I am a Brazilian journalist based in NYC. For every problem in life I believe there are only two ways out: to love and to laugh. So, I’ve been the president of the existential dissatisfaction society. Believe me. But recently my perspective has shifted and now I have other plans for myself then being the female version of Woody Allen.
Actually, is more then a plan. I have a dream. My dream is to empower women to see beyond the magazines stands standards and understand that they have to be much more than how much they look or weight or how they age or whatever form of sexist social validation we think we need.
It might be quixotic. But most of dreams are and this is a dream that is very dear to my heart and – most important- to who I want to be.
How yoga helped me get over Woody Allen is a web documentary made to ignite a discussion around being aware of our priorities. What the hell – let’s find ways to have some clarity here! So passively we accept the crap that is put on us.
Yoga has been teaching me that we are all a work in progress. You don’t throw the painting out if it doesn’t look good - you study it. Another lesson is that at some point is not about knowledge but is about faith and trust in the process, in your own process. We can’t be our whole lives waiting for other people to save us.
Also, we can use our neuroses to learn stuff. At the end of the day a heart that doesn’t bleed can’t heal. Neither can a heart that doesn’t laugh.
Time after time the practice of yoga postures have shown me the importance of repetition and that is pivotal to just stop to pay attention and observe myself. No judgments! Is hard work, but it has to be done and no one is going to do it for me.
So, if I could leave you with one message I would like it to be: Be kind to yourselves, give yourself permission to be human and make mistakes and don’t ever let your struggle define who you are because even not knowing you I am 100% sure you are a whole lot more then that.
We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”