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Cosmic journey

The best experiences usually arise out  of the unexpected. Reading The Alchemist is one such twist of fate I stumbled upon after a blogger recommended it as a good read.  Something led me to find Paulo Coelho’s book in my local library. Naively oblivious to the  notoriety and hype surrounding The Alchemist I had no expectations. My only thought was it might be a welcome change to read something outside of my usual preferred genre of Asian history stories.

Right from the first page  a feeling of calm enveloped my body as I connected with the simple prose and captivating story. As the tale unfolded I traveled to a new level of consciousness, a feeling I’ve never experienced before except perhaps briefly during guided meditation. I was floating on a magic carpet and wanted to hold on to this  euphoric  feeling forever.

Since finishing the book I’ve read other readers’ comments saying they draw personal meaning from The Alchemist. Many people discuss the clear message received to follow their dreams. My experience was more simplistic; I felt peaceful, at peace with my own uniqueness and comfortable knowing that every person in this world needs to walk their own path, from beginning to end. It reinvigorated my self-belief. This book made me see  that no person’s life is any more significant than any other person’s life. It’s amazing how something as innocuous as a fable could finally break down my insecurities.

We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist




Cities Within

cities withinToday I’d like to share my extraordinary experience of seeing the university production, Cities Within, that my daughter and her drama class created, scripted, stage managed and performed.

It’s always a pleasure to attend such events and soak in the vibrancy and passion that young people create. It was refreshing to feel the fever-pitch buzz of the cast who were animated in anticipation of their performance when I arrived.

However this euphoric feeling quickly dissolved when the stage lights came on and the production commenced.

The flawless staging woven within a frenetic soundtrack, Cities Within, is polished and worthy of any professional stage.

The production is absent of significant dialogue and communicates with the visual and auditory senses of its audience by evoking emotions that audience members find difficult to explain.

Cities Within creates an atmosphere, a flood of raw emotion that challenges people with feelings of vulnerability. The ambiance this play creates is one of haunting laced with deep despair.

In the final act I felt a crushing sadness at the futility of society and the world we live in. As an older person I had to face the fact that this group of intelligent young people interpret life as mundane, cruel and worthless.

The cast and crew create this pensive mood so beautifully and eloquently it is a unique experience that I will remember for a long time to come.

Hello my friend, hello

Reading novels is a passion that I have rediscovered over the past few years. Delving into stories of people living in foreign countries and following family sagas through generations enriches my life.

Every book I read is time spent with a dear friend. During each day I anticipate my time to read and immerse myself in a story.

As I turn the pages I feel how people cope with adversity and blissful times during their life journey, I am transported to another place and time. The characters spring into life and I share their highs and lows just as I do with my own family.

The intricate details of their faces become clear in my mind and I see through their eyes, make their mistakes, feel their hurt and bask in the glory of their achievements.

Reading allows my imagination to roam free with no limits.

Reading is freedom of the mind.

Thank you to all the authors who have transformed my mind, challenged my opinions, shocked me, showed me the spirit of human nature, educated me about war and corruption, and most of all befriended me through the characters in every book that I have had the privilege to read.

The Asian winds of the east

My favourite novels are about identity, adversity and the resilience of the human spirit.  I have a passionate fascination for books about women and families in Asian countries in the 1900’s.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy all by Lisa See brilliantly illuminate the potent bonds of mother love, patriotic love, cruelty of mankind, expectations of self, and torrid struggles through war and adversity.

Memoirs of a Geisha tells the story of a nine-year-old girl sold into slavery by her family. Sayuri is groomed to become a Japanese geisha for the pleasure of others; she is a performer, slave and goddess. Throughout her life she continues to pay back the price of her purchase.

The powerful connection I feel to these stories intrigues me to the point that I wonder whether I have lived before in another country in another era.