Second Thanksgiving in asia is almost here. Last year we celebrated in Beijing with Nicks friends, this year we are in Hangzhou and I feel already guilty. Why you ask? BUT because I can't invite all the people I want into our tiny apartment:( I made some great friends here and I can only invite about half of them :( I WANT TO CRY OUT LOUD:( Since we don't have double owen I am struggling to make everything come out same time :(
I will be making turkey , gravy, stuffing, green beans, MY potato salad, Mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, apple pie, some other pastries. And few not so traditional foods but "fan" favorites like kotlett, sour kraut ( because I am not sure where we are going to celebrate christmas), snitslid, 4 cheese surprise and other last minute stuff..
We also ordered turkey number 2 from Eudora station( local western restaurant), because I strongly feel that one can never have to much turkey :)
I also made some bread crumbs today for shnichels, ( crusted fried pork), and asked my ayi bring me some organic sweet potatoes from her family farm. .
I am excited about Thanksgiving, but like I said sad. I WANT everybody to come, but I can't fit 40 kids and 2 adults in this apartment :( ..
Everybody always asks what are we thankful for? This year my answer is easy. I am thankful that we have each other and willing to work on our problems . I am thankful that Gabriel is happy and healthy 5th grader and shows interest in so many things. I am thankful that he has passion and wants to be happy :) I am thankful , that we are are truly happy right now, and I have not been able to say this for a long time :)
I am wishing you all happiness during this Thanksgiving season..
Rest in Peace Princess Regina Melody Tan. I am thankful that I had wonderful 10 years with you , and you thought me so much about NOT GIVING UP!!! I know you are watching down on us and smiling:)
PS... xoxoxox all my friends near and far. I am thinking of you constantly . I just haven't figured out a great way to keep contact with yo all.
Sunday, November 6
|@ Maya bar in hangzhou|
While reading this book, I found myself sad that I have forgotten about the person I really am. I have become someone else who does not like me. I have built up walls so high that when thinking about breaking them down will scare me a little. What if I become vulnerable again? What if history repeats? What if ... BUT I have to be the bigger person and start taking little steps here and there and I am willing to learn and starting to let go...
... Following "lesson" is from Stillness speaks...
Do you experience frequent and repetitive drama in your close relationships? Do relatively insignificant disagreements often trigger violent arguments and emotional Pain?
At the root of such experiences lie the basic egoic patterns: The need to be right and , of course, for someone else to be wrong; that is to say , identifications with mental positions. There is also the ego's need to be periodically in conflict with something or someone in order to strengthen its sense of separation between "me" and the "other" without which it cannot survive.
In addition there is the accumulated emotional pain from the past that you and each human being carries within, both from your personal past as well as the collective pain of humanity that goes back a long, long time. This "pain-pody" is and energy field within you that sporadically takes you over because it needs to experience more emotional pain for it to feed on and replenish itself. It will try to control your thinking and make it deeply negative . It loves your negative thoughts , since it resonates with their frequency and so can feed on them. It will also provoke negative emotional reactions in people close to you, especially your partner, in order to feed on the ensuing drama and emotional pain.
How can you free yourself from this deep- seated unconscious identification with pain that creates so much misery in your life?
Become aware of it. Realize that it is to not who you are, and recognize it for what it is: Past pain. Witness it as it happens in your partner or in yourself. When your unconscious identification with it is broken, when you are able to observe it within yourself, you don't feed it anymore, and it will gradually lose its energy charge.
I am trying, really hard... And i hope that one day I will get there, better sooner than later :)