I took Albert Einstein’s advice.

Navaho Peak | Photo by Gregory Lin

“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.”

I was invited on a quiet walk with Mother Nature. I was sitting in a boulder where the stream was flowing past me. And then my friend said “Notice how the stream is always going through spontaneous changes. Everything is just flowing naturally forward in whatever way they’d like.”

It made me think of how the craft of nature is effortless beauty.

Navajo Peak | Photo by Gregory Lin

“Beauty that flows thru you, not applied to you. It’s not another regime of becoming. It is luxurious ease. The simplicity of a flower that rises to the sun, sepals smiling because she is the perfume she loves. Simple is that near, that sincere.” — Artemis

In my youth, I used to “try so hard” by trying to define who I was rather than just being. It makes me wonder if it just isn’t human nature to enjoy what we get with no effort?

Sadhaguru, who had recently came out with his latest book, “Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny” states that if you shift from unwillingness to wellness, from inertia to effervescence, your life will be joyful and effortless.

There are honestly so many beautiful reasons to be happy. And it seems that stopping to just be myself has just allowed the right things to flow into my life.

“Whatever comes, let it come, what stays, let it stay, what goes, let it go.”

Photo by Gregory Lin

My very first spiritual book was written by Eckhart Tolle. It’s still one of my favorite books til this day. In The Power of Now, Eckart says that when we are intensely present in the NOW, we respond from deep consciousness and flow with easy and joy in life. And therefore we should “just be, and enjoy being.”

I recently read this article that was titled

You’re not the average of the five people you spend the most time. At least not in the way we think…”

We are indeed influenced by the people around us. However that influence doesn’t stop anywhere near the five people you spend the most time with. It’s far more dispersed and research (on the science of social networks) actually suggests it includes people we haven’t even met yet.

You’re not the average of the FIVE people you surround with. It’s way bigger than that. You’re the average of all the people who surround you.

This pandemic has been a major reset in my life. All of the walls of my fortress has fallen and continues to fall and rebuild. It’s give me the opportunity to take a look around me and make sure that I’m in the right surroundings.

As I cleanse my doors of perception, while we are here in this reality, simply seeing a certain truth is just not enough. Huxley states that once everything is cleansed, everything would appear infinite. In doing so, we must also be able to act and relate to each other.

So, that leads me to my next questions…Since there is no one absolute explanation that makes sense of human relations.

How do we emerge from intellectual discourse into real change?

Perhaps the challenge is in discovering who we are, collectively?

The lovely Anais Nin, one of my all-time favorite diarists, novelists, writer of short stories and erotica says that

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possible not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Every person I continue to meet in my life continues to accentuate various emotions and characteristics within me. Some make me feel more playful, others make me feel introspective, or safe, or creative, or inspiring! These days, I appreciate and celebrate each moment — there’s nothing more enjoyable and sacred.

“The future is completely open, and we are writing moment to moment”

-Pena Chodron.

This pandemic has caused and is still causing a big shift in world views across the globe. We are all discovering new ways to work and live and our priorities continue to change. That being said, let’s experience life with others, share ideas, share our time and space. We should educate ourselves, spark conversation, engage, embrace change.. and of course,

ENJOY THE MAGIC IN EVERY MOMENT.

“ The Majestic Mountain Goat in The Enchantments “ Photo by Gregory Lin

Sending you all so much love and light!

gros bisous, Gina

Writing about: Soul. Love. Life. Passion. Integration. Nature | IG:jetaime_la