No, everything is not always fine and that's okay. And those who know me, know very well that right now I'm singing the legendary Vasco Rossi 😊
It may seem a tricky phrase, but let's try to stop for a moment and, calmly, very calmly, let's try to think about the experiences that have "marked" our lives and from which we have "learned" something, even with great effort and suffering.
It may have been a bereavement, an illness, a dismissal, an economic problem, it may be thoughts related to children, parents, our life partner, a friend ... or thoughts and emotions that concern "me", as a person, as a professional, as a mother, as a daughter, as a partner, as a friend.
Yin and Yang are two opposite, but complementary cosmological principles that are part of ancient Chinese philosophy. The symbol represents two intersecting semicircles: the yin (which represents the feminine, the cold, the night and the shadow) and the yang (which represents the masculine, the hot, the day and the light).
In the Yin and Yang dialectic, it is normal that there is an alternation: of day and night, of the Seasons, of emotions, of heat and cold, of light and shadow, of the sun and the moon.
Because nothing exists at all, but everything is related to something else and that everything contains both elements of yin and yang in different proportions. For example, day contains elements of night, and cold contains elements of warm.
This universe is moved by opposing forces that, opposing each other, make it evolve and transform. The circle then signifies the perpetual movement of the world.
"You cannot see the light without the shadow, you cannot perceive silence without noise, you cannot attain wisdom without madness".
She was all ups and downs, first fire and flames. Immediately after smoke and ashes.
And life goes on
Between ups and downs, between winters and summers.
Between joys and sorrows, between victories and defeats.
Maybe not always as we would like, but life goes on.
And the important thing is that it does not stop.
Life is like a roller coaster, it has its ups and downs, but it's your choice whether to shout or enjoy the ride.
Life is like the flow of the tides.
There are ups and downs.
What you need to remember is that during low tide
Find the most beautiful shells.
We enter life naked and we are immediately washed carefully and just after covered ... Clothes are a bit like our "home", our house, our comfort zone... And, a little, also our way of representing ourselves in society.
How many times have we felt out of place not having "guessed" the clothing for a meeting? How many times have we felt embarrassed by a stretch mark in tights, a heel that breaks suddenly, a stain of coffee or food on clothes?
When I saw the cover of the book “un uomo di poche parole”, of Carlo Greppi, met at Memoriale dello Shoah: I fell in love with it instantly: with disarming simplicity, it immediately represents a concentration camp and 2 fundamental objects for survival. A good pair of shoes and a bowl for soup.
The book is about a true story, beautiful, which makes you think and gives Hope. It is the story of Lorenzo Perrone, a man on the margins of society, who saved Primo (the famous Primo Levi)...
Why? Why did he do it, risking his life for 6 months? Perhaps because he considered it ethically correct to do so. Without gain, only out of generosity.
And it teaches me that good can exist even in extreme evil. That white is also present in the "black hole" of a concentration camp.
In these "strange" days, I have experienced many different emotions... and all with a very strong intensity. The other night I saw, by chance, the legendary film "Inside Out".
Grateful that there was a TV channel that would "lighten" the sense of helplessness.
I felt "joy" in living a unique experience together with 250 other volunteers, which began at 4 in the morning on Carnival Friday in the Porta Venezia area in Milan. In a dramatic moment, full of sadness, anger and fear, I met an Orthodox priest, from the Church of San Gregorio, named, ironically, Don Abbondio or Monsignor Avondios, who in collaboration with a Japanese Buddhist monk and with many many associations of Milan and hinterland has organized the departure of 14 vehicles (!!! 14, between Capozi trucks and private vehicles) full of medicines, food and water.
Gratitude, joy and hope… why?
Because there were so many young people under 30, on a cold morning in Milan, all with a smile and the desire to lend a hand…
Because Don Abbondio left with humanitarian aid trucks, to promote the "Odyssey of Peace". Facts not words
Because social media and technology in 2022 have made it possible to get news in real time and to draw attention to this PACE initiative.
How many times we have to find alternative solutions to "solve" small hitches in our daily lives in an original way?
I was sorting out the phone photos and I found some interesting ideas... to share as much as they make you think and smile 😊
Situation 1: you leave for a weekend and bring your legendary moka, coffee, bags of brown sugar from the Milanese Imbruttito area with you from home... but you only realize when you have to turn on the first moka of the day, the most important one for connecting the neurons and take a human appearance… and taaac… damn there are induction plates. Nooooooo!!! Ok, I admit it I walked 2 hours on Sunday morning in Oslo to look for my dose of caffeine and I only found it in a petrol station. Once back in the apartment, with more awake neurons, I had the idea of inserting the moka into a saucepan of water to have my legendary coffee 😊
Situation 2: I think it's the most beautiful photo I took in Tanzania… which represents their way of approaching life. Hakuna Matata! Need to move 2 sheep? No problem
Are you curious to know more about the phases of creative problem solving? Do you want an insight into the different cognitive levels? Do you want to know some destructuring techniques useful for the generation of new ideas and structured tools that can be implemented in organizations?
