Can we hold hands?

Hope they dont mind :)

I secretly snapped this little photo while walking to the Stevie Nicks concert on Sunday. It was just too cute to pass up. Its very rare that you get to see homosexual displays of affection and I think that is a terribly sad thing. I wish the world was more conducive to self expression, instead of the hate that is spread around like some silent plague.

I’m not sure how people view gay people here in the UK, but I know at home in the states its very rare that you see people brave enough to challenge the social norms and to really live their lives. Its not just a matter of being gay, but really a matter of being different. On June 24, 2011 the New York State Senate passed a bill legalizing same sex marriage and in doing so made history.

Its time that we stand up for peoples rights to be who they are. To express how they feel. No one should have to hide a part of who they are just because its not “normal”…if you disagree then ask yourself how you would feel if someone took away your basic rights. What if you were told you couldn’t look the way you do or act the way you do or work in the place that you work… all because you were born a certain way? Next time you judge step back and ask yourself what you are really fighting?

The 10 of Cups Lets pray that one day we can all hold hands in celebration of love and connectedness

Let there be love in the world! Lets push against the grain of tradition and dig deep to unleash our little gypsy souls! If you bravely step off the beaten path then you make a way for more people to follow. Some are stronger than others, more daring… thats not a judgment or a blow at anyones character its just a fact. So those who have the chance to open doors please do so that others may follow.

It starts with a sense of community. If one frightened person feels that they have at least a circle of people who get them, then they may just find the courage they need to over come that hurdle thats been thrown at them. I ask myself everyday how can I be brave…. how can I push for change… how can I fearlessly be free?

He said, “You know you can dream even with out me?”

Darkened eyes looked back, “With out you there is no dream…”

In that moment love became tragedy… And so they say one day we will live the dream…..

I love you gypsies,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 6/29/2011

Spiritual Message/ Update 6/28/2011

Dear friends,

I have finally made it here to London; I know I’ve been talking about it for a bit now. It’s so exciting to be writing to you from here. The weather is a little dreary, but still the energy in the air is amazing. So many magical things have happened so far, and I know the whole trip will be the same.

I wanted to give everyone a few updates because it is still so important to me to stay in touch with you.

  • First I would like to let you know that I am still doing readings. I CAN do them while I am here in London. So please don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule an appointment. We will be doing sessions via email, skype or phone. Because of international calling I have a special number to use for phone sessions, but there will be a small fee to cover the minute usage.
  • I would also like to invite you to follow my blog, if you aren’t already. It would be so wonderful to see new comments, questions and stories there. I have been sharing a lot of my experiences here in London on the blog shaheenmiroinsights.wordpress.com and you can find other spiritual and inspiring information there.
  • I will be returning to the states in the beginning of September. Once I return I will be planning classes and other exciting events. I really want to do a tea party to give an intro to Tea Leaf Reading and to also do readings for everyone. Please email me if you are interested.
  • Give me feedback if you can on what classes you would be interested in taking. I am always open to suggestions! I love hearing from everyone so please drop me a line.

Hope all of you are doing well and finding wonderful things to do this summer. There is so much good energy to be had, so please get inspired and do something that speaks to your spirit. Follow your dreams!

 

Spiritual Message

There is no easier way to get what you want than to communicate. If you don’t communicate your wishes, feelings and desires than no one knows how to accommodate you, including the universe! You must clearly state what you want in life.

The key to manifestation is to not only communicate what you want, but to communicate it clearly, concisely and consistently! You really have to tailor your thoughts and actions to the kind of life you want. If you constantly say you want to have a new house, but then turn around and tell yourself you will never have the money or opportunity to get away… then that’s exactly what you will get. 

You have to be clear and avoid contradicting yourself. The Universe is a machine that gives you what you command it. It has no emotional connection to the outcomes it creates… you are the one who controls it. It does have an intelligence and sometimes it knows better than we, so things may work out different than we had intended, but it still only follows the energy that you send out. So please be mindful of that in pursuing your goals and dreams.

With love,

Shaheen

 

© Shaheen Miro 6/28/2011

London the Dreary

outside my window

 

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me in the glow of a candle

five of hearts/cups: The card that the weather invokes right now.

Music and candle light create a moody atmosphere in my room tonight. There are so many things to think about and being here really allows me to take a look at my life and who I am. Its been some time since I’ve kind of allowed the night to carry me gently to inspiration… so here I am writing and reflecting. I willing take in the rains baptismal powers. And the five of hearts comes to mind. The five of hearts/cups represents moving on, letting go and release. It can be a card of tragedy. But i’ve always believed that you find love in tragedy. So here is to releasing. To walking fearless. To casting off the old!

In Your Dreams

This has been a magical weekend in London. I have been here since Wednesday and I have found my way around very easily. I have had to let go of a lot of fears and just step into the unknown and it has been amazing. So many wonderful things have happened and I know it’s only the beginning.

