FeMENists Unite!

Earlier this summer, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. The Harry Potter actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. headquarters in New York to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.

Watson’s speech, which was met with a thunderous standing ovation, not only called for action from male allies, but clarified a persistent misconception about feminism in general.

Gosh. This deserves a standing ovation indeed. Emma is powerful and unwavering. She is firm and decided. She knows what she believes in and what she’s standing on that podium for. You can see it and you can feel it. She standing up there for me. For you. She’s standing up for anyone, she’s standing up for everyone because that’s what Gender Equality is all about. We are equals. Granted we are all unique, we have different talents and specialties, but we should all be given the same right to choose who we want to be and what we want to do.

I have been a victim of gender inequality my entire existence. Everything was a cycle. I was born a girl so my religion and culture already painted the picture of my future for me…I was going to grow up, be taught how to be the perfect wife and get married. In school, I wanted to play football but my mother scolded me and told me only boys play football and that I had to take ballet lessons. As a teenager, I loved walking through the men’s section in H&M but i felt shame for liking and wanting something that wasn’t made for me. I felt as if I was insulting my femininity. Why couldn’t I be more like the person “they” wanted me to be? Of course I laugh about it now but God is life hard when you’re a hormonal teenager trying to figure yourself out and finding firm ground to stand on.

I declared myself a feminist when I decided I no longer wanted to shave my legs to make someone else feel comfortable with them. I declared myself a feminist when I wanted to study and my society didn’t see the point if I was just going to become a housewife and a mother anyways. If I had “feminist” parents, family members, mentors and employers maybe I wouldn’t have suffered so much. I might’ve chosen a different career, I might have never worn pantyhose in my life, I might have never felt inferior or unworthy to a man.

This is an invitation to men.

This is an invitation to all of us…

Let’s support Emma. Let’s support Equality. Let’s support each other. Let’s support HeForShe.

Holding on to Letting Go…

I’ve written a million posts about letting go, I know it’s good for the soul. I promote the harshest removal of everything and anything in life that doesn’t make you happy. It’s a process I’ve been working on personally as well. For me its been a process of destruction and transformation. I’ve had to destroy the things I didn’t want, destroy the person I didn’t want to be in order to end up with the person I am. It’s hard. It’s really hard, I’m not going to lie, I’m not going to sit in this lazy couch and tell you it’s easy. There came a point where I was actively working on letting go of things and I thought I had come a long way, so long that i began to settle for where i was and who I was. I began to start a process of acceptance. It was all roses and cozy until very recently.

I was confronted with my neglect. I had neglected to continue my process of removing the garbage from within. They were still things there and even though I had piled a bunch of goodness on top, there was still crap at the bottom. Sigh.

It’s like climbing a mountain and finding a shortcut that in the end isn’t really a shortcut because it’s full of difficulties, then you get on the other side and you realize you’re not where you’re supposed to be so you have to go back to where you came from and STILL climb the mountain on top of that.. Double Sigh.

But that’s life, no? It’s all about the struggle I’ve learned. It’s what makes us or breaks us. We’ve all heard the Butterfly story I’m sure. We each have our cocoon or mountain or hurricane or storm to go through.

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In class today (Life has granted me the amazing opportunity to attend a awesome Spiritual University… but that deserves its own post so we’re going to put a temporary pin on it), we did an exercise of writing what we want to let go of on paper and in the end we would literally set it on fire!

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I can’t explain the feeling of watching it burn. You might think rituals are ridiculous but this one was healing. As I saw that paper filled with all the things that still haunt me, I felt my inner fire burning. I was letting go again. I was purifying, cleansing myself. I felt lighter. I am now committed to letting go, it’s a constant process because we are always accumulating things. I advise you to do the exercise if you can, if you can’t then just write them down, take the power out of them. Let Go!

To conclude, I’ve written a poem that pretty much sums up the whole experience for me. I’m glad to share it with you in the hopes it might inspire you:

Today I was given a lifetime opportunity.

I was asked to let go

Of all the things I don’t want,

I don’t need.

To write them on paper at least.

To throw them in the crucible

To burn them…

From within.

It’s hard to come to terms

With the things you hold on to

That no longer serve you.

Where to start?

My fears,

My doubts,

My insecurities.

My constant need for acceptance and approval,

Associating my worth to my body,

Feeling like I don’t fit the standard definition of “pretty”,

My mistakes, my flaws, my faults

My guilt,

My expectations.

“Let them go” a little voice whispered to me.

Let them go and live from your soul.

Allow yourself to be.

That beautiful, wonderful being that you are

That perfection in you

Because that’s what you are.

You are perfect.

You’re the reason

the definition of the word perfect even exists,

because there is nothing perfect in this world

yet we know what it is.

Listen to your heart.

Let it go…

Everything you think you are,

Everything you think you know,

And just breathe.

Just be.

Because in that being,

Dwells a divine masterpiece.

Have an awesome day :)

Nirvana is a Second Long

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swam through him
that everything
was
beautiful
there,
that it would always
stay beautiful
there.

Sound familiar?

Paulo Coehlo also makes reference to this feeling. He calls it the Magic Moment.

When was the last time you looked around and felt as if everything around you, including yourself, was pure magic?

But if people really pay attention in their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.
It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seems the same to us.
But that moment exists – a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

We are surrounded by it. It surrounds us. We are a part of it. It is a part of us. Each second, each breathe, each thought is a vivid life force. We shouldn’t waste a single one.

