London calling {my soul}

« Don’t force anything. Let life be a deep let go. » ~ Eileen Caddy

My beloved London, in 2017 I was lucky enough to live with you for a very brief while. I was both stressed and grateful, while falling asleep and waking up in your classy arms. I would love to learn more of your lingo, walk again through your frenetic streets decorated with colourful breath-taking art pieces. I want to taste more of your take away surprising dishes and explore your clubs, coffee shops and peaceful sacred spots. I would like to dance at your glory, go to your concerts, run through your parks and gracefully squeeze in your crowded tube. {I am a little size – it is ok if it is tight!} Yes, I am afraid; we do not know each other very well. But I simply cannot ignore my drive to explore and connect. I want to meet your people. I want to lose myself in your hectic and noisy melting pot. One way or another, I will be back. Maybe for a couple of days, a few months or even longer, who knows? Hope you don’t mind? 😉 Anyway, thank you so much for having me, really appreciated the whole bitter-sweet  intense and enriching experience!

 

Magnificent piece of street art on Hanbury Street by artist Dale Grimshaw

« The best bribe which London offers today to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts. » ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wrote a (not very) sophisticated poem, voilà!

 

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London chéri
You are so damn expensive (oh shit!*)
This is how you test someone’s commitment to build a lasting partnership
Many brave hearts play with destiny to get a sense
Of your crazy, intense and colourful spirit
Full of smiley faces and exotic accents
(They all find a common ground after a few drinks)
You are extravagant, sweet, free and fresh
(Also because of the rain, your sky is so capricious and dramatic)
You are hectic, eclectic and business oriented
Yet, you host so many places of worship
Where people pray in countless ways
With same pure, infinite beauty
You taste like a delicious mixture of best dishes from around the globe
I love your vibrant, funky look when you dress to impress on a dance floor
(You never wear tights, I am not sure why)
You politely point out where to look while crossing the street
And how many seconds are left to get to the other side safely
Yet, you make us all feel like non-diagnosed dyslexics
Or headless chickens running against the clock
London – I miss you and your freaky folks
Plus our romantic random lonely walks
Bear with me ~ I’ll be back!
Me enamoré
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* Nom de Dieu

A few pictures + a few quotes, enjoy!

« It is not what you say that matters. It is what you are and how you live. » ~ Eileen Caddy

“Wild Warrior Women will save the world.” ~ Rune Lazuli

Tower Bridge
The Queen’s Theatre
Camden Town
Camden Town chic
Pure crazy joy at Camden Town (!!)
Brick Lane Market
Near Brick Lane Market
Lucky tube station
Hyde Park, picture by Virginie Petorin: https://www.virginiepetorin.co.uk/

« Let there be more joy and laughter in your living. » ~ Eileen Caddy

Thanks for reading, what about you – any countries, cities or places that you want to explore? I wish you enjoy yourself and feel home (free + safe + Wi-Fi), wherever you are. 😉

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Commitment or somewhere between trust and let go

« Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. » ~ Walt Whitman

I wrote the below piece some time ago. It still touches me deeply. My relationship with commitment is ambiguous. I am full of paradoxes. I want to build, I want long term goals, stability and, at the very same time, I cherish freedom, spontaneity and space for new adventures. I celebrate life exactly as it is here and now and I aim high, both for myself and others. Needless to say it is a little bit chaotic from time to time! 🙂 Playing with this complexity is a tricky game. Balance is a myth. We are all work in progress. As long as we grow, move forward and make adjustments, all is fine. I have no answers or tips. I believe life is a mystery and we all learn through experience rather than intellect. Before, I was trying to stop the pain, hide from the darkness that I could sense coming from a big black hole inside me. Now, I let myself go more and more. I trust the process, my guts and my vulnerability. Thanks God there is dance, music, sun, wind, daylight, water, poetry, art, laughter and warm hearts around me. And there is chocolate. Someone has planned the whole experience pretty well. 🙂

“Love so deeply that even the darkness feels welcomed.” ~ Rune Lazuli

 

