StitchFix to your wardrobe and style rescue!

I’ll be first to admit, I do not like shopping, and specially shopping for clothes for myself! You go to the store, schlep around, pick through stuff, go try it on, and blah blah blah. Having two small children in tow also very much complicates things as they either don’t want to wait for me, or they want to start shopping for themselves! When it was time to update my wardrobe post-maternity clothing, I was really torn between having to go shopping or continuing to wear my maternity clothing f.o.r.e.v.e.r…

And then I discovered StitchFix! Very cautiously, I signed up to get my first box. It was a big hit when it arrived! I loved all 5 items and I still wear them 2 years later. And, when you keep all 5, you get 25% discount. Shipping and returns are free, and it’s super easy to return stuff that you didn’t like, or might fit a bit odd, or in general you just don’t want.

The kid in me also very much enjoys the unknown of what you’ll get 🙂 Sure, you can make requests for something you are missing from your closet, but you still don’t know what exactly you’ll get. So each time a box is shipped, there is this anticipation of getting a “gift” in the mail and discovering your surprises. I’ve set my StitchFix on quarterly schedule, but break down and manually update it to probably every couple of months delivery.

And, and, and… They now have kids’ boxes too! I signed the girls up and they both got their first box over the summer. They were very excited to get a box of clothes like mommy does 🙂

Want to try it for yourself? Use my link and you’ll get $25 off your first order.

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Intro to Thai Bodywork

Learn Thai Bodywork in this hands-on two day workshop!

Learn Thai Bodywork

Thai Bodywork is an ancient energy-based healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply.

Traditional Thai bodywork uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled,stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.

For many, traditional Thai Bodywork is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.

My clients have been enjoying receiving this wonderful bodywork, but now you can learn Thai Bodywork yourself in this 2 day workshop!

The workshop is held at Spirit Wellness Institute in Salem, MA.

Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Cost: $200

Please register by using the PayPal link on Spirit Wellness Institute’s website.

Space is limited.

This workshop is appropriate for massage therapists, yoga teachers, people who have received Thai Bodywork, and anyone with interest in connecting to their body.

What to expect: You will be both receiving and practicing Thai Bodywork techniques. This work is done on a floor mat (provided) and you will be using your body to move, stretch, compress your partners body. You will at times be squatting, on your knees, and or lifting. Please make sure you are physically up to the task before enrolling.

What to bring: Please wear soft comfortable clothing that is both conservative as well as comfortable to move in. For example, a fitted t-shirt and sweat pants. Do not wear short shorts, or low cut tank tops. Also bring a water bottle and a high protein snack to class each day. Lastly please bring a twin, full or queen sized FLAT SHEET to lay over your mat while practicing.

Settling in Ann Arbor

Perhaps settling is too strong of a word, as I’m feeling anything but!

It has been one long ride to get here. We have miscalculated on which road would be better to take, and towing a trailer ended up not really being my thing. It took us 19 hours to get here. We headed out about 10:30 am on Saturday morning, and finally pulled to the house as the dawn was breaking, about 5:30 am on Sunday. These few days have been spent adjusting and feeling a bit of a jet lag, so to say. The sun sets and rises later here, and it seems to make quiet a bit of difference.

Besides that celestial difference, we’ve been settling in well enough. Girls are enjoying the new house, and having their own room. One of the first days here they spent most of the time in there, playing with what toys I brought for them. The novelty seems to have worn off at this point though, but they still very much enjoy having more room to run around.

It has been too hot to run around outside, so we’ve been staying inside mostly. The house has central air, a most definite luxury that is very much appreciated. We’ve made a couple of treks to local stores, to stock up on groceries and some random items we needed.

We are without internet at the house since the AT &T install guy simply didn’t show up, and so we are at the local library right now for our daily outing to get out of the house. Did I mention they have five branches of this library?!

