Many times I was told that I am too honest and direct with people and that it would earn me more enemies than friends in life. So I finally came up with a practice to change that: I try to tell a lie at least once a week. I really have to make an effort to remember this practice and keep it going, but I am pretty confident that I’ll get use to it and will get easier and easier with time. This ‘tell a lie’ exercise is also stimulating my creativity and self-awareness, while having some fun in the process, because often I need to come up with a story and being convincing while doing it. I bet I’ll start seeing some solid results in no time and my brutal honesty will become a memory of the past!
Being immersed in cultures different from one’s own provides a profound learning experience, and consequentially, new angles for self-observation and self-awareness.
Living in very different countries forced me to a deep revaluation of values and beliefs about self and the world, causing openness to continued learning as a result.
“If I were surrounded by people who always approved of me, I wouldn’t need such a deep relationship with my own sense of right and wrong. And you know what that means? It means that other people’s approval is actually a hindrance, more than a helper, when it comes to self-discovery.”
― Vironika Tugaleva
“The most profound personal growth does not happen while reading a book or meditating. It happens in the throes of conflict, when you are angry, afraid, frustrated. It happens when you are doing the same old thing and you suddenly realize that you have a choice.”
― Vironika Tugaleva
Creating artwork is how I escape from the daily routine and direct attention on experiencing my creative side, expressing my imagination and energy and expanding my inner world to multidimensional possibilities.
Artistic activities bring clarity, spirituality, holistic power in my life and allow an alignment with my true nature. This then translates in a more intentional approach to living a conscious life.