Somewhere between trust and let go

I feel grateful and at peace.
It is good to be committed to a relationship, a job or a company.
It is good to be committed to one’s own growth, desires, needs, projects, dreams and hopes.
It is good to be committed to oneself, to here and now, to life.
Not for as to control, possess or improve.
But to grow, nurture, accept and thus fully enjoy, celebrate and cherish.
The one and only thing that will occur for sure is change.
So let’s appreciate what happens to us now. It shall pass.
So let’s commit, in spite of uncertainty, without attachment to a specific result, just for the sake of love.
So let’s move gently with the flow, and enjoy the now, and the new.
So let’s have some fun, even though there will be pain too.
This is the price of living passionately.
This is the price of commitment.
And there will be sweet and spicy surprises too.
We have come full circle. The vicious or the virtuous one?
A matter of perspective.

 

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~ Osho

 

“This is going to sound crazy. Say yes to everything. Accept all offers. Go along with the plan. Support someone else’s dream. Say « yes »; « right »; « sure »; « I will »; « okay »; « of course »; « YES! » Cultivate all the ways you can imagine to express affirmation. When the answer to all questions is yes, you enter a new world, a world of action, possibility, and adventure.” ~ Patricia Ryan Madson

 

“Love me when I am rain, hold me when I am fire.” ~ Rune Lazuli

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I don’t need you (to)

Dear Friends,

Long time no speak, happy to be back and wising you All a lovely 2018!

Please see below a poem and a few quotes from Rune Lazuli, a young female poet whose words go straight to my heart, she is so inspiring and I love her bitter sweet, authentic style. She is on Instagram and Facebook. You may want to check out her work!

Best Wishes and have fun! 😀

Love,

Pau

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I don’t need you (to)

I don’t need you to be perfect

I find it sexy when you do not know

How to answer my stubborn questions

I find it charming when you doubt

And show your scars

I don’t want long-term promises

Or big beautiful words

I want patience

I want presence

I want prayer

I want commitment to here and now

And authentic joyful

Bitter-sweet chaos

I don’t search for a perfect equation

I accept uncertainty

Provided that there is aliveness

That there is movement

That there is total acceptance

And an open heart, especially when it hurts

I want us to blossom somewhere

In between right or wrong

Black or white

In the graceful clumsy dance

Of two souls

Who accidentally looked into each other’s eyes

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“Your strength is measured in your ability to smile.” ~ Rune Lazuli

 

“To be a poet is to be wildly vulnerable.

It is to comfortably reveal your most violent scars.”

Rune Lazuli

 

“The way in which you choose to heal is beautiful.” ~ Rune Lazuli

“We are the granddaughters of the witches they were not able to burn.” ~ Unknown

To finish with style, one of my favourite songs ever, enjoy! 😉

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Where I come from (!!)

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” ~ Alan Alda

My home city – Warsaw. Poland.
To everyone who has ever left something dear to their heart

I welcomed your first scream
First breath
First look into your parents’ eyes
Filled with joy and wonder
I taught you how to write, read and count (on yourself)
I nourished you and sang you sweet lullabies
So that you could enter the kingdom of colourful soft dreams
You grew beautifully under my wings
You fell in love for the first time
You suffered and became stronger
You discovered deep blue sea and enjoyed its powerful fresh waves
You looked in awe at the most magnificent
Mountains covered with vibrant autumn leaves
I offered you your first job opportunity
And put excellent teachers on your path
Who ignited passion for foreign lands and languages

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And then you abandoned us
To pursue joy abroad
You betrayed both your ancestors and I
You left your parents’ comfortable home
And were gone, once and for all
Into the wild and gorgeous (oh là là) land
“I am sorry” – you say somewhat sad
Even though you owe me every-single-thing
And will never repay your debts
My little sweetheart
As long as there is spark in your eyes
And fire in your belly
As long as you love intensely
And carry me in your heart
With humble gratitude
You have my blessings
I gave you roots and wings
So please use both wisely
And travel foolishly if this is your soul’s calling
Remember to call your parents
Not only when you are lost or sad
You naughty nomadic curious spirit

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I will always be there for you
Like an old beautiful peaceful tree
You are welcome any time
To rest in my arms and whisper your stories
With your funny foreign accent and weird wording

Love,
Pau-land

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“Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness.” ~ Vernon Baker

View from my parents’ house. Warsaw.

