Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year to all my dear Readers

and greetings from the small town of Stonehaven in north eastern Scotland, where in a few hours the world famous Fireball Ceremony will begin. It's exciting, quite dangerous, accompanied by a band of bagpipes and a troop of drummers.

And just to end this amazing year, can I share a miracle that happened a just a few days ago.

Please believe me, if you don't already, miracles happen. Spontaneous healing happens. Realignment in relationships can happen anywhere, and at any moment. And that's exactly what's happened in my personal life, on Thursday.

Too personal yet to share, but universal to all who have been seriously estranged from a loved one for years. This has been a real Christmas ( re birth of love) miracle. The joy in my heart that my personal, tired, 'war zone' has miraculously, completely evaporated, is indiscribable. All that old pain and anger and disappointment on both sides simply does not exist any more. It's gone. How can I be sure ? There are no certainties in life, except one day we will all die, so I'm trusting the bigger picture, as always. Shifts happen. Miracles exist. Thoughts become things.

May each one of you also experince your hearts greatest longing, and may this New Year bring you closer to your deepest most beautiful self. Namaste to everyone of you.


PS. And to celebrate, I just booked my next flight to Peru !

Monday, 26 December 2011

Life is...





Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Becoming yourself



'You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself...

To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to seek yourself is to have found yourself, for now. And now is all we have, and love is who we are.'
Anne Lamott.



Photos by Cristian Calderon.
To read the whole article by Anne,visit Ian Lawton at his www.soulseeds .com




Also from soulseeds.com...


Vietnamese Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hahn offers this reminder:

“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech . . . I vow to cultivate loving speech. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering . . . I vow to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain, and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or community to break.”

Thank you Ian, your website is truly inspirational, that's why I'm sharing these extracts!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

No se trata de...

Este es el discurso que pronuncié en nuestro evento para recaudar fondos para los niños en varias aldeas en el Valle Sagrado del Perú



Me encantaría hablar con ustedes durante horas sobre los niños que he conocido en el Perú. Las historias sobre sus vidas, pero voy a ser breve, sólo voy a compartir una historia. Nuestro tiempo es limitado esta mañana.

Tres jóvenes hermanas caminaban cuatro horas al comedor infantil de Washi en Ollantaytambo para conseguir un cepillo de dientes gratis, de cada una, y pasta de dientes, tambien gratis.
Miles de cepillos de dientes fueron a ser donados por una empresa norteamericana. Algo salió muy mal con los arreglos, y los cepillos de dientes no llegaron a Ollantaytambo.

Las niñas eran muy filosófica acerca de esta decepción.

Les compré algo de fruta y chocolate, una bolsa de arroz y algunas verduras para llevar a casa a su mamá, y nos fuimos a hacer una pequeña merienda antes de comenzar su largo camino a casa.

Cuando le pregunté a la niña de 12 años lo que quería hacer cuando saliera de la escuela, me dijo con una gran sonrisa:

"Voy a ser un astronauta!"

Su gran sueño me partía el corazón, y pensé que si la puedo ayudar de alguna manera, lo haré.


La vida para las hermanas, y todas las familias en el Valle Sacrado en la época de lluvias y cuando nieva, es difícil.

Miles de familias en esta parte del Perú no tienen electricidad. No tienen agua en sus casas primitivas y, ciertamente, no tienen baños, al igual que los pueblos de las Alpujarras hace 50 años.

Pero lo que tienen es su fe en Pacahamama. Su creencia en su bondad es extraordinaria. He visto grupos de niños pequeños en los Andes haciendo ceremonias a Pacahamama, pidiendo la fertilidad para sus cabras y ovejas. Podemos aprender mucho de estas personas de muchas maneras.

Hoy les pido que sean generosos y me ayuden a ayudarles esta navidad. La caridad www.paskay.org tiene la costumbre de llevar Chocolate caliente, un pan dulce y un pequeño regalo a miles de niños que viven en estas aldeas remotas.

Estos niños no tienen igualdad de acceso a recursos. Pero tienen recursos que están más allá de nuestra comprensión. No se trata de que seamos ricos y ellos pobres. No. Mediante nuestra ayuda les demostramos que se preocupamos por ellos.




Gracias por su atención. Que tengáis una hermosa mañana, y Feliz Navidad a todos.

Precious resources


This was my speech for the opening of our fund raiser, La Chocolatada, Orgiva, Spain 2011. This was our fourth fund raiser for these special children in Peru.





I would love to talk to you for hours about the children I’ve met in Peru. Stories about their lives, but I’ll keep it short; I’ll just share one story. Our time is limited this morning.