I am really loving my job working with Laura Dawson and she is a wonderful person. So far I have been allowed to work on one of my own designs with guidance from her and the two of us have been drafting patterns for it and doing some draping. I like seeing the process from a more professional standpoint. There are a lot of things in fashion design that are a little uninspiring and just plain boring, especially when it comes to the technical stuff… but so far I am interested!

On Sunday I had to fetch a few samples, which meant learning to take the bus to another part of town, and then we picked up the actual fabric bolt in the car… which was the most daunting thing I have ever done. It took almost an hour to park because of all the street markets that set up on Sundays in London.  But it was a learning experience none the less.

Yesterday evening I went to Hyde Park for the Hard Rock Calling concert to see Stevie Nicks. As most of you know she is one of my heroes and I have followed her music forever. I love her and I am totally inspired by her. I have wanted to see her in concert for a while now and I found out that she would be performing while I am here in London so I told myself I had to go.

I was a little afraid to go at first because I was unsure of the venue. I didn’t know if it was going to be sectioned off or opened and I didn’t know what the area was like. But I went for it because I wont be in Cincinnati when she plays there this summer… so it was my only chance. And once I got there my fears were dissolved. Everyone was friendly and helpful and of course Hyde Park was beautiful.

Stevie Nicks was brilliant on stage. She sounded wonderful and looked stellar. Stevie channeled Janis Joplin when she wore her aviator sunglasses on stage to block out the sun because it was sizzling hot and beaming right in her face.  The crowed loved her too and people danced and cheered with each song and they were especially alive on the tracks like Stand Back and Edge of Seventeen. The energy was sort of pulsing and spiritual and you could tell Stevie felt it.

The concert was phenomenal. I was so excited to see her. It felt surreal to be seeing someone whom inspires me so much on such an important trip. I felt that seeing her was a blessing on what I am doing here in London. I have said it many times and I will say it again, this is a special trip; this is a trip that will change my soul… a little piece of my destiny. Last night I thought my trip was made and that nothing could top it.

Today the icing was put on the cake when I went to a CD signing in Oxford Circus for the release of Stevies’ new album In Your Dreams. Today was the official release date here in the UK and to promote it she did her second CD signing ever. I went and stood in line for a few hours and made friends with some wonderful people as I waited to get inside. We knew we would only get a few moments once we made it to her table, long enough to get our CD signed and say a quick hello… but it was so worth it. All of us were so eager, nervous and totally enthralled.

Once I finally made it to her I was so excited. It was such a surreal moment to be standing face to face with her… with STEVIE NICKS!!! She is such a legend and talent, and it never occurred to me that this moment would be happening until it finally came!

She was a very sweet lady, whom pulled you in with her warm eyes and gentle gestures. She asked my name in order to sign my cd and when I told her she complemented me telling me that it was such a beautiful name. And she asked me to spell it for her to make sure she didn’t get it wrong. She even stopped to reread it again. Then I took her hand and told her how much she has inspired me and for a moment I felt like something magical had taken place. With all her gypsy, high priestess power she blessed me and changed a little piece of what I am here to do in life.

I walked away knowing that this trip is still the most significant thing I have ever done and the fact that I was able to see her and meet her made it all the more so. I am a huge believer in signs and to know that I came here from America and my favorite singer came here at the same time to perform a rare show and do an almost unheard of cd signing is just mind blowing. I am really thankful for all of this and I am so totally moved.

I look forward to what exciting thing may happen next. I know that there are many more things to come here in London and I know it is all beautiful and wonderful. I urge you all to be inspired and to know that you can have anything In Your Dreams. So please go buy the new CD… go dance and sing and be happy!

Much Love,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 6/27/2011

London

Here is my little rant about London… Sorry I am jamming to Stevie Nicks in the background. It felt funny to do a video without any noise… because my roommates were in the hall.

Hope everyone is doing well. Look for more video’s and post.

Much Love,

Shaheen

London, London Town

So far London has been amazing. I was a little apprehensive at first, feeling so far from home and understandably alone, but I pulled myself together and reminded myself that I am here on a mission; I am here to recover something in my soul, to really bring to life a dream. This city will be my muse and here I will find the deep and intimate parts of who I am.

Instantly after arriving I was greeted by challenge after challenge. I had to learn to take the tube on my own, how to use their money, how to navigate the streets and the basic culture of the place. It’s only been a few days so I am still finding my way, but I am no longer apprehensive. I know I am here for a reason and that this will be a blessing.

I live in a peaceful little flat. I have a small, sunny room all to myself. I spend my time here in the evening just relaxing and writing. Lately I have been so tired… I guess being only 3 days in I havent shaken off the jet lag. I rarely see the people that I live with, though when I do they are always very personable. And there is plenty to do a few blocks up. I wouldn’t say that this is the best part of town, but it isn’t as bad as some people would make it out to be.

