Family dimension

Gathering all togheter is as old as the mother earth. Even the Deities gathered to decide the sorts of the Earth. All people of all countries love to get togheta and enjoy all kinds of things and activities which there would barely be enough time to list. It would be unuseful also to give out examples because in less than one second the reader’s mind would already visualize lots of them. But yes i can list the cool substance about collective meetings: the questions we all ask before, during and after a group gathering with a purpose:

why am i here

what is my purpose

what can i keep and/or cut off

what can i help with

Well, at the end of the day that anykindof gathering was very insightful and in tune with my Life. And eventually it was just a plain anykindof gathering…

Family is becoming such …an amazing and expanding dimension these days.

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My first five years in Hong Kong

I wish i had the right perfect words to express all the joy and the gratitude for spending now five years of my life in this wonderful place completely drenched into Chinese culture and understanding. When i decided to come here I dont really rememeber, everything always happen very fast sometimes and plays alot with my inside enamourament for ventursome challenges as well as desire to grow thru different experiences. I got what i deserved: a special environment where introspection is the only way out for a westerner.  There are plenty of stories to tell, five years is not a short span of time and actually i feel it like double or even much more. At the same time it passed so fast.

When i arrived HK one of the first thing to impress me were the forever glittering lights of the city, the supertall buildings and the neverending flow of people walking in every place in every direction. I really abandoned myself to this feeling of “being exploring a new reality, a different dimension with multi layers”; it was  a soft abandonment, as soft as the precious advices and guidelines of my native soulmate. I switched on a decoding mode which would enable me understanding what the local language didnt leave to penetrate. I knew i had  a diverse background and i know my history too. But the most important thing i came to realize is that without them, things would have been totally complicated and i could not explore the immense joy at the present.

The colors of this place are shockingly stunning and full of life, my eyes will never be tired to observe the beauty of its mountains, the green of the farms, the pink and yellow of the my age brickstone buildings, the multicolored hundreds of street market with all their abundant harmonious display. I will always treasure one thing here, which is the real common ground with my original country: history. And all which is connected to her (the history) : the wisdom, the spirituality, the good teachings, the fundamentals, the conduct, the family. These are the pearls, i realize, we people should take care of on a daily base, infact they are the keys for a balanced environment. 

Behind the supermodern aspect of the city, the preservation and the nourishment of something more vital. This is my first attraction in Hong Kong and it makes me feel very proud to live here and it makes me wish to live seventy years more here. I cant imagine any other place to live a happy joyous life for myself. Maybe other posts will have more in-place stories and happenings I experienced until now.

5 random things i loved during this time?

  • the birds: there are five aviaries to protect tropical birds here; they are stunning, cute, funny, many. Migratory birds from Australia, Russia, enjoy the warm weather for few months here and we go birdwatching.
  • the local food: there is lots to learn and copy about because the creativity in this field is just immense and unlimited. I steam much more than before for example and got used to hot soups and the use of dry herbs, learn some of their benefits, learn more things about connection between body and Nature in general.
  • the tropical weather: I didnt end up to collect some wool clothes that the warm weather is already kicking outside the balcony. By tendence my body cells worship the moon but they are taking positive advantages to understand the work of the sun too, unavoidably.
  • the delicate people’s heart: their heart is my heart air. I cant imagine my life without that prominent chinese loving touch into it!
  • the background urban noise: i live more in the countryside so i can appreciate, distinguish and laught at all the different sounds and noises dowtown: the people’s yelling, the music playing aloud, the cars and tractors, the traffic light tic tic tic, the train running and stopping on the rails, the bicycles in the traffic jam…

During these years I ve had the opportunity to travel mainland China, to see different cities and villages in the north, in the east and west side of the country. Maybe in the future i could live somewhere there too. China is an awsome place to be, especially nowadays with all these political turmoils going on in various corners of this planet. I feel a certain pleasant degree of safety here. I think it s a blessing not to underestimate. These politicians are really like magicians and they may work anything under that colorful hanky but again, those fundamentals and the inner freedom we are allowed to access today is somethng extremely valuable and reliable. I do treasure this spirituality and this connection to the essence of everything here. I trust it completely.