Ann Arbor is markedly larger than we are used to living in. While we are on the outskirts of it, it is not a long ride to get to downtown. It reminds me of both Danvers (with its 114 malls), Peabody, Beverly, and Wenham, put together 🙂

It has been a very quiet week so far, with not much happening. Greg has been working at the farm most mornings in lieu of rent, at least for the time being. I have nothing in way of work, and have been busying myself with cleaning the house. Doing a little bit of online work now feels a very welcome change. Next week we have some appointments setup to see a place where I might work and to visit a school where girls might go. And then I’ll be off with them to come back home, which girls now call “our orange house”.

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Thai Bodywork with Olga

Thai BodyworkThai Bodywork is an ancient energy-based healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply.

Traditional Thai bodywork uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled,stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.

Thai Bodywork began to evolve in Thailand over 2,000 years ago. Based on healing principles similar to those utilized in other non-western healing therapies, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. The major energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.

Identifying features of traditional Thai Bodywork are integrated yoga postures which are performed on the recipient. Through assisted yoga, the body is stretched in ways that are difficult to attain through individual exercise and yoga practice. The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.

For many, traditional Thai Bodywork is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.

Ready to try?

Schedule a session

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Restorative Yoga and Bodywork Retreat

restorative yoga*** For July and August of 2018 we are holding our lovely restorative yoga classes at ABT Yoga in Topsfield (22 South Main Street, Topsfield, MA ***

Every other month we offer a very special 2-hour Restorative Yoga and Bodywork Retreat that will introduce nourishing, heart-centered healing techniques that are unique to the wellness theme to gently support your health and well-being in mind, body, and spirit.

We invite you to join us for a deeply relaxing time in creating a sacred space that honors yourself with the nurturing gifts of peace, compassion, and rejuvenation. Olga Kaminsky and Maria Barresi have put together a truly unique and heart-centered restorative yoga retreat that combines gentle and supportive Yoga poses, Aromatherapy, Massage, and Reiki, to help boost your immune system, and melt away your stress, tension, and fatigue.

We start with a choice of essential oils for aromatherapy to help you center and release outside experiences. Olga pulls an animal wisdom card to bring a special focus to our class. Sometimes a card can be rather unexpected! After a brief and gentle warm-up, it’s time to settle down and relax! Olga leads the group in gentle restorative yoga poses, while Maria and Olga offer soothing hand and foot massage and Reiki for each participant.

All attendee’s will also receive a gift bag to help you to continue nourishing yourself at home!

No prior Yoga experience necessary.

2018 Dates:

Sundays (2:00 – 4:00pm, 2 hours, $40)

July 15

August 12

Schedule Appointment

Registration is required. Please email me olga@eternal-balance.com if you are trying to register less than 24 hours in advance as the online system will not let you do so.

Classes are held at ABT Yoga, 22 South Main Street, Topsfield, MA 01983.

Quick video update and meditation invite

Hey there, friend,

I wanted to share a quick video (under 5 minutes) of all the things happening and changing in my life and in my business. Scroll down to see it.

Also, you might know that I am a huge fan of 3HO and Sikh Dharma. Well, they are doing a global meditation practice for 40 days that will start on Monday and end on summer solstice. I can’t think of a better way to shift stuck energies in your life! The meditation is lovely (I’ve been doing it for the past 4 days) and it’s only 11 minutes. This meditation is for Elevation, Connection, and Joy and it will open and expand your 7th and 8th (aura) chakras, improve your intuition, and bring a deep sense of joy to your heart.

You can view the invitation to the meditation, instructions, and a practice video at 3HO’s website right here.

I hope you’ll join me in this 40 day practice and feel supported by knowing that there are people all across the globe that are doing this practice as well!

With lots of love and appreciation,
Olga

P.S.: I have recently taken the plunge and received my Sikh spiritual name, after many years of practice. I’m both honored and humbled by it and elated to reveal it – Sadhana Jiwan Kaur – the sacred Princess/Lioness of God whose entire life is an expression of disciplined spiritual practice.