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Countryside near my grandparents’ house.

“All our wisdom is stored in the trees.” ~ Santosh Kalwar

tree of life
Tree of life.

Nice Polish song – old but gold! 😀

Another Polish song – a little more nostalgic – I love it, hope you will enjoy. 😀

If you are unsure, whether to visit Poland, watch the below short video! 😀

More on my home country, please visit and check it on your own!
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L’interview avec Margaux Dewitte, globe-trotteuse optimiste !

Margaux en Cappadoce, Turquie
Source : http://www.serialhikers.com

« L’impulsion du voyage est l’un des plus encourageants symptômes de la vie. » ~ Agnès Repplier

C’est avec joie que je publie un nouvel entretien avec une belle personne inspirante. J’ai croisé Margaux Dewitte dans le cadre de mon activité salariée. Cette jeune femme a tout lâché et a décidé de partir à l’aventure, en direction de l’Australie. Margaux et son copain Julien ont choisi de voyager d’une manière alternative : écologique, économique et en valorisant les rencontres authentiques. Ils ne prennent pas d’avion, à la place : ils prennent tout leur temps pour bien découvrir chaque région. Ils voyagent principalement en auto-stop, logent chez l’habitant et réalisent différentes missions de volontariat tout au long de leur parcours.  A l’heure d’aujourd’hui (décembre 2017), ils ont traversé 1 pays par mois en moyenne (11 pays en tout) et ont dépensé entre 2€ à 4€ par jour et par personne. De quoi  nous faire rêver ! 😀

Nous avons discuté avec Margaux de ses motivations pour partir, sa vision de voyage (quête initiatique!), les diverses missions de volontariats qu’elle a réalisées, les difficultés rencontrées, les avantages et défis de voyager en couple, les précieuses prises de conscience survenues suite à des interactions avec d’autres cultures, la tendance « no make-up », enfin ses projets et futurs destinations.

Voici la trame de l’entretien :

  1. Comment ton voyage a commencé ? Le déclic, la démission, la décision.
  2. Pourquoi es-tu partie ?
  3. Préparatifs – les choses à faire avant le grand départ : bilan de santé, côté administratif, faire son sac.
  4. Comment vous voyagez (4 volets : écologique, économique, humain et lié au temps) ?
  5. Quels sont les modes de voyages que tu ne choisirais pas toi-même ? « Pour toi, voyer n’est pas… »
  6. Quelles sont les missions de volontariat que tu as réalisées ?
  7. Quelles sont les difficultés que vous avez rencontrées et comment vous les avez dépassées ?
  8. Voyager en couple – avantages et défis. L’accident en Bosnie-Herzégovine.
  9. Le meilleur souvenir de ton voyage.
  10. La mixité en France : certes, un grand défi, mais surtout une source d’inspiration et de richesse.
  11. Qu’est-ce que le voyage a changé dans ta vie : ta vision des choses, tes habitudes, etc . ?
  12. Quelle est ta prochaine destination et pour quand le prochain départ ?
  13. Allez-vous changer quelque chose dans votre manière de voyager, suite à votre dernière expérience ?
  14. Est-ce que tu veux ajouter quelque chose / laisser un message à ceux qui nous regardent ?
  15. Où est-ce qu’on peut trouver les informations sur votre voyage, comment rester en contact ?
  16. L’évènement auquel Margaux participe – Traveler On Stage #7 – le 6 décembre 2017 à Paris, lieu : Le Hasard Ludique.
Petite Margaux

 « Voyager, c’est grandir. C’est la grande aventure. Celle qui laisse des traces dans l’âme. » ~ Marc Thiercelin

Margaux et Julien attendent une voiture
Source : http://www.serialhikers.com

« Comme tout ce qui compte dans la vie, un beau voyage est une œuvre d’art. » ~ André Suarès

Pour mieux connaître Margaux :

  • Ses citations préférées :

