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Mehr Leben: Lebenskunst & Yoga

There and back again… Part 3 September 13, 2014

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Vancouver Spanish Banks.jpgThe letter has arrived… I found out on Thursday morning standing in my kitchen. I would be taking my oath of citizenship in two weeks time. No clue yet how to handle flights, work and whether taking the family might be a bad idea (read: renewed homesickness).

Five minutes later… I am making tea, turning to look out of the window into a grey morning. Suddenly I am thinking of the ocean, beaches, a beautiful sunset… then more space, the sky, mountains disappearing in the clouds… the passing of a friend during my last trip…

The heart ache is back, tears rolling, the space time continuum is sucking me in… time travel…

Then the kettle boils, my son comes bouncing in demanding breakfast, the hand of the clock keeps inadvertently┬ámoving towards departure time… zoom…

I am back right here in this little room, two months later wondering what the next trip to Canada will bring…

 

Some days everything works out just fine August 31, 2014

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Sun peeking in.jpgThe sun is peeking through the leaves overhead. I can feel the fall air on my skin. The voices of other people in the park are dropping away, blending into the background.

I am early for my yoga class. A rare occurrence. I had the day off and thought it would be a mad dash to get everything done, but things aligned just right. In the morning it turned out my doctor was away still on vacation opening up another hour or so that I did not to spend in a waiting room. Straight after I unexpectedly ran into one of my best friends on the way to the market putting me into a great mood. Spending some quality time with my husband in the afternoon made my day…

Some days everything works out just fine…

I wrote this a couple of days ago and just realized that today was another one of those days, where everything worked out just fine.

My son had his “starting school party” today. In Germany, this is a big occasion with lots of food and drink and family and friends and….

It was a lot of work to prepare everything but the day was great. Everyone including me enjoyed themselves and said so after. The atmosphere was relaxed, everyone found someone to chat with and there were quite a few people which had not seen each other in years that were reconnecting.

Now I am tired, grateful, absolutely stuffed with food and trying not to worry too much about the actual first day of school on Monday. This reminds me a bit of his birth. Everything and everyone was focused on getting us prepared for the birth process and after that the real work started and we had no clue what we were in for.

But the last six years went quick. And being parents has been such a great adventure and learning experience that I would not want to miss any of it. Now we are off to the next leg of the journey.

I think gratitude will serve us well no matter what. Counting our blessings and knowing that after rain there will be sunshine; and there certainly will be times when we have to go with the flow not knowing where that will lead us but above all that some days everything works out just fine.

 

 

 

Colour your World: Coneflower August 27, 2014

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Where it all startet II August 24, 2014

Filed under: Thoughts,Yoga — mehrlebenskunst @ 19:44
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Unchartered watersEverything in life comes full circle. Nothing new there.

I have been struggling with acceptance lately and suddenly… flash… I stopped holding on. My mind cleared.

We were cleaning house today. Such a relief to tackle some of that clutter. I so needed that. Then I picked up one of my yoga books, I forgot I had. “Meditations from the Mat” by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison. Reading day 1: “A spiritual practice is one that brings us full circle – not to a new self but, rather, back to the essence of our true selves. Yoga is the practice of celebrating what is. [...] It is the aim of all spiritual seeking to bring us home, home to the understanding that we already have everything we need.”

That was it. The end of my struggle. The last few weeks, months, I started to worry that I was loosing “my yoga” again. But it was there all along. With me. Waiting for me to sit down, take a break, calm my mind and be present.

I started blogging two years ago, on August 27th to be exact. Back then, we were living in Berlin. We had just moved there from Vancouver. Shortly after we moved again to a much smaller town. We haven’t looked back.

I have also had a hard time to sit down and write lately. Well, I think I started again. Just now.

Sometimes, we need to walk a little further. Peek around the next corner to move forward. Letting go of the fear…

Coming full circle. Touchdown. Reset. Start again.

 

There and back again… Part 2 July 25, 2014

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Step into another world.jpgIt has only been a week. So much has happened… once again.

I have traveled 70 miles, enjoyed the beautiful rolling hills and made new friends.

I truly needed this time for myself. The hectic months had left me struggling for air. Things felt like they were unraveling.

I found out that cleansing techniques and fasting involve so much more than relieving the physical body of toxins, waste and what else we do not need. The emotional cleansing that is part of this process was even more rewarding.

I arrived Sunday morning with many fears, mainly unrelated to my stay, and with a merry-go-round in my head. So many draining thoughts.

Today, I left with a big smile on my face, a huge thank you in my heart and a spring in my step.

This morning I also said good-bye to a dear friend that passed away recently. I had the chance to celebrate his life on several heart-warming occasions during the last few weeks, when I was spending time with close friends, talking about him and what had happened. Now I feel I have come full circle and it was time to let him go. It was sad and beautiful and unique.

I feel very grateful that this is my 100th blog post. Especially, during such an overwhelmingly positive time with all these changes starting to take shape.

There and back again…

 

 

Colour your world: A beautiful bus stop in North Vancouver… July 22, 2014

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There and back again… July 19, 2014

Cates Park.jpgI haven’t checked-in during the last 18 days. So much has happened…

I have traveled 10,000 miles, climbed a mountain and lost a friend.

I finally understand that my roots are in Germany and my heart, that expansive-space-in-my-chest, will always be on the Pacific West Coast. And I realized that should we decide to move continents once again that this too will be okay.

I found out that getting my Canadian citizenship has changed from just being a mountain of paperwork to a cause close to my heart.

And spending all this soul-filling quality time with close friends in Vancouver and in Jena during the last few weeks has left me awed with gratitude for the wonderful people in my life.

Tomorrow I am off to a cleansing week, which is part of my yoga teacher training. I feel excited and raw. Mainly because so many emotions have been with me lately. However, I will have more time to sort through everything that has happened. Revisiting memories, feeling what comes up, finding the appropriate place for them.

Still catching my breath from traveling half-way around the world…

There and back again…

 

 

 

 

 
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