Sadhana is disciplined spiritual practice. Jiwan means life. All females receive the name Kaur – the Princess/Lioness of God who walks with grace and strength throughout her life.

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Didgeridoo Journey Meditation

Joe_Didge_72dpi_1Don’t miss Joseph’s return visit to New England and a chance to honor transition into fall with the healing magic of a didgeridoo!

Connect, breathe, and guide your space within.

Bring peace and healing to the mind, body, and soul.

This workshop offers an introduction to the therapeutic principles of the didgeridoo and a basic overview of journeying and meditation. The meditation consists of 50 minute didgeridoo journey followed by group sharing, question and answer time.

The didgeridoo keys selected for this meditation are played for longer duration and are chosen for their ability to support journeying, meditation, visioning, and intention manifestation.

What is Harmonic Therapy with the Didgeridoo?

Didgeridoos produce sound waves in the inaudible 0-20Hertz range (the same frequency range as human brain waves) with several harmonics approaching 1000Hertz. These waves affect the “whole” body, including your Etherial being, relaxing your body and mind to a state of deep self-healing and personal consciousness.

Harmonic therapy has been used to aid in meditation and relaxation, acting as a tuning fork for your body’s natural resonant vibration on a cellular level. Reported effects range from relief of muscle pain and stress, to a greater sense of clarity and heightened energy flow along reopened chakra points.

Who is Joseph?

Joseph Carringer is a professional didgeridoo musician and sound therapist. In his sound therapy practice he uses concert class didgeridoos, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian and organ theory with Ayurvedic Chakra philosophies creating a unique and powerful therapeutic sound healing experience. Joseph has been playing an Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo for over 15 years, using it as a deep meditative tool in his personal shamanic journey as well as a therapeutic instrument for his clients.

Wednesday, September 27

7 – 8:30pm

$35 in advance, $40 at the door

This workshop will be held in the Community Conference Room at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 221-E.

Registration is required. Please bring a yoga mat or a blanket to lie down on. Chairs will be available.

Is Thai or Reiki for you? Which one’s best?

Thai or Reiki

Thai or ReikiWhat do you think is more popular? Thai or Reiki? I don’t know for anyone else, but in my practice, it’s Reiki! Though Thai is a very, very close second. How close? Last year I had 99 Reiki appointments and 97 Thai bodywork appointments. That’s how close!

Even though both services work from the same principle, the approach is so different that people are usually drawn to one but not the other. The question of what is better for them, Thai or Reiki, comes up pretty often as people wonder if they are missing out on something. But what is the unifying principle that brings both services together? That we have energy running through us, and it needs to run unimpeded in order for the body, mind, and spirit to be healthy.

The difference in Thai or Reiki comes in how both services help that energy to move along. In Reiki, a light touch is used and more energy is poured into the body through the practitioner. You can think of it as having a super heavy rain that fills the river that then overflows a dam, sweeping it away. The energy channels in your body are the river, the dam are areas of injury, emotional discord, surgery, painful memory, and so on. That extra heavy rain is the extra energy provided through the practitioner (me, in this case). Even though it sounds somewhat tumultuous, the process is actually gentle.

Thai or ReikiIn Thai Bodywork, the aim is also to move the energy through the body and remove the dam. But here, we use pressure and stretches to get into the nooks and crannies of the body and remove the dams. There is no rain, just the internal force of the river that is now allowed to flow unimpeded, with dams loosened up. As this is a much more physical practice, the body feels differently immediately, with lasting health benefits to follow.

Which one is right for you? It depends! While everyone can benefit from both services, we have our goals and inclinations to keep in mind.

Thai bodywork hopes to achieve wellness through working on the body. The effects are physical to start with. It is a great service if there is tightness in the body or you are losing your range of motion. Sciatica, lower back pain, general tension in the body can all be helped by regular Thai sessions. It also teaches you trust. Didn’t expect that, right? It takes complete trust that I won’t hurt you to be able to relax fully, with body and limbs limp. That trust on the mat can then creep into the rest of your life where you just might be able to stay more in a relaxed state versus the high alert ‘fight or flight’ mode.

