Being your true authentic self is so important to connect to the inner and higher self.
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time in nature. Being outdoors and in wilderness helps me connect to my true authentic self.
I have had multiple injuries in my legs and back past few years including a diagnosis of Osteopenia, bleeding disorder, and a deadly pain syndrome when I injured my foot two years called Reflective Sympathetic Dystrophy(a.k.a Chronic Pain Syndrome). The medical doctors gave up on me and encouraged me to file for some kind of disability. I remember those dark days, sleepless nights, and a powerful authentic inner strength to lift up my spirit and get back to my active lifestyle and take control over my body.
My injuries had limited my abilities to do a lot of activities I love to do such as dancing.However, I am coming to the realization our mind takes control of our body and we spend a lot of time letting our mind criticize and judge our abilities.
This year I am setting goals to let the mind do positive talk and focus on things I can do vs. on things I cannot do.
Sometimes all it takes is to be mindful of the way we let our thoughts talk about our body and abilities.
Have you had any similar experiences with injury or having to take a break from your hobby due to injury? Have you set any similar goals?
September 2006: just moved to a new town, new school, and instead of a welcome I get taunted, “Ching Chang Chong make me fried rice Fai dollah “
August 14, 2018: I get an email from Navy Federal: “ Good Afternoon, Mr. Ilao. Because of your understanding of the language and culture, we have decided to move forward with our decision with you. On Thursday, August 23,2018 11AM EST (in your time zone), we will conference in the director who will go over the details. Your future flights will be covered as well as your travel expenses and accommodations. We are excited to speak with you then.”
Embrace what makes you unique. Don’t apologize for your dark skin, for your curly hair, for your accent, for your traditions, for your culture. Instead live unapologetically. Live freely. Be empowered.
Because the thing that someone may use to put you down may be the very thing that lifts you up way higher than they can ever wish to be. To all of you who were made fun of for being who you are, it gets better; and I’ll see you at the top!
The caves of Marble Mountain in between Da Nang and Hoi An and a few meters from an American Airforce served as a hospital during the war, but have returned to being misty temples and a popular tourist attraction.
It is a full sensory experience climbing up the mountain and into the caves. Light shimmers through foliage and opening in the rock walls, The air is heavy with incense, and monks and devotees still meditate and worship. Down below, however, souvenir vendors sit early waiting to pray on the next tour bus.