Motor force in the background

Forget the past forget the past. What is this? …Erase the past? …Understand the past? …Give dignity to the past? Past is a source of power, a spiral of gems waiting to be lucidated and finally sparkle in all their splendor and sacrality. Each person has a special background because each person is special. Two Mondays ago i has the fortune to walk around Rome, the only world city where history comes alive and you cannot forget your past. Rome sucks you back wherever you are born and whatever is your motherlanguage. Rome does make your inside bell ringing: Love Your Past, Give it the Dignity. This is why Rome is awsome and this is also why I am pervaded by immense gratitude fora pretty long Roman pastlife. She understands me. Of course my visit was not only for pleasure causes but there was a productive reason linked to important working documents that She was still taking care of. It was now the time to be fully entitled the predicted sole owner of these Papers. And there i was enjoying the renewed past. When we k.n.o.w. where we are coming from, extraordinary motor forces get ignited. Never forget who we really are if we want to take the chance to drive. 

Six common ways (or conditioning) how couples manage the union

In its own way each couple is different. A man and a woman living together have something that other couples do not have. That something is quite impossible to identify and it can be the result of a mix of features or one single vision that works like a glue between the two personalities. There is also the fact that each couple is like one living body constantly evolving and constantly changing… or degenerating too, it depends. I am always intrigued by couple relationship dynamics first of all from mine itself and then also from outside, friends, relatives…. Infact some couples can be used as reference or models. Okey, this is my brief musing of the day. On a  most evident point of view there is that “cool” conditioning which is there to create the condition for the couple to be together. See few of them:

  1. interests, hobby: trendy! experiencing the emotion of travelling often to explore new places and cultures together. Or to go skiing on weekends. Or to party alooot. When we cultivate  a passion in common we have this oneness feeling, like we are one with the partner. Sharing interests is a key for our companionship, otherwise we would feel like two strangers.
  2. church activities: getting really popular these ones! weekly meeting for fellowships and meetings with our friends: we cannot live without it because this is what gives us the strenght and the nourishment  to grow together, appreciate life for every little thing, accept the challenges and what life has to offer.
  3. life philosophy: we dont really know what is uniting us but we guess it’s the perspective and the way we look at every day in our life; the concern we have for each other and the nature. yes! we feel very much connected with the nature, we feel comfortable together and we tink at the same way on lots  and lots and lots of topics and issues.
  4. work: we are working in the same field since long, we are the best partners and complement each other perfectly for the role. So we are very happy to be also merried because there is a special understanding which comes from our common experiences, we are able to anticipate the other’s thoughts and ideas, flowing with his/her creativity at the same time, it’s really thrilling, it gives lots of energy!
  5. tradition and family: our parents got  married in the same style, this is very typical in our countryand works for the betterment of the family. We share the same system of belief and grew up with it, this is the base we stand on: our families are now related and very happy for us, they gave the blessing for a fulfilled merried life, nothing is more important. 
  6. culture and language: we come from the same country, a similar lifestyle, similar friends; we speak the same language at all levels; it’s great we can discuss stuff, ideas, make plans; it works smooth cause we have the same mind form, guess we have absorbed it during all this time until we met; culture is the key, we have lots to share, a full background which gives that feeling of strenght and unity.

 

Updated western & materialistic myths

Myth 1

To try different foods very often is exciting and opens up to new culture and a new understanding of people; in addiction it will supply a much more various range of different vitamins and elements to your body~

boundless inspiration: is your body ready to new culture & new understanding of people?

Myth 2

It’s very important to take a break once in a while and fly off to another place for a relaxing mini holiday; it’s  a great antidote to reduce strees and to recharge the batteries of your couple relationship~

boundless inspiration: which kind of battery do you need?

Myth 3

western women are more dynamic; in fact they have lived and raised in a free society with equal rights. As a consequence they are expected to lead first position roles in any society, such as coordinating, planning, projecting, proposing, taking initiatives ecc ecc~

boundless inspiration: western women should seriously, yes seriously, take to meditation

Myth 4

it’s very good to change color and hairstyle every once in a while: it will refresh your personality  and outlook and it will make you free to play with all your different dimensions of woman within~   

boundless inspiration: only one dimension is the most important in a  woman, that is she should be real

Myth 5

Children are very costly, one is already enough~

boundless inspiration: children with wise parents only coast thousands of pure happenings in life.

