Sara Fakih: Posted on 21 April 2017 12:14
Trip to Beirut
As some of you may have seen I've been in Beirut for the past 12 days & then got hit by a sick bug that had me down with Fever and swollen glands! Second day of feeling much better - making sure I have my full energy before the Fitness Fiesta event this weekend; which I am travelling and teaching at today.
This is a perfect example of that I didn't create enough balance for myself on my trip as I literally didn't stop - we have to do this for ourselves to make sure we can still give to others - if we don't look after ourselves we will run out of gas!
If some of you don't know I am half Lebanese and feel very connected to my Lebanese roots. I have a huge family that don't just live only over there but all over the world. I also have many friends there and one of them owns a studio there which I teach at when I am over there; I also taught at another studio over there too this time which was amazing!
I think many have a misconstrued idea of what Beirut is like - it is one of the most diverse cities and Lebanon as a country is just absolutely stunning!
Known for it's famous "Cedar Tree' which they thankfully have a few Cedar Tree Reserve parks too.
Beirut in the 70's was the Paris of the Middle East - It is a half Christian and half Muslim country and it is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited more than 5,000 years ago. The first historical mention of Beirut is found in the ancient Egyptian Tell el Amarna letters dating from the 15th century BC.
I have noted Beirut's history below this paragraph but energetically it is such a strange country; I feel that spiritually as a whole many are very disconnected & judgemental and I think this has been from the unsettling and unrooting of the problems that have happened in the past. Things are a lot more settled there now but there just isn't a lot of order in the country and even though most governments are corrupt theirs is highly corrupt as they didn't have a President for a very long while.
They have rebuilt many parts of Beirut but aren't looking after that city as a whole - the beaches in Beirut (only) were affected badly and they haven't tried to restore them which I feel is a huge shame.
The people are so friendly but you do notice the huge diversity between the rich and the poor. The rich (like most) so self consumed and the poor so so poor it's unsettling.
In a whole it's a amazing city with so much to see - still a few old buildings showing the affects of shootings at war to brand new Dubai like tower blocks hovering in the skyline. The Lebanese are more open minded than many other Arab countries but you still do feel the close mindedness of people over there - this unfortunately comes from an old style culture that I think many older generations find very difficult to detach themselves from. I think spiritually in my generation; we are all starting to become a lot more conscious and aware which energetically will have a positive affect on the world we live in.
For most outsiders, Beirut's history begins and ends with its bloody civil war & the invasion of the Israelis, marching as far as Beirut in three days and putting the city under siege for three months.Lebanon has in part recovered over the past decade from the catastrophic damage to infrastructure of civil war & attacks. Lebanese civil society generally enjoys significantly more freedoms than elsewhere in the Arab world.
The earliest traces of habitation in Beirut date from the Stone Age when the area now occupied by the city was in fact two islands in the delta of the Beirut River. Later, when the river silted up, the area became one land mass. Excavations in the Downtown area have revealed a Canaanite site dating from 1900 BC, with an entrance gate of dressed stone, and, nearby, the remains of Phoenician canals.The city's name is probably a derivative of the Arabic for 'well' or 'spring' (modern Arabic still uses the word bir for well).
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. Over-looking the Mediterranean Sea and flanked by the Lebanon mountains, the city offers astonishing views and experiences. Beirut´s coast is diverse; rocky beaches, sandy shores, and cliffs side by side. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot and rain-free summers, pleasant fall and spring seasons, and cool, rainy winters.
The culture of Beirut has evolved under the influence of many civilizations and peoples, including Phoenician, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Ottomans. This history of cosmopolitanism is a point of pride for the Lebanese.
Beirut is the most religiously diverse city of Lebanon and possibly in all of the Middle East. There are nine major religious communities in Beirut; Sunni Muslim, Shiite Muslim, Druze, Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Armenian Apostolic, Armenian Catholic, and Protestant.
After the destructive Lebanese civil war, between 1975 and 1990, Beirut has undergone major reconstruction. The once destroyed town centre is thriving once again and is a hub of activity. Its former reputation as a crossroads between three continents and a gateway to the East has been restored and modernized. The city is said to be the "Paris of the East". Beirut has regained its status as a tourist, cultural, and intellectual centre in the Middle East, as well as a centre for commerce, fashion, and media.
I have to say; the Lebanese know how to Party - I think this certainly a city that does not sleep and they know how to let go and enjoy life in some areas - they work extremely hard & play even harder!
FULL MOON IN LIBRA - was 11th April(The Pink Moon)
"For many a Moon, this configuration of crisis and opportunity has formed and reformed around the Full and New Moons with eclipses and equinox to maximize the focus."This Libra Full Moon is aligned with Jupiter so the yin, emotional and feminine (Moon) is expanded and magnified by Jupiter's unrestrained presence in air sign Libra...""Air signs are mental; so expect both some emotional objectivity along with excessive emotional analysis even obsession by the mind."An air sign Moon teaches us flexibility, to bend like a tree in the wind and to fly above the earth and gain perspective, neutrality and clarity."
Full moons are essentially times of heightened energy and it all depends on how you channel that energy. Put it towards bettering both your life and yourself! If you choose to welcome the shift with a positive attitude, equally positive effects can be gained from it.
Looking into the mirror of the other, we're healing who we are in all our relationships from the Earth to ourselves right up to the person most intimately next to us. It is deep work & Powerful transformative movement!
We are trapped on linear planes within the limits of our five senses.
Isn't it likely that their are other energies moving through the universe that impact our lives ?
Reality is limitless, space is infinite, time is eternal.
Through yoga and meditation, one can at least taste the infinite connection with the universe.
From the Full Moon we then travel through to a New Moon - it is within the week/the coming days before the New Moon where we need to set intentions and manifest what we want & truly believe in what we want is coming with pure intention; thinking of the key words being a clean slate, potential & dreams.
The next New Moon is in Taurus on April 26th - a few points to focus & manifest on:
Make a Financial Plan
Love Yourself/self worth
Character check/stubborn or lazy?
When the New moon comes I will write a little more on what it means.
I follow an amazing lady called Yasmin Boland who has written a book called Moonology about the power of the moon and how it can benefit us to follow the moons cycles and incorporate into our everyday lives.
Just remember to create balance for you in your life - we ALWAYS need to be reminded of this!
I will be adding some tips that I do when I may get to a place where I need to rebalance and find some me time to replenish the energy that I have lost from running around without much balance.