Changing Faces…

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“No matter what may have happened yesterday, a new day of fresh possibility has dawned. You’re not the same person today as you were yesterday.” (Daisaku Ikeda)

Every moment is an opportunity to change your story and start again. As we move through our daily lives, we are always evolving even if we don’t realise it at the time. It is true that we are not the same person as we were yesterday. In some ways that can bring a great deal of comfort. It all depends on perspective.

Wherever we are in life is where we are meant to be. It is full of lessons and full of surprises too. The most important thing is to focus on what we have now and what we can do now. There is always something we can do… always.

I can think of many situations over the years that felt impossible to overcome but what has really helped me is to have that deep knowing and faith in something larger than myself. It has helped me to look beyond myself and see new possibilities. In doing so it has created space and allowed changes to bring forth what is needed for my soul evolution.

Sometimes in life we don’t get what we want but I believe we get what we need. Navigating ourselves through changes is not always easy and sometimes its best to go with the flow, letting our experiences reveal to us more of who we are and what we need to know when the time is right. In the meantime, be glad and appreciative of what you have and life will always give you more to be grateful for. Celebrate who you were and who you are becoming.

Love and blessings,
Lisa

 

 

Treasures of the Heart

“More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body,
and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all.”
(Nichiren Daishonin)

As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, I love this quote. It teaches that no matter what we have in terms of our material possessions and what is happening in our bodies when it comes to our health, there is one thing that can never be taken away from us and that is who we are. What is important is living with a heart of faith and believing in something bigger than ourselves. We all have that power to create a life of value and to be able to turn karma into mission for the good of all. We all have something to give always.

Since returning from India last month, I have felt a huge energetic shift which has caused my life to turn upside down or so it may seem. There are moments where I felt I was entering into another dark night of the soul but with determination and faith in my Buddhist practice I have this deep knowing that everything will be ok. Right now I am observing my life with kindness and compassion as part of my daily practice. Sometimes it is easy to forget who we are and how far we have come when life throws us a curveball.

I see my circumstances as neither good nor bad. They are opportunities to awaken the spirit and life-force within. The spiritual path is not always easy but it is so worth it. It allows a deeper connection to the Universe and brings new levels of awareness to life itself. It brings a new dimension in which we can feel empowered as people. Life is a precious gift and the gratitude I feel inside my heart fills me with aliveness. There are many blessings all around us if we pay close enough attention. There is value in simplicity that brings wholeness to each experience. There is joy beneath the sorrow, calm amidst the stormy seas and love inside your fears. Love always wins and this is the greatest treasure of all.

If you are reading this and also experiencing energetic shifts as the world vibrates at a higher frequency, know that that there is a reason for everything and always have faith in what will be. You Are The One.

Love and blessings,
Lisa

Ecuador’s Best Kept Secret

I am currently travelling in Ecuador on a dream holiday that I have been working towards for nearly 2 years. I can’t believe it’s really happening. It has taken a lot for me to get here but I am loving it.

What most people don’t know is that the original trip I planned was cancelled on me right at the last moment which left me devastated. During that time I felt so lost and unsure of my next steps. It made me question everything and I wondered whether I would be going at all. It really tested my faith but I knew I had a choice… I decided to trust exactly like I had done in the last 2 years.

As I allowed myself to be guided, it led me to a company that created personalised itineraries in South America and it happened so easily I knew this was it. My excitement was back! I literally had one week to bring it all together and I went for it.
That’s all I can say is that the experiences I have had so far is beyond anything I could have imagined or planned for myself. Life is like that sometimes.

It led me to the most beautiful place on the first part of my trip… El Monte Sustainable Lodge in Mindo, right in the heart of the Cloud Forest. This place has deeply touched my heart and it’s all thanks to the most charming couple, Tom and Marriela who built and created this lodge. I am so inspired by their dedication and the love they have put into it. You can feel it when you get here.

This place is like no other. Firstly you have to cross a river via a cable car to get to the lodge. I screamed like a girl when I crossed for the first time, which made me laugh. Now I’m used to it and it’s such a cool part of the experience.

The lodge itself is paradise – a place to unplug and really appreciate what nature has to offer, to go back to simplicity in the best way and to connect. You have views of the Cloud Forest all around you, nearby nature trails leading to amazing waterfalls, as well as a choice to see THE Cock of the Rock. Yes that name really exists and it’s a famous bird in this area.

I love the surrounding sounds of nature. It gives you time to relax and hear yourself think. It inspired me to want to write this blog post and to not worry about how it would be received. Expression is art in so many different ways. The cabin I am residing in and the entire place itself is living proof of what is possible when you move towards your dreams.

Always believe in yourself and know that anything is possible. And if life takes you on a detour, no matter how big or small, please don’t be discouraged.

Had my original planned trip to Ecuador not been cancelled I wouldn’t be where I am today… absolute paradise (I’m sure there’s a metaphor here somewhere).

The best part of the lodge for me is the food (surprise, surprise). It is out of this world and some of the BEST food I ever tasted. They use fresh ingredients mostly from their own garden and you can tell. I feel very nourished by it and it has been just what I needed since I have been unwell before arriving at this lodge. The food is so good I will probably be dreaming about it for a long time to come. Life is delicious!

With love from Ecuador,

Lisa