« Voyager est la seule chose qu’on achète qui nous rend plus riche. » ~ Auteur inconnu

« L’être humain perd sa santé à gagner de l’argent et par la suite, il perd son argent à se refaire une santé. Il pense au futur, au point d’oublier le présent, de sorte qu’il ne vit ni dans le présent, ni dans le futur. Finalement, il vit comme s’il n’allait jamais mourir et il meurt comme s’il n’avait jamais vécu… » ~ Dalaï Lama

  • Son livre préféré : « 1984 » de George Orwell
  • Son film préféré : « Inception » de Christopher Nolan (pour son analyse fine de la manipulation, les paysages et la bande sonore)
  • Ses plats préférés : les fromages français, l’ajvar serbe (délicieuse purée de poivrons sucrés typique des Balkans, à étaler sur du pain ou en accompagnement de plat) et les mezzés grecs (tous sans exception!)
  • Page web de Margaux Dewitte & Julien Espaze – « Tour du Monde alternatif en stop »

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Si vous avez apprécié l’interview, cela peut également vous intéresser :

Contenus créés par Margaux et  Julien :
Volontariats :
  • Un réseau mondial mettant en relation des voyageurs prêts à donner un coup de main avec des hôtes qui ont besoin d’aide pour leurs projets ou leurs activités.
  • Une plateforme de mise en relation des voyageurs avec des hôtes (hébergement et nourriture contre de l’aide, principalement dans des fermes) ;
  • Woofing – travail bénévole dans une ferme biologique.
A lire sur mon blog, sur le même sujet :
  • L’article où j’ai décrit le voyage au pays de mes ancêtres et en Cappadoce (le temps était très limité, mais l’expérience inoubliable !) ;
  • L’article où je parle de mon voyage en Afrique (Sénégal) qui m’a chamboulée.
Autres :
  • Traveler On Stage #7 – évènement auquel Margaux a participé –  elle y a fait un discours sur son expérience de voyage (le 6 décembre 2017 à Paris 18e, lieu : Le Hasard Ludique)
  • Site internet offrant un service d’hébergement temporaire et gratuit, entre particuliers.
  • La tendance no make-up soutenue par certaines chanteuses, comme par exemple : Alicia Keys, qui a décidé de ne plus porter de maquillage.

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Pour finir, je vous propose d’apprécier une courte vidéo réalisée par Margaux et Julien, relatant leur séjour en Turquie. Les images, la musique – tout est beau, lumineux, magique, découvrez par vous-mêmes !

Comme toujours, merci de votre visite, vos partages et commentaires ; à très vite, until then – have FUN! 😀

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Interview Skype avec Elisabeth Dancet – la cause animale

« Je soigne ma terre comme ma fille, elle me nourrit comme une mère. » ~ Pierre Rabhi

J’ai la joie de vous faire rencontrer une personne inspirante !

J’ai croisé Elisabeth Dancet lors d’un concours de prise de parole en public chez Toastmasters, par ailleurs elle en a gagné plusieurs ! C’est une femme dynamique, éclectique et auteure prolifique. A un moment donné de sa vie, elle se sent appelée à défendre la cause animale. En parallèle de son métier de consultante RH, elle crée l’association Terre de Licorne et sillonne le monde pour rencontrer des femmes déterminées à prendre soin des animaux. En effet, ces êtres sensibles sont impuissants face à la violence infligée par l’homme.

La projection du premier épisode de la web-série « Femmes Remarquables » sur Cristina Lapis et le sanctuaire des ours en Roumanie a lieu à Paris le 25 octobre 2017 – j’y étais : ce fut beau, touchant et instructif!  La sortie du deuxième épisode sur Daphné Sheldrick et les éléphants au Kenya est prévue pour fin janvier 2018 à Paris et en février 2018 à Bruxelles.

Elisabeth souhaite proposer des conférences, débats et projections partout dans le monde. Oui – elle parle couramment anglais ! De plus, la web-série n’est qu’à ses débuts. Les futurs épisodes sont prévus sur les femmes qui protègent les dauphins, les lévriers galgos, les chevaux, les loups et plein d’autres espèces !

