About Body, Mind & Spirit
Re-inventing Ourselves Silently
Could national crisis be the touchstones from which an individual rises up and renews herself body, mind, and spirit? Could an individual’s revitalization, setbacks, and determination to overcome obstacles inspire others to embark on their own journey of renewal? What would give birth to this courageous new individual and national spirit?
I believe that individual acts of intuition will serve as the first sparks.
These sparks will deepen our understanding of our body, mind, and spirit at its best.
While originally the work was focused on Japan and people who could change a country after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, I came to learn that all of us have the potential to change the world around us, but first, we had to change ourselves. And how difficult this is…
The Motivation to Seek
In March 2011, several days before the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, I felt elated about life. So elated, that I believed if I had to come back to this world again, I would be me again. I could not have chosen better parents, a more fitting “out of box” life path, nor the good fortune of having met a few beautiful and inspiring men who taught me how to love. One even became my husband.
Naturally while outside life events were sometimes challenging, it was only the limitations of my own mind, body and spirit which did not make me blissfull all the time. And just when I thought I would like to come back to this world as me again, a new thought arose. Why come back to experience more of the same? And as soon as that thought arose, I began to meet a series of teachers who were both humble and wise.
Beyond Our Best: Body, Mind and Spirit
And so in 2011 started a journey where I began to push beyond previous barriers and realize how little I knew: about the body, about the spirit and even the mind.
I thought it would be useful to share the wisdom of the some of those I found along my path and the mistakes I made so that your path will be easier. Hence this site is for anyone who is curious about experimenting to go beyond a previous best and open enough to test things for himself or herself. It is for those who are not afraid to fail, not afraid to ask or question.
When we embark on this path all becomes new. All becomes quite an adventure far beyond anything one can imagine. One’s life can never quite be the same.
Join me on this new adventure where I still have much much to learn. Each section will start with simple things we can do to test our experience. Many have nothing to do with what people consider “yoga” in that they are as simple and as elementary as an understanding of movement or exercise, water, food and sleep.
Know that most was new to me. I was the one who thought I knew everything about food, and the mind. As for the body, I was a bit behind others — a bit more modest and far less flexible. In general as my mind was strong, I would simply ask the body to follow. If I wanted to wake up at 5am since a child, it would just simply have to do so. Until, of course it rightfully rebelled.
Before We Change The Outside World, We Better Know the Inside
Whether you wish to make a fundamental change in a nation, an organization, your family, a spouse, a child or simply yourself, the achievement is almost just as difficult.The benefit of changing yourself first is that regardless of the state of others around you, you may not only experience serenity and balance in any context but also the capacity to act in the world more lovingly, more effortlessly and far more effectively.
May your path be steady, may it be joyful and may you move far beyond the best in all of us.
And you will.
Opinions Mentioned on the Website
All errors are mine and I ask indulgence. The website is the first step in an investigation to explore a possible philosophy or understanding body, mind and spirit and is by no means conclusive. It is meant for others to have a place to begin and is not meant to replace any health information or medical advice. Each one of us is different, what works for one, may not always work for another.
Each individual who is interviewed on this site is not responsible for the views of all others on this site nor does that individual embrace a common philosophy or message. Likewise, commentaries posted on this site are the sole opinion of the author of each article.
Dr. Paul Briot and I can have different opinions and unless stated in this blog that we sign something together, the opinion is mine. There are of course many other valid perspectives to be considered. Naturally, the response of a few individuals does not constitute the whole. And yet, it may be sufficient to stir the imagination.
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