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Living With Gusto


Andy and map

Cousin Andreas with his harmonica

Sitting at my local cafe these days, I overhear a lot of conversations about cholesterol levels, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, blood tests, warnings of impending doom, and people practicing various acts of deprivation. Whether it’s being stingy with money or food or activities, or with just feeling good.

So many have lost touch with the sensual nature of life. There is so much concern about living longer but for what? At the expense of enjoying the simple pleasures right in front of them?

I’m not one to reminisce, but I found myself journeying back to 1972, when my father sent me to Greece as a college graduation gift.  I spent three months in the tiny villages on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, my father’s homeland.  The first thing I noticed was the ever-present sweet aroma of chamomile, which grew wild in the mountains there.

The Greeks seemed to celebrate life.  There was a whole lot of eating (of rich, cream-filled, cholesterol filled fare), drinking (ouzo, retsina, and turkish coffee) and smoking (a domestic dark pure tobacco was widely enjoyed.)  And this went on all day and well into the evenings.

Continue reading the post while enjoying my cousin Andreas playing his harmonica. I am accompanying him on guitar.

We would eat supper fairly late, often around 9 or 10 pm.  If we weren’t cooking at home, we sat outdoors at tavernas, by the sea, and enjoyed local musicians while dining.  Afterward we would stroll the marketplace and have ice cream made from goat’s or sheep’s milk.


Syntagma Square, Athens

Meals were more a ceremony than just refueling.  It brought people together and was a time of relaxation.  Most shops were closed down in the afternoons for siesta or as the Greeks referred to it, mesimerianós ýpnos.

I also enjoyed time in Athens.  I loved its pulse.  I would take busses every day to different parts of the city, and always seemed to get lost because of the layout of the streets and the impossible to read street signs.  Traffic was congested most of the time, drivers cursing one another from their vehicles.  Little attention was paid to speed limits. There was pollution, primarily from cars, and walking down the street could be treacherous.  Drivers thought nothing of passing other cars by barreling onto the sidewalks. And as a woman tourist, walking down the busy streets of the city was precarious, what with the ogling, goosing and hair pulling by the menfolk.

Maria in Athens

My stay in Athens

The family I stayed with couldn’t understand why I was not taking one of them with me during the day as an escort. (American women especially were targeted with sexual advances, the men believing we were ‘promiscuous’). But, in spite of the street harassment, I simply enjoyed traveling solo, at least during the day. Besides, I was always able to handle myself, even in the most offensive situations.

The people I stayed with couldn’t speak English so it was a great opportunity to learn Greek.

I was in my glory.  I was carefree, and I just took it all in, the sights, smells, and sounds of life in a place where people seemed to live it with gusto.  Even the bout of dysentery (should have stuck to bottled water) I got while staying at an empty monastery in Komotini. There was a sweetness in the way the locals nurtured me back to health by visiting me daily and feeding me chamomile tea and home-made yoghurt. (Great for rebalancing the stomach flora).

Argostolio taverna

Dining by the sea, Argostolio

So potential risks aside, being in Greece was a sensual experience.

Those of us going through the Light Body Process are probably drawn to different foods and activities than before, but we are coming to realize the purpose of this whole integration process. That purpose is to activate a true joy, with our soul, for the tastes, smells, sounds, and sights of life here on this planet.  To live more of a fearless life.  To live with gusto.

And that desire goes a long way in assisting our bodies to recalibrate and integrate and rebalance.  So for those of us who have given permission for the Light Body Process, we can look forward to reconnecting with life, enjoying the sensual qualities of life, but in a healthy body.  We deserve it.

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Enjoy my music video, featuring my song, Live Your Life


Author: soulsoothinsounds

Our lives are like great paintings or great pieces of music. If we focus on all the technical 'imperfections' we will miss the true beauty of the work. We won't see, or rather, FEEL the essence and spirit of the masterpiece. I no longer identify myself as a writer, artist, or musician. Rather I express my divinity, and my humanity through the media of art, music and writing. I began this blog because I wanted to give voice to my experiences and insights, and I wrote for myself primarily. Eight years later, I am still writing for myself, and I am discovering that my experiences are not personal but universal - galactic even. And now I am more sure than ever that I am a new consciousness teacher, as each of you are. The way we teach is by going through the very human experiences, and as we ascend and shed our old selves, with love, and as we embody spirit in this lifetime, which we are all doing, we become the standards for others of the new divine human.

17 thoughts on “Living With Gusto

  1. aww Maria, i love this! you’re such an inspired spirit ❤ how you describe yourself here "back then" is actually totally how i picture you in my head when i read your posts :0) i just love so much the mix of femininity and strength you carry ❤ ❤ ❤ that energy is such a big part of what drew me here, so so happy i wandered here.

    this part i had to laugh…

    "So for those of us who have given permission for the Light Body Process."

    oh yeah… i gave permission for this mess about, huh. lol 🙂

    big hugs to u and your inspired spirit, Maria ❤

    • sweet pea,
      thank you for that confirmation. It’s easy to forget who we are. And it takes one to know one my dear fellow inspired spirit!! Oh, and yeah……. PERMISSION……. but can’t we give permission while kicking and screaming??

      aaah, thank gooddess for chocolate! 😍💕💕

  2. Beautiful! Love the song/video. BEing in joy! Living with gusto!!!!

    Love hearing about your trip.


