Saturday, October 11, 2008
I loved being somewhere new and different so much, I stayed for another month longer. Three months still wasn't enough, if you ask me. I sucked every ounce of this opportunity and made experiences that leaped in to mountains of personal growth. I needed this trip to stretch my thoughts and ignite my creativity. Being born and raised in manhattan the throne of the new york city jungle itself, I tend to crave the slow pace simple life. Morocco offered nothing more than long sunny days, beautiful beaches, good food, tons of loving people and support and a communal lifestyle. Something I never experience out here in the city. For example, like the simple act of eating lunch in new york gets done everyday on the go or rushed, opposed to the people of morocco who take it as a moment everyday to gather together and be in the presence of others. People close shops, leave work, school, just to head home and be with family for 2 hours. Enough time to eat lunch and rest before heading back to the hussle and bussle that is known as life. This simple act slows things down enough to be in the moment of gratitude and humility. Remembering the people, the food, the blessings, and the joy of peace. Well, all I know is that this way spoke to me and allowed me to soak up the energy of these people enough that I brought this tradition back with me to my place of dwelling here in new york. I started to make meal time a big deal, a ritual of some sort. Where ever I am I get home to eat with my family and encourage the same from them. It's hard to make time for loved ones, especially if we let the worlds societal influences effect us, I chose to listen to my heart and made changes that made me feel love and give love. I want to take this time to share that we all have different ways to connect with our selves and if it's eating with family, visiting family, or calling family take the time to make it a habitual act of your everyday. Family should always be something we associate ourselves with and you'll notice when you do so, your life slows down and your soul speaks to you and this time nothing is distracting you from listening to it. Point is slow things down to listen to your heart.