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After living for a few years abroad, where I had the opportunity to really expand my consciousness about the world and about myself, I made the decision to return to Portugal for an indefinite period of time, in order to invest in my self knowledge, to experience ways of expression that I felt were hidden, to set me free from what the society and the culture demand that I do and to truly live according to my ideals and dreams.
Returning to Portugal was a risky decision, controversial but made with a lot of faith and hope. Looking back, I am so grateful for so many things that I’ve learned with different people and different places, all this within the national territory. Being at in my family home was undoubtedly the most challenging place to keep me faithful to my integrity, to my ideals and to avoid losing the motivation and the freshness of aspiring to dream, to go and find the true purpose of being the materialization of life, to find out the original expression of what we are as body and spirit. To live up to our utmost potential.
It´s so easy, being a Portuguese here in Portugal, to let ourselves be dragged down by the stream of inertia, of lack of confidence in others and in ourselves, that is endemic to Portuguese culture. For me, a primarily optimistic and dynamic person, I believed that I couldn´t keep mentally healthy here in Portugal if I didn´t belong to a group of friends and men who help me to persist in this path and who are as "crazy" as me to challenge themselves more and more.
In this group we share a context of mutual support, of men and of human beings who encourage and who inspire each other, and which serves as a safe haven so we can trust, learn and acquire strength to fully and purely express our deepest intentions in our daily life. Over this last year, one of the most important lessons for me which I want to develop is the revelation that I want to increase my reconciliation with people and to create again a ground of trust in human connection. Each look, each touch is an opportunity to disclose ourselves and to find the other or even ourselves in a more beautiful and profound moment or place.
I am a part of this group because we are together to develop the best of ourselves, because even if we have different stories, we realize that most of our experience is common to us all, which shows our universality. I´m finding out that I am and that I can be, if I want to, much more than I think.
Just imagine a world where people really do what they know has to be done. Imagine a world where people direct their energy not to what they can’t do, but to what they can do. Imagine a world where people direct that force and that impulse towards acting, sharing and towards a truer human connection. Imagine a world where people don´t give importance to the fear of the unknown. Can you imagine?