The Mirror Effect

May 24th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

We are all a mirror for one another.  Whenever we express an opinion about someone, it’s also a reflection of what we see in ourselves.  The truth is that it’s always about us.  As spiritual beings, we are consciously or unconsciously trying to better ourselves at all times.  Even when we choose a more difficult path.  

The big challenge is to be aware of the moments when we think or say things about others, and immediately reflect on what we are saying or thinking.  Do I see that in me?  Have I behaved in such way as well?  Reflecting on this allow us to examine our behavior and to make a decision to change.  It also gives us a sense of gratitude for the person that we are criticizing.  After all, they are mirroring ourselves and providing us with a very efficient tool for our growth.

Step into the uncomfortable place of looking at yourself in the mirror through the image of others!  It will make you realize how connected you are with everyone and how much you can grow together!

With energy,

Ana

Radio Interview

March 25th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

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

March 21st, 2012 by Ana Scherer

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.

 

 

 

A New View From the Top

February 28th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

Last week I went snowboarding in Japan with my husband.  Japan was a great option because we were told that the snow there was softer and more forgiving to our imminent falls.  As former athletes who really enjoy a physical challenge, we were very excited about trying to master snowboarding in six days!

As I came face to face with the steeper hills however, I felt anxious and a bit hesitant to go down weaving together all my turns as I had learned to do on a flatter surface.  So, whenever faced with a nearly perpendicular slope, I decided to go down the easier way sweeping from the right to the left using my hills as a break.  When the third day came around, the wind and snow were so intense that I could not see beyond five meters ahead of me.  I had no option but to focus on my next turn, and the next, and the next, without thinking about the steep hill ahead of me.  All I could do was make one turn at the time until I made it to the bottom.  After the run, I realized that I had just gone down the steeper parts weaving all my turns beautifully!  I didn’t feel anxious and it was all because could not see the steep hill ahead of me.

Many times we feel overwhelmed when we think about our big vision and all that we need to do to get there.  We feel anxious, just like I felt when looking down that steep hill.  When we design a plan and break down the steps to get where we want to go, we understand the importance of each action leading up to the big vision.  As I went down the hill with no option but to focus on my next turn and where it was taking me, I didn’t focus on the fear and anxiety.  I was too busy trying to make one turn at the time!  Besides, I already knew where I was going and all I had to do in order to get there was to keep moving.

We need to take the time to design our vision and let it pull us forward like a magnet.  Then, we need to design our steps and focus on making them a reality.  All we need to do is focus on the next step, and the next, until we get to our vision!  Our vision serves as a source of inspiration and empowerment and not of anxiety and overwhelm.  When we go back to it we need to feel joy, excitement, inspiration and happiness!

Build your vision, enjoy the clarity it gives you and focus on the steps to make it your reality.  It only takes one step to start the journey. 

With energy,

Ana

 

Love Is In The Air!

February 5th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

It’s a beautiful moment in the Maldives.  The sun is coming down as I watch my husband swim and snorkel in the clear water right in front of our cabana.  The full moon is gearing up to making her appearance tonight.  For a moment it seems that the whole world simply stopped to take a breath.  A deep breath…

I also stopped for a deep breath as I just finished a walk around the beach.  I saw couples taking pictures, people laughing enjoying themselves, others looking for corals and shells on the shore, a family celebrating their holiday in the water…  One of the most interesting things I saw however, were messages of love.  People wrote their words on the sand in Chinese, Japanese, English and drew hearts with their initials inside.  Love is in the air here in our island.  I too joined the band and wrote the world LOVE in all the languages I know.  While doing so, I though about the people I love and the people I wish would let love inside their hearts.  Another magic moment in the Maldives…

The more I meet people and listen to their stories, the more I understand that it is all about love.  That’s what we all want and when we don’t get it, we fall ill, we let negativity enter our lives and we feel depressed.  Love brings in laughter, light, joy, clarity and creativity into our lives.  Love is the essence of our beings because love is the essence of our Creator.

However, love doesn’t come from the outside.  It is not something someone will give you.  Love comes from the inside; from loving ourselves with all our weaknesses, strengths, passions, idiosyncrasies, and shortcomings.  That will lead the way to truly loving others, our planet, animals, plants, a good and a difficult situation; basically everyone and everything you come across!  

It’s a big vision but it all starts with ourselves!  A good exercise is to ask some of your friends what are the qualities they love about yourself.  Resist the temptation to argue with them; just listen and take notes or ask them to send them to you.  Observe yourself acting in the ways your friends described you and focus on that.  Expand the list later with the qualities you see in yourself.  Come on, give it a try!  You will be surprised how wonderful you truly are!

With energy and sun from the Maldives,

Ana