When you spell the name of the city, you have to do it in CAPS- it’s only right.
Something about it’s epic history;  City on top of city, a patriarchal monument to ego etched in marble at all stages of grand decay.  Lower case just doesn’t do it justice.

And then there’s nature … then there’s the Wisteria … they’re everywhere, dripping fecundity-the promise of spring and new beginnings- the divine feminine which pervades every space, and fills every breath.
Their subtle fragrance lacing every experience, informing every glance and ambient aroma- cafe latte and bread fresh from the oven. Hot sun and cool air, the smell of wood burning from the artisanal pizza ovens …

When I look at the image of the wisteria, the thing that my mind recalls first is the quality of life I experienced for 5 wonderful days.

photo-21 I didn’t use my cell phone once while I was over there. Now ask me if I missed it.
Not one bit. Not at all.
Life was just fine without it, and in fact, life was MUCH BETTER before it.
Any of you remember what it was like to actually live in the moment?
Do we really live in the moment now?
In order to do this, we have to make some powerful concerted efforts that go beyond the brief meditation that precedes our yoga practice or follows it.

Making total eye contact with the person or people you are talking to … allowing yourself the space and time- uninterrupted, undistracted quality time to savor what is right before you.

How often do you do this?

Something fitting that comes to mind now is the Heart Sutra …

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha.

This is a mantra that not only clears all distraction, but more importantly, the suffering that arises from it.

It is one of the loveliest and most powerful mantras I’ve ever experienced, and I have to thank my friend, Kevin Starbard for reminding me of it at his inspiring and beautifully taught Feng Shui class that I recently took before leaving on my trip.

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