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Hello Love, Hello Future…

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Tears. Stream down my face with Gratitude. Oh what a trip this has been. Seriously… The time of my life. Thanks to the things I have learned and done during these few months, I genuinely feel I have more love in me. It feels…good.

Sadly, this portion of the journey is ending. So, to Uganda, Tanzania, The United Kingdom, and Sweden…Goodbye.

 I wanted to give a proper goodbye to this pivotal time and take a moment to reflect on the highlights. Simply put… I fell in Love. Well, I fell into deeper love, and that is all that life is about… I believe.

I fell in love with my family, I fell in love with Irene, and Ross, and myself. My chest just feels swollen with happiness.

It is hard not being able to HOLD on to these things forever, they are simply times, places and experiences that are fleeting, but oh how beautiful have they been.

Highlights:

In Uganda… This girl… Irene… oh man…. tears. I fell in love with her brightness, her love, the miracle of her being. Gratitude. I  feel so blessed to have had these moments with her, though it pains deeply to not be close to her now, I smile at the fact that she is my little Irene… 😉

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The wall. My sweat and blood went into this mosaic on the back wall of the church at Musana… 2 months of creative energy pouring into it, I discovered a deeper understanding of myself, my own capabilities and the beauty of my unwavering faith that things will turn out alright in the end. This wall… it helped me love more things about about myself, and that is beautiful.

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Andrea my next youngest sister got married to the gorgeous Haril at Sippi Falls in Uganda. What an experience for our family. We were all together on the other side of the globe and it was spectacular. We laughed, and played, and honestly… the time of a life time.

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Handstand… I’m not there yet, but the fact that this started happening is a big personal…yay!

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Friends unite. During this trip we met up with so many different friends, spending time with them and catching up. What a blessing it has been. 

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And Ross.

This picture was taken of us in Scotland and I love it because, we are happy, playing, and it is gorgeous… we are enjoying the time together but separate, and loving the environment. During these last few months, I have really fallen more in love with him as we have learned to be together, while taking in the experiences as our own.

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So… Wow. We are getting on the plane in a few hours and this chapter is officially closing.

 I am going to put all the memories and moments into my pocket and take them with me wherever we end up going, whatever we end up doing. They have helped me to grow more into the person I want to be. Full of love… Though what comes next is unknown to us…I am not scared. It is a blank page and it is wonderful. Hello Love, hello future…

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1st Day of Spring: Rituals I love

It’s the first day of Spring! Across the world many people look at this time of year as the perfect opportunity for both letting go of the old and of bringing in the new. What a glorious time of year! Things start to blossom, the days become longer, and an overall optimistic energy seems to fill the air. But first lets all officially give a warm goodbye to winter…

GOOD BYE WINTER!!!

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 Yesterday I officially became a Catholic. Why? … and what does this have to do with Spring renewal?

I decided to attach myself to Catholicism for a few reasons. The first being my heritage, I am half Italian and my father Eugene Raymond Pauline a.k.a. “Geno” is a devote Italian Catholic, he goes to mass every day. I love him more then anything and want to create this special connection with him to add more value to the time we have together as “earthlings”. I will write more about this later but this is the primary reason.  Additionally, Ross and I plan to get married in January 2014  in a beautiful Catholic Cathedral in Mexico, one of us needs to be Catholic, so it’s going to be me. Lastly, I love ritual. Love it. My morning practice consists of it, my special bed time consists of it and now I am ready to make it a part of the changing seasons in my life. Combining ritual with the changing of seasons is a great way to connect your spiritual core with that of the planet.

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My daddy.

The one thing constant in life is change. Nothing stays the same and life becomes more full when we not only meet the changes but assist them with willingness.

 Here are five beautiful Spring rituals to assist with letting go of the old and bringing in the new.  None of these five rituals are original. All of them have been shared with me by my own gurus to whom I am eternally grateful. I am happy to share them with you and I hope you try some and experience the wonderful sensations of lightness of being and cleanliness.  By practicing these rituals we can assist the powers that be with welcoming in change, change that will help us become closer to our creator.

 1: LET GO

Make a list of BEHAVIORS or FEELINGS that you want to be rid of.

*Resentment or frustration towards a co-worker

*Jealously or comparison

*Judgment towards the self/negative self-talk  “I shouldn’t have eaten that… I should have done XYZ…ect… ”

*Gossiping or incessant meaningless rambling

*ALL pre-conceived ideas of the self both good and bad. Simply live as yourself in this moment

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 2: CLEAN OUT

Get into your closet and get rid of anything that no longer suits you or better yet, anything you haven’t touched in a year. One idea is to organize a clothing swop with your friends. Everyone brings old shoes, clothes, bags, and books and have a party! You will leave with some treasures from your friends. We did this a number of times in Beijing and I still wear things that were once my dear friends in China, it makes me feel so good. 😉  All of the left over goods can be donated to a local charity. Next head to the kitchen and do the same!

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 3) FAST

 After cleaning out your emotions and your closet, lets get into the body! The digestive system is constantly working and could use a break once in a while. Try one of many versions of fasting.

*Don’t consume anything but water one day out of the week or one out of every eleven days, as they commonly practice in India (according to Natwar our lovely guru from Rishikesh Yog Peeth)

*Only consume veggies or fruits for one full day, or even for a full week

There are endless variations of fasting worthy of another whole post. After the fast begin to contemplate bigger dietary changes that you can make to sustain positive energy and nutrition through out this incredibly powerful season.

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 4) GRATITUDE

Make yourself a gratitude list. Get a piece of paper and some colorful pens. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.

*Health

*Family

*Career

*Possibility

*Yoga/Religion/Faith

Make it a long, full list, and as you write it constantly thank your God for all the blessings you have received. No matter what you believe in… just show some gratitude for your life. This attitude of gratitude at the start of Spring will set you up to approach life with a healthy pair of eyes. Our perspective and attitude towards our life makes a huge impact towards what comes into it. By being positive and grateful, we are welcoming positive changes. Remember that, “the seeds we water are the seeds that grow”. By starting Spring with gratitude for all we have been given, we show the universe we are willing to work with it and that we are ready for more.

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 5) VISION

Make a vision board. Spring is the perfect time to get busy on projects you have always wanted to take part in. Get a large piece of foam board and some magazines. Cut out pictures and affirmations of things you want to bring into your life. “I am happy” “I am wealthy” “I am healthy” are some GREAT things to include. What ever it is you would like, include it! Want a big comfortable bed? Find a picture and glue it down. Want to find yourself in hand stand? (I do…) Put it on!

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My vision board 2013

 There are so many success stories of people who have put together vision boards, that it is certainly worth trying. If you are a believer in any variation of the “supreme universal power” and would like it to be more powerful in your life, perhaps start an “Artists Way” group. Getting meetings started with fellow writers, artists and yogis, so that you can support each other with all of your creative endeavors.

 These five rituals are a great beginning. I have a lot of work to do today… and I look forward to it! I hope you do too. Now, returning to my desire to become Catholic…I purposely went to  Saint Thomas Moore, my dad’s Catholic church, on the last day of winter because I am ready for change. Regardless of if I believe in all the intricacies of the Catholic faith, I don’t think it matters. The point is that I have a willingness to go deeper spiritually. Father Doug told me that God takes us as we are, and I fully believe this. I also know that God hears our desires and our intentions. My main objective this season and hopefully every other I have the pleasure of living is to become closer to my creator. Ritual is an important factor in this, simply because of PRACTICE. Enough practice of anything can make anything possible. So lets all let go of the old, and welcome in the new, with a positive attitude, and then see what miracles abound in Spring 2013.