Voici la trame de l’interview :

  1. Présentation de l’intervenante.
  2. Quel est ton parcours ?
  3. Pourquoi tu as choisi la cause animale, parmi tant d’autres défis que nous affrontons aujourd’hui ?
  4. Quelle est la situation de la Terre, de point de vue d’écologie, aujourd’hui ? Nos principaux défis.
  5. La 6e extinction  – un réel danger.
  6. Comment agir concrètement, à notre échelle, pour l’environnement ?
  7. Mission de l’association Terre de Licorne et présentation de la web-série « Femmes remarquables ».
  8. Consommateur versus consomm-acteur.
  9. Régime végétarien – un acte citoyen : pour sa santé, pour la planète et pour les animaux.
  10. Il est urgent d’agir chacun à son niveau.
  11. Comment soutenir les actions d’Elisabeth et où + quand assister à ses futurs évènements.

Si vous souhaitez savoir plus sur Elisabeth, son association et ses projets (et contribuer financièrement, si cela vous paraît juste), vous pouvez :

Merci et j’espère que l’interview vous plaira !

Love,
Pau

« L’amour est pour moi une puissance absolue capable de changer le destin de l’humanité. (…) Dans le désenchantement grandissant du monde, être heureux et rendre heureux en aimant et respectant toutes les manifestations de la vie, n’est-ce-pas l’œuvre suprême de l’intelligence ? » ~ Pierre Rabhi

Préférences de l’intervenante :

  • Citation : « L’homme a peu de chances de cesser d’être un tortionnaire pour l’homme, tant qu’il continuera à apprendre sur la bête son métier de bourreau. » ~ Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Livre :  « Nous sommes ce que nous mangeons » de Jane Goodall
  • Film : « Powder » de Victor Salva – l’histoire porte sur un garçon doté d’une sensibilité et d’une intelligence hors du commun, le héros est capable de ressentir ce que les autres êtres vivants ressentent, y compris les animaux – eh oui, c’est en lien avec la cause animale !

« Je ressens puissamment l’amour de la Terre comme une entité féminine qui nous porte. » ~ E. Dancet

Elisabeth (à gauche) participe à une marche mondiale pour les animaux sauvages à Paris le 7 Octobre 2017.

Pour aller plus loin :

 

Daphné Sheldrick ou l’amour des éléphants. Bientôt dans la web-série Femmes Remarquables.

« Il ne sert à rien à l’homme de gagner la Lune s’il vient à perdre la Terre.» ~ François Mauriac

Pour finir – une courte vidéo qui relaxe instantanément… Ah! 😀

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Merci de votre visite, votre feedback et à très vite ! 😀

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Bittersweet transitions

“To exist is to dare to throw oneself into the world.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir

Dears,

Life is seasonal, impermanent and unpredictable. Simple and obvious, yet not always easy! I wrote this poem some time ago, while I was going through a transition phase. Back to square one: more changes are ahead of me! I feel happy-sad, grateful and curious. I trust that life will bring me more beautiful surprises and that the best is yet to come. Or rather: the best and only way is to enjoy here and now to the fullest, until you feel the urge to move again. It is like a dance, shall we? 😀

Love,
Pau

“I love rainstorms… the thunder, lightning, wind, all of it. So much going on at once, so many emotions… just like me.” ~ April Mae Monterrosa

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In between moments

When you leave xyz behind
Saying “merde” and “merci”
(or the other way round)
And slowly but surely
You open the door
To the wild emptiness
Where there is no thing
Only nothing
Pure being
No projects, no intention, no tension
Joyful, unpredictable NOW
Some wishes and hopes
Loosely attached to your open heart
You let yourself be burned
By the caring transition fire
And then you allow the fresh shower of sorrow
To cool you down a little
You clean, declutter and surrender
You have no choice
But to jump in trust
Eyes wide open
You are ready
To let the old go
And slowly let the new
Sink in nicely
You can rest now
And have a soft
(Or a hard) drink*
You simply are
Experiencing, expressing and allowing
LIFE
Cheers!

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*Let’s say Polish vodka!

