Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tip#180: Taste The Deliciousness of Life - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Life can be so delicious. When experiencing life on a multi-sensory level you are treated to an indelible, unforgettable moment. Just like tasty foods it can affect all your senses simultaneously and take you to new heights.
The recent weekend here in Toronto has been unusually active and surreal. It started off with my annual ritual of the Taste of the Danforth Friday evening. The weather was fantastic and I indulged in my favourite foods like succulent Rosemary lamb pies and roast pork on a pita oozing with warm Tzatziki sauce. I was leaving for the weekend so I savoured my only chance to be at this delicious food festival this year. My stomach and soul were sighing!
Later that night I had insomnia which led me to watch a rerun of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. It was the most incredible performance art I had ever seen full of stunning visual stimulus. It was truly breathtaking to see such creativity with thousands of performers on a massive scale. Click here to see a great slide show
Then it rained all day Saturday as I traveled to the gorgeous woods of the Dundas Escarpment west of the city for a friend's 40th birthday party. We didn't let the thunderous rain stop us from going on a hike in what felt like a tropical jungle in Ontario complete with a raging waterfall and misty atmosphere. The rumbling energy and soaking rain made me feel alive.
And then there was the massive propane explosion early Sunday morning. I learned about it on the return home and it sounded devastating and surreal. When I saw footage of the blast and the shockwave on TV my jaw dropped to the ground as it looked like a scene out of a movie. I could almost feel the heat watching this video. Click here to see
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
By Monday I ended up taking an unexpected trip to Barcelona Spain through a sneak preview invitation I received for Woody Allen's new sexy comedy called Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It was a sumptuous movie experience!
The movie stars Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Rebecca Hall and is about how all their relationships intertwine in the rich culture and settings of Barcelona. The movie is brimming with vibrant art, passionate Spanish guitar music, breezy country locations and plenty of scenes of the characters enjoying wine.
The sexy presence of Johansson and Cruz just elevated the film's delicious textures on a whole other level. These gorgeous women added a smart and sexy flavour to Woody Allen's already amazing script. The film seemed to radiate a multi-sensory experience and I really felt like I took a quick trip to Barcelona for 90 minutes. My senses felt rejuvenated from this unexpected movie treat.
That's what the movie celebrated. Enjoy what life has to offer and to follow your passions.
Energize Your Senses
Looking back now at the spectacle of the Beijing Olympic opening, it had lit up my visual senses and imagination. Hiking in the rain by a roaring waterfall drenched my soul with nature's energy. Witnessing a devastating explosion shook up my thoughts while a simple movie took me away from daily life to energize my senses.
So remember how powerful any new life experience can be to all your senses. See life as a buffet of experiences for you to taste with your eyes and ears. They remind you how alive life can be if you stop and drink the moments in.
As you read this take a second to listen to the sounds around you…
Notice the sights and colours around you right now…
Feel the physical sensations of whatever you are touching or the sun or cool breeze coming through your window…
Taste how delicious the moment is in your life right now.
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008