Belief in the Evil Eye is a prominent element of Greek culture. Essentially, the idea is that someone can cause you harm by having envious thoughts toward you; this may even be unconscious/unintentional. The harm inflicted most often manifests in physical form, such as headaches and nausea. Many people know prayers and rituals to rid someone of the evil eye, often times causing them to temporarily take on the symptoms of the afflicted, usually then expelled by deep yawning.
I've had a splitting headache since the day I arrived in Greece and I haven't been able to sleep at night. Today, a family friend wanted to perform the prayer ritual to rid me of evil eye. As she began the traditional recitations, she started to shake, sweat, and cry. "This is something so much greater than the evil eye," she said. "I feel like I'm about to explode, and I can't yawn to release it." Needless to say, she wasn't able to draw it all out, I still have a headache, and she plans to try again tomorrow.
I may not call this sort of thing the Evil Eye in my day-to-day life outside of Greece, but I most certainly believe in negative energy and the physical manifestation of ill-intent. Our minds hold great power, and we can create toxic environments simply by thinking negative thoughts, especially when they are rooted in envy, judgement, or belittlement toward another human being.
"The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders." ~ Swami Vivekananda
Smiling cuz it's the weekend!
What are your weekend plans?
I tried to make my way to the East Coast today but my body said no way Jose, so I'm missing the wedding I'm supposed to go to with @kevinlacyphoto. 4 years together and we still haven't attended a wedding as a couple! Let's hope we can make it to our own!
I'm going to try again on Sunday, I'm really just dying to see some fall colors!
Photo by @kevinlacyphoto
#day82 - #Ibiza you didn't have to go all out for me!! Met up with my Swiss-friend in the Barcelona airport and headed to the beautiful Spanish island...not before leaving my purse with my passport in the WC (washroom for you Americans 😜). Thankfully there are good people in this world who turned it. After landing we shopped around a bit and had dinner with his German grandma and cousins. Nice to be around a family again 🙌
A couple walks through the most ancient parts of Lisbon's Castelo de Sao Jorge. This Moorish medieval castle is prominently perched on top of a hill in the heart of the city and is a popular place to visit at sunset for a glass of wine🍷🌇🏰
"Some of the best memories are made in flip flops"🏝☀️
That quote definitely matches my #Thailand vacation 🇹🇭. I literally spent two weeks in flip flops and created the most beautiful and precious memories with my boyfriend, which I'm so grateful for 🙏🏼🏝✨
One memory includes us wandering this white sand of #RailayBeach ...
Can you relate to that quote?
How amazing is this palm tree! Cuban and Puerto Rican @dreamsinheels captured this beauty in the neighboring Caribbean island, The Bahamas! Which is your favorite Caribbean island? Tell us why in the comments! ❤️ Mirad esta increíble Palmera! La mitad Cubana mitad Puertorriqueña @dreamsinheels ha capturado este precioso momento en una de las islas vecinas del Caribe, Las Bahamas! Cuál es tu isla Caribeña favorita? Cuéntanos por qué en los comentarios!
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adalıların başlıca geçim kaynağı deniz...bu devasa kafes ile gelsin ıstakozlar🦐☺️
sea is the main source of income for locals. this huge cage is for lobsters. yummy!😍
You might say - another infinity pool 😂 But we actually didn't plan to end up in this place at all. Here is the story behind: we booked a place in Uluwatu (Bali) through booking.com for a couple of nights but upon arrival in the evening we found out that hotel is booked and they don't have a room for us. We didn't have local SIM card to call booking.com's customer service and also it was already dark, so we drove to the nearest place and without even having a look around booked a room. In the morning we found out that place has infinity pool with incredible views over the ocean. Btw, this place was slightly more expensive than the one we booked, but booking.com covered that differences for us. And one more btw, it's not affiliated post 😂 Just sharing our pleasant experience.