 

“Honour the space between no longer and not yet.” ~ Nancy Levin

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As always – BIG thank you for reading, sharing and for your precious feedback! 😀

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The trip – from Vilnius to Istanbul!

Paris -> Vilnius ->Eišiškės ->Trakai -> Kapadokya ->Istanbul -> Paris

« Before you cross the street take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. » ~ John Lennon – Beautiful Boy

Happy mailbox in Vilnius, Užupis.

This was THE trip: 11 days, 5+ cities, 5 flights, 8 kg of luggage, a small cabin backpack and nearly the same outfit during the whole trip (too chilly to dress like a queen haha). For me, it was one BIG adventure. 😀 I was scared to death before leaving my cosy Parisian apartment as I have never travelled alone for more than a few days and without a full plan. I still cannot believe that I did it! What happened was magic and it was the best present I could have hoped for. I feel lucky and grateful.

Lithuania – back to the source.

« Life is more beautiful than prudence » ~ Abbé Pierre

Lithuania, Eišiškės – so green and peaceful.

My journey started in charming and green Vilnius – city of angels who fly at low altitude and (of course!) high speed. My goal was to learn more about my roots.

I rented a car and travelled to the city where my dad was born – Eišiškės. I made a tour of the village, asking questions, meeting locals and searching for a distant cousin or at least some more information on my dad’s childhood. One encounter leading to another, I finally end up in a small house, sitting on a couch with a lovely old couple. The lady’s mom’s maiden name was the same as my dad’s surname. I was a total stranger to them, coming out of the blue, but they treated me like their own daughter, gave me a big-long-warm hug and a kiss. They patiently answered all my questions, showed me a few family pictures and wished me the best of luck for the rest of my trip. I felt honoured and welcome.

I also (finally) understood the meaning of my surname. Indeed, in Poland, where I was born it sounds awkward. In Lithuania, however, it carries a sense. A deep one, haha. “Be dugno” means “without bottom” and “bedugnė” translates into “an abyss”. Hmm, let’s jump in, shall we?! 😀

I even learned (totally by accident!) that there was a village called “Bedugnė”, 60 km from Eišiškės. I did not go there, next time! Who knows, maybe my father’s family comes from there?

I also travelled to Trakai, a pleasant town near Vilnius, famous for its beautiful lakes and a castle. Is also known for the Karaims – people speaking the Turkic language, who have lived there since the 14th century and have preserved their traditions, including food. The most popular dish is kibinai – a small pasty stuffed with minced meat or vegetables. I tried it, of course! It offered me a perfect foretaste of my imminent trip to Turkey.

My stay in « the Jerusalem of the North » was a real treat! I tasted 3 totally different beetroot soups in 2 days, ate the best pancakes ever, drank delicious local beer, discussed about life, sang polish folkloric songs and was touched to tears by a beautiful poem of a lovely Ukrainian artist and graphic designer, who was in love with Vilnius and kind enough to be my companion and private paparazzi during my trip to Eišiškės. Arita, you rock!

Lithuania smelled, tasted and felt home, ačiū and hope to be back soon!

Turkey – from Kapadokya to Istanbul.

“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” ~ Erica Jong

Somewhere above Turkey.

Turkey was a totally different story. I started my trip by booking a domestic flight to Kapadokya, a historical region in Central Anatolia known for its unique rock-cut temples, houses, beautiful valleys and underground cities. I stayed in a pleasant hotel near Göreme, recommended by Moroccan Nomad – very good travel website in French.

My dream was to participate in a hot-air balloon flight. I did it! At first, it was scary. Indeed, the balloon itself is HUGE, the basket, on the other hand, is pretty small and you fly high! Hopefully I was not totally conscious of the danger as they woke me up at 4 am. However, I fully trusted the pilot as I had a competent local guide who recommended a good company and offered a very competitive price. Teşekkür, Umut, yourself and your wife made my stay in Kapadokya relaxing and enjoyable, not to mention the delicious food!

I visited a few valleys and the Derinkuyu underground city. It felt so peaceful and liberating to see real open landscapes, instead of a casual open space in my office, regardless of how high tech and well-designed it is. Eating a breakfast on a sunny terrace with a view was priceless!

The next and final stop was Istanbul. I visited Hagia Sophia (under reconstruction, yet still impressive!), the Blue Mosque and the Galata Mawlavi House Museum. This is the oldest Mawlavi house in Istanbul or a temple for Islamic Sufi believers, also known as tall hatted Whirling Dervishes. Sadly, I did not see an authentic Whirling Dervish dance performance. Next time in Turkey I will make sure to come to Konya to check it out! I so much enjoy visiting sacred places, in both Vilnius and Istanbul there were plenty of them.

That being said, while in Istanbul, I also went to the business district, where I had a lunch with my colleagues. Video conferences are good, but face to face meetings are better! I proudly used my access card to enter the local office. I also grabbed a snack from the pantry. 😀

During the whole travel, I came across many great free spirits from all walks of life. The people I met and the time spent together made this trip truly memorable. I learned so much. It opened my eyes and gave me a fresh and totally new outlook on my current situation (which is pretty good, thanks, God!).

I took every possible mean of transportation (ships rock!). I walked like crazy, climbed every hill and entered every cave I could (the more difficult it was the better!). I enjoyed delicious food and drinks in charming company. I went to Turkish baths (unique experience, especially the bubble wash!). I laughed so much, I felt like a joyful, adventurous child discovering the world for the very first time.

Parisian jungle – going back home.

« The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. » ~ Marcel Proust

Parisian street art.

Coming back to work was not that bad. My Italian boss knows how to talk to me: “you were missed”. Oh, merci! I am very grateful to have a decent and interesting job so that I can spoil myself with such magic moments. Actually, I will need to check, but it did not cost that much. I mainly stayed in youth hostels (Downtown Forest & Orient) and had very good prices, especially in Turkey where people currently travel much less due to political reasons. 🙁 I can only say that I felt safe and had no issues at all, except being invited to every single restaurant I was passing near to, as, of course; it was absolutely the best in town and I could expect a special personal discount! 🙂

Words cannot express the joy, freedom and peace I felt during this trip. I was touched many times by the beauty of nature, architecture and people’s stories. I connected to the wild, adventurous and brave part of myself. I am a nomad. We all are. We are not meant to stay in front of the same screen, regardless of how high-tech and big it is, for 10+ years, checking e-mails and resolving tickets (those who work in big companies will understand!). Again, I am very grateful to be a part of an international team in a solid firm that offers great opportunities. Yet, my soul yearns for fresh air, new experiences, adventures and surprises. While looking back at this short and intense trip, I would not change a thing; maybe, I could only be a bit braver, crazier and trusted life and people even more? I consider myself curious and sociable; however, I am still learning to have both my heart and mind open to different people, ideas and experiences.

If you hesitate and are afraid of going somewhere new, then it may be the very exact thing you should do. Be alert. Act prudently, especially that sadly terrorist attacks become common in various destinations globally. Gather all the pieces of information you need ahead of time and then simply trust that everything will go right or even better. As it will!

Love,

Pau

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Please find below more pictures from my trip. Enjoy, thanks for reading, sharing and your precious feedback!

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Vilnius – city of angels who fly at low altitude and the lovely car that we rented.

 

Vilnius, shop window – self-portrait. 😀

 

Eišiškės – my happy face, while waiting for some guidance to find my distant cousins! Credit goes to Arita Golub.

 

Eišiškės – the house where I found my distant cousins, it felt incredible.

 

Vilnius – beetroot soup – delicious and fresh!!

 

Trakai – its beautiful lake and castle.

 

Kapadokya – jumping for joy! Credit goes to Talieh Zarab Zadeh, merci, chérie!

 

Kapadokya, Göreme – food & drinks! Guys – it was great to have you around. 🙂 Credit goes to Talieh Zarab Zadeh.

 

Kapadokya – hot-air balloon flight, breathing in the space!

 

Kapadokya – wandering around.

 

Kapadokya – babouchkas! 😀

 

Kapadokya – rock-cut temple, one of many.

 

Istanbul, Orient hostel – view from the rooftop café, ah!

 

Istanbul at sunset.