Three young sisters walked 4 hours to Washi’s soup kitchen to get a free toothbrush each, and a tube of toothpaste.
Thousands were to be donated by an American company. Something went wrong with the arrangements, and the toothbrushes didn’t arrive in Ollantaytambo.

The little girls were very philosophical about this disappointment.
I bought them some fruit and chocolate, a bag of rice and some vegetables to take home to their mum, and we went for a little picnic before they began their long walk home.

When I asked the 12 year old what she wanted to do when she left school she told me with a huge smile:
“I’m going to be an astronaut !”

Her huge dream made my heart sing, and I thought if I can help her in any way, I will.

Life in the rainy season and when it snows is very hard for these little girls, and all the families in the Sacred Valley. Many children don't have shoes. Thousands of families in this part of Peru don't have electricity.

They don't have water in their primitive homes, and certainly they don't have bathrooms, like the villages of Las Alpujarras here in Spain, 50 years ago.

But what they do have is their faith in Pachamama, Mother Earth. Their belief in her goodness is all encompassing.

I’ve seen groups of young children in the high Andes making ceremonies to Pachamama, asking for fertility for their goats and sheep.

We can learn so much from these very spiritual people, in so many ways.

Today, before the raffle and the auction of promises, I’m asking you to be as generous as you can and help us put smiles on many little faces this Christmas.
Paskay.org has a custom of bringing hot chocolate, a sweet bread and a small gift to thousands of children living in remote villages in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

Please help us maintain this tradition.

What drives me to support Carlos in his work is that these children do not have equal access to resources.
But,
they have precious resources that are beyond our understanding.

This is not about us being rich and them being poor. No. It's about us showing them that we care.

Thank you for listening, have a lovely morning, and Happy Christmas to you all.




www.pathoftheheart.org
www.paskay.org

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Presents and presence.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer.






Thinking about Christmas now, and grandchildren.

Dear Jesus, I am sorry that we confused presents with presence. So silly of us.
Jeff Brown.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Путь Сердца


Доброе утро, мои дорогие читатели русском говорить. Я организовал большой сбор средств событие вчера в моем сообществе. Мы называем это La Chocolatada. Вот то, что это все о. Я надеюсь, что котировки перевести хорошо, и что Вы любите их.

Пронто-лос-Охос-дель-Ниньо Кларос себе ве empañado пор лас идей у opiniones, лос prejuicios у лас abstracciones. Siendo sencilla у греха себе incrusta кон ла armadura pesada дель эго. Нет FUE хаста años más Тард, заяц ООН instinto дие viene ООН Sentido жизненно де Мистерио га Sido retirada. El Sol Брилла травес де-лос-Пинос, у эль-эс Корасон traspasado ан ООН Моменто де BELLEZA у боль extraño, Комо ООН Recuerdo дель Параисо. Después-де-есе Día, № convertimos ан buscadores.

Петр Матиссена


Отдельное спасибо Дед Мороз, который принес его красивая маленькая дочь, и пообещал вернуться в следующем году!



www.pathoftheheart.org
www.paskay.org
www.mysmallhelpperu.org

www.healingartjourneys.com

Camino del corazón


Pronto los ojos claros del niño se ve empañado por las ideas y opiniones, los prejuicios y las abstracciones. Siendo sencilla y sin se incrusta con la armadura pesada del ego. No fue hasta años más tarde, hace un instinto que viene un sentido vital de misterio ha sido retirada. El sol brilla a través de los pinos, y el corazón es traspasado en un momento de belleza y dolor extraño, como un recuerdo del paraíso. Después de ese día, nos convertimos en buscadores.

Peter Matthiessen


La alegría es lo que sucede cuando nos dejamos de reconocer las cosas buenas son en realidad.

Marianne Williamson

Un agradecimiento especial a Papa Noel, que trajo consigo a su hija pequeña y hermosa, y prometió volver el próximo año.




Este es el discurso que pronuncié en la recaudación de fondos de ayer:

Me encantaría hablar con ustedes durante horas sobre los niños que he conocido en Perú. Historias de sus vidas. Pero nuestro tiempo es limitado esta mañana. Así que me gustaría decir algunas cosas sobre la vida de los niños que estamos apoyando allí.

La vida para ellos en la época de lluvias y cuando nieva, es difícil. Muchos niños no tienen zapatos.

Miles de familias en esta parte del Perú no tienen electricidad. No tienen agua en sus casas primitivas y, ciertamente, no tienen baños, al igual que los pueblos de las Alpujarras hace 50 años.