Myth 6

To treasure old stuff is to treasure and respect their historical meaning  and all the work and efforts to them dedicated in the pastime.

boundless inspiration: it’s very liberating to get rid of old “treasures”

Myth 7

It’s very important that in a decision making process everybody should have their own opinio and express it~

boundless inspiration: most boring people always have an opinion for everything

 

Give Thanks & Enjoy Life

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by Chief Oren Lyons

Two things were told to us: one was to be thankful, so we built nations around it, and you can do that. And the other thing was enjoy life. That’s a rule, a law. Enjoy life. You’re supposed to. You can only do as much as you can do and then when you do that, you’re supposed to get outside and enjoy life.

…And an extract of his speech at UN in New York in 1993

Our societies are based upon great democratic principles of the authority of the people and equal responsibilities for the men and the women. This was a great way of life across this Great Turtle Island and freedom with respect was everywhere. Our leaders were instructed to be men of vision and to make every decision on behalf of the seventh generation to come; to have compassion and love for those generations yet unborn. We were instructed to give thanks for All That Sustains Us.

Thus, we created great ceremonies of thanksgiving for the life-giving forces of the Natural World, as long as we carried out our ceremonies, life would continue. We were told that `The Seed is the Law.’ Indeed, it is The Law of Life. It is The Law of Regeneration. Within the seed is the mysterious force of life and creation. Our mothers nurture and guard that seed and we respect and love them for that. Just as we love I hi do’ hah, our Mother Earth, for the same spiritual work and mystery.

We were instructed to be generous and to share equally with our brothers and sisters so that all may be content. We were instructed to respect and love our Elders, to serve them in their declining years, to cherish one another. We were instructed to love our children, indeed, to love ALL children. We were told that there would come a time when parents would fail this obligation and we could judge the decline of humanity by how we treat our children.

We were told that there would come a time when the world would be covered with smoke, and that it would take our elders and our children. It was difficult to comprehend at the time, but now all we have to do is but to walk outside to experience that statement. We were told that there would come a time when we could not find clean water to wash ourselves, to cook our foods, to make our medicines, and to drink. And there would be disease and great suffering. Today we can see this and we peer into the future with great apprehension. We were told there would come a time when, tending our gardens, we would pull up our plants and the vines would be empty. Our precious seed would begin to disappear. We were instructed that we would see a time when young men would pace back and forth in front of their chiefs and leaders in defiance and confusion.

There are some specific issues I must bring forward on behalf of our Nations and Peoples.

(full speech)

 

10 spectacular places i’ve been in the past 10 years

Mostly a tribute to flickr either because i am writing this post between home (where my pics are stored) and office and because soft copies of the pictures are only available from the last five years. I didnt follow a meaningful order, just browsing in my memory: 

1. Aragonese Castle, Italy

A unique place with an awsome history connected also to Michelangelo Buonarroti’s life. It shall deserve a rich post asap. castle(image by me)

2. San Francisco Aquarium by flickr

Even though Hong Kong and Genoa Italy aquariums are two of the biggest and most beautiful, i still loved Frisco one. why? Because you walk under real tunnels of the Bay Area!

frisco3. Pan de Azucar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by flickr

A combination of spirituality and cable car is the most thrilling experience for me!

panazucar4. Big Buddha, Lantau Island

This other combination of spirtuality&cable-car is really close to my home and I could potentially get the experience every weekend. Last month with a friend from Vancouver we went up for two consecutive days just for tasting the feeling to fly higher and higher into the mountains and have the majestic Buddha waiting for us on the other side!  You may also want to enjoy a more accurate post about it soon. (image by me)

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5. Jamaican beach

It was a lovely family tour during my stay in US. Bathing in the warm Caribbean waters every morning and chatting with the locals on the beach all day long until evening. We also met a direct friend of Bob Marley living upon discographic projects and hand making palm leaves hats for tourists. Most hospitable place. (photo flickr – my dad keeps all the real pics)

