Archive for March, 2012

Radio Interview

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Below you will find the link for my latest radio interview with Crystal Kwok on her program “Kwok Talk” last Wednesday.

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ttp://programme.rthk.hk/channel/radio/programme.php?name=radio3/kwok_talk&p=5160&pid=80215&m=photo&e=172841

I had a lot of fun and we talked about empowering expatriate women living in Hong Kong.

Hope you enjoy it!

With energy,

Ana

Perfect As Is

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I have a fantastic teacher in Jerusalem with whom I talk twice a month.  It’s always a joy to talk to Rabbi Schwartz and to learn with him.

This week we discussed that, if we have the right tools, we can live life in a constant state of joy.  We can build our own paradise right here on earth.  There is an amazing difference when we decide to look at life with equanimity lenses – a concept that sees everything that we receive as perfect and ideal for our growth.  When begin to see life being perfect as is and that changes everything!

Rabbi Schwartz mentioned this point on his latest newsletter and I reproduce it here with his permission:

(Hashem means “The Name” and it is one of the ways in the Jewish tradition that we address G-d).

“The outlook that is demanded for us to be Perfect AS IS perceivers of reality, is that we have to see the world as something that is basically a gift, life is a gift from Hashem, and as our Sages say, ‘Everything that Hashem sends to us is good, it’s perfect.’ Even though it seems to be far from perfect, and full of what seems to be difficulties and problems and flaws and blemishes and hard-to-cope-with reality, nevertheless, we are urged by our Sages to see that everything that comes our way is Perfect AS IS.”

So, to see life as perfect as is, we need to have faith that all is well and taken care of even if it doesn’t seem that way.  It requires us to have a long term vision and to persist.  Lately I’ve been thinking that our wildly disseminated lack of patience is truly a lack of faith.  We say very non-chalantely that we don’t have a lot of patience for anything which truly means we are not willing to trust that the blessings are coming our way.

Sometimes ideas need to simmer a bit in order to become ripe and ready to use, relationships need nurturing to fully blossom, people need practice in order to learn a new habit; everywhere we look there is a need for patience; a need for faith that things will turn out all right in the end.

Try for one day to receive whatever comes at you saying to yourself:  “It is perfect as is.” Try not to question, not to argue with yourself.  Just repeat this mantra and see what happens.  As always, I am curious to know how it turns out for you.  Enjoy being perfect as is!

With energy,

Ana

*If you want to know more about Rabbi Schwartz’s work, go to www.paradiseprinciple.com.