Reiki, on the other hand, hopes to achieve wellness by working on the spiritual and emotional level. While I might use a bit of pressure on certain points in the body, this is not exactly significant for the overall session. The extra energy being provided to you does create a sense of peace and relaxation, but how fast would depend on how used you are to relaxing. In other words, if you are typically very stressed, it will take longer and several session for you to come close to what I would consider relaxed. On the other hand, if you are only occasionally stressed and your body has at least a vague memory of being relaxed, you will get to that total body rest much faster.

What is more important to you at this time? What would you like to experience? That’s for you to know and for me to find out when you schedule 🙂

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Resolutions and Intentions, what’s your pick?

I love New Year! resolutionsIt’s the time for thinking about your life and deciding what can use some tweaking, if anything. Resolutions are all around us this time of year as seemingly everyone evaluates their life. This was always my favorite holiday growing up. The idea of a fresh start was appealing to me even when I was little and there was something magical with putting a new calendar on my desk and starting all over again. Possibilities were endless!

And so setting resolutions as I got older also came naturally. New Year is way better than waiting until Monday to start something, right? I mean, it’s a whole year! That brings some gravity to anything you resolve to do. It should be something grand and far-reaching. I would think of what I would want for the new year, and then give it my best shot… for a week or two, maybe a month. But you know how those resolutions go; you start strong, and putter out sometime in the spring. Or maybe that February school vacation throws you off. I’d feel guilty I could not accomplish what I wanted, give it few more tries, but ultimately decide that next year will be different and I’ll really stick with it. And the cycle of guilt and disappointment continued.

When I came across an idea of setting an intention, instead of a resolution, it was like a good friend giving me a hug and telling me that everything will be OK. I loved it! I would set an intention for the new year and then practice being gentle with myself, picking myself up after eventual falling off the wagon happened. It was lovely! I have learned a lot about myself and changed some things for the better as well. I would highly recommend you try setting an intention if all you’ve ever done are resolutions, and especially if you notice you can be a bit critical of yourself. Setting an intention of practicing appreciation for yourself and all you do is a great start!

So, what am I doing this year? Intention or a resolution? I am back to setting resolutions, but with a twist. I have learned to be gentle and kind to myself, most of the time, and now I can use a good old-fashioned kick in the rear. I have lost a bit of clarity without resolutions, and having two small children is a great recipe for being all over the place. I am craving my clarity and direction, and so I am going for “an aware resolution”. And if you are curious, my resolution is to shift the focus to myself and rediscover all the things that make me happy. This is a bit of a vague language, I know, and so I have some ideas I can draw from every day:

  • Practice meditation
  • Sing my favorite chants
  • Loving movement and stretching
  • Delicious herbal tea
  • Good, nourishing food
  • Time with the girls
  • Dates with my husband
  • Smiling
  • Connecting to my heart
  • Reaching out to others
  • Creating and being in community

What are you practicing this year? Resolutions? Intentions? I’d love to know!

Of death and gratitude, Thanksgiving ramblings

fall_2008-11_no-leaves-on-treeThanksgiving is a time of year when many are doing gratitude journals or practices and reflect on their many blessings. I love it! I love the introspection, the calmness, the desire for a bit more peace in our lives.

There are many things I am grateful for this year. Continuing to still make it in this sometimes odd blend of business and spirituality with your support is on the top of the list. Ability to learn with an amazing herbal teacher and bring that knowledge to my world has been huge. The kids are a delight, most of the time, and everyone is healthy, most of the time, and well. We have a roof over our heads, and yummy food on the table. Life is abundant and supportive. Many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

On the other hand, we have new neighbors who have to rebuild a house they bought due to fire. And they are clear-cutting the magnificent old trees that were on their property. We are all closely smooshed together, so it feels like it’s happening right in our backyard. And I can’t help but feel a sense of loss and despair. Will they really cut all the trees? Did they have to cut so many already? Did they have to move the location of the house? Do humans always have to destroy to accommodate our needs? For the last three mornings we’ve been waking up to a sound of machinery chewing down on trees and an altered landscape. Death feels very palpable at the moment.