In the last month a huge door has opened for me, after 2 years in which I have not had the opportunity to go to concerts, sporting events, theaters and other events
It's like a "positive addiction"... it started on March 27 with the Louis Tomlinson concert in Oslo (and to the many who asked me "why go to a concert in Oslo???" I simply replied "because I promised to my daughter to take her to this concert with her best friends, postponed due to the pandemic... and because in Milan the concert sold out in 10 seconds on ticketone, because there were very few seats, and because among the alternatives in European cities, we have chose a city, which we did not know, to spend a weekend of culture and entertainment). Before the Louis concert, of course a visit to the Munch Museum!
An abyss has opened up inside me, a desire to return to the presence of 1,000 to live these experiences that recharge me with energy and positivity.
Probably the Universe understood that I really needed to go back to cultural and sporting events, and, by a series of combinations, I had the opportunity to go and see
a Euroleague match of Olimpia Milano, thanks to a very dear friend, Monique for friends
at the Elfo Puccini Theater to see Oedipus Rex with my son, with a chat with the director and actor
a Classical Music concert at Sforza Castle, thanks to a cousin from Aosta who informed me of the event
And all this in the last few weeks 😊
Before entering the Christmas "delirium", intense days, full of emotions (joy, sadness, fear, anger, etc.) and meetings, I wanted to share a heartfelt wish with you, who supported me and also a little endured this last year in following my dreams 🙂 🙂
today winter begins, today is the Solstice, exactly at 10.48 pm Italian time… soon!!!!
Winter Solstice… which represents the shortest day and longest night of the year. Darkness reaches its peak and it is at this very moment that change and transformation happens.
The two terms "sol" and "sistere", "Sun" and "stop", in fact make up the Latin word solstitium, which can be translated with the expression "Sun that stops", because the Sun gives the impression of stop, reaching the lowest point and therefore the lowest possible height above the horizon at noon.
For the ancient Greeks the solstices were "gates", passages between Space - time (Back Heaven) and non-space - non-time (Early Heaven); the winter solstice was the Gate of the Gods, the access to the Earlier Heaven, the return to the origin as opposed to the summer solstice which was the Gate of Men, the beginning of the Manifestation and of the Identification.
For the Romans, the guardian of the gates was Ianus, the double-faced god, to whom Ovid makes him say: "I alone guard your universe and the right to turn it around on his hinges is entirely in my power..."
Not to mention the celebrations of "chaos", such as the Roman Saturnalia (our current New Year's Eve) in which the primordial time of Kronos was called to reabsorb and recreate ordinary time. The Bingo ritual, or a similar gambling game, seems to express man's need to "replace" himself in the cosmos at the beginning of the new cycle.
A few days after the apparent "death of the sun" we celebrate the rebirth of light, the day in which the "Sun - child" begins to demonstrate its ability to re-emerge from the darkness ("Sol invictus" of the Romans).
In some of our regions we still celebrate St. Lucia (December 13), which until the fourteenth century, due to the different structure of the calendar, actually corresponded to the solstice. Whether it is St. Lucia or the Infant Jesus, however it is light that returns, accompanied by gifts, often consisting of nutritious foods, which on the one hand represent the ability of light to nourish life, on the other an invitation to "nourish within of itself" the light that has just manifested itself. The fact that they are often sweet makes those familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine think of the Earth and its function as the central pivot of the seasonal cycles.
The Christmas holidays of Western civilization have a high symbolic value in relation to inner work, starting with the Christmas tree, a representation of the Cosmic Tree of Life and of man centered between Heaven and Earth. Moreover, various other plants are associated in various cultures with Christmas, such as Juniper (Italy), Hawthorn (Great Britain), Holly and Mistletoe which in the Celtic tradition is considered an emanation of the gods towards the earth).
The traditional representation of the Nativity scene is full of these correspondences, from the hut-grotto scenario, Gate of the Earth, dominated by the comet star, the light of the celestial Yang, which guides the inner search ("...have direction in going..."), to the characters who animate it. Baby Jesus, the light that is reborn from the earth, is contemplated in silence by his parents (Yin and Yang of Later Heaven) and by the shepherds. Silent and persistent contemplation, a state of attention immersed in the center of the scene is in fact the essential nucleus of the Nativity scene, but it is also a state that is induced, albeit subliminally, in those who observe this small miniature world with a relaxed mind. The Child is warmed by the breath of the Ox and the Donkey (the Taoist alchemical tradition typically used images of animals of different builds and strengths to synthetically summarize different degrees of breathing intensity – intention applied in the inner work). To conclude with the Magi, representatives of Inner Knowledge, offer their precious gifts: Gold (royalty and power = completion of the Work), Incense (sacredness, communication with the subtle planes of being = mediation function), Myrrh ( healing power).