I am a walk in the park away from the tube station which is so convienant. The tube is so simple to use and it really puts London at your finger tips. I have taken it all over in the past few days. Today it was particularly challenging, as I had to take it to work. I had to transfer to the London Overground which is a newer Line and very few people use it. It was pretty simple and right out of the station is my Studio.

Getting around has been a breeze and all the things i’ve seen have really been inspiring. Its amazing how some places are just so different… its bustling here and lively. People seems to be kind. There is so much culture intermingled here. I think people are generally more open minded, no matter how conservative they may appear. There is just so much going on.

My first day of work went well. Laura, my boss, is a very sweet lady and she has lots of insight to offer. I feel like her and I operate on a similar level and I know she has good intentions. I think my stay here will fly by once I really get into the thick of work. I have lots to do there. And I am doing some designing of my own… I am glad she trust me enough.

Its exciting to take everything in. There are things here that are very different from home and some things are just the same. Its funny to see how we take many things for granted. I ate McDonalds for dinner the other night and I asked for sweet tea with my meal and they gave me hot tea and then I asked for french fries, because they woman said my meal came with chips… they are the same thing! Things are smaller here to and packages are more minimum. I cannot stop ranting and raving about the Tube either because it is so user friendly.

I miss everyone at home. My baby Ali especially. I know that this time will fly by, but I do miss what is familiar. I will be back soon enough wishing that it wasn’t over yet. Since I am here, im going to appreciate the time, and allow it to transform me. So much to see and do. I cannot wait till my friends come and visit so we can explore together.

Yesterday I experienced TopShop for the first time. It is a MASSIVE store filled with very cute and affordable clothes. It has an H and M mixed with Forever 21 feel about it. I also explored this wonderful mall called Kinds Court Mall which was filled with the most quant and beautiful Boutiques. Great fashion there. I’m saving up to buy a pair of harem dress pants and a unique cocoon jacket.

Miss all of you. Here are some photos to share. I will keep posting!

Shaheen

To the rainbows edge

The amazing thing about being on such a big adventure is that you find out what your really made of. There is something extremely spiritual and gratifying about looking out and seeing the whole world beneath you and knowing that you can take your wings and go wherever you please.

Part of me is terrified and feels like a lost little child; looking out the window felt surreal as if I was running away… Did ask for permission to leave? But I realize now that there is no one to ask and I am not a child… I am a free spirit taking on the world!

I have never expected anyone to do anything for me. I have never asked anyone to make my dreams come true and I have never let anyone hold me back. Though at times I have had to dig deep and find my bravery… I always follow what my soul says… And I know that is the key to truly living life.

The world is big and following dreams can be daunting… It can be extreme, but in the end it’s completely magical. It may sound cliche but I don’t want to ever regret not doing something. If I at least try then I can say I did my best.

So here I am on what so many have titled the adventure of a life time, knowing that this is only the first step… The opening of the door. From here on I will look my fears in the eye and challenge them to keep me from going. I am here on a mission to be a poet… A story-teller… A gypsy. I am here to know what lives inside my wild heart.

I ask you to trust the call of your spirit longing to be free. Let go of the mundane, the routine and the typical. Be a free bird making nothing but your dreams your home. I believe that half the work of making a dream come true is just realizing you are meant to be dream.

Never tell yourself you cannot do it! The angels will give you wings and Spirit will hold your hand… So find your gypsy spirit and give your art to the world!

“If I live to see the seven wonders i’ll make a path to the rainbows end… I’ll never live to match the beauty again… The rainbows end” -Stevie Nicks

I love all your gypsy souls,

Shaheen

(C) Shaheen Miro 6/21/2011

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Dancing with fate and freedom

I am here at the airport waiting on a flight to Newark. From there I will be heading to London. I am already so excited; a little apprehensive and totally nervous but I am as ready as I will ever be.

My two best friends brought me to the airport and it was so emotional leaving them at the gates. You don’t realize how much people mean to you until your ready to leave on some life changing journey and you know you are coming back as a different person.

I feel that there is magic in the air though. So much good energy surrounding this trip. People whom love me and adventures ahead of me.

Right now Janis Joplin is playing on the radio which to me is a sign… And Stevie Nicks already played at dinner. I don’t think I need anymore confirmation that this is right. So here I am letting the magic begin. My first time flying solo ( pun intended) and I am feeling the rush.

I feel like I am on the edge of something amazing… To quote Gaga “I’m on the edge of something final we call life… Tonight.” I keep telling myself I’m ready and in my soul I know I am but the world is so big and I feel so small and leaving all those guiding lights back home is hard… But it’s the right thing.

I love all your gypsy souls,
Shaheen

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