Pace e Salute.
I’ve been in Corsica for about two weeks now and that is how you greet the new year. Peace and health.
I will add love to this.
And I believe that the road to peace, health, and love is self discovery. Self discovery is January’s theme on Atelier Doré – and I believe it’s a little bit the theme of my life.
When I offered a retreat with the theme of self discovery, I didn’t really know what I was doing – I just knew it would be an adventure. For the first time I was opening the spiritual gates and daring to talk about meditation and even astrology, which are tools I have always been interested in, but have been too shy to talk about.
What I found on our retreat was above and beyond my wildest wishes. Not only did I find myself, but I also found others that were on the same path and who understood me.
The adventure became one of the highlights of my life.
And I understood that being ourselves, in all our strengths and vulnerabilities, if only for a moment, is the beginning of peace – and feeling at peace became one of the three most important things of my life.
Meditation teaches me to feel my agitation and to settle my mind. Astrology is a guide which has been surprisingly helpful throughout my life. Over the years it has become a tool for discovering myself and understanding others.
Maybe I’m idealistic but I think that if humanity had more access to interior peace there would be much less destruction around us.
What is health?
Not this new constriction instrument that’s becoming “wellness” even if there are many good things in it – things like infrared sauna, let’s say!
To me health is about intuition and being able to dive into ourselves. Only you know if you’re keto or vegan. I have known happy vegans and others who are anemic – there is not only one way to be healthy.
Some need therapy, others pray, others shop. Heal the way that feels good for you – no shame. I used self deprecation as a way to heal for a long time, but right now I feel calm and reflective. Less funny.
I try to welcome and embrace all methods.
Don’t let anyone tell you there is a superior way.
The work and the answers are within us. The light is inside…
I will always be in love with love. I am a forever romantic. But I finally have learned that love is supposed to make us feel good. Suffering is not loving. Suffering is just suffering.
Love, wether it’s the person we spend our life with, our family, our friends or even our pets, love is supposed to bring peace and health. There can be hard times and mountains to cross. But if the storm keeps on forever, then it is not love. It’s something else and we are free to chose to live in it of course – but it’s important to know that it exists, this healthy, particular, elegant love that gives us joy and allows us to be our true self. It exists.
Love is loving people through their changes and accepting that sometimes a relationship has to change too. It’s welcoming the flaws but knowing yourself well enough to know which cracks we won’t be able to survive.
Lastly, peace, health and love are very simple things we make very complicated and they have nothing to do with exterior success the way it is presented by society, as the only option.
So in this new year all I want is to wish you Pace, Salute e Amore – and the key to get there because I just found it: self discovery.
Big love to you.