the story begins at the end

There has been a gap in my daily writing since I returned from London and I have missed it greatly, but I needed time to get settled back into my life here. This summer has been like the constant turning of a wheel, moving faster than ever and I have just given into the change.

Now I live in a huge old apartment where memories and ghost roam, amongst collections of trinkets and exotic fabrics. I sing songs to myself as I drink tea near my window that over looks the eclectic mix of shops lining the street below. I take it all in… feeling a surge of something strange and exquisite. In 15 days I have greeted more new faces and said more goodbyes than ever before and in this gentle dance with the new and uncharted. I have found parts of myself that were either hidden or missing.

Sometimes I close my eyes and try to imagine my time in London because it seems so surreal. It feels like yesterday and yet it still feels like it was ages ago. This has been a twilight period for me, a wonderful set of events have been unfolding, but the meaning of it all is still unclear. The life I returned to here is much different than before, which is what I needed… but I am just beginning to feel grounded.

A calm that I have never felt before has come over me. I feel more grounded, though constantly in motion. I have been blessed with second chances with many people in my life. Looking at things with new eyes has given me the chance to appreciate people more, to see them as more mature and enlightened or maybe I have just grown. I have begun to realize that the magic lies in the experience that you have, the people you pull into your story.

London will always be a part of my spirit. I learned how to be free, how to be alone, I learned how to raise my voice and how to let my spirit go. I also learned what I don’t want in my life and what I do… what’s truly important. I realized that having friends is about quality not quantity… I only want the people who will move me, change me, and enlighten me. I met some amazing people in London who I will never forget.

Working as an intern in Fashion Design was different than anything I have ever done before and it opened me up to a whole new set of experiences. It was hard for me at times to conform to this spoon fed idea of what work is, of what success is, of what the world expects of me. I’m always going against the grain a bit I guess… but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Someone told me recently that you have to be careful not to burn bridges and I responded with, “If I burn a bridge then it was a bridge I wasn’t meant to cross.” I truly believe that. I think you should treat people with love and respect and you should take each experience with an open heart, but you teach people how to treat you and you cannot deny your feelings and push something on your soul because it’s what’s expected. Just live life and listen to your spirit and you will go far.

I hope everyone is doing well and I will be writing more. I have to get myself in the habit of honoring my voice and my spirit. Writing is so soothing to me. Take time to do something that truly soothes your spirit and allows the weight that you have been carrying to lighten a little.

To the gypsies… with love

Shaheen

 

© Shaheen Miro 9/15/2011

Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture

I find this collection to be brilliant. All the beautiful elements that were brought together here are just inspiring; the colors, the shapes and the fabrics. These dresses are part luxury, part myth and part space adventure into the future. They are masterfully executed and cohesive.

Chief Designer Riccardo Tisci is known for his intensity, drawing inspiration from things such as the Gothic and Space-age minimalism. His interest in Japanese robots and the passing of the Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno, were the inspiration for this collection. With special attention on things such as appliqué and creating a sense of three-dimensionality.

To me the most intriguing part about this collection is the sense of spiritual mystery that is wrapped up in this ultra-modern/space age look. It is slightly scifi, but with more sophistication. I instantly think of the word “Avatar” when I see these dresses…. and I don’t mean tall, blue, alien like avatars. I am speaking of the Hindu term for enlightened beings.

Something about this speaks to me. I especially like the images that he chose for the garments. And the use of color is very intuitive. Dusty, muted tones, accented with a pop of color strategically placed. Not to mention the bizarre and evocative hats my Philip Treacy. This is just good stuff to me…


For more photos and information: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2011CTR-GIVENCHY

© Shaheen Miro 5/13/2011

Gypsy Summer

There has been a light so desperate to shine. Something strange and mystical has brought it out and now the lights wont go down. In the midst of something tragic we must hold onto our souls. I keep reminding myself that nothing last forever and to just enjoy the road.

