Re-inventing Ourselves Silently: Body, Mind & Spirit
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 site 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… I learned as I faced several hurdles including that of health. Nothing too serious, but a chance to experiment on myself. To question what I knew and to seek with greater intensity.
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.
My zen-like Japanese father, a Harvard trained psychiatrist who developed a theory on happiness, and my giving and loving French mother could not have been better teachers. 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 though arose, I began to meet a series of teachers.
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. Know that most was new to me, I was the one who thought yoga was for those who liked to torture themselves with funny twisted positions, that people who were vegetarians were missing out on life and creating unnecessary difficulty for those around them (I come from a family of talented French chefs), that that those who went as far as having a cold pressed juices (not sure I even knew that term) were obsessive. For me, yogis looked like cult leaders. People who meditated might have nothing better to do or perhaps needed an escape from stress. Better for such individuals to open their eyes and see the world as it is..
I was wrong. Once again. But don’t take my word for it, explore the simplest of things with the curiosity of a child. You will be surprised perhaps at what you discover.
Whether you change a country, or yourself the achievement is just as difficult. May your path be steady, may it be joyful and may you move far beyond the best in all of us.
And you will.