Pero lo que tienen es su fe en Pacahamama. Su creencia en su bondad es extraordinaria. He visto grupos de niños pequeños en los Andes haciendo ceremonias a Pacahamama, pidiendo la fertilidad para sus cabras y ovejas. Podemos aprender mucho de estas personas de muchas maneras.

Hoy les pido que sean generosos y me ayudarán a ayudarles esta navidad. Nuestra caridad tiene la costumbre de llevar Chocolate caliente, un pan dulce y un pequeño regalo a miles de niños que viven en estas aldeas remotas.

Estos niños no tienen igualdad de acceso a recursos. Pero tienen recursos que están más allá de nuestra comprensión. No se trata de que seamos ricos y ellos pobres. No. Mediante nuestra ayuda les demostramos que les apoyan y se preocupan por ellos.

Gracias por su atención, Que tengáis una hermosa mañana, y Feliz Navidad a todos.

Un enorme, enorme gracias a todos los que hicieron La Chocolatada ayer, nuestra recaudación de fondos para los niños en el Perú y Bolivia. Fue un gran éxito, una maravilla!!

www.pathoftheheart.org
www.paskay.org
www.mysmallhelpperu.org

The path of the heart ( .org)


Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, we become seekers.

Peter Matthiessen


Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

Marianne Williamson

A huge, huge thank you to everybody who made our fund raiser,La Chocolatada, (for children in Peru) such a success.

A special thank you to Papa Noel who brought along his beautiful little daughter, and promised to come back next year.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Hands on Chocolatadas


Neale Donald Walsh said,
The larger your understanding of who you really are, the smaller your ego.

Gandhi said,
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.




This is my friend Washi, one of the organizers of the Chocolatadas in the Sacred Valley in Peru, and the person who took these beautiful photos.







These children are given unequal access to resources.




"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another"
-Author Unknown



To read about huge hearted Washi Gibaja's work with his people, see : www.pathoftheheart. org

We are fund raising here in Spain to support his soup kitchen for street children in Ollantaytambo, as well as many Chocolatadas in the same area.

If you would like to support Washi's work, you can make a donation through the path of the heart website.

This year, the community of Orgiva in Andalucia Spain, is also supporting Chocolatadas in Bolivia. These are for street children, under the umbrella of www.compatrono. Ivan Nogales ,the director( an Akosha Fellow), with many young people, has created a truly wonderful arts center for street children and youth at risk in El Alto, Bolivia.

http://www.ashoka.org/

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

La Chocolatada 2011










The money from our Chocolatada fund raiser will join other donations to fund the bringing of hot chocolate, a sticky bun and a small gift to thousands of underprivileged children in Peru and Bolivia. 'La Chocolatada' is a hugely popular much looked forward to custom in these countries. On Saturday 10th Dec we will have our 4th Chocolatada fund raiser in Orgiva, at the Upper campsite, 11am-2pm. Father Christmas will be there ! Come and support us, and help us put a smile on thousands of young faces.




Saturday, 26 November 2011

Remember that wherever your heart is...."Recuerde que

Специальный привет и спасибо всем моим русским читателям! Есть 22 из Вас. Как я хотел бы знать, где вы находитесь!


“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense."
Paulo Choelho.

"Recuerde que donde esta tu corazón, allí se encuentra el tesoro. Tienes que encontrar el tesoro, por lo que todo lo que han aprendido en el camino puede tener sentido. "
Paulo Choelho.

Alchemical jewelery by my dear hugely talented friend Rachel Mackie.




Rachel says about her work: 'Using a mixture of art, flamenco and alchemy I create wearable treasure. Smooth, sensual and timeless.'

Rachel dice de su trabajo: "Uso una mezcla de arte, el flamenco y la alquimia para hacer tesoro portátil. Suave, sensual y atemporal. "


“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.”
Paulo Coelho

"Dile a tu corazón que el miedo a sufrir es peor que el propio sufrimiento. Y ningún corazón ha sufrido alguna vez cuando va en busca de su sueño. "
Paulo Coelho


Journey Collar






Rachel Mackie is a jeweler, an artist, a poet, singer, horsewoman, a brave and true inspiration in the world, in so many ways.

Rachel Mackie, es joyera, artista, poeta, cantante, amazona/jinete, persona extraordinaria valentía, una inspiracion cierto en estos tiempos difíciles.





www.rachelmackie.com

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Blessings


Life seems to be so often a tug in both directions.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill


Today has been a day when life feels as beauitful as these two birds, and also as confusing as...




So, if I am wrong in what I think, please let it be a blessing.

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

Robert McCloskey

But...

'Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.'

Albert Schweitzer

So may it be.