502826054_dab3769fdbjama6. Havana de Cuba downtown

Harmony of colors and extreme relaxation and freedom in the streets. On our fly-route back from India e Moscow with my friend Maneesha, we took loads of pictures and then… lost the camera. Ahahahh. I just remember we were in ecstasy for the whole day spent there. A most welcoming taxi driver strolled us everywhere and gave us contact number in case we’ll be back. If anybody interested.  (photo flickr)

varadero7.  Parque Chicaque, Colombia

The most vivid nature, the real “selva Colombiana”.  An amazing day trekking in the jungle, few of us, completely absorbed by beauty and silence in the country Garden of the world. There is an Indian story about Shri Vishnu, He had to leave India  because in trouble and went seeking refuge with Garuda precisely in Colombia, chosen because it was the only place on Earth so much rich in plants and fruits.  

chica8. Faraglioni, Italy

Did you know it’s the Zen Garden of Italy? Have a look, it’s my home. Really.

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9. Beihai park in Beijin, China

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A remarkable park to understand the lifestyle of old emperors. Many of them have written lovely poems to their own mothers, whose words are often engraved on marble pillars around.

10. Elephanta caves, India

I was speechless here I was totally stunned by the grandness of majestic Lords Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu.

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I just realized there are more than 10 spectacular places i’ve seen but for now i will just confine into the maryadas of this TAG. And yes you have been tagged too! Which one are your most spectacular visits… 5, 10, 15 you number them. And leave me a message below when you have done the post, and please tag more people. Let’s travel all together! Do you know something shocking about travelling? I know it cause my sis is a travel agent in Italy. Last week she spoke over the phone that Italians are so crazy about traveling and holiday that despite of the economy struggle they are  paying rates for their vacation even if it’s just for few days!

Where you come from is your power

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It is not just a joke that we are born wherever are born. There are millions of things about our origins we still are unaware of , about the corner of the world where we took birth. It is really complicated yet fascinating, misterious and worth to explore. It gives complete satisfaction to know the truth about a land, its geographical and subtle meanings, the rule it is playing in the fast pacing world today. We cannot still imagine where we are going to be projected ad expanded with just our being. Many of us move to other countries for different reasons but they take it for granted, they cannot see the real truth of their movement. Some other will complain having lived all their life in the hometown and dream to change, without being able to grasp the why they are placed there.  A long quote from 7 years ago:

“People say it is Kaliyuga. Why has this Kaliyuga set-in? What is its meaning? Mostly the people do not know. They know about it from different people and talk about it. It has an important myth behind it of the time of King Parikshit. No one knows about it, no one reads it. People read only stupid books. At the most they read Ramayana but they have no knowledge of its message or its philosophy. No one knows about it. But we Sahaja Yogis must acquire this knowledge. We must know from where the culture of our country dawned and how it reached at this level. Without the knowledge of all these our approach will also become like the ignorant foreigners and eventually the ego and other negativities will have an effect on us. So it is better that we understand them from its roots from where these qualities have originated and what is their significance? Why do we do certain things? Or we do it because other people also do it. It is not proper. We must have thorough knowledge of it”. (H.H. Shri Mataji, Gudi Padwa Puja (Translated from Hindi) Palam Vihar, Gurgaon , India , 13.04.2002)

Cities, sense of belongings, ashram lifestyle, cultures: the way they fit

We are definitely getting closer now and do not need to sit down together for a dinner to feel this closeness. It is just happening, some people may still not be aware but this beautiful & colorful train is spinning to such a velocity where even the stars  are collaborating. We are now able to feel the universe with all its problems and all its wonders! One of the most excellent training  to this ability was certainly given by Mahatma Gandhi and the creation of the Sevagram Ashram during his lifetime. “People, he felt, should not tolerate each other and their differences, but learn to respect, understand, accept and appreciate each other.” – writes Arun Gandhi grandson.

It is exactly what it is in town for example where people are no more tolerating each other because they now want to connect and embibe the goodness of other cultures: it is a different process which can transform oneself into a new personality sometimes very different from before.