    Love the beautiful confirmation…….. This one has been coming up a lot for me on my show.

    Thank you dear sistar goddess!

    • elizabeth…yes, BEing in joy….what it’s all about, and now, not just words, not just a concept because we here on the leading edge are not ones to just settle….we never were, really. Thank you dear sistar goddess for your beautiful energies here. 💕💕💕

  3. WOW Living a sensual life, with much gusto and Joy indeed! THANK YOU for the Inspiration! 😀 Brightest Blessings to you! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ NadineMarie ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  4. Thank you for this trip to Athens this morning. It reminded me of my stay in France when I was sixteen. Very similar experiences. I too love the experience of dining, enjoying the food earth provides on a sensual level. A wonderful reminder to have fun with cooking and dining.

    • Beth, I would imagine France is similar in feeling, the joie de vivre. And even here in Florida, there seems to be more of a laid back attitude to life. The feeling of, I live here, but it feels like I’m on vacation🐸🐬🌴🌴

    • Yes Beth, I am a Francophile myself and Paris for me was similar to how Greece was for Maria – spent many months there from age 18 onward and love to speak French.

  5. Here’s something I read today, that I would like to leave here for others to enjoy (and I very much agree with these words)

    “In a duality-based linear time mindset accomplishment is the measure of success. In a spiritual quantum consciousness the measure of success is your peace and your joy at just “being”.

    The ability to live with gustp perfectly goes with these words I think 🙂


  6. Thank you Kat…..Great quote….I toast it with my morning coffee 👌🐸☕

  7. Maria I allegedly have ‘high cholesterol’ but luckily for me neither of my parents was ever a believer in ‘modern medicine’ – my dad simply referred to them as ‘quacks’ lol, my mum has always been tireless in taking responsibility for her own health and wellbeing and taking no ‘doctor’ as an authority on the subject. At 85 she is remarkably mentally sharp and physically energetic and sprightly so yep. I take what they say with a great fat pinch of salt. Hah! Another thing they say you should never have! Lol.

    • Louise, every little breeze seems to whisper……well, you know the rest.

      Kudos to your mom! And your dad’s perspective made me laugh. And me, too, a pinch of salt, indeed!!! I am not on any medications, but then, if I got the blood tests, they may say I need to be. Who knows?

      I have a few physical issues. None that require meds, but that are from time to time uncomfortable. But I’m just going to assume that with the light body pricocess my physical body will balance out, as it integrates.

      In fact, I have a couple of posts in the queue, ready to publish that speaks to the subject a bit more.

      But meanwhile, yes, it’s about enjoying life here. And that requires at the very least enjoying our food. Not scrutinizing it so darn much. To drop the defensive attitude toward physical existence.

      It’s challenging because in the light body process we develop, temporarily, more sensitivities to things. So I have a lot of compassion for that. But I have found that relaxing more about things goes a long way in moving past the sensitivities.

      Coffee tomorrow? Your cafe or mine? Love.💕💕

      • Shucks Maria, I swear you’re always with me and I with you. Too many uncanny synchronicities in what you post here to think otherwise! Me I mainly enjoy my coffee (Taylor’s of Harrogate Lazy Sunday, for product placement purposes lol) first thing at home and am nearly always up from 3am onwards. I make it in a cafetiere. According to the ‘blurb’ on the packet this brand is not ‘jolt you awake’ coffee. It’s a coffee you can drink all day. I don’t though. Coffee is best as a morning drink for me.

        One can offer one’s experience and whatever knowledge one has gained, but never be prescriptive to another as that is presumptuous and you are not inside their body. Good healers know how to interact with their clients, try to ‘get inside their skin’ so to speak by asking relevant questions, then intuitively guide them toward better choices. In other words it must always be a fully two-way process. You work WITH them, not FOR them.

        Look, this light body awakening process, as I think you and I have well and truly established, is NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED! In terms of whatever physical issues you are still facing Maria I can say with certainty that they are a necessary, if sometimes unwelcome, part of ‘the process’. A positive way to look at these ‘ascension symptoms’ as they have been widely termed, is to see them as evidence that things are unfolding just as they should. Our body’s ‘signals’ to us that it is fully on board with our Embodied Enlightenment.

        Something that genuinely can be a hard pill to swallow, at times, is the realisation that a lot of these ‘symptoms’, whether physical, mental or emotional, do indeed proceed not from ourselves but from the collective (un)consciousness/ancestry as you have indicated many times Maria.

        This is where your blog assists me so much. You’re that little bit older and more experienced than me. You help me to make peace with the process that little bit more every day, because we would seriously not be human if we didn’t sometimes feel resentment or frustration at taking others’ pain ‘for’ them so to speak. But that, I guess, in a nutshell, is what Christ Consciousness entails.

        As for the big ol’ question that many of us wrestle with when times are rough ‘Did I really sign up for this?’ Well it seems we did Maria. You helped me accept that yes, I DID agree to undergo this process with all the pain and suffering it entailed. Look, I’m a hotheaded risk-taker by nature, born in 1962, the Year Of The Tiger. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if I took it on because someone ‘dared’ me to, because…well, just because I know myself, and that’s the kind of dumb thing I am all too capable of! Lol!

        Anyway darling Maria, I cherish our correspondence here and all the light and love that emanates from your site. You’re like the big sis I never had. Hugs. ❤

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