Takashi Murakami (C) Photo: Chika Okazumi


2018 ~ New possibilities

arrowIn my life I have had the good fortune to travel to and experience many countries and cultures of earth. Through my personal adventures and explorations including my work as a Personal Trainer, I have lived in New Zealand, Australia, Dubai and Kuwait and for some time, New York and London in support of a client. I now live in Japan. I have visited almost 60 countries including Syria, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Spain, Peru, Mexico, Turkey, India, Norway and Russia. Spending time with a culture and indeed merging with it is a wonderful enriching thing to do. To see how people actually live; to feel their joy and grief and to hear their stories and share their life in some small or big way is a privilege and a choice. We live in a great time of change. Perhaps we always have but it does seem that we are aware of so much now. What we are experiencing is a world of consciousness. We are evolving in what we believe, how we think, what is really important to us and also, in our own personal responsibility in creating our direct experience of life. At the same time, we are sensing the intertwining of emotions, experiences, thoughts, other people, energy, challenges, in so many ways it can feel overwhelming. In my travels and observations over the past few decades, I have noticed how conversations are changing. People are so very good hearted these days. It doesn't take long to scratch under the surface of political agitations and personal belief systems to find beautiful souls who want to feel good, want to contribute positively, and genuinely care about life. I think people were always good hearted but sometimes various layers are piled on top of the pure light of our soul. Itfs conditioning. Itfs old. The new feels lighter. Life on a day-to-day level is more about being. That is what works. If you keep pushing to make things happen for a future goal or feeling, you might miss it. However, if you come to your presence in the present, you can still work towards things but for sure, you will enjoy the journey and unfolding and also, allow it to change. 2018 is a new year of hope. It is a year of power and, it is a year of choice. Identify what works for you and what doesn't. Be honest and ruthless and create powerfully from your best imaginings with optimism and sincerity. Make time to be nothing and allow your system to balance in silence. Be careful what you get involved in. Listen to your instinct and intuition and watch as your life transforms. A sincere happy new year to you all and may we continue to invest in ourselves in positive and loving ways and see that naturally pour out into our shared worlds.
By Paul Stewart


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