Of course, fall is the season for death, for slowing down, for turning inwards. Come spring, and everything will perk up again, with new hope and new life. But for now, for now we grieve. We grieve and give thanks for things we have, knowing that all can be gone in an instant. Cherish the moment.

How do you pick yourself up?

cryingI’ve had an unpleasant experience today. Someone is not happy with me and they let me know it, in no uncertain terms. It sucked!

I had all these plans for today and now I really don’t want to do any of it. Does this happen to  you? You are all set for a productive day, and then something or someone completely derails your mental/emotional state? I was going to give up on sending this out too, hold this until I feel better, more like myself, more cheerful. And then I caught myself on what it means in a bigger picture.

Life is not always cheerful and we are not always happy, nor should we be. World is full of unpleasantness. We are complicated beings. We can experience sadness and darkness in one moment, yet happiness and fulfillment in another one. And it’s OK to feel both. It’s OK to be seen in sadness, it’s OK to ask for support.

So, how did I pick myself up?

  • I cried (yep, really, over an email)
  • I asked my husband for a hug and listened to him vent on my behalf
  • I asked my FB friends for some love
  • I did some knitting – my go-to peaceful activity that lets me think things through.

Am I entirely OK? No, not completely. But I am better and it is good enough for now.

I hope if something comes close to ruining your day, you can be gentle with yourself. You can feel the sadness and disappointment and know that that is the richness of human experience. You can embrace the experience in the moment, and know that it will pass. And, of course, if you feel stuck, I would be honored to help.

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Yoga of Energy Flow Series

yoga of energy flow

yoga of energy flowI am very excited to be bringing this style of yoga to the North Shore! I really loved my teacher training and enjoyed practicing this style. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Drawing from several yoga styles, such as Kundalini, Meridian, and Kali Ray TriYoga, Yoga of Energy Flow is a unique and transformative method that integrates strength and flexibility training, energy cultivation, and open awareness.

Kundalini Yoga activates prana/chi energy, and strengthens the nervous system. Meridian Yoga opens and balances the internal energy flow. TriYoga, a vinyasa style, cultivates the flow of internal energy into a beautiful flow of postures; it is the art of meditation in action. Yoga of Energy Flow integrates these three styles into one unified, transformational practice.

By paying close attention to the movement of the spine in transition between poses and uniting that movement with breath, a unique appreciation for the movement of energy is developed. Your awareness expands and meditative states become easier to achieve.

Olga Kaminsky is a certified yoga teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, and an herbalist. She has graduated Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training in 2010 and has been helping her clients and students find peace and mindfulness amidst the chaos of life. Her wellness studio, Eternal Balance, is located at Cummings Center in Beverly.

This class is appropriate for all levels and beginners are welcome.

These classes will be held at Susan MacFarlane’s Wellness Studio at 186 Cabot St., Lower Level, Beverly, MA.

We are building interest to make this a regular offering!

Our next class is on Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm!

$18

Reserve Your Spot!

Relaxation, a need or a hype?

restorativeI have to admit, I am not a fan of relaxation. There, I said it! Anytime I read an event description that is all about relaxation, I have zero interest in it. I view relaxation for relaxation’s sake as a form of escapism. I see it as a way to escape your troubles, your discomfort, your unease instead of dealing with it. As such, it just doesn’t hold a lot of value for me. I feel that we learn and grow when we are uncomfortable, when we can face our situation head on and acknowledge it, accept it, and change it if we need to. If you are just trying to avoid dealing with it by attending a variety of “feel-good” events, how will you change the course of your life?

Now, stillness, mindfulness, those I hold in high regard. In those rare moments of stillness, that’s when magic happens. That’s when invaluable insights have room to show up and be noticed. That, I can get behind on.