Kogi natives of Columbia: the mother of our songs

The Kagaba (Kogi) people of Columbia in South America have a belief in Aluna, ‘my Mother’, as creator.

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The mother of our songs, the mother of our seed, bore us in the begining of things and so she is the mother of all types of men, the mother of all nations.

She is mother of the thunder, the mother of the streams, the mother of the trees and of all things. She is the mother of the world and of the older brothers, the stone-people. She is the mother of the fruits of the earth and of all things. She is the mother of our youngest brothers, the French and the strangers. She is the mother of our dance paraphernalia, of all temples and she is the only mother we possess. She alone is mother of the fire and the Sun and the Milky Way. . . . She is the mother of the rain and the only mother we possess. And she has left us a token in all the temples . . . a token in the form of songs and dances.

She has no cult, and no prayers are really directed to her, but when the fields are sown and the priests chant their incantations the Kagaba say, ‘And then we think of the one and only mother of the growing things, of the mother of all things.’
One prayer was recorded: ‘Our mother of the growing fields, our mother of the streams, will have pity upon us. For whom do we belong? Whose seeds are we? To our mother alone do we belong.’

 

 

 

 

2009, before and after: Time for sobriety is becoming a reality

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Isnt it? With all the things we are reading and hearing about economy & co now now now it is definitely arrived the call for sobriety. 

Communication is becoming simpler and if you are smart at heart you will know whether  you are crossing or staying inside the boundary of the most pleasant conversation which is the one which turn sparkes of the joy on within the person in front of you, leaving her/him different from before the same conversation happened.

Giving present for celebrating core values and festivities is becoming such an easygoing act! People accept everything with open mind and focus on the mood of giving & receiving which is vibrating the material gift itself.

In these days here in the South of Europe, almost in Africa!, i am listening amazing conversations between common people who are showing a terrific common sense filled with enlightenment and understanding of the world we now live in. i am totally all ears and my brain is reacting with positive waves of bubbling coolness everytime. Just awsome! 

People are focusing so much on education and children. They found out thru long experience that relationships drenched in innocence and trust put each child on the right path and that this is the only way for him to make  a real difference later on.

But sobriety is not animated by emptiness or lack of pure knowledge and it is not referred to save money or go for the simplest and easiest solutions or ideas.  Sobriety is the attitude of the ones who understand the root of the things and in a second are able to scan with their heart=brain  the story of a life or of a full population in a determined environment. It is also to choose right gifts when we want to give, even fully worth the people we are treating, expensive gifts are so cool when we can afford them! They make people around sober and emotional, wrapped in pure emotions of Joy.

 

Seventies generation’s infancy in Hong Kong

There are testimonials about childhood I have been collecting in these almost three years of living here. With all the Italian brothers and siss from the Seventies we believe that this is the strongest (iron made, we laugh about it) generation that the CenterSouth of Europe gave birth to. Infact future will give excellent results. But just to be in the present, my favourite game, while getting along with these Chinese born in the Seventies like me, will tell you what was special about their childhood in the ex hubbub of the city. A majority of them where living in collective houses or better collective floors made of several rooms (one for each family) and one bathroom for the sharing. Kitchen usually included into the room. Eating snacks in the street was fun and there were no shops: the vendors used to have a wheeled cart and sell red bean sweet congee, pineapple dessert, sugar jelly especially for the kids. The best was the possibility to playwith a ball in the open spaces. A friend said she used to play ping pong with the mates living next door in this way: sitting on the floor and using the edge of the main door as the net, so one kid was sittend inside home and the other one outside in the corridor of the main floor. How fun!  Playgrounds were simply funrnished and they loved to run and jump all around. The kindergarden was usually prepared in the ground floor of their home building where all the children spent several hours in the daytime while somebody watched them. At the school they all received basic knowledge of music, playing an instruments that today has often not gone forgotten. Some girlfriends one time were complaining about the educational support they received in the school. Gymnastic was not so playful and organized with attention as today.

Today is my mother’s birthday

Today is my mother’s birthday and i cant miss this opportunity to celebrate Her because she deserves this small gift and much much more. I will tell for the occasion why it is cool to have a mother who is not even 19 years difference from you. A young mother who had grown up during the Sixties in Italy is quite a blast to have.

  • She knows everything about womanhood, how to dress up, how to take care of the skin, how to speak, how to wait and be patient, how to tease, how to make friends, how to keep good relationships with all the relatives.
  • She is the fortress of the chastity and the charme simultaneously. Her life is my inspiring example. She knows that simplicity and practical attitude, when combined, make best results in the collective and family. Her alertness always amazes me because she always knows what the core of a problem is and how to solve it quickly and with descrition.
  • She is loving and caring, always giving good patient advices and understanding around. She cooks for anybody comes home which is very often filled with friends and relatives every week. She is comfortable to get along with and extremely funny and positive. She loves jokes and has the ability to see the positive sides of everything.
  • She loves traveling and discovering new places and new cultures. We are parallel and currently she is keeping an high interest into Chinese developments and customes because her elder daughter is living in HK. She is not really adventurous and well grounded into true choices. Infact she is quite of a realistic person who does not get convinced about things that often. She likes to experiment changes and happenings by herself without relying too much on what people say.
  • She is definitely spiritually oriented and with an high level of emotional intelligence well estabilished and developed. I’ve tried too often to compare her with other women of her age and i had to realize that her brain is beautifully advanced. One of the proof is that she  gave birth for the first time at 18 and was always a responsible and confident girl. She is not religious but she cle aarly believes in god and His plans all the times. We have a subtle communication on a nice level. We also talk about it without showing too much surprise because we are both aware of the strong connection between us. We can communicate well without speaking and she knows immediately how i am and what is going on with me even without talking.
  • She is a lion, brave and courageous, a great guide and a leader at the essence. People seek for her suggestions and feel protected and supported by her way of being.

H A P P Y      L O V E L Y     B I R T H D A Y     M A M I

[photo: by photopoetry]

Designing lifestyles simply collective

At Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, they just concluded few days of new meetings, conferences, workshops and so on…all about designing. To greet the plethora of young designers coming from all over a new idea of “staying together” has been planned and realized. La Casa del designer – The designer’s home: 130 beds, services to share, relax zone, wi-fi connection, internet point and little newspaper/magazine area. All for 30 euro per day. It was said “a new concept of hospitality” this one of the sharing. It also helps the creativity to boost up and get new nourishment while mixing with other people as much as possible.

New concept?

Do you remember the beautiful and progressive ashrams of the ancient time born in India to protect the meditative attitudes of the ones who wanted to live surrounded by peace and nature only?  Well i was having this experience translated in these modern beautiful times few years ago for quite a long time either in Europe and in Southamerica …and it s a blast! I think living collectively is some kind of an attraction and attitude located deep down in our roots. Not just an habit or a decision. It’s natural. There is so much to gain when you are living in a group and nothing to loose. Either you meditate or you dont meditate. As far as there is concern for the others it s a totally nurturing experience where we humans develop

  • ability to support each other
  • desire to love and “feel” others and ourselves

If we know few crucial things about relationships, mind and spirit the game becomes even more interesting and we start to enjoy it at maximum levels. When i was living collectively in Italy for example i understood that even without talking about our problems they get dissolved into some kind of force derivated by the spirit of union of the group; afterwords the problems start to disappear litterally and a sort of protective aura develops around your phisical and mental person. It is an amazing process which is the essence, the key of the power of the collective work.

There is not even need to talk about it, it just acts and clearly, with the neatest evidence. It is to be experienced only. When i was at the Uni was also used to shift from an house to another with my friends. Great times. Very little meditation but yes the desire to understand each other was always present whomever the time was shared with. And the time spent together was not few weeks but months, years… My friends were my sisters, my brothers, my family. This is my world, i have been always living in extended family, groups, collectives, always constantly measuring myself with the connection to the others. Thing that grew more and more when I arrived to a more consistent connection with myself thru meditation after a while.

Maybe this is one of the reason I landed in a small stripe of land swarming with 8 millions people…

[artwork picture: Lotus flower, symbol of collectivity, made out of 2100 petals by sahaja yoga collective living in Italy – emancipated innovative designers…]