Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Story of Love

Many people look at us and say, “You guys are so lucky to have found each other. You don’t know how hard it is to find someone these days.”

We have now been together for fifteen years. We have gone through the trials of every relationship, including parenthood. What people don’t know, perhaps, is the story of how we met.

Ours was never a romantic love…not in the beginning anyways. 

We met when each of us was on a personal journey of self-exploration, self-knowing and above all, self-love. We were determined to stay away from romantic entanglements because we knew how distracting they were and how far they can pull you away from your own inner quest.

Mony: I had just come out of a divorce that had left me shell-shocked. No woman wants to be told that the man she loved was now leaving her for another. My self-esteem, and dignity were felled in one swoop. I can look back it at now as the greatest gift of my life because it forced me to look at myself, at my beliefs, expectations, childhood…all of it. And my journey became one of healing and transformation, and of learning to love the person who walks this earth simply as Mony.

Alberto: I too had come out of a marriage and a few relationships that had left me wounded, but wiser about what love really means to me. Above all else, I knew that a relationship had to give me the freedom to continue my own personal quests. I didn’t think, at that moment, that I could make that journey successfully with another person, and I was determined not to take that risk so readily any more.

When we met as pilgrims, and began walking from Rome to Jerusalem, we were companions on this path of inner exploration. No one believed we weren’t romantically involved, which is why we always learned how to say the word ‘only friends’ in the language of every country we walked through. There was no attraction then, since our focus was very much on what the journey was revealing to us about ourselves; what every encounter was teaching us; what every argument between us was bringing to the surface to be healed. We looked at EVERY THING that happened on that journey as an initiation: a shedding of the old, and an emergence into that part of ourselves that was grounded in love, compassion, wisdom. 

We walked in this way for six months, until we arrived in Greece. By then, we had experienced so much, lived through so many intense moments. We had already been rejected more than once when asking for shelter. We had already separated and walked apart for forty days. We had already broken down and rebuilt ourselves a hundred times over. We were each standing more confidently in who we were as individuals and what we believed about ourselves and our world – even when we still disagreed on some things.

The romantic shift happened unexpectedly, when the masks we were wearing finally fell; and they fell, because we had each been insistently peeling back our personal layers of fears, judgments and shame. When you commit to shedding those layers that no longer serve you, EVERY aspect is brought forth. 

Which now meant that we were also ready to examine our understanding of what it means to be in relationship.

How do you remain loyal to who you are and your beliefs when you are with someone?

How do you walk your own path, while still sharing it with the one you love?

How do you continue sharing the path, while remaining anchored in your own journey?

How do you continue the journey of self-love, when your disagreements threaten the fabric of your relationship?

How do you continue believing in love, despite the hurt we inevitably caused each other?

These are the questions that our relationship allows us to explore, to this very day. 

This is the opportunity for personal growth that Love offers us.

This is the infinite gift of relationship. 

It’s been said before, but remains a great truth: we found Love when we stopped looking for it “out there”, and began seeking it and honouring it in ourselves.

Love of self, anchors our relationship. 

Love for the other, gives it wings.

With infinite light and blessings,
Mony and Alberto 

#love #loveistheway #valentinesday #everydayisloveday #loveyou #loveyourself 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Awaken, dear hearts...

Look at these beautiful words from my meditation:

"Awaken, dear hearts.

Spirit knows the way.

She arises, lighting the way, her brilliance impossible to contain.

She speaks the language of love.

Whispering into longing echoes of the soul.

She denies nothing, and embraces everything.

She is the awakener, and the awakened.

She is your guide, your way-shower.

She thrills and delights you.

Your passion is her mark.

She roams the hallways of your soul.



Opening every door.

Let her through."

#meditation #love #awakening #transformation #consciousness #channeling #wordsthatinspire #innerjourney #currentoflove #energy #vibration

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Mony-festo!

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading my diaries, and reflecting on how to remain loyal to my spiritual beliefs and authentic voice, in the face of so many outer distractions and noise.

One of the first things I noticed is just how cautious I was in fully integrating those beliefs into my “professional” life. It’s as if there’s an invisible line, sometimes a concrete wall, between being “spiritual” and being “professional”, and you have to choose where you stand.

I saw how I was continually twisting myself into knots trying to find the words that would appeal to business people and not isolate them with my talk of the Spirit, and similarly appeal to “spiritual” people without sounding too professional or being ‘Marketing Mony’.

How exhausting!

I believe that there is a universal spirituality grounded in love, compassion, and understanding that most definitely has a place at the table of any conversation, be it business, politics, or any other “professional” realm; because if we can’t bring our highest values and highest selves into the conversations, then what kinds of decisions and choices are we making, for ourselves and others?

So, I am tearing that artificial barrier down, and declaring that my work is the outward expression of all that I believe.

I believe in the power of individuals to transform their lives, in words that inspire us to our higher nature, in businesses serving the social good, in leadership that is enlightened, in politics that are inclusive… and that is what I will dedicate my talents and energies to serving.

We are all on this great journey of exploration, my friends, and I look forward to sharing its many adventures and awakenings with you. <3

#inspiration #leadership #istandforlove #consciousness #consciousbusiness #spiritinaction #loveinaction #consciousnessinpolitics #socialgood #socialcontract

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pilgrim Story Hour w/Mony Dojeiji - Touched by an Angel

"Touched by an Angel" is the story I share with you on this episode of Pilgrim Story Hour.

More than once during our Rome-to-Jerusalem walk, Alberto would say that we were angels, because we were bringing a touch of light and love wherever we walked.

His definition made me uncomfortable because it sounded so arrogant. After all, I thought, who are we, in our imperfection, to consider ourselves in such a light? ...Until an experience in Italy made me truly reflect on what it means to be an angel in the world.

This VIDEO, and the entire series, is on Facebook and  YouTube.

This AUDIO podcast, and the entire series, is on SoundCloud and iTunes

Enjoy, and please feel free to like and share :-) 

#pilgrimage #CaminodeSantiago #angels #faith #RometoJerusalem #walkingforpeace #innerjourney #peace #love #hope #light #angels #travel #adventure #adventuretravel +Martha Williamson

Thursday, January 26, 2017

“I will believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is"

"I believe in my power
to transform indifference into love.

I believe I have an amazing gift
to keep hope alive in the face of despair.

I believe I have the remarkable skill
of deleting bitterness from my life.

I believe in my budding potential
to live with a nonviolent heart.

I believe in my passion to speak the truth
even when it isn’t popular.

I believe I have the strength of will
to be peace in a world of violence.

I believe in my miraculous capacity
for unconditional love.

I will believe the truth about myself
no matter how beautiful it is.”
~Macrina Wiederkehr

#love #consciousness #peace #power #truth #iamenough 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."~MLK

If there were to be a manifesto for this moment in time, it would be captured in these words:

Let no person pull you low enough to hate them.

Because in the moment that they do, then YOU have lost your power:

Your power to choose what to think.

Your power to choose what to believe.

Your power to choose how to act.

Your power to stand in the grace of who you are.

Your power to choose love, especially for those who demonstrate the lack of it.

Your power to choose understanding, even while others act from ignorance.

Your power to choose unity, even while the words of others create separation.

Your power to choose to listen with your heart, to hear the unspoken words and glimpse the wounds
desperate to heal.

No one can control how you feel, what you think, and how you respond. That is the ultimate power you, and we, all possess.

My choice is clear. Despite all the outer noise and distractions, now more than ever, I stand for love.

And I especially weigh it down like an anchor in the hearts of those – my brothers and sisters on this journey – who cannot yet do it for themselves, and who have temporarily forgotten who they are.

One pilgrim step at a time. <3

#MLK #consciousness #love #peace #inspiration #heart #unity #understanding #power #mychoice #icontrolmythoughts #icontrolmyactions #courage #walkingforpeace

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

VIDEO and PODCAST Pilgrim Story Hour - Walking on Faith

During our Rome-to-Jerusalem pilgrimage, we were indeed walking on faith. Every night, we needed to find shelter. Every night, we needed to trust that the person opening the door would receive us.

Most times, they did and we had a roof over our heads. But one night, they didn't.

In this episode, I share the story of when the doors were closed to us, several times in that one night, and how walking on faith brought us to a place that can only be described as miraculous.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays to all!

This VIDEO, and the entire series, is also on:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStoryHour, and
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAGZVg274dayrXEuG9bFR9lDZYmFAnBb_

This AUDIO podcast, and the entire series, is on:

- SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mony-dojeiji and
- iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pilgrim-story-hour/id1138028764

Thanks for tuning in. Please feel free to Like and Share.

#pilgrimage #pilgrims #CaminodeSantiago #storytelling #podcast #consciousness #walkingforpeace #innerjourney #RometoJerusalem #walking #storiesthatinspire #sacredjourney #Christmas #Christmasstory #faith #spirituality #walkingonfaith #travel #adventure #adventuretravel