Category Archives: Passion

About Knowing Thyself

Did the idea of knowing who you really are ever crossed your mind? And if Yes, what exactly do you look for? Is it about what you think you are or about what others think of you ? Who defines you? Is it you? your family? your colleagues? your friends? or is it your whole society?

Well,  apparently “Knowing Thyself” is a decision only taken by those who seek Truth. In other words, it is a quest for what is Authentic.

Authentic, Timeless, and Real.

I personally took this decision 2 years ago and I’m currently in the middle of the road. But going back in time, when I embarked on this journey, I didn’t think about getting prepared for it. Getting Prepared wasn’t even on my mind!  Naive was I when I thought that going through such an experience would be about constant joy and enlightenment…

Of course you get to experience unique moments of joy that will always remain engraved in your memory, and of course you get to experience delightful moments of enlightenment that keep changing the routes leading to your chosen Path.

Yet the experience is much more complex and intense. Because there will be moments when you’ll feel you’re loosing yourself…there will be moments when you’ll have to let go off the scenarios that no longer serve you..there will be moments when you will have to put all the masks off and deal with the world with your naked truth…there will be moments of vulnerability which you will have to accept and deal with…there will be moments of ferocious war between what you think you are and what you truly are…

It is a risky decision to take, a very brave and courageous one. And only those who breath Truthfulness will rise above and conquer. I don’t mean to scare anyone who’s considering having the experience. Actually it is the one and only experience that will make you literally feel “ALIVE”, otherwise you continue leading  the life of unconscious dormant fellow men. And that my friend is a life half lived, if not lived at all…

But what I would really invite you to do is to think about it in a panoramic view and ask yourself a question:

What does it really take to Know my Authentic Self? 

After giving it a deep serious thought and in case your answer is “Whatever it takes…”, then Welcome to the greater experience of your life 🙂

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And One More Thing

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs – CEO Apple


The Fake Moments in our Lives

Yesterday somehow I realized how much efforts we put on trying to be “someone” we are not. I didn’t see it that clear in myself, but it was very obvious in others’ behaviors. My mind started to do all the mapping, connecting what I was thinking about with my personal experiences, with friends’ experiences..and the image was suddenly clear: Yes, we do spend a lot of time and energy trying to fit in a model that do not, by any means, belong to our true essence & identity. Behind this behavior, we seek approval, acceptance, validation from others and from the whole society.

The thing is we only have ONE Life to live, so why wasting it in identifying ourselves through others? why can’t we just be ourselves? what stop us from choosing our own path? why do we insist on “duplication”, I mean being just a duplicate, another fake copy of the other? Don’t we realize how unhappy this makes us feel? How frustrating? How unworthy?

Fitting in the box of others is a true sad truth many of us live day after day. Only YOU can put an end to it. Listen to yourself, enough taming your true calling! Listen to it, give it a chance to manifest, to express and to be expressed.

Being Aware is the Key, you can’t move to the authentic part of you until you are aware you are living someone else’s life. This shall be the starting point of a journey lived truly by your own music..In the journey, there are always challenges, hardships, difficulties. So, don’t fool yourself by an imaginary too good to be true perception. The true perception lies in the results of how worthy and meaningful it is to live a life of your own choice…

“All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was.  I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.  I was naïve.  I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer.  It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with:  that I am nobody but myself.”  ~Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”


Don’t give up now…


Thoughts & Movies

In these movies, I found intriguing thoughts that ring a bell! Let me start with:

A Beautiful Mind: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268978/

Russel Crowe or Nash might be the eccentric example of someone who over-uses his mind but actually Nash exists in almost everyone of us, when we tend to analyze too much and rationalize everything around us.

Nash: What truly is logic? Who decides reason? My quest has taken me to the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back. I have made the most important discovery of my career – the most important discovery of my life. It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reason can be found…

So, the Mind is not the place where absolute truth lies. The heart is..The mind is Limited, The Heart is not..

Dr. Rosen: You can’t reason your way out of this!
Nash: Why not? Why can’t I?
Dr. Rosen: Because your mind is where the problem is in the first place!

And if the reasons of the mind sound logic, the reasons of the heart & soul sound authentic..

Alicia: How big is the universe?
Nash: Infinite.
Alicia: How do you know?
Nash: I know because all the data indicates it’s infinite.
Alicia: But it hasn’t been proven yet.
Nash: No.
Alicia: You haven’t seen it.
Nash: No.
Alicia: How do you know for sure?
Nash: I don’t, I just believe it.
Alicia: It’s the same with love I guess.

At the end, it’s all about Acceptance. There is no good for us to fight and resist back what we hate about ourselves, the good lies in our acceptance, our willingness to let go and move on..

Nash: I’ve gotten used to ignoring them and I think, as a result, they’ve kind of given up on me. I think that’s what it’s like with all our dreams and our nightmares, Martin, we’ve got to keep feeding them for them to stay alive.

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Sweet November: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0230838/

What I love about this movie is this Thrill Sarah shows for life, this passion, this excitement and desire to enjoy life as it is!

Sarah: I surrender all attempts to control life, yours or mine. I live for one thing, to make you happy; to live firmly and joyously in the moment.

In this line, Sarah reveals, what I consider, one of the real secrets of happiness. didn’t you notice that only when we stop trying to control everything around us that things get eventually better? and then she adds another enlightening line that invites to even a greater happiness is Living Fully in the moment, getting out of the past nutshell or slowing down the future projection in our minds..

Sarah: If I’ve learned anything it’s that you should have the people who love you, around you as long as you possibly can.

I get distracted sometimes too and forget about how important to be surrounded by people you share love with is, yet whenever you are struggling all you think about is a shoulder to lean on..

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Powder: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114168/

Powder is the kind of movie that may seem absurd because of the simplicity of the story but the messages behind are deep and very spiritual.

The idea of Humanity:

Donald Ripley: It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity. When I look at you, I have hope that maybe one day our humanity will surpass our technology

The idea of Separation:

Powder: Inside most people there’s a feeling of being separate, separated from everything.
Linsey: And?
Powder: And they’re not. They’re part of absolutely everyone, and everything.



Do We Live With PaSSion?

I’ve just come to realize how deep the statement “living with passion” is.

I used to think that living with passion & doing what you love with fulfillment and satisfaction is not something meant to be for everybody and that only few people enjoyed this attribute. I also had the perception that those who lived with passion were artists, philosophers, generally speaking weird people, isolated and never understood by ordinary people like us!

I developed these thoughts gradually since I rarely had the opportunity to see examples of people in my community pursuing their passion, living and becoming it..and I remember calling “Crazy” those who did it!

I started lately to read about the truth behind living the life of your dreams. Naturally the voice inside of me easily accepted these new perspectives. That’s when I knew that living with passion is not a particular right for the elite  and that we all have the CHOICE to do so only if we want to.

My job was then to discover what my passions are (I was more familiar with the term “hobbies”). It was a very hard job I must admit! I asked people how do they see me, what are my strengths, I did personality tests, read books yet the picture didn’t get any clearer..

I was just about to give up when it hit me:

I realized that living with passion does not necessarily means that you have to have a supernatural incredible fantastic gift and that only with this gift you will be able to fulfill your passion. I realized that living with passion is  simply waking up every day excited to live a new day, spending time doing what you love like playing music, listening to music, reading a good book, meditating, being around your family….etc. Living with passion is opening your heart to life, listening to your inner voice, being grateful and happy from within. Living with passion is allowing yourself to be yourself and enjoying every bit of it.