Month: July 2011

Day 8: Dharma Mittra yoga, street alleys & sushi

What happens when you put the two greatest things in the world together – sushi and yoga? You have a pretty awesome day. Especially when your yoga instructor is Dharma Mittra-trained (or should I say inspired?) and your sushi is from a restaurant called Sen-Ryo in IFC, Hong Kong. My saving grace? “Learn to let go of the negative thoughts. Never harbour them. As soon as a negative thought enters your head – witness it, acknowledge it and then slowly pull it away and out of your head and place it in the trash. This is where it belongs. As soon as we are able to let go of negative thoughts, you’ll see, the whole world becomes a beautiful place. Everything! Even a street alley becomes a place of beauty, if we have no negative thing to say about it…”

Day 7: Hiking in Hong Kong and one more week at home…

I always said there was a lesson to be learned in physically climbing up a mountain. There is a moment of reflection as the spirit in you takes a rest as the body is forced to attend its shift and do a bit of work for a change. Today I was reminded that: sometimes, the best views in life are the ones you reach after a period of struggle. you need to be kind to yourself – trying to scale up a steep hill on 2 hours of sleep and fuelled by 3 intense doses of concentrated caffeine first thing in the morning would drive anyone nearly off the side of a cliff (I now have a bruised leg to show for this!) we need to drink lots of water. a car doesn’t run on an empty tank. it’s alright to slow down. it’s fun to speed up. one needs to breathe to move forward. it’s alright to admit defeat. it’s alright to ask for help. some people know the way better than you do. …

Day 6: 'Eat, Pray, Love' and typhoon weather

There’s nothing like reading a heartwarming book in the middle of a typhoon, when the constant swirling wind around you embraces you from the outside while the words caress your soul from the inside. Thankfully, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’  (the book) is much better than the film. Some things are just better in written word. When you want someone to really pay attention, I find it’s almost always best to have them read it. While it is easy to get sucked into the flickering lights on the screen and the whole cinematic environment – we are always spoon-fed the visuals and there is a passiveness to the act of sitting back and letting the story unroll before our eyes. On the other hand, you have to turn the page to see the rest of the story when you’re reading a book. You have to use your own imagination – paint your own picture, cast your own stars and give voice to their words. I guess with a book, you have more of a connection because of this responsibility. A …

Day 4: Fake meat and city beats

There’s two themes for today: food for the soul and food for the heart. Food for the soul When you’ve got vegetarian friends and red meat starts to become less and less appealing, thank god for tofu! I could / would become vegan for this stuff. According to Hindu philosophy,  sāttvika food is food that is: uncontaminated does not spread evil or disease in the world purifies its surroundings by its very presence alone healthy nutritious clean Having a Sattvic diet is therefore about cultivating a steady, calm and peaceful state of mind. As a result, a sattvika man or woman is one that can “work with no attachment to the result”.  In other words, everything a sattvika man or woman does is done for the pleasure of the immediate moment – the process and not the outcome. A more familiar adage would be, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” Food for the heart Now imagine you’re trying to be all “sattvic”, walking around a city like Hong Kong… I tell you, it’s almost impossible! …

Day 3: 4 am phone conversations and the healing nature of POO!

When you can’t sleep and you consciously resist the night that leads to the following day… you gotta be thankful for the 4am phone conversations that help to ease your restless mind, and the friends that diligently write you up meditation instructions in the middle of the night while they themselves can’t sleep because of… an aching leg. I suppose you also have to be thankful for the friends that scream “POO!” in the middle of a conversation, just to make you laugh. Yes – “POO!” – who knew it could be as simple as that?

Day 2: A free yoga class and a lesson on "svaroopa"

Today’s theme was on a yogic concept called Svaroopa. Sva = Self, referring to the truth of your purest self within Roopa = form Svaroopa = true self that dwells within; the timeless essence that is the foundation of your own being. It is, our yoga teacher described, the very thing that makes a rock, a rock – “What gives a rock its, well, rock-ness!” Throughout our lives we go through a series of moments and events, all very different from one another, some challenging, some a piece of cake. But throughout and within all of these moments, there is a connecting thread that is our approach, the essence of us dealing with all of these events. It is what allows us to say things like, “Oh, that is such a Krissa thing to do!” Or, “how typical of him / her!” According to our guru, Svaroopa is the essence of every thing in this universe. It’s my “me-ness”, your “you-ness” and the purest, most indivisible characteristics of water that makes it “water”. Svaroopa yoga then is about …

Day 1: Seeing my grandfather for the last time…

Lolo with Katrina, Krissa & Syra in Lake Taho, Christmas 1992 From St Lucia to London, London to Sydney, Sydney to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Manila… it has been a crazy few weeks of travelling and business over the last 2 weeks – most especially in the last 48 hours. My invitation to visit a new Client in Sydney couldn’t have come more opportune. It meant that 1) my career has taken yet another leap and new challenges await 2) I get to spend time with the family in Hong Kong at a time when both they and I probably need it the most and most importantly: 3) I got to spend 24 hours in Manila to say good-bye to my grandfather. For all that’s happened in the last few months and most especially the last few weeks, today I am grateful that I got to say hello, thank you and goodbye to the man who spent his entire life making sure that his family – my mother, and all 7 aunts and uncles …