The winter solstice represents the moment of maximum immobility, silence and darkness (Yin), and the strong seasonal forces, which manifest at this moment, facilitate the journey towards the root of our interiority.
We are in the water phase - not the clear water of the sea on an August day, but the water of the sea on a winter night, which does not allow us to see the bottom: this phase has the following characteristics: in nature it is the night, the moon, the black, the north, winter, the energy that is eclipsed… in our “daily” life it is depth, will, old age, conclusion, fear and it is related to the kidney.
The transition from autumn to the coldest winter affects our emotions and our mood. We may be feeling homesick, lethargic, and melancholy, and our fears are likely to come to the surface these days.
For all those who practice meditation, today is a unique day! remember ... "One day of practice at the winter solstice equals six months of practice."
“The power of the dark night that holds its breath to give birth to the new day……”
Here are two excerpts from Huangdi Neijing, the Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine
"These days, people have changed their way of life. They drink wine as if it were water, overindulge in destructive activities, drain their jing (life energy), the body essence stored in the kidneys, and deplete their qi (energy). They don't know the secret to conserving their energy and vitality.
Seeking emotional excitement and momentary pleasures, people are ignorant of the natural rhythm and order of the universe."
"During the winter months all things in nature wither, hide, come home and enter a period of rest, just as lakes and rivers freeze over and snow falls. This is a time when yin dominates yang. Therefore one should refrain from abusing yang energy. Go to bed early and get up with the sunrise, which is later in the winter. Desires and mental activity should be silenced and subdued. Sexual desires in particular should be restrained, as if one were keeping a happy secret. Stay warm, avoid cold and keep skin pores closed. Avoid sweating. The philosophy of the winter season is one of conservation and storage.Without such practice damage to the kidney energy will result. This will cause "wei jue" or weakness, muscle atrophy and coldness in spring, which manifests as stiffness, exhaustion, arthritis or degeneration of bones and tendons."
For some people the "Befana" arrived last night, for others "The Three Wise Men" or "Los Reyes", for many the end of the Christmas holidays is approaching... for other people in other parts of the world it is not nothing happened... but for everyone tonight is Full Moon Eve 🙂
A magical evening... take advantage of it!!!
Saturday, January 7, 2023, five minutes after midnight, will be the Full Moon in Cancer.
It is always very powerful, because this zodiac sign is represented by our satellite. For this reason, the Moon in Cancer is even more sensitive, feminine, delicate and protective.
The first full moon of the year will be a micromoon, because our satellite will be close to apogee (the point of its orbit farthest from our planet) and therefore will appear smaller than usual. I won't miss it for sure... and you?
Entrust your thoughts to the Moon, express your wishes and go to bed to rest with a unique lightness
a thought from the mountains of my childhood 🙂
Africa sickness takes you suddenly... you don't know "why" but you can't help it. There is no point in opposing it because it sticks to your soul. When we speak of "evil" we think of a disease or, in any case, of something negative, well, for me it should be called something else... awareness? Freedom? Back to the origins? Nostalgia?
I would have gone back to Africa, but not to earn a living, for this I only needed a couple of pencils and a few hundred sheets of cheaper paper. But I would go back there, where I liked to live, really live, not just spend the days. (Ernest Hemingway)
You can take it or not… but if you take it, you already know that you will never recover from it
For me it wasn't lightning, but it took me 2 days to "let go" Milanese thoughts and immerse myself in a thousand new adventures and in a totally different world from the one I had experienced up until then. Strong smells and perfumes that have entered my soul. Unimaginable colors, which will always remain imprinted in my heart. Always smiling people, despite having much much less than us, referring to material goods and daily comforts.
We often take the comforts of "modern" life for granted: running water in the house, hot water for washing, electricity, paved roads, 24-hour supermarkets... you never know... maybe you'll have a sudden attack of hunger at 3 in the morning... or deliveries of any order within 24 hours…
Children of all ages go to school by themselves, walking and singing on the dirt roads, with joy and serenity.
The women have to walk hours and hours to fetch water with mules and tanks to fill. They are in charge of building the house… on top of everything else. and there are those who create a wonderful flowerbed with what they have available 🙂
Africa is in the shape of a heart… it is mad love what I feel for it.(Anonymous)
Africa already touched my soul during the flight: from up there it looked like an ancient bed of humanity. And at an altitude of 4000 meters, sitting on the clouds, I seemed to be a seed carried by the wind. (Saul Bellow)
I wanted only one thing then: to go back to Africa. I hadn't left it yet, but every time I woke up at night, I listened, filled with nostalgia. (Ernest Hemingway)