 

Buttes Chaumont, my favourite park in Paris.

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Thank you, wishing you safe and magic travels! 😀

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Party time !!

Dears,

It has been a long time, since my last article!  I wish I had something witty, wise and important to say, but this is it! Hope you will enjoy! 🙂

If it does not match how you presently feel, especially, if you are going through a tough challenge, I am with you, you have my full support.

I am simply sharing my current experience. Expressing my feelings nourishes my soul, makes me joyful and brings me peace.. 🙂

Thank you for passing by.

Love,

Pau

« The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines. »  ~ Anne Lamott

Party time

What if life was a big joke?

(Be aware – Big Brother is watching you)

What if God had sense of humour?

What if you had a starring role in a comedy movie?

So let’s playfully play fools

And with a light-open heart

Cherish each moment

Let’s pretend we know the script

Let’s have principles and then break all the rules

Let’s boldly play with fate

Have both fun and faith

With a peaceful pinch of craziness

(It is vital for your mental health)

Show must go on so let’s go baby

Put on your best suit and let’s dance

It is your surprise party

It is your stage-time

The audience is waiting

The music is playing

If you feel nervous

Follow my advice

Get a little tipsy or better – really drunk

I promise, it is worth trying

(In case you have never done it)

At some point, by magic

You will start giggling

Without being able to stop

Your laughter will get louder and louder

And will spread like a wildfire

Gently dissolving every obstacle on its way

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Finally, one day you will die quietly

You laughed and you loved

It is a happy-sweet-predictable-end

We are all the same

Aren’t we?

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Please find below a lovely video from one of my dear masters – Mooji. I love his warm, cheerful energy. Relax, this is not too serious, just enjoy the laughter! Watch out, it is contagious! 🙂

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“It doesn’t matter how you pray – with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors.” ~ Anne Lamott

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Interview with Lee Pascoe – teacher of Silva Mind Control Method

I am very happy to share my first interview in English! I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

Lee Pascoe, originated from Australia, has been living in Europe since 1984. She is a speaker, author, certified hypnotherapist and a teacher of Silva Mind Control Method (SMCM). She is passionate about her job, very professional, practical and enthusiastic. When you ask her “How do you do?”, she will invariably answer with a smile: “Better and better”.

We spoke about SMCM, brainwave frequencies, most common misconceptions about hypnosis, self-sabotage, hypnotic regression, the mirror of the mind technique, what the illness may teach us and how to find our life purpose.. and some more!

Please see below the recording itself and the outline of the interview, enjoy! 🙂

  1. Introductions – who is Lee Pascoe?
  2. What brought you to Europe and how did you become the teacher of Silva Mind Control Method (SMCM)?
  3. What is the SMCM and how does it work?
  4. Please speak about meditation/relaxation in SMCM. How do you practice/enhance these states?
  5. How dynamic meditation used in SMCM puts the law of attraction into motion?
  6. How should we meditate, practically speaking, can you give us some tips?
  7. How SMCM helps your clients to improve their life? Can you share any examples of positive changes you saw or experienced yourself?
  8. What are the different types of brain waves and states of consciousness?
  9. What is the difference between hypnosis and dynamic meditation used in SMCM?
  10. What are the different courses related to hypnosis that you offer?
  11. How to change unhelpful habits and overcome self-sabotage? The Mirror of the Mind Technique, etc.
  12. What are main misconceptions regarding hypnosis, why some people fear it?
  13. Hypnotic regression or how to find a root cause of the problem.
  14. Can we try hypnotic regression on our own or is it better to do it with a hypnotherapist?
  15. What are your believes regarding death, reincarnation, soul?
  16. How to get more in control of our thoughts, on a daily basis?
  17. Where can we find more information on your courses?
  18. What are your current projects?
  19. Do you have a final message to our viewers?

“We need to be aware of the power of our mental images and emotions.” ~ Lee Pascoe

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  ~ Albert Einstein

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For as to find more information on Lee’s work:

 

More information on SMCM and related topics:

 

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Lee, many thanks for your time!

Everyone, as always – many thanks for your precious feedback! 🙂

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