But guess what? We are so stressed and overwhelmed, we are so rushed along our lives, that we no longer know how to be still and mindful. It is no longer a natural part of our lives to slow down. And this is where relaxation does come in. If you are able to relax and let go, you will be able to be still and mindful. You can get out of being stuck in your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and back into your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). And did you know that we are supposed to live in “rest and digest” mode? With short bursts of activity in “fight or flight”? It feels as if though everything in today’s world is stack against that.

I can’t tell you how many clients I have seen that have trouble relaxing and letting go. I see it both in Reiki sessions and in Thai bodywork. With Reiki, they do eventually settle down and relax or doze off. It is also more of a mind that might stay agitated. The body lays still, so it’s easier to relax. But with Thai, and all the movement that comes with it, the person has to consciously relax the muscles so that I can move them without resistance. And I remind them to do so if I feel tension. One of the most common answers to that is, “But I feel like I am relaxed.” Nope, there is still tension, still effort. Slowly, they learn how to let go and relax and boy, what a difference it makes!

LifeBreath

lifebreath

lifebreathYou know that it is important to breathe deeply at least once in while. You might have heard that advice of “just breathe!” as a remedy to stress and anxiety. But do you know how to actually do it? The LifeBreath is close to my heart as taking a deep breath was something I struggled with growing up. I always felt like there was something preventing me from filling my lungs with air all the way, and my lung capacity test results were abysmal. As a result, I was excused from aerobic activities in physical education classes, and feeling short of breath was a normal occurrence for me. It was not until I started to take yoga classes that I learned to breathe better and feel better as a result. I want to pass that information to you in a form of LifeBreath class.

It is without fail that my clients with anxiety are unable to take a deep breath when instructed. They are usually also breathe incorrectly – their abdomen pulls in when they inhale and extends when they exhale.

Give this a try yourself… take a deep breath into your abdomen, with your abdomen extending out as a balloon. Now, exhale all the way and squeeze the belly button towards your spine. Did this work for you? You are in good shape! You would still benefit from LifeBreath, but just remember to actually breathe with a long, slow exhale and your stress levels will go down.

Now, what if this was difficult and it’s just not clicking for you? Come to this class! We’ll run through a few exercises that will help you tune into your diaphragm and practice controlled breathing. When you do that, your parasympathetic system is activated and you feel relaxed.

Controlled breathing gets easier with time and practice and it’s a great tool to have to help you calm down and feel great.

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

$20

Scifi as a life lesson

scifi

scifiDid you know that I am a huge scifi (science fiction) geek? In fact, my FB handle is scifichick, feel free to friend me there.

Science fiction was and still is my favorite genre of literature. It can contain so many other elements, that you can have crime, romance, history, all wrapped up into one little package not constrained by reality. We had a huge library growing up as my dad is a serious bibliophile and his mom was before him. All the little paperback scifi books were in my sister and I room and I never ran out of things to read. I would also dutifully ride my bike to the public library in the summer, when I was staying at my grandparents whose library was heavy in classics.

Isaac Asimov was one of my favorite authors, as well as Ray Bradbury. But the one author that I want to tell you about, that made a huge difference in my life is Ursula LeGuin.

I was in my very early teens when I came across her books in Wizard of Earthsea series. They have captivated my imagination and I made an effort to find them in English when I moved to the States. Imagine my delight when I discovered there were more books in the series!

But why did that very first book, Wizard of Earthsea captivated me so much? Without giving away too much, it was about embracing our shadow, our darkest desires as our own. Dealing with teenage angst, this was a very timely message for me that stuck with me through all these years. We can only be a complete person if we acknowledge and accept our darkest parts as our own. Only through knowledge and acceptance can we gain control of them, instead of them controlling us.

I hope you will check out LeGuin’s books as well. They are a powerful commentary on human condition and she has created a colorful and unique world. And DO. NOT. WATCH. the SyFy adaptation of her series. It’s a complete disgrace and has so little to do with actual books, it’s laughable.