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Dreaming with eyes open.
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    Dreaming with eyes open.
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  • "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace..."
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  • "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace..."
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  • 28:feb:19

He walked behind me as I was preparing breakfast. Tears were creating warm trails down my cheeks. His hands slid from my hips around my waist as he pressed against me in a hug. His chin rested on my left shoulder as he whispered - Feeling better? I nodded my head unable to speak. You know - he continued - no matter what bullshit people want you to believe, you are way more...especially to me. I smiled and leaned my head towards his in silent agreement. Now - he popped up abruptly pressing against my back, holding me closer - you gonna feed me, woman? I turned around with the utensil in my hand ready for action. A weapon I see! - he exclaimed with delight - Well I have my own to duel! This is when he dropped his boxers and I lost my sadness - in the kitchen, on a Sunday morning.

eleven/11
  • 28:feb:19

    He walked behind me as I was preparing breakfast. Tears were creating warm trails down my cheeks. His hands slid from my hips around my waist as he pressed against me in a hug. His chin rested on my left shoulder as he whispered - Feeling better? I nodded my head unable to speak. You know - he continued - no matter what bullshit people want you to believe, you are way more...especially to me. I smiled and leaned my head towards his in silent agreement. Now - he popped up abruptly pressing against my back, holding me closer - you gonna feed me, woman? I turned around with the utensil in my hand ready for action. A weapon I see! - he exclaimed with delight - Well I have my own to duel! This is when he dropped his boxers and I lost my sadness - in the kitchen, on a Sunday morning.

    eleven/11
  • 1 1 1 minute ago
  • A Thousand Days of Meditation
#zen #zazen #meditation #mindfullness

I wrote this as part of my email-to-friends-and-whoever-wants-to-subscribe. (Link in profile if you want to join.) This is about my now over a 1000-day meditation practice. (more humble than the title suggests, read on)

It took me a while to gather my thoughts on this. Which might be a good sign, since the aim of meditation is to extinguish all thoughts and just sit in the purity of being, ha ha. 
When I started my meditation to-be-streak, I was four months pregnant, my focus completely went out of the window. On that day, I decided to brush dust off my zafu (meditation pillow) and see if I can hit a hundred day streak this time. The only meditation I’ve ever been practicing for an extended period of time was zazen: just sitting, following my breath, trying to stop the “monkey mind”, an ever-present dialog inside my head. 
I first got into zazen (and Zen Buddhism, more generally) when I was around 14. It happened through literature: Hermann Hesse, J.D. Salinger (and a thin book we had lying around in our home with some literary critique on his “Nine Stories” and their zen symbolism). Then I also found some Alan Watts books, and did other reading online.

Since then, I meditated for years, on and off. The way I meditate is I sit and follow my breath. At some point, I did guided meditations (I especially liked Headspace), but I always got back to zazen. Sit, follow your breath. I normally keep my eyes closed, but that’s the weakness in me, I get distracted less easily like this. In the beginning, I also find it easier to count: “one” (breathe in) “two” (breathe out) “three” (breathe in) “four” (breathe out), up to ten, and start all over again. Then I move to breathe in and out for each count. And then I let it go. If mind wanders, slowly bring it back to breath... >>>
  • A Thousand Days of Meditation
    #zen #zazen #meditation #mindfullness

    I wrote this as part of my email-to-friends-and-whoever-wants-to-subscribe. (Link in profile if you want to join.) This is about my now over a 1000-day meditation practice. (more humble than the title suggests, read on)

    It took me a while to gather my thoughts on this. Which might be a good sign, since the aim of meditation is to extinguish all thoughts and just sit in the purity of being, ha ha.
    When I started my meditation to-be-streak, I was four months pregnant, my focus completely went out of the window. On that day, I decided to brush dust off my zafu (meditation pillow) and see if I can hit a hundred day streak this time. The only meditation I’ve ever been practicing for an extended period of time was zazen: just sitting, following my breath, trying to stop the “monkey mind”, an ever-present dialog inside my head.
    I first got into zazen (and Zen Buddhism, more generally) when I was around 14. It happened through literature: Hermann Hesse, J.D. Salinger (and a thin book we had lying around in our home with some literary critique on his “Nine Stories” and their zen symbolism). Then I also found some Alan Watts books, and did other reading online.

    Since then, I meditated for years, on and off. The way I meditate is I sit and follow my breath. At some point, I did guided meditations (I especially liked Headspace), but I always got back to zazen. Sit, follow your breath. I normally keep my eyes closed, but that’s the weakness in me, I get distracted less easily like this. In the beginning, I also find it easier to count: “one” (breathe in) “two” (breathe out) “three” (breathe in) “four” (breathe out), up to ten, and start all over again. Then I move to breathe in and out for each count. And then I let it go. If mind wanders, slowly bring it back to breath... >>>
  • 0 1 1 minute ago
  • Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window, you can see the essence of all things. 
The more you know,
the less you understand.
The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing. - Lao Tzu 👁🙏🏽🖤
  • Without opening your door,
    you can open your heart to the world.
    Without looking out your window, you can see the essence of all things.
    The more you know,
    the less you understand.
    The Master arrives without leaving,
    sees the light without looking,
    achieves without doing a thing. - Lao Tzu 👁🙏🏽🖤
  • 1 1 4 minutes ago
  • 💚🧡💛❤️
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  • 1 1 4 minutes ago
  • Palmiye, what else !?! 🌴🇹🇷😍
Hotel open 13 april 🍾👍🙄👍🍾
  • Palmiye, what else !?! 🌴🇹🇷😍
    Hotel open 13 april 🍾👍🙄👍🍾
  • 6 1 4 minutes ago
  • A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu 👁🙏🏽💚
  • A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu 👁🙏🏽💚
  • 0 1 5 minutes ago
  • My heart is so full of gratitude so in love with the beautiful yoga studio space that my love (partner in crime) and I have made for the beautiful yogis that come and flow with us to New Beginnings 🙏🏼 live the life you love...
  • My heart is so full of gratitude so in love with the beautiful yoga studio space that my love (partner in crime) and I have made for the beautiful yogis that come and flow with us to New Beginnings 🙏🏼 live the life you love...
  • 4 1 6 minutes ago
  • ⎨EVENT⎬→ Nourish and refresh your body, mind and spirit, while learning an empowering, evidence-based yoga protocol to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. This course is open to anyone with yoga experience and is Part A of a three-part certification course to become a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 📿✨
Details and registration in bio.
  • ⎨EVENT⎬→ Nourish and refresh your body, mind and spirit, while learning an empowering, evidence-based yoga protocol to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. This course is open to anyone with yoga experience and is Part A of a three-part certification course to become a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 📿✨
    Details and registration in bio.
  • 4 1 11 minutes ago
  • best weekend ever with my dream team. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BIG SISTER 4EVER @newshnewsh ❤️
  • best weekend ever with my dream team. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BIG SISTER 4EVER @newshnewsh ❤️
  • 48 6 13 hours ago
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  • 291 16 13 March, 2019