses!). Let me just share with you a thought, a feeling. I think, I feel we are witnessing a big transformation of our world. We are going from a world dominated by hierarchical institutions, where trust was put on the organisations with “expertise” to manage our affairs to a world governed by networks of individuals and communities where trust is put on those that can offer at every moment the best of themselves (of ourselves!), a world where every one of us can aspire to be and be the change we want to see in the world like the great Ghandi said…Do you aspire to be?

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Emotional Revolution me

From grey London to multicolour Yoga

So, here I am in London once more, but, as it has been my life in the last year and a half, only for a few days. On Sunday I am going to Sweden for a Yoga Festival in Ängsbacka, which this year’s theme is “Connect with yourself – connect with others”. Coincidences do no exist. Connection has been the theme of my past year and a half, so it is very appropriate that I finish a period of great transformation in my life with a 7-day yoga/mediation/singing/community festival in the middle of the Swedish woods…