"Always remember that you are free in every moment to set the compass of your heart to your highest intentions. In fact, the two things that you are always free to do - despite your circumstances - are to be present and to be willing to love."
I'm tribally Jewish, love rituals, traditions, oral histories being handed down, inclusive seders, where people of different backgrounds are present, welcome to share what liberation means to them. For the first time in my life, I have a Friday night spiritual practice -- a great yoga class and then Shabbat services at Romemu, a very progressive synagogue, with an inclusive, non-judgmental, big-tent approach.
In November I return to Costa Rica, a very sweet place for a yoga retreat. Nothing like being awakened at 5:00 a.m. by howler monkeys, then outdoor shower, then 6:15 yoga class. I love all forms of world music, dance, languages, ethnic garb, headdresses, art, sculpture. Italian and Hebrew are the next two languages I want to learn to speak. I'm at the best point in my adult life. I want to continue to learn new things, meet good, interesting, intriguing, communicative, open-minded people, expand into new experiences, do yoga, go to far-off places, engage with people in different cultures, explore archaelogical sites.
Thailand, Turkey and Bali are calling me, and I hope to explore them all in the next couple of years. One of the things in life that I love the most is that feeling of excitement that I get when I have airline tickets in hand, to travel out of the country with the woman I love. I eagerly look forward to feeling that way again -- to sharing, exploring, growing, traveling, expanding, being silly with a wonderful woman, whose voice I love to hear, and whom I find compelling. Spain in 2014 was wonderful, as was Israel in 2012, where I went for the first time since I was a teenager.
I am a combo of realistic and idealistic, warm, realistic, grounded, mature, boyish, playful, accomplished and mature, yet nowhere near jaded. Passionate about so many things - just ask me. I'm at a place of connecting, exploring, expanding, finding common ground. Let's learn to dance salsa, merengue, swing, fly around the dance floor, while wearing a fedora (me, that is. Actually, why not you? Who cares about old rules? Wear whatever the heck you want), eat weird stuff in remote villages, far away from the 2 or 3 train. I thought I'd share something passed along to me by a friend: an old Sufi tradition advises us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves "Are these words true?" If so, we let them pass on if not, back they go. At the second gate we ask ourselves "Are they necessary?" At the third gate we ask "Are they beneficial?" and at the fourth gate, we ask "Are they kind?" If the answer to any of these is no, then what you are about to say should be left unsaid. Peace.