Look around you. Really look. See it yet? Rub your eyes and look again. There is someone in front of you breathing in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide, isn’t that amazing? The temperature of the Sun is more than 5000 degrees Celsius yet we’re all still alive. Isn’t that something? You just turned on the radio and your favorite song started to play, cool right? Your new neighbor said hello to you today. Your newborn just learned how to walk. You finally found your wife’s secret hiding place for your keys. You didn’t wake up with bedhead today. You were 10 feet away from the heater but you felt its warmth. You found a pair of matching socks. Drivers were overly kind with you during your jaywalking incident. There was no line at the supermarket. The cashier smiled at you and you felt it was sincere. Someone finished your sentence. There is a flower growing in a desert somewhere out there. Someone is getting married right now. It rained today and you noticed how the raindrops hit the leaves. You noticed. You really noticed. You took it in and let it swim in there. You became aware.

You were here. You are here. Here you are still. This is your present, this is your moment, this second of this day can be as beautiful as you want to make it out to be. Trust me. So if you could choose to, wouldn’t you want to make it awesome?

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he heard the other
passengers
speaking
of other things,
or they were
reading
or
attempting to
sleep.
they had not
noticed
the
magic.

It doesn’t matter if someone else notices it. If someone sees what you see, they’re living their own reality. They have their own magic moment. The most you can do is share yours but what is yours is yours alone and that’s the gracefulness of it I think. You can be that light in someone’s heart. You can be a fire in the dark.

Please share some of your magic moments with me :)

 

Carol Rossetti – WOMEN

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Yes, Yes, Yes! This is pure WIN!!! I hope one day we see these posters in commercials and billboards. Enough with stereotyping, discriminating, double standards. No matter how we are, what we do or what we look like, as long as we are happy and being true to ourselves then screw it! We are beautifully unique and we should always celebrate it <3

Originally posted on Project Naked:

This is one of the reasons I love facebook and can’t quite give it up because I come across amazing things like this from the various pages I follow. This is the amazing work by Carol Rossetti, so simple yet so powerful! I wanted to share on the blog because I felt it so fitting and something a lot of woman will relate to. Also the illustrations are just too KICK ASS not to share.

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Posted with permission. Please go to http://https://www.behance.net/carolrossetti to see more of her amazing work!

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12 Steps to Thrive

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12 Steps to Thrive

You’ve probably heard or read about each of these steps a million times, but a million and one never hurts. It’s not the theory that we’re missing, it’s the practice. This wonderful artwork made by Arianna Huffington in collaboration with Mindvalley is a perfect daily reminder of what we need to do in order to thrive (in my world it’s just about being).

Print it out if you like and stick it somewhere nice;

look at it at least twice and listen to that little voice inside :)

 

To access a larger resolution of the picture to print click here.

Photo Compliments: Mindvalley.com

 

A Witness to Happiness

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While this may be a commercial for life insurance, it is not so far from the truth. In every corner of the Earth, we can find people just like this man. I know it to be true because I have met these people in my life. Graceful, humble, generous, kind souls. Unsung Heroes.

Modern society is a little obsessed with being seen, known, recognized. Everything is done with the intention of someone recognizing it. Social media fuels this obsession. Our thoughts are shared with thousands of people and we’re able to instantly get feedback.

But this is all a façade. We don’t share what’s really important, we hardly ever share the truth. So what are we really sharing?

Not everyone needs to receive a benefit to do a good deed. A little humanity would tell you to help the old lady cross the street, to buy a snack for the homeless man, to take a stray dog to a shelter.

A good deed never goes unnoticed, the Universe has eyes and ears everywhere.

What we need are more people that recognize and accept love as a currency…

That consider emotions as a payment to be worth our efforts.

In doing so, we reach a deeper understanding.

We get the feeling that we understand what this life is all about…

Love.

Feeling it, sharing it, being it.

It’s funny. I’ve always thought that money was what corrupted the world. Before we invented currency, we participated in barter where people would exchange goods or services among each other. It seemed to have work so well for centuries until well… greed came into the picture. People weren’t sure if they were getting as much as they were giving. Was one cow worth five pigs? Hence the invention of currency.

Nowadays, with all the uses of money we are more concerned with the things money cany buy… and it all boils down to one thing and one thing only:

Love.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle

 

Let’s go out there and do something loving today :)

 

Are You Intuitive?

Each one of has has a channel which we can use to tune into our intuition. Some of us take it for granted while the rest of us don’t really know what to make of it. To me, intuition is that ‘gut feeling’, that decision or thought that you have before the rationalization of things kick in, before logic takes over, before our mind has time to take control.

The first time we meet someone, when we feel uneasy, when we are faced with a big decision… these are all moments where intuition has a role to play. Your intuition affects not just one… but ALL areas of your life.

Tapping into your intuition can help you make better decisions, manifest new possibilities, attract the right people, magnetize money and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

 So the question is, how intuitive are you?

 

I invite you to take this Intuition Quiz brought to you by Mindvalley.

 

My response was:

YOU ARE TUNED IN WITH YOUR INTUITION A LOT OF THE TIME

Can’t complain :)

If you are interested in learning more about your ‘superpower‘ then I’d also like to invite you to join the free course that Mindvalley alongside Sonia Choquette have organized starting April 29th. It’s called “Using Your Intuition for Fun and Profit”.

It promises to help you hear clear advice, protect you from danger, and even give you glimpses of your future.

It could totally transform the way you make decisions.

What’s to lose, right?

See you there!