Magic does happen outside of your comfort zone

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"Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I'll be mad."

Rumi

 

Today is the day of my return flight back home. I have been in Bali for 2 months. But I am not boarding my flight. I somehow knew from the beginning that I wouldn't be on that plane. My heart is yearning for more freedom. More adventures. More of that free spirit that I have been experiencing in the past 2 months. I know deep down that I need to listen to that voice whispering to me to keep going, to trust life, to trust the Universe. To keep flying in the direction of my dreams and see the beauty and gift of the present moment.

I have not much of a plan. To be honest, it's a bit overwhelming. At least that's how I feel today. I think I'm just starting to process this whole Yoga Teacher Training that ended a few weeks ago. The bubble. The amazing souls united in the rice fields, all here for the same reason. To find our purpose, to live a life in alignment with our heart, and spread the love of yoga, of life. It's hard to find the right words to describe the connection, the inner work, the magic, the life transformation that we've all been through together. Everyone has been a teacher. They've all enriched my life immensely and I couldn't be more thankful. I will always cherish this time. I look back and can finally connect the dots, the life events in the past few years, the people who showed up in my life. Everything makes sense. It'all coming together. They all brought me here, to this moment right now. I am grateful for all of them. I feel like the Universe sprinkled fairy dust over me and that magic is happening in my life. I guess that's the feeling you get when your dreams come true, when you step outside of your comfort zone. I've dreamt of this moment, where I would have the courage to do what I love, to fly out of the cage and breathe and live my freedom. To trust that my heart knows the way, even when my mind is trying to take control. I'm living each day fully, not knowing which day of the week it is, not knowing where I'll be in a month, in a week or even tomorrow. Experiencing the beauty of life, just as it is. No filter. No expectations.

This yoga experience has been a wild heart opening made of magical moments, where people you just met becomes family. Understanding each other without even saying a word. A smile, a hug, a look, a shared experience will do.

I've set the bird free, I've welcomed the lion in me. I recognized and welcomed my free spirit. Now it's time to spread my wings and fly.

"You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly." Rumi

Now time to watch the sunset, to live the present moment.

 

Sail Away. Go Explore. Enjoy Your Freedom.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain

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Even though I love sharing fun memories on the road with friends, I have to say there is a a sense of freedom that you get to live when you travel alone that is worth experience it, at least once in your life. Here's a few reasons to take the leap and just do it!

Discover the magic outside your comfort zone

It can be scary to pack your bags and go solo on the road. Fear of the unknown is often what blocks us to go after our dreams & desires because we don't know what will happen. We make up stories in our heads of how our decisions could turn out. It's one way of seeing it. You could also instead appreciate the unknown as a new adventure, as a way to spice up your life. We can plan things but in the end we never know for sure if it will go the way we want to, so let go of the need to control and try to just be and live in the present moment. And before you know it, fear changes into excitement. Savor the bliss of not knowing where you'll be the next day or what you'll be doing. You will have to rely on yourself, and this will bring an enormous sense of confidence, courage and trust - that you can indeed do it on your own.

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

Free-spirit

Oh it's such a special kind of freedom. An overwhelming sense of wanderlust, of  happiness, of being yourself. You're free to go wherever you feel like it. Fly like a bird. Be spontaneous. Go where the wind takes you. Get lost at the market, lose track of time while listening to the sound of waves, spend the day in a hammock while reading a great book, enjoy your company while eating a delicious meal at a cozy cafe with live music.

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." Jawaharial Nehru

Be your own best friend

"If you're lonely when you're alone. You're in bad company." Jean-Paul Sartre. This quote has always resonated with me. Become your own very best friend. Friends or family aren't always available to travel with you, or maybe they just aren't interested in the same places as you. Don't wait to find someone to do the things you want to do. There are so many amazing things to see in this world. Just go and do it! You will regret not having done them. You will be happily surprised that you can have fun by yourself and it will bring you great joy.

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” Maxwell Maltz

Meet the adventurers

By traveling alone, you'll be more open to meet people on the road with you and start a conversation with a stranger- hopefully you'll choose a friendly one! Lot of people are traveling solo and you'll cross paths with the globetrotters, the wanderers, the dreamers, the gypsies. I always like hearing about their stories. Watch the stars while talking about life and giggle of excitement while making a wish on a shooting star. I had one of the best time with 2 adventurers in Bali where we laughed until our belly hurts. It's these moments.. made out of magic dust.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore" Andre Gide

Find your self

Discovering hidden paths, experiencing new things, following your heart and intuition can lead to a deeper understanding of who you are and in the midst of your travel, you can find yourself and fall in love with your life. It happened to me and it lead me to find my passion. While traveling, you let your mind wander, you let your soul speak and serendipity leads you exactly where you need to be. Breathe and sit in stillness while it happens.

"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself." Unknown

A story that inspire me and makes me want to jump on the next plane... or boat ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04z3dS6P60g#t=28

I'll leave you with this beautiful creative work of art that brings sparkles to my heart & soul.

http://vimeo.com/36519586

 

Happy Freedom!

Bye Bye Summer!

Yesterday was the last summer day! So I hope you enjoyed it and that you all had a wonderful summer filled with exciting adventures and magical moments! I almost did all the things that were on my summer list! And I think my highlights of the summer was the shooting stars night, movies at the park and spending quality and fun time with friends. Hard to let go of all the good summery time but new season is always special and Autumn is definitely my favorite season, the indian summer part of course!;) Just sharing a few shots of my summer.

What were your summer highlights?

Happy Friday!