Living With A Ravenous Thirst For Life: “Try to see the good in everybody and every situation, We are a country divided right now”

With Lisa Levine

Thrive Global invites voices from many spheres to share their perspectives on our Community platform. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team, and opinions expressed by Community contributors do not reflect the opinions of Thrive Global or its employees. More information on our Community guidelines is available here.

Try to see the good in everybody and every situation. We are a country divided right now. Everyone is accusing everyone else. We need to work together for unity and healing.

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, unchallenged, and have nothing to look forward to? It doesn’t have to be that way. One idea that I always advice my clients is the concept of “Finding and Living Life Purpose”

The idea here is that often we pursue in life what the society (or our parents tell us to do). We push hard, get degrees and great jobs… and even if we accomplish all of that we still fill hollow inside.

Instead we need to find and tune it to our soul’s purpose.

Because no matter how many outward achievements we will have if we are not aligned internally we will not be fulfilled.

And when we don’t live our purpose, the universe gets involved. It starts creating circumstances that demand our shrewd actions and a sensible approach. It involves us in relationships, events, and situations that are at times painful, tragic and difficult. It molds our character to be responsive to perilous situations. It is like a wake-up call because we are pushed and made to persevere to conquer our demons. As only when we are in distress, do we learn to grow and become strong and resolute.

When you connect with your life purpose, you get on the right track, the track to self-discovery and self-worth. Your sense of self expands, all of your doubts and criticisms of others do not matter because you are connected to something bigger than you and become larger than life. You have a message to share with the world and that is precisely why your self-esteem grows.

As a part of our series interviewing experts on how to live a “ravenous life” — a life filled with the passion, pleasure, playfulness and abundance that come naturally to those who dare to be authentic, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Levine, owner and founder of Maha Rose Center for Healing in Brooklyn. Lisa is an acupuncturist, reiki master and certified laughter yoga teacher. She is passionate about bringing joy and lightness into the sometimes serious world of healing.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was living and working in New York City in the fashion industry and a friend of mine said, “You better get some tools, you’re going to burn yourself out.” I knew she was right and began seeking these tools. I happened into the right yoga class at the right time, had a cathartic experience, fell in love with yoga, that led me to meditation, that led me to my spiritual teacher Amma and a much deeper connection with myself. I was waking up with really clear messages about doing healing work. It took me about a year to close my jewelry business. In that time I completed my Reiki Masters with Padma Gonzalez in 2008. After that I went on to study breathwork with David Elliott and acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture.

What does it mean for you to live “on purpose”? Can you explain? How can one achieve that?

Living on purpose means living a life in alignment to what you are here to do. We’re all here for a reason, for many reasons, each of us. When we find those reasons for being we feel fulfilled and our lives are meaningful.

Do you have an example or story in your own life of how your pain helped to guide you to finding your life’s purpose?

They say the greatest thing you can have in your life for healing is a tyrant. Something or someone really challenging- this is what propels us towards greater understanding and healing. Early traumas in my own life were the motivations for my own healing journey.

The United States is currently rated at #18 in the World Happiness Report. Can you share a few reasons why you think the ranking is so low?

I think there are many factors. Western consumer culture places too much importance of achieving money, beauty and power. We’re obsessed with the wrong things. Studies show that people with more more money are not happier.

We also as a country are not taking care of our people. People are working harder for less money and a much higher cost of living. The quality of life has gone down and then we are comparing ourselves to others via social media. We are lacking meaningful connections. Connection is one of the greatest factors in happiness.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

We’re trying to create a place where people can come and rest. Where people can connect with themselves. Our message is that healing and transformation is possible. That whatever challenges or traumas have been, we can overcome them.

What are your 6 strategies to help you face your day with exuberance, “Joie De Vivre” and a “ravenous thirst for life”? Can you please give a story or example for each?

#1 Faith in God(dess)

#2 Everything that is happening is happening for my growth, no matter how challenging.

#3 Adding a little laughter. Especially when things are challenging!

#4 Gratitude for it all!

#5 Creative activities for my own healing and joy! Art is one of my favorite healers

#6 Meditation and prayer brings it all back to center.

Do you have any favorite books, podcasts, or resources that most inspired you to live with a thirst for life?

I love reading healing and spiritual books. Right now I am reading Grow Up by Owen Marcus. I just finished The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote” that relates to having a Joie De Vivre? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Whether you laugh or cry the days will go by, so better to laugh because laughter is the music of the soul.” -Amma. I’ve found this to be true in my life.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

We’ve just expanded our flagship space in Brooklyn, doubling its size to 3000 square feet. We now have an infrared sauna and a second workshop space. More space means we can hold more people and more healing. I’m also getting ready to go to Mexico where we will be leading five weeks of healing retreats in January and February.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Try to see the good in everybody and every situation. We are a country divided right now. Everyone is accusing everyone else. We need to work together for unity and healing.

Dr. Marina Kostina is a life and business fulfillment coach. She uses research and energy work to help professional women find their purpose and turn it into a profitable business. Dr. Kostina incorporates innovative marketing strategies and the creation of engaging, lucrative online courses to scale their businesses. As a result they enjoy what she describes as a “ravenous life” — a life filled with the passion, pleasure, playfulness and abundance that come naturally to those who dare to be authentic. Her book “Find the G-Spot of Your Soul” is available January 2018. Download a free gift from Dr. Kostina- an MP3 Meditation Album “Find The G –Spot Of Your Soul” and get unstuck.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Original artwork by 7th-grade student Samantha Choi , 7th Grade Student

What 15 NYC Kids Learned During a Pandemic

by [email protected]

“Let your employees try new things and grow from the experience.” with Dennis Brown and Chaya Weiner

by Yitzi Weiner at Authority Magazine

Joie De Vivre, Living With A Ravenous Thirst For Life: “Ask yourself the right questions every single day” With Dr. Marina Kostina & Frances Vidakovic

by Dr. Marina Kostina
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.