Karen Mozes – “I’m craving to write art.”
I was 12 years old when I told my parents, “I’m going to the United States.” Six years later, I traveled to the U.S. by myself with no money. I didn’t even speak a word of English.
I always longed for freedom, self-discovery and conquering.
Within a couple of months of moving to the United States, I took my very first yoga class at a tiny studio in La Jolla. The teacher spent a lot of time with me one on one. I felt like a disciple. Since then, everywhere I moved, yoga was always the place that I would go to first. My first yoga experience really touched me.
As a kid, I spent a lot of time by myself writing in São Paulo, Brazil. By the time I was 12, I wrote fiction and children’s books. Since then, my dreams have changed. While the root of myself remains, what I seek, professionally and personally, has changed quite a bit. Lately, much of my writing is very technical and scientific. I crave a creative outlet – more freestyle and poetry. I’m craving to write art. Beautiful writing gets to my soul.
When it comes to love, I let reason take over sometimes. I’m a critical thinker and get attached to my thoughts. Deep inside I know love is always the answer. But love is sometimes challenged by thoughts. Despite having professional success, great friends, and good health, I find my personal life challenging. I seek a deep, intimate, honest place in which I can really trust and build a family with another person. That’s my largest aspiration.
When I look into the future, I see myself being a great mother, a great wife, and also a great professional with a published book. That’s the big vision.
Right now, I’m going through something really complex. I know I’ll learn so much from this that one day I’ll be able to give back and share my stories with others. I don’t save my biggest, darkest sorrows for myself. I share them, because they can help others navigate through their own struggles, and realize that they’re not alone. Storytelling is my gift to the world.
I was an engineer and an architect for 15 years and very involved in sustainability. The environment is very, very close to my heart. Only when the human aspect is brought into the conversation of climate change will the picture be complete. We’re isolating the internal human condition from our planet’s condition. That separation is the problem. I left engineering and architecture to work with people and bridge the gap.
Every time we have a breakthrough, or a deep discovery, we’re fulfilling our purpose. Personal growth is the purpose of life. We come here, and we have a path. Through childhood and experience, our soul evolves and we carry that into our next life. Unless we learn to love ourselves and have self-compassion, we will never be able to love others or the planet in the way that we need to. Take care of yourself, especially those parts that you absolutely hate about yourself.
1st part of The Yoga Blog Karen Mozes interview series at Yoga Journal Live San Diego, CA 2015
Interviewed by Hung Tran
Since this interview, Karen has become a mother and lives with her beautiful soul mate. “Dreams come true faster than you know!” – Karen Mozes
Join Karen June 24th-27th, 2016 at Yoga Journal Live San Diego at Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, CA
Photo credit: Karen Mozes
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