In response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge titles Optimistic, I have chosen to display the practice of meditation and how it helps cultivate an optimistic state of mind. Optimism can be easily lost with all the hustle and bustle of our lives. Especially those of us who live in big cities and have to deal with… Continue reading 5 Quick Tips On Cultivating Optimism Through Quietly Sitting for 5 Minutes
Sādhus are men who renounce worldly pleasures, dedicating themselves to achieving moksa, liberation through meditation and contemplation of Brahman, God. These photos are taken near Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, in Kathmandu. Sādhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation). Would you be able to renounce your life in search of liberation, in a… Continue reading The Way of the Sadhu
Recently, I’ve had multiple moments where I’ve told myself “damn it, Armen, you should’ve listened closer to your intuition”. Just yesterday, I had planned a photo shoot at a very difficult place to get to in BCN. Something, at the start of the day told me that it is not the right day for this.… Continue reading Listen to that Gut (especially during Mercury Retrograde)
When we decided to take the hike to beautiful Preikestolen, my friends and I knew that the well placed signage and semi challenging but not impossible trail would get us up to a magical and serene vantage point. Enough research had been done. What we didn’t know was the emotions that would be stirred… Continue reading Unfearful of Death; Unfearful of Living.
Last week I made my way to what I thought would be a purely yogic weekend led by my California based teacher Ducky Punch on a beautiful island in Southern Ireland in the most serene of cottages, the Island Cottage. Everything about this experience was unique and unusual. Yes, I said it, unique and unusual. Now, before these… Continue reading Unique & Unusual: Heir Island Cottage Yoga Retreat and Culinary Experience
Now there are hundreds of yoga retreats to choose from, but one that is on an isolated island in Ireland led by a seasoned practitioner and teacher of yoga, who is trained in Los Angeles by names such as Ana Forrest, Maty Ezraty, amongst many others, offers up her diverse training and personality to her students… Continue reading How to get to Heir Island, Ireland for a Yoga Retreat?
My head was tilted at a 45 degree angle towards the rear of the barber’s chair, while the freshly placed razor was all ready to do its deed. The Algerian man slightly brought my head closer to the headrest, feeling the tension in my body as he slid the razor in a northerly fashion from the bottom of… Continue reading Trusting the Sharp Razor and the Barber Who Held It
The past six days on the magical island of Ibiza and the turquoise Mediterranean Sea around Formentera on a boat was just what the doctor ordered. With all that was going on last year, I hadn’t been able to let my mind go and just be with zero plans, no worries and open to joyful… Continue reading Anchored on the Mediterranean
My morning meditation was interesting today. The thoughts were a culmination of things I’ve been reflecting upon this week, more consciously than ever. I was left with these words to express: Seeking stillness and anchoring oneself during the rockiest of times. . . I didn’t expand on that phrase and invite you to fill in… Continue reading How To Stay Anchored During Rocky Times
This morning I parked next to a security guard at the site I am working at this week. He stepped out of his car in his uniform and asked me whether I am a law enforcement agent or an educator? I assured him that I am an educator. He felt that he didn’t want me… Continue reading Climb In His Skin and Walk Around In It