The poet in my heart cannot wait to see the plane. I am so enthralled to be leaving for London soon. Something there is going to change my life and enrich my soul. It may be a place, a stranger I meet or something I do. I have no idea what it’s going to be

… but I know it will be pure magic. My mom always taught me to trust my spirit regardless of how crazy it may seem. So here I go getting in touch with my inner gypsy.

There are a few loose ends to tie up. A few details to square away, but I know it will all work out. Like all other things in my life, I’ve basically said to the universe, “Hey if you want me to go… make it happen! I’m ready.” And I know that’s exactly how it will go.  Nothing really has to be that hard, unless we let it.

Stevie Nicks new song “Italian Summer” really has me excited about London. It’s an epic ballad, about a summer love and all the changes that it inspired. I feel that London will be strangely similar. Maybe not a love affair with a person… but a love affair with my soul. That’s really all I care about now.

All I want in life is to be happy, to be free and to give my art to the world. My whole life I have felt that I needed to get away to recover something precious… maybe lost or just hidden. I know that I’ve been on the road to finding it for years now; maybe London will be the destination to this journey… or just another piece to the bigger picture. Who knows, I’m just ready to fly.

So here I am preparing to go. Trying to just live life. And everyday I remind myself that no matter what I must remain connected to my soul. In rain and shine… here or there…. It doesn’t matter as long as I know who I am in this story.

One day at a time I write a line to this epic story. Each character peculiar and exquisite. I have begun to find an appreciation for even the antagonist in life because they are the ones that remind us how powerful dreams and love can be. I would know nothing of myself if it weren’t for the challenges that have been thrown at me. I wouldn’t change anything because I love my story… so far.

Lets continue to be storytellers in this epic drama. I know that I am still finding my lines, sometimes I fumble over them and sometimes they just don’t feel right. But this is who I am. So once again I’ll step out on the stage and sing my song…

…don’t be afraid to follow along

© Shaheen Miro 5/6/2011

Spiritual Message/ Update February 6, 2011

Dear Friends,

It’s wonderful to be writing to you now, I have a few exciting things to share with you that I hope you will enjoy. I really love sitting down to write these letters to you and I really appreciate all of the wonderful support and feedback many of you have given me. I hope to continue doing this and more!

I mentioned in previous letters that my website was in the process of getting a facelift and that I would begin doing some new things such as blogging. I am very happy to tell you that the website has been updated and it is beautiful. And I am now blogging!

To checkout my blog go to the “contact” page of my website (shaheenmiroinsights.com), you will find a small blue icon with the letter “W” in it. That is the link to my blog. There you will find the weekly spiritual message, other daily insights, random snippets of inspiration that I collect, reviews and other tools for spiritual growth and creativity.

I ask all of you to please checkout the blog and the website. When you visit the website you can leave a comment for me under the “testimonials” page. I am making a list of all the people who leave comments during the month of February. I will be places those names in a drawing.

For those of you interested in a session please contact me. I am doing readings in person, over the phone and through skype or email. You can also contact me if you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate.

I am trying to put together a class on developing intuition. I would like to have this class in the spring. If you are interested in a class on learning to develop and use your intuition then please shoot me an email.

Thanks so much everyone for you positive energy. I hope you enjoy the new site and blog and I look forward to your feedback.

Spiritual Message:

Connecting with other people in friendship and romance is essential for our spiritual, mental and emotional health. Some people intentionally isolate themselves for fear of rejection and hurt and others feel as if they cannot find anyone to fill that “void” that has grown over time.

I want to remind you that you are never truly alone; Spirit wants you to be happy, healthy and loved. When we start to ask ourselves what it is that we want out of a relationship many doors begin to open.

If you find yourself feeling isolated or alone then please take a few moments to ground and center and call out to your angels and to Spirit, asking for assistance in making more spiritual connections with others. Ask yourself, “What do I want from a personal relationship?” Then follow up with the question, “What of these desires can I fulfill on my own?”

The key to having a life filled with love and working relationships is to have self-love and to be completely honest with yourself. If you think loving thoughts about yourself everyday then more people will be able to do the same.

Best wishes,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro