What’s on Your Bucket List, Ladies?

Wow, what a wonderful Sunday it was!  Not only that it was beautiful warm sunny day at the end of the winter here in Australia but it was my first  ‘official’ bucket list day as well. Yey!

Two months ago I met with some other ladies at the “Bliss workshop”. With two of them we decided to meet once a month and have a ‘ladies day of bliss’! We just wanted to get together once a month and do whatever makes us happy. We started by just having brunch, chatting, laughing. As you see, just normal “girls” stuff. Last time we met the idea to create our bucket list was born.

Let’s do together the things that we always wanted to do but… didn’t have someone to go with us, didn’t have courage to do them, felt embarrassed for even wanting to do them,…you name all the reasons why we didn’t simply do things we would love to do.

And so we created a bucket list. It was surprisingly  easy to put together a list of activities we want to try, explore, experience and enjoy! In five minutes we had ideas for two years ahead! And it felt awesome!

For couple of last years I have dreams of me figure skating. I mean real night dreams. And I am an amazing figure skater in my dreams, you can bet on that! I have no clue why I have these dreams and what might that mean but I feel soooo good in them that I decided to check it out in the real life and put ice skating into my bucket list.

And here we are, ice skating in Sydney! Not many adults here and just few of them my age, probably no other woman over 40 as me. It’s more about kids, this place. It’s the right place for us to be!

We have so much fun! Just that special cold smell of the ice, fresh breeze on our cheeks; gosh, what an amazing feeling! I feel the same free spontaneous excitement as if I am skiing or dancing. I feel really high and at my place! It feels so good to connect with the child like joy inside  and just purely enjoy the moment.

I am not exactly a figure skater in the real world, with no surprise, but that doesn’t change anything on my awesome feelings, joy and excitement of doing something special for myself. And I am going to take some private lessons, well, just in case the amazing figure skater in me just needs to wake up. Let’s find out!

All right, what’s next? There are lot’s of other exciting things on our bucket list: kayaking, pole dancing, ballet class, painting class, pottery, …..

Life is great! What’s on your bucket list? Common ladies, find your Self and enjoy it!

Let me know,

Karolina Maya

 

Peruvian Despacho Ceremony, Pachamama and My Book

Despacho ceremony in Sydney? Of course I am there!

I feel blessed I could have experienced this ancient Peruvian ceremony twice in Peru. During despacho ceremony, the shamans use rice, shells, lentils, red and white flowers, feathers, candies, grains, seeds and more to create a beautiful mandala as an offering to Pachamama, Mother Earth and Apus, the Mountain spirit. While creating the mandala, shamans prey for love, wisdom, joy, health, balance in our lives. All participants of the ceremony get three coca leaves, blow their prayers into them and add them to the offering.  When the mandala is completed, it is folded into a bundle and finally ceremonially burned.

Both times I experienced this ceremony in Peru, I felt very touched by the ancient wisdom,  that is powerfully simple. The energy of the ceremony was magic!

So here I am, in Sydney, going to Peruvian Despacho Ceremony. August 1st is the beginning of the year of Pachamama. The year of Mother Earth. It is the time to embrace feminine aspect in us. To connect with what is feminine, caring, cooperative, nurturing, loving. In all of us. Yes, even in you, guys!

The ceremony is beautiful, gentle, very feminine, same as Carmen, the Peruvian girl who is leading it. I simply love it again.

So what does have my book to do with it? Well, here is the story. My book “Peru, My Dream, My Love” is  sitting in Buddha laps in Be Still & Chill centre in Balgowlah. One day Carmen comes in. She wants to find a space for her healing and shamanic work. My heart that I’ve put into the book talked to her heart and so she knew she found the place. And so here I am, enjoying Peruvian Despacho ceremony in Sydney. And it makes me feel awesome!

Enjoy a year of Pachamama,

Karolina Maya